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March 27, 2019

Spring Cleaning The Right Way

Spring is finally here! We have warmer longer days ahead and a little more motivation than we had in the colder darker Winter months. From this new burst of motivation, I usually start with switching out my Winter clothes for my Spring clothes. As I start sorting through my room and my closet I start noticing things I haven’t used in a while or maybe things I never plan on wearing. During this process I sort threw all the things I don’t wish to keep anymore in three different piles:

1.      Donation

2.      Consignment

3.      Trash

I always find that I maximize my Spring-cleaning experience by doing this because it gives an opportunity to donate gently used items to places like Savers, Good Will, and Big Brother Big Sister. Also, if I have items that are of value I can choose to sell them and make some extra money. Some of the ways I look to sell my clothes are through local consignment shops, Posh Mark App, or Facebook Marketplace.

In the end I have a decluttered space, Seasonal clothes organized, extra money in my pocket and good feeling that I was able to donate Items to someone else who could actually use them. All reasons to be motivated for Spring cleaning!

 

Written By:

Catherine Kenney

Real Estate Door

Office:502 Liberty Street, Hanson, MA

Phone: 781-733-4598

 

 

 

 

Posted in Home Tips
March 25, 2019

Why Buy vs. Rent?: For those who are getting ready to leave the nest

I’m sure you have heard many debates over buying vs. renting. For those of you who are getting ready to leave the nest and in the process of figuring out where to move, here are some reasons why buying is a better long-term investment as opposed to renting.

  •   If you have lived at home for a while and have worked on building up some savings, this would be a great opportunity to use those funds as a down payment on a home. Now a days if you apply for a conventional loan you are only required to put down a minimum of 5%. If you are a first-time home buyer, you can apply for an FHA loan (first time home buyer loan) which requires a minimum of 3% down.
  •   The average rent you would pay if you were to live alone would more or less range from $1000k-$2000k. This monthly payment could be put toward a mortgage instead which would be adding equity to your home. Why not invest in property instead of throwing your money into a fire figuratively with monthly rent.
  •   With rentals you either have a month to month lease or a yearly lease. Both leases have there own pros and cons but collectively they both don’t guarantee the amount of time you can reside at the property. Most times if something happens like the landlord sells the property they will give you a heads up so you can find another property but why would you want to worry about that? When you buy you are signing on to a mortgage and you are paying towards owning your own home. The amount of time you wish to reside at your property is on your terms alone. It’s nice having that peace of mind.

The bottom line is buying a home is a great way to invest in yourself and allowing you to build equity. You have potential to sell your property and earn a profit.  Now if you are in a position where renting is the most realistic option right now, I would recommend talking to a financial analyst or lender and discuss options of how you can work toward saving so you can buy in the future.  

 

Written by:

Catherine Kenney

Email: Catherine@realestatedoor.com

Phone: 781-733-4598

Office: Real Estate Door

Posted in buyers
March 22, 2019

Getting Pre-approved before you start House Hunting

Before you set out to look for houses it is important to connect with a loan officer and get pre-approved. Today’s market for buyers is very competitive and you want to be ready to put an offer on a home you love as quickly as possible, so you don’t miss out on the opportunity. Many times, buyers start shopping around, they stumble upon a home they see themselves in but they don’t know how they qualify or how strong of an offer they can submit. From my experience when a home is priced right in a desirable area there will be multiple offers after the first open house. This is where it can be come frustrating for buyers when they have a lot of competition.  Whether you are a first-time home buyer, looking to upgrade to a newer home, or looking to rehab they’re specific loans you may qualify for. You can go into your home search with a realistic outlook, so you can take advantage of the opportunities that fit you best.

Call Real Estate Door for recommendations for Loan Officers! We have a list of trusted and credible lenders we have had great experience working with over several transactions in the south shore and greater Boston area.

Written By:

 

Catherine Kenney

Realtor at Real Estate Door

Office: 502 Liberty St

Phone: 781-733-4598

Posted in buyers
March 19, 2019

How to find the Best Real Estate Agent for you

I know there are a lot of options out there when choosing an agent for your home search but it's hard to tell who you can trust and feel comfortable with.

