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Flu Season Protection for Your Home

by Real Team 360

With flu season upon us, now is the time to double down on cleaning surfaces most likely to host the virus. Check out these simple tips for a healthy house.

The peak of flu season tends to be between December and February, and during these months a little extra cleaning can really pay off. When we go out and about, we can easily bring home the flu virus, and it can continue to be a threat on surfaces throughout the home.

Using a disinfectant registered with the Environmental Protection Agency is a smart move. Remember to wash your hands regularly and avoid touching your face while cleaning.

Here’s a checklist of places you’ll want to clean more regularly during the flu season:

 1. The bathroom is ground zero for cross-contamination, especially the sink area. Faucets, door knobs, and areas around trash cans are key zones to clean.

 2. Light switch plates are notorious transfer points for germs. Wipe them down with disinfectant throughout the house.

 3. Remote controls, game console controllers, and touch-screen devices are seldom cleaned and often touched. Refer to your manufacturer’s cleaning directions to make sure you don’t damage the electronics.

 4. Beloved stuffed animals are germ magnets, especially those indispensable “go everywhere” toys. If possible, wash these special friends in hot water.

 5. Shift to dishwasher-only cleaning during the flu season. Utensils, plates, and leftover food containers might not get a complete cleaning in or around the sink alone.

Someone in the house already feeling under the weather? Take a few extra precautions by isolating their toothbrush, washing their bedding, washcloths, and towels daily, and segregating their eating utensils from the rest of the household dishes. Also be sure to empty their trash cans frequently to dispose of contaminated tissues.

Buying or selling your home during flu season? Keep in mind that open houses can be a common crossroads for the flu virus. Take extra steps to disinfect before and after events.

Don’t Fear a Hot Homebuyer’s Market

by Real Team 360

While it's true that prices have risen and inventory has come down in recent months, that’s no reason to stay on the sidelines if you’re thinking about moving. Don’t let popular perceptions of the real estate market hold you back.

If you’ve found yourself paralyzed by this active market, you’re not alone. According to a recent survey of 3,500 buyers, a whopping 58% of potential homebuyers are sitting on the sidelines because they’re afraid the market is too hot.

Here’s a breakdown of their top concerns:

1. Affordability: Prices are rising or too high (27%)
2. There's too much competition from other buyers (17%)
3. There aren't enough homes to choose from (14%)

While it’s true we’ve seen a dramatic increase in market activity over the past few years, it’s important to remember that what you want isn’t necessarily what everyone else wants. Where you want to live and the type of home you want to live in isn’t necessarily subject to the “macrotrends” in any given market situation.

Your dream home is as unique as you are, and the only way to understand what’s out there is to take the time to share the details of what you’re looking for with a professional who is tuned into the market. What’s more, an agent can help debunk market myths and keep an eye out for properties which fit your specific criteria.

Now is a good time to make a list of criteria for your next home. Begin with your “must haves” and move on to your “nice to haves.” Consider square footage, neighborhood, amenities, and your budget as you put together this list. Reflecting on this information will help you have a productive discussion with a buyer’s agent and also contribute to your understanding of “what’s out there” in your immediate market.

Often our fears turn out to be unfounded. If you’ve been letting your perception of the market stymie you from pursuing your dream, now is a good time to start a discussion with someone who can help you see the whole picture.

Questions? We'd love to help! Call us at 805.238.1555 or email one of us at Scott@realteam360.com or Brian@realteam360.com.

[Survey source: https://www.redfin.com/research/reports/real-time-market-sentiment]

Renovations Buyers Like to See

by Real Team 360

Any renovation which improves the value of your home in the eyes of buyers without breaking your renovation budget is an excellent choice. So how do you know which ones buyers want to see? Read on to learn how these smaller projects are some of the best you can choose.

Not all renovations are created equal. If you’re adding a luxurious new bathroom or a “man cave” for your own purposes, you’re probably not too concerned about your return when the house goes on the market. You’re spending the money for your pleasure and quality of life, not the return.

But many homeowners see their home as a financial investment vehicle and understand that it’s quite likely the day will come in 5 to 7 years when they are ready to trade up or move to a new market. With this eye, every renovation is a calculated decision. In this situation, you want to select projects which are likely to provide a good return.

According to a National Association of Home Builder's 2013 report of 4,000 prospective buyers, the following seven features were on buyers' most wanted list:

1. Separate Laundry Room (93% preference)

2. Exterior Lighting (90% preference)

3. Energy Star-Qualified Windows (89% preference)

4. Garage Storage Space (86% preference)

5. Eat-In Kitchen (85% preference)

6. Walk-In Kitchen Pantry (85% preference)

7. Wireless Home Security System (50% preference)

You can read the estimated costs and reasoning behind these features in the original Kiplinger article here: http://www.kiplinger.com/slideshow/real-estate/T010-S001-7-features-home-buyers-want-most/index.html (Keep in mind that the costs may have risen, as the original article ran in 2014.)

Are you planning to sell your home after a renovation? We'd love to help! Call us at 805.238.1555 or email one of us at Scott@realteam360.com or Brian@realteam360.com.

July Home Sales Take Breather, Remain Higher than Last Year

by Real Team 360

The number of July home sales was the highest of any July since the RE/MAX National Housing Report began in 2008 and the second highest of any month behind June. Completed transactions in July were 3.2% lower than in June, but 11.3% higher than sales in July 2014. Home prices have now risen for 42 consecutive months on a year-over-year basis. The Median Sales Price of all homes sold in July was $215,000, which was 6.4% above the price seen in July 2014. The inventory of homes for sale continues to challenge the market with a 1.0% monthly decrease from June. At the current rate of home sales, the resulting Months Supply of inventory in July still favors sellers at 3.9 on a scale where 6.0 months indicates a market balanced equally between buyers and sellers.

Watch this National Housing Report from RE/MAX to learn more about the current market:

https://youtu.be/mnNOjz3jew8

 

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Paso Robles CA 93446
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