E-Newsletter June 2018

In This Issue
 Welcome to our e-newsletter "The Real Estate Corner." This newsletter is sent out the first week of every month. We wanted to provide a newsletter that provides current information on the real estate market, economy, tax tips, and more!  In addition, there are some fun things like golf tips, and recipes for your enjoyment. I hope you find these to be useful. If you wish not to receive this newsletter in the future, you can unsubscribe at the bottom. Enjoy!  
"Team Hearon" Returns To Keller Williams

It gives us great pleasure to announce our return to Keller Williams Realty.  Keller Williams International was ranked the #1 Real Estate franchise company for 2017 in sales, agent count, and number of transactions. If you are currently in a transaction with us, this will not affect your ability to close on time. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

Tips On How To Prepare Your Home To Sell

It becomes a beauty contest when you are selling your home and you want your to come in first place! Buyers start to evaluate a home as soon as they pull up to the curb. First impressions sets the standard. Here are a few tips to assist you to prepare your home.
Landscaping. Curb appeal is crucial to a good first impression, so make sure your home's lawn is manicured and edged. Prune the bushes, weed the garden, and plant flowers if necessary.

Home Exterior. There is nothing worse than pulling up to a home and seeing black mold all over the roof tiles or siding of the house. Sometimes a simple "pressure washing" will do the trick! Make sure the front door entry is free from debris. Buy a new welcome mat and make sure the numbers on your house are not faded. If they are, replace them!

Home Interior. Most of the time a fresh coat of paint (Neutral color) will not only give a great look to the interior, but will help if there are any bad odors throughout the house. When it comes to furniture and kitchen counter top appliances, less is better. Remove your clutter! This is 2018, not 2004, wallpaper with palm trees or pineapples is out!

Staging. Unless your home already looks like a new model home, I highly recommend seeking a "home stager/designer" or a talented realtor, to provide good sound advice on ways you can improve the interior of your home for both "marketability" and to maximize your home's value. A vacant home generally takes longer to sell, receive less in price, and sends a message to buyers that you might be desperate to sell! Remember, over 50% of all buyers start their home search on-line. Empty rooms do not show well on-line or in person!

According the National Association of Realtors, "Realtors believe that buyers most often offer a 1%- 5% increase on the value of a staged home (37% from realtors representing sellers and 32% from Realtors® representing buyers). Additionally, 22% of realtors representing sellers and 16% of Realtors® representing buyers said the increase is closer to 6%-10%."

Organize closets, drawers, and garage. Closets that are messy and cluttered give the appearance that there is not much storage space in the house.

Make repairs. In a buyer's market, you want your home to be in the best condition possible. Take care of major defects like broken windows or a leaky roof that could discourage buyers. On some of the older homes I list, I sometimes suggest a "pre-inspection," or even better on older homes offer a one-year home warranty. (Cost $400-$650) This can be well worth the money spent and give comfort to a buyer when negotiating after inspection.

Eliminate bad odors. Hide the litter box and spray air neutralizer throughout your home. When showing the home, fill it with inviting smells by putting out fresh flowers or burn a nice pleasant smelling candle.

River Strand Community May Updates:

In the month of May, 4 properties were sold in River Strand community ranging from $205,000- $485,000. Currently there are a combination of 30 single family homes, coach homes, villas, and condominiums available to purchase from $169,900 to $990,000 . 

If you, or you know of someone who is looking to sell, buy, or invest into real estate in the near future, please contact us at Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate. We appreciate the opportunity to assist you, your family, or friends with all your real estate needs!

Notes: All index returns (except S&P 500) exclude reinvested dividends, and the 5-year and 10-year returns are annualized. The total returns for the S&P 500 assume reinvestment of dividends on the last day of the month. This may account for differences between the index returns published on  Morningstar.com and the index returns published elsewhere. International performance is represented by the MSCI EAFE Index. Past performance is no guarantee of future results. Indices are unmanaged and cannot be invested into directly .

"A successful man is one who can lay a firm foundation  
with the bricks others have thrown at him."  

- David Brinkley

Philly Cheesesteak
Yields 4

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 medium onions
  • Kosher salt
  • Pepper
  • 1 small red pepper
  • 1 small green pepper
  • 1½ pounds sirloin steak
  • 4 ounces sliced American or provolone cheese
  • 4 hoagie or hero rolls
  1. In a large skillet, heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil over medium heat. Put in onions, add ¼ tablespoon each of salt and black pepper. Cover and cook for 8 minutes while stirring occasionally.
  2. Add sliced peppers. Cook, uncovered, until golden brown and tender, stirring occasionally, 6-8 minutes. Put vegetables in a bowl.
  3. Wipe out the skillet. Heat the rest of the olive oil over medium-high heat. Put steak in skillet.
  4. Use a ½ teaspoon each of salt and black pepper to season steak. Toss occasionally in the skillet until it is brown and cooked through, 3-4 minutes.
  5. Put the cheese on the steak. Cover and cook until the cheese melts, 2 minutes. Take the skillet off the heat and carefully mix cheese into the steak. 
  6. Make sandwiches with the hoagie rolls, the steak mixture, and the onions and peppers.

