How INaccurate is your Zestimate?

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One of the most popular websites in real estate is undoubtedly Zillow. But did you know that their home value “Zestimates” are often WAY off?

In fact, the CEO of Zillow just sold his own home in Seattle for 40% LESS than the Zestimate!

Per Inman News, “On February 29th, Spencer Rascoff sold a Seattle home for $1.05 million, 40 percent less than the Zestimate of $1.75 million shown on its property page a day later.”

Zillow actually has a disclaimer on their website where you can see exactly how INACCURATE they are. They just make it hard to find.

As a real estate agent I actually have access to a tool that can accurately show someone how much their home is worth. I normally only use it when someone is selling their home soon, but after seeing how inaccurate Zillow is I am now offering to provide this service to ANYONE who is curious.

If you contact me using the form on this page by adding your home’s address (or the address of a home you are curious about the value of), I would be happy to send you a “BobsHomes Estimate” today 🙂

Millennial Inspired Amenities

Every generation takes a fresh look at home design and decoration. Now think about what you might want to do to keep your house looking up to date, whether it’s for your own comfort and enjoyment or because you may want to make it more appealing to millennial buyers someday.Millennial Inspired Amenities

Here are some home amenities millennials can’t live without…

  1. A walk-in closet — This bedroom feature is something millennials look for in houses and apartments, so embrace the age of excessive online shopping and expand your master bedroom to include a larger closet, or fashion one out of your home’s spare room.
  2. A balcony or rooftop deck — These can be a lot of fun, and millennials look for them when buying a place. Consider ways to create comfortable living areas throughout your home’s outdoor spaces for your own family and to help buyers envision how they’ll spend time outside with their family and friends.
  3. A high-speed internet connection — The ability to get online fast is a key amenity millennials require in their living spaces, so make sure your place is outfitted with the latest plug-ins and gadgets to show young people they’ll be connected.
  4. A convenient washer and dryer — Don’t put your washer and dryer just where you have room — think strategically. Should you have stackables next to the downstairs bathroom? Maybe there’s a room right off the basement. Give some thought to where they’d be convenient and yet not distract from your home design.
  5. A private gym — Millennials like to work out! Consider carving out a space in your basement or garage to create a comfortable and well-ventilated workout room. If you can, set up a TV so there’s something to watch while you’re on the treadmill.
  6. An open space — A backyard or courtyard is an outdoor feature that millennials really enjoy, so cultivate and maintain the landscape surrounding your home. Think about sprucing up your plantings and adding a patio with coordinating furniture.

These home amenities millennials can’t live without are excellent ideas not only for your own enjoyment but also for tailoring your house to a larger audience of potential buyers if you’re considering putting it on the market in the foreseeable future. You can offer exactly what millennials are looking, and your single-family home will probably sell in no time. Once you integrate these amenities into your living spaces, and you’ll meanwhile have the pleasure of knowing you’re living in an up-to-date home!

– To view the entire BobsHomes July Newsletter, click here.

Tips For Keeping Your Patio Furniture Looking Its Best!

Whether you lounge in handcrafted teak Adirondack chairs or pull up your favorite metal frame seat to your vintage glass-top table, patio furniture requires some necessary maintenance. Keeping Your Patio Furniture Looking Its Best!

Here are seven tips for maintaining your patio furniture
and keeping it looking its best!

1. Cover patio furniture when you’re not using it. Sun, wind and rain will eventually take their toll on fabrics, paint and stain. Using a custom cover or all-purpose tarp will help extend the life of your furnishings.

2. Clean it periodically to prevent dirt and debris from dulling the finish. Regardless of the material, the finish will eventually lose its sheen if left unattended. Besides that, you don’t want pollen pants after sitting down on an unkempt chair in the springtime.
For that initial cleaning at the start of patio season, do not be afraid to rent a power washer. You’ll save time and elbow grease by enlisting the help of a power washer in that scrub session.

3. Mildew is not your friend for many reasons. It’s smelly and unsightly and can cause health problems. It is a survivor, though, and will cling to surfaces like gum on the bottom of your shoe. Mildew does not fare well in the presence of vinegar or baking soda. Both readily available agents will eliminate blight on the surface and the interior of cushions. Plus, you can use it to clean umbrellas or other colorful accessories without the adverse effects of bleach.

4. Keep rust under control by addressing the problem as soon as you notice it. If you’re in a humid climate, your metal patio furniture (or components like nails) is susceptible to rust. The brown, flaky stuff is the result of exposure to oxygen and moisture, unavoidable for outdoor furniture. Grab some WD-40 and a wire brush and scrape off the iron oxide before it spreads.

5. Paint is your friend when it comes to maintaining your patio furniture. If your metal table and chairs need a facelift, grab a few cans of spray paint formulated for outdoor use. Refresh the appearance with minimal monetary investment.

6. Water always wins. Even if the fabric or treatment claims to be waterproof, at some point water will penetrate the coating. If at all possible, move furnishings indoors when the season is over. Inside is also the best place to avoid damage from high winds and hail.

7. Table glass looks best when you can see through it. Prevent scratches, residue buildup and other blemishes by grabbing the rubbing alcohol and newspaper. Pour or spray liberally and wipe down with something you can recycle.

Whether you’re planning to list your home for sale or cleaning for house guests, contact me for more ways to keep your home in tiptop shape.