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Show Up for InspectionsSo, you’ve made an offer on a house in a great location and your offer was accepted. Now you and your agent are setting up the inspections.

Should you show up during inspections?

This is a very common question and the short answer is: yes!

You are paying for the inspection and this is your opportunity to ask questions. Additionally, some inspectors will offer tips about maintenance points and schedules – All of which are great things to learn for first-time homebuyers.

Another good idea is to bring a notebook with you. While you will receive a written report of everything he finds, you will want to take notes of answers to the questions that YOU come up with. Sometimes your questions will lead to a second inspection with a specialist in a particular field. Even if the issues the inspector finds are ones you are willing to live with, you are going to have to take care of some of them eventually and you might as well have a list handy to prioritize these issues.

Above all remember to ask questions during the inspection! This is your time to ease some of your doubts so take full advantage of it.

Still hungry for more information? Fortunately, we have just the thing for you. Check out our website dedicated to giving first time home buyers like you all the information you need to make buying your first home a smart, well-informed, and pleasant experience. You can also follow us on facebook and twitter.

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The Las Cruces Real Estate Market has now recovered.

The Las Cruces Real Estate Market has RecoveredIt continues to break records as it returns to levels of listings and sales that we have not seen since our peak Markets in 2006 and 2007.

As we enter 2014’s Spring and Summer peak selling seasons, this new balanced, and record breaking market is in a unique position. It is equally favorable for both home buyers and home sellers.

Our advice is that if you are considering buying or selling a home - ACT NOW!

BUYERS

  • Those who have put off buying a home because of fear that the Market has not yet reached bottom and either their new home will lose value or by waiting they can buy a home at a lower price can now be assured that the bottom of the market has come and gone and prices will only continue to increase. Median Prices for sold homes is 7% above 2012 and now another 7% above 2013. Holding off buying now will result in paying more for the same home.
  • Inventory levels are lower than they have been in 5 years and we know that historically Demand is going to be high over the next 6-months. Already the time to sell a home (Days on Market) is decreasing. Scarcity and Demand will further raise prices making it unwise to wait. You will either lose the home you want to another Buyer or have to pay more for it.
  • Interest Rates and Mortgage Payments are at an ALL TIME LOW so despite the increasing prices, buying a home now is more affordable than ever.

SELLERS

  • Many Potential sellers have put off listing their home for sale because of the falling home prices of the last 5-years. They have been fearful that they will be unable to get “Fair Market Value.”
  • To be realistic we cannot promise a fully recovered value for every home, but we can say that: your home is probably worth a lot more than you think and a lot more than it has been in the past few years.
  • Depending on location and price range, many homes are in high demand and have been selling quickly for higher prices than owners expected.
  • Some say “timing is everything.” You may get a higher price for your home if can afford to wait however long it takes for full Market recovery, but for those who need to sell, or want to sell for whatever reason, this is certainly a good time. Lots of Buyers are expected to enter the Market and consumption will create scarcity, and rising prices.
  • Listing your home for sale NOW puts you in a good position up-coming buying season

Buyers –If you want to get an idea of what is available, and you want to see how much homes that match your wants and needs are currently listed form, let our Automated Dream Home Finder provide you with all the matching homes including details and pictures of each home.

Sellers – If you want to know what your home is worth in this “New Las Cruces Real Estate Market” allow us to do a free, no obligation, no agent contact CMA for you. After that, if you want more information about selling your home you can contact us. We will not bother you.

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It may seem that I am writing this article and recorded the video for potential Home Buyers, but savvy Sellers need this information. A Seller who is aware of what potential Buyers are looking for is a step ahead of their competition, and I want to say any one considering Selling their home, these next six month are going to be the best opportunity to get their home sold quickly and at a fair market price.

How do I know that I have found the right home?

Having worked with hundreds of Buyers, I have found that no sale is ever complete without being asked that question.

I would like to start this Article with the answer:
That little voice inside your head will tell you when you have found the right house and it will be in harmony with your heart, and you will know it instinctively.


Here are 10 ways to know that tell this is it

  1. As soon as you drive up you know you want to go inside.
  2. The moment you enter it feels warm and comforting, and you want to explore.
  3. As strange as it seems, you don't feel funny in the bathroom.
    If you can walk into the bathroom and feel compelled to open the shower door or stroke the vanity marble, this is your house.
  4. You're getting Possessive About the House. Maybe your agent points out a flaw you actually want to defend the flaw and say "that's not so bad. If the house is right little flaws do not matter.
  5. If you start picturing your furniture in every room, you're already hooked.
  6. If You start thinking about changing the paint and carpet to your favorite colors you are starting to own this house.
  7. You already know the house fits your basic wants and needs and now you start thinking about what you can add to make it special then it is the right one
  8. An important sign that is is the one is when you want to stop looking at other homes, and all the ones you have already seen pale in comparison to this one
  9. You Can't Wait to Brag About This House to Your Friends
    If you are taking pictures and texting your best friend, it is absolutely the right homefor you.
  10. When every thought in your mind tells you to buy that house - Do It!

