Title /blog/author/hans-brings/1544144/?format=rss A blog feed. en-US Tue, 09 Oct 2018 09:00:00 -0400 5 Tips for Selling Your Home in the Fall https://www.hansbrings.com/blog/posts/2018/10/09/5-tips-for-selling-your-home-in-the-fall/ <p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5872/blog/shutterstock_95898859.jpg" style="width: 400px; height: 265px;" class="featured"></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="https://www.hansbrings.com/sellers/selling-your-home/">Selling your home in Waltham, MA</a> can be quite a difficult process, especially if you weren&rsquo;t able to sell during the summer. The Waltham real estate market is driven by demand, and demand rises in the summer when families have plenty of time and want to move before the new school year starts.</p> <p>Nonetheless, there&rsquo;s no need to think about selling next spring; houses sell no matter what time of the year. There are certainly some benefits to selling your Waltham home during the fall, so here are some tips on how you can do it.</p> <h2>1.Learn About the Market</h2> <p>In case you&rsquo;re left with the option of selling your home during the fall, you need to learn about current market trends before you do so. It&rsquo;ll help if you contact a Waltham real estate agent to assist you with the learning about the market as well as helping you sell your home.</p> <p>You need to evaluate the condition of the current <a href="https://www.hansbrings.com/market-analysis/">Waltham real estate market</a> to know whether it&rsquo;s a buyers&rsquo;, sellers&rsquo;, or balanced market. Based on this, you can determine a good price that will lure in homebuyers.</p> <h2>2.Improve Your Home</h2> <p>If you&rsquo;ve been planning to sell your home throughout the year, you should start making improvements and renovations so that you can sell it at a better price. Inspections are a common part of the <a href="https://www.hansbrings.com/buyers/buying-a-home-in-waltham-ma/">buying process</a>, so you want to accommodate a potential homebuyer as quickly as possible. To do so, your home needs to be in the best condition as it possibly can be.</p> <p>Check the heating and cooling systems. Moreover, clean the furnace, preferably hiring a specialist to make sure everything is working properly before buyers inspect your home.</p> <h2>3. Make It Welcoming</h2> <p>If you&rsquo;re selling during the fall season, you should stage your home to be welcoming and help envision what the home will look like during the holidays. You can improve the ambiance by adding fall-themed festival decorations like those for Halloween or Thanksgiving. This puts a great impression on potential buyers and gets them in a good mood to look at the house.</p> <h2>4.Make Sure The Exterior Looks Great</h2> <p>Adding decorations does put an impression on buyers, but it won&rsquo;t do much if you haven&rsquo;t thoroughly cleaned up the outside of your home. One of the biggest reasons for families to choose a home over another is how clean the home looks not just on the inside but how it is aesthetically pleasing on the outside. Porches and small gardens also help with selling a home as owners can imagine working on a garden or relaxing on a porch. Remember to rake the leaves, pick up fallen sticks, weed the garden, and trim the bushes before inviting potential buyers for an inspection.</p> <h2>5.Set the Mood Indoors</h2> <p>When you bring potential buyers into your home, you want the interior and ambiance of your home to impress them and make them feel at home. You can do this by setting the mood and making it feel like fall on the inside with fall d&eacute;cor. You can burn fall scented candles, brew a pot of tea, and bake some cookies in the oven to make them feel at home.</p> Tue, 09 Oct 2018 09:00:00 -0400 7 Best Things About Buying a Home in the Fall https://www.hansbrings.com/blog/posts/2018/09/24/7-best-things-about-buying-a-home-in-the-fall/ <p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="featured featured" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5872/blog/shutterstock_115567654.jpg" style="width: 400px; height: 303px;"></p> <p>It is well-known that Waltham&nbsp;real estate sales tend to heat up every summer and spring, and as the fall arrives, the market starts to cool down. There are even a few amounts of people looking to <a href="https://www.hansbrings.com/buyers/buying-a-home-in-waltham-ma/">buy a house</a> around November as the holidays are right around the corner.</p> <p>While the market is slow at this time, it is not a bad idea to consider buying a home in the fall. Here are seven great things about waiting until the fall season to purchase a home in and around Waltham, MA.</p> <h3>1.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;<strong>&nbsp;More Time to Think</strong></h3> <p>Keep in mind that bidding wars need swift action&mdash;however, sometimes with fewer buyers looking for a home in the fall, you are less likely to find yourself aggressively competing for a Waltham house. You can take complete advantage of this slower pace time in the <a href="https://www.hansbrings.com/market-analysis/">Waltham real estate market</a>, by using this downtime to do thorough comparison shopping as well as mull your decisions. A good <a href="https://www.hansbrings.com/realestate/agent/hans-brings/">Waltham Realtor</a> or real estate agent can help you make the right decision with the limited homes that are left on the market.