SetSchedule Member Spotlight: Kerry Johnson with ERA Brokers Consolidated from Mesquite, NV!

January 1, 2020

Kerry Johnson

Kerry Johnson
ERA Brokers Consolidated

Experience: 22 years
Specializations: Boomers, Seniors, Veterans
Areas Served: Mesquite, Nevada; Saint George, Utah

Q: What made you become interested in real estate?
A: I wanted to help people realize homeownership.

Q: What is the most interesting thing that happened during an open house you hosted?
A:   I employ more effective marketing strategies than open houses.

Q: What was your favorite moment in your career so far?
A:  I helped a husband and wife get out of debt by getting them more money out of the sale of their home and still helped them buy a smaller home.

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Listing of the Day: A Luxurious Condo in Manhattan, NY From Dylan Hoffman of Compass

December 31, 2019

The Listing of the Day for December 31 is over at 340 East 23rd Street, Unit 9A, Gramercy, Manhattan, NY. Provided by Compass.

Surround yourself in breathtaking views, private outdoor space and exceptional interiors in this designer one-bedroom, one-bathroom home in a full-service luxury Gramercy condominium.

A glorious destination for serene relaxation or gracious entertaining, this 700-square-foot showplace features wide-plank hardwood floors, tall ceilings, floor-to-ceiling windows and a spacious south-facing terrace where the city skyline unfolds at your feet. There’s a generous footprint for living and dining areas, and the sleek chef’s kitchen is a minimalist masterpiece featuring lacquer cabinetry and premium appliances by Sub-Zero and Miele. Enjoy more southern vistas in the expansive king-size bedroom, or head to the spa-inspired bathroom to find a graceful freestanding soaking tub, walk-in shower and wide custom vanity with vessel sink. An in-unit washer-dryer and central air add comfort and ease to this lovely Gramercy hideaway.

The full-service luxury condominium spoils residents with 24-hour doorman service; live-in superintendent; a 2,600-square-foot fitness center with sauna and steam room; a full-floor lounge with outdoor terrace, screening room and billiards room; and a landscaped roof deck with cabanas and gorgeous views.

Located in Gramercy and surrounded by Kips Bay, Union Square, the Flatiron District and NoMad, this home places you at the epicenter of Manhattan living with world-class dining, shopping and nightlife at every turn. Enjoy easy access to the 4/5/6, L and N/Q/R/W subway lines, ample bus service and the Stuyvesant Cove Ferry Terminal.

1 bedroom, 1 bath, 700 square feet. Listed for $895,000. 

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SetSchedule Member Spotlight: Paula Rogers with Re/Max Horizons Realty from Pensacola, FL!

December 30, 2019

Paula Rogers

Paula Rogers
Re/Max Horizons Realty 

Experience: 40 years
Specializations: Residential
Areas Served: Escambia and Santa Rosa Counties

Q: What made you become interested in real estate?
A:  On commission sales, the harder one works the more money one makes, and I am a hard worker.

Q: What is the most interesting thing that happened during an open house you hosted?
A: A couple toured the home and bought it immediately.

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Listing of the Day: A Fully Updated Family Home in Sycamore, IL From Michael J Cirone of 3 Roses Realty

December 27, 2019

The Listing of the Day for December 27 is over at 1021 Michael Street, Sycamore, IL. Provided by 3 Roses Realty.

Welcome home to your beautiful contemporary two-story that has been completely updated! Walk through the front door and admire the gorgeous new hardwood floors throughout, new wood stair railings and carpet going to second floor and partially finished basement. Get swept away as you enter the family room with an all brick wood burning fireplace with wood mantle, totally upgraded 1/2 bath and access to a huge 24′ X 12′ wood deck. Wander into the huge kitchen with eating area that features newer appliances, deep designer sink and faucet, amazing counter space and new cabinets! Second floor continues with hardwood floors throughout and all brand new designer bathrooms, fixtures and flooring. Large master bedroom features double closets and an incredible bathroom. Hall bath has new/upgraded sink, mirror, faucet and tile floor. Basement includes an office, bonus room and a fourth bedroom. Utility room is large enough for an additional work out space. List of upgrades include: new furnace in 2014, new windows and appliances in 2015 excluding microwave. Basement remodeled in 2016. New AC in 2017. Siding /Fascia and soffits in 2018. Sliding doors in back of home, All 3 bathrooms gutted to studs and remodeled, new stair railing, carpet, new hardwood floors and new paint in 2019! Architectural roof is approximately 7+ years old. Move in ready! Don’t hesitate…this majestic home will be gone soon!

