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What to do ASAP as a New Homeowner

by Houselogic

It’s finally yours. Your very own home. You can paint the walls whatever you like. Heck even knock out a wall! There’s no landlord to fight you.

But if you’re serious about developing good homeowner habits (so your home makes you richer, not poorer), you’ll use this worksheet the minute you close on your home — if not before. Easier to do now than suffer some head-slapping regrets later.

Security & Safety

These are the very first things you should do after buying a house (for obvious reasons):

1. Change locks. Spares could be floating around anywhere.

2. Hide an extra key in a lockbox. Thieves look under flower pots.

3. Reset the key codes for garage doors, gates, etc. The former owners might’ve trusted half the neighborhood.

4. Test fire and carbon monoxide detectors. Who knows when the last time was. Definitely install them if there are none.

5. Check the temperature on your water heater, especially if you have young ones, so it won’t accidentally scald. Manufacturers tend to set them high. (but the best temperature setting for hot water is 120 degrees).

6. Make sure motion lights and other security lights have working bulbs.

7. Put a fire extinguisher in the kitchen and each additional floor.

Maintenance Planning

Start your master maintenance plan (and good home-keeping habits) by setting reminders in your calendar to do these basic maintenance tasks:

8. Clean out the dryer hose and vent yearly. Clogged ones burn down houses. And you don’t know the last time the previous homeowner did it.

9. Change your HVAC filters at least once a season. You’ll save on heating and cooling — and your unit will last longer. (While you’re at it, go ahead and stock up on them, too.)

10. Schedule HVAC maintenance for spring and fall.

11. Clean your fridge coils at least once a year. It’ll run better and last longer. (Don’t see any coils? Lucky you! Newer fridges often have coils insulated, so there’s no need for annual cleaning.)

12. Drain your water heater once a year.

13. Clean your gutters at least twice a year.

14. And if all items on your inspection report were not addressed, make a plan to fix them — before they become bigger and more expensive repairs.

Emergency Preparedness

You really really don’t want to be figuring any of this out in a real emergency. Do it now. You’ll sleep better and be less likely to ruin your home.

15. Locate the main water shut-off valve. Because busted pipes happen to almost every homeowner at least once. And water damage is value-busting and pricey to fix.

16. Find the circuit box and label all circuit breakers.

17. Find the gas shut-off valve, too, if you have gas.

18. Test the sump pump if you have one. Especially before the rainy season starts.

19. List emergency contacts. You already know 911. These are the other numbers you often need in an emergency. You should have them posted where they’re easy to see.

Your utility companies

Your insurance agent

Plumber

Electrician

20. Assemble an emergency supply kit. Some key items are:

Flashlights and batteries

Non-perishable food and water

Blankets and warm clothing

A radio, TV, or cell phone with backup batteries

Home & Mortgage Documents

In case there’s a dispute with your mortgage lender or a neighbor over property lines, or if you’re a bit forgetful about due dates.

21. Store copies (the originals should be in a fireproof safe or safety deposit box) of important home documents so they’re readily available. Go paper, cloud, or better, yet, both.

Lender contact information

Property survey

Inspection report

Final closing documents

Insurance documents

22. Set mortgage and other bills to auto-pay so you’re never late.

Times have changed but Watkins still fully invested

by Mississippi Business Journal, Author Nash Nunnery

Adam Watkins officially launched his real estate career the day he graduated from William Carey College (now University) nearly two decades ago.

There were no smart phones, text messaging, Realtor.com or Zillow. The highest tech tool used in real estate transactions was the fax machine. Comparatively, the process of buying and selling homes now is immersed in technology.

Watkins, who earned his MBA from Tulane in 2013, recalls when the Multiple Listing Service was a printed book and each office held keys to listings, requiring agents to pick up and return keys prior to and after each showing.

Times have changed.

