Todd and Melissa Rolland's Blog

Happy House Hunting!

For many would-be home buyers, the hunt for their next home is the most anticipated portion of the home buying process. Picture this: it's a sunny Saturday afternoon, and you're on a home tour with your real estate agent, going from house to house, getting a feel for whether you could make...

Here Come The Millenials

illennials are the second-largest segment of home buyers, ranked only behind Baby Boomers, according to the National Association of Realtors. When looking to buy, here are five features that Millennials share are some of the most enticing. Up-to-Date Kitchens, Baths. It's often said that "kitchens...

Handling the Clutter

It's easy for clutter to start taking over our space, and for many real estate agents, the first piece of advice that they will give to their seller clients is to "declutter" their home. What better time than spring, the "season of new beginnings," to get a handle on our...

Things to Know About Home Inspections

You've fall in love with the house as soon as you saw it, you've put in an offer, and good news! Your offer has been accepted. For most home buyers, a contingency on their offer of a home includes a completion of a home inspection. This is the time during the home buying journey where...

The Benefits of Owning a Home

In Hearth's 2017 State of the American Dream Report, the research confirmed that "all generations - including millennials - agree home ownership is very important to achieving the American Dream. When weighing the pros and cons of starting down the path to home ownership, there are several...

On Your Way to Sold

Often would-be home sellers are overwhelmed by the thought of listing their house. They understand that there's a lot of upfront preparation required to get their house ready to list, that there will be a period when potential buyers will request showings (and hopefully write offers!) for their...

Milestones On The Path to Home Ownership

In today’s Amazonian “one-click-it-ships” instant gratification world, would-be home buyers sometimes lose sight that purchasing a house is a journey, rather than an instantaneous process.  Even the smoothest, most hassle-free transactions feel painfully drawn out and slow to the...

Sharing Your Home With Pets

We know that as homeowners, we have preferences about the features of our homes - and our four-legged family members may also have favorite things about a home that allow them to relax and enjoy their surroundings, more, too. If you have a cat or a dog that you're on the house hunt with, here...

To Rent or To Buy?

As the spring real estate market of 2018 begins to spin into action, and a whole new set of home seekers contemplates entering, there is no single greater question asked than whether it's more cost effective to continue renting, or to buy, a home of their own. When faced with the decision to rent...

Timing Could Be Everything

The end of January brings the winter doldrums, winter weather, and for some, thoughts of selling the house come spring. If you've been thinking about packing up and moving out once the weather warms up, you wouldn't be alone. Generally, you'll find that in most cities and towns in...

Who's Who in the Real Estate Profession

Real Estate Agent, REALTOR®, Real Estate Salesperson, Real Estate Broker, Real Estate Associate Broker. Buyer’s Agent. Listing Agent. While consumers will sometimes use these titles interchangeably in describing a Real Estate professional, it’s important to note that there are differences...

Choosing the Right Realtor

When you're getting ready to buy or sell a home, there are a lot of things to think about. Location? Budget? How many bedrooms and bathrooms? More importantly though, it also is the beginning of a new chapter in a family's life, and can be joyous, overwhelming, and a bit scary – all...

Considering New Construction

Instead of buying an existing home, many home buyers opt for new construction. The perceived value is amplified when the buyer has the mindset that with a "new" home, nothing can go wrong with its structure, systems, or appliances. New construction, where a buyer may have some input in...

Fall Home Staging Tips

The days are getting shorter, the nights a little longer. Kids are headed back to school. Pumpkin flavored everything has returned. Fall is in the air, and for sellers getting ready to list – or those that are currently listed and hoping to get some offers – there are many benefits to...

Confidence Builders for the Home Buyer

Many find the prospect of looking for a new house thrilling. Different neighborhoods, number of bedrooms and bathrooms, and square footage are topics that one might begin to investigate. The features of the new home, including granite countertops, stainless steel appliances and wood floors are some that...

Budget Friendly Curb Appeal Fixes

You only get one chance to make a great first impression when you list your house, and sometimes the devil is in the details when it comes to curb appeal

Pre-Unpacking Tasks that Will Make You Happier in your New Home

Here’s ten pre-unpacking tasks that will make you happier in your new home, and that you’ll be glad you took the time to do, once you’re settled in.

What Do I Do Now

Being ready, and capitalizing on that initial high level of showing activity of your house, is instrumental in getting your house sold for the highest amount of money, in the shortest amount of time

The Things to Think About When Buying an Older Home

At the thought of buying an older home, some buyers may run far, and fast, with the notion that every older home is a "fixer-upper" and a "money-pit". Alternatively, some buyers may be wooed by an antique home's whimsical charms: the huge wood-burning fire place, the ceilings...

