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Indoor Herb Garden: A Quick Guide
Posted on 01/20/2020
Indoor Herb Garden: A Quick Guide
Photo by congerdesign via Pixabay Do you love the idea of having fresh herbs available all year round but don't live in an area where it's possible to grow them outdoors in all seasons? You don't have to give up cooking with fresh herbs just because the weather outside is frightful — and you also don't have to install...
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Mistakes to Avoid When Selling Your Home
Posted on 01/13/2020
Mistakes to Avoid When Selling Your Home
Image by Mohamed Hassan from Pixabay When it’s time to sell your home, it’s important to make sure it’s done right. Certain selling mistakes could lead to less money for your home than you wanted or other problems that make this process more complicated than it needs to be. Before you put your home on the market, keep...
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Reduce the Time It Takes to Find Your Dream Residence
Posted on 01/06/2020
Reduce the Time It Takes to Find Your Dream Residence
For those who want to conduct a successful home search, it is important to plan ahead as much as you can. Fortunately, there are lots of things you can do to get ready to pursue your dream home and speed up your house search. Now, let's take a look at three tips to help you reduce the time it...
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Another Property Rented - 243 Mile Creek Road, Old Lyme, CT 06371
Posted on 01/02/2020
Another Property Rented - 243 Mile Creek Road, Old Lyme, CT 06371
Captain Richard Chadwick House - built in 1690 but like new! Absolutely gorgeous, updated interior and mechanicals. Meticulous and character filled gambrel-roofed cape with 4 bedrooms and 2.1 baths. First floor master and wide-plank flooring throughout home. Exposed beams, large stone fireplaces, beehive ovens, built-ins, wonderful woodwork and detailing. Modern, large kitchen with walk-in pantry and working propane fireplace. Multiple outbuildings including a large, heated barn or studio space with separate entrance, and a lovely expansive backyard. Credit check and rental application required - to be paid by tenants. Two months...
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Should I Turn My House into a Short-Term Rental
Posted on 12/30/2019
Should I Turn My House into a Short-Term Rental
Photo by Arek Socha via Pixabay In a bid to afford homes in high-value areas, many homeowners turn to income from short-term rentals to cover a high mortgage payment. You can benefit from this option with some caveats: Location really matters. A lot. You might advertise your home as near the coast when it’s really 20 miles inland...
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Buyers: How to Avoid Hindsight Frustrations
Posted on 12/23/2019
Buyers: How to Avoid Hindsight Frustrations
Photo by GaudiLab via Shutterstock In the rush and excitement to find the perfect home and make it yours, there are some things best learned beforehand rather than through hindsight. Here are some suggestions from first-time homebuyers that would have made the entire process less challenging. Know where you stand. If you plan to buy a home, even...
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Buy Your First Home Sooner with a Down Payment Savings Plan
Posted on 12/16/2019
Buy Your First Home Sooner with a Down Payment Savings Plan
You’ve been thinking it for a while: “I really should start putting some money aside for a down payment.” But, you just can’t seem to find any wiggle room in your budget. You’re not alone. Saving for a down payment isn’t easy. Especially if you’ve got rent, car payments, student loans, and are trying to put money aside for...
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Video Tour  - 243 Mile Creek Road, Old Lyme, CT 06371
Posted on 12/12/2019
Video Tour - 243 Mile Creek Road, Old Lyme, CT 06371
Captain Richard Chadwick House - built in 1690 but like new! Absolutely gorgeous, updated interior and mechanicals. Meticulous and character filled gambrel-roofed cape with 4 bedrooms and 2.1 baths. First floor master and wide-plank flooring throughout home. Exposed beams, large stone fireplaces, beehive ovens, built-ins, wonderful woodwork and detailing. Modern, large kitchen with walk-in pantry and working propane fireplace. Multiple outbuildings including a large, heated barn or studio space with separate entrance, and a lovely expansive backyard. Credit check and rental application required - to be paid by tenants. Two months...
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243 Mile Creek Road, Old Lyme, CT 06371 is now new to the market!
Posted on 12/12/2019
243 Mile Creek Road, Old Lyme, CT 06371 is now new to the market!
Captain Richard Chadwick House - built in 1690 but like new! Absolutely gorgeous, updated interior and mechanicals. Meticulous and character filled gambrel-roofed cape with 4 bedrooms and 2.1 baths. First floor master and wide-plank flooring throughout home. Exposed beams, large stone fireplaces, beehive ovens, built-ins, wonderful woodwork and detailing. Modern, large kitchen with walk-in pantry and working propane fireplace. Multiple outbuildings including a large, heated barn or studio space with separate entrance, and a lovely expansive backyard. Credit check and rental application required - to be paid by tenants. Two months...
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New Homebuyers: Factors to Look At
Posted on 12/09/2019
New Homebuyers: Factors to Look At
Photo by LDprod via Shutterstock Buying a house is more than the number of rooms and how it is staged. It’s a set of complex systems in a specific location. And while it’s not all about location, that’s a perfect place to start your list. Where to Buy Areas and neighborhoods trend for a variety of reasons. If...
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Financing Repairs on Your Fixer Upper
Posted on 12/02/2019
Financing Repairs on Your Fixer Upper
Photo by James DeMers via Pixabay If you're hoping to make some major changes to your home, you're likely interested in the types (and terms) of financing available to you. The 203k loan was designed to give homeowners an attractive interest rate, so they'd be more likely to upgrade and modernize their homes. However, it's not available to...
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How Much Time Do You Need to Craft an Offer to Purchase a Home?
Posted on 11/25/2019
How Much Time Do You Need to Craft an Offer to Purchase a Home?
Creating an offer to purchase a home may require several minutes, hours or days – it all depends on the buyer. Fortunately, there are many things you can do to accelerate the process of putting together a homebuying proposal that will get a seller's attention. These include: 1. Study the Housing Market Closely When it comes to preparing an...
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