Home Financing and Finding

Save Your Money

As you start thinking about buying a house, one of your first considerations will likely be affordability – can you afford a house payment on top of whatever debt you already have? Or, should you pay off the debt you have prior to getting home financing? And, if you decide to pay it off, what’s…

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Taking Care of Your Credit Score

Your credit and you

There are two essential components that make up a successful house purchase: finding the perfect home that fits your needs and being able to secure the funds necessary to buy it. For the first, you can depend on your Realtor® to help you find the right home in the right neighborhood for the right price.…

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The Back to School Home Sale

Preparing for a successful fall home sale The truth about the “After-Summer” market More often than not, buyers and sellers we work with in Rochester and western New York State are almost completely focused on June, July & August as the “must-sell” months. We agree that those are extremely popular and busy times to sell…

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Selling in Summer

Tips to make your home looks its best during the warm months Without question, summer in New York State is a great time to sell your home! From early spring through August, the Rochester real estate market is booming.  During this time of year, although you’ll see numerous open house events as properties come on…

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Reasons to Work With a Real Estate Professional

FSBO Sign

If you’re a fan of “reality TV” shows like Love it or List it, Flip or Flop and Flipping Out, we understand. There’s a sense of drama, entertainment and sometimes a financial windfall. It can be very tempting to jump into the real estate market with a false sense of confidence after watching these shows.…

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Renting vs Buying

Home Ownership, has long been considered a “must”, as part of the American dream. That however, assumes we all dream the same dream. You may think that because The Sharon Quataert Team sells so many homes that we want to sell a home to everyone. We just want to help you achieve whatever is best…

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Buy or Build, Lessons from Rochester’s Realtors

So you’ve searched the web on your own and visited numerous properties online. At this point you may have more questions than answers. What you wanted at the start was a home to purchase. But it’s clear that available homes are in shorter supply than potential buyers. Since 2016, home sales in general have remained…

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March 2018: Buyer FAQs

With more than 30 years of real estate experience, we’ve worked with so many people to help locate a new home or property. For first time buyers as well as those who haven’t been “in the market” for a while, there are so many questions. Below are some of those we hear most often. Q.…

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About the Home Inspection

Structure The home’s structure, including the foundation and the framing, should be able to stand up to weather, gravity, and the land that surrounds it. Exterior The licensed home inspector should look at sidewalks, driveways, steps, windows, doors, siding, trim, and surface drainage. They should also examine any attached porches, decks, and balconies. Roofing At…

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How To: Prepare to Buy a Home

Talk to mortgage brokers. Many first-time home buyers don’t take the time to get prequalified or preapproved which is even better. Sharon Quataert Realty has a list of trusted loan officers that we can rely on and we’d be happy to make a connection for you.  It’s important to ask plenty of questions and make…

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