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You’ll find our blog to be a wealth of information, covering everything from local market statistics and home values to community happenings. That’s because we care about the community and want to help you find your place in it. Please reach out if you have any questions at all. We’d love to talk with you!

June 21, 2022

Is Downsizing Right for You?

Downsizing for retirement takes planning, hard work and time. It involves organizing your current home, donating unwanted items, putting your house up for sale and moving to a new location.

Moving is a stressful experience at any age. Downsizing is a major decision, influenced by unique financial and emotional factors. We recommend you understand your own motivation for moving and weigh the pros and cons so that you feel comfortable with the decision.

If you have made the decision to downsize, here is a complete guide to downsizing for seniors or those working towards retirement. It contains everything from finances and moving logistics to cope with the emotions that come from parting with a family home.

Find the "right size" home for you at Rivero Realtors, and use this helpful information about aging in place in this guide.  When it is time to sell, start with the Riveros and our 30 year experience!


Blog by Alexandra Torres


June 8, 2022

June 2022 Newsletter


Happy June! Summer vacation is so close, I can almost smell the sunscreen, bug spray, and backyard BBQs. If you're traveling this summer, use the Pre-Vacation Home Checklist below to make sure you don't forget an important task. Mix up a pitcher of homemade strawberry lemonade to keep cool while you kick back in the sun. And don't miss the 5 decluttering tips that will have your home looking magazine-ready!



Stop Your Mail
  Visit the USPS Hold Mail website to pause your mail delivery until you get back
Put One or Two Indoor Lights on a Timer
  Set the lights to turn on in the evening so your home looks occupied while you're away. You can use a simple mechanical timer or a smart plug to accomplish this.
Install Motion- Activated Outdoor Lights
  Or, if you already have them, make sure they're still working.
Unplug whatever small appliances and electronics you can
  You might need to keep your WiFi router and smart home devices running, but unplug things like your laptop, TV, coffee maker, etc. These devices will still use electricity if they're plugged in, even if they're turned off.
Set the thermostat to be closer to the temperature outside
  But not so hot or cold that your plants, pets, or belongings will be harmed.
Clean out your refrigerator
  Toss out or give away any food that will spoil while you're away.
Take out the trash and ask a neighbor to roll it to the curb on trash day
  Because no one wants to come home to the smell of week-old garbage.
Keep your blinds/drapes how they always are
  While it might be tempting to keep your windows covered while you're away, if they're normally open, it's best to keep them that way. Anything out of the ordinary could tip off an ill-willed person that your home is vacant.
Call your bank and credit card companies (especially if you're traveling out of the country)
  Otherwise, they might see an out-of-state charge, assume it's fraud, and freeze your account. It's best to save yourself the hassle.
Prepare for inclement weather
  Put away or secure patio furniture and other outdoor items that could be damaged by a storm. And if your basement has a tendency to flood, ask a neighbor if they'd be willing to check on it after a storm.
Empty the Dishwasher
  And be sure to leave the door open, so it can dry out and not get smelly from lack of use.
Vacuum the floors and wipe surfaces
  Remove crumbs that could attract pests.
And, Finally, Wait until you get home to post about your vacation on social media
  I know you're dying to share your family beach photos on Instagram, but you'll also be letting all of your followers know that you're not home to watch over your belongings.

Once you've prepared your house for your absence, you'll be ready to hit the road and enjoy your vacation!

Love strawberries?
Love lemonade?

It's time to put them both together for the perfect summer beverage!
This delightfully refreshing
 strawberry lemonade is so easy you'll never buy the powdered mix again.
  • 1/2 pound fresh strawberries, stems removed
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 4 1/2 or 5 cups water, divided
  • 1 1/2 cups fresh-squeezed lemon juice (about 6-8 lemons)

1. Puree strawberries using a blender or food processor. (Strain the puree through a fine mesh sieve if you don't want seeds in your lemonade.)

2. Make the simple syrup: In a small saucepan over medium heat, stir together sugar and 2 cups water.

3. Bring to a boil and stir until sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat and let cool to room temperature.

