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How to Avoid Common Homeowner Maintenance Mistakes

by Galand Haas

This post includes just a few tips for regular home maintenance. They will keep your home in better condition, save you money, and keep you more safe.

Replace your air filter. After a hot summer, you should replace the filter if you have not already done so. It will make your HVAC system last longer and run more efficiently if you replace every 3 months.

Seal your grout and natural stone. Grout in wet areas and most natural stone should be sealed regularly, preferably every year.

Check for leaks. Run all your faucets for 10 seconds and take a quick look under the sinks to make sure there is no water leaking from supply or drain lines. A small leak can turn into a big leak without attention. For bonus points, get under the house and check the crawl space.

Earthquake-proof. It’s been too long since a major temblor, so it’s easy to forget earthquake safety. Bookshelves, mirrors, and other heavy objects should be tightly secured. Ensure that heavy objects are not over areas that you regularly sleep or sit.

Article originally posted on realtytimes.com

Good Monday Morning!

September home sales numbers are in for the Eugene and Springfield market area.  Home sales were up over the same period in 2013 but down from August.  Here are the results.

Lane County saw plenty of pending sales again this September. The 351 pendings were a 12.9% increase from the 311 offers accepted last September, although were slightly cooler than last month’s 423. Likewise, the 436 new listings bested September 2013 by 11.5% (391) but were slightly cooler than August’s 575. Closed sales (349) cooled 1.4% from the 354 closings posted last September and 3.1% compared to last month, when there were 360.

Total market time in Lane County rose to 98 days and inventory decreased to 4.9 months in September.

Year to Date Summary

In the first nine months of the year, new listings (4,908) and pending sales (3,143) have increased 4.0% and

0.7% over the same period in 2013. Closed sales (2,840) have decreased 3.8% from the same time last year.

Average and Median Sale Prices

The average price during the first nine months of 2014 was $235,200, up 3.2% from the same period of 2013, when the average was $228,000. In the same comparison, the median has risen 3.4% from $203,000 to $210,000. 

Have an Aawesome Week!

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8 Reasons to Divorce Your Home

by Galand Haas

It can be bittersweet to begin the selling process. Your home is where your life happens, where you have made memories over the years with family and friends. Perhaps now though, you are feeling as if your home has lost its spark. Maybe it's time to say goodbye. 

How do you know when it's really over? 

1. It doesn't help with the housework.

How are you supposed to keep the yard looking nice when the massive shade trees are starving the lawn? Or the two-story stone fireplace that used to be white is now more of a yellowy-beige?

Your house should be helping you out instead of making it more difficult.

2. It's in need of a makeover.

Broken down, randomly working dishwasher. Sticking doors. Warping floors. Sometimes it seems like the walls are actually rejecting paint. Is that even possible?

3. No matter how much you do for it, it's never enough.

As soon as you fix one thing, another one breaks. It's like it's trying to tell you something (It is; it's telling you to move!).

4. It doesn't make you feel sexy.

The shower water smells like dirt and it gets so humid in the bathroom it takes 30 minutes to clear the mirror. Even if you were feeling flirty, you couldn't get a good glance at yourself to make sure everything looks like it should.

Plus, you smell like mud, and that's a definite mood-killer.

5. It talks back.

If pipes that are way overdue to be replaced make embarrassing noises any time you flush or wash, you've got a back talker. And that's no good.

6. It's disrespectful.

The light in the living room flickers for no reason, no matter how many new bulbs you give it. Has it occurred to you it's just trying to get a look up your skirt?

7. All it does is sit around.

Those other houses do stuff. They turn on and off lights. They help you set the air conditioning. Considering it takes four hard slaps on the wall and a good stomp on the floor by the air conditioning unit just to make it pop on, this kind of upgrade may be out of the question. Or at least out of your budget.

8. You're drawn to another.

You're not a cheater. But you find yourself, well, looking at others lately. Driving down other streets and maybe lingering a little too long. Thinking about what life would be like if you lived there.

Maybe the grass really is greener.

And maybe your house would appreciate someone who appreciates it. Maybe it's just not that into you.

So cut it loose. Set it free. Set yourself free. Divorce that house. Your castle awaits.

Article originally written on RealtyTimes

Fall?Winter Just May Be The Best Time To Sell Your Home!!

by Galand Haas

Good Monday Morning!

If you are cnsidering the sale of your Eugene and Springfield area home, then seriously consider putting your home on the market for sale right now.  Most people feel that the only season that homes sell is Spring and Summer.  Statistics for home sales in our local market area show that this is not always the case.  Typically, starting in September many people who failed to sell their homes during the Summer months, take their homes off of the market.  Also, fewer new listings hit the market during the Fall and Winter months. Because of this, the inventory of homes for sale is typically at it lowest point from September through April.  This means that competition levels are significantly lower and ofter times the chances for selling your home increase dramatically during the Fall and Winter months.  Another factor that weighs in heavily are the record low mortgage interest rates that we currently have.  Chances are that by Spring, these rates are going to be higher, which may also have a detrimental effect on the number of active home buyers.  

If you are considering a home sale now or in the future, contact me and I can take a look at your home and give you some guidance on the best time to sell and mximize your dollar proceeds from the sale.

Have An Awesome Week!

THIS WEEKS HOT HOME LISTING!

Video Link: http://eugeneoregonhomesforsale.com/video/This-Month-in-Real-Estate-October-2014

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