Its IOWA and its the season.....for ice dams. As of 2.18.19, we have gotten 48.2" of snow....AND we got another 6" on Wednesday. That is 54.2".
Personally I LOVE snow, but I know most do not. Ice dams are one reason that people do not like winter.
ICE DAMS are due to snow starting to melt on your roof (usually due to poor insulation in your attic), then refreezing, thus creating a ice dam right at the edge of your roof (directly over your overhang). Might look neat, but it backs ice and water up under your shingles and could then slowly starts to leak into your attic and your home. Ice dams could also result in HUGE formations of icicles. So do a walk around the neighborhood. How do people's roofs look?
For most in NE Iowa, its not good and usually worse for older homes with less insulation in the attics space.
If you already have ice dams:
1) move as must snow as you can off your roof. Make sure to not damage your shingles in the process. 'Ice rakes' can be purchases at most home stores (or even rented).
2) clean your gutters (in the fall!) so that water is able to run away and not held up by leaves and other debris. Some people really like gutter guards, I am still deciding what my verdict is.
3) do NOT put salt on your roof--I have witnessed this once, the damage to your gutters and shingles will be costly. Some home stores also sell a product called 'roof melt'. I have not experimented with this to offer a thought on this. I found this recommendation: Fill one leg of an old pair of pantyhose with calcium chloride ice melter. Place it on the roof, pointed toward the peak with one end hanging over the ice dam. It will melt a channel through the ice for water to run off.
If you want to prevent ice dams:
1) check your in attic. STOP your heat loss areas. Insulate if you need to. Or for some, check your ventilation in the attic as well. In our house, I added recessed light covers (fire safe) in the attic, that helps drafts in your living space AND stops heat loss to the attic as well.
Have a great weekend peeps......and prepare for our next gift from Mother Nature--this time a wintry mix.
My newest learning encounter for TINY HOMES: appliances for tiny homes.
I am still trying to learn more about heating options for tiny homes--specifically which one is best for our varied climate of the Northern Mid-West. If you have recommendations--leave a comment below please!
Have a great weekend everyone, and here is a fun tiny to dream about all weekend long.
Data DOES NOT EQUAL information. Data is raw and usually overwhelming....after analysis (be it with qualitative or quantitative mean), data becomes information. Meaning something we can understand. Recently, there has been a HUGE raise in infographics to convey meaning in a concise way to the viewing public. Real estate has followed this trend.
If any of you follow Zwanziger Realty on Pinterest, you can see evidence of this--I love infographics! Infographics provide a quick & easy way to convey information with IMPACT.
Look below, which one has more concise impact on you, A or B?
A) "In 2019, millennials will lead the way in number of mortgages, accounting for 45% of the market. They’ll be followed by Gen Xers at 37% & baby boomers at 17%."
Most of the time, B is the option that people prefer.
This graphic is conveying information about the real estate market....and there is so much information out there! Whether you are a buyer or seller, harness all this information to be as informed as possible!
Happy Selling or House Hunting, whatever the case may be!
Portman's idea sounds grand, does it not? Or maybe too much to accomplish? Yet, while I was reading about her, I really started to ponder WHY she said this and HOW she is doing her part, even if its it small, for the world.
So, what does this mean for me as a REAL ESTATE agent? Well, lots actually.
1) real estate is about CONNECTIONS. By those connections, I gain knowledge about properties, communities, and clients, which results in trust being created. I can do my job better.
2) COMMUNITY BUILDING -- selling or buying a home impacts a community (more than just taxes!). Helping buyers become part of the community and sellers move to a new community is a process, and if nurtured, helps to build a stronger one.
3) DOING GOOD. I got a call this week from someone I did not know asking about apartments for rent to certain specifications, and I knew I did not have anything available. Rather than saying 'good luck on your search', I searched found some potential options matching their needs available & called them back. Their comment at the end of the conversation, 'I hope I get to meet you one day, you are a good soul.' My gain was simply helping another human, and that is PRICELESS.
4) PAYING IT FORWARD. As part of my commitment of to giving back, I donate a percentage of my commission to a local charity (of the seller or buyer's choice). The acknowledgement I get back have shared memories of my clients, which I have truly cherish.
5.) what is my 'community'? Any place I have a connection & sense of belonging. My kiddos school, my church, my university, where I socialize, where I live AND work. Places I can impact & impact me. Suddenly its more than just my address. Over the last year, Zwanziger Realty took part in a number of local parades, was a part of school and university functions, and even the Volga City Truck Cruise (sponsored tie dye and rock painting for kids while the adults looked at the trucks). I hope you see you at some of our community events this year!
But isn't the point of a a real estate agent to be in town, in the office? Giveback Homes thinks otherwise, which is AMAZING.
Giveback Homes networks like-minded real estate agents & empowers them to turn their everyday business into an opportunity for SOCIAL CHANGE. The Giveback Home team delivers innovation & impact to their network of real estate agents, which are the driving force behind the movement to provide safe homes for families throughout the world. But how?
Most companies offer vacation time and sick days, few of us want to use vacation time to volunteer to build a home. But some companies are changing that norm. Think about this:
What if in addition to vacation, companies offered paid opportunities to travel and volunteer abroad? Salesforce, Timberland, Patagonia, and IBM are among the companies that currently offer paid volunteer abroad opportunities to their employees."
Let's think bigger, what if every Fortune 500 company did the same?
Think about THAT IMPACT, how countries and people employees would be helping around the world & enriching the lives of employees.
Sounds too good to be real? Well, its working since 2013! This network of real estate agents is growing as has provided safe homes in 17 different cities across the US and in two countries (Mexico & Nicaragua).
Giveback Homes helps coordinate this impact for real estate brokers and companies. Real estate agents are able to volunteer to help build homes & projects to donate to & support. Other projects include clean water (international) and socks donations (most sought item in homeless shelters in the US).
The company also offers its community with marketing & communication tools to help share their philanthropic endeavors with their clients, friends and family. Other benefits include more engagement, more networking, and better retention of staff.
For Millennials especially, thinking about the TRIPLE BOTTOM LINE is standard. That means this group of consumers actively think about the financial, environmental and social impacts of their buying decisions. And that includes real estate too.
Have a great weekend everyone!
Hi, I am Summer, real estate agent in NE Iowa. This blog is about life, of which Real Estate is a part of. Happy reading!