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Eco-Friendly Holiday Decorating Tips to Save you Money

Posted by Collin McGorty on Dec 6, 2017 9:00:00 AM

It’s right around this time of year when festive homeowners across America will begin putting up decorations to celebrate the holidays. However, these displays, due to their high energy consumption, can take a hit on your wallet. That’s why it’s so important that all homeowners are aware of the many useful environmentally-friendly holiday decorating tips that will help save them funds!

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Topics: residential real estate, design, house design

Winterizing your Home for the Season ahead

Posted by Collin McGorty on Nov 22, 2017 9:00:00 AM

The full force of winter is almost upon us. Luckily, you still have a few weeks to start winterizing your home. This process involves making sure that your property is suited to withstand the low temperatures, gusting winds and extreme precipitation that comes along with winter weather. Here are a few essential tips to ensure your home stays warm and safe throughout the entire season.

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Topics: residential real estate, design, house design

Efficient Downsizing Tips to Maximize the Space Available

Posted by Collin McGorty on Nov 1, 2017 9:00:00 AM

If you’re moving to a smaller property, clearing out all of the clutter can make a world of difference. Downsizing a home isn’t exactly a simple, carefree endeavor, especially when you have to determine which items are worth keeping or getting rid of. So, if you’re looking for a little insight on getting the job done, put these helpful downsizing tips into practice.

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Topics: residential real estate, moving, house design

Is “For Sale by Owner” Really the Best Way to Sell a Home?

Posted by Collin McGorty on Oct 25, 2017 9:00:00 AM

If you’re in the process of trying to sell your home, you will undoubtedly be faced with a critical decision on whether you are going to hire a real estate agent or handle the sale on your own. “For sale by owner” is a popular way to sell houses nowadays, but does that really mean it’s the most advantageous way to do it? Here are a few significant reasons why hiring a broker over selling the property yourself is always your best bet.

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Topics: Buying, residential real estate, Selling, house sale

How First Time Buyers can Start Saving for a Home

Posted by Collin McGorty on Oct 4, 2017 9:00:00 AM

Once renters decide to make the jump towards owning a home of their own, they must figure out if they could actually afford a down payment. There’s no point in even looking at homes until you know what you can afford! So, to help expedite owning your dream home someday, check out these tips that will assist you in saving for a home.

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Topics: Buying, residential real estate, buying your first home, buying commercial real estate, buying a house

Is a Starter Home Worth it for First Time Buyers?

Posted by Collin McGorty on Sep 6, 2017 10:00:00 AM

When young professionals are looking to transition from monthly rentals to owning a property of their own, they usually buy small-scale, affordable properties, rather than a “forever home.” However, a beginner home or condo isn’t exactly a minor expense by any stretch of the imagination. That’s why it’s extremely essential to sift through the facts and dispel every myth before deciding that a starter home is the best decision for you.

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Topics: Buying, residential real estate, buying a house, starter home

What to Ask a Mortgage Broker before Buying a New Home

Posted by Collin McGorty on Aug 16, 2017 10:00:00 AM

Whether or not a buyer receives a mortgage is ultimately what can make or break the purchase of a new home. Without one, an individual may not be able to afford loan payments, taxes and insurance. To receive a loan in the first place, one must meet with a mortgage broker to find the right plan for them. There are also a few important questions to ask to help ensure the home buyer’s financial well-being.

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Topics: Buying, residential real estate, Mortgage, mortgage points, interest rate

Extravagant Long Island Mansions that are Worth a Visit

Posted by Collin McGorty on Aug 9, 2017 10:00:00 AM

Since becoming a hub of American affluence in the 1920s, Long Island has attracted some of the richest, most successful individuals in the entire world. And really, with everything our area has to offer, who can blame them? The estates of these millionaires and billionaires have since become well-known Long Island mansions, each contributing to New York history in their own unique way.

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Topics: residential real estate, Long Island Real Estate, Long Island mansions, Mansions

What are Tiny Houses? Behind the Latest Real Estate Craze

Posted by Collin McGorty on Jul 19, 2017 10:00:00 AM

As the years go by, we see so many different fads and trends in real estate. Some stick, others fall by the wayside. Some are huge, market-shifting breakthroughs; others are small-scale concepts. Perhaps none smaller than tiny houses, America’s most recent real estate fascination. If you aren’t familiar with how this viral sensation came to be, then perhaps you need to catch an episode of HGTV’s “Tiny House Hunters” to see what it’s all about.

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Topics: Buying, residential real estate, buying a house, tiny houses

Are Home Additions Really Worth the Time and Effort?

Posted by Collin McGorty on Jul 12, 2017 10:00:00 AM

Whether or not to build an addition to your home is one of the most important decisions that you’ll face as a home owner. If you have a growing family or an urgent need for more space, home additions could be exactly what you need. However, big money renovations have their obvious downsides. Here are a few ways to determine if this is the right option for you.

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Topics: residential real estate, Selling, investment property, home additions

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