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Posted by Julie D'Arcangelo on 4/16/2019

As a homebuyer, you likely will want to do everything possible to secure your dream house at a budget-friendly price. Yet for those who are dealing with an aggressive property seller, achieving the optimal results may prove to be challenging.

Lucky for you, we're here to help you simplify the homebuying process so you can acquire your ideal residence at an affordable price Ė even if you're forced to deal with an aggressive home seller.

Now, let's take a look at three tips to help you deal with an aggressive property seller and accomplish your desired homebuying results.

1. Remain Patient

It may be tough to deal with an aggressive home seller at times, but those who stay the course can buy a house that matches or exceeds their expectations.

Remember, a patient homebuyer generally is a happy homebuyer. If a buyer avoids rash decisions and remains calm, cool and collected when dealing with an aggressive seller, he or she can boost the likelihood of making the best-possible choices throughout the property buying journey.

2. Focused on Your Desired Results

The ultimate goal of the homebuying journey is to find and buy a house that you can enjoy for years to come. In some instances, an aggressive seller may make it difficult for you to accomplish your goal. But if you prioritize the end results of the homebuying journey, you may be better equipped than others to secure a terrific residence.

If you focus on the big picture, you may be able to reduce the risk that minor issues with an aggressive home seller could slow down the property buying journey. And if you do whatever it takes to achieve your desired homebuying results, you may be able to find unique solutions to various problems.

Don't forget to maintain open communication with a seller. If you open the lines of communication with a seller, both you and a seller can work together to ensure all parties are satisfied with the results of a home sale.

3. Hire a Real Estate Agent

If you're uncertain about how to deal with an aggressive seller, you may want to hire a real estate agent. That way, you'll have an expert negotiator at your disposal.

A real estate agent is happy to negotiate with a home seller and his or her agent on your behalf. By doing so, a real estate agent will minimize the risk of potential property buying delays.

Let's not forget about the frequent updates that a real estate agent provides during a negotiation with a property seller, either. A real estate agent will keep you informed about seller negotiations and ensure you can move along the homebuying cycle. And if you ever have concerns or questions during the homebuying journey, a real estate agent is ready to respond to them at your convenience.

Manage the homebuying journey like never before Ė use the aforementioned tips, and you can avoid the headaches commonly associated with dealing with an aggressive property seller.




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Posted by Julie D'Arcangelo on 4/9/2019

Among the upgrades most sought in a kitchen are new cabinets and appliances, granite, marble, or even concrete countertops, and the ubiquitous farmhouse-style sink top the list. If the expense of these renovations is out of reach, however, there are some simple changes that can give your kitchen a new look. Open shelving, for example, can breathe new life into aging wood cabinets.

If you spend much time flipping through decorating magazines or watching home-makeover shows on TV, youíve probably seen kitchens with open shelving. As part of a kitchen remodel, itís probably not the first thing we think about Ö but as an inexpensive way to upgrade the busiest room in the house, it probably deserves consideration.

The trend of open shelving creates an elegant place to display dishware, crystal, antiques, your cookbook or wine collection, dry goods, or even your canning jars. With a little time and effort, you can create this look in your kitchen.

Hereís what to do:

  • Remove the doors to some (or all) of your upper cabinets. The look is especially attractive with cabinets that line a single wall. Note: you wonít want to do this to lower cabinets that store cleaning products or that hide plumbing.
  • Carefully remove hinges. Fill any remaining holes or gouges in the cabinet faces with wood filler or a product appropriate for your cabinet material. Follow the manufacturerís instructions to achieve the best results.
  • Sand and smooth the cabinet faces. Wipe them down with a degreaser cleaner. For primer and paint to stick, the surface should not have any oil or grease.
  • Prime the entire cabinet (inside and out) with a high-quality paintable primer. Priming is important to cover darker colored wood or paint, stains, discolorations, and to hide any repairs youíve made to the surface.
  • Paint your cabinets with a paint designed for the surface of the cabinets. Use a satin, semi-gloss, or gloss finish. Apply your paint with a small flat roller designed for smooth finishes. Youíll probably need more than one coat, so give plenty of drying time between coats, and take care to avoid drips as they will mar your elegant finish.
  • Create a new look with crown molding or specialty trim. Add a subtle geometric wallpaper to the shelf back for an interesting effect. For a farmhouse motif, use a print with fine, vertical stripes or chicken-wire design.
  • Install lighting in the cabinets to highlight your special display. If there is no power outlet nearby, use battery-operated puck lights.
  • Paint lower cabinets a complementary or contrasting color to finish out your look. Lighter upper cabinets with darker lower ones add depth and dimension to a smaller kitchen.

