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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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From ‘Smart House’ to Smart Homes: How Today’s Tech Compares to the Iconic Disney Movie

by Heidi Winston, RE/MAX Lifetime Achievement Recipie

Voice-activated music. Touch-screen powered appliances. An omnipotent, but friendly, virtual assistant providing homework help.

When “Smart House” debuted on the Disney Channel in 1999, its portrayal of a family living in a home powered by artificial intelligence seemed far-fetched. Watching it 20 years later, it’s a surprisingly prophetic portrayal of the way technology has become fully integrated into our daily lives.

In case you missed this made-for-TV masterpiece, the plot is simple: A family wins a home featuring an artificial intelligence (AI) system named P.A.T. (Personal Applied Technology). P.A.T. is programmed to take care of everything from house cleaning to meal prep, and can help coordinate outfits, give basketball advice and throw an epic party complete with mood lighting and cleanup. Chaos ensues, though, when P.A.T. is frighteningly overprotective after being reprogrammed to serve as the family’s maternal figure.

In honor of the 20th anniversary of “Smart House,” here’s a look at the technology covered in the film and how it compares to today.

Yep, homes can be controlled by AI

Similar to P.A.T., smart speakers like Amazon Echo and Google Home can control everything from music to lights with a few voice commands (and strategically placed smart plugs, if needed). But whereas P.A.T. was portrayed as the home’s central operating system, today’s smart homes are usually more of a combination of apps, gadgets and high-tech appliances.

The advantage is that homeowners can customize the technology to fit their lifestyle. It also means the tech can typically move with homeowners if they relocate.

Safety technology gives smart-home owners peace of mind

When a misguided P.A.T. attempts to lock the Coopers inside indefinitely, she blocks the windows with steel and adds an electrical force field to the home’s doors.

True, smart-home technology can greatly enhance home security, but it’s much more subtle.

For example, the If This Then That app is able to trigger an empty home’s interior lights as soon as the owner approaches. The Ring video doorbell helps residents monitor (and chat with visitors to) the front door. And many new home security systems, smoke alarms (check out Home Advisor’s breakdown of options), garage doors and surveillance cameras feature a virtual assistant integration, which means they can be controlled and monitored by a phone app or smart speaker.

Even our pets are avid technology enthusiasts

Considering the fact that keeping pooches happy is one of the primary reasons millennials buy homes, the movie’s inclusion of pet technology (the family dog is entertained by P.A.T. while the family’s away) is spot on.

One piece of especially buzzworthy pet technology is Furbo, an interactive pet camera that tosses treats to pets stuck at home. Then there are the pet doors that open only when triggered by an ultrasonic signal emitted from a special collar, blocking access to intruders. The doors can also be programmed to remain locked at certain times of day, keeping Fido and Fluffy inside for the night.

Technology can create the perfect mood

One of P.A.T.’s coolest features in the movie is her use of virtual reality to transport the Coopers to Cape Cod or a serene farm complete with a rooster’s wake-up call. While VR technology gets more sophisticated every year, full-screen virtual experiences don’t come standard in homes just yet. However, several pieces of smart appliances can help change the mood in your home.

Philips Hue is a line of smart lamps and light bulbs that can be timed to adjust from bright to softer lighting as the day goes on, mimicking natural daylight patterns. The Nest thermostat automatically sets the temperature in your home to your desired preferences, turns the temperature down when it senses you leave the home, and can be controlled from an app for on-the-go changes.

One downside of smart home technology? Energy drainage. But there’s even a “smart” solution for that. The Emporia Vue system helps homeowners monitor their energy usage through an app on their phone to reduce monthly costs and identify potential issues before they require major repairs.

Even as our lives become increasingly inseparable from technology, a home is much more than its futuristic appliances. If you’re looking for a home, working with an experienced professional is a smart move and I can help you with that. 

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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Home: As American as Apple Pie

by Heidi Winston, RE/MAX Lifetime Achievement Recipie

Happy Birthday, America!

In the spirit of celebrating the Fourth of July, we turned to famous Americans for their thoughts about home, homeownership and the feeling of sanctuary that comes with having your own place.

