Considering Selling or Buying? Here are Five Reasons to Work with a Realtor.

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The experience you need with Coldwell Banker Bain.

1. Professional Experience: Buying or selling a home is likely to be one of the biggest decisions you will ever make. Home regulations, laws, and markets are constantly changing— meaning, that even if you’ve gone through the process before, it can be a completely different experience.Would you diagnose a disease without the help of a doctor? Or try to file a lawsuit without a lawyer? Think of a realtor in the same way: an expert in the field. Why jump into the market without a guide?
2. Information and Educated Opinions: Again, a realtor is an experienced professional. Each licensed agent has gone through extensive schooling to learn about housing laws as well as the best techniques to use when buying and selling homes. first-time-home-buyer-guide_d895f38b02c59a211c8c3c72f426bb56_3x2_jpg_600x400_q85They can help provide information about zoning, schools, crime in the area and data from each property that may not be available to the general public. A professional will look out for your best interest and help you find a home that is perfect for your needs.
3. Selling or Buying Can be a Complicated Process: The process of buying
or selling already is overwhelming. Many different factors go into it and that’s not even including the paperwork! Let a professional lead the way
and help you avoid costly mistakes.

4. Objectivity: One of the most important attributes of a realtor is that they have absolutely no emotional ties to your home. If you’re selling your house, they can evaluate each buyer’s proposal and resolve any issues
without involving feelings about the other party.
5. Skilled Negotiations: Negotiating with the other party is one of the main duties a realtor has. There are many factors that are arranged when selling or buying a home. Those include price, terms, date of possession, financing, repairs and many more. The experience of a licensed agent is invaluable when it comes to getting the best out of what you’re buying.

 

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Keep your Pets Happy and Healthy this Holiday

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Decorate your home while keeping pets safe!

The holiday season is a wonderful time where friends and family come together and celebrate; but with all the hustle and bustle this time of year brings, it is easy to forget about pets! With Christmas trees, decorations and all sorts of holiday treats, the winter season can be a dangerous one for dogs and other animals.

So what are some hidden hazards that most don’t think about when decorating?

Tree Water: There is something to be said about a real tree—the smell is amazing and it brings another level of cheer into a home, but did you know that these trees are typically coated with pesticides and other chemicals to make them last longer? These chemicals leech into the water at the base of tree and can be transferred to your pet if he or she drinks it.

Christmas Lights: I don’t know about your animals, but my puppy’s favorite thing to chew on right now is cords. While it’s easy to keep laptop plugs and power cords away from animals, trees and other parts of your house are much more difficult to hide and those sparkly lights attached make them even more appealing. Exposed wire on old string lights, glass bulbs, broken bulbs and plugs can be very dangerous.

Ornaments: Bright decorations don’t only attract our eye, these magnificent shiny toys also appeal to your pets! Most curious animals feel the need to try to eat every new thing they encounter. When swallowed, tinsel can cause blockages in the intestines, beaded garlands can be a choking hazard, and glass ornaments can break and injure the inside of the mouth and digestive system.

Holiday Plants: Poinsettias, Holly, Mistletoe, Amaryllis; almost all of the popular holiday plants are poisonous to pets.

With all these potential risks, decorating can be tricky but don’t give up! 1004085_10203010694173916_1473673809_nThere are ways to protect your animals while having a festive home. First off, the most important tip is to pet proof your Christmas tree: make the water inaccessible, secure your tree to the wall so cats or other playful pets can’t knock it over, if possible put a barrier around your tree to completely block it from your animals. Keep other Holiday plants in an area where they can’t be reached, such as out front of your house. Use ornaments that are non-toxic and difficult to break. Christmas lights should never be left on when you’re not in the room and when turned off the cords should be completely unplugged from the wall.

Want more decorating tips for your home this season? Click here for my tips on adding curb appeal to your home.

See what Denice Jentlie can do for you. Call today for a free consultation and let me show you how I can make a difference in buying or selling a home.

Today’s Homes are Smart Homes!

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“Coldwell Banker at CES – The Smart Home Revolution Begins Here!!”

The following is a guest post from Carla Hayes of the Coldwell Banker marketing team.

When “Back to the Future Part II” came out in the theaters, I would have given my Caboodle, collection of scrunchies AND New Kids on the Block t-shirt to have been the girl who got to ride with Marty and Doc to the future – which according to the date on the flux capacitor was Oct. 21, 2015.

Even though I had to get here by more traditional means, I’m still pretty excited to have finally made it to the future.

