This Historic home at 816 Gilman St., Moberly, MO is for sale!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here’s your chance to own this one of a kind prestigious home!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Elaborate details, original woodwork, several stained glass windows

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Light and bright kitchen with breakfast nook and walk in pantry

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Two staircases, pocket doors too! Original Carriage  House in back

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Original Carriage  House in back

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This home sits on about ½ acre in one of Moberly’s upscale neighborhoods.

What Does MLK Have To Do With Real Estate?

 

 

Fill in the blank…

“I have a _________…”

It doesn’t take a psychic to know what word you chose.

Was it “dream”?

Good chance it was. We all know this line from Martin Luther King, Jr.’s famous speech. So when we hear those first three words, it sort of naturally comes to mind.

But what many people aren’t aware of is how much he affected the lives of real estate agents, buyers, and sellers.

It was his death that gave Congress the last push needed to pass the Fair Housing Act, back in 1968. It’s pretty involved, but to put it simply…

This was put in place to ban racial discrimination in housing. You can’t be refused the rental or purchase of a house, based upon your race.

Seems simple enough to most people now. A given, if you will. But it didn’t happen overnight. And believe it or not, it still can and does come up.

But guess who’s a big part of making sure this Act is followed…

On the front lines, it’s real estate agents. We’re tasked with making people aware that discrimination based upon race (and many other things) are not acceptable, and they must refuse to work with anyone who wants to do so.

Real estate agents are proud to be a part of this ongoing history.

Today is the day where we take a moment to reflect and pay him respect. It’s also a good day to share some insight into how much more responsibility real estate agents have than meets the eye.

If you or someone you know is looking for a home to buy or sell  in the Moberly MO area, give the friendly agents at Advantage Real Estate a call.

Tax Deductions for Homeowners: How the New Tax Law Affects Mortgage Interest

Tax changes for 2019 change the landscape for homeowners.

Tax season is upon us once again, and to make it even more interesting this year, the tax code has changed — along with the rules about tax deductions for homeowners. The biggest change? Many homeowners who used to write off their property taxes and the interest they pay their mortgage will no longer be able to.

Stay calm. This doesn’t automatically mean your taxes are going up. Here’s a roundup of the rules that will affect homeowners — and how big of a change to expect.

Standard Deduction: Big Change

The standard deduction, that amount everyone gets, whether they have actual deductions or not, nearly doubled under the new law. It’s now $24,000 for married, joint-filing couples (up from $13,000). It’s $18,000 for heads of household (up from $9,550). And $12,000 for singles (up from $6,500).

Many more people will now get a better deal taking the standard than they would with their itemizable write-offs.

For perspective, the number of homeowners who will be able to deduct their mortgage interest under the new rules will fall from around 32 million to about 14 million, the federal government says. That’s about a 56% drop.

“This doesn’t necessarily mean they’ll pay more taxes,” says Evan Liddiard, a CPA and director of federal tax policy for the National Association of REALTORS® in Washington, D.C. “It just means that they’ll no longer get a tax incentive for buying or owning a home.”

So will you be able to itemize, or will you be in standard deduction land? This calculator can give you an estimate.

If the answer is standard deduction, you’ll be pleased to know that tax forms are easier when you don’t itemize, says Liddiard. Find instructions for IRS Form 1040 here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mortgage Interest Deduction: Incremental Change

The new law caps the mortgage interest you can write off at loan amounts of no more than $750,000. However, if your loan was in place by Dec. 14, 2017, the loan is grandfathered, and the old $1 million maximum amount still applies. Since most people don’t have a mortgage larger than $750,000, they won’t be affected by the cap.

But if you live in a pricey place (like San Francisco, where the median housing price is well over a million bucks), or you just have a seriously expensive house, the new federal tax laws mean you’re not going to be able to write off interest paid on debt over the $750,000 cap.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

State and Local Tax Deduction: Degree of Change Varies by Location

The state and local taxes you pay — like income, sales, and property taxes — are still itemizable write-offs. That’s called the SALT deduction in CPA lingo. But. The tax changes for 2019 (that’s tax year 2018) mean you can’t deduct more than $10,000 for all your state and local taxes combined, whether you’re single or married. (It’s $5,000 per person if you’re married but filing separately.)

The SALT cap is bad news for people in areas with high taxes. The majority of homeowners in around 20 states have been writing off more than $10,000 in SALT each year, so they’ll lose some of this deduction. “This is going to hurt people in high-tax areas like New York and California,” says Lisa Greene-Lewis, CPA and expert for TurboTax in California. New Yorkers, for example, were taking SALT deductions averaging $22,000 a household.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rental Property Deduction: No Change

The news is happier if you’re a landlord. There continue to be no limits on the amount of mortgage debt interest or state and local taxes you can write off on rental property. And you can keep writing off operating expenses like depreciation, insurance, lawn care, and utilities on Schedule E.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Home Equity Loans: Big Change

You can continue to write off the interest on a home equity or second mortgage loan (if you itemize), but only if you used the proceeds to substantially better your home and only if the total, combined with your first mortgage, doesn’t go over the $750,000 cap ($1 million for loans in existence on Dec. 15, 2017). If you used the equity loan to pay medical expenses, take a cruise, or anything other than home improvements, that interest is no longer tax deductible.

Here’s a big FYI: The new rules don’t grandfather in old home equity loans if the proceeds were used for something other than substantial home improvement. If you took one out five years ago to, say, pay your child’s college tuition, you have to stop writing off that interest.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4 Tips for Navigating the New Tax Law

1. Single people may get more tax benefits from buying a house, Liddiard says. “They can often reach [and potentially exceed] the standard deduction more quickly.” You can check how much you’re likely to owe or get back under the new law on this tax calculator.

2. Student loan debt is deductible, up to $2,500 if you’re repaying, whether you itemize or not.

3. Charitable deductions and some medical expenses remain itemizable. If you’re generous or have had a big year for medical bills, these, added to your mortgage interest, may be enough to bump you over the standard deduction hump and into the write-off zone.

