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Posted by Classic Properties REALTORS ® on 11/22/2020

If you want to buy a terrific house at a budget-friendly price, it generally is a good idea to plan ahead as much as you can. In fact, with a homebuying strategy in place, you can boost the likelihood of a fast, seamless homebuying experience.

Now, let's take a look at three tips to help you craft a successful homebuying strategy.

1. Think About Your Homebuying Goals

Do you want to live in a warm-weather region? Or, would you prefer to buy a house in a city or town where you can experience all four seasons? Regardless of where you want to live, you need to think about your homebuying goals and incorporate them into your homebuying plan.

Make a list of what you want to find in your dream house – you'll be glad you did. With this list, you can narrow your home search.

Also, it often helps to review your future plans as you put together a homebuying strategy. For example, if you intend to return to school, you may want to consider houses located near top colleges and universities. On the other hand, if you plan to settle down and start a family, you may want to pursue houses near parks and other family-friendly attractions.

2. Consider Your Financing Options

Buying a house likely will be impossible without home financing. Fortunately, there is no shortage of home financing options available.

Oftentimes, it is beneficial to meet with a variety of banks and credit unions. These financial institutions can teach you about myriad mortgage options and help you get pre-approved for a mortgage.

Once you have your home financing settled, you can incorporate a budget into your homebuying strategy. Then, you can check out available houses and avoid the risk of overspending to acquire your ideal residence.

3. Consult with a Real Estate Agent

Developing a homebuying strategy sometimes can be tough, particularly for those who are crafting a homebuying plan for the first time. Lucky for you, real estate agents are available nationwide who can help you complete a successful homebuying journey.

A real estate agent is happy to meet with you and discuss your homebuying goals. He or she also can review your homebuying strategy and offer expert homebuying recommendations.

Let's not forget about the support that a real estate agent can deliver during the homebuying journey, either. A real estate agent will set up home showings, keep you up to date about new houses as they become available and negotiate with a seller's agent on your behalf. Perhaps best of all, a real estate agent will help you minimize stress throughout the homebuying journey and ensure you can purchase your dream home in no time at all.

If you want to get the most out of the homebuying journey, creating a homebuying strategy is a must. Take advantage of the aforementioned tips, and you can craft a successful homebuying strategy.




Categories: Buying a Home   buying tips  


Posted by Classic Properties REALTORS ® on 11/15/2020

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You’ve heard all the sayings: “Location, location, location,” and the line in Robert Frost’s poem, “Good fences make good neighbors.” You’ve even made Abraham Lincoln’s saying your motto, “Discourage litigation. Persuade your neighbors to compromise whenever you can.” 

Yet here you are, trying to sell our home, and the neighbors simply are not cooperating. They park vehicles in front of your house so that the “For Sale” sign is hidden, or they leave stuff in their yard that makes it unattractive. In your urgency to get your home sold, you take everything as a personal affront. What happened to those nice, friendly neighbors you’ve shared barbeques and fun with over the years?

It May Not Be You

It’s probably not even on their radar that their everyday actions cause you sleepless nights. The stress level is yours, not theirs. Here are some best practices for being neighborly when you put your house on the market.

Let them know what’s happening. Tell them that you’ve gotten a job change, or are getting married or whatever the case is and that you need to sell your home. That way, they can be ambassadors for you. If they have friends or family that want to live near them, this is the perfect opportunity.

Let them know what to expect. If your agent schedules an open house, let the neighbors know. After all, the street will have more traffic, and parking may be at a premium. The last thing you want is to have your open house the same day as their family reunion with no parking available for anyone.

Invite them to visit your home during the open house. Neighbors are curious. If your homes are similar, upgrades you’ve done might spark ideas for their home. On a few occasions, neighbors have bought the house next door. Perhaps because it’s a better fit for their family, or it lets them remodel theirs without living in it.

Let your neighbor know what will help your home sell, such as keeping the street in front of your house clear. Tell them that the more you sell your house for, the more it improves their home value. See if that doesn’t get them on our side.

Introduce Your Agent

Take a few moments to introduce your agent to your neighbors. That way, they’ll know who’s coming and going, and if it’s okay for people to be in your house when you’re not there. It also gives your agent a chance to talk about neighborhood values and point out the lovely features in your neighbor’s yard. A little flattery goes a long way toward promoting extra effort to make things look nice. 




Tags: curb appeal   neighbors   Parking  
Categories: Home Seller  


Posted by Classic Properties REALTORS ® on 11/14/2020

This Condo in Newton, MA recently sold for $1,165,000. This Townhouse style home was sold by - Classic Properties REALTORS ®.