</p> <h3>2.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;<strong>&nbsp;Better Deal</strong></h3> <p>If a home has been on the market for several months with no offers, sellers will tend to lower their prices in the fall as they just want to get their home sold before the winter.</p> <h3>3.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;<strong>Favorable Rates</strong></h3> <p>Bankers and mortgage brokers have holiday bills and business lulls too&mdash;and they might be inclined to cut you a better deal when looking for a loan. If you are considering buying a home in or around Waltham, MA in the fall you should consider checking in with your <a href="https://www.hansbrings.com/vendors/">local bank</a> to see if you can negotiate lower down payments, interest rates, and more.</p> <h3>4.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;<strong>Tax Breaks</strong></h3> <p>As a homeowner, you can deduct specific expenses on your tax returns, which includes property taxes as well as&nbsp;mortgage loan interest. Note that even if you end up closing on your home in November or early December, you could still write off various expenses when you file the tax return in the spring.&nbsp;</p> <h3>5.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;<strong>Sellers Want Their Home Off the Market</strong></h3> <p>As mentioned earlier, <a href="https://www.hansbrings.com/sellers/selling-your-home/">sellers</a> usually put their home on the market during spring and summer and list their home for a price that is often higher than the amount buyers can afford. However, after several months of no action, the sellers get antsy and just want to make the sale of their home and may be willing to negotiate prices.</p> <h3>6.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;<strong>More Attention from Real Estate Agents</strong></h3> <p>For&nbsp;most Waltham real-estate agents, the period from September to February is the slowest time of year. Therefore, they will be hungrier for your business. With this being the slow period for <a href="https://www.hansbrings.com/our-agents/">real estate agents</a>, you will have more of their attention and effort in terms of identifying the best homes as well as helping you get the best price that you can afford as their schedules are more open.</p> <h3>7.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;<strong>More Revealing Views</strong></h3> <p>Note that landscaping, with all the leafy trees and lovely flowers, is like makeup for a home. As a result, it may&nbsp;camouflage many flaws in a house. However, once the leaves drop and the blooms fade, you will see the real story: worn areas in the roof, peeling exterior paint jobs, and foundation cracks will be plain as day. This is where you can take advantage of potentially cutting down home prices even more if there are repairs to be made. In addition, this is a great time to get a feel for what your new home could look like in a fall/winter setting and could help make your decision of purchasing the home that much easier.</p> Mon, 24 Sep 2018 16:09:00 -0400 Reasons Selling Your Home in the Fall is a Great Idea https://www.hansbrings.com/blog/posts/2018/09/20/reasons-selling-your-home-in-the-fall-is-a-great-idea/ <p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="featured featured featured" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5872/blog/shutterstock_576213565.jpg" style="width: 500px; height: 333px;"></p> <p>Some sellers become nervous as fall approaches that the ability to sell their homes will decrease; however, that is not the case. Throughout the Spring and Summer, the market becomes saturated with <a href="https://www.hansbrings.com/buyers/buying-a-home-in-waltham-ma/">buyers</a> and sellers, but the fall presents a smaller, more dedicated market that knows what they are looking for.</p> <p><strong>Less Competition</strong></p> <p>While a largely saturated market could lead to more prospective buyers, the truth about the fall <a href="https://www.hansbrings.com/market-analysis/">home market</a> is with fewer competition buyers are more interested in what they are seeing. With fewer sellers in the market, buyers are more serious about what they are looking for when viewing different homes. In order to appeal to these buyers, it is important to maintain the fall scenery surrounding your home, including cleaning up leaves and making sure there is enough light within the home as the sun begins to set earlier.