home buying: The BEST “Superdad” For Your Child During Their Home-Buying Experience - 06/19/19 11:01 AM

So your kid is out there looking to buy a house.
You think to yourself, “I know she’s not a ‘kid’ anymore…”
But…she’s still your kid.
It’s hard to just stand by and watch. You want to step in and make sure she doesn’t make a mistake, or spend too much.
You can’t believe the prices of houses she’s looking at. You felt like the prices were high when you bought your first home, and now…now they’re just crazy. Who can afford these prices?
Everything she’s looking at are absolute money-pits. You feel like most of these houses are basically tear-downs.
And you’re pretty sure the agent she’s working with is just … (0 comments)

home buying: Why Fall Might Be The Best Time To Buy A Home - 09/19/18 06:24 PM
 
A lot of people think the best time to buy a house is during the Spring market.
And, it is…
…in the sense that more houses are listed for sale in the Spring. But, there’s also a heck of a lot more buyers trying to buy those listings.
The thing is, some of the houses listed back in the Spring don’t end up selling. (Usually just because they were overpriced.)
Now, it isn’t like new listings don’t happen in the Fall. There’s always new listings coming on the market. But it’s not like, just because it’s Fall and not Spring, prices are necessarily going to fall. In … (0 comments)

home buying: 8 hidden costs when you buy a home! - 04/06/17 11:02 AM
By: Mary Beth Storjohann 
Now that you know what they are, you can plan ahead. 
This article was contributed by financial expert and blogger Mary Beth Storjohann, CFP, author, speaker, and founder of Workable Wealth. She provides financial coaching for individuals and couples in their 20s to 40s across the country, helping them make smart, educated choices with their money.
 
With your focus on building your down payment fund and figuring out what your mortgage payment will be, it’s easy to overlook some of the smaller fees that come along with a home purchase. Here are eight and what they could cost you.
1. Home … (0 comments)

home buying: Must vs. Lust: What do you really need in your new home? - 03/04/17 09:49 AM
By: Mandi Gubler
The super-simple (and fun) way to separate needs from nice-to-haves. 
This article was contributed by Mandi Gubler, a DIYer and home decor blogger, who writes “Vintage Revivals” and believes “your house should look like you and no one else.”
When you embark on the home-buying process, your heart is filled with all the dreams in the world. It’s really easy to get caught up in the “I have to have ___________,  so I’ll cut back somewhere else ” game, even when you don’t actually know where that somewhere else is or if you can realistically cut back there.
This post will show … (3 comments)

home buying: How to de-stress the home buying process! - 01/12/17 07:20 AM
By: Ari Taylor
 
We have all heard it before, “Buying a home is so stressful!” The home-buying process ranks as one of the top-five most stressful situations that we can face in a lifetime. Who can blame us for getting so stressed out over the process? After all, there are a lot of decisions that go into choosing the right home, and the eviction process is a lot easier for a bank than a landlord!
 
Following these nine tips will help to take at least some of the stress out of the process!
 
1. Start the process early!
 
2. Build a solid foundation by assembling … (3 comments)

home buying: Purchase your home with just 1% down! - 01/01/17 06:35 PM
Purchase your home with just 1% down!
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home buying: Why spending money on fancy bath salts can help sell your help! - 12/30/16 05:29 PM
By: Natalie Burg
You’re not just selling a home, you’re selling a lifestyle. 
We get it. You’re pragmatic. You’ll buy that deep cleaning and decluttering your house are important steps in a comprehensive home staging process that could help your home receive higher offers and sell faster. But what’s up with those staging recommendations like making your bathroom feel like a spa and your kitchen smell like Rachael Ray just stopped by? Is that froufrou stuff really worth your time?
It is. Actually, the fact that you’re a pragmatist is the reason you’re going to want to shell out for some luxury staging items. … (0 comments)

