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December
27

new years eve

Can you believe that it's already almost time to ring in 2023? With New Year's celebrations fast approaching, now is the perfect time to start planning for how you will cap off the holiday season this year. Northern New England communities will be going big with the New Year's celebrations, with events for all ages and celebrations to suit every taste. Our real estate agents have all of the exciting details on some of the best Northern New England New Year's events to look forward to as we turn the page to 2023.

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December
21

It's a scenario you were hoping to avoid: After a long search, you finally located the perfect property—only to be outbid by another buyer. Multiple buyers competing for the same property can lead to a bidding war, and buying in a seller's market (where the demand for homes exceeds the available supply) increases the likelihood of getting into one. Let's look at a few strategies that you can use to increase your chances of victory should you find yourself in a bidding war.

Have your pre-approval letter ready

If you qualify, make sure that you have mortgage pre-approval before you start shopping for a home. Unlike pre-qualification, pre-approval offers a precise look at your approved mortgage amount. Essentially, it shows that you've done the w...

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December
21

Renovating your home can be a massive undertaking—especially on top of buying, selling, and moving—so it's important to know whether the payoff will be worth your hard work and money spent. Ultimately, you want to make improvements that add enough value to increase the overall asking price of your home. Keep reading to find out which home renovations are most likely to get you a return on investment.

Add square footage, or improve what you already have

It shouldn't come as a surprise that increasing livable square footage will add major value to your home. Adding high-value space like another bedroom or bathroom or expanding a room like the kitchen will almost always pay off. But if you don't have the time, budget, or space to go bigger,...

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December
19

2023 Move

From the small towns to the big cities, Northern New England is a wonderful place to call home. There's so much to see, so much to do, and so many people to meet, all spread over a landscape that's as diverse as it is beautiful. If you've been thinking about joining the many new residents moving to Northern New England in recent years, then you've picked an excellent time to make the big move. Our real estate agents have some extra motivation for you, with our 7 reasons to move to Northern New England in 2023.

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December
19

Your renting days are over, and you feel ready to take on the journey of homeownership. But before you can commit to finding your dream home, there are a few things you might want to address. Having worked with first-time buyers like you for over 50 years, we have found these questions to be some of the most vital. 

Q: Am I ready to buy a home?

This may seem like an obvious one, but all the same important. Why? Because becoming a homeowner means taking on new responsibilities, and that shouldn't be taken lightly. Here are a few follow-up questions to help determine your readiness. 

- Am I ready to maintain a home?

- Do I have a steady income/stabl...

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December
16

What Is Three Kings Day? 4 Ways to Celebrate This Year

Some people take down their Christmas decor on Boxing Day—but the Christmas season isn’t over quite yet! If you’re familiar with “The Twelve Days of

The post What Is Three Kings Day? 4 Ways to Celebrate This Year appeared first on Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Life.

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December
12

So, your offer on your new home has been accepted and is now in escrow—congratulations! If you aren't already familiar with the home-buying process, you might be asking yourself, "What exactly IS escrow?" In this blog, we'll explain what it means for your offer to be in escrow and what you can expect during that process.   

What Is Escrow? 

Escrow is a third-party service that is part of every real estate transaction. Once a buyer and seller arrive at a purchase agreement, they bring in a third party, the escrow agent. The escrow agent collects a deposit from the buyer that is a small percentage of the agreed-upon purchase price. In return, the seller takes the property off the market. Until the purchase process is complete...

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December
12

Stocking Stuffers

For many, gifts are an important part of holiday celebrations. Stocking stuffers, in particular, can be so much fun to give and receive. These gifts can be quite meaningful, even if they are not large or expensive. You can stuff them in a stocking or even fill a gift basket with them. If you find yourself running short on stocking stuffer ideas, consider taking a DIY approach. Here are a few DIY stocking stuffer ideas to spark your creativity.

  1. Painted Pencils
    There's something refreshing about using a brand-new pencil. If that pencil has been hand-painted by someone you love, it will feel e...

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