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Smoking and Selling Your Home

Posted by Maureen Scullion on April 23, 2019 in No Category
A recent experience listing a home occupied by a smoker underlined the difficulty in selling a home occupied by an active smoker. More than half of the feedback sent by showing agents included some variation of the line: “Buyers put off by smell of cigarette smoke”. The property had to be reduced from the original listing price and I am convinced the smell of cigarettes was largely responsible. According to® Smoking in a home can reduce that property’s resale value by up to 29 perc... read more
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Low Mortgage Rates!

Posted by Maureen Scullion on April 22, 2019 in  Buying a home  Mortgage
Granted, we're not back to the sub-4% mortgage rates that dominated much of the past 8 years, but moving back in to the low 4% range is welcome news!  Rate are holding near their lowest levels in well over a year and in fact had their biggest one week fall in over a decade. The net effect has been a decisive break lower with the average lender easily able to offer 4.375% on a typical 30yr fixed scenario.  Many lenders are at 4.25%. The rate drop comes just in time for the spr... read more
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You have spoken to your Mortgage Professional, you have saved your down payment and you have worked with your real estate agent to identify your target purchase price. Have you included these coast – the ones that are often overlooked? 1.    Improvements: Even if your home has no repairs to make there will be things you want to change or add to make it just right for you. Painting rooms, replacing the “rooster” back splash, updating lighting fixtures – these changes ... read more
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Mold Vs. Mildew

Posted by Maureen Scullion on April 22, 2019 in  Mold  Real Estate Advice
Many people are confused about the difference between mold and mildew, or even if there is any difference at all. While these terms are often used interchangeably, there are a few subtle differences that can impact how mold or mildew is identified and treated. Both mold and mildew are types of fungus that thrive in moist, humid conditions where a light source is either poor or non-existent. Both grow when spores, or seeds, find their way into suitable environments for colonies to grow. Both need poro... read more
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Oh Lighten Up!

Posted by Maureen Scullion on April 22, 2019 in  Real Estate Advice  Sell your home
Bringing more light into your home He that will enjoy the brightness of sunshine, must quit the coolness of the shade. -Samuel Johnson This time of year means open windows, breezes and sunshine! But for some of us that live in wooded areas having leaves back on the trees means more shadow during the day. Or you may live in an older home whose design did not take natural light into account. Or you may live in the city where the building next door keeps your windows in perpetual shade. How to brighten up the room? 1.... read more
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