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Why an Agent Is Essential When Pricing Your House [INFOGRAPHIC]

Why an Agent Is Essential When Pricing Your House [INFOGRAPHIC] Some Highlights When it comes to pricing your house, there’s a lot to consider. The only way to ensure you price it right is by partnering with a local real estate professional. To find the best price, your agent balances current market demand, the values […]

The One Thing Every Homeowner Needs To Know About a Recession

The One Thing Every Homeowner Needs To Know About a Recession A recession does not equal a housing crisis. That’s the one thing that every homeowner today needs to know. Everywhere you look, experts are warning we could be heading toward a recession, and if true, an economic slowdown doesn’t mean homes will lose value. […]

How Homeownership Can Bring You Joy

How Homeownership Can Bring You Joy If you’re trying to decide whether to rent or buy a home, you’re probably weighing a few different factors. The financial benefits of homeownership might be one of the reasons you want to make a purchase if you’re a renter, but the decision can also be motivated by having […]

Are There More Homes Coming to the Market?

Are There More Homes Coming to the Market? According to a recent survey from the National Association of Realtors (NAR), one of the top challenges buyers face in today’s housing market is finding a home that meets their needs. That’s largely because the inventory of homes for sale is so low today. If you’re looking […]

Will Home Prices Fall This Year? Here’s What Experts Say.

Will Home Prices Fall This Year? Here’s What Experts Say. Many people are wondering: will home prices fall this year? Whether you’re a potential homebuyer, seller, or both, the answer to this question matters for you. Let’s break down what’s happening with home prices, where experts say they’re headed, and how this impacts your homeownership […]

2022 Housing Market Forecast [INFOGRAPHIC]

2022 Housing Market Forecast [INFOGRAPHIC] Some Highlights What does the rest of the year hold for the housing market? Here’s what experts have to say about what lies ahead. Home prices are projected to rise and so are mortgage rates. Experts are also forecasting another strong year for home sales as people move to meet […]

Your House Could Be Closer to List-Ready Than You Think

Your House Could Be Closer to List-Ready Than You Think One of the biggest concerns for a homeowner looking to sell is the time they’ll have to put in before listing their house. If that’s the case for you, you should know – your home might be closer to list-ready than you think in today’s […]

What You Need To Know About Selling in a Sellers’ Market

What You Need To Know About Selling in a Sellers’ Market Even if you haven’t been following real estate news, you’ve likely heard about the current sellers’ market. That’s because there’s a lot of talk about how strong market conditions are for people who want to sell their houses. But if you’re thinking about listing […]

The Dream of Homeownership Is Worth the Effort

The Dream of Homeownership Is Worth the Effort If you’re in the market to buy a home this season, stick with it. Homebuyers face challenges in any market, and today’s is no exception. But if you persevere, your decision to purchase a home will be worth the effort in the end. In fact, a recent […]

How Homeownership Can Help Shield You from Inflation

Why This Housing Market Is Not a Bubble Ready To Pop If you’re following along with the news today, you’ve likely heard about rising inflation. You’re also likely feeling the impact in your day-to-day life as prices go up for gas, groceries, and more. These rising consumer costs can put a pinch on your wallet […]

Why This Housing Market Is Not a Bubble Ready To Pop

Why This Housing Market Is Not a Bubble Ready To Pop Homeownership has become a major element in achieving the American Dream. A recent report from the National Association of Realtors (NAR) finds that over 86% of buyers agree homeownership is still the American Dream. Prior to the 1950s, less than half of the country […]

On the Fence of Whether or Not To Move This Spring? Consider This.

On the Fence of Whether or Not To Move This Spring? Consider This. If you’re thinking of selling your house, it may be because you’ve heard prices are rising, listings are going fast, and sellers are getting multiple offers on their homes. But why are conditions so good for sellers today? And what can you […]

What You Need To Budget for When Buying a Home

What You Need To Budget for When Buying a Home When it comes to buying a home, it can feel a bit intimidating to know how much you need to save and where to find that information. But you should know, you’re not expected to have all the answers yourself. There are many trusted professionals […]

What’s Happening with Mortgage Rates, and Where Will They Go from Here?

What’s Happening with Mortgage Rates, and Where Will They Go from Here? Based on the Primary Mortgage Market Survey from Freddie Mac, the average 30-year fixed-rate mortgage has increased by 1.2% (3.22% to 4.42%) since January of this year. The rate jumped by more than a quarter of a point from just a week ago. […]

How an Energy Efficient Home Can Be a Bright Idea [INFOGRAPHIC]

How an Energy Efficient Home Can Be a Bright Idea [INFOGRAPHIC] Some Highlights With inflation driving up the cost of everyday items, seeking out an energy-efficient home can be a great way to decrease the expenses you can control. Energy efficiency can help lower your utility bills and possibly even save you money on your […]

What You Can Expect from the Spring Housing Market

What You Can Expect from the Spring Housing Market As the spring housing market kicks off, you likely want to know what you can expect this season when it comes to buying or selling a house. While there are multiple factors causing some uncertainty, including the conflict overseas, rising inflation, and the first rate increase […]

What You Need To Know if You’re Thinking About Building a Home

What You Need To Know if You’re Thinking About Building a Home If you’re ready to move up, you may be trying to decide whether you want to buy a home that’s already on the market or build a new one. And since the supply of homes available for sale today is low, you’re willing […]

