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By Elizabeth DiRiego | Agent in New Jersey
  • FIVE QUICK AND EASY HOME IMPROVEMENT PROJECTS

    Posted Under: Home Selling in Marlton, Going Green in Marlton, Design & Decor in Marlton  |  April 22, 2012 11:26 AM  |  271 views  |  No comments

    Go green: A few changes to the landscaping of your home can make a world of difference! You might want to consider planting some fruit trees in the backyard, adding a touch of color with some bright and unusual flowers, or perhaps finally starting the vegetable garden you’ve always dreamed about.

    Add a touch of color: Feeling creative? Why not give the family room, bedroom or bathroom a whole new look? By focusing on the improvement of one room at a time, you’ll find that what can seem like an overwhelming job becomes fun and simple. Repainting a single room can be inexpensively completed over a single weekend.

    Bright and beautiful: Replacing the light fixtures in your house with personally selected pieces can drastically increase your home’s beauty and value. Choose a cohesive look for the entire house, or decorate room by room! The installation of new fixtures is generally a quick do-it-yourself task.

    Tile it up: While it might seem like a daunting task, installing new tile in a kitchen or bathroom can be easily accomplished with a little know-how and the right supplies. Your local home improvement warehouse will have everything you need to revamp and personalize the flooring of your choice!

    The beauty beneath: Always dreamed of having beautiful hardwood floors? Choose a room, pull up the carpet, and you’ll be on your way to accomplishing just that! Repairing, refinishing, and staining the floor is a simple step-by-step process that you can achieve without the heavy expense of installing new wood panels.

    Disclaimer:

    Elizabeth “Betsy” DiRiego of Re/Max Connection Realtors is not a licensed financial advisor, and is not providing any financial advice; you should consult with a licensed financial advisor prior to making any financial decisions. Elizabeth “Betsy” DiRiego of Re/Max Connection Realtors is only providing this statement for informational purposes.

    Elizabeth “Betsy” DiRiego of Re/Max Connection Realtors accepts no liability for the content of this blog, or for the consequences of any actions taken on the basis of the information provided. Any views or opinions presented in this blog are solely those of the author and do not necessarily represent those of the company.

    Elizabeth “Betsy” DiRiego of Re/Max Connection Realtors, 1000 East Lincoln Drive, Suite 2, Marlton, NJ 08053 www.HomesToBetsy.com

  • Compassion and connections to untangle your complicated mortgage challenges

    Posted Under: Home Selling in Marlton, Foreclosure in Marlton, Credit Score in Marlton  |  April 21, 2012 2:23 PM  |  333 views  |  No comments

    If you or someone you care about is falling behind on your mortgage and owes more on your home than it is worth in today's market, you are not alone.

    In fact, 6.3 million homeowners are in some stage of foreclosure right now.

    As my recent report points out, there are currently 10.9 homeowners in the United States who owe more on their mortgage than their home is worth in today's market.

    Far too often, homeowners in this situation feel that they have no other choice but to let their home fall into foreclosure.

    As a real estate professional who has earned the Certified Distressed Property Expert (CDPE) designation, I am tapped into the best solutions for helping financially distressed homeowners to make a fresh start. If you'd like to learn more, I invite you to access my free report: "Need a Helping Hand? If the market and your mortgage have tossed you a curve, you are not alone."

    Contact me today and let's get started!

    Disclaimer:

    Elizabeth “Betsy” DiRiego of Re/Max Connection Realtors is not a licensed financial advisor, and is not providing any financial advice; you should consult with a licensed financial advisor prior to making any financial decisions.  Elizabeth “Betsy” DiRiego of Re/Max Connection Realtors is only providing this statement for informational purposes.

    Elizabeth “Betsy” DiRiego of Re/Max Connection Realtors accepts no liability for the content of this blog, or for the consequences of any actions taken on the basis of the information provided. Any views or opinions presented in this blog are solely those of the author and do not necessarily represent those of the company.

    Elizabeth “Betsy” DiRiego of Re/Max Connection Realtors, 1000 East Lincoln Drive, Suite 2, Marlton, NJ 08053 www.HomesToBetsy.com and http://hosted.cdpe.com/HeavensToBetsy

     

     

  • Higher Rents Open Eyes to the Value of Owning

    Posted Under: Home Buying in Marlton, Rent vs Buy in Marlton, Rentals in Marlton  |  April 6, 2012 5:08 AM  |  408 views  |  No comments
    Daily Real Estate News | Thursday, April 05, 2012

    Economists and real estate agents say entry-level home buyers are once again jumping into the market in time for the spring selling season, spurred by ongoing price declines and higher apartment rents.

