Evansville Real Estate

Market Watch - April 2018

Low inventory may be affecting your home's value in a positive way! Give Team McClintock a call at 812-426-9020 to learn more about having a Comparative Market Analysis completed on your home to learn what it may be worth. 

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11 Reasons Your Home Isn't Selling

When you first put your house on the market, you might be hopeful for a quick sale—especially if you've put a lot of money into improving the house over the years and if the neighborhood is one that has historically attracted a lot of buyers. While you shouldn't panic if the house doesn't sell the moment you list it, you should begin to worry if the months start flying by without any real offers. If this is the case, here are 11 reasons why your house may not be selling.

  1. You overvalued your property. If your house is overpriced, it's simply not going to sell. Compare your property to similar properties that recently sold within your area to get a better idea of its true value. An experienced real estate agent can give you an accurate value of your home. Additionally, don't make the mistake of tacking on the cost of any renovations you made. You can't just assume that the cost of a renovation translates to added value.
  1. Your listing is poor. If the listing of your home includes a poorly written description without any images, a lot of buyers are going to skip over it. Make sure you and your REALTOR® put an effort into creating a listing that attracts the attention of buyers. Make sure to add high quality photographs of both the interior and exterior of your home. Don't forget to highlight unique features as well.
  1. You're always present at showings. Let your agent handle your showings. Buyers don't want to have the seller lurking over their shoulder during showings, especially during an open house. This puts unwanted pressure on the buyer, which will make them uncomfortable and likely chase them away.

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Team McClintock Gives Back to the Vanderburgh County Humane Society

Team McClintock Gives Back to the Vanderburgh Humane Society. Team members Carol McClintock, David Haire, Keith Schulz, Dina Brown with Director Kendall Paul. Call the Humane Society at 812-426-2563 to volunteer or donate. Check out Cardio for Canines on Saturdays starting at 8am!

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Ask the Expert - April 13, 2018

Southwestern Indiana's Top Real Estate Agent Carol McClintock joins Mike Blake on Midday with Mike on WFIE Channel 14. Carol is the Tri-State's Real Estate Expert and frequently appears on the Ask The Expert segment. Watch as Carol provides viewers some tips and tricks for cleaning your home this spring. 

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Spring Cleaning Guide: To-Do’s for Every Homeowner

Get a fresh start on the new season by giving your home a much-needed cleaning. From reorganizing to scrubbing surfaces, our guide will walk you through what you need to do to get your home clean this spring.

Ready to tackle your home’s springtime projects? Our handy guide breaks them down: Spring Cleaning & To-Dos (once-a-year tasks perfectly suited for spring), Exterior To-Dos (fix-ups and repairs for the outside of your home), and Room-by-Room Tasks (decluttering and cleaning tips for specific rooms).

Wash Your Windows
Be sure to pick a cloudy day to wash windows. "If it's too sunny, the cleaning solution will dry too fast and you'll have streaks," says Donna Smallin, author of Cleaning Plain & Simple (Storey Publishing). For a window-washing solution, Smallin combines 1/2 cup of sudsy ammonia (which is a specific type of ammonia), 1 pint of rubbing alcohol, 1 teaspoon of dishwashing liquid, and 1 gallon of water.

Clean Sliding Door Tracks
Sliding glass door tracks probably aren't the first spots you'd think to clean, but you'll appreciate having done it before the outdoor entertaining season gets into full swing. Smallin suggests scrubbing the tracks with an old, dry toothbrush to loosen debris, then using your vacuum hose to remove it. Finish with a wet sponge.

Scrub-Down Sometimes Overlooked Surfaces
You may overlook these surfaces on a daily basis, but once a year, give your baseboards, door frames, and walls a good scrub-down. Wash them with a sponge and a squirt of dishwashing liquid mixed in a bucket of warm water.

Deep-Clean Your Home’s Carpets
To maintain a new carpet's warranty, you may need to have it cleaned professionally every 12-18 months, Smallin says. Otherwise, you can do it yourself...

