Posted by Kim Thomas on 11/13/2018

If you're planning on making the transition from apartment renter to homeowner in the near future, you can be sure that the experience will be both exciting and challenging!

While some first-time home buyers are fairly well prepared for the changes that accompany homeownership, others encounter a myriad of unexpected expenses, neighbor problems, and household emergencies. Keeping surprises to a minimum and knowing how to handle difficulties when they come up are two strategies for keeping your life on an even keel in your new home.

When taking your initial plunge into homeownership, here are a few things to keep in mind to avoid problems and get the most from your new home.

Budgeting for expenses: When you're a renter or living with your parents, three things you generally don't have to concern yourself with are home repairs, appliance replacement, and yard maintenance costs. The longer list of homeowner expenses that could take a bite out of your paycheck or bank account includes furnace and AC services, chimney cleaning, snow removal, landscaping, exterminator services, plumbing leaks, and lighting installation. Many first-time home buyers also need to buy items like a lawn mower, clothes washer and dryer, and furniture. Although you can delay or spread out some of these expenses, they do need to be considered when creating a household budget.

Privacy is a factor: Depending on the proximity of houses, the openness of your yard, and the extent to which you want to get to know your neighbors, you might find yourself wanting to have some fencing installed or privacy hedges planted. Ideally, these are alterations you'd want to have done shortly after you move in -- if not before. That way, next door neighbors will have less of a tendency to take it personally when you erect barriers between you and them. And speaking of privacy, curtains and blinds are often a priority that needs to be taken care of immediately. While some homes for sale may include window treatments, there's a good chance your home decorating shopping list may include curtains!

Neighbor relations matter: If you happen to have neighbors who are easy going, relatively quiet, and likable, then consider yourself very fortunate! Being a good neighbor is, of course, a two-way street, so try to keep your noise level down to a "dull roar" and be the kind of neighbor you'd like them to be! That's no guarantee, of course, that everyone's going to get along famously and be the best of friends, but mutual respect and showing a modicum of friendliness to neighbors does help establish a cordial neighborhood atmosphere.

By creating a realistic household budget, being neighborly, and factoring in your need for privacy, you can begin setting the stage for a satisfying and fulfilling homeowner experience.

Posted by Kim Thomas on 11/8/2018

In one of the most sought after neighborhoods close to the commuter rail this idyllic "estate-like" spacious Colonial style home resides! This home boasts 5 en-suite baths! It's just perfect for an in-law or for extended family living. The first two levels have multiple rooms leading to the spectacular outdoor grounds with a custom built, heated, in-ground pool & cabana/guest house and the second floor has the most amazing master suite with 2 full walk-in closets leading to a beautiful bathroom with granite & jacuzzi tub. Addition features include a stunning entry foyer, custom cabinet marble vanities, large bedrooms, hardwood floors, custom woodwork & detail throughout, full finished walk-out basement, first floor office, formal dining, 2nd and 1st fl. laundry, open floor plan with double sided gas fireplace in the living room and sun-filled gallery/sunroom. The outdoor space and outbuilding and attached 3 car garage are amazing. Superior commuter location!

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Posted by Kim Thomas on 11/6/2018

Both the traditional infrastructure and the original detached garage are reminiscent of a by-gone error. Add the four stall barn (bring the animals) and in-ground pool and you have the best of both worlds! . Located within walking distance to Main Street and quaint Assonet Village this wonderfully updated home has the framework to illustrate the configuration of an original 1900s masterpiece. Some eye-opening details include a newer family room addition with hardwood floors and fireplace, built-ins, and a first floor master bedroom which adds to the historical charm. There are two additional bedrooms upstairs, large kitchen with dining area, and a first floor laundry room which creates updated living space for gathering with family and friends. In addition, the private fenced in yard offers an oasis for relaxing by the pool surrounded by landscaped pavers, perennials, and a large garden area. This home needs very little attention to be brought back to the condition it deserves!

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Posted by Kim Thomas on 11/6/2018

This Multi-Family in New Bedford, MA recently sold for $255,000. This style home was sold by Kim Thomas - Realty One Group, LLC.

154 Branscomb St, New Bedford, MA 02745



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Well kept 2 family in excellent North end location!! This home offers low maintenance vinyl exterior, vinyl replacement windows throughout, a replacement roof (approx. 13 yrs old) w/ 30 yr architectural shingles, security systems in both units and off street parking. Both units have been de-leaded. The 1st floor apartment features 3 bedrooms, galley style kitchen, dining room and living room, beautiful woodwork and hardwood floors. The 2nd floor unit features 2 bedrooms, galley style kitchen open to dining area and a spacious double living room. Newly re-finished hardwood floors gleam along with fresh paint throughout the 2nd floor apartment.. This unit is currently vacant and ready for owner occupancy or rental income. A walk up attic entertains the possibilities for future expansion (possible cottage setup). Storage shed and partial fenced in yard are additional amenities to be enjoyed! With so much to offer this home is definitely a must see for owner occupants and investors!!

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Posted by Kim Thomas on 11/6/2018

A buyer's market can challenge even the most diligent home seller. Fortunately, we're here to help you stir up plenty of interest in your house, regardless of the current housing market's conditions.

Now, let's take a look at three tips to help you get ready to sell your residence in a buyer's market.

1. Assess the Housing Market

You know a buyer's market favors homebuyers over home sellers, but you still have no idea how this market operates. Fortunately, if you allocate time and resources to learn about the local real estate sector, you'll be better equipped than ever before to maximize the value of your home.

Take a look at the prices of recently sold houses in your city or town. That way, you can see how long these homes are generally available before they sell. You also can examine the sold prices of these houses to better understand how you should price your residence.

Furthermore, you should assess the prices of available houses in your city or town that are similar to your own. This housing market data can help you establish a competitive price for your residence from day one.

2. Perform a Home Inspection

A home inspection commonly is performed after a seller accepts a buyer's offer on a house. However, if you perform an inspection before you add your residence to a buyer's market, you can take a proactive approach to address various home problems.

During a home inspection, a property expert will examine your residence and detail his or her findings. You then can use the home inspection results to prioritize home improvement projects and upgrade your residence. As a result, you can enhance your house and find ways to differentiate it from the competition.

3. Consult with a Real Estate Agent

Selling a home in a buyer's market is exceedingly difficult, especially for those who choose to work alone. Thankfully, real estate agents are available to guide you along the home selling journey and ensure you can achieve the optimal results.

By hiring a real estate agent, you can receive extensive assistance at each stage of the home selling journey, even in a buyer's market. First, a real estate agent will learn about you and your home, as well as your home selling goals. This housing market professional then will offer recommendations to help you enhance your home and ensure it stands out to potential buyers. Next, a real estate agent will list your residence and host open house events and home showings. And if a buyer submits an offer on your house, a real estate agent will help you review this proposal and make an informed decision.

When it comes to selling a home in a buyer's market, there is no need to worry. Take advantage of the aforementioned tips, and you can separate your residence from the competition and boost the likelihood of a profitable home sale.

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