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Relax! April is Stress Awareness Month

Believe it or not, the average stress level of Americans has dropped since 2007, according to the American Psychological Association (APA). But, we here at Howard Hanna Insurance Services understand if you don’t exactly feel that way. It’s a good thing, then, that Stress Awareness Month is here.

Reducing your stress is well worth your while. If you don’t know where to start, tese tips from the Mayo Clinic and WebMD will get you headed in the right direction:

Make stress management a goal. Simply saying, “I want to reduce stress” isn’t enough. You’ve got to learn to identify problems and implement solutions, which takes work.

Identify your triggers. What situations cause you to experience stress? Work? Relationships? Money? Don’t overlook everyday tasks, such as commuting, or even positive events, such as starting a new job.

Consider strategies to deal with those specific triggers. For example, creating a budget plan or talking to a financial adviser could help ease your worries about finances. Changing your hours at work could potentially improve your commute.

Practice relaxation techniques and live a healthy lifestyle. Here are just a few tools that people use to help alleviate stress:

Deep breathing, yoga or tai chi
Meditation and guided imagery — imagining yourself in a place of relaxation
Writing or talking to someone about your feelings
Exercise (even simple stretching or housework) and outdoor recreation

Art and other creative projects
Ask for help. Many people you know have probably experienced similar stresses to your own. Find out how they have solved problems and relieved stress. And, if they are still having trouble, you can work on managing issues together.

April is a great time to try to reduce stress and live a healthier life. So, what are you waiting for? Remember, when you make stress management a bigger part of your life, you leave less room for the stress itself.

Spring Into Open Houses

Spring is (finally) here! Flowers are blooming, the sun is shining, and homes are open for viewing! Spring is a wonderful time of the year, especially for attending open houses. Here’s why you should go to an open house in spring!

With spring comes warmer weather and a colorful world. Attending an open house in spring allows you to view the community and the home’s surrounding landscape in full bloom. The warmer weather also mean no snow coverage, which could hide structural issues to the home or property.

Spring cleaning means you get to see the home in tip-top shape! Sellers will most likely clean to take away the grime and dullness of winter and make their home sparkle and shine before showing it. This can allow you to view the home in a similar condition to what it would be like before moving in.

The spring season is a popular time for sellers to place their homes on the market, giving you the chance to see the biggest selection of homes at one time. A popular season means more potential buyers, so attending an open house early can give you the upper hand when bidding on a home.

Open houses are a fun way to see different homes and neighborhoods. Combine them with the great season of spring, and you have a recipe for an awesome experience! Take a look at Nothnagle’s open houses to start your visits today!

Avoiding the Winter Blues

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Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow this past Groundhog Day, meaning a few more weeks of winter are on the way.  But you can take solace in the fact that spring will be here eventually.  In the meantime, we here have you covered with some quick tips from Johns Hopkins University to avoid the “winter blues” and get through those long weeks of waiting.

  1. Stay active.

Exercise releases endorphins that will elevate your mood.

  1. Eat well.

High-sugar foods and large amounts of caffeine can feed depression and actually decrease your energy level.  Foods such as whole grains, fresh fruits and vegetables, seafood and lean meats can help your immune system.

  1. Go to the light.

Bring as much light into your life as possible, by spending time outdoors, opening your shades so your home receives more natural light, or even get help from a “light box.”

  1. Get your rest.

Go to bed around the same time every night and wake up at the same time each morning.  You’ll have more energy during the day.

Four Tips for Selling Your Home in the Winter

If you’ve ever been a home seller, you know that the time of year when you list your home isn’t always under your control. That doesn’t mean that your home can’t shine, even if you’re listing it during the winter or early spring months.

Use these strategies to make your home selling experience more enjoyable and rewarding:

Price your home to sell. As we discussed in our blog “Pricing Your Home to Sell,” finding the right price for your place is part art, part science. Working with a real estate agent to ensure that you have a market analysis with past sales history will help you understand the best way to price your home in the current market.

