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Posted by Marianne Avila on 2/18/2018

As you prepare to embark on the homebuying process, you may encounter a variety of homebuying myths. And if you believe these myths, the risk increases that you may be forced to deal with many problems along the homebuying journey.

Now, let's take a look at three common homebuying myths, along with the problems associated with these myths.

1. Buying a house is a quick, stress-free process.

The homebuying process may prove to be long and arduous, particularly for a first-time homebuyer. Fortunately, real estate agents are available to help you simplify the process of acquiring a top-notch residence at a budget-friendly price.

A real estate agent understands the challenges associated with buying a house. As such, he or she can help you identify and address these problems before they escalate.

Typically, a real estate agent will learn about what you want to find in your dream house and help you plan accordingly. With this approach, a real estate agent will ensure that you can enjoy a fast, worry-free homebuying experience.

2. Getting a mortgage won't take long at all.

There are many factors that will dictate your ability to acquire a mortgage that matches or exceeds your expectations. For instance, your credit score, income and outstanding debt will impact a lender's decision to provide you with a mortgage. And if you have experienced financial problems in the past, they may impact your ability to acquire a mortgage today.

It generally helps to get pre-approved for a mortgage before you enter the housing market. Because if you have a mortgage in hand, you can narrow your house search.

Also, it may be beneficial to shop around for a mortgage from several banks and credit unions. If you explore all of the mortgage options at your disposal, you can select a mortgage that suits your finances perfectly.

3. The first home that you see in-person likely will be the house that you'll end up purchasing.

The homebuying process offers no guarantees. And if you expect to buy the first home that you view in-person, you ultimately may be disappointed with the final results of your home search.

Oftentimes, it is a great idea to check out a wide range of houses. By conducting an in-depth home search, you can select a house that fulfills all of your homebuying demands.

As you search for a home, you may want to work with a real estate agent too. This housing market professional can set up home showings and keep you up to date about open house events.

Furthermore, a real estate agent is happy to provide homebuying recommendations and suggestions. He or she will do whatever it takes to help you find a terrific residence, as well as negotiate with a seller's agent on your behalf to ensure you won't have to pay too much to acquire your ideal house.

The aforementioned myths can be harmful to any homebuyer, at any time. If you hire a real estate agent, however, you can learn the ins and outs of the housing market and avoid potential hurdles throughout the homebuying journey.




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Posted by Marianne Avila on 2/13/2018

Stunning! Welcome to Birch Hill Estates! Situated on a beautifully landscaped lot, this 4 BR, 2204 sq ft spectacular Colonial in desirable CGS School district. You will fall in love with the 1st flr open concept space w/laundry & bath. The Living Room offers built-in cabinetry, pillar, wainscoting & French door off of the foyer leading to a lovely kitchen with lots of cabinets, granite Center Island & counters, SS appliances with bump out area complete with an atrium door leading to a magnificent fenced stone patio. Pillars separate the DR from the lovely Family Rm with gas Fireplace. 2nd floor presents a full BA, 4 spacious BRs including a soaring master suite w/vaulted ceiling, walk-in closet & master BA. Newer heating system plumbed for 3 zones, central air, gleaming hardwd floors throughout, 2 car garage, shed, energy saving solar panels, security system, exceptional landscaping, stunning wooded views. A great home for entertaining family and friends.

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Posted by Marianne Avila on 2/13/2018


