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Posted by John Buccelli on 8/26/2018

Hosting an open house is a key milestone for a home seller. If an open house proves to be successful, it may be only a matter of time before a seller receives multiple offers on his or her residence. Comparatively, if a home fails to impress during an open house, a seller may need to consider new ways to stir up interest in his or her residence.

Ultimately, it helps to plan ahead for an open house as much as possible. Lucky for you, we're here to help you get ready for any open house, at any time.

Let's take a look at three tips to help you prepare for an open house.

1. Perform Home Interior Cleaning

A pristine home interior can make a world of difference to potential homebuyers. Thus, you should allocate time and resources to clean your home's interior from top to bottom prior to an open house.

Mop the floors, wipe down ceilings and walls and perform other home interior cleaning to ensure that your house will dazzle as soon as a buyer walks through the front door. That way, you can increase the likelihood that your residence will make a positive first impression on buyers.

2. Enhance Your House's Exterior

Your home's curb appeal may make or break your open house. Because if your home has a messy, cluttered front lawn, your residence is unlikely to impress potential buyers when they see your house for the first time.

When it comes to improving your home's exterior, even minor upgrades can have far-flung effects.

Mowing the front lawn and trimming the hedges can help you show off your house's exterior. And if you need assistance with home exterior improvements, you can always hire a professional home landscaping company to help you out too.

3. Consult with a Real Estate Agent

Preparing for an open house can be challenging, particularly for a seller who is worried about the current state of his or her residence. Fortunately, real estate agents are available who can help you get ready for an open house.

A real estate agent is happy to help you sell your home in any housing market. He or she will schedule an open house at your convenience. And in the weeks and days leading up to an open house, a real estate agent will offer expert tips to help you prepare for this event.

Furthermore, a real estate agent will provide plenty of guidance at each stage of the home selling journey. He or she will help you promote your residence to the right groups of potential buyers and review any offers on your house. Plus, if you ever have questions about selling your home, a real estate agent can instantly respond to these queries.

If you want to achieve the best-possible results during an open house, it generally is a good idea to work with a real estate agent. Contact a local real estate agent today, and you can receive comprehensive support as you navigate the home selling journey.





Posted by John Buccelli on 8/19/2018

A home inspection can make or break a property sale. If all goes well during a home inspection, a buyer and seller can proceed with a transaction. Conversely, if a home inspector discovers major problems with a house, a property sale may be in jeopardy.

As a homebuyer, you'll want to do everything possible to ensure a home inspection delivers valuable insights. With in-depth home insights at your disposal, you can determine whether to continue with a home purchase or reenter the housing market.

To ensure a successful home inspection, let's take a look at three common home inspection mistakes, and how a homebuyer can avoid these problems.

1. A homebuyer hires an inexperienced home inspector.

When it comes to hiring a home inspector, it is always better to err on the side of caution. With an experienced home inspector at your side, you can boost the likelihood of a successful home inspection.

Evaluate a variety of local home inspectors. Then, take a look at each home inspector's background and expertise to narrow your search.

In addition, if you feel comfortable with a home inspector, reach out to this professional directly before you make your final hiring decision. That way, you can request client referrals and gain additional insights to help you make an informed selection.

2. A homebuyer does not attend a home inspection.

A homebuyer is not required to attend a home inspection. However, attendance usually is a good idea, regardless of your homebuying expertise.

Remember, a home purchase is one of the biggest transactions that you likely will complete in your lifetime. If you want to ensure a home is a viable long-term investment, it certainly pays to walk around a property with a home inspector and conduct an in-depth evaluation.

In many instances, attending a home inspection may enable a homebuyer to gain home insights that might not be included in a home inspection report as well.

For example, a home inspector who identifies issues with a property may be able to give a homebuyer an estimate about how much it will cost to complete myriad property repairs. These insights are exceedingly valuable and can help a homebuyer determine whether a house is a worthwhile purchase.

3. A homebuyer ignores a home inspection report.

After a home inspector completes a property evaluation, this professional will provide the homebuyer with a home inspection report. Then, a homebuyer will have a set amount of time to review the report to determine whether to proceed with a home purchase.

A home inspection report contains plenty of valuable insights, and as such, should not be ignored. Instead, a homebuyer should spend time evaluating the report and learning from it. And if a homebuyer has any questions, he or she can reach out to the home inspector who provided the report for answers.

Lastly, if you need help planning a home inspection, you should employ a real estate agent. By hiring a real estate agent, you'll have no trouble getting in touch with the best home inspectors in your area.





Posted by John Buccelli on 8/15/2018

This Condo in Medford, MA recently sold for $550,000. This Townhouse style home was sold by John Buccelli - Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Verani Realty Somerville.