The Many Benefits of Homeownership

The Many Benefits of Homeownership The past two years have taught us the true value of homeownership, especially the stability and the feeling of accomplishment it can provide. But homeownership has so much more to offer. Here’s a look at a few of the non-financial and financial benefits of owning a home. If you’re looking […]

Spring Cleaning Checklist for Sellers [INFOGRAPHIC]

Spring Cleaning Checklist for Sellers [INFOGRAPHIC] Some Highlights If you’re thinking about selling your house this spring, here are some things you’ll want to tackle before you list. Spend your time on tasks that make it feel inviting, show it’s cared for, and boost your curb appeal. To determine the full list of things you’ll […]

How To Navigate a Market Where Multiple Offers Is the New Normal

How To Navigate a Market Where Multiple Offers Is the New Normal If you’re thinking of buying a home today, you already know that the number of homes available for sale is low. But what does that really mean for you? As a buyer, low housing supply coupled with high buyer demand means you should […]

Key Terms for Homebuyers [INFOGRAPHIC]

Key Terms for Homebuyers [INFOGRAPHIC] Some Highlights Knowing key housing terms and how they relate to today’s market is important. For example, when mortgage rates and home prices rise, it impacts how much home you can afford. Terms like appraisal (what lenders rely on to validate a home’s value) and the inspection contingency (which gives […]

Key Factors That Impact Affordability Today

Key Factors That Impact Affordability Today You can’t read an article about residential real estate without the author mentioning the affordability challenges that today’s buyers face. There’s no doubt homes are less affordable today than they were over the last two years, but that doesn’t mean homes are now unaffordable. There are three measures used […]

How Global Uncertainty Is Impacting Mortgage Rates

How Global Uncertainty Is Impacting Mortgage Rates If you’re thinking about buying or selling a home, you’ll want to keep a pulse on what’s happening with mortgage rates. Rates have been climbing in recent months, especially since January of this year. And just a few weeks ago, the 30-year fixed mortgage rate from Freddie Mac […]

Supply and Demand in Today’s Market [INFOGRAPHIC]

Why Your Home Inspection Matters [INFOGRAPHIC] Some Highlights Today’s housing market is the direct result of low supply and high buyer demand. Here’s what that means for you and your plans to buy or sell. For buyers, expect competition, be ready to move fast, and be prepared to submit your strongest offer. For sellers, know […]

Are Home Prices Continuing To Rise?

Are Home Prices Continuing To Rise? Many analysts projected home price appreciation would slow dramatically in the fall of 2021 and then continue to soften throughout 2022. So far, that hasn’t happened. The major price indices are all revealing ongoing double-digit price appreciation. Here’s a look at their reports on year-over-year price appreciation for December: […]

Down Payment Assistance Programs Can Help You Achieve Homeownership

Down Payment Assistance Programs Can Help You Achieve Homeownership For many homebuyers, the thought of saving for a down payment can feel daunting, especially in today’s market. That’s why, when asked what they find most difficult in the homebuying process, some buyers say it’s one of the hardest steps on the path to homeownership. Data […]

An Expert Advisor Will Give You the Best Advice in Today’s Market

An Expert Advisor Will Give You the Best Advice in Today’s Market Having an experienced guide coaching you through the process of buying or selling a home is important in a normal market – but today’s market is far from normal. As a result, an expert real estate advisor isn’t just good to have by […]

What Every Seller Needs To Know About Renovating This Year

What Every Seller Needs To Know About Renovating This Year If you’re planning to sell this year, you’re probably thinking about what you’ll need to do to get your house ready to appeal to the most buyers. It’s crucial to work with a trusted real estate professional who knows your local market to get your […]

The Top Indicator if You Want To Know Where Mortgage Rates Are Heading

The Top Indicator if You Want To Know Where Mortgage Rates Are Heading Mortgage rates have increased significantly since the beginning of the year. Each Thursday, Freddie Mac releases its Primary Mortgage Market Survey. According to the latest survey, the average 30-year fixed-rate mortgage has risen from 3.22% at the start of the year to […]

Why a Move Could Bring You More Happiness This Year

Why a Move Could Bring You More Happiness This Year Over the past two years, we’ve lived through one of the most stressful periods in recent history. Because of the health crisis, many of us have spent more time at home and that’s led us to re-evaluate both what we need in a house and […]

Why Your Home Inspection Matters [INFOGRAPHIC]

Why Your Home Inspection Matters [INFOGRAPHIC] Some Highlights Buying a home and wondering if your inspection is necessary? While some buyers may decide to waive their inspection, it’s risky decision. Your home inspection is a crucial step in the homebuying process. It assesses the condition of the home you plan to purchase, so you can […]

Why Right Now Is a Once-in-a-Lifetime Opportunity for Sellers

Why Right Now Is a Once-in-a-Lifetime Opportunity for Sellers If you’re thinking about selling your house in 2022, you truly have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity at your fingertips. When selling anything, you always hope for strong demand for the item coupled with a limited supply. That maximizes your leverage when you’re negotiating the sale. Home sellers […]

Are You a Homeowner Thinking About Climate Change?

