Judy Moore - Barrett Sotheby's International Realty

Posted by Judy Moore on 6/23/2019

Stress is a natural part of life. It is part of living in a busy world with deadlines, traffic, and other tension-inducing issues. And stress is right for you in many ways because it keeps you sharp and helps you deal with what life throws at you, but sometimes what youíre feeling isnít stress, or at least not normal stress. Sometimes it is a condition called anxiety. And while some anxiety is normal, too many symptoms can lead to an anxiety disorder.

The symptoms of anxiety are an elevated heart rate, agitation, excessive worry, feeling restless or edgy, fighting fatigue for no reason, a hard time concentrating, tensing your muscles, being easily irritated, having trouble sleeping, experiencing a panic attack, and purposefully avoiding social situations.

An anxiety attack can be debilitating and cause even more stress by making you unable to work, sleep, or socialize with friends. While there are many medications on the market for anxiety, sometimes youíd instead reach for something more natural. Here are a few ways to relieve the triggers of tension in your life.

- Ditch stimulants: these include caffeine in all forms (and yes, green tea does have caffeine), nicotine (again, in all forms including your vape), foods youíre sensitive to (gluten for those with sensitivity, artificial colors, and sweeteners, etc.) and medications to keep you awake. Most migraine medications have caffeine, too, so mind what youíre taking.

- Avoid alcohol, including that glass of wine. Because it is naturally sedative, you may think it is the right thing to calm your nerves or take the edge off. The challenge is that when the alcohol wears off, your anxiety may be worsened.

- Get some exercise. Physical exercise increases your oxygen intake and relieves the stress in muscles. The act of exercising and counting reps, steps, and moves keeps your mind occupied too so that it can naturally calm down when the endorphins from your workout hit your brain.

- Try meditation or a meditative exercise. You may be too anxious to sit and relax for long, but even a few minutes of deep breathing at a time throughout the day can help your body relax. Studies show that 30 minutes of daily meditation may alleviate symptoms and stresses of anxiety. If sitting still just isnít in the cards, try a meditative exercise like Yoga, Pilates, Tai Chi, or Qi Gong.

- Finally, practice good sleep hygiene. Only sleep at night. Donít read or watch television in bed. Put down devices before entering your bedroom. Keep your room cool. Go to bed at the same time each night. Write down your worries and concerns in a journal before you turn in for the night.

To relieve the stress and anxiety of buying or selling your home, donít try to do it on your own. Enlist the help of a real property professional to handle the hard stuff and explain and address anything that concerns you.

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Posted by Judy Moore on 6/16/2019

A persistent home seller may go above and beyond the call of duty to promote his or her residence to potential homebuyers. And as a property buyer, it is up to you to decide whether to proceed with a home purchase or walk away from a persistent home seller altogether.

Ultimately, dealing with a persistent home seller can be challenging, particularly for a first-time homebuyer. Lucky for you, we're here to help you take the guesswork out of negotiating with a persistent home seller.

Here are three tips to help you get the best results during a negotiation with a persistent home seller.

1. Learn About the Housing Market

Although a persistent home seller wants to do everything possible to find a buyer for his or her residence, it is important for a homebuyer to determine whether a residence is worth the price. As such, you should allocate the necessary time and resources to learn about the real estate market.

Look at the prices of available homes that are similar to the one that you're currently considering. By doing so, you can determine a price range for your home search.

Also, check out the prices of recently sold houses in your city or town. This housing market data will help you determine whether you're operating in a buyer's or seller's market so you can plan accordingly.

2. Establish Realistic Expectations

It is common for homebuyers and home sellers to negotiate with one another. However, it is essential to establish realistic expectations before you enter a homebuying negotiation; otherwise, a homebuyer may struggle to acquire his or her dream residence at an affordable price.

For example, a homebuyer who expects a home seller to accommodate all of his or her requests may be disappointed if a property seller submits a counter-proposal. Conversely, a homebuyer who keeps an open mind and listens to a home seller's concerns can determine the best course of action.

Also, it is important to remember that a homebuyer can walk away from a persistent home seller at any time. This means if you feel uncomfortable with the price or other terms associated with a home purchase, you can step back and restart your search for the perfect house.

3. Consult with a Real Estate Agent

If you are uncertain about how to deal with a persistent home seller, don't hesitate to reach out to a real estate agent for extra help.

Typically, a real estate agent can act as a liaison between a property buyer and seller. This housing market professional will do whatever it takes to ensure a negotiation fulfills the needs of all sides. Plus, he or she can provide honest, unbiased homebuying recommendations to help you make informed decisions throughout the property buying journey.

Perhaps best of all, a real estate agent will answer any of your homebuying questions, at any time. This housing marketing professional understands what it takes to deal with a persistent home seller, and as a result, will do everything to help you simplify the homebuying cycle.

Ready to acquire your dream home? Use these tips, and you should have no trouble buying a house from a persistent home seller.

