Tracy Gagne's Blog Posts

Are you a real estate agent taking your own photos?

Are you a real estate agent taking your own photos?Let’s face it, using your own DIY real estate photos in your MLS listings is risky. Chances are you’re not a professional photographer,

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Are your leads calling you back? Do you want them to?

Are your leads calling you back? Do you want them to?Is there anything worse than working a new lead, only to have them straight up ignore your calls and emails? After all, you’re getting,

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Should I wait until Spring to sell my home?

Should I wait until Spring to sell my home?As you plan out your goals for the year, moving up to your dream home may top the list. But, how do you know when to make your move? You want to time it

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Starting your real estate career as a part time agent, is it possible?

If you’re reading this, you’re probably considering a career move into the real estate field but also asking yourself, “Can I be a part-time real estate agent?”Yes. You can

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Solar Panels, Do they increase your home's value?

Solar Panels, Do they increase your home's value?Energy efficiency is a growing concern among homeowners, and solar panels are a well-known resource in improving efficiency and helping the

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The Curb Appeal That Lasts Through the Winter

Curb Appeal That Lasts Through the WinterWhen most people talk about curb appeal, at least part of what they’re talking about involves landscaping and other greenery to make your home look

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Is it time to tell your real estate broker you're leaving?

Is it time to tell your real estate broker you're leaving?As a real estate agent, you’re always looking for other opportunities. One of those opportunities might just be working for a new

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Virtual Staging Software Options

9 Affordable Virtual Staging Software Options For Real EstateThere are few things as effective for selling a listing as a good home staging. But traditional staging is expensive and time-consuming.

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Can you as a real estate agent buy your own listing

Can you as a real estate agent buy your own listingYou’re a real estate listing agent. And the perfect listing has just come up. You see a fantastic opportunity, either as your own home or as

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New Real Estate Agent Checklist

New Real Estate Agent ChecklistYou’re a new real estate agent. What happens now? You’ve probably gone through all the classes and the tests. You probably have your license in hand. And

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Is it Hard to Pass the Real Estate Exam? and a few tips to make it easier

Is it Hard to Pass the Real Estate Exam? and a few tips to make it easierIf you’re a prospective real estate agent, then one of the first steps to launching your career as an agent or broker

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The 26 Best Curb Appeal Ideas for Every Budget (Yes, Even Yours!)

The 26 Best Curb Appeal Ideas for Every Budget (Yes, Even Yours!)Despite what you might think, improving a home’s curb appeal doesn’t have to cost a fortune. There are many tricks that

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Two Ways Homebuyers Can Win in Today’s Market!

Two Ways Homebuyers Can Win in Today’s MarketIf your goal is to purchase a home this year, you might be looking for any advantage you can get in today’s sellers’ market. While

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Give Your Fireplace a Facelift

Give Your Fireplace a Facelift!If you have a fireplace in your house, it’s going to draw the attention of anyone who walks into the room where it’s located. This is fine if you want your

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Should you host an open house for another agent??

Should you host an open house for another agent?? If you’re a new real estate agent, you may occasionally find yourself hosting an open house for another agent. It’s a common

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Tip & Tricks on Filling Your Real Estate Pipeline with Leads

Tip & Tricks on Filling Your Real Estate Pipeline with LeadsYou’re trying to grow your career as a real estate agent. But first, you need leads. How can you develop a lead generation

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What Your Realtor Would Tell You To Do Before, You Go on Vacation

Have summer vacation plans? Whether it’s a weekend, week, or just a quick overnight stay, you want to ensure that your home and your belongings are safe whenever you leave. Check out this

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Even Experienced Agents Make Marketing Mistakes

Even Experienced Agents Make Marketing MistakesOne of the worst things about being wrong is that you almost never find out until it’s too late.I hate to say it, but because real estate agents

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5 Ways to Make the Best Offer on a Home

5 Tips for Making Your Best Offer on a HomeAs a buyer in a sellers’ market, sometimes it can feel like you’re stuck between a rock and a hard place. When you’re ready to make

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My FAVORITE Real Estate Shows

15 Binge-Worthy Real Estate Shows To Watch In 2022Looking for great real estate shows that you can binge-watch over the weekend? Below are 15 of the best real estate agent-related TV shows. These

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Advice for... First Generation Homebuyers

Advice for.....First-Generation HomebuyersThe sense of pride you’ll feel when you purchase a home can’t be overstated. For first-generation homebuyers, that feeling of accomplishment is

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How to Not Break a Hip on the Ice

How to Not Break a Hip on the IceAs the threat of winter ice and snow increases, many homeowners start stocking up on deicer and other products to try and keep their walkways safe and clear

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How to "win" when you sell your home!

