October Newsletter
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Mysterious noises, flickering lights and unexplained breezes can make you feel like you're living in a haunted house. All homes experience some of these things at one time or another. It's best to inspect these things in the beginning, before it turns into a mammoth of a problem. Some repairs are bigger than others, and may require a professional, but the quicker you respond, the better.


Susie and Nichola
"Susie was our second real estate agent and we were sorry that she wasn't the first! Her professionalism, efficiency and most important, the drive she showed in selling our house and finding a new one for us was exemplary. If you want an agent that works for you 110%, Susie is your agent."

~Maris and Connie Liepins
This Month's Featured Listing
11 Ibi Lane
Lake Coronado

2 bed / 2 bath
1440 square feet
Built in 1985
Now is your opportunity to simply move in to this lake home that is being sold furnished. Plan to bring your toothbrush and start enjoying Lake Coronado immediately. Take advantage of the approximately 131 of lake frontage. The atrium will welcome you to this updated home. Open the front door and you are greeted to vaulted ceilings and hardwood floors. Enjoy entertaining in this open plan with granite counters in kitchen and stainless steel appliances. Roof 2019. 

Building new homes.  
For floor plans or more information, email me at susieburns@remax.net.

Scary Home Issues You Shouldn't Ignore

From pesky critters to peeling paint, don't put off dealing with these red-flag problems at home.

Rustling In The Walls - Ants on countertops or mouse droppings in HVAC grilles are signs that you have openings in your house that need to be closed. Check places like exhaust vents, condensate lines, pipes, ducts, utility access panels and garage doors - looking for obvious gaps, signs of chewing or nesting, or ripped screening.

Mold - You can expect to find mold occasionally in wet spots like the bathroom and kitchen, but when you see it where it shouldn't be, like living room walls, call a pro for an evaluation. An inspector can tell you whether you can clean it up yourself or if you need a remediation company.

Sagging or Warped Floor - This can be the result of natural settling, but don't assume it's harmless without looking in your basement or crawlspace. There could be a leak, or you may need more bracing.

Standing Water in the Yard - If water stands in your yard for hours or even days, you have poor drainage. If this occurs near your foundation, it can lead to moisture issues in the home. A French drain or re-grading the property can usually solve this problem.

Missing/Damaged Roof Shingles - Inspecting your roof regularly is a must. If you see a problem, tackle it right away. If moisture reaches the wood sheathing underneath the shingles, the potential repair can get expensive.

Scary Sounds from the HVAC - Loud, unusual sounds may indicate problems with belts, the blower motor or the compressor and should be investigated immediately by your HVAC technician.

Plants Encroaching on Your Roof or Walls - Shrubs and trees planted too close to your house can trap moisture, damage siding when the wind blows and fill gutters with debris. Climbing vines can splinter and rot wood siding and even weaken the mortar between bricks. If you like climbing vine, choose one that wraps around a trellis or other nearby structure.

Smelly or Gurgling Drains - Investigate any unpleasant smells or noises coming from your bathroom sink drain. You might have a blockage you can remove with a snake or plunger. If they persist, you may need to call a plumber to check the vent pipe. It may have become blocked by debris or nesting animals.

Condensation on Basement Pipes - Besides being annoying, dripping raises the humidity level in the house and increases the chances for mold growth. Make sure all vents to the outside are closed and add foam pipe insulation to the parts of the pipes you can reach.

A Sagging Roofline - This may not be a problem, but it's good to check it out. In older homes, this can simply mean materials have dried out. But it can also be a sign that something is broken, sheathing has rotted, or an important connection has come loose.

Dripping Faucets - Leaking faucets may seem minor, but they can waste a shocking amount of water. Don't wait until you see or hear a drip; actively check the cabinets under your sinks from time to time. Kitchen spray wands can leak down the tubing and under the cabinet without you noticing anything.

Poorly Built Decks - If your deck wobbles excessively when you walk on it, check the deck's attachment to the house. It should be attached with lag bolts or screw bolts to a sturdy ledgerboard, not nailed to the siding or plywood with straight nails.

Peeling Paint (Inside or Out) - If paint is peeling on the exterior, sun and water can damage the wood underneath. Peeling interior pain is an issue if it's peeling off in rough squares, like an alligator's skin. That's a sign that lead-based paint is underneath.

~Courtesy of HGTV

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Sweet Potato Cornbread

  • 2 cups self-rising white cornmeal mix
  • 3 Tbsp. sugar
  • 1/4 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
  • 5 large eggs
  • 2 cups cooked mashed sweet potatoes (about 1.5 lb sweet potatoes)
  • 1 (8 oz.) container sour cream
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Stir together first 3 ingredients in a large bowl; make a well in center of mixture. Whisk together eggs and next 3 ingredients; add to cornmeal mixture, stirring just until moistened.
  2. Spoon batter into a lightly greased 9-inch square pan.
  3. Bake at 425 degress for 35 minutes or until golden brown.
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