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Weekly Market Snapshot 4/29 – 5/5

May 6th, 2021 by tisner


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Are You Cleaning These Spots Often Enough?

May 5th, 2021 by tisner

Cleaning up around the house is obviously an important task, and some areas require cleaning more often than others. There are some spots that might need a bit more attention than they’re getting, though. This is especially true for those areas that are out of sight or otherwise not as easily noticed as higher-profile and more visible areas that get cleaned on the regular. While the specifics of your cleaning and maintenance schedule will depend on your home and what you have in it, here are a few common areas for you to consider in case they’re not getting enough attention in your home.

Interior Cleaning

Most of the time when you think of cleaning in the house, you’re likely thinking of tasks like dusting, vacuuming, and other common indoor cleaning tasks. Here are a few other places to clean that might not be getting nearly as much attention as they need:

  • Washer and dryer: You should clean your washing machine every week or two, or at least once a month if it isn’t used very often. The dryer should also be cleaned at least once a month, and make sure you take a vacuum and suck out some of the lint that might build up around your lint trap.
  • Blinds: While dust on the blinds is the most obvious sign that they need to be cleaned, they also build up with grease and other dirt over time which can stick and even stain. Even if they don’t look like they need it, clean your blinds at least once a month.
  • Refrigerator: The coils on the back of your fridge need periodic cleaning, but you should also clean the grill, shelves, and other internal locations as well. This not only keeps buildup from stopping airflow, but also helps to prevent food contamination.
  • Furniture: If your furniture is upholstered, try to vacuum its surface at least once a month. This will get rid of crumbs and dirt while also cutting back on dust, dander, and other allergens that can plague you throughout the year.

These obviously aren’t the only locations that you need to hit when cleaning up around the house, but they’re some of the more easily overlooked. Other appliances and features of rooms that are frequently used might need to go on the list as well when thinking of what to clean.

Exterior Cleaning

There are a lot of areas outside that could probably use more attention than they’re getting. This can vary significantly depending on where you live and the features of your home and yard, but here are a few of the most common:

  • External HVAC components: If you have central heat and air, you’ve likely got a large exterior unit that at best only gets cleaned once or maybe twice a year. If you rely on window-mounted air conditioners, those may get even less love. Check these components at least 3 or 4 times a year if not more often and remove built-up leaves, dirt, dust, and other potential hazards that could hurt their efficiency.
  • Patios and walkways: Leaves, cut grass, and a variety of types of dirt can have a negative effect on walkways, stonework, and even wooden features like patios if left alone. They can cause unsightly stains, chips, and other decay. Clean these outdoor features at least once a month, and more often during the summer and fall when there’s a lot of mowing and falling leaves around.
  • Garage doors: There’s a good chance that you clean your garage at least a few times per year, but what about the garage doors? Not only do the tracks need to be cleaned periodically to prevent dirt or debris from clogging them up, but you also might want to add some appropriate lubricant to the rollers at least once or twice per year.
  • Gutters: If your home has gutters, you likely clean them at least once a year when the leaves are falling. What about other times, though? Falling seed pods, pollen, and even dirt and dust that washes down from your shingles can all have a negative effect on your gutters. Try to clean them at least once per season if not more often.

There are other areas that may be overlooked as well, such as bricks or siding and the outside of windows (which should be cleaned at least as often as the inside window glass is cleaned.) Stay mindful of this as you make a list of things to clean and maintain around the outside of your home.

Other Considerations

There are a lot of tasks around the home when it comes to cleaning, and some of them are things you might not even consider. To help make sure that you get everything, try hiring a professional cleaner or home maintenance pro at least a few times a year to help you tackle everything. HomeKeepr can help you find pros in your area to get the job done; just sign up for a free account today and you’ll be on your way.

