Posted by Peggy Farber on 8/7/2019

There is a lot that goes into the buying and selling of a home Not only are there many steps to take but it can feel like there is a report for everything. It’s easy to forget what they are or why they are necessary.

Three processes that seem similar to home buyers are the home inspection, comparative market analysis, and the appraisal.

Here’s what each them is and how they are different:

First, let’s look at the home inspection.

The home inspection

What it is:

This is probably the one you are most familiar with and have heard the most about. During a home inspection, an inspector is paid to come and test all of the appliances, outlets, plumbing as well as the heating and cooling system.

What this information is for:  

This information is for you the buyer, It is to help make a well-informed decision as to whether the investment you are making is worth the current state of the home. Whether there be repairs that will have to be made or replacements that will need to happen down the line.

The custom market analysis or CMA

What it is:

A sales report your real estate compiles using data they have exclusive access to. This data is compiled into a database used solely by other real estate agents.

What this information is for:

A CMA is used by you and your agent to determine if an asking/selling price is fair. You’ll be able to compare the pricing to other listings and conclude whether it is higher, lower or on par with other offers. This is incredibly useful no matter which end of the spectrum you plan on selling or buying.

An appraisal

What it is: A licensed appraiser comes to visit the home and inspect it solely for value. This is determined by the location, state of and surroundings of the home. Your potential home will be compared to other similar properties in the area to come to a conclusive value.

What this information is for:

The final approval of your mortgage terms by your lender. If the determined value is much lower than your offering price you can be declined a mortgage.

As you can see, each of these processes has varying impact on the final purchase of your home. The information obtained from a home inspection is up to solely your discretion. That gathered from the CMA helps you to determine where the asking price of a home is sitting in comparison to others on the market. And in turn, whether you’ve got a really great deal on your hands or an inflated price. And lastly, perhaps the most important is the appraisal. The information gathered from this process is what your lender uses to determined whether or not to lend you the requested amount.




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Posted by Peggy Farber on 8/3/2019


40 Bradford Road , Brewster, MA 02631

Brewster (village)

Single-Family

$725,000
Price

2
Beds
4
Total Rooms
1
Baths
What a wonderful world you enter when you are part of the Brewster Park Club or as owners affectionately say ''BPC''. BPC is a unique community of cottages of varying sizes and ages all accessed by narrow roads reminiscent of and maintaining a hard to find character of old Cape Cod, where generations of families have whiled away the summers exploring building memory upon memory. The cottage sits very close to the private sandy beach on Cape Cod Bay. Other amenities, in addition to the bay beach, include tennis, recreational director for activities, a community club house, basketball court and baseball, all the things that have made Brewster Park a memorable experience year after year. Cottage improvements include bathroom upgrade; porch space, outdoor shower and stove insert.
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Categories: New Homes  


Posted by Peggy Farber on 7/31/2019

Moving can be fun, stressful, or both. If you and your family are moving soon, your mind might be racing with all of the preparations you need to make before the big day.

The best course of action is to start organizing and planning now so that you can rest easy the night before your move knowing that everything is accounted for.

In this article, we’ll show you how to do just that. We’ll talk about how to get the whole family involved in moving day, what to do with pets, and how to ensure the smoothest move possible so your family can look back on their first day in their new home with fond memories.

Getting organized

There are two key resources that you’ll need to make and refer back to as you prepare for moving day. You’ll need a calendar and a well-organised to-do list.

If you’re prone to depending on your smartphone, then it could be a good idea to add these items to your existing calendars and to-do list apps and sync them with your spouse and children. Most apps have this capability, making it easy to all stay on the same page.

Alternatively, you can use a physical calendar that it hung up in a highly visible area, such as on the refrigerator. Keep your to-do list next to it so you can cross off tasks as they’re accomplished.

On the calendar will be dates like calling your moving company for an appointment, closing on your new home, inspections, and confirming appointments with the movers and real estate agents. You’ll also want to pick a day close to your move to call and set up an appointment for utilities to be installed at your new home.

Getting the family involved

Every team needs a leader. If you’re leading your family through the moving process, it’s your responsibility to keep them in the loop. There may seem like an overwhelming number of tasks to achieve, but your family is there to help. Pick days to have your kids help you make boxes and pack the non-necessities.

You can make moving fun by “camping” inside your home for the last few nights. Since most of your belongings will be in boxes, it’s a fun excuse to set up a tent in the living room and take out the flashlights.

During the last day in your old house, make sure everyone has a survival kit filled with the items they’ll need when arriving at the new house. This includes toothbrushes, medication, phones and chargers, and other essentials.

Moving with pets

Moving can be even scarier for our pets than it is for us. There’s no way to explain to them what’s going on, and they’ll be looking to you for cues that everything is okay.

If you have a friend or relative who can take your pet to their home during the move it will make the moving process much easier--keeping track of a pet while you’re trying to carry boxes is no easy feat.

To ease your pet into their new home, take them to visit before the move if possible. Put some of their favorite toys or their bed and blanket in the new home so they’ll have some comforts for their first impression.


If you follow these tips you’ll be on your way to a fun, and mostly stress-free move into your new home with your family.




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Posted by Peggy Farber on 7/26/2019


30 Depot Street , Brewster, MA 02631

Brewster (village)

Single-Family

$975,000
Price

4
Beds
8
Total Rooms
3
Baths
Stunning, Extraordinary, Beautiful, Handsome, Incomparable..are words that barely begin to describe this historic Farmhouse treasure. Located on a perfectly level 1.3 Acres in the heart of Brewster. Lovingly rebuilt from the ground up with the utmost sense of style, and attention to even the smallest detail. The home functions as a Cape getaway and present like a loft in the city! A perfect blend of two desired lifestyles. There isn't anything to do except go to the market and stock up with cold drinks, groceries and then wander about the yard imagining all the things you can do..gardens, pool? Wood floors, up and down; gas fireplace in the living room; first floor laundry/mud room with separate entry. A spot to cherish. Click ''Virtual Tour'' below for Video, Floor Plan & Matterport
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Sunday
July 28 at 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Possibly what you have been looking for! Charm, location, beautiful 1.3 level Acre just waiting for your ideas! Close to the bike trail; Whitecaps Baseball; beautiful bay beaches and Brewster center.
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Posted by Peggy Farber on 7/24/2019


313 Nelson Street , Brewster, MA 02631

Brewster (village)

Single-Family

$1,549,000
Price

3
Beds
5
Total Rooms
2
Baths
You can ''sea'' forever in the front row seat provided with this 3 bedroom Cape overlooking the waters and the famous dandy Brewster tidal flats. Located in the desirable ''Halliday Acres'' where summer is quintessential Cape Cod. Owned and enjoyed by the same family since 1989, it's time and opportunity to begin to make your very own summer memories. Originally built in 1984, the kitchen, living and dining rooms are open and two big bay windows offer a breathtaking view of Cape Cod Bay. Property has a nice square shape with with beach grass to the edge of the rock revetment. Front yard is enhanced with split rail fence; all in all its a charmer to drive up to, for sure! Come, take just one look to see what updates you can make to make it your very own! Be ON that beach next summer!
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Saturday
July 27 at 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM
The view you thought only existed in your dreams! Be a part of the beauty of the ever changing bay...tidal flats, the tide changes sailboats and see clear to the Provincetown Monument!! A very special spot to start building your memories.
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