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How a government shutdown impacts real estate and housing

Posted on January 22, 2018 by SusyH

Loan approvals and mortgages could be delayed, but experts think the housing market would bounce back. By Jotham Sederstrom With a dispute in the Senate over the immigration program DACA still unresolved, the government shutdown continues for a third day on Monday morning after… Read More

10 Things You Need To Do Immediately To Protect Your Online Privacy

Posted on January 16, 2018 by SusyH

Privacy is an increasingly rare commodity these days. Just search for yourself on Intelius.com and take note of the information they are handing out about you for free.  For a significant amount of pocket change, one can uncover the real… Read More

Staging tips for real estate agents in any region

Posted on January 2, 2018 by SusyH

Keep your ideal potential buyers' taste in mind Staging sells homes quicker and also provides better marketing materials for the agent, but you have to understand your region's taste. Every home is different and unique, with each having a personality… Read More

8 ways to crush your real estate sales goals in 2018

Posted on December 27, 2017 by SusyH

Environment is stronger than will Did you hit your income and production goals in 2017? What it will take for you to go the distance and hit your goals in 2018 is more than persistence and self-discipline. Achieving your goals… Read More

What’s Hot: Trends in the Pipeline for 2018

Posted on December 21, 2017 by SusyH

Every industry tracks innovations in its field, and housing is no different. As a real estate pro, here are the need-to-know products and services promising to transform homes and your clients’ lifestyles over the next year or so. The big-picture… Read More

Single-Family Home Sales Drop Slightly in November

Posted on December 20, 2017 by SusyH

Connecticut REALTORS® reports that the single-family residential home median sales price is $247,500 which reflects a 0.5 percent decrease from $248,750 in that same time period last year. Median indicates that half the homes sold for more and half for… Read More

Fed hikes rates in sign of economic confidence

Posted on December 13, 2017 by SusyH

The incremental hike marks the third such hike in 2017 and sets the stage for what will likely be three or four adjustments in 2018  BY JOTHAM SEDERSTRO Sticking to a script that economists and real estate analysts had long anticipated,… Read More

State Offers ‘Fresh Start’ Tax Initiative for Individuals, Businesses

Posted on December 12, 2017 by SusyH

If you or your business neglected your state tax obligations, now may be the time to make it right. Connecticut this week announced its Fresh Start tax initiative, a voluntary compliance program for individuals and businesses that provides incentives to pay… Read More

5 reasons to buy a home in the offseason

Posted on December 5, 2017 by SusyH

Buyers should never rush into a major purchase just to shave off some extra digits BYMIKE PULLEY Key Takeaways Buying a home in the fall or winter can be a thrifty move for homebuyers because it’s cheaper, sellers are ready,… Read More

7 repair requests buyers should never make

Posted on November 30, 2017 by SusyH

Repairs unrelated to a safety issue or the breakdown of an expensive system are better left alone Most buyers and sellers understand that buying and selling a home requires negotiation. You give a little here, and they concede a bit there.… Read More

Zillow’s 6 predictions for the 2018 housing market

Posted on November 20, 2017 by SusyH

Slower home price growth, continued inventory issues and evolving design trends are ahead BYMARIAN MCPHERSON If only we could stare into a crystal ball to see exactly what 2018 holds for the housing market. More inventory? Yes! Slower home price… Read More

3 Hidden Distressed Property Issues

Posted on November 15, 2017 by SusyH

If you’ve ever bought a distressed property or really any property for that matter, you probably already know the obvious signs of costly repairs. Sloping floors, water damage in ceilings and old electrical panels are all easy to see problems that might mean… Read More

FSBOs hit record low for third straight year

Posted on October 31, 2017 by SusyH

BY MARIAN MCPHERSON Inman Staff Writer For the third year in a row, for-sale-by-owner (FSBO) transactions accounted for only 8 percent of recent home sales, the lowest share that the National Association of Realtors (NAR) has recorded in its annual Profile of Home… Read More

How do I buy a home? 

Posted on October 27, 2017 by SusyH

The real estate market is soaring. But Millennials shouldn't feel pressure to get in on the action, according to financial experts. They're the largest group of homebuyers in the market today. by Danish Mehboob   @CNNMoney Buying a home is one of the… Read More

Industry professionals still top resource for mortgage shoppers

Posted on October 24, 2017 by SusyH

Borrowers turn to real estate agents, lenders with a 'personal touch' over online sources Housing consumers on the hunt for a new home and financing to pay for it are going online more and more to learn about properties for… Read More