Winterize Your House. Hose Bibs and Crawl Space Vents.

Most of the leaves have fallen.  The sky is dreary. Some houses have Christmas

Hose still attached?

decorations; yet pumpkins still exist.  And, yes, the city has put salt brine on the roads for tomorrow’s snow.  Winter is coming!  No, the dead are not attacking from north of the wall, but have you prepared your house for the cold weather.  Here are two common problems I have found looking at so many houses with buyers and sellers. 1) Not removing your garden hoses from the outside spigots and

Vents still open?

2) Not closing the vents/access to the crawlspace.

 

 

 

Remove Your Garden Hoses or Risk Broken Pipes!

You may or may not have used the garden hose the whole year and forgotten it hidden

Remove hoses from Spigots

behind the bushes.  But, it is about to become a means to burst your pipes in the cold weather.  A garden hose filled with frozen water becomes a heat sink to freeze the water inside the faucet pipes and cause them to burst!   Ahh, but I have anti-freeze spigots and this does not affect me.  Wrong!  Anti-freeze spigots do not work if the hose is still attached.  An anti-freeze spigot is designed to have the shutoff valve inside the house (or basement / crawlspace) to prevent water from being exposed to freezing temperatures.  But if the hose is still attached then frozen water will extend from the hose into the spigot.  The frozen water then has a chance to burst the pipes inside.  Remove your garden hoses and allow the anti-freeze spigot to work.

Anti-freeze hose bibs have the valve inside to prevent frozen water from bursting pipes.

If you leave hoses attached, the water inside the spigot can freeze and burst pipes.

Shut the Crawlspace Vents and Make Sure the Access is Shut!

Close the crawlspace vents.

If you have a crawlspace, then you have openings to keep the space ventilated in the summer to prevent stagnant air during the warm months.  Now, during the winter months, these vents and openings should be shut to prevent freezing temperatures in the crawlspace.  Similar to the hose bib issue, we do not want any pipes to freeze and we want you to spend less on winter heating bills.

 

Consider adding optional vent covers.

 

Make Sure the Crawlspace Access is Shut

 

 

 

 

 

Cheers, Eric.

Team Howlett Residential Real Estate, TeamHowlett.com

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Arbor Chase Real Estate News

In the last 12 months, 35 houses have sold in the Arbor Chase market area.

As of Jan 15 2014, 35 homes sold in the Arbor Chase market area over the last 12 months based upon statistics from the Lafayette Board of Realtors. Over 50% of the houses sold were new construction. Sold prices ranged from $197,500 to $476,500.  Average sold price was $309,206.

Arbor Chase has been one of the most sought after sub-divisions in the Greater Lafayette

Arbor Chase Sub-division. Excellent real estate location, schools and homes in West Lafayette IN

area.  Close to everything in West Lafayette and featuring excellent schools, walking trails, and parks.  The new street lights are a nice addition as well.

7 Active Houses for Sale. There are 3 new construction houses and 4 resale houses for sale in Arbor Chase.  Since on average  2.9 houses sell per month, this equates to approximately 2.4 months of inventory.  Now, this includes new construction inventory, which will start to wind down.  But, even just taking into account resale houses, there is only 3 months of inventory.  Anything less than 4 months of inventory means the market is not saturated.  Good news!

Team Howlett, Meg & Eric, are your local real estate experts. Plus, we actually live in Arbor Chase.

Average Days on Market was 55 Days.  With over 50% of the houses sold being new construction, this number may not be accurate.  The  average market time for all of Tippecanoe County is 71 days. Having the house properly prepared and staged always helps reduce the time on market.

Only 1 empty lot left in Arbor Chase.  After years of development, new construction is winding down.  Out of the approximate 342 lots, the last lot is getting ready for construction.  There are a couple of houses under

A beautiful sunset just before a major snow storm.

construction on Farnsworth Dr.  Soon, work vehicles and disruptions will be a thing of the past.

Call Meg or Eric for a Free market analysis of your house.  We’d love to help.  Team Howlett was the #1 Team at Coldwell Banker Shook in 2013 for # of transactions. We helped clients buy or sell 95 houses in 2013.

Meg, Associate Broker, Realtor, Coldwell Banker Shook, 765-414-6531

Eric, Associate Broker, Realtor, Coldwell Banker Shook, 765-414-1795

 

 

Team Howlett: Helping You Buy or Sell Real Estate.  We Care.

Providing Our Sellers with Free Staging, Innovative Marketing, and Detailed Support

We don’t just list your house.. we actively help you sell it!  Starting with pre-market preparation including FREE staging, we are with you through the entire real estate process.  We have the most innovative marketing in the county with a house specific webpage, superior photos, HD video, google ads, open house campaigns, social media, print ads, etc. And finally, we monitor every step until closing.

Providing Our Buyers with Passionate Customer Care and Detailed Market Knowledge

We are here to help you find your new house..as long as it takes!  As your buyer agent, Meg loves working with clients to find their new home.  After getting to know you and your needs, Meg will look daily for any real estate that may fit your criteria.  We’ll show you as many houses as you would like and give you our honest opinion.    Then, we’ll help you all the way until you get the keys.

Examples of staging provided Free by Team Howlett:

Furniture and Decorative item provided free for our sellers by Team Howlett. We don’t just list houses, we actively help sell them.

Dining Room set staged with furniture and decorative items for free by Team Howlett.