Ask The Expert - March 29, 2018

F.C. Tucker Emge REALTOR Carol McClintock with Team McClintock joins Mike Blake on Channel 14's Midday with Mike during their Ask The Expert segment. Carol is the real estate expert in the Tri-State area. Watch as she walks through "The Everything Guide to Buying Your First Home." If you are looking to buy or a sell a home in the Evansville or Newburgh, Indiana area - give Carol and her team a call at 812-426-9020 or visit their website at Team-McClintock.com.

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6 Spring-Cleaning Secrets for Allergy Sufferers: Reducing Allergens at Home

Spring-cleaning season and allergy season coincide for many folks—call it a crazy coincidence, but it actually works out. Those spring-cleaning chores you already had on your list will help reduce allergens at home, too.
So if that springtime burst of pollen leaves you sneezing, wheezing, and wiping your nose well into summer, know that you can help ease your suffering. In addition to dosing yourself with weapons-grade antihistamines, there are things you can do around the house to lower your indoor pollen count. Here are six spring-cleaning tips to alleviate allergies, too.
1. Get an air purifier
"One way to reduce allergies indoors is with a HEPA air purifier. These will eliminate 99% of allergens in the air inside your home," says Dr. Christopher Thompson, a surgeon specializing in allergies at the Texan Allergy & Sinus Center.
Already have an air purifier? Remember to change or clean the filters regularly—most lifetime HEPA filters need to be cleaned every three to six months, and the charcoal prefilter needs to be changed every six. During peak pollen times, it doesn't hurt to err on the side of more frequent cleaning. And be sure to clean the filter outside rather than inside your home.
And once you get all that clean air in your house, you want to keep it that way. Keep doors and windows closed and everything else sealed up tight. There will be plenty of time to enjoy the balmy breezes after the trees are done spewing pollen.
2. Dust, vacuum, and mop oft-overlooked places
"Regular cleaning like vacuuming and mopping is a must to get rid of pollen, but don't forget to clean curtains and blinds," says Thompson....

Market Watch - March 2018

The local real estate market is showing stability over last year. However, our market still has a low inventory of listings! Let us know if you are considering listing your home and we can have an experienced agent on Team McClintock tell you what your home is worth. Give us a call at 812-426-9020. 

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4 Tax Deductions to Take Right Now Before They Disappear for Good

As you've no doubt heard, the U.S. tax code got an overhaul—so what does that mean for the 2017 return you're filing right about now? It means that this is your last chance to take advantage of tax deductions from the old tax code. Yikes!

So, if you aren't sure if you've milked every last drop of tax break goodness out of your returns, it's time to squeeze, hard.

To help you out, here's a rundown of four major tax breaks that are disappearing after this filing year, and how to take full advantage of them before they go bye-bye.

1. Home office

With the increasing popularity of telecommuting and working from home, the home office tax deduction is one that many people opt to take. If you're full-time self-employed, this deduction will continue in 2018. But for all you office workers who work in your "home office" on the occasional Friday? The gig is up.

"In 2018, for non-self-employed people, the home office deduction is going away entirely," says Eric Bronnenkant, CPA, CFP, and Betterment's head of tax.

So if you're a W-2 employee, start saying your tearful goodbyes to your home office deduction—but not after you've had one last hurrah filing your 2017 return. The home office deduction falls under what's called "miscellaneous deductions," and includes business expenses that are not reimbursed by your employer. Miscellaneous deductions can't exceed 2% of your adjusted gross income, but if you meet the requirements, you can take the deduction in 2017.

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Team McClintock Gives Back to the Albion Fellow Bacon Center

Albion Fellows Bacon Center-Team McClintock Gives BackTeam McClintock gives back $1,000 to Albion Fellows Bacon Center! A big thanks to our clients for your support and making it possible for us to give back to the community. Pictures from left, Carol McClintock, Rachel Herr Community Engagement Director, Ryan FortsonMindy Guthrie WordDavid Haire, Kristie Byrne, Director and Dina Brown with Team McClintock. 

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Ask The Expert - February 4, 2018

Real Estate Agent Carol McClintock with F.C. Tucker Emge Realtors joins Channel 14 WFIE's Midday with Mike host Mike Blake to discuss the 4 Tips to Help Your Home Sell This Spring and showcase a new listing. Carol is the leading real estate agent in Southwestern Indiana.