4. Strain the lemon juice through a fine-mesh sieve into a 2-quart pitcher. Add simple syrup and strawberry puree and stir to combine. Refrigerate until cold.

5. Add 2 1/2 cups of cold water and stir. Taste, and add more water if it's too sweet.

6. Serve over ice and enjoy!

Recipe by Lauren Allen of Tastes Better from Scratch
If you feel exhausted just thinking about decluttering your entire home, no need to despair—just follow these 5 tips from professional organizers Miriam Ortiz y Pino and Elizabeth Larkin.


Focus on one room at a time. 
Clutter can feel overwhelming, so don’t make things any harder on yourself. Choose one room—the one that’s bugging you the most—and dedicate a day or two to focusing on just that room. Don’t move onto the next room until that one is completely decluttered.
Declutter one drawer or shelf at a time. 
Whether you’re organizing your bathroom closet or your kitchen cabinets, focus on just one compartment at a time. Even if you only manage to clean out one “junk drawer” in a day, you’ll be able to see your progress and it will inspire you to keep up the momentum.



Start with a garbage bag. 
Begin your decluttering mission by tossing the obvious trash, says Miriam. Hunt down all of the expired coupons, empty Amazon boxes and envelopes, and pens that no longer write. “The physical space that trash takes up hinders your ability to make good decisions about the rest of it,” says Miriam.
Move non-kitchen items out of the kitchen. 
Have you ever noticed how much random “stuff” tends to end up on your kitchen counters? Mail, handbags, the dog’s leash, books, sunglasses, kids’ toys, you name it. Use a laundry basket to gather up anything that doesn’t belong in your kitchen, then drop those items off to the appropriate rooms.



Use 5 baskets or bins to sort clutter into 5 different categories: 
Put Away (things that need to be put back in their proper storage place), Recycle, Fix/Mend (things you love but need to repair so you can keep using them), Trash, and Donate.

To learn more great decluttering tips, check out this article by The Spruceas well as Miriam’s blog at More Than Organized.


 As home prices continue to rise, buyers adopt new strategies.

Early May saw a continuation of home price growth—the median listing price grew by 15.8% over last year, marking the 21st week of double-digit gains. Combine that with higher mortgage rates, and affordability remains a huge challenge for many buyers.

One strategy buyers are implementing is making a larger down payment. This works well for buyers who have gained a lot of equity in their existing homes. First-time homebuyers, however, are struggling to find a home they can afford—and steep hikes in rent are making it difficult to save up.

The number of new and active listings are trending upward.

“After nearly three years of mortgage rates under 4%, a new reality has emerged for homebuyers," writes Joel Berner, senior economic research analyst for Realtor.com.

From mid-March to early May, mortgage rates increased rapidly. The national average for a 30-year fixed hit 4.16% the week of March 17, jumped to 4.42% the following week, and continued an upward trend throughout April to reach 5.27% the week of May 5.

Mortgage rates have jumped above 5%.

Housing inventory is still very low compared to pre-pandemic times, but things are looking up. In the first week of May, new listings were up 4% from a year ago, and active listings grew year-over-year for the first time since 2019.


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Debbi‍ Rivero‍ 
RE/MAX Advantage‍






May 28, 2022

A Guide to Starting a Building Your Small Business in the Right Home


What better way to work is there than to work from the comfort of your own home? You can do just that by turning your great idea into a small business that you can run right out of your house. Consider this guide to help you form your business and let Debbi and Richard Rivero help you find and move into the perfect home without missing a step.



Step 1: Form an Idea and a Business Plan

Every small business starts with an idea. Maybe you have writing skills that you could turn into a successful freelancing business. Perhaps you have a love of artistic expression and want to set up a space where you can create and sell pieces from your home. E-commerce is a great way to get your products on the market. One study shows that E-commerce sales have been steadily increasing every year.


Once you have your idea, you can start forming a business plan. The basics of a well-formed business plan are:

        An executive summary 

        A description of your company and products

        Your business goals

        Market information

        Information on your business financials


Once you have this in writing, you can start the process of registering your business. 


