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How Do You Increase the Value of Your Home?

By Sharon Quataert | May 26, 2020

Your home will likely be one of the largest and most expensive assets you’ll ever own, so it’s important to ensure that you keep its value even with other homes that are similar to it in your neighborhood. As you start seeing other homeowners making upgrades to the inside or outside of their property, it’s…

Top Two Things Home Buyers Should Do Right Now

By Sharon Quataert | May 19, 2020

The last few months’ health crisis has consumers remembering the economic slowdown of 2008. This slowdown, however, is very different from 2008 because this slowdown was created by a health crisis as opposed to a housing crisis. One thing the experts seem to agree on is that despite a decline in economic activity in the…

Why the Housing Market Is a Powerful Economic Driver

By Sharon Quataert | May 12, 2020

With businesses starting to slowly open back up again in Rochester, it’s important to understand how housing can have a major impact on the recovery of the U.S. economy. As we’ve mentioned before, buying a home is a driving financial force in this process. Today, many analysts believe one of the first things we’ll be able…

Can I Sell My Home Now?

By Sharon Quataert | April 22, 2020

What If I Need to Sell My Home Now? What Can I Do? Every day that passes, people have a need to buy and sell homes. That doesn’t stop during the current pandemic. If you’ve had a major life change recently, whether with your job or your family situation, you may be in a position…

Should I Skip My Mortgage Payment?

By Sharon Quataert | April 21, 2020

It was announced a short while ago that banks will waive mortgage payments for 90 days. Does this really mean that you can just stop paying  your mortgage and everything will be ok? NO! For the best information about what the banks REALLY meant for you to do, we’re relying on the always smart advice…

What’s With The Mortgage Rates?

By Sharon Quataert | March 24, 2020

For the past few years, we’ve benefitted from historically low mortgage interest rates. When the Federal Reserve lowered the interest rate on March 15th, some people thought that the mortgage rates would take yet another dive as well. While they initially did, it had nothing to do with the Federal Reserve lowering their rate. The…

Who Was Saint Patrick?

By Sharon Quataert | March 12, 2020

As we approach the Irish High Holy Day Of Days, St. Patrick’s Day, we thought we’d let you know a bit about the man, the myths and legends! He Was Born Where? Patrick was neither born in Ireland nor was his name originally Patrick. He was born in Roman Britain (basically modern day England) and…

When Is The Best Time To Sell Your Home?

By Sharon Quataert | March 1, 2020

If you’ve ever considered selling your home, you’ve likely procrastinated about it for months and sometimes even years. It’s a big step. Is now the best time? Will the market change? Where would we move to? These are all questions that likely pop into your head. It can be too much to consider and as…

Luxury Market Forecast

By Sharon Quataert | January 15, 2020

2020 Luxury Market Forecast At the end of last year, many homeowners found themselves with more equity in their homes than they expected, while at the same time their wages were on the upswing. Uniting those two factors has sparked more than a few homeowners to think about making a move to a larger or…

Dreaming of a New Home

By Sharon Quataert | January 7, 2020

Is This Some Kind of Dream? I encourage my real estate clients to not be in a big hurry when thinking about selling their home. It’s extremely exciting to think about a new home in a new neighborhood but you don’t want to get too excited about selling the current house unless you’ve casually looked…