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Helpful Flag Etiquette Tips for Memorial Day

by Heidi Winston, RE/MAX Lifetime Achievement Recipie

Millions of Americans will be displaying their flags over Memorial Day weekend, and it’s a wonderful way to show respect. Do you know the right way to do it?

Here are a few helpful reminders:

  • On Memorial Day, the flag should be at half-staff until noon; then it should be hoisted to the very top of the staff.
  • The flag should never touch the ground or the floor.
  • The stars on the flag should always be up; it’s a signal of distress when a flag is hung upside-down.
  • If you’re suspending the flag vertically, or against a wall, the stars should be to the flag’s own right, and to the left of the person hanging it.
  • The flag should be displayed only between sunrise and sunset; if it’s hung overnight, it should be lit up.

For more on flag etiquette, visit the Veterans of Foreign Wars website at www.vfw.org. Download the Federal Flag Code at www.senate.gov.

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! 6633 Scavenger Hut Street, North Las Vegas - Offered at $290,000

by Heidi Winston, RE/MAX Lifetime Achievement Recipie

Pristine and clean almost new Pulte one level home with 3 bedrooms and 2 full baths. Located in Aliante Master Planned Community. Front door is tucked away for privacy. Oversized greatroom with 18” diagonal tile and a sliding glass door that leads you to the back patio and yard. The ceramic tile continues into the kitchen and dining area.

 

The kitchen features granite countertops, stainless appliances including a microwave, custom cherry wood cabinets, pantry and a breakfast bar. The dining area is adjacent to the kitchen for easy serving and offers a sliding door to the side patio. 

 

The master suite is fully loaded and includes a bay window, ceiling fan, walk-in closet and a private bath with double sinks and a separate bathtub and shower. All bedrooms are carpeted and include ceiling fans for your comfort. The back patio is covered and includes and extended for your enjoyment. Brick fencing surrounds the yard for ultimate privacy and there is no rear neighbor. The washer, dryer and refrigerator are yours to keep. Fully landscaped with desert landscaping for low maintenance in the front and rear yards. Enjoy all that Aliante has to offer including parks, walking trails and sports courts. The property is located close to shopping and the freeway.

For more information or to see more 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! 1129 Aspen Cliff Drive, Henderson - Offered at $298,900

by Heidi Winston, RE/MAX Lifetime Achievement Recipie

Awesome home with three bedrooms, two full baths and one half bath plus a large loft. Shutters throughout the home. Spacious open floor plan with all tile flooring downstairs. Cobblestone courtyard entry offers a perfect space for entertaining and lots of shade. Large paver patio in the backyard.

 

 

 

Oversized master suite with walk-in closet and large master bath with linen closet. Granite countertops in the kitchen and bathrooms. All of the black appliances stay with the home and include a refrigerator, dishwasher, stove and built-in microwave. Extra storage in the kitchen pantry.  Access the backyard from the dining area. Ceiling fans throughout the home. The laundry room offers tile floors and front load washer and dryer with pedestal drawers. Fully landscaped, low maintenance yard. Two car garage with full length driveway for extra parking. Sprinklers in the home offer extra protection and reduced insurance rates.

Fantastic community parks. Located by the new Cadence Master Planned Community. Low HOA.  Tennis courts, playground, covered picnic area, basketball court, baseball field and walking trails. 

 

For more information or to see more 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.

 

Hiring an Agent? Do These 4 Things First

by Heidi Winston, RE/MAX Lifetime Achievement Recipie

If you’re looking to buy the right home, it often starts with hiring the right real estate agent. But how do you determine which agent is the one for YOU?

Narrow down your real estate agent options with these four steps.

1. Read all about ’em

Want to know what it’s really like to work with a specific agent? Get a feel for the experience by reading what past clients have to say about them.

“An agent can tell someone all day long that they’ll work hard for them. But positive reviews from past clients really say it,” says Jeff Bowers, Broker/Owner at RE/MAX Pro Realty in Charleston, South Carolina.

2. Make sure they know their stuff

Homebuying and selling is a competitive space. Understanding the ins-and-outs of what you will face as a buyer or seller is critical, so it’s not a bad idea to have an experienced agent in your court.

“An agent who doesn’t sell many homes a year, or is a part-time agent, is not sharpening their skills and staying on top of the market,” says George Pilant, Managing Broker at RE/MAX Northwest in Tacoma, Washington. “Skill and success requires a mastery of fundamental real estate tasks. Mastery comes through practice and repetition, and a productive agent is continually practicing their craft.”

3. Test their local knowledge

In order to help you buy or sell a home quickly and efficiently, a good understanding of the location you are interested in is key.

“An experienced agent that understands local area/neighborhood dynamics is important. The economy, unemployment, job growth, upticks and downsizes in businesses, traffic, construction and climate all influence real estate market supply and demand, pricing, days on market, concessions, etc. And all feed into the home-buy or home-sale equation,” says Jen Horner, an agent with RE/MAX Masters in Salt Lake City, Utah. “As every real estate market has it intricacies, experience is a must to navigate these dynamics.”

