• How to Become a Jedi Master in the Search For Your Dream Home How to Become a Jedi Master in the Search For Your Dream Home

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    How to Become a Jedi Master in the Search For Your Dream Home

    Be Prepared to Act Quickly

    Today’s market is a seller’s market. Inventory is low and we are seeing bidding wars, where the seller ends up selling for a higher price than the initial listing price. Following a few rules of thumb for this competitive market will help you to become a Jedi Master in the search for your dream home. It is advised that agents and homebuyers should be available as quickly as possible, so they can act quickly.  Buyers should be prepared to lose a few before they purchase the home they truly want.

    Be Logical in your approach

    Too often, first-time homebuyers are emotional and become attached to a less than desirable property. Spending the time to research the local market trends without reacting too quickly will surely help you to become savvy in the market and in turn actually become a Jedi Master in the search for your dream home. Purchasing a property should never be a rushed process. First time homebuyers should diligently research and utilize the advice from real estate professionals which can set the foundation for future real estate investments.

    Communicate Clearly with your Agent

    Tell your Realtor exactly what you are looking for, in the neighborhood you are looking in, so they can best help you find your dream home. The more specific you can be, the more your Realtor can be helpful. Remember, when they’re working for you in the market talking to other Realtors, they need to filter their search and...

    Be Prepared to Act Quickly

    Today’s market is a seller’s market. Inventory is low and we are seeing bidding wars, where the seller ends up selling for a higher price than the initial listing price. Following a few rules of thumb for this competitive market will help you to become a Jedi Master in the search for your dream home. It is advised that agents and homebuyers should be available as quickly as possible, so they can act quickly.  Buyers should be prepared to lose a few before they purchase the home they truly want.

    Be Logical in your approach

    Too often, first-time homebuyers are emotional and become attached to a less than desirable property. Spending the time to research the local market trends without reacting too quickly will surely help you to become savvy in the market and in turn actually become a Jedi Master in the search for your dream home. Purchasing a property should never be a rushed process. First time homebuyers should diligently research and utilize the advice from real estate professionals which can set the foundation for future real estate investments.

    Communicate Clearly with your Agent

    Tell your Realtor exactly what you are looking for, in the neighborhood you are looking in, so they can best help you find your dream home. The more specific you can be, the more your Realtor can be helpful. Remember, when they’re working for you in the market talking to other Realtors, they need to filter their search and...

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  • Outgrown your home? Outgrown your home?

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    Outgrown your home?

    Have you outgrown your home? Unfortunately, our homes don’t always grow with us. You may have outgrown your home quicker than expected. What may have worked for a single person, a starter home, or a family with a newborn can soon become too small as families expand and multiple generations live under one roof.


    When you have outgrown your home, remodeling and adding to your home is one option for creating more space, but it can be costly, and the size of your property may not allow you to do so. Selling, and moving on to bigger and better may be the solution.


    The first thought when upsizing your home is to simply consider square footage, bedrooms, and bathrooms. When thinking about upsizing, it’s important to consider how your space will actually be used. If you have younger children (or possibly more on the way), then focusing on bedrooms and bathrooms makes sense. But if your children are closer to heading off to college or starting their own families, it may be better to prioritize group spaces like the kitchen, dining room, living room, and outdoor space—it’ll pay off during the holidays or summer vacations, when everyone is coming to visit
    for big gatherings.


    If you have outgrown your home and need more space, but don’t necessarily want a more expensive home, you can probably get a lot more house for your money if you move a little further from the city into the suburbs. While the walkability and short commutes...

    Have you outgrown your home? Unfortunately, our homes don’t always grow with us. You may have outgrown your home quicker than expected. What may have worked for a single person, a starter home, or a family with a newborn can soon become too small as families expand and multiple generations live under one roof.


    When you have outgrown your home, remodeling and adding to your home is one option for creating more space, but it can be costly, and the size of your property may not allow you to do so. Selling, and moving on to bigger and better may be the solution.


    The first thought when upsizing your home is to simply consider square footage, bedrooms, and bathrooms. When thinking about upsizing, it’s important to consider how your space will actually be used. If you have younger children (or possibly more on the way), then focusing on bedrooms and bathrooms makes sense. But if your children are closer to heading off to college or starting their own families, it may be better to prioritize group spaces like the kitchen, dining room, living room, and outdoor space—it’ll pay off during the holidays or summer vacations, when everyone is coming to visit
    for big gatherings.


    If you have outgrown your home and need more space, but don’t necessarily want a more expensive home, you can probably get a lot more house for your money if you move a little further from the city into the suburbs. While the walkability and short commutes...

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  • Living in New York City Living in New York City

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    Living in New York City

    There are pros and cons to every decision in life, and choosing a place to live is no different. No matter where you live, there’s likely to be some sort of compromise to be made, whether it’s the tradeoff of a smaller apartment for a better location, or dealing with cold winters in a city you love. If you’re thinking about living in New York City (or if you currently live there are you’re considering moving away), here are some of the pros and cons to consider before making your decision.

    Living in NYC affords incomparable access to culture. From the lights of Broadway to the Museum of Natural History, the city has hundreds of world-renowned cultural institutions.

    New York is THE place to be for unlimited career opportunities. The busting industries range from media to medicine, architecture to advertising, construction to corporate law. Some of the biggest companies in the world are headquartered in New York and they look to attract top talent.

    Diversity, diversity, diversity….. If you like living among people from all walks of life or you simply love the culture that diversity cultivates, New York is the place for you. According to Census Bureau data, the population of the city overall is 33% white, 28% hispanic or latino, 25% African American, and 12% Asian, and 37 % of the population if foreign-born. There is also a thriving LGBTQ community, 49% of people speak a language outside of English at home, and the city is 52% women.

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    There are pros and cons to every decision in life, and choosing a place to live is no different. No matter where you live, there’s likely to be some sort of compromise to be made, whether it’s the tradeoff of a smaller apartment for a better location, or dealing with cold winters in a city you love. If you’re thinking about living in New York City (or if you currently live there are you’re considering moving away), here are some of the pros and cons to consider before making your decision.

    Living in NYC affords incomparable access to culture. From the lights of Broadway to the Museum of Natural History, the city has hundreds of world-renowned cultural institutions.

    New York is THE place to be for unlimited career opportunities. The busting industries range from media to medicine, architecture to advertising, construction to corporate law. Some of the biggest companies in the world are headquartered in New York and they look to attract top talent.

    Diversity, diversity, diversity….. If you like living among people from all walks of life or you simply love the culture that diversity cultivates, New York is the place for you. According to Census Bureau data, the population of the city overall is 33% white, 28% hispanic or latino, 25% African American, and 12% Asian, and 37 % of the population if foreign-born. There is also a thriving LGBTQ community, 49% of people speak a language outside of English at home, and the city is 52% women.

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