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New on the Market - 9832 Dardanelle Court, Las Vegas

by Heidi Winston, RE/MAX Lifetime Achievement Recipie

Beautiful remodeled one story home in The Lakes. Vaulted ceilings and an easy, open floorplan. A 3-way gas fireplace is centrally located to three rooms for your enjoyment. The interior has been freshly painted with two-toned paint. New carpet, baseboards, ceiling fans and blinds have also been added.

 

 

The kitchen is beautiful and includes freshly painted cabinets, new granite countertops and new stainless steel appliances. Ample counterspace makes meal preparation easy. The large master suite has vaulted ceilings and a sliding glass door to the spa and patio. The master bath includes a soaking tub and separate shower and double sinks plus new wood laminate floor and a large walk-in closet. Three bedrooms and two full baths.

Freshly painted exterior. The laundry closet includes storage cabinets and the washer and dryer come with the home. Low maintenance desert landscaping with rocks, shrubs and trees on this nicely sized lot. The spacious backyard has a nice pebble patio and the BBQ is included. The hot tub has a new cover and new spa pump. The Lakes Community offers nice amenities for you to enjoy including several parks with waterfalls and ponds, bike paths and walking trails. Close to shopping, dining, parks and Summerlin.

For more information or to see additional photos of the home, click here.

Contact Heidi Winston of Winston Realty Group for all of your real estate needs. For more information or to schedule a showing, visit www.winstonrealtygroup.com or email Heidi@WinstonRealtyGroup.com. Once you work with us, you'll be glad we're your real estate professionals.

6 Ways to Keep Your Home Flu Free

by Heidi Winston, RE/MAX Lifetime Achievement Recipie

Keep your home from serving as a breeding ground for the cold or flu virus with these simple tips.

1. Control your remote
What’s the first thing someone does after calling in sick to work or school? They grab the remote and hunker down with Netflix and some chicken soup. Make sure their germs don’t stick around by disinfecting your remote regularly.

2. Lose the shoes
Flu-causing viruses and bacteria can hitch rides on shoes and the dirt they carry. Ditch your shoes as soon as you walk through the door and slip into some slippers instead.

3. Work that washer
Have kids (or dogs) with lots of plastic and rubber toys? Disinfect them regularly by running them through your dishwasher. It’s a much more efficient way to kill germs than spraying and wiping them down one by one. Consult Google if you’re unsure what’s dishwasher safe.

4. Humidify
Viruses love dry air. Studies show that homes kept at 40-60 percent humidity tend to have fewer flu viruses floating around. Keeping the air in your home at that range can decrease the amount of flu virus in the air by as much as 30 percent. That’s definitely worth the price of a small humidifier.

5. Update your hardware
Copper, aluminum, lead, iron and silver are all antimicrobial – they actually kill bacteria. Brass is the most powerful germ slayer of all. Since doorknobs are a common gathering place for germs, installing brass ones might be a stylish, and effective, strategy for staying flu-free.

6. Replace (or nuke ) your kitchen sponge
That small square holds onto a host of germs. Replace it every week or so, or kill those festering colonies by blasting the sponge in the microwave for two minutes.

Does your current home lack a cozy corner to recover in? It may be time to explore your options. Contact Heidi Winston of Winston Realty Group for all of your real estate needs. For more information or to schedule a showing, visit www.winstonrealtygroup.com or email Heidi@WinstonRealtyGroup.com. Once you work with us, you'll be glad we're your real estate professionals.

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July Home Sales Ignite Momentum for Back Half of 2019

by Heidi Winston, RE/MAX Lifetime Achievement Recipie

Following an unseasonal decline in home sales in June, July home sales bounced back ending a nine month climb of year-over-year inventory growth, according to the July 2019 RE/MAX National Housing Report. Low-interest rates appear to have brought more buyers into the mix leading to cautious optimism about the momentum for the remainder of 2019 and a strong finish to the year.

