How to Avoid Seller’s Remorse in Real Estate

AUTHOR:BRENDON DESIMONE In many real estate markets around the country, sellers are in the driver’s seat again. Inventory is low. Houses are often selling for more than asking price. After years of a sluggish buyers’ market, many real estate agents are trying to get their would-be sellers to list their homes now. It seems like a great time to sell. But how can you know for sure if it’s a great time for you to sell? If you experience buyer’s remorse, you can usually get out of a … [Read more...]

8 Things That Can Lower Your Home Value

When getting ready to sell consider these 8 things that might lower your value. 1: Poor Garage Space Having no garage, or a tiny one-car garage, is a big negative in the home market. Most people want the storage space a garage provides. No garage means the car sits naked in the driveway open to the elements. Many modern families have two working adults and thus two cars, so a single-car garage is inconvenient. 2: A Pool A pool might not automatically decrease the value of your home. On … [Read more...]

Navigating a Final Walkthrough on Your New Home

Before you buy paint and order new furniture there's one more step that shouldn't be overlooked: the final walkthrough of your new home. This is the last chance before closing to make sure everything is working properly, there aren't any imperfections in the finishes, and the house is move-in ready. Our friends at Allstate put together this great piece on how to navigate your walkthrough, what to look for and how to take action on any repairs. A final walkthrough can not only help you … [Read more...]

Avoid These Costly Remodeling Mistakes

Thinking about a remodel before you sell or planning a major upgrade? Consider these costly mistakes that many homeowners make when planning a remodeling project.   AUTHOR:VERA GIBBONS for Zillow While many Americans are ready to take on remodeling/renovation projects this spring, doing it the wrong way can be costly. Some errors to avoid: Not knowing exactly what you want If you don’t know exactly what you want or specify what you want, you’re going to get what the … [Read more...]

Why Buy an Owner’s Title Insurance Policy?

Many homeowners don't know this but they too can be covered with an individual title insurance policy, not just their mortgage lender. Below is a great Q&A from the Wall Street Journal on why a homeowner might consider a separate title insurance policy. If you have any questions after the piece please ask your realtor or call our office at 503-585-7219 for assistance. Q. I'm buying a home and the lender insists that I buy a title insurance policy before it will give me the loan. Now my … [Read more...]

5 Smart Spending Tips for Spring Home Improvements

(ARA) - Spring home improvement season is on the way, and if you're like most homeowners you have a list of jobs you want to accomplish. Some will be small, economical do-it-yourself projects. Others may require the services of a professional and a greater monetary investment. However you accomplish your home improvement plans, it's important to do so as cost-effectively as possible. To make the most of your home improvement projects this spring, take these five steps: 1. Define what you … [Read more...]

14 Spring Home Care Tips

Checklist: Spring Maintenance by Marcus Pickett   Too many homeowners believe spring maintenance is all about the cleaning. Sure, spring cleaning comprises a big chunk of any spring home maintenance schedule, but maintenance aimed at various structures, appliances, and systems within the home is, arguably, just as important. Nearly all homeowners love to see spotless windows for that first sunny, 70-degree day, but you can't forget your roof and the possibility that ice dams formed … [Read more...]

Staging for Success

Done correctly, staging a home for sale is a very effective way to maximize selling price and reduce the time your home is on the market. Our friends over at the National Association of Realtors have put together a comprehensive page full of Staging Advice, Tips and Resources and we thought we should share it with you all. Follow this link to Realtor Magazine to access all their Staging Tips, compleete with Videos and Photos. … [Read more...]

5 Tips For Winter Deep Clean

5 Tips for Winter Cleaning Your Home By MONEY CRASHERS at US News and World Report   Many of us start feeling that urge to deep clean our homes once spring rolls around. In fact, the "Spring Cleaning" ritual is practically hard-wired into most homeowners' minds. But think about this...why spend so much time cleaning right when the weather turns nice? Why not do it now, when we're stuck indoors anyway? Snow and rock salt is tracked inside every day from your kids and family, the … [Read more...]

Tara Riesterer Promoted to AVP and Branch Manager of Albany Office

It is my pleasure to announce the promotion of Tara Riesterer to the position of AVP and Branch Manager of our Albany Escrow Branch effective October 1, 2012. Tara restarted her career in 2010 with Fidelity as an Escrow Officer in Albany, and with the staff went through the upheaval and sadness of Marcy Taisey’s passing. She and Kimber then worked together as Escrow Officers in the Branch before Kimber’s ascension to our administrative team. Working closely with Jennifer, Stacey, and … [Read more...]

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