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Posted by Robin V. Wish on 2/19/2018

Let's face it – even though many great homes are available, securing your dream house at the best price can be extremely difficult due to the sheer volume of homebuyers. Lucky for you, we're here to help you stand out from the competition so you can purchase your ideal home at a price that matches your budget.

What does it take to differentiate yourself from the homebuying competition? Here are three tips to help homebuyers gain a competitive edge over rivals:

1. Submit a Competitive Offer

There is no time for hesitation in a highly competitive real estate market. Thus, if you see a home that you like, be ready to submit a competitive offer immediately.

With a competitive offer, you can improve your chances of securing your dream home in no time at all. This offer shows that you are serious about purchasing a residence – something that may help your proposal stand out from others. Plus, a competitive offer will be based on housing market data and research, ensuring that your proposal will meet your needs as well as a home seller's.

Furthermore, if a home seller counters your initial offer, be ready to negotiate. Keep an open mind, and ultimately, you may be able to land your dream house quickly and effortlessly.

2. Get Pre-Approved for a Mortgage

Getting pre-approved for a mortgage enables you to establish realistic expectations before you begin your search for your perfect home.

Check out what various credit unions and banks have to offer prior to agreeing to mortgage terms. By doing so, you can find a mortgage that will correspond with your finances.

With a mortgage in hand, you can start your home search. Be sure to explore lots of houses that fall within your price range. And when you're ready to submit an offer, a home seller may be more likely to accept your proposal thanks in part to the fact that you have already secured financing.

3. Employ an Experienced Real Estate Agent

Real estate agents possess plenty of housing marketing knowledge and expertise. Therefore, they can help you streamline the process of securing the perfect residence.

Finding a real estate agent who understands the ins and outs of the housing market is paramount. This real estate professional will keep you informed about new houses in your area as they become available, set up home showings and even help you submit competitive offers on residences. In addition, if you're ever uncertain about how to proceed, your real estate agent can offer guidance and tips throughout the homebuying journey.

Perhaps best of all, your real estate agent will respond to your homebuying concerns and queries. He or she is happy to help you in any way possible and will ensure that you can differentiate yourself from the homebuying competition.

Hire an experienced real estate agent, and you can gain a competitive edge that is sure to serve you well in any housing market, at any time.




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Posted by Robin V. Wish on 2/12/2018

Home automation or smart-home technology is just one piece of the bigger picture that is known as the “Internet of Things.” What this term basically means is that as technologies evolve they are becoming more ingrained into everyday objects.

 What was once designated just for personal computers and cell phones is now the domain of any number of everyday objects--from our cars to our refrigerators. This means we can control things remotely, monitor our houses and our belongings, and even see if our babies are sleeping soundly from work via the latest baby monitors.

 One of the most recent implementations of these technologies is in our home security systems. Home automation and security are natural companions, give us an ever-increasing number of ways to guarantee our safety within our homes.

 In today’s article, we’re going to talk about the objects in our home that can be connected to the internet and how you can improve security at home.  

Security or security risk?

Critics of the internet of things often bring up one chief concern--data security. The more objects we connect to the internet the more ways we open our data up to being compromised. To make matters worse, many electronics manufacturers aren’t concerned with the security of the devices they make, giving them no safeguards or encryption against being hacked.

In fact, these objects have already been commandeered by hackers, but not in the way you might think.

A common way to attack a website or service is to simply flood it with more traffic than it can handle. Since WiFi enabled refrigerators, webcams, and baby monitors tend to provide little protection, hackers have found ways to install malware on them that allow them to send all of these devices to a given site in an orchestrated incident known as a DDoS attack (Distributed Denial of Service). All the while your refrigerator seems to be working normally, but behind the scenes it’s part of a “zombie” army of devices.

What items can connect to the internet?

The number of objects that come equipped with WiFi capability grows every day. Some are extremely useful. They can let you know when you’re out of paper towels or laundry detergent, they can tell you if you forgot to lock the doors or turn out the lights, or you can ask them to play your favorite playlist.

However, just because an item can connect to your WiFi doesn’t mean you should let it by default. You’ll need to consider the pros and cons.

Which items can I trust?

Unfortunately for consumers, there is no “safe to use” list when it comes to the gadgets you might have around your home. But, that doesn’t mean you can’t do your research on the items yourself to look for basic security measures.

First, check to see if the items are password-protected or use some form of authentication. You can often find this information on the manufacturer’s website or in the user guide.

Next, think about who makes the product. Reputable companies like Apple, Google, and Amazon all have a lot invested in the security of their customers. As a result, Google Home, and Apple’s HomePod are likely to have stronger security measures in place.

Finally, you’ll have to take a look at your own security habits. Changing passwords frequently, creating complicated passwords, and being careful with your information online are all ways you can help prevent your data or identity from being compromised.




