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Great news from one of the biggest mortgage regulators–the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has announced plans to make it easier for small and rural banks to provide home loans. The change will take time, but the bureau’s news is the latest in technical adjustments that are slowly loosening the reins on a tight mortgage market.
Carbutti & Co. website: Written by Liz Ernst for Jonathan Carbutti

Tips for Shopping for Appliances, Lighting and Fixtures to Upgrade Your Kitchen

Whether you’re remodeling your kitchen or simply replacing dated appliances, now is a great time to take advantage of some of the many price-busting post holiday sales! Shopping for appliances and fixtures like lighting, faucets, even a new sink can be fun and exciting at first, but can turn confusing and exhausting in no time. If you and your spouse or partner have different design ideas, attempts to find common ground can add friction to an already stressful task.

With 92 percent of Consumers Searching Online for Their Next Home, FSBO Comes of Age

For Sale By Owner (FSBO) is all grown up. Thanks to some pretty powerful technology and an ever-growing population of tech savvy and informed consumers, the time to challenge the status quo has arrived. The flood gates opened significantly over the past two years, when consumer use of online real estate searches reached an all-time high of 92 percent (2014) and crested to 60 percent for mobile and tablet usage on weekends. This tipping point has major implications for agents, brokers, and their

Prepare Your House for the Sizzling Summer Sale Season

If you’re planning to sell your house for sale by owner (FSBO)-style and hope to capitalize on the sizzling summer selling season, now is the time to get busy. In summertime, 60 percent of all homes are bought and sold, so get in on the action by taking these six essential steps now to be ready to sell in June. 1. Pack up the clutter and depersonalize the space Clutter is not conducive to a successful home sale. Free up as much space in your home as possible to give homebuyers the best possibl

What Does it Really Take to Successfully Sell Your Home FSBO?

Selling your home for sale by owner (FSBO)-style—that is, without an agent, is not only entirely possible, it’s easier today than it was in the past. The benefits of a FSBO home sale include a potentially great cost savings, since you will save the cost of the real estate agent’s commission—the largest expense home sellers are saddled with. If you’re considering an FSBO sale of your own home, it’s important to prepare yourself for the task at hand, a worthwhile effort if you’d like to keep that

What’s Changed with Home Sellers’ Need to Hire a Real Estate Agent? Plenty!

Home sellers and buyers are losing faith in realtors, and the days of the real estate cartel monopoly are numbered. This outcome was hastened by automatic valuations, and whether you think these valuations are accurate or not, buyers and sellers love looking at them. Determining your home’s value without an agent has become easy, even in non-disclosure states—it just might take a few extra clicks and a bit of sleuthing on your part. Cracks in the real estate industry’s wall are rapidly surfacin

How Real Estate Tech is Killing The Commission

Less than three years ago, user-friendly online technology advances, aggregated information, and open-source platforms were just getting popular with consumers looking to buy and sell homes. Now it’s standard fare in the real estate industry. Realtors® want their annual surveys to reflect that MLS is still the more effective listing space. But what their numbers don’t reflect is how many homes in the MLS system are being sold with flat fee services or sellers completely opting out of the MLS sy

4 of the Real Estate Industry’s Biggest FSBO Myths, Countered by Facts

The real estate industry, particularly the National Association of Realtors (NAR), has earned a reputation for fact fabricating when it comes to the for sale by owner (FSBO) market. Here’s what that’s about. We’re all familiar with the statement “Don’t believe everything you read.” We all come across articles in newspapers and on the internet that we know simply aren’t true, with titles like “Kim Kardashian has Three Alien Babies,” “Golden Eagle Snatches Baby in Park,” or “Samsung pays Apple $1

Is Your Home-Selling Agent a Super Hero or Just Collecting Fees?

