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Posted on 01/17/2021
Location Is Key when Searching for a Real Estate Investment
Photo by Andrea Piacquadio from Pexels Investing in real estate can be quite lucrative, but only with one caveat. In order to make your real estate investments successful, you must keep location in mind. Yes, it may sound cliche, but the location is still a critical consideration when purchasing real estate because it has a direct impact on...
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Posted on 01/10/2021
Top Reasons to Buy in a Community with an HOA
Photo by Pixabay from Pexels Homeowners associations are common features of new residential subdivisions, condominiums and townhouse developments, planned communities, and vacation resorts throughout the United States and abroad. Typically established by the builder or developer, such associations are most often responsible for maintenance of common facilities. They also frequently oversee the operation of community centers, pools, golf...
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Posted on 01/03/2021
Tips for Buying a Penthouse
Photo by Mostafa Safadel on Unsplash The penthouse is the pinnacle of real estate in many markets -- and places like New York and Miami -- have plenty of options to choose from. It's easy to get caught up in great decor or fall in love with a view, but there are other considerations as well. Here's what...
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Posted on 12/31/2020
Another Property Sold - 2518 State Route 11a, Lafayette, NY 13084
Showings Begin Sept 5th at 9:00AM. Adorable 2 bedroom home features large living room with vaulted ceilings, new flooring throughout first floor living space, large bedrooms, fully applianced kitchen, first floor laundry/storage room and relaxing screen porch. The detached 1.5 car garage has electric to it for use as a workshop if needed. A wonderful 1.5 acre country setting conveniently located near both Rt 20 and Rt 81 and less than 20 minutes to downtown...
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Posted on 12/27/2020
What Is the Cost of Selling a House?
Believe it or not, home sellers may encounter many expenses after they list their residences. These costs include: 1. Home Cleaning and Maintenance Costs Before you start showing your residence to prospective buyers, it often is beneficial to clean your house. As such, you may need to purchase assorted cleaning supplies. Or, you can always hire a professional home...
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Posted on 12/20/2020
Drawbacks of Financing Your Mortgage through a Credit Union
Image by Burst from Pexels Buying a home is an exciting time. As you start to comb through listings and decide you’re ready to take the plunge to purchase, you’ll want to pursue getting pre-approved for a mortgage. This way, you'll know how much you're approved for and can shop for homes within your price range. Additionally, having...
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Posted on 12/13/2020
Home Maintenance for New Homeowners
Photo by LesPalenik via Shutterstock Many first time home buyers simply don’t think too much about home maintenance during the purchasing process. The challenge is that once you’re in the home, regardless of whether you’ve thought about it or not, your home’s maintenance needs only increase. And if there’s a hidden problem lurking somewhere, the result of ignoring...
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Posted on 12/11/2020
Another Property Sold - 5646 Amidon Road, Lafayette, NY 13084
This Charming home is Located in a Quiet Private Area and only 10 minute drive to downtown. Open Concept floor plan with new flooring, freshly painted kitchen cabinet and handles. Bright and Open Front Porch to use for 3 Seasons and have your morning cup of Coffee. Upstairs has a Unique Layout. Has 3 separate areas. It was used as 3 bedrooms, but you can use it as 2 bedrooms and the 3rd area as a Closet or Playroom. The large Beautiful Backyard is Peaceful and has so much room for you to Enjoy. The 2 Bay Garage is Large and has Electric Service. You have to see this Charming home in...
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Posted on 12/06/2020
Small Towns to Consider Moving To
Photo by Christian Heitz via Pexels Sometimes, small town life is just what you crave. If you’re considering a move and want a community with that feel, there are several in the East Coast that deliver it beautifully. From New York to Pennsylvania, here are some of the top small towns that you need to see for yourself....
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Posted on 12/02/2020
Video Tour - 5425 Borgase Lane, Clay, NY 13041
Well kept Townhome with Brand new roof, Breakfast Bar, 2 good size Bedrooms and Open Floor Plan. Bathrooms have been updates in color. Basement is partially finished and can be used as a extra living space. All appliances stays, including Refrigerator, Range, Washer, Dryer, Microwave & dishwasher. This is a great starter home. Located minutes from major shopping areas and highways. Just 15 minutes to Downtown Syracuse or Oneida...
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Posted on 12/02/2020
5425 Borgase Lane, Clay, NY 13041 is now new to the market!
Well kept Townhome with Brand new roof, Breakfast Bar, 2 good size Bedrooms and Open Floor Plan. Bathrooms have been updates in color. Basement is partially finished and can be used as a extra living space. All appliances stays, including Refrigerator, Range, Washer, Dryer, Microwave & dishwasher. This is a great starter home. Located minutes from major shopping areas and highways. Just 15 minutes to Downtown Syracuse or Oneida...
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Posted on 11/29/2020
Negotiating a Land Contract Vs. a Mortgage
Image by Shutterbug75 from Pixabay With a mortgage, a buyer is applying for financing to purchase the property in its entirety. They're relying on their credit and assets for approval before assuming responsibility of the full property. In a land contract, you're cutting out the need for a formal lender and relying on the seller to approve or...
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