“The housing market has been a bit uneven since the early spring, with each encouraging month seemingly followed by one with lukewarm results. It’s possible the housing market has finally shaken some mud off its boots and can maintain its momentum for the back half of the year,” said RE/MAX CEO Adam Contos.

While lower interest rates help affordability and may entice homebuyers to begin their home search, accelerating price increases dampen options for buyers and may leave sellers hanging onto their properties longer than expected. Home prices have risen, year over year, in 88 of the last 90 months dating back to February 2012. Nevertheless, it’s encouraging that record prices have not hindered a strong summer selling season in July.

Ongoing demand and favorable mortgage rates will be an indicator of progress as we inch closer to year-close. Here are some highlights of the latest data found in the RE/MAX National Housing Report:

  1. Home prices continue to soar.

Despite a 0.7% decrease in Median Sales Price from June 2019, the median of all 53 metro Median Sales Prices was up over 9% from July 2018. In fact, five metro areas increased year-over-year by double-digit percentages with the largest increases seen in Wichita, KS, Cleveland, OH and Cincinnati, OH.

  1. Inventory Remains Constricted Despite Months of Growth.

The number of homes for sale in July 2019 was down 2.2% from June 2019 and down 1.4% from July 2018. Based on the rate of home sales in July 2019, the Months Supply of Inventory decreased to 2.7 compared to 2.9 in June 2019, and decreased compared to 3.3 in July 2018. A six months supply indicates a market balanced equally between buyers and sellers.

  1. Home sales snapped back.

A drop in home sales from June to July is typical in the report’s 53 metro areas. But the 0.2% decline from June to July 2019 was by far the smallest month-over-month decline since July 2013. And while June sales failed to top May for only the second time in the report’s 10-year history, July sales set a report record for the month. 

Prospective homebuyers, are you ready to make your move? Contact Heidi Winston of Winston Realty Group for all of your real estate needs. For more information or to schedule a showing, visit www.winstonrealtygroup.com or email Heidi@WinstonRealtyGroup.com. Once you work with us, you'll be glad we're your real estate professionals.

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Ready to Sell? 3 Ways an Agent Helps Get You Started

by Heidi Winston, RE/MAX Lifetime Achievement Recipie

The process of putting your home on the market and finding your next place can be overwhelming. Fortunately, an experienced agent can help you weigh all your options. Here’s where a professional might start:

1. Researching your home’s value
An agent will have the pulse on the current market. Together, you can review how much comparable properties have been selling for and how long they stayed on the market. The agent can provide a realistic idea of what your home is worth, and how fast (or long) it could take to find a buyer.

2. Working with your budget
After you learn what your current home is worth, you’ll be able to hone in on your options for your next one. An agent can give you an idea of what types of properties and which neighborhoods are in your budget. And a good agent who knows the area will also be aware of local housing trends and can advise you when might be a good time to buy.

3. Making your home market-ready
There may be work to do before you put your house on the market. A REALTOR(R) can help you prioritize repairs and also recommend a home inspector for an expert opinion on features like roofs and HVAC.

Ready to explore your options? Contact Heidi Winston of Winston Realty Group for all of your real estate needs. For more information or to schedule a showing, visit www.winstonrealtygroup.com or email Heidi@WinstonRealtyGroup.com. Once you work with us, you'll be glad we're your real estate professionals.

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June Home Sales Decrease: Could This Bring Some Much-Needed Relief to Buyers?

by Heidi Winston, RE/MAX Lifetime Achievement Recipie

Months of constricted inventory combined with a steady gain in year-over-year price increases created a recipe for seller’s delight in recent months. But for homebuyers, tight housing markets can mean increased competition (and some headaches!). Trends continue to show a move toward a more balanced market, and the increase in average days on market year-over-year may be welcome news to homebuyers.

According to the most recent RE/MAX National Housing Report, June saw closings decline and an all-time high median sales price of $276,000 for the 10-year history of the report. With sales slowing, inventory increased 1.3%, but supply still remains tight.

