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Kenter Blog
September 27, 2013
Go Mobile!
   

Version 2.0 of MIBOR Mobile is now available in the App Store and Google Play.  From your iPhone/iPad or Android device, click the applicable link below.  With MIBOR Mobile, you can search for homes directly from your mobile device, designate favorites, and send a message directly to me.

 

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March 13, 2013

January 2013 Central Indiana Real Estate Analysis

 

Source: Metropolitan Indianapolis Board of Realtors

 

The idea of doing data analysis is about as exciting to some as renewing a driver's license. Sometimes watching monthly figures can feel like watching grass grow. Try to ignore the confusion of high school statistics class – those regressions and cotangents can't hurt you anymore. The number crunching is done for you, so let the trend be your friend. And for the first time since 2006, the numbers are largely positive. Let's look at the cheat sheet.  More>>

 

 

 

November 10, 2011  

Is Your Home Ready for Winter?

by: Kenter Real Estate

 

While September brings the first day of fall, October can be the harbinger of the winter and all of its frigid pitfalls. It's best to be prepared for the frost and snow with a few simple tasks that will prevent drafts, frosty windows and every homeowner's nightmare: Busted pipes.

A good place to start prior to tackling problem areas in your home is a home energy audit. This will pinpoint specific places in your house where heat escapes. The U.S. Department of Energy has a do-it-yourself energy assessment, or you can hire someone to do the audit for you.

 

Weatherstripping

Cold air can seep in through those little gaps between your door and the door frame, quickly reversing any effort you take to heat your home. Weatherstripping covers the sides and top of the door and a sweep fills the space between the threshold and door bottom. Hardware stores and home centers sell numerous products in metal, foam, rubber and plastic for this purpose and many can be installed in an afternoon.

 

Windows
This may be another area where additional weatherstripping or caulk is needed to fill any visible gaps, though that still might not be enough remediation to prevent drafts. While windows add much needed winter light, they can let out a lot of heat — up to 12 times more than a wall if they're single pane. Blinds can keep a little heat in, but heavier shades or curtains will minimize heat loss.

 

Fireplace
Fantasizing about a cozy evening in front of the fire? Your romantic night might be cut short if your fireplace hasn't been serviced. The National Fire Protection Association recommends that chimneys are swept at least once a year.

 

Furnace
It's also recommended that furnaces be serviced once a year. A heating system can break down at the most inopportune time is it's not serviced. Worse, it can pump carbon monoxide into a home or eventually stop working. While a furnace service can run up to $100, the cost benefits are undeniable, considering the cost of a major fix or replacement.

 

Ducts
According to the U.S. Department of Energy, a home with central heating can lose between 10 and 30 percent of its heated air before that air reaches the vents if duct work is not well-connected and insulated, or if it must travel through unheated spaces.

 

Pipes
Frozen pipes are a royal nuisance, but with a little effort, many instances can be prevented. The best way to tackle these is to wrap pipes that run the exterior of the home with heating tape. Turn off the water and drain the remaining water at the inside valves. You can also purchase insulated covers for additional prevention.

 

Source: Zillow; "Is Your Home Ready for the Bill Chill?"  October 27, 2011