Mammoth Lakes Real Estate Market Update – November 1, 2017
Post from Allstate Insurance
Given how unpredictable nature can be, it’s a good idea to take measures to reduce your risks, protect your home and keep your family safe.
There are parts of the country where natural disasters are just part of life. The West Coast has earthquakes, the East and Gulf coasts have hurricanes, and then, right in the heartland, there’s Tornado Alley!
But these and other severe weather events (think floods, hail, winter storms) can happen anywhere. Given how unpredictable nature can be, it’s a good idea to take measures to reduce your risks, protect your home and keep your family safe. Here are specific steps to get started:
Knowing the most common hazards in your area — particularly if you’re new to the region — can help you focus your preparation plans. Take action against the event that has the highest odds of occurring and work your way down from there. The nonprofit Federal Alliance for Safe Homes has a natural-disaster risk map that can help you identify the perils in your region. This is also a good time to check your insurance policies and confirm your coverage against various events.
Homeowners often feel helpless against destructive weather. But there are storm-specific home improvement strategies that can lower the risk of your home being damaged. In the case of hurricanes, for instance, you can mount storm shutters, build a safe room or install hurricane straps to help keep your roof in place when fierce winds blow. In many instances, preparing against one threat can protect you from others as well.
Don’t wait until the last minute to make sure you have emergency supplies. According to Ready.gov, a basic emergency kit could include:
Once this basic kit is in place, you should supplement your supplies with items that address any special needs, such as children, pets or any medical concerns. You should also consider stocking an emergency “go bag” that you can quickly grab in the event of an evacuation.
Cataloging your personal property with a home inventory might sound tedious, but how easy would it be for you to recall all the contents of your home if you lost everything to a disaster? Taking a home inventory can help ensure fair insurance reimbursement, simplify the recovery process and even make it easier to apply for federal disaster aid.
Your emergency plan should be robust, addressing things like family communications (Where will you meet? How will you communicate?); escape route planning (an alternate way out from each room in your home); and guidance on shutting off utilities such as water, electricity and natural gas (which is frequently responsible for fires following a disaster). You should also practice the plan so that you can identify any weak spots.
While preparedness doesn’t happen overnight, taking concrete steps now can lessen your risk and offer you some peace of mind.
This guest post comes from the editors of the Allstate Blog, which helps people prepare for the unpredictability of life.
There are so many things to consider when purchasing a home, such as the number of rooms, kitchen upgrades, yard size, and so many other features. However, you should also take the time to treat your first look at a house like Thanksgiving – enter the dining room and take a big whiff.
Your sense of smell can tell you a lot about the condition of a [city] home. So follow your nose, along with your real estate agent, throughout a house and inquire about anything unusual that makes you hold your breath. Below are four specific odors that could mean you are in for some serious work.
Follow your nose and be sure to ask for repair costs if you are going to have to pay for odor-removal renovations. With a little negotiation, you will find the right home and be hosting Thanksgiving dinner next year with only the scent of roasted turkey and grandma’s dressing in the air. For more tips on purchasing real estate, please call me at 661-979-9000 or email me at Sonja@sonjabush.com.
Real Estate Agent
There’s a Gas Leak
This article is a continuation of Hiring an Amazing Real Estate Agent
So how do you know if you’re working with an amazing agent?
The first step would be to “shop around.” Many people work with the first agent they come across without a firm understanding of their level of experience. It’s always a good idea to interview a number of agents before selecting one. If you’ve gotten referrals from people you trust, then you may only need to interview 2-3 agents.
However, it can be tough to know what to ask in the interview process. Here are some questions that can help you qualify the best agent to help you achieve your real estate goals:
Look for professionalism and consistency. What are their professional accomplishments? Also, try to identify how they approach their work. Look for a business person who has a strategy and solid support system. If they’re a newer agent, ask about their team’s dynamic and accomplishments.
While longevity is important, even more telling are the number of transactions they have closed or been involved in. So feel free to also ask: “How many homes have you sold in this area?”
Do you want daily or weekly reports from your agent? Will the agent be able to meet these expectations? Determine how much communication you want, and then find an agent who will give you the attention and time you want and deserve.
From market reports and pricing trends to school performance and crime statistics, top agents have resources at their disposal. In addition, market experts have built strong relationships with their extended team of professionals, and can often get expedient service or be able to “cash in a favor” for you should a need arise.
Many agents will simply put your home in the MLS and wait for it to sell. An amazing agent should have a detailed plan of how to get your home exposure on social media, to their local networks, and more.
Now that you’re armed with the 5 Attributes of Amazing Agents and the Top Questions to ensure you work with the best possible real estate agent, you’re ready to start interviewing agents.
We’d love an opportunity to win your business. Schedule a free consultation with Sonja to find out how true market experts can help you achieve your real estate goals! Call her today at 661-979-9000 or email her at Sonja@sonjabush.com to schedule your appointment.
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