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Posted by Mark Carmien on 3/28/2020

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Buying a house is more than the number of rooms and how it is staged. It’s a set of complex systems in a specific location. And while it’s not all about location, that’s a perfect place to start your list.

Where to Buy

Areas and neighborhoods trend for a variety of reasons. If you’re new to a city, consider renting for six to twelve months. That way, you can investigate all the neighborhoods to determine which one is right for you. For example, if you plan to have children, the hot market near the city center might not be best for you. Instead, you’ll want a home in a neighborhood with excellent schools, playgrounds, access to nearby shopping and family-friendly entertainment.

When to Buy

Once you know where you want to live, engage your real estate agent in helping determine when the best timing is. If you can afford to wait until fall or winter because prices often drop, then do so. Or, if you need to get in ahead of the “between school sessions” rush, get your offer in just after Super Bowl Sunday or before Spring Break.

What to Buy

This advice must adjust to your needs, of course, but buy what fits into your budget. Overbuying causes problems down the road when a repair completely busts your budget, and you end up with extensive problems. But don’t buy less than you’ll be happy with either. You need a home that meets your needs for years to come.

How to Buy

Lastly, don’t buy sight unseen or home uninspected. Purchasing a home without really looking at it or requiring a complete, professional, certified inspection can set you up for homeownership failure. Your agent can suggest an inspector to you, or you can hire one from a list of professionals. Pay attention to the notes and suggestions on the inspection and require corrections to any major systems. If you do purchase the home without adding that clause, set aside funds to repair or replace the offending appliance, pipes, wiring or structural issue before it becomes a major headache.

Don’t rely on a seller’s agent to handle the deal. Their responsibility is to the seller, and they are obligated to sell the home for the highest price with the fewest changes, upgrades or repairs required. A buyer’s agent, conversely, advocates for you, the buyer. That means they have your best interest in mind in negotiations, offers and the final outcome. If you’re hunting for a home, engage a buyer’s agent and let them do the heavy lifting for you.




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Posted by Mark Carmien on 3/21/2020

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Boston, with its rich history and cultural scene, is a city that can easily take a week to explore. So what can you do if you have just one day to experience its wonders? While you won’t be able to see it all, there are some must-see attractions that you can work into a day. Here’s what you’ll want to do.

Focus on Downtown

Downtown Boston is where its oldest, history-rich neighborhoods are, so this is where you’ll want to spend your time. This is also where the museums and art galleries are. You may want to decide just a couple of things to see and experience, depending on your preferences. However, if you’re wanting to see as much of the city as possible, focus your efforts on the historic sites downtown.

Start with the Freedom Trail

The Freedom Trail is a 2.5-mile-long red line that takes you past some of the most historic sites in the city. It can take all day to walk and experience the Freedom Trail, but you can focus on the first two-thirds of the trail if you wish to see other things as well. Start your journey at Boston Commons, and pick up a Freedom Trail pamphlet from the Boston Common Visitor Information Center. This trail will take you through several of Paul Revere’s historic sites, as well as other important pieces of Boston’s history.

Do Your Shopping

You’ll want to grab a souvenir or two on your trip. During your walk down the Freedom Trail, end at Faneuil Hall, where you can find plenty of shopping options. Among those are Quincy Market, which is the hall’s food court. You’ll find a lot of excellent meal or snack options to grab-and-go as you continue your exploration of the city.

Grab Some Coffee

If you’re getting a little tired at this point, head to Hanover Street, which is known for its many coffee houses. Bag an espresso and a fresh-baked pastry, and see the historic buildings of the city’s North End while you indulge.

Head to the Waterfront

Now you’re ready to see the waterfront. Walk from the North End to the harbor, and jump on a ferry ride from Long Warf to Charlestown and back. You’ll also have the option to tour the New England Aquarium or the Institute of Contemporary Art in this area. This will finish out your day, and you will end at the perfect spot to pick up some fresh seafood for dinner.

You can’t fully experience Boston in a day, but you can get a good taste. With this itinerary, soak in many of the most important parts of the city and get a feel for its history and culture before your travels take you elsewhere.




