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Resolution 2018. Buy a House

by Sid Lezamiz

Resolution 2018. Buy a House

It is January, the month to set goals and resolutions for the coming year. One of the best goals you could consider is purchasing a home in the coming year.

Along with that goal of homeownership comes some serious homework. Determined planning and preparation will pay off. Now is the time to start the process and proceed with the goal in the correct order.

Finances. The research and preparation start with finances. As you are preparing your taxes, create an additional worksheet with income, expenses and discretionary spending to get a real feel for money coming into and money going out of your bank account.

Credit Score. Find your credit score and verify it is good or immediately develop a plan to improve or repair it.

Price of Home. From your worksheet of income and expenses, you will be able to estimate an approximate home price you can afford and qualify for a mortgage with.

Mortgage. Do the research while you get finances in order. There are many options and special programs available.

Down Payment. Prepare to adjust discretionary spending to save or add to a down payment.

Be prepared to achieve your home buying goal by doing the important pre-qualification work first. Knowing exactly what you can comfortably afford and qualify for will make the next step of finding a home much more attainable and enjoyable.


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Prepare for January Freeze

by Sid Lezamiz

Prepare for January Freeze

January can be cold, dark and unwelcoming. Don’t complicate the wintry weather by avoiding simple maintenance and defense procedures to protect your home.

Water expands when it freezes. If it freezes inside your pipes it could expand and burst the pipe causing enormous damage. Stay ahead of the freezing and thawing by being vigilant and prepared.

• Drain water from outdoor faucets and yard irrigation systems.
• Disconnect and store hoses.
• Cover outdoor faucets with foam insulators.
• Use foam pipe insulation on any pipes located in unheated areas.
• Open cabinet doors under sinks that are located on an outside wall.
• Keep the thermostat set at a steady temperature both day and night.
• Let water trickle through indoor faucets to keep the water moving.
• Know where all your shut-off valves are, including the main shut-off, and how to operate them.

Prepare for the worst and avoid damage that can be disastrous.

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Paint Colors of the Year 2018

by Sid Lezamiz

Paint Colors of the Year 2018

Every year the major paint companies release their choice of “color of the year”. Based on
what they see as trends, starting with the colors they may see at fashion week in the major
cities of the world, they mix and tint and claim new colors with hip new names.

Pantone’s new color of the year is Ultra Violet 18-3838. It is true to its name. Labeled as a dramatically provocative and thoughtful purple shade, it is very violet.

Benjamin Moore’s new color of the year is Caliente AF-290. Described as strong, radiant and
full of energy
. It also is true to its name. Very warm. Very red.

Sherwin Williams color of the year is Oceanside SW 6496. Defined as a collision of rich blue
with jewel-toned green
. Very blue. Very ocean-like.

With a wide range of “Colors of the Year 2018” it is apparent that paint colors continue to be a
very personal choice. It is fun to be trendy and use new and bold colors, but when selling or
showing a home, the best decision is to stick with neutrals and let prospective buyers visualize
their preferred colors of the year.


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Real Estate in the New Year

by Sid Lezamiz

Real Estate in the New Year

With Christmas over for another year it is a good week to start thinking about goals and resolutions for real estate plans you may have in the coming New Year.

It is helpful to write down ideas and plans for your real estate resolutions. Decorating with new paint and hardware improvements, downsizing to a smaller house or condo, upsizing and upgrading to a larger better located house. It all requires planning and thought and budgeting.

Establishing a working relationship with a Realtor® is a good place to begin. A Realtor® is trained, educated and knowledgeable in local laws and trends.

  • A Realtor® has connections with banks and lending institutions, inspectors, appraisers, stagers, decorators.
  • A Realtor® knows the community and schools systems.
  • Realtor® knows all the legal requirements for buying and selling.
  • A Realtor® has great negotiating skills.
  • A Realtor® adheres to a strict code of ethics.

Step one for real estate plans and resolutions in the New Year….find a Realtor®.


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Happy Holidays

by Sid Lezamiz

Happy Holidays

The entire team at Lezamiz Real Estate wishes you peace, love and joy this holiday season and throughout the coming year. Than you for your business and for choosing us for all your real estate needs. We look forward to working with you in 2018!

“Maybe Christmas, the Grinch thought, doesn't come from a store. He who has not Christmas in his heart will never find it under a tree. For it is in giving that we receive. The spirit of Christmas is the spirit of love and of generosity and of goodness.” - Dr. Seuss

Magic Valley Habitat for Humanity
Twin Falls YMCA
The Heifer Project


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Showing During the Holidays

by Sid Lezamiz

Showing During the Holidays

Staging your home for showings during the holidays can be a fine balancing act. You want to enjoy the season with the decorations you are accustomed to and traditions that your family enjoys. But you cannot overwhelm a buyer with too many personal and ornamental things or they are unable to see the house or imagine themselves in it.

Say welcome with a wreath on the door. A simple lush wreath on the door is enough of a welcome. A blow-up Santa using a noisy air compressor on the lawn should stay in storage.

One tree is enough. Find the perfect spot to display a tree and keep the size balanced with the area. Simple small lights and generic ornaments are much better than a themed tree that pays homage to an interest or experience your family has.

