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Mary’s Funny Real Estate Stories

Mary’s Funny (or in this case, Scary) Real Estate Stories:

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Mary Maxie, Associate Broker, Prudential Arizona Properties
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Allergy Season Helpers for your Home

Allergy SEason Helpers for your home
1. change the filters for your furnace or air conditioner. Choose HEPA filters which help screen out allergens. Keep humidity low and the temperature around 70* to fight mold & dust mites
2. Flooring: instead of replacing worn carpet with more carpet, consider tile, lino, hardwood to keep allergens at bay. shanpoo or steam clean area rugs & carpets.
3. Plants: While they are good for air quality, the dirt can harbor dust mites & pollen. Spread aquarim gravel over the dirt in potted plants to keep out mold.
4. Food Waste: place garbage in a can with an insect-proof lid and empty the trash daily.
5. Kitchen & Bath: Scrub with bleach or other mold destroying cleaners, all fixtures, tiles tubs, sinks, showers. Clean or replace shower curtains & bath mats often.

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Low cost Kitchen re-dos buyers will love

Low Cost Re-dos buyers will love

1. Replace your kitchen hardware, including drawer and door pulls, hinges, faucets. New ones don’t cost much, and make your kitchen look like new.
2. You can add LED lighting under your upper cabinets quite easily, even if you aren’t a DYI expert.
3. Re-organize all drawers and cupboards to neaten everything up. Make sure all are clean and get rid of any clutter.
4. If it’s in the bidget, think about new counter tops. Granite is great, but costly. Granite tiles are cheaper, and look just as good. If neither are in the budget, there are laminates that mimic the look of granite, & are acceptable to most buyers.

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Arizona Home Caring: Prevent Indoor Leaks

Arizona Home Caring: Prevent Indoor Leaks

  Scottsdale Scene: Prevent Indoor Leaks

In some cases what appears to be a roof surface leak is not a leak at all, but rather an interior source of water. Here are some examples -

  • Air leakage from the house: If household air can leak into the attic, the warm moist air will condense on surfaces in the attic during cold weather. This can cause damage to the roof decking and structural framing and in severe cases cause water to drip back into the house. Sealing the house from the attic in cold climates is very important.
  • Leaking forced air ducting: If heating and cooling ducting runs through the attic, they should be well sealed, to prevent condensation in cold weather.
  • Air conditioning ducting: If air conditioning ducting runs through the attic, it should be well insulated and should have a good vapor barrier.
  • Attic mounted heating and cooling: High efficiency furnaces and air conditioning evaporators located in the attic can create condensation and leak into the house.

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Phoenix Homes: Low Flow Shower Heads Save Water

 
Low Flow Shower Heads
Selecting the right shower head for economy and ease of use can be a challenge.
Here is some helpful information to assist you.
Why is low-flow the way to go? Older shower heads use between 3 and 6 gallons (15 and 30 L) of water per minute, whereas newer, low-flow models use less than 2 gallons (10 L) per minute – and you won’t even notice the difference in water pressure.
What you will notice though is that your hot-water use will be reduced by up to
50%, which will cut both your electricity and water bills in the process. A family
of three could save between $175 and $190 per year (depending on whether
they use electricity or natural gas to heat the water) just by switching to a low-flow
shower head.
Which shower head is best for your needs?
• Aerating shower heads mix air into the water stream. This maintains steady
pressure so the flow has an even, full shower spray while using less water.
• Non-aerating shower hears deliver a strong spray minus the air. The water flow
pulses, giving you a massaging effect.
• Mutltiple-flow shower heads allow you to set the spray from fine to coarse.
Some even feature a pause setting, which allows you to stop the water while soaping up, saving even more. The big tip here? Remember to use it!

 

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Arizona Homes: Granite Myths Dispelled

