Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Jinks Realty attended the 2nd Invitational GMAR Fishing Tournament

Jinks Realty attended the 2nd Invitational GMAR Fishing Tournament on the beautiful waters of South Padre Island. We had a Great Time of fun in the sun with our office, friends and family. We enjoyed great food, music, and drinks on Pier 19.

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Friday, April 6, 2018

Top 5 Low Cost Alternatives to Hardwood Flooring

Top 5 Low Cost Alternatives to Hardwood Flooring

Low Cost Alternatives to Hardwood Flooring
There are many reasons that hardwood may not work for you.  It could simply be that you need a less expensive alternative, or a product that you can install yourself so you can save money on installation.  Or, you may need a product that is waterproof or resistant to moisture.  Or, you may be installing in a location where solid hardwood isn’t approved for (e.g. below grade), or there may not be enough height for solid hardwood.  Or, you may have a concrete sub-floor and just want a product that can go directly on top of the concrete.
So, below are 5 alternative flooring options you can use.  And, best of all, almost all of them can look like hardwood, and most are less expensive.
1.  Luxury vinyl plank flooring (or engineered vinyl planks)
This is one of the most innovative products this decade, and I absolutely love it as it’s looks so good and is so versatile.  Luxury vinyl planks (sometimes called Engineered vinyl planks or luxury vinyl) are planks that look and feel like real hardwood, but they are WATERPROOF!  Yes, waterproof!  So, they are great for areas that may get moisture or a bit wet (e.g. kitchens, basements, powder rooms).
US Floors invented the category and revolutionized flooring forever with their break-though product called Coretec PlusIIt’s an amazing product that looks like real wood and clicks together like a laminate, so it’s easy to install (and easy for do-it-yourselfers).  Unlike laminate (which absorbs moisture like a sponge), Coretec Plus holds up to water and moisture.
Coretec Plus has an attached cork underlayment, so it adds a bit of cushioning and insulation.  It can be installed directly on top of concrete, or even tile flooring.
2.  Wood look tiles
These have been around for a while and are a great option if you want a wood look, but also want soemthing waterproof.  They’ve become super popular, so they are now around in a variety of shades, textures and styles.  Some even look distressed or handscraped.
They are a favorite for many in kitchens, entryways, mudrooms, bathrooms and basements.  They are especially popular in warm climates as they keep your space cooler in the hotter months.  In cooler climates, they can be cold on your feet, so these tiles are usually installed in smaller areas or over radiant heat.
 If you’re looking for grays or white washes, these tiles provide great options as they start with a white base, so they can get a real clean white or gray look (compared to hardwood floors which are more challenging to refinish gray given the yellow and pinkish tones in real hardwood).  Check out this article to see my top picks for wood look tiles and where you can buy them online.
If you have a concrete sub-floor that’s even, tiles are relatively easy to install as they can go directly on top of concrete.  And, if you’re interested in installing radiant heat, tiles are the best flooring surface for this as they conduct the heat best (and therefore are most efficient).
3.  Laminate flooring
Laminate floors are less expensive than hardwood, so if you’re really going for “cheap,” this is the way to go.  Laminate flooring is clickable (so it’s a floating floor) and can be installed easily on top of tile or concrete flooring (as long as you add an underlayment).
Please note that laminates are NOT waterproof.  In fact, they rapidly absorb moisture – like a sponge or cardboard.  Laminates range in quality and prices.  The more expensive ones look better and are more durable, but they do cost more…and at that point, you are probably better upgrade to a product like Coretec Plus which is waterproof…or real hardwood flooring.
But, most laminate that you’ll see, especially in Big Box stores, are on the lower end, and they do not hold up so well (they often delaminate), and they look and sound more fake.  But, as I said, if you’re looking for the cheapest option, this is the way to goIf you’re looking for the best value option and can spend a bit more, I’d encourage you to consider some of the other options.
4.  Bamboo flooring
Bamboo flooring is an alternative to hardwood flooring.  It’s often misclassified as hardwood, but it’s important to know that it’s actually a grass.  It’s certainly less expensive than solid hardwood, and it’s engineered and glued together.  Because of this, it acts like an engineered wood and can be glued directly to concrete floors, making it very versatile.
Bamboo is substantially less durable than hardwood floors, and there is a LOT of misleading information about this product online (and in stores).  It’s softer than oak flooring (even though some claim it’s harder…the tests are very misleading and so are the marketing claims…soon I will need to write a whole post about this).
 It scratches more easily than oak and it shows the scratches more.  And, it does not hold up well to water.  (and, yes, we’ve had to replace/repair many of these floors from minor water damage from everyday use (e.g. water spilled from dog bowls, water seepage at doorways or windows).  And, it’s more challenging to sand and refinish bamboo floors, and they do not absorb the polyurethane very well.
This would not be my first choice for a hardwood alternative, but it can work in some apartments, especially if you don’t have pets and you don’t wear shoes in the house.  There are different types of bamboo, so I’m over simplifying a bit, but still, it would not be my first choice.  The lighter/natural ones hold up better; the darker ones (i.e. light brown) are made that way by carmelizing the wood, and that weakens the sugars and wood through the heating process.  Also, the strand woven ones hold up much better (but they are more expensive).
5.  Cork flooring
Cork flooring is another great option.  It feels amazing on your feet and it has a bit of shock absorption, so it’s easier to stand longer (an important feature for kitchens).  And, cork has some insulation as well as sound absorption properties.
Cork is also environmentally friendly, and many love this aspect.  The downside to cork is that it doesn’t come in as many color options, and some people love the look, but others don’t.
So those are my top 5 alternative flooring options if hardwood floors aren’t right for you.  As you can see, no flooring is perfect.  They all have trade-offs (even hardwood does).  The key is to find the flooring that’s best for you, your space, your needs and your budget.
Give Jinks Realty a Call for All your Real Estate Needs (956) 429-3232 or visit our website www.JinksRealty.com

