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Posted on 10/18/2021
Choosing the Right Property to Flip
Photo by Jonny Lindner via Pixabay Making a flip profitable starts with one straightforward requirement: find a great deal. These tips are straightforward but crucial if you want to nail your first flip or your tenth. 1. Spread the Word that You're In The Market By this point you should have a rock star team nailed down--a few...
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Posted on 10/11/2021
Outdoor DIY: Resurface Your Deck Like a Pro
Photo by Jay Mantri via Pixabay A deck adds valuable outdoor living space to your home's square footage, but to be an asset, it needs to be well-maintained. If your deck has missed a few annual cleanings or is showing popped nails, splintered boards or water damage, consider resurfacing it instead of replacing it. The money you save...
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Posted on 10/04/2021
Trendy Accessibility Designs That Can Increase Your New Build Home
Photo by JESHOOTS.com from Pexels The physical limitations that come with age or disability task existing property owners with making sometimes awkward modifications to existing homes. Although many of these changes are necessary for improved accessibility, bulky ramps in front yards tend to diminish curbside appeal. In terms of resale value, homeowners may be narrowing their buyer demographic...
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Posted on 09/27/2021
Selling Your Home? Get Rid of All Traces of Your Pet
Image by Andreas Thurmayr from Pixabay When you set up an open house, it’s important to do all you can to let the prospective buyers envision themselves in that space. They need to be able to see it as their own and imagine all the possibilities it holds. But if signs of your pets are around every corner,...
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Posted on 09/20/2021
Which Quick Bathroom Upgrades Increase Your Home's Value?
When you want to fix up your bathroom without having to spend a lot of time and money, simple changes are the way to go. Remodeling projects that are smaller in scope can boost your home value and enhance your bathroom’s appearance while being budget-friendly and less time-consuming. Whether you want to make several minor changes to your...
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Posted on 09/20/2021
86 Joshuatown Road, Lyme, CT 06371 now has a new price of $1,950,000!
Welcome to Laurel Hill. Enticingly perched atop the rolling hills of Lyme above Hamburg Cove, and seemingly within arms reach of soaring bald eagles, this gracious contemporary awes its visitors with dramatic views over the mouth of the CT River, the Sound and Long Island. Notable architect Jerome Buttrick designed Laurel Hill for his parents as a modern version of the nineteenth century New England shingle style. The only owners since its creation, the family is noteworthy for its long line of architects for many generations. Laurel Hill displays an elegance that subtly melds into its environment. Grounded by a large, granite rock, the...
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Posted on 09/13/2021
The Benefits of Screen House Decks & Patios
The conventional wisdom related to building in a backyard deck or patio revolves around improved quality of life and return on investment. A new deck delivers years of peaceful enjoyment and an approximate 75 percent resale value return. That's largely because this type of home improvement increases the usable square footage and transforms the property into an indoor-outdoor...
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Posted on 09/06/2021
Millennials: A New Target Market for Home Sellers
Photo by Tatiana Chekryzhova via Shutterstock As more millennials leave consumer and student debt behind, they enter the housing market. Being savvy researches in the information age, this demographic has begun to fuel the housing economy. Many purchase homes as singles, with a partner or even a friend or group of friends. Where is Preferred? Unlike past generations...
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Posted on 08/30/2021
5 Benefits of Working With a Real Estate Agent to Buy a Home
Image by mohamed Hassan from Pixabay If you’re looking for a home, your budget is probably one of your biggest concerns. With all the costs associated with a home purchase, spending more money to hire a real estate agent might feel like adding unnecessary expense. However, there are some serious benefits to hiring a real estate agent to...
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Posted on 08/23/2021
Common Loan Terms of the Jumbo Mortgage
Photo by Peggy und Marco Lachmann-Anke via Pixabay A jumbo mortgage refers to a high-priced loan, usually meant for a luxury property. And while this loan may have once been reserved for the millionaire investors of the world, it may not be as exclusive as you think. If you're interested in what it takes to apply, it helps...
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Posted on 08/17/2021
Video Tour - 15 Sill Lane, Old Lyme, CT 06371
This is the one you've been waiting for! Gorgeous antique colonial in a fantastic location close to town and steeped in Old Lyme history, this beauty was home to four notable members of the original Lyme art colony. Once owned by Frank Bicknell and Louis Cohen and then separately rented out to artists William Chadwick and Bruce Crane, this inspiring property boasts a beautiful artist studio and the character, versatility and charm one would expect from such lineage. A chef's kitchen with a built-in banquet eating area, multiple ovens, work spaces and refrigerators flows invitingly into a family room with a fireplace and french doors...
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Posted on 08/17/2021
15 Sill Lane, Old Lyme, CT 06371 is now new to the market!
This is the one you've been waiting for! Gorgeous antique colonial in a fantastic location close to town and steeped in Old Lyme history, this beauty was home to four notable members of the original Lyme art colony. Once owned by Frank Bicknell and Louis Cohen and then separately rented out to artists William Chadwick and Bruce Crane, this inspiring property boasts a beautiful artist studio and the character, versatility and charm one would expect from such lineage. A chef's kitchen with a built-in banquet eating area, multiple ovens, work spaces and refrigerators flows invitingly into a family room with a fireplace and french doors...
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