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5 ways to take advantage of fall and make your yearly goals

Posted on August 20, 2018 by SusyH

To end your 2018 on the right note, there’s no better time than right now to gear up for fall selling season BYBERNICE ROSS With Labor Day and fall selling season almost upon us, this is your last chance to… Read More

Master the Art of the Open-Concept Kitchen – from a local CT Kitchen Designer

Posted on August 15, 2018 by SusyH

Cook up the open layout of your dreams using these tips from a Canton designer Who: Erica Caserta of Showcase Kitchens Where: Canton, Connecticut In her own words: “A lot of people have older homes, such as Capes and Colonials, with smaller rooms that… Read More

Permitting slowdown has cost the US 6.3M new homes

Posted on August 14, 2018 by SusyH

The country still hasn't recovered from the shock of the 2008 financial crisis BY PATRICK KEARNS Single-family home construction in the U.S. has never really recovered from the 2008 market crash. In fact, ever since that year, permits for new single-family homes have been… Read More

5 ways to calm your sellers’ nerves when showings slow down

Posted on August 9, 2018 by SusyH

By Missy Yost Recently, in a very hot market with low inventory, I listed an amazing townhome. We did everything right. It was priced well, advertised, located in a popular neighborhood, and the home was completely updated for the contemporary buyer. Within… Read More

Fighting back: Investing in technology and efficiency

Posted on July 5, 2018 by SusyH

Mark A. McLaughlin, CEO of Pacific Union International, Inc., believes in embracing change and making his agents more productive with technology by Inman News This is part of “Fighting back,” a new series of profiles on how broker-owners are responding… Read More

Pending home sales decline 0.5% from April to May

Posted on June 28, 2018 by SusyH

Pending home sales have now dropped for the fifth straight month on an annualized bases due to inventory shortages Pending home sales dropped 0.5 percent month-over-month and remain down on an annualized basis for the fifth straight month, according to… Read More

Surviving the Inventory Crunch

Posted on June 20, 2018 by SusyH

Industry pros give tips to help brokers prep their agents and clients to navigate tight market conditions. by Erica Christoffer Shannon Brien, broker-manager at The Douglas Realty Group in Cary, N.C., says their clients are at the mercy of ultra-low housing inventory.… Read More

State to Upgrade Pier for Use by Off-Shore Wind Projects

Posted on May 30, 2018 by SusyH

Associated Press, May 30, 2018 Connecticut is planning to spend $15 million to upgrade the State Pier in New London for use by developers of several offshore wind projects. Gov. Dannel P. Malloy announced a plan Tuesday that would include… Read More

10 tips for making a first-time home purchase go smoothly

Posted on May 23, 2018 by SusyH

They might require extra time and more information at every step, but it’s a gratifying transaction BY NICOLE SOLARI Able real estate agents know the first step with first-time (and really all) buyersis to get them pre-qualified — preferably with a lender who is… Read More

Results of NAR’s Mid-Year BOD meeting

Posted on May 21, 2018 by SusyH

A $30 dues increase in 2019 plus a major change to Professional Standards are a few biggies. Read all about it here.... The NAR Board of Directors at its meeting in Washington May 19 took a major step toward increasing… Read More

8 reasons selling without a real estate agent is a recipe for disaster

Posted on May 7, 2018 by SusyH

The soul-searching questions homesellers should ask before going FSBO  BYCARA AMEER Let’s face it, selling a home without a real estate agent is just plain risky. FSBOs jeopardize time, money, and most importantly, an advantageous outcome.But, despite research that shows that shows that FSBO… Read More

4 ways to keep your condo or co-op deal on track

Posted on May 4, 2018 by SusyH

Listing agents should employ these risk management tips for more sales and better client reviews BY NICHOLAS OLIVER Being a successful co-op and condo listing agent is as much about being a risk manager as it is about being a compelling… Read More

6 tips for easing first-time homebuyer stress

Posted on April 30, 2018 by SusyH

An informed buyer is likely to make better decisions and be more satisfied with his or her purchase BYJACKSON COOPER First-time homebuyers certainly present an interesting challenge for any real estate agent. They put all your skills to the test as you… Read More

Existing-home sales rise for the second straight month

Posted on April 24, 2018 by SusyH

The best sales activity since November, but still below numbers from this time last year, according to NAR report BY PATRICK KEARNS Existing-home sales continued to trend upward in March for the second straight month, the National Association of Realtors reported on Monday.… Read More

15 smartphone apps agents should be using

Posted on April 3, 2018 by SusyH

The best tools for real estate in 2018 BY DAN BOYLE Real estate agents are among the busiest professionals nowadays. Meetings, sales, open houses, marketings and many other activities can be very stressful without proper organization. Fortunately, tasks can be made simpler… Read More