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Wash Your Danged Windows

Posted by Jay Ginsberg on March 20, 2019 in  Real Estate Advice  Sell your home
Every year you promise yourself that this will be the year I wash all the windows in the house. And yet you still have dirty windows. Dirty you say - but I can still see through them! Take a paper towel and sprinkle a little vinegar on it. Or the glass cleaner under the sink that you bought three years ago and only use on the bathroom mirrors. I guarantee you will be amazed at the black that comes off of the windows that you can see through. Having trouble growing plants? Wash your windows. Feeling the... read more
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Renovation Permits and You

Posted by Cynthia Rundatz on March 01, 2019 in  Real Estate Advice  Renovate
What should you do if you purchased a home that was remodeled without permits? This is not an easy question to answer, and if you're really interested in a property, it pays to go into negotiations with your eyes wide open to the possible repercussions. 5 Reasons Why Homeowners Do Remodels Without Permits There are several reasons for homeowners not to secure permits for their home improvements. Remodeling permits can cost too much: Permits are typically based on the price of the project. Say you've built... read more
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To renovate or not to renovate? That is the question.

Posted by Stephanie Thibodeau on February 25, 2019 in  Real Estate Advice  Renovate
Answer: It depends. Ask your agent. How is the Market? What is the condition of the homes in your neighborhood? What is the likely return on investment? Many sellers put way too much money into fixing up their homes before listing them for sale. Or worse, they make renovation mistakes like putting granite counter tops on old worn cabinets. Talk to your agent long before you swing a hammer. She can help you weigh the pros and cons of renovation.   Selling a Home in "As Is" Condition Let's say that the property ... read more
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No Art is Better than Bad Art

Posted by Jay Ginsberg on February 22, 2019 in  Real Estate Advice  Sell your home
Be honest: Are you the proud owner of a velvet painting or dogs playing poker? Perhaps a “Paint by Numbers” that you completed in middle school that looks perfect in your hall bathroom? An Ikea frame that still hold the poster art it came with hanging in your dining room? If you are thinking of putting your home on the market it’s time to let that bad art go. I was with some folks recently who were shopping for homes. One home in particular had large art hanging on the walls. The only comments by... read more
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Purchasing your next Home using a 203-K Renovation Loan

Perfect when your dream home needs some major repairs!
Posted by Dave Marcolla on January 27, 2019 in  As-is  farmhouse  fixer upper  historic  home buyer  investment  property  real estate  Real Estate Advice  Remodeling  Renovate
Purchasing your next Home using a 203-K Renovation Loan  Purchasing a home using a renovation loan can be an amazing opportunity or a huge nightmare.  The difference lies in being educated about the process, your budget and making smart decisions! Recently, clients of mine purchased a home that was their dream home.  They just knew it was the one for them.  It had the perfect school district, great community, quiet neighborhood and just the right layout and space for their family.  But, t... read more
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