Blog :: 08-2015

Signs Sell!

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It is common knowledge that the internet has become the prime medium for advertising and searching for real estate. There is no denying the effectiveness of this tool.

However, the real estate search is ultimately personal and local. This leads us back to tried and true methods such as signage. There is an old adage in real estate that “signs sell houses.” I occasionally find that some sellers resist placing “For Sale” signs on their property. In spite of concerns about privacy, I think that signs are very effective. Very often, neighbors or family and friends of neighbors are potential buyers. They know the neighborhood and, in many cases, the property that is for sale. Also, people new to the area often call about a property prompted by a sign.

According to the National Board of Realtors, 51% of buyers cite yard signs as a source for their property search. I have personally had such inquiries lead to sales. In this age of virtual experience, it is nice to know that people still drive around in real time, looking at property.

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    Smart Homes

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    Alarm systems, thermostats, and leak prevention systems are a few technologies that can enhance the safety and efficiency of your home.

    New satellite wireless alarm systems are easy to install yourself and provide a more secure system than older hardwire systems. Alarm systems that rely on hardwire or telephone lines may be cut purposely or rendered useless by downed lines. The wireless alarm will detect & notify your cell phone, iPad, or computer of broken glass, temperature issues and sensor-related activity.

    Remote program thermostats are a proactive way to maximize the efficiency of your heat or AC use.

    The newer Leak Defense System is a terrific tool for remotely detecting burst pipes. The system is installed on the water intake valve for your home and will report unusual water flow in the event of a broken pipe in the home.

    Check with your insurance agent to see if the installation of any of these improvements will reduce your premium. They may even provide a discount on the purchase of the hardware for the new system.

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      More Than Books!

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      When summer events start winding down, there is still plenty to do at your local library!

      For example, the Norfolk Library offers a range of events such as concerts, wild life demonstrations, film documentary series, iPad classes, monthly art exhibits, field trips and more. Concerts range from classical Norfolk Chamber Festival performances to folksy Celtic Music to cool groups such as the Lascivious Biddies!

      A recent field trip to Manitoga this summer was terrific. Moth Night, a lecture on The Recluse Collector, and an author visit from Marc Tyler Nobelman are examples of special events threaded into the regular calendar. Fireside book groups in the Great Hall are well attended. The kids program on the Science of Super Heros was a blast this summer.

      Check out what’s next at their website (norfolklibrary.org) or visit your own town library’s website to discover how today’s libraries are offering far more than books.

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        Yay! It's Twin Lakes Day Again!

        I am often amazed to find that some people who have lived in the Salisbury area for a long time, have never been to Twin Lakes or the beautiful peninsula known as Isola Bella on the larger of the lakes.

        Here's your chance to feel like a kid again (or watch your kids enjoy being kids) and have some old-fashioned fun. On Saturday, August 8, 2015, the Twin Lakes Association will host its annual "Twin Lakes Day," open to the public, starting at 12:15 pm.

        There will be swimming races for all age groups, a balloon toss, races geared towards kids of all ages including bottle filling and ball toss, canoe races, kayak races and the fight to the finish war canoes for those over 16. The cardboard boat race is great fun if you are feeling creative with cardboard and duct tape.

        All of this will culminate in an awards ceremony at 6:30 pm followed by a SQUARE DANCE...yes, you heard me. It's the most fun and best exercise you can ever have for a nominal $10 fee. (Kids are free and love to square dance.) Grills will be available for all to use and charcoal is provided.

        For more information or to volunteer to help, contact Justin Meyer at jmgiants227@aol.com.

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