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Posted on 05/31/2020
How to Use VR to Sell Your Luxury Home
Image by Pexels from Pixabay Virtual reality (VR) may not be in every household in the country, but it's becoming more mainstream by the day. And contrary to popular belief, it's not just video game experts who want to get their hands on the latest technology. See how VR can inspire better offers from motivated buyers, leading to...
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Posted on 05/24/2020
Is Your Listing Appealing to Pet Owners?
Image by Pexels from Pixabay Does it seem like the world has really gone to the dogs lately? If you've answered yes, you're right. It has gone to the dogs -- and to the cats. According to a survey conducted by the American Pet Products Association, approximately 68 percent of American households have a pet. Millennials are especially...
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Posted on 05/23/2020
81 Blueberry Drive, Stamford, CT 06902 now has a new price of $1,239,000!
Stunning Westover Center hall Colonial with nearly 6500 square feet of Living Space. Open concept floor plan. Fireside family room opens to gourmet Eat-in-Kitchen with stainless steel appliances, custom Wine Refrigerator and granite counters and Butler s Pantry. Elegant formal dining room and living room with fireplace. Nice size den/bedroom with full bath, mudroom and additional powder room complete the main level. Upstairs you will find an luxurious master retreat with separate sitting area. The finished lower level also offers a full bath. Enjoy the peace and serenity of your .60 acre private property from your lovely terrace...
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Posted on 05/23/2020
81 Blueberry Drive, Stamford, CT 06902 now has a new price of $1,239,000!
Stunning Westover Center hall Colonial with nearly 6500 square feet of Living Space. Open concept floor plan. Fireside family room opens to gourmet Eat-in-Kitchen with stainless steel appliances, custom Wine Refrigerator and granite counters and Butler’s Pantry. Elegant formal dining room and living room with fireplace. Nice size den/bedroom with full bath, mudroom and additional powder room complete the main level. Upstairs you will find an luxurious master retreat with separate sitting area. The finished lower level also offers a full bath. Enjoy the peace and serenity of your .60 acre private property from your lovely terrace overlooking...
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Posted on 05/17/2020
What is the Estate Tax?
Image by Gerd Altmann from Pixabay If you anticipate that you will inherit an estate at some point or if you plan to leave your estate to an heir, it is important to plan for the potential tax implications of that transfer. The federal estate tax is one aspect to consider. Depending on the value of the estate,...
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Posted on 05/10/2020
How to Gain Preapproval
Photo by Pixabay via Pexels Thinking of buying a home in the near future? You're going to need a preapproval. This tells real estate agents that you're serious about the home-buying process, and it alerts sellers that you're a solid, low-risk candidate. Preapprovals aren't always easy to score, however. And if you're someone who's had a few credit...
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Posted on 05/03/2020
Should You Buy in a Community with an HOA?
Photo by Pixabay from Pexels Homeowners associations are common features of new residential subdivisions, condominiums and townhouse developments, planned communities, and vacation resorts throughout the United States and abroad. Typically established by the builder or developer, such associations are most often responsible for maintenance of common facilities. They also frequently oversee the operation of community centers, pools, golf...
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Posted on 04/26/2020
Presentation is Everything When Selling Your Home
The good news about selling your home is that everything does not have to be absolutely perfect to attract buyers! Although some prospective buyers may be sticklers for things like cleanliness, the condition of appliances, and the amount of available storage space, perfection is rarely a requirement. Since most house hunters are primarily focused on finding a house that...
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Posted on 04/19/2020
Is It Worthwhile to Invest in Home Improvements?
For a home seller who wants to maximize his or her house sale earnings, it may be beneficial to invest in property improvements. In fact, there are many reasons why now may be a good time to perform property upgrades. These reasons include: 1. You can make your house an attractive option to prospective buyers. As a home seller,...
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Posted on 04/12/2020
Kitchen Cabinets: New Face or Completely Replace?
Photo by Jafar Mansuri on Unsplash To resurface or replace? That's the question. Consider replacing if: They have significant water or humidity damage. They're poorly constructed and/or falling apart. The design frustrates. You could do better starting over. The style can't be easily updated, for example, floral moldings. The cost to refinish is more than new cabinets. It...
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Posted on 04/05/2020
Buying a Home Remotely: Finding the Right REALTOR® for the Job
Image by Free-Photos from Pixabay So, you're buying a home remotely. Because you probably don't want to invest hundreds of thousands of dollars in a house that smells like cats or that features weekly invasions by the SWAT team of the building next door, it's important to find a long-distance realtor you can trust. You need someone who...
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Posted on 03/29/2020
Tips for Budgeting for a Fixer Upper
Image by Annie Gray from Unsplash If you are handy with home repair, you could buy a more expensive house if you are willing to put some work into it. Many foreclosures are often sold “as is,” and require some work. The seller may also be more open to negotiating a lower price based on the number of...
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