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58 Oak Valley Dr Spring Hill TN Home for Sale

Posted by Steve Manley on November 13, 2014 at 5:55 PM Comments comments (0)

 

 

 

Welcome To 58 Oak Valley Dr Spring Hill TN

Oak Lake Estates

 

Welcome to 58 Oak Valley Dr in Spring Hill TN located in beautiful Oak Lake Estates.

 

The owners have kept the home in meticulous condition and have made a number of updates and upgrades to make this a great place to call home.

 

The home has approximately 2237 square feet of living area, has three bedrooms, 2 and a half (2.5) baths, 2 car garage and is conveniently located to shopping, dinning and entertainment. The location offers quick access to I-65 and is just minutes away from Franklin, Cool Springs and I-840.

 

 

This home is not only beautiful, it is one that is move in ready and gives the buyer additional value and piece of mind as, along with exterior siding, the air conditioning unit is only six years old. Additional recent updates include new paint, hardwood flooring, new floor vents, new "Phantom" screen door leading to deck and new oiled bronze hardware on interior doors.

 

 

The kitchen offers plenty of cabinet space and lots of room to maneuver about and has a nice pantry and a new faucet at the sink. The updated hardwood floors make it easy to keep nice and clean and the kitchen has a great eat in area as well. A pedestrian door leads out onto the large rear deck making it easy to entertain guests inside and out.

 

 

 

The formal dinning area is located just off the kitchen and also features hardwood floors, the home has also recently had all new light fixtures installed and the owners have had the AC unit serviced each year. New spring & rubber gasket on garage door also are a testament to the homeowners care of this home.

 

 

The living room is a great space with high ceilings and gas burning fireplace making it a very inviting place to spend with family and friends enjoying that quiet movie or high-fiving during the game.

 

 

The utility room is on the lower level and doing the laundry just got a lot easier with sink and plenty of cabinet space. Having a separate space with storage to keep the family in clean clothes is something many will find to be a true upgrade.

 

 

The master bedroom and bath are on the lower level of the home and the room is very large, has lots of natural lighting and wall space for you large bedroom pieces.

 

The closet features custom shelving and hanging rods, a great help in keeping everything organized and getting ready for the day less stressful. The master bath features double bowl vanities, nice big whirlpool tub and separate stand up shower.

 

 

The guest/children's bedrooms offer plenty of room and are as clean as a whistle waiting for the new occupants to call it home.

 

 

Family and guests are sure to enjoy the bonus room on the upper level. Updated carpets are underfoot and there is a huge closet in the room as well, allowing for the use as a possible bedroom. Multiple uses gives the new homeowner multiple options to get the very best use of the space for their particular needs.

 

 

The home sits on a great 1.34 acre lot with mature trees and nice landscaping. The backyard is going to be a place where many happy days and fun splashing in the sun are to be had.  The huge deck and gas grille are going to have everyone looking forward to those warm weekends with family and friends. The pool area is fenced and the pool has been updated with a new liner and pump approximately one year ago.

 

This home has a very attractive price and will not last long. Oak Lake is a great community that many find a great place to call home and you are sure to enjoy this warm home and great location.

 

Schedule a time to come and look at this home - you will be glad you did. You can reach us at 931-215-8987. We look forward to your visit.

 

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Now is the time to be in the market, whether you are selling or buying, the deals are here and for sellers, this is a great time to attract buyers. The rates for buyers are at historic lows and there is demand in our market. If you are a seller, you don't want to wait until interest rates go back up pushing more buyers out of the market.

 

Please feel free to contact me for a free report and evaluation for your property, neighborhood or project.

 

Schedule a showing by clicking here.

