Author Archives: Carolyn Bain

RESILIENCY WILL PULL US THROUGH

While economic damage is inevitable, home prices should remain stable. More virtual tours, electronic signatures & hand sanitizer. Recovery is a question mark! The stimulus, along with American resiliency, will pull us through. National Association of Realtors’ chief economist Lawrence Yun.

and the WINNERS homes in EAST TEXAS are ………

EXTERIOR WINNERS: New roofing & ROI (Return On Investment) is 107%. New garage door & ROI is 95%. New fiber-cement siding & ROI is 76%. New steel or fiberglass front door & ROI is 75% for steel & 74% for fiberglass.

INTERIOR WINNERS: New wood flooring & ROI is 106%. Hardwood flooring refinish & ROI is 100%. HVAC replacement & ROI is 85%. Insulation upgrade ROI is 83%.

CONSIDER THESE COSTS, TOO when buying a home, ranch, upscale homes in TYLER, BULLARD, FLINT, LINDALE, CHAPEL HILL, ARP & EAST TEXAS

When buying a home you have the price of a home, BUT also (1) HOMEOWNERS INSURANCE to protect your homes from disasters and accidents. Flood insurance is extra. (2) HOMEOWNER ASSOCIATIONS. Can be $100 a month or much more. Be sure you understand this. (3) REPAIRS, REMODELING, MAINTENANCE. Does the house need new AC + the ongoing costs of keeping the house & yard in pristine condition. (4) TAXES. May be exemptions or maybe not.

3 STRATEGIES for LIVING LONGER in YOUR HOME in Tyler, Chapel Hill, Lindale, Arp & upper East Texas

(1) WALK YOUR WAY TO HEALTH: 20 minutes of walking a day, 5 days a week gives you more energy & lose your cravings for sweets, helps with stiff joints. (2) EMBRACE ONE-FLOOR LIVING: easier to move if too expensive to adapt a single floor. (3) GET COMFORTABLE WITH TECHNOLOGY: take a class to learn to use your tablet or smartphones, as to everything they will do.