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Posted by Deborah Schilling on 11/23/2017

Searching for a new house that will meet your needs without breaking your budget can sometimes feel overwhelming! There are dozens of factors to consider and countless details to handle at any point in time.

Fortunately, there are strategies for getting it all done, maintaining your sanity, and being satisfied with the final outcome.

If you feel like you're getting off track (or can't even find the train station), here are a few tips for getting organized:

Create a priority list. If you haven't clarified and discussed with your spouse what you want and what's important to both of you, then there's a good chance you won't get it. You do not have to go it alone, though! A top-notch real estate agent can help you create a working list of priorities and preferences that you can use as a measuring stick when evaluating homes for sale. Better still, once you develop this list with your agent, he or she will have the information they need to efficiently locate properties that conform to your wish list and requirements. Your priority list will be based on a lot of criteria, including your desired lifestyle, the size of your family, and proximity to good schools, recreation, and shopping centers. If may also be important to you to live within a short drive to work, childcare facilities, or houses of worship. One of the best ways to organize your wants and needs is to get a copy of a homebuyers' "wish list" from your Realtor or the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Key factors to consider when developing your list may include items like architectural style, the amount of remodeling you're prepared to do, and the size of the yard. Privacy, space between neighboring houses, and distance from busy highways are also important factors to weigh.

Choose the right real estate agent: The ideal way to find a real estate agent you'll be pleased with is to get recommendations from family, friends, and trusted business associates. If someone you know well has had a favorable experience with a specific real estate agent, chances are good that your experience would be similar. Since most real estate agents value referrals, a smart agent will strive to make a positive impression on both you and the person who referred you. It's often advisable to talk with more than one real estate agent before making your final decision, though. That way you'll be in a position to compare qualities like experience, knowledge, personality, rapport, and energy level. It's vitally important that you feel comfortable with the agent you decide to work with, and that they're responsive to your questions, concerns, and requirements.

While a "wish list" and a "must have" list are essential components of a successful real estate search, the process unfolds much more smoothly when you remain open minded, flexible, and realistic.





Posted by Deborah Schilling on 11/16/2017


23 Kalmia Way , Barnstable, MA 02630

Centerville

Single-Family

$610,000
Price

6
Total Rooms
3
Beds
2/1
Full/Half Baths
Walk to village and bike to beach from this Bayside built contemporary Cape on quiet cul de sac. A dramatic floor to ceiling window array and open floor plan in great room (Dining +Living) bring the outside in year round. fireplaced family room Eat in kitchen with banquette seating at window looking at yard where morning sun greets you over your coffee and croissant! Cherry flooring strikes a stunning chord in main living areas on first floor. Whimsical rose hued walls in kitchen, rich green accent wall in fireplaced Family room strikes contrast with crisp custom builts in for the avid reader or collector of fine treasures. Plantation shutters in many rooms are functional but lend a gracious style to windows. 1st floor MBR suite with walkin closet. Upstair 2 BR, bonus space to finish.
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Saturday
November 18 at 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM
In hear of village! Contemporary Cape on quiet cul de sac-close to everything but feels like the ultimate getaway. Newer homes in village are hard to find, so act now!
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Posted by Deborah Schilling on 11/16/2017


23 Kalmia Way , Barnstable, MA 02630

Centerville

Single-Family

$610,000
Price

6
Total Rooms
3
Beds
2/1
Full/Half Baths
Walk to village and bike to beach from this Bayside built contemporary Cape on quiet cul de sac. A dramatic floor to ceiling window array and open floor plan in great room (Dining +Living) bring the outside in year round. fireplaced family room Eat in kitchen with banquette seating at window looking at yard where morning sun greets you over your coffee and croissant! Cherry flooring strikes a stunning chord in main living areas on first floor. Whimsical rose hued walls in kitchen, rich green accent wall in fireplaced Family room strikes contrast with crisp custom builts in for the avid reader or collector of fine treasures. Plantation shutters in many rooms are functional but lend a gracious style to windows. 1st floor MBR suite with walkin closet. Upstair 2 BR, bonus space to finish.
Open House
No scheduled Open Houses

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Posted by Deborah Schilling on 11/16/2017

All house buyers have different pet peeves when it comes to evaluating homes, but there are a lot of easy fixes you can do to reduce the chances of losing a sale. Here are a few tips to keep in mind.

Squeaky doors: Lubricating squeaky hinges is one of the easiest things you can do to improve your chances of making a positive impression on prospective home buyers. A seemingly small thing like squeaky door hinges can make your house seem old, poorly maintained, and in disrepair. A squeaky door hinge is probably not going to make or break the sale of your house, but in combination with other little flaws that prospects might notice, it could have a major impact.

Weeds cropping up: Another clear signal to prospects that your property hasn't been properly maintained -- at least in their minds -- is the existence of weeds. Other than an overgrown lawn, nothing detracts from curb appeal more than weeds coming up everywhere, especially in driveway cracks, walkways, and front steps. If your home is on the market or you're considering selling it in the near future, getting rid of noticeable weeds will help improve your property's curb appeal and make a better impression on prospective buyers. If you hate the idea of handling or applying commercial weed killers, non-toxic household items like vinegar or salt have been known to nip the weed problem in the bud. Whether you use store-bought herbicides or natural remedies, make sure you don't damage any nearby plants that you want to protect. In some cases, manually pulling out weeds and carefully digging out the roots is the most risk-free approach, although it's also the most labor intensive!

Dust and cobwebs: No matter how thorough you think you've been in cleaning your house, you're probably going to miss a few spots that prospective buyers will notice. In small amounts, a little dust is not going to make or break your sale, but like squeaky door hinges, small problems add up! Areas that homeowners and house cleaners often overlook include baseboards, ceiling fans, and corners of ceilings.

Unpleasant odors: If your house smells like pets, mold, or mothballs, that sometimes can be a deal breaker. Bad odors are a major sensory turnoff that could easily sour people on the idea of making an offer on your house. Musty odors are often indicative of a larger problem, such as a damp basement, leaky pipes, water damage, or mold infestation. Eliminating odors prior to having your house shown can be as simple as doing a thorough cleaning, or as complex and expensive as hiring a mold remediation service.

The good news about preparing your home for sale is that a seasoned real estate agent can provide you with the advice, guidance, and help you need to maximize your chances for attracting offers and selling your property for its full market value.





Posted by Deborah Schilling on 11/15/2017


43 Sandalwood Drive , Barnstable, MA 02635

Cotuit

Single-Family

$299,900
Price

7
Total Rooms
2
Beds
1/1
Full/Half Baths
Fabulous opportunity for this Cotuit address. Country warmth abounds in this saltbox with post & beam styling, cathedral ceiling and pine floors throughout except baths & kitchen.As Enter front door- LR with fireplace, a den on right and DR with vaulted beamed ceiling. Efficient kitchen and half bath with potential to make full bath. Sits nicely off street on level lot with plantings for privacy. First time buyer, second home escape and room to expand.Enclosed porch on a mahogany deck offers great shoulder season use & summer dining & relaxation. Loft is perfect space for home office or homework space for kids.Being sold 'as is' with some cosmetics and updates needed, but could move right in and redecorate and update later. Taxes vary by occupancy-buyers to verify details & meas
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