 

Spring Hill TN Real Estate - Steve Manley of EXIT Realty Music City
Our Team is part of Exit Realty in and around Franklin and Spring Hill Tennessee. We are a dedicated group of talented agents specializing in all aspects of Real Estate from Land/Lots to Estate homes. Our Team can help you Sell your home or help you find the right home in Williamson County and the surrounding Nashville area. Agents Steve Manley, Destiny Holmes & Jim Pewitt and the rest of the team will make sure you get the BEST Price if selling and the BEST Deal if buying. Please don't hesitate to call one of our talented agents: we won't let you down. (931) 215-8987

 

 

222 Malibu Canyon Dr Columbia TN Home for Sale

Posted by Steve Manley on November 1, 2014 at 11:10 AM Comments comments (0)

 

 

Welcome To 222 Malibu Canyon Dr Columbia TN

Affordable living, a nice home and great location is what you will find at 222 Malibu Canyon Dr in Columbia TN. The home is located in the Malibu Canyon Villas and features 3 bedrooms, 2 full baths and sits on 1.12 acres.

 

The homes is on a quiet street and offers quick access to shopping, dining, schools, hospitals. Located very close to Hwy 412, the location provides a quick ride to Spring Hill, Franklin & Cool Springs areas as well as I-840.

 

 

The kitchen features plenty of cabinets and vinyl flooring and there is plenty of room to move about and eat a great meal with a large group. There is also a door leading out from the kitchen area to the large deck making it very easy to serve guests inside and out.

 

 

 

The large living room features plenty of space along the wall for your large furniture pieces, ample natural lighting a great space to gather with family and friends.

 

 

The Master Bedroom has plenty of room, carpeting on the floor and bay windows offering a lot of natural light. The master bath features plenty of space to get ready for the day.

 

 

The guest/kids bedrooms offer plenty of room with nice closets and carpets on the floor. Each room in the home has plenty of natural lighting and having all the square footage on one level is a great feature as well, no steps.

 

 

The back yard has plenty of room for all members of the family to run around and have fun and there is a storage shed to keep it all neat and tidy.

 

The home is currently zoned for the J. R. Baker Elementary, Whitthorne Middle and the Columbia Central High School Districts. According to current tax records the homes property taxes are currently just $1833.81 per year. This home has a great price and will not last long. It is offered below current appraised value and will not last long.. Please give us a call for further information at 931-215-8987

Now is the time to be in the market, whether you are selling or buying, the deals are here and for sellers, this is a great time to attract buyers. The rates for buyers are at historic lows and there is demand in our market. If you are a seller, you don't want to wait until interest rates go back up pushing more buyers out of the market.

Please feel free to contact me for a free report and evaluation for your property, neighborhood or project.

Schedule a showing by clicking here.

 

Columbia TN Real Estate - Steve Manley of EXIT Realty Music City
Our Team is part of Exit Realty in and around Franklin, Spring Hill and Columbia, Tennessee. We are a dedicated group of talented agents specializing in all aspects of Real Estate from Land/Lots to Estate homes. Our Team can help you Sell your home or help you find the right home in Williamson County and the surrounding Nashville area. Agents Steve Manley, Jim Pewit, Destiny Holmes, and the rest of the team will make sure you get the BEST Price if selling and the BEST Deal if buying. Please don't hesitate to call one of our talented agents: we won't let you down. (931) 215-8987.

1758 Witt Way Dr Spring Hill TN Home for Sale

Posted by Steve Manley on October 24, 2014 at 6:10 PM Comments comments (0)

 

 

Welcome To 1758 Witt Way Dr Spring Hill TN

 

Welcome to 1758 Witt Way Drive in Spring Hill TN, this brick home is located in the Witt Hill Subdivision on the Williamson County side of town.

The home has approximate 2215 square feet of living area, three bedrooms, 2 full baths, 1 half bath and an over sized 2 car garage. The in ground pool will make the summer months a delight. Located just off the Main Street, the location offers a great variety of nearby shopping, dinning and many different types of services. Quick access to I-65 makes the drive to Franklin, Cool Springs and I-840 a snap.

