Melissa and Todd Rolland's Blog Posts

What Do I Do Now

 You’re moving! You’ve decided to list your home with a real estate agent and you’ve set your list price. You’ve decluttered and depersonalized. You’ve scrubbed, cleaned, painted

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A Recipe For Happy Homeselling

Once you've decided to list your house, the prep work to get your home "show ready" is vital.As your house joins others like it for sale, it's important that it presents as well - or better - than

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What To Look For At The Walk Through

 What To Look For At The Walk-ThroughMelissa RollandCourant CommunityWhether the seller or the buyer of a house, it's likely that both have "closing day" circled on their calendar.It also means

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From Online Looker To Serious HomeBuyer

If you've ever searched online for a house with sites like Zillow.com or Trulia.com, you've probably seen the "contact agent" button.The "contact agent" button allows you to choose the real estate

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5 Ways To Bust Clutter

Have you ever noticed that it doesn't take that long for a room to go from a perfectly organized space to a cluttered, chaotic mess?Dining room tables get strewn with mail and the kid's schoolwork.

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The 5Ps Of Buying A House

Buying a house can be an overwhelming and confusing process for a homebuyer. Whether it’s your first home purchase, or you’ve experienced several transactions, it’s important that when

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Biggest Open House Mistakes

When it comes time to list and sell your home, there are many elements to the marketing strategy that may come in to play: Staging, good-looking photos, an internet presence, a for sale sign in

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Turning Off Buyers

Staging your home before putting it on the market is not new advice from most real estate salespeople to their clients. Staging a home is a presale process that aims to lean on a home’s best

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Buyers Be Sure To Go With The Flow

According to statistics compiled from the Connecticut Multiple Listing Service, active single-family home inventory in Connecticut in September 2016 was recorded at 41,282 homes. In the same

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You Have The Keys Now What

 The long-awaited day is finally here; closing day! After searching for and finding the perfect house, submitting the offer and having it negotiated and accepted, going through the

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To Move Or To Modify

“To move, or to modify?”, that is the question. As families grow and evolve, homeowners might start to wonder if their current home continues to be the best option, or if there’s another

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Remodeling Projects That Bring Joy

Homeowners and renters remodel, redesign, and restructure their home for a variety of reasons. From April through August of 2017, Houselogic.com surveyed consumers about the last home improvement

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Love The Hunt

Housing inventory in the state of Connecticut as of this writing is down 11% 2017 versus 2016. If you’re looking to buy, you may be feeling the lack of inventory manifested in your frustration

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Removing The Stress From Homebuying

Are you stressed out about your next move? Sleepless nights? Wonder and worry if you’ll ever find the house that fits your budget and hits most of the items on your wish list? First, know that

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Are You A HouseHunter Wanna Be

Have you been looking at houses online? Visiting open houses? Are you an HGTV addict, watching every episode of Househunters, shouting at the t.v. show’s buyers on which house to buy? It can be

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Turning Ow Into Wow

You’ve done the prep work to list your house: “decluttered”, cleaned, done some fixing up, staged, the photographer’s taken the photos, and now your house is an active listing on the

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I Would Buy A House But

 According to the most recent statistical information provided in the Current Population Survey of the US Census Bureau, the homeownership rate is 63.6% in the United States today. For every

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Surviving The House Hunt

 You’ve scheduled some showings with your Realtor of houses that you’ve already previewed online that meet your criteria, including location and budget. The day has come, and you’re

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Buying Your Dream Home

Imagine walking in to a home for sale with a big bag full of money, plunking it down on the kitchen counter and saying, "Ok, here's the cash. I've got it. Where's the keys? I'm ready to move in.

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Cookies Can Help Sell Your Home

 According to the National Association of Realtors, the average number of homes that a buyer will look at before making an offer is 10, and the average time the process takes that buyer is

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The Autumn ToDo List

With the exchange of swimsuits for sweaters, and iced tea for hot cocoa, it's time to tackle some preventative fall chores from the household to-do list.Besides raking the leaves, pruning trees and

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Are You Ready To Buy A House

 You've been renting for a while, and have been thinking it's finally time to "settle down" and buy a house.After all, it seems as if all your friends buying, so it must be time for you to buy

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Preparing For The Bumps Of Buying A Home

When dreaming of your next home purchase, what comes to mind?Is it the anticipation of the "fun of the hunt" and having the opportunity to look at a whole bunch of houses and dreaming about the life

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What To Look For At The Walkthrough

Whether the seller or the buyer of a house, it's likely that both have "closing day" circled on their calendar.It also means a "walk-through" of the property prior to signing the closing documents

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Home Selling Security Tips

With so many details to think about when it comes time to sell a house: from which real estate professional to use, to prepping the home for sale, to plans for after the house sells, security of

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Pointers For Practical Packing

When it comes time to pack up to move your household items to your new place, you may ask yourself, “Oh, where to begin?”For many homeowners, there’s a certain level of apprehension associated

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Why To Buy In The Fall

The post Labor Day housing market signals to many would-be home buyers to table the home search until spring.Housing inventory in our area tends to be lower, the days get shorter and colder, and for

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