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Posted by Jill Finkelstein on 1/17/2021

When youíre searching for a home to buy, youíll probably attend many different open houses. The open house is meant to help you get a feel for different properties. While you canít get to know all the ins and outs of a home in a short time, you can get an understanding of some of the best things (and not so great things) about a property. Below, youíll find some of the biggest warning signs that a property may not be all that it appears to be. 


Thereís A Lot Of Odor Masking Elements In Place


When you walk into an open house, you may get the smell of freshly baked cookies or a lovely candle. While these are great marketing techniques, they also can be a tactic to hide things. Perhaps there are some offensive odors in the house from mold, leaks, smoke, or mildew. You may not be prepared to deal with these kinds of problems once you move into a home. 


You Notice Glaring Issues


While the home inspection will reveal many problems that may be invisible to the casual observer, you should still be on the lookout for issues on the surface of the home during the open house. These issues can include cracks in the ceiling or walls, cracks in the floor, or even squeaky floor boards. If you happen to see patchy walls in the home, that could indicate that repairs have been made several times. Be alert for these potential problems.


Does The Home Look Well-Kept?


When you pull up in front of the home is the lawn trim? Does the home appear clean? While everyone would hope that a homeowner would clean up their property before an open house, small and big things like this can indicate a bigger problem. If the home is not cared for on the surface, how many other underlying maintenance issues are there in the home? Neglected regular maintenance can cause larger problems of all kinds in a home.


Strange Cosmetic Fixes


A freshly painted wall could be suspect of a big problem. Under the paint could be mold, cracks, or other issues. Some homeowners do put fresh paint on their walls before selling in order to give the home a neutral feel. However, you should be on the lookout for other signs of problems in the home.          


Channel Your Inner Detective


While you donít need to dig as deep into a home as a home inspector does, you should be on the lookout as you scan a home for the potential livability for you. Things like glaring cracks in the ceiling, or a strong odor of cigarette smoke could be signs of future problems living in the home. The open house is your time to find a home that fits you and your life, so make the most of the opportunity.  




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Posted by Jill Finkelstein on 5/17/2020

An open house may prove to be exceedingly important, particularly for a buyer who plans ahead and makes the most of this opportunity. Because if a buyer enters an open house with a plan in hand, he or she can gain the necessary insights to determine whether to set up a home showing or consider other residences.

Now, let's take a look at three things that every buyer needs to know about open houses.

1. Open houses generally take place on weekends.

If you plan to pursue a home in the near future, you may want to keep your weekends open. That way, you can attend as many open houses as possible and boost the likelihood of discovering your ideal residence.

Most open houses are held on Saturdays and Sundays, and these events may begin late in the morning and end late in the afternoon. There is no requirement to attend an open house as soon as it begins. However, it is important to remember that the early bird catches the worm. And the sooner you attend an open house, the sooner you can determine whether a residence is right for you.

2. Each open house is designed to provide a stress-free experience.

During an open house, you can walk around a residence and explore all aspects of a home at your own pace. Meanwhile, a seller's real estate agent is present and can respond to your concerns or questions as well.

Oftentimes, it helps to craft a list of questions prior to an open house. This will enable you to receive immediate responses to your queries from a seller's real estate agent.

You also may want to carry a notepad and pencil with you as you walk through an open house. This will allow you to keep track of any notable home features or flaws, and ultimately, weigh the pros and cons of a residence.

3. An open house provides no guarantees.

There is no guarantee that you'll find your dream residence during the first open house you attend. In fact, you may need to attend dozens of open house events before you discover a home that matches or exceeds your expectations.

As a buyer, there is no need to leave anything to chance as you search for your ideal house. And if you collaborate with a real estate agent, you can stay up to date about open house events for residences that correspond to your homebuying criteria.

A real estate agent is a property buying expert and will do everything possible to help you discover your dream house. In addition to keeping you informed about open house events, a real estate agent will set up home showings and offer homebuying recommendations and suggestions. By doing so, a real estate agent will help you achieve the best-possible results during the property buying journey.

