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Posted by Rachel Hillman Foy on 12/12/2018

Thereís few things in life that are more exciting than closing on your first house. All of the money that you saved and the paperwork that you have filled out has finally come together so that you can now say youíre a proud homeowner. 


Before you start planning your housewarming party, thereís a few things that you need to do with your new home and its contents.


Copy The Closing Paperwork


Undoubtedly, there were dozens of pieces of paper that were handed to you during the closing on your new home. You should have an extra copy of everything that was signed. While the local registrar of deeds probably has a copy of everything filed there as well, itís always a good idea to have extra copies of these papers.


Lock The Doors With New Keys


Youíll need to change the locks when you move into a new home as soon as possible. Many different people had the keys to the home while it was still on the market. Also, before the home was even put up for sale, family members could have passed sets of keys amongst family and friends. The lock category also includes securing sliding doors, electrical boxes, and windows accordingly. 


Put Your Name On It


Youíll need to place your name on a variety of things including your mailbox, the trashcans, the buzzer, and anything else that is property of you and your new home. If it wonít pose a privacy issue for you, itís better to claim whatís rightfully yours early on to ease confusion. 



Put Up Curtains Or Cover The Windows


Thereís probably 1,000 other things that you would rather do when you move into a new home than put up some curtains. Yet, this is so important to your privacy. Without curtains or window treatments, all of your home and its contents are exposed for the outside world to see. Until you have a chance to settle in, you can even use boxes or towels to cover the windows. This is used initially for a security measure to deter thieves and nosy neighbors.


Meet The New Neighbors


ItĎs a good idea to know who is living around you. For one, youíll be aware of any suspicious activity thatís happening in case you see strange people hanging around the area. Itís good to know who you live next to and what you might have in common with them. At the very least, youíll have a new friend. They might even water your plants while youíre away on your next vacation. 


Donít forget to change your addresses as well. Thatís always one of the biggest hassles about moving. Take the right measures for safety and comfort when you move into your new home for a smooth transition




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Posted by Rachel Hillman Foy on 12/5/2018

As you get ready to add your house to the real estate market, you likely will consider high and low initial asking prices. However, it is important to remember that no two residences are exactly alike. And much in the same vein, the initial asking price for your home may vary from that of a similar residence based on your house's condition, age and other factors.

Ultimately, a diligent home seller will allocate the necessary time and resources to determine a competitive initial asking price for his or her residence. This seller will be able to establish an initial home asking price that hits the mark with buyers, and as a result, stir up plenty of interest in his or her house.

Determining the ideal initial home asking price may seem tough at first. Fortunately, we're here to help you set a competitive price for your residence, regardless of the current housing market's conditions.

Now, let's take a look at three tips to help you establish the ideal initial asking price for your residence.

1. Assess Your Home

The present condition of your house may have a major impact on its value. Thus, you should perform a home inspection before you list your house to identify any underlying problems and address such issues.

A home inspection is generally requested by a buyer after a seller accepts an offer on a residence. Conversely, a seller who wants to go above and beyond the call of duty may perform an inspection to take a proactive approach to home improvement projects. This approach may help a seller mitigate potential home problems before they are discovered later in the home selling process.

Thanks to a home inspection, a seller can establish home improvement priorities. Then, this seller can perform myriad home improvements and move closer to maximizing the value of his or her residence.

2. Evaluate the Housing Market

Operating in a seller's market is far different from selling a house in a buyer's market. If you review the real estate market, you can gain the insights you need to establish a competitive price for your home.

Take a look at the prices of houses in your area that are similar to your own residence. This information will enable you to understand the price range for comparable houses in your city or town.

Also, evaluate the prices of recently sold residences in your area. This housing sector data will allow you to determine whether you are operating in a buyer's or seller's market.

3. Collaborate with a Real Estate Agent

A real estate agent knows the ins and outs of selling a home in any housing market. He or she can offer a wide assortment of housing market data. Perhaps most important, a real estate agent will make it simple for you to establish a competitive price for your residence and reap the benefits of a fast, profitable home selling experience.

Want to add your house to the real estate market? Use the aforementioned tips, and you should have no trouble setting a competitive initial asking price for your house.





Posted by Rachel Hillman Foy on 12/3/2018

This Single-Family in Methuen, MA recently sold for $519,900. This Colonial style home was sold by Rachel Hillman Foy - Hillman Homes.


