Lisa Westerman - ReMax Professional Associates


Looking to buy a house in the next few months? Ultimately, a cautious approach to purchasing a residence may prove to be ideal, and perhaps it is easy to understand why.

There are many reasons to err on the side of caution as you search for your dream house, including:

1. You don't want to pay too much for a house.

Although acquiring your dream house may seem priceless, it is important to remember that the costs to purchase a residence can add up quickly. As such, if you're not careful, you risk overspending on a house.

Lucky for you, there are many simple ways to avoid the temptation to bid too much on a residence.

First, analyze the housing market closely and search for patterns and trends. If you discover an abundance of houses is available, you may be operating in a "buyer's" market. As a result, you may be better equipped than ever before to acquire a top-notch residence at a budget-friendly price.

Don't forget to get pre-approved for a mortgage prior to starting your home search too. That way, you can enter the housing market with a mortgage – and budget – in hand.

2. You want to find a house that you can enjoy for years to come.

A home is one of the biggest purchases that an individual will make in his or her lifetime. Thus, it is important to allocate the necessary time and resources to assess a house before you submit an offer on it.

Of course, a home showing is a must prior to the submission of a home offer. A home showing allows you to walk around a residence and envision what life might be like if you purchase this home.

After you submit an offer on a house, you'll likely have the opportunity to complete a property inspection before you finalize your home sale. This inspection is important, as it enables you to learn about any "hidden" problems that may have gone unnoticed during an initial home showing.

If you feel comfortable with a residence after an inspection, you can move forward with a home sale. Or, if you aren't comfortable with a house at this point, you can always submit a counter-proposal or remove your offer entirely.

3. You want your home to retain its long-term value.

Let's face it – buying a home is a tough decision. And if you need extra help determining whether a home purchase is a viable long-term decision, it may be a good idea to consult with a real estate agent.

Typically, a real estate agent can respond to any of your homebuying concerns and questions, at any time. He or she is happy to help you explore high-quality houses, and by doing so, will enable you to take the guesswork out of discovering a residence that will retain its value.

Err on the side of caution as you proceed along the homebuying journey, and you should have no trouble purchasing a residence that matches or surpasses your expectations.



56 Dailey Ter, Fitchburg, MA 01420

Single-Family

$269,900
Price

6
Rooms
3
Beds
1/1
Full/Half Baths
3 Bedroom 1 ½ Bath Dormered Cape tastefully renovated in modern style & colors located on a flat lot in a neighborhood setting. So many recent updates done in the last 5-10 years. Kitchen has SS appliances & Vinyl Wood Plank flooring, Farmhouse-style Barn Door leads to a 1st flr bedroom currently used as a Den/Office w/ hardwood flooring. Living rm/Dining Rm boast hardwoods & an open floor plan, perfect for entertaining. Sliders lead to an easy to maintain patio deck. 1st floor half bath is completely remodeled sparing no expense on quality products, incl custom quartz shelving & Italian tile flr. Upstairs has 2 bedrooms w/ hardwoods & a completely remodeled full bath, also w/ Italian tile flr & quartz top. Full basement w/ 2 heated rms, a 22x17 family rm & 11x14 office. Both freshly painted & ready for you to add your finishing touches. Utility area/laundry room also in LL. Other updates include young, Buderus Boiler, young roof, gutters, Reeds-Ferry shed & sprinkler system. Come see!
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After you receive an offer to purchase your house, you likely have only a short period of time to make your decision. Ultimately, determining whether to accept, reject or counter a homebuyer's proposal can be tricky. But if you plan ahead, you should have no trouble performing a comprehensive analysis of a buyer's offer, regardless of how much time is available.

Now, let's take a look at three tips to help you review a homebuying proposal.

1. Weigh the Pros and Cons

Creating a pros-cons list may prove to be ideal, particularly for a seller who is struggling to decide how to proceed with an offer. With this list in hand, you can evaluate the advantages and disadvantages of accepting a proposal and determine the best course of action.

Furthermore, it may be beneficial to assess your homebuying goals relative to an offer. If you goal is to maximize your profits, for example, you may want to accept an offer only if it matches or exceeds your house's initial asking price. Or, if your goal is to move out of your current residence as soon as possible, you may be willing to accept a proposal, even if it falls short of your home's initial asking price.

2. Assess the Housing Market

Housing market data is readily available that may help you make the best-possible decision about a home offer. If you analyze this information closely, you may be better equipped than ever before to decide whether a buyer's proposal is "fair" based on the current real estate market's conditions.

Oftentimes, it helps to conduct a home appraisal before you list your residence as well. Following a home appraisal, you'll receive a property valuation that may help you price your residence and evaluate home offers down the line.

3. Consult with a Real Estate Agent

There is no need to examine a home offer on your own. Instead, collaborate with a real estate agent, and you can receive expert recommendations as you assess a homebuying proposal.

A real estate agent is happy to work with you at each stage of the home selling process. This housing market professional will make it simple for you to list your house and promote it to the right groups of buyers. Next, a real estate agent will set up home showings and open house events to showcase your residence. And once you receive an offer on your house, a real estate agent will allocate the necessary time and resources to help you make an informed decision.

Lastly, if the first home offer that you receive fails to impress, there is no need to worry. You should not feel pressure to accept the initial offer on your house. In fact, you can always counter this proposal to set the stage for negotiations with a buyer, which could increase the likelihood of a successful home sale.

Get ready to review a homebuying proposal – use the aforementioned tips, and you can fully assess any offer that you receive.



2 Colony Ln, Paxton, MA 01612

Single-Family

$219,900
Price

9
Rooms
4
Beds
2/1
Full/Half Baths
Attention Contractors. Lots of potential in this spacious Cape with an addition that was used as an in-law set up. Main house has 3 bedrooms and 1 1/2 baths, kitchen dining room, family room & full basement. In-law addition has a living room, kitchen, full bath and 1 bedroom. between the main house and addition is what used to be a garage but is now used as a family room for main house, Lots of space, refinished hardwoods throughout, and passing Title V. however, please note this home needs a lot of TLC Windows older, Roof needs replacing, porches in rough shape. Some seepage in basement in extreme conditions - no more than 2x/yr. Located in a neighborhood setting on a culdesac. Quick close possible - easy to show.
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4 Elizabeth Ln, Paxton, MA 01612

Single-Family

$299,900
Price

7
Rooms
3
Beds
1
Baths
One level living at it's best! Sunny 3 bedroom,1 bath ranch with attached garage in a neighborhood setting. This home is turn-key - completely renovated within the last few years. Brand new roof, brand new oil tank, updated bathroom & updated kitchen w/ granite counters & breakfast bar which is open to dining room. Convenient 1st floor family room (electric heat in this room only). Bedrooms have gleaming hardwoods & ceiling fans. Young windows, vinyl siding, young septic, boiler, recessed lighting added to kitchen & dining room. Fireplaced living room with gleaming hardwoods is open to a dining area with built in hutch - which is currently being used as extra living room space which is a great option. Full basement has great ceiling height, concrete floor and is completely open, ready for your finishing touches! Last but not least is the spacious fenced back yard with new fire pit. No showings until Open House Saturday March 14th 12:30-2. Come see you won't be disappointed!
Open House
Saturday
March 14 at 12:30 PM to 2:00 PM
Come see this totally updated turn-key home for the first time at this Open house, Come see - you won't be disappointed!
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