Schedule a home tune-up. You’ve already taken care of small repairs to prepare for listing your home. Now is the time to schedule a roof inspection and then have a repair person take a look at the HVAC and furnace. While you’re at it, be sure to clean gutters and change filters. It may also be worth it to consider low-cost upgrades, like installing energy-efficient windows.

Make your entryway welcoming. There isn’t much time to make a first impression on a potential buyer, so be sure to make a good one. Appeal to the senses with the cozy light of candles, or have delicious-smelling cookies or bread baking in the oven. Put some warm throw blankets in the living room and maybe even some wood by the fireplace!

Lastly, make the driveway, sidewalks and paths easily accessible. From good outdoor lighting to removing ice and snow, it’s important to make getting into your home a safe experience. Clear the driveway, sidewalk, and paths to the door of snow, and ensure that no one slips by applying an ice-melt product. You may also want to trim shrubs and brush snow off the branches.

Remember, by using these tips, your home will shine brightly even in the dark winter nights!

Nothnagle Realtors Now Translates Website in 100 Languages

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Real estate is a personal business. Bringing buyers and sellers together has been Nothnagle Realtors’ fundamental purpose for over 68 years. They believe their greatest asset is their team of trained professionals. Their broad knowledge, experience, hard work, dedication to service and ongoing real estate training combined with many innovative marketing tools, produce the cumulative results that make the company a success.

In May of 2015 Nothnagle Realtors joined forces with Howard Hanna Real Estate services, and in July of 2016 they also brought on Realty USA. Making them the #1 Real Estate Company in New York State, and #3 in the United States! Ever since the merger, the companies have been working closely to share knowledge, programs and other services. Both companies have recently made their web pages available in 100 different languages.

“From our 100% Money Back Guarantee, to our Buy Before You Sell program, to our One-Stop Shopping, to our world-class website, Howard Hanna has always tried to anticipate the needs of our customers and adapt to the changing role of real estate,” said Howard W. “Hoddy” Hanna, III, Chairman of Howard Hanna. “Updating our website to offer translations in 100 languages is just another way for us to make sure that we continue to lead the charge as visionaries in the world of real estate.”

With the goal to better serve the customer, adding this unique feature will make it easy for Nothnagle Realtors to become accessible to clients from all walks of life! Visit www.Nothnagle.com to view this unique feature.language.PNG

About Notanagle Realtors:  Established in 1948, Nothnagle Realtors offers 30 locations throughout the Rochester, Finger Lakes Region and Buffalo regions.  In May 2015, Nothnagle announced its alliance with Howard Hanna Real Estate Services.  The combined performance of the joint Nothnagle and Howard Hanna companies in 2014 was $11.3 billion in closed sales volume and 61,776 closed transactions.*  The combined strength of the companies is more than 7,300 agents and employees with 205 offices in the eight states of Pennsylvania, Ohio, New York, Virginia, Michigan, West Virginia, North Carolina and Maryland.  For more information visit www.Nothnagle.com

Tips For Last Minute Movers

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With the Real Estate  market as fast pace as it is right now your home may go up for sale and sell in a week or less! This is a great thing…as long as you are prepared that is. Here are a few tips if you are moving in a pinch to assure you that process is not as difficult as it may seem.