Step 2: Make It Legal

Once you create a business name and register your LLC, you are official. Before you commit to a name, you'll have to make sure it is available. Check online to make sure no one else has registered that name. Then search for the website domain to ensure that it isn't taken as well. You'll need a tax ID number and a business bank account so that you can start purchasing the items that you need to make your business take off. 


Step 3: Find the Right Home

Before you can set up your office space, you need to find the home that will suit your personal life and your business. Location is the most important element. Some areas will not allow you to register a business at your address. If you fall in love with a beautiful home in a neighborhood with an HOA, ask if you can establish a business there before you think about purchasing. Check the local zoning laws for any other restrictions as well.  Start searching that home here.


Step 4: Set Up a Home Office

Once you find your dream home, you can begin setting up your home office. Find a space in the home that is quiet and separate from everything else. This helps you mentally separate your personal life from your business, which is a great way to stop yourself from overworking. Consider a garage remodel or even setting up a small shed-like building in the backyard.


Step 5: Start Marketing

Most small businesses begin by marketing themselves, and your most valuable marketing tool is your website. Your page should have all the information about your website readily at first glance. Consider hiring a graphic designer to create a simple infographic that will catch a visitor's eye, though this can be costly. 


For a more affordable option, make an infographic in minutes using an online tool. You can access free customizable templates online to help you build your website. You use the colors and imagery from your logo on the website to create a cohesive brand. Make sure your site is connected to a strong server so that customers can access everything quickly and reliably.


Starting a business and moving into a new home at the same time doesn't have to be scary. When you're settled in your forever home and your business is thriving, you'll realize it was all worth it. Maintain your dedication, and you'll be successful.


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Blog by: Claire Wentz

May 13, 2022

The Complete Mortgage Guide for Future Homebuyers

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A mortgage is an agreement between an individual and a lender who provides the funds to purchase a property. Over time, the individual needs to make timely repayments to the lender or risk the property getting repossessed. This article presented by Realtor Debbi Rivero will provide you with an all-encompassing mortgage guide to help you navigate through the process.


Who can get a Mortgage?


Any individual who meets the mortgage criteria set by the lender is eligible for a mortgage. While the criteria can vary, here are some conventional mortgage requirements, that most buyers think is necessary to buy a home.


       A strong credit score i.e. 670 and higher.


       A good DTI (Debt-to-Income) ratio between 36-43%.


       Ability to pay at least 20% of the purchase amount as the down payment.


       Provide additional documentation such as employment verification, proof of income etc.


       Lenders don’t require it, but consider getting a home warranty to help protect your budget from unexpected repairs. Do some research to find the best home warranty company.


Which Mortgage Type is Best?


The best mortgage for you will depend on your current financial situation, credit score, and repayment plan.


       Conventional Loan: For those with high credit scores and a large down payment, this is the best option as reported by Nerd Wallet.


       Government Insured Loan: These loans are backed by the Federal Housing Administration (FHA loans), the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA loans), or the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA loans). These accept credit scores as low as 500, have lenient DTI ratio requirements, and may waive down payment depending on your application.


       Fixed-Rate Mortgage: These have a set interest rate allowing for predictable monthly repayments till the end of the loan.


       Adjustable-Rate Mortgage: After a set period, your interest rate will become adjustable every year, allowing you the advantage of lower payments.


How Can I Get Approved?


It can take up to a month to get approved. The process is as follows:


       Submit your mortgage application which includes all documentation asked by the lender, looking for a lender with many different programs?  Contact Terry Healy.


       A loan processor will then review your application with a strong focus on your credit score, ability to repay, and collateral.


       Next, a home appraisal will be ordered to verify the property’s value meets the loan valuation, according to SmartAsset.


       Post-review, the underwriter will approve, deny or conditionally approve your mortgage.


       If approved, your lender will send a Closing Disclosure (CD) which includes all information related to the loan, to be signed while closing on the home.  This CD must be signed by you at least three days before closing.


