Deborah Byrne - Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Verani Realty Somerville
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Posted by Deborah Byrne on 9/3/2018

When you budget to buy a home, you sit down, do the math, and try to estimate what all of your monthly costs will be. There are so many monthly costs that come with being a homeowner that can make the whole process complicated. Sure, you have taken the standard costs into account like home insurance, property taxes, and even utilities. But there are a few out-of-the-box costs that youíll need to consider for your house hunt.


Flood Or Other Natural Disaster Insurance


Natural disasters are costly and devastating. Many homeowners who live in areas that are affected by natural disasters like floods and earthquakes often opt for additional coverage for their homes. Premiums for earthquake and flood insurance often end up being very high. As a natural disaster strikes, these premiums can go up even more. If you live in one of the high-risk areas for natural disasters, youíll want to check with your insurance agent ahead of time to plan for the additional costs that these special kinds of insurance will incur.


Water Costs During A Drought


There are many areas across the US that suffer drought conditions from time to time. Your water bill can skyrocket during these times. Itís best to continue conserving water and watch your bill closely in order to try and save some costs. Thereís not a whole lot you can do otherwise to control your bill. Youíll need to stay prepared with some extra cash on hand in case of these emergencies and know that costs can rise due to different environmental conditions.  


Tax Hikes And Special Assessments 


As a homeowner, youíll need to prepare for different kinds of assessments and tax increases. If your condominium complex needs significant repairs then youíll probably end up paying an assessment to help offset the costs. This is what comes with belonging to a homeownerís association. 


You canít prevent that the town is building a brand new school that requires a tax increase, nor can you prevent roof damage on one of the buildings in your complex. Financially, this is a hidden cost of homeownership that you should be prepared for. 


Unexpected Maintenance Costs And Home Furnishings


Once you move into a home, youíll need to prepare for the unexpected. The dishwasher may need to be replaced. The roof may need repair. The walls may need some paint. 


When you buy a home you may also need a bunch of things to furnish the home. These could include dishes, pots and pans, sofas, beds, and more. You donít want to leave your new home completely empty! You also donít want to be without vital appliances like an oven or a sink for too long if they are outdated or in disrepair. This is why itís a good idea to have extra money on hand to deal with any of these costs.


The best rule of thumb to follow when buying a home is to always be prepared with a but of extra cash on hand to avoid major issues down the road.           






Posted by Deborah Byrne on 8/27/2018

Have you ever visited someone's home and thought to yourself, "Their living room seems really cluttered" or "Those counter tops look like they haven't been updated since the 1960s!"

Many people quickly notice decorating flaws or home maintenance issues in other people's houses, but when it comes to their own homes -- well, that's another story!

Why is that the case? Two reasons: You're emotionally attached to your own home environment and you're also "too close to the trees to see the forest." It's hard to step back and see your home through a fresh set of eyes -- which is exactly the way prospective buyers are going to look it.

Curb appeal -- or a lack, thereof-- will be the first thing they notice, followed by positive or negative first impressions of your home's interior -- if they get that far! So if you're preparing to put your home on the market, you don't want to be like the person who tries to represent themselves in court. As Abraham Lincoln once said, they have "a fool for a client!"

Since first impressions are so vital when selling your house, it makes sense to confer with someone who really knows the ropes when it comes to home staging. Typically, that would be one of the following professionals:

  • An experienced real estate agent: Real estate agents are in the business of helping people sell their homes as quickly and profitably as possible -- it's a win/win situation. In all likelihood, they've conducted hundreds of house tours and listened to a massive amount of feedback from prospective buyers. One thing they've invariably noticed is that a lot of people react the same way to the same issues. Based on experience and a trained eye, most real estate agents can quickly spot and point out cost-effective ways to make your home more marketable and visually appealing.
  • A professional home stager: Although not all communities have access to professional home stagers, there are talented and knowledgeable experts in that field who can offer valuable advice. If you're working with an experienced real estate agent, however, it probably would not be necessary to pay extra to hire a professional staging consultant.

According to the National Association of Realtors, the median amount of money spent on staging a home is $675, so it doesn't necessarily have to be ultra-expensive. In a survey of its membership, Realtors ranked living rooms and kitchens as the most important rooms to stage. Also considered important are the master bedroom, dining room, and bathrooms.

Thirty seven percent of Realtorsģ representing sellers believe that buyers most often offer a 1 to 5 percent increase on the value of a staged home. A smaller percentage say the potential increase is in the neighborhood of 6% to 10%. However you look at it, you're tipping the scales in your direction when you make your home look its best prior to putting it up for sale.





Posted by Deborah Byrne on 8/21/2018

This Single-Family in Reading, MA recently sold for $500,000. This Colonial style home was sold by Deborah Byrne - Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Verani Realty Somerville.


129 Green, Reading, MA 01867

Single-Family

$499,000
Price
$500,000
Sale Price

6
Rooms
3
Beds
1
Baths
Beautiful spacious Colonial with high ceilings, gracious foyer with newer maple floors and amazing open bright kitchen. Entertain on your custom newer deck overlooking a huge yard with a sprinkler system and a garage. Location is incredible short walk to T, close to restaurants, schools, shopping and easy access to highways! Like to go for a walk; short distance to Lake Quannapowitt which also offer sailing fishing and wonderful festivities. This beautiful property is bright and serene and great for entertaining. Gas conversion 4 years old, 5 year old hot water heater; newer roof and bath, there is a security system

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Posted by Deborah Byrne on 8/21/2018


12 Teele Ave, Somerville, MA 02144

Tufts University

Condo

$1,399,900
Price

8
Rooms
5
Beds
2
Baths
Elegance at its Best! High End Brand new Custom renovation with 4 bedrooms and 2 decks with and incredible skyline view of Boston. . Blocks from Culinary delights and the cultural fun of Teele Square and Davis Square and Red Line. This incredible unit has custom Martha Stewart kitchen with "Fantasy White" Granite counter tops. 2 central air conditioning units in this sophisticated unit that has the feel of a single family home. There is 3 car parking with garage that is negotiable see listing broker for details and additional upgrades from building.
Open House
Sunday
August 26 at 12:30 PM to 2:00 PM
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Location: 12 Teele Ave, Somerville, MA 02144    Get Directions

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Posted by Deborah Byrne on 8/21/2018


10 Teele Ave, Somerville, MA 02144

Teele Square

Condo

$1,149,000
Price

6
Rooms
3
Beds
2
Baths
Welcome home to this sophisticated high end brand new custom renovation that has character, charm and elegance with a spacious open feel of a single family home. Location is superb; West Somerville/Tufts University. Short walk to great restaurants and festivities that Teele and Davis Square have to offer. Don't forget the Red Line. This charming unit offers a Custom Martha Stewart kitchen with recessed lighting; " Fantasy White" granite countertop and all upscale appliances. There is a fridgadire washer and dryer for convenience. This upscale unit also have central air. 3 car parking and detached garage are negotiable; ask broker for details and additional information from the builder!
Open House
Sunday
August 26 at 12:30 PM to 2:00 PM
Cannot make the Open Houses?
Location: 10 Teele Ave, Somerville, MA 02144    Get Directions

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