Questions To Ask During A Home Inspection

Posted on: March 27, 2019 by in Blog, Boston
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Proper inspection before buying any property is essential. A home inspection is even more important if you're buying a home for your family. You don't want to make the move and later discover that it was not worth it. Below are the questions to ask during a home inspection; 1. How Bad Is It? Buyer inspection is crucial to let you know the condition of the home. If a problem is a big problem, home inspectors going to let you know and are completely upfront with you. Home inspectors are 100% Continue Reading ...

6 Features Luxury Home Buyers Desire

Posted on: March 18, 2019 by in Blog
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Modern trends in luxury homes are not just about location, size or specific decor, but reflecting the sophistication of their buyers. Buyers in today’s luxury home market desire innovative features that enhance their quality of life, provide extra touches of relaxation and use smart technology to increase safety and security. Junaid Siddiqi, CFO for the developer of the exclusive Four Seasons Private Residences in Baltimore, offers some of the latest trends seen in today's luxury home Continue Reading ...

5 Smart Ideas to Refresh Your Deck

Posted on: March 11, 2019 by in Blog
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As the seasons turn, your focus begins to shift to the outdoors. Your deck or patio becomes your new living room — an ideal setting for memorable moments with friends and family. If you look at these spaces and long for a refresh, the time to start planning is now. You have options, and many you can do yourself with minimal effort. To start, if you don't have a deck or patio, research materials carefully before making an investment. One prevalent building trend involves making the smart Continue Reading ...

Want to Buy a Home? Do the Math!

Posted on: March 4, 2019 by in Blog
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It is a common misconception that a 20 percent down payment is required to buy a home. Advice to wait and save a large down payment is often based on the theory that the cost of mortgage insurance (MI), which is required when you buy with a smaller down payment, should be avoided. This may not be the best advice and is, in fact, not in line with market trends, considering the median down payment for first-time homebuyers is 7 percent, according to the National Association of Realtors. Yes, Continue Reading ...

Are Your Home and Your Wallet Prepared for the Inevitable?

Posted on: February 28, 2019 by in Blog, Boston
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Nobody bats an eyelash when it comes to buying homeowner's insurance, but many homeowners don’t apply that same logic to planning for home repairs — not what might happen, but what will happen. Only a fraction of the 120 million U.S. households today is protected by a home services plan, also known as a home warranty. That number is growing, as homeowners recognize the value of coverage when appliances go on the fritz, hot water heaters run cold in the middle of winter or a leaky Continue Reading ...

When Saying ‘I Do’ Means a Move: 5 Tips for Combining Households

Posted on: February 27, 2019 by in Blog
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Getting married means a whole lot of changes, including combining households, not the least of which could be moving to a new house or apartment. Whether you’re getting a brand-new place for the both of you or one of you is shifting all your earthly possessions to join your spouse, it’s a good idea to take proactive steps to make crossing that new threshold is a little easier. Here are a few tips for taking some of the stress out of moving day — for both of you. * Continue Reading ...

5 Ways to Create an Inviting Room Using Tile

Posted on: February 18, 2019 by in Blog
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Today’s tile trends extend so far beyond their traditional use as a staple of bathroom design that you may not recognize them. While once the most attractive and innovative tiles had to be imported, contemporary handcrafted tile and stone products for home design are now being made right here in the United States. Homeowners and interior designers alike are always seeking distinctive visual touches to make each home special. Here are five ways tile design can enhance a room. Elevate small Continue Reading ...

Building a New Home? Protect Yourself Against Today’s Faster, Scarier Fires

Posted on: February 11, 2019 by in Blog, Boston
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If your new home is among the one million or so being built in the U.S. this year, congratulations! You’ll have the chance to customize it to your dream home preferences. One feature that should be at the top of your priority list is the best possible fire protection for yourself and your loved ones: home fire sprinklers. While choosing household systems may not be as fun as picking paint colors and carpeting, it’s even more important. And asking for fire sprinklers could literally save Continue Reading ...

Top 10 Value-Enhancing Home Improvement Projects for Older Homes

Posted on: January 31, 2019 by in Blog, Boston
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Do you own an older home, and are you looking to make upgrades that matter? Strategic enhancements not only increase a property's resale value but also its functionality. This is particularly important among young homebuyers. Sixty-eight percent of millennial homebuyers reported buyer's remorse, according to a Bank of the West survey. Today's high home prices in cities across the country mean that many millennials are buying older homes rather than newly built ones. Shortly after the Continue Reading ...

Mortgage Insurance: Added Cost to Homebuying or Smart Way to Get In?

Posted on: January 21, 2019 by in Blog
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The homebuying process is exciting, but can also seem fraught with added costs, like a home inspection, title insurance, and closing costs. And if you can’t afford a full 20 percent down payment on a conventional home loan, then you will most likely pay for private mortgage insurance (MI). Some people consider private MI yet another added cost, but it helps creditworthy middle-income homebuyers qualify for home financing sooner with a low down payment. Is it really an added cost if it saves Continue Reading ...