 

This home has been updated and the home owners have this home in great shape, move in ready have made this a great place to call home. Updates include all new lighting fixtures, new paint through out, all new carpets, new pedestrian doors to the garage and interior doors have new rubbed oil hardware as well.

 

 

The chef of the home is going to find plenty of room in the kitchen to move about, plenty of counter top space and the adjacent dinning area makes serving great meals easy and fast. All new appliance package means all you have to do is bring your groceries. Just off the kitchen is the large utility room area, it also includes extra storage and a pantry.

 

 

 

The large living room features great wood flooring, stone gas burning fireplace and plenty of room for family and friends to and watch the game. Wood flooring, with fantastic view of the in-ground pool out back and has it's own access to the large deck out back. Lot's of windows provide a lot of natural lighting as well.

 

 

The upper level of the home is accessible via two separate stair cases, at the top of one is the large master bedroom is and can accommodate large bedroom pieces and the master bath has ample room along with a separate make up table to help make it a breeze to get ready for the day.

 

 

 

The guest bedrooms are ready for your family or friends and are both clean as a whistle with new carpeting and light fixtures. One of the guest/kids bedrooms has a walk in closet as well.

 

 

The huge bonus room features two closets as well, this would allow also for multiple uses including use as a fourth bedroom, it is also accessible with it's own staircase and has another door to separate the bonus room from the rest of the upper level.

 

 

Be ready to be inspired to have some great times on the huge deck and around the pool. A great place to enjoy the mornings, evenings, weekends and just about any other time. Plenty of room for entertaining, cooking out and enjoying lot's of fun in the splashing around in the sun.

 

Schedule a time to come and look at this home - you will be glad you did. You can reach us at 615-538-7490. We look forward to your visit.

 

Now is the time to be in the market, whether you are selling or buying, the deals are here and for sellers, this is a great time to attract buyers. The rates for buyers are at historic lows and there is demand in our market. If you are a seller, you don't want to wait until interest rates go back up pushing more buyers out of the market.

 

Please feel free to contact me for a free report and evaluation for your property, neighborhood or project.

Schedule a showing by clicking here.

Spring Hill TN Real Estate - Steve Manley of EXIT Realty Music City
Our Team is part of Exit Realty in and around Franklin and Spring Hill Tennessee. We are a dedicated group of talented agents specializing in all aspects of Real Estate from Land/Lots to Estate homes. Our Team can help you Sell your home or help you find the right home in Williamson County and the surrounding Nashville area. Agents Steve Manley, Destiny Holmes, Jim Pewitt and the rest of the team will make sure you get the BEST Price if selling and the BEST Deal if buying. Please don't hesitate to call one of our talented agents: we won't let you down. (615) 538-7490

Wine Tasting in Columbia MD

Posted by Blanco Drummond on October 1, 2014 at 10:15 AM Comments comments (0)

Do you want to learn more about wine? Taste & compare affordable red and white wines at under the tutelage of Eric Stein from Decanter Fine Wines at our annual wine tasting event.


The Village of Hickory Ridge will sponsor an evening of wine tasting and education at The Hawthorn Center. Tickets are $15 per person (adults over age 21 only).  Also, we will provide cheeses, bread, crackers and snacks to add to the party atmosphere.


You will meet other Hickory Ridge residents, enjoy a relaxing evening out, and learn something as well! Please register online in advance at:  http//bit.ly/1010wine


When:   Friday October 10th 7:30pm-9:30pm

Where:  The Hawthorn Center 6175 Sunny Spring, Columbia, MD


Popular Neighborhoods in Columbia, MD are: Long Reach & Hickory Ridge


 

Columbia MD Listings for Sale and Real Estate Services--Blanco Drummond.


Blanco is your real estate expert for Columbia, Ellicott City, Fulton & Russett, MD.  You now have free access to the Ultimate Real Estate Search Engine!  Call me today and let's discuss how I can help you save when you buy, invest or sell real estate.  Exit Bennett Realty (301) 455 4047.


