Do you have friends,
relatives, or clients who are in the market to purchase their first home and
take advantage of the $8,000 tax credit which ends on November 31, 2009? What a
great time to be a first time home buyer! We are involved in a Community
Outreach to help educate potential buyers at a seminar about the process of
becoming a home owner. As a BatesRewards member, you likely are not purchasing
your first home, but you should pass this along to friends and family that may
This FREE Home Buyer's event is on Saturday, August 15 from 9am-1pm at the Hotel Preston off of
There will be lenders, CPAs, real estate and insurance agents, and other outstanding professionals, home inspectors. Of course
We want to help the process along. This Saturday and Sunday, we are offering all of our flats of annuals for the incredible price of FREE! Come and get ‘em, while they last. Free color will help any landscape, particularly those getting a house ready to put on the market. If that doesn’t give you quite enough help, we are offering everything else this weekend at 30% off, excluding gift certificates, deliveries and special orders.
According to the Wall Street Journal’s recent edition of Smart Money magazine, “If you spend 5 percent of the value of your home on landscaping, and do it wisely, you can get 150 percent or more of your money back.” Consider the following statistics on residential landscaping: Landscaping can add between 7 & 15 percent to a home’s value.
Homes with “excellent” landscaping can expect a sale price about 6 to 7 percent higher than equivalent houses with “good” landscaping, while improving landscaping from “average” to “good” can result in a 4 to 5 percent increase.
Landscaping can bring a recovery value of 100 to 200 percent at selling time. Kitchen remodeling brings 75 to 125 percent recovery rate, bathroom remodeling a 20 to 120 percent recovery rate, and addition of swimming pool a 20 to 50 percent recovery rate.
Source: Money Magazine.
A mature tree can often have an appraised value of between $ 1,000 and $ 10,000.
Source: Council of Tree and Landscape Appraisers.
In one study, 99% of real estate appraisers concluded that landscape enhances the sales appeal of real estate.
Source: Trendnomics, National Gardening Association.
In one study, 83% of Realtors believe that mature trees have a “strong or moderate impact” on the salability of homes listed for under $ 150,000; on homes over $ 250,000, this percentage increases to 98%.
Landscaping can reduce air conditioning costs by up to 50% percent, by shading the windows and walls of a home.
Source: American Public Power Association.
Trees can reduce bothersome noise by up to 50 percent and can mask unwanted noises with pleasant sounds.
Trees can reduce temperatures by as much as nine degrees Fahrenheit.
Source: American Forests.
A single urban tree can provide up to $273 a year in air conditioning, pollution fighting, erosion and storm water control, and wildlife shelter benefits. Source:
Nothing adds to the “drive by” look of your home like a beautiful landscape. Add value to your home at incredible savings. Whether you’re buying, selling, or “staying put” it makes sense to landscape. Okay, I’m preaching to the choir… Come by and have a iced cold bottle of water and we’ll help you make sense of it all.
Here’s one more fact:
Come on out and get some FREE flowers (it’s the truth),