• Preparing Your Home for the Fall Preparing Your Home for the Fall

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    Preparing Your Home for the Fall

    Unfortunately, the summer season is over.  The days are getting shorter and the weather is starting to change.  This is the perfect time to complete the housework that you have been putting off until now.  Not only is it the perfect time to wrap up the loose ends from the summer, it is also time to be preparing your home for the fall and upcoming winter season.

    Proper fall home preparation is especially important if you are looking at putting your home up for sale.  Here are some important tips in preparing your home for the fall.

    Indoor

    Make sure to check all doors and windows for air leaks.  Improperly sealed doors and windows can really drive up your energy consumption and heating bills as the temperatures drop.  Make sure to replace all worn weather stripping or add more weather stripping to close gaps.  For doors, look at adding a door stop to the bottom of the door for a better seal.

    It is also a good idea to have your heating system checked and cleaned. A properly running furnace is not only for safety, it will also ensure lower energy bills this fall.  Make sure to book early to avoid this busy season and lengthy wait times.

    Unfortunately, the summer season is over.  The days are getting shorter and the weather is starting to change.  This is the perfect time to complete the housework that you have been putting off until now.  Not only is it the perfect time to wrap up the loose ends from the summer, it is also time to be preparing your home for the fall and upcoming winter season.

    Proper fall home preparation is especially important if you are looking at putting your home up for sale.  Here are some important tips in preparing your home for the fall.

    Indoor

    Make sure to check all doors and windows for air leaks.  Improperly sealed doors and windows can really drive up your energy consumption and heating bills as the temperatures drop.  Make sure to replace all worn weather stripping or add more weather stripping to close gaps.  For doors, look at adding a door stop to the bottom of the door for a better seal.

    It is also a good idea to have your heating system checked and cleaned. A properly running furnace is not only for safety, it will also ensure lower energy bills this fall.  Make sure to book early to avoid this busy season and lengthy wait times.

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  • 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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  • 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.

    I...

    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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