How to "win" when you sell your home!If you’re trying to decide when to sell your house, there may not be a better time than this winter. Selling this season means you can take

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Beginner's Guide to Furnace Maintenance

Furnace Maintenance for BeginnersGetting ready for winter in advance is important to make sure that you don’t run into major problems once cold weather hits. There are a lot of places in the

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A few key things to think about when prepping your home to come on the market

You’ve heard it before—from your real estate agent, your sister-in-law, your hairdresser, your colleagues.“Declutter, paint, clean, stage.”Chirps from every direction tell

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Recommendations for Choosing Replacement Windows

Tips for Choosing Replacement WindowsYour home’s windows fill a number of important roles. They let natural light into the house, allow you to see what’s going on outside, and serve as a

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Patio Heaters Keep You Warm During the Winter

Patio Heaters Warm Up the WinterHaving a patio gives you a great place to hang out and enjoy the outdoors while you’re at home. Unfortunately, dropping temperatures often makes your patio all

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Persistent Drafts: Tips and Tricks

Tips and Tricks for Persistent DraftsOh, baby, it’s cold outside… and inside, too, if you’re standing close to a drafty window, door, or mysterious source of outside air.

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Get pumped! Checking Your Furnace in Preparation for Winter

Get Fired Up! Checking Your Furnace for WinterWhen the last of the brightly colored leaves cling tightly to otherwise bare trees, you know that winter is coming. It’s a sad state of affairs,

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Improve the Organization of Your Home!

Improve Your Home’s Organization!Organization is an important part of keeping your home clean and tidy. Unfortunately, organization doesn’t always come easy to homeowners. It may be that

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More Spots to Keep Odds and Ends

More Places to Store Odds and EndsHaving enough storage space is a struggle that many homeowners face. Even when you have plenty of closets and cabinets, there are often additional odds and ends

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What Is the Function of a Radiator System?

How Does a Radiator System Work?Keeping the climate in your home under control is important throughout the year. Not only do you need to have a reliable way to keep the heat of the summer sun at,

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The Most Important Factor in Understanding Mortgage Rate Increases

The Main Key To Understanding the Rise in Mortgage RatesEvery Thursday, Freddie Mac releases the results of their Primary Mortgage Market Survey which reveals the most recent

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What Is the Future of Home Prices?

What Does the Future Hold for Home Prices?If you’re looking to buy or sell a house, chances are you’ve heard talk about today’s rising home prices. And while this increase in

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Quieting False Alarms

Silence Is Golden: Quieting False AlarmsAlarms play an important part in keeping your home safe. Smoke alarms and other fire alarms can give you an early warning in case a fire breaks out somewhere

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Waiting for a lower mortgage rate might cost you money.

Don’t Wait for a Lower Mortgage Rate – It Could Cost YouToday’s housing market is truly one for the record books. Over the past year, we’ve seen the lowest mortgage rates in

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Important Factors of Installing a Free Standing Stove. Safety First!

Installing a Freestanding Stove? Safety First!A woodburning stove can be a great addition to your home. Not only do they provide non-electric sources of heat during the winter, but many people enjoy

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Baby its cold outside, how do we regulate this heat?

How Does a Radiator System Work?Keeping the climate in your home under control is important throughout the year. Not only do you need to have a reliable way to keep the heat of the summer sun at,

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Buying Raw Land In Massachusetts and what you need to know about "Perc" Tests

Buying Raw Land in Massachusetts and what you need to know about "Perc" TestsWhen a Massachusetts homebuyer purchases land to build a new construction home that will need a septic system, a

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The Story of Lizzie Borden

Lizzie Borden's parents found deadOn August 4, 1892, Andrew and Abby Borden are found hacked to death in their Fall River, Massachusetts, home. Andrew was discovered in a pool of blood on the

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The shingles that you should choose!

