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Posted by Marilyn Ellis, CBR, CHMS, LMS, HAFA on 1/24/2019

After buying a gorgeous new house your old furniture can feel a bitÖ outdated and drab. Suddenly your favorite pieces are beaten up and shabby. And the ones you thought were okay are intolerable, eyesores.

If after your move a top-to-bottom redecorating project isnít option right away, and for most of us it isnít, you donít need to feel stuck with unappealing furniture.

The truth is you just need some creativity and a few free weekends to dedicate to reworking your current pieces.

Start with the pieces that just need a facelift. Touch up scratched or scuffed paint and polish any hardware. Then experiment with their placement. Maybe the office bookcase looks better in the living room and the credenza is right at home in your bedroom. Being willing to experiment to find the most unique and best fit!

Reupholster chairs, stools or even your sofa for a whole new lease on life. If youíve never reupholstered before start with a simple project like a chair before jumping into a more advanced one (like your couch). Choose a bold new color for a statement piece or fresh neutral for a crisp, clean feel.

Add new legs to a sofa, chair or table. And yes! You can change out the legs to a couch. Add thin modern legs to update an old couch or swap out a round shape for a square-one, or vice-versa. You can even DIY a new table altogether by installing your top of choice onto a set of legs.  

You donít always have to add to your furniture to make it look fresh and new. Sometimes itís what you take away that counts. Experiment with removing hardware altogether from drawer pulls and doors from cabinets for an open shelf look. Try removing arms from a chair or the back altogether from a sofa. These last two are perfect to try if youíre already upholstering the furniture.

Add contact paper in your color or pattern of choice to update a glass top or particle board piece. There are so many options and in classy options. You can opt for faux marble print or just a sleek black. Metal furnishings can be freshened up with metallic spray paint in a new modern tone. Or go all in and refinish a natural wood piece after sanding.

Avoid dwarfing your apartment-sized furniture by arranging it away from the walls. This will create a feeling of spaciousness in the room. If you have an area rug large enough to do so arrange all of your furniture within its bounds. This makes a room feel more pulled together and will keep your furniture from slipping all over bare wooden floors.

When it is time to upgrade do so slowly over time and prioritize by its importance to your lifestyle. This could be a new mattress, couch or cool new rug. What will make the biggest difference to your lifestyle? Start there.




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Posted by Marilyn Ellis, CBR, CHMS, LMS, HAFA on 1/17/2019

If you plan to sell your house, you should be proactive. Because, in most cases, a proactive home seller is a successful home seller.

With a proactive approach, a home seller can find unique ways to differentiate his or her house from the competition. That way, this home seller can boost his or her chances of a quick, profitable home sale.

Now, let's take a look at three best practices for proactive home sellers.

1. Upgrade Your Home's Interior and Exterior

Ensure your house looks great both inside and out. By doing so, you can guarantee your residence will make a long-lasting impression on homebuyers.

When it comes to improving your home's interior, it pays to mop the floors, wipe down the walls and ceilings and perform assorted home interior maintenance. If you need extra help along the way, you can always hire a professional home cleaning company as well.

To upgrade your home's exterior, you should mow the lawn, remove dirt and debris from walkways and perform any necessary home siding repairs. Remember, your house only gets one chance to make a positive first impression. And if your home's exterior dazzles, it will increase the likelihood that a buyer will want to set up a home showing.

2. Conduct a Home Appraisal

What you paid for your house a few years ago is unlikely to match your home's value today. Luckily, a home appraisal can help you set a competitive price for your residence from day one.

During a home appraisal, a professional appraiser will examine your home's interior and exterior. He or she also will evaluate assorted housing market data and use all of this information to provide a property valuation.

After you receive a home appraisal report, you should review the report findings closely. By leveraging all of the report data, you should have no trouble establishing a competitive price for your residence.

3. Work with a Real Estate Agent

If you want to be a proactive home seller, you need to work with a real estate agent. In fact, a real estate agent will do everything possible to help you accelerate the home selling process and ensure you can get the best price for your house.

A real estate agent understands the ins and outs of selling a home and will teach you about the home selling journey. Plus, he or she will learn about your home selling goals and guarantee you can accomplish your aspirations.

Perhaps best of all, a real estate agent is happy to set up home showings and open houses, promote your residence to potential buyers and negotiate with a buyer's agent on your behalf. And if you have home selling questions, a real estate agent is happy to answer them.

There is no need to take a wait-and-see approach to selling your home. Instead, use the aforementioned tips, and you can become a proactive home seller.




