Heat Safety Tips

by Teryn on October 23, 2014

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As energy costs continue to rise, some homeowners are using alternate sources to heat their homes. While wood-burning stoves, space heaters and fireplaces are popular options, especially in colder climates, they can be fire hazards. FireSafety.gov offers some tips to help homeowners use these heat alternatives safely.

Wood stoves made of plate steel or cast iron are best. Use only seasoned wood for fuel, and avoid green wood, artificial logs or trash. Inspect and clean the pipes and chimneys annually, and check monthly for damage and obstructions. Keep combustible objects at least three feet away from the stove.

Space heaters that feature the Underwriters Laboratories certification are recommended. Use a heater with a thermostat control mechanism that can switch off automatically if the heater falls over. Don’t dry clothes or store objects on top of the heater. Like wood stoves, keep combustibles at least three feet away. Always unplug the device when it is not in use.

Clean fireplaces frequently to prevent creosote from building up in the chimney. Also inspect the chimneys for obstructions or cracks. Never burn trash, paper or green wood, which can cause heavy creosote buildup. Don’t wear loose-fitting clothes near open flames, and make sure the fire is completely out before leaving the house or going to bed.

Finally, make sure smoke detectors are working properly, and replace batteries every six months.

Please feel free to call me for a list of service providers to help you get your home ready for the winter cold! (805) 339-3591.

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Show time – Selling Your Home

by Teryn on October 16, 2014

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End-of-summer sales on patio furniture might be front and center, but it might be just the right time to invest in new indoor chairs, couches or tables. Take a seat and learn how to prepare with tips from Better Homes and Gardens.

Do your homework. First, measure everything. Write down room dimensions, accounting for the door and other details of the space. Also, have an idea of what you like. Get inspiration from home décor magazines and online research. But, remember, you will need to touch, sit and even lift furniture before deciding if you should bring it home.

Ask yourself the right questions. What is the purpose and function of the furniture? Is comfort or aesthetic the priority? It may help to bring to the store the measurements, photos of the room and magazine pages so that you can refer to them while you’re shopping.

Pay attention to detail. Check the cushions and stitching. Run your fingers over the woodwork and finish. Take time to examine every detail. Make sure that the furniture piece is exactly what you are looking for.

Don’t settle. If you aren’t sold on a piece, don’t get it. Every detail should be perfect. Many stores now even have a custom design division. Still feel overwhelmed? Ask your CRS REALTOR® for an interior designer referral.

Please feel free to call me to learn more about the home selling process! (805) 339-3591.

Photo courtesy of Dillon Scheps.

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A Buyer’s Guide to Understanding Title Insurance

October 9, 2014

What is a Title Insurance Policy? The policy of title insurance you receive when you purchase a home is an important document, but may buyers don’t understand what kind of protections the policy provides. Simply put, a policy of title insurance protects a buyer or lender against errors, omissions, or defects in the title to [...]

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Closing Day – Title and Escrow

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3 Bedroom Mid-Town Spanish Charmer for Rent $2600

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Available November 1st is our three bedroom, two bathroom Spanish charmer home. Located in mid-town Ventura you’ll be close to the beach, downtown, highways, schools and parks. Very recent top to bottom remodel included newly finished hardwood floors, updated kitchen, fresh paint, new pluming and electrical, new stove and refrigerator plus fireplace. Washer & dryer hook [...]

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Understanding Title & Closing Costs

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It’s a big day. The day you go to the title or escrow company, sign your name on the dotted line, hand over a check, and prepare to take ownership of your new home. It’s also the day that you and the seller will pay “closing” or settlement costs, an accumulation of separate charges paid [...]

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Clearing Title After Loan Payoff… What You Need to Know!

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Ventura’s Private Sewer Lateral Program

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What is Mello-Roos?

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Mello-Roos refers to “special” tax districts. Senator Henry J. Mello and former Assemblyman Michael Roos won passage of Mello-Roos Community Facilities Act in 1982. This legation authorized Mello-Roos Community Facilities District as a way to assist cities, counties and schools districts to provide new infrastructure and facilities after governmental funds were cut by the passage [...]

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Sellers Look for Bigger, Newer Homes

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According to the NAR 2013 Profile of Homebuyers and Sellers, almost half of home sellers last year “upsized” to a larger, more expensive home, and 59% bought a newer home. The report finds that the typical home seller had lived in their home for nine years last year, up from the typical tenure in 2007 [...]

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