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What to Look for in a New Home
Posted on 01/12/2020
What to Look for in a New Home
No matter what your age, buying a new home symbolizes the beginning of a new chapter in your life. It's an exciting event, whether you're a first-time home buyer or a retiree looking to downsize. When you stumble upon a house in your price range that has the features and characteristics you've been searching for, it can be a...
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Benefits of Being Part of a Neighorhood Community
Posted on 01/05/2020
Benefits of Being Part of a Neighorhood Community
Whether you've just moved into a new neighborhood or have lived there for decades, there are many advantages to maintaining friendly relations with neighbors. If, on the other hand, you adopt more of an isolated lifestyle, then the experience of home ownership may be a lot less fulfilling. Taking the time to have a friendly chat with your neighbors,...
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Preparing your Home to Sell
Posted on 12/29/2019
Preparing your Home to Sell
Image by LightField Studios from Shutterstock When you've owned your house a long time, getting it ready to sell may seem like a daunting task. If relocation is on the horizon for you, get an early start and organize your spaces. Ideas to help you get organized right away! Resist the temptation to add items to your home...
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Are You Ready to Conduct a Home Inspection?
Posted on 12/22/2019
Are You Ready to Conduct a Home Inspection?
A home inspection enables a buyer to examine a residence and identify any underlying structural issues. Plus, the assessment allows a buyer to receive a report that details a home inspector's findings to help him or her determine how to proceed in the homebuying journey. Ultimately, it helps to prepare as much as possible before you conduct a home...
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The Basics of Staging
Posted on 12/15/2019
The Basics of Staging
Photo by ProgrammingIBC via Pixabay One of the most important things you can do before you list your home for sale is to stage it. Home staging refers to arranging the home’s furnishings and decor so it looks as good as possible. In other words, you use the decor and furnishings to make the home look like a...
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Reasons to Counter an Offer to Purchase
Posted on 12/08/2019
Reasons to Counter an Offer to Purchase
After you receive an offer to purchase your residence, determining the best course of action often can be difficult. Because if you make the wrong decision, you risk missing out on an opportunity to sell your house and maximize its value. Ultimately, it may prove to be beneficial for a home seller to submit a counter-offer. There are many...
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How Do Assessed Value and Fair Market Value Differ?
Posted on 12/01/2019
How Do Assessed Value and Fair Market Value Differ?
Two terms that you may have heard when talking about real estate is fair market value and assessed value. These two terms are not the same or even interchangeable terms. The assessed value of a home can often be higher than the price the house is being sold. These properties can often be seen as a “bargain” in the...
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6 Tips for Staging before Your Open House
Posted on 11/24/2019
6 Tips for Staging before Your Open House
Photo by David Gonzales via Pexels When it comes to selling a home, presentation is key. A well-staged home highlights the best features while leaving plenty of room for imagination in the minds of home buyers. Here are a few tried and true home staging tips to help your home steal the show and bring in the best...
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Preventative Steps to Take Before Breaking in Your New Kitchen
Posted on 11/17/2019
Preventative Steps to Take Before Breaking in Your New Kitchen
Photo by CongerDesign via Pixabay You recently purchased a home, and as a new homeowner, you’re itching to get moved into your new kitchen so you can get settled and start entertaining. Wait! Before you get caught up organizing your pots and pans, do a little preventative care. If you want a kitchen you can entertain in hassle-free,...
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Why You Need To Sell Through A Listing Agent
Posted on 11/10/2019
Why You Need To Sell Through A Listing Agent
While it’s legal to sell your house without enlisting the services of a real estate agent, you will end up saving a lot of time and money if you get a seasoned listing agent in your corner. Here's how: Prepping for sale Your agent will work to ensure you get the best value for your house. In light...
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8 Horseshoe Hill Road, Bethany, CT 06524 now has a new price of $394,999!
Posted on 11/06/2019
8 Horseshoe Hill Road, Bethany, CT 06524 now has a new price of $394,999!
Do you need some space? This custom home was designed for comfort and entertaining family and friends! 11-rooms & low-maintenance features throughout, and quality finish work including custom cabinetry, high ceilings and moldings, that you just don’t find in this price range! Make your appointment today to see all that this well-built home has to offer! Full house generator, central air conditioning and central vacuum, on demand hot water, & surround sound are just a few of the features! Attached & insulated 3-car free- span construction garage with painted floor. Near Bethany Veteran's Memorial Park & horse trails, private yet accessible...
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Hiring a Green Home Contractor
Posted on 11/03/2019
Hiring a Green Home Contractor
Are you familiar with “green” home builders? They are contractors who construct homes from sustainable or renewable products. These green home builders use durable materials in building all kinds of homes ranging from individual bungalows to expansive, real estate developments. Just like traditional builders, they handle diverse types of construction but build in a way that minimizes waste....
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