3 bedrooms, 2.1 baths, 1550 square feet. Listed for $244,900.

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SetSchedule Member Spotlight: Jazmine “Jaz” Alexander with JP And Associates REALTORS from Frisco, Texas!

December 26, 2019

jaz-alexander_editJazmine “Jaz” Alexander
JP And Associates REALTORS

Years of Experience: 1

Areas Served: Greater Dallas/Ft. Worth, TX

Q: What made you become interested in real estate?
A: I’ve always loved Real Estate, I use to watch them build homes in new neighborhoods all the time and I loved how a plot of land transition into someone’s home.

Q: What is the most interesting thing that happened during an open house you hosted?
A: An offer was as accepted as I opened the door.

Q: . What was your favorite moment in your career so far?
A: Closing is always my favorite moment. Other than that seeing the smile on a client face when I give them good news.

Q: What do you wish you had known when you first got your real estate license?
A: Always control the situation. Don’t jump up and stop what you’re doing.

Q: What’s the most challenging part of your job?
A: Traffic

Q: If you could sum up being a real estate agent in five words or less, what would you say?
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Listing of the Day: A Spacious Upgraded Home in Wadsworth, Il From Katie Bak of HomeSmart Leading Edge

December 24, 2019

The Listing of the Day for December 24 is over at 37397 Fox Hill Drive, Wadsworth, IL. Provided by HomeSmart Leading Edge.

Majestic views from every room and meticulously maintained by the original owner, this home has modern features with recent updates. Highlights include a large first floor Master Suite, 2 En-Suites, 5th Bedroom with tandem room closet, and walk-in closets in every bedroom! Home also boasts pristine hardwood floors located in foyer, Office/study, dining room, kitchen, family room, and living room! Kitchen features: Granite counters, Granite backsplash, stainless steel appliances, an island with counter seating, island prep (vegetable) sink, and garbage disposal! Dining room features: large picture casement window, and an architectural ceiling with Crown Molding! Office/Study features: glass French doors, built in speakers, crown molding, and built-in bookcases! Home is professionally landscaped with a park-like setting, in-ground sprinkler system, bright finished walkout basement leading to outdoor entertaining space. Soaring ceilings and architectural elements throughout this solid brick home. Minutes From I-94, this house has everything you could ever need and more!

5 bedrooms, 4.1 baths, 6641 square feet. Listed for $750,000 

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SetSchedule Member Spotlight: Pam and Gene Saxton with the Saxton Realty Group from Houston, TX!

December 23, 2019

Pam and Gene Saxton
Saxton Realty Group

Experience: 10 years
Specializations: Helping clients buy or sell their homes
Areas Served: Spring, Tomball, Cypress, NW Houston

Q: What made you become interested in real estate?
A: Love of people and love helping others.

Q: What is the most interesting thing that happened during an open house you hosted?
A:  We had a man ask us to close down our Open House because he wanted to buy it and did not want any competition.

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Listing of the Day: A Home With Rental Opportunities in Fall River, MA From Jerry Chu of HFM Realty Inc.

December 20, 2019

The Listing of the Day for December 20 is over at 518 Palmer St, Fall River, MA. Provided by HFM Realty Inc.

Excellent multi-family home to live in with rental opportunity or for an investor. Two units with a 1 bedroom/1 bath on the first level. Wood flooring living room with plenty of windows and sunlight coming through. Second level has two floors which can be utilized as a 3+ bedroom/1 bath with plenty of space throughout. Top unit egress was just installed. Home also includes an upgraded electrical system, VIE MANN heating system in basement, and separate meters for gas and electric. Great rental opportunities, shopping, dining, transportation, and schools nearby. Seller is motivated and will review all offers.

5 bedrooms, 2 baths, 1639 square feet. Listed for $220,000. 

