Modern WiFi Thermostats 101

If you’re still using an old style thermostat where basically all you can do is set the temperature by walking up to it and changing the settings, then it’s about time you took a serious look at the latest generation of smart thermostats.

For those of you who may not be familiar with this technology, they are basically replacements for your old thermostats which can perform a range of tasks from setting temperatures days or even weeks ahead, and can give you complete control from wherever you are using your smart phone.

In addition to their versatility, they also produce energy savings. Smart thermostats can do this by ensuring your HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning) systems aren’t using energy when they don’t need to be – in other words they regulate your HVAC system more efficiently than you can do it yourself. Additional savings are gained when you’re not at home but you suddenly remember you’ve left the heating on – just a few taps on your smart phone and the waste is stopped.

According the information I got from energystar.gov it appears the savings for a typical household are enough to pay for the device in just under 17 months, which is a fairly reasonable return when compared to a lot of other installation projects around the home.

The two leading manufacturers are Honeywell and Nest, but they’re not the only ones in the game as more and more companies are coming out with new products in America and Europe. For an excellent breakdown of the top 10 manufactures see The Top Rated Thermostat Manufacturers at www.ThermostatWiFi.net

About me

A Realtor in Southern Nevada. Rated one of the top real estate agents utilizing social media, in the world, according to http://www.mondinion.com #mondREA.

To learn more, go to Linkedin.com and enter “Ron Feir” in the search bar. Cell (702) 358-7075 and RonFeir@aol.com & RonaldSellsVegas@gmail.com. Follow on Twitter @ronfeir and Ronald Feir on Facebook. Blogs on WordPress.com and Tumblr.com. Boards and pins at Pinterest.com. 

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Trending Now: Geometric Decor

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David Hicks, the most famous decorator of the 60s, was a leader of modern decor whose influence went against the grain of traditional design standards and has stood the test of time. His spirit has been revived in this new collection of fabrics for Groundworks, containing variations of his original works that exude the essence of David’s design aesthetic—bold geometrics that are contemporary, sharp & extremely precise.

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Candice Olson’s new Modern Luxe wallpaper collection for York is a shimmering delight that pays homage to the angular and opulent Art Deco style. From a metallic chevron named after The Great Gatsby to golden trellises in large and small scales, these patterns will bring a lavish & contemporary look to your home.

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Property Value Warning 101

It’s every homeowner’s worst nightmare:

Your new neighbor has decided to tear down the charming colonial and build a monster home. Or he’s turned his backyard into a junkyard. Or she’s having noisy parties. Nice homes transition to rat-traps & poorly presented homes improve. Ditto on neighborhoods and individual streets. Properties in home owner associations (HOA) provide a little extra protection.

Yes, having bad neighbors can be awful. And did you know they also can lower the value of your home by up to 10 percent.

A recent study by the US Appraisal Institute indicates that your neighborhood – and your immediate neighbors – can be game-changers when it’s time to sell. You may be looking at a 5-10 percent drop in your home’s value. And a lower selling price.

And it’s not just close neighbors; it’s your street and often your whole neighborhood. Barking dogs, poorly maintained properties, utility towers, and even funeral homes can make your neighborhood less desirable, and your home less saleable.

What can you do? Not much after you’ve bought, although you can approach your neighbor and/or a lawyer to try to stop the offending behavior. But you can practice due diligence before you buy.

Visit your potential neighborhood at night and during the day. Drop by on weekends. Drive around neighboring streets to get a feel for the area. Note the proximity of commercial properties. Chat with the neighbors to find out if you share the same commitment to maintaining your properties. Consider contacting the local police and checking crime stats.

Whether you’re buying for the long term, or may sell in the next few years, checking out your neighbors and the neighborhood only makes sense.

About me

A Realtor in Southern Nevada. Rated one of the top real estate agents utilizing social media, in the world, according to http://www.mondinion.com #mondREA.

To learn more, go to Linkedin.com and enter “Ron Feir” in the search bar. Cell (702) 358-7075 and RonFeir@aol.com & RonaldSellsVegas@gmail.com. Follow on Twitter @ronfeir and Ronald Feir on Facebook. Blogs on WordPress.com and Tumblr.com. Boards and pins at Pinterest.com. 