Now comes the dreaded follow-up question;
Should I sleep on it?

If every other thought in your head says this is the perfect house for you. Don't sleep on it - the absolute worst thing that can possibly happen is you wake up in the morning and find that this house was sold last night.

I hope that this Article and Video have been helpful. Good luck to everyone during this Buying and Selling season.

If you have any questions feel free to contact us!

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Wooden FloorsIt’s inevitable. The second you finish installing your brand new wood floor you walk in to survey the product of your genius. Right behind you, barreling through the door, is the dog slipping and sliding and then come the kids on their skateboards.

To get your wooden floor refinished professionally will cost around $1 to $4 per square foot. You could do-it-yourself for much less! We’ve compiled, just for you, some inexpensive and easy ways to remove wood scratches and even repair deep gouges!

Let Out Your Inner Child

Don’t worry too much if the color isn’t exactly the same. If you notice, real hardwood floors have a mixture of several different colors and tones.

An easy way to hide minor scratches is to rub crayons and sharpie pens. There are hundreds of colors to choose from and by combining the colors you can find a matching color to almost anything. You can also use wax sticks, such as Minwax Stain Markers, that are specifically for repairing wood floors and make it easy to match the stain of your floor.

Homemade Polish

Olive oil, vinegar in equal parts make an incredible team to remove dirt, moisturize, and add shine to wood. Cover the scratch in the mixture and let soak for at least 24 hours. Wipe clean and repeat until the scratch is gone!

Deep Impact

Did your teenager decide to try ice skating on your wooden floor? No problem! With a little time and effort you won’t have to pay more than you have to when repairing your floor!

First you will need some fine-gauge steel wool or lightweight sandpaper. Stay away from the heavier stuff or you will just make things worse.

Next, Sand with the grain – never against.

Then use a wood filler rather than wood putty because it takes a stain better. Then level it off with a plastic putty knife and sand again. Once satisfactory then stain and seal.

Mind the Gap

Old floorboards can separate over time. Fill the gaps with similarly colored wood putty. Or, if you have some leftover planks, rip a narrow band and glue it into the gap.

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Clean Bathroom
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Every once in a while we all find ourselves in a situation when we need to quickly clean the bathroom! Last minute guests that need a place to stay? You’re such a nice person for letting them stay at your place! You would prefer to completely clean out the bathroom but you don’t have the time! No worries! Here are a few hints that I’ve collected over the years that will save you time and still get the job done!

  1. Bleach and Water – This one is a bit obvious. Equal parts bleach and water in a spray bottle is as easy as it gets. Spray the mixture on any grout and grime and then let it set for 20 minutes while you move on to the rest of the bathroom. After the time is up just rinse away!
  2. Baby Wipes – I’ve used baby wipes to polish bathroom surfaces. Remember to use a dry cloth to finish the job once you’ve wiped everything down.
  3. Ammonia – You can kiss soap scum goodbye with just a tablespoon of ammonia in one gallon of warm water. Just be sure to rinse thoroughly when finished!
  4. Spray BottleLaundry Detergent – The secret to keeping mildew off your shower curtain is laundry detergent! Just wash your shower curtain and towels together. Add ½ cup of detergent and ½ cup of baking soda to your warm wash. If you are feeling extra spunky add a cup of white vinegar to the first rinse cycle. Take the shower curtain out before the spin cycle and hang up to dry!
  5. White Vinegar – Two cups of vinegar in your toilet bowl will keep it sparkling and smelling clean. Just let it sit overnight and bam! Clean toilet. I recommend doing this at least once a week!
  6. Wax – Wax paper is used as a shield against the onslaught of water and soap scum. Rub your fixtures with the wax paper to create an extremely thin barrier to help keep water and soap scum from sticking!
  7. Eucalyptus Oil – your bathroom tiles could use a few drops of eucalyptus oil! Mix a few drops with vinegar and a gallon of water. Soak some cleaning towels or rags in the mixture and cover the floor. Let them sit for 30 minutes and then pick them up.
  8. Those are my cleaning tips! Do you have any that you would like to add?

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