Arizona Homes: Granite Myths Dispelled

 
Using Granite in your home Makes Sense–Dispelling the Myths

In recent years, granite has become a popular
surface choice for bathroom and kitchen countertops.
Granite is beautiful and extremely durable, but some
homeowners hesitate to use it because of myths about
it being unsafe or diffi cult to care for. Below, fi nd a list
of granite myths dispelled:
1. Granite is absorbent. Granite qualifi es as impervious
to water and is actually less absorbent than some solid
surface (plastic) products.
2. Granite stains easily. Granite is resistant to stains.
Generally any liquid spilled on a granite top, if wiped up
within a few minutes, will not stain. Liquids that do not
evaporate, such as oils, will cause stains only if left to
soak into the stone.
3. Granite requires a lot of maintenance. Routine
cleaning with a mild soap and water is all that is
generally required. Once a year, a reapplication of a
penetrating sealer should be performed. It takes only
about 15 minutes. Never use abrasive cleaners.
4. Granite’s tiny pores and fi ssures harbour bacteria.
Bacteria are found everywhere. If they are on a granite
top, then they can also be found on a laminate or solid
surface top. Use an antibacterial soap to wash your
countertop if you are concerned.
5. Granite and marble are essentially the same. Other
than the fact that they are both natural stones and
can be polished, granite and marble are otherwise
very different. Marble is generally a calcareous stone,
formed from oceanic deposits and then compressed
under pressure (metamorphosed). Granite, however,
is an igneous rock, essentially molten magma, that is
cooled and then hardened below the earths surface.
Your natural stone counter top choice will add years of
beauty, strength, durability, and ease of maintenance to
your home. Enjoy!

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Phoenix Real Estate: Blue jeans go green in my attic

 
 

Phoenix Real Estate: Blue Jeans go Green in my attic?

 
Blue Jeans in my Attic?
Warm up to cotton. Old blue jeans are finding new life as home insulation material. Bonded Logic of Chandler AZ manufactures UltraTouch Natural Cotton Fiber insulation, which is made from 85% recycled denim & cotton fibers. Contains no VOCs or formaldehyde, doesn’t irritate skin. Very healthy too. Mold/fire resistant. Receives maximum insulation performance rating, sold at retailers nationwide for 50 cents to $1.50/sq ft For more info www.bondedlogic.com

Maxiemize Energy Efficiency

 
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Green Tips for Air Conditioning in Phoenix homes

 

Green tips for air conditioning in Phoenix homes

 
Heres how to keep the AC on the lowest setting and still be comfy, even on the hottest days.
Trying the shrubbery trick.Landscaping to shade your entire home from the sun is a great way to keep it cool for less. The best use of your landscaping dollars is to plant a few inexpensive shrubs to shield the air conditioning unit. This trick will actually boost the unit’s efficiency bill and save you money.
Cleaning house at this time.Dishwashers, washers, dryers and vacuums all give off enough heat to make your air conditioning work 10% harder. Use them when your house is naturally cooler either first thing in the morning or after dark – and the extra heat won’t kick the AC into overdrive.
Swapping your light source.Not only do compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) use about 75% less energy than traditional bulbs, but they also give off 75% less heat. Make the switch and your AC won’t be working so hard – saving you about $40 in cooling costs over the lifetime of just one bulb.
Cracking an attic window.The hottest air in your home is on this upper level–and it can often seep lower into your living space. By cracking a window, you can lower the attic temperature–even a few degrees is enough to help reduce the stiflingly hot air that heats up the rest of your home

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Bugs Everywhere- Mary’s Funny Real Estate Stories

Bugs Everywhere- how not to sell a house

 
Bugs, bugs everywhere– how not to sell a house in Arizona:
Mary’s funny Real Estate Stories: 3 houses, same subdivision, full of crawling bugs. My bug expert said they were either flying ants, or termites. In either case, couldn’t wait to get out. Funny part was when listing agent called to get feedback on the houses, WOULD NOT believe HER houses had bugs! Told me I must be mistaken, or that I didn’t have the right address of HER listings. I suggested that if she checked her listings once a week, she might see the bugs herself.
Same subdivision also had 2 houses, which were being treated for Africanized or Killer Bees! Would you want to show a house where the MLS listing said there were Killer Bees present? Neither would I. My bug expert says that 65% of bees they treat in Arizona nowadays are Africanized Killer Bee hybrids, as the original Killer bees have now mated with the regular bees.
The swarms love all the abandoned or bank owned houses, where they can live unmolested for months. They get inside the walls of houses, and you have to tear the drywall off, and sometimes the outside siding or stucco to get at the hives & honeycombs. Some banks just send in someone to smoke bomb the bees, which kills them, but leaves the hives/homeycombs intact. Other bees can smell the honey from up to 4 miles away, and new bees will just head on over and take over the hives/homeycombs left behind. To truly get rid of them you have to get rid of all traces of the hives.
And it’s cricket season here in Arizona. Mostly crickets are harmless. They don’t bite, birds like them for food, and a monthly spray of the house & yard keeps them down. But they do eat holes in clothing, just like moths. And if you’ve ever tried to get to sleep when one of them is ‘singing’ in your bedroom, they are very annoying!
We get lots of other kinds of bugs, but these are the ones I ran into this week!
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Phoenix File: Green energy costs lower