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If you're planning to sell your home in the near future, nothing is more important than knowing a fair asking price. I’d like to provide you with a FREE Market Analysis. I'll use comparable sold and active listings to help you determine the accurate market value of your home.

2113 Loudenslager Dr Thompsons Station TN Home for Sale

Posted by Steve Manley on August 13, 2014 at 4:05 PM Comments comments (0)

 

Welcome To 2113 Loudenslager Dr Thompsons Station TN

 

 

Welcome to 2113 Loudenslager Dr in Thompsons Station TN. This very nice move in ready home sits on a great lot in the Loopers Landing subdivision.

 

Originally built in 2002, the home features 3 bedrooms, two full baths, two car garage and has approximately 1452 square feet of living area. The location allows for quick access to Franklin, Cool Springs, Spring Hill, great shopping and plenty of dinning options.

 

 

 

The kitchen area is spacious, has a generous amount of counter top space, plenty of cabinets and the pantry is a great place to store additional items. The chef of the home will have ample room to move around to prepare great meals and the pass through window makes serving guests a snap.

 

 

 

 

The living room area is a very large space, features great like new carpeting and the space is large enough to have the whole crowd over to watch the big game or the whole family spread out and and watch a family favorite. There is a great wall space for your large furniture pieces as well.

 

 

The master bedroom is very large, features trey ceiling, super clean and comfortable carpeting under your feet. Plenty of wall space to accommodate those large bedroom pieces. The master bath is great, features a stand up shower, deep whirlpool tub and double bowl vanity with lots of draws for storage and helping keep everything nice and neat.

 

 

The additional two bedrooms of the home are located just by the full bath, offer plenty of room, ceiling fan package, nice carpets and ample closet space. There is a separate laundry area with plenty of room and space to get the work done without taking up space in another room.

 

 

The back yard is a great space for all of the family members and the lot backs up to a great tree line. The back deck is a great spot to grille the perfect hamburgers and other family treats. The home offers additional space underneath for some storage and ease of getting around under the home. The lot features mature trees, nice landscaping and does not require too much maintenance.

 

The area has proven to be a desirable place for folks to live, the home is located just off of Buckner Rd and Loopers Landing is just adjacent to Crowne Pointe.

 

Schedule a time to come and look at this home - you will be glad you did. You can reach us or have your agent reach us at 615-538-7490. We look forward to your visit.

 

Now is the time to be in the market, whether you are selling or buying, the deals are here and for sellers, this is a great time to attract buyers. The rates for buyers are at historic lows and there is demand in our market. If you are a seller, you don't want to wait until interest rates go back up pushing more buyers out of the market.

 

Please feel free to contact me for a free report and evaluation for your property, neighborhood or project.

Schedule a showing by clicking here

 

Thompsons Station TN Real Estate - Steve Manley of EXIT Realty Music City
Our Team is part of Exit Realty in and around Nashville Tennessee and the surrounding area. We are a dedicated group of talented agents specializing in all aspects of Real Estate from Land/Lots to Estate homes. Our Team can help you Sell your home or help you find the right home in the Nashville area. Agents Steve Manley, Destiny Holmes, Jim Pewitt, and the rest of the team will make sure you get the BEST Price if selling and the BEST Deal if buying. Please don't hesitate to call one of our talented agents: we won't let you down. (615) 538-7490.

 

152 Carnavon Pkwy Nashville TN Home for Sale

Posted by Steve Manley on July 25, 2014 at 12:00 AM Comments comments (0)

 

Welcome To 152 Carnavon Pkwy Nashville TN

 

 

Welcome to 152 Carnavon Pkwy in Nashville TN.  This home represents a fantastic opportunity to purchase a fantastic property for a very affordable price and update the home to your personal tastes. The Westmeade area of Nashville is an area that many people have found a great place to call home.