Despite the decline in home sales, there are indications that the market is rebalancing. “Several encouraging longer-term trends – ongoing demand, improving inventory levels, low interest rates – are helping the market make incremental progress on multiple fronts,” said RE/MAX CEO Adam Contos.

These trends may provide an opportunity for homebuyers to have greater flexibility to negotiate terms and concessions. Homes are sitting on the market a bit longer, which could make finding that perfect home more of a reality.

Here are some highlights of the latest data found in the RE/MAX National Housing Report:

  1. Home sales slowed at an unusual decline for this time of year.

June, typically the strongest month for home sales, saw closings decline 4.7% from the previous month and 7.8% from June 2018. This is only the second June in 10 years to have fewer sales than May.

  1. Inventory is up. Transactions are down.

With sales slowing, June inventory increased 1.3% over June 2018, marking the first year-over-year rise in June inventory in the report’s 10-year history. This is the ninth consecutive month that inventory has grown, showing the shift as the market rebalances.

  1. Sales prices are accelerating after months of moderation.

Housing activity in the report’s 54 markets nationwide also saw the Median Sales price grow by 6.7% year-over-year. June’s price increase accelerated compared to the prior three months, each of which had a year-over-price increase of less than 3.5%.

Prospective homebuyers, are you ready to make your move? Contact Heidi Winston of Winston Realty Group for all of your real estate needs. For more information or to schedule a showing, visit www.winstonrealtygroup.com or email Heidi@WinstonRealtyGroup.com. Once you work with us, you'll be glad we're your real estate professionals.

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3 Things to Consider Before Registering Your Home on a Short-Term Rental Site

by Heidi Winston, RE/MAX Lifetime Achievement Recipie

Once upon a time, the idea of renting out your home to a stranger while you left for vacation was considered quite odd.

Today, renting a room in your house (or the entire house) to unknown travelers isn’t an outlandish concept, thanks in part to online services such as Airbnb, FlipKey and VRBO. Short-term rentals provide an income opportunity for owners and a unique way for visitors to experience a city. What better way to get the local experience than staying with – or renting from – locals?

If you think you’re up to being a host of a short-term rental, here are three things to keep in mind.

1. Legality

The rise in popularity of Airbnb and other sites hasn’t been without its controversy. There are concerns that short-term rentals threaten the jobs of hotel workers, and that a short-term rental doesn’t have to pass the same certifications and inspections of regular hotels.

Some cities have enacted restrictions against short-term rentals. You may need to register and get a permit or a license – or you may not be able to host at all. Check with your local government to make sure you understand the laws.

2. Taxes

You may not need to report the money earned from the short-term rental of your home if you meet both of these requirements:

1. You rent it out for fewer than 14 days a year AND

2. You live in it for more than 14 days or more than 10 percent of the total days you rent it out during the year (this determines if the property is seen as a residence or a rental property by the IRS).

Still unclear about the taxes on your short-term rental? TurboTax provides some more information, or you may want to consult with a tax professional.

3. Additional Costs

Renting out your home could mean an extra insurance bill. Check with your insurance agent to learn what your current policy covers regarding short-term renters. They may recommend increasing coverage. Airbnb does provide free primary liability coverage for up to $1,000,000 per occurrence, and many of the other sites have partnerships that make it easy to take out additional coverage, if needed.

In addition to insurance, you’ll have to pay a percentage of the rental income to the website: Airbnb and FlipKey both charge a 3% host service fee, VRBO has an option to pay-per-booking or an annual subscription fee.

Are you looking for a permanent home in your favorite vacation spot? Search for properties and connect with me on my website www.winstonrealtygroup.com 

Contact Heidi Winston of Winston Realty Group for all of your real estate needs. For more information or to schedule a showing, visit www.winstonrealtygroup.com or email Heidi@WinstonRealtyGroup.com. Once you work with us, you'll be glad we're your real estate professionals.

Leaving Your Home Alone - Summer Vacations

by Heidi Winston, RE/MAX Lifetime Achievement Recipie

If you're going to be away for an extended period of time or you're going to be without internet service for a week or two (yes, some people can actually still do that), you may want to think about finally setting up that auto-pay feature for some of your utilities to pay them automatically while you're away from civilization.

