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…

New Resolutions

By Sharon Quataert | December 31, 2019

Not Your Standard Resolutions 80% of New Year’s resolutions fail by February. So, how about making a resolution about something you will DO instead of NOT do? Here’s a few ideas: Volunteer and give more to charity – Check out the Villa of Hope . We adopt several individuals from the Villa each holiday season…

Home Renovations for Max ROI

By Sharon Quataert | December 9, 2019

With few exceptions, most people who are selling their homes are looking for that sweet spot of home improvements that is somewhere between getting maximum return on their effort for minimum cost and time. Read on for some of our top quick recommendations!  

Selling Your Home – Wait or No?

By Sharon Quataert | November 7, 2019

Thinking of Selling Your Home? The Waiting Is The Hardest Part. Tom Petty famously penned the words, “the waiting is the hardest part” in his early 80’s hit song The Waiting, and his thought process can surprisingly also be applied to individuals considering selling their homes today. Traditional thinking would suggest it may be best to wait until…

A Short History: Halloween

By Sharon Quataert | October 30, 2019

Halloween – Yet Another Fun Irish Tradition Halloween is based on the 5th century Gaelic festival of Samhain (sow-in). This festival marked the end of the harvest season and the beginning of the winter season when cattle were brought back from their summer pastures and livestock were slaughtered for the winter. According to Celtic mythology…

Now is a Great Time to Sell

By Sharon Quataert | October 7, 2019

Existing-Home Sales Report Indicates Now Is a Great Time to Sell The best time to sell anything is when demand for that item is high and the supply of that item is limited. The latest Existing-Home Sales Report released by the National Association of Realtors (NAR), reveals that demand for housing continues to be strong, but the supply is…