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Posted by Jill Finkelstein on 3/18/2018

If youíre looking for the perfect location to live but canít quite afford the neighborhood that youíre vying for, a good option is to look for whatís deemed a "up and coming" neighborhood. These areas are where buyers can find the perfect house in a place where property values are only going to increase in the coming years. Buyers may feel that this is a gamble. How can you really tell if a neighborhood is one of these areas? There are a few vital signs that you can find below which show a city or town is on the up and up.

New Concept Businesses Are Moving In

If you hear a new grocery store is going in an area, co-working spaces, or vegan restaurants are coming to town; itís a good sign that the neighborhood is going to be a happening place very soon. Think organic, Millennial minded ideas that are trendy. The key is to find the things and places that people want most. If you can move into one of these areas before it becomes popular, you have struck property gold. 

Public Transportation Is Nearby

In any urban area, being near public transportation is a huge plus. Being near any major transit is great for property values. Even homes near major routes are attractive. People will always want easier access to work and the things they need.

Think About How An Area Is Perceived

Cities across the country have flipped from having negative connotations to being an area of luxury. It happens slowly, but it starts with how desirable people believe the area to be. Whatís considered ďhipĒ can really affect the way an area is perceived.

Are The Homes In The Neighborhood The Same?

Thereís often much potential in neighborhoods where all of the homes have the same design. If you see homes in a place where properties could use some TLC, it may be an opportunity for you. Other buyers or house flippers may have the same idea. It will be like a domino effect, and the neighborhood will turn around quickly.  

How Long Have Homes Been On The Market?

If houses in an area have been on the market for an extended period, it could be an opportunity for you to get a bargain. Buyers may shy away from a home just because the area is less than ideal. Your real estate agent can help you to determine places where homes have been on the market for awhile.           

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Posted by Jill Finkelstein on 3/11/2018

Let's face it Ė buying a home in a hot housing market is no easy task. For example, if you wait too long to submit an offer on a house, you risk losing this residence to a rival buyer. On the other hand, if you rush to submit a home offer at or above a seller's initial asking price, you risk spending too much to acquire your dream residence.

Clearly, there's a lot to think about as you search for a home in a hot housing market. Lucky for you, we're here to help you overcome myriad homebuying hurdles and acquire your dream residence, even in a hot housing market.

Let's take a look at three tips to help you succeed as a homebuyer in a hot housing market.

1. Narrow Your Home Search

You know that you want to live in a specific city or town, but you still are uncertain about what type of house that you want to purchase. However, if you create a list of home must-haves and wants, you can narrow your house search and speed up the homebuying process.

Once you have a homebuying checklist in hand, you should have no trouble evaluating residences in a hot housing market. Then, you can check out these houses in person and move one step closer to submitting an offer to purchase your dream house.

2. Get Pre-Approved for a Mortgage

To acquire a home in a hot housing market, you'll likely need a mortgage. Thankfully, lenders are available that can teach you everything you need to know about a wide range of mortgage options.

Lenders can explain the differences between adjustable- and fixed-rate mortgages, describe exactly how a mortgage works and much more. That way, you can assess many mortgage options and select one that matches your finances.

After you obtain a mortgage, you can enter a hot housing market with a homebuying budget. This will enable you to further accelerate your home search and ensure you can quickly submit an offer as soon as you discover your ideal residence.

3. Collaborate with a Real Estate Agent

Navigating a hot housing market sometimes can be tricky, particularly for a homebuyer who is competing against dozens of rivals. But if you hire a real estate agent, you can receive comprehensive support as you pursue a home in a hot housing market.

A real estate agent is ready to assist you in any way possible. This housing market professional will offer insights into the real estate conditions in a particular city or town and help you map out your homebuying journey accordingly.

In addition, a real estate agent understands exactly what it takes to buy a residence in a hot housing market. He or she will help you put together a competitive offer on any home, at any time. And if your offer is rejected, a real estate agent will help you regroup and reenter a hot housing market so you can find your dream home.

Ready to buy a home in a hot housing market? Use the aforementioned tips, and you can accomplish your homebuying goals faster than ever before.

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Posted by Jill Finkelstein on 3/10/2018

Opportunity knocks! Come see this spacious split level home sited on over 15,000 square feet of land in a popular Needham Heights neighborhood. The first floor offers a fireplaced living room, formal dining room, eat-in kitchen, and an enclosed porch with access to the great backyard. There are also 3 bedrooms and a full bathroom located on the main level. The lower level has a fireplaced family room, a bedroom/office, a half bathroom, laundry, storage and access to the one car garage. This home is convenient to the highway and other major routes. The roof was replaced within the last 6 months. The house is in good condition but could use some updating. This is your chance to live in Needham!

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Posted by Jill Finkelstein on 3/4/2018

Whether you have a free-standing pantry, or a dedicated room for storing your kitchen essentials, thereís certain things that you should do to make sure your pantry is organized and that you have easy access to all of your items. Hereís some tips for good organization in your kitchen pantry: Be Careful With Stacking Canned Goods If you stack large items with other smaller items, such as different sized canned goods, it can pose a problem. An alternative to this storage dilemma is that of using risers. If you donít want to put risers in because you feel that theyíll take up too much space, remember that these storage tools are giving you space in a different sense. However you choose to stack your canned goods, remember that the shortest item should be in the front. Organizing your canned goods by height can help to save you time and space. Store Open Items In Airtight Containers Items that have been opened should be stored in an airtight container with a lid. This can save you money by keeping items fresh. Also, you and your family will know what food items have been opened and need to be finished up before new items are ripped open. Keep cereals, crackers, cookies and even pet food fresh with the use of this simple tactic. Stacking Bins Save Space If youíre like most of America, your town probably recycles. Consider getting stacking bins for the pantry or kitchen area to place recyclables in. Make sure these bins arenít too large. This way, youíll be on top of taking the recycling outside to where it needs to be. This organizing tip helps to keep your kitchen clean. Also, be sure that these containers are easy to open for your convenience. Categorize Your Snack Foods Your kitchen pantry area will stay much more organized if you keep things in categories. Cookies and other sweet snacks should stay on one shelf in one area. Snacks for the kids should be easy to grab for little hands (that is of course if the kids have free reign over the kitchen!) Savory and salty snacks are a different category that will be on a completely different shelf and area. Baskets can be a great accessory for single-serve items. Boxes that snack items come in often take up a lot of space that could be better used. Bags of chips and other items are the same way. These bagged items can be transferred to sealable containers. Baskets are also easy to carry around if youíre offering a choice of snacks. Be sure you have clips to close bags and packages to keep snack items fresh. How Deep Is Your Shelf? Be mindful when it comes to shelving items like bottles that are all the same size. This can make things hard to find. These types of items are often best stored on a lazy Susan, or other type of turn-style storage that easily spins and allows you to see whatís available for your cooking use. This way, youíll never have to move a bunch of things to find what youíre looking for! These kitchen pantry storage tips will help you to stay organized and save time both cooking and cleaning.

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Posted by Jill Finkelstein on 3/1/2018

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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