Private property was the original source of freedom.
Walter Lippmann

Home is the place where, when you have to go there, they have to take you in.
Robert Frost

Decorate your home. It gives the illusion that your life is more interesting than it really is.
Charles M. Schulz

The ache for home lives in all of us. The safe place where we can go as we are and not be questioned.
Maya Angelou

I’d rather be on my farm than be emperor of the world.
George Washington

A house is not a home unless it contains food and fire for the mind as well as the body.
Benjamin Franklin

There is nothing more important than a good, safe, secure home.
Rosalynn Carter

Where thou art, that is home.
Emily Dickinson

A man’s home may seem to be his castle on the outside; inside, it is more often his nursery.
Clare Boothe Luce

I told my mother-in-law that my house was her house, and she said, “Get the [bleep] off my property.”
Joan Rivers

Being a homeowner is different for everyone but my goal is to help you meet your dreams of homeownership in any way that I can. 

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.

New on the Market - 361 Clover Glen Court, Henderson

by Heidi Winston, RE/MAX Lifetime Achievement Recipie

One story home with four bedrooms and two full baths and a two-car garage. The home sits on a corner lot in a community with no HOA. Brick pavers were added to lead you from the driveway to the front door. The great room is spacious and includes pot shelves and vaulted ceilings. The kitchen includes a dining area, plenty of cabinets for storage and a gas range among other appliances. The kitchen overlooks the back yard.

The master bedroom includes a ceiling fan, private bath with dual vanities and two walk-in closets. The fourth bedroom would make a great den with its opening to the great room. A shelf was added in the closet space to function as a computer desk. The laundry room includes a storage closet and shelf for extra storage. The washer and dryer will remain with the home.


A large covered patio is found on the back of the home. Low maintenance desert front yard and rear landscaping that has been freshly pruned. The home sits on a large lot with plenty of space for a pool if you wanted to add one. The property is found close to neighborhood parks, shopping and dining.

 

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.

 

New on the Market - 1966 Country Cove Court, Las Vegas

by Heidi Winston, RE/MAX Lifetime Achievement Recipie

This property boasts a luxurious home with four bedrooms, three full baths and one half bath plus garage parking for three cars. Enter the home through the private courtyard entrance in the front. The entry features beautiful slate floors with a tile and marble inlay. Right off the entry is a nice room for an office or sitting room. French doors lead you to the private courtyard that includes a fireplace and jacuzzi.

The luxurious dining room is found off the other side of the entry and includes hardwood floors, shutters and a niche for your china cabinet. Iron scroll work on the stairs accompanies custom tile stairs to lead you to the second level. The living room offers a fireplace, TV niche and rich slate floors. The slate floors continue to the kitchen and breakfast area. The kitchen begins with a huge island featuring stainless steel appliances including a wine cooler, built-in refrigerator and an 8-burner range. The breakfast area is adjacent to the kitchen and has shutters and a bay window. The main level includes a bedroom with a door to the backyard and a full bath that is perfect for guests. The laundry room is on the main level and includes storage cabinets, a utility sink and comes with the washer and dryer.

The large master suite includes a sitting area, three-way fireplace, private balcony, large walk-in closet and luxurious master bath. Two bedrooms and a loft are found on the second level. The backyard offers a pool with lovely waterfalls and a spa plus amazing views. The home is located close to Downtown Summerlin for shopping and dining and sits on a beautiful golf course.

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.

Just Listed - 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.

New on the Market - 8508 Estrelita Drive, Las Vegas

by Heidi Winston, RE/MAX Lifetime Achievement Recipie

Three bedroom, den and two loft home with stunning views of the mountains and Pueblo Arroyo. The home has been totally remodeled and offers wonderful features inside and out. The front entry has a nice covered porch and updated lights. Stained glass windows, updated lighting and tile floors welcome you at the front door. Neutral two toned paint is found throughout the home. The open living and dining rooms have cathedral vaulted ceilings and shutters. A skylight in the living room adds great natural light to the floorplan. Newer 3” baseboards have been added throughout the home.