home buying: 6 things everyone should do when moving into a new house! - 12/14/16 03:58 PM
By: Courtney Craig
Skip potential trouble by doing these 6 things.When I bought my first house, my timing couldn’t have been better: The house closing was two weeks before the lease was up on my apartment. That meant I could take my time packing and moving, and I could get to know the new place before moving in.
I recruited family and friends to help me move (in exchange for a beer-and-pizza picnic on the floor) and, as a bonus, I got to pick their brains about what first-time homeowners should know.
Their help was one of the best housewarming presents I could have … (1 comments)

home buying: Renovated Marlborough home on Kosmas Street - 12/05/16 07:44 AM
Houses like this don’t come on the market often! Completely renovated contemporary 5 bedroom 3 bath home on a secluded wooded lot in a premier cul-de-sac location in Marlborough! Open concept main living area with real solid hard wood floors and transitional kitchen with custom cabinets; smudge proof stainless steel appliances and granite counters with offsetting island. Bright and airy with vaulted ceilings and with double slider doors to the deck and expansive wooded back yard. Full master suite with a vaulted ceiling and skylights, brand new bathroom and walk in closet. Main level bath complete with ceramic tile floor and … (0 comments)

home buying: Beautiful Shrewsbury home for sale! - 12/05/16 07:40 AM
This is not your ordinary Shrewsbury home! Located at 176 Tennis Court Drive, this stunning contemporary-styled home in idyllic setting that is both private and peaceful but close to all major commuting routes. Exceptional layout on the main level provides an open flow from the sunken fire placed living room with hardwoods to the oversized kitchen and dining room. The sunroom off the kitchen allows for quick access to the private 24 ft deck for summer evening cook outs. The great room (24 by 23) overlooks the front with cathedral ceilings and fireplace giving plenty space for everyone. The oversized palladian … (0 comments)

home buying: The tale of the $1 historic home that no one wants! - 11/11/16 08:17 AM
By: Claudine Zap
 You’ve heard it before, but we’ll say it again: The San Francisco Bay Area is a pricey place to live, where even decrepit shacks command six-figure sales.
But what if we told you there’s a Bay Area house for sale—for a mere $1? And what if we added that no one seems to want it? Not yet, anyhow.
Let’s ponder the price for a moment. A single-family house for a dollar. Less than a bottle of beer. Cheaper than a cup of coffee. A steal compared to bus fare.
OK, let us explain.
In the East Bay, the city of Hercules is offering … (4 comments)

home buying: 6 materials to never use in your kitchen! - 11/09/16 12:00 PM
By: Stacey FreedHere’s what to avoid, what to choose for your kitchen remodel.About to remodel that old kitchen? Unless you’re cool with treating the hardest working room in your house like a museum exhibit, resist the temptation to buy the cheapest or shiniest materials available and go for durable options that can stand up to regular abuse. Trust us: Although it may be tough to leave that raised, tempered glass bar top (ooo!) in the showroom, repairing its first (and second, and third) chip will get old. Very fast.
Picking the right materials is easy if you do your homework. “There are … (0 comments)

home buying: Extraordinary Shrewsbury home! - 10/24/16 03:13 AM
This is not your ordinary Shrewsbury home! Located at 176 Tennis Court Drive, this stunning contemporary-styled home in idyllic setting that is both private and peaceful but close to all major commuting routes. Exceptional layout on the main level provides an open flow from the sunken fire placed living room with hardwoods to the oversized kitchen and dining room. The sunroom off the kitchen allows for quick access to the private 24 ft deck for summer evening cook outs. The great room (24 by 23) overlooks the front with cathedral ceilings and fireplace giving plenty space for everyone. The oversized palladian … (0 comments)

home buying: 7 mistakes that cost homeowners big money in the cold weather! - 10/21/16 10:48 AM
Avoid winter’s nastiest tricks.Wintry weather is great at turning up problems you didn’t even know you had. Like that first snowy night in front of your fireplace that you thought was pure bliss — until you noticed a leak in the ceiling corner, which apparently was caused by a lack of insulation. How were you supposed to know that?
Many homeowners don’t realize they’re making critical missteps that can cost a ton when winter sets in. Here are seven wintertime mistakes homeowners often make (and what they could cost you!):
1. Not Buying a $2 Protector for Your Outdoor Faucet:What It’ll Cost You: … (0 comments)

