Robbin Barnes's Blog Posts

Price It Right the First Time

The Internet has empowered all buyers with information and home buyers are no exception.    The amount of information available to public includes details on size, condition,

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Steps in Home Buying Process

         The process of buying a home can be different based on the price range and whether a mortgage is needed.  While some things are different, others are

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Measuring Square Footage

Square footage is commonly used to determine if a home will fit a buyer's needs.  The price per square foot can be used to compare the costs of different homes and even, determine the

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Checking for Water Leaks

       Aside from standing water in your yard or water running out from under a sink, the first indication that you might have a water leak comes from a larger than normal water

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Senior Resources for 50+ Real Estate

REALTORS® who carry the Seniors Real Estate Specialist® (SRES®) designation are specially qualified to address the real estate needs of those age 50+.SRES® designees

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A Home Warranty Can Save Money

Your income tax is probably filed for last year by now and you've been through your expenses for the year.  Money spent on repairs to your home is not deductible but being aware of how much you

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Ready to Invest in Rental Property?

Single family homes offer the investor an opportunity to borrow large loan-to-value loans at fixed interest rates for long terms.  Lenders will loan 75-80% of the purchase price at 5.5% to

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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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