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How High Tech Home is Your Home?

How High Tech Home is Your Home? How High Tech Home is Your Home? If the latest technology or entertainment options are important in your new home, add the following questions to your buyer’s checklist. 1. Are there enough jacks in every room for cable TV and high-speed Internet hookups? 2. Are there ample telephone extensions or […]

Specialty Mortgages

Specialty Mortgages: Risks and Rewards In high-priced housing markets, it can be difficult to afford a home. That’s why a growing number of home buyers are forgoing traditional fixed-rate mortgages and standard adjustable-rate mortgages and instead opting for a specialty mortgage that lets them “stretch” their income so they can qualify for a larger loan. […]

Tips for Finding the Perfect Neighborhood

Tips for Finding the Perfect Neighborhood Your neighborhood has a big impact on your lifestyle. Follow these steps to find the perfect community to call home. Is it close to your favorite spots? Make a list of the activities — movies, health club, church, etc. — you engage in regularly and stores you visit frequently. See […]

Does Moving Up Make Sense?

Does Moving Up Make Sense?  These questions will help you decide whether you’re ready for a home that’s larger or in a more desirable location. If you answer yes to most of the questions, it’s a sign that you may be ready to move. 1. Have you built substantial equity in your current home? Look at […]

5 Property Tax Questions You Need to Ask

        5 Property Tax Questions You Need to Ask 1. What is the assessed value of the property? Note that assessed value is generally less than market value. Ask to see a recent copy of the seller’s tax bill to help you determine this information. 2. How often are properties reassessed, and when […]

Open House Safety Tips

Open House Safety Tips An open house can be a great sales tool, but it also exposes you to numerous unfamiliar people for the first time. Stay safe by practicing these guidelines. Call the local police department and ask them to have a squad care drive by during your open-house hours. Check your cell phone’s strength and signal […]

Lender Checklist: What You Need for a Mortgage

Lender Checklist: What You Need for a Mortgage W-2 forms — or business tax return forms if you’re self-employed — for the last two or three years for every person signing the loan. Copies of at least one pay stub for each person signing the loan. Account numbers of all your credit cards and the […]

5 Feng Shui Concepts to Help a Home Sell

5 Feng Shui Concepts to Help a Home Sell To put the best face on a listing and appeal to buyers who follow feng shui principles, keep these tips in mind. 1. Pay special attention to the front door, which is considered the “mouth of chi” (chi is the “life force” of all things) and one […]

52 Belair Lane, Staten Island

Just a few minutes to the Verrazano Bridge sits this charming 3 bedroom single family semi attached home. The first level of this home hosts the garage, a half bath and a den. Second floor hosts a large living room/dining room combination, which is currently being used as an oversized living room. An additional half […]

6 Creative Ways to Afford a Home

6 Creative Ways to Afford a Home 1. Investigate local, state, and national down payment assistance programs.  These programs give qualified applicants loans or grants to cover all or part of your required down payment. National programs include the Nehemiah program, www.getdownpayment.com, and the American Dream Down Payment Fund from the Department of Housing and Urban […]