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Changes for SUMMER You Should Be FOCUSING On!

Summer designs you should be focusing on.

Oh! Summer Days are the longest and nights are the shortest.

The time where the sun makes us feel like we’re melting and we can almost hear Olaf singing “in summer“(Frozen). Generally, during the summer season people tend to spend more time outdoors, picnic, biking, beach volleyball, absolutely the great time to play golf, hanging by the pool and going to the beach is the most popular during summer. But, it’s not every day we get to do all of the activities that I mentioned and most of the time we are staying at home.

Summer means most of us will be using our air conditioning unit to keep us feeling fresh and cool. But, what if we don’t have to always use our air-conditioning unit?

 Here are some tips to keep us feeling cool and fresh this summer

  1. Houseplants!
summer plants

Changes for Summer you Should be Focusing on!

–  As we all know when we breathe, our body takes in oxygen and releases carbon dioxide.     Plants can absorb carbon dioxide and release oxygen in the surrounding. Adding plant/s in your house can increase the oxygen level, improve health, sharpens focus and keeps the air fresh!

– If you want to purify the air in your  house, use 15 to 18 plants that are 6- to 8-inch in diameter for pots. An Example of indoor plants: Spider plant, Dragon Tree(best placed in living area), and Gerbera Daisy (Best placed in the bedroom, releases oxygen in the night and purifies air). For more information click here.

  1. Change your curtains.
  • Untitled2Curtains can be decorative and it can keep your home stay cool during summerCurtains can prevent heat from entering and leaving the room. But, it doesn’t mean that all parts of the house should have a light fabric. It’s case to case basis. For example… If your bedroom is getting a lot of afternoon sun, you might want to opt for a thick curtain to minimize the sunlight coming into your room especially during summer.
  • Use Light colors to brighten up your space. Light colors cannot absorb much heat; unlike dark colored materials/fabrics.

3. Declutter.

Summer Declutter

Changes for SUMMER you should be focusing on!

  •   – The word is LET GO! This summer, let go of the stuff you don’t need, stuff that is about to turn to a dust bunny and stuff that is taking too much space and not needed.
  •  – If you haven’t done spring cleaning, make way for summer cleaning. Store your winter clothes, comforters. Make way for cotton, buy a new swimwear and rock that summer bod! Removing unnecessary or organizing your stuff gives you more room and space in your home. I’d say our goal is to have that clean, fresh, and clutter free feeling.
  •  – Using baskets or boxes (whatever you prefer, and as many as needed),  Label each box. Example: STORAGE, GIVEAWAY, THROWAWAY, or DONATE, etc… If you are not using it for a really long time and it’s just sitting around accumulating dust… Let go!

 

4. Keep Cool in your Kitchen.

Summer plant

Changes for SUMMER you should be focusing on!

Sometimes an open window and adding a plant is not enough to keep your kitchen cool during summer. Though, I always suggest to have a plant in the kitchen to help filter the air. Snake plant helps remove nitrogen oxide which is produced by fuel-burning appliances, I’d suggest at least 2- 3 in the kitchen. This summer, change the curtains with a light material to let the air flow in your kitchen. However, if your kitchen is directly getting light from the afternoon sun, you might want to choose a thick material to keep the sun out especially during summer. Clean the counter tops, wipe the stove to remove grime and open the exhaust. It helps to remove that sticky feeling after cooking.

5.. Have your Patio Ready.

Summer Patio

Changes for SUMMER you should be focusing on!

 

Summer or not we usually hang by our patios. But, summer is the hottest time of the year and definitely we should add something extra to keep us cool this summer. I’m not saying we should add a pool near our patio (it would be nice to have our own pool; though…) But adding a Big umbrella, buying extra chairs and a table that we can place somewhere with lots of trees would be nice.

  • You can add a small pool for your dogs, or at least something to keep them cool during summer.

 

 

 

But most important of all is KEEP HYDRATED! Drink plenty of water and protect yourself from direct sunlight at all cost. Tip: Cracked/chapped lips can be a sign of dehydration.

          Happy Summer!!!

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Sell Your Home For Top Dollar With These Tips.

Sell your home successfully with these sales strategies from The Biszantz Connection.

Selling your home for top dollar

Strategies for selling your home for top dollar.

Selling your home for top dollar is a reality when you utilize the following tips before your home goes “live” on the internet for sale.  When I meet potential sellers I share these sales tips and others from my extensive experience representing people on the buy and sell side.

The Biszantz Connection has an extroadinarially high sales price to list price ratio by following these as well as other sales strategies.

The key is to present “a quality product” to the public that is indisputable in price and terms of the sale.

