Mortgage Rate “Cheap Money Days” Might be Ending

Local homeowners are among the keenest observers of town mortgage rates because they are such a large factor in the long-term investment that is their house. It’s the factor that determines if and when refinancing makes sense; the factor that plays a large part in heating (or cooling) the overall local real estate market.
For the …

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Rental Home Possibility Raises Pros, Cons

Once you’ve made the decision to move—whether headed across the country or across town—you might think the automatic next step is to prepare to sell your current house. True, that has to get underway without delay…but there should be one intervening step—one which all too frequently gets short shrift.
The key decision to be made before …

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Thrifty Ways Homeowners Boost Their Selling Price

For just about everyone who will soon be preparing to list their home in town, selling price is a principal focus. What price will this fall’s market support? How will that number affect the time it takes to attract serious buyers? Are there ways to maximize the ultimate selling price without squandering a lot of …

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Strategic Tips for Updating an Old Family Home

Selling an elderly or deceased relative’s area home can be one of the most selfless tasks anyone is ever called upon to do—and not just because it’s hard to let go of a place that has so many loved ones’ memories. What frequently adds to the emotional component is the condition of the house. Although …

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A Property Inspection Shows What You’re Getting Into

You’ve successfully located the home that fits your wish list! The listing agent says the home is in “great condition!” Financing is pretty much a done deal! Time to relax!
Er—maybe not just yet.
When you are buying a home, among the scores of thoughts that might be racing through your head (“Is this the best one …

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Open House Multiplies Exposure Opportunities

Once your property appears in the town listings it’s time to prepare for the all-important initial open house. Whether it’s really “all-important” (or just very important) is a matter for debate—you can’t really pin down exactly how important the initial open house is because some of its effect isn’t immediately measurable. Word-of-mouth takes time to …

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School Districts Rate Highly in Home Buying Survey

Area residents don’t have to have children at home to know when we’ve gone through the familiar back-to-school rituals. Just turn on a radio or TV, step into a retail store, or drive past a school and the calls to educational muster are evident. At the same time, it’s hard not to be reminded how …

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Market Awareness Bolsters Home Buying Negotiators

With Labor Day behind us, the serious fall home buying season is upon us. If you will be scouring the market for a new residence, you are likely to be in luck: across the nation, more sellers are being coaxed off of the sidelines. According to the Associated Press, “A fourth straight monthly increase of …

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For Busy Households, Showings Hold Special Challenges

Selling your home quickly and for the highest price possible demands that the local showings be proactively appealing: that is, more than just a passive display of the residential “merchandise.” To make the most of the advantageous situation that any showing or open house should be, both you and your REALTOR® must adopt the approach …

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Home Shoppers & the Home Improvement Factor

You’ve done it: found what’s soon to become your family’s new home! It’s in a great neighborhood…reasonable commute…decent kitchen (size is right; definitely upgradeable). All this and it fits the budget! Congrats! Looks like your housing hunt is over…
YET…before you sign on the dotted line, there should be one last check-off. Factor in all the …

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