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Las Vegas Smart Homes, Info: Penny O’Brien 702.321.9383

Tuesday, March 28th, 2017

Hi everyone,

So, you’ve got Fresh paint on the walls, professional staging and an asking price that ends in 999 — when you’re selling your home, you’ll do whatever you can to help it stand out and sell faster, as a seller you want every edge you can get. And on the heels of the popular Consumer Electronics Show in January, perhaps that edge is a smarter home.

Smart home features are designed to make homes more convenient, appealing, secure and energy-efficient — all of which are bonuses when you’re trying to sell a house, most Sellers who want to move their homes faster may benefit from adding smart features that make their properties more appealing to tech-minded buyers.

Here are six trending smart home features that might catch buyers’ attention and help sell your home faster:

* Keyless/remote entry door locks — Have you ever left the house and worried that you left the front door unlocked? If your home is equipped with a keyless/remote entry door lock — available from multiple manufacturers — you can use an app on your smartphone to lock the door from wherever you are. Some manufacturers make versions that will also send a text or email to your phone when the door opens. Locks that can be programmed with multiple entry codes also allow you to see who comes and goes and when.

* Smart lighting — From lighting automation that allows you to control lights remotely and wirelessly, to energy-efficient LED bulbs that can change color to match your mood and decor, lighting has come a long way. Some smart lights work in tandem with home automation systems to allow you to turn them on or off, or even dim them, from an app on a smartphone or tablet. Others require no communication hub and can be controlled directly from your mobile device. You can also put some smart bulbs on timers (using your wireless device), sync them with certain TV shows or movies, and integrate them with security cameras and thermostats.

* DIY security systems — Don’t want to sign a contract or deal with complex security systems? Install-it-yourself security systems are affordable and offer security features like cameras, sensors, motion detectors and alarms or sirens, without the need for a security service to monitor them.

* Smart appliances — The Internet of Things (IoT) — everyday objects that have network connectivity — includes a growing list of smart appliances. Many manufacturers are offering washers, dryers, refrigerators and other home appliances that can communicate with you — and each other — wirelessly. Many can be controlled remotely from your smartphone — so if you leave the house and can’t remember if you turned off the stove, you can check in and turn it off using your smartphone app.

While appliances aren’t always included in a home sale, they do make for interesting features that keep your home top of mind to buyers.

* Smart plugs — One of the easiest, most affordable smart home upgrades you can make is to add smart plugs to your home. These Wi-Fi-enabled plugs fit existing outlets and can be controlled from a smartphone app. Plug anything into a smart plug, like lights or a television, and you can turn it on or off remotely, track energy consumption, or even create an on-off schedule.

* Temperature controls — Programmable thermostats were just the beginning; today’s home temperature controls are even smarter. Like other smart home features, smart thermostats can be controlled remotely from your mobile device. You can program them to make automatic temperature adjustments and then use your smartphone to override the program like turning up the heat on a particularly cold day. Some smart thermostats learn from household behavior and adjust the temperature to meet your family’s needs and save energy, while others adjust based on the number of people in a room. And several can now be operated via voice-controlled virtual assistants.

So Many of these smart home features are surprisingly easy and affordable to install, Sellers who are open to the idea of investing a little money to possibly help get a speedier sale, may want to consider adding the smart features buyers will be looking for in 2017.

Do you smell it? It’s fresh air time to buy a home with a pool season in Las Vegas, NV

Thursday, February 9th, 2017

Hi all,

Have You ever noticed how the smell in the air changes over night sometimes?  I live 4.5 hours from the California beaches but I swear some days I smell the ocean.  That Lovely Fresh ocean salty breeze.

I looked up to see how many houses were for sale to fit my clients criteria.  1995 sf or more, 4 bedrooms, 1 bedroom to be downstairs,  outdoor pool and under $310,000.   I believe there were only 74 in the whole Las Vegas valley.   Las Vegas weather for the most part is typically warm.  I always see a switch in buyers when this time of year comes around.  The air changes, the sun is a little warmer, you start hearing more birds chirping all the signs that spring is almost here.  The big difference for us here in Las Vegas is that spring can feel like summer.  Where in other parts of the country spring feels like spring.  We kind of get a little head start on the warm weather.

Many business start putting out summer related out door dining.  Everything starts growing toward being outdoors, hence the buyers consciously or subconsciously wanting to buy a home with a pool.  It maybe something they never considered before depending on where they maybe moving from.  Or, Maybe they just want the ultimate “party” house.  I know when I moved to Vegas from Iowa, having a pool was a must.  I promised my kids we’d have a house with a pool and we did.  There were Lots of fond

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memories  made.

Just last night I showed a couple 2 homes with swimming pools.  Something about the desert heat and seeing the pool is so refreshing.  It’s a great time for sellers to put their homes on the market too, especially if they have a pool.

 

Enjoy everyone.  Your friend, Penny O’Brien

 

I have a Ghost, Do you? Is Ghost Disclosure necessary in Las Vegas Homes for Sale?

Monday, January 30th, 2017

Hi there everyone,

Yes, I said the “G” word,  Ghost.  The question is living in NV, do you have to disclose you have a ghost in the house.  From what I understand You MUST disclose your Ghost.  Not the skeletons in your closet, just any ghosts.  Now, what does that really mean?  It means if you are aware of a ghost in your house you must disclose it when selling.  Now, here’s the thing about ghosts, sometimes they hang around with the people in the house because maybe the ghost came with them when they moved it.  What if some people say they have ghosts because they want there to be one in their home and honestly there isn’t a ghost.  But most of all, how can you prove there’s a ghost?  In my opinion some times if the ghost really are with the people that are selling, they more than likely may move out when the sellers do.

We don’t currently have any NV Real Estate forms where as the seller you have to disclose or prove you have a ghost.

You know you don’t have to disclose that someone died in the house, so why disclose if you have a ghost?  It’s all kind goofy and a fine line.  And, what’s the definition of a ghost.  Here’s what I found on-line, the seat of life or intelligence :soul. 2: a disembodied soul; especially: the soul of a dead person believed to be an inhabitant of the unseen world or to appear to the living in bodily likeness. 3:spirit, demon. 4a: a faint shadowy trace b: the least bit.

So, now I ask, what’s the difference between a soul and a spirit.  The definition of ghost  states nothing about seeing a ghost in a physical matter.

Bottom line, if you have a ghost and are planning on selling your home.  PLEASE call Me,  I’d love to be a part of your sale.  I love ghosts.  Have a blessed day, till my next post.  Take care of yourself.  Penny O’Brien 702.321.9383

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Penny O'Brien
Las Vegas | Henderson | Summerlin Realtor/Real Estate Agent


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