Finish out your look by filling the shelves with artful stacks of dishes or pottery, books, and jars of colorful nuts, seeds, peas, and beans.

If youíre upgrading your kitchen to place it on the market, seek the advice of your real estate professional on popular and trending color choices for your project.




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Posted by Julie D'Arcangelo on 4/4/2019

Welcome home to sought after Kessler Farms! This SPACIOUS 3 bedroom, 2.5 bath Townhouse has been extremely WELL MAINTAINED and features four levels of living area. The first floor boasts an updated kitchen with stainless steel appliances, large island, slider leading to the balcony, open dining area, living room, and half bath with laundry. The second level has a private master suite with full bath, bedroom #2, and another full bath. Upstairs there is a HUGE 3rd bedroom with skylight and walk in closets. The lower level has an office and one car garage. All this plus a freshly painted interior, hardwood floors, newer windows, natural gas heating system, central AC, town water, and sewer. Lots of community amenities including in-ground pool, tennis court, playground, and club house. Convenient commuter location - close to Route 3, Boston/Logan Express bus, shopping and restaurants. Complex is VA and FHA approved!

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Posted by Julie D'Arcangelo on 4/4/2019

Welcome Home to 48 Linden Road! This well maintained Cape is located on a quiet dead end street abutting the bike path and trail. You will love the spacious rooms and flexible floor plan. The first floor has an updated kitchen, sun room that leads out to the deck, living room, formal dining room, first floor master, and a full bath. Upstairs there are two front to back bedrooms. Partially finished lower level (25x17) has great ceiling height and would make a perfect family room or man cave! There is also a laundry room with multiple closets and a sink. This home is LEAD COMPLIANT and features hardwood floors, 200 amp electrical, newer windows and heating system. Outside there is a large fenced in yard with mature landscaping, deck, patio, and storage shed. All this plus a fabulous South Peabody location - close to Routes 1 and 95, bus line, schools, shopping, and restaurants. OPEN HOUSES SATURDAY 4/6 AND SUNDAY 4/7 FROM 1pm-4pm.

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Posted by Julie D'Arcangelo on 4/2/2019

You've thought that now might be one of those times to try a cleanse. Then you think a little bit longer and go, "Nah, maybe next time." But there is a cleanse that doesn't require juicing, drinking exotic drinks, or gut-wrenching reactions: a closet cleanse.

No, that doesn't mean you hide in your closet while you avoid drinking the cleansing elixir, it means clearing out your closet to start fresh.

How to begin a closet cleanse:

Whether it's a change of season, a new season of your life, a new size or just a need for something different, all closet cleanses should begin the same way and flow through until you have just the right clothes, shoes, scarves and other accessories to make your life smooth and your day starts out put-together.

-  Review everything in the closet. Pull it out, look at it, try it on. Donít return it to the closet if it doesnít fit, you donít like it, or you donít wear it.

-  Bag up all the items youíve decided you canít or wonít wear for giveaway to charity. Don't go back into the bags for things when you have second thoughts. You know you won't wear it, and it merely takes up space. 

Organize the items that are going back into the closet in one of these ways:

  1. By outfit (matching or coordinating tops and bottoms together with scarves, belts, sweaters or jackets)
  2. By type (blouse, skirt, slacks, dress, etc.)
  3. By season (warm weather, cold weather, transitional, layers)
  4. By style (work, casual, dress, evening, event, etc.)

-  Try on every pair of shoes. If they donít fit, out they go. 

-  For the ones you keep: check for wear, damage, worn heels, or gaps between the sole and the upper. If any shoes need repair, put them in a bag to take for repair on your next trip out the door. Donít delay or they will languish in a bag in the bottom of your closet until the next closet cleanse.

-  Review your accessories: hats, scarves, gloves, belts. If you've arranged your clothing by the outfit, scarves and belts should already be with their coordinates. Otherwise, hang belts and scarves. Even gloves hang on clipped skirt hangers. Place hats above or on shelves protected from the weight of other articles.

-  Finally, tackle those purses and handbags. If handles are cracked or worn, plan to have them repaired, or place them in the giveaway bags. Take care to check each pocket or flap for personal belongings, that hidden $20 or your favorite lipstick. If the purse is too small for everyday use, tuck it away in a box meant for special events only.

With everything tucked back into its place, and all the extra clothing and accessories removed, youíre ready to start the new week cleansed.

If you find that your closet remains too small, it might be time to reach out to your local real estate professional to see if you can find a better fit.




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