Maureen Harmonay - Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage



Posted by Maureen Harmonay on 11/21/2017

An open house can be a life-changing event for a homebuyer. If you plan ahead for an open house, you should have no trouble determining whether a residence matches or exceeds your expectations. And if the answer is "Yes," you can proceed quickly to submit a competitive offer to acquire a house.

What does it take to prep for an open house? Here are three open house preparation tips that every homebuyer needs to know.

1. Understand Your Budget

Before you attend an open house, you should find out how much money is at your disposal. Thus, you may want to meet with banks and credit unions to see if you can get pre-approved for a mortgage. That way, you can kick off your home search with a budget in hand.

Although you know that you have only a certain amount of money to spend on a residence, it may be worthwhile to consider attending open houses for residences with initial asking prices that are above your price range. Because in some instances, a home seller may be willing to accept an offer that falls below his or her initial asking price.

2. Create a List of Questions

A home is one of the biggest purchases that a person can make, and as such, it pays to be diligent. If you craft a list of questions before an open house, you can get immediate responses from the showing agent. Then, you can determine the best course of action.

When it comes to an open house, there is no such thing as a "bad" question. As a homebuyer, it is paramount to get as much information as possible about a residence to determine whether a house is right for you. Therefore, if you create a list of questions in advance, you can improve your chances of getting the most out of an open house.

3. Consult with a Real Estate Agent

If you're uncertain about how to approach an open house, you're not alone. Fortunately, real estate agents are available nationwide who are happy to teach you the ins and outs of the real estate market. By doing so, these housing market professionals will make it easy to take an informed approach to any open house, at any time.

A real estate agent will always keep you up to date about new residences as they become available. Also, if you are interested in homes in a particular city or town, a real estate agent will notify you about open houses in this area. And if you need extra help prepping for an open house, a real estate agent is happy to assist you in any way possible.

Let's not forget about the support that a real estate agent provides throughout the homebuying journey, either. A real estate agent will help you submit an offer on a house, negotiate with a seller's agent on your behalf and much more.

Be diligent as you get ready for an open house Ė use the aforementioned tips, and you can fully prepare for an open house.





Posted by Maureen Harmonay on 11/16/2017


95 Williamsville Road, Hubbardston, MA 01452

Single-Family

$399,000
Price

11
Rooms
4
Beds
2
Baths
Gardeners' paradise on 25 acres of gardens, lawns, and fields, with apple & pear trees, a Concord grape arbor, raspberries, blueberries, rhubarb, and graced with virtually every perennial you can imagine, ever-blooming from spring through fall. The manor house is an authentically restored 19th century colonial with gorgeous wide pine or wood floors throughout, a country kitchen with handsome soapstone counters and a cast iron antique stove, a large walk-in pantry, first-floor laundry, french doors, a romantic clawfoot tub, and wood or pellet stoves for optimal energy efficiency. A huge light-filled bonus room with a separate staircase would make a perfect artist's or photograher's studio, while an attached workshop is set up for tinkering or even a future darkroom. The greenhouse has running water and electricity and a nearby post-and-beam barn offers possibilities for horses or other farm animals with lots of room to roam in the back fields.
Open House
No scheduled Open Houses

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Posted by Maureen Harmonay on 11/15/2017


35 Woodside Drive, Bolton, MA 01740

Single-Family

$725,000
Price

10
Rooms
3
Beds
3/1
Full/Half Baths
Privacy lovers paradise! Contemporary cape with high-class upgrades galore, nestled next to the woods and trails of the 187-acre Vaughn Hill Conservation area. Extraordinary eat-in country kitchen with fireplace, custom birch cabinets from Scandia Kitchens, granite counters, 9' island with cooktop and vegetable sink, subzero, and KitchenAid double ovens. A media room or library/office has new built-in bookshelves and french doors to a balcony overlooking a tranquil naturescape. This home offers two master suites--one on the first floor--to accommodate guests or inlaws. The newer 2nd floor master suite has radiant heat, two huge walk-in closets, and a lavish bath with a glass/tile shower, jacuzzi, double sinks, and heated towel racks. Hardwoods everywhere! There is a radiant-heated office or exercise room with mahogany built-ins in the finished lower level. The property is graced with lush perennial gardens and bordered by classic New England fieldstone walls.
Open House
Sunday
November 19 at 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM
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Posted by Maureen Harmonay on 11/14/2017

When you have hired a real estate agent to sell your home, you probably realize that while your realtor is the main ingredient in getting your home sold, there are things that you can do to help the process along and boost your chances of selling fast for a good price. Below, youíll find things that you can do as a seller to help in the process of getting your home sold.


