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5 Easy Ways to Save Money in 2016

Save Money

As a new year begins, many folks are making resolutions about how this year will be different than last year.  One of the popular resolutions each year is to save money.

What’s important about saving money to you?  Thinking about a vacation, a new car, or buying a home?  No matter what’s important to you, these tips can help with the savings.

So let’s look at the top five easy ways to save money in the new year:

  1.  Smoke AlarmChange your smoke alarm and CO detector batteries.  The generally accepted advice was to do this task when switching two and from Daylight Savings time.  That would have you changing the batteries twice each year.  Current batteries typically last 18 months, so by changing them once each year you save several dollars and some time.  If you are disciplined enough you could even set a calendar reminder to do it every 14 months or so and save even more.
    • Keep in mind that newly purchased smoke alarms will most likely be of the 10 year non-replaceable battery type.  That means the task of changing batteries for those devices won’t even exist.
  2. Change your lightbulbs.  If you’re still using old-fashioned incandescent bulbs — those are the ones that Thomas Edison invented — it’s time to mlightbulbake a change!  Those bulbs are the most expensive kind to operate.  Consider replacing them with CFLs (Compact Fluorescent Lightbulbs) or LEDs (Light Emitting Diodes).
    • CFLs are less expensive to purchase, but they don’t provide full brightness immediately when you turn them on.
    • LEDs cost more to purchase but virtually never need to be replaced and are the least expensive to operate.  LEDs provide full brightness as soon as you turn them on.
  3. Adjust the temperature on your water heater.  Setting the water heater to a lower temperature reduces the amount of time the water heatHW Heaterer has to run in order to maintain the temperature in the tank.
    • A 10℉ reduction in temperature can save 3 to 5% on your water heating costs.  It will also reduce the likelihood of scalding injuries.
  4. Wash your clothes on cold.  Not only does this save money because you are not paying to heat the water for washing, it saves wear on the hot water heater and on your clothing fibers.  It’s a win-win-win for savings.
  5. Get rid of cable.  Cut the cable cord and save money on entertainment.  Consider using streaming services to watch only what you want.  Use the time saved to do something fun or educational.
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What’s your best health bet in a new home?

Enjoy the stairs and enhance your life

Enjoy the stairs and enhance your life

Are you shopping for a new home? There are lots of things to consider from finding the right neighborhood to getting the right financing. Something that may be overlooked is considering the health impact of a single story house verses a multi-story house.

In a single story house, everything is on one level, so unless you decide to sprint from one end to the other you will likely not reap much cardio benefit.  Consider a home on several levels separated by stairs and suddenly you have a home with built-in cardio!  Get the benefits of increasing blood flow throughout your body from the increased heart rate of taking the stairs.  Think about enhancing your mobility and releasing tension.  That’s right!  Stair climbing can release endorphins which are natural stress reducers.  Doctors also recommend stair climbing as an ideal way to improve your energy, increase the function of your immune system and lower your risk for diabetes, high blood pressure, osteoporosis and heart disease.

With all those benefits, maybe a multi-level home is a good bet for you.  If you’re interested in finding a great one, we’re happy to help!

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Coming Soon?

Call 661.375.7325 and ask Sally Lawrence, REALTOR® for info on Tehachapi area homesHow often does it happen that you are driving around Tehachapi keeping an eye out for new real estate signs and you see one that says “Coming Soon?”  What does this mean?

Usually, “Coming Soon” signs are put up on behalf of sellers of foreclosed properties.  For an excellent article on why putting up a “Coming Soon” sign is a bad idea for a conventional seller, check out Doug Francis’ blog.  Most often, in the Tehachapi area, these signs are an indication that a property will be offered for sale at some point.

These properties are referred to as pre-listings.  They give the opportunity to generate interest even before the property is ready to sell.

When properties have been foreclosed, they may not be immediately ready to sell.  If repairs are needed, the seller may want to have those done before officially listing the property.  There could also be title issues that need to be resolved before a property can be resold.  A variety of issues can delay the official marketing of a property.

As a potential buyer, you may be tempted to call the number on the sign, but I suggest that you call your REALTOR® of choice.  Remember, your REALTOR® can provide all the information you need about any properties in the area and protect your best interests at the same time.

If you have any questions about this or other Tehachapi area real estate questions, feel free to contact me.  Looking for a REALTOR® to help you with your move?  Let’s talk about what you’re looking for!


How to E-Sign Your Transaction Documents

Check out the brief video to see what you will see in your electronic signature request


Are electronic signatures safe?

Even the United States Government is accepting electronic signatures for documents in real estate transactions.  Using a reputable provider ensures a safer transaction.  I use Docusign® which is also the choice of the National Association of REALTORS®.

Do all transaction types accept electronic signatures?

At this time there are still some hold-outs that insist on “wet” signatures.  Most REO (bank-owned) sellers require wet signatures to complete the transaction.  However, using e-signatures to make the offer gets the offer in more quickly.

Do I have to print my copy?

Absolutely not!  You can save your copy in a PDF format on your computer.  If you are one of my clients, you will also request a CD at the conclusion of your transaction that will provide an archive of every document and related report.

Should I make an account to store my document online?

Only if you want to.  It’s probably easiest for most people to save a copy in PDF or wait for the Transaction CD.

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