Is Real Estate America’s Rock During the Coronavirus Crisis?

By |2020-05-26T15:31:48-04:00May 26th, 2020|

Real Estate:  A Port in the Storm! I have blogged extensively about how well the real estate market has been holding up in our region.  Here's an excellent article about some of the underlying reasons for that.  Look for my regular posts that discuss up to the date information on the local market [...]

Refinancing Boom Fuels Mortgages to Postcrisis Record

By |2020-02-13T14:13:14-05:00February 13th, 2020|

The economic hits just keep on coming!! These days when I go to post it's not about whether there is good economic news to share, but about which indicator of it to choose from!  Nice problem to have.  Rates continue to hover near historic lows which all of my buyer clients are loving, [...]

Refinancing? Consider a 15-Year Mortgage

By |2019-12-18T17:32:17-05:00December 18th, 2019|

15 or 30?  How long should your mortgage be? I love this topic because it is definitely not a one size fits all topic and because it actually has significant financial, and perhaps just as importantly lifestyle implications.  I talk OFTEN about this topic with clients and friends.  The answer at the end [...]

Assessed Value vs. Market Value: What’s the Difference?

By |2019-10-25T15:46:20-04:00October 25th, 2019|

"Assessed Value"...does it have any value? Does what your local jurisdiction thinks of your properties value have any relevance to buying or selling a home?  The short answer: No.  Remember that real estate assessments are a funding tool and not really much more and one of two components that make up your tax bill [...]

Maybe we should just add on!?

By |2019-10-11T15:30:19-04:00October 11th, 2019|

We move into the final part of our series on potential housing solutions.  We've already mined the positives and negatives of buying new and moving up/down into a resale so it's time to address doing additions.  Sometimes we just need to blow out a kitchen, or add a sun room to the existing [...]

21 Things That Make Any House Feel Old and Outdated

By |2019-09-10T15:53:20-04:00September 10th, 2019|

Don't feel too bad if you see some stuff in your house on this list! I actually love honey oak cabinets but this is a post about what is not in demand right now in the marketplace (and conversely what is).  We often have things in our homes that we like and enjoy [...]

Top 10 Reasons Home Buyers Prefer New Homes vs. Used

By |2019-08-27T15:18:17-04:00August 27th, 2019|

Build New, Buy Resale, or Renovate in Place This is the first in a series of posts I'll be doing discussing the pro's and con's of all of these various options.  The decision metrics on which path to choose has a lot to do with your housing goals, market forces and what stage [...]

11 Improvements To Your Garage That Will Add Value To Your Home

By |2019-08-02T13:16:28-04:00August 2nd, 2019|

Don't neglect your garage! If you are a garage snob like me you know how important this often overlooked structure is.  I've seen first hand the impression a well maintained and utilized garage can make on prospective purchasers.  Storage, work space, show place for that treasured automobile or motorcycle, guest or office space [...]

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