 

Originally built in 1964, the home features 3 to 4 bedrooms, three full baths, two car carport and has approximately 3093 square feet of living area. The location in Westmeade Park allows for quick access to area interstates, shopping, dinning and much more.

 

The homes price reflects that it is an opportunity to purchase in the area Westmead Park area and update the home. An adjacent property, updated, sold for over $550,000 recently.

 

 

The kitchen area currently set up with an eat in area and has room enough for expansion and redesign. There are great built in's that may work for your redesign or offer some great ideas for your vision.

 

 

 

The great room area in this home is an outstanding space. There are so many possibilities to create a truly wonderful room for guests and entertaining. The room is 21x26 in size and could also encompass a great formal dinning area with a little planning and designing.

 

 

The master bedroom is also a very large space. Currently carpeted and featuring a full bath with standup shower, the master also invites the designer in you to take advantage the opportunity to create your own to your personal tastes. Also has private entrance to the rear patio.

 

 

The other two rooms being used as bedrooms, are spacious, currently carpeted and ready for updating, one of them with it's own full bath.

 

 

In the lower level of the home, just as you enter the home from the carport, there are two rooms ready for your personal touch. One space has been used recently been as an office area. The room does feature a closet and windows, so making this into a studio apartment or 4th bedroom looks to be a great potential option.

 

The other separate space adjacent is where the utility room has been located. This space is large enough to accommodate a utility room and perhaps a bath as well. The plumbing is there allowing for some creative options.

 

 

The home sits on a fantastic .64 acre corner lot, with mature trees, right on the corner of Carnavon Pkwy and Ellwood Ct, having a home on the corner of two quiet no pass through streets is a great feature of this home.

 

 

The back yard has a great patio, mature trees and plenty of room for all of the two, three and four legged members of the family to move around and have some fun.

 

The location is great, the layout of the home allows for almost endless possibilities when it comes to your vision of a "Dream Home" The lot is fantastic and Westmeade Springs is a place that many folks have found to be a special place to call home.

 

 

Schedule a time to come and look at this home - you will be glad you did. You can reach us or have your agent reach us at 615-538-7490. We look forward to your visit.

 

Now is the time to be in the market, whether you are selling or buying, the deals are here and for sellers, this is a great time to attract buyers. The rates for buyers are at historic lows and there is demand in our market. If you are a seller, you don't want to wait until interest rates go back up pushing more buyers out of the market.

 

Please feel free to contact me for a free report and evaluation for your property, neighborhood or project.

 

Schedule a showing by clicking here.

 

Nashville TN Real Estate - Steve Manley of EXIT Realty Music City
Our Team is part of Exit Realty in and around Nashville Tennessee and the surrounding area. We are a dedicated group of talented agents specializing in all aspects of Real Estate from Land/Lots to Estate homes. Our Team can help you Sell your home or help you find the right home in the Nashville area. Agents Steve Manley, Destiny Holmes, Jim Pewit and the rest of the team will make sure you get the BEST Price if selling and the BEST Deal if buying. Please don't hesitate to call one of our talented agents: we won't let you down. (615) 538-7490.

 

2920 Torrence Trl Spring Hill TN Home for Sale

Posted by Steve Manley on July 21, 2014 at 7:25 PM Comments comments (0)

Welcome To 2920 Torrence Trl Spring Hill TN

Look no further than 2920 Torrence Trl if you looking for a home with a great location, nice lot and sitting at the end of a quiet street in beautiful Spring Hill TN.

 

The home is located in the Cochran Trace Subdivision and offers a fantastic opportunity for home owner and investor alike. This home features 3 bedrooms, 2 full baths and a one car garage.

 

The homes sits on a great lot on a quiet street and offers quick access to shopping, dining, schools, hospitals. Located just off of I-65, the location also provides a quick ride to Spring Hill, Franklin & Cool Springs areas as well as I-840.

