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According to a recent report by Trulia, “buying is cheaper than renting in 100 of the largest metro areas by an average of 33.1%.” The report may have some p ...
A home appraisal is an important step in refinancing or selling a house. Understanding the process can help the seller or the refinancing homeowner earn the best marks possible on an appraisal repor ...
If you’re in the market for a new home or investment property, one of the first questions you’ll probably ask is, “What can we afford?” Many buyers become so caught up in how m ...
If Your Home Hasn’t Sold Yet…Definitely Check the Price!   The residential housing market has been hot. Home sales have bounced back solidly and are now at their fou ...
4 REASONS TO BUY A HOME THIS SUMMER! 1. Prices Will Continue to Rise CoreLogic’s latest Home Price Index reports that home prices have appreciated by 7.1% over the last 12 months. ...
Wireless technology has made smart home technology affordable and easy to install. If you've been on the fence about investing in smart technology, consider one or more of the following popular feat ...
As we head into summer, it is a great time to review how the 2017 real estate market is doing so far. Here is what the experts are saying: DougDuncan, Fannie Mae Chief Economist “ ...
Whether you are buying or selling a home it can be quite an adventurous journey, which is why you need an experienced real estate professional to guide you on the path to your ultimate goal. In ...
What's the first thing buyers notice when they walk into a prospective home? You may be surprised to learn that it isn't the light or the space or even the gorgeous staging. It's the smell.& ...
So, you’ve been searching for that perfect house to call a ‘home,’ and you finally found one! The price is right, and in such a competitive market, you want to make sure that y ...
Owning a home has great financial benefits, yet many continue renting! Today, let’s look at the financial reasons why owning a home of your own has been a part of the American Dream for as l ...
Learning to use space more effectively can make your house roomier. These tips should help you clear theclutter by finding new, creative spaces for storage.   1. Underneath the Bed There ...
If you are considering moving up to your dream home, it may be better to do it earlier in the year than later. The two components of your monthly mortgage payment (home prices and interest rates ...
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2017
 
The current trends are all about utilizing rich color, maximizing texture and creating comfortable interiors you can’t wait to relax in. Use these trends to get inspired to makeover your home& ...
Home sales have reached their highest point since about a year ago. According to the National Association of Realtors (NAR), the Pending Home Sales Index reached 112.3 in February, an increase o ...
Sprucing up your home doesn't have to take up a lot of time. To help you spring into warm-weather home improvement, here are 24 simple projects that take 24 hours or less to accomplish: 1. Put ...
As you may know the spring market is here!   In the past, the spring was the time to go house hunting; you would kiss a few frog, make an offer and move into your new home. & ...
Saving for a down payment is often the biggest hurdle for a first-time home buyer. Depending on where you live, median income, median rents, and home prices all vary. So, we set out to find out ho ...
When a homeowner decides to sell their house, they obviously want the best possible price for it with the least amount of hassles along the way. However, for the vast majority of sellers, the most ...
Some Highlights:   *  Interest rates are still below historic numbers. *  88% of property managers raised their rent in the last 12 months! *  The credit score requirements ...
If you thought about selling your house this year, now may be the time to do it. The inventory of homes for sale is well below historic norms and buyer demand is skyrocketing. We were still in ...
Great curb appeal not only makes your home the star of the neighborhood, it can also improve its value and help you sell it for more money. Whether you’re thinking of listing your home or ju ...
When a homeowner decides to sell their house, they obviously want the best possible price for it with the least amount of hassles along the way. However, for the vast majority of sellers, the most i ...
Mortgage interest rates have risen over the last few months and projections are that they will continue their upswing throughout 2017. What impact will this have on the housing market? Here is wha ...
A study by Edelman Berland reveals that 33% of homeowners who are contemplating selling their houses in the near future are planning to scale down. Let’s look at a few reasons why this ...
Here are four great reasons to consider buying a home today instead of waiting. 1. Prices Will Continue to Rise CoreLogic’s latest Home Price Index reports that hom ...
Home values have risen dramatically over the last twelve months. The latest Existing Home Sales Report from the National Association of Realtors puts the annual increase in the ...
That headline might be a little aggressive. However, as the data on the 2017 housing market begins to roll in, we can definitely say one thing: If you are considering selling, IT IS TIME TO LIST YOU ...