The kitchen includes granite countertops, newer kitchen cabinets with roll-out shelves, stainless steel appliances with 3-door refrigerator and double ovens, tile backsplash and an extended island. 20” tile is found in the kitchen, spacious breakfast nook and hallway. French doors lead to the extra-large patio. A den on the main level has built-in cabinets with crown molding, two desk areas, filing cabinets and bookshelves. A huge family room is found on the main level as well and includes surround sound, plus a built-in entertainment center. A second set of stairs are found in the family room. 

The large master suite includes French doors, a private balcony, a remodeled bath, separate bathtub and shower and a custom master closet. Two additional bedrooms and two full baths are found upstairs along with two lofts, one which includes a well equipped wet bar. The backyard includes paver walkways as well as covered and uncovered patios. The private backyard includes a built-in BBQ, streambed, and a water feature. Beautifully landscaped exterior was redesigned a few years ago and includes new pavers, lighting, irrigation and plants.

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.

 

Spring Selling Season Blossoms Into Summer – What You Need to Know About the Housing Market

by Heidi Winston, RE/MAX Lifetime Achievement Recipie

Good news, homebuyers and sellers! There’s plenty to smile about as the spring selling season, which saw an uptick in May home sales and a growth in inventory (representing the most units for sale since August 2016), transitions to the busiest real estate season of all: summer.

According to the RE/MAX National Housing Report, homes sold quickly in May – in an average of 47 days – making it the second-fastest May average in the 10 years of the report. Couple that with more homes for sale and moderating price increases, and it reveals a sign the market is operating more efficiently right now.

Some highlights from data in the most recent RE/MAX National Housing Report:

Home sales are up year-over-year, ending a 9-month streak of declines.

The average number of home sales is up 15.3% compared to April 2019 and up 0.4% year-over-year – marking the first year-over-year gain since July 2018. As mentioned, homes aren’t sitting on the market long, meaning sellers looking to make a quick move may experience faster results.

Price increases are beginning to moderate.

May’s median home price of $259,500 in the report’s 54 markets was up 3.4% year-over-year, representing the lowest May increase since 2011. Sellers are still enjoying some price gains with a double-digit increase in median sales price in Milwaukee at 14.2%, Boise, Idaho, at 13.6% and Albuquerque, New Mexico, at 10.2%. Moderating price increases and a growth in home sales are the best of both worlds for buyers and sellers. Buyers feel a bit of relief, while sellers walk away with equity.

Inventory continues to improve.

The number of homes for sale in May 2019 was up 4.5% from April 2019 and up 4.9% from May 2018. This sets a report record for the highest May growth. More homes on the market means buyers have a greater selection to choose from, which may ease some of the stiff competition and bidding wars that come with low inventory.

You can find more data in the latest RE/MAX National Housing Report. Ready to make a 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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New on the Market - 5632 Teton Glacier Street, Las Vegas

by Heidi Winston, RE/MAX Lifetime Achievement Recipie

Gorgeous and highly upgraded home with four large bedrooms and three walk-in closets. Neutral two-toned paint throughout the home. Large entry way leads to 3-way staircase. The home offers a great floorplan with a separate dining room and a greatroom that is wired for surround sound. The dining room offers upgraded electrical with canned lights plus an outlet for your chandelier.

Beautiful 20x20 imported square tile is located throughout the downstairs. The open floorplan allows the family to be together even when enjoying different activities in different rooms. The oversized kitchen offers space for your table and a breakfast bar at the island. Stainless appliances, double ovens, 5-burner cooktop, tons of cabinets, large walk-in pantry, backsplash and espresso cabinets.

The master bedroom is spacious with room for a desk or exercise equipment. The master bath includes dual sinks, marble countertops, separate soaking tub and shower and a walk-in closet. A large loft is found upstairs outside of the bedrooms. Washer, dryer and refrigerator are yours to keep. The laundry room is found upstairs and includes cabinets and a sink. Oversized 3-car garage. Paver front porch and large covered paver patio in the backyard. Canned lights are included in the patio. Desert landscaped yard is easy to care for. Pavers driveway and walkway. Great location across from 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.

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