Eliane Consalvo - KELLER WILLIAMS REALTY / Merrimack Valley

Posted by Eliane Consalvo on 7/23/2017

Looking for an effective way to boost your home's value? You can take a do-it-yourself (DIY) approach to numerous home improvement projects. By doing so, you can learn how to enhance your residence on your own without breaking your budget. In addition, there are many wonderful DIY home improvement projects that you can complete over the course of a given day, including:

  1. Adding a fresh coat of paint.
A blotchy, inconsistent paint job remains an eye sore that homebuyers are sure to notice. Fortunately, you can add a fresh coat of paint in any room of your home to give this space a fresh, clean look. You can pick up a gallon of paint, rollers, painter's tape and other painting supplies at any home improvement store. And ultimately, this home improvement project may allow you to bolster your home's value as well.
  1. Perform basic landscaping. 
For those who enjoy the great outdoors, cutting the grass, trimming the hedges and other landscaping projects offer an ideal opportunity to improve your home and work outside simultaneously. Basic landscaping is paramount for home sellers, and those who ignore landscaping tasks altogether may damage their home's value significantly. Remember, beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and homebuyers remain unlikely to purchase a residence with high grass and weeds scattered throughout its front yard and backyard. But home sellers who devote the necessary time and resources to perform basic landscaping tasks can improve the appearance of their home's exterior, and eventually, their home's value.
  1. Update fixtures.
Switch plates, outlet covers, curtain rods and other fixtures that have been in place for years could use an update. Luckily, you can pick up stunning fixtures that can easily be replaced and may make your home more appealing to homebuyers, too. Updating your residence's fixtures represents a fun day project for any ambitious home seller. Each fixture is usually inexpensive to purchase and can be installed quickly and effortlessly. Meanwhile, even a minor fixture replacement could make a big difference in the eyes of a homebuyer, particularly if this individual is searching for a residence with awe-inspiring, one-of-a-kind features.
  1. Replace cabinet knobs and drawer handles.
Who says you need to replace all of your kitchen cabinets and drawers to add a touch of glamour to your kitchen's décor? Comparatively, you can replace your kitchen cabinet knobs and drawer handles, which serves as a cost-effective alternative to a full-scale kitchen remodeling project. Revamping your kitchen hardware is essential for homeowners who have ignored their kitchen cabinet knobs and drawer handles for years. But with a simple hardware update, you can improve your kitchen's décor instantly.
  1. Pick up a new front door mat.
You only get one chance to make a first impression, so why not make the most of it? With a fun, exciting new front door mat, you can make a bold statement any time potential homebuyers check out your residence. Front door mats come in a variety of styles and designs, and you're sure to find one that suits your personality perfectly. Also, the right front door mat may help bring a smile to a homebuyer's face before he or she even enters your home, thus delivering a positive first impression. Take advantage of DIY home improvement projects, and you may be able to boost your home's value and help your residence stand out in a competitive real estate market.

Posted by Eliane Consalvo on 7/16/2017

Real estate agents help everyday people to shave hours off the house hunting and home buying process. When you partner with a real estate agent to buy a house, you also gain a handy contact who knows the ins and outs of the areas you're interested in moving to. A realtor can save you from having to research schools, visit community facilities, stop by shopping centers and check out entertainment and social spots in person.

Ink a deal with the best real estate agent

But, all realtors are not equally experienced, honest or concerned with getting you the best house and mortgage possible. Check out these signs that may reveal that you're working with a good realtor. A good real estate agent should exhibit most, if not all, of these signs:

  • Has an active license in the state she sales houses in. A good real estate agent also doesn't have a history of receiving customer complaints or licensing agency disciplinary actions.
  • Looks for the best house and mortgage deal for you instead of focusing solely on his commissions.
  • Does not engage in mortgage scams.
  • Are excellent active listeners. Even though real estate agents have more experience buying and selling houses than you may have,good realtors still listen to your opinions, suggestions and insights.
  • Share the amount of percentages that they will receive from the sale of a house
  • Tell you how they derive at comparables on houses that they show you, whether you are buying or selling your house.
  • Will not encourage you to sign mortgages that don't require you to put any money down on a house.
  • Make sure that houses that you are serious about buying receive a thorough inspection.
  • Tells you about the risks and benefits involved in buying a short sale house or a house in foreclosure.
  • Reviews the total costs of a house with you, including inspection, closing, marketing, lender fees, homeowners insurance and homeowners association fees.
  • Informs you of special types of insurance that you may need in an area. These insurance types include flood insurance, hurricane insurance and mud slide or earthquake insurance.
  • Understands how mortgage brokers work.
  • Knows whether it would be more beneficial for you to rent temporarily or until mortgage interest rates drop.
  • Doesn't get kickbacks from mortgage lenders.
  • Helps you to understand homeowners association rules and whether or not homeowners association fees are competitive.

If you're buying a house, a good realtor does more than find you the type of house that you're looking for. A good realtor looks for great mortgage deals for you. If you're selling your house, a good real estate agent uses her strong communications skills to write a compelling house listing for you. Both you and the buyer will benefit from the sale thanks to the real estate agent's reputable work. Above all, you'll feel confident to share the name and contact information of the realtor with people you know who are in the market to buy or sell a house.

