Category Archives: Real Estate Tips

  • Easy Curb Appeal Upgrades You Can Do On a Weekend

    BY Cindy Souza

    Sometimes the idea of getting your home ready to sell can seem daunting, and you might be tempted to sell it “as is” instead. Adding a little curb appeal, however, will help your home sell faster and for more... 

  • Do I Want to Buy with Cash?

    BY Cindy Souza

    According to Market Watch, 43% of homebuyers in 2014 so far have purchased with all cash. While some analysts believe that the cash-buying frenzy will not last, there is always more room for negotiation when the buyer brings... 

  • Choose the Right Paint

    BY Cindy Souza

    Whether you’re preparing your home to move in, or preparing it to sell, choosing the right paint from the myriad choices available to day can be daunting. Paints come in up to six different finishes, so even if you’ve... 

  • Quick Tips for Adding Resale Value

    BY Cindy Souza

    When you’re in a hurry to sell, you need top dollar, try some of these tips: Have us evaluate your home. As real estate professionals, we know what sells and what doesn’t and we can help you spend your money... 

  • Expand Your Space with a Garage Makeover

    BY Cindy Souza

    For most of us, the garage is simply a place to park the car, store suitcases and holiday decorations, or stow those miscellaneous tools we need now and again. With a little careful planning, however, your garage can become... 

  • Real Estate Terminology: Abatement, the First in a Series

    BY Cindy Souza

    Every industry has its own vocabulary, and real estate is no exception. If you are newly in the home-buying market, you may find yourself stumped by the lingo, acronyms, abbreviations and jargon commonly used in real estate... 

  • Real Estate Terminology: Ratios, the Third in a Series

    BY Cindy Souza

    In the vocabulary of real estate, various ratios help buyers and mortgage services determine the viability of a purchase. A ratio is a way of expressing the relationship between two values or amounts. Usually, ratios compare... 

  • Real Estate Terminology: Appraisal vs. Assessment vs. Market Value, the Second in a Series

    BY Cindy Souza

    In the vocabulary of real estate, there are three terms that indicate a home’s valuation: the Appraised Value, the Assessed Value and the Market Value. Rarely are these three values the same amount, so it is easy to... 

  • Smart Selling to Today’s Homebuyers

    BY Cindy Souza

    If you’re considering selling now that the housing market outlook is improving, take a few moments to consider how buyers have changed what they look for in the home buying process. During the past six years, changes... 

  • How to Survive Transition

    BY Cindy Souza

    Timing the closing of your new home purchase with the end of your lease agreement or sale of your existing home is tricky, to say the least. Rarely does it work out that you move directly from one home to another on a perfect...