“When I started, the MLS was downloaded daily onto a computer, contracts were faxed (not scanned or e-mailed) and computerized lock boxes were being used,” said Watkins. “There have been so many technological changes, so the primary change in the real estate has been how we deliver and receive information and data.”

A Hattiesburg area broker/listing partner with The All-Star Team Realtors, Watkins was recently installed as president of the Mississippi Association of Realtors. He says his long-term involvement in the association side of the business coincided with his career as a licensee and Realtor.

“We want to strive to improve and protect the rights of our members to conduct their businesses in the most ethical way possible, as well as consumers and clients who are making their largest Investments,” he said. “The theme for the year is ‘Take the L.E.A.D. (Leadership, Education, Advocacy, Dedication)’. Our desire is to help each member connect with their calling as Realtors and to be leaders in their communities.”

For Watkins, the lure of the real estate business started early. As a boy, he was fascinated with land, homes and property. Growing up east of Petal in the tiny community of Runnelstown, Watkins began studying real estate guides and developing local knowledge of the Hattiesburg market in middle school.

“In hindsight, being drawn into the real estate business was almost inevitable,” he said. “My dad and his family were home builders and developers. As a little kid, I was always interested in home construction. I’d even ‘show’ the homes my dad built to anyone who was walking through – including his Realtor.”

During his college years, Watkins worked on the staff of Hattiesburg realtor DeLois Smith. After graduation, he earned his real estate license and made his first sale in March 2002. By 2007, Watkins partnered with Smith and formed The All Star Team, with offices in west Hattiesburg and Petal.

The Petal of Watkins’ youth is no more. Over 40 years ago, the former sleepy hamlet incorporated as a city and created the Petal Separate School District. A small community with very little industry or resources previously, Petal was transformed into a viable city, says Watkins.

“Much of Petal’s attractiveness and appeal can be linked to the consistent success of the school district,” he said. “Our growth also has been solidified with the addition of the Evelyn Gandy Parkway, which has really improved access.”

Regardless of the technology changes in the insurance industry, Watkins believes there is one constant – people.

“Ultimately, relationships and the sincere desire to serve others in an adaptive way is a uniquely human experience,” he said. “There is no technology or website portal than can adequately analyze the market and the individual needs of clients.

“I’ve actually found my greatest success in what some call a ‘down’ market. Why? People will always possess the need to buy and sell property.”

Real estate runs deep in the family, as Watkins’ wife Amelia also is a licensed realtor. Despite the 24-7 cycle of the realty business, the couple spend lots of time serving in their church, where the Watkins are involved in choral activities.

“Our church is like a family to us, and it’s where I learned about service,” said Watkins. “I find that is extends beautifully to our work as Realtors.”

Watkins began his term as MAR president Nov. 5. He praised the dedication and service of those before him, those that helped him understand the importance of advocacy for member realtors.

“When you’re fully invested in this business, it truly becomes a part of who you are,” he said. “It doesn’t ever leave you.”

Red, White, & Blue....

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Get Staging with the All-Star Team!

by Kim Moore, All-Star Stager

Home Staging means preparing a home for sale by making the home appealing to the highest number of potential buyers.  Unlike decorating, staging is not about personal style, it is about creating inviting spaces to inspire buyers. 

Some valuable tips for staging your home include:

Decluttering

The most important thing you can do to prepare your home for sale is to get rid of clutter. As the Old adage goes, for every new item that comes in, an old one has to leave. One of the biggest contributors to a cluttered look is having too much furniture. When professional stagers are preparing a home for market, we often suggest the sellers take away as much as half of their furnishings.  The home will look much bigger for it. This approach may seem drastic, but try to take a good look at what you have and ask yourself what you can live without.  After all, you are moving anyway. 

Create a Balanced Space

To make a room appear bigger, paint it the same color as the adjacent room(s). If you have a small kitchen and dining room, a seamless look will make both rooms feel like one big space.

Try using the same neutral paint color in all of the first rooms you see when you enter the home for a better flow. 

