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Thursday, May 16, 2019   /   by Loren Foxx

Considering a Second Home? Here's Why You Should

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 ...

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Wednesday, April 24, 2019   /   by Loren Foxx

10 Steps to the Perfect Open House

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 ...

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Thursday, March 14, 2019   /   by Loren Foxx

Negotiation Roadblocks

Sometimes in a real estate transaction, negotiations can stall! It’s frustrating to the buyer, the seller, and the Realtor - we all want to come up with the best possible solution and truly create a win-win-win. Here are some points when things get stuck, and occasional feedback on how we can un-stick them.

Low Offer. Sometimes a potential buyer walks in with an offer that is just too low to be realistic. The gulf between buyer and seller is vast, and no one can put pride aside and find middle ground. Ultimately, the seller finally decides to walk away from the offer with no other offer in hand… and weeks later, if the property is still available, drops the price. This isn’t always necessary! Sometimes it makes sense to go back to the original buyer with a counter, albeit a late one - because they were interested in the house.
Closing Date. Maybe a buyer is closing on the sale of their home, or the seller isn’t ready to close yet, or both. It’s ...

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Monday, February 11, 2019   /   by Loren Foxx

Staging Your Home on the Cheap

We all get used to watching the shows on HGTV where a home magically gets staged. It is really an overlooked piece of the home-selling process – and oftentimes it’s glossed over. Of course, on those shows, they have paid professionals who come in to stage the homes with all sorts of furniture and other items. While it’s not as easy as snapping your fingers to get your home staged, here are some very cost-effective ways to stage your home.

Reduce clutter. Sure, it might make things a little more complicated in the short run. But let’s face it, you’re already moving. Take the time to get things off surfaces in high-traffic areas, because it will allow potential buyers to focus more on the home – and less on your stuff.
Depersonalize. It may be a little painful to remove pictures from the walls. That walk down memory lane is hard! But to someone who’s buying a new home, it really lets them paint a mental picture of how their lives will be ther ...

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Wednesday, December 19, 2018   /   by Loren Foxx

How To Hygge

Winter in New Hampshire is cold. In the past couple of years, marketing types have seized on a Danish word that embodies coziness, warmth, and comfort: hygge. There is no 1:1 translation in the English language, but hygge (pronounced hue-ga) is a feeling of contentment that is brought on by little things like a warm cup of hot chocolate or your favorite sweatpants. There are many things you can do to encourage the feeling of hygge that has become a recent trend.

1. Candlelight. Danes will tell you that candlelight - not artificial fluorescent light - is a key to hygge. They would know... they burn more candle wax per capita than any other country. (Yes, someone actually counted). 

2. Throw blankets. Anything where you can bundle up inside while watching the latest Netflix saga or your favorite movies is perfect for creating the cozy, warm environment. Sweaters and socks are also crucial to creating this feeling.

3. Fireplaces or stoves. The flickering ...

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