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The Ultimate Spring Cleaning Checklist

Spring Cleaning fever has hit us. The weather is getting warm, our energy is skyrocketing, and we’re ready to get our homes clean and organized!

This Ultimate Spring Cleaning Checklist can be used as a guide to customize your very own personal cleaning checklist.

Overall Spring Cleaning Chores

dust crown molding and baseboards
dust ceiling corners
dust baseboards and clean scuff marks
dust/wash light fixtures and lamps
dust ceiling fans
wash doors (look for scuff marks)
wash walls
touch up paint
vacuum or wash window curtains
wash window blinds
clean windows
dust bookcases
polish wood furniture
wipe down and vacuum furniture (clean the base and under cushions)
condition leather furniture
remove stains from upholstered furniture
vacuum and wash lampshades
deep clean hardwood, tile, linoleum, and carpet flooring
shampoo carpet (DIY or schedule a professional)
remove rugs to shake out, then vacuum, then clean under them
vacuum all flooring, including corners and edges
clean air vents
dust around mirrors, picture frames, and wall hangings
replace light bulbs
change air/furnace filter
replace batteries in smoke detector
replace batteries in carbon monoxide detector
schedule chimney sweep
schedule termite or pest control maintenance

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[04/05/17]   The Ultimate Spring Cleaning Checklist

Spring Cleaning fever has hit us. The weather is getting warm, our energy is skyrocketing, and we’re ready to get our homes clean and organized!

This Ultimate Spring Cleaning Checklist can be used as a guide to customize your very own personal cleaning checklist.

Overall Spring Cleaning Chores

dust crown molding and baseboards
dust ceiling corners
dust baseboards and clean scuff marks
dust/wash light fixtures and lamps
dust ceiling fans
wash doors (look for scuff marks)
wash walls
touch up paint
vacuum or wash window curtains
wash window blinds
clean windows
dust bookcases
polish wood furniture
wipe down and vacuum furniture (clean the base and under cushions)
condition leather furniture
remove stains from upholstered furniture
vacuum and wash lampshades
deep clean hardwood, tile, linoleum, and carpet flooring
shampoo carpet (DIY or schedule a professional)
remove rugs to shake out, then vacuum, then clean under them
vacuum all flooring, including corners and edges
clean air vents
dust around mirrors, picture frames, and wall hangings
replace light bulbs
change air/furnace filter
replace batteries in smoke detector
replace batteries in carbon monoxide detector
schedule chimney sweep
schedule termite or pest control maintenance

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[09/08/16]   New-Home Sales Reach Best Level since Late 2007

Americans stepped up their purchases of new homes in July to the fastest pace in nearly nine years, the latest sign that low mortgage rates and a solid job market are helping support the residential real estate market.

New-home sales jumped 12.4 percent in July to a seasonally adjusted rate of 654,000 annual units, the strongest level since October 2007, the Commerce Department said recently. The demand has eclipsed the pace of construction. Just 4.3 months' supply of new homes is available on the market, down from 5.2 months a year ago.

Construction of single-family houses has picked up this year as the market has extended its recovery from the drop-off caused by the housing meltdown that began nearly a decade ago. Sales in July roughly matched the long-standing pace of 650,000 new homes selling each year. As the job market has strengthened and mortgage rates have settled near all-time lows, more buyers have been drawn to new developments and properties.

The improved sales of both new and existing homes has supported the broader U.S. economy, which is still hampered by a global slowdown and weak worker productivity. Existing-home sales reached a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.57 million in June, the best performance since early 2007.

Construction companies have added 215,000 jobs over the past 12 months. Over the same period, sales have risen 3.5 percent at building materials stores and 4.3 percent at furnishing stores, according to the government.

July's median sales price dipped 0.5 percent from a year ago to $294,600, a possible reflection of the regional sales mix. So far this year, new-home sales have climbed 12.4 percent to 352,000.

Overall, the outlook for the real estate market remains positive at this time.

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[02/26/16]   Valuable information for buyers and sellers.

If you are in the process of buying and/or selling a home, you will leave the closing with a number of important documents. Do you understand what they are and how long each one should be kept? Are you aware of the specific instances when you might need one or more of these documents in the future?