Home Lighting

One of the most important things that make staged homes look so warm and welcoming is great lighting. To help with this problem, increase the wattage in your lamps and fixtures, and don’t depend on just one or two fixtures per room.  Make sure you have several different types of lighting including overhead, pendant and table and wall lamps. 

Neutralizing is Appealing

Painting a living room a fresh neutral color helps tone down any dated finishes in the space. Consider painting in a warm, neutral hue. These days, the definition of neutral can extend way beyond beige, from warm tans and honeys to soft blue-greens. As for bold wall colors, they have a way of reducing offers, so go with neutrals in large spaces.

Staging with Trio’s

Mixing the right accessories can make a room more inviting. When it comes to eye-pleasing accessorizing, odd numbers are preferable, especially three. Scale is important, so in your group of three be sure to vary height and width, with the largest item at the back and the smallest in front. For maximum effect, group accessories by color, shape, texture or some other unifying element, stagers suggest.

Fluffing up the Landscaping

Not only does good landscaping give you the highest return on your money, but it also can literally transform the exterior look and feel of your home. 

So take a look at some of the before and after pictures below and let us know how we may help you prepare your home for listing!

The housing market has been anything but normal for the last eleven years. In a normal real estate market, home prices appreciate 3.7% annually. Below, however, are the price swings since 2007 according to the latest Home Price Expectation Survey:

After the bubble burst in June 2007, values depreciated 6.1% annually until February 2012. From March 2012 to today, the market has been recovering with values appreciating 6.2% annually.

These wild swings in values were caused by abnormal ratios between the available supply of inventory and buyer demand in the market. In a normal market, there would be a 6-month supply of housing inventory.

When the market hit its peak in 2007, homeowners and builders were trying to take advantage of a market that was fueled by an “irrational exuberance.”

Inventory levels grew to 7+ months. With that many homes available for sale, there weren’t enough buyers to satisfy the number of homeowners/builders trying to sell, so prices began to fall.

Then, foreclosures came to market. We eventually hit 11 months inventory which caused prices to crash until early 2012. By that time, inventory levels had fallen to 6.2 months and the market began its recovery.

Over the last five years, inventory levels have remained well below the 6-month supply needed for prices to continue to level off. As a result, home prices have increased over that time at percentages well above the appreciation levels seen in a more normal market. 

That was the past. What about the future?

We currently have about 4.5-months inventory. This means prices should continue to appreciate at above-normal levels which most experts believe will happen for the next year. However, two things have just occurred that are pointing to the fact that we may be returning to a more normal market.

1. Listing Supply is Increasing

Both existing and new construction inventory is on the rise. The latest Existing Home Sales Report from the National Association of Realtors revealed that inventory has increased over the last two months after thirty-seven consecutive months of declining inventory. At the same time, building permits are also increasing which means more new construction is about to come to market. 

2. Buyer Demand is Softening

Ivy Zelman, who is widely respected as an industry expert, reported in her latest ‘Z’ Report:

 “While we continue to expect a resumption of growth in resale transactions on the back of easing inventory in 2019 and 2020, our real-time view into the market through our Real Estate Broker Survey does suggest that buyers have grown more discerning of late and a level of “pause” has taken hold in many large housing markets.

Indicative of this, our broker contacts rated buyer demand at 69 on a 0- 100 scale, still above average but down from 74 last year and representing the largest year-over-year decline in the two-year history of our survey.”

With supply increasing and demand waning, we may soon be back to a more normal real estate market. We will no longer be in a buyers’ market (like 2007-February 2012) or a sellers’ market (like March 2012- Today).

Prices won’t appreciate at the levels we’ve seen recently, nor will they depreciate. It will be a balanced market where prices remain steady, where buyers will be better able to afford a home, and where sellers will more easily be able to move-up or move-down to a home that better suits their current lifestyles.

