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No cost effective staging tips: Sell your house, not your home

No cost effective staging tips: Sell your house, not your home

Whenever I take a listing, I will go through the house and make a list of suggested tips that will improve the appearance of the property and make it more appealing to the buyer. Even though selling a home can be an emotional time, I always tell the sellers that they are selling their house,...
What to look for in an investment property

What to look for in an investment property

Historically, the appreciation rate for real estate is strong. Even when the housing market declines, long-term investors in real estate can rest easy knowing that property values tend to rebound rather quickly, rewarding patient investors in the process. Looking at real estate as a long-term investment is just one way approach a potential investment property....
Rooms with a View celebrates design

Rooms with a View celebrates design

Interiors showcase Rooms with a View, which is celebrating its 20th anniversary and whose honorary chairperson is national tastemaker Thom Filicia, will be hosting a weekend of design and has announced its theme for 2014: “20/20 Visions.” The event, which will be held Friday and Saturday, Nov. 14-15, 10 to 5 p.m., and Sunday, Nov....
Green Building: Building My Passive House – Part 7

Green Building: Building My Passive House – Part 7

This is the seventh in a series of columns about the design and construction of my newly certified passive house. Passive House Institute US (PHIUS) offers certification programs for highly energy efficient homes, and the home design and building professionals seeking to build them (www.phaus.org). Let me answer the rhetorical question I asked at the...

Low-incomes residents may apply free help

HomeFront is looking for residents in need of home repairs for its upcoming 28th annual repair blitz in Spring 2015. Interested homeowners must apply before Friday, Nov. 15, in order to be considered for help in the 2015 season. HomeFront offers help with faulty windows, doors, steps, railings, leaky roofs, painting, plumbing and electrical needs...
Buying a retirement home? Think it through

Buying a retirement home? Think it through

I have had the pleasure recently of consulting with a few retired homeowners who are empty nesters and thinking of selling their homes. Their present homes, which once were so accommodating to their larger families, are now just too much space to take care of. What should they do? Where should they go? How can...
10 ways to conserve energy this winter

10 ways to conserve energy this winter

Conserving energy in the winter is a concern for many homeowners and renters. Whether your goal is to save energy and do your part for the environment or to trim a few dollars from your winter utility bills, here are 10 ways to reduce energy consumption without sacrificing comfort this winter. Have the furnace serviced....
Steps involved with estate planning

Steps involved with estate planning

Although inevitable, death is an emotional subject that’s difficult to discuss. While estate planning can make people uncomfortable, it is an essential part of securing assets for future generations and can make a death in the family easier for loved ones to handle. Estate planning is an umbrella term that refers to a host of...
Open house event hosted by Coldwell Banker

Open house event hosted by Coldwell Banker

Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage in Connecticut and Westchester County, N.Y. is hosting the Fall in Love with the American Dream Open House Event Sunday, Oct. 19. The event will feature hundreds of homes available for sale throughout Connecticut and Westchester County. “After great success last year, we are excited to announce that we are hosting...
Resources for first-time home buyers

Resources for first-time home buyers

The housing market has begun to heat up thanks to an economy on the rebound. Few people aspire to rent for life, and home ownership is a dream shared by both natives and immigrants who came to the country seeking a better life. Each year the National Association of Realtors compiles a profile of buyers...
Green Building: Building my Passive House - Part 6

Green Building: Building my Passive House – Part 6

This is the sixth entry in a series of columns about the design and construction of my newly certified passive House. Passive House Institute US (PHIUS) offers a certification program for highly energy efficient homes and separate certification programs for home design and building professionals seeking to build them (www.phaus.org for more information). The passive...
Behind on your mortgage? Don’t just sit idly by

Behind on your mortgage? Don’t just sit idly by

You’re behind in your mortgage and you know it is going to happen very shortly. You don’t have any idea how you can pay it. You don’t even want to think about it. You try to put it out of your mind, but it just won’t go away. You don’t want to talk to anyone...