Phoenix file:Green energy costs lower

 
What’s new in GREEN energy?
-Net cost of owning a green home is comparable to– or even cheaper than owning a standard home.
-Month to month, people who live in green homes save money by consuming less energy and less water than standard homes
-Local, state and federal gov’ts increasingly offer tax breaks and other incentives for building certified green homes or adding green features to an existing home
-Green homes use 40% less energy than comparable standard homes
-Fewer natural resources are used in the construction of a green home. Many green building materials have signifcant recycled content.
-Toxin-free building materials help combat indoor air pollution, which can be worse than outdoor pollution and can pose serious health risks.
Source: US Green Building Council

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Phoenix Real Estate: Green Cleaning Products Best

Phoenix Real Estate: Green Cleaning Products Best
 
Our 10 year old granddaughter’s science fair exhibit is the topic today. She wondered if all the hype about green cleaning products was just hype, or if there was really something to it.

My idea of cleaning windows is to use vinegar and water, and wipe with newsprint. Works better than most commercial products, costs less, and is easy to find lying around the house. Vinegar also works just fine on mirrors and any glass or porcelain surfaces.

But back to the science project. She used white porcelain floor tiles, and smeared them all with ketchup, mustard, dirt, and black markers. Then she scrubbed each tile with several regular commercial cleaning products, and also with several brands of “green” cleaning products. All the products are available at major grocery stores.

Her findings were that the green cleaning products cleaned faster and took off more grime than the regular products did. The price for the green products was only slightly more than regular ones, but the ease of cleaning, a cleaner job, and less time to scrub, more than outweighed the extra cost.

And she got an A+ on the project. If we teach our younger generation about saving the planet, maybe we can actually save the planet

 

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Phoenix Real Estate News: Mold?

 
Who Ya Gonna Call?
What’s all this talk about mold? Do you have to be aware of it? Do you need to do anything about it? How do you know it’s there? How do you get rid of it? Does it really cause respiratory problems and brain damage? Is there insurance available to cover mold damage?
There has been much written about the unhealthy aspects of having bad molds in your home. But first, let’s talk about the good molds. Good molds do everything in our environment from causing the breakdown of plant matter that turns into good much for your garden and crops, to helping labs make penicillin, to allowing beer and wine makers to ferment their fruits to make alcoholic drinks.

We live with millions of different kinds of mold every day. Some are beneficial to our bodies, some are not. Some you can scrub off the tiles in your shower, and some you throw out with the green fuzzies from your fridge. Most of us will never feel ill effects from molds. Some of us may already know that we are allergic to molds such as tree, leaf and even wine molds.

However, the ones which have the bad reputation are a small percentage of molds which feed on cellulose products such as drywall, wood, carpet backing and some types of insulation. Moisture, cellulose and warmth need to be present for mold to thrive. Reliable sampling for molds in your home can be costly, and there are no standards for evaluating what level of exposure to mold is a problem.

Common sense methods of prevention or minimizing damage from molds in your home:
*Eliminate household water leaks of any kind, inside or out & clean & dry as soon as possible.
*Remove sheet rock/wallboard, carpets and padding that have been flooded in the past.
*Never have carpeting in bathrooms or wherever you have a water source.
*Keep humidity levels in the house below 50%
*Keep watering systems away from house foundation and make sure landscape is graded away from the foundation, so water doesn’t collect near the house & don’t let sprinklers spray stucco or siding.
*Inspect your home often. Some areas to check include anywhere on the roof or parapet wall that collects rain water, any place where there have been holes cut in your roof for ducting, vents, skylights, chimneys, etc, cooler condensate pans, drain lines/couplings, water pipes, sink/toilet leaks, leaks around washers, RO systems, garbage disposals, waste pipes, taps, water softeners, a/c units
*Not all mold is disposed of by the common bleach method. Proper mold removal procedures vary with the mold species. Many molds can be removed by anyone. Others should be left to qualified professionals using special methods. Only laboratory testing of samples can determine the species of mold present. Not all mold is visible: however, if you see any discoloration of any kind on walls, carpet, floors, flaking paint, warping of cupboards, baseboards, trim, you should consult a qualified mold tester or environmental hygienist.
For more information, please see www.hs.state.az.us/edc/oeh/moldfact.pdf

 

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Phoenix Real Estate News: Most Common Home Problems

 

 

Phoenix Real Estate News: Most Common Home Problems

 
Ten Most Common Home ProblemsIn a recent survey, the American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI) identified the most common home problems. It is interesting to note that four of the top ten problems involved water or moisture.

