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Does Your Home Have Curb Appeal?

by Linnea Lavell

The sale of your home can depend on its ability to attain one elusive quality, a title that every real estate agent strives to create on each of their listings: Curb Appeal. What is Curb Appeal? Curb Appeal is that instant attraction one has to a home at first sight. It’s the sensation a buyer feels when first stepping out of the car and laying eyes on the home (hence the “curb” part). It’s that allure that makes the buyer think, “This is it. That’s the house I want.”

More literally, Curb Appeal is a term real estate agents use to describe anything that prospective buyers can see from the street that might make them want to see more of the house. Curb Appeal can be subjective and it can be unexplainable, but most importantly it can be an effective way to garner interest in your home. But how do you give your home Curb Appeal?

The first step is to properly analyze your home. It’s not realistic to do this on your own - most people are too attached to their homes to recognize the little things that might catch a newcomer’s eye. Take photos of your home from different angles (and of course from the street), and show these to friends, family, and colleagues. Ask people you know who aren’t afraid to give you painful feedback on what they like or don’t like. Take the photos to your local nursery or garden store for professional landscaping advice. A real estate professional can do a walk around of your house and make suggestions based on other houses in the area.

A good place to start is by going over your grounds. A nicely mowed lawn and trimmed trees and bushes quickly add to the overall aesthetic appeal. Make sure there aren’t any tree branches hanging close to the house, and clear away dead leaves and foliage. While it’s nobody’s favorite chore, thorough weeding can go a long way towards improving your home’s exterior appearance. Little things like hanging baskets or planters of flowers on the porch steps liven your home to those who pass by.

A fresh coat of paint can breathe new life into even an older home. Consider the benefit that repainting could offer if your paint looks faded or shows cracks, pealing, and chipping.

 

North Texas - From drought conditions to flooding conditions

by Linnea Lavell

After years of water restrictions and drought conditions, North Texas is now having issues with too much rain and flooding. So far, we are having the 9th most wet year of record.  We need the rain but not all at one time.  

With all the rain we are seeing more animals heading for higher ground to get out of the water and many roads are flooding. Most of these animals are harmless but some of them can create a danger. Mosquitos love this wet weather and any standing water is going to be a breeding ground for them.  There are also small lizards, turtles, frogs, and toads that are looking for a place to dry out and warm up.  We have had reports of increased snake activity in the area too.  Some snakes are harmless but we do have some venomous snakes that you need to keep an eye out for so you don't get bitten.  Most snakes are going to be afraid and stay clear of humans but if they feel threatened, they will strike.  As with any wild animal, give them plenty of room and most likely they will move on. If you have an animal that is not moving on or you feel it is a dangerous situation contact animal control and let them deal with the animal.

It is important to drain any standing water around your yard.  If you can not drain the water, you can get the mosquito dunks at your local gardening store or on-line at Amazon.  The dunks are harmless to beneficial insects and pets. 

To keep snakes away from your home, keep your grass mowed and as short as possible.  You can also get a product that is designed to repel snakes at your local gardening store on on-line.

Please remember if you see water over a roadway, do not drive through it.  Just 12 inches of flowing water can carry a small car away. 

 

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Should I Buy a Home Now?

by Linnea Lavell

I'm often asked if this is a good time to buy a home. Some clients are concerned that home prices may fall down the road, while others are convinced that home prices will go up.

Home prices are one factor in determining your cost of ownership, but so are interest rates and financing availability. Even though interest rates have fluctuated, they are still near historic lows. Since your monthly mortgage payment is a combination of paying down your principal and paying the interest owed, a one point rise in interest rates could cost tens of thousands of dollars over the life of your mortgage!

While a home is a major investment, it is also the center of your personal life. It's important to live in a home that reflects your taste and values, yet is within your financial "comfort zone." To that end, it may be more important to lock in today's relatively low interest rates while they are still available.

Please give me a call if I can be of any assistance in determining how much home you can afford in today's market.

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Linnea Lavell
Lavell Realty, LLC
P.O. Box 1243
Little Elm TX 75068
214-280-5900
214-810-5906
Fax: 877-488-1740