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First Timers Back In The Market Unlike the years following the Great Recession, in which investors with fistfuls of cash dominated distressed markets, 2016 saw first time buyers making their mark. First-time buyers, according to the National Association of Realtors (NAR), accounted for 35 percent of home sales in 2016. If you’re a first-time buyer, […]

Moving Moving Moving…..SOLD!

Rates are on the Rise – up a quarter point this week

Happy St Patrick’s Day! Here are interest rates as of 3/17/17. Fixed-Rate Fixed Rate APR* 30 Year 4.125% 4.156% 15 Year 3.375% 3.429% ARM Adjustable Rate APR* 5 Year 3.000% 4.056% 7 Year 3.250% 3.404%

Questions to Ask When Considering a Condo

Source: Link to Article   Condominiums, townhomes, and properties located within a homeowner association offer certain perks, but it’s important to consider them in your decision process. How much storage is available? Some properties include storage lockers, but there may not be attics or basements to hold extra belongings. How’s the outdoor space? Your […]

Questions to Ask a Home Inspector

Source: Link to Article   Do you belong to a professional association? There are many associations for home inspectors, but some groups confer questionable credentials or certifications in return for nothing more than a fee. Make sure the association your home inspector names is a reputable, nonprofit trade organization. Will your report meet all […]

Dressed to Sell

Source: Link to Article   Here’s what good staging is not: ripping every last bit of personality out of a home before showing it to buyers. The devotion to sparse decor and neutral color palettes—once iron-clad truisms of “proper” staging—is giving way to a livelier vision encompassing more trendy, inviting interiors and exteriors that […]

4 Big Trends to Watch in Real Estate

Source: Link to Article   What should you watch for this year? The Urban Land Institute recently released its “Emerging Trends in Real Estate” report, covering the U.S. and Canada, for the coming year. The report covers some of the top trends expected to impact real estate in the short and mid-term. Here are […]

6 Ways to Protect Your Home From Snow

  Just when it seemed like Old Man Winter would be a lamb instead of a lion this year, 73 million people across the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast are on high alert as a massive snowstorm bears down on them. Some areas are being threatened with more than two feet of the white stuff. For your […]

Pre-Qualified Vs. Pre-Approved – What’s The Difference?

Source: Link to Article Ralph Waldo Emerson, American essayist and poet, once said that the future belongs to those who prepare for it. This is sage advice for homebuyers who need to lay the necessary groundwork to buy the home of their dreams. Without good preparation, many buyers get lulled into the mistaken notion […]

Why does condensation form on my windows in the winter?

Source: Link to Article This depends on the types of windows installed and the relative humidity levels in the home. 1. The condensation is forming on the room side of the glass. This is caused by a combination of high interior air humidity and a large temperature difference between the window and the indoor […]