Tuesday, October 21, 2014

October Market Update Report

Yes, it is happening already - Store fronts decorated with tinsel and holly, and Christmas tunes playing!  I know many of you are thinking the holiday months equate to a “slow market”.  You may be questioning your chance of selling your home over November, December, and January, and maybe even wondering if you should just wait until the spring market.  I would encourage you to think otherwise.  Here are 3 very important considerations on why the late fall and winter seasons can be a great time to have your home on the market!

1)                          Less competition.  Over the next few months you will see less and less “For Sale” signs up in your area.  If you choose to take your house off the market and wait for spring, you are also choosing more competition.   

2)                          The motivated, ready to purchase buyers are still out there looking at homes!  Buyers move for all different reasons…job relocation, downsizing, marriages and many more factors that do not revolve around the seasons.  Think about it this way, if a buyer is out looking in November, December and January; they are serious about buying a home!

3)                          The same holds true for the next 90 days as it did for the spring and summer months, the homes that are priced aggressively, marketed properly and show the best will sell.  If any one of those 3 factors are out of line, you will not have a chance to sell in today’s market no matter the season.

 We continue to market aggressively and work just as hard over the holiday months as we do in the spring and summer market!  Let’s have a conversation today about your home selling plan!  Please feel free to call or email me anytime.  

 – Your Realtor, Jose Medina

P.S.  MARK YOUR CALENDARS!!!  Our Client Appreciation Party is Sunday November 30th at the Canton Palace Theater.  Enjoy refreshments and a FREE viewing of the “The Grinch” with Jim Carey.  Bring your kids, grandkids, friends & neighbors…everyone is invited!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Looking for a new space to call home?

It's the place that you unwind in your favorite comfy chair after a long day, and the place that you create countless memories at kitchen tables and back yard barbeque's.  It's also the place that you grow your family...and your life.  It's your home, and we get it.  Looking for a new space to call home can be a most exciting adventure.  Before you  jump in, here's 4 good reasons your first call should be to a lender... 

1)  A simple consult with a reputable lender will allow you to discuss loan options and budgeting.  They can help you better understand your options...and options are a good thing!    

2)  A lender will check on your credit standing and be able to alert you if there are any issues.

3)  A lender will help you discover your maximum borrowing capability, and that will help determine the correct price range in your home search.

4)  Home sellers expect potential buyers to have a pre-approval letter before entering into negotiations.  

If you need help getting started or finding a reputable lender, please give us a call.  Whether it's buying or selling -  we'd love to be a part of your journey "home".  

Friday, September 26, 2014

Client Backchat...

We place great importance on client satisfaction.  In fact, it's our our mission:

As a DEDICATED team of Real Estate professionals, it is our PRIVILEGE to advise, educate and assist you with all your Real Estate purchasing and sell needs.  Our CONSTANT attention to detail and anticipation of your needs in advance separate us from the usual to the extraordinary.  Through our knowledge of today's real estate market and -VIP service, we aim to make you a RAVING FAN. 

Just a few kind words from some of those RAVING FANS...

"Communication  (good and bad news) is key.  Keep doing what you are doing.  I've never had a Real Estate agent communicate so frequently and effectively in 30 years." - Mike R.

"We were working with another company for 3 months and Kevin (Jose Medina & Associates) showed us better houses than we had ever seen with them in one outing!"  -Scott M.

"Valarie E. (Jose Medina & Associates) was always available to help, very informative, easy going...and simply wonderful to work with."  -Monica B.

"Had such a great experience.  Anita (Jose Medina & Associates) was very nice and understanding as we were buying our first home."  -Joshua M.

"Valerie R. (Jose Medina & Associates) was great to work with and we would use her again!"
-Kareyn R.

"Really appreciate all of the help Kevin (Jose Medina & Associates) provided me.  He was always willing to answer all of my questions and returned calls promptly.  Found a great home for me!"
 -Jeremy W.

In the market to buy or sell?  Give us a call (330) 649-5540. 
 We look forward to making you our next RAVING FAN!  

Friday, September 12, 2014

Because sometimes we all need a break...

Because sometimes we need to break away from the ringing phones, overflowing emails, constant texts and piles of paperwork.  We need a momentary exit from the everyday office demands in order to catch our breath.  And on an ordinary Thursday... we did just that.  We laughed until it hurt...then laughed some more.  We cheered one another on  to greatness and celebrated the fact that letting go once in a while is exactly what we all need!  What a privilege it is to work with such an amazing team of folks that genuinely care about one another.  Maybe it's time for you to plan a quick escape from life's demands...it's not only team building, but soul replenishing.  Break away!

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Market Update - September 2014

Did you know that September and October are typically some of the busiest months for selling a home? The fall market is the second most popular time for home sales, behind only the spring market.  Now is the time to have your house in pristine condition and at the most attractive price.  
A few things to keep in mind over the next 30 days….

1)      Buyers still have a lot of options.  In Stark County there is a 6 month supply of homes.  A balanced market is considered 5-6 month supply, so there is a lot of competition to gain the attention of the buyer.  These numbers have improved in the last 6-9 months, but remember that buyers still have a lot of choices in today’s market.  Some specific markets (price range/area) are in a seller’s market, but the majority of the markets in Stark County are either in a buyer’s market or a balanced market. 

2)      Buyers comparison shop when looking for a home.  They go out and see what they can get for the money and choose the best value from what they see.  Each home is in a pricing war and a beauty competition at the same time.

3)      If you are thinking about possibly adjusting your price, don’t wait.  Now is the time to be the best the value on the market… not 30 days from now.