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Posted by Marilyn Ellis, CBR, CHMS, LMS, HAFA on 1/10/2019

While buying a home is a huge decision that should entail a lot of planning and preparation, applying for a mortgage can be surprisingly easy. Just like with other lenders and creditors, a mortgage lender will want to know that letting you borrow money will be a safe investment. Applying for a mortgage is all about ensuring just that.

In todayís post, weíre going to breakdown the home loan application process to help you have the best chances at a smooth and successful mortgage approval. Weíll also define some of the common terms used in mortgages that might leave you scratching your head so you have a better idea of what your options are.

Prequalification and Preapproval

Getting prequalified and preapproved for a mortgaged can both be helpful steps toward securing your home loan. The two terms mean two entirely different things, however.

In order to be prequalified for a mortgage, you typically need to only fill out a simple form (sometimes directly through a lenderís website). On this form, you wonít need to provide specifics or official documents.

Why is this process so simple? Well, thatís because getting prequalified for a loan doesnít ensure that youíll actually receive one. Rather, it is simply the first step toward finding out what type of mortgage and interest rates you could receive.

The next step after prequalification is preapproval. To get preapproved, youíll have to fill out an official mortgage application. Your lender of choice will request a few pieces of information from you, including tax returns, proof of employment for the last two years, and a list of your debts. The lender will also perform a credit check to determine your loan eligibility.

Credit report

At this phase, lenders will also run your credit report. This is a type of ďhard credit inquiryĒ that details your payment history, the number of accounts you have open, and other factors that help make up your credit score.

To secure the lowest interest rate possible, it helps to have a high credit score. So, in the years and months leading up to your mortgage application, focusing on building credit will pay off.

To increase your credit score, youíll need to focus on paying your bills on time each month. You should also avoid opening new accounts within a few months of applying for a mortgage because this will count as a new credit inquiry. New credit inquiries--including applying for a mortgage--lower your score temporarily, so itís best to avoid them when possible.

Additional paperwork required for mortgage applications

Not every mortgage application will be the same. Depending on the type of income you receive, you may need to provide different forms of income verification.

Each person will also have to claim different debts and assets. When buying a home with a spouse or partner, itís important to consider your debts, assets, and credit scores to determine if itís better to apply jointly or separately.





Posted by Marilyn Ellis, CBR, CHMS, LMS, HAFA on 1/9/2019


28 Washington Street, Chelmsford, MA 01863

North Chelmsford

Single-Family

$632,000
Price

8
Rooms
4
Beds
2/1
Full/Half Baths
G. H. Smith House! Located in the heart of downtown, this home offers the quintessential Chelmsford lifestyle! An artful restoration has transformed this c 1872 Colonial, creating the perfect blend of antique character and today's modern conveniences. The 1st floor offers perfection in terms of ease and space for dinner parties or holiday gatherings with a fireplaced living room and an elegant formal dining room. The spacious kitchen is sure to please with expansive granite counters, stainless steel appliances, breakfast bar and a useful mudroom. Four bedrooms include a grand Master suite, complete with a breathtaking spa bath featuring an expansive walk-in shower. To top it off a laundry room and huge walk-in closet. The homes outdoor space features a double, corner lot, you'll enjoy a patio and a landscaped, fenced yard; there's even a two-car garage! It is located in walking distance to Varney Playground and Freeman Lake, the MacKay Library, the North Chelmsford Cultural Center.
Open House
Sunday
January 13 at 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Cannot make the Open Houses?
Location: 28 Washington Street, Chelmsford, MA 01863    Get Directions

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Posted by Marilyn Ellis, CBR, CHMS, LMS, HAFA on 1/4/2019


28 Washington Street, Chelmsford, MA 01863

North Chelmsford

Single-Family

$632,000
Price

8
Rooms
4
Beds
2/1
Full/Half Baths
G. H. Smith House! Located in the heart of downtown, this home offers the quintessential Chelmsford lifestyle! An artful restoration has transformed this c 1872 Colonial, creating the perfect blend of antique character and today's modern conveniences. The 1st floor offers perfection in terms of ease and space for dinner parties or holiday gatherings with a fireplaced living room and an elegant formal dining room. The spacious kitchen is sure to please with expansive granite counters, stainless steel appliances, breakfast bar and a useful mudroom. Four bedrooms include a grand Master suite, complete with a breathtaking spa bath featuring an expansive walk-in shower. To top it off a laundry room and huge walk-in closet. The homes outdoor space features a double, corner lot, you'll enjoy a patio and a landscaped, fenced yard; there's even a two-car garage! It is located in walking distance to Varney Playground and Freeman Lake, the MacKay Library, the North Chelmsford Cultural Center.
Open House
Saturday
January 05 at 1:30 PM to 3:00 PM
Cannot make the Open Houses?
Location: 28 Washington Street, Chelmsford, MA 01863    Get Directions

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