Bottom Line

Returning to a normal market is a good thing. However, after the zaniness of the last eleven years, it might feel strange. If you are going 85 miles per hour on a road with a 60 MPH speed limit and you see a police car ahead, you’re going to slow down quickly. But, after going 85 MPH, 60 MPH will feel like you’re crawling. It is the normal speed limit, yet, it will feel strange.

That’s what is about to happen in real estate. The housing market is not falling apart. We are just returning to a more normal market which, in the long run, will be much healthier for you whether you are a buyer or a seller.

Finding our “Why?”

by Adam Watkins

As we enter the fourth and final stretch of 2018, there’s a lot of activity going on in our business.  As many of you know, I have the honor and opportunity to serve in the capacity of President of the Mississippi REALTORS in 2019.  So much of the planning and preparation for that comes in the months and years prior to assuming the role.  Needless to say, it’s been a growing experience, and my hope is that my service will help to improve the lives of our members and the clients and communities we serve.

As part of that duty, I’ve had the opportunity to participate in various leadership training sessions to prepare me for the role.  This past August, I joined incoming state and local presidents in Chicago for the National Association of REALTORS’ Leadership Summit.  We were challenged to develop “our story” to share with others regarding what this business means to us, and to use it to inspire others to remain committed to the ethical ideals of being a REALTOR.  I like to think of it in terms of a personal testimony of sorts.

The truth is there are a variety of stories that have developed over the years that help us relate to our clients and customers.  For example, the story of how I lost money one time on a home I purchased and had to bring a check to closing to cover the difference, in order to help empathize with clients in similar circumstances.  Or the story of my first home purchase and my overwhelming, but illogical, feelings of regret and fear that set in once I’d signed the contract - to help first buyers get past the stereotypical “buyer’s remorse” after contracting a home for purchase.

Beyond this, though, is an overriding story for why I am so passionately committed to this industry and what it represents.  In our last staff meeting of September, our entire team spent some time sharing and developing our individual “stories” about what drew us to the business.  My personal challenge to each of them, and to myself, is to consider what it is that we actually do for people on a daily basis.  For me, the reason goes back to my childhood upbringing and the blessing that owning property can mean for a family.

Real estate was an integral part of my family’s story.  My dad was the youngest of ten children born in the second quarter of the 20th century in rural Perry County.  They were born into extreme poverty, and every child had to take part in providing for the needs of the family.  As a result, the opportunity for higher education was not available to them.  In fact, my dad and only a few of his other siblings graduated high school or earned their equivalency certificate, because the need to work in order to feed themselves was so great.  The remainder of my aunts and uncles never completed formal schooling.   The necessity of providing for their basic needs required a strong work ethic that developed amongst the ten siblings.  It also birthed the dream of escaping their circumstances.  Growing up with very little instilled in them a sense of thriftiness and investing.  Over time they begin investing in land, and building homes, and by the measure of their beginnings, by-and-large, were extremely successful.  Real estate literally became the rope that they used to pull themselves out of poverty!  In the process, they changed the trajectory of our entire family.  My cousins and I were afforded much better opportunities than my dad and his siblings had when they were young.  In one generation, the combination of hard work, responsible decisions, and real estate investing created a foundation that allowed my brother, sister, and me to pursue careers and dreams that my dad could never attain.  I am convinced that there is no other land on earth, where a family like theirs – with seemingly so little opportunity – could have achieved so much in a single generation.  Real estate was a huge part of that story, and I am so very thankful for it!

So, you see, when I look at what we do, I don’t see it as a business.  I see it as a mission to change the lives of people for the better by extending the opportunity to own and invest in real estate to any who can responsibly enjoy it.  It’s not only my “why,” but it’s the collective “why” for all of us at The All-Star Team, REALTORS.  We are honored and thankful to be in a position to bring the benefits of property ownership to people every single day.