First thing to ask: Is this agent I'm considering a licensed Realtor? Now you may ask what is the difference between an Agent and a Realtor? A REALTOR® is a licensed real estate salesperson who belongs to the National Association of REALTORS®, the largest trade group in the country. REALTORS® are held to a higher ethical standard than licensed agents and must adhere to a Code of Ethics. Knowing the difference between and agent and a Realtor is important because you want to know that who ever is representing you has your best interest at heart and you depend on them to follow a code of ethic which will give you piece of mind through the journey of your home buying process.

Luckily you wont have to look far because if you are from the south shore/looking in the south shore area because Real Estate Door is a certified Realtor only Massachusetts Brokerage. You can depend on us to lead you through your home search process with ease. We have a strong team that will work hard and look out for your best interest so you can get into the right home for you. 

Feel free to stop by our office anytime to introduce yourself! We are always happy to answer any questions you may have and get to know new faces. 

 

Written By:

Catherine Kenney

Real Estate Door

Email: catherine@realestatedoor.com

Office: 502 Liberty St, Hanson, MA, 02341

Phone: 781-733-4598

Posted in Real Estate
March 12, 2019

Why First Time Home Buyer Seminars are Important

I know being a first time home buyer may seem intimidating and stressful but you don't have to be alone in the process. Attending a first time home buyers seminar will give you direction and a jump start to buying your first home. 

 

There are several programs for first time home buyer seminars and they are usually held at local banks. Certified first time home buyer seminars are the way to go and they are as low as $25 per single person or couple. They check your credit to make sure you are in good financial standing as well as assisting in a plan that will get you on track to be financially ready to buy a home. This program will approve you for a FHA (first time buyers) loan if you are financially qualified. Through the seminar a licensed Realtor will go through the process of buying your first home and provide you with pamphlets and offer time for any questions you may have. This way you will know what to expect through the home buying process and you can feel confident about your financial position going into your home search.

 

This particular program I am referring to is run locally at South Shore Savings Bank by Loan Officer Vincent Tirabassi.

For more info click the link below:

 https://www.southshorebank.com/personal/mortgages/loan_officers\

 

By: Catherine Kenney

Certified Realtor

Brokerage: Real Estate Door

Email: catherine@realestatedoor.com 

Phone: 781-733-4598

 

Posted in buyers
March 8, 2019

March 2019 - Real Estate Door Podcast

Listen to "Real Estate Door Podcast" on Spreaker.
RED Realty TeamIn our 3rd edition of the Real Estate Door podcast our realty expert team will be talking about Your Home and Making the Right Offer and Make Your House “Picture Perfect” For Buyers… plus, Worried You Won’t Find the Home You Want... Podcast hosted Peter Kenney and Real Estate Door experts Sue Shiels, Jay Crowley, Kelly Johnston & Catherine Kenney.

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Peter Kenney – Podcast Host
President, Broker, Realtor

Call/Text Your Questions: (781) 499-6634
Expert Team: SouthShoreSearch.com/agents

March 7, 2019

5 Budget Friendly Tips to Prep your Home before it goes on the market

Have you ever walked into someone’s house and felt overwhelmed by clutter, pet smell, dark coloring on walls, and lack luster curb appeal? It's uninviting and hard for one to feel comfortable. First impressions are everything! When selling your home, the goal is to have the buyer walk in and immediately feel invited and comfortable which will attract them to picture themselves in your home.

Whether your home is updated or a little older, I have some tips that will make all the difference in the world with presenting your home so you can get top dollar.

 

 

1.) Declutter!

Decluttering is the first and most important step when prepping your home for sale. Its cliche but less really is more and it will really open a space and also allow a potential buyer to envision themselves in your home.

  • Start by clearing knickknacks and packing them away. I would only leave a couple of simple pieces out for staging purposes. The key is when leaving items for staging its important to make sure they aren't personal like family pictures or family air looms. Keeping small plants out or simple pottery is always a nice touch.
  • Bathroom and bedroom spaces should have all items and toiletries neatly tucked away.
  • Any furniture piece that aren't necessary for staging or that are blocking the flow of a room should be packed away. You want to create a feeling of an open space.

Cost: A little over $30 for a bundle of Moving Boxes for packing and organizing.

