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Posted by Marilyn Ellis, CBR, CHMS, LMS, HAFA on 3/22/2018

The spare room. How is it that they always seem to be a catchall for random household items and never quite turn into a useable room? If youíre tired of walking by your spare room and itís dismal mish-mash state keep reading for tips to turn it into a room youíll be excited to use. Art studio. Whether you were born with a paintbrush in hand, havenít touched one since high school or have always wanted to learn how an art studio can bring creativity into your life and home. Invest in an easel and a paint set to get started. But be sure to cover the floors for easy clean up! Unless that is you want to go for the splattered look. Reading room. Turn your spare room into a cozy reading nook by installing floor to ceiling bookshelves and some reading chairs. Create a room others will envy by building a window seat snug between two bookcases. Add ambiance with thick, ornate curtains and a plush area rug. Music room. Have you been longing to learn piano or guitar for years? Set your spare room up to be a practice space by installing soundproof walls and adding some instruments. Hooks on walls to hang your growing guitar collection or a small bookshelf for sheet music will keep your room neat and organized. Crafting room. If you have more craft supplies than you know what to do with you would probably benefit from a craft room. By dedicating space to your hobby you can organize your projects to be picked up at will and safely stored when you are ready to dive back in. If you have more than one craft you prefer you can even set up station dedicated to each one throughout your room. Add a cozy sitting chair for knitting or needlepoint or a large desk for scrapbooking or sewing. Playroom. Give your kids a space of their own by creating a playroom to store all their toys and have ample room to play with them. The extra space allows you to add fun playtime extras like a rug with a racetrack printed on it or a large dollhouse. A playroom also helps kids transition from playtime to other activities throughout the day. Movie theater. If you are a movie buff consider turning your spare room into the ultimate home movie theater experience. Large reclining chairs with cupholders add the comfort of the movie going experience. Pick up a screen projector and popcorn machine to recreate that theater feel. Home office Donít let the extra space your spare room offers go to waste. Clear out any clutter thatís built up over the years and dedicate it to a new hobby, a long loved pastime or a place for your family to gather and spend time. Your options are endless so get creative and then get to work!




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Posted by Marilyn Ellis, CBR, CHMS, LMS, HAFA on 3/15/2018

This Single-Family in North Andover, MA recently sold for $375,000. This Colonial style home was sold by Marilyn Ellis, CBR, CHMS, LMS, HAFA - RE/MAX Leading Edge.


346 Salem St, North Andover, MA 01845

Single-Family

$345,000
Price
$375,000
Sale Price

7
Rooms
4
Beds
2
Baths
Own this home filled with rustic charm today! This 3-floor, 4-bedroom, 2-bathroom Colonial features hardwood floors, a newer kitchen, a front-to-back living room, and a beautiful third floor. Sliding doors open up to a patio and nice, private backyard, perfect for outdoor entertainment! Home has a 2-car garage with plenty of parking. Property does need some TLC but is perfect for adding your own touches. Estate Sale. Buyers to do their own due diligence. Property being sold "As-Is"

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Posted by Marilyn Ellis, CBR, CHMS, LMS, HAFA on 3/15/2018

If you want to buy your dream house in the near future, you likely will need to put together a competitive offer to purchase. That way, you can boost the likelihood of receiving an immediate "Yes" from a property seller after you submit your homebuying proposal.

Ultimately, it helps to know what differentiates a competitive homebuying proposal from a lowball one. If a homebuyer understands what to offer for a residence, he or she should have no trouble purchasing the right residence at the right price.

To better understand how to acquire your dream house at the lowest-possible price, let's take a look at three tips to help you determine what to offer for a residence.

1. Study the Housing Market Closely

The housing market experiences ebbs and flows. Therefore, a real estate sector that favors homebuyers one day may favor home sellers the next. And if you fail to learn about the current state of the real estate market, you may struggle to put together a competitive offer to purchase your ideal residence.

Analyze the prices of available houses in your area, the prices of recently sold houses in your preferred cities and towns and other housing market data. With this information in hand, you can find out whether you're operating in a buyer's or seller's market. Then, you can craft an offer to purchase your dream residence that accounts for the present state of the real estate market.

2. Weigh the Pros and Cons of Your Dream Home

No house is perfect, and even your dream home may have its fair share of flaws. Fortunately, a homebuyer who assesses the pros and cons of a house may be better equipped than ever before to submit a competitive offer to purchase this residence.