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How To Make Your Home Light & Airy 101

The properties of natural light are well-known. It expands your space, brightens dark corners and gives your home an airy feel. If you’re selling your home – or even if you’re not – try adopting some designer tricks to increase your home’s natural wattage.

Paint is one of the least expensive and most effective ways of lightening up your home. Light colors reflect light and bounce it back, making a space look larger. And yes, painting your woodwork cream or white is allowed and does increase your light quotient.

Mirrors also bounce back natural light, but they should be used sparingly. Bring in the outdoors by hanging a mirror opposite a window.

Light-colored gauzy curtains or plantation shutters also contribute to that airy look. Louvered blinds can be tipped to take advantage of the sunlight as it makes its way around the room. And don’t forget that slipcovering your furniture in lighter-colored fabrics is another easy way to lighten up.

If you’re prepared to make structural changes, adding a skylight to a dark room is effective, but trimming back outdoor trees and shrubs that are filtering the light may do the trick for less money.

For open houses, turn on indoor and outdoor lights. Even during the day, inside lighting can make your dwelling feel homey, prevent harsh shadows from sunlight and brighten dark corners. Dust and vacuum well, as illuminated dust bunnies won’t do anything for the appeal of your home.

About me

A Realtor in Southern Nevada. Rated one of the top real estate agents utilizing social media in the world according to http://www.mondinion.com #mondREA.

To learn more, go to Linkedin.com and enter “Ron Feir” in the search bar. Cell (702) 358-7075 and RonFeir@aol.com & RonaldSellsVegas@gmail.com. Follow on Twitter @ronfeir and Ronald Feir on Facebook. Blogs on WordPress.com and Tumblr.com. Boards and pins at Pinterest.com. 

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Luxury Home Facts 101

Whether artificial or true, as the economy recovers, luxury properties are very much in demand, particularly in large urban areas. Homes or vacation properties worth $1 million or more are selling quickly, often at or just below asking prices. And they’re taking the housing markets in many areas along with them.

It’s been a long haul. While in the largest North American cities the luxury market never totally disappeared, during the worst of the recession many buyers were holding on to their properties. The result has been a shortage of inventory, which is pushing prices up. As of mid-October, the S&P/Case-Schiller home price index showed major growth in the average sales price of homes across the U.S.

Foreign investors have also been spurring on the market for luxury properties, as Asian buyers, in particular, look to North America to invest: Many are putting their money into the real estate market.

As noted, luxury buyers usually look to large urban areas to purchase homes, while those looking for a getaway often look north to cottage country, or south to warmer climes. Areas located near big cities offer the best of two worlds: These neighborhoods provide easy access to transit and highways for commuters and nearby shopping, restaurants, and entertainment venues, as well as good schools, safe communities, park-like settings, and elegant homes.

According to recent research, upscale purchasers still believe home ownership is a great investment. So luxury homebuyers are prepared to spend time, money, and energy on a house that reflects who they are.

While size matters, it’s increasingly less important than upgrades and amenities such as larger lots, pools, and high-end landscaping. Outdoor living rooms, chef’s kitchens, spa bathrooms, and spacious garages are also important. As owners renovate and re-build, the economy receives a boost. Small wonder the luxury market has a stimulating effect on real estate markets and the economy in general.

About me

I’m a Realtor in Southern Nevada. Top rated real estate agent, globally, in social media according to http://www.mondinion.com #mondREA. To learn more about me, go to Linkedin.com and enter my name in the search bar. I can be reached at (702) 358-7075 and RonaldSellsVegas@gmail.com. Follow me on Twitter @ronfeir and Ronald Feir on Facebook. Please read my blogs on WordPress.com and Tumblr.com. If you still have time, explore my cyber home, boards, and pins at Pinterest.com. I look forward to working with you!

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Feng Shui 101

Want to infuse your home with energy to make it attractive to buyers? Why not consider feng shui – an ancient Chinese science that focuses on creating harmony and maintaining balance so energy flows well through your house.

