Northport Real Estate Blog

  • Real Estate Terminology: Closing Costs, the Fourth in a Series

    BY David Innocenzi

    Closing costs include all of the fees and costs associated with completing the sale or purchase of a home using a mortgage, that are in addition to the actual cost of the property itself. These costs are due at the "close" of the deal, with the disbu...

  • Easy Curb Appeal Upgrades You Can Do On a Weekend

    BY David Innocenzi

    Sometimes the idea of getting your home ready to sell can seem daunting, and you might be tempted to sell it "as is" instead. Adding a little curb appeal, however, will help your home sell faster and for more money. There are many improvements that a...

  • Real Estate Terminology: Ratios, the Third in a Series

    BY David Innocenzi

    In the vocabulary of real estate, various ratios help buyers and mortgage services determine the viability of a purchase. A ratio is a way of expressing the relationship between two values or amounts. Usually, ratios compare how much of one thing the...

  • Smart Selling to Today’s Homebuyers

    BY David Innocenzi

    If you're considering selling now that the housing market outlook is improving, take a few moments to consider how buyers have changed what they look for in the home buying process. During the past six years, changes in how buyers communicate, share ...

  • Real Estate Terminology: Appraisal vs. Assessment vs. Market Value, the Second in a Series

    BY David Innocenzi

    In the vocabulary of real estate, there are three terms that indicate a home's valuation: the Appraised Value, the Assessed Value and the Market Value. Rarely are these three values the same amount, so it is easy to confuse them when considering buyi...

  • What Gen Y Looks for in a Home to Buy

    BY David Innocenzi

    If you've lived in your home for some time, you notice when the neighborhood around you is changing to a younger demographic. Thinking this might be a good time to sell, you wonder what was so appealing about the house down the street to the young co...

  • Real Estate Terminology: Abatement, the First in a Series

    BY David Innocenzi

    Every industry has its own vocabulary, and real estate is no exception. If you are newly in the home-buying market, you may find yourself stumped by the lingo, acronyms, abbreviations and jargon commonly used in real estate sales materials, online li...

  • Basketball Themed Home Makeovers for March Madness

    BY David Innocenzi

    With NCAA Final Four Basketball finals coming up, basketball themed bedrooms, game rooms, theater rooms and garages stoke dreams of future champions. Give a makeover to a space in your house and score big time with March Madness fans and upgrade your...

  • Planning for Multi-Generational Living

    BY David Innocenzi

    Extended families living in one home are more the norm these days. When looking for a home to share with your older parents, consider that while they may be completely mobile now, in the future they may need assistance to maintain balance, negotiate ...

  • Open House Pitfalls, Tips and Etiquette for Buyers

    BY David Innocenzi

    So, you're thinking of buying a home … where do you begin? Potential buyers new to the real estate market may not know exactly what they want in a home, or where they want to live. The dream homes in magazines are a great way to get ideas, and look...