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YOUR HOME NEWSLETTER, MARCH/APRIL 2017

For many Americans, spring equals allergies. Itchy and watery eyes, runny nose, congestion—it’s enough to make you want to skip the season altogether. But with these five steps from DIY Network, you can help reduce allergens in your home and find a brief respite.

➊  Remove clutter: Less stuff means fewer places for allergens to linger.

➋  Clean the air: A well-ventilated house is your first line of defense. Use HEPA filters in your air conditioning system, maintain the humidity at about 50 percent and keep your windows closed when pollen counts are highest in the early morning and between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.

➌ Clean the bathroom: Mold tends to gather there.

➍ Reduce dust-generators: Fabrics and carpeting create dust by breaking down fibers. Swap carpets out for washable throw rugs.

➎ Make smart landscaping decisions: Avoid planting trees such as maple, birch and ash, which have allergenic particles that can trigger discomfort.

EARLY BIRDS

Demand has pushed the spring selling season earlier, as buyers hope to beat the competition and secure a house early on. According to Realtor.com, the median age of property listings over the winter was four days fewer than last year. Despite the typical seasonal slowdown, inventory is picking up speed for this time of year.
Median list price typically reaches its lowest point mid-winter as well, but it remained level at $250,000, indicating that buyers are remaining persistent.
Buyers may also be reacting to mortgage rates, which rapidly climbed higher following the election, pushing buyers to secure a loan as soon as possible.
This is also a sign of continuing low inventory, which is creating higher home prices and shorter turnarounds for sales.
All signs point to this season shaping up to be a seller’s market.

SPRING things –  Spring is a great time to do a quick tune up of your home. Before things get busy for the summer, take a moment to make sure your home is humming along. Here’s a quick checklist of fixes to make now to save you time and money later.:

Interior

  •      Check seals around windows, doors and bathtubs
  •      Drain your water heater
  •      Check and fix leaky faucets
  •      Replace your HVAC filters
  •      Clean out your dryer vent
  •      Replace batteries in smoke detectors
  •      Make sure you have a working fire extinguisher
  •      Check basement walls for moisture or mold
  •      Vacuum refrigerator condenser coils

Exterior

  •      Inspect the roof
  •      Clean the gutters
  •      Wash window exteriors and check screens for repairs
  •      Check driveway and walks for repairs
  •      Inspect deck and patio for warped, molded or splintered boards
  •      Trim bushes and trees, or any vegetation near an air conditioning unit in particular
  •      Remove leaves and other debris from lawn
  •      Patch up your home’s paint job
  •      Look for cracks or weak spots along the lower section of the exterior

SAY YES TO CRS

Buying or selling a home can seem like an overwhelming task. But the right REАLTOR® can make the process easier — and more profitable.
А Certified Residential Specialist (CRS), with years of experience and success, will help you make smart decisions in a fast-paced, complex and competitive marketplace.
To earn the CRS Designation, REАLTORS® must demonstrate outstanding professional achievements — including high-volume sales — and pursue advanced training in areas such as finance, marketing and technology. They must also maintain membership in the NАTIONАL АSSOCIАTION OF REАLTORS® and abide by its Code of Ethics.
Work with a REАLTOR® who belongs in the top 3 percent in the nation. Contact a CRS today.

BROUGHT TO YOU BY BARBARA WATTS, A MEMBER OF THE COUNCIL OF RESIDENTIAL SPECIALISTS

Barbara Watts

Barbara Watts, Team Watts, Century 21 First Choice

206 Rockmont Drive, Fort Mill, SC 29708

(803) 370-0876

Results@BarbaraWatts.com

www.BarbaraWatts.com

 

Preview this Unique Waterfront at our public Open House May 19th 1-3

Open House

May 19th

1-3pm

9044 Spanish Wells Court

Tega Cay, SC 29708

Directions:  Tega Cay Drive, right on Windjammer, right on Tulagi, left on Spanish Wells

Open House This Saturday, October 20th, 12-2pm, 1193 Molokai Drive, Tega Cay, SC

JOIN US FOR AN OPEN HOUSE @ THIS BEAUTIFUL HOME !

 

1193 Molokai Drive

Tega Cay, SC 29708

October 20, 2012

12-2 PM

Directions:  Tega Cay Drive to left on Molokai Drive, home will be on the right

Tega Cay Open House Today 5/5/12 12-2pm

Come join Team Watts as we host an Open House on Cinco De Mayo

7570 THORN CREEK, TEGA CAY, SC 29708

SATURDAY, MAY 5, 2012

12-2PM

Directions:  I-77 to Exit 88 Gold Hill Road, Follow Gold Hill Road into Tega Cay, Turn left on Trailridge, Turn Right on Thorn Creek

 

Family Trust Federal Credit Union : York County economy turning corner

Barbara Watts quoted in Family Trust Federal Credit Union Article:

 

Family Trust Federal Credit Union : York County economy turning corner.

Multiple listings, Real Estate Agents, and REALTORS, Do you know the difference?

As I receive offers to join new statewide multiple listing systems, touting as benefits to:   1. save money;  2. not be required to be a “board” member to join;  3. not need an active real estate license to participate;  and   4. be able to list a house hours away; I think agents and the public do not truly understand the purpose of REALTOR Associations and their multiple listing systems.

Unlike real estate agents, REALTORS are members of the National Association of REALTORS and their state Association of REALTORS.  REALTORS subscribe to a code of ethics, use a grievance and professional standards system, including mediation and arbitration, to uphold those ethics.  REALTORS suppport private property rights, education and professionalism, and REALTOR  political action to promote home ownership and to protect and support housing nationwide.  Their multiple listing service is more than just sharing information, it is about protecting clients rights, reliable and correct information, and the offer of cooperation and compensation. 

I do not think it is in the best interest of the public to list property or seek to purchase with an inactive agent, ie, one whose license is not active, who is not taking education updates, being supervised by a broker in charge, subscribing to a code of ethics, or legally allowed to list and sell real estate and receive a fee for doing so.   I do not think it is in the public’s best interest to list a property with an agent hours away from that property, who is not actively involved in the area to know values, local planning and zoning issues, or able to monitor the property on a regular basis.  I do not think it is in the public’s best interest for an agent not to subscribe to a code of ethics and hold themselves responsible to one.

The National Association of REALTORS provides REALTORS with the REALTOR Property Resource, RPR, with information on property nationwide, as a member benefit.   REALTOR.com provides the public free access to all REALTOR listings nationwide.  To pay to join a statewide multiple listing system as an additional venue to promote a listing and as a source for property for buyer clients may have some value.  To join a multiple listing system to save money, that may or may not offer cooperation and compensation, that may or may not have a platform to enforce rules and regulations,  that does not require members to  subscribe to an organization with ethics and professional standards systems, or even require active licensure,  to the exclusion of membership in the National Association of REALTORS and state associations is not in the client’s best interest.  It is the public interest that a real estate agent should promote, not their own.