Is your home-selling agent a superhero? As a property owner or investor, are you prepared to hand over the job of selling your home to someone who may list it for less than it’s worth, or skimp on the time spent marketing your listing—or both? I asked myself that question—and others—as I read a recent blog by Jason Calacanis about a realtor-listed home that sold for 15 percent over the asking price. My first question: was the home really underpriced or was it in a hot market or popular neighbor

Leveraging Professional Quality Real Estate Photos to Market Your FSBO Home to Buyers

Taking professional real estate photos of your property has never been more important. Before the Internet became the main venue for advertising homes for sale, buyers were limited to a brief description of a home in the local newspaper to decide whether to look at a property. Today, buyers are busier than ever, and they turn to online listings with professional real estate photos to narrow down their list of “must sees.” Considering their time limits and the countless number of listings avail

New .com’s End-to-End FSBO Solution Meets Growing Demand for No-agent Real Estate Sales

In response to the growing number of homeowners across the U.S. entering into the For Sale By Owner (FSBO) market in order to maximize their home sale profits, veteran real estate broker and author Sissy Lappin and her husband Mark launched ListingDoor. HOUSTON, April 26, 2016–A growing number of homeowners across the U.S. are entering into the For Sale By Owner (FSBO) market in order to maximize their home sale profits. According to a CNNMoney article titled, “For sale by owner: Homeowners dit

Home Staging to Attract Buyers and Maximize Sale Price

If you’re looking to sell your home faster and outshine your competition, home staging can go a long way toward that end. But first, start with paint, updated flooring, and replacing light fixtures, all inexpensive ways to refresh and renew a home without the hefty investment of replacing existing kitchens or bathrooms. A fresh coat of a neutral paint color throughout can instantly make a space appear updated and fresh, especially if walls are currently dark or wallpapered.

FSBO Timeline: Getting Your Home Ready to Sell and Maximizing your Home Value

Some homeowners consider the preparation to be the most dreaded part of selling their home, whether it’s an FSBO sale or otherwise; but it really doesn’t have to be. Planning ahead with our For Sale By Owner (FSBO timeline) can make all the difference in getting your house ready to attract buyers and earn top value dollar. Focusing on those areas that provide the most competitive bang for the buck over a manageable time period is key to making your home sale preparation not only do-able, but su

Real Estate: FSBO or Agent? The Difference Between Hope and Helplessness is 6 Percent

Why consider selling your home for sale by owner (FSBO)-style? When it comes down to your next real estate transaction, that 6 percent commission that might seem so insignificant when you first speak to a realtor about selling your home, but it can make a world of difference when it comes down to saving yourself and your family from financial ruin. It could be the difference between hope and helplessness for many homeowners looking to cash in on their home equity.
Carbutti & Co. website: Ghostwritten written by Liz Ernst for Jonathan Carbutti

Packing and Staging Your Home for Spring Listing

If you’re planning to list your home for sale this spring, take advantage of winter’s stay-inside weather by preparing  the house now. Here are some chores you can tackle now in preparation for a spring sale: If you don’t already know it, your home should be cleared of your personal belongings before you begin to show it. That means paper piles on the dining table, children’s artwork on the refrigerator, stuffed animals anywhere–you want to give potential buyers a place in which they can imagin
Carbutti & Co. website: Ghostwritten written by Liz Ernst for Jonathan Carbutti

You can sell your home during the holidays (here’s how)

Although everyone knows the holiday season is not supposed to be a good time to sell your home, sometimes there’s no choice. A job transfer, a family crisis in another part of the world—the unexpected happens and people find themselves listing their home in December. If you find yourself in this position, don’t despair. There are some advantages to selling during the holiday season provided you stage your home to your best advantage.
Carbutti & Co. website: Ghostwritten written by Liz Ernst for Jonathan Carbutti

Preparation for October Ghosts and Goblins Begins with Carving the Pumpkin

October in New Haven County is a beautiful site! The crisp, cooler air and the blazing colors of changing leaves can mean only one thing: Halloween time! Some New Haven County homeowners can’t get enough of the natural Halloween accouterments that are part and parcel to the rich, autumnal New England landscape. So, it’s not unusual to find jack-o-lanterns four, five or even six deep on your neighbor’s porch, ready to welcome visitors right up to trick-or-treat time.
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