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Posted by Svetlana Sheinina on 10/8/2019

Have you heard the term “earnest money” but really aren’t sure what it means? Once you have found the perfect home and are all set to make an offer, there’s one more step that you need to take. That’s to make a deposit on the home you want to buy. This is known as an “earnest money deposit.”  


The Purpose Of The Deposit


The deposit shows the seller that you’re serious about buying the home. It’s a measure that allows the seller to have some faith in you as a buyer that you’re truly moving forward with your decision; you’re ready as a buyer to make the financial commitment. This deposit allows the deal to begin on a solid basis without much question. 


Is The Deposit Required Legally To Buy A Home?


From a seller’s perspective, a deposit keeps a buyer from changing their mind. If there is a significant amount of money involved, the seller sees the deposit as a way to keep the buyer locked in. This makes it easier for sellers to accept an offer. 


How Much Is Expected For An Earnest Money Deposit?


These deposits don’t quite have a standard amount. The general rule is that they range from 1% of the home price up to 5%. The more expensive of a home that’s being purchased, the larger the earnest money deposit should be. In some cases, the seller may even ask for a certain amount of a deposit to ensure that buyers are serious. How much money you pay at once is often negotiable. You may be able to pay part of the money at one time and the other part at a later date.


New Construction Can Require Large Deposits


New construction homes can require large earnest money deposits- up to half of the purchase price of the home. This is because the construction costs need to be paid upfront and the bank wants proof that the units being constructed with loan money are being sold to buyers who can pay for the home. 


New construction homes are often customized as well. It would be detrimental to a developer to make special changes to a home only for a buyer to walk away. 


Getting The Deposit Refunded


As with everything in real estate, you’ll have a contract. If you don’t follow the terms of the contract, you risk losing your earnest money deposit. Two main reasons for buyers to walk away are a flopped home inspection or financing that falls through. Read your contracts carefully. Sellers sometimes state that deposits are nonrefundable after a certain number of days. 


You need to be sure that you are covered as a buyer in the purchase and sales agreement. If you back out of a home purchase without good reason like a contingency included in the agreement) you could be out of luck when it comes to getting your deposit back.    






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Posted by Svetlana Sheinina on 10/4/2019


24 Liberty Square Rd, Boxborough, MA 01719

Single-Family

$619,000
Price

8
Rooms
3
Beds
2/1
Full/Half Baths
This 2015 built colonial style condo home is just like "new"! Amazingly stylish is the interior layout created by the open foyer, vaulted ceiling FR & "open living" concept. All is highlighted by the abundant natural light resulting from the homes easterly presentation. A farmer's porch bids welcome & the large open foyer flows to the front to back living/dining room on left & a private home office on right. There are glowing hardwood floors throughout the 1st floor. The white kitchen, granite & stainless sparkles under recessed lighting & off the eating area access the outside deck through a slider door. The spacious family roomw/ vaulted ceiling features a bay window. In an alcove there is a laundry room - tiled floor & access to the 2 car garage. The 2nd level landing overlooks to foyer below & accesses BR's & hall bath. Master has exceptionally large closet & bath shows wonderful tilework. Near is commuter train and major routes. See MLS 72554012 more details. OH 9/8 2-4 PM!
Open House
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October 06 at 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Recently reduced to ...619K Special young 2015 colonial home with great open feel...3 BR's, ceramic baths, large FR open to kitchen, front double foyer and farmers porch! Dee Febba eXp Realty 978.697.3441
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Posted by Svetlana Sheinina on 10/4/2019


24 Liberty Square Rd, Boxborough, MA 01719

Condo

$619,000
Price

8
Rooms
3
Beds
2/1
Full/Half Baths
This 2015 built colonial style home is just like “new”! Amazingly stylish is the interior layout created by the open foyer, vaulted ceiling family room & overall “open living” concept. All is highlighted by the abundant natural light resulting from the homes easterly presentation. A farmer’s porch bids welcome & the large open foyer flows to the front to back living/dining room on the left & a private home office on the right. There are glowing hardwood floors throughout the 1st floor. The white kitchen, with granite& stainless appliances sparkles with the abundant recessed lighting and off the eating area you lead to the outside deck through a slider door. The spacious family room extended from the kitchen features a bay window. In an alcove there is a laundry room - tiled floor access to the 2 car garage. The 2nd level gift is the open landing overlooking the foyer. All BR's and hall bath are easily accessed. Master has walk in closet and fantastic bath. OH Sun 9/8 2-4 PM!
Open House
Sunday
October 06 at 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Recently reduced to ...619K Special young 2015 colonial home with great open feel...3 BR's, ceramic baths, large FR open to kitchen, front double foyer and farmers porch! Dee Febba eXp Realty 978.697.3441
Cannot make the Open Houses?
Location: 24 Liberty Square Rd, Boxborough, MA 01719    Get Directions






