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Posted by Coleman & Sons Real Estate on 8/23/2019

When youíre buying a home, itís important to offer a good price to be able to land the property of your dreams. You also donít want to overpay for the house youíre buying. If you want to know for sure that youíre paying a good price for a home, youíre going to need to do some price comparisons. Take a look at recently sold homes in your neighborhood of choice and see what the going rate is. If all of the homes are similar in the area, it will be easy to find out how much the home youíre buying is worth. There are a few ways that you can do comparisons to make it easier for you to determine the right price for the home you want to buy. 


Take A Look At The Neighborhood


There are certain features that attract nearly everyone to certain neighborhoods. From the safety and friendliness of an area to the schools that are nearby, to the stores, and public transportation access, people are attracted to what makes their lives easier and more enjoyable. The bottom line is the more desirable the neighborhood, the higher the price of the homes in it. 



Check Out Public Records


With the Internet, itís pretty easy to access public records these days. You can take a look at what properties have been bought and sold for in recent times int the area of the homes that youíre looking at. You can even take a peek at some historic information to help you see if the area is up-and-coming.


Is The Neighborhood Going To Become Trendy?


Sometimes, you can find a great property for less in a neighborhood that hasnít quite reached itís full potential yet. If thereís a slot of new construction going on, thatís a good sign that the neighborhood is moving on up! Especially attractive features in a neighborhood are new schools, new shopping centers, or new parks.                


There Is A Tipping Point To Growth


If it seems that a neighborhood is growing a bit too much, it may actually decrease the value of your home. Huge commercial developments can actually be detrimental to the value of a property. Where thereís a lot of people, thereís also a lot of noise and traffic. Thatís usually not a desirable factor in a neighborhood.    


Meet In The Middle


When youíre looking at the price of properties, the best bet is to meet somewhere in the middle for what is reasonable. While you donít want to buy the highest priced home in the neighborhood, you probably donít want to lowest price for that neighborhood either. Working with a more average number is a good option because your home helps any home lower priced than yours, while any higher priced homes help to increase the value of your home. Itís a win-win situation when you choose a property based on price and keep this strategy in mind.    





Posted by Coleman & Sons Real Estate on 8/22/2019


56 Lakeview Ter, Waltham, MA 02451

Lakeview

Single-Family

$539,900
Price

5
Rooms
2
Beds
1/1
Full/Half Baths
Nice ranch with a good sized lot. Double wide garage, parking for 4 cars, shed, yard and patio. Both bedrooms have skylights and vaulted ceilings. Short distance to Hardy Pond. Finished basement with 3/4 bath, laundry and space for a third bedroom, New roof in 2017. This property is perfect for someone who needs a garage workshop and/or storage area.
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Posted by Coleman & Sons Real Estate on 8/16/2019

A struggle that everyone faces is keeping priorities straight. As careers advance, families grow, and financial responsibilities increase, some priorities fall by the wayside.

One example of how that can happen is with home security. When you have your mind on twenty other things that need to be taken care of this week, it's easy to forget about consistently locking doors, turning on security lights at night, and being observant of suspicious activity or people in your neighborhood.

There are dozens of home security mistakes people make every day, most of which are the result of complacency or a lack of awareness. Probably one of the biggest security blunders many homeowners and renters make is broadcasting the fact that they're away from home, traveling, or planning to leave the house for any period of time.

In many cases, you may be unaware of security breaches you're creating. In an era in which nearly everyone has a social media presence, it's very common to let your guard down and announce on Facebook or another platform that you're planning to go to a high school reunion, a wedding, or a week-long vacation at a Florida theme park.

While sharing personal information on social media or blogs may be one way to keep in touch with friends and family, it's often safer to be a little vague about exact dates and times you're away from home. Once you've returned, there's certainly no harm in providing a full account of your travel adventures, but doing so beforehand can be a little risky -- especially if you haven't set your social media account settings to private

Forgetting to have your mail or newspaper delivery suspended for the duration of your absence is another way people inadvertently advertise the fact that their house is unoccupied. The ideal scenario is to have a trusted neighbor keep an eye on your home while you're gone. That enables them to report any trespassers or other suspicious activity to the police.

Even if you don't have mail or unread newspapers piling up in your mailbox, driveway, or front steps, there's still the chance that an unexpected package will be delivered and left out in the open for passersby to see. You can't always predict when a box, a catalog, or an advertisement is going to be left at your home, so it pays to have a friend, relative, or neighbor check on your house daily to remove any telltale signs that no one's home.