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Homeowner Associations – Cultish syndicates or neighborhood necessities?

December 19, 2019

Homeowner associations (HOAs) have always gone hand-in-hand with planned communities. The first planned community, Levittown, was established in the mid-20th century in order to provide World War II veterans with the means to acquire homes. Although there was no governing body known as a homeowners association, the deeds to the home included rules governing things like visible laundry lines. 

Today, HOAs are still typically established by the original land developers who then turn over authority to the homeowners upon sale of a predetermined amount of units. The purpose of HOAs is to protect property value. As such, they have a wide reach in what they regulate. Read on to learn what it means to live in a community regulated by HOAs.

What do HOAs do?

HOAs are tasked with protecting property value and maintaining communal areas. When you purchase property in planned communities, you will almost always have to join an HOA. Joining an HOA consists of paying a monthly or annual membership fee. You must also agree to abide by the association’s Covenants, Conditions and Restrictions (CC&R), by-laws and other governing documents.

What is a CC&R and what does it cover?

CC&R is a document outlining the community’s rules and regulations which property owners are required to abide. The exact rules in CC&Rs will vary widely across communities, but they can include rules about pets, parking, acceptable paint colors for your exterior, outside antennas, your patio and backyard and so on. Basically, anything relating to your property’s appearance will be open to regulation by the CC&R. This is because your property’s appearance impacts the value of your home. This in turn affects the neighborhood property values which is why HOAs are so determined to regulate what your home looks like. By requiring you maintain a certain status quo, HOAs protect the property values for the entire community. Afterall, if your house is an eyesore, that will lower the perceived value of houses on your street because people prefer living in attractive neighborhoods. 

What happens if I don’t follow my HOA’s rules?

Just like the rules in a CC&R will vary by community, so will the punishments levied for violating those rules. An HOA’s recourse for violating CC&Rs typically starts with a written notice and can progress to daily fines. HOAs might even go onto your property and fix the problem and charge you for the service. Say you paint your mailbox an unapproved color. If you don’t fix it in a determined amount of time, your HOA may hire someone to repaint your mailbox and charge you accordingly. In extreme cases, HOAs will file a lawsuit against you asking the court to compel you to resolve the issue. The HOA might also ask for a monetary judgement against you. If awarded, the HOA can often garnish wages and bank accounts. Depending on the state, an HOA might also be granted a judgment in the form of a lien against the property and resulting in foreclosure. Bottom line – don’t be flippant about joining an HOA. It’s a serious and enforceable agreement that you are entering.

Are there benefits to joining an HOA?

In exchange for joining an HOA and agreeing to its CC&R and bylaws, homeowners enjoy many benefits. Most importantly, HOAs are tasked with maintaining communal spaces. With the fees they collect, HOAs manage repairs and even services like landscaping and utilities. Additionally, joining an HOA might provide you access to communal amenities you otherwise could not afford, like a tennis court or pool. If you desire a home in a clean, safe and aesthetically appealing community, HOAs are almost a necessity. While their rules may feel restrictive, remember that their most important concern is protecting property value for the community as a whole. 

HOAs often get a bad rap, but they also provide a necessary service to homeowners looking to protect their property value. If  you are considering purchasing a home in a planned community, take the time to research the HOA and its rules. For some communities, the HOA is a background presence they barely interact with besides the check they write each month. For other communities, HOAs are a daily presence that dictates how long you can leave your garage door open. Talk to people in the community and do your research. But if you are someone who balks at the idea of someone telling you what color you can paint your front door, then look for a home without an HOA or with less restrictive rules.

Tell us in the comments about your experiences with HOAs!

SetSchedule Member Spotlight: Jerrilynn Vandenberg with Fireside Realty from De Pere, WI!

December 18, 2019

Jerrilynn Vandenberg
Fireside Realty

Experience: 15 years
Specializations: First time home sellers & buyers, new construction
Areas Served: Green Bay, DePere, Hobart, Howard/Suamico, Sobieski, Pulaski

Q: What made you become interested in real estate?
A: Teaching the selling or buying process to people

Q: What is the most interesting thing that happened during an open house you hosted?
A: One Thursday night, during my open house a family came in and loved the home. The kids were picking out their bedrooms and places to hide.

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