4. Ask the right questions

When interviewing a potential agent, make sure to ask them questions about what to expect from them during the buying/selling process. How often will they communicate with you, how do you get in contact with them? Having a knowledgeable, productive agent is important, but so is having a personable, easy-to-work-with agent.

“A home purchase is a serious investment – most likely a consumer’s largest investment. Therefore, the importance of choosing the right agent is paramount,” says Horner. “Experience is important, but the ability to mesh and have good communication and rapport is critical as well. Do you get the feeling during your interview that the real estate agent is trustworthy and honest? You need to find a Realtor that’s going to work hard for your best interest!”

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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Expert Advice: Staging Your Home for Selling Season

by Heidi Winston, RE/MAX Lifetime Achievement Recipie

If you own a home, it is likely one of your largest investments. When the time comes to move up or downsize, you want to do everything in your power to protect your equity and get your asking price – or more. One way to ensure your home is listed, and purchased, at the right price point is to work with a real estate agent to boost your home’s buyer appeal. Check out these home-staging tips from experts across the country.

  1. Depersonalize and Neutralize

A home filled with someone else’s personal belongings and clutter can make potential buyers feel as though they are invading private space.

“Neutralizing the atmosphere encourages buyers to envision themselves living there,” says Leslie Cain with RE/MAX Realty Affiliates in Carson City, Nevada. “Think of staging your home as an investment – it typically costs less than a first price reduction [if the home doesn’t sell].”

  1. Focus on Feature Rooms

Your real estate agent can help you see your home from the buyer’s eyes. Focus on the dining and living areas as well as the master bedroom.

“A common mistake is relocating clutter to closets – buyers will look there, too,” said Kathy Henne with RE/MAX Finest in Piqua, Ohio. “It’s best to move all unnecessary belongings out of the house and keep the space as sparsely furnished as possible. Once you have a cleared space, make sure to give it a deep cleaning.”

  1. Go Virtual

You want your home to be clean and decluttered, of course, but not having enough furniture can also be a problem, says Cynthia Fazzini with the Fazzini Group at RE/MAX Realtec Group in Palm Harbor, Florida.

“Since most potential homebuyers begin their home searches online, we often recommend digital staging to our clients with vacant homes,” said Fazzini. “Adding in furniture, artwork and rugs gives the home warmth and helps the buyer envision how the space can look with their belongings and decorations. We recently took on a new construction home that was vacant and had been on the market for six months with multiple price reductions. After digital staging, the house was under contract in seven days.”

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 - 12262 Argent Bay Avenue, Las Vegas - Offered at $499,000

by Heidi Winston, RE/MAX Lifetime Achievement Recipie

Better than new! This home is priced to sell with many great features you won’t get in a new home. Gorgeous home in Paseo gated community with 4 bedrooms  and large loft. Paver steps and covered porch welcome your guests. 3.5 Baths. Bedroom on the first level with full ensuite makes wonderful guest room.

 

 

Beautiful gourmet kitchen with granite countertops, maple cabinets, stainless appliances including 3-door refrigerator, island with room for stools and pantry. Tile floors in several areas including the kitchen, great room and dining and laundry. Two-Toned paint and 3” baseboards. Beautiful upgraded stair rail with iron scrolls and bird cage design. The loft offers two sections for you to use differently if you choose.

All bedrooms include ceiling fans. The second full bath upstairs has a linen closet. The spacious master suite includes two walk-in closets, private bath with his and hers sinks, separate soaking tub and shower and access to the covered balcony off. Great mountain views. 2-car garage. Covered paver patio. Fully landscaped yard with artificial turf, trees and shrubs. Great location next to awesome parks and walking trails.

For more information or to see more photos, 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. 

 

Controlling Indoor & Outdoor Pests & Insects

by Heidi Winston, RE/MAX Lifetime Achievement Recipie

The $64K Question:  Pesticides - Organic or Natural?

The question of whether or not to use organic or non-organic pesticides and other pest treatments is obviously up to each of us and depends on many different factors.

Like so many emotionally charged topics, finding "balanced" information can sometimes be difficult to say the least. You can Click Here to read a short article on some of the pluses and minuses of taking the organic approach that appears to present both sides fairly evenly.


Flies & Mosquitoes:  The Bane of the Backyard BBQ

Controlling flies and mosquitoes, both inside and outside the home, can sometimes feel like a never ending battle.  From old wive's tale solutions to custom designed automated systems, people have been fighting this particular battle with anything and everything that we could throw at it.

Throw in West Nile Virus and things really can get interesting.

  • A few things that don't work can be found at this Snopes.com article.
  • This ABC News article has a few really interesting ones as well as some great mosquito fighting tips towards the end of the article.
  • Looking to hand it over to the professionals? Take a look at Mosquito Nix. They have both a temporary as well as more permanent solutions as well.

​​Bees, Wasps, Yellow Jackets & Hornets

If you've ever been stung by one of these you definitely don't ever want to be again. And if you or anyone you know is susceptible to a more severe allergic reaction to one that can make controlling them around your home even more important.

