Maryann Ross Levanti's Blog

Posted on 01/23/2022
The Major Variables Affecting the Price of Homes
Housing prices are constantly changing, which can make both buying and selling a home more complicated. While it’s difficult to predict future changes, it’s important to understand the key factors that affect the housing market and home prices. Here are the five major things that affect housing prices: Economic Change The overall health of the economy is a...
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Posted on 01/16/2022
How to Deep Clean Your Living Room
If your living room is a mess, you might feel overwhelmed at the prospect of “deep cleaning.” The term might hold more weight than normal everyday cleaning, but it’s not as difficult as it sounds. With the right tools and a plan, you can refresh your entire living room without calling in a professional. Living Room Cleaning Tools...
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Posted on 01/09/2022
3 Expert Tips for Selling in a Seller's Market
It's easier to sell your home in a seller's market, but that doesn't mean the home will sell itself. Selling your home requires strategy and planning, and in a seller's market there are specific things you can do to get the best offers. Here are some tips for selling in a seller's market: Clean & Stage A hot...
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Posted on 01/06/2022
Another Property Sold - 11 Boxwood Lane, Westport, CT 06880
Another new construction home by multiple HOBI award winning builder CCO Habitats! This one is a bit bigger, with 7665 finished square feet on four levels, and is sited beautifully on 1.9 acres. YES - THERE IS ROOM FOR A POOL AND A TENNIS COURT!!!!! True to the core belief that every home should be unique; this is a different floor plan with a different feel. We listened to what you asked us for and created a softer and more sophisticated home. Organic modern with a touch of wow factor. New rooms and areas to better suit the post COVID world. You will find spaces to be together as well as spaces to be alone - the perfect hybrid model...
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Posted on 01/02/2022
VA Loans for First-Time Homebuyers: A Basic Guide
If you've served in the U.S. military, a VA loan might be an excellent way to finance your first home. If you're interested in using this benefit, it's important to know the steps involved. Here is a basic guide to buying your first home with a VA loan: Get Your Certificate of Eligibility A certificate of eligibility from...
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Posted on 12/26/2021
These 3 Houseplants Are Perfect For Beginners
Photo by Ray Piedra from Pexels The care and keeping of house plants can be intimidating. However, the fear of failure shouldn’t keep you from trying. There are plenty of houseplants that are easy to maintain no matter your level of experience, climate or space in your home. There is a perfect plant for you, and it might...
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Posted on 12/23/2021
Another Property Sold - 22 Coleytown Road, Westport, CT 06880
A one of a kind gated stone and shingle estate. A back country Greenwich estate in Westport. Classic. Timeless. Quality. Almost three acres of lawn surround this custom built, unique home and pool/spa, with room for a tennis court. This is a certified green home with a 5 Hers Rating. Google it. It matters. Very low carbon footprint. Environmentally friendly. Energy efficient. Passive Haus windows and doors imported from Germany. Geothermal heat. Solar panels. From your personal point of view - it means you do not pay for heat. You do not pay for air conditioning. You do not pay to charge your electric car. You pay for 2-3...
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Posted on 12/19/2021
Your Step-by-Step Guide to New Residential Construction
Photo by Ketut Subiyanto from Pexels There is something enticing about building the home that you want rather than purchasing a property that only has some features you desire. When you invest in new residential construction, you can create the living space that you have always dreamed of having. Step 1: Choose a Builder The first step in...
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Posted on 12/17/2021
Another Property Sold - 15 Maple Avenue North, Westport, CT 06880
Do you want a NEW CONSTRUCTION HOME but don't want the headaches, delays, price changes and uncertainty surrounding buying a house pre construction?  15 Maple Avenue North is finished and move in ready!!!  This is the latest offering from multiple HOBI award winning CCOHabitats - a local Westport only builder. Yes, it's a colonial farmhouse, but true to the core value of CCOHabitats that every home should be unique; there are elements in this home that you won't find anywhere else.   A bit different, a bit edgier than the same old same old.   Personality matters.  Style matters.  Quality matters.  But still a practical home that works on...
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Posted on 12/12/2021
3 Things Property Owners Need to Know About Building Permits
A great deal of misinformation about obtaining building permits exists that sometimes results in property owners not securing one. An inspector combing through your entire home looking for violations rarely happens in practice. Of course, if the house has been significantly altered over the years without pulling a permit, it’s not unreasonable for a building code enforcement officer...
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Posted on 12/05/2021
Which Cost-Effective Home Upgrades Boost ROI?
When you’re making upgrades to your home, aim for changes that have a higher return on investment (ROI). ROI refers to the amount of money you can expect to recoup when you sell your home. Changes that have a higher ROI mean you can expect to recoup a higher amount compared to what you paid for these upgrades....
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Posted on 11/28/2021
The 4 Key Rules Every Contingency Contract Must Follow
When making an offer on a home, a buyer may add contingencies to their contract. There are many types of contingencies that apply to myriad situations and can protect the buyer from unexpected issues in the transaction. Sellers can also add their own contingencies either on their own or in counteroffers to protect their interests in the sale....
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