Are You a Homeowner Thinking About Climate Change? Americans are more aware than ever of the effects climate change and natural disasters can have on their homes. According to a report from realtor.com: “More than 3 in 4 recent buyers, 78%, took [natural disasters] into account when choosing the locations of their homes, . . […]

Why Pre-Approval Is Key for Homebuyers in 2022

Why Pre-Approval Is Key for Homebuyers in 2022 You may have heard that it’s important to get pre-approved for a mortgage at the beginning of the homebuying process, but what does that really mean, and why is it so important? Especially in today’s market, with rising home prices and high buyer competition, it’s crucial to […]

Buyers Want To Know: Why Is Housing Supply Still So Low?

Buyers Want To Know: Why Is Housing Supply Still So Low? One key question that’s top of mind for homebuyers this year is: why is it so hard to find a house to buy? The truth is, we’re in the ultimate sellers’ market, so real estate is ultra-competitive for buyers right now. The number of […]

With Mortgage Rates Climbing, Now’s the Time To Act

With Mortgage Rates Climbing, Now’s the Time To Act Last week, the average 30-year fixed mortgage rate from Freddie Mac jumped from 3.22% to 3.45%. That’s the highest point it’s been in almost two years. If you’re thinking about buying a home, this news may have come as a bit of a shock. But the […]

Sellers: Don’t Wait Until Spring To Make Your Move

Sellers: Don’t Wait Until Spring To Make Your Move As you plan out your goals for the year, moving up to your dream home may top the list. But, how do you know when to make your move? You want to time it just right so you can get the most out of the sale […]

What’s Going To Happen with Home Prices This Year?

What’s Going To Happen with Home Prices This Year? After almost two years of double-digit increases, many experts thought home price appreciation would decelerate or happen at a slower pace in the last quarter of 2021. However, the latest Home Price Insights Report from CoreLogic indicates while prices may have plateaued, appreciation has definitely not […]

Avoid the Rental Trap in 2022

Avoid the Rental Trap in 2022 Are you one of the many renters thinking about where you’ll live the next time your lease is up? Before you decide whether to look for a new house or another apartment, it’s important to understand the true costs of renting in 2022. As a renter, you should know […]

Real Estate Professionals Are Experts at Keeping You Safe When You Sell

Real Estate Professionals Are Experts at Keeping You Safe When You Sell If you’re on the fence about whether or not you want to sell your house this year, there’s good news. For nearly two years, real estate professionals have worked tirelessly to ensure the safety of buyers and sellers during the pandemic. Today, they’re […]

Why Waiting To Sell Your House Could Cost You a Small Fortune

Why Waiting To Sell Your House Could Cost You a Small Fortune Many homeowners who plan to sell in 2022 may think the wise thing to do is to wait for the spring buying market since historically about 40 percent of home sales occur between April and July. However, this year’s expected to be much […]

The Average Homeowner Gained $56,700 in Equity over the Past Year

The Average Homeowner Gained $56,700 in Equity over the Past Year When you think of homeownership, what’s the first thing that comes to mind? Chances are you might focus on the non-financial benefits, like the security or stability a home provides. But what about equity? While it can be overlooked, a homeowner’s equity helps build […]

Homebuyers Are Going on a Shopping Spree This Winter

Homebuyers Are Going on a Shopping Spree This Winter Black Friday and Cyber Monday are over, which means some shoppers have wrapped up their holiday buying. But there’s still a group of buyers that are very active this holiday season – homebuyers. Experts anticipate the real estate market will see a flurry of activity this […]

What Everyone Wants To Know: Will Home Prices Decline in 2022?

What Everyone Wants To Know: Will Home Prices Decline in 2022? If you’re thinking of buying a home in today’s housing market, you may be wondering how strong your investment will be. You might be asking yourself: if I buy a home now, will it lose value? Or will it continue to appreciate going forward? […]

Advice for First-Generation Homebuyers

Advice for First-Generation Homebuyers The sense of pride you’ll feel when you purchase a home can’t be overstated. For first-generation homebuyers, that feeling of accomplishment is even greater. That’s because the pride of homeownership for first-generation buyers extends far beyond the homebuyer. AJ Barkley, Head of Neighborhood and Community Lending for Bank of America, says: […]

A Happy Tail: Pets and the Homebuying Process [INFOGRAPHIC]

A Happy Tail: Pets and the Homebuying Process [INFOGRAPHIC] Some Highlights It’s no secret that we love our furry friends – about 70% of U.S. households have pets. What may come as a surprise is how large a role they play in the homebuying process. Americans spend $1,163 a year on their pets, and nearly […]

Two Reasons Why Waiting To Buy a Home Will Cost You

Two Reasons Why Waiting To Buy a Home Will Cost You If you’re a homeowner who’s decided your current house no longer fits your needs, or a renter with a strong desire to become a homeowner, you may be hoping that waiting until next year could mean better market conditions to purchase a home. To […]

Struggling To Find a Home To Buy? New Construction May Be an Option.

