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Remodeling: Cost vs. Value

Your home is your castle and should be just the way you want it to meet your needs & desires.  If the home you live in falls short, consider a renovation project. If you’re a buyer looking for a Fairfield County home, but you can’t seem to find just the right one, consider spending less money on a house that you can renovate to your specifications.

Remodeling can be a big undertaking, so go into it with your eyes wide open.  First and foremost, make sure you have the time and energy to do it right. Then evaluate how much it will cost you and how much this will improve the value of your Fairfield County home.  To help in that effort, check out the latest ‘Cost to Value Report’ which quantifies the average cost of 35 different remodeling projects and what percentage of that cost you will recoup when selling your home. Continue reading


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Smart Home Remodeling

Remodeling your Fairfield County home is a great opportunity to create optimal space for your unique lifestyle and it’s an even better opportunity to increase the value of your house.  Both very attractive options since home is your haven and mostly likely your single largest financial investment.  So when it comes time to remodel, its essential that you hire experienced professionals to help you create a practical design,  recommend products & finishings of universal style and to have everything built & installed with high quality workmanship.  Here’s a list of Fairfield County professionals that I have gathered to help make your remodel easier.

When evaluating exactly what design and materials you will use, choose what you like but also think of it from your future buyers eyes. If you are selling your home in the next few years go with what’s hot now to get the biggest return on your investment. If you are not going to sell for years to come, consider a classic design that will not go out of style. Continue reading


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Appealing Exteriors Start The Showing Off Right

When it comes to selling your home in Fairfield County, the importance of that old saying ‘You don’t get a second chance to make a good first impression’ cannot be understated.  From the first moment a showing begins, you want your potential Buyers to have a positive feeling, not one that is negative in any way.  The reason is that while purchasing a home is for the most part a logical process, logic alone will not cause a buyer to pull the trigger. A buyer must have a positive emotional response to your home in order for them to make an offer. Continue reading


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Get a C.L.U.E Insurance Report

The CLUE report is important to both sellers and buyers in the real estate transaction.  Getting a report is advisable for both parties as part of due diligence for a sale.  This is a repost of Robert Reade, Vice President of Sales, William Raveis Insurance from the blog at raveis.com.

This is a recap and follow up to a post that I wrote several years ago on the often-overlooked insurance process involved in a real estate home purchase.  Performing office meetings at real estate offices and speaking to mortgage brokers on a multiple state basis, I find it is an appropriate article to begin the first of many articles William Raveis Insurance shall provide to increase awareness of the insurance side of the real estate and mortgage business. Property insurance is required if there is any mortgage, or, in the case of a lease, any landlord requirement.  This post speaks to what has become a little known fundamental step in the insuring process that every insurance agent and every insurance carrier performs.  Please spend a moment to review the article, digest it and provide me your thoughts, ideas and concerns or if you have found out that claims do impact home insurability the hard way. Continue reading


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Reselling To the 55+ Buyer

When making a purchase or renovations to your home, it is important to not only think about how it meets your needs but also how it is going to be perceived by future buyers.  If you are not planning to move in the foreseeable future it may be hard to think like this, but someday it will be of utmost importance. One set of buyers to consider is baby boomers because there are a lot of retirees that are starting to downsize. This market is especially attractive in Fairfield County because this demographic does not have a sizeable number of options. If your home has the bones to suit the 55+ crowd, you may want to consider their needs when making renovations.

The most obvious choice for the 55+ buyer is the ranch style home as it has no steps however there are other factors to consider. According to Jane O’Connor, the publisher of Mature Living Choices Magazine, “Many people are trading older houses for new homes that offer energy efficiency, great rooms and open floor plans.” Let’s explore this and other features that will appeal to this target market. Continue reading


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Downsizing Your Things To Sell

Just as they say an iguana will grow as big as its cage our stuff grows as big as our homes. Day-to-day it is perfectly fine living with a filled basement, attic, closet and drawers but when if comes to selling a Fairfield County home,  all of this stuff can end up costing you money at sale time as well as during the move.

First of all, the greater the number of boxes going to your new home, the higher your moving bill. Consider this: Three years after I moved from a coop in NYC to a house in Long Island my husband brought my attention to a box labeled ‘Decipher Immediately”.  It had never been opened. Second of all and of much greater importance is how having a lot of things will impact the sales price of your home. Decluttering will avoid the impression of a ‘too lived-in’ house, makes rooms appear more spacious, and enables potential buyers to picture their own belongings and lifestyle in place. The result: increased showings with the potential for increased offers at a higher price. Continue reading


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Benefits of Working With a Green Realtor

A green realtor has specialized knowledge in sustainability, which is a value-add above and beyond the traditional Realtor’s domain.  This is particularly helpful to those who want some guidance when building new construction, or when purchasing a home with green features that already exist or have the potential to be added. For those looking to sell a home, that has green features, an experienced green realtor will know how to leverage them to increase the property’s marketability and price.

The benefit of living in a home with green features is three-fold. 1. Your monthly bills can be lowered by taking energy efficient measures. 2. Your health can be protected and improved by creating a healthier indoor environment, and 3.  It’s helpful to our earth, always a by-product of 1 and 2.  Furthermore, as consumers become increasingly aware of the benefits of going green, the demand for green features becomes that much more prevalent.  Continue reading