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In addition to our hyperlocal SunCrest focus, we’re also involved in national real estate issues. We recently attended the National Association of Realtors conference, a gathering of over 20,000 Realtors. Below we recap a big takeaway from this year’s event.
Technology is changing the way the real estate industry operates, and the way Realtors are doing business. From online listing websites, to virtual home tours, to mobile apps that tell you when you’re near a house for sale, there are countless new ways to go about finding or selling a home.
As a consumer, you can now research the entire buying or selling process, sift through listings online, educate yourself about the school system in a neighborhood you’re interested in, or get a “free market analysis in 30 seconds” all from the comfort of your home.
Walking through the trade show this year was quite eye opening. Technology is creating a sense of urgency for Realtors to chase the latest and greatest “shiny new objects” being marketed. We saw everything from online sales leads, apps that predict how likely someone is to sell their home, software that scans your social media posts to find potential clients, and companies that offer to track and communicate with your past clients so Realtors can relax all year long.
Technology streamlines processes and increases education. It empowers buyers and sellers to make the best buying and selling decisions out there. However, just chasing the “shiny new objects” is no replacement for experience and know-how. Not all technology is created equal, and knowing which tools have been proven and which are smoke and mirrors is not always easy. There’s no substitute for sitting down at the table with someone to talk about your personalized options, or having a trusted advisor to help navigate during one of life’s unexpected events. Technology can’t answer the phone to work through a stressful negotiation with you or celebrate with you when you close on your new house.
We are excited to announce our second “Over The River and Through the Woods” warm winter clothes drive. Last year, we introduced you to the needs of families in the Heber Valley community; a community not too far or too different from ours. Many residents in the Heber community are the backbone work forces in the hotel, ski and tourism industries, often working long hours for low wages. Your response in 2014 was amazing. We gathered over 400 items and when we delivered your donations we saw firsthand the difference you made.
We need your help again! We’re asking residents to donate new or gently used items warm winter clothes including:
Jackets • Coats • Winter Gloves • Winter Hats • Winter Pants • Winter Boots
Here’s how you can help: Drop off anything from the list in the donation bins at the SunCrest Community Clubhouse through November 16th, 2015.
Our 2015 goal is 600 items (a doable 25% increase from ’14). If you’re feeling social, share donations on Facebook or Instagram using the hashtag #goal600
This year, we’re excited to bring SunCrest residents an exclusive offer. We’ve teamed up with a great local business, Bake360, to bring every SunCrest household a coupon for a free breakfast pastry* – no purchase necessary. Residents should have received a postcard with the clothes drive information and Bake360 coupon. If not, contact us and we’ll send one out ASAP. Just bring in your postcard and enjoy! (Note: Donating isn’t required to enjoy this offer, but is certainly encouraged.)
Thank you in advance for your warm generosity. Together, we can make a difference.
* Expires 11/30/15 Kouign Amann excluded
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SunCrest Fall Maintenance Tips
Each year, we provide fall maintenance tips to help prepare your home for the winter season. The coming weeks provide a good opportunity (and perhaps a last opportunity) to prepare your SunCrest home before the first snow flies. Here is our list of helpful fall maintenance tips:
The yard– clean up debris that may have blown in and become stuck in bushes, trees, and window wells. Rake up dead grass and leaves.
Rain gutters– clean out rain gutters and flush with water. Check for any leaks and repair as necessary. With our higher elevation and colder temperatures in SunCrest, clogged rain gutters could cause ice dams.
Roof- check the roof for damaged, missing, or curled shingles. Inspect the flashing and vents. If water penetrates the surface, it can freeze and lead to further damage.
Exterior water– to prevent exterior pipes from freezing, turn off the valves and run the remaining water until pipes are empty. You may also consider using an air compressor to “blow out” the sprinkler system. [NOTE: This may also reduce sprinkler frustration in the spring!]
Inspect the concrete– take steps now to repair damaged driveways, sidewalks or steps. Preventing water from expanding and contracting could help prolong the concretes life.
Exterior windows/doors– check for any peeling paint and re-paint exterior doors and doorframes to help prevent future damage.
Caulk windows & install weather stripping– seal gaps and cracks around windows and doors with caulk and install weather stripping.
Winterize lawn mower and prepare snow blower- clean the lawnmower and add winterizing additives to prepare it for hibernation. Start the snow blower to make sure it works before the first big storm.
Fire it up- run the fireplace and furnace to ensure it’s working properly. You may also consider having a professional inspect the systems.
When selling your SunCrest home, most SunCrest buyers will hire a professional home inspector who is working to protect the buyer’s investment. Taking a weekend or two (or hiring it out) now, will help prolong the life of your home and help with the selling process in the future.