4. If your mortgage is over the $750,000 cappay it down faster so you don’t eat the interest. You can add a little to the principal each month, or make a 13th payment each year.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5. If there’s anything Advantage Real Estate can assist you with, don’t hesitate to contact our office.

 

5 Tricks to Keep Your Pipes from Exploding This Winter

#1 Turn On Your Faucets

If the temperatures have dropped into freezing and intend to stay there, turning on your faucets — both indoors and out — can keep water moving through your system and slow down the freezing process. There’s no need to waste gallons of water: Aim for about five drips per minute.

 

 

 

 

 

 

#2 Open Cabinet Doors

During cold weather, open any cabinet doors covering plumbing in the kitchen and bathroom. This allows the home’s warm air to better circulate, which can help prevent the exposed piping from freezing. While this won’t help much with pipes hidden in walls, ceilings, or under the home, it can keep water moving and limit the dangerous effects of freezing weather.

 

 

 

 

 

 

#3 Wrap Your Pipes

If your pipes are already on their merry way towards freezing, wrapping them with warm towels might do the trick. You can cover them with the towels first and then pour boiling water on top, or use already-wet towels — if your hands can stand the heat (use gloves for this). This should help loosen the ice inside and get your system running again.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

#4 Pull Out Your Hairdryer

A hairdryer (or heat gun) can be a godsend when your pipes are freezing. If hot rags aren’t doing the trick, try blowing hot air directly on the pipes. Important note: You don’t want to use a blow torch or anything that produces direct flames, which can damage your pipes and turn a frozen pipe into an even worse disaster. You’re trying to melt the ice — not your pipes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

#5 Shut Off The Water if Pipes Are Frozen

Have your pipes already frozen? Turn off the water immediately. (Hopefully you know where the master shut-off is, but if not, now’s the time to find it!)

Make sure to close off any external water sources, like garden hose hookups. This will prevent more water from filling the system, adding more ice to the pile, and eventually bursting your pipes — the worst-case scenario. This also will help when the water thaws; the last thing you want after finally fixing your frozen pipes is for water to flood the system — and thus, your home.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Remarkable Ranch Style Home For Sale In Railwest Subdivision Moberly MO

 

 

 

 

 

 

This newly built spacious home in Railwest Subdivision has an open floor plan gives this home a cozy feeling! The fireplace is an added plus!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bake Santa some cookies in this luxurious kitchen OR  just enjoy family time cooking together!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Enjoy upgraded features this home has to offer like: wide plank wood laminate flooring, quartz kitchen counter tops, and onyx counter tops in bathrooms.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bonus: covered back patio with a view over a large fenced backyard including a saltwater pool for many summers to come!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Looking for a new place to call home?  We’re here to serve your Real Estate needs in Randolph AND surrounding counties!

 

 

Beautiful Spacious Ranch Style House For Sale in Moberly MO

This two level 4BR 3.5BA home features 3454 total finished sqft.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lower level boasts a woodburning fireplace and a second kitchen!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lots of windows for enjoying natural light!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sit in the enclosed front courtyard or private back deck & enjoy the beautiful wooded views!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our friendly real estate agents are happy to schedule a personal showing for you today!

Click on the link to view the listing: 1606 Parkwood  Dr, Moberly MO https://bit.ly/2NOruKY

 

 

 

3 Brilliant Hacks to Make Snow Shoveling Less Miserable

You are guaranteed to shovel  snow while living in Moberly MO.  There are, however, ways to make the process much easier. Here are three simple hacks to make the morning after a snowfall much less stressful.

#1 Spray Your Shovel with Cooking Oil

Snow sticking to your shovel makes an already arduous task even more obnoxious. Avoid it with this hack: Lightly coat your shovel with non-stick cooking oil to make snow slide right off. No more time wasted removing snow from your snow remover. (You can substitute a spray lubricant like WD-40, but the downside is it’s toxic.)

 

 

 

 

 

#2 Lay Out a Tarp Before the Snow

If you like short cuts, this technique, billed as “the laziest way imaginable” to clear snow, according to a tutorial from “Instructables,” has got your name on it. The day before an expected snowfall, lay a tarp on your walkway. When the snow finishes falling, just pull out the tarp, and voilà: an instantly cleared walkway. (Word to the wise: Make sure pedestrians won’t trip on your tarp; include a sign or use this technique in your backyard walkway if you’re concerned.)

The technique requires a tarp, firewood, and twine as well as some prep work. Pre-storm, use firewood to weigh down your tarp — you don’t want it flying away in the wind! — and tie the twine to both the tarp and to a shovel standing upright in your yard. You’ll use the shovel to pull out the snow-laden tarp.

Although this method might be faster than shoveling, it does require manpower. After all, a cubic foot of snow can weigh between 7 and 20 pounds. So don’t get too ambitious with the size of your tarp or you might not be able to pull it once it’s full of snow.

 

 

 

 

#3 Make a Homemade De-icing Cocktail

De-icers make snow removal easier by cutting through the tough, icy layers that are a pain to remove with a shovel. But an easy solution should be easy on your property as well. Many commercial de-icers are pretty harsh.

Commercial ice-melting substances — magnesium chloride, calcium chloride, potassium chloride, and sodium chloride (salt) — all cause damage to the environment, according to the University of Maryland’s Home and Garden Information Center. They can also damage concrete sidewalks and driveways, which mean hefty repair costs later.

A better solution: Make your own de-icer using rubbing alcohol or vinegar. You’ll save money, too. Commercial melters typically cost $8 or more. Plus, you’ll avoid the hassle of trekking to the hardware store to stock up.

Use vinegar before a storm to make ice and snow removal easier:

  • Combine 3 parts vinegar to 1 part water.
  • Spray or pour gently (you still want to avoid runoff into your landscape) before a storm.