Struggling To Find a Home To Buy? New Construction May Be an Option. There’s no question that the financial benefits of selling a house are outstanding today. Now is truly a great time to list if you’re ready to make a change. But if you do sell your house right now, you may be wondering […]

Why It Just Became Much Easier To Buy a Home

Why It Just Became Much Easier To Buy a Home Since the pandemic began, Americans have reevaluated the meaning of the word home. That’s led some renters to realize the many benefits of homeownership, including the feelings of security and stability and the financial benefits that come with rising home equity. At the same time, […]

A Checklist for Selling Your House This Winter [INFOGRAPHIC]

A Checklist for Selling Your House This Winter [INFOGRAPHIC] Some Highlights If you’re planning to sell your house this winter, you’ll want it to look its best inside and out. Take the time and focus on tasks that make it inviting, show it’s cared for, and boost your curb appeal. Let’s connect so you have […]

Tips for Single Homebuyers: How To Make Your Dream a Reality

Tips for Single Homebuyers: How To Make Your Dream a Reality If you’re living on your own and looking to buy a home, know that you can make your dream a reality with thoughtful planning and the right team of experts. Research from Freddie Mac shows 28% of all households (36.1 million) are sole-person, and […]

How To Think Strategically as a Buyer in Today’s Market

How To Think Strategically as a Buyer in Today’s Market The game of chess can provide incredible lessons to apply to all aspects of life, including the homebuying process. Chess requires you to plan and think about your strategy from the very beginning of the game. The homebuying process, like chess, requires strategy and planning. […]

How Smart Buyers Are Approaching Rising Mortgage Rates

How Smart Buyers Are Approaching Rising Mortgage Rates Last week, the average 30-year fixed mortgage rate from Freddie Mac inched up to 3.1%, and experts project rates will continue rising through 2022: “The 30-year fixed-rate mortgage was 2.9% in the third quarter of 2021. We forecast mortgage rates to increase slightly through the remainder of […]

Your Journey to Homeownership [INFOGRAPHIC]

Your Journey to Homeownership [INFOGRAPHIC] Some Highlights When it comes to buying a home, there are a number of key milestones along the way. The process includes everything from building your team and understanding your finances to going house hunting, making an offer, and more. When you’re ready to start your journey, let’s connect so […]

Sellers: You’ll Likely Get Multiple Strong Offers This Season

Sellers: You’ll Likely Get Multiple Strong Offers This Season Are you thinking about selling your house right now, but you’re not sure you’ll have the time to do so as the holidays draw near? If so, consider this: even as the holiday season approaches, there are plenty of buyers out there, and they really want […]

How Sellers Win When Housing Inventory Is Low

How Sellers Win When Housing Inventory Is Low In today’s housing market, the number of homes for sale is much lower than the strong buyer demand. As a result, homeowners ready to sell have a significant advantage. Here are three ways today’s low inventory will set you up for a win when you sell this […]

Numbers Don’t Lie – It’s Still a Great Time To Sell [INFOGRAPHIC]

Numbers Don’t Lie – It’s Still a Great Time To Sell [INFOGRAPHIC] Some Highlights Heading into the end of the year, you might wonder if it’s still a good time to sell your house. Here’s what the latest data from the National Association of Realtors (NAR) says. Housing supply is lower than last year, and […]

Does Your House Have What Buyers Want?

Does Your House Have What Buyers Want? The rise in remote work is changing what many Americans want in their homes. Many companies are choosing to delay reopening or go remote full-time, and today’s buyers are looking for homes with more space to support their work needs. As a seller, if you no longer need […]

4 Tips To Prep for Your Home Sale This Fall

4 Tips To Prep for Your Home Sale This Fall Even in a hot sellers’ market like today’s in which homes are selling so quickly, it’s still important to make a good first impression on potential buyers. Taking the time upfront to prep your house appropriately can bring in the greatest return on your investment. […]

Are You Going Big or Staying Local?

This past year has fast tracked an almost full digital experience for the purchase of real estate. Just like every other commodity, technology companies are looking to get in from the start  and are, for the most part, streamlining the process adding benefit to both the consumer and the professional. … But is this all […]

What the Feng Shui?

What the Feng Shui? Key Feng Shui concepts for homebuyers to consider when looking for homes. Buying a home is one of the biggest events a person has in their lifetime. The process of buying a home can be challenging and emotional, and most people only get the chance to purchase a home once. Can […]

You passed your Real Estate exam, now what?

You passed your licensing exam- now what?! You completed all your classes. You waited in anticipation for your exam date to come. You braced while waiting for the results to be handed to you- you passed! You race out of the testing center to let everyone know your success. But now what? There is a […]

Multi Family and Commercial Housing: Do You Know What You’re Selling?

Multi Family and Commercial Housing: Do You Know What You’re Selling? Kate Berard, Associate Broker 774-644-6131 KateB@mellogroup.com  Investing in multi-family or commercial housing can prove rewarding, in fact as the famous Andrew Carnegie adage surmises: millionaires are made that way.  From all views, the market sits amid a booming seller advantage, despite a global […]

Rewarding Home Improvements for the Fall

As summer comes to an end, there is no better time than the Fall to get some home improvement projects done that you have been itching to start – or finish! If you do not have a ton of time on your hands, there are several smaller tasks that you can work on that will […]

Gifts For Her Home

Cooking – Williams Sonoma Ultimate Pastry Tools, Set of 5– $59.95 For the baker in your life, this is the perfect essential set to tackle the most common tasks in a pastry chef’s kitchen. The set includes a straight icing spatula, offset icing spatula, pastry brush, fluted pastry cutter and a bench scraper. The combination […]

Gifts For His Home

Home Improvement – Uncommon Goods’ Fix it Kit – $30.00 This portable collection of handy tools will ensure that you are always totally ready to make any repairs that are needed. The kit includes a vegan leather case filled with a hammer, LED flashlight, long-nose pliers, foot tape measure, slot screwdriver, and interchangeable handle, assorted […]