    Reis Inc., a real-estate research firm, reports in its quarterly survey that the average apartment rents rose by 2.7 percent in 2011, and vacancy rate fell below 5 percent nationwide for the first time since 2001 .

    This year is poised to be the first since 2005 that the number of apartment renters buying homes rises year-over-year, according to Zelman & Associates. Moreover, Deutsche Bank housing analyst Nishu Sood says rental costs exceeded homeownership costs by 15 percent at the end of last year.

    Source: "As Home Rents Head Higher, Owning Regains Its Appeal," Wall Street Journal (04/04/12)

    (c) Copyright 2012 Information, Inc.

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    Disclaimer:

    Elizabeth “Betsy” DiRiego of Re/Max Connection Realtors is not a licensed financial advisor, and is not providing any financial advice; you should consult with a licensed financial advisor prior to making any financial decisions.  Elizabeth “Betsy” DiRiego of Re/Max Connection Realtors is only providing this statement for informational purposes.

    Elizabeth “Betsy” DiRiego of Re/Max Connection Realtors accepts no liability for the content of this blog, or for the consequences of any actions taken on the basis of the information provided. Any views or opinions presented in this blog are solely those of the author and do not necessarily represent those of the company.

    Elizabeth “Betsy” DiRiego of Re/Max Connection Realtors, 1000 East Lincoln Drive, Suite 2, Marlton, NJ 08053 www.HomesToBetsy.com and http://hosted.cdpe.com/HeavensToBetsy

  • Low Interest Rates Help Americans Save Money

    Posted Under: Market Conditions in Marlton, Home Buying in Marlton, Financing in Marlton  |  April 2, 2012 5:35 AM  |  255 views  |  No comments

     

    Daily Real Estate News | Tuesday, March 27, 2012

    Ultra-low interest rates have helped the average American to save more than $3,000 a year, according to a USA Today analysis.

    Interest payments on mortgages have contributed to some of the largest savings. USA Today reports that mortgage interest payments have fallen 30 percent since peaking in 2007.

    According to the Bureau of Economic Analysis, Americans spent 5.8 percent of their after-tax income paying interest on mortgages, credit cards, car loans, and on other debts — the smallest share since 1977.

    Indeed, interest payments have fallen drastically on debt. Interest payments averaged $469 per month at the end of last year compared to the $728 per month peak in 2007.

    Low interest rates are expected to continue too. The Fed has made a rare vow to keep key interest rates low through 2014.

    Source: “Low Interest Rates Put Cash in Americans’ Pockets,” USA Today (March 26, 2012)

  • 5 Tips to Prepare Your Home for Sale

    Posted Under: Home Selling in Marlton, Remodel & Renovate in Marlton, Design & Decor in Marlton  |  March 31, 2012 5:06 AM  |  329 views  |  No comments

    By: G. M. Filisko

    Published: February 10, 2010

    Working to get your home ship-shape for showings will increase its value and shorten your sales time.

    1. Have a home inspection

    Be proactive by arranging for a pre-sale home inspection. For $250 to $400, an inspector will warn you about troubles that could make potential buyers balk. Make repairs before putting your home on the market. In some states, you may have to disclose what the inspection turns up.

    2. Get replacement estimates

    If your home inspection uncovers necessary repairs you can’t fund, get estimates for the work. The figures will help buyers determine if they can afford the home and the repairs. Also hunt down warranties, guarantees, and user manuals for your furnace, washer and dryer, dishwasher, and any other items you expect to remain with the house.

    3. Make minor repairs

    Not every repair costs a bundle. Fix as many small problems—sticky doors, torn screens, cracked caulking, dripping faucets—as you can. These may seem trivial, but they’ll give buyers the impression your house isn’t well maintained.

    4. Clear the clutter

    Clear your kitchen counters of just about everything. Clean your closets by packing up little-used items like out-of-season clothes and old toys. Install closet organizers to maximize space. Put at least one-third of your furniture in storage, especially large pieces, such as entertainment centers and big televisions. Pack up family photos, knickknacks, and wall hangings to depersonalize your home. Store the items you’ve packed offsite or in boxes neatly arranged in your garage or basement.

