Austin Realty Group

Posted by Austin Realty Group on 5/21/2019

There is a science to selling your home at the best price and within the shortest period of time, but it's not always an exact science!

Although you can't control market conditions, seasonal fluctuations, or the condition of your neighbors' property, you are still in the driver's seat when it comes to pricing, curb appeal, and the interior condition of your home.

Assuming there's no legal snags or major "red flags" about the condition or appearance or your home, the selling price you set may make the difference between a fast sale and house that lingers on the market for months on end. Many house hunters and (all) real estate agents are quite savvy about property values and real estate prices. If the selling price of your home is based on emotional factors or the amount of money you need to get back in order to purchase your next house, then there's a good chance you'll be pricing yourself out of the market. That's where your real estate agent comes in. They will help you set a realistic asking price that will favorably position it to similar properties in your neighborhood and community.

While everyone wants to get the maximum return on their real estate investment, there's usually a limited amount of "wiggle room" between the appraised value of your home and the amount of money a potential buyer would be willing to pay for it. Since it may be difficult for you, as a homeowner, to be objective when determining a realistic price for your home, it's often beneficial to have a comparative market analysis done by a real estate agent or professional appraiser.

Another reason for consulting with professionals involves the need to be objective about home improvements. Some home sellers have a difficult time accepting the fact that their asking price can't always reflect the full cost of recent home improvements. Home additions, updates, and recent remodeling work can have a positive impact on your home's asking price, but it's usually not a dollar-for-dollar return on investment.

If you're preparing to put your house on the market in the near future, it pays to do a little online research, have your property professionally appraised, and/or work with a real estate agent who will do a comparative analysis of your home's value. Other things you can do to increase the likelihood of getting your home sold quickly include a thorough top-to-bottom cleaning, applying a fresh coat of paint where needed, and "staging" your home to appeal to the widest variety of potential buyers. While that might include making some major changes to your home's décor, its landscaping, or even furniture arrangement, the rewards of a speedy sale often justify the effort and short-term inconvenience of getting your home ready for the close scrutiny of house hunters, home inspectors, and buyers' agents!

Posted by Austin Realty Group on 5/15/2019

Highly sought after neighborhood conveniently located off the Concord Road exit near the Bedford line. White cabinets in kitchen with lots of storage space and gas cooking. Beautiful hardwood floors on 1st floor. Feel the warm breezes on the 3 season sun porch. 3 nice sized bedrooms all with hardwood floors. Relax in the lower level family room complete with full bath and bar area that opens to a gorgeous private 3/4 acre lot. A great place to call home and raise a family. Enjoy the many fine restaurants and shopping areas. Conveniently located near major routes.

More Info on this Property | New Listing Alerts

Posted by Austin Realty Group on 5/14/2019

Upscale location and rare find for this freshly painted rambling Ranch. Enter into a mud room from 2 car garage or the spacious covered porch that could easily be screened for the summer weather. Eat-in kitchen with lots of cabinets and built-ins overlooks the wooded private 3/4 acre lot. Relax in the newly carpeted fire placed living room. 4 good sized bedrooms with parquet flooring. Main bath is complete with full tub and separate shower. On the lower level you will be pleasantly surprised to see a newly carpeted family room with fireplace. Architectural updated roof. Located close to Lahey Medical Center and Burilngton Mall. Enjoy the many new restaurants and shopping areas Burlington has to offer. Convenient distance to all major routes.

More Info on this Property | New Listing Alerts

Posted by Austin Realty Group on 5/14/2019

Gorgeous lot surrounds this spacious Split Entry in a family neighborhood close to schools and major routes. Recently professionally painted interior in all rooms. Gleaming hardwood floors have been refinished to give this home an updated appeal. Cozy updated eat-in kitchen opens to an enclosed seasonal porch that overlooks private back yard. Formal fire-placed living room and dining room open for entertaining. All bedrooms have hardwood floors and ample closet space. Master bedroom complete with 1/2 bath. Lower level offers a fire-placed family room with new carpeting. An additional room on lower level great for a guest bedroom or office. Perfect location convenient to shops and restaurants.

More Info on this Property | New Listing Alerts

Posted by Austin Realty Group on 5/14/2019

Moving to your new home can either be a fun experience or a very stressful time, depending upon how you choose to manage it. Deliberately preparing yourself for the entire process is one definite way of making sure that the moving experience is a fun one for you. Follow these simple ideas to change your home with ease.

  • Find a moving company: Unless you insist on doing the move yourself, you might be better off with a professional moving company. Ask for good recommendations and decide on one mover that is well within your budget. Schedule a date for the moving with the company when you finally pick one. You can begin this about two months before you have to leave, to give you enough time to wrap up the process.
  • Sort and purge: Decide what you want to move to your new home. Some items will probably be too old or useless where you are going too, so you should sell, give to your neighbors or donate to charity. During this period, you should also work on exhausting things that you won't move, such as perishable food items or cleaning supplies. Ideally, you should start doing this about six weeks before your moving date.
  • Start Packing: At about a month to your moving date, you should start packing your non-essential items into boxes. Things that you don’t use frequently should be the first to go in your boxes. Make sure you mark each carton with a label that identifies what is in the box and what room it's going to in your new home. As your move date draws nearer, pack everything you no longer need until you settle in at your new home at once.
  • Clear out your home: If you have storage facilities outside your current home, like a garage or shed, you should start clearing them out for the move. You want to avoid forgetting something that might turn out to be very important. Wash, dry and pack up all your clothing too. Don't forget to return any items you may have borrowed from neighbors in the past.
  • Final arrangements: In the last days before you leave, go round your house a few times to be sure you are not leaving anything behind. Pack a night bag that you can live out of, pending when you finally settle in at your new home. If using professional movers, ask them for wardrobe boxes to make it easier to unpack your clothes when you arrive. If you need recommendations on moving companies, ask around at the next neighborhood meeting. 

With a plan of action like this, changing your home would not be stressful. Your realtor makes it even less stressful by helping you time closing and moving dates.

Tags: moving tips   new home   family  
Categories: Uncategorized