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Saturday, June 27, 2020   /   by Nicole Solari

5 Benefits of Homeownership (That People Often Forget About)

When you work in real estate, you spend much of your time in the weeds of a transaction, so it’s easy to forget about the true joy that comes from home ownership. At the end of the day, after all the paperwork is signed, after the champagne has been uncorked, real estate is all about real people being able to call someplace their own—a small slice of earth where they can lay their head at night and make a future for themselves and their families.
June is National Homeownership Month, making it the perfect time to remind people of some of the benefits of homeownership that we don’t always shine enough light on.

So, here are some of the true benefits of homeownership that we hear about from many first-time homebuyers:

1. Locked-in monthly expenses

Renting and hopping around from place to place can be exhausting—not only because of the constant upheaval, but also because rents keep rising, especially if you’re in a major metropolitan area. Buying a ...

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  real estate, home ownership, buying, realtor, finances

Wednesday, May 20, 2020   /   by Nicole Solari

6 Reasons Why Selling Your House on Your Own Is a Mistake

There are many benefits to working with a real estate professional when selling your house. During challenging times like the one we face today, it becomes even more important to have an expert help guide you through the process. If you’re considering selling on your own, known in the industry as a For Sale By Owner or FSBO, please consider the following:
1. Your Safety Is a Priority
During this pandemic, your family’s safety comes first. When you FSBO, it is incredibly difficult to control entry into your home. A real estate professional will have the proper protocols in place to protect not only your belongings, but your family’s health and well-being too. From regulating the number of people in your home at one time to ensuring proper sanitization during and after a showing, and even facilitating virtual tours for buyers, agents are equipped to follow the latest industry standards recommended by the National Association ...

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  real estate, home ownership, selling, covid-19

Friday, May 15, 2020   /   by Nicole Solari

2020 Homeowner Wish List [INFOGRAPHIC]

Some Highlights


In a recent study by realtor.com, homeowners noted some of the main things they would change about their homes to make them more livable.




Not surprisingly, more space, an updated kitchen, and a home gym rose to the top of the list.




If you’re thinking of selling this year, having these items in your listing might make your house more desirable than ever to potential buyers.

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  real estate, homebuyers, wishlist

Monday, April 27, 2020   /   by Nicole Solari

Your Guide to Building an Accessible Home

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Finding the perfect home is always a challenge. However, this becomes even more difficult when you factor in accessibility needs, as people with disabilities have a much harder time finding suitable housing. There aren’t as many accessible homes on the market, and the competition for those homes can be fierce. That’s why many people simply decide that building their own home is the best choice.
 
If this is the right next step for you, you’re probably wondering how to get started. Fortunately, this article will guide you through all the major steps you need to take to make your dream home a reality. Here’s a look at what you need to consider to get started:
 
Think About Logistics
 
Before you dive into the home-building process, take some time to consider logistics. Building a home is a little more complicated than buying one; you can’t simply move in once the decision is made. You will need to live somewhe ...

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  homebuyers, upgrades, how to

Thursday, April 9, 2020   /   by Nicole Solari

Why Home Office Space Is More Desirable Than Ever

For years, we’ve all heard about the most desirable home features buyers are looking for, from upgraded kitchens to remodeled bathrooms, master suites, and more. The latest on the hotlist, however, might surprise you: home offices.


In a recent article by George Ratiu, Senior Economist with realtor.com, he notes how listings with an office are selling quickly:




“As more companies have been embracing remote work, buyers are driving demand for houses with home offices higher. Homes featuring the term ‘office’ are selling 9 days faster than the overall housing inventory.”



Today, more and more people are working remotely, and that’s not just because the current pandemic is prompting businesses to operate virtually. According to the same piece and the most recent data available, the number of employees working at home was fairly steady from 1997 – 2004 but has been climbing ever since  ...

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  market trends, home office

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