To keep the sidewalks and steps from icing after a storm:

  • Combine 2 parts rubbing alcohol with 1 part water.
  • Apply to minimize runoff.

 

 

 

 

 

#4 Barring a move to a snow-free state or barricading your family inside all winter, there’s no way to avoid the endless task of shoveling snow.

If you decide that winter and snow shoveling is just not for you, we’d be happy at Advantage Real Estate to assist you in selling  your home.

Keeping Your House Clean with Dogs While It’s on the Market

Grout can be a real problem because it soaks up pet odors.

Oof. Houses that smell or look like pets have lived in them are just harder to sell.

Here’s how to de-dog your house before putting it on the market — and how to keep it that way while you sell.

#1 Steam Clean Everything Fabric

“Job number one is to take care of [the soft surfaces in your house],” says Melissa Maker, star of an eponymous YouTube channel and owner of a Toronto cleaning service. “They hold odors and hair like nothing else.”

This includes carpets, rugs, upholstered furniture, and even the drapes, she says. Pets rub against drapes, getting oils, odors, and fur on the fabric. Send curtains out for a professional cleaning.

#2 Groom Your Pet

 

 

 

 

 

 

Get your pet groomed by a pro before you list your house. You can do it yourself, but a pro can get more hair and dander off than you can — plus, all that gunk is better off in the groomer’s drain than yours.

Brush your furry friend regularly (outside, preferably) while your house is on the market. Any hair you get off on a brush is hair that won’t end up on your sofa or in your rugs.

#3 Clean Tile-Floor Grout

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tile resists dog stains, but grout is porous and sucks them up like a sponge. “I had a cat who had an accident on a tile floor, and the pee seeped into the grout,” Maker says. Steam clean grout to lift old smells and stains. If your grout is really cruddy, hire a pro to chip out the old grout and put in new — or DIY it if you have the skills.

#4 Get an Air Purifier Tower

To you, it smells like home. But your HVAC has been circulating the same hair and dander again and again (especially in hot and cold weather when the windows are closed).

Add an air purifier tower with a HEPA filter; it pulls hair and dander out of the air before they even reach your HVAC.

Most air ducts don’t need to be cleaned, especially if you change filters regularly. But if dander and fur seem to be taking over, hire a duct-cleaning company before putting your home on the market.

#5 Use Enzymatic Cleaners

They’re the special forces of odor busters. Enzymatic cleaners are made of beneficial bacteria that eat stains and odors. They’re formulated to stamp out a specific type of stain, so a cleanser that targets urine won’t be the same as one for vomit.

“They’re cultivated for a specific mess,” Maker says. Apply them liberally to stains regardless of how old they are, before listing your house.

#6 Get Rid of Scratch Marks

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pet toenails leave telltale marks on doors and walls. For walls and doors made of synthetic materials, you’ll just need to paint over the marks. For a wooden door, use wood-filler pen can fill in the scratches. For hardwood floors, rub out small scratches with steel wool or fine sandpaper followed by mineral spirits, wood filler, and polyurethane. For major damage, refinishing the hardwood is a good investment with a stellar 100% ROI.

#7 Absorb Odors With Charcoal

Charcoal pulls moisture and odors out of the air. You can get inconspicuous little bags of it to hang in places your pets love most. Or, just strategically stash some charcoal briquettes around the house.

Just be sure to get the ones that aren’t presoaked with lighter fluid.

#8 Spot Clean Furniture Daily

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you’re like many pet owners, trying to keep your dog off the couch completely isn’t worth the effort. Instead, cover your freshly-cleaned furniture with throws or pet covers, and wash them at least once a week. Vacuum rugs and carpets every day. Pet smells sink in fast.

For quick hair removal before a showing, wipe down the couch with rubber gloves. The hair comes right off.

#9 Get a Sniff Test

You’ve scrubbed everything, and you think your house smells like a dog has never set foot in the door. Get a second opinion as to whether the odors are gone, Maker says. “You may be noseblind. Ask your agent to walk through and give you an honest opinion.”

#10 Call Advantage Real Estate. We’d love to help!

 

A Few Quick-and-Easy Winterizing Tips For Your Home

Here’s a few tips from your friendly locally-owned real estate company in Moberly, MO. Advantage Real Estate.

Buy a $3 Protector for Your Outdoor Faucet

Here in Randolph County, the temperatures can drop drastically to dangerous levels. A tiny $3 prevention could save a lot of money later. A little frozen water can do an abundant amount of damage. The simplest thing to do is to remove your garden hose from your outdoor faucet, drain it, add a faucet protector to keep cold air from getting into your pipes. Buy them now! They sell out quick when the weatherman predicts colder weather.

Make sure any exposed pipes in an unheated basement or garage are insulated. Wrap pipes with foam plumbing insulation — before the weather drops.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Clean Your Gutters and Add Insulation to Prevent Ice Dams.

Icicles are a clear sign that you’ve got an ice dam (a buildup of ice on your gutter or roof that prevents melting snow and ice from flowing through your gutters). These icy blocks can lead to expensive roofing repairs. Insulation is the key to prevention. The climate here in Moberly Missouri can change in a matter of minutes. Ice dams, icicles, and ice buildup on the gutters is a symptom of not enough insulation in the attic. No matter where you live, you need at least 14 inches of insulation in your attic.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If it looks like you’re living inside a waterfall when it rains, water is missing your gutter system completely. It’s being directed to your foundation instead. And a water-damaged foundation is never, ever cheap to fix. But a worse problem, one that requires a foundation excavation or rebuild, can set you back $30,000 or more. If you were considering selling your home in Randolph County in the future, you would want to prevent this expensive damage. A pro can do the work for anywhere between $70 and $250, depending on the size of your gutter system.