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Weekly Market Snapshot 4/22 – 4/28

April 29th, 2021 by tisner


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Homeowners Insurance and Hurricane Coverage: Know the Facts

April 23rd, 2021 by tisner

Hurricane Season is coming soon and now is a good time to check your homeowners insurance to make sure you’re properly protected before a storm hits your area and leaves you with a damaged or destroyed home.  Hurricane season runs from June 1stand ends November 30th and peaks in September.  This year is predicted to be more active than usual.  The NOOA will be releasing its annual hurricane outlook for 2021 and predicts to have a total of 14 named storms, 7 hurricanes, and 3 major hurricanes (“major hurricane” is defined as a Category 3 or stronger). Here are a few things to keep in mind for insuring a home against these dangers: Often when a named hurricane enters the “box” (see below) North of 15 degrees North Latitude, South of 35 degrees North Latitude, West of 70 degrees West Longitude and East of 95 degrees West Longitude, insurance companies suspend binding new policies. When binding authority is suspended, all changes to existing policies are also suspended.  Coverages and/or deductibles can’t be changed until the storm has passed.  This applies to auto policies as well.  We are also unable to bind new flood policies when the named storm or hurricane enters the box.  If there is no mortgage on the home, there is a 30 day waiting period for coverage to kick in for all flood policies from the purchase date of the policy.

The good news is that most homeowners policies cover for damage from a hurricane.  Most homeowners policies have an “all other peril” (AOP) deductible for losses caused by perils such as vandalism, fire, lightening, and theft and a separate deductible for hurricane losses. The hurricane deductible is mandated by Florida Statutes.  The hurricane deductible can be as low as $500 but is typically expressed as a percentage, 2-5%, but higher percentages are availableIt is a percentage of the coverage amount, not a percentage of the loss. For example, if your home is insured for $200,000 and your hurricane deductible is 2%, you would need to pay the first $4,000 in damages before the insurance company begins to pay for damages. According to Florida Statute §627.4025, a hurricane means a storm system that has been declared a “hurricane” by the National Hurricane Center or the National Weather Service. Note, a named tropical storm does not trigger the hurricane deductible.  According to the Florida Statutes, the duration of a hurricane in which the hurricane deductible would apply includes the time period:

  • Beginning at the time a hurricane watch or warning is issued for any part of Florida by the National Hurricane Center;
  • Continuing for the time period during which the hurricane conditions exist anywhere in Florida; and
  • Ending 72 hours following the termination of the 1sthurricane watch or hurricane warning issued.

Many, if not most, insurance policies require that the customer report all hurricane losses, even those that are clearly below the deductible.  Please remember that all policies are different; it’s key to read the specific policy in question to see how deductibles are structured. 

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Weekly Market Snapshot 4/8 – 4/14

April 15th, 2021 by tisner

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National Dolphin Day

April 14th, 2021 by tisner

15 Fun Facts About Dolphins
Dolphins are mammals known for their friendliness. There are over 40 species of dolphins, the most common being the Bottlenose dolphin. Did you know these 15 fun facts about dolphins?
Dolphins are found all across the world and are close relatives of whales. Check out the cool facts about these beautiful creatures.
1.) They stick with their mothers for a long time
It is in the nature of the dolphins to stick with their mothers for a long time before they leave their pack. Some stay with their mothers for 3 or even 8 years!
2.) Dolphins have 2 stomachs
One is used for storage of food and the other is used for digestion.
3.) They dive up to 1,000 feet
Dolphins are known to be great divers. Being creatures of the sea, they can dive up to 1,000 feet underwater.
4.) Dolphins can live up to 50 years!
Even though the average lifespan of dolphins is about 17 years, some can even live up to 50 years!
5.) There are around 40 species of dolphins
There are many types of dolphins, around 40 different species. While the majority of them spend their lives in saltwater, many can survive just fine in freshwater. The smallest of their kind is 3-4 feet long, while the largest is 30 feet!
6.) Dolphins help the sick or injured members
These caring creatures are often seen tending to the sick, the old and the injured in their group, which is known as ‘pod’.
7.) Extremely intelligent animals
They are not only the friendliest or caring creatures but also the most intelligent ones. It is believed by scientists that comparing the ratio size of brain to body, dolphins take the 2nd place right after the humans!
8.) Dolphins never chew their food
Dolphins never chew their food, they swallow it as a whole. Their teeth are used only to catch their prey.
9.) They give themselves names
It has been proved by scientists that dolphins give themselves names. They develop their own individual whistles and they recognize theirs and other dolphins’ names.
10.) They sleep with only half their brain
When they are asleep, one part of their brain remains alert and awake. This keeps them safe from potential predators, and enables them to breathe while sleeping.
11.) Dolphins are very friendly to humans and animals
They love to play with members of their pods and are friendly to even humans. They are often seen playing and teasing other animals living underwater.
12.) Killer whales are the biggest kind of dolphin
Opposite to their name, Killer Whales belong to the dolphin family. Killer Whales, reaching up to a length of 30 feet, are the biggest of their kind.
13.) Dolphins can migrate if they don’t have enough food
Not known to many, Dolphins can migrate if their needs of food are not met. Even though they are not migratory animals, they will move to places where they have enough food and the climatic conditions are suitable to their body temperatures.
14.) They have delicate skin but heals quickly
Dolphins have very delicate skin, getting injured at the slightest touch of hard surface. However, due to their fast healing attribute, even the deepest of wounds can be healed within a short time.
15.) Some can swim at 20 miles per hour
They can swim at the rate of 3 to 7 miles per hour. Some exceed that and travel at the speed of 20 miles per hour.