 

The kitchen features plenty of cabinets and laminate flooring. There is a pantry and the utility area is just off the kithchen by the pedestrian door leading out to the garage area of the home. The eat in area/dinning area is located of to the opposite side of the kitchen with the laminate flooring making clean up nice and easy.

 

 

 

The large living room features vaulted ceilings, plenty of space along the wall for your large furniture pieces and clean up is easy with tile flooring. Pedestrian door leads out onto the back deck.

 

 

The Master Bedroom is huge and has trey ceilings, carpeting on the floor and a large walk in closet. The master bath features double bowl vanities, stand up shower and nice big deep tub to relax and take away the day's stress.

 

 

The guest/kids bedrooms offer plenty of room with nice closets and carpets on the floor. Each room in the home has plenty of natural lighting and having all the square footage on one level is a great feature as well, no steps.

 

 

The back yard is fenced and features some great surprises for the whole family. There is another "Guest House" for the kids that can also be used as storage. It is even air conditioned and ready for "Occupancy". There is also another great destination with a play set just waiting for some happy young folks to enjoy.

 

Schedule a time to come and look at this home - you will be glad you did. You can reach us at 615-538-7490. We look forward to your visit.

 

Spring Hill TN Real Estate - Steve Manley of EXIT Realty Music City
Our Team is part of Exit Realty in and around Franklin and Columbia, Tennessee. We are a dedicated group of talented agents specializing in all aspects of Real Estate from Land/Lots to Estate homes. Our Team can help you Sell your home or help you find the right home in Williamson County and the surrounding Nashville area. Agents Steve Manley, Destiny Holmes, and the rest of the team will make sure you get the BEST Price if selling and the BEST Deal if buying. Please don't hesitate to call one of our talented agents: we won't let you down. (615) 538-7490.

Five Ways to Increase Your Energy

Posted by bubucuo on July 16, 2014 at 11:20 PM Comments comments (0)

Do you want to stop feeling tired all the time and discover the keys to boosting your energy level?We effectively 'burn' carbohydrate, releasing the sun's energy within enzyme manufacturers, with oxygen, which comes from the breath. With more oxygen, people feel more energised and the simplest way to increase your intake of oxygen is through certain breathing techniques.At a subtler level the breath has a central role to play in both the traditions of the East, that focus on generating vital energy known as chi or ki, and the Indian tradition of yoga for generating prana. There are specific vital energy generating exercises that do this.However, before the carbohydrate you eat gets to meet oxygen for the final energy-making reaction, the 'fuel' has to be prepared and broken down, step by step. This is done by a sequence of enzymes that depend on a whole family of nutrients, especially B vitamins and vitamin C, as well as the minerals iron, zinc and magnesium. Chromium also plays a vital role in stabilising glucose (digested carbohydrate) supply to cells.
At the same time the energy within glucose is released within the energy factories (called mitochondria) inside every cell, so too are millions of harmful oxidant by-products. The ability to continually disarm these with antioxidants, and particularly an antioxidant called catalase suppliers, makes a big difference to how you feel. These are the energy nutrients. If all these keep your engine running, so to speak, adrenal hormones are the accelerator, working closely with thyroid hormones, to control your energy level. These are the energy hormones, and they too are made from specific nutrients, primarily amino acids derived from protein.Understanding how to keep these in balance is an important part of the energy equation. All this is one side of the equation. The other is how you expend energy and how to conserve it. Together, these make up the five critical factors for increasing your energy. So let's take a close look at what this means for you.
All carbohydrate is broken down into glucose and the earliest thinking in nutrition is that you'd get the most energy by eating glucose-rich foods, hence 'A Mars a day helps you work, rest and play'. In our Optimum Nutrition UK survey of 37,000 people, we found the reverse to be true – those people who ate the most sugar and refined carbohydrates had the lowest energy levels. Meanwhile, those following a low-GL diet designed to maintain a constant, steady supply of glucose into the bloodstream, report big increases in energy. The three golden rules, are to eat 40 to 60 GLs a day, combine protein with carbohydrate, and Heat stable Alpha-Amylase rather than gorge, eating little and often. My book The Low GL Diet Bible explains exactly how to do this. Also try Get Up & Go a high-energy breakfast shake which is perfectly balanced for a low-GL start to your day.The first important energy nutrient is chromium. It makes insulin work properly and is associated with increasing energy, improving mood and reducing sugar cravings. Some studies also report weight loss in overweight people. While an adequate daily intake is 50mcg, only levels of 500mcg or more work for stabilising blood sugar in diabetics. If you are not diabetic, but do have sugar cravings, I'd recommend 200mcg of chromium a day, although there's no harm in trying double this and seeing if it makes a bigger difference.

