Here’s What Affects Your Home Value

You may have looked up what the estimate of your home’s value is online. This is purely a number based on what other homes in the neighborhood are selling for. There are some obvious factors that you need to know to calculate your home’s value. These include: how many bedrooms, how much square footage and how much land the home resides on. There are some not so obvious factors that are included in calculating the value of a home. Here’s some things that typically affect a home’s value:

The Street Name

As bizarre as this sounds, it’s true. Whatever suffix that your street name ends in can have an impact on the price of a home. “Street” is less expensive than Boulevard, Road or others. You may even be lucky enough to live on Park Place or Boardwalk!   

Your House Number

People have superstitions and varying beliefs. Whether it’s numerology or the fact that you live at an infamously unlucky number house, buyers will be less attracted to your place. This is another one of the stranger factors you must keep in mind when it comes to valuing your home. 

The Neighbors

If you live close to any neighbors, they will play a factor in how much you can get for your home. If your next door neighbor has strange taste in paint color or has built an eccentric shrine in his front yard, potential buyers may be turned off. You can’t pick your family. However, if you’re moving you do have a say as to what kind of neighbors you’ll surround yourself with. Be prepared for this to affcet your home value if this is the case.   

Trees

Did you know that trees increase the value of your property? When properties are being built, trees are often cleared away. If you have trees around your property that have grown, you’ll find that you can get a bit more for your home. Want to add value to your home? Get planting!   

Crown Moldings Are King

People love crown molding. You can put in crown molding as an easy way to add value to your home and be more attractive to buyers. While buyers look for high ceilings, crown molding can certainly be a deal breaker. 

Your Hobbies Are A Buyer’s Hobby

If you have anything in your home that buyers love, they’re more likely to want to buy the home. If you’re a huge football fan, and a buyer comes along with matching interest, you could add some more attention to your home. The reason is that buyers can easily see themselves there due to the shared interest. But, this also has a reverse effect. Not everyone is a football fan. If you want to appeal to a larger pool of buyers, (which you probably do) you may want to get the extensive hobby paraphernalia out of your home before it’s shown.

A Crime On The Property

If there was a death on the property or a significant crime, people will be turned off. This will significantly affect the value of your property. You’ll most likely have to reveal the death or the crime in the buyer’s disclosure as well based on legal requirements. 

What’s Nearby?

Whatever is nearby could have a significant effect on your home’s value. Whichever kind of grocery store or restaurants are nearby can really help the value of your home. People love their daily coffee! If there’s a unique coffee shop down the street, or a popular grocery chain, you could be looking at potential gains on the value of your home.

How to Cut Back on Your Monthly Expenses

We live in a time when there are countless services from which to choose. From streaming video services, to grocery home delivery, there is no shortage of choices when it comes to finding entertainment and services.

In today’s post, we’re going to talk about some of the ways you can save money each month. Whether you’re saving up for a big purchase, or you just want to spend less on your monthly expenses, this article is for you.

Entertainment costs

If you’re a fan of movies, books, music, or video games, then you likely know how quickly these expenses can add up. New books and movies can cost up to $30. And video games much higher, at around $60 per game.

Monthly services have made these expenses easier to access and seemingly less expensive. However, if you’re paying for Netflix (TV and movies), Spotify (music), Audible (audiobooks), and Xbox Live (games), then you could be spending over $50 per month on entertainment alone. That adds up to around $600 per year.

To cut down on those entertainment expenses you have a few options.

  • Check to see if you qualify for discounts. Many times, customers offer introductory rates, student and senior discounts to encourage people to sign up. If you don’t meet those requirements, check for any coupons that might be available online. If you studied at college at some point in your life and still have access to your .edu email address, you might be able to take advantage of college discounts for a number of services.

  • Get a library card. There’s a lot more than books at your local library. Audiobooks, the latest video games, recently released movies, and even music can all be found amongst the stacks of your local library. Better yet, most libraries are connected regionally. So, if there’s a particular title you’re looking for but your library doesn’t have it, they will ship it *for free* to your library.

  • While you’re at the library… weekend entertainment for the family can be pricey as well. The library has you covered here as well. Libraries often offer free or discounted passes to local museums and attractions.

