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Posted by Jill Finkelstein on 9/9/2018

Selling a home is a big decision with far-flung ramifications. If you're on the fence about selling your house, there is no need to wait. In fact, there are many reasons why now may be the right time to list your residence, and these include:

1. You can upgrade or downgrade.

Although your current home has served you well for many years, now may be a good time for a change. Fortunately, you can sell your residence and move into a bigger or smaller home that will suit you perfectly.

It often won't take long to transition from one home to another. In many instances, individuals simultaneously sell their current house and search for a new home. This generally enables an individual to seamlessly relocate from his or her current house to a bigger or smaller residence.

2. You can move closer to family members and friends.

If you find your current home is far away from family members and friends, don't stress. For those who sell a home, it may be only a matter of time before you can enjoy convenient access to loved ones.

By selling your current home, you can explore houses in cities and towns where your loved ones reside. Then, if you purchase a house close to family members and friends, you can visit these loved ones without having to worry about a long commute.

3. You can receive plenty of support throughout the home selling journey.

Listing a home may seem virtually impossible, particularly for someone who previously has never embarked on the property selling journey. Lucky for you, help is available to ensure you can quickly and effortlessly sell your home and maximize its value.

Working with a real estate agent typically is a good idea for first-time and experienced home sellers alike. With a real estate agent at your side, you can get the assistance you need to achieve your property selling goals.

A real estate agent understands the assorted pitfalls that a home seller may encounter. As such, he or she works with a home seller to help this individual address potential problems before they escalate. A real estate agent will collaborate with a property seller to craft a house selling strategy. Next, a real estate agent will put this plan into action and do everything possible to promote a house to prospective buyers. And if a seller receives an offer to purchase, a real estate agent will help this individual review his or her options and determine how to proceed.

In addition, a real estate agent provides a housing market resource unlike any other. He or she is available to respond to a seller's concerns and questions. Plus, a real estate agent is happy to provide home selling recommendations.

Take the guesswork out of selling your home Ė hire a real estate agent, and you can receive extensive support as you navigate the property selling journey.




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Posted by Jill Finkelstein on 9/6/2018


456 Chestnut Street, Needham, MA 02492

Single-Family

$1,559,000
Price

12
Rooms
4
Beds
3/1
Full/Half Baths
ABSOLUTELY AMAZING NEW CONSTRUCTION WITH FOUR FINISHED LEVELS INCLUDING TWO THIRD FLOOR SEPARATE ROOMS! This natural gas home, on almost a half acre, is full of surprises and wonderful features! The first floor offers a lovely living room and adjoining dining room as well as a grand gas fireplaced family room, private office, large mudroom with built in cubbies, and separate laundry room. The stainless kitchen has a large quartz island, and high performance gourmet Thor appliances, including a built-in coffee machine and access to the composite maintenance free deck which overlooks the large yard! The second floor has 4 spacious bedrooms and 3 full bathrooms and access to two separate staircases to both the third floor Bonus Room and the third floor Great Room. There is a huge finished lower level with walkout to the yard! The home has central AC, alarm, sprinkler system and hardwood on the first, second and third floors. Conveniently located to walk to town and train. Move in!
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Posted by Jill Finkelstein on 9/2/2018

Once you have moved into a new home, youíre going to want to make it look amazing with some nice furniture. If youíre in too much of a hurry, you can make some very common furniture buying mistakes that will cost you more than just the money you have wasted on furniture. Read on before you begin filling that new home with sofas, chairs, and tables.  


You Donít Plan For Style Or Practicality


If youíre a young couple moving into your first home, you probably have a lot of plans for the future. Children may possibly be a part of those plans someday. Remember that a $3,000 leather sofa may look really great when itís just the two of you. Fast forward a couple of years to the terrible twos and envision permanent marker all over that beloved couch. Keep in mind that the lifespan of heavily used furniture is anywhere between 7 to 10 years. 


Even if children arenít in your future plans, the same problems are true for pets. If you donít have a dog and purchase the expensive sofa knowing that you have plans to get a dog, you should think twice. Pets can claw furniture and leave behind clumps of pet hair. If you have plans for children, pets, or both, consider the type of fabric that youíll have on the furniture carefully. Itís important to select pieces of furniture that suit your life, budget, and aspirations. 


You Buy Everything At Once


It can be tempting when you have an empty house to try and buy all of your furniture at once. If you buy everything at the same time, you wonít have any room for flexibility to buy pieces to add to your collection from other stores at a later date. The best way to approach filling an empty house is to buy the big necessities first, then fill the rest of your home as you find what you like and need. 