Wealth is within reach for many people; however, according to a recent study, 63 percent of Americans said it’s not likely they’ll become rich.1 While younger people are ...
The National Association of Realtors (NAR) keeps historical data on many aspects of home-ownership. One of the data points that has changed dramatically is the median tenure of a family in a ho ...
Can you believe that we are getting to that time of year?  Isn't this short reprieve of warm weather wonderful?  It gets us to start thinking about the things we do in the warm ...
The National Association of Realtors recently released a study titled 'Social Benefits of Home-ownership and Stable Housing.’ The study confirmed a long-standing belief of ...
We have been selling real estate North of Boston, in Essex County on the North Shore for well over 30 years – We are seasoned and experienced REALTORS.  So how do we  translate ...
Life changes often mean tax changes. Whether it's getting married, buying or selling a home, moving abroad, or having a baby, misunderstanding the tax and financial implications of these life changes ...
The Impact of Home Ownership on Educational Achievement The National Association of Realtors recently released a study titled 'Social Benefits of Home ownership and Stable Hou ...
The most recent Pending Homes Sales Index from the National Association of Realtors revealed a slight bump in contracts with an increase of 1.6% in December. This news comes as ...
5 Reasons to Sell Before the Selling Season Picks Up A common thought in real estate is never list your home in the winter off season. Perpetuated by industry experts, agents and repeat sell ...
So you’ve been searching for that perfect house to call a ‘home,’ and you finally found one! The price is right, and in such a competitive market that you want to make sure you mak ...
With so many magazine articles and television shows about real estate, a lot of people think they know everything there is to know about selling their home: upgrade your home to increase its value, ...
The kitchen is a central place in the home where family members gather for food and fellowship. Creating a beautiful, welcoming kitchen space makes food prep and mealtime enjoyable for everyone. Kit ...
       There are many potential home buyers, and even sellers, who believe that they need at least a 20% down payment in order to buy a home or move on to their next home. Tim ...
Many theories have emerged on how to save on energy use, some of which are misleading myths that directly lead to larger utility bills. Here are five myths about electricity usage:   1. ...
In many markets across the country, the number of buyers searching for their dream homes greatly outnumbers the amount of homes for sale. This has led to a competitive marketplace where buyers ...
One of the most common questions we get at this time of year is, “What’s going on in the market?” It’s not just potential buyers and sellers who are curious; homeow ...
The residential housing market has been hot. Home sales have bounced back solidly and are now at their second highest pace since February 2007. Demand has remained strong throughout the winter ...
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2017
 
Essex, Massachusetts 01929 As I was driving this morning to a networking event, I just couldn't let the beauty of Essex Massachusetts go unnoticed!   Essex, MA is north of Boston in o ...
The latest Existing Home Sales Report from the National Association of Realtors (NAR) revealed a direct correlation between a lack of inventory and rising prices. We are all familiar with t ...
Many theories have emerged on how to save on energy use, some of which are misleading myths that directly lead to larger utility bills. Here are five myths about electricity usage: 1. Devices ...
As we are about to bring in the New Year, families across the country will be deciding if this is the year that they will sell their current house and move into their dream home. Many will dec ...
There's a reason the holidays are called the most wonderful time of the year. It's an opportunity to reconnect with loved ones over delicious food and shared traditions. But playing hostess can some ...
If you are one of the many homeowners who is debating taking your home off the market for the next few weeks, don't! You will miss the great opportunity you have right now! The latest Existing H ...
Over the next five years, home prices are expected to appreciate 3.24% per year on average and to grow by 21.4% cumulatively, according to Pulsenomics’ most recent Home Price Ex ...
The holidays are a happy time for celebrating with family, friends, and co-workers. Unfortunately, this time of year can also be turned sour by a wide variety of clever frauds, unauthorized deb ...
Location should be your first consideration when purchasing a new home. And your second. And your third. The reasoning behind this advice is simple: In some locations, homes are desirable. I ...
I know this is a little early; however, if you start to think about it now it will be less of a project later! As we know, everyone wants to show appreciation to their kids' teachers come the ...
The process of selling your home can be a stressful and time-consuming event.  Getting a quick sale at the right price is the goal of every homeowner.  Here are a few simple tips to ...
