Caroline Bianchi - RE/MAX Acclaim

Posted by Caroline Bianchi on 10/20/2017

Few experiences are as exciting, motivating or as costly as buying  a new house. It's easy to get so focused on the chance to live in a larger, more luxurious house or a smaller, more open residence that you forget how important it is to choose the right real estate agent.

Avoid getting scammed when you house hunt

Yet, it's a real estate agent who will introduce you to hidden treasures on the house market. It's also a real estate agent who will tell you about neighborhoods, area businesses, property taxes and average, high and low house prices in the area you want to move to. Go with the wrong real estate agent or real estate agency and you could regret it. Steps to avoid getting scammed include:

  • Logging onto state license agency websites and confirming that real estate agents you want to work with have an active license. Check out other licenses that the real estate agent has. For example, some realtors have broker and real estate sales licenses.
  • Read reviews on real estate agents. If you don't see reviews on individual agents, pay attention to reviews on real estate agencies that the realtor works with. Reputable agencies generally shy away from poor real estate agents.
  • Verify that mortgage brokers are legitimate. Also, confirm that mortgage brokers are not currently or  have not in the past been involved with mortgage scams.
  • Ask people you know to recommend real estate agents to you. Ask these people why they are recommending the agents to you.
  • Pay attention to your gut instinct. If you get a feeling that a deal sounds too good to be true, pause and check the deal out more fully. There are lots of good houses on the market. It's better to get a good, legitimate mortgage deal than it is to rush into a bad deal.
  • Consider working with a real estate attorney. Ask the attorney to review all contracts before you sign them.
  • Conduct research on realtors and mortgage companies to make sure that they have not been involved in price fixing, kickbacks or illegal cross selling.
  • Get an independent inspection performed on the house that you are serious about buying.
  • Compare prices and contract deals that mortgage brokers offer on a house with what other mortgage lenders offer.
  • Log into secure accounts when sharing personal information with mortgage lenders. Don't simply hand workers at mortgage companies papers with your personal information on them.
  • Shy away from mortgages that entice you into signing contracts that don't require you to put a down payment on a house.
  • Steer clear of mortgages that don't require you to buy homeowners insurance.

Search for real estate scams on the Internet and may be surprised how many stories pop up. Real estate scams happen in the residential and commercial markets. With a little research, you could avoid getting scammed. Avoid being part of a real estate scam and you can save money, headaches and court proceedings. You can also get an honest deal on a good house.

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Posted by Caroline Bianchi on 10/13/2017

Selling a house is no small feat, particularly in a competitive real estate market. As such, home sellers may be prone to make mistakes if they don't plan ahead for potential pitfalls.

Common home selling mistakes include:

1. Listing a Home Without Performing Housing Market Research

Let's face it Ė selling a house can be stressful. In many instances, home sellers will want to speed through the home selling journey Ė something that may lead these sellers to list residences without evaluating the real estate market in advance.

Spending even a few minutes looking at the prices of homes in your city or town may make a world of difference. Ultimately, the more housing market research that you perform, the more likely it becomes that you'll be able to optimize the value of your house.

Take a look at the prices of available homes in your city or town that are similar to your own. Also, evaluate the prices of recently sold houses in your area. With this housing market data at your disposal, you'll be better equipped than ever before to price your residence competitively and boost your chances of a profitable home sale.

2. Accepting an Initial Offer on a Residence

The first offer that you receive on a residence may prove to be the best offer. However, in some cases, the initial offer may fall short of your expectations.

Immediately accepting the initial offer on a residence may prove to be costly. Fortunately, a home seller who understands the housing market can take a data-driven approach to determine how to proceed with any offer, at any time.

Performing a home appraisal before you list your residence can provide valuable insights into a property's value. Then, you can list your house for a competitive price, one that helps generate substantial interest in your house and may lead to offers at, near or above your initial asking price.

In addition, don't forget to consult with a real estate agent. If you receive a home offer and are unsure about whether to accept, reject or counter it, a real estate agent can provide expert advice to help you make an informed decision.

3. Ignoring a Real Estate Agent's Recommendations

A seller's agent is committed to helping you optimize the value of your residence, and this housing market professional will offer recommendations as you sell your house to ensure you that can get the best results possible.

If you ignore a real estate agent's recommendations, you may miss out on a golden opportunity to sell your house. A real estate agent provides housing market analysis and insights, along with honest, unbiased recommendations about how to overcome a wide range of home selling hurdles.

Furthermore, a real estate agent always has a home seller's best interests in mind. This housing market professional also is available to respond to a home seller's questions, guaranteeing that a home seller is fully supported at each stage of the home selling journey.

Ready to sell your house? Collaborate with a real estate agent, and you should have no trouble achieving your desired results.

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Posted by Caroline Bianchi on 10/6/2017

As little as four decades ago, it was common for Americans to know their neighbors. Homeowners and apartment dwellers knew their neighbors on a first name basis. Young children played with neighboring children, engaging in street races, jump rope,stick ball or flag football. Go back generations and you'd see adult neighbors visiting each other's homes, playing cards, sitting lemonade and chatting and laughing on the front porch.