home buying: What to do a year before buying your first home! - 10/14/16 05:39 AM
The ultimate timeline ensures the smoothest of transitions to home ownership.A real yard. Closets bigger than your average microwave. The freedom to decorate however you darn well please! Making the switch from renting to owning is exhilarating, but many rookie homebuyers find the process trickier to navigate than they expected.
This is why we created our First-Time HomeBuyer Checklist. The 12-month timeline will help you sidestep common mistakes, like paying too much interest or getting stuck with the wrong house. (Yep, it happens!).
12 Months Out:
Check your credit score.Get a copy of your credit report at annualcreditreport.com. The three credit bureaus (Equifax, Experian, … (0 comments)

home buying: Open house tomorrow 9/25 in Holden! - 09/23/16 10:54 PM
Just in time for the fall market! 25 Scenic Drive in Holden is an expanded ranch on a corner lot with many updates and extras! 3 bedrooms, 2 full baths and oversized (22 x 20) cathedral ceiling family room with skylights and wood stove that opens up to the deck and expansive back yard. Private corner lot with plenty of shade and a new above ground pool and separate deck. Plenty of cabinet space in the kitchen that opens to the family room with a breakfast bar so everyone can be together! Full partially finished basement with media room, storage and … (2 comments)

home buying: Open house tomorrow 9/25 in Rutland! - 09/23/16 10:50 PM
12 Meadowbrook Circle is NEW to the market and certainly not your average home! This ranch style home near the town center on almost a half acre has a great bonus! This home comes with an accessory apartment! The new owners can easily continue to have a main house with accessory income as the two units are completely separate. Main house has 3 bedrooms, 1.5 baths and full walk out basement. Original hardwoods and newly updated tile bath and needs nothing to move in. Accessory apartment is a single bedroom with full bath. Expansive and quiet yard with storage sheds for … (1 comments)

home buying: Open house tomorrow 9/24 in Shrewsbury! - 09/22/16 11:35 PM
This is not your ordinary Shrewsbury home! Located at 176 Tennis Court Drive, this stunning contemporary-styled home in idyllic setting that is both private and peaceful but close to all major commuting routes. Exceptional layout on the main level provides an open flow from the sunken fire placed living room with hardwoods to the oversized kitchen and dining room. The sunroom off the kitchen allows for quick access to the private 24 ft deck for summer evening cook outs. The great room (24 by 23) overlooks the front with cathedral ceilings and fireplace giving plenty space for everyone. The oversized palladian … (4 comments)

home buying: Do you really need to clean your air ducts? - 09/21/16 09:19 AM
Typically not unless you’ve got one of these super-gross issues.Do you really need to pay good money to have your air ducts cleaned? The short answer is “probably not.” But before you call up dad to chant “I told you so,” it’s important to understand why you probably don’t need to do it — and why we just italicized “probably.”
Clean Air Claims!In order for your forced-air furnace or HVAC to deliver warm and cool air into your rooms, that air has to go through a system of ducts. So technically, you’re breathing in any dust, cobwebs, pet hair, and dander that … (0 comments)

home buying: Open house in Rutland on Sunday. - 09/20/16 07:13 AM
12 Meadowbrook Circle is NEW to the market and certainly not your average home! This ranch style home near the town center on almost a half acre has a great bonus! This home comes with an accessory apartment! The new owners can easily continue to have a main house with accessory income as the two units are completely separate. Main house has 3 bedrooms, 1.5 baths and full walk out basement. Original hardwoods and newly updated tile bath and needs nothing to move in. Accessory apartment is a single bedroom with full bath. Expansive and quiet yard with storage sheds for … (0 comments)

 
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