DIY Doesn’t Mean Doing It All Yourself

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How handy would you say you are? Can you fix a leaking faucet or install a new backsplash? Do you own all the drills, power saws and sanders used by the pros?

It can be tempting to DIY it all — especially if you’re on a budget. After all, you can have an active role in improving your home, and save cash to put toward other things. Why wouldn’t you want to?

The truth is not all projects are suited for a DIYer — no matter how much of a shiplap expert you might be. 

If you’re considering a few renovations, here’s when to put on your toolbelt and when you might want to call a pro: 

In the Kitchen: You can probably replace a sink, reface your cabinets or install a new dishwasher. 

Want to move the sink or add recessed lighting? You’ll want a pro.

In the Bathroom: Installing new floor tiles, upgrading your toilet seat or changing your showerhead are all tasks you can do. 

If you want in-floor radiant heating or to install a tub where there isn’t one, bring in a pro.

On the Exterior: Looking for more curb appeal with a new garden bed and a fresh coat of paint on your front door? Have at it. 

Substantial upgrades like installing a skylight, repairing your roof or repaving your driveway are better suited for a professional.

Structural Changes: If you’re super handy, you can probably install drywall or relocate a door. 

But if you’re changing an area that’s load-bearing? Definitely call a pro.

Remember, DIY doesn’t mean doing everything yourself. You’ll want to hire a professional for anything that requires specialized knowledge. There’s no shame in asking for help from an expert. 

Want to discuss what home renovations might improve your property’s value? Get in touch today.

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May 27th – Memorial Day 2019

Remember, it once was and still is worth fighting for. God Bless America.

May 27th – Memorial Day 2019 is more than just the kickoff to summer or a day off work. Take a minute say a prayer and give thanks to those that fought and died so that we can live in the greatest country ever created. Although we are going through some changes and tough times and many have forgotten who we are and what we stand for, The United States of America was once worth fighting for and I believe that it still is. For those that fought and died for our great nation, take a minute to give thanks.

Greater Love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends.

Did you know? Each year on Memorial Day a national moment of remembrance takes place at 3:00 p.m. local time.

Do You Know the Difference between Memorial Day and Veterans Day?


Memorial Day is an American holiday, observed on the last Monday of May, honoring the men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military. Memorial Day 2019 occurs on Monday, May 27. 

Originally known as Decoration Day, it originated in the years following the Civil War and became an official federal holiday in 1971. Many Americans observe Memorial Day by visiting cemeteries or memorials, holding family gatherings and participating in parades. Unofficially, it marks the beginning of the summer season.

Early Observances of Memorial Day

The Civil War, which ended in the spring of 1865, claimed more lives than any conflict in U.S. history and required the establishment of the country’s first national cemeteries.

By the late 1860s, Americans in various towns and cities had begun holding springtime tributes to these countless fallen soldiers, decorating their graves with flowers and reciting prayers.

It is unclear where exactly this tradition originated; numerous different communities may have independently initiated the memorial gatherings. Nevertheless, in 1966 the federal government declared Waterloo, New York, the official birthplace of Memorial Day.

Waterloo—which first celebrated the day on May 5, 1866—was chosen because it hosted an annual, community-wide event, during which businesses closed and residents decorated the graves of soldiers with flowers and flags.

Decoration Day

On May 5, 1868, General John A. Logan, leader of an organization for Northern Civil War veterans, called for a nationwide day of remembrance later that month. “The 30th of May, 1868, is designated for the purpose of strewing with flowers, or otherwise decorating the graves of comrades who died in defense of their country during the late rebellion, and whose bodies now lie in almost every city, village and hamlet churchyard in the land,” he proclaimed.

The date of Decoration Day, as he called it, was chosen because it wasn’t the anniversary of any particular battle.

On the first Decoration Day, General James Garfield made a speech at Arlington National Cemetery, and 5,000 participants decorated the graves of the 20,000 Union and Confederate soldiers buried there.

Many Northern states held similar commemorative events and reprised the tradition in subsequent years; by 1890 each one had made Decoration Day an official state holiday. Southern states, on the other hand, continued to honor their dead on separate days until after World War I.

History of Memorial Day

Memorial Day, as Decoration Day gradually came to be known, originally honored only those lost while fighting in the Civil War. But during World War I the United States found itself embroiled in another major conflict, and the holiday evolved to commemorate American military personnel who died in all wars.

