Greetings from Jennifer
Ross - Realtor
daughter Alexandra and 40 fellow Syracuse students spent their spring
break in Washington D.C. working with the homeless. They lodged
at a youth hostel and worked their tails off! Day one Alex and
her two girlfriends were assigned to a homeless woman to help her
raise money. They were given buckets of newspapers to
sell for donations on the street. By the end of the day, the three of
them managed to raise $108 for the woman.
Day 2 through 5
were spent preparing, serving, and sorting food at different soup
kitchens that served between 150 and 400 homeless each meal.
Between meals, they handed out bath goods in the park where they set
up temporary showers, helped write resumes and search for jobs on the
internet, worked at a children's homeless shelter and threw a St.
Patrick's Day party at a church for the homeless!
I asked my
daughter what stood out the most about her experience. Alex
said how shocked she was to see people you would never suspect were
homeless. Businessmen in suits, families with children
"ordinary people, Mom, that we pass on the street and have no
idea!" Alexandra said from now on, when she sees a
homeless person, she will look them in the eye, smile and say hello.
The Winner of This Week's
Deanna won a $50
restaurant gift card - congratulations!
The next drawing will be in a few weeks......
There are some
interesting factoids in the latest report from the National
Association of Realtors. Out of the 250 U.S. housing markets the NAR
follows, San Diego ranked number 15 on the list of most searched
markets on its website. The active inventory of homes for sale
currently stands at 11,470, down more than 25 percent from a year
ago. Also, the median age of the inventory is just 69 days, down from
111 days in February 2011. People are going to be surprised --
especially the experts -- at how fast sales and
prices will speed up in coming months.
San Diego ranks number nine on the Travelers Choice Award-winning
U.S. Beach Destinations from TripAdvisor. "Elegant and sunny San
Diego is truly a city with something for everyone," claims the
review. Five of the top 10 beaches on the list are in Florida, a
popular destination for people who crave humidity and large bugs. San
Diego is the only California city to make the cut. Go figure.
There is one very concerning economic report out this month that
could be related to higher gasoline prices. Delta Dental finds the
average gift from the Tooth Fairy for a lost baby tooth dropped last
year to $2.10, plunging from $2.52 cents a year earlier. "Like
many Americans, the Tooth Fairy needed to tighten her belt in 2011,
but she's hopeful for a recovery this year," said spokesperson
Fixing Up Your Home
Smart sellers will weigh the cost of proposed improvements against
the home's market value after the repairs or upgrades are completed.
If an upgrade won't return the investment, such an improvement might
not be warranted. Before you decide to lift the roof and install
skylights in the master suite, realize that kitchens and baths carry
the highest return.
Before deciding to make specific repairs before resale, take an
afternoon off to tour other homes in the neighborhood. Note the
condition and amenities in those homes. Compare these homes to yours.
If, for example, most of the homes on the market have upgraded
kitchens, you should concentrate on fixing the kitchen.
This doesn't mean you need to buy designer appliances and tear out
the cabinets. But a minor kitchen remodel might be a good investment.
Sometimes, a fresh coat of paint on the cabinets and new hardware can
give your kitchen an all-new look.
Make a list of everything that is defective, broken or worn out. If
buyers spot problems or malfunctioning systems, they might wonder
what else in the home has been neglected.For example,a home may not
sell due to a sellers' slight oversight. An entry way rug with
a big rip down the center of its seam, and ragged could make a
a bad impression on the buyers to such an extent that they are
convinced the sellers don't care about selling their home.
Here are 10 minimum improvements to make before selling your home:
- Patch all holes and cracks in walls and
- Fix all broken appliances and HVAC
- Repair leaky faucets.
- Replace worn carpeting.
- Repaint dark or marred walls with neutral
paint (not white).
- Replace broken windows.
- Repair the roof.
- Change out dated light fixtures / ceiling
- Replace old linens / window coverings.
- Fix code violations.
If your real
estate market is extremely hot -- a seller's market -- you can get
away with fewer fix-ups before selling; however, a home that needs
repairs will still deliver a lower price. In slow markets -- a
buyer's market -- buyers might not even look at a home that needs
of the Week
Talking Twin Babies
What could these
adorable twins possible be chatting about?!?. I hope you enjoy
this popular video.
Wealth is the
ability to fully experience life.
As always, feel free to give me a
call 800-913-7677 with your real estate needs. I appreciate
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