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Is it time to call an agent? [RE/MAX First Flight/Launchpad]

While house hunting TV shows tour the neighborhood, close the deal and throw a housewarming party in 30 minutes, real life is not as streamlined. If you're in the process of buying a home, this article will clue you in on when, and how to ask for help in your home search.

If buying a home has been on your mind for some time, or if you have any questions at all - contact us!

Are you looking for information on homebuying? Check out the RE/MAX social magazine, First Flight | Launchpad here. 

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Are you staying on top of your summer chores?

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With summer in full swing, the month of July can seem to zip by. Summer is the time to put your worries aside, relax and enjoy your family and friends. But still, some chores must be done. Keep on top of them, and you’ll still have plenty of time for beer and barbecues. With trips to the pool, cookouts, bike rides, vacations and other activities, July’s checklist helps to balance all the fun while keeping up with your home’s summer maintenance routine.

  • Foundation - check for cracks, water or mold

  • Garage - de-clutter & donate

  • Fences - repair, paint & seal as needed

  • Artificial plants - clean. Click here for a how-to.

  • HVAC: vacuum, dust and possibly change filter. 

  • Garbage disposal - crush ice (sharpens), baking soda and citrus fruit rinds (freshens).

  • Range hood fan - check & clean. Use a degreaser from an auto parts store mixed with hot water. Let the filter sit for a few minutes, rinse it off.

  • Plumbing - check for leaks on supply lines to sinks and toilets. 

  • Fire Extinguisher - place near kitchen and check charge.

  • Water heater - drain, flush out & refill

Summer maintenance can be intimidating, especially to newer home owners who haven’t had to change out filters, manage a lawn, or check all the nooks and crannies of the house. However, many of these tasks can be easy and fast so get out there and start checking off boxes on your summer checklist!

 

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Intimidated by buying a home as a single person? [RE/MAX First Flight/Launchpad]

The shift from being a renter to a homeowner as a single person can be challenging since you must rely on yourself to understand everything from finding the right house to actually paying for it. But it is something doable even in today’s tougher lending world.

Are you single and ready to mingle (with some potential dream homes)? This is the guide for you.

Are you looking for information on homebuying? Check out the RE/MAX social magazine, First Flight | Launchpad here. 

 

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What NOT to do when starting your home search [RE/MAX First Flight/Launchpad]

If you're thinking about purchasing your first home, it's tempting to dive right in and start looking at houses. But before you dedicate your Saturday to visiting every open house in the city, you need to know what you're looking for. Otherwise, the process of shopping for a home is likely to be long and frustrating. Ill-prepared and uninformed buyers will find it more difficult to discover the home that's right for them, much less get to the stage where they're ready to make an offer on a property.

Mistakes are great teachers, but they don’t have to be *your* mistakes. Click here for the full article and get the scoop on what not to do when looking for a home.

Are you looking for information on homebuying? Check out the RE/MAX social magazine, First Flight | Launchpad here. 

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Am I ready to buy my first home? [RE/MAX First Flight/Launchpad]

Buying a home can be exciting and nerve-wracking at the same time, especially for a first-time homebuyer -- it's difficult to know exactly what to expect. The learning curve can be steep, but most of the issues can be resolved by doing a little financial homework. As one of the largest financial decisions in a person's life, buying a home requires discretion, sensibility and budgeting.

Click here for some tips that will keep you on the right path as you look to purchase your first place. 
 

Are you looking for information on homebuying? Check out the RE/MAX social magazine, First Flight | Launchpad here. 

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Are you overwhelmed by the home buying process? [RE/MAX First Flight/Launchpad]

Let's say one morning you wake up and realize that you're ready to buy a home. You're tired of paying rent with nothing to show for it, and you figure that it's time to get into a home of your own. But you have reservations.

After all, if it's your first time, you've got questions. You might be a little nervous that you'll mess up, and it's normal to feel that way -- you are probably about to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars and make the most important financial purchase of your life.

So it pays to come into the home-buying process armed with as much information as possible.

And while there is no shortage of lists and how-to articles, there was nothing that pulled together this information in a clear and concise way. So RE/MAX has put together a new online magazine - First Flight - which was created to help first time homebuyers navigate the ever daunting task of buying a home. Click here for an article that explains the process on buying a home, from hiring an agent to closing, and find the rest of the first issue of First Flight, Launchpad, here

 

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Get a jump start on your summer cleaning!

There’s no time like early summer to start tackling some items on that home maintenance checklist. In the summer, we tend to have a few extra hours, so we suggest taking advantage of this time by tackling some chores. There are all sorts of little things you can do to spruce up your home, both inside and out, before the weather gets too warm. Here’s a quick list of projects you can do to spruce up your home and keep it clean.

  • Garage - remove old paints and flammables, organize for summer activities
  • Fences - repair and paint
  • HVAC - vacuum & dust
  • Garbage disposal - crush ice (sharpens), baking soda & citrus fruit rinds (freshens)
  • Fridge - test door tightness (use a dollar bill & pull it out of fridge after closing door on it)
  • Windows & doors - inspect for proper operation and any screens for repairs.
  • Sump pump - be sure it is operating properly & install battery backup
  • Roof - inspect for for loose, ripped, missing and or worn out shingles.
  • Swap out seasonal clothes and bedding
  • Turn over mattresses
  • Create a summer car emergency kit: fill a container or box with bug spray, bug bite relief, sunblock, hats, and an umbrella. Keep an extra gallon of water to make sure everyone stays hydrated while on the road. 

Garden: 

  • keep your raised beds and container gardens moist
  • deadhead spring blooms
  • plant sun-loving herb seeds like basil, chives, thyme, and sage

Your home in the summer should be a place of relaxation and enjoyment. By taking steps to properly and regularly maintain your house, it will remain a source of pleasure for years to come. Let us know what is on your list this month!

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Existing home sales are on a decline

According to the National Association of REALTORS® latest reports, existing-home sales in April showed more than a 2 percent decrease from March, but an almost 2 percent increase from one year ago. Experts say that last month’s dip in closings was somewhat expected given that there was such a strong sales increase in March, and new and existing inventory is not keeping up with the fast pace homes are coming off the market. 

Existing homes averaged only 29 days on market in April; five fewer days than in March and 10 fewer days than one year prior. This has been particularly frustrating for prospective buyers, especially first-time homebuyers, because of the insufficient number of homes for sale. With new listings, interest is immediate and multiple offers are nudging the eventual sales prices higher.

These first-time homebuyers also claimed 34 percent of existing-home sales in April, matching the highest percentage since last September. 

While existing-home sales were high in the first quarter of 2017, there is concern about the impact of low inventory on sales and prices as we move further into the peak season. If low inventory conditions continue into the summer months, buyers may feel rushed, and these increases in prices could effect affordability.

If you've been thinking about selling your home, now is the time to get it on the market! Contact us for a full market analysis on your home!

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New Listing: 7220 Witmer Rd, N. Tonawanda | $214,900

Meticulously maintained 1988 double near river in North Tonawanda with almost 4.5 acres! Lives large with spacious eat-in kitchen & living room on 1st floor. 3 full bedrooms up in both units. Front porch runs in front of both units. A/C in owner's unit. Separate deck with awning for owner overlooks park-like backyard. Amazing 2.5 garage PLUS full, separate bay for tenant. Great for boat or other storage for the active owner/tenant looking to enjoy waterfront activities or bike up to Niagara Falls. Every item has been carefully attended to.

UPDATES INCLUDE: NEWER ROOF, FURNACES. EXPANSION TANKS FOR HWT AND A/C

For full listing of Witmer, click here

For virtual tour of Witmer, click here

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