Gifts For Her Home

Cooking – Sharper Image’s Digital BBQ Fork – $44.99 This is the perfect gift for any cook in your life who is looking for a fun, new gadget. The digital BBQ fork lets you know for sure that your beef, poultry or fish is thoroughly cooked. It reads internal temperatures accurately in seconds. Or, you […]

Gifts For His Home

Home Improvement – Bosch Compact Laser Distance Measure – $84.99 This laser distance measuring tool features long-range measuring with extreme accuracy, and measures distance up to 120-feet. It is super easy to use as it is operates with the touch of just one button and provides real-time measurement as you move closer and farther from […]

Gifts For His Home

Home Improvement – Google Nest Learning Thermostat – $199.00 This thermostat is a great gift idea as it works with Alexa and provides so many benefits. With this thermostat, you will be able to auto-schedule temperatures you like, connect it to your WiFi so you can change the temperature through your phone, tablet or laptop […]

Gifts For Her Home

Cooking – Personalized Cutting Board: $159.00 – $167.00 How cute is this personalized cutting board?! You can feature your own family last name, or multiple names depending on your preference. This is a great way to add a personal touch to a necessity in the kitchen!  Relaxation – Esker Beauty Allover Jade Roller: $65.00 For […]

Gifts For His Home

Home Improvement – Little Giant Ladder Systems 12017 RevolutionXE Articulating Ladder – $273.21  A man can always use a good ladder for a variety of different home improvement projects. This ladder features an extra wide rung with an aggressive tread and wide-flared legs to provide a feeling of safety and security. With this ladder, you […]

Gifts For Her Home

Cooking – YAMAZAKI home 7327 Rin Plywood Tablet Stand – $18.00 This is the perfect gift for someone who loves to use cookbooks and needs a nice, convenient way to keep it propped up while they are cooking. For those who purchase virtual cookbooks, this stand will also hold a tablet! Relaxation – YnM Weighted […]

Gifts For Her Home

Cooking – Automatic Pan Stirrer with Timer – $25.00 This automatic pan stirrer from Uncommon Goods is the perfect gift for the chef in your life. For all recipes that require an extensive amount of stirring, this is a total life saver! Place the pan stirrer in your pan with low-heat liquid, set the timer […]

Gifts For His Home

Home Improvement – Leatherman WINGMAN® Multi-Tool – $47.96 This tool is one of Leatherman’s top-rated multi-tools, and for good reason. The tool combines spring-action pliers, scissors and 12 other indispensable tools. It is the perfect item for the home improver in your life who can easily carry this on the go for whenever they may […]

Moving During the Pandemic? Here are Some Tips

As coronavirus cases are still extremely prominent around the world, everyone is continuing to adhere to the guidelines of quarantining and social distancing. Given the current circumstances now and throughout the past few months, many people have had to alter their plans to stay at home. For people who are looking to move, you may […]

Matterport Virtual Tours Are the New Normal in Real Estate

Traditionally when looking for a new home or apartment, it is widely known that you will set up a time with the landlord or realtor to visit the space. However, in this day in age, and especially during more recent times, touring the apartment or home in-person is not always feasible or even possible. Perhaps […]

Easy Ways to keep Your Home Clean

Whether you are working from home or spending more time at home, it is important to keep busy and stay active throughout the day. If you are finding yourself swamped throughout the day, you may be having trouble finding time to keep up with cleaning within your home. Here are a few ways that you […]

Best Early Morning Habits to Start Your Day

During the long, cold winter months, it can be hard to feel motivated to stay in your daily routine. Everyone can relate to feeling sluggish, tired and lazy as they try to avoid cold weather at all costs. Well, spring is just around the corner and it is time to kick it back into gear. […]

How to Clear Clutter for Spring

One of the best parts of a change of season is all the de-cluttering that comes along with it. A new season is a great way to have a fresh approach on how you organize everything within your home – especially your closet. Closets can easily become messy, disorganized and over-cluttered. If you are looking […]

Best Indoor Activities for Cold Winter Months

It can be difficult during the winter months to keep the creativity flowing in terms of what there is to do indoors. And, after a few days in the house during a winter storm, everyone can get a little stir crazy! Here are some fun ideas for you and the family that you can enjoy […]

Walk in Closets are a Must-Have!

There are certain things when shopping for a new home that are deal breakers for people. Is the kitchen big enough? Are there enough bathrooms throughout the home? What does the landscape look like? Or, if you are super into fashion, shoes and accessories, you will most likely care greatly about the size of the […]

Best Cozy Winter Recipes

During the winter months, there are some days where all you want to do is lounge around your home in your pajamas, relax with your favorite book or movie and eat some good old, carb-filled comfort food. Everyone can relate to these types of days, which are arguably the best kind of days to have! […]

Reasons to List Your Home in the Winter 

If you have been itching to get your house on the market, there is no reason to wait, as there are many different reasons why listing your home on the market during the winter months is hugely beneficial. While many people prefer to list their home during the warmer months, we have pulled together some […]

Best Holiday Treats to Bake This Season

Baking yummy holiday treats is a great way to get in the holiday spirit, and a really fun activity for you to partake in with loved ones, your kids or your friends! Whether you are hosting a holiday this season or planning on bringing something to a family gathering or holiday work party, we have […]

End of Fall Exterior Home Check List

It is hard to believe that winter is already approaching, but as the days get shorter and chillier, it is coming quicker than many are ready for. It is vital that as the fall weather comes to an end, you make sure that your house is as prepared as possible for the winter months. We […]

