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Now is the time to market your home for best exposure.

After a server winter, with tons of snow hiding your beautiful home, and now with cherry blossoms showing their beauty, grass growing back and warmer weather to please the new home buyers, now is the time to put it on the market.

You will of course want a great agent to help you with marketing, making your home look the best, and having a good experience with the sale. So choose wisely. Give a click below to see a little of how I do what I do best.

Kenneth Cole, Licensed New York State Real Estate Salesperson, call 917-696-0275

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Check List of Spring Outdoor Maintenance for Homeowners

Start at the top-the roof.
There is on need to climb. Just get a good pair of field glasses and take a look. Check for missing shingles, debris around the chimney and for loose gutters.

Exterior.
Check the siding for gaps of caulking that came off, peeling or blistering paint, tree branches too close to the siding, and trim or call a professional. Mildew can be power washed off and make the siding look like a fresh paint job. Power wash before painting for better adhesion.
Repair loose siding now to save from having additional repair work later. Check the gutters for debris from last fall’s tree droppings, and for loose gutters caused by winter ice dams.

Windows.
Check caulking and trim. If paint is pealing, repair now.

Foundation.
Now is a good time to look for any cracks before growing plants hide them. While you’re at it, check to see that the ground sloops away from the house and not toward it. This could save you $$$ by preventing water from coming into the basement when we get a heavy summer rain.

Yard.
Clean up fallen tree twigs and any other wood lying around before termites find out about them and decide your house will be the next place to visit. See my website for more detailed information about termites.

Check the trees around your property, to see if any branches look dead, have no sign of growth, and check to see if you have an insect infestation. Carpenter ants will also make their home in live trees. Termites look for dead wood, like your house framing. Call a professional inspector at least once every few years, just to be sure. They can save you plenty if they find something.

For a more detailed list please see Mr. Jay’s list

Great Kills Parks

A new park is born, for a slide presentation click here Great Kills Park
Great for the 3-8 year olds and their grandparents.

For more information about this area, Annadale, Eltingville, and Great Kills, please visit my web sitewhere you can take a video walking tour. Just scroll down on the left side for the links.
Also more information on buying and selling your home.

Is that the house they can’t sell?

I wonder what’s wrong with it, it’s been on the market a long time. Maybe there’s a building code violation on it and the bank won’t finance it until it’s corrected.

Ever ask yourself this question?

Sometimes, there is a building code violation and that’s what’s holding up the sale. Any unit that has work not filed with the city, is illegal. Example; when an owner makes an additional alteration and the city has no record of it, the bank is going to reject the mortgage until the violation is corrected. The bank wants to see the home inspectors report as well as the appraisal. It will show up. A clear example is changing the garage into a living space. There was a time when the banks looked the other way, those days are gone.

Just for your own protection, and for a future sale, always get the job done with city or township approval. It’s not only a safety issue but if the job is done incorrectly, you may need to tear it out and redo it. So it’s a monetary issue as well. Ever see Homes on Homes?

So don’t paint yourself into a corner;

because, you wanted to go the easy way, or save money.

A job well begun, is half done!

Website

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Why is pricing your house RIGHT so important?

The biggest problem people have when selling their home is pricing their unit right.

Why is it, that most homes don’t sell at or near full price? Everyone loves a bargain, but not every unit is a bargain.

In my city, we just received our statements regarding our property values for tax notice. Now that’s opening up a can of worms. Folks are calling me asking, “How can my value go up (according to the city) when prices are still falling”?

Or, ZESTIMATE says my home is worth more, or less, then the city says. Another asks, “Why does the city have a big difference in the value of my home when I just had it appraised and the report came back much lower then the city?”

Still another said, “I know the market here.” With all due respect, do you really?

Let’s take a look at some of the factors that affect the numbers.

We are talking about Comparative pricing, that is looking at other units just like mine. We need to understand that we are comparing “apples to apples.” When appraisers look at similar units and add or subtract value accordingly. See my post on Appraisals.

