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When The Neighbors Don't Care

A home that isn't being maintained like others in the neighborhood can negatively affect your visual sense of appeal and in some extreme cases, even affect property values. It might be an overgrown yard, a fence in need of repair, excessive noise, unruly pets, paint peeling on the home or even a car or boat parked in front of the home that hasn't moved in weeks.

Most people want to be good neighbors and may be willing to correct an issue once it is brought to their attention. A practical, but possibly confrontational, solution is to contact the responsible person and describe your perception of the issue. However, they may not always agree with the same urgency and it might be necessary to seek other remedies.


An owner-occupant may be more sympathetic to the neighbors and willing to correct the issue. If you think the home might be a rental property, check with the county tax records to identify the owner. They may be unaware of the situation and welcome the…

Don't Let A Killer In

Carbon monoxide is a silent killer you don't want in your home but because it is colorless and odorless; you may not even be aware the deadly condition exists. The Center for Disease Control says more than 400 people in the U.S. die annually from carbon monoxide poisoning and over 10,000 require medical treatment each year.


Unmaintained furnaces, water heaters and appliances can produce the deadly gas. In addition, other sources could be leaking chimneys, unvented kerosene or gas space heaters or exhaust from cars or trucks operating in an attached garage.
The Environmental Protection Agency suggests the following to reduce exposure in the home:
Keep gas appliances properly adjustedInstall and use an exhaust fan vented to the outdoors over gas stovesOpen flues when fireplaces are in useDo not idle car inside garageHave a trained professional inspect, clean and tune-up central heating systems annually Headaches, nausea, vomiting, dizziness and feelings of weakness or fat…

Unexpected Expenses

It's common for Sellers to consider offering a home warranty or protection plan to make their home more marketable. A growing number of homeowners are now purchasing this type of protection for themselves to limit the unexpected expenses of repairs and replacements.

A home protection plan is a renewable service contract that covers the repair or replacement of many of the components in a home. Some homeowners especially like the convenience that it organizes a qualified service provider as well as the cost of the repairs or replacements.

There are a variety of companies that offer home warranties and the coverage may differ but the majority of things will include heating, air conditioning, most built-in and some free-standing appliances, as well as other specific items. Additional specific coverage may be available for other items like pool and spa equipment.

Some investors are even placing this coverage on their rental properties to limit the amount of repairs during …

A Buyer's Journey: A Visual Guide

Here is a little graphic that I think is really helpful for those who might be looking at buying. It helps you understand the process more fully. It really isn't just 'see houses, put in offers, move in' as some people seem to think!

So take a look and enjoy. And if you have questions, you can connect with me by email at therealestatepastor@gmail.com  and I will be happy to answer any questions I can, or find answers for you!
DK


A Look at Roofing Options

When my wife and I bought our home in 2015, one of the things we wanted to know about, as may do, is the condition of the roof. There is nothing more frustrating than making a major home purchase and then finding out that you have to immediately pump thousands of dollars into it because something wasn't in a good, usable condition!

Of course, there are property disclosures that help us avoid that scenario, and those are helpful. But when it comes to your roof, even if it's in great condition today, one good hail or wind storm could potentially change that! Even without that kind of misfortune, your roof takes a beating much like the skin on your hands. Every day it takes the full force of the elements, so eventually it will come to the point of needing to be updated, maintained, or replaced.

That happened to a neighbor this past fall. When it did a group of men showed up and did something I'd never seen before... they put a metal roof on the house! Working at a church, I …

Real Estate Safety

The National Association of Realtors puts out a series of informational videos that are very helpful for both those in the industry as well as potential buyers and sellers. This one about safety is one that I think is good to watch because sometimes we don't understand why an agent does something they do or asks us to do something... realize it isn't about making things difficult for you, it's about keeping you safe and keeping us safe!

Enjoy this video, and as always, if I can help you with information, or if you are thinking about buying or selling, connect with me today!



-Devin
therealestatepastor@gmail.com



Tips for Emergency Evacuation Planning

As I write this post, there is a lot of flooding in our area (I try to stay ahead and have posts ready to go in advance!). It's been raining for the majority of the past week across much of the area, and the ground is saturated. The rivers and streams are reaching flood stage. The news and local authorities are suggesting that people near waterways and in low-lying areas be ready to evacuate if needed.

No one wants to have to evacuate due to an emergency. Many people never consider needing to. That is a mistake.

I can remember the floods in the early 90's along the Mississippi River that caused major flooding, wiping out entire towns. My home was safe in the middle of a field, but the town where I went to school sits along whats called the Sangamon River. I remember being 10 or 11 and asking to go help fill sandbags to surround our one and only grocery store as the water crept closer and closer.

Having a plan on what to do and where to go in the event of an emergency, specifi…

5 Fights Couples Have When Buying a House

When my wife and I bought our home in the Northern Kentucky area, it was quite an experience. We had a great Realtor® with whom I am now privileged to work. I can only imagine the things he must have thought about us, showing up to look at houses with our two young boys, talking about if a room was big enough...what was that smell...why would they put the switch over here...

Ah, those were the days!

Thankfully, we didn't actually fight (that I remember) about anything considering a house. We both had a concept together of what we wanted, and a price range. And outside of those things, I didn't care as long as she was happy. No really, I didn't! As long as I could have air conditioning and hot water, I was good!

However, that is not the experience everyone has.

Today, I am actually going to share a link that will take you to Realtor.com. The article was written earlier this year by Stephanie Barth, a writer, and contributor to several publications. She took this concept of…