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Posted by Michelle Gillespie on 2/23/2020

Ready to enter the real estate market for the first time? As a first-time homebuyer, you may encounter many challenges as you kick off your search for the perfect house. However, property buyers who understand these challenges will be better equipped than others to overcome such difficulties quickly and effortlessly.

Now, let's take a look at three common challenges that first-time homebuyers may face:

1. You don't know what to look for in a house.

You know you want to own a house, but how do you define your "dream" residence? Ultimately, you'll want to consider what you'd like to find in your perfect house so you can map out your real estate search accordingly.

Creating a checklist of things you'd like to have in your dream home usually represents a great starting point for first-time homebuyers. This checklist should include both "must-haves" and "wants" and can help you narrow your search for the ideal residence.

2. You aren't sure how much money you have available to purchase a home.

How much can you spend to acquire a residence? Without a budget, you may struggle to begin your real estate search.

Lucky for you, many banks and credit unions make it simple to get pre-approved for a mortgage.

Set up meetings with a few lenders in your city or town you'll be glad you did. These lenders can help you assess your current financial situation, outline all of your mortgage options and ensure you can gain pre-approval for a mortgage.

With a mortgage in hand, you may be better equipped than other homebuyers to secure your ideal residence. This mortgage will help you determine exactly how much you can spend on a home. Plus, getting pre-approved for a mortgage can help you avoid the temptation to spend beyond your financial means to acquire your dream house.

3. You don't know what it takes to go from homebuyer to homeowner.

The homebuying process can be long and complicated, especially if you have no idea about what to expect from it. Fortunately, real estate agents are available to help you take the guesswork out of going from homebuyer to homeowner.

A real estate agent is a housing market professional who is happy to share his or her insights with you. He or she will respond to your homebuying concerns and queries and teach you about all stages of the homebuying cycle.

Furthermore, a real estate agent will set up home showings, keep you up to date about new houses as they become available and negotiate with property sellers on your behalf. This housing market professional will even go above and beyond the call of duty to guarantee you can purchase a home that you'll be able to enjoy for years to come.

When it comes to buying a home for the first time, there is no need to navigate the homebuying journey alone. Instead, collaborate with a real estate agent, and you can accelerate the process of acquiring a top-notch house at a budget-friendly price.




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Posted by Michelle Gillespie on 2/21/2020


6 Scott Lane, Northborough, MA 01532

Single-Family

$624,900
Price

11
Rooms
4
Beds
2/1
Full/Half Baths
Located in sought after cul-de-sac neighborhood - Colonial home on private, landscaped lot w/4 bedrooms & 2.5 bathrooms. Kitchen w/dining area, custom made cabinets, corain countertops, island w/cooktop, wetbar & tile floor. Family room w/gas fireplace, new carpet & built-ins. Sunroom w/wood stove & skylights. First floor laundry room. Living room & dining room w/hardwood floors & newly painted. First floor office & half bathroom. Second floor w/4 bedrooms all with hardwood floors. Master suite w/master bedroom, walk in closet, additional walk in cedar closet & private bathroom. Second floor large bonus room for additional home office w/built in selves & cabinets. Updates include roof, walkway, chimney, windows & vinyl siding,. Bosch Tankless Heating Gas System w/6 zones. Whole house standby natural gas generator. Updated electrical panel. Central Vac. Two car garage w/storage. Shed for storage & filled w/seasoned firewood. Good size backyard. Close to highways for commuting.
Open House
Sunday
February 23 at 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM
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Posted by Michelle Gillespie on 2/21/2020