Now that you have all the important information needed to get a mortgage, go ahead and start your application with confidence. Search for your next home now and contact me, I can help you throughout the home-buying process, so get in touch when you’re ready to start looking.


May 5, 2022

May 2022 Newsletter

Rivero Realtors‍ Newsletter (May 05, 2022)


Could your home decor use a springtime refresh? In this month's newsletter, I've included 6 interior design Instagram accounts that are sure to give you some inspiration! You'll also find a list of questions to help you define your dream home, 4 tips for setting up a smart home, and a quick housing market update.

Thanks for reading! Happy May!

- Debbi


6 Interior Design & Home Decor Accounts To Follow On Instagram

The 'gram can be a great place to find ideas and inspiration for decorating, designing, and renovating your home. If you want to fill your feed with beautiful interiors and handy video tutorials, follow these 6 home-focused Instagram accounts:

  • @Sgardnerstyle Shavonda Gardner’s small home is full of big style. Follow her to fill your feed with bold color, patterned wallpaper, oversized houseplants, and the most beautiful emerald green couch you’ve ever seen.
  • @arrowsandbow Ashley Petrone's feed is warm and neutral, with the occasional pop of fresh citrus hues and patterns. She shares ideas for decorating, DIY projects, and entertaining guests.
  • @francois_et_moi You'll find Erin Francois busy reimagining her 1930s Tudor home with modern, design-forward DIYs. Follow her account for ideas on styling beautiful vignettes, decorating with vintage finds, and more!
  • @thegritandpolish If farmhouse style is your jam, check out Cathy and Garrett’s feed. Their home is full of vintage pieces, exposed brick, fresh flowers, and gorgeous DIYed remodels.
  • @thespruceofficial The Spruce is a favorite website for all things home decor, home improvement, gardening, and more. Their Instagram account is chock full of inspiration and DIYs for all styles.
  • @thistle.harvest If you’re looking for elegant neutrals with a touch of character, you'll find it here. This account’s owner, Hannah, shares mood boards, design details, and inspiring renovation stories about her own home.
4 Tips for Setting Up Your Smart Home

Smart home technology allows you to do cool things like control your kitchen lights with your voice, schedule your robot vac to run at 9 a.m. every day, and unlock the front door with your phone.

But setting up your smart home can feel a little intimidating, so here are a few tips from WIRED and The Ambient to help you get started:

1. Start by setting up your command center.

While you can control most smart devices (light bulbs, robot vacs, etc.) with your phone, it's often easier and more convenient to have a smart speaker or smart display that can hear your voice commands. You might want to invest in several speakers, so they can hear you throughout your home.
When deciding on which speaker or display to buy, consider which assistant (or ecosystem) you prefer: are you primarily a Google user, or are you partial to Amazon's Alexa or Apple's Siri? Google, Amazon, and Apple all have their own speakers and displays you can buy. You can also opt for something like the Sonos One (Gen 2) speaker, which connects to Alexa and Google Assistant.

2. Make sure the smart devices you want are compatible with your ecosystem.

Most third-party smart home devices—like the Philips Hue smart bulbs—are designed to be compatible with multiple ecosystems. But if you have your eye on the Wyze Bulb, for instance, it won't work with Apple HomeKit—it's only compatible with Alexa and Google.

3. Check your Wi-Fi connection.

Your smart devices need a reliable Wi-Fi signal to work properly. WIRED offers several suggestions for improving your Internet connection, including moving your router to a better location or upgrading to a newer model of router.

4. Protect your privacy.

Always read the privacy policy for any device you install (especially those with microphones and cameras), and do a quick online search to see if the manufacturer has experienced any security issues recently.
If you have a smart display with a camera for video calls, consider using a webcam cover when it's not in use.
If your device offers two-step authentication (asking you to confirm your account with a text message or email), always opt in. This will keep your account more secure from hackers.
If your device offers two-step authentication (asking you to confirm your account with a text message or email), always opt in. This will keep your account more secure from hackers.
Don't use the same password for every device. Use a password generator to create complicated passcodes that are impossible to guess, and use a password manager like LastPass to keep track of them.
Finally, be aware that Google Assistant, Amazon's Alexa, and Apple's Siri store your voice and video recordings. The Ambient has guides on how to delete Google AssistantAlexa, and Siri recordings.