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Give Your Home A Pedigree - Document Your Homes Maintenance and Improvements

Give Your Home A Pedigree - Document Your Homes Maintenance and Improvements

by Kevin Vitali a Massachusetts REALTOR located in Tewksbury MA.

One thing a home buyer loves is a well maintained home.  A great habit of any homeowner is to document the work you have done on the home.  It helps give your home a pedigree.
So what is the definition of a pedigree?  “The background or history of a person or thing, especially as conferring distinction or quality.”
Doesn’t that sound great?  Of course it does and what home buyer wouldn’t love that.
Over the years I have had homeowners that have saved and organized everything they have ever done to their house.  Boy, it is awesome and it impresses buyers. 
On the other hand I have had sellers save nothing and in some cases they don’t even know if permits were pulled, when certain work was done, etc… and that can sometimes work against a seller.
As a home buyer, would you rather buy the house that is a pig with lipstick slapped on it or the pedigreed show home where everything is documented?

How To Give Your Home A Pedigree
When it comes time to give your home a pedigree, document every major repair or home renovation you have done with paperwork and neatly organize it.  A great way is to get a big 3 ring binder with clear sheet protectors to organize your home’s information.
Don’t put in every little receipt in your book.  Replacing a washer in a faucet it not something I would document.  Use the book for significant repairs and improvement that give your home value.
Remember buyers want to know everything about your house.  By creating a binder of home maintenance and improvements you help give buyers confidence.

What Types of Paperwork Gives Your Home a Pedigree
Plans-  Save any house plans, plot plans and land survey.  It helps a buyer give a perspective on what they are buying.

Receipts of work completed-  Whether it is a roof replacement, major furnace repair, a home renovation etc…. A receipt does a few things.
It gives value as they see the receipts and the money you spent.
A receipt also reinforces the work was properly done by the appropriate, licensed professional.
Even if you did the work yourself show the receipt for the materials you used.  Materials on a DIY job can be significant cost of any home improvement project.
The receipt will also give an accurate date of when the work was completed.
Permits-  You pulled the permit, you got it signed off by the town, throw it in your home binder.  Permits give a home buyer confidence that the work was done to code in a safe manner.
No home buyer wants to get stuck with inferior work on home improvements that should have been permitted but wasn’t.  It can cost them dearly down the road.