Certain home sale records will need to be kept even after you no longer own the property. This includes closing documents like the HUD-1 settlement sheet, receipts for capital improvements and any Section 1031 (like-kind exchange) sale records, all of which you should keep for an additional three years.

Then there’s the deed which proves you own the home and any community/condo association covenants, codes or restrictions that you will want to have on hand for reference. In addition, if you have a new home, make sure you keep a copy of the builder’s warranty or service contract in case you need to file a claim. Once you sell your property, you’ll be issued a mortgage payoff statement, which you should keep indefinitely as proof you have paid off the loan.

Given the importance of these documents, homeowners should consider storing two versions: one hard copy and a scanned digital one as a backup. Once the records are no longer need, be sure to shred them to protect your personally identifiable information.

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[12/11/15]   7 Smart Reasons to Buy a House in December

While others are tipping back the eggnog and celebrating the holidays, you should be buying a home.

Purchasing a new home around the holidays is not typical. But with low buyer competition, motivated sellers, and year-end tax benefits, you may want to consider canceling those holiday plans and high-tailing it to some open houses of homes for sale in San Francisco.

But if you’re in the market and wondering about when to buy a house, take note of these seven benefits and then call your agent. December just might be the most wonderful time of year … to be house hunting!

Bargain prices

The month of December is known for frantic shopping and attending countless holiday parties but not for purchasing a home — and this can work in your favor. With fewer buyers in the marketplace, the available homes for sale are priced to sell. Plus, with fewer fish in the sea, there’s less likelihood of multiple offers and escalator clauses.

Motivated sellers

If a home is on the market in December, there’s usually a specific reason sellers are looking to move; it could be a job relocation, financial hardship, or a personal change of circumstance. Regardless, it gives you an opportunity to negotiate a sweet deal — lowball the listing price and ask for a closing date that works with your schedule.

Tax benefits

Purchasing a home in 2015 is good for your bottom line when tax time rolls around. If you close by December 31, you can deduct property taxes, mortgage interest, origination points on your loan, and interest costs — all while building equity in your home. These deductions can be huge money savers, especially in the early years of your loan when you’re paying off interest.

Vendor availability

A moving company’s December calendar usually resembles a ghost town. Not only will you be able to secure movers on short notice, but with competition for prime time slots (weekends) nonexistent, you could probably score a deal as well. Ask them to consider throwing in a couple of moving hours for free or packing materials and boxes gratis. The same tactic may also work with contractors, repairmen, and home inspector services.

Lending lull

With everyone off celebrating the holidays, December is traditionally a lean month for mortgage brokers. Since there are fewer real estate transactions, loan officers may be motivated to offer special incentives and possibly waive or reduce origination fees. With so few loans in the pipeline, underwriting turnaround times will be quick. You may be able to negotiate a better price with the seller if you’re able to close the purchase in under 30 days.

Builder incentives

If you’re building a new home, ask about holiday incentives — builders typically roll them out to finish the year with a bang. If upgrades such as custom cabinets, quality carpeting, and designer paint colors are on your holiday wish list, December may be the ideal time to purchase a new-construction home. With fewer units sold throughout the month, the last few days of December are particularly important for sales.

Flexible schedules

There’s no need to wait until Saturday or Sunday to cram five house showings into your schedule. Rather than using your precious weekends, take an end-of-the-year vacation day on a weekday to check out the available inventory (especially if your company has a “use it or lose it” policy). Chances are, your agent has some time on their hands as well and would appreciate staying busy throughout December.

[12/10/15]   Home Owner Newsletter: December

1) Monthly Tip: Review Your Policy

Have you reviewed your homeowners’ insurance policy recently? If not, now is the perfect time to look over your policy. It's a good idea to annually compare the limits in your policy and assess the value of your possessions. If you make any major purchases or additions to your home throughout the year, make sure they are reflected in your policy.

The following are some tips that may reduce your homeowners’ insurance costs. Just keep in mind that insurance companies vary and these suggestions may not apply to your policy. For specific details, contact your insurance agent.

Increase your deductible. If your deductible is $250, increase it to $500. Doing so may cut your premiums. You’ll have to pay more if you make a claim, but you're likely to save money through time with lower premiums.

Secure your home. By installing a burglar alarm, deadbolt locks and smoke detectors, you may save up to five percent per security measure. Some insurance companies offer up to a 15-percent discount if you have a central alarm system that’s wired directly to a monitoring facility or police department.

