Thursday, June 13, 2019 / by Loren Foxx
"There's mold." That can be a frightening word for both a buyer and a seller. But not all molds are created equal, and the mere mention of mold shouldn't be a reason for buyers (or sellers) to run for the hills. Did you know that 50% of the homes in the United States have some kind of mold?
There are more than 10,000 species of mold in North America, and molds that grow in your home are different from the ones that grow in the woods. Different species of molds grow in different conditions, which makes sense. But just because there's mold doesn't mean it's harmful or impossible to fix.
Most molds fall into five types:
- Alternaria, which grows in damp places that have suffered water damage and cause allergies and asthma;
- Aspergillus, which is the most common type of mold that's found indoors and can cause lung inflammation;
- Cladosporium, which grows in cool areas and appears on fabrics or curtains;
- Penicillium, which is blue or green and can be found ...
Thursday, May 16, 2019 / by Loren Foxx
This time of year, we are all planning vacations. Well, most of us, anyway. (For some of us, this is busy season.) If you’re thinking of planning a vacation, and take a vacation or two every year, it can be a rather costly proposition. If you have somewhere you love to be, sometimes it makes sense to investigate a second home. Here are three reasons why investing in a second home can make more sense than plowing additional funds into a vacation every year.
One of the reasons that was buried in the first paragraph was the word “investment.” If you buy the right home in the right place, your second home can provide two things: equity and revenue. If you purchase a second home and are confident that the home’s value will increase, every monthly payment you make will increase your equity in the home. As well, in some locations you can use the property to generate income. Online tools like VRBO, HomeAway, and Airbnb make it easier than ever to find tenants for y ...
Wednesday, April 24, 2019 / by Loren Foxx
When you schedule an open house, it’s not as simple as it sounds. Yes, we schedule a time for it, and yes, we display signs in the surrounding neighborhood. But there’s way more to it to ensure it is successful for a seller. Ready, set, go!
Make sure the property is accessible and that there’s parking. Yes, you may want your trailer to be out because you’re planning a trip (or maybe you’re living in there to keep the house clean… now there’s a thought). But if a trailer’s taking space away from parking for potential buyers, it is a deterrent for them actually walking into the house and viewing it! Not to mention, there’s more opportunity for buyer’s remorse before they even walk in.
Marketing! Not as easy as it used to be. But there are plenty of cool ways we ca ...
Wednesday, April 10, 2019 / by Loren Foxx
At the Cisneros Realty Group, we handle transactions of all sizes, ranging from land in the North Country to luxury homes on Lake Winnipesaukee. We realize that not all transactions are created equal. A homeowner who is purchasing a first home and enjoying the positive aspects of homeownership has different needs, and different questions, than someone purchasing a second home.
Luxury homes are entirely different than a more typical single family home, and can be far more intricate. The purchasers and sellers typically have very defined wants and needs, and many of these homes were built to suit the current owners. There are many features customized for the luxury homeowner that may not be suitable for all potential homebuyers.
The luxury real estate seller agent must thoroughly inventory the home they are listing to ensure that these features are catalogued appropriately. It is critical that the agent understand the seller’s why - why those items were part of the home t ...
Friday, March 29, 2019 / by Loren Foxx
Purchasing a second home in the New Hampshire Lakes Region or White Mountains is a great idea! These regions offer four-season recreation, including leaf peeping, skiing (just ask Krista Karnan), lake access, and more! Plus, these properties can provide investment income with low upfront startup costs. Learn more from Krista and Jessica Peznola in this video from the Cisneros Realty Group.