Like Glamour Magazine’s Fashion DOs and DON’Ts, Gardens are DOs and DON’Ts too.
Gardens I pass in my travels:
DO: Glorious red/orange Maple and well designed fence.
DO: Grand grasses glowing and blowing in the wind.
DO: Grasses and native plants are drought resistant and save water!
House eating juniper or juniper eating house.
Fence eating juniper or juniper eating fence.
Just don’t juniper!
DOs and DON’Ts:
DON’T let the trunk or a stem climb behind a drain pipe. It will grow larger and there goes your drain pipe!
DO: Try a trellis.
DO or DON’T?
ESPALIER TREATMENT OF TREE
Love the espalier, but it’s growing over a window. DO or DON’T?
“Let the sunshine in. Let the sunshine in. Let the sun shine in!” (From the musical, Hair.)
Guess what I think?
Google and giggle but don’t zillow. I suspect Zillow is a front for drug companies. I zillow my house and bingo, I need a Xanax. Have you seen anyone observing your house lately, texting? Aiming their iphone at su casa? Has anyone called you to look at the interior? If your answer to any of these questions is yes, and you’re not trying to obtain a loan or refinance, chances are your abode is being cased by a burglar for a future visit. Real appraisers call you for an appointment, look inside and out, measure and take notes.
They say, “Hello,” or “Good Morning,” or “Jeesh, I couldn’t even Map Quest this place!”
Do you think Zillow sends out little zillowees to get as much information about your property as they can without contacting you? More likely they put a lot of beans in a very large jar and guess the number. This becomes the value of your house. Or the Wizard of Oz, badly in need of employment, analyzes information and comes up with a figure. They could ask your next door neighbor and find out that your house is worth gazillions. Who knows what they do and frankly, who cares?
Their claims are often incorrect. I hear Zillow this and Zillow that. If it’s on the internet, TV or in print it must be true, correct? If you want to be well informed, read the National Inquirer. For real estate news and information, consider the source. Do you personally know anyone at Zillow? Do you know what their credentials are? Would you like me to perform brain surgery on you next week? I can assure you, I’m highly qualified. Just ask me. I’ve read a few books and articles on-line. I can do anything. Call me for the value of your house, while I finish suturing. I can multi-task.
Market value, constantly changing, is what a willing buyer pays a willing seller. For an educated guess, call me. I’ll stop suturing and actually visit your property. I’ve been selling real estate in Santa Cruz County for thirty-five years. My opinion is free but it’s worth more than Zillow’s.