6 Maple Ridge Road, Methuen, MA 01844

Single-Family

$552,000
Price

8
Rooms
4
Beds
2/1
Full/Half Baths
Stunning! Welcome to Birch Hill Estates! Situated on a beautifully landscaped lot, this 4 BR, 2204 sq ft spectacular Colonial in desirable CGS School district. You will fall in love with the 1st flr open concept space w/laundry & bath. The Living Room offers built-in cabinetry, pillar, wainscoting & French door off of the foyer leading to a lovely kitchen with lots of cabinets, granite Center Island & counters, SS appliances with bump out area complete with an atrium door leading to a magnificent fenced stone patio. Pillars separate the DR from the lovely Family Rm with gas Fireplace. 2nd floor presents a full BA, 4 spacious BRs including a soaring master suite w/vaulted ceiling, walk-in closet & master BA. Newer heating system plumbed for 3 zones, central air, gleaming hardwd floors throughout, 2 car garage, shed, energy saving solar panels, security system, exceptional landscaping, stunning wooded views. A great home for entertaining family and friends.
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Please join us to view this spectacular Colonial situated in Birch Hill Estates and part of the desirable CGS School district. Please contact Marianne Avila at (978) 984 - 3188 with any questions.
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Posted by Marianne Avila on 2/13/2018


6 Maple Ridge Road, Methuen, MA 01844

Single-Family

$552,000
Price

8
Rooms
4
Beds
2/1
Full/Half Baths
Stunning! Welcome to Birch Hill Estates! Situated on a beautifully landscaped lot, this 4 BR, 2204 sq ft spectacular Colonial in desirable CGS School district. You will fall in love with the 1st flr open concept space w/laundry & bath. The Living Room offers built-in cabinetry, pillar, wainscoting & French door off of the foyer leading to a lovely kitchen with lots of cabinets, granite Center Island & counters, SS appliances with bump out area complete with an atrium door leading to a magnificent fenced stone patio. Pillars separate the DR from the lovely Family Rm with gas Fireplace. 2nd floor presents a full BA, 4 spacious BRs including a soaring master suite w/vaulted ceiling, walk-in closet & master BA. Newer heating system plumbed for 3 zones, central air, gleaming hardwd floors throughout, 2 car garage, shed, energy saving solar panels, security system, exceptional landscaping, stunning wooded views. A great home for entertaining family and friends.
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Posted by Marianne Avila on 2/11/2018

Estimating the market value of your home isn't a precise science. There are several factors that go into assessing the value of a home and the process is complicated by changes in the market that can sway home prices in either direction. Since homes are so expensive and are such a huge investment, the pragmatist and worrier in us all wants it to be a clear cut decision backed up by facts. Unfortunately, no two people will ever arrive at precisely the same number for the value of a home. The good news is that you can use this ambiguity to your advantage when bargaining with prospective buyers. To learn more about the six main factors that determine a home's value, read on.

Condition

Homebuyers don't want to walk into what could be their new house and discover months of expensive repairs and upgrades waiting for them. Especially for busy, young professionals there is great appeal in a home that is move-in ready. If your home needs some work, it will knock off some digits from your asking price.

Location

We would all love to say that having a home near the ocean or the mountains is our top priority. But, let's face it--having a place that is close to your work and that is in a good school district will probably take precedence over our daydreams. Location factors that add value to your home could include close proximity to schools, shopping, highways, and other amenities. However, if your home is far away from them or is in a neighborhood that appears run-down or dangerous you will find the value of your home decreasing. An easy way to get a ballpark figure for your home value is to look up the value of other comparable homes in your neighborhood.

Age

Age is just a really expensive number. For some, buying an old home is a dream they've always had. Old homes have character and offer challenges when it comes to DIY repairs and renovations. For others, an old home means more headaches and more expensive utilities if it's drafty or outdated.

Features

Curb appeal is important, but once your prospective buyers are inside you'll have to keep them around with great, convenient household features. Lots of storage space, updated kitchens with new appliances, finished basements, or a beautiful backyard with a view can all add thousands to a home value.

Size

Square-footage is important to many homebuyers. In spite of the current trends around minimalism and being eco-friendly, the numbers show that Americans are buying increasingly larger homes and vehicles.

Market

You've probably heard the terms "buyer's market" and "seller's market" thrown around in conversations about real estate. They are essentially descriptions of the supply and demand of homes. Many buyers with few homes means you're in a seller's market, whereas a surplus of vacant homes and few prospective buyers means it's a buyer's market. This is closely tied to location, different cities and suburbs experience different rates of growth and decline depending on the local economy.




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