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January
23

Basement Upgrades

One of the biggest goals people make in the new year is to do some work/remodeling on their home. For instance, your basement. Right now, you're just using it to store old boxes and things you can't think of anywhere else to put. Wouldn't it be nice if you could turn it into something fun or functional for your home? Here are a few ideas for your basement this year.

  1. Second Living Room
    Your basement typically has more space than the rooms on the main floor, so if you're looking for a place to relax and spend time with your family, or entertain guests, try turning your basement into a second living room. Add some ca...

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January
23

Once you decide to sell your house, your to-do list starts expanding—rapidly. While you naturally want to make your home as appealing as possible to potential buyers, you also need to make sure you aren't filling your plate with unnecessary tasks. If you've found yourself wondering if you really need to fix this or that, keep reading!   

What to Fix:

Major issues with the home's systems and structure  

Fixing major problems with your home's systems (electrical, plumbing, HVAC, etc.) or structure (foundation, roof, etc.) is at the top of th...

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January
16

Maine Beaches

During the summer, Maine's beaches are lively, crowded places, full of life, and packed with visitors enjoying all that the warm weather has to offer. But what about winter? A beach day may not be the first thing that springs to mind during the winter, but this is actually a fantastic time to see your favorite Maine beaches from a new perspective.

The beaches are much quieter places in the winter, perfect for nature walks, beach combing, nature photography, and quiet contemplation. Our real estate agents ...

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January
13

Open houses are an excellent way to show potential buyers what there is to love about your home. If you are planning on hosting one in the near future and looking for tips on how to make it successful, you have come to the right place. 

The Masiello Group has many years of experience turning open houses into sold ones, and here are a few things we have learned along the way. 

Carefully choose your date and time.

It's no secret that weekends are the most popular choice for hosting an open house because on weekdays, potential buyers are likely to be found going to work, picking the kids up from school, running errands, etc. 

Yes, people are sti...

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January
13

How to Research Homes When Relocating

Relocation offers exciting opportunities for a new lifestyle. But, as the saying goes, location, location, location! Knowing how to research homes effectively saves time and

The post How to Research Homes When Relocating appeared first on Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Life.

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January
9

Painting Tips

Painting, whether it's indoors or out, is a great way to give your home a fresh new look. While it's relatively easy and inexpensive to update your home with paint, there are some pitfalls you'll need to pay attention to. Here are a few tips from our real estate agents for avoiding common painting issues.

  • Runs in the Paint
    Runs in the paint are an extremely common issue that most, if not all, do-it-yourselfers experience at some point. Runs are usually a sign that you're laying the paint on too...

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January
9

After your down payment, closing costs, and other additional fees, buying a home adds up. But there are some pretty great benefits to being a homeowner too. These tax deductions can potentially save you thousands of dollars when all is said and done. Let's take a closer look at seven of them and what they mean for you. 

#1 Mortgage Interest

Do you have a mortgage? Great. You will definitely want to take advantage of this one. Part of your monthly payment works to cover what you've borrowed, but another part of it is dedicated to paying off interest. 

As a single or married homeowner that is filing jointly, you can deduct interest that is paid on up to $750,000 of your balance. If you are marri...

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January
3

New Hampshire Winter

Winter is a wonderful time around New Hampshire, whether you're interested in spending time on the slopes, seeing the sights, or enjoying some of the many other great activities that are only available when the weather turns cold. This is the perfect time of year to experience the natural beauty of New Hampshire from a new perspective and perhaps even pick up a new hobby that you can enjoy for many winters to come.

Our real estate agents have all of the details on some of the most exciting winter adventures tha...

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