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Posted by Svetlana Sheinina on 10/1/2019

A home seller may face a variety of dilemmas as he or she tries to get the best price for a residence. However, a seller who prepares for potential problems may be better equipped than others to enjoy a fast, profitable property selling experience.

Now, let's take a look at three tips to help you get ready for potential home selling dilemmas.

1. Upgrade Your Residence

You may believe your residence will sell quickly, but the housing market offers no guarantees. Fortunately, if you allocate time and resources to upgrade your residence, you could differentiate your home from comparable houses in your city or town.

Removing clutter will make it easy for you to show off the true size of your home's interior to prospective buyers. Furthermore, you should clean each room of your home. If necessary, you may want to hire a professional home cleaning company too.

Don't forget to trim the hedges, mow the front lawn, repair cracked or damaged siding and perform other home exterior upgrades, either. If your home boasts amazing curb appeal, potential buyers may fall in love with your residence as soon as they see it.

2. Establish a Competitive Initial Asking Price for Your Home

If your home's initial asking price is too high, you risk alienating potential buyers. But if you analyze the real estate market closely, you can use housing sector data to establish a competitive initial home asking price.

Take a look at the prices of recently sold houses in your city or town, as well as the prices of available residences that are comparable to your own. This information provides a glimpse into the current state of the housing market and can help you determine how to price your residence.

It may be beneficial to conduct a home appraisal as well. In fact, a home appraisal report includes a property valuation that you can use to set a competitive initial asking price for your residence.

3. Collaborate with a Real Estate Agent

A real estate agent understands what it takes to sell a home in any housing sector, at any time. As such, he or she can offer expert guidance to help you identify and overcome home selling dilemmas.

Oftentimes, a real estate agent will meet with you, find out why you want to sell your house and craft a personalized home selling strategy for you. He or she next will list your residence and promote it to prospective buyers. And if you receive an offer to purchase your house, a real estate agent will help you determine how to proceed with this proposal.

A real estate agent also is ready to provide immediate responses to your home selling concerns and questions. That way, you can receive plenty of support as you navigate the home selling journey.

Ready to add your house to the real estate market? Use the aforementioned tips, and you should have no trouble addressing potential home selling dilemmas and enjoying a seamless property selling experience.




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Posted by Svetlana Sheinina on 9/24/2019

The location of the homes you’re looking at in your search is key. You probably have at least a couple of cities and towns narrowed down, but do you know specifics? Is there a particular neighborhood that you would prefer to live in? The street that you choose to live on will also have a lot to do with the way that you conduct your life. If you live on the main road, for example, you’ll face a lot of noise and traffic. If you have kids, that may not be the ideal situation. There’s many reasons that living on a dead end street is the ideal situation. Be on the lookout for homes on cul-de-sacs and dead end streets in your home search. Read on to see the many advantages of living on a street that’s not a throughway.


The Traffic Is Significantly Less


There are very few cars that head down a street that’s not a throughway. No one will be using your street as a shortcut. This makes it much safer for children to play outside and it reduces noise in the neighborhood. 


There’s A Sense Of Security


Since there isn’t a lot of traffic on a dead-end street, it‘s easy to identify strange cars that are lurking around. The people in your neighborhood will all be more alert to any kind of unusual activity on the street. This allows for a more secure feeling in your own backyard. 


A Dead End Street Is A Great Place To Raise Kids


Your kids will have a bit more freedom to play and be kids when you live on a dead end street. There’s less traffic to worry about while the kids play, yet you have a great opportunity to teach your kids about traffic safety rules and how to act around strangers. Your children will also become close with other children in the neighborhood. The adults who live in your neighborhood will become acquainted with your children as well. You’ll definitely appreciate a tight-knit community if you have kids. 


Your Property Value Will Stay High


It’s hard to say that a home on a dead end street will decrease in value. With a strong community sense and safety perks, these homes will be in demand. When you do decide to sell your home, you’re sure to get a good return on your property investment if you choose a home on a dead end street.




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