Slash your utility bills

Utilities can be a daunting bill to receive in the mail each month. You might not know what to expect each month due to fluctuations in usage and weather. That uncertainty is cause for stress for many homeowners.

There are, however, a few ways you can save on your monthly utility bills.

  • Go solar. Solar panels are more efficient and easier to access than ever. Better yet, leasing programs allow you to install rooftop solar without putting any money down. If panels on your roof aren’t your thing, you can look into off-site solar to power your home. It works just like rooftop solar without the eyesore.

  • Still paying for cable? It might be time to cut the cord. You can find most TV shows on Netflix or Hulu these days. And if you pay for cable for the news channels you might be surprised to find that many major stations stream their newscasts live on their websites.

  • Make your home energy efficient. For under $100, you can upgrade your light bulbs, insulate your windows (for the winter months), and purchase power strips that will allow you to turn off several devices at once that might otherwise be using electricity on standby.

Another Property Sold – 27 Meadow St Marlborough, MA

This Single-Family in Marlborough, MA recently sold for $385,000. This Colonial style home was sold by – Coleman & Sons Real Estate.








27 Meadow St,



Marlborough, MA 01752

Single-Family

$385,000
Price

$385,000
Sale Price

5
Rooms

3
Beds

1/1
Full/Half Baths

Views all day long! Perched above Fort Meadow Reservoir, this home has a great deck that faces the water, and neighborhood residents have access to the private docks. Completely updated in the last 6 years, it has 1.5 baths, a one-car garage, and a very private backyard away from the afternoon sun. The storage building above the garage could be converted into a great space for a playroom, an artist, yoga studio, or used simply for storage. This may be the perfect condo alternative! This home is in "move in" condition and is a great value.

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Don’t Get Scammed When You Sign a Mortgage

Retailers aren’t the only ones experiencing deep change brought on by advancing technology, particularly growing online consumer sales. Realtors and independent home buyers and home sellers are also being impacted by technological changes.

Why you shouldn’t trust every mortgage deal

More people are turning to online reviews, home sale videos and temporary and permanent house Internet companies to rent, buy and sale houses. Gone are the days when people declared that they wouldn’t share their banking, debit card or credit card information over the Internet.

As larger numbers of people conduct their personal business online, including engaging in online dating, concerns about sharing financial details with strangers may be decreasing. Dating scammers, fake retailers, hackers and unscrupulous reviewers aren’t the only ones who are taking advantage of the unsuspecting.

Dishonest mortgage brokers are taking people’s money via mortgage scams. Unlicensed mortgage  brokers may advertise that interest rates on their mortgages are lower than what you’d find at a bank. They also might tell you that you’re cleared for a mortgage even if you don’t have money for a down payment.

Other ways that mortgage brokers scam house buyers

If you go through with the mortgage, you could end up paying more closing costs. By that time, the mortgage broker will already have your attention and perhaps even your trust. Because these brokers are great communicators, they may have an answer for each question or concern that you raise.

Protect yourself by checking mortgage brokers’ licenses. Also, ask mortgage brokers for referrals. It’s also a good idea to ask reputable mortgage lenders about brokers you’re thinking about a buying a house through. As with many other industries, the mortgage industry is small enough on a city by city basis to allow lenders and realtors to get to know each other.

Other ways to protect yourself from mortgage scams include not signing a mortgage that is said to not require closing costs. If a retail mortgage lender or a mortgage broker tells you that they can get you a mortgage regardless of your credit history, think twice before you work with the lender.

Mortgage scams turn into nightmares

Run if a mortgage broker you have never met ask you to wire them your down payment. Some people poise as legitimate mortgage brokers, showing off fake properties, just so they can get access to your money or your private financial records. Visit houses that you are considering buying in person. Work with reputable lenders.

As with payday loans, auto insurance predators and credit card predators, a mortgage scam may sound great at the start. But, it doesn’t end that way. You may be told that you don’t have to pay closing costs or put a down payment on a mortgage and end up paying exorbitantly high interest rates on your monthly mortgage. You also might get roped into signing a mortgage with an adjustable interest rate, the type of growing mortgage interest rate that can put a house out of your financial reach years after you buy the house and move in.