Christine Sosa - RE/MAX On The River



Posted by Christine Sosa on 5/14/2018

Finding the right house that meets your family's needs is an important decision; it's one that can affect the quality of your life for years to come. That's why it's especially important to be in a focused, resourceful state of mind when house hunting. It's also helpful to have a clear idea of what you're looking for and have a system in mind for comparing the strengths and weaknesses of every house you visit.

Knowing What You Want

Chances are, you're going to approach your house search with some preconceived notions about features like the floorplan, bedrooms, and number of bathrooms. You may also have strong preferences for a particular school district, the size of the back yard, and proximity to neighbors. One thing's for sure: There are a lot of details on which you'll need to concentrate as you meet with your real estate agent and visit different homes for sale. While conditions are not always ideal for taking it all in, here are a few tips which may help you get the most from the experience.

  • Work from a checklist: Before plunging into a serious house-hunting campaign, it's a good idea to prioritize the features and characteristics you're looking for in a new home. Ideally, you should have a separate copy of the list for each home you visit and create a simple rating system for evaluating how well each property lives up to your expectations. Make note of your impressions and take a few photos of key rooms, such as the kitchen, master bathroom, or whatever areas are most important to you. As a courtesy, ask the real estate agent if they or the homeowner would mind if you took some pictures.
  • Arrange childcare if possible: When you're going over important details with your real estate agent or visiting a listed house for the first time, you'll be able to get more out of the experience if you can devote your full attention to it. Children, especially young ones, tend to be more focused on their own agenda, including hunger, boredom, sibling conflicts, and the impulse to wander off on their own to explore unchartered territory! When the opportunity arises to check out a potential new home, you'll want to have 100 percent of your mental and emotional resources available to appreciate and absorb all the details, nuances, and possibilities of a house that's for sale. Since "the best laid plans of mice and men often go awry", it won't always be feasible to arrange alternative (and sometimes last minute) childcare plans for your little ones. When it is possible though, you'll have more of your wits about you for the important task at hand.
  • While it's unrealistic to always expect house hunting to go smoothly and without a hitch, a focused and organized approach to finding the home of your dreams will always yield the best results!
     





    Posted by Christine Sosa on 5/12/2018


    20 Warren St, Newburyport, MA 01950

    Single-Family

    $699,000
    Price

    7
    Rooms
    3
    Beds
    2/1
    Full/Half Baths
    Stunning Antique home with all the modern amenities - Updated kitchen and bathrooms, central air, brand new windows and plantation shutters throughout, and 1st floor laundry! Great location just steps to Cashman Park, waterfront, downtown - Restaurants, shops, and plenty of fun filled activities. This lovely 3 bedroom, 2 1/2 bath Colonial has features such as exposed beams, wide pine floors throughout, 2 fireplaces, off street parking. You will love the bright and beautiful kitchen with large Island, stainless appliances, window seat with access to out side deck, sea shell patio and fenced in private back yard! Master suite with an amazing glass enclosed tile shower and antique marble double sink vanity. Another large full bath with claw foot tub and skylight. Walk up attic space has possible potential for future expansion if desired. Easy commute to Boston. Graceful and elegant, this is truly a very unique and special home.
    Open House
    Saturday
    May 12 at 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM
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    Location: 20 Warren St, Newburyport, MA 01950    Get Directions

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    Posted by Christine Sosa on 5/12/2018


    20 Warren St, Newburyport, MA 01950

    Single-Family

    $699,000
    Price

    7
    Rooms
    3
    Beds
    2/1
    Full/Half Baths
    Stunning Antique home with all the modern amenities - Updated kitchen and bathrooms, central air, brand new windows and plantation shutters throughout, and 1st floor laundry! Great location just steps to Cashman Park, waterfront, downtown - Restaurants, shops, and plenty of fun filled activities. This lovely 3 bedroom, 2 1/2 bath Colonial has features such as exposed beams, wide pine floors throughout, 2 fireplaces, off street parking. You will love the bright and beautiful kitchen with large Island, stainless appliances, window seat with access to out side deck, sea shell patio and fenced in private back yard! Master suite with an amazing glass enclosed tile shower and antique marble double sink vanity. Another large full bath with claw foot tub and skylight. Walk up attic space has possible potential for future expansion if desired. Easy commute to Boston. Graceful and elegant, this is truly a very unique and special home.
    Open House
    Saturday
    May 12 at 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM
    More Open Houses
    Cannot make the Open Houses?
    Location: 20 Warren St, Newburyport, MA 01950    Get Directions

