Margaret Hobbie

For the Next Chapter of Your Life
Call me today at (607) 220-5334 Licensed Associate Real Estate Broker, Howard Hanna Real Estate Services

Ten Tips to Improve Your House’s Curb Appeal

 Give your entry a facelift with either a new coat of paint or a new front door.  Don’t forget to landscape your yard.  A well groomed lawn shows buyers that the home was taken care of.  Make sure all exterior lights are in working order and replace all outdoor...

Seven Things to Avoid after Applying for a Mortgage

Here is a list of seven things you should not do after applying for a mortgage!  Some may seem obvious, some may not.  Don’t change jobs or the way you are paid at your job.  Your loan officer must be able to track the source and amount of your annual income. ...

New Smoke Detector Rules

As of April 1, 2019, all new or replacement smoke detectors in New York State must be powered by a ten-year, sealed, non-removable battery or hardwired to the home.  The new law does not require all smoke detectors to be in compliance, just ones that are being...

How Long Appliances and Systems Last

Here is a very useful article from the Howard Hanna Company Newsletter: How Long House Appliances and Systems Typically Last And the Costs Associated with Replacing Them With home ownership comes not only great joy, but also great responsibility. When an appliance...

The Joys of International Real Estate

From some clients traveling in Europe and trying to get their house sold: “We’re staying at a relative’s flat and he’s got a printer, but I couldn’t make it work. After getting it printed out at an internet cafe, I found we didn’t...

Farmland Values Double

The value of farmland has doubled since 2008, according to the latest figures from the Tompkins County Department of Assessment. In 2008, after the last reappraisal, the average price was $1000 per acre; now it is $2300 per acre. For me the interesting part is that...