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Housing Trends August 2015 Newsletter

In Home Buying, Home buying in West Houston, Home Values, Pricing your home, Selling Your Home, West Houston Real Estate, West Houston REALTOR Connie Vallone on September 1, 2015 at 11:04 am

Welcome to the most current Housing Trends eNewsletter. This eNewsletter is specially designed for you, with national and local housing information that you may find useful whether you’re in the market for a home, thinking about selling your home, or just interested in homeowner issues in general.

Please click on this link to view the Housing Trends August 2015 Newsletter   http://connievallone.housingtrendsenewsletter.com

The Housing Trends eNewsletter contains the latest information from the National Association of REALTORS®, the U.S. Census Bureau, Realtor.org reports and other sources.

Housing Trends eNewsletter is filled with local and national real estate sales and price activity provided by MLSs and the National Association of Realtors, U.S. Census Bureau key market indicators, consumer videos, blogs, real estate glossary, mortgage rates and calculators, consumer articles, and REALTOR.com local community reports.

If you are interested in determining the value of your home, click the “Home Evaluator” link for a free evaluation report:

http://connievallone.housingtrendsenewsletter.com/dispContent.cfm?loadid=2&loadtype=0 

Sound decisions can only be made with accurate and reliable information, and I am happy to be a trusted resource for you. Thank you for the opportunity to provide you with this monthly eNewsletter, and I look forward to answering any questions you may have and to the opportunity to be your REALTOR® in the future.

Please contact Connie Vallone for your real estate needs at connie@knowsrealestate.com or call (713) 249-4177.

10 Quick Checks a Year Can Keep Your Home in Top Condition

In Home Buying, Home buying in West Houston, Home Improvement, Home Inspections, Home Maintenance, Home Value Reports, West Houston Real Estate, West Houston REALTOR Connie Vallone on August 27, 2015 at 7:15 am

If you live in cold weather, fall is when you put in the storm windows. If you live in a warm climate, summer is when you step up the pool maintenance. No matter where you live, however, checking on – and maintaining – 10 areas of your home each year is one good way to ensure your home stays in peak condition.

From the home maintenance consultants at Home Depot, here is where – and how – to begin:

1. Roof – In early fall, check around vents, skylights and chimneys for cracks or leaks and repair or replace tiles as necessary.

2. Gutters – clean gutters so leaves won’t clog them, and be sure they drain away from the house.

3. Fireplace – Clean out any leftover ashes. If heavily used in winter, you may want the chimney professionally cleaned. Make sure the damper is closed tightly.

4. Filters – clean or replace furnace filters once every month or as needed. Check and clean the dryer vent, air conditioner, stove hood and room fans regularly.

5. Safety equipment – Be sure smoke detectors and fire extinguishers are in good working condition. Replace batteries twice a year.

6. Air conditioner – In cold climates, put on waterproof covers when you cover or remove outdoor furniture.

7. Refrigerator – Test door seals once or twice a year to be sure they are airtight. Test by closing the door over a dollar bill. If you can pull the bill out easily, the seal may need to be replaced. If you have a coil-back fridge, the coils should be vacuumed twice a year.

8. Faucets – Check for leaks in kitchen and bathrooms and replace washers as necessary.

9. Windows and doors – Replace seals as necessary to keep heat in and drafts out. If you added up all the tiny cracks where heating and cooling escapes, it could be the same as having a window open.

10. Siding and paint – Look for cracks or peeling areas. Repaint or replace caulk as necessary.

By Barbara Pronin

Contact Connie Vallone with all your real estate questions – (713) 249-4177 or connie@knowsrealestate.com

Reprinted with permission from RISMedia. ©2015. All rights reserved.

5 Summertime Safety Tips for Your Pet

In Home Buying, Home buying in West Houston, West Houston Real Estate, West Houston REALTOR Connie Vallone on August 19, 2015 at 9:03 am

While enjoying the dog (and cat!) days of summer, it’s easy to lose sight of your pet’s safety. Whether you and your furry friend are out soaking up the sun, traveling on a road trip or playing host to a backyard barbecue, keep in mind these summertime safety tips recommended by the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA).

1. Train your pets for travel. 
Traveling can be highly stressful for pets. If you’re planning a road trip, prep your pet in advance by taking short rides in the car and getting them used to riding in a crate or car harness.

“Pet owners should never leave their animals unattended in a parked vehicle,” says ASPCA Animal Hospital Vice President Dr. Louise Murray. “Parked cars, even with windows open, become very hot in a short amount of time and could lead to heatstroke or death.”

2. Hydrate your pets often. Dogs and cats can become dehydrated quickly, so give them plenty of water when the weather is hot. Always make sure your pet has a shady place to escape the sun. Don’t let your dog linger outdoors, especially on hot asphalt – their bodies can heat up quickly, and sensitive paw pads can get burned.

3. Avoid feeding your pets festive foods. Food and drinks at backyard barbecues or parties should be served only to people, not pets. Keep alcoholic beverages away from pets, and remember that any change of diet – even just treating them to a bite of your festive food – may give your dog or cat severe digestive ailments. Make sure to avoid raisins, grapes, onions, chocolate and products with the sweetener xylitol, which are all toxic to pets.

4. Outfit your home for “high-rise syndrome.”
 During warmer months, many animal hospitals and veterinarians see an increase in injured animals as a result of “high-rise syndrome,” which is when pets fall or jump out of windows and are seriously or fatally injured. Keep all unscreened windows in your home closed and make sure screens are tightly secured.

5. Always use a leash. Warm weather can inspire longer walks, and while this is exciting for both dog and owner, it’s important that dogs are always kept on leash – with collars and up-to-date ID tags and microchips – to protect them from getting loose and injuring themselves or others.

Source: ASPCA

Contact Connie Vallone at 713-249-4177 or connie@knowsrealestate.com for all your real estate questions.

Reprinted with permission from RISMedia. ©2015. All rights reserved.

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