FEBRUARY 2006

CURB APPEAL…It’s Worth More Than You Might Think!
Every industry uses unique terms. Many times those phrases or buzzwords sound strange to those who don’t use them everyday. Curb appeal is one of those phrases that is used very often in our business and in other real estate activities. Fortunately, it’s a phrase that is easily understood. It simply means what does your home look like to someone who drives by it? But there’s more to this concept than first meets the eye. Did you know that the market value of every home in Johanna Woods is closely tied to the appearance of our community as a whole? It’s true. If you decide to sell your home, the appraised value can be as much as 15% higher in a well maintained community. If you are in the market to sell, that’s extremely important. And whether you are looking to sell or plan to retire in your current home it’s important, because we all want our investments to grow, or at least hold their value. And for most of us, our home is our biggest investment. Paying close attention to curb appeal is something Johanna Woods management is involved with on a daily basis. As homeowners, we hope you are, too. Take a look around your home and see if there is some small improvement that can be made that will enhance your curb appeal. Is there something in your yard that is never used and could be stored out of sight? Has some clutter accumulated that needs to be discarded? All of these things affect the overall appearance of your home and our community.

Stretching Your Home Energy Dollars
Wow! They weren’t kidding when they said it would cost more to heat our homes this year. Thank the Lord for a mild winter, but if you are looking for more ways to keep utility costs down, here are some tips: 1) Set your thermostat lower. For every degree above 68∞, heating costs can rise by as much as 3%. 2) Turn the thermostat down at least five degrees at night and when you are away from home. 3) Check the filters in your furnace monthly and clean or replace as needed. Dirty filters make your furnace work harder. 4) On sunny days, open window coverings and let the sun help warm your home. 5) Check the water temperature on the washer and don’t use a setting higher than you need. Water in the pipes is colder in the winter and takes longer to heat it, costing more $.

Cook’s Corner
Sweethearts Cooks Corner Recipe For A Happy Home

4 Cups of Love
3 Spoons of Kindness
2 Cups of Loyalty
1 Barrel Laughter
3 Cups of Forgiveness
1 Cup of Friendship
5 Spoons of Hope
2 Spoons of Tenderness
3 Spoons of Understanding
4 Quarts of Faith

Take love and loyalty and mix thoroughly with faith. Blend this with tenderness, kindness and understanding. Add friendship and hope and sprinkle abundantly with laughter. Serve up generous helpings daily to everyone in your home. This is a time tested and proven recipe. It works!

For Johanna Woods Sweethearts Only!
On February 10th, just in time for Valentine’s Day, we will have a drawing for $25.00 cash. Just something extra to help provide a quiet and cozy dinner for two-or for anything else you want to spend it on. Your on-time rent payment will be your entry for this drawing and you don’t need to do anything else, except cross your fingers if you want to. Just our way of saying “thanks” for being part of the Johanna Woods Community!