Posted by Mary-Lou McDonough on 10/14/2019

It’s a competitive selling market and we all know how difficult it can be to entice buyers with your home.

There are a number of ways to highlight the best features of your house. From staging to great real estate photos, marketing your home is a key aspect to ensuring a sale.

However, sometimes sellers miss out on opportunities to give their home a competitive edge in the housing market.

In today’s post, we’re going to talk about some of the features in homes that are major selling points for today’s average buyer. That way, you’ll be able to update your listing and materials so that everyone who looks at your home knows exactly what it has to offer.

1. Location and convenience

Odds are you can find some major location selling points for your home if you think about it. Is your home near grocery stores, hospitals, parks, or major highways? Does it lack the rush hour traffic that other neighborhoods have?

Just because you’ve gotten used to the convenient location of your home doesn’t mean it won’t be appreciated by your potential buyers.

2. Low upkeep and utility costs

If you live in a newer home in your neighborhood, there’s a good chance it will beat out much of the local competition in energy efficiency and maintenance costs. If you’ve recently upgraded energy-related parts of your home (think windows, HVAC, insulation, etc.), you should highlight these upgrades in your listings.

This is also a good time to show off your utility savings. Many utility companies show you how much you spend compared to your neighbors. If your home is energy efficient, don’t be afraid to show off in your listing.

3. Storage space

Ever notice how self-storage facilities seem to be popping up just about everywhere? Storage space is a huge concern for homeowners and buyers alike.

Make sure your photos and listings reflect the amount of storage your home has.

4. Major upgrades

If you’ve recently replaced the septic system, roof, windows, HVAC or other major upgrade, be sure to list the date and cost of the system in your listing. They can help assure potential buyers that they won’t need to make any costly upgrades or repairs anytime soon.

5. Pet and smoke-free

If your home is free of any odors or signs of pets or cigarettes, it will likely be a plus for buyers who are only focusing on homes that are clean and move-in ready.

6. Natural lighting

If your home has a lot of windows or skylights, be sure to include them in your photo and listing. Natural lighting can dramatically improve real estate photos, and it will make your home seem more spacious and welcoming.





Posted by Mary-Lou McDonough on 10/7/2019

Searching for the ideal home is an exciting adventure, but it can also be fraught with setbacks, delays, and disappointments. With a little preparation, however, you can avoid many of the potential pitfalls that could happen along the way.

One of the secrets of successful house hunters is to adopt a positive attitude, but temper it with a dose of realism.

Flexibility is also important, but it pays to be steadfast about your absolute requirements, also known as your "must have" list.

To help ensure a successful house hunting experience, here are a few of the key attitudes and qualities that are worth taking inventory of and cultivating.

Persistence: Although it does happen, it's unlikely that the house of your dreams is going to show up at the beginning of your search. As seasoned house hunters know, it's not unusual to have to look at dozens of houses for sale before finding just the right one. But even when you've reached that turning point, there still may be obstacles, hurdles, and challenges to deal with. The perfect example is a bidding war. What if you're all ready to make an offer on the ideal house, but it turns out that one or more other buyers have their sights set on that same house? That can not only be stressful, but it can stretch your housing budget to its outer limits (and beyond)! On one hand, you have to be willing to walk away from a property that would leave you "house poor", but on the other hand, you may want to consider pursuing a real estate deal that's on the high end of your budget, but financially doable. Working with a knowledgeable real estate agent who's a skilled negotiator can help give you an edge when you're confronted with a so-called "bidding war."

Optimism: If you view house hunting as a process which will eventually produce your desired outcome, then you'll be a lot more motivated to go the distance, rather than lower your standards or give up entirely. A positive attitude will help you overcome setbacks, identify workable solutions, and recognize opportunities when they present themselves.

Organization: Whether you prefer the idiom "The devil is in the details" or "God is in the details," the lesson is still the same: Small details can have a big impact. Staying goal-oriented and organized can help propel you forward and avoid frustrations. Knowing your credit score, establishing a realistic housing budget, and scheduling meetings with mortgage lenders will help you stay on course, be prepared, and steer clear of unnecessary delays. It also helps to take notes, create lists, and follow a daily or weekly action plan.

Buying a house is an important priority which can affect the quality of your life in many ways. By staying organized, focused, and positive about your search, your chances of success will be enhanced many times over.




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Posted by Mary-Lou McDonough on 10/3/2019


249 Worthen Road E, Lexington, MA 02421

Single-Family

$798,000
Price

7
Rooms
3
Beds
1/2
Full/Half Baths
Cherished and maintained by the same family since the year it was built, this immaculate home is ready for the next owners to make their own memories. Enjoy living on one of Lexington's peaceful and widest tree-lined streets with sidewalks on both sides. A true walking neighborhood of connecting side streets may be enjoyed even during the winter weekdays since the nearby school has priority with town plowing! The main level offers a spacious living room with brick fireplace, dining room, eat-in kitchen, three bedrooms, and two baths. The lower level provides a family room with built-ins and second fireplace, a half bath, and a large laundry/utility room with exterior access. Most notable in a home at this price point is the two-car garage with interior access and a maintenance-free deck providing a wonderful outdoor space for entertaining, dining or just relaxing with your morning coffee. A commuter's dream location with easy access to Alewife, Route 2, and public transportation.
Open House
Saturday
October 05 at 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Nice well built home at a great price!
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Posted by Mary-Lou McDonough on 10/3/2019


249 Worthen Road E, Lexington, MA 02421

Single-Family

$798,000
Price

7
Rooms
3
Beds
1/2
Full/Half Baths
Cherished and maintained by the same family since the year it was built, this immaculate home is ready for the next owners to make their own memories. Enjoy living on one of Lexington's peaceful and widest tree-lined streets with sidewalks on both sides. A true walking neighborhood of connecting side streets may be enjoyed even during the winter weekdays since the nearby school has priority with town plowing! The main level offers a spacious living room with brick fireplace, dining room, eat-in kitchen, three bedrooms, and two baths. The lower level provides a family room with built-ins and second fireplace, a half bath, and a large laundry/utility room with exterior access. Most notable in a home at this price point is the two-car garage with interior access and a maintenance-free deck providing a wonderful outdoor space for entertaining, dining or just relaxing with your morning coffee. A commuter's dream location with easy access to Alewife, Route 2, and public transportation.
Open House
Saturday
October 05 at 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Nice well built home at a great price!
More Open Houses
Cannot make the Open Houses?
Location: 249 Worthen Road E, Lexington, MA 02421    Get Directions

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Posted by Mary-Lou McDonough on 10/2/2019


249 Worthen Road E, Lexington, MA 02421

Single-Family

$798,000
Price

7
Rooms
3
Beds
1/2
Full/Half Baths
Cherished and maintained by the same family since the year it was built, this immaculate home is ready for the next owners to make their own memories. Enjoy living on one of Lexington's peaceful and widest tree-lined streets with sidewalks on both sides. A true walking neighborhood of connecting side streets may be enjoyed even during the winter weekdays since the nearby school has priority with town plowing! The main level offers a spacious living room with brick fireplace, dining room, eat-in kitchen, three bedrooms, and two baths. The lower level provides a family room with built-ins and second fireplace, a half bath, and a large laundry/utility room with exterior access. Most notable in a home at this price point is the two-car garage with interior access and a maintenance-free deck providing a wonderful outdoor space for entertaining, dining or just relaxing with your morning coffee. A commuter's dream location with easy access to Alewife, Route 2, and public transportation.
Open House
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