1) Invest in a Homes Security System that is monitored by a security company. Don't rely on your pet to alert neighbors.
2) Install cameras at front and rear of home. Robbers want to get in and out in a hurry and do not want to be caught in the act on camera. If they see the cameras, chances are they will move on to an easier target.
3) Install laminate windows. Robbers are looking for easy prey and do not want problems before they enter your home. A regular basement or patio door are easily broken for access especially if you do not have motion sensors on doors and windows.
4) Make sure your locks and doors are sturdy and not easly picked or forced. We have all seen TV shows where a handy pin or a good push will yield quick entry. Dont' let that be your entry door.
5) Hide valuables and never leave them in open sight. Home invaders want to get in and out in a hurry and if valuables are securely hidden, chances are they will only take what is easy to grab, like electronics, not valuable jewelry or family heirlooms.
6) If you are away for an extended period, always have someone pick up the mail and stop the paper. Nothing alerts a thief as much as a stack of mail bulging from the mail box or papers piled up at the door.
7) Put lights throught the home on a timer if you are away for an extended period. Don't always have the same lamp come on. That is a dead give-away that you are not home and the lighting is electronic.
8) NEVER ADVERTISE THAT YOU ARE AWAY! With social media today, you cannot be careful enough. People post pictures of that beautiful sunset they are enjoying while on holidays. This is a sign that you are not home and probably will not return for a week or two.
Unfortunately, we all have to be cautious. In the good old days especially in the country where everyone knew everyone, people left their doors unlocked and nothing ever went missing. It is a different world today and we have to be diligent in protecting our property.
I am sure that most have us have heard by now but I for one, think it is a very good sign for ourDowntown Core.We have had so much turmoil downtown that somehow our beautiful Historic King St. is not quite as vibrant as we would like it.We have gotten new sidewalks, the 5th St. bridge is still under construction as is the Boardwalk Condo Development and Sears pulled out of the Downtown Chatham Centre.
The new kid on the block will be Hart's Department store which will be the anchor for the DCC. The store will occupy the space at the East end of the Mall where the former Sport Chek was once located. The store will be 20,000 square feet and according to David Mamrowicz, a digital project manager with Hart's not a big box store.The long-time small market Canadian retailer has been in Business since 1960 and has 75 stores located in Quebec, New Brunswick and Ontario. From the bio on the Company stores, they seems to retail everything from men's and women's clothing to housewares, furniture, home decor, gift wares, toys, electronics and even seasonal items. It sound like just what we need in downtown Chatham. Hopefully this will draw other entrenpeneurs back to King St. and the surrounding area.
There have been rumors flying about the plans for the Sears space but nothing has been announced as of yet. Just let us be happy about this good news concerning our new Department store and watch with eager anticipation as the Bridge and the Condo Units reach completion and our beautiful Historic Downtown King St. gets back to normal.
Happy Shopping! Watch for the Spring opening and we will see you there. Support our Downtown!
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Are you a buyer or seller in today's Real Estate market? Are you confused? Who do you chose to represent you in what very well may be the largest purchase of your lifetime. You need a Professional. Someone who knows what he is doing and can make the transaction a pleasant experience. Don't get caught with mud on your face. There are plenty of do -it -yourself companies out there, covering everything from home renovation projects to selling your home. I was always taught to do what I knew best and leave the Professional to the rest. This is especially true in buying or selling a home. There are many details that Real Estate Professional know and
Generation X Makes Comeback into Real Estate Market 2017
According to a recently released study by the National Association of Realtors (NAR), Homeowners in the Gen X Generation are making a comeback into the Real EstateBuyer/Seller pool. In recent years, the time spent in their present home was 10 years, a cycle that was interrupted by the decline of house prices experienced in 2011. This decline has caused a definite decrease in inventory which hopefully will ease as this generation once again gains momentum in the Real Estate Market. A stronger job market and a rise in homeprices is stated as the reason for this activity. It has taken this long for Gen X to rebuild their equity in their present home. Always in the forefront, Gen X has taken a backseat
You may have heard rumbling that there is a shortage of homes in the market for sale and wondered why.To fully understand todays market requires some knowledge of the generation numbers and their effects on homes for sale, buyers and the renters market.
Generation X, born between the years of 1965-1984, numbers 83 million. According to some experts, they came into the housing market at the wrong time.In 2004, Generation Xhomeowners reached an all time historical high of 49.5%. Today 10+ years later those historical averages are 7.0-7.9% below average for that generation. What happened?Manyentered the marketpurchasing overvalued properties with high-risk loans that left them overextended and vulnerable.Some,as a resultwent
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ManyBaby Boomersare finding themselvesEmpty Nesters.They have the large family home which was great when the children were growing up but today
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2. Basing your asking price on needs or emotion not market value. Many sellers base their pricing on what is termed as Subjective Value. To an appraiser, subjective value is based on emotions. For example, how much a seller paid for their home, how much they love their home, and overall pride of ownership is considered subjective value. Objective Value, is what ALL appraisers base the true value of a property.
Setting the asking price of a property should always