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Posted by Classic Properties REALTORS ® on 2/16/2020

The homebuying journey may seem daunting at first. Lucky for you, we're here to help take the guesswork out of finding and acquiring your dream house.

Now, let's take a look at three tips to help you approach the homebuying journey with poise and confidence.

1. Be Diligent

A diligent homebuyer may be better equipped than others to enjoy a seamless and successful property buying experience. In fact, this buyer likely will do whatever it takes to find the right house at the right price, regardless of the current real estate market's conditions.

To become a diligent homebuyer, it generally is a good idea to learn about the housing market in your preferred cities and towns. With this information, you can determine whether you're pursuing a home in a buyer's or seller's market and plan accordingly.

Furthermore, it may be beneficial to get pre-approved for a mortgage. If you enter the housing market with a mortgage, you'll know exactly how much you can spend to acquire your dream house.

2. Know Where You Want to Go

Establish homebuying criteria – you'll be glad you did. If you know what differentiates your dream house from others, you can quickly and effortlessly search for residences that match your expectations.

Also, you may want to hone your home search to specific cities and towns. For example, if you want to find a house close to your office in the city, you may want to explore residences in or near the city itself. On the other hand, if your goal is to buy a house near the top schools in a particular state, you should narrow your house search based on school rankings and other pertinent data.

3. Work with a Real Estate Agent

Buying a house is no small feat, and ultimately, there is no reason to try to navigate the homebuying journey alone. Thankfully, you can hire a real estate agent who can provide expert support throughout the homebuying journey.

A real estate agent is a must-hire, and for good reason. He or she will guide you along the entire homebuying journey and respond to any of your homebuying concerns and questions. In addition, a real estate agent offers recommendations and suggestions to help you make informed decisions as you pursue your dream residence.

Usually, a real estate agent will learn about your homebuying goals and craft a personalized homebuying strategy for you. He or she next will keep you informed about available residences that meet your criteria and set up home showings. Once you find your dream residence, a real estate agent will help you put together a competitive offer to acquire this house. And if your offer receives a "Yes" from a home seller, a real estate agent will help you finalize your house purchase.

Ready to streamline the homebuying journey? Use the aforementioned tips, and you can kick off a house search and discover your ideal residence in no time at all.




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Posted by Classic Properties REALTORS ® on 2/9/2020


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Did you know buyers are willing to pay nearly 3.5 percent more for a home that features green or high-performance features? And while that may not sound like a lot, it factors out to be a whopping $8,750 for every $250,000. The key to getting the most for your green upgrades, however, lies in knowing exactly which ones tilt the scale in your favor. Here's a list of best green improvements homeowners should make this year to get the most ROI:

1. Replace Your Front Door

The reasons for replacing a dated and drafty front door are many:

  • It improves your home's energy efficiency.
  • It improves your home's security.
  • It increases your home's curb appeal. 

As far as green upgrades go, a new, Energy-Star Certified door can shave up to 10 percent off your utility bill. And if you opt for steel door replacement, you may see as much as a 101-percent ROI when it comes time to sell

2. Replace Your Garage Door

Replacing your existing garage door with a new garage door can earn you an ROI of up to 97.5 percent, says HomeAdvisor. Opt for one that's energy efficient and features double-layer doors with extra insulation to get the best return on your investment. 

3. Upgrade Your Windows

Energy-efficient replacement windows can net you an ROI of between 77 and 79 percent. And you'll get bonus points for using real wood. Window replacement has all the same benefits of door replacement -- keeping your family cozy and comfortable while lowering the costs of heating and cooling your home. Oh, and they look nice to prospective buyers, too. 

4. Replace Your Roof

If your roof functions well or is relatively new, replacing it won't help your ROI. But if you've spotted the telltale signs of roof failure, such as missing shingles or water stains on your interior ceiling, you'll want to replace that before listing your home for sale. Roof replacement that's both efficient and aesthetic carries an ROI of up to 80 percent. And while your contractor is up there, opt for a roofing material that's going to increase your home's energy efficiency, such as cool metal. Metal reflects the rays of the sun instead of absorbing them, and can increase your home's energy efficiency by leaps and bounds. 

If you're thinking of selling your home in the near future, consider boosting its efficiency before the day. You'll be able to list at a higher price point, and you'll be able to choose from a bigger pool of buyers than comparable homeowners in the area who haven't made the effort. 





Posted by Classic Properties REALTORS ® on 2/3/2020

This Single-Family in Bellingham, MA recently sold for $492,000. This Colonial style home was sold by - Classic Properties REALTORS ®.


16 NORTH ST, Bellingham, MA 02019

Single-Family

$492,500
Price
$492,000
Sale Price

8
Rooms
4
Beds
3/1
Full/Half Baths
Beautifully new!! New septic is in! Upgraded 200 amp service installed! New dual system heat and a/c, new insulation, walls, primed and painted! New bathroom tile, new garage doors and opener, new windows, new doors, new roof, new siding and exterior trim, new propane tank...It's all new! Not to mention aesthetically pleasing, neutral decor, gorgeous white kitchen and the opportunity to create single level living, au-pair or in-law potential and additional living space to your custom needs in the basement. If you are tired of the cookie cutters, but prefer the practical and logical open floor plan while still preserving privacy....WELCOME HOME!!!