Adam & Team

What to Expect in a Real Estate Closing

by Paula Claret, All-Star Closing Coordinator

Closing can feel like a mythical moment in the home buying process.  It’s that moment where, after all the searching, negotiating and number crunching, you finally sit down, sign paperwork and are handed the keys.  Believe it or not, this is the easiest part of the home buying process, unless something goes wrong, in which case it can become the hardest part. 

There is no need to panic though, it will probably be a piece of cake.  Assuming you have a dynamic realtor (like the All-Star Team), we will be holding your hand throughout the process.  Things can go wrong, and we want you to be prepared!  Our team works full-time to keep you connected and part of the process.    

Keep TRID in mind.  TRID stands for TILA-RESPA Integrated Disclosure rule, which became the law in October 3, 2015.  It ensures you’ll be given forms designed to make it clear to you, the homeowner, exactly what you’re spending to buy your house, and you have three days to review documents.  Before the new rules, buyers often wouldn’t see their closing statement until the day of closing, or perhaps the day before.  Arguably, TRID is a good thing.  Nobody wants to feel pressured into buying a house with terms they feel they never would have signed off on had they realized what the terms were. Also, be aware that you, the buyer, could be the one to cause the delays.   Any changes in loan documentation can cause an additional 3-day waiting period so it’s imperative that buyers get all required documents and information to their lenders as soon as possible.  Lenders can’t make things happen on time if they haven’t received everything they need from you.  Here’s an example; if you drag your feet in obtaining homeowner’s insurance, this can trigger an additional three-day waiting period to finalize the loan and close, which is not happy news to all others involved in the transaction.  

Here are a few tips to be aware of before your homebuying and closing experience: 

  1. Never make any new financing decisions before you sit at the closing table. Don’t buy expensive furniture and you certainly don’t need a new car to move into your new house.  Today, credit can be extremely tight, and this or any purchase affecting your credit can cancel your deal immediately.
  2. Your credit is refreshed by the lender the day before closing to ensure nothing has changed and there are no new balances or credit accounts opened in your name.
  3. Bring proper identification to closing and make sure it is not expired.  No ID, No Closing!!

If you’re buying or selling a home, you should set realistic expectations.  Having an experienced and competent realtor from The All-Star Team working on your behalf will give you the best odds that your deal will NOT fall through!

Don't make yourself a target!

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Coming home to find your house has been broken into is a nightmare no one wants to experience. The fear is in the back of our minds, but it’s still not something we like to think about. Some people approach their fear by not doing anything and hoping for the best. Others take extreme precautions to keep their homes safe.

One person did us all the favor of actually speaking to people who have burgled homes in the past to find out what are the best ways to keep ne’er-do-wells out of our homes. Surprisingly, the burglars were pretty forthcoming. The answers reveal what makes a home an easier target for burglaries. If you’re doing any of these things, try to make some safety improvements as soon as you can!

1. Your house is empty during the day.

Most of us probably assume that robberies take place at night. In the movies, robberies always seem to happen when everyone is sound asleep in their beds. But burglars say that isn’t so. Robbing a house while someone is in it only increasing a robber’s chance of getting caught; they prefer robbing a home during the day when no one is home.

An article from the Center for Problem-Oriented Policing at the University of Albany says that burglars are more likely to target homes that are “routinely vacant during the day.” A serious thief may watch your home for a few days to confirm that you are gone for work before breaking in. Other burglars may just casually knock on the front door to confirm no one is home. Fortunately, there are other simple things you can do to keep your house safe instead of quitting your job to protect your home all day.

2. You leave your windows and doors unlocked.

Locking your doors might seem like the most obvious thing to do to keep yourself safe, but thieves know first-hand that many people skip this simple precaution. One robber said you wouldn’t believe the amount of people that don’t lock their doors. This individual says that he walked right into fellow college students’ dorm rooms and stole game systems, laptops, textbooks, and bikes.

But it’s not just college students that can be careless with their locks. Many people forget to lock their back doors, and their fences can provide extra coverage for a sneaky thief. Another person admits to taking advantage of this. He said, “I often went in through an unlocked back door.”

