Bridgeview Real Estate, 306 James Street Clayton, NY 13624 Blog

Tuesday, February 20, 2024   /   by Melanie Curley.

Thinking of Selling? It's Time to Prepare You House.

If you're thinking of selling your house this spring, now is the perfect time to start getting it ready. With the market gearing up for its busiest time of year, it'll be important to make sure your house shines bright among the competition.

Here are some valuable tips you can use to get your house market-ready.

Declutter and Organize

First impressions matter, and if your house is a mess, that can easily turn off potential buyers. Before listing, take the time to declutter and organize each room. Decluttering is about more than just tidying up – it's about creating a sense of space and openness that allows potential buyers to envision themselves living in your home. According to Moving.com:

“Decluttering and organizing your space will go a long way in appealing to potential buyers. . . .decluttering will help the buyers see themselves living in your home. Less clutter inside a home also helps a place appear larger and . ...

Monday, February 19, 2024   /   by Melanie Curley.

Upgrade Your Home With These Design Trends

Upgrade Your Home With These 2024 Design Trends

31 Jan 2024  by Melanie Curley, RE Associate Broker


One of the best parts of owning a home is the freedom to make it truly your own with design choices that reflect your personality and lifestyle. Whether you lean toward contemporary design or a farmhouse aesthetic, your home is your canvas.

Even so, it’s always smart to think about the long-term impact those decisions might have on your home’s value. Choosing over-personalized or unpopular materials and finishes could make your home less appealing to future buyers. And selecting out-of-style or overly-trendy elements could cause your home to feel dated quickly.

To help inspire your design choices, we’ve rounded up some of the top trends we’re watching in 2024. Keep in mind, not all of these will work well in every house. If you plan to list or renovate your property, give us a call. We can help you realize your vision and ...

Monday, February 5, 2024   /   by Melanie Curley.

Foreclosure Activity Is Still Lower than the Norm

Have you seen headlines talking about the increase in foreclosures in today’s housing market? If so, they may leave you feeling a bit uneasy about what’s ahead. But remember, these clickbait titles don’t always give you the full story.
The truth is, if you compare the current numbers with what usually happens in the market, you’ll see there’s no need to worry.
Putting the Headlines into Perspective
The increase the media is calling attention to is misleading. That’s because they’re only comparing the most recent numbers to a time where foreclosures were at historic lows. And that’s making it sound like a bigger deal than it is.
In 2020 and 2021, the moratorium and forbearance program helped millions of homeowners stay in their homes, allowing them to get back on their feet during a very challenging period.
When the moratorium came to an end, there was an expected rise in foreclosures. But just because foreclosures . ...

Saturday, February 3, 2024   /   by Melanie Curley.

Balancing Emotion and Logic When Buying a Home

Whether you’re a first-time buyer or a seasoned veteran, the homebuying process can elicit a range of feelings, from excitement and anticipation to frustration and confusion.
This can sometimes make it challenging to know if you are making the right decision. However, there are several methods you can use to strike a balance between emotions and logic, allowing you to be better positioned to choose a perfect home for you and your family.






Understand your decision-making style
As you start your home search, it’s important to evaluate what factors drive your choices most. Do you make decisions based on your gut feeling or personal attachment? Or do you focus on more pragmatic factors like finances? Knowing whether you tend to rely on logic, emotion, or a combination of both will help you make a more self-aware and informed homebuying decision.
Beware of love at first sight
You may fall in love with a home the minute you see it, but if it’s the first on ...

Tuesday, January 30, 2024   /   by Melanie Curley.

What Factors Impact Mortgage Rates

2 of the Factors That Impact Mortgage Rates
If you’re looking to buy a home, you’ve probably been paying close attention to mortgage rates. Over the last couple of years, they hit record lows, rose dramatically, and are now dropping back down a bit. Ever wonder why?
The answer is complicated because there’s a lot that can influence mortgage rates. Here are just a few of the most impactful factors at play.
Inflation and the Federal Reserve
The Federal Reserve (Fed) doesn’t directly determine mortgage rates. But the Fed does move the Federal Funds Rate up or down in response to what’s happening with inflation, the economy, employment rates, and more. As that happens, mortgage rates tend to respond. Business Insider explains:
“The Federal Reserve slows inflation by raising the federal funds rate, which can indirectly impact mortgages. High inflation and investor expectations of more Fed rate hikes can push mortg. ...
Bridgeview Real Estate, 306 James Street Clayton, NY 13624
Melanie Curley
306 James Street
Clayton, NY 13624
Office: 315-686-5500

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