Recipe adapted from Good Housekeeping[7]


Who Collects IRS Debt? *

The IRS launched a program authorizing private agencies to collect certain overdue tax debts.    A federal law, passed by Congress in December 2015, grants the tax agency the authority to contract collections to outside companies .  

Taxpayers whose accounts have been assigned to collections will only be contacted by 1 of the companies, not all of them. No other private groups are authorized to represent the agency for collecting overdue taxes.  

The IRS always attempts to notify taxpayers before their accounts are transferred to private debt collectors. IRS notification letters include names and contact information of the debt collector, and a copy of   Publication 4518.  

Private collectors are required to identify themselves as IRS contractors attempting to collect tax debts. The private collectors may discuss payment options. Any payment arrangements, however, must be made payable to the U.S. Treasury.

The contractors will also only discuss ongoing IRS tax issues. The tax agency will have previously attempted to collect the debt with the taxpayer.  

Additional information can be found on the IRS website.

This information is not intended to be a substitute for specific individualized tax advice. We suggest that you discuss your specific tax issues with a qualified tax advisor.

Tip adapted from IRS.gov [8]
How to Begin Your Golf Swing

Everyone knows you have to start at the tee to play a round of golf. It's where the game begins. It's the same with your swing. Players don't just grab a club, step up, and whack the ball, hoping it lands in a nice place.

The golf swing takes some planning and some focus.  

Here is a good exercise to get you thinking about one of the most important aspects of golf:

Take a club, lay it on the ground, and point it in the direction of your swing.  

This part of the exercise helps you align your swing with your target. Since you won't actually be hitting a ball in this part of the exercise, you may choose whatever target you'd like.

Put your feet in line with your club. Place your feet shoulder-width apart. After grabbing another club with both hands, extend your arms fully and stand up straight. 
Bend your knees to lower the club as if you were preparing to address the ball.

Here's where it gets tricky. Don't move for a few moments. Listen to your breathing and your heartbeat.  

Are you breathing too quickly? Is your heart racing? Now inhale deeply; close your eyes. Why monitor your breathing? Slow, steady breathing helps you maintain your tempo.  

Open your eyes. Focus on the spot you were expecting to address the ball. This is the point where you can start thinking about your swing - the quiet, confident moment.  

Professionals understand - almost intuitively - when the time comes to hit the ball. Amateurs, on the other hand, spend too much time staring at the ball and overanalyzing the swing.  

When the time comes, hit the ball. Don't second-guess yourself.

Tip adapted from Golfweek[9]
How to Protect Your Health as You Get Older

David Bowie may have sung about the "Golden Years" in 1975 when he was 28. But the late English rocker's funk ballad stills echoes an endearing truth for those heading into their golden years today. How do you protect yourself from the injuries and illnesses that afflict us as we age? 

Here are some quick tips to help keep you healthy, strong, and independent:
  • Keep your mind and body active.
  • Eat healthy foods.
  • Get plenty of sleep.
  • Discuss your health with your doctor.
  • Take precautions to prevent accidents and falls.
Regular exercise and physical activity:
  • Reduces the risk of type 2 diabetes, heart disease, stroke, and some cancers.
  • Helps you to avoid falling. 
  • Enables you to live independently longer.
  • Improves your mood.

Material adapted from Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion [10]
The Secrets to a Green Picnic

Looking to have a green picnic - under a bright, blue sky, against the backdrop of a lush, green landscape? 

How do you make that outdoor meal more environmentally sensitive? Here are 8 steps for making your picnic fit perfectly into Mother Nature:
  1. Pack lots of local, in-season fruits, vegetables, and organic meats.
  2. Make your canvas grocery tote into a picnic basket.
  3. Find a picnic site accessible by biking, walking, or public transportation.
  4. Toss the bottles or cans and go with a cooler or a keg. Take along cups, reusable tins, or canisters.
  5. Take along washable cloth napkins or tablecloths. Old bed sheets work well.
  6. Use sunscreen and insect repellents made with fewer chemicals. 
  7. Turn your picnic plans green. Take along nature and wildlife field guides and some binoculars.
  8. Take your waste with you. Park animals may be attracted to leftover food in trashcans. 

Tip adapted from EarthShare[
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