Posted by Peggy Farber on 5/23/2018

Purchasing a home may prove to be an arduous process, particularly for those who fail to plan ahead for the property buying journey. Thankfully, there are many quick, easy ways to streamline the homebuying cycle.

Now, let's take a look at three tips to help you become a smart homebuyer.

1. Study the Real Estate Market

A smart homebuyer realizes the housing market fluctuates constantly. In fact, a real estate market that favors sellers today may favor buyers tomorrow, or vice-versa. But if a homebuyer reviews the housing sector closely, he or she can differentiate a buyer's market from a seller's market and plan accordingly.

Oftentimes, it helps to analyze the prices of recently sold houses in your preferred cities and towns. This will enable you to see whether houses are selling at or near their initial asking prices. It also will allow you to find out how long homes are available before they sell.

2. Obtain Home Financing

A smart homebuyer understands the importance of getting a mortgage before he or she pursues a residence. Thus, this buyer will meet with lenders and get pre-approved for home financing to further accelerate the homebuying journey.

Generally, it won't take long to get pre-approved for a mortgage. Banks and credit unions employ friendly, knowledgeable mortgage specialists who can help homebuyers quickly analyze various home financing options. These specialists can teach you about a broad array of mortgage options and help you weigh the pros and cons of different mortgages. Then, once you evaluate all of your mortgage options, you can select a mortgage and kick off the homebuying journey with a budget in hand.

3. Hire a Real Estate Agent

A smart homebuyer knows that working alone to find and purchase a house can be difficult. Therefore, this buyer will allocate time and resources to hire a real estate agent who can provide comprehensive assistance throughout the homebuying journey.

Typically, a real estate agent is a must-have for a homebuyer, regardless of the current housing market's conditions. A real estate agent understands the ins and outs of the housing sector and is happy to share his or her expertise with any homebuyer, at any time.

When it comes to navigating the homebuying journey, a real estate agent is ready to help you in any way possible. For instance, if you need help finding a residence in a particular city or town, a real estate agent will make it simple to narrow your house search. On the other hand, if you want to buy a new house as quickly as possible, a real estate agent will ensure you can discover your dream residence on your timeline. Best of all, a real estate agent will respond to any of your homebuying concerns and questions and help you make informed decisions at each stage of the homebuying cycle.

Enter the housing market as a smart homebuyer – use the aforementioned tips, and you can increase the likelihood of enjoying a successful homebuying journey.




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Posted by Peggy Farber on 5/18/2018

This Single-Family in Brewster, MA recently sold for $550,000. This Contemporary style home was sold by Peggy Farber - oldCape Sotheby’s International Realty.


43 North Pond Drive , Brewster, MA 02631

Brewster (village)

Single-Family

$589,000
Price
$550,000
Sale Price

8
Total Rooms
4
Beds
2/1
Full/Half Baths
What a gem nestled into the landscape and fronting on beautiful Blueberry Pond, a spring fed 25 acre great pond having an average depth of 10 feet and maximum depth of 24 feet and an unlimited depth of fun! The house is a treasure with open living concept, big bright windows and sliders opening to a wrap around deck a first floor bedroom with bath, den and half bath and wood floors.The garden walkout level has a sitting room, three additional bedrooms, bath and big laundry room. Sliding glass doors open straight to the path to the pond. Paved driveway, brick path, covered entry porch and exterior storage shed. Title V septic inspection completed and passed. You are ready to go for summer of 2018. Rental history.

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Posted by Peggy Farber on 5/16/2018

Curb appeal, the illusive secret weapon that enamors potential buyers from afar and draws them into your home. There have been several attempts to nail down the “secret formula” for curb appeal.

In reality, the best approach to improving your home’s presentation from outside is to take the time to consider what fits.

In this post, we’ll give you some budget ideas to help you find the curb appeal boosters that will match with your home.

1. Fresh paint

One well-known curb appeal strategy is to repaint some of the notable components of the outside of your home. The places that have to most impact?

  • Front door - a front door that pops, but that also fits with the style of your home and complements its main color will make your home stand out from the neighbors.