    5. Do a thorough cleaning

    A clean house makes a strong first impression that your home has been well cared for. If you can afford it, consider hiring a cleaning service.

    If not, wash windows and leave them open to air out your rooms. Clean carpeting and drapes to eliminate cooking odors, smoke, and pet smells. Wash light fixtures and baseboards, mop and wax floors, and give your stove and refrigerator a thorough once-over.

    Pay attention to details, too. Wash fingerprints from light switch plates, clean inside the cabinets, and polish doorknobs. Don’t forget to clean your garage, too.

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    G.M. Filisko is an attorney and award-winning writer who has found happiness in a Chicago brownstone with the best curb appeal on the block. A frequent contributor to many national publications including Bankrate.com, REALTOR® Magazine, and the American Bar Association Journal, she specializes in real estate, business, personal finance, and legal topics.

    Disclaimer:

    Elizabeth Betsy DiRiego of Re/Max Connection Realtors is not a licensed financial advisor, and is not providing any financial advice; you should consult with a licensed financial advisor prior to making any financial decisions. Elizabeth Betsy DiRiego of Re/Max Connection Realtors is only providing this statement for informational purposes.

    Elizabeth Betsy DiRiego of Re/Max Connection Realtors accepts no liability for the content of this blog, or for the consequences of any actions taken on the basis of the information provided. Any views or opinions presented in this blog are solely those of the author and do not necessarily represent those of the company.

    Elizabeth Betsy DiRiego of Re/Max Connection Realtors, 1000 East Lincoln Drive, Suite 2, Marlton, NJ 08053 www.HomesToBetsy.com

  • Find an Agent: The Open House Opportunity

    Posted Under: General Area in Marlton, Home Buying in Marlton, Home Selling in Marlton  |  March 31, 2012 4:14 AM  |  322 views  |  No comments

    by Brandon Barker on Jul 07, 2011

    It would make sense that homebuyers begin their real estate search with the listing itself, regardless of who’s listing it. But in the hunt to find a new home, some buyers want to join forces with an agent first; someone they can trust, identify with, communicate with, etc. Then again, how does one get a feel for a real estate agent before even meeting them? Of course, you can easily check real estate agent reviews and peek at their Facebook pages, but even then you might need a few more points of view to make that decision.

    There are several solid ways of finding the best agent for your home search, e.g. referrals, local papers, yard signs, but the open house can actually be ideal for people who want a zero-commitment way of meeting agents, getting a feel for their personality and making that connection. Even if the house itself is not one you’re necessarily in the market for, pop in on a Saturday and ask about the home, the neighborhood, and see if this agent would make a good fit.

    For the real estate agent, lots of business comes from referrals and connections, and the same can be said of the homebuyer. The ideal home and the ideal agent could be right around the corner. You just need to drop in and say hello.

    Disclaimer:

    Elizabeth Betsy DiRiego of Re/Max Connection Realtors is not a licensed financial advisor, and is not providing any financial advice; you should consult with a licensed financial advisor prior to making any financial decisions. Elizabeth Betsy DiRiego of Re/Max Connection Realtors is only providing this statement for informational purposes.

    Elizabeth Betsy DiRiego of Re/Max Connection Realtors accepts no liability for the content of this blog, or for the consequences of any actions taken on the basis of the information provided. Any views or opinions presented in this blog are solely those of the author and do not necessarily represent those of the company.

    Elizabeth Betsy DiRiego of Re/Max Connection Realtors, 1000 East Lincoln Drive, Suite 2, Marlton, NJ 08053 www.HomesToBetsy.com

  • 10 Home Staging Tips to Make Your Listing Look Like a Model

    Posted Under: Home Selling in Evesham, Design & Decor in Evesham  |  March 23, 2012 10:26 AM  |  302 views  |  No comments

    By Julea Joseph, Reinventing Space

    [Reposted with permission from Reinventing Space blog.]

    What is it about model homes that make them so appealing? Is it the freshness of all new; is it the sassy paint colors, the perfectly placed furniture, art and accessories or the beautiful groomed backyard that makes you want to plop right down on that comfy club chair?

    Well…. Yes to all the above.