Decorate the mantle and light a fire. If you have a fireplace a simple garland with ornaments or hanging stockings will be just right. Put the pictures of family and friends and the string of Christmas cards received away during showings. A fire in the fireplace is the perfect holiday scene you want to create for the buyers.

Smell the cookies. Baking a pan of cookies using a tube of ready-made dough 30 minutes before a showing will fill the house with cheer.

Hear the songs. Playing Christmas carols on low volume in the kitchen or living room of your home will complete the simple but effective holiday staging.

Keep it simple for showings during the holidays to find a buyer who simply can’t resist.


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The Nose Knows

by Sid Lezamiz

The Nose Knows

Showing a house during the holidays is a challenge. You have de-cluttered, cleaned, staged and primped up the curb appeal. Don’t waste all that hard work by forgetting to tackle the air quality in your home.

Being greeted with an odor in a house is not the first impression you want to make. It is important that the house smell CLEAN. Not perfumed or roiling in scented candle smells. Sometimes perfumed air is worse than the odor that is being covered.

Pet odor. You can take your pets out of the house, but you must neutralize their odor in the house. Keep their beds and lounging areas super clean. Launder their beds and keep them groomed and clean.

Smoke. Smoking in a home permeates the carpets, draperies and upholstery. If you must smoke, go outside. Sprinkling baking soda on the carpet allowing it to absorb the pet and smoke odors. Vacuum.

Food smells. Pay attention to what you cook the day of a showing and the day before a showing. Frying fish not only puts an oily smell into your house, but a fishy one as well. Cooked cabbage and brussels sprouts does not create a feeling of hominess. Save the robust-smelling meals you love for an outdoor kitchen or until the house has sold.

For an emergency air freshener add water to a saucepan or small crockpot along with a fresh lemon or lime that has been sliced or quartered. Add in a spice you may have on hand, like a cinnamon stick or fresh basil. Simmer very slowly, being sure not to let it simmer dry.


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Winter Landscape Watering

by Sid Lezamiz

Winter Landscape Watering

Just because the weather has cooled and the leaves have dropped off the trees, does not mean you can ignore the health of your landscape trees and shrubs. The plantings are as important to the value of your property as an updated kitchen or bath and essential to curb appeal year-round.

Although you may not be watering your lawn as the grass has gone dormant, your trees and shrubs still need added water, contingent on the frequency or infrequency of rain.

Wean your trees and shrubs from weekly hot weather watering to every other week to once a month until the ground freezes. Only water if the temperature is 40 degrees F or above. Concentrate automatic irrigation spigots on the trees and shrubs, or use water hoses at a very slow trickle for an hour to slowly saturate the soil for deep watering. Perennials should have moist soil 4 to 8 inches deep while shrubs and trees should have moist soil 8 to 10 inches deep.

Measure the moisture level by using a moisture meter that can easily be found at home improvement and hardware stores or online. The meters in addition to measuring the moisture give readings for light and PH acidity of the soil. You can also simply use a knitting needle or other long sharp stick to see how far the soil moisture goes down.

The payoff of watering your landscape trees and shrubs during the fall and winter will present itself in the spring with healthy and vibrant new growth.


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Thanksgiving 2017

by Sid Lezamiz

Thanksgiving 2017

Thanksgiving is a day to be grateful for the good things in our lives.

The Lezamiz Real Estate Team is grateful for the freedom which our great country provides, the opportunity to live in the majesty of Magic Valley, Idaho, the abundant crops local agriculture provides, the cultural opportunities afforded by CSI, the Magic Valley Arts Council and local fairs, the respite of leisure enjoyment when camping, hunting and fishing in beautiful natural surroundings.

Most of all we grateful to you, our clients, for your continued trust in the training and knowledge of the Lezamiz Real Estate Team.

Thank You and Happy Thanksgiving!

 

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Refresh for the Holidays

by Sid Lezamiz

Refresh for the Holidays

The holiday season is fast approaching. The kick-off is next week with Thanksgiving. There is still time to organize some last-minute updates to your home. Consistently doing small updates go a long way to protecting the market value and keeping your home current and enjoyable.

Paint the front door. It adds to curb appeal, first-impressions and is a welcome to your guests. Use a new color that is subtle and blends with the style and color of your home, or just keep the existing color fresh and the door in good repair. Ask the professionals at your paint store for help if using a new color.

Change hardware. Changing out the hardware in your home can have a big impact on the feeling. You can do a lot or a little. The biggest impact is changing cupboard door pulls in your kitchen and/or bathrooms. Be sure to measure and count the size and number of pulls you need before shopping. There are a lot of choices, so bring several styles home to see which you like in your room before buying the whole number needed.

Paint a room. A fresh coat of paint is not only a cost-effective way to update the look of a room, but it also provides a fresh, clean feel and smell. Try a new color, or simply refresh the existing color.

Light fixtures. Often overlooked, replacing outdated light fixtures can make a huge statement. During the holidays when you may have family and guests around your table, changing out a dining room chandelier or fixture can easily transform and update the room. Use an online guide for sizing and hanging advice to be sure your choice is the correct aspect and provides enough light for the room.

Change light switch covers. Dirty or broken light and plug-in switch covers are easy and inexpensive to change. As with the hardware, the choices are plentiful from decorative ones to simple plastic new and clean ones.


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