48 Nevins Road, Methuen, MA 01844

Single-Family

$519,900
Price
$519,900
Sale Price

8
Rooms
4
Beds
2/1
Full/Half Baths
NEW CONSTRUCTION OVER 2,400 SF of UPGRADED living on cul de Sac in established Methuen neighborhood. Center entrance colonial with farmers porch & bumpout entry leads to a versatile open concept floorplan. Custom kitchen with white Shaker style cabinetry,center island,stainless steel appliances,granite counters & tile backsplash. Eat in area has sliders to deck & opens to formal dining & GORGEOUS 16x24 ATTACHED GREAT ROOM with gas fireplace & decorative mantel with granite surround. Additional room on main level can be 1st floor office or formal living room. Hardwood floors throughout 1st floor with tile in powder bath. Four generous size bedrooms,Master En Suite with double sinks, tiled shower & walk in closet. ENERGY EFFICIENT CONSTRUCTION with dual heat & central air systems Low E Argon Harvey windows & low maintenance Harvey siding. Third floor walk up has BONUS of almost !000 SF for POTENTIAL EXPANSION possibilities. IDEAL COMMUTER LOCATION,close access to Rt 93 & 213. Come see!!

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Posted by Rachel Hillman Foy on 11/28/2018


287 Langley Rd, Newton, MA 02459

Newton Center

Condo

$1,450,000
Price

9
Rooms
3
Beds
3/1
Full/Half Baths
Rarely available luxury end-unit now available at the Terraces. Over 3000 sq ft on 3 living levels. Fabulous chef's kitchen with granite counters, stainless appliances including Wolf range & sub-zero refrigerator. Formal dining room with wet bar. Stunning cathedral ceiling in the living room with gas fireplace and access to patio with a view of pretty landscaped yard. 1st floor den was used as 4th bedroom. Half bath and laundry room completes the first floor. The second floor offers an open area perfect for an office space. There is a spacious master suite with walk-in closet and luxury bathroom with marble shower and whirlpool tub and another bedroom also features a walk-in closet and marble bathroom with shower. The lower level includes a family room with fireplace and large bedroom with full bath. Plenty of storage space. Enjoy 2 car garage plus 2 outdoor spaces. Easy access to The Street, Chestnut Hill Square, Newton Center shops and "T.
Open House
Sunday
December 02 at 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM
End unit & stunning townhome with 3 levels of living. 2 car garage! Gleaming refinished hardwood floors and cathedral ceilings on the 1st floor. 3 spacious bedrooms all with their own en-suite bathroom. 1st floor office was used as 4th bedroom.
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Location: 287 Langley Rd, Newton, MA 02459    Get Directions

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Posted by Rachel Hillman Foy on 11/28/2018

If youíre looking to make changes to your home in a big way but donít have the time or the budget, thereís plenty of things that you can do in order to bring your home to another level without breaking the bank. 


Look From The Outside In


Enhancing the landscaping and curb appeal of your home can be an easy project to add value and comfort to your home. Whether youíre getting ready to sell or you just want to feel more at home, making your home look more inviting from the outside is a worthwhile project. 


Open Some Space


Just knocking down a wall can make a huge difference in your home. Once a wall is removed, it can really transform your space. Be careful though, as knocking down a wall where plumbing is or electrical work is can disrupt a lot. This can become very costly, so you may not want to undertake such a big project. Also be mindful of reconnecting floors or moving features like a kitchen island. Be sure to get a few quotes from contractors for these jobs before you settle with one.


Get New Windows


Putting in new windows is a great project that can add a lot of value to your home. You should really replace the windows in your home every 20-25 years. Updating the windows in your home not only changes the look of your home but makes it more energy efficient as well. The extra insulation can also help to keep out noise disturbances and keep your home a quiet place to live. If you live near a main road, new windows are a must. 


Upgrade Appliances 


There is nothing more attractive to buyers and homeowners alike than new appliances. These are fairly cheap investments considering their returns. You can replace one appliance or go for a whole new kitchen if youíd like. It all depends on the condition of the appliances. Even simply replacing the washer and dryer can make your life easier and also make your home more attractive to buyers when you decide to sell.


Change Up The Floors


Simply switching your carpet or ripping up carpets to put in hardwood floors can be a huge game changer for your home. The costs of these improvements can vary greatly. The size of your rooms and the type of materials that you choose can affect the costs as well. 


Get Organized


Putting in shelving or other organizing systems to help you and your family keep organized can be invaluable. Not having to deal with constant clutter can reduce stress and make your home look more presentable. This is another improvement project that is totally worthwhile for you to complete.







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