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March 14, 2023

So You're Ready to Buy a House...Now what?

Buying a home can be one of the most exciting and rewarding experiences of your life. However, it can also be a complicated and stressful process if you're not prepared. Here are some home buying tips to help make the process smoother and more enjoyable:

  • Get pre-approved for a mortgage: Before you start looking at homes, it's important to know how much you can afford. Getting pre-approved for a mortgage will give you a clear idea of your budget and make it easier to narrow down your search.


  • Work with a real estate agent: A good real estate agent can help you find the perfect home and negotiate the best deal for you. They can also guide you through the home buying process and answer any questions you have along the way.


  • Look beyond the aesthetics: When you're touring a home, it's easy to get caught up in the aesthetics and overlook potential problems. Look beyond the paint colors and decor to evaluate the home's structure, mechanical systems, and other important features.


  • Consider the neighborhood: The neighborhood you choose can have a big impact on your daily life. Consider factors such as schools, commute times, and access to amenities when deciding where to buy.


  • Don't rush into a decision: Buying a home is a big investment, so it's important to take your time and make an informed decision. Don't feel pressured to make an offer or close a deal before you're ready.


  • Get a home inspection: A home inspection can uncover hidden problems that could be costly to repair. Make sure to include a home inspection contingency in your purchase offer so you have the option to back out if significant issues are discovered.


  • Have a plan for closing costs: Closing costs can add up quickly and catch some homebuyers off guard. Make sure to have a plan for how you'll pay for these expenses, such as setting aside funds in advance or negotiating with the seller to cover some of the costs.

By following these home buying tips, you can make the process smoother, more enjoyable, and ultimately find the home of your dreams.



Posted in Real Estate 101
March 14, 2023

What is a Comparative Market Analysis (CMA)?






As a realtor, one of the most important tasks is to help clients understand the value of their property in the current market. This is where a Comparative Market Analysis (CMA) comes into play. A CMA is a report that compares a property to similar properties in the area to determine its fair market value. Let's dive deeper into what a CMA is and why it's important.


What is a Comparative Market Analysis?


A CMA is a report that provides information on comparable properties in the same geographic area that have recently sold, are currently on the market, or were listed but did not sell. The report typically includes details such as the property's size, age, location, number of bedrooms, and other relevant features. A realtor uses this information to estimate the value of the subject property.

Why is a Comparative Market Analysis important?


A CMA is important for several reasons:


  • It helps sellers set a realistic price: The CMA provides the seller with a detailed analysis of the current market conditions and helps them understand how their property compares to others in the area. This information helps the seller set a realistic price that will attract buyers and sell their property in a timely manner.


  • It helps buyers make informed decisions: Buyers can use the information from a CMA to determine whether a property is priced fairly based on the current market conditions. This information can also be used to negotiate the purchase price.


  • It helps realtors market the property: A CMA provides realtors with valuable information about the property and the local market, which they can use to create effective marketing strategies that attract potential buyers.


  • It helps appraisers determine the property's value: When a property is being appraised for a mortgage, the appraiser will often refer to the CMA to determine the property's value.


In conclusion, a Comparative Market Analysis is a valuable tool for realtors, buyers, and sellers alike. It provides an accurate estimate of a property's value based on current market conditions, which is essential when buying or selling a property. As a realtor, it's important to explain the benefits of a CMA to your clients and to use this tool to help them make informed decisions about their real estate investments.


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Posted in Real Estate 101
Jan. 27, 2023

Credit Score Risks


6 Factors That Could Damage Your Credit Score


Having good credit is essential for a number of aspects of your life, ranging from

the interest rate on a car loan or credit card to background checks for

employment. Poor credit can be incredibly expensive, costing you thousands of

dollars in higher interest rates over the course of a home loan. Fortunately, with

proper care and attention paid to your finances, it is possible to maintain a good

credit rating.


Here are six factors that could damage your credit score:


1. Not paying your bills on time - Bills not paid within 30 days can be reported to

the credit bureaus.


2. Utilizing all of your available credit on credit cards - It is important to not max

out your credit cards without a plan to pay them off.


3. Not having a diverse mix of credit - Having different types of credit, such as

car loans and revolving credit, could help improve your score.


4. Applying for too much credit - Multiple applications for credit cards in a short

period of time can be a bad sign.


5. Not using credit at all - You must show that you can responsibly use and

manage credit in order to maintain a good score.


6. Closing credit cards - Keeping long-term accounts open is important, as

closing them removes the positive history from your report.


Good credit is especially essential when searching for a new home or home loan.

Having a good credit score can make the difference between having your loan

accepted and being declined. Poor credit is preventable if you pay attention to the

above mentioned criteria, so be sure to stay on top of your finances to ensure


Posted in Mortgage Tips
Nov. 14, 2022

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Posted in Market Updates
Oct. 6, 2022

Market Conditions October 6, 2022

Here is our Broker/Owner, Annmarie Triolo's latest video on our market conditions.



Posted in Market Updates
July 31, 2017

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Curious about local real estate? So are we! Every month we review trends in our real estate market and consider the number of homes on the market in each price tier, the amount of time particular homes have been listed for sale, specific neighborhood trends, the median price and square footage of each home sold and so much more. We’d love to invite you to do the same!

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We can definitely fill you in on details that are not listed on the report and help you determine the best home for you. If you are wondering if now is the time to sell, please try out our INSTANT home value tool. You’ll get an estimate on the value of your property in today’s market. Either way, we hope to hear from you soon as you get to know our neighborhoods and local real estate market better.

Posted in Market Updates