For decades, Memorial Day continued to be observed on May 30, the date Logan had selected for the first Decoration Day. But in 1968 Congress passed the Uniform Monday Holiday Act, which established Memorial Day as the last Monday in May in order to create a three-day weekend for federal employees; the change went into effect in 1971. The same law also declared Memorial Day a federal holiday.

Memorial Day Traditions

Cities and towns across the United States host Memorial Day parades each year, often incorporating military personnel and members of veterans’ organizations. Some of the largest parades take place in Chicago, New York and Washington, D.C.

Americans also observe Memorial Day by visiting cemeteries and memorials. Some people wear a red poppy in remembrance of those fallen in war—a tradition that began with a World War I poem. On a less somber note, many people take weekend trips or throw parties and barbecues on the holiday, perhaps because it unofficially marks the beginning of summer.

“In Flanders Fields” by John McCrae

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

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I wrote the top paragraph and I took the rest off of a couple of History.com articles… Good stuff I was feeling extremely patriotic today and wanted to get something out to share. I made a donation yesterday to the Vets and picked up a poppy… I feel horrible that civics is no longer taught in school and that young people these days want big government and socialism… What the heck? That is what our great heroes fought for and against. I believe that there are enough good people and that the pendulum will swing and people will come back to what made us great and why our heroes left their homes and put their lives on the line in a foreign soil… How about the men who gave up everything to become outlaws and kick England the heck out of here. They didn’t want big government… The fought to be free men. Remember, it once was and still is worth fighting for. God Bless America.

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Party House – Chuck Barberini

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I was going through Realtor.com this week when I saw an article that caught my eye by Becky Bracken. It showed this week’s most popular listings, which were all impressive. Besides the fact that that I am constantly blown away but the prices of homes outside of California, the Godfather’s home is for sale. Being young and impressionable in the 70’s I was a huge fan of The Godfather and their compound on Long Island. Just think of the parties that you could have in this place. This is so cool, check out the info. on the compound and the Tahoe place, there is a link to the whole article below.

An Offer You Can’t Refuse: NYC ‘Godfather’ Home Is Week’s Most Popular Listing

By Becky Bracken | Apr 5, 2019

Decades have passed since we first met the Corleone family in “The Godfather,” and the mystique just keeps pulling us back in. So, we weren’t shocked to find that a Staten Island, NY, home used in the film ranks as this week’s most popular home on realtor.com®.

The property on the market served as Michael Corleone’s residence—one of three that made up the fictional Corleone family compound in the 1972 classic. The main Corleone residence, where the film’s legendary wedding scene took place, is right next door.

Much of the property is unchanged from the 1970s, so it’s likely to feel familiar to fans. Quite apart from its sparkling Hollywood cred, it is a lovely family home sitting on a large lot at the dead end of a tree-lined street. The fact that Marlon Brando probably passed the time there is just one of its many selling points.

Lake Tahoe Location Seen in ‘The Godfather Part II’ on the Market for $3.75M

The Lake Tahoe, CA, estate famously featured in “The Godfather Part II” as Fredo’s final resting place has since been transformed into 22 individual homes, now called Fleur Du Lac Estates. One of the homes is currently on the market for $3.75 million.

The original 15-acre estate known as Fleur Du Lac was built in 1938 by businessman Henry Kaiser to celebrate the completion of the Hoover Dam. The company Kaiser owned was one of the principal contractors for the dam.

In all, 300 workers labored day and night for 30 days to erect this lakeside property’s 17 homes, cottages, yacht club, boathouse, and more, according to the community’s history.

Until Kaiser sold the estate in the 1960s, it was used as a hideaway for business tycoons. It was also the perfect spot for Kaiser to race his beloved hydroplanes, which were stored in the property’s boathouse.

But to movie buffs, the home is better known as the backdrop for Michael Corleone‘s son’s first communion party, the scene of Michael brooding in his lakefront office, and the fateful final scene of Michael’s brother Fredo—all filmed in the 1970s.

An Offer You Can’t Refuse: NYC ‘Godfather’ Home Is Week’s Most Popular Listing

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4 Steps to Prepare for Home Ownership

Buying a home is a big undertaking. From finding the right property and negotiating to sorting out the legal details and moving in, there are dozens of important steps along the way. And for many first-time buyers, it can seem overwhelming. 

