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Tuesday, June 19, 2018   /   by Debi Bolusi

4 REASONS WHY SUMMER IS A GREAT TIME TO BUY A HOME

Here are four great reasons to consider buying a home today instead of waiting.
1. Prices Will Continue to Rise
CoreLogic’s latest Home Price Insights reports that home prices have appreciated by 7% over the last 12 months. The same report predicts that prices will continue to increase at a rate of 5.2% over the next year.
Home values will continue to appreciate for years. Waiting no longer makes sense.
2. Mortgage Interest Rates Are Projected to Increase
Freddie Mac’s Primary Mortgage Market Survey shows that interest rates for a 30-year mortgage have increased by half a percentage point already in 2018 to around 4.5%. Most experts predict that rates will rise over the next 12 months. The Mortgage Bankers Association, Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and the National Association of Realtors are in unison, projecting that rates will increase by nearly a full percentage point by this time next year.
An increase in rates will ...

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Thursday, June 14, 2018   /   by Debi Bolusi

June 2018 HOMEWARD BOUND Newsletter

June 2018 HOMEWARD BOUND Newsletter






Ernest Van Glahn, CEO
Debi Bolusi, COO
Prime Time Home Team
Powered By Elevate Real Estate Brokers

June has always been one of our favorite months of the year.  The kids are out of school and we look forward to backyard barbeques with friends and family, pool parties, vacations and lazy days at the beach. 

June is also Father's Day and we take the time to wish each and every dad a Happy Father's Day.  My dad is a very special man. He was a high ranking supervisor in the New York Transit Authority. I started my career in the New York City Transit Authority. But soon after I left and joined the Finest Police Department in the world, The NYPD. I found my passion here. I wanted to serve and help people. I rose to the rank of Captain. He always told me to shoot for the moon and follow my dreams. This is exactly what I did. Those were very wise words. 

Speaking of dreams, did you know that June is also Na ...

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Thursday, June 14, 2018   /   by Debi Bolusi

3 DIY Projects to Boost Your Home's Value on a Budget

3 DIY Projects to Boost Your Home's Value on a Budget
 
When you’re selling your home, you want to get the highest offer price possible. For most homeowners, that means making improvements before listing their home. But what if you don’t have a big budget for home improvement projects? Even if you can’t afford professional help, you can still improve your home’s appearance and maximize its resale value with DIY projects like these.
Repaint Walls
Painting walls is one of the easiest ways to change a room’s look, and it’s necessary before selling if your existing paint is scratched, scuffed, or stained. Neutral paint colors are the best option for most homes, but more unique hues can work when applied judiciously. If you want something more exciting than the standard neutrals, consider these on-trend colors recommended by Consumer Reports.
Before you start painting, you’ll need to prep the walls. After you’ve emptied the room ...

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Thursday, June 14, 2018   /   by Debi Bolusi

TEACHING CHILDREN SMART MONEY HABITS

Teaching Smart Money Habits
There's no doubt that teaching your child smart money management habits is vital to their long-term success. But amid all the soccer games, PTA meetings and lunch-packing, the school year can get busy -- making summer the perfect time to start teaching them about money. Here are some great ways to help your child understand finances:

Empower them to earn. Start chores young, giving your child small, incremental responsibilities around the house in exchange for money, play time or another reward. Show them that hard work pays off.
Encourage them to get a job. When old enough, encourage your kids to get a job. Maybe it's babysitting a next-door neighbor or clearing tables at the pizzeria down the street. Whatever it is, working outside the home helps teach financial responsibility, social skills and time management all in one fell swoop.
Try a prepaid debit card. Prepaid debit cards are a great way to teach your kids responsible spendi ...

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Friday, May 11, 2018   /   by Debi Bolusi

May Homeward Bound Newsletter

Mother Always Said You Should…
 
My Mom used to tell me repeatedly to do this and do that, not to do this and not to do that.  ALL, I recall, very valuable advice. Looking back on it, I can say she was, and still is, a very wise woman. 
Time reveals, in fact, just about every caring Mother is a Wise Woman.  I can see why we carve out a special day each year to acknowledge Mothers.  So here is a shout out to all Mom’s – Happy Mother’s Day!! 
And not to be outdone, my Mom's birthday is May 7th, which always falls very close to Mother's Day each year. Unfortunately, my mom is no longer here, which makes me very sad this time of year. I am sure some of you reading this can relate and have similar stories. For all of those whose Mom is no longer here, may you remember the best about them. Also, there are many who never knew their Mom due to unfortunate circumstances. But I'm sure someone played a leadership role in their lives and ...

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