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June 2019 - Real Estate Market Update from Jeff Belisowski

Real Estate Update – June 2019

by Jeff Belisowski with 0 Comments in June 12, 2019

There’s a famous television show from the 50’s and 60’s called Dragnet. It centres on the adventures of a no-nonsense cop who famously tells witnesses to give him, “Just the facts, ma’am. Just the facts.” He did that because facts were hard to get, yet very important to his job. These days, we live in a sea of information. “Google” just about any topic and you’ll get thousands of search results. There’s no shortage of information. But, it can still be difficult to get to the facts. Take real estate, for example. There’s a lot of news available about what’s...

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Blog - YOUR REAL ESTATE UPDATE - MAY 2019

May 2019 – Your Real Estate Update

by Jeff Belisowski with 0 Comments in May 10, 2019

May is finally here and things are starting to brighten up! If you’re like most people, this is the time of year when you start making plans for the summer. Perhaps you’re considering a vacation to somewhere exotic or adventurous. Maybe you’re just hoping to stay close to home to spend some extra quality time with family and friends. Whatever your plans are for the next few months, we wish you and your family a wonderful time. Speaking of a wonderful time, this is also a great time of year for real estate. As you may have already noticed, things...

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January 2019 - Real Estate News

My Real Estate Newsletter – January 2019

by Jeff Belisowski with 0 Comments in January 24, 2019

Happy New Year! I hope 2019 is a wonderful year for you and your family. I’m not sure what your plans are for the coming months. Chances are, you will need to speak to an expert in a specific field at some point during the year. For example, you might ask a gardening expert some questions later this spring, get some recommendations from a trusted investment advisor, or ask your doctor an important health question. It makes sense to take advantage of expertise when you need it. That’s why I’m here. When you need to talk to someone about real...

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Retrofitting Houses and Condos for Seniors

Retrofitting Houses and Condos for Seniors

by Jeff Belisowski with 0 Comments in September 30, 2018

Many seniors are reaching the stage in their lives when they are choosing to downsize their homes for lifestyle or financial reasons. Other seniors are faced with a more difficult decision. Health and/or mobility concerns may require them to either retrofit their existing home to meet their changing needs, or to seek a more accommodating home. The decision can be difficult because many simply don’t want to move. In such cases, especially if mobility challenges are arising, wheelchair accessibility may be necessary, not just at the home’s entrance, but under counters, in bathrooms, and through doorways as well. Ramps, elevators...

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Blog - 4 Affordable Ways to Prepare Your Home For Sale

4 Affordable Ways to Prepare Your Home for Sale

by Jeff Belisowski with 0 Comments in September 13, 2018

If you want to improve how your home shows to potential buyers, you don’t necessarily need to invest in a costly remodeling or renovation. In fact, there are some simple – and relatively inexpensive – things you can do to make your property look significantly better. Let’s take a look at some of the options available: 1. Paint it. There’s no doubt about it. A fresh coat of paint will significantly improve the appearance of just about any area of your home. In fact, compared to other home improvements, the painting will give you the highest return on investment when...

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Your Real Estate Update - August 2018

Your Real Estate Update for August 2018

by Jeff Belisowski with 0 Comments in August 30, 2018

August can be a busy month. It’s the time of year when many homeowners are putting the finishing touches on repairs, renovations, or remodeling projects. Of course, if you’re one of those homeowners, you’ll want to wrap those projects up before the fall. We may be able to help. We won’t be able to install your new light fixtures, or refinish your deck, but I do know many reputable designers, contractors, renovators and other professionals who can. So, if you’re looking for a recommendation, give me a call. I may be able to send you some names. In the meantime, enjoy the...

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Avoiding Waste When Watering Your Lawn

Avoiding Waste When Watering Your Lawn

by Jeff Belisowski with 0 Comments in July 30, 2018

HOME OWNER  TIPS & ADVICE The following tips will help you avoid waste when watering your lawn: Use a low-angle, pulsating sprinkler. Water sprayed high into the air produces a mist that loses much of its moisture through evaporation. Water the lawn, not the sidewalk or driveway. Lawns need about an inch of water per week. To determine how much watering time that requires, place an empty tuna tin within your sprinkler’s range, and note how long it takes to fill. When watering, account for recent rain. Use an automatic sprinkler system that allows you to adjust the area, frequency...

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Consumer Protection vs. Consumer Value

Consumer Protection vs. Consumer Value

by Jeff Belisowski with 0 Comments in July 23, 2018

Consumer Protection vs. Consumer Value It has become standard for retailers to offer low cost supplementary “insurance protection plans” on appliances and electronics. These plans may seem like a good idea, but before you buy one, be sure the plan actually offers real added value. Often, these plans overlap with other protection programs you already have. For example, reputable retailers usually sell products with solid manufacturer warranties, because they don’t want the bad reputation or the hassles that come from unhappy customers. In fact, in today’s competitive world, many retailers already have a “satisfaction guaranteed” policy built into everything they...