 

Seal Up Leaks

Cracks can be easily anbd inexpensively sealed with a simple tube of caulk, and it’s available in hundreds of colors to match your window panes, outside siding, and even brick. not sure where to caulk? Look for visible cracks around window sills, baseboards, fireplace or dryer vents, and anywhere something inside pokes a hole to the outside.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Get a Furnace Tune-Up And a Fireplace Inspection

You could be cutting five years off the life of your system and increase energy bills if you don’t get your furnace serviced annually. It is recommended to replace the furnace filter, which cleans the air in your home, and also keeps your furnace coils cleaner, which can save you up to 15% off your energy bill. It is suggested also to change the filter out at least every three months, but possibly as often as monthly if you have allergies, pets, or smoke cigarettes at home. It’s extremely important to get an inspection to your fireplace and chimney. If you don’t, a fire can cost you thousands of dollars, not to mention the rist to you and your family. It is strongly recommended to make your maintenance appointment before the temperatures drop.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Vintage Market Showcasing in Moberly, MO

On Saturday Sept. 29 from 10 am till 3 pm in downtown Moberly, our community is showcasing its first ever Vintage Market called Junk Junktion!  It will be in the 400 block of W. Reed Street.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There promises to be some interesting vintage pieces you might want to pick up, so come on out early!  I know the Moberly Area Chamber of Commerce has some lockers from the old Jr. High building plus other memorabilia that will be available.  There plans to be at least 20 vendors present with their wares.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If your spouse wonders what you’re up to tell him:

“I’m not shopping, I’m helping the economy.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There’s so much history deep in the veins of this community called Moberly and the surrounding areas in Huntsville, Cairo, Higbee, Clark, and beyond!  There are buildings in the downtown district needing creative minds to invest and bring more restaurants, shops, and apartments to the area.  Perhaps a creative thinker could transform an old church building into a retreat or haven of some sort.  Call Advantage Real Estate and let’s put our heads together!  660-263-3393.  #ShowMeMoberly

 

 

Found the Perfect home? Act quickly!

You’ve found “the one.”  It’s perfect.  Then someone comes along to spoil it.  Suddenly you’re in a multiple offer situation.

Sound familiar?  These days we’re seeing more and more multiple offer situations.  It’s a supply and demand that in many price ranges is favoring the seller.  So what should you do it you’ve found “the one?”   You don’t want to lose another…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Offer your best price first.  We sometimes are seeing higher than list price too.  Of course, you want to make sure that if there’s financing involved, you have an appraisal contingency to protect you.  Your buyer’s agent should be able to guide you with comparables to support the pricing.

 

Make sure you’re pre-approved (and not just pre-qualified).  The difference is verifications.  Have you filled out an application?  Has the lender asked for your pay stubs and bank statements?  Those are good clues that you’re on the right path to a true pre-approval.  The lender will verify before issuing a letter stating how much house you can afford.  A pre-qualification is often a verbal interview without the supporting documentation.  Providing this letter with your offer removes a lot of concerns when evaluating and offer.

PRE-APPROVED red stamp text on red circle on a white background and star

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Contingencies.  Make sure your inspection contingencies are tight, meaning not an excessive amount of time.  Once your offer is accepted, you need to get right on the inspection process so that part can be checked off the list.

Write a letter to the owner.  I’ve helped many people through the years, and I can tell you that a sincere letter from a buyer sharing how their family is going to LOVE your home simply tugs at the seller’s heart.  All things being the same, they will most likely lean toward your offer.

 

Why do I need a Realtor if I’m “just looking”?

We meet a lot of people in this business.  Some on their way to new towns, and some arriving in Moberly to make a new start.  I’ve observed that MANY people simply do not understand the role the real estate licensee plays when helping a buyer in the process of buying a home.  The real estate licensee may offer buyer agency, which allows the licensee to advocate for YOU, the buyer, and hold your information confidential during negotiations.  Or the licensee may simply be in a neutral position and simply assist with the paperwork.  If you call the listing agent, they are representing the seller’s best interest, not yours.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What we’re finding is that many of our loyal buyers don’t understand what happens when they click on Zillow, Trulia or Realtor.com to find out more information about a property.  This inquiry is broadcast to multiple real estate licensees who hopefully are quick to respond.  If you are a buyer and have a favorite agent you want to help you purchase your next home, if you go to look at any houses with another agent, your agent cannot help you with that property because of procuring cause rules; it’s unlikely they will get paid.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My recommendation is to search Zillow, Trulia, and Realtor.com and then call or text your favorite (preferred) agent to find out more information or to schedule a visit to see it in person.  That’s what we do!  We can show properties from ANY agency, so please keep that in mind!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

At Advantage Real Estate, we’re more than happy to have a quick visit and explain the process if you have any questions!  We like our clients to be as informed as they can be!

Check out this ranch home on 41 acres!

Discover the joys of country life with this 3 BR 2 BA ranch home with walkout basement!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It has a secluded location at the end of a dead end road with 41 acres m/l.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Keep some cows or horses on this land – there’s two fenced pastures for them!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A mix of woods and pasture with a pond, you’ll see lots of wildlife in your backyard!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Large rooms throughout this home

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A great kitchen

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

main level laundry

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

unfinished walk-out basement with room to grow!

 

 

Call Advantage Real Estate 660-263-3393 to schedule your private tour!  MLS # 18-212

Click here for details direct to the MLS:  https://www.flexmls.com/share/1dFQz/1046CountyRoad2565HigbeeMO65257

 

Selling your home? Budget-friendly improvements

Everyone wants to get top dollar for the home they are selling.

2. Here’s a few budget-friendly tips I’ve learned and observed…

Crown molding at the ceiling makes a room look higher-end

 

 

 

 

 

 

Moldings can be simple or ornate, but don’t they really crisp up a room.

2. Hang quality ceiling fans

Ceiling fans that match from room to room give continuity and a fresh/new look

 

   

 

 

 

 

 

3. Upgrade your landscaping

   Add some flower pots, fresh mulch, and heap loads of love on your lawn by getting rid of clover and dandelions by using Weed B Gone or a similar brand.  And then fertilizing!  People often               drive by your house before ever asking to see inside.  A well-manicured lawn is inviting;  the return on investment is HUGE!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wanting to put down roots?

