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Tuesday, March 28th, 2017
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.
Wednesday, February 15th, 2017
Southern Nevada home prices started 2017 with a somewhat rare and exciting. The January jump while the number of homes available for sale continued to shrink the market is strong.
According to GLVAR, the median price of existing single-family homes sold during January through its Multiple Listing Service (MLS) increased to $238,000. That was up 1.3 percent from December and up 8.7 percent from $219,000 in January 2016. Meanwhile, the median price of local condos and townhomes sold in January was $113,500, up slightly from December, but down 5.4 percent from January 2016.
This is great for homeowners because they actually are gaining equity in their homes.
The median single-family home price in Southern Nevada two years ago at this time was $200,000. One year ago, it was $219,000, “and now it’s up to $238,000. That’s a pretty great increase. .
Las Vegas home sales have also been on the rise. There are many reasons for home sales increasing, including an improving Las Vegas economy, and of course many of you know that home prices that are still lower than in most parts of California and a local population that is growing by about 2 percent per year.
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Thursday, February 2nd, 2017
Yes, Nevada is a state that allows Real Estate Rebates. Only 10 states do not allow Rebates. So, for example for one of my clients they received $1500 at closing. They greatly appreciated and bought themselves things for their new home that I helped them find.
If you are interested in knowing more about how the rebate works, feel free to give me a call. Enjoy your day or evening.
Penny O’Brien 702.321.9383
I have over 17 years Real Estate experience. Full-time. I’m not working another job, I’m 100% committed to giving my clients 100%. I have happy clients. I’m your Realtor.
Wednesday, January 25th, 2017
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Enjoy your life, Penny O’Brien with RE/MAX Excellence. GOwithPenny@yahoo.com
Tuesday, January 24th, 2017
I’m Penny O’Brien with RE/MAX Excellence. I love pinching pennies when it comes to helping my buyers get their perfect home. I have been in the Real Estate business for over 16 years full time here in Las Vegas. What’s good about that is several things but mainly the friendships I’ve made with other Professional Realtors, Lenders, Title Companies, Home Warranty companies, Inspectors and many vendors.
When I am helping a buyer purchase a home I have the experience on how to communicate with the Listing agent. I do it with ease and professionalism. That’s very important these days because it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to be a Realtor and that being said there are a whole bunch of people that get into Real Estate for different reasons. I have experience in the industry. Which when it comes to buying or selling should be very important to you. I love helping my clients. You can talk with any of them and they will share with you our experience while searching for their home. Their experience during the whole transaction. I make it fun for them and we really have a good time. I greatly appreciate all of my wonderful clients, they are truly amazing.
I work the whole valley, Summerlin, Henderson, Green Valley, North Las Vegas. I always have and I always will. I help clients who are interested in condos, townhomes, Single Family Residences, High Rises and Rentals.
P.S. Working with a RE/MAX agent like myself is not more expensive than any other Real Estate company, it’s a big plus to you. Thank you for your time.
If you are in the market to buy and or sell, give me a call, text or drop me an email. I look forward to hearing from you. Enjoy your life. Penny 702.321.9383….. GoWithPenny@yahoo.com
Friday, January 20th, 2017
How the heck are ya? Very well I hope. If you’re here to know more about tiny homes in Las Vegas and other cities around Vegas then here we go.
First of All, Nevada is very rural, many people if you haven’t visited NV would think of just Vegas and the population of the valley. When you start getting outside of Vegas you will see that it so very rural. You can travel on and on and on and never see a home.
Here’s the kicker, Las Vegas of course like many cities have somewhat strict building codes. I realize they are in place to protect home owners and the public. But, If you’re wanting to live the “tiny house” movement life style, which I personally love the idea, it’s probably not gonna happen in Clark county.
Land in Clark county is not inexpensive either. Living off the grid in Clark County, probably not gonna happen. So, you can see that it’s not gonna happen and if so it surely wouldn’t be easy.
So, where in NV can we do our tiny home living. Many areas. If you’re willing to NOT live in Vegas. Of course, I love Vegas, I’ve been working with Buyers and sellers with their properties for over 15 years buy and sell here in Vegas. I’m just sharing that many people DO NOT want big houses. They don’t want all the maintenance, they want freedom to travel, to live simplistic, they are minimalist.
INTERESTED now? If so, Call me @702.321.9353
I will help you with your dream of having your own tiny house. LET’S do this. It’s exciting. ENJOY your day,
Tuesday, January 17th, 2017
It’s Penny here to help answer any questions you may have related to buying a home. First of all, Let’s have fun with this new adventure. I will try my best to make your purchase as fun and drama free as possible.
Penny O’Brien, Remax Excellence 702.321.9383 GOwithPenny@yahoo.com
Here are a few helpful buying hints:
- Call Me @ 702.321.9383. I have been working with first time home buyers for over 17 years full-time. I will be there with you throughout the whole transaction.
- There are many down payment programs out there to help make your purchase so much easier than ever before.
- Don’t always listen to what your co-workers are telling you or even your family as far as that goes. They mean well, but don’t always know the best ways to go about the process.
- Let’s find you a home that completely fits your budget, needs and wants.
Are you ready to start shopping? Then, Let’s get moving.
Enjoy the rest of your day,
Thursday, July 31st, 2014
FOR SALE: SUMMERLIN HOMES call Penny @ 702.321.9383 she’s always on call: SUNNYLASVEGASHOMES.com
new homes too if you’d like more info. call me.
