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Interest Rates Rising in 2017

by Ashley Franchini Team

We're sure many of you heard about the fed raising the interest rates last month.  This article from Zillow breaks down simply what that means for you - at whatever stage of home ownership you may be in.

Rising Rates in 2017

How to get your finances in order to buy a home in 2017

by Ashley Franchini Team

If buying a home is a goal for you in 2017 this article offers some great advice for saving that down payment and prepping your finances.

Prep your Bank Account

Selling your home in 2017

by Ashley Franchini Team

Hi and welcome to a brand new year!  If you are thinking of listing your home in 2017, why not start early?  The attached article comes from Trulia and while the author lives and works in the Athens, GA area - the article and advice definitely translates to the Jersey Shore.  Let me know what you are thinking and my team will help get your property on the market for those early buyers!

Cheers to a successful 2017!

Selling early in 2017

Everyone you need to notify when you move

by Ashley Franchini Team

You did it!  You found that dream home and now you are moving into it.  Don't forget to notify everyone of your new address.  Here's a helpful list to get you started.



Common Mistakes First Time Homebuyers Make

by Ashley Franchini Team

Don't fall into these common pitfalls first time home buyers often do.  Take this advice from the Zillow Porchlight blog!

Common First Time Homebuyer Mistakes



Is now a Good Time for Buying a House?

by Ashley Franchini Team

If you are thinking about buying your first house, here is some expert market advice about timing.


Good Time for Buying a House



Afford the Holidays AND Save for a House?

by Ashley Franchini Team

Today's blog comes to us from Trulia's Money Matters blog.  It's easy to get a little carried away at the holidays but when your goals are bigger than the "it" toy of the year  There are steps you can take to have a Happy Holiday and a Happy Future!


5 Money Saving Tips

Resurface your deck or replace it?

by Ashley Franchini Team

There's some great advice in this article from Bob Tedeschi - about when he decided to restore his deck.  I also love his decorating tips!

Restoring a Wooden Deck

Winter Yard Care

by Ashley Franchini Team

We've discussed recently the importance of winterizing your home - even in the temperate conditions down the shore, but what about your yard?  Here are 7 great tips from Redfin on how to keep your yard healthy during the winter months so that it really shines in summer!


1.  Repair Hardscape Features

Repair any cracked steps, walkways or driveways before the weather becomes icy. If left alone, damaged areas could deteriorate over the winter and lead to unsafe conditions for your friends and family. If you notice splintering on your deck, you should treat it and seal it properly.

2. Tighten Railings

When repairing walkways and steps, take some extra time to tighten your railing bolts. Loose railings can cause accidents and injuries. Similarly, be sure your fixtures, shutters and other outdoor features are securely in place and able to withstand the stress of winter storms.

3. Lawn Care

Be sure to aerate and reseed your lawn during the fall season. A healthy fall lawn will ensure lush spring landscaping and help you avoid unsightly bare spots during the colder months. As an extra measure, be sure to add winter fertilizer to the lawn to ensure that roots penetrate your soil.

4. Trim Branches

As you check your landscape, be sure to inspect trees and shrubs. Remove dead limbs that could fall during inclement weather. In addition, be sure that you clear away branches near power lines or other property features.

5. Patio Furniture

Be sure to wash your patio furniture and other outdoor furnishings before winter arrives. Also, be sure to store these items in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions. Cover any pieces you can’t fit in your garage or shed. Lightweight furniture like plastic chairs should be stored so they don’t blow away or become too brittle for use.

6. Mulch Leaves

A thick layer of leaves can suffocate the grass below. If you don’t choose to rake and compost your fall leaves, you could mulch them using a mulching mower. If you have rose bushes or other perennials that require some insulation, you can also use leaves to layer around the bases of these plants.

7. Screen Plants

Be sure to protect your perennials and young trees from the nibbling of wintertime creatures. You can encircle the plants with chicken wire to better protect them during the long winter. You can also use commercially made tree guards to prevent animals from damaging young trees and shrubs.

Now is the time to get your yard in order before the rough weather of winter arrives. Once these tasks are complete, you can enjoy the peace of mind that comes from knowing your property is in order and ready to face the long cold season.

Creative Financing - 15 Year Mortgage

by Ashley Franchini Team

There are so many loan programs out there for home buyers.  A 15 year mortgage may be right for you.  This article from MSN Money details the advantages to shortening your financing term.  When you are ready, give me a call and I will help you not only find the perfect property for you, but with my network of loan officers and banks will help you find the right financing.  609-233-6116


4 Reasons to Consider a 15-Year Mortgage

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Ashley Franchini
Soleil Sotheby's International Realty
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Margate NJ 08402
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