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5 SECRETS WEAPONS FOR DIY PROJECTS

Is there a home maintenance project that’s been lingering on your to-do list for too long because you’re dreading the trip to the hardware or craft store? There are some projects you can tackle with items that are almost certainly already in your home.

Vinegar: There’s probably a jug of vinegar in your pantry right now. You can soak items in vinegar to remove mineral deposits (like in a clogged showerhead), and you can boil vinegar in your microwave to remove odors and make it easier to clean.

Cola: A can of Coke or Pepsi can be used to clean many surfaces, including your glass windows, porcelain toilet, or chrome fixtures. Just do some research before using it on metal surfaces, as it can be corrosive.

Baking soda: This item may actually be more useful for applications other than baking. A baking soda-vinegar paste is great for cleaning bathrooms and kitchens. Baking soda can also be used to absorb odors.

Butter knife: Screwdrivers are easy to misplace. If can’t find a screwdriver when you need one, a butter knife—preferably an older one that you no longer need for table setting—is pretty effective for both Phillips- and flat-head screws.

Toothpaste: Is there an unsightly scratch on your car or bike? The grit in tarter-control toothpastes makes for an effective scratch remover. Clean the scratch, apply some toothpaste, let it sit for a few minutes, and then buff it out with paper towel.

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WHY RE/MAX INTEGRITY?

“OUR MISSION”
Our goal at RE/MAX Integrity is to support associates in building their business and increasing their success. RE/MAX Integrity measures success by attitude and commitment – we are committed to providing unparalleled quality service with the highest degree of professionalism and integrity.

RE/MAX Integrity is a full service real estate brokerage firm serving North Harris & Montgomery County – including but not limited to Houston, Spring, The Woodlands, Katy, Cypress, Tomball, Lake Conroe, Montgomery and Magnolia. On average, RE/MAX agents sell more homes than any other Realtors. Today, choosing the right real estate agent has never been more important. Whether it is finding your dream home, investment property, or making certain your home sale stands out and sells for the highest and best price in today’s market, we take the goals of our clients personally and dedicate ourselves to making certain your real estate transaction is as seamless as possible.

RE/MAX Integrity is a locally owned and operated full-service real estate brokerage located in Spring, Texas.  Founded in 2007, RE/MAX Integrity recently expanded to include their second office in Willis, TX – Lake Conroe area.  The brokerage has over 75 Realtors® and specializes in both residential and commercial real estate. RE/MAX Integrity is a proud supporter of Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals®, Soles for Souls Foundation, and Texas Sentinels along with numerous other local charities.  Two office to service you better – 19510 Kuykendahl, Spring, TX and 14202 FM 1097, Willis, TX. To learn more, please visit www.realtorsatintegrity.com.

 

RE/MAX INTEGRITY… Doesn’t that sound like a company you would want to represent you with all your real estate needs?
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10 False Assumptions People Make About Real Estate Agents

DON’T MAKE ASSUMPTIONS

Let’s face it, everyone either knows a real estate agent, or is connected to one through six (probably less) degrees of separation.  Between friends and relatives, and the stereotypical representation of real estate agents on television and in pop culture, the general public has adopted some assumptions about agents that are very far from the truth.

Here are ten things that people assume about real estate agents that just aren’t true:

  1.  They make “easy money”  –  HAHAHAAA. The only people who could ever possibly make the case that being an agent is an easy way to make money are those who have never done it.  It’s hard, uncertain work, with many instances of months wasted on a deal that doesn’t ever close.  The only thing easy about it is reading the Lighter Side of Real Estate.
  2.  They are required to show you houses even if you’re not pre-approved – There are definitely agents who will show you houses with a pre-approval (or at minimum a pre-qualification), but an agent is not requires to, and most experienced agents probably won’t.  The ability to qualify for financing dictates whether or not a deal is even possible, so an agent is simply saving you from disappointment (or worse) by asking you to get pre-approved.
  3. Zillow is more accurate than they are – It would be wonderful if Zillow (and similar websites) were accurate in their home valuations, but if you compared their results to actual appraised values, in most cases you’d burst out laughing.  Real estate agents want you to get as much money as possible for your house, but sometimes reality gets in the way.  Trust your realtor to give you a fair market assessment for your house…at least more than you trust Zillow.
  4. They make huge commissions – The popular real estate flipping shows on cable, and Million Dollar Listing have given everyone the impression that real estate agents are rolling in the dough.  Most real estate wish that this was true, but reality is much different.  The median US existing home sales price in December 2016 was $234,900, which means after splitting the commission and paying their broker, an agent took home about $3500 on the transaction, not including all marketing and related expenses.  As a monthly income, this adds up to about $40,000 per year.  Not exactly huge.
  5. They’re an unnecessary evil – Many people have made the argument that real estate agents are unnecessary and are merely an impediment to a more efficient “For sale by owner” model of real estate.  The best way to eliminate this misconception is to try selling your house yourself.  There is nothing more sobering than desperately Googling state and federal real estate laws as some unkempt stranger is knocking on your door asking you questions about your FSBO house.
  6. They’re sleazy – Unfortunately, real state agents have joined the ranks of lawyers, politicians, and salespeople in some of the public assumptions about their trustworthiness.  The financial collapse of 2008 exacerbated the perception.  Thankfully, the market correction also weeded out most of the unsavory elements in the business.  The truth is, real estate agents are honest, hardworking people, making a living like any other profession.  And just like any other profession, there are a few bad apples that unfairly give the others a bad name.
  7. They’re uneducated – This misconception really gets under most agents’ skin, because not only do many agents have degrees (and advanced degrees in quite a few cases), but the knowledge required to pass a real estate exam is substantial.  There are many people who are unable to get their licensing because of an inability to pass these licensing tests, which makes the concept of an “uneducated” agent laughable.
  8. They want you to pay more for a house so they can make more money – If your truly looked at the math involved in calculating  real estate commissions, you’d never utter this falsehood again.  An agent getting you to pay $10,000 more for a property will net that agent approximately $150, which barely covers the cost of gas required to drive to and from the appointments.  The truth is that an agent absolutely wants you to buy the house.  What’s not true is that they want you to pay more for one.
  9. They’re mostly part-timers or bored housewives – If you ask the average person to describe the archetypal real estate agent, they’ll probably say it’s an older married woman who is looking for something to do in her free time.  Ugh. This is stereotyping at its finest, and ignores the hundreds of thousands of male agents, the hundred of thousands of full-time agents, and the hard working primary bread winners that make up the real estate workforce.  Sure, the stereotypical agents do exist, but they’re the exception of the rule.
  10. All they want from you is the deal –  Yes, agents want your business.  But true professional real estate agents want to be your lifelong real estate advisor.  They want  you to think of them whenever you or your family, friends have any real estate questions.  They want to see you and talk to you more than once a decade, and they want to make sure you remember your interactions with them as being absolutely delightful.

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Improve Your Home, Inside and Out

According to Russian writer Leo Tolstoy, “Spring is the time for plans and projects.” For many homeowners, these projects include home improvement projects around the home. The May Marketing Flyers are sure to help homeowners plan their next project, whether it’s to boost curb appeal or create more space in their homes.

What’s in the Box?

Spring is commonly thought of as the best time to list a home. Many homeowners who are thinking of selling turn their attention to their home’s exterior to find ways to make it more attractive to potential buyers. Even if homeowners aren’t thinking of selling anytime soon, they may be focused on exterior maintenance and repair projects as well as their overall landscape. The U.S. and Canadian Marketing Flyers outline several ways for homeowners to improve the curb appeal of their home to help them appeal to buyers and make their home the envy of the neighborhood. This is a competence piece intended to give you the opportunity to discuss the selling process with your clients, suggest improvements and connect them with service professional in your network.

With more people taking care of aging parents and adult children moving home, it’s become necessary for many homeowners to create more space in their existing homes to meet these changing needs. For homeowners who don’t wish to move, adding on tends to make the most sense. The Alternate Marketing Flyer provides an overview of the most common types of additions, including building a detached addition to use as an office, hobby space or put guests. This is a character piece intended to show your clients you care and discuss potential financing options with them, if appropriate.

 

Pop-By Ideas

-Deliver flowers to the mothers in your database
-Protect your clients while they enjoy more hours of sunlight with sunscreen
-Remember Memorial Day with American Flags (U.S.)
-Celebrate Victoria Day (Canada) by giving clients UK and Canadian flags
-Give your green thumbed clients garden tools and gloves
-What to Say: Follow-up Calls

Standard/Canadian:

“Spring is here and if you’ve been thinking of listing your home, you may be wondering how you can boost its curb appeal to make it stand out in our market. The information I sent this month offers several tips to help you get started. If you’re not thinking of listing, these tips are sure to help your home stand out in your neighborhood. Remember, I’m never too busy for your referrals and would be happy to follow up with them.”

October 2017 Standard IOV Alternate:

“A home addition can help you add space to your home when you’re not interested in moving. The information I sent this month provides an overview of the most common types of additions and also offers tips to renovate within your existing home. Remember, I’m never too busy for your referrals and would be happy to follow up with them.”

Business-to-Business Ideas

Standard:
– Offer a coupon or discounted service to a local business in your network.

Canadian:
– Offer a coupon or discounted service to a local business in your network.

Alternate:
– Offer a coupon or discounted service to a local business in your network.

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ANOTHER POSITIVE MONTH FOR HOUSTON HOME SALES

With April 2017 numbers just coming out, it is obvious that consumers kept the Houston real estate marketing humming! Single-family homes sales and pricing reflect positive gains in the market. According to latest monthly report produced by HAR (Houton Association of Realtors), the total of 8,014 properties were sold in April, up 4.2 % from April of last year. The total dollar volume for properties sold in April increased 8.1% to $2.2 billion.