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Posted by Robin V. Wish on 2/6/2018

Sophisticated, multi level contemporary with thoughtful layout and tasteful appointments! Located on a scenic road, this property offers breath-taking woodland setting with beautiful yard, large deck and easy access to town center, schools and parks. Inside - hardwood floors, updated kitchen with stainless & granite, a design that offers a scenic view in nearly every room. The centerpiece of the first floor is the large family room and wood-burning fireplace which opens to the kitchen, dining and a second sitting area and slider to exterior deck. At the end of the hall is a quiet study/fourth bedroom and full bath. An iconic staircase leads to the sunlit second floor which boasts three large bedrooms and two full baths - one recently renovated with maple cabinetry. A nicely finished lower level has direct access to exterior and steps to two car garage and plenty of storage. This home has a 50 year architectural roof, 3 year old furnace and hot water heater. Don't miss it

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Posted by Robin V. Wish on 2/5/2018

Determining the fair market price for your house can be a challenge for even the most diligent home seller. As such, it is important to conduct plenty of research before you add your house to the real estate market. Home sellers who perform comprehensive research into the real estate market can find out how similar houses are priced and plan accordingly. Furthermore, home sellers will be able to assess the real estate market in general and get a better idea about how homebuyers may view their residences. Ultimately, it is paramount for a home seller to consider a number of factors to ensure he or she lists a residence at a fair price, including: 1. The Home's Condition A two-bedroom home that requires extensive repairs likely will sell for less than a similar two-bedroom house that has been well maintained over the years. As a result, you'll want to look closely at the condition of your house, and if necessary, complete any home repairs before you add your residence to the real estate market. To fully evaluate your house's condition, you may want to employ a home appraiser to evaluate your residence. This appraiser can help you identify potential home issues that may prevent you from maximizing the value of your house and ensure you can fix these problems quickly. 2. Your Timeline Are you looking to move out of your current residence and into a new house immediately? If so, you may want to consider a below-average price that helps your home stir up interest among a wide range of homebuyers. Conversely, if you're looking to optimize the sale price of your house, you may want to spend some time improving the interior and exterior of your home. By doing so, you'll be able to boost your chances of generating widespread interest in your residence among homebuyers. Consider your timeline as you prepare to list your residence. And remember, if you are in no rush to sell your house, you may be able to wait out homebuyers and ensure you receive an offer that fulfills your needs. 3. Potential Negotiations There are no guarantees that a homebuyer will offer you the asking price of your house, regardless of how long your residence has been available. But if you price your home and are willing to negotiate with a homebuyer, you may be able to improve your chances of a fast sale. For instance, a home seller who leaves is open to negotiations may be willing to settle for less than his or her initial asking price under the right circumstances. And if you work with a real estate agent, this professional could help you find many interested homebuyers in a short period of time. A real estate agent can help you handle any negotiations and ensure you are fully satisfied with any offer you accept. Therefore, this professional can play an important role in the home selling process and enable you to determine the best price for your residence as well. Dedicate the time and resources necessary to price your house, and you should be able to improve your home's chances of garnering interest from homebuyers far and wide.





Posted by Robin V. Wish on 1/29/2018

If you have watched any home search show or any home renovation show on television, you probably know that granite countertops are the hottest thing, right? Maybe, but there’s so many different kinds of materials that make for fantastic countertops. You need to choose the types of countertops that will fit your budget and your lifestyle. There’s a new countertop material that’s taking over.  


Quartz


Quartz refers to engineered stone. This is a manmade surface. This shouldn’t be confused with quartzite, which is the solid stone alternative to granite. Manufactured quartz is actually now the leading countertop material according to the National Kitchen and Bath Association.


Granite Is Out Quartz Is In 


Quartz has many different advantages over granite. This material won’t let stains pass through and can stand strong when faced with acidic foods. Quartz also doesn't require the need to be sealed. As a bonus, quartz is more scratch and chip resistant than granite and many other popular countertop materials.  


Environmentally Friendly


Quartz is also considered a greener choice when it comes to choosing a countertop. This material doesn’t need to be mined or shipped long distances. Both marble and granite require these carbon intensive processes. Using quartz for your countertops is really good for the environment and your wallet at the same time. 


The Downside: Patterns Look Uniform


The downside to quartz is that the patterns look kind of uniform and bland. Quartz manufacturers have actually come up with a way to create patterns in the fabrication process. This is the end of boring quartz in the kitchen. 


The Newest themes in home design are all about functionality and low maintenance. Many kitchen showrooms are adjusting accordingly, using marble sparingly in their displays and featuring granite. Every aspect of home design from furniture to tile is now being made with low maintenance materials so that homeowners have it easier time keeping up with their homes. 


Other Materials For Countertops


  • Marble
  • Solid surface
  • Concrete
  • Butcher block
  • Other kinds of stone
  • Other woods
  • Stone
  • Stainless steel
  • Glass
  • Tile


As you can see there’s many choices out there as to what to have your countertops made of. There’s a good reason why Quartz has become the number one material for kitchens everywhere.


You could be tempted to choose a countertop based on looks alone, however there’s much more to consider. You’ll need to look at your habits and lifestyle, then consider what you want out of a material. Each type of countertop material provides different benefits to maintenance, durability and cost. If you have kids, for example, white marble may not be the most economical choice for you. You’ll be pretty upset the first time some peanut butter is spilled on the countertop or some finger paints end up there. Knowing how you live will help you to make a countertop choice that you won’t regret.




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