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Posted by Century 21 North East - Norton Group RE on 10/27/2019

When youíre shopping for a home, itís essential to find a balance between being respectful of the ownerís privacy and being open enough that you ask the right questions and find out what you need to know about the home.

In todayís post, Iím going to cover all of the etiquette and best practices when it comes to viewing someoneís home that youíre interested in buying.

Basic etiquette

Before we get into the fine details of questions to ask and what areas are okay to explore, letís take a minute to discuss the basic etiquette of entering someoneís home.

First, make sure you arrive on time and ready to tour the home. Being late will give the seller and their agent the perception that you might not be a serious buyer if you arenít arriving at the showing on time.

Additionally, when you first enter the home, itís a good idea to ask if you should take off your shoes. Some homeowners have a no-shoes-in-the-house policy that they extend to guests as well as friends and family. But, at the very least, make sure that your shoes are clean so you donít track mud around the home.

In terms of cleanliness, make sure you dress appropriately for the showing and that you donít bring in food or drinks. You donít want to be dropping crumbs or spilling coffee in a home that is being kept meticulously clean for house showings.

Ask the right questions

As you are viewing the home, itís appropriate to ask questions that may come up. Feel free to ask about the age of the home and when repairs and renovations were made.

Itís also fine to ask questions about the neighborhood and town if youíre unfamiliar with the area. Traffic and noise levels are pertinent information for any serious buyer. And these are questions that will be vital to understanding the home better and whether itís a good fit for you at the moment.

Where can you snoop?

Itís a good idea to ask before opening cabinets, closets, and doors the first time. But these are all reasonable things to expect to be able to look inside of when buying a home.

Itís not a good idea, however, to look inside nightstands, dressers, and other compartments that are more private and personal.

If a homeowner or agent asks that you donít enter a room entirely, such as a bedroom, bathroom, or basement, this is a major red flag that thereís an issue with the room in question. Every room of the home should be in-bounds when it comes to viewing a home that you might someday buy.

At the end of the viewing

Once the viewing is over, itís best to simply compliment the home, offer your thanks for the tour, and head home to consider your experience.

Avoid making any sharp criticism of the home before leaving, and donít mention any negotiations or ask questions about the pricing at this point. Itís better to leave on a positive note and have these discussions in private with your family before taking your offers to the seller.




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Posted by Century 21 North East - Norton Group RE on 10/20/2019

Are you thinking about setting up a fitness center at home? That is a great idea, but you must be aware that many things go into setting up a home gym. Apart from space availability, you must also consider your financial limits. Once you have satisfied these basic requirements, then you can start up the process for constructing your home fitness center. Here is a step-by-step guide on how you can build a perfect fitness center in your home without breaking the bank.

Find a suitable place in your home

The first step is to find the right place to set up your fitness center. Choosing the right place for your home gym is quite simple; it requires no hard-and-fast rules. Areas you can consider in the home are an unused bedroom or any other spare room, a patio, basement, garage, or a back porch, and you can also decide to use an additional building such as a large garden shed. In a situation where you do not have a spare room in the home, you can carve out a small space in your living area.

Choose an illuminated and airy place

It is essential to make your fitness center as bright and spacious as possible. There should be enough air in your home gym to keep your workout comfortable, and it is best when illuminated with natural light. These two elements will boost your energy level whenever you are exercising. Therefore, you should not overrule the importance of windows and doors because they give access to natural light. Where there is no window or skylight in the room, you can add one or two light sources. You can also decide to enhance the oxygen level in your home fitness center by placing a green plant in the space. Consider higher oxygen-producing plants like spider plants, bamboo palms, and ferns.

Stock your home gym 

When you have located the right place for your home fitness center, and you have made the space as illuminated and airy as possible, then you should consider getting it stocked with equipment for your workout. It is worth noting that you might not need heavy machines or tons of equipment to make your home fitness center the best place for a workout. You will be excited to learn that much of the best home gym equipment is not massive, and it is affordable.

Organize your home fitness center

Once you have the necessary gym equipment in place, what you need to do next is to get the area organized for a comfortable session. A floor mat, cooling source, and access to water always help to keep the area well organize and reduce interruptions.

If you have no space for a gym in your home, perhaps you need to think about buying a home more suitable to your needs. Reach out to a local real estate agent, they may have just what you are looking for.





Posted by Century 21 North East - Norton Group RE on 10/13/2019

If youíre looking to save more energy and money around your home, perhaps one of the first places that you should look is your plugs. Take a look around your rooms and see what outlets are being used. If every outlet is full of plugs, you may have some adjustments to make. 


There are so many things in our homes that require plugs including TVís, microwaves, toasters, clocks, refrigerators, phone chargers, and more. 


Anything that is always plugged in actually adds to your electric bill whether youíre using it or not. This is known as phantom power usage. Even when a device isnít turned on, itís still using energy.


You donít want to go around your home and unplug everything, only to plug it back in when you need to use it. Use this handy guide to discover what you should unplug and what you can leave plugged in your home in order to save some energy and some money. 


What To Unplug


Small Appliances


Large appliances in your kitchen would be impractical to constantly plug in and unplug. Smaller appliances, however, are much easier to manage. These include toasters, coffee makers, food processors, and microwaves. The small digital clocks on many of these devices, for example, are constantly using energy. Do you really need the function? If you donít need to know the time, you should just unplug it and save your home some energy usage. 