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Posted by Classic Properties REALTORS ® on 2/2/2020

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If you've recently made the decision to put your home on the market in the near future, you're probably already aware that the Millennial generation has a reputation for being a bit different from their counterparts of the past. For instance, you may have heard that this generation is putting off home ownership longer than any of their predecessors and that they've got quirky requirements such as walkable urban locations. Although you can't help where your home is situated, there are other things you can do to make your home more attractive to Millennials. Here's what you can do:

Create a Low Maintenance Yard

Although many Millennials have discovered the joy of gardening, their efforts are going more to growing at least some of their own food rather than maintaining a fussy ornamental landscape. Vast lawns don't appeal to them, and neither do high-maintenance trees and shrubbery. Consider replacing much of your lawn with a low-maintenance rock garden and eliminating any feature that requires significant time and attention.

Create an Appealing Online Presence

Millennial Buyers are far more likely to decide to view specific properties as the result of gaining a favorable impression of them online than seeing them listed in a newspaper or in a real estate agent's brochure. You'll need professional quality photographs to show off your home in its best light online, but don't stop there -- Millennials want to see videos as well. 

Create a Home Office 

A designated home office is another feature that won't fail to appeal to Millennial buyers. Many of them spend at least part of their time working from home, so if you don't already have a designated home office, consider converting one of the bedrooms to one. Choose a room with plenty of natural lighting if possible. 

Create Energy Efficiency

Eco-conscious Millennials appreciate energy efficiency because it's compatible with their principles, but because their idealism is tempered with a pragmatic side, they also appreciate the cost-savings involved with energy efficient features. Consider having solar panels, on-demand hot water heaters, or other green features installed. 

Create a Smart Home

As the first generation completely raised in the digital age, many Millennials consider smart home technology to be more of a necessity than a luxury. Temperature modulation, security, and lighting are three of the most common in-home smart technologies, but they can also be used to water the lawn and garden area, activate laundry machines, and put cleaning robots to work. 

It's also a good idea to be prepared to speak at some length with Millennials come to see your home about the quality and availability of WiFi service. Remembering that their generation may have different needs and preferences than you will help ensure smooth sailing after you put your home on the market. 




Categories: Selling  


Posted by Classic Properties REALTORS ® on 1/26/2020


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Circa 1965, having beautiful wood paneling was the envy of the neighborhood. It was like bringing the outdoors in. But 50-60 years later, it usually just makes a room seem dark and dated unless you live in a log cabin. In most cases, you can remove the paneling and paint the drywall underneath. Here's what you'll do.

What you'll need

  • Primer
  • Brushes
  • Paint rollers 
  • Painter's tape
  • Plastic floor protection
  • Paint pan
  • Putty knife
  • Spackling paste for nail holes
  • Safety goggles
  • Screwdriver
  • Flashlight
  • Pry bar
  • Hand sander

Step one: make sure there's drywall under there

Some home builders simply hung the panels directly onto the studs. Others hung drywall first. Then they nailed the paneling over it. Before you begin this project, you need to know what you have. 

*Pro tip* Find out if you have drywall by removing the outlet and light switch covers. Then peer into the wall with your flashlight. You should be able to see the rough edges of drywall in there. If not, don't proceed unless you also want to hang the drywall. It's not that hard. But it's a two-person, multiple weekend job for the average DIYer. We want you to know what you're getting into. If this is more than you feel comfortable with, contact a professional.

Step two: remove the paneling

Put on your safety goggles. Insulation, nails or a piece of wood could go flying during this job.

Next, use a pry bar to remove any molding or trim, carefully if you plan to reuse it. Now, you'll see the edges of the panel. Pry it off panel by panel. It will be nailed into the studs, so you'll need to put some upper body strength into it. Break boards to get it off the wall. But try to keep the drywall underneath as undamaged as possible.

Step three: repair the drywall

You'll definitely have nail holes to fill after removing the paneling. You may also have small gouges. They are easy to fix. And you'll need to do that to have a smooth painting surface.

Apply spackle to the holes with your putty knife. Then allow them to dry before sanding the surface smooth. You may need a second coat. But know it doesn't have to be perfect. That's what primer is for.

Step four: prime the wall

Primer helps fill small imperfections and smooth the painting surface in preparation for painting the wall. Lay down your plastic and apply painter's tape where needed. Then roll your wall with primer. Use the paintbrush to get corners and crevices that a roller won't reach. 

*Pro tip* If you take a break, put the end of your roller and paintbrush in a large freezer bag and seal it as well with tape or a rubber band. If the primer or paint dries on the brush, you may have to replace it. That's an extra expense you can avoid.

Let the primer dry on the wall. Then use your flashlight to see if there are any thin spots. Apply more, as needed.

And you're all ready to choose your paint color. Goodbye, paneling. Hello, 21st Century. For more home projects to update and improve your home, follow our blog.

 

 

 




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