</p> <p><strong>Relocation and Empty-Nesters</strong></p> <p>The Fall Season is when kids go back to school, college, and often times is when employers look to relocate employees based on price reductions in many markets. Families have returned from summer vacations, and if they were looking for a home now is the best time to do so with less stress regarding planning and the start of school. Parents with students in college on the other hand finally have an &ldquo;empty nest&rdquo; which means they may be looking to downsize, relocate, or just make new memories in a beautiful Waltham home. Finally, with employers relocating employees in the fall, these new members of the community will be looking for a home with that New England flare that is appealing to those not from here originally. Your <a href="https://www.hansbrings.com/realestate/agent/hans-brings/">Waltham Realtor</a> can help you best position your home to appeal to sellers to during the fall season.</p> <p><strong>Flexibility</strong></p> <p>The start of fall means football is back, school is in session, and the preparation for winter is not too far out of sight. With these activities in mind, it is important for sellers to be flexible whether that is with showing your home, accepting offers, or potential for longer closing deals. With cooler weather upon us, it is easier for prospective buyers to enjoy the home search process, so it is important for sellers not to become discouraged in their selling process. Buyers will see this flexibility as an opportunity to connect with sellers on a more personal level, and not feel rushed or pressured to commit to a deal they do not feel prepared for.</p> <p><strong>Home for the Holidays!</strong></p> <p>Luckily for <a href="https://www.hansbrings.com/sellers/selling-your-home/">sellers</a>, none of the holiday craziness has quite begun in early Fall! This means buyers will potentially be looking to close before these major holidays so they can begin making their memories and not stress about the moving process during the holiday season (which tends to be expensive and not ideal for traveling). This will allow sellers to be home free for the holiday season.</p> <p>If you&rsquo;re on the fence about waiting until Spring to put your home on the market, <a href="https://www.hansbrings.com/contact-us/">call</a> your local Waltham Realtor today to take advantage of the great Fall market.</p> Thu, 20 Sep 2018 12:09:51 -0400 5 Reasons to Buy A Home in The Summer https://www.hansbrings.com/blog/posts/2018/07/26/5-reasons-to-buy-a-home-in-the-summer/ <p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5872/blog/shutterstock_104946530.jpg" style="width: 500px; height: 334px;" class="featured"></p> <p>It is well known why the real estate market picks up during the summer months. From the amazing weather to having more time on your hands to look through the market, there are a plethora of reasons why the summer is the busiest season for the real estate industry. If you are looking to <a href="https://www.hansbrings.com/buyers/buying-a-home-in-waltham-ma/">buy a home either in Waltham, MA</a> or in a <a href="https://www.hansbrings.com/specialty-areas/">surrounding area</a>, do not feel the need to avoid the summer with the thought of nothing being left as the competition is high. Think the opposite! Summer is the best time of year to buy or sell a home for a reason. Below are five reasons why you should keep your head up while searching the real estate market during the summer season.</p> <h2>Prices Aren&rsquo;t Necessarily Higher</h2> <p>One of the biggest myths about real estate is that the prices for homes increase in the summer since it is considered the &ldquo;busy season.&rdquo; While the competition is high, and the prices of homes usually peak between June and August, the peaking trend alone is not the sole factor when determining a home&rsquo;s asking price. This price is also determined based on the number of similar homes also for sale in a certain area (which there usually is a lot of similarly priced homes on the market), interest rates, and the job market of that location.</p> <h3>Market Inventory is Broader</h3> <p>The <a href="https://www.hansbrings.com/market-analysis/">real estate market</a> is high in competition during the summer not because it&rsquo;s easier to shop for houses but because there is a large amount of homes on the market during this time. The extra &ldquo;inventory&rdquo; is a great opportunity for home buyers to search through different floor plans, amenities, and locations to determine where they will ultimately want to end up.&nbsp; In addition, buyers will tend to feel more confident in their home search as they know there are new properties appearing on the market week by week.&nbsp; If you find yourself in a less competitive market during the summer, then you can use the extra inventory can give you an edge with negotiating price on a home.</p> <h3>Buying &amp; Selling Around the Same Time May Be Easier</h3> <p>Some common situation homeowners find themselves in is that they need to sell their home before purchasing a new home, or they find themselves looking to sell their home after purchasing a new home. This leaves them with two mortgages but using the busy summer season to sell your old home quickly can help you get out of a bad two mortgage situation. The only thing to remember is that these big transactions do take time so if you plan to sell the same season of buying then you will want to be prepared as soon as possible. The best way to go about this is to contact a <a href="https://www.hansbrings.com/realestate/agent/hans-brings/">Realtor in Waltham, MA</a> to assist you.