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Buyers’ Most Important Rooms

by Sid Lezamiz

As we enter the busiest and most important real estate buying and selling period of the year, it is worth noting some important statistics gathered by the National Association of Realtors®.
Upon collecting feedback from buyers’ agents, the following is a list of the most important rooms to stage and present well to buyers for the best first impression.
Living room or great room. Usually the first room to enter and the room most-used in a home. Any showing will be served well by taking the time and effort to de-clutter, clean and spruce up this very important area, creating a positive first impression.
Master bedroom. Somewhat surprising as the second most important area to spend extra time staging. Increasingly, a sanctuary for home owners with busy lives and families, buyers are interested in the master bedroom and bath.
Kitchen. The all-important kitchen is the third most important room, according to agents. In the past the kitchen may have been first on this list. Changing life styles and how families live have shifted the kitchen to the third spot.
Along with the three most important rooms to stage well, agents also recommended the top three improvements to execute for showings.
• declutter
• entire home deep cleaning
• remove pets during showings

Garage Doors

by Sid Lezamiz

When considering how to improve the curb appeal of your home, one often overlooked element is the garage door. Many times, garage doors are ignored until they are damaged or so old and broken, they don’t work and must be replaced. But they are an important part of curb appeal, in many instances as important as the front door.
Garage doors that face the street are especially crucial to the curb appeal and overall look of your home. It should reflect the design and style of the house. Rather than plain panels, add detail that reflects the style of your house.
• Small windowpanes for a traditional look
• Cross pieces to create a barn door or rustic look
• Horizontal windows mimicking a mid-century or modern look
You can change the look of your home by tricking out or replacing your garage door.
Finish off an updated look with style-appropriate light fixtures to show off your new and improved door.

Three Quick LED Lighting Updates

by Sid Lezamiz

Lighting with LED’s is the biggest trend in home lighting in years. And it is with good reason. LED lighting offers:
• Great light and color quality
• Energy efficient, using 80% less energy than incandescent
• Do not generate heat, stay cool
• Durable and long-lasting
Downlights. Because LED’s do not generate heat, new ultra-thin downlight kits are available, allowing installation in nearly any ceiling. Replacing ceiling fixtures with downlights, instantly gives visual height to a room.
Edison bulbs. The new LED Edison bulbs in all shapes and sizes are an integral part of the current look in lighting fixtures. Replacing candelabra flame-look incandescent bulbs with new LED Edison-style bulbs offers an instant update for many outdated fixtures.
Patio LED strands. Outdoor string lighting is easily found in many different looks and styles. Highlighting an outdoor area by looping strands of lights across a deck or patio overhang, or creating an area using posts is an easy way to create an all-important outdoor living area.

What Home Buyers Want in 2019

by Sid Lezamiz

The National Association of Home Builders conducts an annual survey (since 2003) tracking what home buyers really want in their homes. The survey gathers information from recent home buyers who have purchased homes in the last three years and from prospective home buyers who plan to purchase a home within the next 3 years. The order of importance of the features they look for ranges from essential/must have to desirable.
The following list orders the “essential” items for 2019 buyers.
1. Laundry room
2. Ceiling fan
3. Double kitchen sink
4. Energy Star rated appliances
5. Energy Star rated windows
6. Garage storage
7. Exterior lighting
8. Patio
9. Walk-in pantry
10. Hardwood flooring
Of note is the patio. Although it currently is # 8 on the list, it has increased in importance for home buyers every year since the survey began.
The list can serve as a guide for home sellers also. Upgrading or improving the items on the list has the potential to impact buyers.

10 Fun Facts About Idaho

by Sid Lezamiz

1. Borders. Idaho shares a border with Montana, Wyoming, Utah, Nevada, Oregon, Washington and the country of Canada.
2. Smurf Turf. The Boise State Broncos is home to the world’s only BLUE football field. It is lovingly referred to as Smurf Turf
3. Lentils. Idaho is home to The Lentil Capital of the World in Moscow (Idaho that is).
4. Hops. Elk Mountain Farms is the largest hops farm in the world and produces hops for Anheuser-Busch on 1800 acres of land in Bonners Ferry, Idaho.
5. Rivers. There are 3,100 miles of rivers in Idaho. More than any other state.
6. Fishing. BEWARE! It is illegal in Idaho to fish while sitting on the back of a camel or giraffe.
7. State Seal. The Idaho State Seal is the only one in the country that was designed by a woman, Emma Edwards Green.
8. Heaven and Hell. Heaven’s Gate is situated on the boundary of Hells Canyon National Recreation Area.
9. Carbonated Springs. Soda Springs is a group of thousands of natural carbonated springs in the area of Soda Springs, Idaho.
10. Fosbury Flop. A high-jump technique invented by Dick Fosbury when competing in the high jump at Ketchum, Idaho high school. See it here: Fosbury Flop

Realtor Listing versus FISBO

by Sid Lezamiz

Early spring is historically a popular time to buy and sell real estate. Add to this U.S. mortgage rates falling to a 10-month low this past week, and if selling in 2019 is in your plans, now is the best time to actively plan and prepare to sell your home.

For Sale by Owner listings, also known as FISBO’s, are an option to traditional listing with licensed real estate firms. But some of the hard facts about listing your own property versus listing with a licensed realtor may give pause to reconsider.

Commissions. Some home owners only look at this one item. However, the truth of the matter is the average selling price of properties listed with realtors is a whopping 15% more than the average selling price of a For Sale by Owner. It isn’t hard to compute you will gross more money by listing with a professional, even when considering paying a commission.

Finding a buyer. A realtor has many contacts, leads, and multiple sources of advertising listings. A FISBO will have to generate interest in the property by a sign in the yard and maybe newspaper or online listings. Statistically only 10% of buyers find the house they buy, by seeing a sign in the yard.