  • Have a licensed home inspector do a thorough inspection of the condition of your home before listing it for sale.
    • I always encourage my clients get a full report of the condition of the home from a professional source. It gives us the option to fix, replace any faulty items in the home to avoid it being a point of negotiation in an attempt to lower the purchase price in escrow. Who wants to find out that the upstairs guest bathroom leaks  into the kitchen ceiling?  Don’t be caught during the escrow and find yourself giving money back. Let the buyers home inspector struggle to find anything wrong with your home!
  • Get a termite clearance before listing your home for sale.
    •  To be able to offer a full termite clearance as a seller is a win/win for you. A buyer often is satisfied with your clearance and will not hire another termite company for their own inspection. Chances are you are going to have to get a termite clearance for any escrow involving a lender so you might as well have the termite company of your choice. If not, you may be left with no choice other than to use the buyers requested termite company….and they will not be working for you.
  • Excel in front curb appeal!
    • I cannot tell you how many times I have accompanied buyers into a home and when we pull up to the home, their mindset changes to….PASS in a milli-second. Once that happens, it is extremely hard to change their impression…no matter what is inside. Landscaping,  new paint is clearly worth a couple thousand dollars when you might be negotiating a difference between $50,000-$100,000 in purchase price.  How your home is presented reflects directly on the owner, their financial situation, need to sell, accurate or perceived. Bottom line, don’t appear to be desperate for a buyer. Bottom feeders come out at that point!

      Sales Strategies For Selling Your Home For Top Dollar

      Sales Strategies For Selling Your Home For Top Dollar

  • Do not ever settle for less than professional photographs of your home.
    • Presentation is everything when positioning a home for sale. Whether it is a $100,000 mobile home or a $20,000,000 estate on the sand makes absolutely no difference. For the price of a nice dinner, you can have beautiful photographs. When I look at home on the internet to show my buyers, I often pass at showing homes with amateur photographs for so many reasons. If it is presented this poorly to  thousands  on the internet…what is it going to look like in person?

Would you like more strategies on how to sell your home for a higher purchase price? It would be my pleasure to meet with you and create that winning strategy to get you top dollar at amazing speed on the sale of your home.

Happy Selling!

Shannon Biszantz

at The Biszantz Connection

619-417-4655 or Shannon@ShannonBiszantz.com

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San Diego home prices in June rose 19% from a year ago.

San Diego home prices in June rose 19% from a year ago.

 Home price gains in San Diego outpace U.S.

San Diego home prices in June rose 19% from a year ago.

The pace of U.S. home-price increases began to slow by mid-year but not in San Diego County, where values took their largest annual jump in more than eight years, the S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Index showed on Tuesday.

San Diego home prices in June rose 19 percent from a year ago, which marks its largest year-over-year hike since March 2005. The latest data also shows San Diego is outpacing national home-price growth, which was 12 percent when tallying all 20 areas in the index.

This is often the storyline for supply-constrained counties like San Diego: A limited amount of land means a limited number of homes can be built, which tends to drive up prices, said Michael Lea, a real estate professor at San Diego State University.

“We have more land constraints than most other cities,” Lea added. Similar areas include Los Angeles and San Francisco.

All 20 major metros in the Case-Shiller report showed price gains in June’s report, but fewer cities saw faster growth this month than last month. In this report, six fit that bill. In the previous report, it was 10. Also, more than half of the areas in the index showed weaker month-to-month gains.

For more information on this article from Lily Leung at the Union Tribune:

http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2013/aug/27/san-diego-home-prices-real-estate-values-gains/

 

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San Diego Home Prices Gain and Outpaces U.S. Real Estate Sales.

San Diego Real Estate Sales prices surge and reach higher than United Sates Real Estate Sales.

 

San Diego Home Prices Outpace U.S.

San Diego Home Prices Outpace U.S.

The pace of U.S. home-price increases began to slow by mid-year but not in San Diego County, where values took their largest annual jump in more than eight years, the S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Index showed on Tuesday.

San Diego home prices in June rose 19 percent from a year ago, which marks its largest year-over-year hike since March 2005. The latest data also shows San Diego is outpacing national home-price growth, which was 12 percent when tallying all 20 areas in the index.

All 20 major metros in the Case-Shiller report showed price gains in June’s report, but fewer cities saw faster growth this month than last month. In this report, six fit that bill. In the previous report, it was 10. Also, more than half of the areas in the index showed weaker month-to-month gains.

The sudden uptick may have pushed some on-the-fence buyers into the market but also may have priced out others.

“Home buyers may be discouraged and sharp increases may be dampened,” said David M. Blitzer, chairman of the index committee at S&P Dow Jones Indices, in this month’s analysis.

The significant drop in local foreclosure resales also may explain why the county outpaced the nation in home-price growth. Foreclosure resales, which tend to carry discounts, made up 7 percent of home sales in June, down from 20 percent the previous year.

Home prices are rising in part because an increasing number of real estate investors are putting their investments on the market, typically refurbished and going at a higher price, said Lea, with San Diego State University.

San Diego County’s median continues to hover at a 5-1/2 year high.

If you would like to see any property throughout San Diego Area, one of us at The Biszantz Connection at Coldwell Banker would be pleased to show you the area!

858-755-0075- Coldwell Banker

Biszantz Connection Direct Line: 619-417-4655

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Connect with The Biszantz Connection on Facebook

By Shannon Biszantz on September 4, 2014
in Biszantz Connection

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The new Bizantz Connection Facebook page will keep you connected and informed with the latest San Diego, Ranch Santa Fe and surrounding areas real estate and community information. Give our new page a LIKE today!

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