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8 seller tasks that can make or break your sale

Posted on October 31, 2018 by SusyH

Put in the extra effort now for smooth sailing (and selling) later BYCARA AMEER If you want your sellers to crank things up a notch for a speedy sale, advise them to tackle these eight tasks that’ll have buyers racing to put… Read More

How the 20% Business Income Deduction Applies to You

Posted on October 23, 2018 by SusyH

Changes stemming from the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 allow agents and brokers who earn income as independent contractors or from pass-through businesses to take a significant deduction on that income. By Robert Freedman One of the biggest… Read More

NAR warns government may crack down on real estate teams

Posted on October 22, 2018 by SusyH

1 in 4 Realtors now part of real estate team, according to results of a new National Association of Realtors survey BYANDREA V. BRAMBILA Real estate teams have generated buzz in recent years and a new survey from the National… Read More

Over a third of renters plan to buy in next 2 years

Posted on October 18, 2018 by SusyH

38% of renters say they plan to buy, but cost myths are holding them back, according to Bank of America survey BYLEW SICHELMAN Some renters are being held back by “persistent home buying myths,” according to the latest Insights Report… Read More

Don’t be THAT agent: 10 annoying things agents do to each other

Posted on October 9, 2018 by SusyH

Wasting your colleagues' time doesn't help your reputation BY  MISSY YOST Rookie mistakes are the worst, and in our line of work, they cost clients, time and money — but the largest expense is to our reputation. As a new real estate agent, I… Read More

8 tips to help you conquer your inbox every single day

Posted on September 27, 2018 by SusyH

Anyone else dealing with time management issues surrounding your inbox?  I know I am!  Here's an article that will help make your inbox work for you, not the other way around BYTROY PALMQUIST Here are some tips that might help… Read More

Homeowners Ready to Sell in the Third Quarter of 2018, says Realtor® Survey

Posted on September 26, 2018 by SusyH

WASHINGTON (September 26, 2018) – New findings from the National Association of Realtors® show that a record high 77 percent of Americans believe that now is a good time to sell a house, while those that think now is a… Read More

Only 9% of buyers find agents online, the same as 10 years ago

Posted on September 25, 2018 by SusyH

Despite the massive growth of online home search portals, many more consumers find their agents through referrals from friends or family, according to NAR data BYTEKE WIGGIN There’s no denying that the internet has changed real estate immensely, especially when… Read More

Mortgage rates rise for 4th consecutive week

Posted on September 21, 2018 by SusyH

The 30-year fixed rate has not been this high since May, says Freddie Mac BYVERONIKA BONDARENKO Mortgage rates have risen rapidly for the past four weeks, according to the latest Primary Mortgage Market Survey from Freddie Mac. The rate for a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage… Read More

9 tips for filing insurance claims after a catastrophe

Posted on September 18, 2018 by SusyH

The damage has been done — now it's time to make the rebuilding process as painless as possible  (By BERNICE ROSS) Whether it’s a hurricane like Florence, a tropical storm like Lane or a flood, tornado, earthquake or fire, it can… Read More

The .realestate pre-sale starts Sept.18 at 11 a.m.

Posted on September 13, 2018 by SusyH

Next week, REALTORS® will have the first chance to be able to take advantage of next-level digital marketing and branding with a new top-level domain from NAR and industry leader Second Generation, Ltd., .realestate. The .realestate domain is set to launch… Read More

Sellers’ price-cutting trend could be good news for buyers

Posted on August 23, 2018 by SusyH

BY KENNETH R. HARNEY You might be relaxing at the beach or in the mountains, but if you’re considering purchasing a home in the coming months, you should be aware of an important shift emerging in the market: List prices… Read More

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