</p> <h3>No School</h3> <p>Throughout the school year, parents can agree that most of their time and focus is around their children and the schedules they have. Whether it is soccer practice, school, band practice, etc. there is limited time to pursue purchasing a new home. By waiting through the summer, you will disrupt their schedules less and you can bring them with you to showings. This is important if you are looking to get approval from all members of your family when looking for a new home. If you find out that sellers have families themselves you can use this to your advantage, as they are looking to finalize a sale before the new school year approaches. If they have not sold their homes towards the end of the summer, then they are more likely to negotiate prices.</p> <h3>Get To Know The Land &amp; Neighborhood</h3> <p>One of the main reasons for summer&rsquo;s popularity is the good weather that comes with the season. Shopping for homes during the summer allows you to see what your potential future yard could look like during this season. In addition, you will be able to get a glimpse of what the neighborhood is like if you were to purchase the house you are looking at. As you take note of the positives of the home and neighborhood during the summer you can also take this time to notice any red flags that could sway you away from purchasing.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Thu, 26 Jul 2018 15:07:14 -0400 4 Tips to Get Your Home Ready For The Summer Market https://www.hansbrings.com/blog/posts/2018/06/06/4-tips-to-get-your-home-ready-for-the-summer-market/ <p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5872/blog/new-1158139_640.jpg" style="width: 500px; height: 332px;" class="featured"></p> <p>Summer is almost here and if you&rsquo;re looking to move then it&rsquo;s time to put your home on the <a href="https://www.hansbrings.com/market-analysis/">market</a>. Summer is a great time to sell your home, so you want to take advantage by presenting your home as a place that buyers would want to own themselves. You want a buyer to see value in your home, and you want the sale to be easier and faster, while you get a fair value for your home. To do this, here&rsquo;s how you can get your home ready for the summer market.</p> <p><strong>Put Some Work in the Home&rsquo;s Exterior</strong></p> <p>First impressions go a long way and you want your home&rsquo;s exterior to be as appealing as the interior. Your home&rsquo;s exterior is open to the elements such as rain, snow, and the heat, all of which can affect how your Waltham home looks. You can improve a wooden deck, for example, with stain coatings, providing long-term protection from moisture and UV rays, as well as enhancing the natural grain pattern of the wood. Additionally, you can spruce up your home&rsquo;s exterior by cleaning the windows and replacing damaged screens. Power wash brick walls and driveways and add a fresh coat of paint wherever necessary to give your home that &ldquo;new home&rdquo; look.</p> <p><strong>Do a Bit of Renovating</strong></p> <p>Renovation can increase the value of your home for a summer sale in Waltham, MA, but it doesn&rsquo;t have to be a big project. This could include simple improvements, or quick touch-ups, on existing sinks, toilets, and tubs. You can also update worn flooring, replace windows, or repaint the interior walls of your&nbsp;Waltham house. Ensure that fixtures and finishes are in working order before putting your home up on the market. You want to present a home that&rsquo;s appealing to <a href="https://www.hansbrings.com/buyers/buying-a-home-in-waltham-ma/">buyers</a>.</p> <p><strong>Stage your home</strong></p> <p>When you are getting your house ready for the summer market, you want to highlight its best features. A professional stager is a great way to get what you need to get your home to&nbsp;sell faster and for more money.&nbsp;Staging is important in helping buyers to visualize the property they are viewing as a future home that they would want to own. &nbsp;A <a href="https://www.hansbrings.com/realestate/agent/hans-brings/">Top Waltham agent</a> should also have the expertise to help you stage your home with your own belongings and furniture.&nbsp; They can provide you with crucial information about what to feature, how to&nbsp;hide flaws and how to transform odd spaces into usable spaces. They can also create a mood that can play on a buyer&rsquo;s emotion to increase the probability that your Waltham home will sell.</p> <p><strong>Be Realistic About Your Selling Price</strong></p> <p>A seller is the best &ldquo;self-appraiser&rdquo; out there, but there is a difference between what you think your house is worth and its actual value. Survey similar homes in the area and get an idea of the ideal list price. It is a great idea to work with an agent&nbsp;who can educate you and give you detailed and accurate information on the proper price of your property.