  1. Sort through the clutter: If you have lived in your home for a number of years chances are there may be some clutter. Your first step is to bring a garbage right inside and throw away anything that does not do you service. Sorting through the unwanted items will give you a better look for what can be thrown away, what can be donated, and what is going with you.
  2. If there is not enough time for a Garage Sale DONATE! Remember one man’s trash is another man’s treasure. If you have appliances, toys, home items that are still in good shapeYardsale.jpg make sure to donate them to your nearest Good Will or Salvation Army. There are plenty of people who would love the items in your home so start up a big box labeled DONATE encourage your family to fill the box as they pack and then drop it off at a donation center.
  3. Ask for help: If you are pressed for time during your move do not be afraid to ask for help. Friends and family are always willing to help. Just make sure to maximize your efficiency by having a list made with tasks for each person to avoid the chaos of too many hands in the pot during the move. Professional movers are ideal when moving furniture and large items. It could take you weeks to move a full house of furniture if you are cramming one couch at a time in the back of your friend’s pick-up truck. Save your time and your back and hire professionals for the big items.
  4. Packing the right way:. Make sure to stock up on the right supplies in order to pack your belongings the right way. Once things are placed in a box no one knows who will be touching it. To avoid fragile items from being broken make sure to have enough packing supplies to do it the right way. Many of your friends may have boxes that you could use. Before going out and buying ask around to those who you know have recently moved, they most likely would love to get them off their hands.moving-boxes-labeled
  5. Label, Label, Label: Now that you are all packed up, label each box with which room it will go in the new home. This way as everyone begins to transfer the items to the final destination upon arrival they know exactly where to place each box.
  6. Make a plan: Making a plan of attack for the day of the move is crucial. This is something that you want to communicate with everyone helping you to ensure that no time is wasted and your move is done as efficiently as possible. Delegate each person with a different task for the day and make sure they are all informed and prepared. This will reduce the stress level of everyone involved.

With that being said, if you are moving in a pinch don’t stress. Remember that planning is crucial and communication is key. Happy moving and welcome home!

If you are in the process of moving and looking for a reliable and trusting moving service, visit the Nothnagle Home Services page to view a full list of movers and home-related vendors available to you! We take the time to find the most qualified and trusting services so that you don’t have to!

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The House Hunter’s Guide To Nothnagle.com

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The weather is warming up and the housing market is booming! If you are in the search for a home chances are your weekends and evenings are jam packed with showings and open houses. Starting your search for a home online is a great and efficient way to begin your home search. Here are 6 tips to keep in mind when beginning your home search on Nothnagle.com

Stay focused and use the ‘More Search Options’.  With thousands of listings on Nothnagle.com it can become quite overwhelming. Make sure to narrow down your search right off the bat by choosing the region, county, area and ideal price range. This will automatically eliminate the majority of properties that are not for you. If a specific school district is one of your top priorities, make sure to check that as well. This will narrow your focus.

showacseofhomes.PNGWatch an episode of The Showcase of Homes. What better way to search for a home then in your pj’s with a cup of coffee on a Sunday morning? Take advantage of The Showcase of Homes that airs on Sunday’s at 11am on 13Wham. If you happen to miss a show they are readily available to view right on Nothnagle.com! Follow the link to view our most recent show.

Narrow your search but always keep an open mind. Although it is very helpful to be specific when searching online sometimes being too specific may cause you to overlook a home that may be ‘the one’. Try to alter your price range a little higher and lower than your ideal range. This will cover the grey area for homes that may need a little extra TLC or a small price drop to meet your criteria.

MyNothnagleStart a list of potential properties-Register for MyNothnagle. With the overwhelming number of homes you will browse by it can be very easy to forget about a property that you wish you could remember. Take advantage of the MyNothnagle. This is a free service that will allow you to save searches, rate listings, stay in contact with your agent and manage your search more efficiently.

Can’t wait to see the house? Text-To-Video!  Sometimes just browsing through the
MobileNothnagle2.PNG photos isn’t quite enough. This is why Nothnagle offers Text to Video. At the bottom of each listing on Nothnagle.com there will be a PC code to text to VIDEOS (843367). By simply texting the PC code a video link will be sent right to your smartphone. This will allow you to take a tour of the property just as if you are inside. This feature is sure to hold you over until your agent can arrange a showing!

Keep your agent in the loop the entire time. As you begin to narrow your search and find some great contenders, make sure to communicate this with your agent. Also keep an open mind if they want to show you a house that is not on your ‘list’. Your agent knows the market best and a home that may not be your #1 pick may be worth looking at. Communication is the key to a successful home search so do not hesitate to ask questions. After all that is what they are here for!

Don’t wait any longer, start your home search on Nothnagle.com today! Happy house hunting!