Showings. It is hard enough to have your home in tip-top shape and ready for buyers to view. If you now must be available to show the home to prospective buyers, the time commitment is extreme. In addition to the time commitment some buyers find it very uncomfortable to deal directly with a homeowner.

Mounds of paper work. Disclosures, inspections, legal filings. Completing and filing all required documents is intense and demands intimate knowledge of state and local real estate laws.

The most important stage of a new listing is the initial few weeks it enters the market. Getting it exactly right the first time, is the precursor to a successful sale. Hiring a professional makes the most sense.

Smart House Smart Home

by Sid Lezamiz

Smart House Smart Home

Setting up your house to be a Smart Home may be easier than you think. If it seems overwhelming and complicated to you now, do a little research and start simply with a main controller. Add functions as you learn about what is available and which products will be useful to you.

The three most popular and developed products currently on the market are:

  •  Amazon’s Alexa
  •  Google’s Assistant
  •  Apple’s Siri

For instance, starting with an Amazon Dot. It is a small speaker that you link to your home internet connection and Amazon account. The dot alone will provide you with voice-activated access to almost any information you can find on the internet. The dot knows you are talking to it by always starting with the name “Alexa” followed by your question or command. For example: Alexa, what is the weather forecast? Or Alexa, set a 3-minute timer. Or Alexa, play easy-listening music.

Working with this main “manager” you can install an Alexa app on your smart phone and pick and choose from an abundance of add-on products that you can control through Alexa Dot at home or on your phone app when away.

Smart Homes can control lighting, heating and cooling, security cameras, front door and health status for elderly just to name a few.

Snow Skiing in Southern Idaho

by Sid Lezamiz

Snow Skiing in Southern Idaho

Add to the list of great amenities of living in Magic Valley, Idaho, that of family-friendly, easy access and affordable snow skiing.

Close to Twin Falls and an easy day trip are two ski areas that provide skiing and snowboarding along with equipment rental and lessons. Magic Mountain, Kimberly, Idaho and Soldier Mountain, Fairfield, Idaho (previously owned by Bruce Willis) are smaller than larger resorts located in Sun Valley, Idaho or Deer Valley, Utah, but with ticket prices to reflect. Soldier Mountain lift tickets are less than half of bigger resorts in Idaho, Utah and Colorado, while lift tickets for Magic Mountain are less than one third.

Magic Mountain offers snow tubing on weekends. A fun family activity in addition to skiing and boarding.

If you are an expert skier and crave backcountry challenges, Soldier Mountain offers a unique experience in their Cat Scratch. Transported by snow cat and supplied with individual safety equipment, the cat skiing area is a large easterly facing bowl that collects snow and holds it between storms. Allowing each skier to choose their own ski lines and to explore the dedicated area, it promises to be a memorable experience.

Prepare to List

by Sid Lezamiz

Prepare to List

In a matter of weeks, the typically prime buying and selling months for real estate will arrive. If selling your home is in your plan for this year, now is the time to buckle down and organize your home.

Preparing to sell your home isn’t just about researching Realtors® and signing a listing agreement. You need to have your property in tip top shape. Even well-maintained, fresh and tidy homes may need some extra attention before opening doors to scrutinizing buyers.

Clean, clean, clean. Walking into a home that looks clean and smells clean is a powerful and lasting first impression. It immediately emanates pride of ownership. A perfectly clean and orderly home will be off the list of a buyer if a funky odor is what they remember. Don’t perfume or mask an existing odor. Find the source and fix it.

Light. Use every option to create a well-lit and sunny home. Drapes and blinds open to let natural light in through clean windows. Taking off the screens while showing creates an even clearer light source. If showing in the evening be sure all lamps and light fixtures are on before buyers walk in. Not only is a lit home welcoming from the inside but is very welcoming from the outside.

Tidy rooms and closets. Clutter makes rooms look smaller and distracts from any features your home may have. Box up and store excess clutter or sell, donate or trash it now. When your home sells the packing is that much easier.

Make repairs. Be a detective and find every dripping faucet and every squeaky door. You get used to the small deferred-maintenance issues in your home, but they will be loud and clear to a buyer.

Preparing your home to list is a big project. Start now and be fully ready for listing. It will take a lot of the stress out of selling process.

New Colors for 2019

by Sid Lezamiz

New Colors for 2019

Every year the major paint manufacturers present their custom colors predicting how home owners and fashionistas will be using color in the coming year. It may not always be the fad that takes off, but it is interesting and a place to look if freshening up your home with paint is on the agenda. Offering a wide range this year are the following “Color of the Year” choices with the manufacturer’s description.

Benjamin Moore: Metropolitan (AF-690) a cool gray emanates nuance, harmony and extravagant ease. Always adaptable, it softens to matte or shimmers with sheen. It's neutral. It's understated. It just is. This is color, “off-duty."

Sherwin Williams: Cavern Clay (SW 7701) warm terracotta color with ancient, elemental roots. Cavern Clay is a nod to midcentury modern style, but with the soul of the American Southwest, which together creates a desert modern aesthetic.

Pantone: Living Coral (Pantone 16-1546) is an animating and life-affirming coral hue with a golden undertone that energizes and enlivens with a softer edge.

Behr: Blueprint (S 470-5) an honest, approachable color that conjures up the blueprints builders rely on to bring architectural designs to life. Blueprint creates a space where you can build your own re-imagined life, where awareness of what we want to build for ourselves can transform into action.

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Lezamiz Real Estate Co.
705 Fillmore, Suite 1
Twin Falls ID 83301
Office: 208-734-7007
Fax: 208-732-5384