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    Categories: Open House  


    Posted by Christine Sosa on 5/10/2018


    20 Warren St, Newburyport, MA 01950

    Single-Family

    $699,000
    Price

    7
    Rooms
    3
    Beds
    2/1
    Full/Half Baths
    Stunning Antique home with all the modern amenities - Updated kitchen and bathrooms, central air, brand new windows and plantation shutters throughout, and 1st floor laundry! Great location just steps to Cashman Park, waterfront, downtown - Restaurants, shops, and plenty of fun filled activities. This lovely 3 bedroom, 2 1/2 bath Colonial has features such as exposed beams, wide pine floors throughout, 2 fireplaces, off street parking. You will love the bright and beautiful kitchen with large Island, stainless appliances, window seat with access to out side deck, sea shell patio and fenced in private back yard! Master suite with an amazing glass enclosed tile shower and antique marble double sink vanity. Another large full bath with claw foot tub and skylight. Walk up attic space has possible potential for future expansion if desired. Easy commute to Boston. Graceful and elegant, this is truly a very unique and special home.
    Open House
    No scheduled Open Houses

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    Categories: New Homes  


    Posted by Christine Sosa on 5/7/2018

    As a homebuyer, you may want to consider the seller's perspective before you submit an offer to purchase your dream house. That way, you can boost the likelihood of receiving an instant "Yes" to your homebuying proposal.

    Now, let's take a look at three tips to help you analyze the seller's perspective.

    1. Review the Prices of Comparable Homes

    Once you find your dream home, you may want to take a look at the prices of comparable residences in the same city or town. This housing market data can help you narrow the price range for houses in a particular area.

    With insights into the prices of houses that are similar to your dream home, you can put together a data-driven offer to purchase. Perhaps best of all, you can avoid the risk of submitting a "lowball" homebuying proposal that misses the mark with a home seller.

    2. Assess the Housing Market

    The current state of the housing market may have far-flung effects on how much you should offer to pay for a residence.

    For instance, in a buyer's market, there is an abundance of available houses and a shortage of buyers. This often means buyers can browse dozens of outstanding houses and won't necessarily face steep competition to acquire the right residence at the right price.

    On the other hand, a seller's market favors sellers. It generally features an abundance of buyers and a shortage of top-notch residences. Therefore, if you're searching for a home in a seller's market, you may need to submit a competitive offer to purchase to secure your dream house.

    Review the housing market closely so you can differentiate a buyer's market from a seller's market. If you find houses are selling quickly at or above sellers' initial asking prices, you likely are operating in a seller's market. Or, if you find houses linger on the real estate market for many weeks or months and sell at or below sellers' initial asking prices, you may be working in a buyer's market.

    3. Collaborate with a Real Estate Agent

    A real estate agent is a homebuying expert who can provide you with housing market insights that you may struggle to obtain elsewhere. Plus, he or she can help you evaluate the seller's perspective so you can submit a competitive offer to purchase the home of your choice.

    Let's not forget about the assistance that a real estate agent provides throughout the property buying journey, either. A real estate agent can help you hone your home search and find your ideal residence in no time at all. Furthermore, if you have concerns or questions at any point during the homebuying journey, a real estate agent is ready to address them.

    Want to purchase your dream house at a price that matches your budget? Consider the seller's perspective you'll be glad you did. If you review the seller's perspective, you can craft a competitive homebuying proposal and move closer to acquiring your ideal house at a budget-friendly price.




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