 

Arbor Day is one of those days that we all know about. But how many of us really go out and plant a tree every year?

Planting a tree is a great thing to do. There are just so many other things that demand our time, attention, and money, that it isn’t something that most people even think to do.

Even if we do, getting a tree to take root isn’t as easy as it sounds. You need to know what you’re doing…

Buying a home is similar.

Finding the time, attention, and money to search for the perfect place to put down your roots is one of those things we all think about. But it’s something people rarely do. And when you decide to, it’s important that you know what you’re doing. It isn’t as easy as it looks.

Have you been thinking that it’s time to really set roots in a new home, but have been putting it off?

If you have… give us a ring. We know how to help you find the perfect place to set your roots.  Advantage Real Estate 660-263-3393

 

The Best 5 Projects (to Do Now) to Help You Sell Your House

Focus on curb appeal projects. You’ll get a higher return on those.

Planning on selling your home soon? Take an objective look around your home from a buyer’s perspective. What would stop you from making an offer? What do you need to do to put your home’s best face forward?

Here are some  projects to jump on now in order for your home to be in tip-top shape for a spring sale:

#1 Update Your Curb Appeal

Landscapers planting in a front yard

5 Tips to Prepare Your Home for Sale

5 Tips to Prepare Your Home for Sale

Woman preparing home for sale by fixing faucet
Image: Jose Luis Pelaez Inc/Blend Images/Getty Images

Working to get your home ship-shape for showings will increase its value and shorten your sales time.

Many buyers today want move-in-ready homes and will quickly eliminate an otherwise great home by focusing on a few visible flaws. Unless your home shines, you may endure showing after showing and open house after open house — and end up with a lower sales price. Before the first prospect walks through your door, consider some smart options for casting your home in its best light.

1.  Have a Home Inspection

Be proactive by arranging for a pre-sale home inspection. For $250 to $400, an inspector will warn you about troubles that could make potential buyers balk. Make repairs before putting your home on the market. In some states, you may have to disclose what the inspection turns up.

2.  Get Replacement Estimates

If your home inspection uncovers necessary repairs you can’t fund, get estimates for the work. The figures will help buyers determine if they can afford the home and the repairs. Also hunt down warranties, guarantees, and user manuals for your furnace, washer and dryer, dishwasher, and any other items you expect to remain with the house.

3.  Make Minor Repairs

Not every repair costs a bundle. Fix as many small problems — sticky doors, torn screens, cracked caulking, dripping faucets — as you can. These may seem trivial, but they’ll give buyers the impression your house isn’t well maintained.

4.  Clear the Clutter

Clear your kitchen counters of just about everything. Clean your closets by packing up little-used items like out-of-season clothes and old toys. Install closet organizers to maximize space. Put at least one-third of your furniture in storage, especially large pieces, such as entertainment centers and big televisions. Pack up family photos, knickknacks, and wall hangings to depersonalize your home. Store the items you’ve packed offsite or in boxes neatly arranged in your garage or basement.

5.  Do a Thorough Cleaning

A clean house makes a strong first impression that your home has been well cared for. If you can afford it, consider hiring a cleaning service.

If not, wash windows and leave them open to air out your rooms. Clean carpeting and drapes to eliminate cooking odors, smoke, and pet smells. Wash light fixtures and baseboards, mop and wax floors, and give your stove and refrigerator a thorough once-over.

Pay attention to details, too. Wash fingerprints from light switch plates, clean inside the cabinets, and polish doorknobs. Don’t forget to clean your garage, too.

5 Doable DIY Projects To Send Your Home Equity Soaring

A new front door has the highest ROI, not to mention the boost in curb appeal.

You’re going to save money with DIY home improvement projects. Sure, everybody knows that.

But did you know how much? Cut professionals out of the equation and you can save half the cost of a project — or more.

What’s more, you get a great return on your investment. Meaning, the financial value you get out of a DIY project is much more than what you put in.

Here’s a rundown of some top money-saving projects, using cost and recovered costs data from the “Remodeling Impact Report” from the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®.

#1 New Steel Front Door

Few replacement projects have as much upside as a new steel entry door. Not only will you recover about 75% of the cost of having an entry door professionally installed, but you’ll spruce up your curb appeal big time. Want proof? Ninety-six percent of homeowners responding to the “Remodeling Impact Report” say they are happy or satisfied with their new front door.

Of course, you’ll save even more if you tackle this project yourself. Know your door parts (jambs, threshold, stops) before digging in. You’ll be putting in a pre-hung door that includes jambs, so the old stuff has to come out. If you can, preserve the old casing (trim) that goes around the door. Otherwise, plan to buy new casing.

If You Hire If You DIY
Cost $2,000 Cost $250
Recoup at sale $1,500 Recoup at sale $1,500
% recoup 75% % recoup 600%

This is a good one to have a friend or spouse lend a hand. It’ll take six to eight hours if it’s your first time. Remember the three-legged mantra of door installation: Plumb, level, square.

Related: Choosing an Exterior Door

#2 New Garage Door

Tired of looking at that big blank billboard every time you pull into your driveway? Change out your old garage door for a spiffy new steel model and the whole neighborhood will thank you. Save some cash by keeping the same motorized opener.

If You Hire If You DIY
Cost $2,300 Cost $850
Recoup at sale $2,000 Recoup at sale $2,000
% recoup 87% % recoup 235%

A steel garage door comes in four panels that are relatively lightweight but awkward — get a friend to lend a hand and you’ll have this project done in a day. Then stand back and admire along with 95% of homeowners in the “Remodeling Impact Report” who said they were happy or satisfied with their new garage door.

#3 New Vinyl Windows

If you want to replace four or more windows, or a second-story window, then hire the work out. Being up on a ladder with an object as bulky as a window is no place for a non-professional. Pros bring scaffolding, which takes time to set up but ultimately makes the work faster and safer.

