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Team Rita’s 2020 Housing Market Predictions

Team Rita’s 2020 Housing Market Predictions

The economy. Millennials. Housing inventory. Mortgage rates. Bidding wars. Climate change. Recession. There is plenty on the horizon for the housing market in the first year of the new decade—including lots of good news for buyers and sellers. Thinking of buying or selling in the next year or two? Team Rita is here with our […]

Tips for Selling Your Home During the Holidays

Tips for Selling Your Home During the Holidays

The holidays are a time for jam-packing our busy schedules, stocking up on gifts, and bundling up beneath our overcoats, hats, gloves, and scarves. However, the most wonderful time of year for family, festivities, and frigid-weather fun is also considered one of the worst times of year to put a house on the market. Despite […]

Hosting Your First Thanksgiving: A Homeowner’s Guide

Hosting Your First Thanksgiving: A Homeowner’s Guide

You don’t have to be a first-time home buyer to host your first Thanksgiving. (Actually, you could own a home for a decade or more before you muster the courage to tackle the notorious and intimidating undertaking known formally as Thanksgiving dinner.) New to the game but up for the challenge? Follow our homeowner’s guide […]

4 Signs the Long Island Housing Market is Hot Right Now

4 Signs the Long Island Housing Market is Hot Right Now

Sellers on Long Island and across the country are no strangers to the plodding residential real estate market. However, before you count the market down and out, consider four recent reports showing signs that home sales are on the verge of a rebound. 1. Existing-home sales (closed sales) are up, marking two consecutive months of […]

How to Spot the Right (and Wrong) Home

How to Spot the Right (and Wrong) Home

Home buyers experience similar thoughts and feelings upon discovering the right home. It’s a rare combination of gut instinct (without the pressure of a pushy real estate agent) and enough good signs to jump on the deal before another eager buyer snatches it up. The right home can feel so right you hardly need to […]

Smart Ways to Boost the Value of a Home

Smart Ways to Boost the Value of a Home

So, you’re in the market for a new home—but the listings in your price range put you at a crossroads. Taking the first road means overspending on your budget to get what you want. Taking the second road means purchasing a budget-friendly home that needs a little TLC. The road to remodels and renovations isn’t […]

Why It’s Smart to Buy a Home in the Summer

Why It’s Smart to Buy a Home in the Summer

Real estate’s summer slowdown—which begins as early as the end of May—happens when buyers in the market for a new home overbook their calendars with tropical getaways and other warm-weather leisure activities. (Actually, springtime is prime time for house hunting). However, with the “busy season” slowed to a lull, homebuyers just like you can take […]

The Best Ways to Advertise Your Property

The Best Ways to Advertise Your Property

Advertising your property in the modern world is a balancing act: between free and paid advertising, between online and offline marketing, between creativity and strategy. Reaching the right buyer means checking all the boxes along the journey—from a strong virtual first impression, to crisp and cared-for curb appeal, to a clean and uncluttered interior. (Before […]

What Not to Do When You Sell a Home

What Not to Do When You Sell a Home

Selling a home can be a challenge. The process can test your patience when strings of strangers roam your living space as your home sits on the market for months. It can trigger your emotions when potential buyers criticize your home or make a lowball offer. And if this is your first rodeo, you’re even […]

Mortgage 101: How to Prepare for Buying a Home

Mortgage 101: How to Prepare for Buying a Home

If you’re in the market for a new home—and in the majority of people without enough cash to buy a house in full—then you’ll need a home loan, also known as a mortgage. The better prepared you are for the mortgage process, the better your chances of closing on the right home at the right […]