Summer Maintenance Tips from M/I Homes

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M/I Homes Summer Maintenance Tips

M/I Homes Summer Maintenance Tips

M/I Homes Summer Maintenance

M/I Homes Summer Maintenance

Selling a House? 5 Reasons You Should Do It Now

Many are talking about why now is a great time to buy a home. Today, we want to look at why it might also be an opportune time to sell your house. Here are the Top 5 Reasons we believe now may be a perfect time to put your house on the market.

1.) Demand Is High

Homes are selling at the fastest pace since November 2009 when the market spiked in response to the home buyer tax credit. The most recent Existing Home Sales Report by the National Association of Realtors (NAR) showed that monthly sales increased 9.7% over the same month last year. Total sales have been above year-ago levels for 22 consecutive months. There are buyers out there right now (buyer traffic is 31 percent stronger than a year ago) and they are serious about purchasing.

2.) Supply Is Beginning to Increase

Total housing inventory last month rose 11.9% to 2.16 million homes for sale. This represents a 5.2-month supply at the current sales pace, compared with 4.3 months in January. Many expect inventory to continue to rise as more sellers escape the shackles of negative equity. Selling now while demand is high and before supply increases may garner you your best price.

3.) New Construction Is Coming Back

Over the last several years, most homeowners selling their home did not have to compete with a new construction project around the block. As the market is recovering, more and more builders are jumping back in. These ‘shiny’ new homes will again become competition as they are an attractive alternative for many purchasers.

4.) Interest Rates Are Rising

According to Freddie Mac’s Primary Mortgage Market Survey, interest rates for a 30-year mortgage have shot up to 3.98% which represents a jump of more than ½ point since the beginning of the year. Even those trying to be the voice of reason on this issue are projecting higher rates. For example, Polyana da Costa, senior mortgage analyst at Bankrate.com said:

“Rates are unlikely to keep going up so quickly and should remain below 5%.”

Whether you are moving up or moving down, your housing expense will be more a year from now if a mortgage is necessary to purchase your next home.

5.) It’s Time to Move On with Your Life

Look at the reason you are thinking about selling and decide whether it is worth waiting. Is the possibility of a few extra dollars more important than being with family; more important than your health; more important than having the freedom to go on with your life the way you think you should?

You already know the answers to the questions we just asked. You have the power to take back control of your situation by putting the house on the market today. The time may have come for you and your family to move on and start living the life you desire. That is what is truly important.

 

Source: The KCM Blog

INDY: Community Profile – Oak Ridge Crossing

One of our core values at M/I Homes Indianapolis is choice—providing homebuyers with a variety of selections when it comes to neighborhoods, amenities, price ranges, home design and interior options that are right for you. We believe we have the neighborhood and floorplan that fulfills every potential homeowner’s needs. Today, we want to share more information about one of our beautiful Indianapolis-area neighborhoods, Oak Ridge Crossing.

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It’s not surprising Oak Ridge Crossing is one of our leading neighborhoods in Indianapolis! Located in Westfield, this quiet, quaint neighborhood offers homes near Spring Mill Road. With beautiful community amenities like ponds, walking trails, and large home sites, living here is an easy choice to make. Enjoy the charming, yet spacious homes with open floor plans and plenty of yard space. Homeowners have easy access to I-465 so any person or family can enjoy weekend visits to downtown Indy. Oak Ridge Crossing offers new homes in the Westfield School District and are a part of the M/I Homes Prestige Series of homes with square footage ranging from 2,290 – 3,374 square feet. Prices in this community range from low $214K’s to about $265K.

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If you think Oak Ridge Crossing has everything you’re looking for, check out some of the move-in ready homes in this community or contact us for more information.

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Tips for Living in a Small Space with Pets (aka: Don’t Be the “Smelly House Friend”)

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We’ve all got friends like this (or maybe you’re the friend). You go over to their house, and it’s covered in pet hair and smells like a barn. There’s no reason to blame the pets in this instance — there are certainly things that you can do, even living in a small space, that will keep you from being the “smelly house friend.”

1. Invest in a good vacuum.
It doesn’t have to be expensive — just good. One of my favorites is the Bissel Bagless 12-Amp Upright Momentum Cyclonic, available at Loew’s for $99. That one served me well for years, until I traded it in for a Dyson DC24 Ball Upright ($299.99), which works like magic — but yes, it’s an investment. If you have a puppy, or an accident prone pet, look into some of the deep-cleaning, steam models like the Bissell 47A2 Deep Clean Premier Carpet Cleaner, $199.99. You’ll save yourself a lot of scrubbing! Plus, lots of vacuum companies make special animal hair versions as well for some extra help.

2. Have some helpers for when you don’t want to pull out the full-sized vacuum.
I have a Roomba iRobot that I program to run between cleanings (we’ve named her Rosie), and that definitely helps out in the pet hair department. These will cost you a pretty penny, however, so if you’re not in the market for that, consider a handheld dustbuster or even a Swiffer if you have hardwood floors.

3. Catbox got you down?
Make sure to clean it regularly or invest in a self-cleaning box that will scoop automatically after your cat uses it. Store the box in a space that is used primarily for that purpose only. What if you don’t have space? Consider these creative solutions for a prettier appearance and invest in a great air purifier to go right next to the box. Don’t try to use non-odor absorbing deodorizers or air fresheners. Trust me, you’ll just get used to the smell and won’t notice how grossly overpowering it actually is. Or put the box near a window that can be left cracked to filter out odors.

4. Bathe your pet! Brush its teeth (or let it chew on pet dental items)! Feed it a high-quality diet!
A healthy pet is a happy, non-smelly pet. You’d be shocked at what a high-quality diet can do for their skin, coat and digestive system (and you know what an unhealthy digestive system smells like!)

5. If you’re getting a new pet, look for a breed that is right for your space.
A non-shedding or smaller breed might be what’s right for the space you’re in. And no matter what breed you’re looking for, consider adoption first. There’s no need to go hunting for a purebred tiny. You’ll most likely find that one at the shelter anyway.

6. Designate a spot just for your pet.
They like that anyway! My chihuahua, Grady, has her little heating pad and blankets at the end of the couch, where no one else sits. Another option — get your buddy his own little bed on the floor. Regardless of where it is, make it your pet’s very own spot. You can clean/wash that area once a week to keep everything fresh, plus that will keep your friends’ clothes pet hair free when they come over.

Got tips of your own? We want to hear them!

(Image by Andie Powers)

source: Apartment Therapy

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