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Posted by Rachel (Hillman) Foy on 4/1/2020

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Even if you find the perfect home on the ideal property, if you do not jibe with your neighbors, your homeownership experience could be in jeopardy. Thankfully, there are ways to make sure that your neighbors and you will get along well before committing to buy. All you have to do is follow these steps to see if the community will be all that you hoped and more.  

Visit the Neighborhood at All Hours

When looking for a home to buy, you will undoubtedly swing by for the open house or to take a tour, but your visits should not stop there. To really get a feel for the neighborhood dynamics, you have to visit at various times of the day and into the evening hours. And if your initial visit was on a weekday, make a weekend visit a top priority as well. When everyone is home from work and school, the neighborhood will likely come alive with activity, showing you just what to expect while living there.

Take a Walk & Have a Chat

During your visits, do not just drive through and call it good, as that may tell you little about the community at large. Instead, park your car and go for a long walk through the neighborhood, taking in all the sights and sounds. As you move down the sidewalk, keep your eyes open for opportunities to say hello and chat with your future neighbors. As you encounter friendly residents, ask them what they love about living there — and what they might change, given the chance.

Join Online Community Groups

After visiting your future neighbors in person, you can go one step further by taking an in-depth look into the neighborhood by joining online community groups. To do so, go on your favorite social media platform and search for groups made by community members in your desired city. Join a few and introduce yourself to start learning about all the different aspects of that neighborhood. If you feel comfortable, create posts asking for input about the things that are most important to you, like schools, events, and crime rates.  

Talk to Your Real Estate Agent

Real estate agents are always happy to help you find the neighborhoods that suit your ideal living experience best. Using their wealth of knowledge, they can help you pinpoint dog-friendly neighborhoods, for example, or find ones with a quieter atmosphere. All you have to do is let them know your ideal community dynamics, along with what you want to avoid, and they will guide the way to your perfect neighborhood.

When you use these tactics to vet your future neighbors, you will quickly find the locations that are most likely to offer your ideal living experience. Then, you can dive into the search with confidence you are looking in all the right areas for your dream home.




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Posted by Rachel (Hillman) Foy on 3/25/2020

If you're getting ready to put your house on the market, your mind is probably flooded with dozens of unanswerable questions. Much of your uncertainty may revolve around the marketability of your home and how quickly a qualified buyer will come along.

Although there are factors over which you have little control, there are several things you can do to tip the scales in your direction.

Other than sprucing up your home and yard to maximize their visual appeal, choosing a top-notch real estate agent is the single most important step you can take. It's not only crucial to select an agent who is both experienced and proactive, but you'll also want to find a professional with whom you have a good rapport. You can usually get a pretty good idea of their experience and sales history from online profiles, but the only way to know whether they're a good fit for your needs and personality is by meeting with them face to face.

If you have the time and inclination, it can also be to your advantage to interview more than one candidate. The agent you ultimately choose will have a direct bearing on virtually all aspects of the sales process. By choosing a professional who is dedicated, knowledgeable, and easy to work with, you'll be taking a big step toward getting your house sold within the shortest period of time. A good agent will keep you motivated, informed, and focused on keeping your home in marketable condition. They'll also help you with everything from pricing and negotiating to problem solving and setting up appointments.

There are several other things you can do to increase the chances of attracting potential buyers and offers. Creating as much curb appeal as possible can go a long way toward making a great first impression. The concept of curb appeal can encompass many different elements, but the battle is half won when your lawn, bushes, and trees are kept neatly trimmed at all times. Weather permitting, displaying colorful potted flowers and hanging baskets is another way to add a lot of eye appeal to your home. Simple improvements like painting your front steps, sealcoating your driveway, or touching up the paint on window shutters or porch railings can also help enhance your home's curb appeal.

Although interior painting can be time-consuming and a bit messy, it's often one of the most cost-effective ways to make a positive impression on potential buyers. If your walls are looking scuffed, faded, or otherwise neglected, a fresh coat of neutral, beige, or grey paint can often make a huge difference in the eye-appeal of your home. Making sure your carpets are clean, counter tops are immaculate, and your windows are crystal clear are other ways to put your best foot forward when house hunters are scheduled to visit your home.





