The Costs of Selling Your Home

If this is your first time selling a home, you might not be familiar with the costs associated with selling. Lenders and agents help to make this process as simple as possible for both the buyer and seller. However, it’s still a good idea to know what to expect to pay for selling your home, as it seems counter-intuitive that you would have to pay to sell something.

Due to the consolidation of costs by lenders, it can be easy to glaze over the list of closing expenses without fully knowing what they mean. But since many fees can be negotiated, it pays to learn the ins and outs of closing costs.

Whether you’re selling your home soon or just want to brush up on real estate processes, this article will give you a better understanding of closing costs from the perspective of a seller.

Closing costs

Buyers typically pay the majority of the closing costs associated with purchasing a home. However, there are some closing costs that buyers are at least partially responsible for.

Notary fees, expenses from escrow, and title insurance are all likely costs you’ll have to dish out before closing.

Agent fees

Real estate agents typically earn a commission on selling a house. The work they put in saves you in several ways. First, you don’t have to pay for all of the marketing expenses associated with selling a home. This includes photography, sign-making, and online listings.

Agents can save you in other ways, as well. They’ll help you price your home effectively, negotiate prices, and take care of the time-intensive process of showing your house. You won’t want to have to take time off from work to try to DIY these steps.

Taxes

Since you’ve likely owned your home for a while now, you’re familiar with paying property taxes. If you pay taxes yearly and are moving toward the end of your pay cycle, you’ll have to pay a prorated rate for the amount of time you’ve lived in the home that year.

The burden is also yours for any remaining HOA fees and state transfer taxes. Not every state charges transfer taxes so be sure to check the cost for your state.

Moving costs

Moving can be an expensive endeavor. Aside from hiring movers, renting vans, or buying boxes, there are a number of expenses we don’t often think of when preparing to move.

First, it will take you a while to get your new home set up. That means you should be prepared to eat out for a while until you get settled.

On top of that, there’s also the matter of having to take days off from work, which can be costly in its own right.

Those are some of the most common expenses a buyer has to worry about during closing. Your real estate agent will be able to give you a comprehensive rundown of costs and help you find the best agreement.

Open house on 6/22/2017 at 340 Boston Rd Billerica, MA 01862


Date: 06/22/2017 Time: 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM  
For Directions: feel free to contact me.  
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It’s true!!!! In Law Potential and zoned for Home business potential! Living space galore. Yes…4 full floors of living space and loads storage on every level! Move right into this very well maintained colonial home. Excellent open concept living space and hardwood floors on the entire first floor. 2 Kitchens, 2 laundry, 6 bedrooms, 3.5 baths! Landscaped with irrigation and a garden area out back. Driveway parking for 8 cars and a 2 car garage! Can you tell we’re excited about this one? Come see us! Bring your pre-qualification letter and checkbook. Quick close possible!

How to Attract a Variety of Birds to Your Yard

Having different types of birds in your yard is a great way to add a bit of nature to your house. With their unique plumage and songs, birds will offer you interesting sights and sounds. However, you’ll need to offer them a few things in return. To attract a variety of birds to your yard you’ll need to make it the most desirable place in the neighborhood to be. Here’s a guide to help you attract a large variety of birds to your yard and to keep them coming back each year.

Choosing your feeders

When choosing a bird feeder there are a few traits your looking for. It should be strong enough to withstand the weather and sealed tightly to keep the seeds dry. You’ll want a feeder that is big enough to hold a variety of seeds and is relatively low-maintenance.

Hanging tray feeders are the most common type, and for good reason. They attract a variety of birds and are easy to fill and clean. A good tray feeder has a drainage system in the tray to keep seeds dry, which means you should buy a feeder with a mesh bottom instead of solid.

For nectar-seeking birds like hummingbirds, you’ll want a few small feeders rather than one large one. Keep it in a well lit area near some flowers to attract the hummingbirds. They’re attracted to bright colors to look for nectar and your fake-flower feeders will seem like a good source if they’re surrounded by the real thing.

If you want to view birds from inside your home, window feeders are a great option. Window feeders suction right to your window and will offer you a close-up view of the birds who will slowly get used to you being on the other side of the glass.

Keeping the squirrels away

Putting out plenty of bird feeders won’t just attract birds. Squirrels, too love to eat the various seeds that are found in feeders. You have a couple options when it comes to squirrels. First, you can just accept them as part of the nature of your yard. They, too can be fun to watch and are just looking for something to eat like the birds.