People across the country are beginning to think about what their life will look like next year. It happens every fall; we ponder whether we should relocate to a different part of the country to f ...
When it comes to buying a home, whether it is your first time or your fifth, it is always important to know all the facts. With the large number of mortgage programs available that allow buyers to pur ...
The housing crisis is finally in the rear view mirror as the real estate market moves down the road to a complete recovery. Home values are up, home sales are up, and distressed sales (foreclosures ...
Every year at this time, many homeowners decide to wait until after the holidays to put their homes on the market for the first time, while others who already have their homes on the market deci ...
Fall is a popular time for home improvement, as people want to impress their guests during the holidays. It is also a time for change, which makes the current trends in home décor so unique ...
Kitchen islands continue to be a popular item in renovations and remodeling. They provide multiple benefits including a potentially higher home resale value and improved functionality. The siz ...
Our world is full of risk at every turn—from perilous jobs to dangerous driving conditions. That’s why we all love to get back to our homes and not worry about everyday safety hazar ...
Makes one nine-inch pie Pumpkin pies are popular around the Thanksgiving holiday. Here's a pumpkin pie recipe with a delicious twist: cream cheese! Ingredients: 1 unbaked pie shell &fr ...
So you made an offer, it was accepted, and now your next task is to have the home inspected prior to closing. More often than not, your agent may have made your offer contingent on a clean ho ...
The results of the latest Rent vs. Buy Report from Trulia show that home ownership remains cheaper than renting with a traditional 30-year fixed rate mortgage in the 100 larges ...
In this day and age of being able to shop for anything anywhere, it is really important to know what you're looking for when you start your home search. If you've been thinking about buyin ...
Receiving an offer for a house is not the final step in a real estate transaction. In fact, it is the beginning of another stage in the process: the negotiations. After receiving a formal offer, t ...
What is Home Equity? Home equity seems to be a very simple calculation — the total amount of mortgages owed subtracted from the current market value of a home. Here is a simple exampl ...
If you are debating purchasing a home right now, you are probably getting a lot of advice. Though your friends and family will have your best interest at heart, they may not be fully aware of your ...
Freddie Mac's Multi-Indicator Market Index (MiMi) monitors the stability of the housing market by analyzing home purchase applications, payment-to-income ratios, on-time mortgage payments, and employm ...
There are many potential home buyers, and even sellers, who believe that you need at least a 20% down payment in order to buy a home, or move on to their next home. Time after time, we have di ...
  According to Bankrate’s latest Financial SecurityIndex Poll, Americans who have money to set aside for the next 10 years would rather invest in real estate than any other type ...
1. Tax breaks The U.S. Tax Code lets you deduct the interest you pay on your mortgage, your property taxes, as well as some of the costs involved in buying your home. 2. Appreciation ...
The décor of your home is not something that has to be simply one style or another but can be a beautiful mixture of many different styles. For instance, a few modern accents can be incorpo ...
The Militello Team always has our finger on the pulse of the real estate market.  We want to share with you what we currently know about the health of today's real estate market. Here are ...
When a homeowner decides to sell their house, they obviously want the best possible price with the least amount of hassles. However, for the vast majority of sellers, the most important result is ...
The interest rate you pay on your home mortgage has a direct impact on your monthly payment; The higher the rate, the greater your payment will be. That is why it is important to look at where the ...
167 Elm Street Newbury, MA 01922      Call Joseph Militello for more information and a showing presentation today!! THE MILITELLO TEAM:  Joseph Militello (978) 815-3 ...
In many markets across the country, the amount of buyers searching for their dream homes greatly outnumbers the amount of homes for sale. As is the case North of Boston in Essex Count ...
The ‘smart home’ is the new ‘internet of things’, or objects that can serve you better by communicating with each other or directly with you through apps on your smart p ...
If you are a real estate buff and follow the market closely, then this video is for you!! For information  regarding our local real estate market, contact The Militello Team.  We are h ...
Are you ever curious what we are doing?  Well here is your opportunity to know...first hand! Give us a call today! The Militello Team Joseph Militello (978) 815-3877 Kathleen Milite ...
You've bought a house and you can't wait to move in. It's a perfect space for you and your family, and you're looking forward to beginning this new stage of your life. Well, there's one aspect of ...