Posted by Rachel (Hillman) Foy on 3/18/2020

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You’ve finally decided to sell your home and now you want the REALTOR® to show you the money! While that sounds like it can happen at the snap of a finger, there are a few things to consider. Are you selling for a profit or is your goal to make the biggest profit you can? If it’s the latter, here are a few things you can do:

  • Step onto the Stage

Staging your home can bring in big bucks. According to the National Association of REALTORS®, 77% of REALTORS® agree that buyers who can visualize a staged property as their future home makes a difference.

  • Research Your Ideal Client

Who are you selling to? Are your buyers people who have children and want a nice neighborhood? Are they wanting a move-in ready home? Unless they are buying solely for the neighborhood, the condition of the home has a lot to do with their decision.

  • Create a Digital Showing

Let’s face it – social media and digital marketing are one of the best ways to connect with potential buyers. Adding a 3D element where they can “walk through” will not only create additional interest, but widens the number of people that may add your property to their list. An additional plus would be if you could upload the floor plans, any warranty and maintenance records to show how well you took care of the home.

  • Appeal to the Curb

If you think buyers aren’t looking at the exterior of the home, think again. They want to see the home in its best light – that means pressure cleaning or painting the exterior, washing the windows, repairing any cracks in the driveway and investing in landscaping.

  • Invest in Upgrades

Upgrades to the kitchen and bathrooms truly make your home stand out. New appliances, eat-in arrangements and lighting have a lasting effect. Have some water or something to drink in the refrigerator and make sure it’s clean. Buyers do peek. If you can afford new, inexpensive flooring that speaks to the environment, that will be a positive in your favor.

  • Have a Neutral Palette

Painting the walls in a neutral color lightens up the space and allows potential buyers to consider what their furniture would look like in the space

  • Stay Clutter-Free

The more you can get rid of so buyers can see an actual representation of how much space they will have the better. Your staging should demonstrate different ways the spaces can be utilized, giving them a wealth of ideas.

  • Other This & That

Installing ceiling fans, smart home tech and other simple touches can instantly put your home at the top of the list.

These are just a few ways your home can help you get top dollar for your home to move forward with a smile on your face. For more tips on getting your home ready to sell for top dollar, work with your REALTOR® for awesome results.




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Posted by Rachel (Hillman) Foy on 3/17/2020


71 Neponset Ave, Boston, MA 02136

Hyde Park's Fairmount

Condo

$435,000
Price

6
Rooms
4
Beds
2
Baths
TOP floor! Beautifully renovated condo in popular Fairmount Hill. All the rooms located on the top floor, except one bedroom is on the 2nd floor, perfect for a home office or bonus space. This unit features 4 bedrooms and 2 full bathrooms. The modern kitchen has new cabinets, granite counters, stainless appliances and room for a small dining table. Additional features: hardwood floors, replacement windows, in-unit laundry, fresh paint and updated lighting. Plenty of storage available in the basement. Enjoy the outdoors in the huge common back yard and patio area. Unit comes with 2 tandem parking spaces. Short walk to the commuter rail. Letter of Full De-leading Compliance issued in 2014. Low condo fee and pet friendly building.
Open House
No scheduled Open Houses

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Posted by Rachel (Hillman) Foy on 3/11/2020


71 Neponset Ave, Boston, MA 02136

Hyde Park's Fairmount

Condo

$445,000
Price

6
Rooms
4
Beds
2
Baths
Open house, Saturday, Feb 22, 1:30-2:30pm! TOP floor! Beautifully renovated condo in popular Fairmount Hill. All the rooms located on the top floor, except one bedroom is on the 2nd floor, perfect for a home office or bonus space. This unit features 4 bedrooms and 2 full bathrooms. The modern kitchen has new cabinets, granite counters, stainless appliances and room for a small dining table. Additional features: hardwood floors, replacement windows, in-unit laundry, fresh paint and updated lighting. Plenty of storage available in the basement. Enjoy the outdoors in the huge common back yard and patio area. Unit comes with 2 tandem parking spaces. Short walk to the commuter rail. Letter of Full De-leading Compliance issued in 2014. Low condo fee and pet friendly building.
Open House
Sunday
March 15 at 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM
Great for owners or investors- fall in love with this beautiful 4 bedroom condo with 2 full baths on the top floor. Fabulous updates, in unit laundry, plus plenty of storage in the basement. Enjoy this summer in the huge common backyard. 2 parking spaces. Low condo fee and fabulous location- a must see!
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