Jill Finkelstein - Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Town and Country Real Estate



Posted by Jill Finkelstein on 5/20/2018

Depending on its condition, a basement can be a mixed blessing. On one hand, basements can provide an abundance of storage space to help keep your home organized. On the other hand, basements can be plagued with water leaks, excess moisture, and mold growth.

Some solutions to wet basement problems can be expensive, such as installing French drains, perimeter trenches, or exterior waterproof membranes. If you're considering buying a house that may have basement moisture problems or water damage, a good home inspector can identify these issues beforehand and let you know how serious they are.

Moisture Control Tips

Relatively simple solutions to wet basement problems include buying a dehumidifier. A dehumidifier extracts excess water from the air and can help prevent mold growth and moisture damage to your belongings. Ideally, a home basement should be a place where you can safely store everything from clothing and holiday supplies to tools and family heirlooms. A humidity meter, also called a hygrometer, can be a good way to keep track of relative humidity (RH) in your basement. Whether you'd want to buy a cheap one or a more costly model depends on the value of the items you want to protect.

The EPA's Energy Star program recommends maintaining a humidity range in your home of between 30% and 50% to prevent bacterial and mold growth. (For homeowners living in colder climates, it may be necessary to keep the RH level below 40% to prevent window condensation.) Note: If you're storing moisture-sensitive items like wooden musical instruments, important documents, or cigars, it's vital to carefully monitor humidity levels and follow all recommendations for optimal care and preservation. (Depending on the situation, it may also be necessary to keep track of other climate control factors, such as room temperature, dust, and air quality.)

What to Do About Clutter

Another common basement problem that often develops after homeowners have lived in the house for several years is clutter and disorganization. The ideal scenario is to set up an organization system in the basement immediately after moving into a house. In the real world, however, many people tend to postpone unpacking moving boxes and allow clutter to accumulate over a period of years.

The solution may consist of buying shelving units for the basement, setting aside and organizing things you want to keep, and dispensing with items that no longer serve your needs. Options for getting rid of unwanted stuff may include holding a garage sale, donating old belongings to charitable organizations, giving them away to friends and relatives, or paying a junk removal service to haul them away.

Although keeping your basement dry, organized, and clutter free is an ongoing task, the benefits almost always outweigh the short-term inconvenience.





Posted by Jill Finkelstein on 5/18/2018


160 Standish Road, Needham, MA 02492

Single-Family

$1,295,000
Price

11
Rooms
5
Beds
3/1
Full/Half Baths
FANTASTIC 5/6 BEDROOM 3 1/2 BATH COLONIAL IN A POPULAR FAMILY NEIGHBORHOOD! Beautifully situated on a half acre lot, this home has it all from the formal living room and dining rooms with hardwood floors to the gourmet granite kitchen with peninsula and gas cooking, the fireplaced family room with built-in bookshelves and exterior access to the deck overlooking the grand yard. The second floor offers a cathedral ceiling master bedroom suite with full bath and walk-in closet and the room directly connects to a study or potential bedroom. There are also three other bedrooms on this floor and a family bathroom. The finished lower level has a large playroom or au pair suite and a full bath. The home has many amenities including central air, central vacuum, alarm, sprinkler system, two car garage and natural gas heat. Add your own decorating touches to make this home your own!
Open House
Sunday
May 20 at 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
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Posted by Jill Finkelstein on 5/13/2018

This Multi-Family in Boston, MA recently sold for $800,000. This style home was sold by Jill Finkelstein - Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Town and Country Real Estate.


177-179 Dent Street, Boston, MA 02132

Multi-Family

$719,000
Price
$800,000
Sale Price

2
Units
2,534
Approx. GLA
OPPORTUNITY KNOCKS! Excellent investment property or two family living! This home is in need of updating but offers many possibilities. There is a nice yard and a detached two car garage. It is conveniently located in a nice residential neighborhood close to highway access and shopping. It will be sold 'as is'. There are a few personal items remaining that will be removed prior to closing. Appointments will be required for weekday showings, but there will be open houses the weekend of March 3rd and 4th. Buyers should do their own due diligence. The heat is by oil but there is natural gas on the premises. Offers are due Wednesday, March 7th by 5PM and will be reviewed on Thursday, March 8th.

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Posted by Jill Finkelstein on 5/13/2018

A first-time homebuyer may believe that he or she can submit a "lowball" offer on a residence, even if a house has been available for many weeks or months. However, the risks associated with submitting a subpar proposal are significant, particularly for a homebuyer who wants to purchase a top-notch residence as soon as possible.

Ultimately, a lowball offer may result in an instant "No" from a home seller. Perhaps even worse, the proposal could sour potential negotiations between a homebuyer and home seller and cause a property buyer to miss out on an opportunity to acquire his or her dream residence.

When it comes to buying a house for the first time, there is no need to risk submitting a lowball offer.

Now, let's take a look at three tips to help a first-time homebuyer avoid the temptation to make a lowball proposal.

1. Evaluate a Wide Range of Houses

An informed first-time homebuyer may be better equipped than others to provide a competitive offer to purchase his or her ideal residence.

For example, a homebuyer who assesses a broad range of houses in a particular area can determine a price range for similar residences. Then, if this homebuyer would like to submit an offer on a house, he or she can use housing market data to submit a fair proposal without delay.

With housing market data, a homebuyer can determine whether he or she is operating in a buyer's or seller's market too. That way, this homebuyer can leverage housing market insights to quickly and effortlessly put together a competitive offer on any residence, at any time.

2. Understand Your Finances

Getting pre-approved for a mortgage usually is a great idea for a first-time homebuyer. With a mortgage in hand, this homebuyer will be able map out a homebuying journey based on his or her finances.

To receive pre-approval for a mortgage, a homebuyer will should meet with several banks and credit unions. These lenders can offer details about a variety of mortgage options and help a homebuyer make an informed mortgage decision.

After a homebuyer is pre-approved for a mortgage, he or she can submit an offer on a house and understand exactly how much money is available for a home purchase. As a result, this homebuyer can put his or her best foot forward with an initial offer, thereby reducing the risk of submitting a lowball proposal.

3. Collaborate with a Real Estate Agent

The homebuying journey can be long and complicated, especially for those who are pursuing a house for the first time. Fortunately, a first-time homebuyer can collaborate with a real estate agent to obtain deep housing market insights.

A real estate agent is happy to provide honest, unbiased home offer recommendations. By doing so, this housing market professional can help a first-time homebuyer submit the best offer on a residence without exception.

Ready to purchase a home for the first time? Use the aforementioned tips, and a first-time homebuyer can avoid the danger of submitting a lowball offer on a residence.




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Posted by Jill Finkelstein on 5/6/2018

MOVE-IN READY AND TOTALLY UPDATED CAPE! This beautiful, well-maintained home is located a short walk to the train and town center, and features many amenities such as a quartz stainless kitchen with a breakfast bar, an over-sized deck with a hot tub, a large fenced-in yard, a swing set, a large electrified shed, a one car heated garage, hardwood floors and a finished lower level family room. Enter the foyer and make yourself at home in the living room with its cozy fireplace and expansive wall of built-in bookcases. The first floor also offers a formal dining room with a china cabinet and chair rail, a gourmet kitchen with gas cooking, a study/bedroom, and a full bath with a heated floor. The second floor has two good-sized bedrooms and a full bath. The finished lower level has many flexible uses as well as ample storage and a laundry room. This is a fantastic opportunity to live in Needham! Showings begin on Saturday, May 5th and Sunday, May 6th, 12:00-2:00PM.

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