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August 2014 National Housing Report Reveals Slower Home Sales

by Lisa Bray

August 2014 National Housing Report Reveals Slower Home Sales

As we’re approaching the tail end of summer, the real estate market is right on track and following the normal seasonal trends for this time of year. The August 2014 National Housing Report reveals slower home sales for the month of July showing sales that have decreased by 3.1 percent from June 2014 and dropping 6.8 percent below the number of sales seen in July 2013. Home prices are continuing to rise at 7.9 percent higher than this time last year. 

In the 52 metropolitan areas surveyed in July, the Median Sales Price of all homes sold was $204,550. This was 2.4 percent lower than the median price in June, but 7.9 percent higher than the median price seen in July 2013. On a year-over-year basis, the Median Sales Price has now risen for 30 consecutive months.

 “After a slow start to the year, 2014 home sales have been improving. Sales are following the expected seasonal pattern and are approaching the levels we saw last year. As inventory continues to build the recovery continues at a more stable and sustainable rate.”

Margaret Kelly, RE/MAX CEO

Home inventory is also showing a positive rise as the August 2014 National Housing Report confirms that three of the last four months have seen month-over-month increases in the inventory. Please click here for your personal copy of the August 2014 National Housing Report.

If you’re looking for more than just a home in the Goodyear and West Valley area, please contact me for a complimentary analysis of your home's approximate present value on the market today. - Lisa

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3 Smart Ways to Detoxify and Refresh Your Home

by Lisa Bray

3 Smart Ways to Detoxify and Refresh Your Home

We’ve all been in a building or home that felt toxic. Whether it had strong paint and chemical smells, reeked of mold and dust, or just made us feel ill. Indoor environment has a huge impact on us, influencing not only our moods but our health as well.  The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) identifies those who may become ill in their indoor surroundings as experiencing sick building syndrome (SBS). SBS is a term used to describe situations in which building occupants experience acute health and comfort effects that appear to be linked to time spent in a building, but no specific illness or cause can be identified.  That being said, how you protect your home environment is an essential factor in the health of you and your loved ones. Here are 3 smart ways to detoxify and refresh your home.

1.) Clean Green: Making the switch from standard household cleaning products to green ones is one of the best things you can do for your home. The toxic household cleaners can greatly decrease the air quality in your home and has been linked to everything from asthma to memory loss. Think buying green cleaning products is too expensive? You can make your own! The online community is inundated with tips and ideas for making your own safe, non-toxic cleaners to clean every item in your home.

2.) Invest in filters: You’d be surprised how many items can dispense potentially harmful chemicals into your air. For example, there are more than 700 different chemicals that have been identified in an average glass of tap water. And these same contaminants in tap water become gasses at room temperature when you shower. A water filter can help create safer drinking water and a shower filter can help keep tap water toxins from becoming airborne. Also, replace or clean your air filters regularly to better insure a higher quality of air.

3.) Breathe easy. Healthy ventilation is an important factor in improving the air quality in your home. Indoor air can be up to five times as polluted as outdoor air due to being locked in the space. Stagnant air can house pollutants from dust, dirt, pesticides, cleaners, and more. Whenever possible, keep you windows and doors open to allow fresh air to flow in. Also, add a little green to your scene. Plants are natural air detoxifiers and can help bring in fresh oxygen. Plus, it adds a nice pop of color to your décor.

I hope these 3 smart ways to detoxify and refresh your home, help keep your home happy and healthy for you to enjoy. If you'd like more tips on ways to detoxify and refresh your home, please contact me. – Lisa

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