While a locked door doesn’t guarantee your safety, it will help deter any thieves that are looking for an easy target. Keeping your windows locked it also important, especially if your windows are easy to reach from the ground. It’s also recommended that you keep a dead bolt on your exterior doors since dead bolts make it slightly more difficult to break in to your home. 

Thieves can still kick a door in, but a thief looking for an easy target won’t want to attract attention by doing this. Installing a steel door is the ultimate way to keep your front entrance safe.

3. You let your mail pile up while you’re on vacation.

When preparing to go on vacation, some people forget to ask someone to take care of their mail while they’re gone. Seeing an overflowing mailbox and a pile of newspapers in front of a house is a signal to thieves that they’ve found an easy target; they’ve just figured out that the house is empty.

Luckily, there are easy remedies for this problem. You should definitely pause your mail while on vacation and have a friend pick up your newspapers. But be careful that you don’t overdo it when leaving on vacation.

One burglar shared that he noticed a few other signs that a house was empty: “I often picked houses by the stupid tricks people use when they go out of town. …Tons of lights on, and an obnoxiously loud TV on in the living room at 2 a.m. on a Sunday night in an upper middle class neighborhood?”

You may have thought you were protecting your home, but someone casing your house will be smart enough to see through a trick like this. When you go out of town, leave a few lights on and have someone take care of your mail and newspapers.

4. You have an easily accessible backyard.

Thieves will choose the most convenient way to enter your home. Many like to enter through back windows because there is less of a chance that someone will see them breaking into your house. If you don’t have a fenced-in backyard, it will be easier for a thief to gain access to the back of your home.

Another self-confessed burglar suggests that you “make it a royal pain […] to get into your backyard. No one likes breaking in through the front door or front windows. No one likes scaling 10 ft fences either.” The more you can do to slow down a thief, the less chance they will succeed at getting into your home.

5. You have a window air conditioning unit.

Apartments and homes without central air usually have window air conditioning units. While they keep your house cool, these units also make it easier for thieves to break into your home. One individual advises, “Don’t use window air conditioners. This was by far the most common way to gain access by my friends. Kick in the A/C and climb on in. If nothing of value was found, the A/C could be taken in for scrap metal.”

 If you’re serious about keeping your home safe, you might have to decide if you’d rather be cool or safe. It might be time to invest in central air.

6. You have a thief in your midst.

It may surprise you to know that most homes are not burglarized by strangers. A report from the U.S. Department of Justice revealed that 66 percent of burglaries are committed by someone who knows the victim.

One person described this phenomenon: “Sketchy son-in-law. Jealous neighbor. Drug addict daughter. These are the people most likely to burglarize your house. It may be tough to cut these people out of your life. Cameras and alarm systems often deter these people. Try to hide information about your whereabouts from them. Don’t post your upcoming trip to Belize on Facebook where they can see it.” It might be hard to put these protections in place, but it’s better than having to confront a person you know who stole from you.

7. You make it obvious that you have valuables.

The same article from the Center for Problem-Oriented Policing said that thieves are looking for the greatest potential rewards. They are likely to target homes that show obvious signs of wealth. This means that you should limit the visibility of your valuables and make it hard for them to be seen from outside.

Like one thief says, “Keep expensive stuff out of sight. Your 70″ flat screen TV should not be visible from the street. Your MacBook Pro shouldn’t be kept right in front of your first floor office window.” It also helps to keep less obvious valuables in a safe place. Thieves admit to checking the master bedroom first for jewelry, cash, and other valuables. Consider putting your prized items in safer locations.

Remember, burglars do not like being in a home long. These simple precautionary steps can slow thieves down and potentially prevent more things from being taken.

8. Your home is in a convenient location.

The Center for Problem-Oriented Policing at the University of Albany also said that burglars are looking for the highest reward with the lowest risk. Burglars pick homes that are convenient hits. They might look for a home with an easy getaway to a major thoroughfare, but they also like homes on the outskirts of neighborhoods where they have less chance of being seen by neighbors.