Donít Be There During Showings


Do your best to get out of the house during appointments that are set up for home showings. The buyerís agent doesnít want you there. The showing agent doesnít want to feel awkward. Check your messages frequently and know when the home will be shown so you can plan accordingly. You donít want to hover around the potential buyers. The good news is that your agent will set up all of the appointments for you. The only thing you need to do is get out of the way and let the showings happen!


To Assist In Showings And Open Houses


Do:


Turn on all of the lights


It makes your home feel more inviting if people walk into a nice bright home.



Turn on your fireplace (if itís winter and you have one)


This adds an extra glow of warmth to the home and highlights one of the great features of your property.


Light some candles or spray some fabric refresher 


Depending upon what kinds of odors you may be dealing with, itís always good to make the home smell nice before showings. If you have pets, youíll want to try and mask that odor in order to keep buyers from being overwhelmed by one certain scent. 


Cage pets if they must be left in the house


You really should make an effort to get pets out of the house for an open house or a home showing. If you must leave your pets behind for some reason be sure that they are caged and out of the way. Many buyers wonít find pets to be welcoming. People could even have a fear of cats or dogs that may turn them off from the home completely. You donít want to take that risk.   


Clear walkways of snow, ice, yard debris, and other hazards


Safety is important when it comes to home showings and open houses. If people canít get up the driveway easily to enter the house because of snow, ice, and branches, your home wonít seem very inviting. 


Clear The Clutter


A Clutter-free home is a happily sold home

 

Clear your home of all clutter. You may not have time to give it a deep clean but you certainly should be ready to give the rooms of your house a once over. Pick up any loose papers that are hanging around. Get piles of clothing put away. Take out the trash. Wipe down the counters. There are tons of little things that you can do to clean up your home and make it look presentable for showings. 


By working alongside your realtor, your home sale should be very successful!  

    






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Posted by Maureen Harmonay on 11/7/2017

When a loved one needs a bit more help to get around the house, whether they have simple physical limitations or rely on the use of a wheelchair, youíre going to need to make some major changes both inside and outside the home. You may be overwhelmed with the idea that you need to overhaul your entire home in order to make suitable accommodations. The good news is that you can boost safety around the property and make your home easier for you or loved ones to get around without huge renovation projects that will take months at a time. Below, youíll find some of the most important projects that will need to be completed in order to make a home handicap accessible as well as safe and healthy.


Check The Doorways


If wheelchair use is part of the accommodation, youíll need to check the width of the doorways. Some doorways may need to be modified in order for wheelchairs to move freely about the home. Widening doorways can cost anywhere between $500-$1,000 to complete depending on where the throughway is in the home. 


Adjust The Showers


The safest way to make a shower handicap accessible to is make it a walk in tub or a wheelchair accessible tub. Depending upon the extent of the accommodations that are needed, you can go a cheaper route and install a bench seat in an existing shower. Hand rails can also be added to the tub for extra safety.


Think Of The Entire Bathroom


The simple addition of grab bars can make a big difference in the safety of a bathroom. Make sure that the bars are installed in easy to reach places. Also any supplies that are needed in the bathroom like soaps, shampoos, and toothpaste should be easy to reach. A toilet riser can also be considered to help people who have issues bending down in order to make the toilet easier to use. 


Donít Forget The Kitchen     


The kitchen should be a place where accommodations for handicap individuals are definitely present. First, all supplies should be easy to reach. Next, appliances should be adjusted accordingly. Grab bars should also be installed in the kitchen to make safety a priority and accessibility easy.


Install Ramps


Whether or not a disabled person uses a wheelchair, installing a ramp can make a huge difference in the home for a disabled individual. Converting stairways to ramps actually isnít as expensive as you might think it would be, with costs starting at just $100 for a basic ramp. Custom ramps can run a bit more expensive- as much as $1,000. These make it easier for disabled people to get in and out of the home or around the inside of the home with ease. The total cost can vary based on the size of the ramp and the type of materials being used.


Mind The Floors


To make a home handicap accessible, thick carpets should be removed. Any types of flooring that make it hard to maneuver a wheelchair or walker should be modified.




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