Sunday, December 10, 2017

3 Tips for Making Your Dream of Buying A Home Come True

3 Tips for Making Your Dream Home a Reality [INFOGRAPHIC]


3 Tips for Making Your Dream Home a Reality [INFOGRAPHIC] | MyKCM

Some Highlights:

  • Realtor.com shared their “5 Habits to Start Now If You Hope to Buy a Home.”
  • Setting up an automatic savings plan that saves a small amount of every check is one of the best ways to save without thinking a lot about it.
  • Living within a budget will not only help you save money for down payments but will help you pay down other debts that might be holding you back.
~ Courtesy of Keeping Current Matters ~

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

How much of an impact would rising interest rates have if you planned to purchase a home? See chart...

Low Interest Rates Have a High Impact on Your Purchasing Power

According to Freddie Mac’s latest Primary Mortgage Market Survey, interest rates for a 30-year fixed rate mortgage are currently at 3.92%, which is still near record lows in comparison to recent history!
The interest rate you secure when buying a home not only greatly impacts your monthly housing costs, but also impacts your purchasing power.
Purchasing power, simply put, is the amount of home you can afford to buy for the budget you have available to spend. As rates increase, the price of the house you can afford will decrease if you plan to stay within a certain monthly housing budget.
The chart below shows what impact rising interest rates would have if you planned to purchase a home within the national median price range, and planned to keep your principal and interest payments between $1,850-$1,900 a month.
Low Interest Rates Have a High Impact on Your Purchasing Power | MyKCM
With each quarter of a percent increase in interest rate, the value of the home you can afford decreases by 2.5% (in this example, $10,000). Experts predict that mortgage rates will be closer to 5% by this time next year.

Act now to get the most house for your hard-earned money.


~keepingcurrentmatters.com~

Sunday, November 26, 2017

Access is an Important Factor in Getting Your House SOLD!



Access is an Important Factor in Getting Your House SOLD! | MyKCM
So, you’ve decided to sell your house. You’ve hired a real estate professional to help you with the entire process, and they have asked you what level of access you want to provide to potential buyers.
There are four elements to a quality listing. At the top of the list is Access, followed by Condition, Financing, and Price. There are many levels of access that you can provide to your agent so that he or she can show your home.

Here are five levels of access that you can give to buyers, along with a brief description:

  1. Lockbox on the Door – this allows buyers the ability to see the home as soon as they are aware of the listing, or at their convenience.
  2. Providing a Key to the Home – although the buyer’s agent may need to stop by an office to pick up the key, there is little delay in being able to show the home.
  3. Open Access with a Phone Call – the seller allows showings with just a phone call’s notice.
  4. By Appointment Only (example: 48-Hour Notice) – Many buyers who are relocating for a new career or promotion start working in that area prior to purchasing their home. They often like to take advantage of free time during business hours (such as their lunch break) to view potential homes. Because of this, they may not be able to plan their availability far in advance or may be unable to wait 48 hours to see the house.
  5. Limited Access (example: the home is only available on Mondays or Tuesdays at 2pm or for only a couple of hours a day) – This is the most difficult way to be able to show your house to potential buyers.
In a competitive marketplace, access can make or break your ability to get the price you are looking for, or even sell your house at all.

~keepingcurrentmatters.com~

Monday, November 20, 2017

Things to Know, and What to Do, Before Buying a House







A real estate professional, like Rob Rosa, can help you decide upon your wants and needs.



Rob Rosa

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties

Direct Phone - 860-558-2122

Email - robrosa@bhhsne.com



Visit http://CTRealEstateSelling.com for more info.

Homeownership 101 | Tax Deductions for Homeowners

Ceramic Countertops? Linoleum?

Those ceramic tile countertops are just not loved anymore. Now's the time to do an update. Let me know if you need a referral. I know a great granite countertop guy!


6 Outdated Features in Your Clients’ Homes
Home buyers say they want the latest design trends in their next property—but 70 percent admit to having outdated features in their current house, according to a new consumer survey by home builder Taylor Morrison. The most common of these outdated features are:
  1. Linoleum floors (40 percent)
  2. Popcorn ceilings (29 percent)
  3. Wood paneling (28 percent)
  4. Ceramic tile countertops (28 percent)
  5. Shag carpeting (19 percent)
  6. Avocado green appliances (8 percent)


“This is why real and virtual house hunting is so popular,” says Taylor Morrison Chair and CEO Sheryl Palmer. “We all love to daydream and envision ourselves in a beautiful new environment. But keeping up with ever-evolving preferences for paint colors, home features, new technologies, and how we expect to use our homes over the years is difficult. We also know that home interior preferences vary by generation, by home style, by region, and even by city.”
Taylor Morrison found that the features home buyers say they most desire are:
  1. Better energy efficiency (62 percent)
  2. Personalized floor plans (58 percent)
  3. Easier maintenance (56 percent).
Also, the interior features home shoppers called most essential are:
  1. Wood flooring (65 percent)
  2. USB and Ethernet ports (44 percent)
  3. Whirlpool tub (36 percent)
  4. Sun room (34 percent).
Source: “Home Is Where the Shag Carpet Is?” BUILDER (Nov. 16, 2017)

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Just Listed Updated Cape in Hartford, CT





Great starter home or investment - many updates in past few years and gas heat! #hartford #homeselling #robrosa #realestate #BerkshireHathaway #goodtoknow



Just Listed - 3 bed, 1 bath, 1,008 square feet at 68 Hanmer St, Hartford, CT


Rob Rosa of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties

http://CTRealEstateSelling.com

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Hartford County - October Results

Hello All, the average Days On Market for homes that sold in Hartford County during October was 72. The average Closing Price was $243,231.