Tuesday, July 29th, 2014
I’m going to be listing another wonderful property on Friday. Want to know more? It’s a beautiful Townhouse. Located near the strip. Lush grass and mature trees. It fancy’s a pool and tennis court. Totally ready to move into. It’s furnished if you like or we can remove the furniture, your choice. READY, SET, BUY. Call me for a free viewing. Penny @ 702.321.9383 Perfect place for first time homebuyers, retirees, vacation home. Own a piece of Vegas! It’s probably cheaper than renting. Call me and let’s discuss payments on this property.
Master Suite has it’s own private glass sliding door with patio
All Appliances stay
Single Story Townhome in a very Quaint Single Story Community
Penny O’Brien 702.321.9383
Signature Real Estate Group
Tuesday, January 28th, 2014
For release Jan. 8, 2014
GLVAR reports home prices rose in December, up 24 percent in 2013
LAS VEGAS – Southern Nevada home prices ended 2013 on an upswing, with the median price of existing homes up 24 percent from the same time the year before, according to statistics released today by the Greater Las Vegas Association of REALTORS® (GLVAR).
GLVAR reported that the median price of an existing single-family home sold in Southern Nevada during December 2013 was $185,000, up 1.1 percent from $183,000 in November and up 24.2 percent from December 2012, when the median price was $149,000. Meanwhile, the median price of existing condominiums and townhomes sold in December was $96,000, down 3.0 percent from $99,000 in November, but up 26.3 percent from $76,000 one year ago.
GLVAR President Heidi Kasama, a longtime local REALTOR® who succeeded 2013 President Dave Tina starting Jan. 1, said local home prices have been increasing for the past two years, though they have stabilized in recent months. She noted that GLVAR tracked a similar year-over-year increase in local home prices during 2012, when the median price of existing homes sold in Southern Nevada also increased by 24 percent from the start to the end of 2012.
“Local homeowners should be happy with the strong appreciation we’ve seen over the past two years,” Kasama said. “We haven’t seen increases like this since the middle part of the last decade. Like most housing experts, I expect to see more stable home prices in 2014.”
Putting these recently rising home prices into perspective, she said existing local home prices bottomed out at a median price of $118,000 in January 2012 before appreciating for a record 19 straight months until September 2013. Local home prices are still well below their June 2006 peak of $315,000.
Kasama said 2013 was also a year of transition from distressed to more traditional sales, where lenders are not controlling the transaction. GLVAR has been tracking fewer foreclosures and short sales – which occur when a lender agrees to sell a home for less than what the borrower owes on the mortgage. In December, 20.7 percent of all existing local home sales were short sales, down from 21 percent in November. Another 8.5 percent of all December sales were bank-owned properties, up from 7 percent in November.
Of the 40,242 existing residential properties sold in Southern Nevada during 2013, GLVAR reported that 62 percent were traditional sales. That’s a big jump from 2012, when only 37 percent of all 44,902 sales that year were traditional.
Kasama said REALTORS® are pushing Congress to extend for at least another year the federal Mortgage Forgiveness Debt Relief Act that expired Dec. 31, 2013. Unless Congress votes to extend this act retroactively to the end of 2013, as some members of Nevada’s congressional delegation are proposing, any amount of money a bank writes off in agreeing to sell a home as part of a short sale starting in 2014 may become taxable when sellers file their income taxes. Without this tax relief, Kasama expects far fewer short sales this year.
GLVAR said the total number of existing local homes, condominiums and townhomes sold in December was 2,915, up from 2,694 in November, but down from 3,624 in December 2012.
Like November, GLVAR reported fewer homes listed for sale in December. The total number of properties listed for sale on GLVAR’s Multiple Listing Service decreased in December, with 13,303 single-family homes listed for sale at the end of the month. That’s down 6.6 percent from 14,240 single-family homes listed for sale at the end of November and down 8.9 percent from one year ago. GLVAR reported a total of 2,903 condos and townhomes listed for sale on its MLS in December, down 19.9 percent from 3,624 listed in November and down 16.5 percent from one year ago.
GLVAR also reported fewer available homes listed for sale without any sort of pending or contingent offer. By the end of December, GLVAR reported 6,587 single-family homes listed without any sort of offer. That’s down 3.6 percent from 6,830 such homes listed in November, but still up 78.6 percent from one year ago. For condos and townhomes, the 1,664 properties listed without offers in December represented a 24.1 percent decrease from 2,192 such properties listed in November, but a 33.0 percent increase from one year ago.
In December, GLVAR reported that 44.4 percent of all existing local homes sold were purchased with cash. That’s up from 43.7 in November but down from a peak of 59.5 percent set in February 2013.
The median price of bank-owned homes sold in December was $159,900, up from $152,500 in November. The median price of homes sold as part of a short sale in December was $165,000, up from $158,500 in November.
These GLVAR statistics include activity through the end of December 2013. GLVAR distributes such statistics each month based on data collected through its MLS, which does not necessarily account for newly constructed homes sold by local builders or for sale by owners. Other highlights include:
- The monthly value of local real estate transactions tracked through the MLS during December increased by 10.7 percent for homes to more than $550 million. For condos and townhomes, the total value of all December sales was more than $71 million, up 1 percent from November. Compared to one year ago, total sales volumes in December were up 1.6 percent for homes and up 3.1 percent for condos and townhomes.
- In December, 69.1 percent of all existing local homes and 63.0 percent of all condos and townhomes sold within 60 days. That compares to November, when 73.5 percent of all existing local homes and 67.2 percent of all condos and townhomes sold within 60 days.
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