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How Older Homes Beat New Homes

Tuesday Apr 4th, 2017

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For a society that likes shiny new things, the latest research could foreshadow a surprising trend -- homebuyers choosing older homes over new construction. Why? The prices and operating costs can vary widely. In August 2014, the median sales price of new homes sold was $275,600, while the median price of older homes was $219,000. Taxes and insurance may cost less for an older home. People are often wowed when they go into a builder's model and see how beautiful it is. It has the... [read more]

Does Your Front Door Need A Makeover?

Tuesday Apr 4th, 2017

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It's been proven that the No. 1 mot valuable makeover in terms of return on investment is a front door redo. A new front door returns 96.6 percent of the cost, according to Remodeling magazine's annual Cost vs. Value report for 2014. But not just any front door will do. Choosing the right door, and, specifically, the right color, is critical for adding value, but also for enjoying your home. It's the first thing people see and the last one on many homeowners'... [read more]

Easy Fixes For Potential Deal Killers

Tuesday Apr 4th, 2017

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You're ready to sell your home, you've got a buyer lined up, you're about to make an offer on that great home down the street, and then... everything falls apart. "It's a problem that's more common than you'd think with home sales: a buyer has made an offer, the seller accepts, and it seems like the deal is done," said Fox News. "But then something comes along to ruin the sale and it's back to square one." The good news is there are... [read more]

Updating The Bath: Standalone Tubs

Tuesday Apr 4th, 2017

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One of the hottest interior design trends today is the standalone tub. From classic clawfoot models to more modern shapes, the tub is having a renaissance. "A renewed interest in the freestanding tub has seen design firms rolling out an array of amazing bathtubs that are aesthetic and economically viable," said Decoist. "Bringing along with it an aura of luxury, elegance and affluence, the standalone bathtub is all about revving up the style quotient of your bathroom... [read more]

Looking at Homes: Open Houses & Showings

Tuesday Apr 4th, 2017

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The right way to examine a home in person Two Ways To View A Home When you spot a listing that interests you, either through the daily MLS listings that your Realtor sends you or by some other means, the listing will contain some basic property information and pictures.  But as a Realtor®, I have the full scoop on the property – so it’s best to call or email me right away saying you are interested in a home, so I can find out more details for you... [read more]

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