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Design a Functional Potting Bench
Posted on 02/16/2020
Design a Functional Potting Bench
Photo by Neslihan Gunaydin on Unsplash If you're like most homeowners who enjoy cultivating an attractive yard and garden space and perhaps even providing some tasty treats for the family table, you probably appreciate tools and amenities designed to make your gardening chores easier and more enjoyable. Many home gardeners make do with whatever available surfaces that happen...
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Buying a Home on a Contingency
Posted on 02/09/2020
Buying a Home on a Contingency
Photo by DraganCFM via Shutterstock It’s always a quandary: can I buy my new home and sell my old house so that the timing of both matches? Well, yes! There are several ways to do this. Here’s a breakdown of how it can work. Buy a Home on a Contingency. Just what is a contingency? It’s an agreement...
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The Alphabet of Real Estate Investing
Posted on 02/02/2020
The Alphabet of Real Estate Investing
Image by Ulrike Mai from Pixabay If you're considering getting into the world of real estate investing, there are some basic terms that are important to understand. Buying and selling property is, of course, one way to invest, but there are other investments that offer favorable returns. However, it can sometimes be difficult to master the confusing alphabet...
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43 Ingham Hill Road, Old Saybrook, CT 06475 now has a new price of $219,000!
Posted on 01/30/2020
43 Ingham Hill Road, Old Saybrook, CT 06475 now has a new price of $219,000!
This is the perfect home for downsizers or first time home buyers! Private back yard backs up to the high school athletic fields and is a bike ride to most beaches and town. Hardwood floors throughout most rooms, newer roof and siding and well maintained structurally. Spacious attic for storage and beautiful garden areas all at a very affordable...
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Top Tips for House Shopping From Afar
Posted on 01/26/2020
Top Tips for House Shopping From Afar
Photo by Bruce Mars via Pexels House shopping when you live far from your new community is not easy, but technology makes it much simpler to tackle this big task. While nothing beats in-person visits, if you live across the country, or even in an international destination, you may not have that option. Here’s a look at how...
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Want the Most Energy Efficient House Possible? Consider a Passive Solar Home
Posted on 01/19/2020
Want the Most Energy Efficient House Possible? Consider a Passive Solar Home
Most of the time, we build homes to our taste rather than to their environment. And while it’s important to have a home that you love to look at, it’s also necessary to take your local climate and surroundings into account. One of the best up-and-coming home architecture styles features something called “passive solar” design. In today’s post, I’m...
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53 Briarwood Drive, Old Saybrook, CT 06475 now has a new price of $279,000!
Posted on 01/16/2020
53 Briarwood Drive, Old Saybrook, CT 06475 now has a new price of $279,000!
Very desirable neighborhood with beach rights. This house backs up to the great salt marsh to the west with spectacular sunsets! Recently updated, the effective date built is 1993 according to the town records. Convenient to town, beaches in a great walking and biking neighborhood. This house is in an estate and is currently being cleaned out, leaves rakes etc. but is priced well below recent sales in the area all offers should be made out to the Estate of Terri...
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4 Davis Road West, Old Lyme, CT 06371 is now new to the market!
Posted on 01/14/2020
4 Davis Road West, Old Lyme, CT 06371 is now new to the market!
Great opportunity to own a well kept, convenient professional office building near 95 just off Halls Rd. in Old Lyme. Perfect for medical, administrative or any other professional use. Offices are well lit, secure and updated to reflect the needs of today's business owners. There are currently three units for lease MLS number...
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182 Higganum Road, Durham, CT 06422 is now new to the market!
Posted on 01/14/2020
182 Higganum Road, Durham, CT 06422 is now new to the market!
Updated and ready for your horses! This idyllic location is perfect for those seeking country privacy and is ideal for equestrians or small farm enthusiasts. This seller has transformed this classy colonial with barns, paddocks and other outbuildings into a working horse farm and residence in...
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Cost-Effecting Ways of Staging Your Home to Sell
Posted on 01/12/2020
Cost-Effecting Ways of Staging Your Home to Sell
Making a good first impression on prospective home buyers is the key to getting your house sold within a relatively short period of time. Once your house is on the market, you'll want to make sure any major flaws, aesthetic issues, and potential buyer turnoffs have been fully addressed before the first prospects walk through your front door. Although...
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House Seller Tips: How to Deal with an Aggressive Buyer
Posted on 01/05/2020
House Seller Tips: How to Deal with an Aggressive Buyer
A home seller may dread the thought of dealing with an aggressive property buyer, i.e. an individual who submits many requests for property improvements or price reductions prior to the closing of a home sale. Fortunately, we're here to help you take the guesswork out of dealing with an aggressive homebuyer. Now, let's take a look at three tips...
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Video Tour  - 29 Red Bird Trail, Old Saybrook, CT 06475
Posted on 01/04/2020
Video Tour - 29 Red Bird Trail, Old Saybrook, CT 06475
Welcome to your safe harbor! Featuring spectacular harbor and sound views, this light filled home has the perfect flow and floor plan for living by the beach year around in comfort and style. Located in one of the most sought after beach communities on the beautiful Connecticut shoreline and offering all of the amenities including available dock space through the association, a private beach and a premier location on Long Island sound. Boat by day and enjoy one of the most vibrant villages in coastal Connecticut by night. Golf courses, great shopping and quaint little shops are all within easy reach, all conveniently located between...
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