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4 Reasons to Buy a Home in Winter

  While Winter may seem too cold, or too snowy to go house hunting and your warm hot chocolate, your comfy slippers and your couch may seem more appealing.  Winter may actually be a great time to get out and find the property that is right for you!

1.FEWER COMPETITORS – The bad weather, the tough parking and the time to procrastinate keep other buyers home on their couches and out of the market.  Like Spring flowers, warmer weather brings buyers out in droves.  Get out there now while less competition gives you more time to look, consider and negotiate.

2.TRUTH IN SNOW – The snow, the rain, and the cold temperatures can create havoc for properties.  If there are issues with the roof or gutters that cause ice dams, or other problems, now is a great time to see them before you own them. The recent extreme cold will help bring out issues of frozen pipes or problems with aging heating systems.

3. COMMUNITY ISSUES AND RESPONSE – In addition to a specific home surviving the ravages of winter it is important to understand how the community responds to the winter challenges as well.  During these winter months, you are able to see how well a community plows its roads, clears its snow and enacts parking bans.  You might be interested to know how many days the schools are closed during any particular storm. You can also track power outages in the area to see if they are widespread or long lasting by visiting the website of the electric company in the area.

 3. LOWER INTEREST RATES – It is often the case that interest rates will rise in the Spring when buying is expected to increase.  Often, interest rates in the winter months at the beginning of the year are lower.  Lower interest rates mean lower monthly payments or the ability to buy a bit higher priced home.

Check current homes for sale in Arlington MA, Cambridge MA , Somerville MA and all of Massachusetts on our website and a list of all the Open Houses in the area.  Slip on your boots and gloves one more time and see if your new home is out there waiting for you!

 

Cool Staging Tips for Hot Summer Selling

  With the summer heat, selling a home takes on a new twist!  Some home staging tips may help your home “feel” cooler, lighter and more comfortable all at the same time!  Without spending a fortune, you can lighten up the interiors easily.

1. Change the drapes to sheers or lighter colored curtains that block the harshest sun but give a light, airy appearance. 

2. Change throw pillows to light colored options or add a light colored throw to brighten the living spaces and give things a summery feel.

3. Small rugs in bright colors can replace those darker ones and add a light summery touch.

3. Try a new shower curtain, some lighter colored towels and a small vase of colorful flowers in the bathroom.

4. An inexpensive bright colored bedspread can go a long way toward freshening the bedroom.

5. Create a summery feel with a few indoor plants or a vase of flowers. 

6. Remember that odors can be intensified in the heat. Be careful to clean up after pets, and leave windows open or fans on for a fresh circulation of air as needed.

7. Maximize the appeal of any outdoor spaces by creating a “moment” in time.  Leave the outside umbrella up and a few chairs gathered together. Leave a book on the table beside a chair, or a fresh glass of water. A few toys in the yard or a waiting bicycle all invite the buyer to imagine themselves enjoying your/their home.

Make the most of what you have and the buyers may make it their own! 

6 Keys to Better Open House Shopping

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So you are looking at home after home. If you are like the most of us, you are captivated by the updated kitchen, the over-sized shower or the gorgeous perennial garden.  Good, you should be. But, (and you know there is a but), don't forget that there is business to attend to.Here are six things you should pay close attention to in any home that interests you:

1. Roof: Check it out!  Does it look new?  Are the shingles dried out and lifting?  If it is a flat roof, does it have proper drainage? How many layers of asphalt? Ask the age of the roof to help you determine its relative health.  Most well installed roofs with quality shingles last 25-35 years depending on the location of the home.

2. Windows:  Old or new is not the most important question.  The most important question is do they work.  Pull a couple up and down to see if they operate well. Look for storms or screens stuck midway between open and closed, a sign that they may not function.

3. Gutters and downspouts:  Be sure the house has them and take a look to see if they are snugly attached to the house - beware of hanging downspouts and "gutter gardens" - gutters clogged so long they are actually sprouting vegetation!  If the gutters are filling to excess, freezing water and snow may be making its way into the roof of the house.

4. Retaining walls:  Funny as it seems, they hide in plain site.  Pay attention to retaining walls around gardens, along driveways and on the edge of property lines.  Check for major cracking or leaning.  These walls can be very costly to replace.

5. Foundation:  Give it a close look inside and out.  Look for cracks, water marks or mold. Check the basement windows for good repair as well. 

6. Landscape: We don't mean the perennial garden here, but the general topography and the plantings.  Is the house sitting low on a hill and likely to flood?  Are there unhealthy trees on the lot that may need to come down?

Whether you are looking at buying a home in Arlington MA or buying a Cambridge MA condominium, take the time to carefully examine a home you are interested in before you make an offer to buy.  It could pay off in the long run!

To see a list of Open Houses in the Greater Boston Area Communities, go to Avenue 3 Open Houses.