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Posted by Marilyn Ellis, CBR, CHMS, LMC, PSA on 8/22/2019

You don't need to invest tons of money in boosting the resale value of your home. All you need to improve the quality of your home is engaging in some specific renovations that will improve the overall worth of the house. You have to target the area that prospective buyers will see when inspecting the apartment. Here are the most effective ways to boost the resale value of your home: 

Ensure that the main entrance and the facade are in excellent condition 

The first impression matters a lot. These areas are what intending buyers will see as soon as they approach your property. You need to take note of the fact that the first moment in front of your building will affect the decision of prospective buyers whether or not to buy your property. Therefore, it is essential that you make the outward appearance of your home pleasant and attractive. Exterior light must be in an excellent working condition and also makes sure the exterior walls are painted neatly with no cracks and chips. 

Make your home clean and efficient 

Buyers are always impressed when they come across a house that is clean and efficient. Make sure you clean all areas of the home that need cleaning and repair all cracks in the floor and walls. Nobody will buy a house that looks as if it is falling apart. Apart from that, buyers are now looking for energy efficient homes. There are a plethora of ways to boost the energy efficiency of your home – replace the cooling and heating system with the ones that are energy efficient, reseal your windows, change to energy-efficient lighting and many more ways. 

Improve the kitchen as much as you can 

A functional kitchen with high-value elements goes a long way to improving the value of your home. The reason being that the kitchen element will remain will you remove the furniture and other appliances in the kitchen when packing out of the house. You should invest in energy-efficient kitchen appliances. 

Do not overlook the bathroom 

Once you have successfully upgraded your kitchen, the next place to consider is the bathroom. The Bathroom is the second most important place in the house that attracts the attention of intending buyers; therefore you must take care of this remarkable place as well. The idea is to keep things simple, modern, and attractive. So, try as much as possible to create a bathroom that is impeccable and offers as many features as possible for the space available.

If you have renovations and improvements to make, find a reliable general contractor to bring your home to speed.





Posted by Marilyn Ellis, CBR, CHMS, LMC, PSA on 8/15/2019

A persistent home seller may go above and beyond the call of duty to promote his or her residence to potential homebuyers. And as a property buyer, it is up to you to decide whether to proceed with a home purchase or walk away from a persistent home seller altogether.

Ultimately, dealing with a persistent home seller can be challenging, particularly for a first-time homebuyer. Lucky for you, we're here to help you take the guesswork out of negotiating with a persistent home seller.

Here are three tips to help you get the best results during a negotiation with a persistent home seller.

1. Learn About the Housing Market

Although a persistent home seller wants to do everything possible to find a buyer for his or her residence, it is important for a homebuyer to determine whether a residence is worth the price. As such, you should allocate the necessary time and resources to learn about the real estate market.

Look at the prices of available homes that are similar to the one that you're currently considering. By doing so, you can determine a price range for your home search.

Also, check out the prices of recently sold houses in your city or town. This housing market data will help you determine whether you're operating in a buyer's or seller's market so you can plan accordingly.

2. Establish Realistic Expectations

It is common for homebuyers and home sellers to negotiate with one another. However, it is essential to establish realistic expectations before you enter a homebuying negotiation; otherwise, a homebuyer may struggle to acquire his or her dream residence at an affordable price.

For example, a homebuyer who expects a home seller to accommodate all of his or her requests may be disappointed if a property seller submits a counter-proposal. Conversely, a homebuyer who keeps an open mind and listens to a home seller's concerns can determine the best course of action.

Also, it is important to remember that a homebuyer can walk away from a persistent home seller at any time. This means if you feel uncomfortable with the price or other terms associated with a home purchase, you can step back and restart your search for the perfect house.

3. Consult with a Real Estate Agent

If you are uncertain about how to deal with a persistent home seller, don't hesitate to reach out to a real estate agent for extra help.

Typically, a real estate agent can act as a liaison between a property buyer and seller. This housing market professional will do whatever it takes to ensure a negotiation fulfills the needs of all sides. Plus, he or she can provide honest, unbiased homebuying recommendations to help you make informed decisions throughout the property buying journey.