You can’t control everything (such as the view from your backyard) but a tidy property will stand you in good stead. Most important, keep your house well-lit and clutter-free.

These tips may impress buyers looking for good feng shui:

  •  Invest in your front door – where energy enters the home. Remove distractions leading up to it, such as garbage cans and scruffy planters. Make sure door decorations fit the season. Paint the door in fire (reds and oranges) or wood (greens, browns) colors. Maintain hardware. And address squeaking hinges.
  •  Focus the energy in the main entrance. Create a focal spot but keep it simple, such as a table with flowers nicely arranged in a vase or a colorful rug. Never put a mirror facing the front door. If you can’t remove it, put a plant in front of it.
  •  Keep the energy flowing in each room. For the kitchen, this means good light; paint it yellow. In the bedroom, keep beds away from doors and windows and make sure they have lots of space around them.

Need more help? Call a feng shui master to help you determine if the house you want to sell – or buy – is harmonious and balanced.

About me

I’m a Realtor in Southern Nevada. I look forward to working with you! To learn more about me, go to Linkedin.com and enter my name in the search bar. I can be reached at (702) 358-7075 and RonaldSellsVegas@gmail.com. Follow me on Twitter @ronfeir and Ronald Feir on Facebook. Please read my blogs on WordPress.com and Tumblr.com. If you still have time, explore my cyber home, boards, and pins at Pinterest.com

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Renovation Commonsense 101

When homeowners hear the words “renovate” or “remodel”, most will have visions of granite countertops and hardwood floors dancing in their heads.

But, according to experts, you should be thinking structure over style; the outside of your home provides protection from the elements and should be your top priority when you’re deciding where to invest your renovation dollar. Ask yourself these questions. If you answer “yes,” it’s time to consider making some repairs.

Is your roof sagging? Tackle your roof first: Look for sagging areas, cracked or worn shingles, mold or rot, and dangling gutters and downspouts. Unless you’re experienced, don’t walk on an old roof yourself to look for damage – hire a professional. If your roof is in need of repair, don’t give in to the temptation to save money with a cheap fix; invest in high-quality shingles and installation.

Brick flaking? Examine your home’s exterior for signs of wear and tear. Chipping, peeling, and bubbling are symptoms of siding that may need repair or replacement. When it comes to brick, flaking, cracking or crumbling mortar may signal the need for TLC.

Basement leaking? Your basement is another area of the home that should be top-of-mind when deciding what to fix. Don’t ignore leaks, even small ones. Make sure that water isn’t getting in from outside. By fixing cracks in the foundation and properly insulating the basement, you’ll conquer “damp basement syndrome.”

Energy costs skyrocketing? Any renovation that improves efficiency is worthwhile. Greening your home can provide a recovery rate of up to 60 percent of the cost of the renovation. In old homes, windows, doors and skylights can be a big source of heat loss. To keep heat in and cold out, windows need to be double- or triple-glazed. Consider upgrading old windows and exterior doors to models that qualify as energy efficient.

Granite countertops can wait; these repairs can’t.

About me

I’m a Realtor in Southern Nevada. I look forward to working with you! To learn more about me, go to Linkedin.com and enter my name in the search bar. I can be reached at (702) 358-7075 and RonaldSellsVegas@gmail.com. Follow me on Twitter @ronfeir and Ronald Feir on Facebook. Please read my blogs on WordPress.com and Tumblr.com. If you still have time, explore my cyber home, boards, and pins at Pinterest.com

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Porcelain Wood – Introducing the Prescott Range

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Porcelain Wood’s beautifully-distressed, Parisian-inspired tile planks incorporate intricate whitewashed tones with innovative and versatile geometric patterning, designed around a subtle, neutral base of ashes and greys. The range is designed to perfectly compliment the colourful nature of their Rutland range, which offers a variety of beautifully-distressed wood grains and a vivid Mediterranean colour pallet, inspired by reclaimed panels from disused Spanish fishing boats.