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Recognizing Potential Major Expenses in a New Home

Recognizing Potential Major Expenses in a New Home

by Jeff Belisowski with 0 Comments in July 18, 2018

Recognizing Potential Major Expenses in a New Home When you see a new home you like on the market, it’s easy to get distracted by all the features you love – the wrap-around backyard deck or the spacious recreation room that has plenty of space for entertaining. You just need to make sure that in all your excitement you don’t overlook any expensive maintenance issues that could be just around the corner. Nothing lasts forever. The major components of every home – from the furnace to the roof shingles – need to be replaced eventually. But, knowing when those maintenance...

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Judgements Buyers Make in the First 30 Seconds

Judgements Buyers Make in the First 30 Seconds

by Jeff Belisowski with 0 Comments in July 13, 2018

Judgements Buyers Make in the First 30 Seconds You’ve probably heard the expression, “You don’t get a second chance to make a first impression.” When it comes to selling your home, that is definitely true. In fact, a buyer will come to several conclusions about your property within the first few minutes of seeing it. That’s why it’s so important to make a good first impression. How do you do that? One of the best techniques is to pretend you’re a buyer. Drive up to your home. Open the door. Step into the foyer. Take a quick look around. Then...

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3 Reasons Why a House Isn’t Selling

3 Reasons Why a House Isn’t Selling

by Jeff Belisowski with 0 Comments in July 10, 2018

Have you ever driven by a For Sale sign and wondered, “That house has been on the market for a long time, I wonder why it isn’t selling”? You might have asked that question because you were worried the same thing would happen when you put your own house on the market! Often a home doesn’t sell for one of three reasons: 1. The price is too high. Sometimes a homeowner will set the listing price exceptionally high in the hopes of getting lucky. What happens instead, however, is potential buyers stay away. In today’s real estate market, a house...

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5 Things Home Buyers Want to See

5 Unexpected Things Home Buyers Want to See

by Jeff Belisowski with 0 Comments in April 20, 2018

 Today’s Buyers are Looking for These Things… If you’re planning on putting your home on the market, you probably know the basics of what buyers want to see. Clean and uncluttered rooms. Comfortable living room. Functional and spacious kitchen. Bright, modern bathrooms. However, there are some things that today’s buyers are looking for that you might not have considered. Here’s the rundown: Smart storage space. Today’s buyers love to see organized closets, attractive shelving, storage nooks, built-in bookshelves, linen closets, and other storage options that are as functional as they are attractive. Energy-efficient fixtures. Buyers are impressed by lighting that...

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How to Be a Savvy Home Viewer!

How to Be a Savvy Home Viewer

by Jeff Belisowski with 0 Comments in April 5, 2018

 It’s Wise to be Savvy! If you’re planning on finding your next dream home, then you’re probably going to view several homes on the market that meet your criteria. You will want to make the right purchasing decision for you and your family. So, it’s wise to be savvy when viewing properties for sale. Here are some ideas on how to do that: Bring a notepad. Take notes, not only of the home’s characteristics, but also of how you feel. For example, can you imagine yourself happily cooking up a storm in the kitchen? Do you see yourself entertaining family...

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5 Tips for Selling Your Home Quickly

5 Tips for Selling Your Home Quickly

by Jeff Belisowski with 0 Comments in April 5, 2018

 Get the SOLD Sign on Your Front Lawn Sooner!   There are several reasons why you may need to sell your home quickly. For example, a job change may require a speedy relocation to another city, or you may have purchased another property and don’t want to be stuck too long with two mortgages. Here are some tips that can help get the sold sign on your front lawn sooner: Be realistic with price. If you set the listing price higher than the current market value of your home, then you’re not going to get many, if any, viewers. You...

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It's the Little Things That Boost Curb Appeal

It’s the Little Things That Boost Curb Appeal

by Jeff Belisowski with 0 Comments in March 5, 2018

“Curb appeal”. You’ve probably heard that term used before. It refers to how valuable and enticing your house looks from the outside, typically from the perspective of a potential buyer “standing on the curb”. Many people focus on preparing the inside of their house for sale, and neglect preparing the outside.This is a mistake. Studies confirm that curb appeal has a huge influence over how quickly your house will sell, and for how much.  How do you improve curb appeal? You don’t need to do a major landscaping renovation! In fact, small improvements often make the biggest difference… improvements you...

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How to Avoid Costly Housing Mistakes During and After a Divorce

How to Avoid Costly Housing Mistakes During and After a Divorce

by Jeff Belisowski with 0 Comments in December 7, 2017

Divorce: What You Need to Know About Your House, Your Home Loan and Taxes How to Avoid Costly Housing Mistakes During and After a Divorce Get FREE Instant Access by completing the form on this page. Divorce is rarely easy and often means a lot of difficult decisions. One of the most important decisions is what to do about the house. In the midst of the heavy emotional and financial turmoil, what you need most is some non-emotional, straightforward, specific information and answers. Once you know how a divorce affects your home, your mortgage and taxes, critical decisions are easier. Neutral,...

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