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Posted by Rachel Hillman Foy on 8/16/2017

Buying a new home is an exciting prospect. Touring a house can feel like walking around your favorite store, picking out all of the things you love. It's easy to get distracted by things like fresh paint or nice furniture and forget to look for important structural aspects of the home that can make or break a deal. Most sellers will be honest and straightforward with you about the state of the home. In some cases, they are required by law to inform you about costly issues with the home (lead paint or sewage issues, for example). Other times, a seller is under no legal obligation to inform you about potential problems with the home. In these instances, you'll need to rely on your own senses. To help you out, we've compiled a list of the top ten red flags to beware of when buying a home.

  1. Fresh paint  It's common practice when selling a house to put a fresh coat of paint on the walls. It's an inexpensive way to spruce up the home for potential buyers. Sometimes, however, the paint is used as a quick fix for hiding more serious issues. Water damage, mold, and mildew can all be covered up, momentarily, by a coat of paint.
  2. Strong odors We say "strong" rather than "bad" odors because sometimes someone selling a home will try to mask bad smells with air fresheners or candles. Bad smells in a house can be the result of plumbing issues, humidity, indoor smokers, water damage, pet urine, uncleanliness, and any number of undesirable things.
  3. Bad roofing Missing, broken or stacked shingles are all signs that the roof is in need of repair--a costly fix you probably want to avoid if buying a new home.
  4. Cracked foundation A damaged foundation could be a sign of serious structural problems with the house. Especially in sloped areas, cracked foundations can lead to water damage in the basement.
  5. Poor wiring  Don't be afraid to ask to test out the lights and outlets in a home or take a look at breaker boxes. Flickering lighting and faulty outlets are signs that a home is in need of electric work.
  6. Pest issues  Many people underestimate the power of insects when it comes to damaging a home. Wood-eating termites and carpenter ants can both devastate the structure of a home and usually results in an expensive repair. Noticing ants is a huge red flag, but if you suspect a home could have an infestation for any reason try to get it inspected by a pest control firm before you make the deal.
  7. Locked doors and off-limit rooms  When touring a home there should be no areas that you aren't allowed to see. A locked door or "do not enter" sign are all red flags that the seller may be hiding something in that room.
  8. Leaking faucets Small plumbing issues like leaky faucets or toilets that run excessively are signs that there could be even larger issues with the plumbing in the house.
  9. Deserted neighborhood Multiple homes for sale in the neighborhood, deteriorating buildings and closed businesses are all signs of a problem neighborhood. It could be due to economic issues or a decaying community, but either way these are things you'll want to consider before moving into a new neighborhood.
  10. Defective windows  Windows that are sealed shut, fogged up, or won't open or close are all signs of costly repairs. You're going to depend on windows for the security of your home, lighting and aesthetic, and to a minor degree for retaining heat. They should all function properly.





Posted by Rachel Hillman Foy on 8/12/2017


40 Dexter Street, Waltham, MA 02453

Rental

$2,500
Price

7
Rooms
3
Beds
2
Baths
Commuter open houses 8/14 and 8/15, 5:30pm-6:30pm. Steps to Moody street! Don't miss your chance to rent this 3 bedroom plus office, 2 bath apartment which encompasses the 2nd and 3rd floors of a two-family. Bonus space with enclosed sun room and lots of closets for extra storage. Large eat-in kitchen with stainless gas range, dishwasher, and fridge plus garbage disposal and lots of cabinet space. Separate dining room with built-in china hutch and sun drenched living room complete this wonderful apartment. 2 off street parking spaces. Huge basement space for storage and washer and dryer included. 1 mile to the commuter rail station, easy access to 90 and 95, easy walk to restaurants/night-life on Moody Street. Cats allowed (sorry, no dogs). No smoking. Broker fee equal to one month rent to be paid by tenant.
Open House
Monday
August 14 at 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM
First showing of this great 2 level apartment available Sept 1.....fantastic 3-4 bedroom apartment with 2 parking.
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Posted by Rachel Hillman Foy on 8/12/2017


40 Dexter Street, Waltham, MA 02453

Rental

$2,500
Price

7
Rooms
3
Beds
2
Baths
Commuter open houses 8/14 and 8/15, 5:30pm-6:30pm. Steps to Moody street! Don't miss your chance to rent this 3 bedroom plus office, 2 bath apartment which encompasses the 2nd and 3rd floors of a two-family. Bonus space with enclosed sun room and lots of closets for extra storage. Large eat-in kitchen with stainless gas range, dishwasher, and fridge plus garbage disposal and lots of cabinet space. Separate dining room with built-in china hutch and sun drenched living room complete this wonderful apartment. 2 off street parking spaces. Huge basement space for storage and washer and dryer included. 1 mile to the commuter rail station, easy access to 90 and 95, easy walk to restaurants/night-life on Moody Street. Cats allowed (sorry, no dogs). No smoking. Broker fee equal to one month rent to be paid by tenant.
Open House
Monday
August 14 at 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM
First showing of this great 2 level apartment available Sept 1.....fantastic 3-4 bedroom apartment with 2 parking.
More Open Houses
Cannot make the Open Houses?
Location: 40 Dexter Street, Waltham, MA 02453    Get Directions

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Posted by Rachel Hillman Foy on 8/11/2017


40 Dexter Street, Waltham, MA 02453

Rental

$2,500
Price

7
Rooms
3
Beds
2
Baths
Commuter open houses 8/14 and 8/15, 5:30pm-6:30pm. Steps to Moody street! Don't miss your chance to rent this 3 bedroom plus office, 2 bath apartment which encompasses the 2nd and 3rd floors of a two-family. Bonus space with enclosed sun room and lots of closets for extra storage. Large eat-in kitchen with stainless gas range, dishwasher, and fridge plus garbage disposal and lots of cabinet space. Separate dining room with built-in china hutch and sun drenched living room complete this wonderful apartment. 2 off street parking spaces. Huge basement space for storage and washer and dryer included. 1 mile to the commuter rail station, easy access to 90 and 95, easy walk to restaurants/night-life on Moody Street. Cats allowed (sorry, no dogs). No smoking. Broker fee equal to one month rent to be paid by tenant.
Open House
No scheduled Open Houses

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Posted by Rachel Hillman Foy on 8/9/2017

Buy A common misconception amongst the general public is that using a real estate agent when purchasing a home will be costly. What consumers don't realize is that they won't actually be saving themselves any money by foregoing the use of a buyer's agent. Buyers may inaccurately assume that they'll get a better deal by working directly with the listing agent of a specific property they're interested in, rather than by adding a buyer's agent to the mix. This belief is grounded in the ideology that if there's only one agent involved, only one agent is being paid. While this is true, the money-saving theory behind this type of one-agent-transaction is being misconstrued. There is, in fact, only one agent being paid, in this case the listing agent, however, this agent will receive the full commission from both sides of the negotiation. The same monetary value is wielded whether one agent or two agents are involved in the contract making this alleged shortcut inconsequential. The drawbacks of dealing directly with a listing agent as a buyer, are however, substantial. The listing agent is contractually obligated first and foremost to the seller. The listing agent represents the seller's best interests by law. By hiring a buyer's agent, buyers are actively ensuring that their best interests are not an afterthought, and are on the contrary, of the utmost importance to their agent. If you are a potential buyer, looking to purchase a new home or make a real estate investment, allow a real estate agent to act on your behalf. A successful buyer's agent is not only obligated, but happy to hold you, the buyer, as his or her number one priority in every part of the purchasing process. As your buyer's agent, my job would be to help you, help you. How can I help you today?







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