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Posted by Rachel (Hillman) Foy on 1/22/2020

While it's not always possible for conditions to be "perfect" when a real estate agent is showing a home for sale, things usually go more smoothly when homeowners are not present.

There are several reasons for this, including the fact that the family's presence at a real estate showing may make the prospect feel self conscious and uncomfortable.

Among other things, the potential buyer may feel like they're intruding and being an imposition. Some buyers also find it harder to concentrate on the many details they need to focus on to evaluate the home.

The ideal scenario happens when house hunters are able to picture themselves as the future owners of your home -- perhaps imagining what it would feel like to cook dinner in your kitchen, entertain guests in your living room, and relax on the back porch. However, when you and your family are there, it makes it more difficult for them to conjure up those images in their mind. So, to the extent that it's possible, it's often a good idea to take the kids out for ice cream or go on a short trip to the mall when a showing of your home is scheduled.

Granted, it may be a little inconvenient -- especially if the visit was set up at the last minute -- but you don't want to unintentionally dissuade someone from making an offer on your house. You never know what might "upset the apple cart!" There's a lot at stake and every prospect is a potential buyer.

Ideally, prospects should feel unpressured, unhurried, and free to express their opinions about what they're seeing. If they feel like they have to weigh their words carefully and be discreet about every reaction, then their discomfort may spill over into their feelings about the house, itself. Since buying a home is often an emotional decision, any negative feelings in the prospect could potentially derail the chances of a purchase offer being made.

Real estate agents not only serve as knowledgeable "tour guides" and objective sources of information for house hunters, but they're also there to accentuate the positive and minimize the negative aspects of a property. One of their main objectives is to put prospects at ease and help them appreciate all the desirable aspects of your home.

There are dozens of details, property features, unique attributes, and flaws that potential buyers are trying to assimilate and remember, so the fewer distractions there are, the better! That's why it makes sense to keep the atmosphere as uncomplicated as possible. It can be a bit of a delicate balance for real estate agents to maintain, but most have the training, experience, and finesse to keep things on an even keel and moving forward!





Posted by Rachel (Hillman) Foy on 1/18/2020


71 Neponset Ave, Boston, MA 02136

Hyde Park's Fairmount

Condo

$449,000
Price

6
Rooms
4
Beds
2
Baths
OPEN HOUSE SUN, Jan 19th, 11:30-12:30pm. TOP floor! Beautifully renovated condo in popular Fairmount Hill. All the rooms located on the top floor, except one bedroom is on the 2nd floor, perfect for a home office or bonus space. This unit features 4 bedrooms and 2 full bathrooms. The modern kitchen has new cabinets, granite counters, stainless appliances and room for a small dining table. Additional features: hardwood floors, replacement windows, in-unit laundry, fresh paint and updated lighting. Plenty of storage available in the basement. Enjoy the outdoors in the huge common back yard and patio area. Unit comes with 2 tandem parking spaces. Short walk to the commuter rail. Letter of Full De-leading Compliance issued in 2014. Pet friendly building.
Open House
Sunday
January 19 at 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM
Last unit left- top floor with 4 beds and 2 baths- Huge common yard, pet friendly!
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Location: 71 Neponset Ave, Boston, MA 02136    Get Directions

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Posted by Rachel (Hillman) Foy on 1/15/2020

Itís a difficult time to be a first-time home buyer. Post-recession buyers are wary--and for good reason--of how and when to save money for a down payment on a house. One thing to remember, however, is that itís always a good time to start saving.

In this article, weíre going to cover the four most useful methods of saving for a down payment on your first home. That way you can feel confident in taking the first and most important step toward homeownership.

Choosing the right savings account


Unlike riskier investments, a savings account is a safe and proven way of building interest and saving for a home. However, not all savings accounts are created equal.

Typically, brick and mortar banks offer interest rates that are low--the current national average is only about 0.06% annually. While these banks offer conveniences such as in-network ATMs and check-cashing, their physical locations make them expensive to run.