Questions to Ask When Buying a Condo

You’re thinking of buying a condo. Maybe the location of the condo is in an up-and-coming neighborhood. Perhaps you’re tired of the apartment life and ready to make the next step toward home ownership, or maybe you’ve decided to downsize. Many condos are part of a community that might...

Vacation Home Anyone?

While on vacation to a favorite destination, you wouldn’t be alone if you’ve wondered what it might be like to own a property in said vacation-area. Thoughts of the home being a go-to for your own vacations in the future, additional income as a rental property for other would-be renters,...

Buying a House in the Summer

While spring is generally considered the "busiest" time of the year in real estate, many would argue that the opposite is true for the summer. For those home buyers out there who struck out during the spring and haven't find a house yet, don't be discouraged. Summer can offer some great...

Getting Ready for the Move

Whether you want to move because you're downsizing or the family is growing,  or have to move because of a life change like a job transfer or divorce, the final outcome will eventually be the same: you'll have to move your "stuff" to your new place. Look around your house right...

Things to Consider When Selling with Pets

Like every home seller out there, Fur-Mom and Fur-Dad, you'll want to ensure that your house attracts the most buyers possible. In prepping and showing your house once it's on the market, having Fido or Fifi as part of the family and living in your house will mean that there may be some extra...

Selling Your House...with kids? Top Tips!

Prepping your home for sale and showings while you're still living in it certainly isn't easy. Prepping and keeping your home ready for sale and showings while you're still living in it and have kids, presents its own unique sets of challenges. There's toys, naptimes, and other...

Is Seller's Remorse a "Thing"?

Most have heard about "Buyer's Remorse", but is there such-a-thing as "Seller's Remorse"? Has there ever been a time where a home seller would have second thoughts about selling a house? For sure the home seller that has experienced it will tell you "definitely, yes"....

What to Consider in a Multiple Offer Situation

We’re in the midst of the spring real estate market, and with that the flurry of activity is at its usual high. In some instances, we’re even seeing multiple offer situations. A general rule of thumb to keep in mind, home sellers, is that if the home has had ten showings and no offers, or...

Top Tips Every Would-Be "Flipper" Should Know

As seasoned house "flippers" who have "flipped" over 100 properties, we are often asked for practicle advice on how, and what, to "flip". What is "flipping", you ask? Investopedia defines "flipping" as "a type of real estate investment strategy...

What Happens at a Buyer's Consultation

Choosing a Buyer's Agent is an important part of the home buying process. This is the person that you will be working with to help you find your dream home, therefore, doesn't it make sense to meet with them first to ensure that they know what you're even looking for in your next house? When...

Home Staging-Can I do it myself?

The main objective of home staging is to allow home buyers to walk into your house and experience the "this is it; this is the home" feeling. Buyers need to visualize themselves and their things living in the home rather than the existing owners. Staging works because often times looking at...

What to Really Look For at the Open House

It's here! Open House season is upon us, and if you're in the market to buy, you've probably already got a list of houses you'll be visiting next weekend. Those houses have probably got the right number of bedrooms, bathrooms, and the kitchen looks gorgeous, at least in the pictures on...

Reasons Homeowners Sell

The reasons that people sell their home are as varied as the number of people that sell each year. According to the US Census Bureau, the average American will move every 5-7 years. Now, for those homeowners that have lived in the same house for thirty years, it might be tough to understand why the need...

Tips to Sell this Spring

Relatively low "for sale" inventory in our area this spring means that there's a fierce competition amongst homebuyers to realize accepted offers on a home that's perfect for them. If you're selling your home this spring, the strategy should primarily be about understanding the...

How to Prevent Buyer's Remorse

The long awaited day is here; finally it's closing day! The loan documents are signed and the keys are handed over. After months of searching and preparation, the dream of homeownership is now a reality and it's now time to begin the transition from home seeker, to home owner. For many new home...

When You Should Rent Versus Buy

Many Americans continue to be enamored with the dream of homeownership. Historically still-low interest rates, rising rent costs, and clearer mortgage terms at the closing table thanks to TRID (the new TILA RESPA Integrated Disclosures, designed to help borrowers understand the terms of their home financing...

2 bedroom home for sale in Ellington

    14 Hall Rd Ellington, CT 06029 SUMMERTIME, AND THE LIVING IS EASY! Price : $149,900 Bedrooms : 2 Bathrooms : 1.00 Square...

Plenty of Showings. No Offers.

The real estate agent has been hired and the listing priced chosen. The recommended repairs, upgrades and staging has been completed. The photos have been taken. The For Sale sign is in the yard, the lockbox is on the door. The house is now "live" on the Multiple Listing Service. And, wow,...