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>Apply these tips and you will not only increase the value of your home and get is ready for selling, but also improve its overall attractiveness and have it looking good for the summer as well. If you are looking to buy or <a href="https://www.hansbrings.com/sellers/selling-your-home/">sell a home in Waltham, MA</a> give me a <a href="https://www.hansbrings.com/contact-us/">call</a> anytime!</p> Wed, 06 Jun 2018 17:06:37 -0400 Selling Your House? Stand out from the Crowd! https://www.hansbrings.com/blog/posts/2018/05/30/selling-your-house-stand-out-from-the-crowd/ <p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5872/blog/hans_blog-1527707863-183.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 225px;" class="featured"></p> <p>It&#39;s no secret that it&#39;s a seller&#39;s market these days. Housing inventory is low, and buyers are hungry. But how do you stand out from the house for sale down the street? Here are a few tips to help position you to sell quickly and get the price you want. It&#39;s no secret that it all starts with the right Realtor&reg;. Choosing a <a href="https://www.hansbrings.com/realestate/agent/hans-brings/">Waltham Realtor&reg;</a> who has a proven track record of success and understand Waltham intimately is a must. They will be your expert guide from start to finish and will have the resources to deliver the best results.</p> <p>Bringing out the best in your home! We all know that Waltham is a great place to live, so it is important that we really highlight the best features your home has to offer. Whether it&#39;s a gourmet kitchen, detailed woodwork or a huge yard, make sure you let buyers know what makes your home special.</p> <p>Make sure you have a current <a href="https://www.hansbrings.com/market-analysis/">market evaluation</a> from your Waltham Realtor that accurately reflects the latest &#39;comps&#39; (what houses like yours in your neighborhood are selling for.) Pricing your home correctly can affect the length of time your home stays on the market and become stale, or even worse, leave money on the table and not get what it&#39;s worth. Your Realtor can help make sure your appraisal is current and valid.</p> <p>You may want to consider staging. What is staging, you ask. Staging allows your home to look its best in the <a href="https://www.hansbrings.com/buyers/buying-a-home-in-waltham-ma/">buyer&#39;s</a> eye. They will arrange your furniture, add or remove d&eacute;cor and create a welcoming environment where potential buyers can picture themselves living there. Ask your Realtor&reg; about staging. He will be able to recommend a great staging service or assist you in staging with items in your own home. Staging can be a real difference maker.</p> <p>You never know when you will strike gold. Flexibility is the name of the game when it comes to showings and open house. It is vital that you work hand in hand with your Realtor to ensure your home can be ready to show at a moment&#39;s notice.</p> <p>Keep all important paperwork together. Make sure you have all warranties and owner&#39;s manual for appliances, climate control systems and any other major systems that are part of the home. This shows potential buyers that you are organized and have taken good care of the home.</p> <p>Be ready to move fast on offers. Your Realtor&reg; will be instrumental in advising you on what a reasonable offer is. Even though it is a hot market, don&#39;t delude yourself into a price that just isn&#39;t feasible. You should try to respond to all offers within 12 hours.</p> <p>Getting your home sold quickly for a great price can go smoothly if you follow these steps and work with a great Waltham Realtor&reg;.</p> Wed, 30 May 2018 17:05:01 -0400 Make Sure Your Home Blooms This Spring! https://www.hansbrings.com/blog/posts/2018/04/24/make-sure-your-home-blooms-this-spring/ <p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="featured featured" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5872/blog/shutterstock_295207949.jpg" style="width: 500px; height: 334px;"></p> <p>Getting your Waltham home ready to sell starts with a good spring cleaning. Florals and a good thorough cleaning can transform your home into a buyer&rsquo;s paradise. Here are a few easy steps to prepare your home for the <a href="https://www.hansbrings.com/market-analysis/">spring market</a> and attract a flood of potential buyers.</p> <p><strong>It All Starts with the First Impression</strong></p> <p>Welcome your guests with an appealing entrance. The first thing <a href="https://www.hansbrings.com/buyers/buying-a-home-in-waltham-ma/">potential buyers</a> are going to do is walk through your front door. Make it warm and welcoming, after all, you are trying to convince them this will soon be their home. An inviting entrance is a key to winning over your buyers. Little touches such as adding a simple decorative floral wreath will do wonders. Clip back any overgrown branches that make be blocking the entryway. If need be, you may want to freshen up the front door with a new coat of paint to stand out from the rest on the block. First impressions really do count.