Replacing one, two, or maybe three first-story windows is a good DIY job. Anything more and the pros will get the job done with better efficiency in terms of time and hassle.

If You Hire If You DIY
Cost (per window) $556 Cost (per window) $250
Recoup at sale $444 Recoup at sale $444
% recoup 80% % recoup 178%

If you’ve measured your rough opening correctly and bought the right window, then one window should take you three to four hours. You’ll get faster with subsequent windows.

#4 New Wood Flooring

Few projects are as satisfying, while recovering such a high percentage of your investment, as new wood flooring. According to the “Remodeling Impact Report,” 96% of homeowners were happy or satisfied with their professionally installed hardwood floors. Combine that with a 91% return on your investment, and you’ll likely be a very happy homeowner.

For the DIYer, installing hardwood flooring is a bit labor intensive, but the techniques are fairly easy to master. Once you get the hang of it, installing prefinished hardwood flooring should go smoothly.

If You Hire If You DIY
Cost $5,500 Cost $1,770
Recoup at sale $5,000 Recoup at sale $5,000
% recoup 91% % recoup 282%

Related: Should Your Refinish Hardwood Floors Yourself?

#5 Insulation Upgrade

OK, maybe it’s not the sexiest project. After all, it’s tucked out of sight in your attic. But you can feel it with increased comfort, and see the savings on your energy bill. Those are big pluses.

Upgrading an under-insulated attic space can save you up to 50% per year in energy costs. With a pro cost of $2,100, it’ll take at least a couple of years to pay off your investment with savings. Do it yourself, however, and you’ll only spend about $700 for enough 10-inch-thick fiberglass batt insulation to cover a 20-foot-by-40-foot attic space. You’ll pocket the savings much sooner.

It’s also an awkward project, it can be messy, and you’ll need to bundle up behind protective clothing. However, insulating your attic is a low-skill project that most DIYers can pull off. Just be sure not to stick your foot through the drywall under the attic floor joists!

If You Hire If You DIY
Cost $2,100 Cost $700
Recoup at sale $1,600 Recoup at sale $1,600
% recoup 76% % recoup 229%

 

 

Preparing to Sell Your Home? The Best 5 Projects to Do Now

Buyers will simply flock to your home if you tackle these value adds.

Planning on selling your home soon? Take an objective look around your home from a buyer’s perspective. What would stop you from making an offer? What do you need to do to put your home’s best face forward?

Here are some  projects to jump on now in order for your home to be in tip-top shape for a spring sale:

#1 Update Your Curb Appeal

Landscapers planting in a front yard

Curb appeal is important,” says Steve Modica, sales associate and property manager at HomeXpress Realty Inc. in Tampa and St. Petersburg, Fla.

  • Make sure the bushes are all trimmed.
  • Re-mulch or replace stone walkways and paths.
  • Remove any dead plants and trees, and aerate your lawn so it will be lush.
  • Pressure wash the driveway, the front walk, and the exterior of your home.
  • If need be, have the exterior of the house painted.
  • At the very least, apply a fresh coat of paint on the front door.

#2 Get a Home Inspection

The NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® says 77% of homebuyers have an inspection done before completing a home purchase. To avoid nasty surprises once you’re in the process of selling your home, have your own inspection done, and make any repairs before you list the home.

You should know that if the inspection does discover any flaws, even if you fix them, you will have to disclose them. But that’s still amuch better strategy than letting the buyer find flaws, which gives them bargaining leverage.

#3 Replace Flooring and Paint Walls

Determine if your carpets need replacing or just a deep, professional cleaning. If they need to go, consider if hardwood or another flooring material might be more appealing to buyers.

You’ll also want to inspect interior rooms for dirty or scuffed walls that need a fresh coat of paint. “Paint the whole wall, don’t just do touch-up repair work, because it never looks as good,” says Modica. Also, if you have eccentric or loud wall colors, now is the perfect time to update to a more neutral palette. Stagers recommend beiges, light grays, and off-whites.

#4 Tackle the Basement, Attic, and Garage

Between the studs garage shelving
Image: Liz Foreman for HouseLogic

Often overlooked, these storage meccas can become a catch-all for junk. Get down and dirty in these hot spots and organize them from top to bottom. Install shelving, pegboards for tools, and hanging brackets for bicycles and other large sporting equipment. Your goal is to pitch the junk, sell what you no longer need, and categorize the rest.

“Donate or recycle clothes and bedding you don’t use anymore in order to free up storage space in your closets, basement, and garage,” says Amy Bly, a home stager at Great Impressions Home Staging in Montville, N.J. These areas should look roomy, well-organized, and clean.

Related:Garage Storage Ideas Under $50

#5 Consult a Stager

Buyers need to picture themselves living in the house, and they may have trouble doing that if all your personal effects are on display. In order to accomplish that, a professional stager can create a plan for you.

Bly spends about two hours walking through a property assessing curb appeal, interior flow, closets, bookcases, media cabinets, flooring, and more.

“I give homeowners a multi-page, room-by-room form they can use to take notes on my recommendations,” says Bly. She typically recommends things like neutralizing out-of-date decor, removing old furnishings and carpeting, and updating light fixtures. She also suggests the type of shower curtains, towels, bedding, and pillows to display for an upscale look.

Getting a jump on these fall projects will give you a leg up on selling in the spring. Today’s buyers are savvier than ever before, so when you’re ready, have a friend or relative drop by for a tour and point out anything you may have overlooked.

 

Entryway Storage Ideas

7 Genius Entryway Storage Ideas to Get You Out the Door Faster

Creating personalized bins is a good start.

It’s so easy (and so unfair) how quickly your entryway can go from clean to chaos — and that chaos makes trying to get out the door brutal.