148 Warren St, Newton, MA 02459

Newton Center

Condo

$1,139,000
Price
$1,165,000
Sale Price

8
Rooms
3
Beds
2/1
Full/Half Baths
This gorgeous townhome lives like a single family and is in a prime Newton Centre location, exceptionally close to shops, restaurants, parks and the T, tucked away on a side street. The flexible floor plan offers plenty of space to work or learn from home. Amenities include central AC, wide-plank floors, high ceilings and a 2 car garage. The lovely covered front porch opens to the airy foyer. Flanking the foyer are the large family room and the striking living room with a bay of windows & decorative fireplace. The dining room with a built-in work space connects to the renovated kitchen with granite counters & stainless appliances. Off the kitchen is a great mudroom with laundry. A powder room completes this level. A private landing opens to the primary suite with a nice bedroom, renovated bathroom and a wall of glass doors to a bonus room. This room is also accessible via the secondary landing. This level has the 2nd bedroom & full bath. The 3rd floor offers 3rd bedroom & sitting room.

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Tags: Real estate   Condo   Newton   02459  
Categories: Sold Homes  


Posted by Classic Properties REALTORS ® on 11/14/2020

This Condo in Boston, MA recently sold for $845,000. This 2/3 Family style home was sold by - Classic Properties REALTORS ®.


72 South St, Boston, MA 02130

Jamaica Plain

Condo

$849,900
Price
$845,000
Sale Price

8
Rooms
4
Beds
2/1
Full/Half Baths
See this Inviting sunny upper-level duplex , unique charm, ideal location. Tall windows ,10' ceilings, oak floors on main level & warm pine on fully finished 2nd fl. Spacious kitchen w/gas range & dishwasher. Laundry enclosure w/ stack-able washer/dryer. Charming dining room leads to enclosed porch & open balcony for daytime & evening relaxation. Master bedroom with full bathroom. Additional full bath on main level plus youth bedroom currently used as office/den. 2nd floor offers 2 bedrooms, bathroom & open den/play area with skylights. Ample eaves for storage. Full basement with designated area for storage, furnace & new hot water tank. Deeded 1 car parking in newly paved driveway. 39 bus, two T stops, Green & Forest Hills. Enjoy nearby public tennis courts, playgrounds, Arnold Arboretum, restaurants, grocery stores, & local shops. Showings by appt., prefer after 3 p.m. due to home schooling 9a.m.-3 p.m.

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Tags: Real estate   Condo   Boston   02130  
Categories: Sold Homes  


Posted by Classic Properties REALTORS ® on 11/8/2020

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Are you overpaying for water? 

You could be, if your home is not running as efficiently as it could, or if you have undiagnosed leaks or damage. Cutting your water consumption can help you save money every month, and in many cases, you won't have to change your habits at all. Try one or more of the following ideas for an immediate reduction in your water bill every month:

Seek out Leaks

A running toilet, a slow drip from a faucet or even a leaky fridge can cost you money every month, but provides no benefit at all. in some cases, that leak will get even more expensive over time, as standing water can damage your floors and allow mold and mildew to develop. Take a walk through your home and check these areas for leaks -- any problem you find and repair will reduce the water your home wastes each month and will prevent mold growth or damage, too:

  • Listen for leaks: Turn off anything that makes noise and visit the kitchen, bathroom and any room with a faucet. What do you hear? Ideally, you won't hear anything -- if you hear drips or running water, your home is wasting water. A single running toilet can boost your water bill by hundreds of dollars each year, so pay special attention to bathrooms.
  • Look for water damage: Appliances that have water or stains underneath could be leaking. The most common culprit is a fridge that has an icemaker and water dispenser. If you see or feel water, double check the lines to ensure there are no leaks. Check under sinks for moisture and note any problems. 
  • Head outside: Your outside faucets should be tightly closed and the ground below them should be totally dry. if there are drips or moisture, you are paying for a steady stream of water you are not using. You should also walk by your sprinkler heads and make sure the ground is not soggy; this could mean you have a costly leak in your sprinkler system,

Go Low Flow

Using less water when you flush, shower or wash dishes can help you save money every day. Simply switching your shower heads takes just moments, and can cut your water consumption without making a difference in your shower. Converting your toilets to low flow models or even adding some weight to the tanks can help reduce the amount of water used by each flush, according to Nerd Wallet.

Change your Habits

Your laundry and dish washing schedules will have a huge impact on your water bill. Reducing the amount of laundry you do (by decluttering and only keeping essentials you love) can help lower your energy costs and your water consumption. Hand washing small loads of dishes or rinsing and waiting for the dishwasher to be full before running allows you to use this power and water consuming appliance fewer times each week. 

Monitoring your home for leaks and running water, converting some areas to more conservative models and changing your own habits can have a significant impact on your water bill. Do all three and you'll save hundreds of dollars each year -- and run a more eco-friendly home, too.