Melissa and Todd Rolland's Blog Posts

Melissa and Todd Rolland's Blog Posts

Chores To Keep Your House In Check
Chores To Keep Your House In CheckConsistent upkeep to our homes, and the weekend-warrior chore lists, are not new concepts to most homeowners.Completing ongoing regular preventati...

Why Buying Bigger Isnt Always Better
 When buying a new house, would-be homeowners often become distracted by size and think that bigger is better.Dependent on your current situation, the exact opposite may be tr...

Improving Your Quality Of Life
There are so many things to consider when buying your new home that it can make your head spin.Sometimes, especially in a competitive market when time is of the essence, buyers wil...

Happy House Hunting
For many would-be home buyers, the hunt for their next home is the most anticipated portion of the home buying process.Picture this: it's a sunny Saturday afternoon, and you're on ...

Handling The Clutter
It's easy for clutter to start taking over our space, and for many real estate agents, the first piece of advice that they will give to their seller clients is to "declutter" their...

Here Come The Millenials
Millennials are the second-largest segment of home buyers, ranked only behind Baby Boomers, according to the National Association of Realtors.When looking to buy, here are five fea...

The Benefits Of Owning A Home
In Hearth's 2017 State of the American Dream Report, the research confirmed that "all generations - including millennials - agree home ownership is very important to achieving the ...

How To Survive The Home Inspection
You fell in love with the house as soon as you saw it, you've put in an offer, and good news! Your offer has been accepted. For most home buyers, a contingency on their offer ...

On The Way To Sold
 Often would-be home sellers are overwhelmed by the thought of listing their house.They understand that there's a lot of upfront preparation required to get their house ready ...

Milestones To Homeownership
In today’s Amazonian “one-click-it-ships” instant gratification world, would-be home buyers sometimes lose sight that purchasing a house is a journey, rather than an instan...

To Rent Or To Buy
As the spring real estate market of 2018 begins to spin into action, and a whole new set of home seekers contemplates entering, there is no single greater question asked than wheth...

Sharing Your Home With Pets
We know that as homeowners, we have preferences about the features of our homes - and our four-legged family members may also have favorite things about a home that allow them to r...

Home Sweet Home Or Financial Burden
When you start thinking about buying a house, it's easy to let your emotions run wild. You start scouring the internet on home search sites for houses that you can picture you...

Timing Could Be Everything
The end of January brings the winter doldrums, winter weather, and for some, thoughts of selling the house come spring.If you've been thinking about packing up and moving out once ...

What Do I Do Now
 You’re moving! You’ve decided to list your home with a real estate agent and you’ve set your list price. You’ve decluttered and depersonalized. You’ve scrubbed, c...

A Recipe For Happy Homeselling
Once you've decided to list your house, the prep work to get your home "show ready" is vital.As your house joins others like it for sale, it's important that it presents as well - ...

What To Look For At The Walk Through
 What To Look For At The Walk-ThroughMelissa RollandCourant CommunityWhether the seller or the buyer of a house, it's likely that both have "closing day" circled on their cale...

From Online Looker To Serious HomeBuyer
If you've ever searched online for a house with sites like Zillow.com or Trulia.com, you've probably seen the "contact agent" button.The "contact agent" button allows you to choose...

5 Ways To Bust Clutter
Have you ever noticed that it doesn't take that long for a room to go from a perfectly organized space to a cluttered, chaotic mess?Dining room tables get strewn with mail and the ...

The 5Ps Of Buying A House
Buying a house can be an overwhelming and confusing process for a homebuyer. Whether it’s your first home purchase, or you’ve experienced several transactions, it’s importa...

Biggest Open House Mistakes
When it comes time to list and sell your home, there are many elements to the marketing strategy that may come in to play: Staging, good-looking photos, an internet presence, a f...

Turning Off Buyers
Staging your home before putting it on the market is not new advice from most real estate salespeople to their clients. Staging a home is a presale process that aims to lean on a...

Buyers Be Sure To Go With The Flow
According to statistics compiled from the Connecticut Multiple Listing Service, active single-family home inventory in Connecticut in September 2016 was recorded at 41,282 homes....

You Have The Keys Now What
 The long-awaited day is finally here; closing day! After searching for and finding the perfect house, submitting the offer and having it negotiated and accepted, going thro...

To Move Or To Modify
“To move, or to modify?”, that is the question. As families grow and evolve, homeowners might start to wonder if their current home continues to be the best option, or if the...

Remodeling Projects That Bring Joy
Homeowners and renters remodel, redesign, and restructure their home for a variety of reasons. From April through August of 2017, Houselogic.com surveyed consumers about the las...

Love The Hunt
Housing inventory in the state of Connecticut as of this writing is down 11% 2017 versus 2016. If you’re looking to buy, you may be feeling the lack of inventory manifested in ...

Removing The Stress From Homebuying
Are you stressed out about your next move? Sleepless nights? Wonder and worry if you’ll ever find the house that fits your budget and hits most of the items on your wish list? ...

Are You A HouseHunter Wanna Be
Have you been looking at houses online? Visiting open houses? Are you an HGTV addict, watching every episode of Househunters, shouting at the t.v. show’s buyers on which house ...

Turning Ow Into Wow
You’ve done the prep work to list your house: “decluttered”, cleaned, done some fixing up, staged, the photographer’s taken the photos, and now your house is an active l...

I Would Buy A House But
 According to the most recent statistical information provided in the Current Population Survey of the US Census Bureau, the homeownership rate is 63.6% in the United States...

Surviving The House Hunt
 You’ve scheduled some showings with your Realtor of houses that you’ve already previewed online that meet your criteria, including location and budget. The day has come...

Buying Your Dream Home
Imagine walking in to a home for sale with a big bag full of money, plunking it down on the kitchen counter and saying, "Ok, here's the cash. I've got it. Where's the keys? I'm rea...

Cookies Can Help Sell Your Home
 According to the National Association of Realtors, the average number of homes that a buyer will look at before making an offer is 10, and the average time the process t...

The Autumn ToDo List
With the exchange of swimsuits for sweaters, and iced tea for hot cocoa, it's time to tackle some preventative fall chores from the household to-do list.Besides raking the leaves, ...

Are You Ready To Buy A House
 You've been renting for a while, and have been thinking it's finally time to "settle down" and buy a house.After all, it seems as if all your friends buying, so it must be ti...

Preparing For The Bumps Of Buying A Home
When dreaming of your next home purchase, what comes to mind?Is it the anticipation of the "fun of the hunt" and having the opportunity to look at a whole bunch of houses and dream...

What To Look For At The Walkthrough
Whether the seller or the buyer of a house, it's likely that both have "closing day" circled on their calendar.It also means a "walk-through" of the property prior to signing the c...

Home Selling Security Tips
With so many details to think about when it comes time to sell a house: from which real estate professional to use, to prepping the home for sale, to plans for after the house sell...

Pointers For Practical Packing
When it comes time to pack up to move your household items to your new place, you may ask yourself, “Oh, where to begin?”For many homeowners, there’s a certain level of appre...

Why To Buy In The Fall
The post Labor Day housing market signals to many would-be home buyers to table the home search until spring.Housing inventory in our area tends to be lower, the days get shorter a...


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