Turning a Summer Place into an Autumn Oasis

Turning a Summer Place into an Autumn Oasis.

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Things You Need to Do for Your Home in September!

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September. The month where summer ends and fall begins…unless you live in San Diego. Then it’s just summer all year. But for most of us as the seasons change so do the things we need to do around our house.

While you may think that it’s a bit early to be considering the coming autumn temperatures, September is actually the perfect month to get a lot of home related items in order as you prepare for a coming change in temperature.

Here is a home checklist of items for you to consider doing this September:

1. Get your chimney and furnace inspected.

This is key for homes that need their heat running efficiently in the winter months. Getting your furnace and chimney checked in September gives you time to have any issues fixed in enough time before the weather turns. I actually learned this lesson personally. I have a chimney, but I don’t have a fireplace so why would I need my chimney inspected? A random chimney company was in the area and gave me a discount to have my chimney inspected and it was a good thing they did. I had damage at the top of my chimney and it hadn’t been cleaned in years which was costing me money as my furnace was having to work twice as hard to heat my home. Take it from me. Get your chimney inspected and cleaned as well as your furnace. Your home (and wallet) will thank you come winter.

2. Plan a weekend to take care of the outdoor furniture.

Whether you have a deck, a patio or just some stuff in the yard, plan out a weekend where you’ll officially put everything away. If you don’t plan on it, you’ll find it’s Thanksgiving and you still have a picnic table in your backyard.

3. Swap out those screen windows for storm windows.

It’s easy just to leave the screen windows up and just forget about it. But if you have storm windows, your home will stay warmer and heat more efficiently with that extra layer of protection from storm windows. Also if you’re in an area that gets snow, you need those storm windows to prevent that winter precipitation from getting inside your window sills and causing rot. It’s a pain in the neck, but worth it in the long run.

4. Check your windows and doors for drafts.

You probably should have done this before summer began, but if you forgot now’s the time to do a check of all your windows and doors to see if there’s air escaping. You’ll want to seal these up before you burn your money away with heat escaping your home. They can be simple to fix in some instances by just adding some weatherstripping around them. If you’ve got a door that leads maybe to an uninsulated room like a garage or mud room that has a draft underneath it, I highly recommend the Twin Draft Guard. Possibly the best $10 I’ve spent at Target.

5. Head over to YankeeCandle.com and order a pumpkin spice candle.

This is a requirement for all homes once October begins.

And there you have it. A few simple things to get your home ready for the cooler months ahead. Now that you’re done, you can head on over to Starbucks for an early fall treat as they have their Pumpkin Spice Latte available early this year to celebrate its 10th anniversary.

For those looking for more to do around the house, head on over to Houzz who has a pretty exhaustive checklist for your home in September.

Sales of Homes in Wenatchee is on the rise!!

We are seeing a fantastic rise of sales of homes in the past few months!  Even experiencing homes being listed and pending within just a few short days!  How exciting is that?!

Utilizing internet technology has become one of our greatest accomplishments in listing homes.

Here is a few ways that we bring your home into light using the internet:           

 
 
   

Choosing your real estate professional is perhaps, the most important decision you will make when selling property. The more you look around the more we think you will see why it makes sense to list with us. We don’t sit back and wait for buyers to come to us. We aggressively put your list your property in the places people are looking!

We Aggressively Market Your Property through Mega Listing Sites and Social Media! All brokers are able to post your property in the MLS which is a good start – but only one piece of the pie. The Internet allows potential buyers to look in many places. We not only put your listing in the local MLS, but we also push our listings to the KEY popular real estate mega sites that have show good results for driving traffic and interest to our listings and our site.

We harness the power of the major Mega Listing sites such as Zillow, Trulia, YouTube, Google Videos, Google Maps, Facebook, Twitter, AOL Videos, and more. The bottom line is that we post your listings to the most popular websites on the planet!

 

We look forward to selling your home!

HOW’S THE MARKET DOING?

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There is no question in my mind that across Washington State and Nationally the Real Estate Market is greatly improving.  I recently attended a two day convention with Coldwell Banker and attended a session with state wide economist. I was very encouraged to hear what I was reading and hearing from The Seattle Times and my associates in Coldwell Banker Bain (933 agents) and Coldwell Banker Danforth (357 agents) ! They were saying the market is now in a spin with multiple offers, upward bidding, and 19% price appreciation.  Like our motto at Coldwell Banker LaVigne when asked.. "hows the market doing?"… we say "UNBELIEVABLE!"  And that reflection on the local market is said with honesty and integrity which is how we at Coldwell Banker LaVigne run our business.

For the last three years, our local market of Wenatchee, East Wenatchee, Cashmere, Leavenworth, Lake Wenatchee, and Chelan has been unbelievably poor.  Our market resisted stubbornly, a recessionary correction and the National trend, i.e. down in price and number of sales. Our living working community hung on with fewer short sales and foreclosures than would have been expected. It is as if a huge wave of correction surged across the greater part of the State and our Wenatchee area withstood the current connection with sellers saying, “we purchased for….spent… in extensive remodeling… and we just can’t admit the reality of the market conditions, appraisals and comparables sales.  Now, as the Greater Seattle area rebounds, we are caught in the back wash of a wave of correction. Our Market is just beginning to improve. Inventory is down, new listings are selling, Coldwell Banker LaVigne is seeing quick sales, even days, in spite a sham marketing promising they sell quicker… the data shows contrary.  Our State wide economist convinced me with clear market matrix and statistics that we are coming into an amazing recovery.  Now’s the time to sell!!  Interest rates are historically low, clear price downward movement…”UNBELIEVABLE”!!!  Our local market which trentds 6 months to a year behind Seattle is shifting from a buyers market, with aggressively low offers and closing cost concessions, to a sellers market! Buyers who are waiting for the bottom of the market only to discover they missed it! Think about this statistic that comes from out of research from Coldwell Bankers President, Budge Husky. “when listing with the national brand, Coldwell Banker, and Tom Sellic the voice of Coldwell Banker, sellers are realizing 20% high profitability when listing with Coldwell Banker.  How’s the Market Doing?  “Unbelievable”! at Coldwell Banker LaVigne.