If you view a house multiple times, you can learn about all aspects of this home and assess any property damage. After you obtain these home insights, you can create a competitive offer to purchase that accounts for the house's current condition.

3. Collaborate with a Real Estate Agent

When it comes to purchasing a house at a price that matches your expectations, it generally is beneficial to work with a real estate agent. This housing market professional will do everything possible to help you buy your dream home at a price that fits your budget.

A real estate agent understands the ins and outs of the real estate sector and can help you map out a successful homebuying strategy. He or she first will offer insights into available homes in your preferred cities and towns. Next, when you find your dream residence, a real estate agent will help you craft a competitive homebuying proposal. And if your offer to purchase is accepted, a real estate agent will make it easy to navigate the final steps of the homebuying journey.

Ready to streamline your quest for your ideal house? Use the aforementioned tips, and you can improve your chances of acquiring your dream home at a price that you can afford.




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Posted by Marilyn Ellis, CBR, CHMS, LMS, HAFA on 3/8/2018

A home inspection represents a key stage during the homebuying journey. This inspection enables you to examine a house with a professional property inspector. And if you discover minor or major property issues, you can ask a seller to perform repairs. Or, you may choose to reduce your initial home offer or rescind your proposal.

Ultimately, it pays to be diligent during a home inspection. If you perform an in-depth assessment of a house, you can understand whether this residence is the right choice.

On the other hand, there may be property problems that you identify during a home inspection that you won't ask a seller to repair. These issues may include:

1. Cosmetic Problems

If you ask a home seller to perform cosmetic repairs, the seller may choose to walk away from your homebuying proposal. And if this happens, you could lose your dream house to a rival homebuyer.

There is no need to jeopardize a home sale due to a cracked floor tile, a deck that needs to be stained or other cosmetic problems. Instead, plan to perform cosmetic repairs on your own.

In addition, keep in mind that many cosmetic issues are quick and easy to fix and won't require you to break your budget. This means you likely will have no trouble completing myriad cosmetic repairs after you close on a home.

2. Loose Fixtures

A loose doorknob or light fixture can be frustrating. And as you walk through a house during an inspection, you may feel like repairing a loose fixture is a top priority.

Loose fixtures generally require simple hand tools to repair, and problems with these fixtures frequently can be solved in just minutes. As such, you may want to focus your attention on bigger and potentially more expensive home repairs as you determine which property repair requests to submit to a seller.

Of course, if a loose fixture creates a safety hazard, you should not hesitate to ask the seller to fix this problem. Because if a hazardous fixture remains in place, it may put your health and safety at risk.

3.Non-Functional Light Switch

A non-functional light switch may raise red flags as you inspect a house. But in many instances, this problem is minor.

If you notice a non-functional light switch during a home inspection, there usually is no need to worry. In fact, a property inspector typically can tell you whether a home's electrical system is safe to use and up to code.

For homebuyers who are uncertain about how to proceed with a residence following an inspection, it pays to consult with a real estate agent. This housing market professional can offer expert tips to help you make informed decisions at each stage of the homebuying journey.

Consider your potential property repair requests following a home inspection. By doing so, you can prioritize major property repairs and increase the likelihood that you and the seller can find common ground as you work toward finalizing a purchase agreement.




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Posted by Marilyn Ellis, CBR, CHMS, LMS, HAFA on 3/1/2018

This Single-Family in Lawrence, MA recently sold for $259,350. This Ranch style home was sold by Marilyn Ellis, CBR, CHMS, LMS, HAFA - RE/MAX Leading Edge.


45 Durso Avenue, Lawrence, MA 01843

South Lawrence

Single-Family

$268,920
Price
$259,350
Sale Price

6
Rooms
3
Beds
1
Baths
The public remarks are meant to describe this home as it is now but more important to know this home entertained and celebrated family and friends for more than 50 years. By description this is a classic mid-century 1950 ranch in a community of cared for homes in Colonial Heights. The location offers plenty of shopping and restaurants within walking distance. Once you come inside you will enter into a very spacious living room with a fireplace, hardwood floors throughout, three bedrooms, lots of closets and a separate dining room that accesses the sunroom to a private backyard with an in-ground pool. The basement is spacious with some ceiling height and potential for more usable space. There is a good upside for any buyer with vision and a keen eye to see past the work and embrace the idea of restoring this beauty. By situation this property is a short sale on a reverse mortgage.

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