Existing Home Sales Heat Up in June

Posted by Matthew T. Smoot on July 14, 2014 at 3:45 PM Comments comments (0)

Existing Home Sales Heat Up in June

Homebuyers battling tight inventory, tough lending standards, and competing offers from all-cash buyers got a bit of a break in June as more sellers put their homes on the market.

June's 4.9% month-over-month gain in the number of single-family homes, townhomes, condominiums and co-ops for sale was the highest monthly rise since August 2011 (5.5%).

Despite that growth in the number of homes for sale, the median U.S. existing-home price continued to rise, reaching $213,400 in June. That’s up 5.1% from a year ago, data from the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® show.

NAR Chief Economist Lawrence Yun said current sales activity is rebounding after the lackluster first quarter. “Homebuyers are benefiting from slower price growth due to the much-needed, rising inventory levels seen since the beginning of the year,” he said. “Moreover, sales were helped by the improving job market and the temporary but slight decline in mortgage rates.”

Having more existing homes for sale might slow the pace at which home prices are rising, depending on how many new homes are built, said Yun. “The amount of homes for sale is still modestly below a balanced market. Therefore, new home construction is still needed to keep prices and housing supply healthy in the long run,” he added.

Earlier this month, NAR reported new-home construction activity is currently insufficient in most of the U.S. Some states could face persistent housing shortages and affordability issues unless housing starts increase to match up with local job creation.

At the current sales pace, it would take 5.6 months to sell the 2.28 million existing homes currently for sale. That’s down a bit from the 5.7-month supply of homes on the market last month. By comparison, there were 2.15 million existing homes for sale at this time last year.

Fewer Distressed Sales

The proportion of home sales involving distressed sellers (foreclosures or short sales) dropped quite a bit in June. Only 8% of June sales were foreclosures and 3% were short sales, where a home was sold for less than what was owed on the mortgage. Combined, the 11% of sales that were distressed last month is much lower than the 18% of sales that were distressed in May.

Distressed sales influence home sales prices. Foreclosures sold for an average discount of 18% below market value in June, while short sales were discounted 11%.

First-Time Buyers to Benefit from Larger Inventory

Housing fundamentals are showing slight improvement in markets across the country, said NAR President Steve Brown.

“Many potential buyers were left on the sidelines beginning last summer as affordability declined amidst rising home prices and interest rates,” he said. “The temporary pause in rising interest rates and more homes for sale is good news — especially for first-time homebuyers — who likely have a better chance in upcoming months to make a competitive offer that’s in return accepted by the seller.”

How Long are Homes Taking to Sell?

Home Type

Median Number of Days on the Market

All homes 47 days
Short sales 125 days
Foreclosures 57 days
Non-distressed 44 days


Forty-one percent of homes sold in June 2014 were on the market for less than a month.

Regional Existing-Home Sales

  May 2014 Sales Volume Median Price Median Price Compared to May 2013
Northeast Up 3.3% $256,700 Down 0.9%
Midwest Up 8.7% $165,900 Up 4.0%
South Up 5.7% $184,800 Up 4.4%
West Up 0.9% $297,500 Up 8.4%


Existing condo and co-op sales remained unchanged in June from May (as well as from June 2013) at an annual rate of 590,000 units. The median existing-condo price was $212,300 in June, which is 6.6% higher than a year ago.

