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Posted by Svetlana Sheinina on 3/20/2018

Where you decide to live is perhaps one of the most important decisions that you’ll make. The location of your home will determine the property value and how much you can potentially get out of your investment. The location of your home also will determine how you live your everyday life. What’s nearby and how you get around are big factors based on where you choose to live. Here’s what you must consider when choosing where you want to live: 

The Part Of The Country You Live In

Where you choose to live is based on a lot of factors in your life. Yet, the part of the country that you choose to live in has such a big impact on your lifestyle. If you’re planning on staying in your home for a long time, this is an important decision. Although many people have their location chosen for them based on job and family needs, other people work this question out a bit differently. 

City Life Or The ‘Burbs?

If you like peace and quiet, this is an important question. If you live far outside the city, you’ll be able to have a lot more land than if you buy a home within the city limits. Education options are also greater in the city compared to a town or rural area. If you are looking for wider access to entertainment, shopping and medical services, you may need to strongly consider living closer to the city. If you like a bit more quiet, choose the outer limits as a place to live. 

The Neighborhood

Each neighborhood in a particular area has different characteristics. You’ll want to find a neighborhood that fits your personality and needs. You should feel comfortable and at “home” in your neighborhood. Also, you’ll want to be in close proximity to your workplace so that you avoid a long commute. 

What Are The Schools Like?

This is one of the most important questions for people who have a family or are planning to start a family. You’ll need to do some research as to what school systems are like in specific areas that you’re thinking of living in. Keep in mind that you may end up paying a premium to live in a neighborhood that has a good school system.

Neighborhood Culture

Depending upon the neighborhood that you choose, people will either keep to themselves or provide a certain kind of social pressure. In certain neighborhoods there’s more social activity and more pressure to send your kids to certain schools and enroll them in certain activities. 

What’s Next? 

Now that you know how to find the right place to search for a home, you’ll need to figure out what kind of home you’d like to live in. Start making your wish list!

Posted by Svetlana Sheinina on 3/13/2018

This Condo in Somerville, MA recently sold for $650,000. This Townhouse style home was sold by Svetlana Sheinina - eXp Realty.

96 North St, Somerville, MA 02144

Teele Square


Sale Price

“Oh, how lovely”- describes this bright sun filled townhome in an ideal location! It’s close to vibrant Davis Square bustling with restaurants, cafes, shops & movie theatre and short walk to Tufts University. This 2 bedroom - 3 level unit, features generously sized rooms, plenty of closets and a tastefully designed granite kitchen with counter space for gourmet cooking. The kitchen opens onto an inviting private deck…so great for entertaining. The 1st floor bonus room with access to outdoor patio, make this property unique and spacious. A one car garage and 2 deeded off-street parking spots make this opportunity even sweeter!! Bus stops for #87, 88, 89 are convenient and you are close to Rt 16, 2 and 3 for escaping town. Parks and day-care nearby. OH: Sat 01/20 & Sun 01/21, 12-2PM.

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Posted by Svetlana Sheinina on 3/13/2018

When it comes to home buying a home, there’s a ton of different information available out there. A lot of what has been presented as “fact” actually is quite false. These misconceptions could keep you away from achieving the very real dream of home ownership. Below, you’ll find some of the most common myths that you’ll find about home buying.

If Your Credit Score Isn’t Up To Par, You Can’t Buy

To get good mortgage rates, having a good credit score doesn’t hurt. You can still buy a home if you don’t have amazing credit. A low credit score means that your mortgage rates will be higher than the average. There are loans like FHA loans, that allow for you to get a loan with a credit score as low as 580. Don’t let a lower credit score discourage you from buying a home. If your credit score is low, there are plenty of things that you can do to help you fix the score in a short period of time.  

You Need 20 Percent Down To Buy A Home

This is a long-standing myth about home buying. While putting down 20 percent on a home purchase saves you the extra expense of Private Mortgage Insurance (PMI), you can still be in the running to buy a home if your down payment is less than 20 percent. There are even some home loan programs that allow buyers to put as little as 0-3 percent down for the purchase of their home.