Modern shingles have been in use on homes for over 100 years, and it’s no wonder that they have become more or less a default for roofing choices. Shingles tend to be more budget-friendly than

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To Avoid Foreclosure, Know Your Options

Understand Your Options To Avoid ForeclosureEven though experts agree there’s no chance of a large-scale foreclosure crisis, there are a number of homeowners who may be coming face-

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Reasons to Sell in the Fall

Reasons You Should Consider Selling This Fall If you’re trying to decide when to sell your house, there may not be a better time to list than right now. The ultimate sellers’ market

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15 Must-Do Fall Yard Cleanup

15 Must-Do Fall Yard CleanupAutumn means football games and visits to the local pumpkin patch. It also means it’s time to get your yard ready for winter. The right preparation now will save

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Reasons why It’s Still Safe To Sell Your Home

Why It’s Still Safe To Sell Your HomeIf you’re on the fence about whether or not you want to sell your house this year, there’s good news. Real estate professionals are

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Even experienced investors commit these 5 frequent fix-and-flip mistakes.

5 Common Fix & Flip Mistakes That Even Experienced Investors MakeArmed with Carlton Sheets’ investment worksheets at 19 years old, I evaluated my first investment property. Since that day,

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Why Should you Understand your Options to Avoid Foreclosure

Understand Your Options To Avoid ForeclosureEven though experts agree there’s no chance of a large-scale foreclosure crisis, there are a number of homeowners who may be coming face-

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Two Things You Could Do with your Vacation Home as Summer Ends

What To Do with Your Vacation Home as Summer EndsAs summer comes to a close, is it time to think about selling your vacation home? Based on recent data and expert opinions, it’s something you

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Strategies That You Should Do Before Interest Rates Rise

What You Should Do Before Interest Rates Rise In today’s real estate market, mortgage interest rates are near record lows. If you’ve been in your current home for several years and

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Key Points to Ask to Yourself Before Buying a Home

Key Questions to Ask Yourself Before Buying a HomeSometimes it can feel like everyone has advice when it comes to buying a home. While your friends and loved ones may have your best interests in,

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What Buyers and Sellers Should Understand About the Appraisal Gap

What Buyers and Sellers Need To Know About the Appraisal GapIt’s economy 101 – when supply is low and demand is high, prices naturally rise. That’s what’s happening in today

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Looking For Your New Home Online

Hunting for a new home online is a great place to start your search, but it should not be your end all be all. Good listing agents are excellent at highlighting the best features of the home, but

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Top 5 Items to negotiate when buying your new home

Whether you are a first-time homebuyer or a seasoned veteran, the negotiation part of the transaction can be a little daunting and stressful. However, it is necessary to ensure you are getting the

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Now’s the Time to Move-Up and Upgrade Your Current Home!!!

Homes priced at the top 25% of the price range for a particular area of the country are considered "premium homes." In today’s real estate market, there are deals to be had at the higher end!

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Mainstream Concerns about an Economic Slowdown Revisited!!

Recently, we reported that many believe a recession could happen within the next two years. We explained that 70% of economists and market analysts surveyed last year believe that a

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Your Fabulous New Dream Home is Now Available!!!!

Over the last several years, many “baby boomers” have undergone a metamorphosis. Their children have finally moved out and they can now dream about their own future. For many, a change

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Selling Your House: Here’s Why You Need A Pro In Your Corner!!

With home prices on the rise and buyer demand still strong, some sellers may be tempted to try to sell their homes on their own rather than using the services of a real estate

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Renters Paying Substantially More While Owning Costs Less!

In a recent Insights Blog, CoreLogic reported that rent prices have skyrocketed since 2005. Meanwhile, the typical mortgage payment has actually decreased.“CoreLogic’s

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New Study Reveals One Surprising Reason for the Inventory Shortage!

There has been a great amount written on millennials and their impact on the housing market. However, the headlines often contradict each other. Some claim this generation is becoming the largest

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3 Questions You Need To Ask Before Buying A Home...