97 Boston Ave, Medford, MA 02155

Condo

$569,000
Price
$550,000
Sale Price

6
Rooms
3
Beds
2/1
Full/Half Baths
Just in time to enjoy your summer! Bright, clean, large, and sunny, with an amazing location, are a few of the many adjectives that you might describe this home. Bring your own taste, but not much to do here but move in and unpack! There is plenty of room in this 2-level town home, plus as an added value of 2 more rooms and a laundry in the lower level! Take note of the finished lower level with its ¾ sized windows for plenty of light and view, and its own full bathroom. Livingroom has gleaming hardwood floors. Eat in kitchen with sliders to a private deck, plus no waiting with 2 ½ baths! And 3 car driveway! Enjoy the privacy of a large fenced yard this summer, perfect for summer fun and entertaining. If location is important, this one checks off the “Location” boxes. Close to Tufts University, Shopping, Restaurants, the Mystic River, Mystic Lake and Park, and close by walking and bike paths. SELLER WILL ENTERTAIN OFFERS FROM $549,000 to $589,876!

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Posted by John Buccelli on 8/12/2018

Whether you're planning on selling your home in the near future or just want your property to look its absolute best, trees and bushes can help you achieve those goals.

Although many property owners do plant, trim, and maintain their own trees and shrubbery, it often pays to hire a reputable landscaping company to suggest ideas, provide professional services, and give your yard that manicured look. Since it's all-too-easy for bushes to become overgrown and unkempt, a skilled hedge and bush trimmer can make the front of your home look impressive and well maintained -- especially if you don't have the time to do it yourself.

The advantages of hiring a good landscaping service is that they can bring their experience, skills, and eye for symmetry to the job. However, since all landscapers and tree pruners are not created equal, it's always a good idea to get a couple quotes -- preferably based on recommendations of neighbors, friends, and relatives. Professional references, online reviews, and Better Business Bureau ratings can also be helpful in evaluating landscaping services.

Getting two or three quotes can not only save you hundreds of dollars, but it can also give you the opportunity to ask questions, pick their brains, and get helpful ideas. Some landscapers and tree services are more service-oriented and competitively priced than others, so it's worth the extra effort to get multiple quotes. Since landscaping, tree pruning, and bush trimming can be dangerous work, it's advisable to make sure the business you choose is fully insured and that employees are adequately trained.

If you prefer more of a DIY approach to landscaping, there are a lot of helpful online videos, how-to articles, and step-by-step instructions on proper techniques for planting and caring for trees, bushes, and shrubs. Also: Tree nurseries, hardware stores, and garden supply outlets often have knowledgeable employees on hand who can suggest products and planting directions for getting your saplings off to a healthy start. Asking for tips on watering, fertilizing, hole digging, and pruning can also help ensure your success.

In addition to beautifying your property, hedges, bushes, and trees provide a number of practical benefits, too, including privacy and shade. If putting up a stockade fence between you and your next door neighbor seems a bit "unfriendly," you might consider planting a row of arborvitaes or other privacy-enhancing trees along your property line. Getting an official property survey from your county or town clerk might be necessary to see exactly where your property line is located.

While 100% backyard privacy is not always necessary or even desirable, an attractive, natural barrier between back yards can help enhance your enjoyment of your property. A "park-like" setting in your back yard may take a few years to attain, but for many people, it's a goal well worth pursuing!





Posted by John Buccelli on 8/5/2018

Ready to buy a home? Ultimately, you'll want to prepare for the homebuying process. By doing so, you can avoid many costly mistakes.

Believe it or not, it is easy to make mistakes as you browse the housing market. Some of the expensive mistakes that homebuyers frequently make include:

1. Overspending on a Residence

No one should be forced to overspend on a home. Unfortunately, if you fail to study the real estate market, you risk paying too much to acquire your dream house.

Remember, an informed homebuyer will be better equipped to optimize the value of his or her real estate investment than others. And if you understand the costs of properties in your area, you can avoid the temptation to overspend.

Explore the real estate market closely and assess the prices of similar houses. By doing so, you can understand the price range of homes that fall within your budget and plan accordingly.

Also, work with an experienced real estate agent. This real estate professional will help you determine how much you can spend on a home and can provide you with details about properties that match your budget.

2. Failure to Get Pre-Approved for a Mortgage

After you find your dream home, you'll need to figure out how to pay for it. And if you struggle to obtain a mortgage before you start your home search, you might miss out on the opportunity to purchase your dream residence.

Meeting with banks and credit unions prior to checking out properties is ideal. This will allow you to obtain a mortgage and search for houses that fit your price range.

Moreover, getting pre-approved for a mortgage may help you stand out in the eyes of a home seller, as he or she won't have to wait for you to secure financing to finalize a purchase agreement.

3. Lack of Realistic Expectations

As a homebuyer, it is important to understand that every house has its pros and cons. But if you fail to establish realistic expectations for the homebuying process, it may be impossible for you to find the right property at the right price.

Separating your homebuying wants from your homebuying needs is vital. If you determine exactly what you'd like to find in your dream home before you explore the real estate market, you can narrow your search and streamline the process of acquiring the perfect residence.

Furthermore, hiring a real estate agent can make a world of difference for homebuyers. Your real estate agent can keep you up to date about new homes as they become available, set up home showings and help you submit offers on residences. This real estate professional also can offer homebuying recommendations, ensuring that you can minimize the risk of homebuying mistakes.

With a real estate agent at your side, you can accelerate the process of going from homebuyer to homeowner. Collaborate with a real estate agent today, and you should have no trouble securing your ideal residence.




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