You Have To Make A Lot Of Money To Buy A Home

Your monthly income is one of many aspects of your financial life that’s considered when you’re buying a home. Home loans can be denied to those who make a large income just as easily as to those who have lower incomes. What matters is the debt-to-income ratio, which tells lenders how much debt a buyer has compared to the amount of income the buyer makes each and every month. Keep your debt down, and you’ll be in good shape to buy a home. 

You Don’t Need To Be Pre-Approved To Get A House

Being pre-approved gives you an upper hand in the home buying process. Being pre-approved allows your lender and you to go through the entire process of getting a mortgage. When you find a home that you love, you’re able to breeze through the process of making an offer if you’re pre-approved. The pre-approval process is one of the most important aspects of buying a home. 

If you’re prepared with knowledge, buying a home isn’t such a daunting process after all. Find a realtor you trust, understand your finances, and the rest will fall into place!

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Posted by Svetlana Sheinina on 3/6/2018

Home staging is one of the most tried-and-true methods of selling your home faster. It can also help you increase the purchase price of your home by between one and five percent.

However, working with a professional home stager--while a good investment--is not always in everyone’s budget.

The good news is, there are a lot of simple and inexpensive ways to stage your home that will give visitors a good first impression, make for great photos for your online listing, and hopefully help speed up your home sale.

In today’s post, we’re going to break down six of the most effective and inexpensive home staging tips to help you sell your home faster.

1. Declutter everything

Cleaning out your home is one of the best ways to make it appear more spacious and welcoming. It gives you the chance to start packing items you won’t need until you move into your new home, and it opens up space to use a few choice decorations around the home.

For things like cabinets and closets, remove all of the items you won’t need until you move. A closet that is half-full will look much larger for guests viewing your home.

2. Clean carpets and polish wooden furniture

Carpets, flooring, and furniture make up a large percent of the visible space in your home. Leaving these items dirty or worn when selling your home is missing out on a huge opportunity to make your home look up-to-date and well-maintained.

You can rent a carpet cleaner for as little as $20, and a gallon of wood polish costs around $15, making these two items a solid investment for staging your home.

3. Paint with bright colors

When we paint our homes we usually choose colors that we like, rather than ones that appeal to the largest number of people. And although that’s a great thing while you own a home, it can be detrimental when it comes time to sell. Repainting dark walls in bright, neutral tones will make the room feel larger and well-lit.

4. Paint the front door while you’re at it

A freshly painted, bright colored front door can be the secret weapon when it comes to making your home stand out amongst your neighbors. It is a cheap way to quickly freshen up the exterior of your home and increase curb appeal.

5. Purchase a new welcome mat and mailbox

Welcome mats tend to get a lot of use and wear down. Similarly, mailboxes often get dented and faded over the years.

These two items can be excellent accents to improve the curb appeal of your home. Choose colors that match the overall color scheme of your home to establish a sense of continuity.

6.  Rearrange furniture to allow foot traffic

When someone comes to view your home, you’ll want to sure they have ease of access to each part of the house. Rearrange the furniture in your kitchen, dining room, and bedrooms to make it easy to tour the home.

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Posted by Svetlana Sheinina on 3/3/2018

An ideal open concept condo at Sargent Estates! Beautiful full-service condominium in Desirable Brookline Hills with club room, bike storage room, laundry facility on each floor, assigned parking space and outside pool for hot summer days! This spacious 1 Br, 1,5 Bath has fully equipped kitchen and L-Shaped dining/living room filled with natural light. The apartment has H/W floors throughout, two good size walk-in closets, another closet with builds-in and was just freshly painted with light designer color. Situated in a serene & relaxing setting this elevator building features an inviting lobby, gorgeous landscaped grounds with expansive lawn and plenty of guests parking! Convenient to Longwood Medical Area, Rt 9 , parks, shopping, restaurants, bus lines & short walk to the D green line. Extra storage is included. You'll be delighted!

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