    From blue print to drawer pulls, that model home is meticulously planned by builders and skilled professionals to make it beautiful.

    Models homes are lovely because they have the latest and the greatest, are fresh and new, and are meticulously detailed. Psychology–more than decorating–is applied to make them look so fabulous.

    So how can you make your next listing as appealing as a model home? Here are 10 ways.

    1. Clean. Those nice angled vacuum lines, gleaming windows, and perfectly manicured lawns in model homes speak to a potential buyer: You don’t have to do a thing. Translate that into: A little elbow grease goes a long way.

    A super clean home says “turnkey” to the potential buyer. Have every inch of the home, blind slats to porch light glass, super clean and perfectly coiffed. According to a national 2011 survey done by Home Gain, a $290 cleaning investment gives a $1,990 price increase, or a 586 percent return!

    2. Fresh and smells good. People buy homes on emotion, and your five senses are a direct path to your brain. If a home smells and looks “funky,” “doggy,” “smoky,” or if the stove is coated with cooking gone bad: The home is off their list.

    Just like you would detail your car to sell it, invest in clean and spotless carpets, patched, repaired and freshly painted walls, and new appliances if the old have seen better days. Be wary to skip this step and take the low road with room refreshers, candles, and stove burner covers. Potential buyers are not fooled.

    3. Color. Any advertising executive will tell you color is a key to properly packaging a product, and a listed home is just that, a product. Throw away the off-white manta of old school home staging rules. Welcome to the era of HGTV. Using color is a powerful and inexpensive way of making that home stand out from the rest, and with so many decorating TV shows boasting the benefits of color, you better get hip to hues.

    From the first Web impressions to curb appeal, color is a strong emotional tug for the potential buyer. Update yourself on the latest color trends in wall color, appliance, fixtures, etc., and apply it to your target buyer. For home staging, use earthy, calm tones for the bigger areas, such as wall color, and add pops of saturated colors in the details; such as front doors, accessories, or annuals.

    4. Make space. The joy of a model home is the acres and acres of unused storage space and beautifully organized closets. Reduce, organize, upscale, and edit all of the home’s spaces when it comes to closets and storage areas. If the home’s price point dictates, upscale the closets with custom organizing options.

    5. Clear a path. Consider that many people with be walking through the home. Make sure traffic patterns, entrances, and exits are well established. Too much furniture, undefined entrances, and awkward walkways confuse and discourage buyers from moving about the property. Follow a model home’s lead and create a concise walking pattern for potential buyers starting at curbside to back fence.

    6. Lovely layouts. From the landscape to furniture placement, take a clue from models homes that continuity and flow make for a good mix. Create curb appeal with nicely maintained landscaping, added annuals and perennials, an inviting stoop and well-groomed walkways and driveways. Inside, make sure each room depicts what its function is, enhances the highlights of the room (i.e. fireplaces or upgrades), and allows the buyer to envision themselves in the space.

    7. Set the mood. Create ambiance and character in the home with well-thought out placement of sensory and lifestyle components. Soft music, lighting on dimmers, candles lit, and fresh floral are all great ideas for broker or open houses. If you have a concern about candles, battery operated candles that even have timers built in are now readily available. Stage the dining room table tastefully, or set the stage in a back yard with a detailed patio retreat. Offering helpful lifestyle hints has always been a tool in the model home arsenal and always is a huge hit.

    8. K.I.S.S. On the opposite note, don’t over accessorize, go over-board with the lifestyle tips, or create “store bought theme” rooms (i.e. Chef-with-a-Hat Kitchen or Anniversary Bathtub vignette complete with Champagne bottle and fake ivy).

    9. Appeal to a target buyer. Model home builders hire tony marketing companies that create campaigns to market that home. Consider “WHO” the ideal buyer that will be interested in the property is, and market the property accordingly. From advertising photos to furniture, consider who will find this appealing and desirable.

    10. Market, market, market. Model homes have great marketing incentives inside and out. From clear address markers, great signs, to small exit giveaways, to an exit survey. Market that listing to the fullest.

    ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Interior stylist Julea Joseph produces the blog “Reinventing Space” and is a home stager and interior designer based in Chicago. Joseph launched her home design business, Reinventing the Space, in 1999. She also stages model homes for builders and has appeared on HGTV’s “My First Place.” Learn more about Joseph at her web site and blog

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