Hearthside Happenings

What is the Best Way to Hire a Contractor for Home Renovations?

Looking to make some renovations, the first step is to do your research!
Posted by Joe Carelli on March 18, 2020 in  CBH  Coldwell Banker Hearthside  Contractor  Home Renovations  Real Estate
Considering that the vast majority of homeowners have little experience hiring, overseeing, and checking the work of home contractors, it is no surprise than many have anxiety about the process. However, as long as you stick to a few basic rules, and put some effort into your hiring decision, finding the perfect contractor for home renovations is certainly within your capabilities. Let’s get into it. Seek Out Personal Recommendations While there are many online review sites for contractors, these are often ... read more
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Hidden Clutter Stalling Your Sale?

You may think shoving stuff in drawers is an easy fix to declutter your home, but buyers look everywhere!
Posted by Joe Carelli on March 17, 2020 in  CBH  Coldwell Banker  Listings  Real Estate
If you're listing your house for sale, you probably already know you're going to have to clean it up a bit. Look at any article about how to stage your home before selling and the odds are good that it's going to mention de-cluttering and paring down as one of the first must-do changes. The thing is, as great as you might get your home to look at first glance, what about all of the places that aren't visible to the naked eye? In other words, what do you do with the hidden clutter that lurks inside of your closets,... read more
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Market Update: February 2020

Let's take a look at the numbers for Montgomery, Bucks, Lehigh Valley, Northeast Philadelphia and Mercer County for Feb 2020.
Posted by Joe Carelli on March 16, 2020 in  Bucks  CBH  Coldwell Banker  Lehigh Valley  Mercer  Montgomery  Philadelphia  Real Estate
February is in view now and winter is almost behind us. Let's take a look back at how the real estate market performed in comparison to 2019.WHAT’S HAPPENING NOW "With February 2020 we saw solid numbers in the second month of the new year. We saw some notable increases in sold units particularly in Montgomery and Northeast Philadelphia.” Jamie Mancuso, CEO of Coldwell Banker Hearthside. INVENTORY: Bucks County:  -16.7% to 1,904         (2019: 2,285)&nbs... read more
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Should You Get a Home Inspection Before You Sell?

Most buyers get a home inspection before they purchase; when you sell, a pre-listing inspection can help.
Posted by Joe Carelli on March 12, 2020 in  CBH  Coldwell Banker  Home Inspections  Real Estate
Most homebuyers opt to get a home inspection before they finalize purchasing a house so they can avoid any hidden surprises after the deal closes. Home inspections can cost anywhere from $200 to $400 or more depending on the size of the home, and buyers are the ones that foot the bill in order to minimize their risk. Depending on the results of the home inspection, buyers either ask for a reduced price, have the opportunity to walk away from the deal completely, or request that the issues be resolved before they si... read more
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Making Sense of Mortgage Options

Buying a house can be stressful enough without trying to decipher all of the different mortgages; learn the differences here
Posted by Joe Carelli on March 11, 2020 in  Coldwell Banker  Coldwell Banker Hearthside  Finance  Mortgage  Mortgages
The decision to buy a house is not one to be taken lightly; it takes planning, determination, thought, and unless you’re paying cash, it also takes a mortgage. Hopefully, you’ve already done your homework about what you can afford, you know the most you’re willing to spend on improvements, and you have made any necessary adjustments to your credit score before you start the home-buying process. Of course, once you’re ready to take the plunge and apply for that loan, you may find you’re... read more
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