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Posted by Paul W. Cutler on 10/15/2017

Closet space is a finite resource that there never seems to be quite enough of. If you're like me and live in a small house, your closet might double as a storage space as well. That doesn't leave much room for unnecessary clothes. You may have heard of the recent trend dubbed "capsule wardrobes." A capsule wardrobe is, at its core, a way of simplifying your wardrobe while still enjoying the selection of clothing you have. Since it went viral on the internet, however, many people have taken this minimalistic idea and overcomplicated it. Let's face it, none of us are about to throw away most of our clothes to try out a method that we might hate. So, let's take smaller steps toward creating more space in the closet without feeling like you're throwing out things you love.

Step 1: What do you wear?

Before you throw away anything, set aside the articles of clothing you wear the most. That includes your work clothes, night clothes, and your favorite outfits to go out in. There's a good chance that you'll be left with a lot of clothes, shoes, and accessories that don't match your other clothes or you have outfitsfor special occasions that hardly ever get worn.

Step 2: Asking the hard questions

It's time to get real. With the clothes that you don't wear on a weekly basis in front of you, ask yourself these questions:
  • Does it fit?
  • Is it still my style?
  • Do I have something similar that I like better?
  • If I saw this in a store right now would I buy it again?
If you have clothes that don't meet those criteria, there's a good chance they won't be missed.

Step 3: Versatile clothing

There are certain colors and fabrics that are just more versatile than others--neutral colors that match just about anything, khakis that can be worn casually or business-casual, and so on. Choose the clothes you have that you can make the most outfits with. Try them on and find out which combinations you like. You might find that some articles of clothing, while they look great on their own, just don't really have much potential for creating outfits.

Step 4:Plan outfits you get excited about

To really feel confident moving forward you're going to need to be excited about your selection. Spread out your outfit combinations on the floor and take some photos. This will help you remember which combinations of clothing you love so you don't get cold feet when it comes time to part ways with your old clothing.

Step 5: Don'tbe wasteful

You'll feel much better about getting rid of that pile of old clothes and shoes if you feel like it's for a good purpose. Sure, you have the benefit of more closet space, but in addition you can sometimes get even more out of the deal. If you have a consignment shop or second-hand clothing storein your area, you could get money or a tax write-off in exchange for your items. Or, you could always donate your clothes toa thrift store that uses their profits for a good cause.




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Posted by Paul W. Cutler on 10/8/2017

Quality built Colonial home offering an open floor plan, spacious kitchen with granite, stainless steel appliances, recessed lighting, center island, tiled flooring. Bright and cheery Formal dining room for holiday gatherings. Front to back Living room with hardwoods and gas fireplace makes it comfortable for relaxing with family. Sliders in living room lead out to the perfect size deck overlooking almost 3 acres of land for family fun and enjoyment. Convenient First floor laundry with half bath. Second floor features a large Master bedroom suite with walk-in closet, three more bedrooms with ample closet space, one bedroom could certainly be used as an office. BONUS SPACE - The entire Third floor is open and unfinished ready for you to design the ideal space for media, fitness, gaming, crafting, etc. Put your imagination to work finishing off this extra space to enjoy. This spacious Colonial home is located on a nice country road with easy access to commuter rail and highway

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Posted by Paul W. Cutler on 10/8/2017

Are you in a hurry to acquire a deluxe residence as soon as possible? Ultimately, you'll need to prepare accordingly to ensure you can beat dozens of homebuying rivals as you search for the perfect house.

Now, let's take a look at three tips to help homebuyers accelerate the property buying journey.

1. Track the Housing Market Closely

A diligent homebuyer will monitor the housing market and keep track of new houses as they become available. By doing so, this property buyer will be better equipped than others to pounce on an opportunity to purchase a top-notch house at a budget-friendly price.

Also, a homebuyer should consider getting pre-approved for a mortgage. With a mortgage in hand, a homebuyer can enter the real estate market with a clear understanding of how much he or she can spend on a house. Then, this homebuyer can map out his or her house search.

2. Don't Hesitate to Submit a Competitive Offer

If you walk through a home and feel comfortable with the residence, don't wait to submit a competitive offer on it.

Remember, the early bird catches the worm. And a homebuyer who waits too long to submit a competitive offer on a residence risks losing it to a rival.

To define a competitive offer, consider the current asking price for a residence as well as the prices of comparable houses in the same city or town. This housing market information will help you understand how one house stacks up against another and ensure you can submit a data-based homebuying proposal.

Furthermore, look at how long a home has been available. If a house has been on the market for several months, a property seller may be more likely to accept an offer that falls under his or her initial asking price.

3. Work with a Real Estate Agent

For those who want to relocate to their dream home in the near future, hiring a real estate agent is a must.

A real estate agent understands what it takes to discover a terrific house that won't force you to break your budget. As such, he or she will work with you throughout the homebuying process and ensure you can get the best results possible.

Typically, a real estate agent will set up home showings, negotiate with home sellers on your behalf and much more. This housing market professional will even allocate the necessary time and resources to learn about your homebuying goals and help you achieve these aspirations in any way possible.

