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Why Use a Climate Controlled Facility? - Delaware Beach Storage

Why Use a Climate Controlled Facility?

Temperature control can help to prevent damage when items are stored in a storage facility,  especially for those items particularly sensitive to temperature and humidity fluctuations. Items that are especially susceptible to temperature and humidity extremes include:

  • Wood, leather and upholstered furniture (sofas, chairs, nightstands, dressers, entertainment centers, dining room sets, etc)
  • Antiques
  • Photos, albums, books, collections (stamps, coins, collectibles and sentimental items)
  • Bedding and mattresses
  • Clothing
  • Electronics
  • Metal appliances
  • Personal and business documents
  • Sports equipment
  • Artwork
  • Musical instruments

Damage to these items, when not stored in a climate controlled environment, may include warping, cracking, rotting, mold and mildew, rusting and fabric/leather degradation, which may cause permanent damage to your valuables.

Advantages of Climate Control

Non-climate controlled storage follows the current outdoor temperature and humidity closely and fluctuate accordingly. The interior of these type of units can have temperatures that far exceed the outdoor temperature due to exposure to sun and extreme weather.  While basic self storage is sufficient for some things, it’s not the right choice for most household items.

Climate Controlled storage significantly reduces the risks of damage to your goods by using heating and cooling units to keep the temperature more consistent at a level well above freezing and below 80 degrees.

Benefits of climate controlled storage include:

  • Protection from extreme temperature fluctuations and the (sometimes permanent) damage that causes
  • Protection from outdoor humidity- if there is too much moisture in the air valuables may be damaged and will remain damp, which will promote mold and mildew growth.
  • Protection from dust and poor air quality: standard storage units aren’t typically sealed the same way a climate controlled units are. Because the air in a climate controlled storage facility is constantly circulated, it remains clean.

Climate controlled storage usually has a slightly higher cost than traditional storage. The added cost is often insignificant  and usually outweighed by the peace of mind you’re given knowing your items are protected from seasonal changes, and the cost of having to replace all of your goods if they are damaged in non-climate controlled storage.

Rehoboth resident Timarie and her husband Blair Thompson are the owners of Delaware Beach Storage Center in Lewes, DE.  Delaware Beach Storage Center is a brand new, state of the art climate controlled self-storage facility conveniently located just off Route 1, one mile north of Five Points. For more information on Delaware Beach Storage Center visit visit www.debeachstorage.com.

At a Glance - March 27, 2017

At a Glance – for March 27, 2017

 


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Access to DAR Forms will be removed from the SCAOR® MLS in downloadable PDF form on April 15, 2017.

DAR forms will be then be exclusively available via zipForm and Dotloop only for DAR members. Don’t wait to make the switch! 

To begin using DAR forms via either zipForm or Dotloop, use the instructions at http://www.delawarerealtor.com/member-benefits/online-forms/.



         

   

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Spring Decluttering: How to Choose Self Storage Facility

When it comes time to look for self storage, you should consider several important elements, as all storage is not created equally. If you are planning to store your items, they must be valuable to you, and you want them to be safe and secure at all times. Factors to consider when choosing a self storage facility include:

Security: Look for a storage facility with coded gates and elevators, a secure perimeter in good repair, individually alarmed units, video surveillance, ample lighting and an intercom system.

Climate Control: Look at the items you want to put in storage. Do they need to be protected from high/low temperatures, humidity and pests?  Do you have anything that is temperature sensitive?

Overall Property Condition & Cleanliness: A lot can be said about the quality of a storage facility by how clean the units and the facility are. The state of the office should give you a clue about the overall cleanliness of the facility as well.  A facility that is clean and well-kept shows that the manager takes care of the property, has pride in the facility and the company, and in turn will take good care of you.

Superior Customer Service: A good manager should be professional and fully explain and answer all of your questions. You want someone who listens to you, treats you as the most important person to them at that moment and has knowledge about the property and the industry.

Accessibility:Before selecting a storage facility, determine what your needs are for accessing it. Will you be accessing at night and weekends, or just occasionally?  This is important because some storage facilities have access hours only during the daytime, with limited access on Sundays and holidays, so it is important to make sure the access hours are convenient for you.

Price: Many people’s first thought is to pick the cheapest storage unit to save money, but that is definitely not how you want to choose your storage unit. A higher, but competitive, price usually means a few things: there are more security features at the facility; the facility is newer and in better repair; there is an on-site manager 7 days per week; or the self storage facility has more options and features such as a variety of unit sizes and types (like climate control units for example), online payments and 24/7 rentals.  Basically, you get what you pay for – don’t sacrifice security and safety just to save a few dollars.