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Posted by Judy Moore on 6/12/2019

Welcome to this stately young Colonial sited on a lush 2/3 acre lot featuring orchard w/fruit trees, herb garden & enhanced by quaint stone walls. This well designed home welcomes you with a dramatic two story foyer leading to beautifully proportioned airy rooms w/high ceilings, abundant millwork and appealing architectural detail. The well appointed library features numerous built-ins while the generous size kitchen w/cherry cabinets, granite counters, center island & ample storage overlooks lovely serene grounds & a deck ideal for entertaining. There is room for a variety of activities in the step up family room w/an oversized fireplace & access to the second floor bedrooms. The master bedroom suite can be a relaxing oasis w/a cozy fireplace & spa like master bath. Additionally, the lower level has been outfitted for a full scale wood working shop. Meticulously cared for & maintained by the current owners & convenient to nearby school, public transportation and more. Enjoy!

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Posted by Judy Moore on 6/9/2019

If plans for selling your home are in the near future, youíre going to want to start strategizing the most cost- and time-effective ways to make your home irresistible to potential buyers. One of the most proven ways of giving your home the edge it needs to stand out from the competition is good photography and attractive staging.

In todayís post, Iím going to share my tips on home staging that can be achieved on a budget and in a short period of time. That way you can focus more time on finding a new home and stop worrying about selling your current one.

Tip 1: Start packing

Before you start worrying about arranging furniture, itís important to make sure you have a clean slate to work with. Start by packing personal effects into boxes and labeling them accordingly.

Staged homes are homes that look appealing to the widest audience as possible. Having personal reminders, like family photos, trophies, etc., makes it harder for viewers to picture themselves living in the home.

Most of us keep our homes arranged in a way that is convenient to our lives. And. letís face it--life can be messy. But, when it comes to staging, less is usually more.

Not only will this cleaning process help you reduce clutter and make the home look better for staging, but it will also make your moving process easier since many of your boxes will already be organized and sealed.

Tip 2: Color scheming

Expertly staged homes tend to have one thing in common--a cohesive color scheme. Think of choosing your color scheme like creating an artistís palette. You want a few colors that compliment one another and that will work together to brighten up your home.

If you have any furniture that appears worn, dated, or that clashes with the scheme of the room, itís a good idea to place them in storage while you prepare for photographs and visitors.

Tip 3: Decorate sparingly

Now that youíve packed away your family photos, you might be wondering what to put on the walls in their place. The best answer is often nothing. However, that doesnít mean the walls need to be completely bare.

For smaller rooms, you can make them appear more spacious with the use of hanging mirrors (just make sure you canít see yourself in any of those mirrors when you take your photos!).

Tip 4: Donít forget the outside of your home

The value of curb appeal canít be overemphasized. The exterior of our homes, along with our yard and driveway, are essentially what we show the world about our lives. Since most home buyers want their house to look nice, fit in with the neighborhood, but have its own unique flair all at the same time. They want to know that your house has that potential.

Furthermore, the driveway and yard are two of the first things people see when they visit. Youíll want to take advantage of this moment by making a good impression.

Posted by Judy Moore on 6/2/2019

If youíre in the market to buy a home, youíre probably learning many new vocabulary words. Pre-approved and pre-qualified are some buzz words that youíll need to know. Thereís a big difference in the two and how each can help you in the home buying process, so youíll want to educate yourself. With the proper preparation and knowledge, the home buying process will be much easier for you.  


This is actually the initial step that you should take in the home buying process. Being pre-qualified allows your lender to get some key information from you. Make no mistake that getting pre-qualified is not the same thing as getting pre-approved.

The qualification process allows you to understand how much house youíll be able to afford. Your lender will look at your income, assets, and general financial picture. Thereís not a whole lot of information that your lender actually needs to get you pre-qualified. Many buyers make the mistake of interchanging the words qualified and approval. They think that once they have been pre-qualified, they have been approved for a certain amount as well. Since the pre-qualification process isnít as in-depth, you could be ďqualifiedĒ to buy a home that you actually canít afford once you dig a bit deeper into your financial situation. 

Being Pre-Approved

Getting pre-approved requires a bit more work on your part. Youíll need to provide your lender with a host of information including income statements, bank account statements, assets, and more. Your lender will take a look at your credit history and credit score. All of these numbers will go into a formula and help your lender determine a safe amount of money that youíll be able to borrow for a house. Things like your credit score and credit history will have an impact on the type of interest rate that youíll get for the home. The better your credit score, the better the interest rate will be that youíre offered. Being pre-approved will also be a big help to you when you decide to put an offer in on a home since youíll be seen as a buyer who is serious and dependable.  

Things To Think About

Although getting pre-qualified is fairly simple, itís a good step to take to understand your finances and the home buying process. Donít take the pre-qualification numbers as set in stone, just simply use them as a guide. 

Do some investigating on your own before you reach the pre-approval stage. Look at your income, debts, and expenses. See if there is anything that can be paid down before you take the leap to the next step. Check your credit report and be sure that there arenít any errors on the report that need to be remedied. Finally, look at your credit score and see if thereís anything that you can do better such as make more consistent on-time payments or pay down debt for a more desirable debt-to-income ratio.