Posted by Mary-Lou McDonough on 9/4/2019


11 Hickory Hill Road, Wayland, MA 01778

Single-Family

$888,000
Price

9
Rooms
4
Beds
2
Baths
Newly renovated expanded Cape located on a peaceful cul-de-sac in a sought-after North Wayland neighborhood. Elegant living room with granite surround fireplace, wall of custom built-ins and a sunny bay window opens to an intimate dining room. Open-concept kitchen offers white cabinetry, granite counters, stainless steel appliances and a warm maple-topped island with seating. Adjoining family room with bay window provides access to the charming three-season porch where you'll enjoy serene views of the private, fenced rear yard and conservation land beyond. A tiled bath and two bedrooms complete the first level. The second floor offers two bedrooms and another newly renovated bathroom. The lower level features an expansive recreation room with exterior access, a large storage space, and a mudroom with walls of built-ins leading to a two-car garage with extra storage. The interior is freshly painted in a tranquil palette and offers hardwood floors throughout. Nothing to do but move in.
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September 07 at 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM
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Posted by Mary-Lou McDonough on 9/4/2019


11 Hickory Hill Road, Wayland, MA 01778

Single-Family

$888,000
Price

9
Rooms
4
Beds
2
Baths
Newly renovated expanded Cape located on a peaceful cul-de-sac in a sought-after North Wayland neighborhood. Elegant living room with granite surround fireplace, wall of custom built-ins and a sunny bay window opens to an intimate dining room. Open-concept kitchen offers white cabinetry, granite counters, stainless steel appliances and a warm maple-topped island with seating. Adjoining family room with bay window provides access to the charming three-season porch where you'll enjoy serene views of the private, fenced rear yard and conservation land beyond. A tiled bath and two bedrooms complete the first level. The second floor offers two bedrooms and another newly renovated bathroom. The lower level features an expansive recreation room with exterior access, a large storage space, and a mudroom with walls of built-ins leading to a two-car garage with extra storage. The interior is freshly painted in a tranquil palette and offers hardwood floors throughout. Nothing to do but move in.
Open House
Saturday
September 07 at 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM
More Open Houses
Cannot make the Open Houses?
Location: 11 Hickory Hill Road, Wayland, MA 01778    Get Directions

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Posted by Mary-Lou McDonough on 9/2/2019

If you plan to list your home, you may want to consider the buyer's perspective. That way, you can determine what differentiates your residence from others and promote your house to potential buyers accordingly.

Now, let's take a look at three tips to help you evaluate the buyer's perspective.

1. Assess Your House's Strengths and Weaknesses

Your home may be a wonderful option for many property buyers – you just need to be able to accentuate the key features of your residence to the right groups of prospective buyers.

Oftentimes, it helps to conduct a home inspection prior to listing a residence. A home inspection enables you to gain comprehensive insights into your house's strengths and weaknesses. Then, you can take the necessary steps to transform your home's weaknesses into strengths.

2. Consider Your Home's Location

Location plays an important role in a buyer's decision to purchase a house. Therefore, you need to think about where your home is located so you can price your residence competitively.

For example, a home in a small town may prove to be more affordable than a comparable residence in a big city. At the same time, a big city house likely provides convenient access to a broad range of notable landmarks and attractions.

You may want to check out the prices of comparable houses in your city or town too. With this housing market data in hand, you can boost the likelihood of setting a competitive initial asking price for your residence.

3. Craft an Engaging House Listing

A home listing offers a great opportunity to connect with a buyer. And if a buyer likes a house after reading a listing, he or she may be more inclined than ever before to set up a house showing.

Think about why a buyer may choose your house over others when you craft your home listing. By doing so, you may be able to find ways to help your home listing stand out to prospective buyers.

Furthermore, you should review your home listing closely before it is published. Because if your home listing is filled with grammatical errors or inaccuracies, buyers may shy away from your house.

As you look for ways to promote your residence to the right groups of buyers, you may want to hire a real estate agent as well. In fact, if you have a real estate agent at your side, you can receive plenty of support as you navigate the property selling journey.

A real estate agent will help you list your residence, set a competitive initial asking price for it and set up home showings and open house events. Plus, if you ever have concerns or questions during the property selling journey, you can receive expert responses from your real estate agent.

Ready to add your house to the real estate market? Use the aforementioned tips, and you can consider the buyer's perspective and increase your chances of enjoying a quick, profitable house selling experience.




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Posted by Mary-Lou McDonough on 8/26/2019

Buying your first home is a big decision; one that involves a lengthy process of saving money, building credit, and planning the next phase of your life. However, owning a home comes with one major payoff: home equity.

Simply put, home equity is the amount of your home that you’ve paid off. However, it does get more complicated when we bring in factors like the market value of your home and how it shifts over the years.

In this article, we’ll discuss home equity and what it means for you as a homeowner. This way, you’ll have a better idea of what to expect when you finally make that last payment on your home or when you decide to sell.

Home equity and market value

As I mentioned earlier, home equity is more than just the amount you’ve paid toward your mortgage. Like most markets, the housing market shifts over time.

Most homes slowly increase in value over time. In the real estate world, this increase in value is called appreciation.

However, that doesn’t mean that your home is simply going to increase in value indefinitely until you decide to sell. As you will find out (if you haven’t yet already), owning a home can be expensive. Houses age and require upgrades. If you fail to keep up with the maintenance of your home, its value can diminish.

How to build equity

The most important thing you can do to build equity is to make on-time payments to your mortgage. Making extra mortgage payments will help you build equity even faster.

One method of paying extra on your mortgage that many people are adopting is to make bi-weekly payments. Twenty-six bi-weekly payments comes out to 13 full payments per year, the equivalent of making one full extra monthly payment.

The second method of building equity is something that you have less control over: appreciation. However, if you stick to a maintenance schedule for your home and keep it in good repair, you’ll most likely benefit from appreciation over the lifespan of your mortgage.

What can I use home equity for?

The most common way to use home equity is as a down payment or full payment on your next home. First-time buyers who don’t have a 20% down payment saved often buy a starter home and then later upgrade as their family grows and their needs change. In the years that they own their first home, they build enough equity to make a full down payment on their second home, avoiding fees like mortgage insurance.

Many homeowners planning on retiring in the near future use their equity toward their retirement home, often turning a profit in the process. If you plan on downgrading for retirement and have fully paid off your mortgage, you can often use your equity to pay for your next home in cash.





Posted by Mary-Lou McDonough on 8/22/2019

This Single-Family in Lexington, MA recently sold for $1,635,000. This Colonial style home was sold by Mary-Lou McDonough - Barrett Sotheby's International Realty.


111 Adams Street, Lexington, MA 02420

Single-Family

$1,600,000
Price
$1,635,000
Sale Price

11
Rooms
5
Beds
4
Baths
It's time to make your memories in this warm and inviting home. An addition and a series of renovations have been thoughtfully completed by the current owners and include a sophisticated, timeless master suite with gas fireplace, spa bath with radiant heat, oversized tile shower with two rainheads, double soapstone vanity, and high-end soaking tub. Nicely proportioned formal living spaces are refined yet comfortable; the dining room with tray ceiling & uniquely designed handcrafted cabinet, and gas fireplaced living room. An open concept granite and stainless steel applianced kitchen and casual dining area with a custom bench provides generous seating and garden views. The second level offers 4 bedrooms and includes a second master and a family bath. The expansive, lush, acre+ level lot has mature trees, shrubs, flowering gardens, fire pit and patio surrounding a gunite pool with updated heater, filter, deck & more. A rare opportunity to live close to everything Lexington has to offer.

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