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Houston Real Estate Highlights in April

  • Single-family homes sales rose 3.1 percent year-over-year with 6,583 units sold;
  • Total property sales increased 4.2 percent with 8,014 units sold;
  • Total dollar volume jumped 8.1 percent to $2.2 billion;
  • At $228,000, the single-family home median price rose 4.6 percent to an April high;
  • The single-family home average price climbed 4.7 percent to $291,770, which was also the highest level for an April;
  • Single-family homes months of inventory great to a 4.0 months supply, the highest level since August 2016;
  • Townhome/Condominium sales increased 3.8 percent, with the average price down 0.6 percent to $207,527 and the median price up 8.5 percent to $171,500;
  • Leases of single-family homes soared 14.6 percent with average rent down 4.9 percent to $1715;
  • Volume of townhome/condominium leases rose 5.9 percent with average rent down 1.1 percent to $1,557.

The increased inventory helps prime the market for summer demand!

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day

St. Patrick’s Day is an annual occurrence observed each year on March 17th in honor of St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland. The observance began in the 17th century as a religious feast day, but has evolved into a variety of festivals with parades, Irish foods, music, dancing and a lot of the wearing of the green.

St. Patrick was actually born in Britain and was captured by Irish raiders, who attacked his family’s estate, at the age of 16. He was transported to Ireland and was held captive for six years where he lived a solitary life as a shepherd. St. Patrick was a devout Christian and in a dream one night he believed he heard the voice of God urging him to leave Ireland. He escaped back to Britain and underwent many years of religious studies in order to convert the Irish pagans to Christianity. St Patrick chose to incorporate Irish rituals and symbols into his teachings and from his teachings was born the Celtic Cross.

Irish families have celebrated the feast of St. Patrick for thousands of years, but the first St. Patrick’s Day parade was held in New York City on March 17, 1762. St. Patrick’s Day serves as a pause during the Christian season of Lent where prohibitions are lifted for one day of dancing, drinking and feasting on the meat.

Daylight Saving Time

Daylight Saving Time officially begins this Sunday, March 12th. The time change takes place officially at 2:00am Sunday morning, so remember to move your clocks forward one hour before retiring on Saturday night. Daylight Saving Time adds one hour to our standard waking hours for making better use of the daylight and conserving energy.

Daylight Saving Time was first introduced in the United States in 1918 when President Woodrow Wilson signed it into law to support the war efforts during World War I. Seven months later the law was repealed, but several states continued to use Daylight Saving Time until President Franklin D. Roosevelt instituted year-round Day Light Saving Time in 1942.

Other things to consider, when Daylight Saving Time takes effect, are testing your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors. Daylight Saving Time is a good time to do a home check on these items, as it makes it easy to remember each year.

One of the biggest supporters of Daylight Saving Time is the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. As our days grow longer, people tend to shop more and this helps to boost the economy. Daylight Saving Time last until November 5th, when we will once again turn out clocks back one hour. Just remember to spring forward and fall back.

Does Daylight Saving Time affect every state? No, Arizona and Hawaii do not participate in Daylight Saving Time.

When Does Daylight-Saving Time Begin

Some things always seem to signal the change from winter to spring. The first crocus. The sound of birds chirping. Turning the clocks ahead an hour.
On Sunday, March 12, at 2 a.m., people in most areas of the U.S. will turn their clocks ahead one hour to daylight-saving (not “savings”) time.
You may have already noticed that it’s staying lighter later, thanks to the normal course of the Earth’s movements in relation to the sun, but daylight-saving time turbocharges this process. Of course, no daylight is actually being saved. We’re just moving an hour of daylight to later in the day — so, for example, on March 12 when the clock reads 6 p.m., it will look pretty much as bright as it was at 5 p.m. the day before. By the time June is here, we’ll be able to enjoy the twilight well into the evening.
Not everyone participates in this temporal engineering. A handful of U.S. states and territories, including most of Arizona, Hawaii, American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands, stick to standard time, notes timeanddate.com.
Many people welcome the tradition of “springing” forward. It means an extra hour of daylight in the evenings, and signals the approach of spring and summer. So what’s the problem?
Well, some people complain about the lost hour of sleep (although they’ll probably be back on their game within a day or so), as well as the dark mornings for early-bird commuters. And be careful: Some studies show there’s an uptick in morning car accidents after the switch because people aren’t used to traveling in the darkness.
Take note: In Europe, daylight-saving time doesn’t begin until the last Sunday in March (March 26 this year), and Asia, for the most part, doesn’t get involved.
So even though we still have a few weeks to go until it’s officially spring, and in much of the country a lot longer until it actually feels like spring, celebrating daylight-saving time is a first step.

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