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Saturday, May 28, 2016

Are You Ready to Move into a Smaller Boston Home?

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Is it time for you to downsize? Maybe you’ve been living in your current home for a long time. You raised your family there with incredible memories, but the kids have all moved out. Now, you’re curious if you need this big home at all.

There is an emotional side to letting go of the place where you raised your family. Realtors are often asked, “When is a good time to sell?” The answer always stays the same. The best time to sell is when you’re ready.

If you don’t need a large home anymore, you’re certainly not alone. It’s time for an easier life. You don’t have to keep cutting the grass and shoveling the snow. Wouldn’t it be nice to live in a more urban environment where you can walk to restaurants and coffee shops? It’s time to consider what will make life more enjoyable for you as you move into a smaller home.

"What will make life more enjoyable for you?"

Keep in mind there a lot of millennials out there who are getting married, having kids, and looking for a bigger home. In other words, there will always be demand for your home. It’s not going to sit on the market as long as you might think it will!

If downsizing is right for you, please feel free to reach out to us. We would love to help you in any way we can. We look forward to hearing from you!

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

The Importance of Staging Your Home

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Home staging is incredibly important when selling, but it has to be done right. When done incorrectly, it makes the home appear like a commodity and not a home. The purpose of staging is to elicit an emotional response from the buyer.

Sometimes a staging will leave you feeling a little flat. A lot of people say that you need to remove personal items from a home, but I disagree with that. Things should look and feel like a home, not a living space. We want the home to look nice, but also feel "lived in."

The outside of the home is just as important, and we pay attention to the exterior to make it feel personal and inviting. We want the buyer to relate to the home and have some sort of emotional response towards the property.

If you’re interested, we can come out to your property and have a look around to prepare you for a proper home staging. Please don’t hesitate to contact us about this!

Friday, April 29, 2016

Should You Choose the Best Terms or the Highest Offer When Selling?

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If you’re selling your home and you have multiple offers on your property - congratulations! However, don’t get too excited just yet. You still have some work to do in choosing the most beneficial offer for you and your family.

Simple logic might tell you to choose an offer with the highest dollar amount, but you cannot forget to look at the terms involved. Someone might be willing to pay you more for your home, but offer less in negotiations. Remember that cash buyers always expect to pay a little less because they don’t have to run through the gamut of financing.

Consider the contingencies on the offer. Remember that a contingency always creates an opportunity for the buyer to walk away, so be careful moving forward with a buyer who has too many contingencies. The fewer contingencies, the better off you are as a seller.

Generally speaking, your first offer is your best offer. It’s important to shop around, but don’t wait too long because those buyers will eventually just look elsewhere. Respect the fact that buyers have committed to your home and made an offer on it.

When combing through offers on your home, it might be a good idea to work with a real estate professional to determine which offer will benefit you the most. Just don’t forget that terms can sometimes outweigh a larger offer on your home. Money isn’t always the determining factor in a sale, sometimes it’s simply convenience.

If you have any questions about this, please don’t hesitate to contact us. We know it’s going to be a busy spring selling season, so contact us soon.