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Both ranges have a natural, matt surface finish, making it ideal for both domestic and commercial areas, interiors and exteriors and walls and floors.
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Manufactured for both commercial and residential use, Porcelain Wood’s tiles combine the unrivaled durability and low-maintenance of porcelain with the colour, texture and grain variation of wood to provide a stunning floor and wall covering that is unsurpassed in both quality and design. Porcelain…

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Multiple Offers 101

When selling your home, having more than one offer to consider is a great position to be in. However, there are some rules of thumb for handling the sale of your property in a multiple-offer situation.

The most important is to evaluate every offer for its details – not just the price. Study all conditions and investigate thoroughly the strength of each offer. Just because the buyer has agreed to pay a certain amount for your home doesn’t necessarily mean he or she is capable of bringing about a successful closing.

Evaluate their pre-approval letter as well as the lender itself. You should be particularly suspicious of all-cash offers. Make certain that you Realtor obtains a valid proof of cash funds. What’s too good to be true, often is.

In evaluating offers, your listing agent will prove an invaluable support. He or she will do the legwork required to consider each offer and check out the buyers and buyer agents. Do ask your agent for input and opinions. However, in the final analysis, you are the decision-maker.

You’re more likely to attract multiple offers and save yourself headaches if you order your own property inspection before you put your house on the market. Feigned ignorance of the condition of your home risks an eventual lawsuit or costly work orders. If it’s bad news, you’ll have the choice of making repairs or reducing your asking price. It also means fewer complications with negotiations and closing.

Negotiations are particularly difficult in multiple offer situations – not so much for the seller, but for the buyers. Hopefully, you and your listing agent will treat offers with respect. The seller pretty much dictates the way offers are presented, and making buyers jump through hoops – especially if their offer comes in well below the others – won’t benefit anyone. Let them know there are several better offers, so if they can’t increase theirs, they can exit gracefully.

About me

I’m a Realtor in Southern Nevada. I look forward to working with you! To learn more about me, go to Linkedin.com and enter my name in the search bar. I can be reached at (702) 358-7075 and RonaldSellsVegas@gmail.com. Follow me on Twitter @ronfeir and Ronald Feir on Facebook. Please read my blogs on WordPress.com and Tumblr.com. If you still have time, explore my cyber home, boards, and pins at Pinterest.com

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Lender Letter 101

You should always be in a state of readiness when you’re house-hunting. And this means ensuring you have a letter from a lender signifying that you’re ready to buy a home.

In the past, your real estate agent or broker chose a lender whose job it was to arrange a mortgage loan after the seller had accepted your offer.

Now, you need documentation showing that you’re in a position to buy. Many buyers confuse pre-qualified with pre-approved, believing that if their lender pre-qualifies them for a mortgage, it means that they have been pre-approved for a home loan. Not so. The terms “pre-qualified” and “pre-approved” are different, and a misunderstanding may prove disastrous.

Pre-qualified

To get a pre-qualified letter, you need to supply the lender with your overall financial picture, including your debt, income, and assets. This can be simply done with a phone call, and you likely won’t be charged a fee. With this information, the lender will have an idea of the amount of mortgage you will qualify for. However, this process does not look closely at your credit report, and it also won’t tell your lender whether you’re actually able to purchase a home.

Pre-approved

Obtaining pre-approval is more complicated. You’ll be required to pay an application fee and supply the necessary documentation to complete the lender’s picture of your financial background and current credit rating. From this, the lender can figure out the specific mortgage amount you’re approved for. You’ll also have a better idea of the interest rate you’ll be charged on the loan and, in some cases, you might be able to lock-in a specific rate.

When you find the right home, you fill in the appropriate details, and the pre-approval becomes a completed mortgage application. Finally, a “loan commitment” is issued by the bank when your application is approved. Then, finally, you buy your home.

About me

I’m a Realtor in Southern Nevada. I look forward to working with you! To learn more about me, go to Linkedin.com and enter my name in the search bar. I can be reached at (702) 358-7075 and RonaldSellsVegas@gmail.com. Follow me on Twitter @ronfeir and Ronald Feir on Facebook. Please read my blogs on WordPress.com and Tumblr.com. If you still have time, explore my cyber home, boards, and pins at Pinterest.com

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