 

Matthew T. Smoot-Your "Whatever it Takes" REALTOR®
When You List with Smoot, You Sell with Smoot
With over 9 years in the business I offer my clients the most comprehensive representation in Maryland.  Not only am I a REALTOR, but I also hold a Broker's license, which is the highest and most specialized license a REALTOR can hold.  Customer Service is my Priority, Selling Houses is My Goal!  Contact me for any and all of your Real Estate Needs.  443-504-8930


Nancy Krcek Allen: Long live the berries

Posted by bubucuo on July 3, 2014 at 2:50 AM Comments comments (0)

Northern Michiganders visibly soften when thinking of their first-picked strawberry; juicy, sun-warm and complexly sweet. Sure we love our first wild leeks and morels, but a binge in the berry patch promises an altered state of consciousness.That's why it is so frustrating to see berries deteriorate as soon as they enter the kitchen. It's a race to use them before the tender fruits soften and bio enzyme office. Food scientist Harold McGee has a solution.Immerse them in hot water. That's right, hot water.Though it may sound counter-intuitive (and a "recipe" for jam), a dip in hot tap water suppresses mold growth on berries, many vegetables, grapes and stone fruit without harming the produce. This process, also known as heat shocking, lowers enzyme production that causes browning, wilting and softening, and helps to lengthen the shelf life of produce.The water temperature and immersion time are key: the hotter the water the less time necessary. Lettuce needs one to two minutes at 122°F depending on its hardiness. Thirty seconds to one minute in 140°F water works well for most hard-skinned produce like citrus, asparagus, green beans, broccoli and cauliflower, melons, apples and stone fruits.
Arm yourself with a thermometer and a large pot. Fill the pot two-thirds full with hot tap water. Check the temperature. Bring it to 125°F by adding cold water or by heating slightly. Submerge strawberries, raspberries or food enzymes for 30 seconds. Blueberries can take 140°F water for 30 seconds. Scoop out, drain and spread berries on paper toweling dry.(Optional: a brief immersion in cold water before draining and drying will chill berries quickly.) Refrigerate berries when dry. Prepare to enjoy your shocked berries for at least 5 days without loss or decay.
Yep, there are a lot of cooking shows on TV these days, but how many of them can boast a host from right here in Washington? Tonight marks the debut of the Travel Channel's "American Grilled," whose head judge over 13 episodes is David Guas, owner of Bayou Bakery in Arlington. Bonnie S. Benwick was on hand in Chicago for a filming at Wrigley Field; she fills you in here.Also in Food this week, Holley Simmons introduces you to the ketchup-obsessed local couple who launched 'Chups, a line of fruit condiments that they hope will someday be popular enough to compete with Heinz. And Tim Carman was on hand when superstar New York chef Daniel Boulud came to Washington to throw a dinner party for brewing enzyme supply — who will become his competition when his DBGB Kitchen and Bar opens at CityCenter in September.
Special guest alert: David Guas joins our Free Range chat today. He'll be happy to talk about his new show, for sure, and he'll also be able to handle any culinary question you want to toss at him. The starting gate flies open at noon, so make sure to be on hand. And as always, you can submit questions in advance.I'm determined to master the art of the pickle this summer. I've had great luck with quick pickles (slices), dill and sweet, where the hot brine gets poured over the slices in the jar. I have had absolutely no luck with spears using that method (they just wind up getting flimsy — no crispness at all) and even less luck (lots of innocent cucumbers lost) with the crock method. With the crock, using whole cukes, I'm not sure what I'm doing wrong. Once they're done, the ones I've been brave enough to try aren't so much dill or even sour as just yucky.


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