Let's not forget about a real estate agent's active listening skills, either. A real estate agent will listen to your homebuying concerns and questions and is happy to respond to them at any time. That way, you can receive expert guidance as you navigate the homebuying process.

Ready to speed up the homebuying journey? Use these tips, and you can boost your chances of acquiring a wonderful residence at a price that matches or exceeds your expectations.




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Posted by Paul W. Cutler on 10/2/2017

Sweeping economic shifts, like a rising Dow Jones or lower unemployment rates, can affect the housing market. As the number of Americans buying houses increases, the sell price that you could get for your house might go up as well. If the housing market hits booming levels, you could get nearly twice as much for your house within five to seven years of the date that you bought the property.

Rising house prices aren't always good

As a seller, there may be little better news than hearing that house prices are going up. Yet, should you be in the market to buy a new house, this upward swing could spell disaster.

What could happen if you buy a house during a housing market boom is that you could enter a mortgage agreement that has you paying more for a house than the house is actually worth. You might not realize this until after the housing market starts turning sharply in the opposite direction.

By then, it could be too late. It's this very type of housing market swing that played a key role in the development of the Great Recession. You could regret housing prices shifting too far upward even if you're a seller.

How is this possible? When housing prices rise to the point that the house prices become bloated, although you can yield a significant profit should you sell your house, you may quickly watch those profits evaporate when you buy another house, especially if every house available for you to purchase cost nearly as much as the house you just sold. This is because bloated housing costs can eventually set everyone back.

Indicators that your house is over valued

Yet, failure to yield a profit during the house sell and buy process isn't the only indicator that your house might be over priced. Following are more signs that you might have paid too much for your house:

  • Comparable housing prices show that you could get nearly double or more for your house than you paid for it less than four years ago, and yet, you have done absolutely nothing to improve your property.
  • Area houses are selling for 20% or less than what you paid for your house
  • Your house has been on the market for four months or longer
  • Lenders are not approving buyers for home loans that would cover at least 75% of the cost of homes similar to yours
  • An experienced and reputable realtor who you're working with keeps telling you that you may want to lower the price on  your house
  • The sell price on your house is above the amount of property taxes that you're liable for
  • What you're asking for your house doesn't factor in damages that your house has experienced since you bought the property

When your house becomes a money sink hole

You're not the only one who doesn't want to pay too much for a house. People shopping for homes like the one you may have just put on the market also don't want to invest more in a house than the house is actually worth.

One reason for this is that the price of the house isn't the only costs that you'll take on if you buy a home. Insurance, association fees, general maintenance, property taxes and repair costs are other expenses that you could get saddled with. Several of these additional costs are directly linked to the price that you paid for your house.

Over priced homes can also place a drag on the entire housing market. This is truly an area where greed causes extensive damage. You may have to do your homework to avoid being pulled into an inflated housing market. But, you can avoid buying a house that's over priced if you practice patience.




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Posted by Paul W. Cutler on 9/24/2017

If you've bought a home that includes kitchen appliances, you may need to sell your current appliances before moving day. Fortunately, if you host a garage sale, you can sell a wide range of kitchen appliances in no time at all.

Some of the most popular kitchen appliances to sell at a garage sale include:

1. Refrigerator

In many instances, a homebuyer will request a refrigerator in a home offer. And if the seller accepts this proposal, a property buyer may need to get rid of his or her current refrigerator quickly.

Selling your refrigerator during your garage sale offers several benefits. First, you may be able to earn several hundred dollars for your refrigerator if it looks and performs great. You also can sell your refrigerator before your move, thereby eliminating the risk that you'll have to relocate this large, heavy appliance to your new address.

Evaluate the age and condition of your refrigerator prior to pricing it. That way, you can establish a competitive price for your appliance.

In addition, spend some time cleaning your refrigerator's interior and exterior. This will increase the likelihood that your refrigerator will stir up interest from garage sale shoppers.

2. Microwave

Although your kitchen microwave has served you well for many years, you likely have no need for two microwaves at your new address. Luckily, you can sell your current microwave now to earn extra cash prior to moving day.

Many microwaves are available, and as such, you'll want to learn as much as possible about your microwave. This will enable you to provide garage sale shoppers with plenty of information about your microwave's features.

Don't forget to test and clean your microwave before you add it to your garage sale inventory. By doing so, you can guarantee your microwave performs correctly and looks outstanding when you try to sell it during your garage sale.

3. Toaster

Your toaster has been a mainstay in your kitchen, but there may be no time like the present to sell it.

Remove crumbs and other food particles from your toaster as soon as possible. These particles can affect a toaster's performance, and in some instances, create fire hazards.

Furthermore, wipe down your toaster's exterior. An in-depth toaster cleaning will help you generate interest in your appliance during your garage sale.

Kitchen appliances usually are in high demand among garage sale shoppers. If you dedicate the necessary time and resources to clean and maintain these items, you should have no trouble selling them at a garage sale.

Lastly, if you plan to buy a home in the near future, you may want to consult with a real estate agent. This housing market professional can keep you up to date about new homes as they hit the market and help you submit offers on houses. Plus, a real estate agent will make it easy to plan ahead for a pre-moving day garage sale and ensure you can enjoy a seamless transition from one address to another.




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