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New Homeowners: Wait Before You Renovate

April 13th, 2021 by tisner

Your new home charmed you as soon as you walked into the entryway, despite rooms with dark paneling, a pink tile bathroom, or a small galley kitchen. You knew you wanted to make some changes when you bought it, but is it worth the added stress, not to mention the stress on your new budget?  

  • The home-buying process and moving are no small feats and undertaking a renovation can take another toll.  Give yourself a break before starting something new. 
  • Getting used to living where you are could cause you to rethink your plans. For instance, you wanted a bay window to replace the two smaller windows in the dining area, but after feeling the hot afternoon sun shining in, you change your mind.  Little things like this are not noticeable from a few walkthroughs and virtual tours. 
  • Many fixups are inexpensive and can tide you over until you make your final decision on whether to renovate or not: painting, fixing up the floors, or purchasing new furniture are all ways you can satisfy that itch and make the new house feel like your own. 
  • Living in your home as it is for a while could show you that a major renovation is not needed at all! One room could simply need better lighting, or a closet you wanted to enlarge simply needs a few organizational pieces. 
  • Continue the savings habits you adopted while saving for your down payment and other costs associated with your home purchase, and you can pay for your redo in cash, one step at a time! 
  • Go ahead with your planned decorating! It is possible that you will find those renovations unnecessary once you have new furniture, draperies, and wall color. 
  • Some renos cannot wait and are best completed before moving in structural work, full kitchen or bathroom re-do, large room addition, or changes to the layout.   

Patience is a virtue, and in today’s instant world, it is hard to wait for something you have looked forward to for months. Holding back on the revamping of your new home will not only teach patience, but it could save money and headaches for you! Architectural Digest covers other aspects of home renovation to consider 

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Weekly Market Snapshot 4/1 – 4/7

April 8th, 2021 by tisner


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Tips for New Construction Buyers

April 6th, 2021 by tisner


If you are searching for a turnkey home with the latest smart technology, energy efficiency, and modern floor plan and materials, you will want to investigate
 new construction.  Of course, buying a brand-new house has some differences than the purchase of an older home.  New construction has all the things on your wish list, but there are a few things new house hunters need to be aware of. 

  • You will need a buyer agent to represent you. The builder’s agent will be looking out for their client–not you. 
  • Go through the pre-approval process but shop around for the loan that fits your needs.  If the builder’s lender has incentives and discounts, take advantage of them if it will benefit you in the end. 

Ask the builder: 

  • How many lots and homes have been sold, how large each lot is, and how much space is between houses? 
  • What is the length of the home’s warranty, and what does it cover? 
  • How much input does the buyer have in choosing paint colors and materials for flooring, kitchen, and bathrooms? What is the policy if the builder runs short on chosen materials? 
  • Is smart technology wiring included in the basic home package, and is wiring to all bedrooms an extra expense? 
  • What appliances are included in the basic price? 
  • Keep in mind that the model home you are shown has all the bells and whistles! Never assume you are getting everything in your home that the model shows. Ask about these features and write everything down as you get answers. 
  • Talk to residents who are already living in the community, and ask them about any concerns they have, and what they love about their new home. 
  • Do not skip the home inspection just because it is new construction. Be sure your purchase contract allows you to hire an inspector outside the building company. 
  • If the model home is one of the last homes left in the neighborhood, ask about buying it! You may not get every finish just as you would like, but you can paint a room or change the flooring! 

Be aware that the builder makes their main profit on upgrades and will do their best to convince you that you need that “free” entertainment package or other “gifts” they may offer. If you are a DIY-buyer, leave the custom closets and finished storage areas for later. Saving money on the purchase price of your new home is your most important goal, but you must do some “home” work first! 

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Weekly Market Snapshot 3/25 – 3/31

April 1st, 2021 by tisner

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