Fortunately, there are a few things you can do to make the process easier, even if you’re still in the planning phase. If you know buying a home is on the horizon, you’ll want to tackle these tasks before you get too far into your search:

1. Get preapproved for your mortgage. 
Research lenders, choose your mortgage company and apply for preapproval. This will give you an idea of what you can afford so we can point you toward homes in the right price range. 

2. Give your budget a test run. 
Once you have a rough estimate of what your monthly payment will be, give that budget a trial run. Are you still able to afford all your monthly bills and expenses? If not, let’s have a chat with your lender to see what the monthly payment could look like if we target a lower price point.  

3. Start saving. 
It’s never too early to start saving up for your down payment and closing costs. Cutting out unnecessary spending and setting up automatic deductions from your paychecks are two easy ways to give your savings a boost.

4. Create a wish list. 
What do you want in your future home? Jot down your must-haves concerning size,location and features. You can also include some deal breakers to help guide you in your search. Are you looking to buy your first home soon? With the right help, the process will be less overwhelming. Reach out today for step-by-step guidance or a referral to a trusted lender in our area.

Make sure you get the most for your money and don’t make first-timer mistakes.

Buying a house for the first time can be a daunting task. With so many places and situations that can cost you money or even happiness, it’s something to approach with caution and while being informed.

In my book, I’ll show you everything you need to know to cause the process to go as smoothly as possible, without any mistakes. You’ll learn about programs for people buying for the first time, the best ways to get a loan, common mistakes to avoid and much, much more. Don’t let a couple of simple errors cost you thousands and thousands of dollars.

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You can compete with all-cash offers

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You can compete with all-cash offers. Here’s how;

In today’s hot market, bidding wars have become the norm. With many out-of-state buyers and property investors looking for a great deal, all-cash offers are also becoming common.

A cash offer can seem tempting for sellers since it offers the possibility of a faster closing. But despite this perk, cash buyers don’t always win. Many times, they make low offers or demand costly extras, both of which will mean lost cash for the seller.

Want to boost your chances of getting the home you want when competing with cash buyers? Here are some things to consider:

  1. Include a preapproval letter. Get your financial documents in order, find a mortgage lender and get preapproved. Additionally, a note from your lender stating that you’re a well-qualified buyer can go a long way.
  2. Work with a fast-moving lender. Average closing times vary significantly from lender to lender. Choosing one known for fast transactions shows sellers that you’re willing to move at their pace. Get in touch if you’d like a referral to a trusted lender.
  3. Offer more earnest money or a bigger down payment. More money down means you’re serious about purchasing their home, which gives sellers more confidence in your offer.
  4. Make an appropriate offer. We’ll discuss local comps to assess the home’s value, allowing you to make a solid bid right off the bat. Low offers are likely to be dismissed without a second glance.

Are you planning to purchase a new home soon? Get in touch today to discuss the right strategy for your home search.

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Can you own your dream house with student debt?

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Can you own your dream house with student debt?

Did you know you can buy your dream home while paying off student loan debt?

It’s true and even quite common. While student loans are factored into your debt-to-income ratio, they shouldn’t prevent you from becoming a homeowner.

And fortunately, there are many programs and options available to prospective buyers, some you may not be familiar with. Here are four ways people with student loans achieve their homeownership goals:

  1. Co-buying With Friends or Family
    Purchasing a home with a roommate, significant other or sibling allows you to combine multiple incomes to qualify for a better mortgage rate. This can help lower your monthly payment and make home maintenance more affordable.
  2. Receiving Financial Gifts From Family 
    You can also accept gift money from your parents, grandparents or other family members to put toward your home purchase. Some loan programs have a cap on how much gift money can be used, so make sure you know the limits first.
  3. Choosing Low (or No) Down Payment Loans 
    There are many low down payment options, including FHA, HomeReady and Home Possible loans. For loans with no down payment, VA loans may be available to veterans and military members as well as USDA loans for those purchasing in rural areas.
  4. Using Assistance Programs 
    Down payment assistance programs can cover some or all of your down payment costs if you qualify. These programs vary by location, so talk with a lender to learn about potential options.

Working on your credit can also help you buy a home. Pay your credit card bills on time every month, aim to pay down your debts and never let an account go into collections. It also helps to get preapproved for a mortgage so you know how much you qualify for.