Ready to start making your home smarter? Check out this Tom's Guide article to discover the best smart home devices for 2022!

15 Questions To Figure Out What Your Dream Home Looks Like

When you decide it’s time to buy a home, you probably already have some wants and needs in mind. Maybe your motivation for moving is a need for more bedrooms, or the desire for a larger backyard. But there are a lot of factors to consider when narrowing down what type of home you want next. Here are 15 questions to ask yourself, courtesy of Extra Space Storage and MYMOVE:

  1. How long do I plan to stay in my next home?
  2. Do I plan on growing my family (getting married, having children) while living in this home?
  3. What are my must-have home features?
  4. What are my would-like-to-have home features (that I’d be willing to compromise on)?
  5. Which neighborhoods best fit my lifestyle? (Factor in proximity to your job, schools, restaurants, nightlife, or whatever is relevant to you.)
  6. Do I want a fixer-upper or turnkey home?
  7. Do I want to live in a neighborhood that has an HOA?
  8. Do I want an older or newer home?
  9. Does the lot size matter to me?
  10. Does the location’s noise level matter to me?
  11. Which style aesthetic do I like best (colonial, mid-century modern, craftsman, etc.)?
  12. Which style of living do I want (single home, duplex, condo, townhome, etc.)?
  13. How close in proximity do I want to be to neighbors?
  14. How important is walkability (to parks, shops, restaurants, etc.) to me?
  15. What kind of layout do I want? Do I want an open plan or more traditional floor plan?

This is a good starting point to figuring out what you want in your next home. But be sure to talk with your lender to determine your budget, then meet with a real estate agent to see how they can help you find your dream home!


Housing Market Update

What The Home-Selling Experience Looks Like In 2022

Thinking of selling your home this year? Now you can get a sneak peek into the home-selling experience.

Realtor.com and HarrisX conducted a survey of 3,000 US adults who had sold in the past year or were planning to sell in the next 12 months. Here are some of the key findings from their Spring 2022 Home Sellers Report:

  • More than 50% of home sellers spent less than a month preparing their home for listing; 20% of sellers had the home ready in less than two weeks.
  • 66% of sellers had a virtual or 3D tour created for their listing.
  • Nearly 60% of homeowners made repairs or updates to their homes prior to selling. The top home repairs completed were landscaping, minor cosmetic fixes (replacing faucets, light fixtures, etc.), touch-up painting, and replacing major house systems (such as HVAC)./span>
  • 80% of homes sold at or above the original asking price.
  • More than two-thirds of homeowners planning to sell this year are likely to list by August. Be on the lookout for an uptick in the number of homes for sale this spring and summer!

Debbi Rivero
RE/MAX Advantage


April 20, 2022

Make Your Home A Wellness Haven

How to Make Your Home a Wellness Haven Without Breaking the Bank


Even with the pandemic winding down, it’s still essential that we do all we can to make our homes a wellness haven. Luckily, there are several ways to increase the health of your living space without breaking the bank. Today, Rivero Realtors is here to guide you through the process.


Declutter Your Home

Excessive clutter in any room makes it hard to clean the space effectively to get rid of germs and bacteria. It also affects your mental health by overstimulating your brain and cluttering your mind, leading to a lack of focus and memory problems. Tackle the messiness head-on by sorting through your possessions and donating or selling those items you no longer need. Then, commit to keeping all your rooms clean, tidy, and organized going forward.


Add Some Color to Your Walls

Obviously, the appearance of your home can have a big impact on how you feel being there – but for some, the prospect of painting (and repainting) walls is a little daunting. Luckily, there are other options. Assuming you aren’t renting (or your landlord doesn’t mind), wallpaper is an easy alternative. You can even choose a wallpaper design from an artist across the globe. You’ll be amazed at the difference it makes!


