How to prepare for house-hunting

How to prepare for house-hunting

Know that there’s no “right” time to buy. If you find the perfect home now, don’t risk losing it because you’re trying to guess where the housing market and interest rates are going. Those factors usually don’t change fast enough to make a difference in an individual home’s price. Don’t ask for too many opinions. It’s […]

7 Reasons to Work With a REALTOR®

7 Reasons to Work With a REALTOR®

REALTORS® aren’t just agents. They’re professional members of the National Association of REALTORS® and subscribe to its strict code of ethics. This is the REALTOR® difference for home buyers: 1. Ethical treatment Every REALTOR® must adhere to a strict code of ethics, which is based on professionalism and protection of the public. As a REALTOR®’s […]

7 Reasons to Own a Home

7 Reasons to Own a Home

1. Tax benefits: The U.S. Tax Code lets you deduct the interest you pay on your mortgage, your property taxes, and some of the costs involved in buying a home. 2. Appreciation: Historically, real estate has had a long-term, stable growth in value. In fact, median single-family existing-home sale prices have increased on average 5.2 percent each […]

Financing a Home

Financing a Home

Buyers: Are you prepared to finance a home? Develop a budget: Use receipts and your banking transaction history to create a budget that reflects your actual habits over the last several months. This approach will better factor in unexpected expenses alongside more predictable costs such as utility bills and groceries. You’ll probably spot ways to save, whether […]

9 Questions to Ask When Considering a Condo or HOA

9 Questions to Ask When Considering a Condo or HOA

Condominiums, townhomes, and properties located within a homeowner association offer certain perks, but it’s important to consider them in your decision process. 1) How much storage is available? Some properties include storage lockers, but there may not be attics or basements to hold extra belongings. 2) How’s the outdoor space? Your yard may be smaller […]

Five things to do right after closing - Sarah Harrington Real Estate

Five things to do right after closing

If you just bought your first home, you’re probably still celebrating and feeling the sense of pride and accomplishment that comes with home ownership. You’re shopping for furniture, drawing up plans for renovations … but wait! There are some important tasks to cross off your list before you get to the fun stuff. 1) Change […]

Get to Know: Burlington’s South End Neighborhood

Burlington’s South End Neighborhood is a great mix of residential areas and business sections, new restaurants, and lots of improvement! While Burlington, Vermont is a relatively small city (pop. of around 42,500), it is made up of some pretty distinct and interesting neighborhoods, each with their own character. The aptly named “South End,” is located […]