If inviting squirrels into your yard isn’t something you can live with, you could try deterring them with a squirrel baffle. Squirrel baffles wrap around the pole your feeder is on preventing the squirrel from climbing up to the tray. However, some crafty squirrels can still find their way through.

It takes more than seed

Just having bird seed isn’t enough to provide for birds. Having lots of trees and water is also a good way to keep the birds around. Bird baths are one option. But there are other creative ways to attract birds to your yard like a small natural pool or waterfall.

Having a bubbler on your water source is also a great way to bring more birds to your yard as they will be attracted to the sound of the running water.

Add these features to your yard and soon the local birds will find it an irresistible place to spend time.

Rental – 900 Boston Rd Billerica, MA 01821 is now new to the market!

Burlington line! Close to Route 3, 128, 93, shopping malls, restaurants, and just a short commute to Boston! This is not only a rental but a home! Beautiful inside and out! 3 bedrooms and an extra room that can be used for an office space, or just additional storage, 1.5 baths, New laminate flooring in the living/dining room, new carpeting upstairs, good sized kitchen, central air on the 2nd floor, triple pane windows on the 2nd floor to lessen outside sound. Master has hardwood floors and a walk-in closet. Laundry on the 1st level. A huge deck off the side of the house leads to a fenced in yard! Full unfinished basement for additional storage. This home won’t last-make your appointment!

This property features 6 total rooms, 1 full bath, 1 half bath, 3 bedrooms, and is currently available for $2,500.

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Open house on 6/18/2017 at 340 Boston Rd Billerica, MA 01862


Date: 06/18/2017 Time: 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM  
For Directions: feel free to contact me.  
For more information: click here for the full details  

It’s true!!!! In Law Potential and zoned for Home business potential! Living space galore. Yes…4 full floors of living space and loads storage on every level! Move right into this very well maintained colonial home. Excellent open concept living space and hardwood floors on the entire first floor. 2 Kitchens, 2 laundry, 6 bedrooms, 3.5 baths! Landscaped with irrigation and a garden area out back. Driveway parking for 8 cars and a 2 car garage! Can you tell we’re excited about this one? Come see us! Bring your pre-qualification letter and checkbook. Quick close possible!

Why You Must Get to Know Your Neighbors

Social media, cell phones and hundreds of television channels may have brought the world closer, a whole lot closer. In fact, because of these devices, it only takes the click of a button to keep up with what’s going on in the world. It seems impossible to perceive of yourself as ever being alone with the constant connections. Yet, there are downsides to relying on technology to connect with another person, especially when it comes to community relationships.

Good neighbor relationships don’t happen on their own

It’s not just that rewarding neighborhood relationships help to strengthen trust inhumanity. It’s also not just that good neighborhood relationships give you a support network, people to contact should you need someone to look after your children.

There are health benefits to developing good relationships with your neighbors. Deeper human connections have been reported to ward off feelings of isolation and loneliness. By becoming friends with your neighbors, you also gift yourself with a positive feeling each time you see your neighbor.

You can also have someone to talk with should you deal with a personal or work related challenge. This can help to reduce stress as well as lower your chances of developing a stress related illness or disease. Also, if you have rewarding relationships with your neighbors, you can create incredibly loving, exciting and lasting memories that extend beyond your immediate family.

Steps to great neighbors

But, good neighbor relationships don’t just happen. Similar to rewarding relationships between colleagues, a spouse or beau, it takes effort to make a neighbor a friend. Because you live within close physical proximity of your neighbors, it won’t take mileage and transportation expenses to keep in touch.

What it will take is commitment, patience and understanding. A simple first step is to speak with your neighbors when you see them, even if it takes a few times before your neighbors take the initiative and speak to you first.

If your neighbors have children, encourage your kids to make friends with the youngsters. You could also form a neighborhood block party to kick in spring and bid farewell to summer.

When neighbors share information with you in confidence, keep the information to yourself. This means not telling anyone what was shared with you unless the information would put someone in danger. In that event, you may have no choice except to share the information with a professional.

This next tip goes beyond living with neighbors. Get in the habit of practicing active listening skills. For example, don’t interrupt your neighbors when they are speaking. Also, avoid framing your response to a question or comment that a neighbor shares with you while your neighbor is speaking. Active listening is a great way to build trust.

