Winter Maintenance List
Maintenance of your heating system
Have your furnace or boiler checked and serviced by a licensed contractor at least once a year, preferably before the heating season begins. Clean or replace the furnace filter on forced hot air systems. Check your chimney
Adjust the temperature. A comfortable temperate is between 75 – 79 degrees select a temperature that is comfortable for you
Add insulation in the attic
Seal your windows doors to close any open pocket of air. Add weather stripping around doors and caulk windows to guard against drafts and heat loss
Check for water leaks and fix problems immediately; wrap water piping in UL-Listed heat tape and insulate if it is exposed in unheated areas such as garages, crawl spaces or attics.
Trim trees and remove dead branches so they do not damage your home
Keep gutters clear of leaves, sticks and other debris
Check smoke detectors, fire alarms and carbon monoxide detectors, and replace batteries to ensure they are operating properly.
Check your Lawn Watering Schedule
Time to turn off those sprinklers.
National Association of Realtors identifies 10 Markets expected to outperform
The National Association of Realtors® identified 10 markets expected to outperform over the next three to five years. In alphabetical order, the markets are:
- Charleston, South Carolina
- Charlotte, North Carolina
- Colorado Springs, Colorado
- Columbus, Ohio
- Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas
- Fort Collins, Colorado
- Las Vegas, Nevada
- Ogden, Utah
- Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Tampa-St. Petersburg, Florida
“Some markets are clearly positioned for exceptional longer-term performance due to their relative housing affordability combined with solid local economic expansion,” said NAR’s Chief Economist Lawrence Yun
Texas shows positive occupancy rate and rent growth in 3Q2019
According to Texas A&M Real Estate Center, Texas’ economy remained healthy in the longest U.S. economic expansion on record. Payroll growth slowed, but unemployment rates hovered at historical lows. Average hourly earnings failed to make positive headway after adjusting for inflation; second-quarter real income per capita, however, increased.
The Residential Construction Leading Index rose to its highest level since the Great Recession amid falling interest rates and upward-trending building permits and housing starts
1 Billion Mixed use Development called Field Street District Planned in Dallas
According to Dallas Morning News, A 1Billion Mixed use Development called Field Street District, is planned for a two-block, six-acre property on Woodall Rodgers Fwy. It is zoned for up to five million sf.
Initial construction will include a combination of office space, retail space, and apartment units.
Smartasset Ranks Denton in top 10 Boomtown in America
According to Smartassets – Boomtowns, characterized by prosperity and robust development, are often desirable places to put down roots and take out a mortgage. Economic growth provides employment opportunities and draws new residents. Some places, however, are growing faster than others. That’s why SmartAsset decided to find the cities in America where populations and job opportunities are rising rapidly.
From 2014 through 2018, the population of Denton, Texas increased by approximately 8%and the city’s household income increased by more than 36%. Unemployment in the city decreased by 0.2% since August 2018 and was at 3.1% as of July 2019. Furthermore, Denton has a top-10 rate for its five-year growth in the total number of establishments, indicating that businesses there are doing well
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