6 Scott Lane, Northborough, MA 01532

Single-Family

$624,900
Price

11
Rooms
4
Beds
2/1
Full/Half Baths
Located in sought after cul-de-sac neighborhood - Colonial home on private, landscaped lot w/4 bedrooms & 2.5 bathrooms. Kitchen w/dining area, custom made cabinets, corain countertops, island w/cooktop, wetbar & tile floor. Family room w/gas fireplace, new carpet & built-ins. Sunroom w/wood stove & skylights. First floor laundry room. Living room & dining room w/hardwood floors & newly painted. First floor office & half bathroom. Second floor w/4 bedrooms all with hardwood floors. Master suite w/master bedroom, walk in closet, additional walk in cedar closet & private bathroom. Second floor large bonus room for additional home office w/built in selves & cabinets. Updates include roof, walkway, chimney, windows & vinyl siding,. Bosch Tankless Heating Gas System w/6 zones. Whole house standby natural gas generator. Updated electrical panel. Central Vac. Two car garage w/storage. Shed for storage & filled w/seasoned firewood. Good size backyard. Close to highways for commuting.
Open House
No scheduled Open Houses

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Posted by Michelle Gillespie on 2/18/2020

This Single-Family in Holliston, MA recently sold for $399,999. This Raised Ranch style home was sold by Michelle Gillespie - Keller Williams Realty.


15 Peter St, Holliston, MA 01746

Single-Family

$399,999
Price
$399,999
Sale Price

7
Rooms
3
Beds
2
Baths
JAN 5 OPEN HOUSE CANCELED. Enter via granite steps into this wonderful 3 bedroom, 2 full bath home on a big fenced-in lot.This horse shoe shaped street has more expensive homes and is about 1.5 miles from restaurants, shops, banks etc. in the center of town. Upgrades include: 2014 architectural shingle roof,shed and fence, 2018 ejector pump and 2019 water heater. The open floor plan flows from kitchen to the dining room into the living room with a wood fireplace. The hardwood floors are in great shape. A long hallway separates the sleeping area with 3 bedrooms and 1 full bath with tub/shower. The kitchen leads out directly to the big back deck overlooking the lush fenced in yard. The lower level features a large playroom, fireplace and a full bath with shower. New sink/vanity, wall and paint in LL bath. Laundry/utility room next to the playroom leads directly into the garage.

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Posted by Michelle Gillespie on 2/16/2020

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Most buyers understand the importance of getting a home inspection before purchasing a property. But did you know that some sellers are also opting to invest in a pre-inspection? These savvy homeowners realize that a pre-inspection can be a very helpful tool when it comes time to market their houses. If you're thinking about putting your property on the market, you might want to consider following their lead. The following are four ways that a pre-home inspection could benefit you during the sale of your house.

To Avoid Surprises

Imagine this scenario: You thought that your house was as good as sold, but then the buyer's home inspection reveals a major defect. The problem is worrisome enough that your buyer decides to back out of their sales contract. Now, you're having to put your house back on the market. If you had opted for a pre-inspection, chances are high that your inspector would have discovered the defect and you could have addressed it before listing your property.

Could Help with Your Sales Budget

Getting a pre-inspection report can also help you determine the best way to spend your money while readying your house for the market. For example, you may be thinking of paying to professionally stage your home. But if a pre-inspection turns up several defects that could impede the sale of your house, it would make more sense to channel your money towards necessary repairs.

To Save Money on Repairs

Buyers often add a clause in their sales contract that requires any issues discovered during their home inspection -- even minor ones -- to be repaired by a professional contractor. This can often be unnecessarily expensive. A running toilet, for instance, discovered during a pre-inspection can usually be fixed easily, cheaply and satisfactorily to code by a handyman or even by the homeowner. But a buyer may require the seller to use a plumbing contractor to fix the very same problem if it is written up in their home inspector's report.

Help You Determine Your Sales Price

A pre-inspection report can also provide you and your agent with important information that can help you to accurately price your property. If, for example, your house has some minor issues, such as an aging roof, that you don't want to fix, you can decide to price your home accordingly.

Cons

While there are many positive reasons for having a pre-inspection performed on your home, there are some cons, too, including:

  • A pre-inspection typically costs several hundred dollars
  • You may be obligated to disclose any defects discovered during the pre-inspection to potential buyers

If you're thinking about selling or buying a home, contact me. I would love to talk to you about my services and how I can help you better navigate the home buying or selling process.




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