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Carol McClintock - Junior League of Evansville's Helen Klamer Philip Honoree

Congratulations, Carol McClintock! Carol has been honored by the Junior League of Evansville as their Helen Klamer Philip Honoree! We are so proud of your dedication to not only helping buyers and sellers with their homes, but your immense impact within our community. Thank you for all you do! 

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Market Watch - January 2018

We have a shortage of inventory in our market and homes that are priced well and in great condition are selling quickly. If you want to know what your home is worth - give Team McClintock a call today at 812-426-9020. #AskTheExpert #TalkToTucker

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Ask The Expert - January 30, 2018

Real Estate Agent Carol McClintock with F.C. Tucker Emge Realtors joins Channel 14 WFIE's Midday with Mike host Mike Blake to discuss the 7 Small Home Flaws That Can Be Big Deals for Buyers. Carol is the leading real estate agent in Southwestern Indiana.

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5 Doable DIY Projects To Send Your Home Equity Soaring

A new front door has the highest ROI, not to mention the boost in curb appeal. You’re going to save money with DIY home improvement projects. Sure, everybody knows that.

But did you know how much? Cut professionals out of the equation and you can save half the cost of a project — or more.

What’s more, you get a great return on your investment. Meaning, the financial value you get out of a DIY project is much more than what you put in.

Here’s a rundown of some top money-saving projects, using cost and recovered costs data from the “Remodeling Impact Report” from the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®.

#1 NEW STEEL FRONT DOOR
Few replacement projects have as much upside as a new steel entry door. Not only will you recover about 75% of the cost of having an entry door professionally installed, but you’ll spruce up your curb appeal big time. Want proof? Ninety-six percent of homeowners responding to the “Remodeling Impact Report” say they are happy or satisfied with their new front door.

Of course, you’ll save even more if you tackle this project yourself. Know your door parts (jambs, threshold, stops) before digging in. You’ll be putting in a pre-hung door that includes jambs, so the old stuff has to come out. If you can, preserve the old casing (trim) that goes around the door. Otherwise, plan to buy new casing.

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Organize Your Home by Feb. 1 in Less Than an Hour a Day

The tip about coffee mugs? We’ve all been there. But “get organized”? It’s a goal so broad that just trying to figure out what action to take makes you wonder what you were thinking in the first place. It’s like you need an organizing plan for your organizing.

Ta da! Here it is. Follow these steps, spending less than an hour day (sometimes just a few moments), to a better organized home:

1. Do That Project

“What about your space is making you feel uncomfortable or overwhelmed?” asks Amy Trager, a professional organizer in Chicago. Is it the paperwork disaster in your office? The pile of clothes teetering on your dresser? Or that mess that surrounds your doorway? Start with what’s annoying you, she says. One hour on that task will get your organizing engine revving.

2. Create a "Go Away" Box

Put anything you’re planning to donate in it (or give to a friend, or take to recycle). And keep it by the door so you can easily grab it when you’re leaving.

3. Deal With the Decorations

Hallelujah — the holidays are over! When you’re putting away your décor, donate anything you didn’t bring out last season, and separate decorations by holiday. No need to dig through your St. Patty’s clovers when you’re searching for a menorah.

4. Create a System for Your Entryway

Set up a “command center” so your front door doesn’t become a lawless accessories arena, especially during winter...

Ask The Expert Segment - New Year, New Home

F.C. Tucker Emge REALTORS Agent, Carol McClintock discusses how to freshen up your home in the new year during her segment entitled "New Year, New Home." Learn some tips and tricks on organizing and decluttering. Team McClintock is featured on WFIE Channel 14's Ask the the Expert Real Estate Segment during Midday with Mike and recently won several awards at the Indiana State level for top producing realtors. Call Team McClintock today!

Whether you are moving across town or across the country, Carol has the experience and track record to ensure a smooth, worry free transition. Carol is featured as WFIE’s Ask the Expert, answering all of the Tri-State’s real estate questions!

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