1. Improper Surface Grading and Drainage: By far the most frequent problem, it is responsible for the most common household aggravations, including water penetration into basements, craw spaces and foundations.
2. Improper Electrical Wiring: A number of respondents found this to be a significant defect. This includes such situations as insufficient electrical service, inadequate overload protection, and amateur (often dangerous) wiring connections.
3. Roof Damage: Ranked third, leaking roofs are a frequent problem. This is caused by old or damaged shingles or improper flashing and drainage.
4. Heating Systems: Defective items in this category include broken or malfunctioning controls, blocked chimneys, and unsafe exhaust disposal.
5. Poor Overall Maintenance: A common problem with all homeowners. Signs of poor maintenance include cracked, peeling or dirty painted surfaces, crumbling masonry, makeshift wiring or plumbing, and broken fixtures and appliances.
6. Structurally Related Problems: As a result of problems in one or more other categories, damage is sustained by such structural components as foundation walls, floor joists, rafters and window and door headers.
7. Plumbing: Though not ranked as a number one problem, plumbing defects still rank high. This includes the existence of old or incompatible piping materials, as well as faulty fixtures and waste lines.
8. Exteriors: Flaws in this category, such as windows, doors, and wall surfaces, rarely have structural significance, but may pose discomfort to the occupants due to water and air penetration. The most common culprits are inadequate caulking and /or weather stripping.
9. Poor Ventilation: In a effort to save energy, many homeowners have “over-sealed” their homes, resulting in excessive interior moisture. Significant moisture can lead to rotting and failure of both the structural and non-structural elements.
10. Miscellaneous: This category includes interior components (often cosmetic in nature) which were so infrequent that they did not rank individually in the survey.

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Phoenix Home Sales: Staging works to sell your house

Phoenix Home Sales: Home Staging Works to Sell Your House

 
Home Staging– Great Idea for Selling Your Home
There is a trend in selling homes, called “Home Staging.” What this involves is getting your home ready for prospective buyers by “setting the stage” for viewing. Mary Maxie is an Accredited Home Stager, and will helpyou get your home ready for buyers.

Home stagers may or may not be interior designers or interior RE-designers. They may or may not bring in their own furniture, artwork and accessories, depending on what’s needed in the home. They will re-position furniture, art and accessories, get rid of clutter, arrange everything to maximize the look of spaciousness and light, so that your house looks so good, you may not want to leave!

Home stagers will tell you to remove anything precious, so it won’t be damaged by prospective buyers. They will advise you to remove all family photos. The theory is that if the buyer sees your family in the spaces, he or she won’t be able to visualize their own family in the spaces. They will likely tell you to remove about 25-30% of all furniture in your home, to create the feeling of lots of space in the home. They will tell you how to ready the home for visitors when the realtor calls to say they are on their way. For instance, ensuring all lights are on, cooking odors are absent, etc.

Your home stager is likely your realtor. And it certainly will be if you call me to list your home. I have experience in interior design of model homes, and staging of re-sale homes as well. I will give you a room by room list of the changes needed before the home is listed on MLS. I will tell you if you need paint, cleaning, or any kind of improvement which will help your home sell faster.

I also recommend a pre-listing home inspection. This will pinpoint any problems that a buyer’s home inspector may find, and allow you to make corrections before the deal goes sideways. It also shows prospects that you have confidence in the quality and condition of your home, so they may have the same confidence as a buyer.

Often, as realtors look at comparable listings in an area, there is very little difference in the homes they show their clients. You need to have an edge over the competing homes for sale, and get the buyer to choose your home. That’s where the home stager, and I, as your realtor, come in. If you want more information on home staging, talk to me first about listing your home, when you are ready.

 
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Phoenix Real Estate: landscape to wow buyers

Landscape to WOW buyers

 
Landscaping tricks that WOW buyers:
Add splashes of color.
Size trees and shrubs to scale or scale them back if necessary.
Maintain a perfect lawn, or rake your gravel yard. No weeds!
Light up the outside so it looks good at night too.
Let them hear water– pool cascading, even a tabletop fountain gets rid of ambient noise
Decorative architectural elements– new window box, fence, mailbox, fountain or sculpture– don’t overdo it.
 
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