Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Tips for Vacant Home Maintenance

It is not uncommon for homes to be left vacant. Whether you are you attempting to sell your vacant house while it sits unoccupied or are simply trying to keep it maintained until your return, keep these tips in mind.

Climate: Depending on the location or climate of the home you’re leaving unattended, you may have to think about winterizing your vacant home or preparing it for warmer weather. In warmer climates you must attend to the yard upkeep not only keeping the grass trimmed and flowers weeded but also checking your home after a storm has passed through. Make sure that the storm did not cause any exterior damage or leave limbs in the yard.

Interior: Remember to keep empty fridges and freezers propped open to minimize moisture and potential mold buildup. Keep the heat or air conditioning at a moderate temperature to keep the house from freezing or getting damp and moldy. Invest in motion detectors or timers for both your indoor and outdoor lights. Make sure all light bulbs, battery-operated smoke detectors and other devices around the house are in working order It is recommended that every few months, someone runs the water in all sinks, flush toilets, turn on showers, let tubs drain, and even run dishwashers and washing machines, etc., to keep pipes from getting dried out. Unplug any appliances if you will not be returning for a long period of time.

You should check your vacant home regularly, and if you are unavailable to do so you should hire someone to do regular checks for you. These checks will help avoid  potentially costly damages, pest invasions, flooding, moisture problems, plumbing failures, tripped breakers, and other potential problems.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Andrea Crossman Group General Statistics From Website for May

Waterfront-LuxuryHomes.com Statistics 
As you can see for the month of May we had nearly 200,000 hits on our website Waterfront-Luxuryhomes.com This means that there are over 6,000 hits per day. This month our page views were 20,000 and we had nearly 20,000 visitors.

Our real estate listings are known around the world, Even though most of our buyers are from the United States. As you can see form these graphs there are several other nations that are looking at our website. There are a thousand's hits from Russia, Canada, and Germany.

 As you can see from these graphs their has been nearly 2,000 searches for our website this month. The vast majority of these come from Google, nearly 89% of the searches. This is an amazing number of searches. Not only have they been searching for our website they are also looking at our website. As stated before and shown in graphs their have been nearly 200,000 hits to our website. With people searching from ever where in the world.

Holland Michigan Real Estate Market Statistics

There are so many rumors and predictions as to the real estate market and its recovery process and it varies from state to state and town to town. The housing market in Holland, Michigan for 2011 is showing signs of recovery but whose to say if it will continue to climb, remain at a plateau, or falls down again. The statistics retrieved from South and West Michigan Regional Information Center (SWMRIC) shows that from January 1, 2011 to June 1, 2011there has been 515 single family residential homes sold with an average selling price of $143,818. The number of single family residential homes sold from January 1, 2010 through June 1, 2010 was 632 homes with an average selling price of $132,026. The month with the highest number of homes sold was in April with 141 homes selling, The month of May had the highest average selling price of $167,098.

Foreclosures have really created a housing market that is attractive for buyers but sellers are having a hard getting the value of there home they would like because the selling price has been pulled down due to all the forclosures. According to Forbes "Atlanta, Cleveland, Detroit and Las Vegas real estate is now valued below their January 2000 levels."  And the Wall Street Jounal says that "home prices have sunk to 2002 levels, effectively wiping out almost a decade’s worth of home equity across the U.S. Home prices nationally are down by about a third from 2006 levels."

Thursday, June 2, 2011

New Listing: 2202 Crscent Walk Dr. Macatawa, MI 49434. MLS#: 11030797. Lake Michigan waterfront! Call the Andrea Crossman Group today for a showing. 616-355-6387.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Price Reduction: 1890 Dillingham Dr, Allegan, MI Was: $ 274,900 Now: $249,900. MLS# 101030481. Call the Andrea Crossman Group today! 616-355-6387