Marcie Gingle & Roberta Lerman
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Marcie & Roberta

RE/MAX 360
Marcie Gingle: 617.838.3102
Roberta Lerman: 781.983.2882

12 Atlantic Ave
Marblehead, MA 01945

Our Real Estate Blog - Part Two

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Sellers Should Channel Patience

They say patience is a virtue. Home sellers attempting to unload their properties during this COVID-19 crisis may need to take those words to heart.

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6 Ergonomic Mistakes To Avoid

By now, you may have spent months working in a makeshift home office after the COVID-19 pandemic required many employees to take their work home and shelter in place. And even as states begin to reopen, many of us plan to work from home for the foreseeable future.

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Garbage Disposal Tips

Follow these tips if you want to keep your garbage disposal running smoothly and avoid unnecessary repairs and expenses.

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Happy Mother's Day!

Wishing you all a Happy Mother's Day! May your day be sunny and bright and filled with love.

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It Starts Before the Statement is Sent

The deadline for challenging your property tax assessment this year may be later than normal due to the stay at home orders but when you are notified, you'll want to be ready to decide whether you can save some money on property taxes this year.

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One More Reason to Refinance

Taking cash out of the equity of your home could be a legitimate way to fund a temporary cash crisis now or to have it on-hand if the need arises. Most homeowners can pull out the difference in 80% of the fair market value of their home and what they currently owe.

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First Impression, Lasting Impact: Entryway Essentials

They say you never get a second chance to make a first impression – and neither does your house. To avoid a negative first impression that sends potential buyers running out the door, consider these tips for staging a stellar entryway that hints at what’s to come during the showing.

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Don't Let Disaster Set You Back

Since you're at home anyway and may even have kids at home who need something to do, now is a great time to get a current home inventory done in case the misfortune of a disaster should strike. We all fear a fire, flood or burglary and this will help be ready for an insurance claim.

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Celebrating Easter is Different This Year

Easter will be different this year for most everyone that celebrates it. Don't let it get you down. Celebrate what you have instead of thinking about what is different. Be happy for your health and your family's health. Read on for some ideas on how to safely celebrate.

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How to Make Coconut Macaroons for Passover

Passover desserts can be a real bummer. But coconut macaroons, especially when drizzled with dark chocolate, are moist, chewy and absolutely delicious.

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What Buyers Can Do While Staying at Home

While you're isolating at home, there are things you can do to help buy a home now or in the near future. Instead of spending time surfing the Internet looking at homes, do the groundwork necessary to be able to purchase the home that you find.

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Showing Procedures During COVID-19

During these unsettling times, sellers and buyers are concerned about staying healthy and virus-free as we all are. To keep all parties safe, new procedures should be considered regarding the procedure for showing houses.

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Working From Home

Working from home can be challenging if you're new to it or if there are a lot of distractions in your home, especially, when there are other people there too. These tips should help.

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Where can I get take-out or delivery from?

In Collaboration, the Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce and Discover Gloucester has compiled a list of businesses who are providing take-out and delivery services. You can view it here!

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Personal Finance Review

Most of us get so used to our "regular expenses" that we don't realize we could be saving a lot of money with a few changes. Check out these tips on YOU may be able to save.

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Get Ready to Garage Sale

Hosting a yard sale is a great way to clear out unused items from your home, especially if you are planning to move. We've got some great tips on how to make the most of it.

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Removing a Person from a Mortgage

When two people decide, whether they're married or not, to buy a home, they're probably considering what a great idea it is...until it isn't.

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Instant Buyers Save Time But Cost Money

CAUTION: "If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is." There are a multitude of companies across the Internet, referred to as iBuyers. Read this cautionary article before being lured in.

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Financing Home Improvements

Deciding to make improvements on your home is a big decision. As it turns out, funding the updates is too! We're here to help. Review this info and contact us for guidance.

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What goes with the house?

For both buyers and sellers, there can sometimes be confusion on exactly what goes with the house and what goes with the seller when they move.

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Even when real estate agents sell their homes, they have the same expectations as most sellers. What are they and are they realistic?

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Your Rate Depends on your Score

Do you know your FICO score? More importantly, did you know that it has a major impact on what interest rate you will pay?

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What Is Mortgage Lock-in?

For some buyers, interest rates can make the difference of whether they can buy a home or not. Can you lock in a rate? Is it always wise to do so?

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What's Keeping Buyers Out Of The Market?

In short, saving enough for a deposit. See what buyers have done in 2019 to manage this challenge.

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Downsizing in 2020

Approximately 52 million or 16% of Americans are age 65 and over. It is easy to understand that some of them are thinking of downsizing their home because they don't need the same space they did in the past.

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In Case Of Emergency

Imagine having an emergency in your home and needing to find something that will solve the problem. You need to be able to put your hands on it quickly.

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Another Source for a Down Payment

Borrowing from a 401k, 403b or the cash value of life insurance policy is a common financial strategy.