How Much is it Worth? Whether you are buying a new home or selling your old one, "comps," or comparable sales, are important. As a seller, they can be used as benchmarks to properly price you ...
Buying A Home With Past Credit Problems Buying a home can be both exciting and stressful but, for those with past credit problems, the process may also seem intimidating.  The good news ...
  Eventually almost everyone faces the task of selling their home. During these transitions, many people wonder if they should save some money and list their house for-sale-by-owner (FSBO) i ...
Today, many real estate conversations center on housing prices and where they may be headed. That is why we like the Home Price Expectation Survey.   Every quarter, Pulsen ...
                   Water streams from our faucets so easily that we forget it's not free. Despite the fact that three-quarters of the Ear ...
    Okay, you made one of the most important decisions in your life: you’re buying a home! You found your ideal home. It’s in your desired neighborhood, close to everythi ...
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When it comes time to finance your new home and you still have a loan on another home you own but plan to sell, you are likely to run into the term bridge financing.  This is a special type ...
Four Ways Emotions Can Interfere with House Hunting   Buying a home is an exciting, emotional, and stressful project. Whether you have purchased a home before or are preparing to buy your ...
No matter what shape or size your living space is, the concept and feeling of home can mean different things to different people. Whether it’s a certain scent or a favorite chair, the emotio ...
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If you are looking for a smart way to upgrade your home and make it more livable, you may want to look outside your four walls to the outdoors. Upgrading your patio can make your home more fun and ...
Eight Tips to Maximize the Efficiency of Your HVAC Equipment  There are two times each year when we should put the most thought and effort into ensuring that our HVAC system is in good working ...
Every three years, the Federal Reserve conducts a Surveyof Consumer Finances in which they collect data across all economic and social groups. The latest survey, which includes data from ...
Maybe your dream home has the intricate details that you usually find only in older construction - wainscoting and crown molding in the interior, the front porch with a swing, an older tree sha ...
As a seller, you will be most concerned with the ‘short term price’ – where home values are headed over the next six months. As a buyer, you must be concerned not with price but in ...
2 Tips For Getting The Most Money When Selling Your House Every homeowner wants to make sure they get the best price when selling their home. But how do you guarantee that you receive max ...
                                   Summer is here! The temperature isn't the only thing heating up rig ...
Seven Reasons Why You Need a Real Estate Professional to Help Sell Your House Eventually almost everyone faces the task of selling their home. During these transitions, many people wonder if ...
This  headline might be a little aggressive! However, as the data on the 2016 housing market begins to roll in, we can definitely say one thing: If you are considering selling, IT IS TIME ...
There's a reason interior designers love the color gray: a gray palette offers everything from off-white to barely black and is markedly more flexible than color. It's not just about walls either. ...
Happy Friday! I know that Friday's are many people's favorite day of the week because it is the beginning to the weekend!   Well, Friday's are my favorite day of the week as well, but for a ...
This is a pretty common question that a potential home buyer or seller may be asking themselves. Leading economists in real estate converged in New Orleans this past week as they presented the ...
"There are so many details involved in creating the landscape of one's dreams that it's easy to become confused," says Bobbie Schwartz, president of the Association of Professional Landscape Design ...
It's understandable for homeowners to opt for repairs rather than a new roof when leaks and other issues require immediate attention. However, there comes a time when it's going to be most cost- ...
Some Highlights: Across the country, home prices are up by 5.67%. Each state is appreciating at a different rate, however, which is important to realize if you plan on relocating to ...
In many markets across the country, the amount of buyers searching for their dream home greatly out numbers the amount of homes for sale. This has led to a competitive marketplace where buyers o ...
If you are planning on buying a home in the next year, there are a few things you should do before you start looking: decide on the neighborhood that will provide you with good schools and a rea ...
Gardening Can Be a Bed of Roses Try These Tips Dreaming of a bed of roses or rows of tasty tomato plants is easy; the reality may feel like a nightmare, particularly to first-timers. If you ...
A Beginner’s Guide to Real Estate Investing Despite the grim economic outlook for some industries, one sector is gaining viability -- real estate. According to the 2016 Emerging ...