Chargers


We need to charge just about all of our devices including laptops, iPads, phones, and even electric toothbrushes. these items donít need to be plugged in all the time. Once a device is charged fully, be sure to unplug it. Itís only wasting energy otherwise!  


Computers


Unplug your computer each and every night. Screen savers and sleep modes donít actually save much power from being used while your computer is plugged in. Itís a good idea to keep your computer unplugged for safety reasons as well. A strike of lighting hitting, for example, can cause your entire system to fry.


Keep These Items Plugged In


There are certain items that you can leave plugged in at your home without worry. These items include:


  • Power strips
  • Nondigital items
  • Items without clock or LCD displays




Power strips are particularly useful for items like entertainment centers and computer setups. Flipping the switch to the off position on the power strip helps to stop the phantom power usage. The convenient thing is that you wonít need to plug and unplug everything in individually, and youíll still save power. 


Saving energy and money is easy when you have the right strategies put in place.





Posted by Century 21 North East - Norton Group RE on 10/6/2019

Have you ever wondered how to locate the best place to eat? Whether you are new to an area or just looking for more choices to refresh your repertoire a time of culinary exploration may be the answer to your search. 

New to an area

Being new to an area comes with many of its own challenges and changes and food can be an excellent way to experiment and shape your experience into your own. Trying new dishes can create new traditions for you and your family for years into the future or simply help you to find your new favorite place to go out.

Or been here forever

Likewise, if you have lived in an area for most of your life, someone may ask you where the best place for a certain food is and if you find yourself in the uncomfortable position of not knowing this is a great way to expand your horizons- or at least your answers.

What cuisine are you starting with

Pick a culinary type to start. It can be a local favorite like New York pizza or Memphis BBQ, whatever is in your area. Or, it can be a personal favorite. But you might want to see if there are more great options out there for you.

Make a list

Once you have picked a cuisine look for listings of top rated local places. Start online or with apps for finding restaurants, but don't forget to check with people around you who have tried local restaurantsóneighbors, local newspapers, groups that you are a part of all can be a rich resource of information. Make a list of the places that you want to try; this may consist of locations that everyone mentions or that has great stars, atmosphere or prices. Donít forget to include some hole in the wall places on your list as these can have some of the best food around. Start with your top 10 and one by one, maybe once a week, try them out. 

Try it all- if you can

When you get to each place, make sure to try several things if you can. A great way to do this is to go with friends, and each person orders something different for the table to taste. Ideas of things to order can be the special of the day/chef's special, your favorite dish, something that a reviewer suggested that got the restaurant on your list in the first place, etc.

Get started, have fun, and donít stop

Go on a culinary adventure through town and discover your area and yourself like never before while having fun in the process. Start by talking with your local real estate agent for tips on where to start or to get your list going. Donít stop at just one cuisine, figure out your next one, keep going and have fun!




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Posted by Century 21 North East - Norton Group RE on 9/29/2019

Does your real estate agent have what it takes to help you streamline the process of buying or selling a home?

Ultimately, when it comes to choosing a real estate agent, it pays to hire a housing market expert. With this real estate professional at your side, you can accelerate the homebuying or home selling cycle and improve your chances of achieving your desired results.

There are many signs that a real estate agent is a housing market expert, and these include:

1. A real estate agent keeps you up to date about the housing market.

Ideally, you should be able to find a real estate agent who will go the extra mile to keep you up to date about housing market trends. This housing market professional can help you make informed decisions throughout the homebuying or home selling journey.

In addition, the right real estate agent should have no trouble differentiating between a buyer's market and a seller's market so you can plan accordingly. He or she will assess housing market data regularly, and as such, be better equipped than other housing market professionals to help you stay ahead of the competition.

2. A real estate agent possesses extensive industry experience.

If you're on the lookout for a real estate agent, it certainly is beneficial to hire a housing market expert with comprehensive industry experience.

A real estate agent with extensive industry experience will know how to handle tough homebuying or home selling situations. That way, he or she can help you identify and overcome myriad hurdles as you try to buy or sell a house.

Furthermore, a real estate agent who possesses in-depth experience likely has plenty of confidence. This housing market professional should be able to help you alleviate stress and remain calm, cool and collected at each stage of the homebuying or home selling journey.

3. A real estate agent can answer any of your housing market questions.

Navigating the homebuying or home selling journey can raise many questions. Fortunately, the right real estate agent will be ready to answer your housing market questions at any time.

A real estate agent who knows the ins and outs of the housing market can provide you with the insights that you need to succeed, regardless of the current real estate sector's conditions. Plus, he or she will listen to your homebuying or home selling concerns and offer honest, unbiased recommendations to help you accomplish your goals.

Lastly, it may prove to be worthwhile to hire a real estate agent who is a great communicator. This housing market professional will be able to explain complex real estate concepts in simple terms, making it easy for any homebuyer or home seller to make the best possible decisions.

Ready to buy or sell a house? Collaborate with a real estate market who is a housing market expert Ė you'll be happy you did. This housing market expert can help you proceed with confidence and accomplish great things throughout the homebuying or home selling journey.