New York City uses a system that estimates the value of your unit based on recent sales of comparable units. However, it does not consider certain factors that might affect the real value, such as if your unit needs updating or repairs that buyers will see when they visit the property.

Consider this example. House A sold for $480,000 a few months ago, that I would have priced lower because it needed about $100,000 worth of repair and updating. My thoughts are that there was something about this unit that the buyers were really interested in to make that offer.

House B also sold around this same time period, also for $480,000. This unit was a cream puff, a doll’s house. Two years ago it would have sold for over $500,000 yet if you looked it up on Zillow before it sold, it would have been quoted lower. Sometimes it’s estimated higher. Now of course if you look it up, it reflects the recent sold price.

There are other examples that I could make the point that pricing can be off as much as $100,000 in extreme cases. Unless you really know the market in a certain area, it’s a guess no matter what resource you use. As I stated above, even the city can be off quite a bit. So it’s a factor of having “incomplete” in information. An agent who know the area, uses several resources for information, visits the insides of properties for sale, and tracks the sales records is the person to go to for expert opinion. Even then, the evaluation can be off a little. The final proof is in the sale price. So if you’re looking to sell, check the agent’s marketing program and sales history to be sure you get the best person to help you.

If you want to see more about how I market homes, please go to my website, or give me a call and I’ll go over all the details with you. My cell number is 917-696-0275

Today, the Condo at 920 Armstrong closed. The young buyer was very happy. Nice to see young folks taking part of the American dream. 45 Days on the market, not bad. Closing only took 55 minutes.

Looking to sell or buy real estate on Staten Island? Give me a call, 917-696-0275

Water Vapor

Moisture in the air. We need it, we want it. It can make you feel comfortable, or it can make you feel uncomfortable. Too much is bad for the house, and too little is also undesirable. So what’s a person to do? Let’s start with what we need.

Did you know that, in winter, some homes are dryer than the Sahara desert? True. We heat the air in our homes without adding moisture, bad news for our sinuses and our furniture. Also, if the relative humidity in our homes is what it should be, between 50-60% in summer and a little lower in winter, we can save money on our utilities bills. Adjust this figure to suit your needs best, but most will agree that this is a good starting point. The relative humidity makes us feel comfortable, allowing the thermostat to be either lowered or raised according to the season. So, in summer we can be comfortable at higher temperatures and in winter be comfortable in lower temperature. So a meter will pay for itself in no time, as well as our health. Ask your doctor about that.

How do we add or subtract moisture? It’s easy in the summer, set your central air to 55 % relative humidity. In the winter we need to add water vapor. This can be done in several ways, most folks will have a humidifier on their forced hot air furnace. If you have hot water or steam, you will need to add water vapor manually. In the “olden days” we would put a big pot of water on the stove and let it boil on low heat to add moisture.
Today you can buy a machine to add the moisture, but you must check on it to keep it filled. Now for the problems. Too much moisture can cause MOLD.

I am told that there are over 100,000 species of mold. For this newsletter, I will only talk about the few that make our lives miserable. Mold can make us very sick, and can destroy our homes. Wherever there is moisture, cool temperature, little light, there is mold.
Mold spores are all over. We breathe it in the air and it’s on our clothes, shoes, and pets. There’s no getting away from it, but we can make our homes less susceptible to mold by following a simple maintenance program.

First and foremost, remove or reduce moisture in areas that don’t get sunlight. A simple way to do this is to vent the area. Remember mold spores need moisture and little or no light to thrive.
Second. Remove the food source. Mold spores eat organic material. So, paper and glue, found on the inside of wallpaper, earth, wood, clothes, almost anything. I know if you removed all of these things you would not have a house left, but that’s the place to look for mold. Clean shower stalls with a bleach solution if you see black stains in the corner or at the bottom at the shower doors, shower curtains, or under sinks. Be careful here, read directions on the label of the product you are using. Again, easy to remember, take away the food source, moisture, and vent the area. Don’t give the mold a chance to build a colony!

Kenneth Cole, Licensed Real Estate Salesperson, Appleseed Homes, 917-696-0275