Prepare Your Home for the Holidays 

The holiday season is fast approaching, and regardless of if you are hosting a holiday for family and friends or not, there are a lot of things that everyone must do to prepare their home for the holidays! It is important to make sure that all of these fix-ups and tasks are taken care of […]

Best Snowblowers for 2020

As we get closer to the winter months, it is important that you are fully prepared with all of the winter gear that you will need – including shovels, salt and sand for your walkways and doorsteps as well as all of your necessary winter accessories and snow boots! If you are living in or […]

Steps to Carving a Perfect Pumpkin 

Carving a pumpkin during the Halloween and Fall season is something that is fun and entertaining no matter how old you are. It is a great way to showcase your creativity and truly create something that is totally YOURS! However, carving a pumpkin is not as easy as many think and a lot of times […]

Safety Tips for Kids During Halloween

Halloween night is something that kids look forward to all year round – and adults, as well! From planning Halloween parties to what costume you are going to wear, there is a lot of excitement around Halloween. There is often so much excitement that it can become easy to forget about the key and important […]

Holiday Home Improvements

The holiday season is approaching quickly upon us, where everyone will shift their focus to shopping for gifts, prepping for holiday dinners and arranging travel plans to see family and friends. During the holiday season, things can get so busy that it can become easy to drop the ball on daily tasks, such as house […]

Prep the Home for Trick or Treaters! 

We are almost into the month of October, the month that is filled with haunted hayrides, corn mazes, apple and pumpkin picking and, last but not least, Halloween! Halloween is an exciting holiday for people of all ages, whether you are a young kid trick or treating, or a bit older and attending a Halloween […]

New Listing Spotlight: 62 Mikayla Ann Drive, Rehoboth, Massachusetts

For all those that are currently on the market for a brand-new home – we’ve got an amazing new listing spotlight just for you! Check out this stunning property at 62 Mikayla Ann Drive in Rehoboth, Massachusetts. Located in Bristol County, this is a fairly new property that was built in 2001, with a total […]

What to Know About Selling Your Home in the Fall and Winter Months 

During the summer months, it is easy to get caught up in all the excitement – there are so many different activities going on with family and friends, it is the prime season for vacations and weekend getaways, as well as a time where you are busy preparing for back-to-school season. Perhaps you have been […]

How to Upgrade Your House to Make it Profitable

Whether you are currently planning on putting your home on the market, or it is something that you foresee in the future, everyone wants to consistently ensure that their home is profitable, for whenever the time comes. Creating and sustaining a profitable property can be difficult, as everyone has many expenses that they must regularly […]

Should You Hire a Contractor or DIY?

Everyone can relate to the feeling of needing things updated within your home, but not necessarily knowing the best way to get it done. A lot of the times, if you are handy, or know someone who is, it can be easiest to purchase the materials on your own and get the job done internally. […]

How to Be the Best Real Estate Agent

If the real estate industry is something that interests you a lot, it may be a great career path for you to go down. Or, perhaps you have already gone down the path and are trying to navigate how you can be most successful in the industry that you have chosen to be a part […]

How to Negotiate for a Home 

So, you have officially found your dream home, but are hoping to negotiate on the price that it is listed for. Do not fear – negotiating is extremely common and is something that everyone should get experience and become skilled with. When it comes to purchasing a home, chances are if it is a great […]

Importance of Increasing Tenant Happiness 

Having a good landlord-tenant relationship is key to success for both parties – for the landlord so they can continue their business as well as for the tenant so they can live in their property as stress free and happy as possible. If you are a landlord and you are looking for some ways that […]

How to Rent Your House in the Summer

If you are lucky enough to own multiple properties, you may have thought about diving into the rental market to earn some extra cash, or perhaps begin flipping homes as a side business or your career. Renting your house out is a great way to make some extra money without having to do a ton […]

The Difference Between Purchasing a Home for Personal and Business Reasons 

Those who are in the real estate business know that it is a big difference purchasing a home for yourself and your family members, versus purchasing a home strictly for rental or flipping purposes. If you are purchasing a home for personal reasons, there is a lot that goes into the process and overall decision […]

6 Landscaping Trends That Increase the Value of Your Home

By Bill Edwards Your home is one of your most valuable assets. You can increase its value by as much as 10 percent with a few landscaping upgrades. Here are six landscaping trends sure to increase the value of your home and make it the envy of your neighborhood.   Go Native Today’s homeowner wants […]

How to Decrease Tenant Turnover

If you are a landlord, or are just familiar with the real estate space, then you have experienced first-hand or heard of tenant turnover. Ultimately, tenant turnover is something that can not always be avoided, although landlords can do their best to experience it as little as possible. The goal when you are a landlord […]

Will My House Make a Good Rental?