</p> <p><strong>Always Have Fresh Flowers</strong></p> <p>Switch up centerpieces to cater to bright spring colors. Try to keep fresh flowers on the counter, or as a centerpiece to give a fresh welcoming feel to the home. The fresh flower aroma is so enticing. Not only is it a good idea to keep fresh flowers inside, but also make sure your landscape is kept up as well and plant some flowers to add to the curb appeal of the home to draw those buyers in.</p> <p><strong>Brighten it up!</strong></p> <p>Allow natural light to come in and light up your home&rsquo;s natural beauty. Wash all the windows, drapes, curtains, and blinds. A good soak of the blinds and they will look brand new. The smell of the fresh springtime breeze coming through the freshly cleaned windows is sure to create the feel of a cozy home.</p> <p><strong>Declutter!</strong></p> <p>This can never be stated enough. Buyers want to see a fresh clean home that looks well taken care of. The fewer distractions the better. This is not only a good way to appeal to potential buyers, but it also helps you with the moving process. The sooner you start getting rid of things and organizing, the easier it will when it comes time to move to your new home.</p> <p><strong>Scrub those floors!</strong></p> <p>If your floors need some extra TLC (tender loving care), give them what they need and refinish them. Make sure your floors are clean and polished. Springtime rain can bring in some muddy shoes. Make sure the floors are always clean and shiny. If it is going to be a rainy day, have a welcome mat for people to wipe their shoes off and a place for them to leave their umbrella while they tour the home.</p> <p>So, remember, there is no such thing as cleaning too much! To stay on top of it, make a list of a few things you can do each day to maintain that clean, like decluttering and always making sure your counters are cleared off and washed. Other things may only need to be done once a week or even less often. If you maintain these cleaning tips, you won&rsquo;t have to stress, and your home will sell in no time! For other tips and to get your home ready to <a href="https://www.hansbrings.com/sellers/selling-your-home/">sell</a>, an experienced Waltham Realtor will ensure you the most success when it comes to selling your home.</p> Tue, 24 Apr 2018 10:13:35 -0400 4 Preparation Steps to Buy A Home in The Spring https://www.hansbrings.com/blog/posts/2018/03/28/4-preparation-steps-to-buy-a-home-in-the-spring/ <p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5872/blog/shutterstock_558230320.jpg" style="width: 450px; height: 300px;" class="featured"></p> <p>It is common knowledge that the <a href="https://www.hansbrings.com/market-analysis/">real estate market</a> starts getting busy in the spring and summer time as nice weather starts to take over. This is when open houses start to be more common and houses fill up <a href="https://www.hansbrings.com/real-estate/search/">real estate listing</a> websites and directories. Purchasing a home is a big moment in one&rsquo;s life and should be prepared for properly if buyers want to have success on the market. Below are four ways you can properly prepare yourself for buying a home in and around Waltham, MA.</p> <h2>Save As Much as You Can</h2> <p>Money is the only way you will be able to purchase anything in life including a home. Making sure you have enough money is one of the most important steps to the <a href="https://www.hansbrings.com/buyers/buying-a-home-in-waltham-ma/">home buying process</a>. One of the first steps to making sure you have the money needed for a home is to get close to being completely debt free as possible. &nbsp;Debt will take your focus away from saving for your dream home so make sure you have as little debt as possible, so you can start saving your money. Once debt has been taken care of, compile as much money as you can for the following expenses you could be subject to during the buying process.</p> <ul> <li>Emergency fund with three to six months of expenses.</li> <li>5-20 percent down payment on your new home.</li> <li>Closing costs, which can take up to 3 percent of your home&rsquo;s value.</li> </ul> <p>In addition to these costs, you should keep in mind how much it will cost to move into your new home as well as accessories you will need once you move in.</p> <h3>Secure Financing</h3> <p>As mentioned before, preparation is key to a successful home purchase. Therefore, it is recommended to have all paperwork and other necessary documents ready at any stage of the home buying process in Waltham, MA. Not only does it show your seriousness about the transaction, it will also make the process go along more smoothly. Some of the finances you should check on include:</p> <ul> <li><strong>Checking Credit Reports</strong>&nbsp;&ndash; Review your credit report before a lender does, so you can fix any minor issues that might be pointed out. That way the report checking process can move quickly.</li> <li><strong>Gather Documents</strong>&nbsp;&ndash; Getting a mortgage requires certain documents such as recent bank statements, proof, and balance of retirement accounts, most recent W-2 form, recent paystubs, and driver&rsquo;s license. Having these documents at the ready will help you close on your dream home.