Category Archives: Buyers

Security or Surveillance?

There is no denying that our world is becoming increasingly integrated.  Smart home technology allows us to monitor and control our homes from wherever we are through our mobile phones or tablets.  Even if we don’t have a fully integrated … Continue reading

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Down Payment and Closing Cost Assistance

Twenty-five percent of first-time home buyers say that saving enough to cover the down payment and closing costs was the biggest struggle they had to overcome to purchase their first home.  These first-time home buyers took the plunge and connected … Continue reading

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2018 CNY Real Estate Market Outlook

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Many variables go into analyzing and predicting what to expect from the CNY real estate market for 2018.  Our local market experiences many of the national trends, but on a delayed basis.  When the national trends finally do appear locally, … Continue reading

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What is a Buyer’s Agent?

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Such a simple and straightforward question deserves a like-kind answer.  Most simply stated, a buyer’s agent is a real estate agent who is representing a client in the process of purchasing a home.  Sorry, but this is too simplistic and … Continue reading

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How Accurate is the Zillow Zestimate?

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The Zestimate is Zillow’s proprietary algorithm for computing home valuation estimates for the millions of homes presented by Zillow.  The Zillow Zestimate is so easy to access for almost any home presented by Zillow including homes listed for sale on … Continue reading

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Housing Sentiment Index Ties Record High for June 2017

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The Housing Sentiment Index reported for June ties the all-time high from February 2017, with a 2.1 percentage point increase in the sentiment index to 88.3.  The Fannie Mae has provided the National Housing Survey since 2010.  This survey is … Continue reading

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Owning vs Renting

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In Manhattan’s East Village, buying an apartment beats renting within four years. In the Soho area just a few blocks away, it would take 31 years before owning vs renting makes more financial sense. That analysis of the so-called tipping point—the … Continue reading

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Title Insurance

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Do you need title insurance when you buy a Central New York home? Owning a home continues to be one of the most important parts of the American dream. But, having the deed or title to a piece of land … Continue reading

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The Needs of Millennials and Retiring Baby Boomers

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The Daily Press reports on a recent meeting where Rose & Womble Realty Co.’s Chief Operating Officer Van Rose spoke. He said Peninsula and Hampton Roads housing will be strongly affected by the needs of millennials and retiring baby boomers sooner … Continue reading

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Considerations When Choosing a Realtor®

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Choosing a Realtor® should not be an exception to the common technique people use when choosing anyone to do business with; they choose to do business with those they know, like and trust. Recent Buyer and Seller Insights The previous … Continue reading

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