If you’re ready to make home ownership a reality or would like a referral to a trusted lender, get in touch today.

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Should you purchase your dream house first? – Chuck Barberini Real Estate

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Should you purchase your dream house first?

Gone are the days when a three-bedroom, two-bath starter home was the norm for first-time home buyers. Today, many buyers are skipping that stage altogether and going straight for their dream homes. They’re buying bigger, more expensive properties with upgraded features, and they plan to live there for the long haul.

Not sure which type of property you should look for? Here are a few things to consider:

Why are you buying?
Are you mainly looking for a way to lower your monthly living expenses, or do you want a place to raise your kids and put down roots? Do you want this to be your only purchase, or are you willing to go through the process again in a few years?

What’s your budget?
Can you buy your dream home with what you can currently afford, or would that stretch your budget too far? It’s crucial to consider how much you’ll need to save for a down payment and how large of a loan you can qualify for. Your credit score and the expected interest rate will also play a factor.

How long do you plan to stay? 
Do you plan to be in the area for a long time or is there a chance you’ll need to move for your career, family or another reason down the line?

Is the market favorable?
What is the current housing inventory, and will you be competing with other buyers? Favorable market conditions mean you’ll get more house for your money, making it an ideal time to purchase a forever home.

Get in touch today if you’re ready to buy a new home. If you’re unsure about a starter home or forever home for your family, we can discuss what options are available to meet your needs and long-term goals.

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Building your house? How an agent can help.

Hire an Agent When Building a House

Many homebuyers think they don’t need to hire an agent when building a new home. After all, you’re buying directly from the builder and they already have contractors, lenders and inspectors. Why should someone else be brought into the mix?

The truth is, buying any home without an agent can be a costly mistake. It can mean paying more than you should, missed opportunities for upgrades, contract errors that aren’t in your favor or a delayed closing.

Thinking of buying a new construction home? Here are three reasons to have an agent on your side before visiting the sales office:

  1. Expert Negotiation:While their advertising would have you believe otherwise, builder’s prices aren’t always set in stone. Agents are skilled negotiators who can likely get the price dropped slightly or have a few upgrades thrown in.
  2. Preferred Vendors:Your builder might have an affiliate mortgage lender or title company, but chances are they aren’t going to offer the best deal. It’s important to shop around, and what’s better than a vendor your agent already knows and trusts?
  3. Guidance and Support: The homebuying process can be complicated, with lots of twists, turns and steps along the way. When buying new construction, you also have design reviews, electrical work and other construction needs. An agent can guide you through all of these, making sure your purchase stays on track, on time and on budget from start to finish.

It’s important to note that while you may be working with an agent or representative from the builder, they may not have your best interests at heart. Enlisting your own trusted agent can give you an advocate from the very first meeting to closing day.

Are you interested in buying a new construction home? Get in touch today for more info about builders in the area.

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Chuck Barberini Real Estate – Tiny Houses

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Do you have the biggest housing trend of the year?

Could you use a detached living space?

Today’s homeowners and homebuyers love detached living spaces. These small stand-alone structures located on the property come with all sorts of benefits — from added room for storage and recreation to extra income.

They’re also easy and affordable to design and install. Starting at around $9,600, this additional square footage can deliver serious bang for your buck, as detached areas can serve as:

Private Rental Space: You can offer the unit on a vacation rental site or lease it to a full-time tenant to bring in some extra income year-round.

Individual Living Quarters: These separate units are perfect for multigenerational families. They can be used by college kids home for summer or elderly parents who need assistance but want privacy. They’re also ideal guest rooms for family and friends coming to visit.

Quiet Home Office: Private, quiet and separated from all the hustle and bustle of the main house, detached units make highly functional home offices for the self-employed entrepreneur or side hustler.

Creative or Leisure Room: Need somewhere to escape and relax? These units are your solution. Personalize them with an art studio, a cozy reading nook, a yoga space or whatever else helps you wind down.

Fun Kids’ Playroom: Give the kids a space of their own with a toy-filled playroom in the backyard. They’re perfect for late-night slumber parties and playing video games with friends.

If you’re interested in building a detached living space on your property, get in touch today for recommendations for local contractors and designers. Remember to also look into any municipal or HOA restrictions, as you may need permits before starting your build-out.

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