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Posted by Eliane Consalvo on 6/25/2017

Long before Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter changed the way we communicate and share information, there existed traditional social networks.

Although it's an old-fashioned concept, its value and importance will never go out of style.

For homeowners, growing families, and senior citizens, having a small group of people you can consistently turn to for support can make problems smaller and challenges a lot easier to glide through. Not only that, but having a solid connection with a few good friends, family members, and neighbors can help keep your spirits up, through both good times and bad.

When it comes to being a homeowner, raising a family, and growing older, here are some specific reasons why staying in touch with your social contacts can make life easier, less expensive, and safer:

  • Getting recommendations: Whether you need a new dentist, dog groomer, or plumber, your chances of finding someone who's dependable and reasonably priced are much greater when you ask a friend, relative, or trusted neighbor. When you're just left to you're own devices to sift through Internet listings, online reviews, and advertisements, it can be pretty time consuming and frustrating. All things being equal, you're more likely to have a successful experience with a service provider who's been recommended to you, as opposed to going through the vetting process completely on your own.
  • Taking care of your house while your away: When you're on vacation or away from home for a long weekend, it's nice to have someone you can rely on to water your plants, take care of your pets, and check to see if your house is secure. They can also make sure you don't have newspaper deliveries, packages, or mail piling up in front of your house.
  • Knowing a neighbor you can trust: Having someone nearby who can help you in an emergency, take care of your kids if you can't get home on time, or keep on eye on your house while you're away is a vital resource.
  • Senior citizens need a support network: As we age and become less able to get around like we used to, a helping hand can make a big difference in our lives. The psychological benefits of having a social life at an older age have also been well documented. Social contact enhances the quality of life for senior citizens and can even contribute to longevity.
If you've recently moved to a new community, it may be worth your while to join a couple organizations, take an adult education class, meet a few of your neighbors, and become active in the community. As songwriters, poets, philosophers, and spiritual leaders have reminded us for generations, everyone needs the help of other people in different stages of our lives. Seventeenth century English poet, John Donne, said it the mostly concisely when he wrote "No man is an island."

Posted by Eliane Consalvo on 6/18/2017

Attending an open house is like going on a job interview. House sellers and their realtor may appear to be in total control of the process. But, that’s not the case. As a home buyer, you can put yourself in the driver’s seat by making a thorough review of the house. You can also ask home sellers or their realtor the following questions.

Answers to these open house questions could land you a great new homeowner deal

Several questions to ask realtors and home sellers can be asked as you walk through the house. It’s good to ask other questions after you have finished walking through the house and have a better idea of the house layout, features and amenities.

How many offers have you received on the house so far? Low interest in the house could be a sign that the house has problems or is located in a depressed neighborhood. It could also be a sign that the house just went up for sale or that you could get a good price for the house.

Why did you put your house on the market? Again, similar to a job interview, the answer to this question is revealing. Just as you’d want to know why someone left their job, find out why sellers want to part with their house.

Tell me how long your house has been on the market. Look to negotiate for a lower price if the house has been on the market for an extended period of time. This could prove to be a real bargaining chip.

Have you done anything since you put the house on the market to try to generate a sale? If so, what exactly did you do? Find out if the seller lowered the price on the house. Did they offer to pay the closing costs? Is the realtor advertising that the sellers will include appliances like a refrigerator, stove and oven or washer and dryer in to attract buyers?

More revealing questions to ask home sellers

How soon after the house is sold will the sellers be ready to move out of the house? Make sure that you can move into your new home when you’re ready.

Please tell me how long you have lived in the neighborhood. Also, ask what the neighbors are like.

What do you like best about the house and the neighborhood? Also ask sellers what they like east about the house and what they wish was different about the neighborhood.

Reach out to the home seller’s realtor if you want to schedule a private viewing of a house. Arrive to an open house early enough to give yourself time to explore the house fully. The last thing you want is to make a rush decision on a house. Another tip is to bring a relative or friend with you, someone who understands houses, including a house’s structure, pipes and wiring. Before you leave, meet with the realtor or house sellers and ask them the right questions. Answers to these questions provide you the information that you need to make a wise house buying decision.

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Posted by Eliane Consalvo on 6/13/2017

Picture perfect custom, Open Concept, Cape situated on a professionally manicured corner lot in sought after Pingry Hill neighborhood. Relax in your private backyard in the screened in gazebo overlooking a granite waterfall attached to a gunite pool. Landscaping is breathtaking. Home features a lst flr master with ceiling fan,custom and spacious walk in shower, and walk-in closet. Large bedrms with ceiling fans and walk in closets. Living room features a gas log fireplace and kitchen hosts a gourmet Viking stove. The sun room is just the place to enjoy reading or an afternoon treat while admiring the gorgeous surroundings. Custom blinds and hardwood floors throughout. Oversized 2 car garage. If you love entertaining, this is the perfect house for you. Many wonderful features, come and see it. Ready for immediate occupancy.

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