The first part of this article has an explanation of the differences between bees, wasps and hornets.

You can also Click Here for an article with some great tips on how to control wasps in particular.


Fire Ants and Red Ants

Not all parts of the US have to contend with these types of ants but if you do, you know neither of them are to be trifled with.

This article contains both natural as well as more commercial means of controlling fire ants in particular but possibly red ants as well in some circumstances.

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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A Plan for First-Time Homebuyers: Go from Prepared to Purchase

by Heidi Winston, RE/MAX Lifetime Achievement Recipie

If you’re a first-time homebuyer who has succeeded in saving enough for a down payment (remember, you don’t necessarily need 20%) on your very first home – congratulations! You’ve tackled one of the hardest parts of the homebuying journey with success, but you haven’t crossed the finish line to homeownership just yet. Now it’s time for the follow-up work that can take you from prepared to purchase.

Credit Check

Do you know your credit score? If not, it’s time to request a copy of your credit report from TransUnion, Equifax and Experian to find out your score and what it means to your future financial picture. Start working to resolve any errors or outstanding debts before it’s time to make an offer on a house. It’s important to determine your DTI, or debt-to-income ratio, by reviewing assets and debts. The higher your DTI percentage, the riskier the investment is for lenders – which can lead to higher interest rates.

Prepare the Paperwork

Begin gathering all necessary documents now to make the process run smoothly. Depending on your situation, this may include income documentation, proof of assets, personal documents, pay stubs, tax returns, bank statements, IDs, previous addresses and Social Security numbers. Study the documents as you collect them to familiarize yourself with your financial situation, motivate your home search and keep your debt-to-income ratio low.

Get Pre-Qualified or Pre-Approved

After you find the right agent, the next step is to make an appointment with a loan originator (ask me for a recommendation). A loan originator can help you with pre-qualification or pre-approval. Keep in mind that many homeowners borrow less than the maximum to account for other expenses and opt in to lower monthly payments. Revisit your financials with these new numbers in mind and, if necessary, make any final edits to your budget and payment plan.

Start your first homebuying experience off the right way letting me help you through this process. 

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 - 2200 Marble Gorge Drive, Las Vegas - Offered at $475,000

by Heidi Winston, RE/MAX Lifetime Achievement Recipie

Gorgeous one story home in Peccole Ranch with refreshing pool with waterfalls and spa. 3-car garage with storage cabinets and a work bench. Bay windows. Ceiling fans and shutters are found throughout the home. The front entry includes a private courtyard. Enter through the foyer complete with double doors, tile floors and leaded glass windows.

 

Formal living room is oversized and includes shutters and pot shelves. The dining area includes ceramic tile floors, shutters and vaulted ceilings. The family room offers shutters and a gas fireplace plus travertine tile floors and a door to the backyard. The kitchen provides multiple options for gathering and dining and includes Corian counters, a gas cooktop, built-in oven, extra counter space, pantry, refrigerator, lots of cabinets for storage and a dining area with a bay window and breakfast bar. The laundry room includes a sink, cabinets and folding space plus the washer and dryer are included.

The large master suite offers a sitting area, gas fireplace, vaulted ceiling, double door entry plus a master bathroom with dual sinks, soaking tub and separate shower, large walk-in closet and a door to the backyard. Two additional bedrooms include walk-in closets. Extra large covered patio with ceiling fan. The combination of the pool, spa and covered patio provides the perfect place to entertain. Front and back yards offer nice desert landscape with low maintenance. Peccole Ranch community includes walking trails, parks, tennis courts and sand volleyball and is close to shopping, dining and the new baseball stadium.

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 - 5420 Flora Spray Street, Las Vegas - Offered at $305,000

by Heidi Winston, RE/MAX Lifetime Achievement Recipie

Gorgeous one story home with vaulted ceilings and RV parking. The home offers a great, open floorplan with newer two-toned paint. Three bedrooms plus a den. The 3-car garage includes cabinets for storage and there is plenty of parking space in the driveway. Tile flooring is found throughout much of the home. Spacious rooms. Nice lot size with mature landscaping. The front includes trees, a dry river bed and shrubs. Large entry way includes an area for a dining room table. Step into the living room or bonus space that is filled with light. Pot shelves and art display shelves add nice spaces for you to display your treasures.

A spacious family room offers vaulted ceilings, a gas fireplace and ceiling fan. Easy access to the backyard from the kitchen and family room through French doors. Covered patio in the backyard. The kitchen provides plenty of cabinet space, tile counters, a reverse Osmosis system for filtered drinking water, refrigerator, and a built-in microwave plus a view of the backyard from the kitchen sink.

Large master bedroom includes vaulted ceilings and ceiling fan with private bath that includes dual sinks, makeup niche, separate shower and soaking tub. Large walk-in closet. A separate den has closet space with shelving and French doors. The laundry room has extra storage and a hanging rack. The spacious backyard is private with no houses behind this home. Solar shades on all windows throughout the home add privacy and energy efficiency. Newer Amana HVAC. Great location with no HOA.

For more information about this home or to see additional photos, visit 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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