If you are debating purchasing a home right now, you are probably getting a lot of advice. Though your friends and family have your best interests at heart, they may not be fully aware of your needs

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Why Pet-Friendly Homes Are in High Demand?

One of the many benefits of owning your own home is the freedom to find your ‘furever’ friend. By pointing out the aspects of your home that make it ‘pet-friendly

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Your Home's Spring Maintenance Checklist [INFOGRAPHIC]

Some Highlights:Every spring, your home needs some extra TLC!Whether you plan on selling your home this spring or not, conducting this maintenance will help ensure your home functions well for the

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3 Graphs that Show What You Need to Know About Today’s Real Estate Market!!!

The Housing Market has been a hot-topic in the news lately. Depending on which media outlet you watch, it can start to be a bit confusing to understand what’s really going on with interest

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Data Says April is the Best Month to List Your Home for Sale!!!

The spring housing market is off to the races! The inventory of homes for sale is increasing, buyers are out in force, and interest rates have remained low, piquing the interest of buyers and

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Here are the 5 Reasons To Sell Your House This Spring!

Here are five compelling reasons listing your home for sale this spring makes sense.1. Demand Is StrongThe latest Buyer Traffic Index from the National Association of Realtors 

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Millennial Mythbuster - Homeownership Is Not Out of the Question

Millennial Mythbuster - Homeownership Is Not Out of the QuestionSome Millennials still believe they will never be able to afford a down payment. This isn't true! Let's get together to talk about

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How to Put Your Housing Cost to Work for You?

There has been a lot written about the benefits of homeownership. One benefit that continues to rise to the top is the added wealth homeowners gain simply by paying their mortgage while their home

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April is the Best Month to List Your Home for Sale!

The spring housing market is off to the races! The inventory of homes for sale is increasing, buyers are out in force, and interest rates have remained low, peaking the interest of buyers and

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Don’t Let Your Luck Run Out! Buy A Home This Spring [INFOGRAPHIC]

Some Highlights:Interest Rates for a 30-year fixed rate mortgage have dropped to 4.41% from near 5% in 2018.Take advantage of more inventory coming to market in the spring to find your dream home

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7 Things To Avoid After Applying for a Mortgage!!!

Congratulations! You’ve found a home to buy and have applied for a mortgage! You are undoubtedly excited about the opportunity to decorate your new home! But before you make any big purchases,

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Housing Market Will "Spring Forward" This Year!

Just like our clocks this weekend, in the majority of the country, the housing market will soon “spring forward!” Similar to tension in a spring, the lack of inventory available for sale

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Wondering what to do in Western Ma in the winter?? Start here!

We know our winters in Western Massachusetts are tough and as the last of the color fades from the leaves, the realization sets in that it’s going to take time before the warm and colorful

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Find Out Why People Love Hampshire County In Spring

While bitter snow still covered most of Massachusetts, some of us are already anticipating the starting bloom of the early-budding flower of the upcoming warm, breezy spring. We might still be in

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7 EGGcelent Events For This Spring In Western MA

Hop on it, spring is here splashing pastel hues and floral prints everywhere and it wouldn’t be complete without a classic egg hunt!Easter is nearer than ever and our gears are totally

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Best Birthday Party Venues In Western MA

Kids go crazy when it's that time of the year again─birthdays!  Yay for the presents and confetti and colorful balloons! It’s their day, which gives them the right to be unstoppable.

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A Guide To Downsizing For Seniors And Their Loved Ones

There are all kinds of benefits to downsizing in your golden years — lower energy bills, a smaller space to clean and maintain, and the potential of moving closer to loved ones are just a few.

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Should You Own Or Rent A Home In Retirement

Despite the many benefits of homeownership, the U.S. rental market has seen a steady increase over the past decade and change. Between 2006 and 2014, the number of renters in the country grew to

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Saving For A Home Post Bankruptcy A Three Step Guide For Families

If you're have declared bankruptcy and are ready to rebuild your financial credibility, you're not alone. For the nearly 1 million Americans who filed for bankruptcy in 2016, you may think

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6 Tips For Better Concrete Painting

Concrete has been used by humans for thousands of years, with some of the oldest examples of wells and houses made with the stuff dating back to 6500 BC. Although the ingredients have been refined

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