That movie gave us glimpse of what the future of would look like (according to our 1989 selves). I was wide-eyed and spent (probably too many hours) imagining what it would be like to live in that world. Now that we’re here, I’ve been thinking about where we are vs. where we imagined we would be.

We haven’t made it to the flying car – although a self-driving version has become reality. And much to my brother’s dismay, the hover board never appeared beneath our Christmas tree or on the street.

But in today’s most tricked-out smart homes, we’re on par with, if not miles beyond, anything the 2015 version of the McFly’s had.  Judging from the list below, the future is here in a big way, and even cooler than our late 80s’ imagination could conjure up.

No more keys for the front door: The McFly’s used their thumbs; but I would argue that we’ve moved ahead of them with the August Smart Locks that open the front door with your phone. You can’t take a thumbprint from the plumber or your real estate agent, but with the August lock, you can assign access to those people who need to come into and out of your home.

Talking Face-to-Face Remotely: I was floored by the idea that we would be able to SEE people when we talked to them. But I used to wonder what I would do if someone called me on a video phone and I was still in my PJs (I have no idea why that worried me so much as a 9 year-old). Now we video chat easily and without a second thought on our phones; and with the newest versions of the connected, wall-mounted screens we are keeping up with the McFly’s. But you’ve got to admit – ours have better resolution.

Windows to the World: We might not be able to easily change the scene outside our windows, but we can automatically open and close the shades (and lights and temperature) without even setting foot in the house with Lutron Caseta Wireless. And in the most high-tech of homes, those wall-mounted screens connect to sensors that register your presence in a room and display the art or scenes you prefer.

No waiting for mail: Marty got the message that he was fired – in no time flat – via a sheet of paper that came out of the fax machine installed in the wall. We’ve moved pretty far beyond those dot-matrix fax machines. The movies producers obviously didn’t anticipate the rise of Wi-Fi. With today’s smart phones and tablets, you can get that message anywhere. And even if your home has a spot where the Wi-Fi is typically weak, boosting your signal is as simple as installing a lightbulb with the Singled Wi-Fi light bulbs.

There are a few things that we’re still waiting to see:

14-Second Pizza: We still don’t have the hydrator that made a pizza in seconds. But today’s ovens, like those from LG, are getting more sophisticated – who want’s re-hydrated pizza anyway?

Floating, personal-traction device: George McFly comes floating – upside down – through the door of Marty’s 2015 home. To be fair, even in the movie, they hadn’t solved the problem of how to keep your hair in place when hanging upside down.

Even now, 16 years after I saw the movie for the first time, I love imagining what the future will bring. Who knows exactly what the Smart Home will look like 15 years in the future, but now we have events like the Smart Home Marketplace at CES that can give us a glimpse to the technologies that mean most to home owners. For me, I’m looking forward to the day that my laundry does itself! 

November Things to Do in Tacoma

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The start of the holiday season is here and with it brings many lovely cooler weather events! Although it’s not as famous as its sister city Seattle, Tacoma has tons of family-friendly events to enjoy.

The Washington State History Museum’s “People of the Adze: Shoalwater Bay Tribe” exhibit starts today; they feature beautiful carvings done by the Shoalwater Bay Indian Tribe and members of its Carving Apprenticeship Program. Join the fun on November 5th at the Doubletree SeaTac for the Sea to Sky West Coast Swing Convention, they will be having professionally taught workshops as well as several dance showcases. The Tacoma Convention center will be having a scrapbooking event on the weekend on the 13th and the Polar Plaza is finally opening on November 21st for its 5th year of ice skating fun! They will be having a Seattle Thunderbirds Hockey Day on November 22nd, go and learn how to skate with the pros! On Veteran’s Day, November 11th, War Memorial Park in the Skyline neighborhood will be hosting a day of remembrance in honor of all our wonderful service men and women. We can’t forget thanksgiving! The Tacoma Turkey Trot 5k starts bright and early at 9am on thanksgiving day! Last but not least, we have the 70th Annual Holiday Tree Lighting in the Pantages Theater lobby.images (1)

Don’t miss out on the fun! Tacoma is filled with wonderful events year round both indoors and outdoors. Are you new to the area? Would you like to learn more? Click here.

If you have an event that’s happening in November or December and would like to be featured in our next ‘Things to Do in Tacoma’, please email Denice Jentlie at denicejentlie@cbbain.com or contact me through Facebook!

Red Flags When Buying a Home

Let’s be honest here, when selling a home the owner’s first concern is getting the most money with the least amount of work, even if that means overlooking or putting off certain issues without telling potential buyers. Unfortunately, sometimes deferring maintenance issues does happen and can be easy to get away with because buyers get wrapped up in the excitement of viewing homes.

