Real Estate Newsletter

Hey folks,

The next installment of the NACHI Real Estate Newsletter is scheduled to go out shortly, but I wanted to give everyone a chance to glance at their mail queue before we actually send it out. If anything seems awry, let me know.

To check your queue, log into the members-only section and click the “Real Estate Newsletter” option (second column on the right). After the introductory paragraph you should see something like, “You currently have X e-mails in queue to be sent shortly.” Clicking on that link will show you up to 50 messages in your queue. If you haven’t submitted any addresses to the system you won’t see this link.

Any changes you make to your newsletter database won’t be reflected until the next newsletter. But if anything major comes up I’ll re-populate the queue, in which case it’ll use the most recent database.


Thanks Chris. What day do you think it will go out?

Thanks again

Hey Chris,

Are you going to Vegas to play in the WSOP this year?

We’ll most likely start sending by the end of the week. The whole queue takes 2-3 days to send because of the extremely high volume.

As for the WSOP–I highly doubt it. I enjoy a good game of poker every once in a while, but I don’t think it’ll ever become much more than the game at my local bar. How’d that mp3 player work out, by the way?


The mp3 player works great. I never had one until wining that one.

Hey Chris…

Third request. Can you please provide thread and or link regarding the uploading of a large address file. Thanks…

Here you are Will:

How to upload many addresses to the NACHI Real Estate Newsletter database

Thanks Chris…

Hey Chris,

Can we preview the e-newsletter going out this week?


Hey Will, There is a link to click that allows you to see all your email addy’s that are getting the newsletter and it starts with a link of the newsletter.

Thanks Dan,

Is there a link somewhere that allows us to see the
scheduled newsletter before the send?



If you have any addresses in your queue, you can click the “You currently have X e-mails in queue to be sent shortly” link on the members-only newsletter page to preview the newsletter.


Has anyone received a copy of the e-newsletter? Can you post a link to it?


**Preparing a House to Sell **

Many buyers peruse neighborhoods looking at listed properties from the outside before inquiring with the listing agent to show them the inside. A first impression is hard to shake and if the prospective buyer doesn’t like the house from the outside, they probably won’t inquire at all. To get them past the front door, you need to add some curb appeal. Here’s a list of items that will definitely add value to your home.
Outside Maintenance

<LI style=“MARGIN-BOTTOM: 6px”>Clear your gutters and downspouts of debris (leaves, sticks, etc.) that may block the flow of water from your roof. <LI style=“MARGIN-BOTTOM: 6px”>Properly grade the area under your downspouts and around your house, so rainwater flows away from your foundation. Splash blocks can help rainwater at downspouts flow in the proper direction. If necessary, add extensions to your downspouts. <LI style=“MARGIN-BOTTOM: 6px”>Plantings should be set away from the foundation to ensure regular watering does not add to soil moisture around the basement. Lawn sprinklers should not hit the house or the area next to the foundation. <LI style=“MARGIN-BOTTOM: 6px”>Ensure that landscaping around the foundation (sidewalks, patios, gardens, etc.) starts at 8 inches down from the top of your foundation wall and slopes away from the home. Failure to do so may cause moisture to build up at or around the foundation and promote the environment for mold growth. <LI style=“MARGIN-BOTTOM: 6px”>Keep mulch, dirt and other landscaping material away from veneer drainage system weep holes commonly found on, but not limited to masonry and stucco homes. The veneer drainage system diverts water away from the interior of the exterior wall system and the weep holes allow the water to escape the wall. If the weep holes are blocked or clogged with debris, mold may form on the interior of the exterior walls. The weep holes are found at the bottom of the finished veneer. <LI style=“MARGIN-BOTTOM: 6px”>Sidewalks, steps and exterior foundation cracks should be filled or parged to bring up to date.

  • Caulking around windows, doors, chimney/siding cavity, foundation, and other common leakage points is necessary to prevent any moisture intrusion.
    Inside Maintenance

<LI style=“MARGIN-BOTTOM: 6px”>Clean everything in sight. The kitchen, bathroom, bedrooms and general living spaces, and clean/test household appliances and equipment. No matter what physical condition the property is in, it should be clean, tidy and uncluttered. <LI style=“MARGIN-BOTTOM: 6px”>You want buyers to view your home as their potential home. Therefore put away family photos, sports trophies, collectable items, knick-knacks and souvenirs. Put them in a box or a rented storage area for a few months. <LI style=“MARGIN-BOTTOM: 6px”>Shampoo rugs and wax floors. <LI style=“MARGIN-BOTTOM: 6px”>Wash walls and use a broom to clear cobwebs from the corners of rooms and closets. <LI style=“MARGIN-BOTTOM: 6px”>Wash windows and clean blinds or draperies. <LI style=“MARGIN-BOTTOM: 6px”>Repair those small things now, like leaky faucets, missing tiles or broken screens. <LI style=“MARGIN-BOTTOM: 6px”>Replace all burned-out light bulbs. <LI style=“MARGIN-BOTTOM: 6px”>Properly insulate (12" of blanket or 8" of blown-in insulation) and ventilate the attic of your home.

  • If you are a smoker, clean, prime and paint any nicotine stained walls and ceilings thoroughly and refrain from smoking in the home.

<LI style=“MARGIN-BOTTOM: 6px”>Neaten up the basement. <LI style=“MARGIN-BOTTOM: 6px”>Clean up and correct any water problems in your basement, iincluding upgrading the foundation with a mortar parging at all loose cavities and cracks.

  • Test sump pump.
    The Day of the Showing

  • Before you leave, turn on all lights, open all curtains and shutters to let in as much light as possible but screen out unappealing views.
    Feel free to download this page of tips in a printer-friendly PDF format]( You can reproduce it and make it part of your real estate information packet.
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