  • Shutters - repainting your shutters is another inexpensive area to add some color to your home. However, be wary of choosing bright colors for your shutters if they’re going to clash with or disrupt the overall style of your home.

  • Mailbox - a neglected, dented, and a dirty mailbox is a huge turn off for potential buyers. Buying a new one, or adding a fresh coat of paint to your old one that matches one of the highlight colors of your home, can be a great way to add a sense of continuity to the exterior of your house.

2. Sparse decorations

Just like the inside of your home, less is often more when it comes to decoration. There are a number of things to add to your yard that will improve its overall presentation. But, just be sure that it doesn’t appear out of place or tacky. A single, small, and brightly colored bird house in a tree is usually a safe bet.

3. Simple landscaping

There’s no need to hire contractors for elaborate landscaping or to purchase expensive plants and shrubbery. A well-manicured yard is enough to make your home stand out. And, remember that potential buyers will most likely be looking for a home that is low-maintenance. A simple lawn and walkway say just that.

Also be sure to trim and prune your current trees, bushes, and flowerbeds. You might find that a cleanup is all they needed to be impressive once more.

4. Pressure washing

Most of us grow accustomed to how our home looks and might not notice the accumulation of dirt on the siding. By hiring or renting a pressure washer for a day, you’ll be able to update a number of aspects of curb appeal. From siding and decks to walkways and driveways, you can cover a lot of square footage with a pressure washer.

One note on pressure washers: the better ones can be dangerous. That means hiring a professional could help get the best results for your money. Also, while you can buy a pressure washer, you might find that for the amount you use it, it’s easier just to hire or rent every few years.




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Posted by Peggy Farber on 5/15/2018


287 Wauquanesit Drive , Brewster, MA 02631

Brewster (village)

Condo

$699,000
Price

5
Total Rooms
2
Beds
2/1
Full/Half Baths
Water water everywhere! You have the sun in the morning and the moon at night! A dramatic two story entry foyer welcomes you to a beautiful open floor plan with kitchen, dining and living all open to the other yet uniquely their own space; high ceilings, transom windows above the sliders The kitchen has been beautifully re-done; the living room features a fireplace and sliders that open to a private deck. The master bedroom is en suite and enjoys a peek of the bay from its' private deck. The guest bedroom is lovely and enjoys a peek of Cobb's Pond. A center hall bath serves the guest bedroom and the laundry. Enjoy the private bay beach & walking trail along the edge of Cobb's Pond. Clubhouse, tennis and gorgeous new pool! NOTE: photos 6-11 are virtual decorated rooms for decorating ideas.
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Saturday
May 19 at 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM
The ONLY condominium available at Cobbs Pond on the bay. No other setting like it on a beautiful 25 acre site in between Cobbs Pond and Cape Cod Bay. Amenities are private bay beach; tennis courts, clubhouse. Very low turnover in this highly desirable comm unity of just 32 classy condominiums. Doubl
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Posted by Peggy Farber on 5/14/2018


404 Harwich Road , Brewster, MA 02631

Brewster (village)

Single-Family

$1,100,000
Price

10
Total Rooms
5
Beds
4
Baths
Hydrangea lined drive is your first welcome to this gorgeous home on an estate like setting in the heart of Cape Cod. This perfect location is within minutes of Cape Cod Bay, The famous Brewster General Store on historic Route 6A and Route 6 for easy access from off Cape. After a full day exploring tidal pools on renowned Brewster tidal flats, grill up a special meal for your family and dine al freso on the covered veranda, with lights and ceiling fans. Fun for everyone is roasting marshmallows at the fire pit. The outdoor space is special with the covered veranda, patio, sweeping flat lawn, custom Walpole outdoor shower and custom designed post & beam studio. Convenient to everything, well done and best of all, a spot for family gatherings. Did I mention the 1 bedroom apartment? Darling!!
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May 19 at 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
All the right space inside and out for all family and friends gatherings, special events or just sitting back roasting marshmallows at the fire pit after a day at the beach. Beautiful grounds; under cover outdoor dining on the stone veranda with casablanca fans overhead and recessed lighting. All the ingredient for making memory after memory.
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