Selling your Home? Curb appeal is its first impression!

Wednesday, February 24th, 2016

Boost Curb Appeal Think of curb appeal the same way you would a date or a job interview: It’s the first impression that potential buyers will have of your home. Whether they’re doing a drive-by to determine whether they’d like to see the inside or they’ve already scheduled a showing, you’ll want your home to look its […]

What you are really getting when you hire a Realtor!

Wednesday, February 17th, 2016

The thing about Realtors: They wear a lot of different hats. Sure, they’re salespeople, but they actually do a whole heck of a lot to earn their commission. They’re constantly driving around, checking out listings for you. They spend their own money on marketing your home (if you’re selling). They’re researching comps to make sure you’re getting the […]

The newest technologies for conserving water in your home!

Tuesday, February 9th, 2016

Drought conditions have eased up in some parts of the country, but the market for water-efficient products remains red hot. One of the most innovative show offerings was the AquaBoy Pro II from Aquarius Brands, an atmospheric water generator that produces up to five gallons of purified water, hot or cold, from the air. One […]

Consumer Reports: A kitchen remodel is still your best bet!

Monday, February 1st, 2016

The Kitchen Is Still King Buyers of all kinds have long focused on the kitchen, but it holds particular sway over the newest wave of first-time homeowners. A “modern/updated kitchen” topped the list of ideal home features in our survey of millennials, registering as most important to more than a third of respondents. If you […]

Five reasons why a VA Loan is a no brainer!

Thursday, January 21st, 2016

1. No down payment It’s exceedingly difficult to buy a home these days with no money down. In the face of the recent housing crisis, most conventional lenders will require at least 5 percent (and up to 20 percent) down. FHA loans provide a lower down payment option, at 3.5 percent, but even that figure […]

Don’t believe the hype! Home ownership obstacles debunked!

Wednesday, January 13th, 2016

Down Payment Perceptions Many renters have mentioned that the lack of an adequate down payment is preventing them from moving forward with the purchase of a home. According to the Fannie Maereport: 40% of all renters don’t know what down payment is required 15% think you need at least 20% down An additional 4% think you […]

Eight odd home value determinants!

Thursday, December 17th, 2015

1. Gas prices Sure, it feels fantastic to fill up your car with gas for just $35 when it used to cost almost $50. But if you’re looking to buy a home, the financial benefit of cheap gas might be overrated—as gas prices fall, home prices inevitably go up. And homes sell faster, too, which takes a […]

Four renovations to avoid when trying to sell!

Thursday, December 3rd, 2015

1. Eliminating a bedroom: Even if the home owner plans to remove a bedroom in order to expand another one or make a living space larger, this renovation project likely could burn them at resale. The more bedrooms a home has, the higher the price it usually can get. “When you start eliminating bedroom space, you’ve completely […]

TRID is here, and all is well!

Tuesday, November 24th, 2015

It’s been six weeks since new closing rules took effect and aside from a few snags, the experience has been positive, according to the assessment of an industry panel at the 2015 REALTORS Conference & Expo in San Diego. Anthony Lamacchia of Lamacchia Realty in Waltham, Mass., says the intent of the rule changes—to make […]

Avoid these 4 for a smooth sale!

Wednesday, November 18th, 2015

1. Covering up potential issues. Masking potential issues – from odors to a bad foundation – can be a costly mistake in the end, for the seller too. Serious defects that a seller knows about but fails to disclose can result in a buyer who backs out at the last minute, asks the seller to fix […]