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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. 
 
 

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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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

Greater Boston Real Estate Expert

 

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