Author Archives: Debra Jennings

Is Your Home in a High Risk Flood Zone? How to Prepare for Flooding [Infographic]

It’s said that April showers bring May flowers. But for many residents of the Midwest, record rainstorms that began the last week of April unfortunately brought historic flooding. Parts of Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, Arkansas and Louisiana received 10 to 15 inches of rain in 7 days, causing rivers to overrun banks and levees and endanger both lives and property.

Flooding near Pocahontas, AR (Photo credit: CourierNews)

The flood waters caused evacuation of residential and business areas, closed parts of Interstates 44 and 55, and shut down a 14-mile stretch of the Mississippi River. And the storm continued to travel, resulting in flash flood watches for parts of Oklahoma, Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, Arkansas, Indiana and Ohio. Ten deaths have been attributed to the flooding. Continue reading

How to Reduce House Hunting Stress

Thinking of buying a home? It’s exciting, right? Whether you’re becoming a home owner for the first time or just looking for a new house, there’s something so appealing about imagining living in a new place. And then reality sets in. (Wah, wah, wah…)

The truth is buying a home can be one of life’s most stressful events, especially in today’s hot housing market. While there is no way to make it a completely anxiety-free event, there are things you can do during the house hunting and buying process that will minimize your stress. Continue reading

5 Tips to Keep Your Pets Safe at Home [National Pet Day]

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A pet can make any house feel like a home. Whether they’re running to greet you or lounging by your side, the companionship of a pet – furry, feathered, or scaled – is an amazing experience.  As pet owners, it’s our job to keep our pets safe at home, something that’s not always easy to do. In honor of National Pet Day on April 11, we’re sharing five tips for pet safety. Continue reading

Remodeling a Home – Is It a Good Investment?

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For those who own a home, increasing its value is always a priority. While updates or renovations may be initial out-of-pocket expenses, they can be recouped with a higher sale price when it’s time to move. As an added advantage, you’ll be able to make changes that enhance the look of your space during the time you live there, making it more comfortable as well as enjoyable. Which project is right for your property? For insight into selecting a home update to get started with, the information below can help. Continue reading

7 Easy Ways to Prepare Your Home to Sell

 

Seven Easy Ways To Prepare Your Home To Sell

Before you pay a home staging firm to try to entice home buyers to purchase your house, and definitely before you spend thousands on home upgrades, it is important to understand you do not have to invest a fortune or a massive amount of time to prepare your home to sell.

What are some of the best ways to prepare your home to sell that do not cost a fortune or demand a lot of time? Here are 7 easy ways to prepare your home to sell that will help you get the most out of your property and potentially get it sold quickly.

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Historic Homes of Civil Rights Leaders [Celebrating Black History Month]

Old houses, new houses, everyday houses, historic houses — we love ’em all!

Check out the five fascinating houses below that have cemented their place in history as part of the abolition and civil rights movements.

Image source: Broward College

 

Birthplace of Martin Luther King Jr., Atlanta, Georgia

Photo credit: http://www.thekingcenter.org/

Iconic civil rights activist Martin Luther King, Jr.  lived in this Queen Anne-style home from birth until 12 years old. The house was restored in 1975 and is now part of the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site. Daily tours are available but fill up quickly. View Housefax Report Continue reading

Frequently Asked Questions about Home Warranties [National Home Warranty Day]

In honor of National Home Warranty Day on February 10, we’ve answered some of the frequently asked questions about home warranties. Use this primer to learn about the pros and cons of home warranties.

What is a home warranty?

A home warranty is a service agreement that protects home owners from having to pay out of pocket for costly repairs or replacement of specific home systems and appliances. It may also be referred to as a home protection plan, or in the case of new homes, a builder’s warranty.

What does a home warranty cover?

It varies by plan, but items typically available for coverage including major systems such as heating and air conditioning (HVAC), plumbing and sewage, electrical systems and the roof, as well as household appliances including kitchen appliances and washers and dryers. Continue reading

7 Facts You Don’t Know About Homebuyers and Sellers

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Did you know that the third Thursday of each quarter is designated as national “Get to Know Your Customers Day”? While customers should always be top of mind for any business, in the hustle and bustle of “getting work done” we may sometimes forget that they are the reason we’re doing all this in the first place.

Real estate professionals – especially agents, brokers and home inspectors – don’t usually fall into this trap. Not only do they have direct contact with every customer (a luxury many businesses don’t have), but they are also in a unique position to hear about each customer’s desires, needs and even fears.

Still, as they say, “the more you know…,” and there is always more that pros can learn about customers and prospects to help them provide better service. Below are seven things you might not have known about home buyers and sellers in general. Continue reading

Consumer Real Estate: 5 Reasons to Be Thankful

It’s almost Thanksgiving and the end of the year. At Housefax, we’re looking back on a wonderful year of making the home buying and selling process more transparent with our comprehensive property history reports. We’re also thankful that we’ve been able to join forces with some of the best in the industry including CoreLogic, Keller Williams and HouseMaster.

Plus it’s been a great year for the consumer real estate industry! Continuing the upward trend of the past couple years, homes continue to hold their value and many people are getting the opportunity to experience homeownership. As we look back on 2016, here are five real estate trends that make us thankful. Continue reading

Scary Houses: It’s Not What You Think

haunted-houseIt’s Halloween time and that means the haunted house industry is in full swing. People will stand in line for hours to get a good scare. It’s a fun thrill when you know it’s fake, but nobody really wants to live in a scary house. Even if you don’t believe in monsters and ghosts, there are plenty of things that can be frightening as a homeowner.

Age and Maintenance History

Older houses have a lot of charm and features you won’t find in a new build. But they can also require a lot of upkeep due to normal deterioration. In addition, there are some things you should be aware of if a house was built during a certain period. Homes built:

  • Before 1978 may contain lead-based paint
  • Before 1980 may contain asbestos
  • Between 1978 and 1995 and may contain unsafe polybutylene-based piping

Get the ‘Fax: Just for fun, we ran a Housefax Report on the home featured in “The Exorcist” movie. See for yourself how scary it is…

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