People purchase homes and apartments for a few different reasons, based on their circumstances. Perhaps they are purchasing the real estate to live in themselves, or with their family. Or, maybe they are purchasing it as a vacation home or place to utilize in the future after they retire. Lastly, the real estate could be […]

Things You Should Never Allow from a Tenant

Every landlord wants to ensure that they have all the necessary rules in place for their tenants, while still operating in a friendly, civil manner. Most landlords have great relationships with their tenants, some just from a business standpoint, and some personally as well! No matter how friendly you are with your tenants and how […]

How to Start Being a Landlord

A lot of people are itching to get into the real estate market, whether that is working for a real estate company or becoming a landlord. Getting into a real estate may be time-consuming but can be extremely rewarding once you get the hang of the industry. Once you become a landlord, you will face […]

Your Guide to Moving Out of Your Home

No matter how many times you have moved homes in your life, or if this is your first time moving, everyone can agree that it is a very overwhelming process that can keep you busy for weeks! Moving out of your home does not just consist of packing everything up, but also making sure that […]

Tips to Be a Great Neighbor

If you have been a homeowner for several years, you most likely know the do’s and don’ts of what it means to be a good neighbor. And, you most likely learned these through your own experiences of having neighbors and being one as well. Neighbors play a huge role in how content and overall happy […]

3 Smart Home Technologies You Need in your Home ASAP

Living in the 21st century, in 2019 more than ever, everyone can agree that technology is what most people’s lives revolve around. For many, their job solely focuses on multimedia, social media, and technology. With the adaptation of living in a technological world, we are also provided more opportunities than ever to live safer and […]

When to Replace Carbon Monoxide Detectors and Why It’s Important

As the weather warms up, everyone finds themselves wanting to get organized in every aspect of life, whether that is spring cleaning around the house, organizing themselves at work, or pulling together schedules for family members. As you are working to stay on top of everything around the home throughout your spring cleaning, it is […]

New Listing Spotlight: Crandall Road, Tiverton, RI

We are so excited to showcase our first “New Listing Spotlight” for this adorable condo located in the stunning Tiverton, Rhode Island. This condo on Crandall Road is not only in a great area, but is spacious, cozy and perfect for any family! The condo is made up of three bedrooms and one full bathroom, […]

Tips for Outdoor Spring Cleanup

During the winter months, everyone can look over their landscaping needs due to the amount of snow that hits the northeast. Once the warmer weather starts to roll around and the snow begins to melt, many people may become overwhelmed at just how much of a spring cleanup is necessary to get their landscape in […]

How to Best Organize Your Home

Now that the weather is getting warmer, everyone is itching to finally get outside and start fresh. For many, starting fresh means getting your home organized, throwing away items that you do not find yourself needing anymore, and making sure everything is in tip-top shape for the summer. Organizing your home, especially after a long […]

Pros and Cons of Building Your Own Home

So, the time has finally come for you to purchase a new home, whether it is your very first home or a brand new one for your family to move into. When looking into new homes to purchase, the question of whether to purchase a built one or build your own runs through everyone’s mind. […]

Does Your Home Have These Features? They May Help Boost Sales

Everyone who has shopped for a new home in the past, or is currently in the process, knows that there is a difference between the “wants” and “needs” of what you are looking for your home to have. For example, you may know that you need multiple bathrooms, and know that you want a fenced […]

Can Home Staging Affect Your Sale?

So, the time has come where you are planning on putting your house up for sale. As you are moving through your to-do list of everything that must be done to prepare to list your home, you stop and ponder how you will stage your home for open houses. When most think about how they […]

Listing Photos are Crucial – Here’s How to Take Them

Anyone who is working to sell their home is aware of how cluttered the real estate market is. There are hundreds of thousands of homes on the market – so how do you make yours stand out? As potential buyers are browsing the internet for their dream home, there is only one thing that makes […]

4 Fun Swansea Activities

If you are looking for you and your family to make a move, look no further than Swansea, Massachusetts! Living in Swansea comes with many perks, but the location is definitely one of the best. Located right next to Providence, Rhode Island, you will be next to a wide variety of family, fun-filled activities that […]

Open Houses: To Have or Not to Have?

When it comes to selling your house, there is a lot of back and forth debate on whether an open house is necessary to host to get the best, fastest deal for your home. Open houses are a great way to showcase your home, and there are many positives that go along with them. However, […]

Security Deposits: What They Are & How to Ensure You’ll Get Them Back

When you begin leasing a new space, there are several fees that go along with it, including the security deposit. If you have never leased an apartment or house before, a security deposit is a sum of money, usually equal to one-month’s rent, that your landlord will collect upon you moving in. They will hold […]

How to Spot Toxic Mold, and How to Get Rid of It

Finding mold in your home is never enjoyable, especially after realizing that it has been within your home for several days, weeks, or even months! What many people do not realize is that mold can live inside of your home for a period of time without you even noticing. It is important to know exactly […]

What is Home Equity, and How Do You Build It?

If you are new to owning a home, you may be unfamiliar with certain terms, such as home equity. Home equity is essentially the part of your home that you already own. It is the percentage of your home’s value that you have already paid off. So, how do you build it without completely breaking […]

Snow and Ice Damage to Your Home: Are You Covered?

No matter how much you may prepare your home for the winter months, there is always the chance that when a large snow or ice storm comes through, there may be some damage to parts of your home. So, when this happens, how do you know exactly what is covered? The truth is, insurance coverage […]

Is For Sale by Owner a Good Idea?

When thinking of putting your house on the market to sell, you may believe that it is easier and financially smarter for you to sell the house on your own, versus working with a real estate agent. While many believe this is a feasible option, it is in fact better for you to hire an […]

Holiday Activities Near Seekonk, MA

If you have not already gotten into the full holiday spirit, this week and upcoming weekend is your chance to squeeze in all the fun holiday activities that we all look forward to each year! Whether you are looking for indoor or outdoor activities, there are many ways to get festive in the Seekonk area. […]

How to Shop for Homes in the Winter Months

Did you know that one of the best seasons to shop for a new home is winter? During the winter months, prices on homes can tend to drop to their lowest prices, as families are often more motivated to sell and move into their new home as quickly as possible. While it is a great […]

New Year’s Resolutions to Help You Buy a Home in 2019!