You Forgot To Measure


Imagine this: You just bought your dream bedroom set. The delivery people come to the house to drop it off, and it doesnít fit in the space! When we see things in the store, we often make every effort in our minds to convince ourselves that it will look good in our home. The reality is that furniture needs to fit in order for it to actually ďworkĒ in a room. Before you even set out to buy furniture, take measurements of every room that youíre shopping for. Have the list handy of all these numbers that you can refer to. 


Finding the right furniture comes down to avoiding impulse buys for these big purchases. Planning is everything when it comes to filling your new home with furnishings that will last the test of time and design.      





Posted by Jill Finkelstein on 8/26/2018

When itís time to list your home, you probably have two main questions in mind for your real estate agent. The first is how much can I get for my home? The second is how much commission do you take? Obviously, you want to get the most money in return for your investment. 


Many sellers hire the very first agent they meet and this isnít necessarily the right process. Selling a home is a huge undertaking. As a seller, youíll want to dig a bit deeper in order to find the agent who is right for you.


What Experience Do You Have?


It sounds like such an obvious question, but many sellers fail to ask their real estate agents what kind of experience they have. Homes are very expensive business transactions. You want someone who has some experience under their belt to help you get the most bang for your buck in the sale of your home. While thereís no amount of experience thatís ďrequired,Ē your agent should have some experience selling homes. The ability of an agent to handle deals is very important. 


How Will You Market My Home?


You canít really sell anything without some kind of marketing efforts. There are many different ways to market a home including direct mailing, online advertising and sending the property to the MLS for wide search availability. Itís important that your real estate agent knows how to market a home. 


How Will We Communicate


This is an important question. You donít want to hire a real estate agent just to find that they are often unavailable and leaving you wondering whatís happening in the sale of your home. In this age, itís important to remember how many different ways that we can communicate. Thereís e-mail, texting and of course old fashioned phone calling. You want to make sure that the agent you choose to help you sell your home will be open to communicating in the ways that are most convenient for you. 


Will You Be Representing Both Sides Of The Transaction?


Agents have the ability to represent both the buyer and the seller if the buyer doesnít have their own agent to represent them. This is normal and expected especially in special cases. Dual agency is possible and it is legal. However, sometimes you may want someone who is purely ďon your side.Ē If an agent is getting commission from both transactions, you may think itís hard for them to be working for both the buyer and the seller without trying too hard to make a deal. You donít want your best interest to be compromised when youíre selling a home.




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Posted by Jill Finkelstein on 8/19/2018

Ready to submit an offer on a house? Not so fast. First, you'll want to consider a few key questions, including:

1. Can I afford to buy a house?

If you find a house you like, make sure you can afford the monthly mortgage payments. By doing so, you may be able to avoid costly, time-consuming problems down the line.

Ultimately, getting pre-approved for a mortgage can make a world of difference, particularly for a homebuyer who is ready to submit an offer on a home.

With pre-approval for a mortgage, a homebuyer will understand exactly how much money is at his or her disposal. As a result, this homebuyer can avoid the temptation to overspend on a house.

2. Should I submit a "lowball" offer?

For many homebuyers, it may seem like a good idea to submit a "lowball" offer on a house. But doing so may be problematic for a number of reasons.

If you submit a lowball proposal, a home seller is unlikely to take your bid seriously. As such, this home seller may dismiss your offer and move on to other proposals quickly.

In addition, a lowball offer may cause you to miss out on the opportunity to acquire your dream residence.

When you locate the perfect residence, there is no need to leave anything to chance. If you submit a fair proposal that meets or exceeds a home seller's expectations, you can avoid the risk of losing your dream house to a rival homebuyer.

3. How much should I offer for a residence?

We've already established that a lowball offer is rarely, if ever, a good idea. Now, you'll just need to determine what differentiates a fair proposal from a lowball one.

A fair proposal accounts for the needs of both a homebuyer and home seller. It should be based on the current state of the housing market as well as the condition of a home.

For instance, if you're operating in a buyer's market, there is likely to be a broad assortment of homes available. This means a home seller may need to lower his or her expectations due to the sheer volume of quality residences currently on the market.

Don't forget to study the prices of recently sold homes in a particular city or town too. This housing market data will help you better understand how a residence you're considering stacks up against comparable houses so you can submit an appropriate offer.

4. Do I need a real estate agent?

A real estate agent will take the guesswork out of buying a home, and for good reason. This real estate professional can help you prepare an offer and will negotiate with a home seller on your behalf. That way, you can streamline the process of going from homebuyer to homeowner.

Hire a real estate agent before you submit an offer on a house Ė you'll be glad you did. A real estate agent will guide you along the homebuying journey and ensure you can secure a great house at a price that fits your budget.




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