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Does Your Home Have An Odor?

Does Your Home Have An Odor? You’ve worked hard to get your home ready to sell. You’ve cleaned, decluttered and painted. But there’s still one more thing you need to do – make certain your home smells great for every showing.

Here are four things to keep in mind to ensure your house smells fresh and clean for potential buyers:

Stuffiness. Energy-efficient homes lock in odors. Open the windows and air out stale, musty rooms. Steam clean carpets and curtains, wash all bedding, and store stinky athletic gear and out-of-season clothing and shoes away.

Pets. From goldfish to iguanas to cats and dogs, all pets produce odors. Dogs need baths, and most need brushing. Cat boxes need daily scooping. Animal cages need constant cleaning. Steam clean all fabric surfaces where pets sleep and play with their toys.

Food odors.  If you love foods like garlic, cabbage and fish, your kitchen holds odors, too. Clean your oven, burners, sink drains, and any other equipment that may carry odors. Grind up a lemon in the disposal and let the water flow. Clean out the refrigerator.

Mold and mildew. If you can smell moisture, it will soon turn worse. Check pipes and floors for leaks. Toxic mold can grow anywhere that contains cellulose, poor light, and low air circulation. Replace cloudy shower curtains and wash towels frequently. Replace cleaning and dish sponges with fresh scrubbing tools.

To keep your home showing-ready, wash dirty clothes and bed linens frequently. Take baby diapers and other disposables to the outside trash every day.

A good rule of thumb is – if you can’t remember when you cleaned it last, clean it now.

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Hodnett Cooper Real Estate announces 2018 Annual Award Winners

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Golden Isles brokerage leader announces winners of their 2018 annual awards

ST. SIMONS ISLAND, GA (January 10, 2019) – Each year, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Hodnett Cooper Real Estate recognizes agents that have demonstrated outstanding listing and sales performance, a positive attitude, devoted work ethic and a positive impact on the community.  The following agents were recently awarded for their 2018 accomplishments: 

George Skarpalezos Top Producing Agent of the Year

George Skarpalezos was honored with the “Top Producing Agent of the Year” Award. This award recognizes the exceptional level of accomplishment for the Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Hodnett Cooper agent with the highest sales volume for the year.

George finished 2018 with over $13 million in total sales volume. 

Pat Cooper, President and Broker of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Hodnett Cooper Real Estate stated, “George had an amazing year; we are so proud and so honored to present him with this award.  He works tirelessly for his clients and it shows.”

Jill WrightOpen Heart & Hands Award

Jill Wright was the recipient of the “Open Heart & Hands Award” for 2018. She was nominated by her peers for her numerous charitable efforts and positive community impact.

Jill works with several organizations to assist with animal rescue and support.  She also lends time to the GIAR Community Relations Committee, assists with the Shop with a Realtor program, Dinner in a Basket, and more. 

“This is one of the hardest awards to give out because so many of our agents make a positive impact on our community. Jill lends a hand to numerous animal rescue efforts and dedicates her time to several organizations.  She is passionate and compassionate and keeps our team informed on how we can help too. Jill has a lot of pride and dedication for what she does and it shows.”   

DeAnne Cohrs – Young Gun Award

The Young Gun Award recognizes an agent that has joined the real estate industry within the last 24 months who has demonstrated dedication, a positive attitude and has had an exceptionally outstanding listing and sales performance. REALTOR, DeAnne Cohrs was the recipient of this award.

DeAnne has achieved over $3 million in sales during her first year as a real estate agent. She is active in the local community and is enthusiastically engaged in the real estate industry, serving on the Golden Isles Association of Realtors’ Young Professionals Network and on the Governmental Affairs Committee. 

Pat Cooper shared, “I am so pleased to present this award to DeAnne. She has such a positive attitude and has really kick-started her real estate career with us.” 

 “We are incredibly proud of these agents for their outstanding achievements in 2017,” says Pat Cooper.  

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Hodnett Cooper Real Estate, which is independently owned and operated, became a member of the Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices brokerage network, operated by HSF Affiliates LLC, in 2017. Since that time, it has earned a host of honors and welcomed several new professionals to the highly successful real estate team.

About Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Hodnett Cooper Real Estate

Hodnett Cooper Real Estate is a family-owned and operated company with four offices throughout the Golden Isles offering a full range of real estate services including real estate sales, residential rentals, property management and commercial sales. The brokerage is the premier real estate company in southeast coastal Georgia with a professional and diverse team of agents. Visit www.BHHSHodnettCooper.com.

About Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices, based in Irvine, CA, is a brand-new real estate brokerage network built for a new era in residential real estate. The network, among the few organizations entrusted to use the world-renowned Berkshire Hathaway name, brings to the real estate market a definitive mark of trust, integrity, stability and longevity.

About HSF Affiliates LLC

Irvine, CA-based HSF Affiliates LLC operates Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices, Prudential Real Estate and Real Living Real Estate franchise networks. The company is a joint venture of which HomeServices of America, Inc., the nation’s second-largest, full-service residential brokerage firm, is a majority owner. HomeServices of America is an affiliate of world-renowned Berkshire Hathaway Inc.

Contact:

Catherine Maybank
(912) 638-5450
catherine@hcrega.com

Remodeling Trend to Rise

Remodeling Trend to Rise: According to the Federal Reserve, the primary residence accounts for about one-quarter of all assets held by households, ahead of other financial assets, business interests and retirement accounts.

It’s important to protect the value of your home by keeping it repaired and updated. Not only does an update make a home more attractive, it should improve functionality, make it more comfortable, increase the enjoyment, and increase the value, upping the chances of a higher resale price.

Remodeling Trend to Rise

If you’re planning on making home improvements, you’re in good company. Home improvement spending is expected to increase by seven percent over the next year, according to research by the Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University. Homeowners will spend about $350 billion on updates by mid-year 2019, confident that they’re making a good investment, thanks to rising home values and a growing economy.

How are they spending their money? The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) said in May 2018 that bathrooms have overtaken kitchens as the number one remodeling choice.

NAHB surveys of homeowners who recently remodeled their homes found that over four out of five remodeled baths (81%) while 78% remodeled kitchens. Nearly half of respondents replaced doors, remodeled whole homes or added a room to existing homes. Most homeowners start with smaller projects such as new front doors, green-friendly appliances, programmable thermostats, low-emissivity windows and new HVACs.

As home remodeling continues to be popular, you will likely to see increased benefits from your home improvements.