2018 is quickly coming to a close, and it is almost that time of year where everyone can reflect on what they have done and create goals for themselves for the new year. For many people, especially those looking to start a family, a new year’s resolution may include them finally purchasing their dream home. […]

Prepare Your Home for Snow Storms

The first official day of winter is just a few weeks away, although in many areas, flurries of snow has already occurred! If you are not already prepared for the winter weather, it is important that you take all precautions to ensure that your home is in good shape and ready for snow – whether […]

Upgrades to Your Kitchen Without an Entire Remodel

The kitchen in your home is a very central area – a place where people not only quickly grab food from the fridge, but also sit down for family dinners, gather for events, and ultimately make memories! Everyone has an image of what their perfect, dream kitchen looks like, and unfortunately, it is not always […]

Updates to Make to Your Home Every 10 Years

It is a huge milestone when you hit a 1, 5, or even 10-year anniversary of owning your home. While it is exciting to celebrate the long-term love that you and your family have for your home, it is also a great time to look into different ways that your home can be updated, especially […]

116 Old County Rd. Westport, MA 02790

4 beds 3 baths 2,775 sqft $689,000 This incredible property offers a perfect blend of the original charm and character of an 1800’s Colonial with all the modern updates. Entire interior and exterior updated! Absolutely no expense spared as current owner has taken immaculate care for 25+ years! New granite and solid cherry kitchen with angled island […]

De-Clutter in Preparation for the Holidays

We are almost officially in the holiday season, and with that comes holiday parties, family get-togethers and more reasons to ensure that you have a clean, de-cluttered home. While preparing for the holidays is the perfect time to de-clutter the rooms of your home and make way for a brand-new year. De-cluttering can be extremely […]

First Time Moving? Here’s What You Should Know

Are you a first-time mover? If so, you may be feeling a lot of mixed emotions, from excitement to sadness! While moving can often be bittersweet, it can also be a stressful experience if it is not planned out correctly. What many people may not realize who have not moved before is that the entire […]

Fun Activities in the Seekonk Area

Are you looking for some fun activities to do with your family and friends this fall? Seekonk, Massachusetts has a wide variety of things to do in and around it. Whether you are looking for some fun and games, some historic scenery or something to do with the kids – we have it! Check out […]

Different Ways to Take Out a Mortgage

Looking to take out your first mortgage? As you are probably familiar with, when you find your dream home, if you cannot pay for it upfront, then you will take out a mortgage loan for the home. What many people who are just starting out in the home-buying process may not realize, is that there […]

Buying Your First Home? Here’s What You Should Know

Buying your very first home is an exciting, but also nerve-racking experience! You want to ensure that the home that you choose will be a perfect fit for you and your spouse, and/or your family. There are many different things to think about when it comes to purchasing your first home and taking out a […]

Reasons to Live in Rhode Island and Massachusetts

Are you looking to make a move, but are not sure where to go? If you are looking to move somewhere within the New England area, or you are looking to move to New England for the first time, both Rhode Island and Massachusetts are great options. Whether you are living individually or raising a […]

Buying and Selling in a Multi-Media World

Today, it is very smart to incorporate media strategies within any sort of business. In the real estate business, for example, it is very easy as well as smart to utilize media to your advantage. There are many ways to reach customers through media strategies, as well as create more publicity for your business, on […]

How to Add Value to Your Home – While You’re Living In it!

Whether you’re thinking of putting your house on the market soon or not, it is still important to think about ways that you can add value to your home for when the time is right. There are many different ways to add value to your house, from cheap, DIY ways, to more expensive renovations. No […]

Tips to Preparing Your Home for Rentals

Thinking of renting your home out? There are a lot of benefits when it comes to renting your home, but there is also a lot that goes into preparing your home to be ready for rentals. There are a lot of reasons why someone may choose to rent out their home. They could have a […]

5 Ways to Organize Your Kitchen

When it comes to your kitchen, there are so many kitchen utensils, pots and pans, and food items, that it can become difficult to keep everything organized consistently. Everyone feels better about their daily tasks when items are stored neatly and are easy to find. Here are a few of our favorite, unique ways to […]

Tips to Creating Your At-Home Workspace

Today, many people can work remotely from their homes, either during certain days of the week, or even permanently! If you work from home often, or run your own business from your home, you may be interested in creating a designated office space where you can get into “work mode” and spend your day working […]

What You Need to Know About Taking Out Your First Mortgage

Thinking about taking out your first mortgage? If so, you may be overwhelmed with what the steps are in order to prepare to take out a mortgage, and how you will know what type of mortgage is best for you. To help ease your stress, you may consider hiring a mortgage loan officer to help […]

The Most Inspiring Interior Design Of 2016

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7 Instagram accounts for interior design enthusiasts

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Renovating a Living Room? Experts Share Their Secrets

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Recent Commercial Real Estate Transactions

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Interior design books for beginners

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10 Brilliant Ways To Decorate Your Home

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7 home trends that will shape your house in 2017

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10 of the Best Home Bloggers to Follow on Instagram

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3 Ways Office Design Affects Work Productivity

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6 Free Sources for Home Design Inspiration

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How to Buy Commercial Real Estate

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New approaches to the future of design

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