Return on improvement

Return on improvement

If you plan to remodel or update before selling your home, you have to find the balance between what’s appropriate and what qualifies as over-im...

December 3rd, 2016 |  


Freebie treasures: finding beauty and value in repurposing

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — OK, I admit it. I pick up castoff gloves I find along the side of the road.You never know: These gloves that have blown ou...

December 3rd, 2016 |  


Thinking of shrinking

Thinking of shrinking

There are lots of reasons that people choose to downsize. It could be retirement, a recently emptied nest, or just plain “maintenance fatigue.&#...

November 18th, 2016 |  


Don’t chase the market down

Don’t chase the market down

Buyer’s market or seller’s market - the simple fact is that your home is worth only what a buyer will pay for it and hopefully the apprais...

November 11th, 2016 |  


Don’t go home without it

Don’t go home without it

These days, ordering an inspection when you have an accepted contract is not only recommended, it’s critical. Otherwise, you’re relying on...

November 4th, 2016 |  


Photography 101

Photography 101

They say a picture is worth a thousand words, but in real estate, a picture could be worth a thousand dollars or more. Most agents aren’t photog...

October 28th, 2016 |  


Reaching the finish line

Reaching the finish line

My last column got you started on your purchase by determining how much you could afford, getting loan pre-approval, and finding the right agent to to...

October 22nd, 2016 |  


If they should ask

If they should ask

When you tell friends and family you’re going to buy or sell a home, and they ask, “Why are you working through a real estate agent when y...

October 18th, 2016 |  


Start at the beginning

Start at the beginning

What’s the first question you ask yourself when you’re ready to buy a home? It should be, “How much can I afford?” Without tha...

October 15th, 2016 |  


Reaching the finish line

Reaching the finish line

My last column got you started on your purchase by determining how much you could afford, getting loan pre-approval, and finding the right agent to to...

October 14th, 2016 |