Perhaps the ultimate in home security is to have closed circuit cameras, monitored alarms, and/or a wireless security system installed in your home. Once you get the hang of it, being able to monitor and control different aspects of your home environment remotely can enhance your security, your safety, and your sense of well-being.





Posted by Coleman & Sons Real Estate on 8/9/2019

There are definitely some benefits to going green. When you build green, there are savings generated in the areas of home operations, maintenance, healthcare, and water. These savings can provide you both short, and long-term returns on your investment. You can maximize your economic performance as well as environmental performance when you apply these sustainable building strategies.Here are some advantages of green building that you need to know:

Water Conservation and Energy Efficiency

When you build green, you will not only reduce your dependence on natural resources, but you will also minimize your energy bills and utility bills. A green building saves water and energy use, resulting in a low carbon footprint for your home.

Improved Air Quality 

Improved air quality is one of the benefits of a green building. Fresh air is essential for healthy living and breathing in fresh air is one of the most significant advantages of building green. When you build green, your children, workers, parents, and every other person living or working in your building will enjoy good-quality air, reducing the likelihood of contracting airborne diseases. 

Reduced Carbon Footprint

Another benefit of green building is the reduction of carbon emission into the atmosphere. An excellent way of reducing carbon emission is by keeping your environment and project clean and minimizing the amount of waste you produce. When you do this, you will significantly reduce the release of toxic gases into the atmosphere and contribute to a safer, cleaner environment.Increased Property Value It is worth noting that green buildings are now in high demand because of their sustainable components that significantly reduced maintenance cost. 

Increased Productivity

Green buildings are efficient and well run which helps to improve productivity. When the air is clean, there is a flow of natural light, and energy resources operate efficiently. Workers in a green environment tend to be more productive because their attention is not dividedby stale air or lack of adequate light.

Improved Employee Attendance

When a workplace is environmentally friendly, workers will be excited to go to their place of work. The advantage of an environmentally friendly workplace is that it creates positive vibes and improves the health of workers. Therefore, workers will be happy to work in such an environment and will be eager to go to work every working day.

Be sure to have your agent highlight your home's green features when you are looking to sell to make it more attractive to environmentally conscious buyers, and buyers looking to save money in the long run.





Posted by Coleman & Sons Real Estate on 8/2/2019

An open house can be a life-changing event for a homebuyer. If you plan ahead for an open house, you should have no trouble determining whether a residence matches or exceeds your expectations. And if the answer is "Yes," you can proceed quickly to submit a competitive offer to acquire a house.

What does it take to prep for an open house? Here are three open house preparation tips that every homebuyer needs to know.

1. Understand Your Budget

Before you attend an open house, you should find out how much money is at your disposal. Thus, you may want to meet with banks and credit unions to see if you can get pre-approved for a mortgage. That way, you can kick off your home search with a budget in hand.

Although you know that you have only a certain amount of money to spend on a residence, it may be worthwhile to consider attending open houses for residences with initial asking prices that are above your price range. Because in some instances, a home seller may be willing to accept an offer that falls below his or her initial asking price.

2. Create a List of Questions

A home is one of the biggest purchases that a person can make, and as such, it pays to be diligent. If you craft a list of questions before an open house, you can get immediate responses from the showing agent. Then, you can determine the best course of action.

When it comes to an open house, there is no such thing as a "bad" question. As a homebuyer, it is paramount to get as much information as possible about a residence to determine whether a house is right for you. Therefore, if you create a list of questions in advance, you can improve your chances of getting the most out of an open house.

3. Consult with a Real Estate Agent

If you're uncertain about how to approach an open house, you're not alone. Fortunately, real estate agents are available nationwide who are happy to teach you the ins and outs of the real estate market. By doing so, these housing market professionals will make it easy to take an informed approach to any open house, at any time.

A real estate agent will always keep you up to date about new residences as they become available. Also, if you are interested in homes in a particular city or town, a real estate agent will notify you about open houses in this area. And if you need extra help prepping for an open house, a real estate agent is happy to assist you in any way possible.

Let's not forget about the support that a real estate agent provides throughout the homebuying journey, either. A real estate agent will help you submit an offer on a house, negotiate with a seller's agent on your behalf and much more.

Be diligent as you get ready for an open house Ė use the aforementioned tips, and you can fully prepare for an open house.







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