A Common-Sense Approach to House Hunting

When buying a house, especially your first home, it’s all too easy to make impulsive decisions and fail to “see the forest for the trees.”

Although it’s impossible to ignore your emotional reactions to a house for sale, it’s vital to look at the big picture and make sure there are no red flags being ignored or glossed over.

For example, if the foundation of the house looks unstable or the surrounding neighborhood is showing signs of deterioration, it’s ultimately not going to matter how much you love the layout of the kitchen or the convenience of a first floor laundry room. Major problems can overshadow the desirable features of a home and have long-term implications on your finances (and sanity).

Even though the future marketability of a house may be the last thing on your mind when you’re searching for your next home, it’s a factor worth giving some serious thought to. When that aspect of home ownership is overlooked, it could result in headaches and possible financial loss down the road. While real estate generally has a tendency to appreciate in value over time, there are exceptions.

The good news is that many potential problems can be prevented by combining common sense with the advice of qualified professionals, such as an experienced, certified property inspector. If you’re wondering what’s covered in a typical home inspection, the American Society of Home Inspectors offers this overview: “The standard home inspector’s report will cover the condition of the home’s heating system; central air conditioning system (temperature permitting); interior plumbing and electrical systems; the roof, attic and visible insulation; walls, ceilings, floors, windows and doors; the foundation, basement and structural components.”

So while inspectors can’t look behind every wall or accurately predict the remaining lifespan of an existing HVAC system, they can provide you with a lot of valuable tips, recommendations, and insights into the condition of a house for sale. Working with a top-notch real estate (buyer’s) agent will also help you avoid many of the potential pitfalls of buying a home.

While nobody wants to move into a “money pit,” the likelihood of finding a home that’s absolutely perfect and doesn’t need any repairs, updates, or improvements is extremely low. Home buyers who are too focused on perfection may eventually realize that their standards are unattainable. A successful search for a new home hinges on the ability to distinguish between a minor cosmetic problem, such as an unappealing paint color, and a major problem, like a basement that floods regularly or a roof that’s been compromised by storms, falling branches, or long-term neglect.

Although home buyers have differing expectations when it comes to repairs, remodeling, decorating, and renovations, one thing’s for sure: Everyone wants to add their own personal touches to a new home and make it feel and look like their own!

16-18 Oak Hill Rd Waltham, MA 02451 now has a new price of $674,900!








16-18 Oak Hill Rd,



Waltham, MA 02451

Multi-Family

$674,900
Price

2
Units

1,830
Approx. GLA

Highly desired Highlands neighborhood This solid well-maintained home, with a 2-stall garage is a must see. Second floor apt has a great view of Boston Seller has never lived in the property, however it has been in the same famliy since the 1960's Natural woodwork in most of the home is a real plus (KItchens have been painted ) cosmetic work needed Great Location to public Transportation, Highways, shopping, restaurants, prospect hill park . Property is now vacant and easy to show

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Enjoy a Fast, Successful Homebuying Experience

Let’s face it – all homebuyers want to enjoy a fast, successful property buying experience. Yet transforming this vision into a reality can be difficult for first-time and experienced property buyers alike. Lucky for you, we’re here to help you streamline the homebuying journey.

Now, let’s take a look at three tips to help you enjoy a seamless homebuying experience.

1. Understand the Challenges Associated with Pursuing a Home

Planning ahead for the homebuying journey generally is a good idea. That way, you can identify potential homebuying hurdles and resolve these issues before they escalate.

Oftentimes, it helps to craft a homebuying strategy. This plan enables you to map out each stage of the homebuying journey, and by doing so, prepare for any challenges that may come your way.

You also may want to create a list of homebuying criteria. This list will make it simple to narrow your house search, and as a result, ensure you can discover your ideal residence without delay.

2. Get Your Finances in Order

You know you want to purchase a house, but you still have no idea about how you will pay for a residence. Fortunately, if you get pre-approved for a mortgage, you can enter the real estate market with your finances in order.

To get pre-approved for a mortgage, you should meet with banks and credit unions. These financial institutions can explain the differences between fixed- and adjustable-rate mortgages and help you determine which mortgage option best suits your individual needs.

Furthermore, you should review all of your mortgage options closely. Because if you understand your mortgage options, you can make an informed mortgage selection that will serve you well for years to come.

3. Hire an Expert Real Estate Agent

If you want to simplify the homebuying journey, you should hire an expert real estate agent. In fact, with an expert real estate agent at your side, you can get the help you need to quickly and effortlessly make your homeownership dream come true.

A real estate agent is a homebuying professional who is happy to share his or her expertise with you. Therefore, if you have any concerns or questions during the homebuying journey, a real estate agent can respond to them immediately. And if you are uncertain about how to proceed at any point during the homebuying journey, a real estate agent can offer data-driven recommendations as well.

Let’s not forget about the assistance that a real estate agent can provide when you decide to submit an offer to purchase a home too. At this time, a real estate agent will help you put together a competitive homebuying proposal. And if your offer is accepted, a real estate agent will help you finalize your house purchase. Or, if your proposal is rejected, a real estate agent will help you reenter the real estate market.

Take the guesswork out of acquiring your dream house – use the aforementioned tips, and you can boost the likelihood of enjoying a fast, successful property buying experience.

94 Bishops Forest Dr Unit 94, Waltham, MA 02452 has an Open House on Saturday, Nov 17, 2018 at 12:00 PM








94 Bishops Forest Dr,



Waltham, MA 02452

Condo

$684,000
Price

5
Rooms

3
Beds

3
Baths

Highly coveted, luxury Exeter ranch style condominium end-unit @ Bishops Forest located in Wayside Village. Care free single level living at it's finest! Large open floor plan features first floor master suite with walk in shower, dual sink vanity, as well as 2 walk-in closets. Kitchen features granite counter tops, stainless steel appliances, ample cabinet space, pantry and sun-drenched dinette nook. Cozy wood burning fireplace in living room with cathedral ceilings and hardwood floors. The generous dining area includes a slider leading directly to the private deck. A fully finished lower level offers significant additional private living space: huge family room, kitchenette w/island, bedroom, and full bath. Absolutely perfect for guests. The attic provides massive storage accessed via a full set of pull down stairs. Additional amenities include direct entry one car garage, central A/C, security system and more. This is the unit you've been waiting for, don't miss out!

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November 17
at
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