While keeping the electricity up and running is important, you may not need to leave everything plugged in while you're gone.  Unplugging non-essential electrical items can also help protect them in case of a lightening storm or an unexpected power surge.  If you have house plants, be sure and consider their needs as well when deciding on what temperature to leave the thermostat on while you're away.

Home Depot has a wide range of both indoor and outdoor timers that will allow you to set a time (or times) for your lights or a TV or radio to come on in the evening and remain on until the timer shuts them off.

If you have an alarm system, you may want to make sure that it is in proper working order as well as notify your alarm company of the exact dates that you'll be out of town.  If you ask someone to check on your house, be sure that they know the alarm codes along with the basic functions of the system.  Most alarm companies will also be able to set you up with a temporary code for them that will automatically expire on your return date.

You definitely don't want to come back to a house full of bad smells or flies (or both) so be sure and remove all perishable items from the fridge and countertops.  Check that all trash cans are emptied and see if that same friend might be able to put your trash canisters out for collection - and then put them back on collection day.  This will reduce the impression that nobody is home and your neighbors won't be annoyed by your trash cans being left out on the street for two weeks.

Also, be sure and put on hold any newspaper subscriptions as well as check with your local Post Office and see if you can have a vacation-stop put on your mail delivery.  You can also easily do this online now!

Finally, be careful when talking about your vacation plans on social media outlets such as Facebook or Twitter or Instagram. Burglars frequently monitor social media sites for indications of empty houses.

So stay safe, have fun, and don't forget the sunscreen!

Contact Heidi Winston of Winston Realty Group for all of your real estate needs. For more information or to schedule a showing, visit www.winstonrealtygroup.com or email Heidi@WinstonRealtyGroup.com. Once you work with us, you'll be glad we're your real estate professionals.

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Just Listed - 3812 Kettle Falls Avenue, North Las Vegas - Offered at $385,000

by Heidi Winston, RE/MAX Lifetime Achievement Recipie

Beautiful home inside and out with a pool/spa and waterfall. The home offers a wonderful open floorplan with a casita, four bedrooms and a loft. Enter the home to the foyer with ceramic tile, glass block and a stain glass window in the door.

 

 

 

The great room is beyond the foyer with surround sound and a gas fireplace. The great room overlooks the kitchen where you will find double islands, granite countertops, maple cabinets, a gas cooktop, built-in oven and black appliances. A large dining area that incorporates a wet bar with wine fridge is found just beyond the kitchen. Sliding doors from the dining area open to the backyard patio. The downstairs is completed by a laundry room with storage and sink and a powder room.

Follow the stairs up to the loft. Custom cabinetry was added upstairs in the hallway for extra storage and makes a great place for linens. The master suite offers a private bath, two balconies and a ceiling fan. The master bath includes a separate soaking tub and shower, dual vanities and custom cabinetry. A large walk-in closet completes the master suite. Two toned paint, ceiling fans and shutters are found throughout the home. In your backyard you will find a covered patio overlooking the pool and backyard. The community offers four parks and a community center with fitness center, outdoor pool and spa.

To see more photos or additional information on the home, click here.

Contact Heidi Winston of Winston Realty Group for all of your real estate needs. For more information or to schedule a showing, visit www.winstonrealtygroup.com or email Heidi@WinstonRealtyGroup.com. Once you work with us, you'll be glad we're your real estate professionals.

Millennial Homebuyers Want a Yard of Their (Pet’s) Dreams – Here’s How Sellers Can Appeal to Furry Friends

by Heidi Winston, RE/MAX Lifetime Achievement Recipie

What could beat out an updated kitchen as the most important feature millennials are looking for when buying a home? Recent research from the National Association of Landscape Professionals shows that a nice-sized lawn is the No. 1 priority among those born between 1981 and 1996.

