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Home Sales Remain Steady, Prices Slip in October


By Andrew Einsmann

In October, the Germantown housing market saw a leveling off period as more people are into the school year grind. A total of 78 houses were sold resulting in a total volume of $23.7 million dollars of housing.

While the total units sold increased by 1 unit from September, the median price had decreased from the month before. In September, 77 houses were sold at a total volume of $25 million. The average days for a house to be on the market, has increase to 60 days which is 10 days more than last month and increase of the days on the market as last year.

We are seeing a slowdown in the market which is a standard occurrence when school is in full swing. This is the time of year that is time of year in this area where buyers need to seriously consider taking their property off the market. A little know local real estate secret is that if you take you house off the market for 90 days or more and re-list in the spring, it appears on the multiple listing service as 0 days in the market and appears and if you just listed your property for the first time.

Here are tips for preparing your home for the winter:

We are supposed to have one of the coldest January’s on record so it is not too late to heed the advice below to help keep your heating bills low and keep your house warm.

1. Slowly Condition Your Home to Cooler Temperatures

As soon as our homes get chilly, the kneejerk reaction is to run to the thermostat and crank up the heat. While our bodies are instantly grateful for our natural impulses, our wallets will start to feel the pain not long after. Try an experiment and lower it by one degree each week for a month, slowly try changing the temperature you are used to and let your body adjust. Wear a sweatshirt if this is a difficult adjustment. This tip has the potential to save you quite a bit of money this winter.

Another great tip to help your home capture more heat during the winter is to seal or wrap your windows to prevent cold air from seeping in, and open the blinds and curtains in the morning to take advantage of the natural heat from the sun that will pour through your windows and help raise the temperature of those rooms a bit.

2. Kick Rodents and Other Pests to the Curb

During the milder months, the weather is nice enough that we generally don't have to worry about vermin taking over our homes—they're enjoying the outdoors as much as we are. But when the temps take a dive, everybody runs for cover… even the creepy-crawlies.

To help keep this nightmare scenario such as rodents, spiders, cockroaches, and other pests, here are a few steps to ensure your home is home to only you and your family:

a) Seal cracks and holes on the outside of your home to help prevent rodents from getting inside. Be sure to check the areas where utilities and pipes enter the home. A mouse can fit through a hole the size of a dime.

b) Replace loose mortar and weather stripping around the basement foundation and windows.

c) Store firewood at least 20 feet from the home.

d) Rodents can hide in clutter, so keep storage areas well organized, and store boxes off of the floor.

e) Eliminate all moisture sites, including leaking pipes and clogged drains.

f) Keep attics, basements, and crawl spaces well ventilated and dry. Install door sweeps and repair damaged screens in windows.

g) Screen vents to chimneys.

3. Stock Up on Your Outdoor Hardware

Do an early check to make sure you have rakes, shovels, snow blowers, sidewalk salt, and other winter cleanup items that you'll need to keep everybody safe who will step on to your property before, during, and after a winter-weather event. Rush the hardware store a day before and you'll likely find very little stock left or face supply-and-demand pricing, which will only make matters worse.