Somethings to consider when looking at homes are foundation, plumbing, electrical, and roofing issues. By keeping your eyes peeled for problems, you can avoid the mistake of buying a home that could need quite a few repairs.

Ways to watch for problems:

Check interior and exterior walls: Cracks can indicate movement in the foundation. A shifting foundation can cause potential safety issues, interfere with gas, electric and water, raise your bills and reduce the value of the house.

Sniff the basement: Mustiness equals mold. Once mold is in a home, it is very hard to get rid of. Mold spreads as spores rise throughout the house and can cause all sorts of health problems.

Turn on the heater/ air conditioner: This is an easy way to check if both work. Heaters and A/C’s can be very costly to repair or replace.

Check the wood condition: Watch out! Termites can chew through walls, flooring and yes, even wallpaper! If the house does not have them yet, places where there is soft wood from previous leaks can attract those awful homewreckers. If this is a problem and you’re still looking to buy the house, make sure the seller offers proof that the bug problem has been treated.

Flush the toilets, turn on faucets: So this can help with multiple things; first you will be able to smell and see the water. Does it smell strange? Is it coming out orange? This could mean rusty pipes. Flushing the toilets can show leaks, problems and outdated systems. While this isn’t a deal breaker, it can mean there will be repairs in your future.

Check water drainage systems attached to the roof: This is very important! A lack of drainage means that water could be pooling up on the roof. If that sits for long enough, cracks, leaks, and water retention will start to happen. If it’s happening in one spot, chances are it is occurring all over the roof and you potentially would have to replace the entire thing. No thank you!

While these are just a few of the many things to look for when buying your new home, it’s a great place to start. By paying attention, chances are you’ll be able to spot the bad from the good and purchase that dream home you’ve been looking for!

How to Add Curb Appeal without Breaking the Bank

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This home could use a little curb appeal!

So we all know first impressions are the strongest. Many times when looking at a house, home buyers (especially first timers) have a hard time realizing the potential of a home. The judgement starts right when you pull up to that house, with these easy and relatively inexpensive ways to spruce up your entrance, buyers won’t have to imagine what it could become.

Here are my top ten cheap and quick ways to add curb appeal

  1. Most of us don’t have the time or the funds to get the entire house painted before listing it and often times your house may not even need it. An easy way to give a fresh look is to paint the front door and the trim around the windows. Updating the current color or even changing it to give a nice contrast with the house can completely change the appearance.
  2. Dated light fixtures can be ugly and just bring down the look of an entrance. Buying a new one can give a modern or new feel.Lights are a great way to make a statement.
  3. Buy new house numbers! Overtime weather can rust and cause wear on numbers.
  4. Makeover your mailbox. There are many ways to do this from just giving your mailbox a quick paint job with spray paint or just getting a new one completely. If you decide to stick with the original one and use paint, make sure to clean and sand it down first! Rust and dust underneath paint could make it worse than when you started.
  5. Pressure wash your deck. So we did this to our home when we first moved in and I was ASTONISHED to see what a difference it made. It looked like I had a freshly painted deck! Although it does take a little bit of elbow grease and time, it will change your world.
  6. Step six is to fill in concrete cracks. Who wants an old worn down path to their house? I sure don’t. You can get concrete repair caulk from any hardware store; clean out dirt and debris with a wire brush then just fill in those cracks!
  7. The cheapest tip on this list is to simply clean out your gutters and downspouts. Old damp leaves can result in a musty, moldy smell as well as look absolutely disgusting. If you’ve been neglecting those gutters, now is the time to clean them! Fall brings leaves and we all know how messy that can get.
  8. Like I said before, fall is upon us! This means annual flowers are sadly dying as well as weeds and leaves in your garden. Clean up your garden by pulling all these out and add mulch to cover that ugly, empty ground. Your garden will look nice all winter!
  9. Move the trash and recycle bins if they can be seen from the street.
  10. Finally, add a little more personality to your front porch with a welcome mat and some potted plants! Nothing says hello, you’re entering a well loved home like a friendly and colorful porch.

I hope these tips help you get your house ready to be put on the market! Please follow me on twitter and facebook if you don’t already!

Best Regards,

Denice

Who am I?

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My name is Denice Jentlie; I’ve never felt like I’ve had a job that I am extremely passionate about or that defines who I am. That changed when I went to school to become a realtor. Let me share some of my passion and help you sell your home!