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

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 they want to incorporate into one big space.”A maze of parlors, formal dining rooms and […]

Results of NAR’s Mid-Year BOD meeting

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 professionalism in real estate by giving associations new teeth for enforcing Code of Ethics violations, […]

6 tips for easing first-time homebuyer stress

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 balance trying to close the sale, dishing out cautionary advice and sometimes saving your clients from themselves. […]

Existing-home sales rise for the second straight month

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. Existing-home sales jumped 1.1 percent, climbing to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.6 million. […]

9 Tax Deductions Every Real Estate Agent Should Know

Tax season is here, and the time is now to learn how to maximize your deductions. Many real estate agents have a variety of expenses, and confidently identifying which expenses you can use as deductions is critical to helping you keep more of your hard-earned dollars. This is important knowledge whether you’re doing your taxes […]

How a government shutdown impacts real estate and housing

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 Congress’s failed attempts to pass a spending deal that would fund the government through mid-February.  […]

5 reasons to buy a home in the offseason

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, there are fewer choices, the buyer becomes the star and they can get great furniture […]