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With recovery comes new challenges for buyers, sellers

By   /  July 22, 2013  /  Real Estate  /  No Comments

Remember those heady days from the middle of the last decade when you had to bring a blank check to an open house and outbid other would-be buyers on the spot? I wouldn’t be surprised if you don’t—those days seem long ago. And while they certainly have not returned, we are seeing glimmers of 2005 […]

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Here comes the heat! Got A/C?

By   /  June 17, 2013  /  Real Estate  /  No Comments

Well it’s that time of year again! Ready for the run to to our local favorite Gil’s, or Home Depot or Lowe’s for an air conditioning unit? There’s nothing quite like installing a heavy and awkward window unit once the red in the thermometer has already crept up into the 90′s, is there? But then […]

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The ‘Money Pit’: great opportunity or big mistake?

By   /  May 6, 2013  /  News  /  No Comments

This bank-owned home at 240 Hooper St. in North Tiverton is being sold "as is." At less than $85,000, this could be a great opportunity for a buyer with a plan and some vision.

So you’re thinking of buying a property to rehab or “flip” but you’re not sure you have what it takes? The first thing you have to think about is how much time you have to spend on a project/investment of this sort.  It is not only time-consuming, it can be risky, and poor planning could […]

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Real Estate Insider: Make affordable, high-impact improvements

By   /  April 1, 2013  /  Real Estate  /  No Comments

Chris Woodard

So you’ve done some of the small things like caulking, painting, some landscaping and cleaning to get your home ready to go onto the market. But is it enough to get the house sold? There’s a good percentage of buyers out there who want a property that’s in move-in condition — meaning updated kitchens and […]

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Real Estate Insider: Things to consider when hiring an agent

By   /  March 4, 2013  /  Real Estate  /  No Comments

If you are thinking of selling and wondering where to start, finding the right real estate agent is an important first step. Like everyone, realtors have different styles and personalities, so it’s important to choose the one who is right for the job of selling your property. You are not auditioning for your new best […]

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Real Estate Insider: Short sales – truth and fiction

By   /  February 25, 2013  /  Real Estate  /  No Comments

Chris Woodard

The real estate industry has seen a record number of short sales over the past few years. For both buyers and sellers, there’s a lot of confusion about what, exactly, a short sale is. When a seller sells a property that is “underwater” — meaning they owe the bank more than the property will fetch […]

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Real Estate Insider: When weather attacks

By   /  February 15, 2013  /  Columns, Opinion, Real Estate  /  No Comments

Chris Woodard

Whether you are a homeowner or a caretaker, it is extremely important to take precautions well in advance of a storm, not only for your own personal comfort, but also to protect your property and maintain its value. I thought I was prepared for the recent blizzard: I had a brand-new generator, and I knew […]

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