Enter the online bank. Since online banks donít have all of the costs associated with running branches, they can afford to offer better rewards--namely, high-interest returns on your savings accounts.

So, should you take all of your money out of your current savings account and transfer it to an online bank? Maybe. But letís talk about the benefits of having multiple savings accounts.

Open a dedicated account with automatic deposits

Saving isnít just difficult due to financial reasons. Managing money also takes time and effort. To simplify this process, itís preferable to direct deposit or automatically transfer a percentage of your weekly income into your down payment savings account.

While it may seem like pinching pennies at first, even small weekly deposits add up, and within a few years the compounding interest can earn you enough for a higher down payment than you thought possible.

Prioritize high-interest debt now

Have student debt or a car loan thatís keeping you from focusing on saving for a down payment? Oftentimes the best coarse of action is to aggressively pay off high-interest loans. In the long term, this will save you money that can then be used toward a down payment.

For debt that will take several years to pay off, consider refinancing for a lower interest rate, or consolidating your student loans. Speaking with a student loan adviser or financial planner is a good first step to take toward managing your debt.

Make a real budget

Most of us think of a verb when we hear the word ďbudget.Ē However, itís more useful as a noun.

Creating a real budget, whether itís in Excel, Google Sheets, or with the help of an app, having a budget you can refer to once a week is vital to making good savings decisions. It will help you monitor your spending and stay on top of your savings goals.





Posted by Rachel (Hillman) Foy on 1/14/2020


71 Neponset Ave, Boston, MA 02136

Hyde Park's Fairmount

Condo

$429,000
Price

4
Rooms
2
Beds
2
Baths
Easy to show- Beautifully renovated 2nd floor condo in popular Fairmount Hill. Step inside and you will quickly notice the gleaming hardwood floors and tons of natural light streaming through the many windows. The spacious master bedroom has an en-suite full bathroom with shower and laundry hookups.The modern kitchen has granite counters, stainless appliances and room for a small dining table. There is also a large second bedroom and another full bathroom. Plenty of storage available in the basement. Enjoy the outdoors in the huge common yard and patio area. Unit comes with 2 parking spaces. Short walk to the commuter rail. Letter of Full De-leading Compliance issued in 2014. Move in with time to enjoy the New Year!
Open House
Sunday
January 19 at 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM
Last unit left....come see this newly renovated unit that offers 4 bedrooms and 2 full baths. Great for an owner or investor! Huge shared yard and 2 off street parking spaces.
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Location: 71 Neponset Ave, Boston, MA 02136    Get Directions

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Posted by Rachel (Hillman) Foy on 1/9/2020


71 Neponset Ave, Boston, MA 02136

Hyde Park's Fairmount

Condo

$449,000
Price

6
Rooms
4
Beds
2
Baths
TOP floor! Beautifully renovated condo in popular Fairmount Hill. All the rooms located on the top floor, except one bedroom is on the 2nd floor, perfect for a home office or bonus space. This unit features 4 bedrooms and 2 full bathrooms. The modern kitchen has new cabinets, granite counters, stainless appliances and room for a small dining table. Additional features: hardwood floors, replacement windows, in-unit laundry, fresh paint and updated lighting. Plenty of storage available in the basement. Enjoy the outdoors in the huge common back yard and patio area. Unit comes with 2 tandem parking spaces. Short walk to the commuter rail. Letter of Full De-leading Compliance issued in 2014. Pet friendly building.
Open House
Sunday
January 12 at 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM
Last unit left!! Top floor unit with many updates throughout! 4 beds, 2 baths and off street parking....perfect for owner or investor!
Cannot make the Open Houses?
Location: 71 Neponset Ave, Boston, MA 02136    Get Directions

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Tags: Real Estate   Condo   Open House   Boston   02136  
Categories: Open House  




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