Joseph Baratta's Blog Posts

9 Things To Consider Before (and During) the Mortgage Application

When most people think about buying a home, they think about neighborhoods, paint colors, and wish lists, not paycheck stubs and closing costs. However, in reality you’ll probably find that

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Can You Sell Your Home to an Investor?

From small towns to major metropolitan areas, real estate investors drive the market for everything from condominiums to single family homes to multi-family homes like duplexes, triplexes, and quads

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10 Questions Everyone Selling a Home Should be Asking

When you are getting ready to put your home on the market, you may be lying awake at night wondering about the logistics and the financial ramifications of your decision. Here are ten questions that

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Winning At Negotiations

One of the most important things your real estate agent or broker does is represent you during the various negotiation processes involved in buying or selling a home. While we often think of the

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I Just Got My Real Estate License. Now What?

I remember How I felt when I took my first real estate buyer out.   All at once, I realized that all of the facts and figures I had memorized for my licensing tests were useless for the

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Your home is likely worth more now than it was this time last year. Find out why!

If you’re a homeowner, you’re in luck. US homeowners are currently enjoying a boom in residential equity value. According to CoreLogic’s Homeowner Equity Insights Report,

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Cold Weather Pet Precautions

Whipping winds, deep snow, and icy roadways—all these things may sound like every human’s winter nightmare, but these hazardous conditions can pose a threat to our pets, too. Just like,

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Tips to Prepare Your Home for a Winter Storm

Depending on where you live, dangerously low temperatures and mounds of snow are par for the course during the winter. Not only can a winter storm impact our daily lives, it can also do a number on

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Improvements to Increase Your Home’s Value

If you want to increase the value of your home, it’s important to do some key renovations. But not all renovation projects are created equal. Some are worth the pretty penny spent, but many

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Are you prepping for closing day? Read this first!

When you watch a show on HGTV where an eager young couple is looking for a home, it usually ends when the offer is accepted. In real life, however, that is only the beginning of the story. The

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Save More Every Month with These Smart Strategies

Saving money can be difficult, even when you stick to a budget. It’s easy to feel like you’re not getting anywhere. You wish you could save more, but where do you start?At home.

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Long Distance Home Buying

People move for a variety of reasons. However, long-distance moves often come during times of life change, like a new marriage, new job, or retirement. If your next move is taking you far away to a

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Should You List Your Home During the Holidays?

Whether you’re big on Halloween parties, planning the perfect Thanksgiving feast, or focusing on the December holiday season, if you’re also planning to sell your home, you may be

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Top 7 Things You Need To Know Before Househunting On Zillow

Just as Kleenex has become the name for any brand of facial tissue and “to Xerox” is used as a verb for making copies, Zillow is the first name in online home search with 196 million

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The Benefits Of Starting Your Home Search Process Now

If you were planning to buy a home during the 2020 spring market, you may have put your plans on hold following COVID-induced restrictions in markets across the country. If you’ve been able to

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June is Brain Health Awareness Month

 Did you know June is Brain Health Awareness Month?You spoil your pets, delicately nourish your plants and make sure our home is in tiptop shape, but there is one more priority you need to add

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Home Ownership The Ultimate Investment In Your Future

 I do not take lightly the importance of home ownership. It is one of the biggest purchases in one's lifetime.  In my opinion, once you take the plunge, nothing compares to the

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The New Normal "For Now"

Thanks to executive orders from our Governor, Andrew Cuomo, real estate professionals are deemed non-essential workers during the COVID-19 crisis.  We have been ordered to work from home only.

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Millennial Multi-Family

Why would someone buy a multifamily property as a “starter home” rather than a single family? These days millennials are faced with different challenges than previous generations. These

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The Shower Man

In 2018, I was a new real estate agent, and took a rental listing. This means I was representing the landlord, trying to find him a tenant. Now, even being brand new, I could tell there were some

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2020 Investment Thoughts

New Years is one of my favorite holidays. I enjoy this time of year because between Christmas and New Years, its an oddly slow period of time that is perfect to reflect on the past year and set

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The Most Valuable Home for Sale in White Plains, NY

The Most Valuable Home for sale In White Plains Is..About White Plains Real Estate:   White Plains is a town in New York with a population of 58,404. White Plains is in Westchester

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4 REASONS TO LIST YOUR HOME THIS FALL

You have likely heard that spring / summer is peak selling season, but listing in the fall has it's advantages as well.  Here are 4 top reasons to list your home this fall. Close

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Repairs To Consider Before Selling Your Home

Here are some common repairs to consider before negotiating a sale:•  Fogged windows - Fogged windows are a result of moisture buildup in between panes where the seal has failed.

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ATTRACTING BIRDS TO YOUR BACKYARD

Bird watching is a popular past time that is shared by many, but what if watching your fluttering friends was as simple as peeking into your backyard?  Thanks to a few landscaping techniques,

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Hanging Pictures 101

A home is a place where we create precious memories with those that we love, which is why photos are a big part of what makes a house into a home.  Pictures have a way of transporting you

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How To Handle A Bidding War

So you have found the home of your dreams, it has all the features you want, and it is in the right neighborhood. Even the price is right, but suddenly you find yourself in a bidding war with one or

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Eight Things To Consider Before Listing Your Home

So you have decided that you are going to sell your home.  While your home may work just as it is for you and your family and you don't want to invest any more time or money into your property,

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Do I Qualify ???

Do I Qualify???  What You Need To Get A MortgageIf you are a first-time homebuyer, navigating all the new information about homeownership, the home buying process, and mortgages can seem

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Buried Oil Tank Extraction

A buried fuel oil tank can be very costly environmental hazard if it has been leaking.   If it leaks, the fuel gets absorbed into the ground and ultimately works it's way down to

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Is A Pool Right For Your Property

But Joe, It’s still February… Why are we talking about pools?The cool refreshing look of water on a hot summer's day can make any homeowner wish they had a pool in their backyard but

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Buying a Home With Past Credit Problems

Buying a home can be both exciting and stressful but, for those with past credit problems, the process may also seem intimidating.  The good news is that many lenders have adapted to the idea

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Applying For A Joint Mortgage Loan With Your Spouse

When you are ready to buy a home, applying for a mortgage is one of the first and most important steps.  For married couples, this usually involves applying for a mortgage loan jointly. 

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JUST SOLD Whitestone, NY

JUST SOLD   01-17-2019Beautiful 2 Bedroom, 2 and a half bath,  completely renovated home.       Granite everywhere you look.  6 Zone, Radiant floor

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Homeowner Warranty

A home warranty pays repair or replacement costs for the mechanical systems and built-in appliances that break down in a home.   Your homeowner's insurance policy will cover damage created

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Joseph Baratta JUST SOLD

4 bedroom 2 1/2 bath colonial completely renovated this past year  for $ 490,000Congratulations to the buyers Lejoe & Christina Marie.  Best of luck.  ;

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Selling A Home

Selling a home can be a difficult task for even the most seasoned of sellers. There is so much that goes into the process of placing a property on the housing market. First, the owner needs to get

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