Monday, January 18, 2021 / by James Cosgrove
Throughout my life I did my best to stay out of an uncomfortable uniform.
I tried. I always felt like as soon as you put on the Burger King hat or Plumbing company shirt that's all you were for those 8 hours. It was always a constant reminder that I was not in charge and I was working for peanuts on someone else dream.
I ended up bartending, warehouse hopping or playing shows in small bars for scraps. I Had a handful of cooking jobs and off the books construction gigs, and ZERO direction or hope for the future.
I had spurts of enthusiasm at the begginings of certain opportunities sure but I never had a solid belief in what I was doing or in myself.
Having two young kids and needing something stable with benefits, a friend of mine helped me out with a job in a high school doing janitor work.
I could see in my fathers eyes and hear in his voice how this was PERFECT for me and how the friend that got my foot in the door felt the same way.
This, after all ...
Wednesday, July 3, 2019 / by Jeff Mistretta
Rising home prices coupled with a lack of inventory in today’s market may cause some homeowners to consider selling their home on their own (known in the industry as a For Sale By Owner). However, a FSBO might not be a good idea for the vast majority of sellers.
The top 5 reasons are listed below:
1. Online Strategy for Prospective Purchasers
Recent studies have shown that 95% of buyers search online for a home. In comparison, only 13% use print newspaper ads. Most real estate agents have an Internet strategy to promote the sale of your home. Do you?
2. Results Come from the Internet
Where did buyers find the home they actually purchased?
50% on the Internet
7% from a yard sign
28% from a Real Estate Agent
1% from newspapers
The days of selling your house by putting up a sign and listing it in the paper are long gone. Having a strong Internet strategy is crucial.
3. There Are Too Many People to Negotiate With
Here is a list  ...
Monday, July 1, 2019 / by Jeff Mistretta
A recent survey of renters shows that 50% of Americans are DETERMINED to own a home. Let’s get together to help you achieve your American Dream!
Friday, June 28, 2019 / by Jeff Mistretta
In many markets across the country, the number of buyers searching for their dream homes outnumbers the number of homes for sale. This has led to a competitive marketplace where buyers often need to stand out. One way to show that you are serious about buying your dream home is to get pre-qualified or pre-approved for a mortgage before starting your search.
Even if you are not in an incredibly competitive market, understanding your budget will give you the confidence of knowing whether or not your dream home is within your reach.
Freddie Mac lays out the advantages of pre-approval in the ‘My Home’ section of their website:
“It’s highly recommended that you work with your lender to get pre-approved before you begin house hunting. Pre-approval will tell you how much home you can afford and can help you move faster, and with greater confidence, in competitive markets.”
One of the many advantages of working with a lo ...
Wednesday, June 26, 2019 / by Jeff Mistretta
Buyer demand continues to outpace the supply of homes for sale. This means that buyers are often competing with one another for the few listings that are available.
Housing inventory is still under the 6-month supply needed to sustain a normal housing market.
Now may be the time for you and your family to move on and start living the life you desire!