As you get to know your neighbors better, consider inviting them over to your house to enjoy a chat on the front porch. If your neighbors reciprocate, they should start to invite you over to their place as well. Right now, it may sound far fetched, but your neighbors could become among your very best friends if you put in the effort to get to know them better.

Even more good news is that it’s never too late to start to make the effort to become friends with your neighbors. It may be as simple as saying “hello” each time that you see your neighbor. Finding out what your neighbor’s name is also helps. So too does practicing active listening skills and valuing your neighbor’s ideas, opinions and thoughts.

Single-Family – 33 Irene Ave Billerica, MA 01821 is now new to the market!

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This is a Colonial/Gambrel style home and features 6 total rooms, 2 full baths, 4 bedrooms, 0.15 Acres, and is currently available for $394,900.

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Open house on 6/11/2017 at 340 Boston Rd Billerica, MA 01862


Date: 06/11/2017 Time: 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM  
For Directions: feel free to contact me.  
For more information: click here for the full details  

It’s true!!!! In Law Potential and zoned for Home business potential! Living space galore. Yes…4 full floors of living space and loads storage on every level! Move right into this very well maintained colonial home. Excellent open concept living space and hardwood floors on the entire first floor. 2 Kitchens, 2 laundry, 6 bedrooms, 3.5 baths! Landscaped with irrigation and a garden area out back. Driveway parking for 8 cars and a 2 car garage! Can you tell we’re excited about this one? Come see us! Bring your pre-qualification letter and checkbook. Quick close possible!

Condo – 1215 Pawtucket Blvd Unit 30 Lowell, MA 01854 is now new to the market!

Vespar end unit townhouse. Needs some cosmetic improvements but great location. Close to entrance. Two good size bedrooms. Front living room and slider to balcony of the kitchen. Nice planting in the front of unit, currently in full bloom.

This is a Townhouse style home and features 4 total rooms, 1 full bath, 1 half bath, 2 bedrooms, and is currently available for $159,000.

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Tips for Home Sellers in a Fast-Paced Housing Market

Home sellers rejoice! The housing market moves rapidly, which means home sellers who allocate the necessary time and resources to enhance their residences should have no trouble stirring up plenty of interest in their properties as soon as they become available.

Ultimately, navigating the fast-paced housing market can be simple for home sellers – here are three tips to ensure that you can do just that.

1. Focus on Your House’s Curb Appeal

For home sellers, it is paramount for your house to make a positive first impression. Otherwise, homebuyers may shy away from your residence if it fails to garner their attention.

Fortunately, it can be quick and easy to revamp your home’s exterior and boost your property’s curb appeal.

A home seller who mows the front lawn and cleans his or her home’s siding can bolster the property’s curb appeal instantly. Also, don’t forget to clear off walkways and remove leaves and weeds from your lawn to further enhance your home’s curb appeal.

2. Price Your Home Competitively

A homebuyer may not even have to set up a home showing to be turned off by your property. In fact, a home seller who sets a high asking price for his or her residence risks alienating potential homebuyers immediately. Conversely, if you set the right asking price from the get-go, you may receive many great offers on your residence when it hits the housing market.

Assess the prices of comparable houses in your area to determine a “competitive” asking price for your residence. By doing so, you’ll be able to establish fair market value for your house and improve your chances of a quick home sale.

Don’t forget to be flexible with your asking price as well. And don’t forget, if a homebuyer submits an offer that falls below your initial expectations, you can always counter this proposal.

3. Work with a Fast-Paced Real Estate Agent

To succeed in today’s fast-paced housing market, you need a real estate agent who understands what it takes to list a property and maximize its value at any time. Thus, hiring an experienced real estate agent ensures that you can generate significant interest in a fast-paced housing market.

An experienced real estate agent will be able to promote your residence to the right homebuyers consistently. This real estate professional will go the extra mile to ensure that you can add your property to the housing market and get the best results possible. Furthermore, your real estate agent will address any of your concerns and questions and ensure that you receive the support you deserve throughout the home selling process.

Listing a home in a fast-paced real estate market may seem difficult, particularly for first-time home sellers. But with an experience real estate agent at your disposal, you can overcome any housing market hurdles. This real estate professional will simplify the process of listing your residence, and ultimately, help you optimize your home’s value.

Take advantage of the aforementioned home selling tips, and you can minimize the guesswork associated with selling your home in a fast-paced real estate market.