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 […]

What affects your home insurance?

What affects your home insurance?

Research suggests that about 1 in 20 homeowners will make an insurance claim each year. So while it may seem that your monthly home insurance expenses aren’t worthwhile, the chances of needing your insurance are higher than you might think. There’s are countless factors that influence your insurance rates, so here are few examples—some you’ve […]

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 […]

How do I Improve the Odds of a Real Estate Offer

How do I Improve the Odds of a Real Estate Offer

Sellers: How to improve the odds of an offer. Price it right. Set a price at the lower end of your property’s realistic price range and consider these points: Comparable properties: A “comp” is what real estate professionals call home sales that can be reasonably used to help determine the price of your home. But just because […]

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 […]

7 Questions to Ask When Considering Selling

7 Questions to Ask When Considering Selling

These questions will help you decide whether you’re ready for a home that’s larger or in a more desirable location. If you answer yes to most of the questions, you may be ready to move. 1) Have you built substantial equity in your current home? Check your annual mortgage statement or call your lender to […]

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 […]

Moving to Burlginton VT Blog Post

Moving to Burlington VT

Moving to Burlington VT – The Green Mountain State’s Cultural Hub! So you, or a friend, are thinking about moving to Burlington VT?  The City of Burlington is the hub of Vermont. When moving to Burlington, VT there’s always something to do with great activities, restaurants, and shows. What sort of benefits can living in this […]