Richard Stein – Realtor®, Douglas Elliman, GREEN, SFR, CBR, eCertified®

Local Agent, Worldwide Marketing – Douglas Elliman Real Estate formerly Prudential Douglas Elliman Real Estate

3 Ways to Keep a Home Clean Longer

Once your clients have put in the elbow grease to make their home spotless, what can they do to keep it that way for a longer period of time? HouseLogic, a home improvement resource, recently highlighted some unusual ways to keep a home clean and gleaming.

Modern style residential bathroom

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Apply a car product to keep shower doors free from scum. Soap buildup could be eliminated by covering a glass shower door in the rain-repellant product that is used for car windshields (only advised for glass doors). The product creates an invisible barrier, causing water and soap to roll off.

Use protectants on furniture and carpets. Protective furniture sprays and carpet sealants, such as Scotchguard and Ultra-Guard, can help protect flooring against stains from spills. Use them once a year. They can cause liquids to remain on the surface instead of being absorbed into the flooring; they may also prevent some fabrics from fading and keep them resistant to mold and mildew.

Use a wet pumice stone to clean the oven. You might want to bypass traditional oven cleaners, which tend to give off strong fumes. Instead, use a wet pumice stone to scrape off any dirt and grease. It’s toxin-free. To wipe up an oven range, heat up a clean, damp sponge or cloth in a microwave for 30 seconds, and then wipe with—or without—a cleaning product.

Report: Most Homeowners Say They Have ‘Good Neighbors’

The best neighbors are trustworthy, quiet, friendly, and respectful, according to realtor.com®’s 2018 Good Neighbors Report (which is not affiliated with the National Association of REALTORS®’ Good Neighbor Awards program). But there’s no need to maintain a close friendship to be considered a “good neighbor,” according to the survey of 1,000 consumers across the country.

“While it’s true that some people focus on what annoys them about their neighbor, it’s a welcome surprise to see that people generally think positively of their neighbors,” says Nate Johnson, chief marketing officer at realtor.com®. “Trust and dependability plays an integral part in helping a neighborhood feel like ‘home.’ Building it can be as easy as stopping by to say hello.”

neighbor chart. See source link for more details.

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Millennials and Gen Z respondents (ages 18 to 34) and older adults (ages 55 and up) tended to care the most about having friendly neighbors, according to the survey. Researchers found the least appreciated quality for all groups, however, was having a close friendship with a neighbor. Only 9 percent of women see a close friendship with a neighbor as a must-have for a good neighbor; men rated it higher at 20 percent.

neighbor chart. See source link for more details.

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Some of the most off-putting neighborly traits: Disrespectful of property, loud, untrustworthiness, and being nosy, messy, or unfriendly, the survey found.

Welcoming new neighbors can create a “good neighborly” vibe, the survey found. The most common welcoming method preferred by 65 percent of respondents was just a simple introduction. However, the reality is that many new neighbors don’t get welcomed. Only 46 percent of respondents reported that their neighbors stopped by for a quick greeting, and 39 percent say they were never welcomed to the neighborhood.

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U.S. Housing Turns Into Buyer’s Market

Wolf Richter

Forget the hype about a shortage of supply.

In its report today on existing-home sales in September – they fell by 4.1% from a year ago to the lowest level since November 2015 – the National Association of Realtors blamed inevitably the “decade’s high mortgage rates.” This is no surprise. The Fed has been hiking its policy rates, and mortgage rates have been rising for a while and now average over 5% for a 30-year fixed-rate conforming mortgage. While this may seem high by 2016 standards, it remains low compared to rates in the pre-Financial-Crisis era.

And yes, after years of rampant home price inflation, touted by everyone in the media, at the Fed, and elsewhere as the greatest thing since sliced bread, the NAR finds that “affordable home listings remain low, continuing to spur underperforming sales activity across the country.”

Indeed, when home prices rise faster than wages year after year – in September too, the median home price rose 4.2% year-over-year to $258,100 – sooner or later, the choice of homes that are “affordable” to those worker bees having to make mortgage payments from their wages gets pretty thin.

Inventory of existing homes for sale edged……………………………………

FULL STORY AT Seeking Alpha

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