Perhaps best of all, a real estate agent will answer any of your homebuying questions, at any time. This housing marketing professional understands what it takes to deal with a persistent home seller, and as a result, will do everything to help you simplify the homebuying cycle.

Ready to acquire your dream home? Use these tips, and you should have no trouble buying a house from a persistent home seller.




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Posted by Marilyn Ellis, CBR, CHMS, LMC, PSA on 8/13/2019


346 Salem Street, North Andover, MA 01845

Single-Family

$819,000
Price

10
Rooms
5
Beds
3/1
Full/Half Baths
Welcome to this stylish farmhouse colonial in North Andover's Olde Center with a floor plan that offers amazing flexibility! This is a well-appointed new build from the foundation up with a two-story foyer complemented by a huge addition. Just imagine what you could do with 10 rooms, 3.5 bathrooms and 5 bedrooms with a master ensuite on a floor all its own. This is the type of house you can hang out and entertain in for hours without ever caring how much time has passed. There is a substantial amount of natural light streaming in all the windows, glistening hardwood throughout, on the corner of a cul-de-sac where you can ride bikes, take an evening stroll or walk your dog.
Open House
Sunday
August 18 at 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Cannot make the Open Houses?
Location: 346 Salem Street, North Andover, MA 01845    Get Directions

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Posted by Marilyn Ellis, CBR, CHMS, LMC, PSA on 8/8/2019


346 Salem Street, North Andover, MA 01845

Single-Family

$819,000
Price

10
Rooms
5
Beds
3/1
Full/Half Baths
Welcome to this stylish farmhouse colonial in North Andover's Olde Center with a floor plan that offers amazing flexibility! This is a well-appointed new build from the foundation up with a two-story foyer complemented by a huge addition. Just imagine what you could do with 10 rooms, 3.5 bathrooms and 5 bedrooms with a master ensuite on a floor all its own. This is the type of house you can hang out and entertain in for hours without ever caring how much time has passed. There is a substantial amount of natural light streaming in all the windows, glistening hardwood throughout, on the corner of a cul-de-sac where you can ride bikes, take an evening stroll or walk your dog.
Open House
Sunday
August 11 at 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Cannot make the Open Houses?
Location: 346 Salem Street, North Andover, MA 01845    Get Directions

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Posted by Marilyn Ellis, CBR, CHMS, LMC, PSA on 8/8/2019

A beautiful vacation home that doesn’t overstretch your budget is what everyone craves for during holidays. There is just nothing like it. However, you need some fantastic tips to find that perfect house that fits your family needs and budget:

Do the Research

Finding the perfect holiday house requires a lot of research, both online and offline. When using the internet, sort by budget, so you know what is possible on your budget. There are a plethora of travel blogs and websites out there where you can review and rate various vacation homes. These help you to get an idea which neighborhood has the most beautiful homes and which homes are available for you.

Get an inspector

Before you buy the house, it is advisable you hire a home inspector to examine the house for issues and the condition of its features. Most of these houses that look perfect on photos are nothing close to that in reality. A home inspector will find everything worth finding out about the house and give you a good idea of what it is worth. Make sure you inspect the house before making any payment.

New houses are the best

When looking for a vacation home to buy, try as much as you can to buy a new home. New houses require less maintenance than old or renovated ones. Opt for a new property because it comes with less hassle compared to an older property. A vacation home comes with its set of expenses so buying a new home in pristine condition is the best thing you can do to reduce running costs.

Rent before you purchase

One trick people use when trying to buy the best vacation home is to rent it at first. By doing so, they get to know the house, the faults and things that are lacking. If you are to do this, you won’t even require the service of a home inspector since you will have the first-hand experience. So, rent the house for a month at least, before you finally buy.

Tax implication

Finally, consider the tax implication before purchasing a vacation house. Don’t assume you already know that based on your primary residence because the property tax might run higher than your first house. The tax rate in the area may be higher compared to where you live so be sure to check and calculate it ahead.

Buying a perfect vacation home that fits into your budget can be a daunting experience most times. With the above tips, you won’t be overwhelmed. Speak to a real estate agent to assist you with your vacation home search.




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