&nbsp;</li> <li><strong>Get Preapproved</strong>&nbsp;&ndash; To further show how serious you are to buy a home to sellers, getting preapproved for a loan is a great way to do so. It shows you are ready to take out a loan as soon as possible to finance the house and show you want to be the next owner of the home.</li> </ul> <h3>Tune Your Wishlist</h3> <p>Buying a home is a big investment, which is why preparation is so important. A way to help your real estate agent in Waltham, MA find you your dream home is to fine tune what you are looking for. That way your Realtor will know exactly what to look for and place you in open houses that suite your needs. Some of the factors on your list include:</p> <ul> <li><strong>Set Your Budget</strong>&nbsp;&ndash; Narrow down your budget to what is reasonable for you as well as keeping in mind it the mortgage payments. The mortgage payments should be about 25 percent of your monthly take-home pay. You will also want to keep in mind maintenance costs into your budget.</li> <li><strong>List of Features</strong>&nbsp;&ndash; You always want to keep the end in mind when purchasing home. Work with your Waltham real estate agent on features that you like, and your agent can inform you which features help or hurt your chances of reselling your home if you need to do so in a couple of years.</li> <li><strong>Choose a Location</strong>&nbsp;&ndash; Once you are set on a location and or school district, pass the information to your Realtor and they will set up a portal into the <a href="https://www.hansbrings.com/real-estate/search/">MLS</a>. That way you can get notices when homes in your area are up for sale.</li> <li><strong>Open Houses</strong>&nbsp;&ndash; A walkthrough of homes not only helps you envision your family in the home but also helps with finances. You can see if your budget can get you the home you are looking for or not as well as determining if you need to save more.</li> </ul> <h3>Find the Right Agent For You</h3> <p>One of the most important aspects to entering the real estate market is finding yourself the right Realtor for you. Finding a good <a href="https://www.hansbrings.com/realestate/agent/hans-brings/">Waltham Realtor</a> is important as they can tell you all the ins and outs of the market&rsquo;s current situation. They also have ample amounts of <a href="https://www.hansbrings.com/realestate/market-report/">community knowledge</a> to help with your search. Find an agent that makes you feel comfortable and one that you can work with so finding your dream home happens as soon as possible.</p> Wed, 28 Mar 2018 09:00:00 -0400 5 Ways to Up Your Home&#39;s Spring Curb Appeal https://www.hansbrings.com/blog/posts/2018/03/26/5-ways-to-up-your-home-s-spring-curb-appeal/ <p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5872/blog/shutterstock_348914774.jpg" style="width: 450px; height: 321px;" class="featured"></p> <p>When it comes to <a href="https://www.hansbrings.com/sellers/selling-your-home/">selling a home in Waltham</a>, having a home that offers an experience for the potential buyer to envision themselves in with their families is usually a good way to beat out the market. With the <a href="https://www.hansbrings.com/market-analysis/">real estate market</a> fluctuating so much with different homes on the market every week, you will need to stand out from the crowd if you want your home to get noticed. This is where curb appeal comes in to play and acts as a vital factor in the real estate industry. With spring finally here, it is especially important to make sure the exterior of your home is in tip top shape, so buyers can picture themselves living in your home during the warmer months. Below are five ways to increase your home&rsquo;s spring curbside appeal.</p> <p><strong>Keep Everything Clean</strong></p> <p>Having an overgrown lawn or lawn with a lot of belongings and junk on them will turn away potential <a href="https://www.hansbrings.com/buyers/buying-a-home-in-waltham-ma/">buyers</a> as no one will want to go through an open house if the outside does not look up kept. First impressions are everything in life and this includes real estate. Before you have an open house, be sure to mow your lawn, take out any weeds, trim down trees so they do not look overgrown. It is also a good idea to clean your windows and any areas of your home that may show dirt. Using a power washer is a quick fix to cleaning dirty areas of your home but be sure to not stand to close as the pressurized water could chip away at your home&#39;s exterior.</p> <p><strong>Make Sure Your House Can Be Found</strong></p> <p>One of the most frustrating things is when you are looking for a house and you cannot find the house number then end up missing the house you were looking for. For an open house, if potential buyers cannot find your home then you could be missing potential sales. This runs the risk of your home being on the market longer than you wanted, which counts against your chances of selling your home. There are different designed, patterned, and colored house numbers you can put on your home or signpost. When picking them out, just make sure that they are not too distracting and blend well with your home.