Something to keep your eye on…Having a home within a mile of Trader Joe’ s or Whole Foods will make your home more valuable.

Trader JoesSo many factors can affect the value of your home in today’s real estate market. When you are looking to purchase a new home you always look for the neighborhood, schools, shopping, and transportation. As I read the below linked analysis by Zillow I truly found this very interesting, that this will be something to watch over time. I personally own a home within this radius of a Trader Joes, and I have not seen this effect on the market. Maybe with the remodel of the Starbucks within the same distance, and the introduction of the Latte Macchiato (My new favorite drink) we will see this become a reality.

And according to analysis by Zillow, an online real estate marketplace, one of the increasingly important factors is the presence of a high-end grocery stores.

“Zillow found that homes grow more rapidly in value if they are closer to a Trader Joe’s or Whole Foods,” the company said in a release.

“Between 1997 and 2014, homes near the two grocery chains were consistently worth more than the median U.S. home. By the end of 2014, homes within a mile of either store were worth more than twice as much as the median home in the rest of the country.”

The analysis is included in the new edition of Zillow CEO Spencer Rascoff and Zillow Group Chief Economist Stan Humphries’ book Zillow Talk. In the release, Humphries offered an explanation for the phenomenon.

“Like a self-fulfilling prophecy, the stores may actually drive home prices,” Humphries said. “Even if they open in neighborhoods where home prices have lagged those in the wider city, they start to outperform the city overall once the stores arrive.”

For example, the analysis found that 2 years after a new Trader Joe’s opened home values within one mile went up by 10 percentage points more than homes in the rest of the city.

“It says something about the way people want to live – in the type of neighborhood favored by the generations buying homes now,” Rascoff said.

“Today’s homebuyers seek things in neighborhoods that weren’t even in real estate agents’ vocabularies a generation ago: walkability, community, new urbanism – and maybe we should add words like sustainable seafood and organic pears.”


SnipSnap…My New Favorite App, a Great Way to Save Money when Shopping!

8Everyone loves saving money, but few have the time or the patience to cut out and organize a bunch of coupons like me.  I always cut the coupons out and leave them at home.  I put Snipsnap to the test last night during the start of Black Friday shopping and was surprised of the outcome.  Most stores I went to the employees knew I was using SnipSnap when I was at the checkout, they would tell me what coupon was the best, and what coupon would work with the Black Friday Deals.  I was thrilled at how many of the stores employees would tell me how to get the best deal.  After last night I am sold on SnipSnap and how easy it is to use.

The SnipSnap app allows anyone to convert a printed coupon into a digital, mobile format, which they can easily search and retrieve on their smartphone. All a user needs to do is snap a picture of the offer… and the app works its magic to scan all of the printed text and images. With SnipSnap, you just open the app, use your camera to scan the coupon, and SnipSnap’s OCR will convert the barcode on the coupon photo into a sharp digital barcode that you can scan at the register. The app also collects and organizes all of the coupons that every other SnipSnap user has added, and lets you download them to your phone. In the settings screen, you can even enable background location awareness so the app can remind you when you’re near a store you have coupons for, or you can just choose to be notified when one is about to expire.

Happy Holiday Shopping, I am sure you will love the ease of using SnipSnap!