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ThUrsday, April 7, 2011 N/Warren Town and County News Page Eleven Two Words For Those Trying To Sell Their Homes: Be Creative (NAPS)--If you're still hav- ing trouble selling your house, it may be time to think outside the box. We're not talking about renting out your property until the market improves-- something even Treasury Secretary Tim Geithne2' was reportedly forced to do more than a year ago when there were no takers for the five- bedroom Tudor in upscale Larchmont, N.Y., that he'd paid $1.602 million for in 2004. Although, if you ab- solutely need to relocate for job reasons, say, that could be one way to go. No, we're talking creative ways that Bankrate.com and others say help "stressed-out sellers'--sound familiar? make their homes stand out from all the others on the market. Read on for some tips: Sweeten the Deal. In an effort to weed out sketchy borrowers, the Federal Housing Administration, which backs the bulk of all new mortgages these days, recently lowered the ceiling on the monetary "concessions" sellers can offer buyers to help cover expenses like loan fees and closing costs. But that doesn't mean you can't try sealing the deal by throw- mg in a 3-D TV...Or a coun- try club haembership...Or a car, ~ la the Prius that one real-estate agent justified to CNN by saying: "In this mar- ket, you have to learn to do things differently." Go VhraL "The Internet has essentially leveled the playing field across the real- estate market," proclaims ForSaleByOwner.com's Greg Healy. True. But don't limit your thinking to just eBay or Craig's List" If a You~lbe video of a cat bouncing off a mirroi- can garner gazillions of views across the world, surely you can think of some novel way to show offyour home's assets. "Gift Box"Your Roof. One of the questions that potential buyers routinely ask, according to Market Watch.corn, is how old is the Selling your house these days req uires some inge- nuity, but it can be done. roof?. One nice touch is to pre- sent your documentation tied in a bow with a box of choco- late-covered strawberries. That's assuming, of course, your roof is new and attrac- tive enough to have even got- ten you to the walk-through stage. If not, and you want to replace it with one that prac- tically screams "curb appeal," check out GAF's Lifetime Designer Shingles Value Collection at www.gaf.com. These shingles from North America's largest roofing man- ufacturer are designed to add style to your home---at a very affordable price. (Strawberry- Boxing Alert: All the company's laminated shingles now come with a lifetime limited war- ranty that's transferable to new owners, which can be another powerful selling point.) Enlist Your Neigh- bors, Sure, some would help spread the word out of the kindness of their hearts. But human nature being what it is, offering a $200 gift card to anyone who brings you a real, live serious buyer can work wonders. Oh, and for those ques- tioning whether any of this works, the award for the "Most Out-of-the-Box Think- ing" goes to Bob and Ricki Husick of Wexford, Pa. They gained international atten- tion a while back after adver- tising that the buyer of their two-story Colonial would receive the full purchase price back after they die. The house, originally listed for $399,999, sold soon after for $377,000. Not bad, these days. OFFICIAL PUBLICATION CITY OF CUMMING Regular Council Meeting 03/28/2011 i__ ] (NAPS)----M ons of Amer- icans could eat better and pay " " less if they turned to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)-- a government benefit that can help older Americans make ends meet You can get started by visiting AARP's Benefits QuickLINK Web site at www.aarp.org/snap. .. l&l * * * Products Association's Pets chapters. ... Westinghouse Solar offers Add Life campaign, third-, * * * For a delicious chopped innovative solar power sys- fourth- and fi/~-grade stu- Victims'famih'es of S/ll and Cobb salad, try Panera terns that feature built-in tech- dents were invited to write support groups that initiated Bread's version, made with nology and provide efficiency and submit a unique and cre- the National Day of Service all-natural antibiotic-free pep- and reliability. To arrange a ative poem about their pets. and Remembrance find thatper mustard chicken, Apple- free, on-site solar evaluation For more information, visit giving back through service is wood-smoked bacon, hard- of your home from a qualified www.petsaddlife.org, a fulfilling way to honor their boiled eggs, and crumbled solar representative, visit * * * lost loved ones. 9/11 volunteer Gorgonzola, served on a bed www.westinghousesolar.com. Progressive auto insurance opportunities can be found at of crisp romaine lettuce. * * offers discounts for good stu- www.911dayofsexvice.org and For most skin types, dent drivers, paying your httpY/serve.gov. The Regular City Council Meeting'of the Cumming City Council was held at Cumming City Hall 649 N. 44~ St. on Monday, March 14.2011. The Meeting was called to Order at 7:00 P.M. by Mayor Tom Becker Present at Roll Call: Skip Shelley, Anita Enos. Ed Harkin. Jeff Miller and Dave Chelsvig. Motion by Shelley, Seconded by Enos to Approve Agenda as Amended. Re- moved Resolution 2011-17 Approved 5-0 PUBLIC COMMENT Brad Brown 3036 Cumming Avenue Shoulders on G-14 Need to be Rocked ACTION ITEMS Resolution 2011-16 Approving and Authorizing Execution of an Agreement for Dust Suppression of Public Gravel Streets for the City of Cumming Approved 5- 0 CONSENT ITEMS: Motion by Shelley, Seconded by Chelsvig to Approve the Minutes for March 14, 2011 Regular Council Meeting, March 28, 2011, Financial Transaction Register, Approving Membership of Iowa Good Roads Association, Spring IMFOA Conference, Iowa Municipal Professionals Institute July 2011 Ap- proved 5-0 Expenditures: DISCUSSION ITEMS NO ACTION TAKEN NEXT MEETING AT CITY HALL April 11,2011 Motion by Shelley, Seconded by Harkin to Adjourn at 7:47 P.M. Approved 5-0 SUBSCRIBE TODAY! Send $18 check or money order for a one year subscription to PO Box 325, Norwalk, IA 50211 iiii/i/:i :: ;4;:~ iiii~iii