Think of all that time wasted hunting for your keys and umbrella, or digging through a pile of coats to find the one you need. Five minutes spent searching for stuff each morning becomes 35 minutes a week, or more than 30 hours a year!

Corralling your clutter can feel overwhelming, but with the right mindset and a few clever hacks, your entryway can be what helps you get out of the house on time — not what slows you down.

Here are seven ideas to help you out:

#1 Personalize Buckets

How do those hats and gloves end up all over the entryway? Half the time, it happens when someone tosses them aside while searching for their own stuff. That’s why separating each person’s storage space is so ingenious.

“Susie has her own basket, Tommy has his own basket,” says professional organizer Yve Irish. Assigning space and responsibility to each individual family member saves you — and your kids — time digging through other people’s belongings.

Personalized baskets for children's belongings
You don’t need a huge closet to do this — even little baskets in an inexpensive Ikea shelving unit can do the trick.

Irish recommends pairing a storage system with training to make personalized buckets work: “Teach your children to return items to their basket when they come home,” she says. “You want to make sure that happens and they get into the habit.”

#2 Hang Your Purses and Bags

Digging through a forest of coats to find the right purse for your outfit is a hassle. It’s also not great to shove your bags onto a cluttered closet shelf or (ugh) pile them on the floor — a practice some believe is bad luck. There’s a feng shui saying, “A purse on the floor is money out the door.” So hang your bags from the closet rod using S-hooks instead.

S-hooks used to organize purses
Image: Libby Walker for HouseLogic

Lacking a closet? If your walls are less than five feet apart, you can install a tension rod between them. Or choose a decorative wall shelf with hooks.

No matter how you hang them, do a purse purge first to avoid creating a handbag jungle. Keep that oversized bag you only pull out for special occasions tucked out of the way.

#3 Create a Charging Station

While you might charge your primary smartphone overnight by your bedside, creating a charging station in your entryway can save valuable time, especially if you have a work phone or use the kids’ tablets for car rides. When they’re always charging in the same spot, you won’t waste time in the morning hunting down chargers.

Assemble tech storage using assigned baskets with neatly-organized cords, or go big with a built-in. At organization blog “A Bowl Full of Lemons,” a cabinet with plugs inside was installed in the mudroom to serve as a neat home for laptops, tablets, and smartphones, which all charge up inside.

#4 Install an Information Station

Papers can be pernicious devils, accumulating in ugly piles, blocking surfaces, and creating stress. Cut off the problem at its head with an information station, starting with a customized paper organizer on the wall.

“We had an extreme amount of clutter,” says Aniko Levai, the blogger behind “Place of My Taste.” As part of a grand entryway remodel, she created a wall organizer to keep papers and small items out of the way.

The process is simple enough for even the newest DIYer. Levai created the organizer by combining painted wood, fabric, a few small hooks, and a $15 wall magazine rack from Ikea.

But not all paper needs to be saved, and mail-sorting procrastination is the stuff cluttered entryways are made of. Setting up your recycling center near your entryway — in the closet or a free corner — can turn paper sorting into a quick, easy to-do task every time you walk in the door.

If you have the space, add a shredder into the mix or add a whiteboard for reminders.

#5 Add Lots of Shoe Storage

Step into any big box home store and you’ll find two dozen shoe storage options, from stackable organizers to hanging canvas cubbies. The perfect option for you is a matter of taste and space, but let’s be serious: However many shoe cubbies you think your family should need, the truth is probably three times that amount. That’s why we’re partial to this clever solution from Sara Davis, who transformed an old wooden mail sorter — found at a local antique shop — into a gorgeous, 45-slot shoe cubby.

Shoe storage cubbies in a home's entry

While antique mail sorters may not be available everywhere, you can create your own by converting a bookshelf or cabinet, bundling cut PVC piping into handmade cubbies, or buying a large shoe cubby. Davis’ solution is perfect for her long, thin mudroom, which is 17 feet long, but only five feet wide.

“It’s hard to miss, so it’s a great reminder for the kids to take off their shoes,” Davis says.

#6 Assign Lockers

Industrial-style decor is in — take advantage of the trend in your entryway by installing lockers. (Yes, we mean the aluminum models your kids use at school.)

While not ideal for a super-small entryway, lockers can instantly triple your storage space if you have the room, as each one has hooks on three surfaces, as well as shelving. Even better, install short tension rods and use S-hooks for even more hanging storage.

And they provide plenty of room for creative decoration. You can paint them to match a variety of decor.

#7 Make a Station for Wet, Muddy Footwear

Your entryway is always one of the first victims of nasty weather. Is it a rainy autumn? Say hello to a puddle of dirty leaves. Winter? Snow boots can leave the entire room soaking and soiled.

Weather-safe storage solutions can be the key difference between an unorganized mess and a pristine entryway. The biggest culprit is shoes. While a mat can go a long way toward preserving the cleanliness of your entrance, you’ll need to develop a plan for storing boots — without them dripping everywhere.

Try this DIY solution: Line the bottom of a chest with a mud tray, and then fill the tray with a layer of river rocks. The rocks allow the water to drain away from the soggy boots so they’ll be ready to use the next morning — and the whole process is hidden away inside the chest.

 

Looking for a Winter Project?

Commercial Opportunity!

Commercial Opportunity!

 

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Here’s a link to the MLS listing:  http://askadvantage.com/idx/search/?OrderBy=-ListPrice&StreetAddress=501

 

How to find real estate deals (Cyber Monday thoughts)

Cyber Monday has become a great way to avoid the crowds of Black Friday. You can even shop while you’re at work! (As long as your boss doesn’t catch you! LOL)

It’s also a great way to find some deals. Who doesn’t want a deal!? The Internet has also changed how people look for real estate. It’s made finding the perfect home quite easy — the minute it comes on the market. But actually getting the house isn’t as easy as just clicking a button and heading to the next screen to checkout. Beyond that, if you’re looking for a real estate deal, there’s going to be others who are looking as well.
Houses aren’t like mass-produced products we buy for presents. They are one-of-a-kind. They are limited. So when they’re a “deal”….
…it’s important to be ready to jump. And even then, you’ll probably be competing against other offers.
The real trick to finding (and actually getting) a real estate deal is to look through the ones that aren’t obvious deals. And that’s not easy for the untrained eye to see. Luckily, I have a well-trained eye! (I sent it to obedience school.) So, when you’re looking for a great real estate deal, don’t just look at the obvious deals. Look deeper. More importantly, have me looking as well. Because there’s a good chance I’ll see something you’d probably overlook.

