City Lights Or Starlit Nights, What Home Location Is Best?

Laura Mancinelli Blog

If you are looking to buy a home, you might be wondering whether you should be looking for properties that are right in the center of the city or property in a rural area a short drive away. The rural or urban decision will ultimately be up to you, as there are advantages and disadvantages to either option. The main difference will lie in your priorities – what type of lifestyle is most important to you? Living In The City One of the main perks of buying a property that is located in the heart of the city is that you may be able to enjoy convenient public transportation and you won’t have to use a car to get everywhere. You are likely to have a shopping center and a supermarket within walking distance of your home, as well as other important amenities such as a doctor’s office, a pharmacy…

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How to Make Your Older Home Appeal to Young Buyers

As a home seller, you can work with a Realtor to identify potential buyers for your home, but chances are your buyer will be young, particularly if you’re selling to a first-time buyer.

How to Make Your Older Home Appeal to Young Buyers

According to the 2013 National Association of Realtors® Home Buyer and Seller Generational Trends study31 percent of recent buyers were Generation X Americans (those born between 1965 and 1979), followed closely by Millennials, also called Generation Y (born between 1980 and 2000), at 28 percent.

If you own an older home, you may need to make some adjustments to your marketing and tweak your home so that it appeals to these younger buyers.

Offer Perspective on Your Home’s Condition

Many first-time buyers are leery of purchasing a home that will require a lot of maintenance or repairs, so you may want to schedule a home inspection before you list your home and provide…

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A Modern Castle Tops Vermont’s Hawk’s Mountain

Behold Grahall Estate, a window-lined modern fortress atop Vermont’s Hawk’s Mountain, once a corporate conference center for a human resources firm and now on the market for $2.7 million.

Found beside a pair of ponds on 10 acres in Cavendish, the medieval contemporary isn’t quite the magnitude of a Roman fortress or one of the many keeps in Eastern Europe, but it does offer a comfortable 6,500 square feet with six bedrooms and five full baths.

Royal appointments include a rooftop patio with a barbecue, custom built-ins, and fireplaces on each of the castle’s five floors; while solar panels, batteries and a propane generator allow for a certain degree of off-the-grid operation.

In a nutshell, it’s the perfect retreat for someone seeking to immerse themselves in their own “Game of Thrones” world, but with all the modern conveniences of the 21st century.

Besides its place in corporate…

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What to Consider When Buying a Second Home

Ask Connie: Your Real Estate Pro

buying a second homeWhile it may seem far off right now, there may come a point in your life when you’re financially stable enough to consider purchasing a second home, whether as an investment property or to vacation. You may even be there now!

It’s important to remember that while buying a second home may be similar in some ways to buying your first home, there are some very big differences to keep in mind.

First of all, make sure you know what it is you’re actually looking for – and then decide whether you can afford it!

Do you want to use it for your own personal retreat, or will it be a rental property? Do you know that different tax rules apply depending on its use? According to the IRS, “If you live in your home for more than 14 days, or more than 10% of the time you rent it…

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Minimalist Kitchen Design: Clean Look and Lines

“Less is more.” That’s the mantra of minimalists, who are drawn to styles and designs that use the fewest elements to create maximum effect.

Clean lines and clear colors can lend a modern, sophisticated look to bedrooms, living rooms, dining rooms — and even kitchens.

Kitchens? Yes, but if you’re like most homeowners, you’re going to have to adjust your thinking to get there.

Whether you need to chop, mix, steam, warm, broil, roast, blend, core, toast, slice, dehydrate, tenderize or even butter your food — there’s a gadget for that. Architect and author Sarah Susanka fears this obsession with small appliances and assorted doohickeys is more about cluttering countertops than it is about simplifying food preparation. Even worse, she says, is the fact that homeowners often believe they need gargantuan kitchens to accommodate all their culinary contraptions.

What’s the solution? Minimize.

“People may have lots and lots of cookie sheets, but…

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Buyers Recognizing Housing Market Recovery

Brenna Weatherby

The 2013 Home Buyers Survey, conducted by the California Association of Realtors, indicates that buyers are aware that the real estate market is recovering, and are optimistic about real estate prices, especially in the coming years.  60% of those surveyed felt that home prices will rise in the next 5 years, while 36% of those surveyed felt that home prices will rise in the next year.  


You can see that this confidence has increased dramatically over previous years.  An increase in buyer optimism means an increase in buyers wanting to enter the real estate market, but the prices have to continue to rise (even slightly) in order for this optimism to continue.  Fingers crossed for 2014.


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Nail The Final Walkthrough Before Closing

Laura Mancinelli Blog

By the time you get to the final walkthrough on your property, the home buying process is almost complete. However, it is still important to pay close attention to this final step, as it will be crucial in the success of your home purchase. The final walkthrough is your last opportunity to ensure that everything in the home is in working order and that there are no potential problems waiting for you when you take over ownership of the property. While conducting a final walkthrough of the property, give yourself enough time to look carefully at everything and not be rushed. You are looking for any new issues that might have arisen since the last time you viewed the home. Once you close on the purchase the previous owners will not be obligated for fixing any damage. For this reason, you should schedule your walkthrough approximately 24 hours before closing…

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