</p> <p><strong>Accent the Exterior</strong></p> <p>To help with the siding of your home, try adding some color to make your home pop and stand out from the other houses in your neighborhood. If the siding of your home is a simple gray color, try painting the trim or shutters a brighter color.&nbsp;By accenting the trim and shutters, the house will look more colorful and appealing which will increase a buyer&rsquo;s first impression of your home.</p> <p><strong>Enclose with Fencing</strong></p> <p>When it comes to fencing there is a difference between the front and back yard fences. Backyard fences serve a purpose of keeping things in and being defensive while front yard fences serve more of a decorative purpose. As front yard fences are typically shorter to show the area beyond the fence while adding to the character and flow of your home. Examples of these fences include white picket fences, short brick fences with gates, and a short latticework fence.</p> <p><strong>Porch D&eacute;cor</strong></p> <p>To increase your home&rsquo;s spring curb appeal even more, try adding some d&eacute;cor to your front porch. This d&eacute;cor will make your home look comfortable and open to visitors which will attract buyers to want to see the rest of the home. Welcome matts, potted plants, and having the porch area swept clean is a good starting point.</p> Mon, 26 Mar 2018 09:00:00 -0400 Is Your Home Ready for the Spring Market? https://www.hansbrings.com/blog/posts/2018/03/21/is-your-home-ready-for-the-spring-market/ <p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5872/blog/photo%20(1).jpg" style="width: 500px; height: 375px;" class="featured"></p> <p>Are you considering <a href="https://www.hansbrings.com/sellers/selling-your-home/">selling your home in Waltham, MA</a> in the next six months? If so, the time is now to get it ready for the spring market. Spring market is a term used by real estate professionals for that time of the year that is especially busy when it comes to buying and selling houses. The spring markets for the last few years have been especially robust, so it is more important than ever to make sure your home stands out among all the others. Here are a few tips to help separate your home from the rest.</p> <p>&bull; <strong>Spring Cleaning</strong> &ndash; This is the perfect time to get rid of clutter and really do a deep dive on getting your home sparkling. It is so vital to show potential buyers a home that is well taken care of and getting rid of extra junk will also accentuate the potential of space.</p> <p>&bull; <strong>Minor Repairs</strong> &ndash; Take a walk around your home with a clipboard and make sure everything works. From changing burnt out bulbs to tightening up leaky faucets to everything in between. There is nothing worse than a potential buyer not seeing a room because the lights won&#39;t go on.</p> <p>&bull; <strong>Get Out The Paint</strong> &ndash; How do your walls look? Do they need a little touch up? What is your existing color scheme? If it&#39;s somewhat bold or a little out of the norm, you may want to consider a different color. Neutral tones are best as they do not distract from the rest of the home.</p> <p>&bull; <strong>Organize Your Paperwork</strong> &ndash; Make sure you have all your manufacturer&#39;s warranties and operating manuals in one place. This includes anything from your furnace to your dishwasher. Basically, anything that is going to stay with the house.</p> <p>&bull; <strong>Less Is More</strong> &ndash; In your kitchen, make sure to have a minimum number of appliances on your counters. Get rid of all and any of your tchotchkes and other knickknacks. You really want to emphasize the counter space. Make sure your ovens and ranges shine! Do the same in your bathrooms; curling irons, shavers, and blow dryers should be stowed away. As with the kitchen, your bathrooms should be immaculately clean.</p> <p>&bull; <strong>Bedrooms and living spaces need to look livable, not lived in</strong> &ndash; In the living room and other common spaces, get rid of clutter and make sure there&#39;s good flow and that the furniture is arranged to emphasize maximum space. Remove family pictures and knickknacks. It is so vital that the buyers don&#39;t feel like they are invading someone else&#39;s home. In the bedrooms, make sure beds are made and closets are spacious and organized.</p> <p>&bull; <strong>Make a grand entrance!</strong> - First impressions do count. Make sure your yard is sharp and tidy. If there is still snow on the ground, ensure driveways and walking paths are cleared. If the climate has improved, ensure lawns are trimmed and think about planting a few flowers for color. Porches should be cleared of debris and swept. Make sure entry way is warm and inviting and welcoming!</p> <p>Finally, and most importantly, find an established <a href="https://www.hansbrings.com/realestate/agent/hans-brings/">Waltham area Realtor</a>. A Realtor is held to higher standards than real estate agent. You want a Realtor who is intimately familiar with Waltham and has a record of success.</p> Wed, 21 Mar 2018 11:03:25 -0400