Warranties-  A lot of warranties can be passed on in part or full to a new home owner.  Others might need to be transferred by the new home owner.  Warranties can certainly help give a buyer peace of mind when buying your home.
If a repair or product has a warranty that can be transferred make sure you get it into your book.
Many warranties are predicated on registering the product in the first place. So don’t forget to register them.

Certifications- Work such as lead paint removal and asbestos removal provide a certification from a licensed professional that the work was done according to certain standards and was disposed of properly. 
Lead paint and asbestos can very harmful and the fact you had it removed is a big deal.  Ont op of it you can show you do it safely and properly.

Test Results- Sometimes a homeowner runs into issues that might require the home to be tested.  Issues like radon, arsenic in the water and mold will have an final test done showing the corrective measures have resolved the problem.
Homes have problems that need to be taken care of, it just happens.  A home buyer wants to see the problem has been taken car of properly.

Product sheets of materials used- The product sheets describe the materials used and the benefit of the product.  If it’s an upscale product even better. Many times a buyer might not know the full benefit of a particular product or brand and the product sheet gives value.
Look at our culture you can buy a sweatshirt for 15 bucks but if you slap a logo that says Ralph Lauren on it and the price jumps drastically.

Instruction Manuals-  Instruction manuals provide valuable information for the owner and wouldn’t it be great to have it all organized in one area.  Instruction manuals can show a new homeowner something as simple as how to replace a filter in a furnace.  Or, the best way to clean a laminate floor.

Benefits of Giving Your Home a Pedigree When It Comes Time to Sell
When it comes time to sell your home, taking that little bit of extra time can give your home a pedigree over the years can have many benefits.

Gives value- Money you spent on repairs and renovations can give your home actual value or perceived value to a home buyer. 
Take two home in the same neighborhood and all things relatively equal.  One spent 10k on the roof and one is looking at an expensive roof repair with in the year which would you choose?

Fully informs the buyer- Imagine leaving this book at the house for showings.  A home buyer can peruse it and see the care you have put into your home.  But not only that, if you have upgraded your home with a high velocity ac or a tankless water heater it informs the buyer on the benefits of the upgraded product.

Highlights Low Visibility, Big Impact Repairs and Renovations-  There are just some repairs and improvements that have very low “eye candy” appeal but have a major, positive impact on a home.  For example, a perimeter drain in the the basement is a prime example.  You don’t really see it, but if installed correctly with back up sump pump and battery backup it guarantees you will never have water in your basement again.

Gives confidence- If a home seller had been meticulous about organizing their maintenance and projects it is going to give a home buyer confidence they are buying a good house.

Save time and decreases stress-  Imagine having the answer to all your buyers questions at your finger tips, instead of sorting thru tons of paperwork trying to find an answer.  Because, guess what, they are going to want details.

Better Offers-  The less that is left to question about a home certainly boosts home buyer confidence.  When a home buyer is confident that your home is a good one, that leads to better offers.
What buyers want is to know they are not going to experience major problems shortly after buying a home.  They have sunk all their money into a down payment and closing costs.  And, they certainly don’t want to face major repairs.  
Home buyers also want to know the work on their new home is properly and safely performed so that when they pay for that recent kitchen remodel they will enjoy it for years to come.
Compiling your homes paper work over the years will definitely help in telling the story your house has to tell.

Give Jinks Realty a Call for All your Real Estate Needs (956) 429-3232 or visit our website www.JinksRealty.com

Monday, April 2, 2018

Home For Sale 201 Stone Ridge Drive Weslaco, TX 78596

Home For Sale 201 Stone Ridge Drive Weslaco, TX 78596

Rock Springs Ridge
Weslaco ISD
Weslaco H.S.

Home For Sale 201 Stone Ridge Drive Weslaco, TX 78596 - Gorgeous New Home ready for its New Family!! This beautiful home comes with 3 bedroom two baths with high decorative ceilings in every room and in a gated subdivision. Call (956) 429-3232 to view it!!

List Price: $173,900  

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