Thieves may also prioritize a home that has an entrance within easy access of an alley or street. Lack of visibility is another key factor burglars look for. Thieves are going to pick houses that have obscured entrances.

Corner houses with neighbors on only one side and houses that are concealed or covered by trees or architectural designs are more likely to be robbed. Houses that are hidden from the neighbors are easy targets—nobody’s there to catch them. Having poor lighting on and around your home can also make you less safe.

So, if you’re not ready to move or to chop down your trees, at least make sure your home is well lit. It also doesn’t hurt to make friends with your neighbors and agree to keep an eye out for each other.

9. You forget to close (and lock) your garage door.

This falls into the same category as forgetting to lock your front and back doors. People may forget to close their garage door after they go inside or while they’re in the backyard mowing the lawn. Another individual noted that “thieves like to drive around nice neighborhoods, looking for people who left their garage open. They love a situation where someone might be mowing their backyard. Quickly hop out of the car, run into the garage, grab as many tools as they can, and run.” 

Being more cautious about keeping your garage door closed at all times will help keep many thieves at bay.

But some burglars are a little more ambitious. Thieves know that most people don’t lock the door from the garage into their home. A security system worker explained, “I have sold more security systems by demonstrating the ease of getting into a garage. Go to your garage door, and press firmly towards the top, does it open enough to see up into it?

Then they can break in. With a coat hanger they can grab the red string and up goes the door. So cut your garage string/rope. You have a remote and don’t need it.” Locking the door from your garage to your home sounds like a better idea now doesn’t it?

10. You don’t have an alarm system.

Alarm systems may be expensive, but they are a great way to keep thieves at bay. Alarm signals are a huge deterrent. No thief wants to attract that kind of attention. While some have debated the effectiveness of just seeing an alarm sign outside the home, most burglars agree that hearing an actual alarm would be enough for them to leave a home immediately.

11. You don’t have a dog.

Many people who have burglarized homes are mixed on whether a person should have a dog. Some serious thieves said if they had already cased a house, they wouldn’t let a dog keep them from breaking in. These are the types of thieves that lure dogs away with treats—or something more nefarious. Thieves that were just looking for a quick, easy hit, on the other hand, said that dogs would definitely keep them from breaking in.

One burglar said, “People think a large dog would be a good deterrent, but I generally avoided those annoying small yapping dogs that never shut up. Get a dog that doesn’t like strangers. I don’t care if it’s big or small or threatening or friendly. As soon as one dog barks, the whole neighborhood starts barking and announcing a burglar’s presence.”

If you’ve been on the fence about getting a furry friend, this may be the push you need to go for it!

12. You make it too easy.

If you follow the tips on this list, you will be well on your way to having a safer home. Lock your doors and windows, install deadbolts, remove air conditioning units, keep your home well lit, and consider installing an alarm system. You can also protect the possessions in your home by making your smaller valuables less visible. Having a safe or lockbox will discourage a thief from taking your things when they are short on time.

It’s also not a good idea to keep your car keys right by your front door. If someone does break in, they will have a very easy time taking your things and driving away in your car. And finally, get rid of that key you have hidden under your welcome mat!

  

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The All-Star Team, REALTORS®
Bringing you home...again and again!
4 Willow Bend, Suite 2A
Hattiesburg MS 39402
601.545.3900
800.335.6477

The All-Star Team, REALTORS brings you over 200 years of accumulated experience along with the most innovative marketing strategies in the real estate industry. We specialize in the real estate properties located in Hattiesburg, Oak Grove, Petal, Sumrall, Purvis, Columbia, and the entire Pine Belt region. Put The All-Star Team, REALTORS® to work for you as you consider your next home sale or purchase. Experience the team approach to real estate and make us your REALTOR® for life! See how The All-Star Team, REALTORS® really is bringing the Pine Belt home again and again.