Hire a local real estate agent today, and you can take the first step to find and buy your dream house.





Posted by Jill Finkelstein on 3/2/2019


31 Glendale Road, Needham, MA 02492

Single-Family

$1,679,000
Price

10
Rooms
4
Beds
5/1
Full/Half Baths
DETAILED CRAFTSMANSHIP ABOUNDS IN THIS COMPLETELY RENOVATED EXPANDED MINT COLONIAL IN ONE OF NEEDHAM'S MOST DESIRABLE NEIGHBORHOODS! Step inside to the gracious fireplaced living room. French doors lead to a fantastic family room with custom built-ins. A lovely dining room with wainscotting adjoins a gourmet/granite kitchen featuring an oversized island, breakfast bar and separate eating area plus a compactor, beverage cooler, warming drawer, television, gas cooktop, double ovens, French door refrigerator and access onto the bluestone deck. A spacious slate mudroom with a side door entrance and entrance from the heated two car garage with storage systems, a powder room and secondary staircase complete the first floor. The second floor features 4 bedrooms and 4 full baths including a master suite with his and hers walk-in closets, a steam shower, soaking tub, double sinks and vanity area. A finished lower level has a playroom, bedroom, and full bath. This one of a kind home has it all!
Open House
Saturday
March 02 at 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM
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Posted by Jill Finkelstein on 2/28/2019


31 Glendale Road, Needham, MA 02492

Single-Family

$1,679,000
Price

10
Rooms
4
Beds
5/1
Full/Half Baths
DETAILED CRAFTSMANSHIP ABOUNDS IN THIS COMPLETELY RENOVATED EXPANDED MINT COLONIAL IN ONE OF NEEDHAM'S MOST DESIRABLE NEIGHBORHOODS! Step inside to the gracious fireplaced living room. French doors lead to a fantastic family room with custom built-ins. A lovely dining room with wainscotting adjoins a gourmet/granite kitchen featuring an oversized island, breakfast bar and separate eating area plus a compactor, beverage cooler, warming drawer, television, gas cooktop, double ovens, French door refrigerator and access onto the bluestone deck. A spacious slate mudroom with a side door entrance and entrance from the heated two car garage with storage systems, a powder room and secondary staircase complete the first floor. The second floor features 4 bedrooms and 4 full baths including a master suite with his and hers walk-in closets, a steam shower, soaking tub, double sinks and vanity area. A finished lower level has a playroom, bedroom, and full bath. This one of a kind home has it all!
Open House
Saturday
March 02 at 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM
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Location: 31 Glendale Road, Needham, MA 02492    Get Directions

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Posted by Jill Finkelstein on 2/28/2019


31 Glendale Road, Needham, MA 02492

Single-Family

$1,679,000
Price

10
Rooms
4
Beds
5/1
Full/Half Baths
DETAILED CRAFTSMANSHIP ABOUNDS IN THIS COMPLETELY RENOVATED EXPANDED MINT COLONIAL IN ONE OF NEEDHAM'S MOST DESIRABLE NEIGHBORHOODS! Step inside to the gracious fireplaced living room. French doors lead to a fantastic family room with custom built-ins. A lovely dining room with wainscotting adjoins a gourmet/granite kitchen featuring an oversized island, breakfast bar and separate eating area plus a compactor, beverage cooler, warming drawer, television, gas cooktop, double ovens, French door refrigerator and access onto the bluestone deck. A spacious slate mudroom with a side door entrance and entrance from the heated two car garage with storage systems, a powder room and secondary staircase complete the first floor. The second floor features 4 bedrooms and 4 full baths including a master suite with his and hers walk-in closets, a steam shower, soaking tub, double sinks and vanity area. A finished lower level has a playroom, bedroom, and full bath. This one of a kind home has it all!
Open House
Saturday
March 02 at 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM
More Open Houses
Cannot make the Open Houses?
Location: 31 Glendale Road, Needham, MA 02492    Get Directions

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