Patricia Best

To Rent Or To Buy...That Is The Question

Home ownership is one of the keystones of the “American Dream.” The earlier you get in the game the better off you will be in the long run.

When you rent, your rent can go up annually or at the landlord’s discretion, but your mortgage payment is fixed if you get a fixed rate loan. At today’s still historically low rates, time is of the essence to take advantage of these rates before they rise.

The best deals are often those that need some cosmetic updates and have been on the market for a long time due to the lack of the WOW factor - have some vision and it will pay off.    

Homes in Salisbury and Sharon, Connecticut, and the Tri-State area that have been renovated often sell for top dollar so drop by our office or call us at Best & Cavallaro Real Estate and let us help you find a good investment.


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    List Now Or Wait Until Spring?

    There are certain properties that  should wait until they show at their best – like an unheated lakefront cottage on Twin Lakes – but for most homes, there are good reasons to list now:

    Less Competition – With fewer comparable homes for sale in winter, your house is more likely to be shown.

    Real Buyers, Not Tirekickers – Anyone who trudges through a snowstorm to see your home is a serious buyer  - not just out to enjoy a weekend in the country.

    Mortgage Rates Are Still Low but people are worried that they will start to rise so buying now might be a good strategy.

    Availability Of Professionals (attorneys, home inspectors and mortgage lenders) may result in a quicker, smoother transaction.

    Houses in Northwest Connecticut sell year round so, even though there may be fewer shoppers, don’t miss out on the serious buyers who are looking in the winter. The best real estate agents are always up to the challenge. Contact us at Best & Cavallaro Real Estate if you’d like to discuss listing your home!


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      Best Choice for Resale: Tub or Shower?

      When friends and clients are renovating, they often come to me with this question:  If I don’t have room for a separate tub and walk-in shower, will just going for the large shower hurt my resale value? Most of the time, they say they rarely take a bath and would prefer the more luxurious shower.

      My advice is that you should have at least one nice bathtub in a house because there will always be those who favor a long soak or parents who need to bathe their young children in a tub.

      As long as you have covered that, I would feel free to choose a shower over a combination shower/tub. In a guest room, I definitely think it’s fine – and probably preferable – to go with a walk-in shower. 

      As always, feel free to contact us at Best & Cavallaro in Salisbury if you want to pick our brains!


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        Fall House Maintenance

        As the leaves turn many new colors here in the beautiful Northwest Corner of Connecticut, it’s a good time to get your house ready for winter.   

        Here’s a checklist to help get you started:

        • Chimneys – make sure your chimney is clean and equipped with an animal-proof chimney cap

        • Clean your gutters – clogged gutters can create ice dams; gutters also channel water away from the house to prevent water damage

        • Animal-proof your house – caulk small holes and cover with steel mesh to prevent rodents from seeking a cozy spot to winter

        • Trim trees and shrubs that are too close to the house

        • HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning) should be serviced and cleaned annually and filters changed as recommended for your equipment.

        And now you can get ready to enjoy skiing, skating, and fireside dinners!


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