Melissa Mancini's Blog Posts

DEAR REAL ESTATE (A VALENTINE’S DAY LOVE LETTER)

Dear Real Estate, Remember when we first got together? People didn’t think we’d last. Maybe they didn’t always say it, but they thought it. “You could do so much better.

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GROUNDHOGS AND REAL ESTATE (YES, THERE’S A CONNECTION)

Do you believe whether a groundhog sees its shadow or not is a true indication of when Spring will come? A lot of people aren’t even sure, which means we’re going to have more winter.

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WHY WINTER IS THE PERFECT TIME TO BUY A HOME

Winter is the perfect time of year for plenty of things: making snow angels, going ice skating, and drinking hot cocoa by the fire are all things that come to mind. But do you know what else winter

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VETERANS HAVE GIVEN US MORE THAN FREEDOM

Who knows how we’d live if it weren’t for our veterans? They serve and fight so we can live freely.But, did you know that veterans are the reason why so many of us live where and

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13 OF THE SCARIEST HAUNTED HOUSES IN AMERICA

As Halloween season quickly approaches, thoughts turn to the supernatural, the undead, and the downright creepy. But, really, regardless of the season, is there anything scarier than a haunted?

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Do You Believe In Any of These Real Estate Superstitions?

Tons of people think the number 13 is unlucky. Some don’t. But pretty much everyone has at least heard that the number 13 is unlucky. With Friday the 13th upon us, I thought it’d be fun

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WHY FALL MIGHT BE THE BEST TIME TO BUY A HOME

A lot of people think the best time to buy a house is during the Spring market.And, it is……in the sense that more houses are listed for sale in the Springthere’s also a heck of a

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8 MISTAKES FIRST-TIME HOME SELLERS MAKE & HOW TO AVOID THEM

Plenty of home sellers consider their places to be coveted properties that others would be lucky to own. But, that hubris can often lead to trouble when it comes to actually landing an offer and

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HISTORICALLY LOW INVENTORY CREATES PERFECT STORM FOR PEOPLE WANTING TO SELL THEIR HOME

According to Realtor.com’s recent Housing Shortage Report, the US is experiencing the worst inventory shortage in two decades. And while this presents a definite challenge for people

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HOW TO CHOOSE THE RIGHT COLOR PALETTE FOR YOUR HOME DESIGN

When it comes to decorating your home, one of the first and fundamental questions you’ll need to ask yourself is “what colors am I going to use?” Your color palette will, to a

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184 THINGS REALTORS® DO TO EARN THEIR COMMISSION

Listed here are 184 typical actions, research steps, procedures, processes and review stages in a successful residential real estate transaction that are normally provided by full service real

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MORTGAGE RATES PREDICTED TO RISE IN 2018. IF YOU WANT TO BUY, NOW IS THE TIME

Buying a home is about to get a lot more expensive. According to a recent report from Freddie Mac, mortgage interest rates are predicted to rise again.The rate for a 30-yr fixed-rate mortgage

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WHY YOU SHOULDN’T LET A WEBSITE TELL YOU YOUR HOMES VALUE

Picture this… There’s an inexperienced real estate agent in your town. He hasn’t sold any homes yet. He wants to drum up some business. So, he climbs up onto your roof and paints

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3 REASONS YOUR REAL ESTATE AGENT WANTS YOU TO BOTHER THEM

Real estate agents hear this all the time… “I wish I had called you before. But I just didn’t want to bother you. I know you’re busy…” …after it is too

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WHY DO REAL ESTATE AGENTS ASK IF YOU’RE PRE-APPROVED?

Have you ever walked into an open house, or called a real estate agent about a listing, and within minutes, they’re asking you if you are “pre-approved” for a mortgage? If you&

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6 Awful Reasons for Not Hiring a Real Estate Agent

There are millions of homes bought and sold every year, most of them with the help of a real estate agent. However, there is still a segment of the population that chooses to go it alone when it

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18 TIPS FOR LIVING IN YOUR HOME WHILE IT’S FOR SALE

It’s one of the largest and most expensive assets most of us will ever own. It’s where we lay our head down at night, the place we make memories and call home. Selling it can be one of

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7 PRICING MYTHS YOU NEED TO GET PAST IF YOU WANT TO SELL YOUR HOME

When homeowners are preparing to put their properties on the market, one aspect is usually foremost in their minds: money. Setting the asking price accurately can mean the difference between getting

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7 DEBATES FIRST-TIME HOMEBUYERS FACE

Buying your first place can be an exciting but often overwhelming experience. From finding “the one” to figuring out how you’ll pay for it, you’ll face many choices along the

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3 COMMON FEARS OF FIRST TIME HOME-BUYERS… AND HOW TO OVERCOME THEM

Buying your first home can be one of the most exciting experiences of your life. But it can also be one of the scariest. Buying real estate is a complicated process. And if you’ve never

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9 Surefire Signs You've Outgrown Your Home

When you first moved into your house, you probably felt like the king or queen of your castle. But over time, as you began to accumulate everything from furnishings and appliances to children and

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Dealing with Financing

As the events of the last few years in the real estate industry show, people forget about the tremendous financial responsibility of purchasing a home at their peril. Here are a few tips for dealing

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Preparing Your Home For Sale

Selling your home doesn′t just mean hiring a realtor to stick a sign out front. There are a lot of preparations you should make to ensure you get the best offer possible in the shortest time

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