Home Inspection: The King of Honey-Do Lists

The series of inspections when purchasing a home are completed routinely by most home buyers prior to closing on their home, and typically their real estate agent or lawyer will recommend having them completed. Less frequently, a home seller will sometimes hire a home inspector to complete a "pre-listing...

Consider this if considering FSBO

Listing your house For Sale By Owner (known in the industry as a FSBO, pronounced FIZ-BO) brings its own set of considerations as compared to listing a house with a licensed real estate agent. You can eliminate the middle man, and "save yourself the commission", right? While you might be able...

What are you waiting for? List now.

The flowers are blooming, the bees are buzzing, the birds are singing. Well, almost. Spring is around the corner and those sellers that have been holding off "until spring" to list their house, have started to make contact with their local real estate agent or home stager to get advice on the...

The Home Search: Where to Start

The right home can be bought in the wrong neighborhood. The structure can be changed, or the home's layout can be altered, but the home's location cannot be, as it is attached to the land. Whether the move is across town, or across the country, deciding on the towns and neighborhoods to...

Foreclosure Properties: Yay or Nae?

"I want to buy a foreclosure property because I'm looking for a deal." This was a comment heard recenty at a Buyer's Consultation, and we hear it all the time. A foreclosed property, or a house whose owners have defaulted on their mortgage and the house has been "taken back"...

Real Estate and the Law of Supply and Demand

Most have heard of the Law of Supply and Demand, one of the most basic principles of economics. The law simply states that when something is scarce, and many people want it, the price of the item will rise. On the flip side, when there is plenty of something, and not many people are looking for it, the...

Why Hire a Buyer's Agent?

Often the question gets asked, "Why should we hire a Buyer's Agent? Can't we just call the phone number on the sign to see the house and make an offer if we like it?" Well, sure. A Buyer can certainly call the Listing Agent, and they'll be happy to give more information about...

Deciding to Buy

When it comes to the time to buy a home, the reasons that buyers choose to buy at any particular time are as varied as the number of buyers out there. Sometimes homeownership is called the best "accidental investment" that people make, as the reasons that people buy a home may not be for the...

Understanding the Buyer

As the seller, it's important to note that there are three aspects of the home selling process that you have complete control over: the condition of your home, the listing price, and the marketing strategy. In addition to these factors, a buyer will be considering homes based on some aspects of a...

How to Price to Sell

If you're ever tempted to list your house at a price that's a little on the "high side", and "wait and see" what happens, just don't do it. The asking price when you list your home on the market affects the profit that you will receive when you sell, more specifically...

Location, Location, Location.

While some would say that  affordability, number of bedrooms, number of bathooms and square footage are the key elements to consider when purhcasing a home, most would agree that these items fall under a bigger umbrella. There's an old saying in the real estate world that says there are only...

Showing Your Home in the Winter

Having buyers look at your house during the winter has some special considerations that home sellers and their agents don't have to consider at other times of the year. As of this writing, Connecticut has yet to receive any significant winter weather accumulation for winter 2015-2016. That said,...

Home Inspections. What to Expect.

You're buying a house, and your offer has been accepted. In your contract you and your Buyer's agent have noted an inspection contingency, giving you the opportunity to have inspections of the home prior to closing, within the first couple of weeks after the offer being accepted. Now it's...

Time to Schedule a showing

While hunting for the perfect house, it can be easy to get swept away in the excitment of it all. That gorgeous front door! The amazing yard! The remodeled kitchen! And once you begin to look at several houses, over several weekends, it can begin to get confusing. Purchasing a house is probably the most...

How To Get Your Offer Rejected

How To Get Your Offer Rejected When a buyer finds "the one" and is ready to make an offer, there are some sure fire ways to get the seller to reject the offer, sending you and your buyer's agent back to a search in the Multiple Listing Service. No matter the real estate climate...

Benefits of Open House for Buyers and Sellers

Thanks to the internet, today's home buyers are better informed than ever before. Most house hunters begin their search online, where they are able to educate themselves on availability of homes, price, school districts, and finishes that homes in their market offer. In years past, home buyers utilized...

Tips for the Home Buyer

While markets can fluctuate from neighborhood to neighborhood, historically the holiday season is a great time to buy. Take fewer buyers actively looking, add motivated sellers with homes on the market plus attractive interest rates still out there, and you get a lineup for great conditions to buy. After...

Property Maintenance Versus Improvement

Property Maintenance Versus Improvement...what's the difference? A common question that homesellers will ask when they're getting ready to sell is "What types of things should we do in order to get our house ready to put on the market. What will give us "more bang for our buck"....

Your Realtor Called- We've Got a Showing!