Team Howlett: Meg Howlett, 765-414-6531, mhowlett@shook.comEric Howlett, 765-414-1795, ehowlett@shook.com, Broker Associates, Realtors, Coldwell Banker Shook

Free Staging and Innovative Marketing Help You Sell Your Home

Team Howlett‘s new service of free home staging tied to honest home improvement recommendations, superior photographs, focused internet ads, and open house campaigns has really helped sell homes in the Lafayette / West Lafayette Indiana market area.  Our sellers have been extremely pleased with the offers received and how quick they have been sold.  Here are a few recent examples:

List $322,500. Was For Sale by Owner in U Farms for several months. Team Howlett helped get the house market ready with a deep clean and staging the DR, LR, Kitchen, Dinette, Bathrooms, and MBR. All furniture and decorative items provided for free. Listed and sold in 4 days.

 

 

List $249,000. This house was on the market for over 6 months last year with another agency. Expired. We provided repair recommendations and management for out of town sellers. The sellers agreed to paint the exterior and the dining room. Team Howlett staged the FR, DR, Kitchen, Bathrooms with furniture and decorative items for free. Superior photos and video were taken and marketed. Sold in 10 days. Closed.

 

 

List $135,000. House was For Sale by Owner for over 6 months. We worked with the sellers to prepare the house by removing old wallpaper, painting, and uncovering beautiful hard wood floors. With our staging furniture and decorative items, the photographs and video came out great. After listing, we held an Open House along with sending out 600 postcards to the neighborhood. Sold in 27 days. Pending.

 

List $135,000. Listed and staged by Team Howlett. Superior photos and marketing. Accepted offer in 6 days over the New Years week. We are full time real estate agents and work all the time. Pending.

Call us today if you would like a free market analysis.  We don’t just list houses.. we actively help sell them.  Meg Howlett, 765-414-6531. Eric Howlett, 765-414-1795

Team Howlett Real Estate, Relators, Coldwell Banker Shook.

Real Estate News. University Farm, West Lafayette IN

UNIVERSITY FARM: LOW INVENTORY

In the last 12 months, 19 houses have sold in the University Farm market area.

As of Dec 20, 2013, 19 homes sold in the University Farm market area over the last 12 months based upon statistics from the Lafayette Board of Realtors. Team Howlett, Meg & Eric,  Realtors with Coldwell Banker Shook, contributed 3 (or 15.7%). Sold prices ranged from $133,000 to $393,000.  Average sold price was $257,000.

U Farms is a mature neighborhood.

University Farm continues to be a desired location to buy real estate.  As a newer, yet mature, sub-division with wonderful houses in the West Lafayette School District, U Farms is a choice location for many home buyers.

Only 3 Active Listings. 3 houses is a low inventory.  Since on average 1.58 houses sell per month, this equates to approximately 2 months of inventory.  Anything less than 4 months of inventory is low.  And, 2 out of the 3 actives have been on the market for a long time, which indicates that they may be overpriced for their features.

Average Days on Market was 18 Days.  With the low inventory and desirable houses, it is no wonder that homes for sale turn quickly (if they are priced correctly).  The  average market time for all of Tippecanoe County is 71 days. Having the house properly prepared and staged always helps reduce the time on market.

7 out of the 19 went pending in the Winter months of 2012 / 2013. We hear

Christmas Lights cheer up Winter Days by Eric Howlett

 

concerns from owners about putting their house on the market during the winter.  In last 12 months, approx 1/3 of the houses sold received an accepted offer in the winter months.  With low inventory and people looking to move into the area, it is a good time to sell.

Team Howlett: Helping You Buy or Sell Real Estate.  We Care. www.TeamHowlett.com

Providing Our Sellers with Free Staging, Innovative Marketing, and Detailed Support

We don’t just list your house.. we actively help you sell it!  Starting with pre-market preparation including FREE staging, we are with you the entire real estate process.  Team

Staging by Team Howlett

Howlett has the most innovative marketing program in the county with a house specific webpage, superior photos, HD video, google ads, open house campaigns, social media, print ads, etc. And finally, we monitor every step until closing.

Providing Our Buyers with Passionate Customer Care and Detailed Market Knowledge

We are here to help you find your new house..as long as it takes!  As your buyer agent, Meg loves working with clients to find their new home.  After getting to know you and your needs, Meg will look daily for any real estate that may fit your criteria.  We’ll show you as many houses as you would like and give you our honest opinion.    Then, we’ll help you all the way until you get the keys.  Please call 765-414-6531. We’d love to help!

Meg, Helping Clients Buy Homes in Lafayette / West Lafayette Indiana. Your local real estate agent.

Meg, 765-414-6531, mhowlett@shook.com  and                                                           Eric, 765-414-1795, ehowlett@shook.com

www.TeamHowlett.com

Home Staging Works & It’s Free w/ Team Howlett

When a buyer walks into your house, they are looking for the space and layout for their next home.  It’s really surprising, but people can not help seeing the furniture and the  decor.  The National Association of Realtors (NAR) conducted a survey and found that staging a vacant home or properly staging a lived-in home will sell the house faster and at a higher price.

Home Staging for Free

Team Howlett Provides Furniture and Decor Items for Free!

There are a couple of basic issues to address.  The basic home staging needs to follow Clean, Clear, and Organized. If it is an older house, then some new furniture / decorative items will give the house a new feel. We have had stunning results from our staging!

Homes for Sale West Lafayette, See Home Staging by Team Howlett

An empty room does not illicit a strong response.

Team Howlett (Meg and Eric) will review your home and give you advice about needed cosmetic repairs and staging.  We have a warehouse of staging furniture to help you.  We will provide the furniture and decorative items for FREE.  It is just part of the services we provide for our commission, which is not paid unless the house sells.

There are a lot of houses that don’t have overhead lighting. Staging helps with that too!

Home for Sale in West Lafayette

After staging, the home looks move-in-ready! The furniture softens the lines.