Seventy-three percent of millennials currently own a pet and, according to a 2018 realtor.com survey, 75 percent of pet-owning millennial homebuyers surveyed said they would pass on a home, no matter how good it is, if it didn’t meet the needs of their pet.

If you plan to boost your home’s curb appeal and backyard before selling, keep in mind potential millennial buyers – and their furry friends – with these tips for a pet-friendly yard:

  1. Muse on Your Mulch

Mulching can be used to create healthy lawns and add aesthetic value – but it can also be harmful to animals if certain chemicals are present in the material. Cocoa bean mulch, for example, can poison dogs since it’s made from cocoa shells. Instead, look for pine, cedar and hemlock mulches, which can be good alternatives and may ease the mind of a potential buyer with pets.

  1. Plant Purposefully

Planting a few flowers can go a long way in ramping up your home’s curb appeal. Adding a few different colors into the mix can help create an interesting and inviting atmosphere. While you’re at the garden center, consider taking a look at this list of toxic and non-toxic plants for animals and steer clear of potential troublemakers for future buyers. If your garden is already in tip-top shape, list and label as many plants as possible. This relatively simple step can have a powerful effect on buyers, whether they’re gardeners or not!

  1. Know Your Boundaries

There are a lot of variables to consider when questioning if a fence increases home value. Material, the neighborhood and whether it fits in with the style of your house are all important things to consider – but so is the condition you keep it in! A sturdy backyard fence may inspire buyers with escape-artist furry friends to make an offer.

  1. Be Chemical-Conscious

Many baits for snails, rats and other pests can be fatal for pups. If you must use them to get your backyard sell-ready, think of putting them where a pet couldn’t reach them. Did you know planting lavender, mint, rosemary and other companion plants can be a safe way to keep snails and slugs at bay?

  1. Make ‘Pawsome’ Choices

If adding some paths in your yard is within budget, consider materials that don’t get too hot on a sunny day. Materials should be easy to walk on for both owners and their pets. Concrete, brick, flagstone and smooth rocks are all good choices.

If the next thing you want to plant is a “For Sale” sign in your lawn, call me today. 

Contact Heidi Winston of Winston Realty Group for all of your real estate needs. For more information or to schedule a showing, visit www.winstonrealtygroup.com or email Heidi@WinstonRealtyGroup.com. Once you work with us, you'll be glad we're your real estate professionals.

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Recycling - It's Not What It Used To Be

by Heidi Winston, RE/MAX Lifetime Achievement Recipie

So Where Did it All Start?

The first municipal recycling program began in 1972 in Pennsylvania by simply towing a small trailer behind a regular city garbage truck.

Now, some forty plus years later, over 1,200 million tons of trash are recycled every year just in the United States alone.

On the commercial side, Proctor & Gamble has achieved an 85% "zero waste" standard at their manufacturing facilities around the word, meaning only 15% of their industrial manufacturing waste is going to a landfill.

Some other interesting facts:

  • Approximately 68% of all paper products sold in the US are recycled.
  • Approximately 65% of the total waste stream is now recycled in the United States.
  • There has been a 100% increase in total recycling in the United States during the past 10 years alone.
  • There are over 8,500 curbside recycling programs in the United States.
  • It takes 95% LESS energy to recycle an aluminum can than it does to manufacture a new one
  • There are over 290 million scrap tires - each year - that are generated in the United States alone.

Some Weird - And Some Not-so-Weird - Things That Can Now Be Recycled

You'd never believe some of the things that can now be recycled.  Below is just a partial list of a few of the more interesting ones along with links to where you can get additional information.

Packing peanuts
Bras
Wine corks
Shoes
Water filters
Pet fur and other hair
Tennis balls
Eye glasses
Hearing aids
CD's
Prosthetic limbs

Contact Heidi Winston of Winston Realty Group for all of your real estate needs. For more information or to schedule a showing, visit www.winstonrealtygroup.com or email Heidi@WinstonRealtyGroup.com. Once you work with us, you'll be glad we're your real estate professionals.

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