Friday, November 3, 2017

Six Degrees Donation

Food Bank Donation………..Kathryn Carfi accepted a $250 donation on behalf of the Glastonbury FoodBank from the Six Degrees Glastonbury Business Networking Group on September 26th.  The local networking group makes this contribution to the FoodBank twice per year. 

Pictured (l-r) are Theresa Buckson (Town of Glastonbury) and networking group members Rob Rosa, Brian Peters, Mike Soderlund, Kathryn Carfi (Town of Glastonbury), Brent Berti, Greg Allen, Marilyn Arenson, Utpal Parekh, and Tom Stawarski. For more information about Six Degrees Glastonbury you can call Utpal Parekh @ 860-280-2999 or email members@sixdegreesglastonbury.com.


Wednesday, November 1, 2017

This home in Coventry didn't lose power and the price has been reduced!





Serene living in this beautiful Colonial in a country neighborhood setting. The kitchen has been remodeled with gorgeous granite countertops, tile back splash and opens to an eat-in area overlooking a huge deck for plenty of sunshine. The spacious living room has gleaming hard wood floors and a captivating brick and custom wood mantle fireplace. A large formal dining room is perfect for entertaining, is right off the kitchen and has beautiful hardwood floors as well. A 1/2 bath with new vanity and 1st floor laundry makes for easy living too! The 2nd floor offers a huge master bedroom with cathedral ceiling, double closets (incl. walk in) and a master bath. The 2 additional good size bedrooms have plenty of closet space and a full bath. Lower level is heated, has a family room with a wet bar, cherry entertainment center, large closet for extra storage and an office. The charming front porch is perfect to relax on while overlooking a level well-kept yard. Generator hook-up, oversized 2 car garage and a private backyard. Additional improvements in the past few years include a new well, paved driveway, trex front porch, trex deck, large wood storage shed (16X10) and gorgeous landscaping. This home is even conveniently located close to Coventry Lake and recreation facilities. Don't miss this 3 bedroom, 2 1/2 bath well-maintained home. It's easy to show too!



Contact Rob Rosa at robrosa@bhhsne.com or by phone at 860-558-2122 to set up a showing today!  http://CTRealEstateSelling.com

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

17 Carol Drive, Manchester, CT 06040 - MLS 170024149 | Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties

17 Carol Drive, Manchester, CT 06040 - MLS 170024149 | Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties



Just Listed!  Beautiful home with updates galore including a gorgeous fully renovated kitchen with tile backsplash, double sink, custom cherry cabinets, granite countertops and stainless steel appliances. Sit at the breakfast bar overlooking a huge family room with a vaulted ceiling and plenty of windows for natural sunlight. Relax with a view of your patio and large level, fully fenced-in yard with a garden area that gets plenty of sun. The home is easy living with a bedroom and full bath that has been totally renovated on the main living level. The large living room with a large bay window and dining room with a built-in hutch, both with gleaming hard wood floors, make the home a perfect place to entertain. The upper level includes two huge bedrooms each with built-ins and sitting areas and a renovated half bath. There's plenty of living space with a partially finished lower level, working coal stove and laundry room too!  Contact Rob for a showing today!




Need info on Timing Your Home to Sell

This Home Seller’s infographic will help you know when to:

• Pick a listing date
• Begin researching comps
• Hire an agent (ME or a Rosa Associates Team Member of course!)
• Start packing and declutter the home
• Review your finances
…and more!
Contact Rob Rosa at 860-558-2122, robrosa@bhhsne.com or visit http://CTRealEstateSelling today!


Support My Sister's Place

Front Street Stroll Fundraiser - This WEDNESDAY! October 18th | 5pm-8pm | Start at Ted's Montana Grill, Hartford
Join Realtors®, real estate professionals and friends for a stroll around Front Street in Hartford to support My Sister's Place, a community based organization in the north end of Hartford with a commitment to the well being of women, families and others, supporting their move to permanent housing and integrated community membership. The fundraiser will also support a scholarship program for a new REALTOR®. $20 admission fee gets you food and give-aways from our sponsors! The stroll includes the following locations: Ted's Montana Grille (Freedom Mortgage), Bears BBQ (Mancini, Provenzano & Futtner), NIXS (The Young Agency).



Jannette and I will be there. Let me know if you want to join us and I can help you get registered.

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

September Award Winners

We are excited to announce our September 2017 Top Listing, Rob Rosa, & Top Selling Agent, Sarah Kimball. Both Sarah and Rob are dedicated agents who stand out for their professionalism and their commitment to customer service. CONGRATULATIONS!
Visit http://CTRealEstateSelling.com


Friday, September 29, 2017

90 DAYS LEFT...

90 DAYS LEFT to make those real estate moves in 2017...think about your taxes and those goals you made in January. Contact me to make it happen in 2017!


Contact Rob Rosa easily by calling or texting 860-558-2122, email is robrosa@bhhsne.com and learn more about us at http://CTRealEstateSelling.com