Consolidate. Buy your home and auto insurance from the same company. Some companies offer discounts between five percent and 20 percent if you purchase more than one policy from them.

Renovate. Depending on your insurance company, certain home improvements may qualify you for a policy discount. Updating such systems as plumbing and electrical are examples. Be sure to check with your insurer, however, before making costly renovations.

You may also be able to save on your other insurance needs. It's a good idea to annually review all of your insurance policies, especially if you have changed major aspects of your life within the past year, like receiving a promotion, getting married, buying a car or remodeling your house. As your life changes, so do your insurance needs and a few minutes of your time could save you hundreds of dollars.

2) Change Your Light Bulbs

One of the easiest and most commonly over-looked ways to save energy at home, is simply changing your light bulbs. By using energy saving light bulbs, you can reduce your electricity usage and lower your monthly bill, saving you money. Use compact fluorescent light bulbs which can last 8-10 times longer than incandescent, and tend to use about 75% less energy. These bulbs also produce 90% less heat and deliver more light per Watt. Another way to save energy on your lights, use motion-detector lights for your outdoor lighting. It's not only convenient, but it is also efficient. You can also consider using timers on our indoor lighting to have them automatically turn off during the day. Always be sure to turn off all the lights when you leave the house.

3) Pet Safety

Keep your furry family members safe over the holidays with just a few easy tips. This way your pets can enjoy the fun around the holidays, without any unplanned trips to the vet.

•Holly, mistletoe, and poinsettia plants are all poisonous to both dogs and cats. If you have these plants in your home for the holidays, be sure to keep them in a place where your pet cannot get to them.

•Avoid any edible tree decorations. Popcorn and cranberry strings can be a temptation to your pet, and with a few good tugs can pull your tree down on top of them.

•Although tinsel can be a beautiful addition to the tree, be sure to hang it out of your pet’s reach. If ingested, tinsel can cause intestinal blockage, which may need to be removed surgically.

•The same happens with pine needles if they are ingested. Be sure if you are bringing a live tree into your home, that you keep the pets away from the needles. The needles can puncture your furry friend's intestines if ingested.
These simple tips can help keep the holidays fun for all, and keep your pets out of trouble.

4) Hanging String Lights

Before heading outdoors and climbing up the ladder to hang your lights this holiday season, prepare with the following tips to make your job a little easier:
•Measure the length you want to cover in lights and calculate how many clips and light strings you will need. To brighten your display, clip the lights a little closer together rather than stretching them out full length.

•If you are using a special spacing between your lights start by cutting out a piece of cardboard to the length you are wanting to achieve, and use that as your spacer between the clips. This will help you have a uniform look.

•Test out each strand of lights prior to hanging them, and replace any dead bulbs and or strands that may be damaged.

•Lastly, test the connection between strands to be sure they all connect and that the extension cord reaches where it will be plugged in. Don't overload the connection and read the manufacture’s label on how many strands you can connect safely.

Whatever style of holiday lighting you choose, preparing your strands in advance can help to make your experience quick and hopefully stress-free.


***** Recipe of the Month*****

Twice Baked Sweet Potatoes Ingredients

4 medium-size sweet potatoes
5 tablespoons light brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
Pinch cayenne pepper
1/2 stick unsalted butter
Vegetable oil, for greasing roasting tray
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
1/2 cup chopped pecans

Directions

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.

Lightly scrub the sweet potatoes under cold running water. Place the potatoes on a roasting tray and bake until tender, 1 hour 15 minutes. Remove from the oven and allow the potatoes to cool slightly before cutting off the top third of the potatoes lengthwise. Scoop out the flesh using a large spoon (leave enough on the base so the skin holds its shape) and reserve bases.

Add the potato flesh, 2 tablespoons of the sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, cayenne pepper and butter to a food processor. Process until the ingredients are completely combined and the puree is smooth. Season with salt and pepper. Drizzle a roasting tray with a little oil. Set the potato skin bases upright on the tray and fill with the mixture.

Combine the remaining 3 tablespoons sugar and pecans in a small bowl. Sprinkle the top of each stuffed sweet potato with the sugar-pecan topping. Bake 10 minutes. Finish the potatoes under the broiler for the top to brown, 1 minute, if desired.

Recipe courtesy Guy Fieri

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