Blog :: 11-2014

The Best Real Estate Apps for Buyers

Here are a few apps available to help you in your search for the perfect home!

Redfin - this multiple listing service powered real estate app gives you info on-the-go such as photos, full details, property history and agent notes!

Realtor.com - this app has many useful features as well as accurate information. It uses your location to show you homes in the area for sale. It also makes it easy to contact listing agents!

CalcsFree - this app helps agents show buyers how much their mortgage will be for any given property by plugging in an offer amount, the taxes and insurance payments, and the HOA fees and mortgage insurance.

Trulia - this apps alerts homebuyers, sellers and renters everything from local market info on median sale prices, details on area schools and crime rates on color-coded maps. It also details price-reduction history for different properties.

PictNote - buyers using this app can combine pictures with notes as well as save locations to keep potential properties organized.

Zillow - using this app buyers can search for houses for sale, rent, etc. You can find properties by searching via location, address or voice search. It is easy to share property finds with friends and be notified of new listings.

Sitegeist - an app that has many uses, depending on your location is provides interested data about the surrounding area such as average age of residents, commuting trends, popular nearby places, average temp, etc.

Homesnap - snap a photo of any home to get instant property details for example, home values, if it was recently sold and when, bedroom & bathroom count, taxes, lot boundaries, local amenities, etc! If the home is on the market interior photos even may be available. You can also contact a real estate agent to schedule a home or list your own home via the app!

These phone apps can help in making the home buying process go a little bit smoother!

 

 

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Homeowners Insurance 101

  • What is Homeowners Insurance?
    • It basically comes down to protecting your valuables! A standard homeowners policy generally covers four categories:
      • The structure of your home: if its damaged or destroyed by fire or most other natural disasters
      • Your belongings: if they're stolen or destroyed by fire or other insured disasters
      • Liability: if you, your family members, or pets cause damage to anyone else's property
      • Additional living expenses: if you have to live away from home due to fire or other insured damage
    • Do We Need It?
      • Not by law, but if you're getting a mortgage, your lender will most likely require it. Even if it's not required, do you want to risk losing the investment you've made in your home?
    • How Do We Get It?
      • Do a room-by-room inventory, taking photos of valuable items or make a video. Note products make, model and serial number, and include receipts and appraisals to the list. Make a copy of your inventory and store it with a relative or in a safe deposit box.
    • How Do We Choose?
      • Shop around; get quotes from at least 3 companies and compare them. The Insurance Information Institute can give you more info about companies, policies and other basics.
    • How Can We Save?
      • Get a higher deductible. The higher the deductible, the lower your rate.
      • See if you can get a lower rate if you buy your homeowners and car insurance from the same company.
      • Ask about discounts (for having home-security devices or for staying with the same company for a long time).
      • Most policies cover personal property even when you're not at home, like if your wallet gets stolen at the mall - make sure your policy is one of them.

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Open Houses - Sunday 11/16, 1-3 PM

This Sunday, November 16, 2014 from 1:00-3:00pm, Geri Reilly Real Estate is hosting 2 Open Houses! Join us at 299 Sycamore Street in Shelburne & 9109 Williston Rd in Williston, Vermont. Stop by to say "hi" and take a look around!

We look forward to seeing you there!

 

299 Sycamore Street, Shelburne

Desirable Rivercrest Estates

Private 4 BR/4 BA home in sought after Rivercrest Estates with chef's kitchen with center island, fireplaced family room with atrium door to deck, 1st floor office, hardwood floors, master suite with private balcony, finished walkout basement, stone patio and fire pit, Easy access to snowshoeing & walking trails.

MLS#4374482/ $514,000

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9109 Williston Road, Williston

A Rare Find

Private 4 BR/3 BA ranch-style home with flexible floor plan & kitchen with eat-in island, spacious dining area with wood stove, mudroom or office, and family room with "game and book" nook. Second floor master suite with walk-in closet and slider to private deck overlooking woods.

MLS#4363532/ $299,900

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