Category Archives: First Time Home Buyers

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5 Ways to Make Your Home Safe While on Vacation

The prevalence of summer vacations and weekend road trips, combined with our propensity to share our whereabouts online, means that home safety has become an increasingly important topic.

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5 Tips to Help Win Your Bid

The home buying market is competitive right now, with a low amount of inventory and a high amount of buyers. It means that if you’re looking to buy, your bids have to be appealing to the seller in order to come out on top.

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June 19, 2015

April

Current Market Conditions: April 2015

In April 2015, as compared to April 2014, Unit Sales* rose 5.8% in Connecticut, 12.1% in New York**, 26.0% in Manhattan, 17.0% in Brooklyn, 4.0% in Rhode Island, 14.4% in Vermont and 4.4% in New Hampshire. Meanwhile, Sales Price rose 3.9% in Massachusetts and Sales to List Price Ratio rose 1.5% in Maine.

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June 12, 2015

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How to Tackle Pesky Summer Bugs

At last. It’s warm. The sun is shining and our winter of snow and ice is a distant memory. But now, you have a different problem to contend with. They’re small, and pesky and make you want to move out immediately. That’s right. Bugs. Continue reading

June 1, 2015

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Spring Cleaning: Inside Your Home

Over the next few weeks, we’re going to cover some the essentials of Spring Cleaning. Now that the weather is warming up, and the snow is starting to melt, it’s time to think about making your home and yourself look beautiful and healthy.

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March 13, 2015

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How to Successfully Use the Internet during Your Home Search

According to the National Association of REALTORS®, 92% of buyers use the internet in some way in their home search process. Additionally, for 43% of home buyers, the first step in the home-buying process was looking online for properties. But, with so much information available at your fingertips, how can you successfully utilize the internet when you’re looking to buy a home?

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March 4, 2015

November

Current Market Conditions: November 2014

In November 2014, as compared to November 2013, Average Sales Price* continued to rise across the Northeast. Prices rose 1.3% in Connecticut, 20.5% in Manhattan, 14.2% in Brooklyn, 5.7% in Massachusetts, 6.8% in Westchester County, New York, 5.3% in Rhode Island and 5.2% in New Hampshire.  Additionally, the state of Vermont saw a 7.4% increase in New Listings, year-over-year, while Maine saw a 7.0% increase in Unit Sales.

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December 29, 2014

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Tips for Selling Your Home this Fall

Most people know that springtime is widely considered the busiest season for the real estate market. But did you know that the fall is a close second? Back from summer vacation, with the weather becoming more temperate and the kids back in school, fall is an ideal time to list your home for sale.

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November 6, 2014

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10 Tips for REALTOR® Safety

With the recent tragedy surrounding Beverly Carter, a real estate agent who was found dead days after going missing after a home showing in Arkansas, the discussion of safety precautions for real estate agents is at the  forefront of many people’s minds.

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October 13, 2014

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Top Ten Pitfalls for Homebuyers

Lois Lehman is a sales associate in our Southport, Conn. office. A member of the Chairman’s Elite Club, Lois a top producing agent specializing in luxury homes, international clients and investment properties. To learn more about her, visit her Agent Website on raveis.com.

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September 23, 2014