You've spent several weeks getting your home ready for market. You're staged, the professional photos have been taken, the sign is in the yard, and your listing is "live" on the MLS (Multiple Listing Service). And now, your Realtor called. All your hard work getting your house ready...

Funny Property Listing Descriptions

Have you been thinking about buying a home? If you've started looking, at least in Connecticut or Massachusetts, you've probably run across a few listing descriptions that have really stood out. You can almost picture yourself entering the grand foyer with cathedral ceilings. You can see yourself...

How to Prep Your Home for Sale Even When You Don't Know Where to Start

How to Prep Your Home for Sale, Even When You Don't Know Where to Start A buyer has scheduled a showing of your house. They hop out of their car, walk up the front walk, step through the door, and their Realtor awaits the reaction. The desired one would be "Ooooo, it's soooo cute! This...

6 Reasons Why Listing Your House this Fall is Your Best Bet

6 Reasons Why Listing Your House this Fall is Your Best Bet  If you've been on the fence about listing your home for sale, you wouldn't be alone. With the leaves changing and the holidays quickly approaching, several homeowners that have had their home listed for sale over the spring...

Connecticut's Real Estate Market Update: October 2015

Connecticut's Real Estate Market Update for October 2015 The numbers don't lie. "So, how's the market?" ...if I had a nickle for every time I am asked that question. Local market conditions are as varied as the neighborhoods that we're referring to. I've been...

Forget Full Price, Think Accepted Offer

Forget Full Price, Think Accepted Offer! What to expect when that offer comes in Have you ever bought a new car? Or new furniture? Or been to the farmer's market? Clipped coupons? If you have, you've probably gone in trying to negotiate price--lower. As a matter-of-fact, most buyers would...

6 Seller Mistakes that Are Costing You Money

6 Seller Mistakes that are Costing You Money How to get the most amount of money for your house in the least amount of time All home sellers want the same thing: the most amount of money for their house with the least amount of hassles, in the shortest amount of time. "But hey, I don't...

Fly Like An Eagle-We're FREE

What's With The Eagle Over The Front Door? Why a Third of U.S. Homes Would Qualify For One Of These Marshall McLuhan said, "If it bleeds, it leads", and certainly the recent rise and fall (and long recovery) of the housing market is a topic that has impacted, and continues to impact,...

Todd's Tuesday Flipper Tip of the Week: BRIGHT

Part 3 in our 4 part series, "Clean, Green, Bright and White", Todd gives insight on the benefits of "Bright" on the prepping and showing of your house. Click Below: http://vid.us/kpahzk http://vid.us/kpahzk...

Todd's Tuesday Flipper Tip of the Week

During his lifetime of real estate experience, many years as an investor and "Flipper" of single family, multi family and commercial properties, it always comes back to basics. Doesn't matter the price point. Doesn't matter the location. Todd will share the "Basic Recipe"...

Monday Market Update 8.17.15

Every Market is Unique!  It's true what they say, "location, location, location". Our primary role as your Realtor is ensuring that your house is priced appropriately at a price that will net you the most money, with the least amount of hassle, in the least amount of time. That's...

5 bedroom home for sale in East Windsor

    41 Miller Rd East Windsor, CT 06016 Oversized Custom Built Ranch one 9+ Acres Price : $335,000.00 Bedrooms : 5 Bathrooms : 2.50 Square...

3 bedroom home for sale in Suffield

    217 East Street South Suffield, CT 06078 Rare Find in Suffield Price : $419,900.00 Bedrooms : 3 Bathrooms : 2.50 Square...

3 bedroom home for sale in Ellington

    9 Aborn Rd Ellington, CT 06029 SUMMERTIME, AND THE LIVING IS EASY! Price : $299,000.00 Bedrooms : 3 Bathrooms : 3.00 Square...

3 bedroom home for sale in Vernon

    5 Sunningdale Ln Vernon, CT 06066 Beautifully ReDone-Top To Bottom! Price : $375,000.00 Bedrooms : 3 Bathrooms : 2.00 Square...

3 bedroom home for sale in Ellington

        18 Deborah Dr Ellington, CT 06029 Ranch at the End of a Cul de Sac - Ellington, CT Price : $219,900.00 Bedrooms : 3 Bathrooms : 1.50 Square...

3 bedroom 2.5 home for sale in Ellington

          4 Deer Run Ellington, CT 06029 Single Family - Ellington, CT Price : $429,900.00 Bedrooms : 3 Bathrooms : 2.50 Square...

Spring 2015 and the Law of Supply and Demand

It's Spring!!  Finally those snow piles are melting, and the home sellers that I've been speaking with are chomping at the bit to get their house ready to list.  This "spring" (with flurries in the forecast here in Tolland, CT for today) has home listing inventory...