Convenience & Amenities: There are several features that can make your storage experience easier. Does the facility have a moving truck you are able to use for your move? Does it have a bathroom you are able to use after office hours? Does it have ample carts and bins to move your goods? Can you manage and pay your account online, when it is most convenient for you? Does it have packing and moving supplies for sale?

Now that you know what to look for, go visit a storage facility look around and ask questions.

When you decide that particular storage facility is a good fit for you,  ask the manager if you can

see the unit you would actually get and if you can put that unit on hold. Most storage

facilities should be able to hold a unit for at least a short period of time.

There are many things to consider when choosing a self storage facility. Remember, you will be storing your valuables at the facility, and you want them to be safe and secure when you are not with them. Price is important, however it is best to make your decision on the entire experience – from the condition of the facility and the security features, to the unit options and the presence of a property manager.  With a little homework you’ll find a storage space that works best for you.

Rehoboth resident Timarie and her husband Blair Thompson are the owners of Delaware Beach Storage Center in Lewes, DE.  Delaware Beach Storage Center is a brand new, state of the art climate controlled self-storage facility conveniently located just off Route 1, one mile north of Five Points. For more information on Delaware Beach Storage Center visit visit www.debeachstorage.com.

At a Glance - February 27, 2017

At a Glance – February 27, 2017

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Since DAR is the exclusive provider of all real estate forms in the state of Delaware, we’ve recently created a setup video for accessing them through your Dotloop account (an included membership benefit for all DAR members).  If you’ve not set yours up yet, check out the video below! 




    

  
   
   

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Bright MLS Update

Welcome to Bright MLS!  The Sussex County Association of REALTORS Board of Directors voted in November, 2016, to join one of the largest MLSs in the nation. Bright MLS will cover six states and the District of Columbia with over 80,000 subscribers.  The new company was formed on January 1, 2017, with SCAOR officially connecting in late 2017 with a start date no later than January 1, 2018.    SCAOR staff will be updating members every month with the SCAORcard and posting press releases on the SCAOR website.  
 
For more information on Bright MLS, please connect to the website or email SCAOR CEO, Merritt Burke IV, at merritt@scaor.com.
At a Glance - February 20, 2017

At a Glance – February 20, 2017

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Today, we shine the spotlight on our MLS administrator, Ben Kunde.

Ben has been in the MLS industry for over 3 years, and possesses a deep knowledge and unique skill set he brings to the field.

Have Questions?  (And who doesn’t from time to time?) – The fastest way to get answers is to email our MLS support system at support@scaor.com.  Any other comments can be directed to Ben’s work email, ben@scaor.com.  (By the way, If you’re not getting a response in 24 hours, please email Merritt Burke, our CEO and he will follow up with you.)

 



    

  

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Staff Assistance:


Each of our staff is uniquely equipped to handle different areas of focus within SCAOR.  If you have questions on a particular topic, here’s a list of who you would talk to:
  • Merritt Burke, CEO – BOD, Bylaws, Management, Young Professionals Network, Press, Finance
  • Angela Emerson, Executive Assistant – Core Standards, Education, Professional Standards, Management, Bylaws, Diversity, and Finance
  • Ben Kunde, Network & MLS Admin – MLS, Bright MLS, IT
  • Andrew Mason, Communications  – Marketing & Communications, Affiliates
  • Patricia Anderson – Admin. Associate – Public Policy, Rental Affairs, Facility Rental
  • Mary Hanley, Membership Coordinator – Membership



Question:  Are virtual assitants allowed to be granted clerical access?
Answer: Yes!  As long as they go through the process of filling out the proper paperwork, you can grant virtual assistants clerical access to the MLS.  
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The Power of Google - 5 Useful Tips

The Power of Google – 5 Useful Tips

If a friend, colleague or family member asks you to conduct a search for something on the Internet, what EXACTLY do they ask you to do?

Do they ask you to do a search?  Do they ask you to “look something up?” Unless we miss our guess, chances are pretty good that they ask you to “Google” it.

According to statistics, Google now has a stranglehold on 90 percent of the Internet search market, not just in the United States, but globally. This is a mind-blowing number that really illustrates the power the California-based company has on the marketplace.  So, how can you effectively harness that power in your real estate business?

