Dorrinda O’Keefe-Shea - CENTURY 21 Toomey-Lovett, Inc Centurian 2012 Top Producer Diamond Award


If you're in the process of preparing your home for the real estate market, get ready to roll up your sleeves and make your home as irresistible as possible!

While this may sound like an enormous undertaking that you don't have the time or energy to tackle, remember one thing: When you put your home up for sale, there's a lot at stake!

Generally, the longer your house stays on the market, the less marketable it becomes. If potential buyers learn that your house has been on the market for longer than, say, a few months, one of the first questions they'll ask or think will be "What's wrong with it?" Once questions like that start arising, the overall appeal of your home begins to decline. As you can imagine, your ability to get the highest possible price for your house also weakens over time. That's why it's important to do everything possible to enhance the look and feel of your home.

Home Staging Counts

Although effective home staging can be a crucial aspect of selling your house quickly, there is a point at which diminishing returns may come into play. Few home sellers have unlimited time and money to invest in staging their home, and it's easy to go above and beyond what's actually necessary to secure a buyer.

There are dozens of variables that affect a house selling strategy, including the real estate market and the condition of your home. If it's a "buyers' market" and there are a lot of comparable houses for sale in your neighborhood, then you might have to work a little harder to make your home stand out and attract offers. If you're fortunate enough to be in a desirable area and not facing a lot of competition from other home sellers, then the law of supply and demand should work in your favor! However, it's still important to make the most of your property's curb appeal and the overall appearance of your home's interior.

The cost of home staging can range from a few hundred dollars to thousands, but your real estate agent can provide invaluable guidance on how to cost-effectlively maximize the "eye appeal" of your house and property. While perfection is generally an unattainable standard in home staging (or anything else), optimal results only come from putting your best foot forward.

Several words to remember and be guided by when preparing a house for sale are "immaculate", "spotless", "manicured" (lawn), "fresh" (looking and smelling), "updated", "well-maintained", and "charming". If prospective buyers are using those words and phrases to describe your home, then you know you're on the right track! Your agent can provide you with helpful insights and suggestions for making a great impression on potential buyers -- without having to spend more on home staging than necessary!



4 Hastings Rd, Spencer, MA 01562

Single-Family

$239,900
Price

6
Rooms
3
Beds
1
Baths
1880's Antique Cape with hardwood floors and first floor bedroom and bath! Spacious eat-in kitchen is bright and sunny with exterior exit. Lovely wrap around Farmers porch to enjoy the private back yard. With 3 bedrooms , 1 bath and a full basement for storage this home has plenty of room. Den area could easily be converted to an office space for anyone working from home . This home feels very private and has an Antique Arts and Craft feel about it with all the beautiful woodwork. Close to town and major routes for your convenience. You will fall in love with this home the minute you walk in !
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This Single-Family in Ware, MA recently sold for $200,000. This Cape style home was sold by Dorrinda O'Keefe-Shea - Century 21 NS Group.


9 Bellevue Avenue Ext, Ware, MA 01082

Single-Family

$195,000
Price
$200,000
Sale Price

5
Rooms
3
Beds
1
Baths
This two story Cape home offers country living without the land to upkeep. Comfortable in design and offering lots of possibilities, this three bedroom cape has a first floor kitchen, livingroom, bath and 2 bedrooms. 2nd floor has a bedroom and the possibility of a 4th bedroom ready to be finished! You will love the eat in kitchen. Large living room with Bay window lets the sun stream in. Hardwood floors under the carpet on the first floor. Basement area has a bar area for entertaining, laundry and shower and workshop area. One car garage under with interior entrance to basement . 200 amp electrical service, central air, town water and sewer.Walking distance to downtown area and Grenville Park , Minutes to Rt 9 and a short commute to Ma Pike! This a Super Buy in this market. Run don't walk before it is gone!

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Contingencies on a contract to buy a home are there to protect both the buyer and the seller. The contingencies give the buyer the right to back out of the contract if any of these contingencies aren’t met. There are many reasons that buyers back out of deals including financial issues and problems with the home. Below, you’ll find a break down of some of the most common contingencies and what they mean for you as a buyer or a seller.   


Financing Contingency


Most home contracts come with what’s called a financing contingency. This gives you the ability to walk away from a deal if the financing falls through when trying to buy a home. Usually this is due to a credit reason or some other financial reason. You can’t rely on financial cracks to help you to back out of a deal on a home. Lenders will only deny a loan for real financial reasons. There’s no way to ask a lender to lie for you so you can get out of buying a home! This is why you need to make your decision about a home purchase wisely.   



Inspection Contingency


This gives the buyer the right to have an inspection on the home within a certain time frame which is usually 5-7 days. If something is really off with the inspection that you as a buyer don’t feel comfortable with, you have the right to back out of a deal without repercussions. While seller disclosures are important, the seller can’t disclose what they don’t know about. That’s why the home inspection is so important. The seller’s disclosure cannot protect you from hidden damages that may cost half of a home’s worth to repair.   


Appraisal Contingency


If homes are selling fast and you want some secure way to back out of a deal you should consider an appraisal contingency. If the home you want to purchase doesn’t appraise at a price high enough to meet your mortgage requirements, you have a legal way to back out of the deal. For example, if you put down 20 percent of the purchase price of a home and the home doesn't appraise for the value of that purchase price, you’d need to come up with the remainder of the money in cash. An appraisal contingency protects you from having to face this. You’ll still need to have a home inspection done on the home to search for any problems, but an appraisal contingency protects you from any problems with financing and your own disposable amount of cash that could arise due to a home appraising low. 


While contingencies aren’t necessary as a homebuyer, they’re highly recommended. Without contingencies, you could be left with a number of expenses such as damages that are extremely costly to fix.



103 Washington St, Warren, MA 01083

Single-Family

$339,900
Price

7
Rooms
3
Beds
2
Baths
Charming, traditional colonial in Warren with everything on your wish list..3 bedrooms, 2 full baths and 2.4 acres plus a two car garage! This beautifully cared for home features a light and bright living room with wood burning fireplace, kitchen with stainless appliances and dining area with sliders for access to back deck. Family room and full bath round out the first floor. The second floor has 3 bedrooms plus a full bath, Master Suite has a huge walk-in closet you will love! So much space for all of your entertaining needs! Large two car garage with ample storage. Recent plumbing updates,Last year New Roof, Heating system upgraded to digital and burner rebuilt, New driveway black toped 2018, new concret walk way installed 2019 plus deck and water filtration system have all recently been updated approx 2017! Just minutes away from all major routes and with plenty of space for someone working virtually from home 103 Washington is ready for it's New Owner!
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