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Posted on 09/20/2020
Assistance Programs to Get You in Your New Home
Image by Tumisu from Pixabay If you’re in the market for a new home, chances are you’ve been evaluating your finances. As a first-time homebuyer, there are programs in place to help with the down payment. According to the December 2019 Realtor Index Confidence Survey, first-time homebuyers accounted for 31% of all sales, and 77% put down less...
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Posted on 09/13/2020
FAQ for First-Time Luxury Home Sellers
Photo by Pixabay from Pexels Sellers of luxury properties have more concerns about selling than sellers of properties that are not considered luxury homes. Because of the amount of money involved in the transaction, selling a luxury home has additional hurdles. Our real estate agents help you get over some of these hurdles. My House is Unique —...
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Posted on 09/06/2020
Can Easements Affect Property Values?
Image by Zach Schorr from Pixabay Whether you’re buying or selling a home, you might discover there is an easement attached to your property. If so, you’re probably wondering how this affects your property values. What is an Easement? In a nutshell, an easement is for one person to have explicit permission to have use of another person’s...
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Posted on 08/30/2020
How to Approach a Bidding War
Image by Amy Hirschi from Unsplash Situations arise where prospective buyers find themselves in a bidding war with another buyer over the house they desire. Circumstances like this occur in a seller’s market where the demand for property is higher than the market can provide. It’s not uncommon to see multiple buyers vying over the same property in...
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Posted on 08/23/2020
How to Lift Your Home's Mood with Aromatherapy
Photo by Seksak Kerdkanno via Pixabay Diffusing aromas in your home is a great way to settle in, relax and enjoy a fresh, clean scent that calms the nerves. How Do We Know Aromatherapy Works? Research gives us the scoop. Take lavender, for example. Research shows lavender: Eases nervousness much better than a placebo. Raises people's scientifically measured...
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Posted on 08/20/2020
Video Tour - 38 Crestview Drive, Woodbridge, CT 06525
Spectacular Woodbridge smart home on quiet cul-de-sac in private lake association. Located in highly ranked, award winning Amity/Region 5 school district. Easy access to New Haven, Yale & Fairfield County; under 30 mins to Fairfield Metro MNR station makes for easy commuting to Fairfield County/NYC. Features a large, renovated chef’s kitchen w/granite counters, stainless steel appliances, wine fridge, JennAir vented range & counter seating. Family room with beautiful riverstone fireplace, sunny living room & dining room with large bay windows. Large Primary bedroom with en-suite bath, two walk-in closets. Flexible space for work...
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Posted on 08/20/2020
38 Crestview Drive, Woodbridge, CT 06525 is now new to the market!
Spectacular Woodbridge smart home on quiet cul-de-sac in private lake association. Located in highly ranked, award winning Amity/Region 5 school district. Easy access to New Haven, Yale & Fairfield County; under 30 mins to Fairfield Metro MNR station makes for easy commuting to Fairfield County/NYC. Features a large, renovated chef’s kitchen w/granite counters, stainless steel appliances, wine fridge, JennAir vented range & counter seating. Family room with beautiful riverstone fireplace, sunny living room & dining room with large bay windows. Large Primary bedroom with en-suite bath, two walk-in closets. Flexible space for work...
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Posted on 08/16/2020
Hardy House Plants That Won't Die
Photo by Pushok via Pixabay Do you buy plants for your home – just to find them shriveled up and browning just a few short days later? You may be purchasing plants that require too much care – or that are known for being tricky to keep alive. Whether you’ve been cursed with a black thumb, have a...
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Posted on 08/09/2020
Pros and Cons of Timeshare Ownership
Image by Steve Heap from Shutterstock If you love vacationing at the same place every year you may consider investing in a timeshare property. This can often help control vacation costs and planning time. However, owning a timeshare home may not be not the right choice for everyone. It is important to understand that a timeshare is not...
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Posted on 08/02/2020
What to Do When the Previous Owner Comes Back
Photo by JayMantri via Pixabay When you buy a new-to-you home, foremost on your mind is changing everything to make it yours. You paint the inside and even remodel the kitchen. A priority is removing the old carpet and installing new flooring. Lower on the list are changes to the exterior, but they are on the list. If...
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Posted on 07/26/2020
Surprise Showing! What to Do
Photo by Sussi Hj via Shutterstock Your home is on the market, but you still live there. Now your agent called to see if a potential buyer can look at it in an hour. What do you do? You Don’t Need to Panic Instead of holding your head in despair, grab some tools, and clean the most visible...
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Posted on 07/19/2020
Avoid These Common Mortgage Mistakes
Image by Jan Vašek from Pixabay One of the biggest hurdles people face when looking for a home is applying for a mortgage. While applying for a mortgage is relatively straightforward, finding favorable terms might be more challenging. Many buyers are surprised by how broad the terms of a mortgage might be. With this in mind, it is...
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