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2016
 
How to Kill and Prevent Bathroom Mold By: Deborah R. Huso Got bathroom mold on your ceiling? Here’s how to get rid of it and prevent future infestations, too. If you’ve nev ...
Attracting Birds To Your Backyard Bird watching is a popular past time that is shared by many, but what if watching your fluttering friends was as simple as peeking into your backyard?  Th ...
7 Tips for Staging Your Home  By: G. M. Filisko Visit houselogic.com for more articles like this. Reprinted from HouseLogic with permission of the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTO ...
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A study by Edelman Berland reveals that 33% of homeowners who are contemplating selling their house in the near future are planning to scale down. Let’s look at a few reasons why ...
by The KCM Crew on May 4, 2016 The Gallup organization recently released a survey in which Americans were asked to rank what they considered to be the “be ...
The price of any item is determined by the supply of that item, and the market demand. The National Association of Realtors (NAR) recently released their latest Existing Home Sa ...
The National Association of Realtors (NAR) recently released their latest Existing Home Sales Report, which revealed that homes were on the market for an average of 47 days in March ...
In today’s market, where demand is outpacing supply in many regions of the country, pricing a house is one of the biggest challenges real estate professionals face. Sellers often want to pri ...
How Do I Amp Up The Resale Value of My Home? Whether you're putting your home on the market this year or in the next five years, it is a smart decision to start building your home's resale va ...
If you thought about selling your house this year, now may be the time to do it. The inventory of homes for sale is well below historic norms and buyer demand is skyrocketing. We were still in h ...
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2016
 
Decorating With Plants   When choosing a style of furnishing, color scheme, or fabrics for your new home, or when redecorating a room, plants often do not immediately spring to mind ...
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Are you curious about what happened in the Beverly Real Estate market in the month of March, 2016? If so, keep reading! In the month of March 23 single-family homes sold in Beverly.  Th ...
Recently the National Association of Realtors wrote an article concerning this exact subject.  Click on their logo to read this article! Going into the 2016 spring market, the biggest chal ...
This is an interesting article to read, especially if you are looking to purchase a new home!  Link to the Article!   A solution to some of the issues identified in the above ...
Whether you have just bought your first home or have been a homeowner for some time, chances are that at some point you will be faced with home repairs.  While you can always call the local r ...
This was such a great transaction.  Everyone involved was A+.   The new homeowners are extremely happy about their purchase. They are also happy with the awesome negotiations.  T ...
Every month I enjoy seeing what is taking place in the Beverly, Massachusetts marketplace.  So here is what I am seeing for the month of February, 2016. According to the Multiple Listing Data ...
If you’re going to be putting your house on the market, you want it to be in the best condition possible for when prospective buyers come and look at it. A little sprucing up can add a lot of ...
How to Buy a Home: 7 Tips and Tricks from Real Estate Insiders No matter if you’re in a buyer’s or seller’s market, there are a few critical steps you can take to make a sm ...
  As I was searching the internet this morning and thinking about what to put in my blog today I determined that I would copy and paste some of this events in our world that happened on th ...
Are you leaving an invitation for burglars?  Let’s take a quick look at what you may be doing to send that invitation. Ladders – Have you left your ladder outside beh ...
Have you heard?   Interest rates are at a historic lows.  This is not what was predicted by the experts, Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, the Mortgage Bankers' Association and The Nationa ...
With spring right around the corner, you may be wondering if you should wait to enter the housing market. Here are four great reasons to consider buying a home today instead of waiting. 1. Pr ...
You may have heard from many real estate sales agents to wait until the Spring market before putting your home into the market.  Is this correct information?  You can determine that ...
  Every three years the Federal Reserve conducts a Survey of Consumer Finances in which they collect data across all economic and social groups. The latest survey, wh ...
CoreLogic’s latest Equity Report revealed that 256,000 properties regained equity in the third quarter of 2015. This is great news for the country, as 92% of all mortgaged properties a ...
  You can't avoid paying taxes, and we all need to pay our fair share. However, paying your fair share shouldn't place an unjust burden on you. As a homeowner, your tax burden is dou ...
 Our Property Taxes are on the Rise! Homeowners can expect to pay more in property taxes this year!  According to The Boston Globe, we can expect that the average bill for a single-fami ...

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