Mortgage Document Checklist

Mortgage documents....not sure what that means?  Not sure what's being asked of you to provide for your loan application?  The list of documents necessary to process your application is relatively short but it contains specific items that are needed.  And in some cases, you are given very specific directions like provide all pages...including the blank …

How to Shop for a Mortgage

After hitting record lows of 3.250% last year, mortgage rates have inched up a little and in the grand scheme of things...it is only a little!  The trend of course is upwards and like the stock market, it is not a straight line up, we have good days and bad days in the markets and Mortgage …

What is a Business Cycle?

The “Books” say an average business cycle is 44.4 months and we have lived through many of them. Some longer than that and some as short as a season in New England.  A business cycle is like the exhibit from our youth…“What makes an ocean wave, wave” at the New England Aquarium.  In the exhibit, …

Do I Really Need Title Insurance?

Title insurance is one of the important and least understood aspects of a real estate transaction. There are two types of title insurance; lenders’ coverage and owners’ coverage. Title insurance protects the lender and the owner against all types of title defects and also covers issues such as zoning, access, and protects the lender and …

Home Ownership….It’s still an American Dream

Every so often I come across information from other sources that I feel is relevant to what is going on in the economy in our area.  Today I want to share a great resource: the KCM blog.  In my opinion, their blog post today reaffirms that now is a great time to buy a home! …

Do’s and Don’ts of Septic System Care

I recently wrote about Understanding Title V in my blog.  Today, let’s talk about caring for your septic system.  Septic systems must be maintained regularly to stay working.  Any type of neglect or abuse can cause harm to you and others as well as to the environment.  Here are some simple maintenance guidelines to follow. …

6 Mistakes Sellers Should Avoid

Spring is here!!  It's a perfect time to make your move to downsize or upgrade.  If you're considering selling your home, now is a great time to get your home on the market.  And with so many homes on the market for sale, the seller needs to make their home stand out above the rest. …

10 Things to Remove Before Listing Your Home

Your home is your castle.  The furnishings, accessories, family photos, even the colors of your walls are all reflections of YOU!  When you decide to sell your home, you must take a step back and evaluate what your home will look like to potential buyers.  Most buyers can not see past the red walls, green …

Septic Systems: Understanding Title V

If you are not from New England, where it all began…you may not be familiar with Title V Regulation, Septic Tanks, Tight Tanks, Leaching Fields and so on.  ‘Homes that are not connected to a sewer system use septic systems or cesspools, both of which are regulated by the state Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and …

15 Interior Painting Tips and Techniques

It’s the spring market season.  A great time to spruce up your house before putting it on the market.  A fresh coat of paint is inexpensive and can transform a room from so-so to WOW!  I've painted many rooms and houses over the years; Here are a few tips that I have learned to help …