Saturday, December 20, 2014

Automation In Your Phoenix Scottsdale Home With Nest Thermostat


I'm impressed at the speed at which new home-related technology is being introduced in the market for your home, from internet wireless antennas built into your AC outlets, to automatic watering systems, wireless flat screen televisions, wireless streaming music systems, automated alarm and camera systems, to the feature this month... automation in thermostats to control your HVAC system like the Nest Thermostat now integrated with Google Now.

It's a neat trick and an awesome feature. Open up Google Now on Android or the Google app on iOS and tell Google to set your Nest Thermostat to 70 degrees. If you do that, Google Now will recognize you're talking about the Nest smart thermostat and will adjust the temperature in your home. Once that's done controlling the temperature at home is as easy as saying, "Ok Google."

If Google Now can detect when you're close to home, for example, Nest can more accurately adjust its schedule to suit you. Google Now will ping your thermostat and get your home prepared for your arrival. When this happens a Google Now card will show up on your devices to alert you to what's going on.

How cool is that? One day, I expect technology will such that as soon as you walk into your home, you'll open-talk to your house and say things like "Computer, turn on the lights in master bedroom, play New Orleans jazz in kitchen, turn on the TV to channel 43, start my shower, turn up the AC to 72, make me a cup of coffee...."

Richard Bazinet - Realty ONE Group - Phoenix Scottsdale Real Estate

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Service For Life December 2014 Business Of The Month


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Richard Bazinet - Realty ONE Group - Phoenix Scottsdale Real Estate

Saturday, December 13, 2014

My Service For Life December Newsletter Is Now Available!

Full of useful information about good living, health and wealth. Now with a Phoenix Scottsdale Real Estate Market Update! 

Find out if you would pass the mental institution test.... not to be committed....

Learn about the Business Of The Month, and get a free treat...

Learn why you should not use your smartphone to pay for your bills....

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Richard Bazinet - Realty ONE Group - Phoenix Scottsdale Real Estate

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Is Your Home Dressed To Sell? Just Like A Date...


Look at it this way - would you go on a first-time date you have been waiting for without making yourself... more presentable and marketable?

Would you go out on a date with a few missing teeth, bad breath, badly dressed, hair messed up, dirty and smelly with half a shoe on? Likely not....unless you really don't want to make a good impression and get turned down by your date. But you do want to make the right impression, right?

Well, the same principles apply to your home as you put it up for sale. Consider each buyer as the first-time date you have been waiting for - presenting it the best you can under its best conditions in all its splendor.

Yet, as  real estate agent, I walk into homes for sale that are smelly, dirty, in bad condition with missing grout, tired paint, and such and generally messed up. And I can assure you that's not the way to impress buyers to write you any offer, and far from getting the best terms and conditions.

So my recommendation is for you to find a competent and savvy real estate agent that will review your home, show you the ways, and provide you with the guidance and advice to make your home look the best - dressing it to sell. Each buyer is like a new date....

Richard Bazinet - Realty ONE Group - Phoenix Scottsdale Real Estate

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Water Heaters in Arizona Up To 15 years? And Tankless Heaters?


Here's a question that comes up with my clients all the time.

Water heaters. You see, water heaters in Arizona can typically last anywhere from 8 to 15 years depending on the maintenance you provide. That's right... do you do any maintenance on your water heater? Probably not. If not, you are the eight year type.

If so, you can get usually about 15 years out of it.

So when we purchase a home, we see new water heaters that have been replaced and older water heaters that work perfectly well. And yet, we see it in our home inspection reports "water heater nearing the end of its life cycle" and yet, it will last another eight years....

So... water heaters can last upwards of 15 years with.....proper maintenance. That's right. Without that care, they last about 8 to 9 years top, typically they start leaking, in the worst of places, usually starting with a rusting issue. Once a heater starts leaking, or rusting, it needs replacing.

So here's a few tips from your favorite real estate agent...

Once a year, test the pressure relief valve on your water heater and replace it if it works improperly. The valve is supposed to keep pressure from building up inside the water heater and causing an explosion. When you raise the lever on the valve, you should hear water running out the drain line. If so, your valve is OK. But if your test lever won’t go up or won’t reset after you raise it or if you don’t hear water running, call a plumber, a competent handyman or your contractor. If you have owned a water heater many years and have never tested the valve, it might be too corroded to test. Call a plumber, a competent handyman or your contractor.

By the way, if you don't have any of them... call me, I have the best in the valley.

At least once a year, drain the water out of the tank to remove sediment.

Every two to five years replace the sacrificial anode rod inside the water heater. This metal rod -- that unscrews from an opening on top of the water heater -- is designed to deteriorate in order to protect other exposed metals in the tank. Rods generally last two to five years. Once they get corroded, they can’t do their job and the heating element deteriorates.

What about Tankless Water Heaters, you say?

Well, they are the hottest item in home improvements right now as tankless water heaters have been growing in popularity. They have been around for many years now - a fully tested technology.

You see, they’re about the size of a briefcase and can quickly produce hot water in your house when you need it. It doesn’t happen instantly; you do have to run the water a little before hot water comes out. But they don’t leak the way that traditional water heaters do. A tankless unit, with high-powered burners that can be fueled by gas or electricity, can last 20 years!

My clients  love them because getting rid of that old water heater frees up so much storage space, they are a hot item in home renovations because they use little space and they also save energy as most if not all are Energy Star rated!

So you heard it here...

Richard Bazinet - Realty ONE Group - Phoenix Scottsdale Real Estate