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Map your way to Food, Fun and Frightening Experiences

by Eric Glassoff

Boring destinations maps have transformed into specialized purpose maps - Google calls them custom maps. Anyone can make them. All it takes is a little imagination, time and a special purpose. Here are the most interesting ones I’ve come across to date.

The Haunted Houses in New England map points you to where you can have the scary experience that appeals to you and is age appropriate.    

This really IS a “super cool” map of the best restaurants near each T stop in Boston. It was created by Thrillist Boston. I do agree, they could have done a better job selecting local restaurants rather than a chain restaurant – Bertucci’s.


  This interactive map gives you a choice of searching by activity or crop along with location. You’ll find a place to get pumpkins, apples, eggs, vegetables and even turkeys.  There is so much information to choose from you could spend hours mapping out places for everything you’ll need for Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas.

 

Intrigued with special purpose maps and interested in making one of your own?  Google makes it easy for you to do. Here is how to make one

 

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Looking at my calendar I realized it's been a few weeks since I’ve given you a list of the most interesting links I’ve come across. This month I’ve put together a list with a diverse content, a little something for everyone: home improvement, mortgage rates, staging your home, buying and selling real estate for seniors and notable Boston events.

 

Mortgage Rates


Currently rates are at a 52 week low.

http://www.usnews.com/news/business/articles/2014/09/04/average-us-30-year-mortgage-rate-holds-steady

 

 

 

 

As summer winds down, signs are pointing to a slight drop in the rates.

http://realestate.msn.com/blogs/listed-homerefinancing.aspx?post=533d5466-2818-4448-847c-be3e406170fd&ocid=vt_twmsnre

 

 

 


 

Staging your Home

 

Staging is more than just cleaning and getting your home ready to sell. 

http://www.coldwellbanker.com/real_estate/learn/what_is_home_staging_and_how_might_it_help_sell_my_house

 

Tips on how to showcase your home’s best features.

http://www.hgtv.com/decorating-basics/15-secrets-to-selling-your-home/pictures/index.html

 


 

Home Improvement

 

Update and organize your home office.

http://www.homedit.com/11-tips-to-a-more-organized-and-stylish-home-office/

 

Doing DIY (do it yourself) projects safely and economically

http://www.coldwellbanker.com/real_estate/learn/factors_to_consider_in_diy_projects

 


 

Buying and Selling Real Estates for Seniors

 

As a senior, consider these points when it comes to buying and selling real estate

http://www.bankrate.com/brm/news/real-estate/20050310b1.asp

 

Why use an SRES?

http://www.seniorsrealestate.com/why-use-sres

 


 

Notable Boston Events

 

Third Annual Brookline Day - Sunday, Sept 14. Road Races, Family Fun. Don't miss out!

http://www.brooklineday.org/
 

There will be quite a few new restaurants opening up this fall in the Boston area. Here are some great descriptions of the food they'll be serving.

http://www.zagat.com/b/boston/bostons-8-most-anticipated-fall-restaurant-openings

 


 

Have an interesting link related to events, restaurants or news in Boston?

Send it to me,and it just might end up in a future edition of "Interesting Links".

I’ll also list you as a contributor.

 

 

What To Do When You Are A First Time Home Buyer

by Eric Glassoff


Knowing what to do when you are a first time home buyer can be the difference between making the home buying process a stressful situation or an enjoyable success. Let’s get you prepared for the latter.

Am I ready to be a home owner?

Know whether it is a good decision to go from being a renter to a home owner by asking yourself:  

Am I prepared financially to take on the responsibilities of being a home owner?

Am I realistic about what type of house fits my needs, NOT what I think will make me look rich?

Will I be able to afford and have the means to keep my home repaired and updated?

Is my credit in order?

A few months before you start looking for your new home, pull your credit reports and address any issues – get it as clean as possible, address any inaccuracies.  

Get yourself pre-approved for a mortgage . This will save a lot of time and allow you to move quickly; imperative in the current sellers’ market.

Partnering Up with a Professional

Yes, you can find plenty of information about real estate listings on the internet. But, by partnering with a real estate agent, you will have an experienced professional looking out for your interests and someone who will be able to guide you through the bidding process.

Calculate your Costs

Sit down and calculate the following: closing costs , down payment , other fees . Being an educated buyer will put you in the best position to purchase a home that you will be able to afford now and in the future.

For more about what to do when you are a first time home owner go to Coldwell Bankers First Time Home Buyers Resource Center. 
 
 

What To Do If You Are A Buyer in a Sellers’ Market

by Eric Glassoff

What do you do when you are a buyer in a sellers’ market and you can’t find a new home to purchase? You act quickly, think creatively and get yourself financially prepared to purchase a home. 

Work on your financing

Get your credit is in order. Pull your credit reports. Know and address your credit issues before you start the process of getting a mortgage. Seek out a mortgage lender who will get you pre-approved. Showing a seller you are motivated and ready to purchase is invaluable. When the seller is looking at several offers, a buyer’s price and preparedness to get the deal done will be much more attractive.

Partner with a good local agent

Working with an agent who is well known for getting deals done quickly is important and necessary, especially in the current seller’s market.  Agents who are most familiar with the areas or school districts you are looking to move will know the best way to write up the type of offer to get a deal done.