Reduce Indoor Air Pollution

You may be causing pollution in your home without even realizing it. The American Lung Association reports many household products and cleaning supplies contain volatile organic compounds that release into the air and cause allergies, headaches, and respiratory problems. These harmful products include air fresheners, liquid dish detergent, rug cleaners, furniture polish, glass cleaner, and any aerosol spray product.

The ALA recommends using warm water and non-VOC soap for general cleaning and baking soda on any surface you need to scrub. Clean your glass with a simple mix of water and vinegar in equal proportions.  Replace your air fresheners with an essential oil diffuser.


Buy a Water Filter

Filtered water is safer for you to drink as the impurities harmful to your health are removed. Filtering pitchers are inexpensive to buy and use and are an easy way to get clean drinking water. If your budget allows, have a home water filtration system installed by a plumber to give you cleaner water out of every faucet and tap. These are especially helpful in hard water areas as they help protect your appliances from excessive mineral deposits.


Create an Outdoor Oasis

Relaxing outside in a natural setting allows your mind to unwind and your lungs to breathe in the fresh air. No matter the size of your yard, patio, or balcony, you can create an outdoor oasis to chill out in after your hours spent indoors. For starters, purchase a couple of comfortable lounging chairs and a table. Next, toss in some throw pillows and a couple of ottomans so you can prop your feet up.


Plant an Organic Garden

Organic fruits and vegetables aren't treated with chemical pesticides and generally have a higher nutritional value. Most people agree they taste better, too. Now is a great time to plant an organic garden in your backyard so you can skip the higher prices at the supermarket.

For the best results, hire a freelance landscape architect to ensure your garden is beautiful and functional and a place you will love to work in. A professional can determine the optimal place for the garden so it gets enough sun and has the best soil and room enough to grow. The architect can show you a 3D picture of the proposed garden so you know in advance exactly how beautiful the finished plot will look.

Adopting any of these ideas helps to refresh your home into a healthier space to live in during this pandemic. More than that, they can turn your house into a wellness haven where you will love to hang out.

Rivero Realtors are dedicated to providing the most up-to-date market data in the area. Our team is made up of caring, knowledgeable professionals that work tirelessly to help you with the home buying and selling process. Reach out today to get started!


Blog By: Marcus Lansky

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March 24, 2022

How to Smoothly Relocate Your Business

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How to Smoothly Relocate Your Business


Has your business outgrown your current facility? Did you purchase a new building? Is your rent too high? Regardless of your reason, moving a business to a new location takes careful planning; you don’t want to lose productivity or customers, and you want minimal disruption for everyone.


Every business has varying needs, but all companies can benefit from these tips.


Create a Relocation Plan

Move.org knows there are many steps to a move; they advise making a checklist. It might include:


        Schedule for key tasks

        Packing and moving timelines

        When to order new business cards, furniture, signs, and equipment

        How to notify vendors and clients

        Funding needs

        New permits or licenses


Obtain Funding

Your company may need additional funding to purchase new equipment, hire movers, or make improvements to your new property before you move. Create an accurate budget, then seek funding options if needed.


Consider Overlap

For many businesses, it’s virtually impossible to close a location one day and begin operations in the new location the next day if both sites aren’t fully functional. You need to provide expected services or goods to customers wherever you are.


Many companies move as much inventory and fixtures as they can into their new facilities well ahead of time while still leaving enough at the current place to serve their clients. That way, once the new location is operational, things can be moved from the old one.


Communication Is Key

Retail businesses are different from factories or wholesale companies because many customers may frequent your store. If you don’t effectively communicate your moving plans to your customers in plenty of time, they might show up at your store one day and wonder what happened to your business.


Retail companies might hand out refrigerator magnets to their customers with the new location address and moving date. All businesses should inform their employees, clients, delivery companies, and vendors about your plans. Vendors and delivery people will need to know what door they should use to enter your new premises before you move to avoid confusion.


Order New Furniture or Equipment Early

Order new inventory, equipment, furniture, and supplies for your new location early enough to account for product availability issues and shipping delays.