American neighbors have changed so much over the years

It was as if the entire neighborhood was one big family. Today, few Americans know their neighbors first names, let alone take the time to engage in a sincere conversation with their neighbors. Busy schedules, choosing technology over in-person connections and reports of neighborhood crimes are some of the reasons why Americans erect invisible fences and keep neighbors out.

Coming out of the Great Depression, Americans may have sought and found solace in relationships that they developed with their neighbors. A similar shift happened after 9/11. People accepted each other more readily, even turning away from long held prejudices. But, the neighboring effect only lasted a few weeks.

Don't turn your neighbors into strangers

It's not hard to realize the benefits of developing and nurturing healthy relationships with neighbors. Yet, these relationships don't just happen. To create healthy neighborhood relationships, you need to:

  • Speak with neighbors each time that you see them (This means that you don't only speak with neighbors when you want them to do you a favor or when you're on your way to church.)
  • Offer to help neighbors when you the need arrives (For example, you could offer to assist neighbors if they're struggling to carry groceries onto their front porch. You could also offer to help neighbors during weather storms.)
  • Support neighborhood and community initiatives (Examples of this includes attending city council meetings, joining community preservation organizations and attending community festivals and holiday events.)

Support neighbors. Develop healthy relationships with neighbors without over stepping healthy boundaries. Specific boundaries that your neighbors want vary person to person. For example, some neighbors may prefer to keep relationships at a distance. Other neighbors may enjoy chatting each time they see you.

You really don't have to argue and fight with neighbors

To create healthy neighborhood boundaries you can engage in conversations with neighbors when you see each other outside. You can excuse yourself when you notice that neighbors are hurrying to get inside their house or are hurrying to get to an event away from home.

By teaching your children to call before they stop by a neighbor's house, you can prevent your neighbors from feeling uneasy when you happen upon each other. If neighbors know that you won't stop by without calling first, they can feel confident that they can let their hair down while they're at home. They know that neighbors won't stop by unannounced.

To create healthy neighborhood boundaries, you may also have to train your pets. Stop your pets from relieving themselves in neighboring yards. Pick up after you pets if they relieve themselves while you're walking them around the neighborhood.

These boundaries demonstrate to neighbors that you respect them. It's this respect that helps relationships to develop in healthy, rewarding ways.

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Posted by Caroline Bianchi on 9/29/2017

If youíre trying to decide whether or not you should put a pool in at your home, thereís a lot to think about. You donít want to regret spending a sizable amount of money. You may picture a life of luxury with a pool, but thereís a lot involved with the installation of it. It can be quite an ongoing investment to put in a pool. Maintenance, repairs, and more are involved. Depending upon the climate you live in, you may need to put a cover on the pool during the offseason as well.

When Putting In A Pool Is A No-Brainer

If you live in a warm climate like California, Florida, Hawaii, Or Arizona, it makes total sense to invest in a pool. these places get the maximum benefit from pool installation since the pool can be used the whole year through. 

If you have a large yard and are able to accommodate both a pool and some yard space, itís also not a bad idea to put in a pool. The important thing is that you understand that youíre not always going to get a return on your investment when you sell your home. Not all homebuyers like pools and often the presence of a pool can even deter some buyers from even looking at the home.

Questions To Ask Regarding Return On Investment:

  • Does a pool fit in with the neighborhood?
  • Is the pool in good condition?
  • How old is the pool?

The idea with homes that have pools is to attract the right buyers. Many times, families with young children stay away from properties with pools since they see it as a safety hazard. Other home shoppers may fall in love with the property because of the pool. The important thing about putting in a pool is knowing that you as a homeowner will enjoy the feature. 


The average cost to put in a pool in the US is around $30,000. Thatís just a basic pool. Youíll probably need to add a few more details like fencing, pool furniture, and more landscaping. That can cause the total investment to rise significantly. The type of pool that you choose also has an effect on the cost of the project. Donít forget about the added energy expenses of running a filter and putting a heater in the pool. 


When you have a pool, youíll need to change the type of insurance that you have. The pool can increase your insurance costs significantly. There also could be certain requirements set forth by the insurance company, such as the pool needing to be fenced in. 

While adding a pool to your home may make your life more enjoyable, it may not add to the value and return you get on your home. Donít over invest in an amenity that wonít give you the returns your looking for unless youíre prepared and know that you as a homeowner will truly enjoy the pool.

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Posted by Caroline Bianchi on 9/22/2017

Amazing potential in this Charlton family home! First floor includes a spacious, bright family room with cathedral ceilings and easy-to-care-for gas fireplace. Large kitchen with dinette area leading to a deck. Hardwood floors in both living room and formal dining room. A half bath with laundry also on the first floor. Second floor has three bedrooms including a master with ensuite. Another full bath and bonus room (currently used as a home office) completes the second floor. The lower level has a two car garage and walk out basement (with large glass slider and window) awaiting your finishing touches. Home is nicely set off road. Yard is over an acre with a fenced in area (accessible from the walk out basement) ideal for two or four-legged children. With a little TLC, this will be the perfect home for a growing family. A must see!

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