Well, there are definitely some ways that even small businesses can use the extraordinary power of Google to their advantage.

And “Google Tools” is a great way to start. Here are a few that may help:

  • Google AdWords. This tool generates leads for you based on location, which can greatly help anyone in the world of real estate. The idea is for your business profile to appear anytime someone is searching for a home in your zip code. Pretty cool, right?
  • Google Maps. This uses satellite imaging to show more detail on your maps, allowing your listing to be found in a greater number of online searches.
  • Google Plus. Make sure you have a full and complete Google profile online that gives a snapshot of your company when people are searching for real estate online. You can include your contact information, photos, a description of your business and even a personalized message.
  • Google Earth. This allows searchers to see satellite images of nearby parks, schools and more, all directly from your desktop or mobile device.
  • Google My Business. This tool is designed for REALTORS® to list their companies, allowing them to be easily found by consumers.

There are a few of the traditional Google tools that generate page views and can help you with your online marketing efforts. After you’ve mastered some of the basics, however, there is much more available in Google for you to learn and utilize.

2017 Trends

4 Real Estate Trends Happening in 2017

With the real estate markets around the country now fully recovered from the recession of a few years ago, certain trends have begun developing that are driving the market anew. Some of these trends began in 2016 or earlier, but others are just now coming to the surface.

So let’s examine a few of the things that experts say to be on the lookout for in 2017:

  • First Time Homebuyers Multiplying. According to data, more than one-third of the people purchasing homes in 2015 were first-time buyers. But that number is expected to increase to more than half in 2017. This means that the competition for affordable starter homes may increase exponentially, as more than 60 percent of first-time homebuyers are expected to be millennials less than 35 years old. Something to keep your eye on for sure.
  • Barriers are Changing. Mortgage qualification issues, including credit scores and down payments, are expected to be the biggest barriers to homeownership in 2017. So expect to work a little harder with your clients when trying to get them qualified for loans. There are many options, of course, and you may need to examine several of them in 2017 to get over this hurdle.
  • What Buyers are Looking for. In a recent survey, prospective home buyers were asked what attributes they were looking for in new homes, with large yards, quality construction and safe neighborhoods coming out on top. Millennials are also looking for single-family homes with extra space for starting families. No condos for them!
  • Spring and Summer is Still King. Most prospective buyers have indicated that they plan to buy in the spring and summer months, when the weather is warmer and moving to a new home is more convenient. This trend is obviously nothing new in our area, but it’s still worth noting.

So there are a few trends that experts are expecting to either occur or continue in 2017. Trends change every year, of course, and each market is different (think coastal) but these are things worth watching for in the new calendar year.

 

How Does RPAC Benefit You?

How Does RPAC Benefit You?

During the election cycle in the United States, attention had been focused on the large amounts of cash politicians were raising for their respective campaigns and, more importantly, where that money is coming from.

Well, the answer is simple – A LOT.
For the most part – from people or organizations who favor the opinions and ideology of a specific candidate.

As REALTORS®, we have our favorite candidates – and that’s why we have the national REALTOR® Political Action Committee (RPAC) to protect our interests and support candidates who publicly support the American Dream of home ownership.

Many of you have generously supported RPAC over the years and understand the important of doing so. Some have contributed more than others, and that’s okay.

But the work of RPAC and of the REALTOR® Party is important in so many ways, and it can and does actively help us all in our businesses.

Here are a few ways how:

  1. By protecting your business against new regulations and fees. These can become burdensome and expensive if allowed to go unchecked, and it’s up to us to support candidates who will lessen the “red tape” for us and our businesses.
  2. By protecting the property rights of your clients. By contributing to RPAC, you’re helping elect leaders who will protect these rights and will fight to keep homeowners from being unnecessarily burdened by government.
  3. By educating leaders on REALTORS® A percentage of the funds raised through RPAC is used for spreading our message and illustrating how important the real estate business – YOUR business – is to the American economy.

There are just a few of the ways contributing to RPAC can help your business locally, and can help further the REALTOR® cause regionally and nationally.

Won’t you consider donating even a small amount today through SCAOR? You can easily do so by clicking HERE.

 

And to learn more about the RPAC program, visit the RPAC page on the National Association of REALTORSâ Website.

 

Here’s the link to the page – http://www.realtoractioncenter.com/for-associations/CPA/rpac.html?referrer=https://www.google.com.ph/

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