Put It in Writing

People read about your business in different places: your website, social media pages, advertising, and business cards. You might also have pre-printed invoices or other materials that include your address.


When you know that you’ll be moving, make an announcement for your online outlets. Tell readers when you’ll be moving and the new location. That way, people will be on the lookout and not be caught by surprise if they show up at your old site after you’ve moved.


Designing new business cards or other printed materials is quick and easy. You can design a personalized business card using customized pre-made templates and choosing your font style, color schemes, and finish, along with adding images and text.


Put up signs at your new location as soon as you’re able, and try to arrange to leave a “We’ve moved” sign at your old property.


Make It a Smooth Move

Although moving a business can be a significant undertaking, it can be a smooth process if you make a thorough plan and follow a timeline. Give yourself as much time as possible to get ready, and remember that communicating about your move is critical for continued success.


When you’re ready to find the perfect Maryland home, realtor Debbi Rivero is ready to help with exceptional real estate services. Call 443-386-1306 to schedule an appointment!


Blogger: Claire Wentz

March 7, 2022

COVID is Turning The Housing Market Inside Out!


Before the onset of the pandemic, many buyers were interested in remodeled homes.  The nicer the kitchen, the more a buyer would pay for the house.  Although you always have some hot buttons like garages, basements, primary bedrooms, kitchen remodels were really leading the market.  If you had remodeled your kitchen, you could assume you would get one of the highest prices in the neighborhood. 

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Then, COVID came.  As we tried to market to the buyers during this time, we emphasized mostly all the extra rooms that families could use or convert into living space so every family member could have a place to go for their Zoom meetings in school and work without having to be imprisoned in their own bedrooms.  We tried to find the need of the buyer and assumed that larger houses and homes with extra spaces would definitely be the most desirable for the majority of the buyers in the market.

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Now as we head out of the pandemic, the most desirable area seems to be the outdoor living space.  Homes with outdoor kitchens, elaborate decks and patios are the new HOT button.  Buyers are in biding wars with homes with "pretty" outdoor spaces, and most of them don't care about the interior.  Considering identical houses,  one house with outdated kitchen and nice outdoor living space will fetch an easy 10% more than the same house with updated kitchen and just a standard deck or patio.  As a seller, this is critical to know.  If you are considering selling in the near future and deciding to do some upgrades prior to putting your house on the market, you need to know what will fetch you top dollar!

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Spend more of your money in making the outdoors more inviting and you will win over the buyers!  Need some ideas or tips?  Reach out to us, we are here to help!



Post by Debbi Rivero

Feb. 21, 2022

6 Steps to Moving With Your Family for Your New Job


This article provides a simple breakdown of key moving tasks for people who plan to relocate for work.


You’ve just been offered a fantastic job opportunity - but it’s quite far from where you currently live. Moving for your career is a big decision, but with the help of Rivero Realtors, you can find the perfect new home! Here’s how to execute a long-distance move for your family.


Choose the Right Neighborhood


To narrow down your choice of neighborhoods, consider the location of your office, the local school systems, your price range, and any features you want in your home. If you’re interested in buying a home rather than renting, your choice of neighborhood is especially important. You’ll want to work with a real estate agent who can recommend areas you like!


Find a Rental


Looking for the right home for your family can be challenging, especially when you’re searching from far away! That’s why using an online rental search platform is a smart choice, whether you’re looking for Denver, CO apartments or apartments in Ellicott City, MD!


Whether you want to live in an apartment or a house, you can use a platform like this to look up rentals in your price range in cities like Ellicott City or Denver, where the average 2-bedroom apartment costs approximately $2,531 per month. Just enter the amenities you want and your preferred number of bedrooms and bathrooms! You can also look for rentals near your office to shorten your commute. Be sure to check out listings with 3D tours included so you can visualize the space.


Avoid Common Moving Mistakes


Trying to complete your whole moving to-do list on your own is inadvisable. Instead, create a moving timeline in advance and hire movers to assist you with lifting heavy furniture and relocating your belongings. You should also stock up on moving supplies, like cardboard boxes, label stickers, and packing tape!