 

2.) Clean and fresh aromas

  • I am big into scents and candles so when I walk into a home that smells fresh and clean I feel very welcomed and I want to stay. 
  • Wiping down surfaces and dusting is an important step to not skip. 
  • Air neutralizers are a great way to get rid of odors such as pets smells or smoke.
  • Candles and oil diffusers are a great way to illuminate a welcoming scent through your home that will feel inviting and warm. I like to go for fresh and clean scents like clean linen or warm kitchen scents like cinnamon or vanilla.

Cost: Glade Candle $3 , Lysol Wipes $5, Odor Neutralizer $5

 

3.) Crisp Neutral Wall Color

I know this tip is a little more time consuming but having walls all the same color and freshly painted will make your home look brand new. Aside from decluttering this step will make the biggest transformation to your home especially for homes that could be older and smaller because it will give it a more open and fresher feel.

  • Recommendations for wall colors are all light neutrals such as gray, taupe, and cream. I suggest staying away from pure white walls because that can look a little too stark. Also, if you have trim, painting the trim white will create a beautiful contrast from the wall color.

Cost: Interior paint around $45/ can 

 

4.) Lighting

Lighting is another key step in making sure every part of your house is being show cased in the best light!

  • An open house tip would be to turn all lights on.
  • Replacing dead or old bulbs with energy efficient lighting. Make sure to choose a bulb that has bright but warm lighting. Some bulbs have stark cool lighting which can make a room feel cold and sterile.
  • Mass Save has some great deals on energy efficient bulbs

5.) Curb Appeal

I have stated that all these tips are important and that first impressions are everything. Well curb appeal is the first thing buyers will take notice of when they first approach your home. Some have a vision and can see past a messy front yard or uncut grass but as for others.... they might just keep driving. If your house needs a little TLC to your home facade then these tips will help a lot.

·                    Cut grass and cut back untamed shrubs

·                     plant flowers or add flower pots during the spring for a welcoming feel

·                     Clean any outdoor furniture laying round, toys, and extra things that are cluttering your yard or porch.

·                     For the winter add a decorative wreath to your door

Cost: nothing to clean yard space if you do it on your own but if you want to add a wreath and some flowers check out your local nursery or Home Depot. They usually have great deals on plants, flowers and decorative pieces like wreaths.

If you wish to have private consultation with no obligation to get your home ready for sale give me a call!

Catherine Kenny

Real Estate Door

781-733-4598

catherine@realestatedoor.com

 

Posted in Sellers
Feb. 21, 2019

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Posted in Virtual Tours
Feb. 4, 2019

RED Podcast Episode 2

Listen to "Real Estate Door Podcast - episode 2" on Spreaker.

Tune-in to our NEW 2019 Real Estate Door Podcast! Listen to host Peter Kenney and his expert realty contributors.

Real Estate Door - Podcast Team

In our 2nd episode of the Real Estate Door podcast our realty expert team will be talking about Low-Cost Storage Tips for Creating More Space and Should You Move or Renovate plus Making “Neighborhood Targeting” Work for You… and our final segment, When to Consider Buying a Diamond in the Rough. Podcast hosted Peter Kenney and Real Estate Door experts Sue Shiels, Jay Crowley, Kelly Johnston & Catherine Kenney.

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Peter Kenney – Podcast Host
President, Broker, Realtor

Call/Text Your Questions: (781) 499-6634

Expert Team: SouthShoreSearch.com/agents

 

Jan. 8, 2019

RED Podcast Episode 1

Listen to "Real Estate Door Podcast - Episode 1" on Spreaker.

Tune-in to our February 2019 Edition of Real Estate Door Podcast! Listen to host Peter Kenney and his expert realty contributors.

Real Estate Door - Podcast Team

In this podcast episode our realty expert, Sue Shiels talks about Lighting Your Way to a Faster Sale and Real Estate Agent, Kelly Johnston helps Buyers with Making the Home Hunting Process Easier. Jay Crowley, Realtor Authority updates Buyers on Finding that Bargain Home and our final segment is called-in by Real Estate Door Team Member, Catherine Kenney as you explains Creating Better Living Spaces.

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Peter Kenney – Podcast Host
President, Broker, Realtor

Call/Text Your Questions: (781) 499-6634

Expert Team: SouthShoreSearch.com/agents