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Wednesday, August 01, 2018   /   by Jon Hazeltine

Is your waterfront home a cliché?


Whether you live in a condo with a water view or a multi-million-dollar beach house, there is an ever-present temptation to overdo nautical or other beach-related décor.
Wicker, white and blue ? if this describes any element in any room in your waterfront condo, you’re living a cliché, according to Phoebe Howard, with Mrs. Howard and Max & Company.
She tells Coastal Living magazine that there’s nothing wrong with “coastal touches” in your design scheme but keep them subtle.
Place “an antique sailor’s valentine over a bed, a sea star that hides amid the swirled pattern of a throw pillow. The result is a home with . . . trappings that accent, rather than exploit,” the v ...

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Wednesday, August 01, 2018   /   by Jon Hazeltine

Here’s what to kick to the curb and what to keep before you sell your home


If you’ve chosen your listing agent wisely, he or she will determine the most likely buyer for your home and then laser-focus the marketing materials to that pool of buyers.
Various studies of what different types of buyers are seeking in a home help the agent figure out which of your home’s features will attract them.
Now, there’s one more survey to add to the arsenal and it was published at builderonline.com.
Overall, if your home offers better energy efficiency than your competition, expect it to be popular with potential buyers. Other turn ons for buyers include floor plans that can be personalized and a home that is easy to mainta ...

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Tuesday, July 31, 2018   /   by Jon Hazeltine

Retiring and thinking of downsizing your home?


When the last time you bought a home was far enough back that your mortgage is paid off, or nearly so, can we give you some advice? A lot has changed in the real estate industry since the 1980s, in both the selling and buying process.
First, you’re no longer looking for areas with good schools for the kids or a strong job market for Mom and Dad. So, your priorities have changed as well and you have far more freedom now to live where you want and howyou want.
It’s liberating, isn’t it?
If you’re considering downsizing your home, read on.
Right now, half of the “most viewed” articles on AARP’s webs ...

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Sunday, July 29, 2018   /   by Jon Hazeltine

Don’t make these 5 common home staging mistakes




Although DIY home staging may seem an easy project, we see several common mistakes when homeowners make the attempt. Most go about the process as if it were just a matter of rearranging furniture or redecorating.


There’s a lot more to home staging than that, however. The most important aspect is of it is knowing who your most likely buyer will be and then appealing to his or her emotions.


Take a look at the five most common staging mistakes we see so you can avoid them if you plan on going the DIY route.


Mistake number 1: Not cleaning before you stage


There’s a difference between routine house cleaning and cleaning for staging. The latter is a deep clean and serves as the background for the staging. Professional housecleaners suggest that ...

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Thursday, July 26, 2018   /   by Jon Hazeltine

Should I sell my home as-is?


Ah, the need for speed in a real estate deal – we’re quite familiar with it. From clients who’ve taken a job out of town with an impatient employer to the need to sell a deceased family member’s home, “Should I sell my house as-is” is a common question.
There are also the clients who tell us they aren’t the best at maintenance and have, sadly, let the home go over the years and they now need to sell, with neither the time nor the money to make needed repairs.
Let’s take a look at some of the issues you should consider before trying to sell the house in as-is condition.
Price considerations
A recent study finds that most homebuyers – especially first-time buyers – want a home that they can move right into and hang up their toothbrush. And, th ...

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