Robbin Barnes's Blog Posts

Don't let a home incident turn into a disaster!

Generally speaking, when you need an inventory of your personal belongings, it is too late to make one.  Sure, you can reconstruct it but undoubtedly, you'll forget things and that can

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Tax Time Real Estate Tips

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 increased the standard deduction to $24,000 for married couples.  There will be some instances that homeowners may be better off taking the standard

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Year End Tax Newsletter

          One of the first steps in a good outcome is knowing a little bit about what you're about to undertake.  By being aware of some of the areas regarding

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Your Real Estate Resource

Being a better homeowner is a full-time job.  It's not just about making better decisions when you buy and sell; it's making better decisions throughout the time you own the home.It takes

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Some projects can make a big difference in how long it takes to sell a home and worth the effort.

Tree care prior to selling a home can improve appeal and the cost should be recovered in the.

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Finding the right home is "KEE"

Finding the right home is still the biggest challenge buyers are faced with in today's market as is shown in the latest Confidence Index Survey.  Assuming the buyers find the "right" home

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Utica Home For Sale- Walk to Downtown!

Location, Lifestyle, Updates!!! It's all here for you in this super cute bungalow with recently refinished hardwood floors, all new paint & carpet. New windows in entry level bedrooms and new

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Start Early and Live Happily Ever-after

As storybooks go, the character is introduced, they meet their love interest, a villain thwarts their intentions, true love overcomes, they marry and live happily ever-after.  It's a very

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HELOCs Becoming More Expensive

 In September, the Federal Reserve raised interest rates for the third time in 2018 and they're expected to go up one more time this year and three times next year.  If you have a

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Mortgage Free

It may be an all too common belief that a person will have a house payment and a car payment for the rest of their lives.  However, with a plan and some determination, you can be mortgage

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Consumer Protection from Irresponsible Mortgage Practices

Congress enacted the Dodd-Frank Act in 2010 in response to the mortgage crisis that led to America's Great Recession.  The two parts that apply closely to homebuyers are the Ability-to

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Quick Plumbing Inspection

No one wants to waste water or money.  For that reason, take a few minutes every other month to do the following inspections:Check to see if cutoff valves on sinks and toilets are working

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