If you listen to the media you will never know which way is up when it comes to the state of the real estate market. It’s not just the market that determines how a house will sell but also location, price, and condition of the home.

Like they say real estate is local. Just like you wouldn’t expect the weather to be the same in one place vs. another – the same is true about the real estate market. There are a few things you can look at to determine the type of market in your area.

1. Contact a real estate professional.

2. If you are a seller ask for a comparable market analysis on your home.

3. If you are a buyer determine the average number of days on the market in your desired area and price range.

4. Ask your agent what the absorption rate is the market your are looking to buy or sell. Absorption rate is the rate at which homes are selling.

Whether you are buying a home or selling it’s important to understand the market conditions.

Bringing home baby can be stressful but making sure your home is safe for baby is a part of being a new parent. You may think that there isn’t much a newborn can do or get into but before you know it your tiny little baby will be toddling around and getting into everything.

Here are some quick baby proofing tips to get you started:

-Check the crib slats and make sure they are no further than 2 3/8th inches apart.

-No soft bedding, blankets or toys in the cribs which can cause suffocation.

-Remove hanging cords and secure them from window blinds and treatments.

-Plug all electrical outlets.

-Set the water heater to no more than 120 degrees Fahrenheit.

-Install locking lids on all toilets.

-Store poisons, including medications in a high cabinet. All medications and toxic chemicals should also have safety lids.

-Use foam corners to soften all the hard and sharp corners of tables, the hearth etc.

-Install baby proof locks on drawers and cabinets.

-Door locks and hinge protectors are also good ideas for doors to rooms and closets.

These are just a few tips for baby proofing your home. You can find more information on how to keep kids safe from the American Academy of Pediatrics at HealthyChildren.org.

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