4)      In most price ranges and areas, you should be getting an average of 1-2 showings a week.  Showings are the best indicator to determine if your price and condition are on target.  The right price, along with our marketing strategy will get you showings.  We are very aggressively marketing in every way possible to get you the most exposure.

5)      If you have any questions or concerns about pricing, the condition of your home, or our marketing -  please feel free to contact me at (330) 649-5540.

Your Realtor,
Jose Medina

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Jose Medina & Associates ranked among America's top 1,000 real estate professionals!

  On June 27, 2014, REAL Trends, Inc, in conjunction with The Wall Street Journal, published its 9th annual:  
 "The Thousand"  list of America's top 1,000 real estate sales professionals and real estate teams 

While we celebrate this achievement, we want you to know that our business is much more than just numbers. Check out out what a few of our clients have to say...

Dear Jose & Staff,
We'd like to thank you for the professional and courteous service we received throughout the process of the sale of our home.  The correspondences over the last two months have been very informative and helpful.  Thank you for making the sale of our home a very positive experience.  We will certainly recommend your services in the future!
-Jeff & Michelle Grametbauer

I just wanted to send you a quick note to say thank you for assisting with the sale of my house.  You and your team were very helpful and made things much easier than I thought they would be.  I will definitely be recommending you in the future to any friends and acquaintances.  Thank you.
-Tony Slabaugh

"We are pleased with the entire process of buying and selling our home!" 
- Tim L.  

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

10 Mold Prevention Tips for Your Home

1. Eliminate Clutter

Cast a critical eye on household clutter, and pare down your stuff. Clutter blocks airflow and prevents your HVAC system from circulating air. Furniture and draperies that block supply grilles cause condensation. All this moisture creates microclimates in your home that welcome and feed mold growth.
So throw out things you don’t love or don’t use. Push furniture away from vents and grilles to keep air circulating. On humid, still days, run a couple of fans to keep air moving.

2. Control Indoor Climate
Mold problems often emerge during hot, humid summers when you’re tempted to play with the air conditioner. But set the thermostat too high, and the air conditioner won’t dehumidify your air effectively; set it too low, and you create cold surfaces where water vapor can condense.

To prevent moisture problems and maximize energy efficiency, set the thermostat at 78 degrees F.

3. Shut Windows and Doors When AC is On
When you open windows and doors, you let air conditioning escape, waste money, and invite humid air into your cooler home. This causes condensation, which mold loves. So keep doors and windows shut when the AC is humming.
Also, maintain your home at around 80 degrees when you’re on vacation or at work. Too often, we bump the thermostat up to 85 degrees, or turn off the AC when we’re away. This raises temperature and humidity, which creates the ideal home for mold.

4. Properly Size Your AC Unit
Make sure your air-conditioning unit is properly sized for your house. If it’s too small, the unit will run constantly, elevating costs but not the temperature; too big, and the unit will constantly start and stop, which wastes energy, too.

Install an HVAC unit that’s just right. For guidance, call an HVAC professional or consult Energy Star’s square footage/AC capacity chart.

5. Monitor Humidity
An indoor humidity monitor will help you keep track of moisture levels that, ideally, fall between 35% and 50% relative humidity; in very humid climates, at the height of summer, you may have to live with readings closer to 55%.
But if you reach 60% relative humidity, it’s time to look for the source of the added moisture; above 70% relative humidity, certain species of mold can begin growing.

Indoor humidity monitors start at less than $20; more sophisticated models that simultaneously and remotely track several rooms can climb to $200.

6. Evaluate Your AC
If you get a high humidity reading of 60% or more, make sure your air conditioner is doing its job.
Is it set to the proper temperature?
Is it cycling on and off periodically?
Does it blow cold air when it reaches the set point?
Are the coils clean?

Inspect the condensate drain pipe (the narrow white pipe sticking out the side) to make sure it’s dripping regularly. If it isn’t, the pipe is blocked and water may be accumulating inside the unit — or on your floor. If you suspect a problem, call your HVAC professional. To prevent blockage and mold buildup, pour a cup of bleach mixed with water down the drain annually.

7. Look for Standing Water
If the air conditioner isn’t the issue, search for standing water or chronic dampness that’s increasing indoor humidity and providing a lovely environment for mold.

Check for puddles or dampness around hot water tanks, sump pumps, freezers, refrigerators, basement doors, and windows. Inspect crawl spaces for ground water dampness or foundation leaks.

8. Cover Your Crawl Space Floor
Groundwater seeping into crawl spaces can add gallons of moisture vapor into your house every day. The simplest defense is to cover crawl space floors with a plastic vapor barrier — 6 mil polyethylene (landscapers’ plastic) — that traps moisture in the ground.

If you regularly crawl in your crawl space, use a heavier plastic that won’t rip as easily: Some 20 mil plastic coverings are on the market.

9. Add a Dehumidifier
A dehumidifier removes excess moisture from the air.
You can buy a whole house dehumidifier ($1,100-$1,800) that attaches to your furnace, treats air throughout the house, and connects to a drain so you never have to empty a tank. If you live in a very humid area, a whole-house system is the way to go.
If you have occasional bouts of dampness and musty smells, a portable dehumidifier will suffice ($150-$200).
Most models have an auto shutoff that keeps the unit from overflowing when the storage tank is full. Some portables have a hose hookup that automatically sends water into a nearby floor drain.

10. Call a Professional
If you can’t find the moisture problem on your own, or you aren’t sure how to correct a problem you do find, call a home inspector or indoor air quality consultant. Look for credentials from a respected industry organization, such as the American Society of Home Inspectors or the Indoor Air Quality Association.

Have a MOLD FREE day!  

Brought to you by: 

Radon Mitigation and Mold Remediation Specialists
 (330) 241-2031
 (330) 730-9919