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Posted by Mark Carmien on 3/19/2020

This sweet, completely updated farmhouse has it all! Located a short walk from Cottage St, you'll find a warm, welcoming place to call home. Featuring an open floor plan with hardwood floors throughout, remodeled kitchen with granite and SS appliances, and a remodeled bathroom with a double granite vanity and radiant heated tile floors. There's a new 5.3kw solar array on the roof, new high efficiency gas furnace, new central air, new water heater, new 200amp electric service and a cozy gas parlor stove in the living room to take the chill off. The 4 season sun room has been fully insulated for even more living space. Outside you'll find a fully fenced in backyard, new pergola and deck to enjoy those summer evenings, a nice mix of flowering trees and shrubs, a dedicated natural gas line for the grill, and a convenient garden shed. The over-sized garage has it's own 200amp electric service for a great studio or shop space. This lot has a right of way to Nashawannuck Pond!

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Posted by Mark Carmien on 3/19/2020


94 Holyoke Street, Easthampton, MA 01027

Single-Family

$289,000
Price

7
Rooms
3
Beds
1
Baths
This sweet, completely updated farmhouse has it all! Located a short walk from Cottage St, you'll find a warm, welcoming place to call home. Featuring an open floor plan with hardwood floors throughout, remodeled kitchen with granite and SS appliances, and a remodeled bathroom with a double granite vanity and radiant heated tile floors. There's a new 5.3kw solar array on the roof, new high efficiency gas furnace, new central air, new water heater, new 200amp electric service and a cozy gas parlor stove in the living room to take the chill off. The 4 season sun room has been fully insulated for even more living space. Outside you'll find a fully fenced in backyard, new pergola and deck to enjoy those summer evenings, a nice mix of flowering trees and shrubs, a dedicated natural gas line for the grill, and a convenient garden shed. The over-sized garage has it's own 200amp electric service for a great studio or shop space. This lot has a right of way to Nashawannuck Pond!
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Posted by Mark Carmien on 3/14/2020

Getting the best price for your residence can be easy, particularly if you allocate the necessary time and resources to become a smart home seller.

What does it take to become a smart home seller? Here are three tips to help you do just that.

1. Analyze the Housing Market Closely

The housing market can be tricky to navigate, especially for a first-time home seller. Fortunately, those who spend some time reviewing the real estate sector closely can identify housing market patterns and trends and plan accordingly.

For example, a home seller should check out the prices of comparable houses in his or her area. This will enable a property seller to understand how his or her home stacks up against the competition.

A home seller also should review the prices of recently sold homes. This will allow a home seller to differentiate between a buyer's market and a seller's market.

2. Take a Look at Your Home – Both Inside and Out

When a homebuyer views your house for the first time, will your residence make a positive first impression? If you're unsure, you may want to conduct a home appraisal as soon as possible.

A home appraisal allows a property inspector to examine your residence both inside and out. That way, you can identify any potential problems with your residence and make home improvements as needed.

There are many quick, simple ways to enhance your property's appearance without breaking your budget too.

For example, mowing the front lawn and trimming the hedges can help you transform an ordinary home exterior into an exceptional one.

Or, if you want to upgrade your house's interior, eliminating clutter usually is a great idea. Removing unwanted items from your house will help you free up space so you can show off the true beauty of your residence's interior.

3. Work with a Real Estate Agent

No one should be forced to navigate the home selling journey alone. Lucky for you, real estate agents are available who can help you seamlessly add your home to the housing market and optimize your residence's value.

A real estate agent will meet with you to understand your home selling goals. Then, he or she will help you map out a home selling journey, one that guarantees you can generate plenty of interest in your residence as soon as it becomes available.

Usually, a real estate agent will help you get your home ready to add to the real estate market. He or she will offer honest, unbiased home improvement recommendations so you can upgrade your residence in no time at all.

Perhaps best of all, a real estate agent will set up home showings, promote your residence to homebuyers and negotiate with property buyers on your behalf. And if you ever have home selling concerns or questions, a real estate agent will be happy to respond to them instantly.

Take the guesswork out of selling your home – use the aforementioned tips, and you can become a smart home seller.




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