Contact your favorite agent at Advantage Real Estate!

 

Black Friday is like real estate buyers going after a hot listing

Black Friday basically begins on Thursday these days.

You’ve probably driven past a big box store on the way home from Thanksgiving dinner and seen people with tents set up, waiting in line for the store to open. They all want to be first into the store, or at least one of the first…because the deals are first-come, first-serve. You want the latest, greatest, must-have item, or the best deal? You better not linger at Thanksgiving dinner, and get yourself in line. It takes a ton of forethought, desire, and dedication to even have a shot at getting one of the deals.
It’s kind of the same with the best real estate listings. But not just one day a year…all year.
When a great deal pops on the market, or a house many people want, it’s like the frenzy of people streaming through the doors of a big box store on Black Friday. Buyers flock fast and furiously.
But, with a great real estate deal, or great house, the big difference is that only one buyer gets it.
Here’s the good news…
  • You don’t have to be first in line to see the house. You don’t need to set up a tent on the owners lawn and wait to be the first one in to see the house. (In fact, that might hurt your cause more than help it!)
  • Heck, you don’t even necessarily have to be the one who offers the most money for the house! (Although how much you offer does matter!)
  • Crafting and presenting the best offer, when you’re trying to buy a house with lots of interest, is an artform that can get you a house even when there are higher offers. (I consider myself quite the artist when it comes to multiple offer scenarios…so you’re in good hands with me!)
I wish you luck on getting any deals you’ve got your eye on this Black Friday! But when it comes to getting the house you want, I won’t wish you luck…I’ll wish you work with us at Advantage Real Estate. That should do the trick! LOL

6 Tasks Every Homeowner Should Do in November

It’s the spring cleaning of fall, so to speak.

With guest season (also known as THE HOLIDAYS) coming at you fast and furious, you want to be sure your home is cozy, but with that fresh-as-spring feel — as opposed to that musty-damp-winter feel.

Here’s how to make that happen (along with a few other timely tips):

#1 Wash Bed Pillows

A bed with white lines and fluffy blue-green pillows
Image: Laura W.

You love your trusty, old, perfectly-snugged-to-your-head pillow. But guess what’s also snug against your head? Fungus — 4 to 16 species to be precise. Gross!

With fall being the height of guest season, you’ll want your guest pillows fresh, too. Pop them in the washing machine and dryer for an all-over clean feeling. (But check manufacturer advice, too. Some pillows shouldn’t be washed, but replaced instead.)

#2 Clean the Mattress, Too

A pink note attached to a mattress
Image: Anne Arntson for HouseLogic

Sleeping soundly gets even better when you know you’re lying on a clean and fresh mattress. The yuck factor: Skin cells and sweat get into the mattress, then dust mites show up for a dinner party featuring those tasty skin cell morsels.

You’ll want your guest mattress to be at it’s freshest. It’s easy to do: Vacuum it and then wipe it down with a cloth dampened with an upholstery shampoo. But be sure to let it dry; otherwise, you’re inviting mold. Also, be sure to rotate it 180 degrees to help keep it lump-free.

(Another option: if you’ve got a flippable mattress, go ahead and flip it. That, too, can help kill the yucky mites.)

#3 Insulate Windows

A living room with couch and blue roman shades on window
Image: Nick Smith, photographer | Clare Gaskin Interiors, designer

Bone-chilling drafts seriously detract from the cozy vibe you want. Keep it cozy by hanging drapes as close to your windows as possible to help you keep the heat inside.

You can even add clear Velcro strips or dots to the back of the drape and attach to fasteners on the wall to help insulate. Be sure to cross one drape over the other when you close up for the night. Insulating shades can do the trick, too.

#4 Stock Up on Snow Supplies

A man in a blue coat using a snow blower in a neighborhood
Image: Chiyacat/Getty

If snow is a given where you live and you’re lacking supplies, take advantage of seasonal sales now to make sure you’re not the one rushing to the hardware store at the last minute — only to find out they just sold out of ice melt.

If you have a snow blower, be sure to have it serviced and fueled up before the first winter storm arrives — and with it, price hikes on all the snow stuff.

Related: 3 Brilliant Hacks to Make Snow Shoveling a Snap

#5 Trim Tree Branches

A woman with a green short-sleeved T-shirt trimming branches
Image: Michele Constantini/PhotoAlto/Getty

The last thing you need is a winter storm loosing the wrath of that mighty tree whose branches are angling over your roof. Long limbs invite pests to explore your roof for excess water to seep into cracks in the roof or siding.

Keep limbs and branches at least 3 feet from the house. Plus it’s easier to trim branches after leaves have fallen. (If it’s an evergreen, well, sorry about that. It’ll be a prickly job, but the bonus is you’ll have greenery for the holidays!)

Related7 Dirty Places Your Guests See, But (Shock!) You Don’t!

#6 Get a Chimney Sweep to Inspect the Fireplace

A woman sitting on a couch with two dogs by a fireplace

It’s time to dust off and sweep the chimney! Best to hire someone who knows wood-burning fireplaces. A professional chimney sweep will ensure your wood-burning fireplace burns more efficiently and will help prevent chimney fires and carbon monoxide poisoning during the winter. So yeah, it’s pretty important.

Tip: If you don’t already have a chimney cap, this is also the time to add one to stop wild outdoor critters from crawling down it — and (yikes!) into your house.