Act Quickly

If you notice a new home up for sale, make an appointment to see it as soon as possible, preferably that day. Buyers are more aggressive in the current sellers’ market. Homes may be sold before there is even an Open House.

Get Creative

For the right price every home is for sale. See a home you like, send a personal letter to the home owner. You may be the buyer that will motivate the owner to sell their home. Find an agent who will assist you with looking at old listings or those that have been withdrawn or expired. You agent can also help you look at Pocket Listings or “For Sale by Owner” homes.

Remember being a focused, prepared, pre-approved buyer partnered with a great agent puts you in better position to move into your next dream home.

Eric Glassoff

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Interesting Links - Real Estate, Homes, Communities, Cities

by Eric Glassoff

Over the past few weeks, I’ve come across several interesting links about cities, communities, real estate and unique homes. Each one contains such a great deal of information along with beautiful photography; so I’m listing them all in one place. If you are looking to re-locate or just want to dream about the possibilities of where you could re-locate or live, these links will give you many great insights, ideas and information. I’ve highlighted the links which contain information about New England and the Greater Boston area.

1. Ten of the Healthiest Places to Live - Boston IS one of the healthiest!

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/08/06/healthiest-places-to-live-in-america_n_5648452.html

Boston Skyline

 

 

 

 

 


2. Best Cities for Work Life Balance

 http://onforb.es/1stz5cx



3. Top Ten States for Foreclosures - http://on-msn.com/1uwotLd


4. Tiny Homes – Small but big on style and comfort​

http://on.mash.to/1r0GIe6

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


5. Glass Houses for Sale - Every room was a phenomenal view!

http://realestate.msn.com/10-of-the-best-glass-houses-for-sale

 


6. Best Places to Live for your Lifestyle - Brookline made this list!

http://bestplaces.coldwellbanker.com/best-places-to-live/


7. Snobbiest Small Cities – Don’t be fooled by the title. Take a look at the criteria used to construct the list.

http://bit.ly/V8xQUJ


8. Tiny Lake Houses

http://realestate.msn.com/10-tiny-lakehouses?ocid=vt_fbmsnre


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Why Can't I Find a Home to Purchase?

by Eric Glassoff

Why can’t I find a home to purchase within my price range?

Why are there so few homes listed on the market than there was a year ago?

Over the last few months, I’ve been asked this question a number of times. The answer is a difficult one. Many variables are contributing to the near record low inventory of homes for sale. Here are just a few:

1. In some areas fewer foreclosures are available. There are less distressed properties available for investors.

2. Many of the homes that would normally be available for buyers are being used as investment property, because the rents being paid are better than the banks interest rates.      

3. Constructions levels of new homes are at an all-time 50 year low.  There are not enough new homes being built to meet the demands of the buyers.

4. Many buyers who want to trade up cannot find homes that meet their needs or their budget, due to an escalation of asking prices.

5. In some areas there are still a lot of foreclosures, which are not a good fit for first time home buyers or buyers who are wanting to trade up.

The good news is:

1. Many experts are speculating that there will be an increase in new home construction taking place in the second half of the year, continuing on into the next year. Increased inventory of new homes will entice people to make a trade up purchase; allowing them to feel more comfortable about putting their home up for sale.

2. Low inventory pushes prices to rise. Many of the homes that had depreciated are now worth more, enticing their owners to sell.

Since the landscape of the real estate market is always changing, contact me so that I can give you the most up-to-date information on buying and selling property in Brookline, the Back Bay, Newton and the greater Boston area.      

If you’re in the mood to do a little re-modeling, painting or upgrading at your home, you may want to make sure these renovations are adding to the value of your home.  If you are taking on these projects because you are getting ready to sell your home, that’s even more reason to make sure you are making changes that will increase your home’s value. Many times, homeowners make improvements to their residence without knowing the implications to its real-estate value. In other words—they may be busting the bank to “improve” their home without seeing any improvements in its selling price. By following these simple guidelines, you can assure that you are making smart home-improvements that will show when it’s time to sell.

The Kitchen

Functionality, space and aesthetics are the key selling points when it comes to the heart of your home. With a small budget you can upgrade the lights, cabinet door knobs and sink fixtures. Larger budgets, upgrade the cabinets by re- finishing, re-painting or replacing the doors on the cabinets. 

 

Upgrade the look of your Appliances

Buyers love to see matching appliances. It makes for a clean and cohesive look, giving your kitchen a feeling of order and symmetry. You can purchase new panels for most appliances— but before you purchase anything, take a look at the back of your appliance panels, they are usually black. If this is the color you’re looking for it won’t cost you a trip to the store.

 

Increase your Storage 

Most homes, especially older ones, never seem to have enough closets—or space within the closets—for storage. Look into purchasing a closet storage system, or go online to find companies that will help you customize your closet storage. Home Improvement retailers also carry many different types of home organizing systems for all budgets.  Most of these sites and stores have storage tips that will leave your home looking more open and organized: a memorable feature for potential home buyers.

 

Thinking of updating your home before you put it on the market? If you reside in the greater Boston area, Newton, Brookline or the Back Bay, contact me to discuss your options. I want to make sure you have all the information to make the best decisions on how to improve the value of your home.      

Eric Glassoff

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