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What's for Sale in Mansfield? Not Much. Buyers Need to Move with Urgency

Inventory remains scarce in Mansfield and the surrounding towns.    If you are a buyer, you should be working closely and clearly with your agent to be sure you both understand what you want and how you’re going to get it.   Are willing to pay full price or above and/or waive contingencies if you are in a competing bid situation?   Will you [...]

Proven or Preferred Realtors at Mansfield's Glen Ridge? Buy or Sell with Home Selling Team

One of our agents, Georgieanna Fisher,  was recently told by a soon-to-be seller at Glen Ridge that Home Selling Team was not a listed as “preferred realtor” for Glen Ridge.  It’s true, Home Selling Team declined to renew our status as a “preferred realtor” on the list that is distributed by the Administrator to residents.  We were on the list for several years  but chose not to renew after realizing there is no benefit to any Glen Ridge owners or to us as their Realtor. 

How to Choose a Home Improvement Project and Not Lose Your Shirt

  • Remodeling Magazine’s 2018 Cost vs. Value Report is out. Using data from 2017 on the  So before you plunge headlong into a remodeling project this weekend you may want to take a look at what may bear you future returns in terms of ROI.  Some of these projects are generally undertaken by homeowners for  their own enjoyment of their home and
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Conscious Uncoupling with Zillow

 

I had a call from my sales rep at Zillow.  She said was checking in to see how I was doing.  Actually, I think she called because she was notified that I increased my “spend” on Zillow in order to capture 109% of my market—who knew there was such a thing?  This special percentage must be reserved for the Premier-est of the Premier or the [...]

Sell Your Ugly House Now

Got an ugly house?  A less than stellar location?  Wallpapered rooms? Shared driveway?  Lucky you!  The path of least resistance is now 4 lanes wide to sell your home in a likely muilt-bid situation as buyers are anxiously considering paying more and accepting less than they ever dreamed thanks to the current inventory shortage.   Of course, [...]

Lagging Inventory Creates A Sellers Market as Buyers Don Beer Goggles to Accept Less Than The Perfect Home

Are you a seller with a place to go when your home sells faster than the snow melting on your roof?  Start packing. This is the market you've been waiting for.  The housing supply remains tight and after back to back March Nor’easters in Eastern CT we are experiencing increased pent up demand for inventory as temperatures warm and mortgage [...]

3 Surprising Ways a Savvy Agent Can Help You in Negotiating Your Home Purchase

In a previous post I wrote about the D.A.N.G.E.R report, D.A.N.G.E.R stands for Definitive Analysis of Negative Game Changers Emerging in Real Estate.  a report commissioned by the National Association of Realtors in 2015.  In the report the authors created an index called a PTI measuring the Probability (P) of the danger to happen, the [...]

Costly Mistakes to Avoid After You Buy Your First Home

You’re smart. You’re doing your research about home buying and homeownership (like you are right now!), so you feel like you’re prepared to avoid common home buying pitfalls. But you’ll soon find that once you’ve moved in, there is a whole new list of common problems that plague unwary first-time [...]

What's Your Style? 5 Popular Architectural Styles to Consider for Your Dream Home

Dream homes around the country have one thing in common: amazing architecture. From Greek Revival to Modern, we’re breaking down the most popular architectural styles in America to help you discover your own dream [...]

Trigger Happy: Credit Bureaus, Lenders and Your Data

From the ashes of the massive Equifax data breach of 148,000 million consumers and the Trump administration ongoing attempts to weaken or gut the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and Dodd Frank, rises the “Trigger Lead” —your mortgage inquiry sold to the highest bidder in the shortest amount of time— to tempt you with better (or worse) [...]