Hire Professional Help


With so many moving companies out there, how should you decide which one to trust with your belongings? NerdWallet recommends looking for a full-service moving company, which will load, drive, and unload your belongings - sometimes, they’ll even help you with unpacking! To narrow down your choices, check out local reviews to make sure their other customers were satisfied.


Start Packing


Packing up your home will probably take longer than you think, so it’s important to start this process with plenty of time to spare. And to make things easier, get your older kids actively involved. Give them pre-labeled boxes for their belongings, and encourage them to pack up their own rooms. If you have a pet, make sure to put their items in a designated box that you can easily access while you’re on the road.


Relax and Settle In


To unpack quickly, Neighbor recommends unloading all of your boxes in the correct rooms and then going room by room to unpack. You can assign your family members to different rooms so that the process goes by faster!


Once your belongings are unpacked, you can finally relax and unwind. This is also a good time to figure out exactly how you’ll be getting to work, whether you’re planning to drive or take public transport. When you have a plan for the first day in the office, you can head out the door with your family and start getting to know your new area! Feel free to stop by the house next door and greet your new neighbors, too.


Relocating to a new city and starting a new chapter in your career is exciting! But navigating this process is definitely not easy, especially when you have a family. By laying out a blueprint for your move, you’ll be able to minimize your stress as you make your way to your new home.


Need help searching for your new home? Turn to Rivero Realtors for guidance! Fill out the contact form on our website today to start looking for the perfect place.



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Blog written by Claire Wentz


Feb. 1, 2022

Thinking of Retirement?


Expanding Your House and Your Life

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While many retirees are focused on downsizing, you may be one of a select group who's actually looking to expand your house and your life by incorporating new hobbies, visitors, and maybe even a new business. If this sounds like you, read on for some tips and tricks from the Rivero team to help you find the perfect home for your ideal life.

Incorporating New Hobbies

Now that you're retired, you finally have time to pursue those hobbies you've always wanted to try. But you also need the space in which to do so, and this may mean buying a larger home. Perhaps you've always wanted to plant a huge garden and grow vegetables and flowers. You need a significant piece of land to be able to follow that hobby. You may also need an upgraded kitchen so you can cook or can your produce.

Maybe you have a special love for arts and crafts. In that case, you may want studio space so you can spread out and create. If you're a musician, you may long for a music studio where you can practice and record. If you're into model trains, you need a large room to create your dream layout.

Welcoming Visitors

If your hobbies aren't your primary focus, you may instead want to concentrate on welcoming visitors to your larger home. You may be longing to surround yourself with your children, grandchildren, friends, and members of your extended family. In that case, you need plenty of bedrooms for your guests as well as entertainment spaces where your loved ones can gather for food, fun, and conversation.

Starting a Business

You may also need a larger home if you're planning to start a home-based business. Whether you're planning to teach music lessons, practice interior design, try your hand at farming, or freelance as a writer, editor, or tutor, you need enough space to start and pursue your business interests. This may mean you need a dedicated room for an office or studio, or maybe you need more land.

If you're seriously considering starting a business, you might decide to form a limited liability company (LLC) to benefit from its tax benefits, flexibility, and limits to personal liability. Do your research ahead of time, though, as rules and regulations vary by state. If you don't feel up to doing all the paperwork on your own, you can save time and lawyer fees by hiring a formation service to make sure everything is in order.

Buying the Right House

When you've decided that a bigger house in Ellicott City is exactly what you need, you must then take a close look at your budget and determine how much you can spend. Also, write up a list of priorities with your hobbies, visitors, or business in mind and determine what you absolutely must have in a new home. To smooth out the buying process, consider hiring a real estate agent to help you with your search, negotiations, and closing.

Enjoying Your New Place

When all is said and done, you can settle back into your new, larger home and pursue your hobbies, entertain your visitors, or start your business. So contact Rivero Realtors today, and get started.

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Post by Claire Wentz