Cori Oehley
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Posted by Cori Oehley on 6/2/2020

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Whether you’re renting or buying, transitioning into a new home can be a big step. From the moving costs to the costs associated with deposits, first and last months’ rent, and more, the whole process can be stressful and expensive. But before these worries pop into your mind, you may also be dealing with a tough decision: whether to buy or rent your next home. This can be an extremely hard decision to make and there are many factors that go into it. But by taking the time to think about your needs and understand the implications involved with either decision, you should have confidence as you make this next step in your life. In this post, we’ll discuss some key factors that you should think about as you’re trying to make the decision between buying or renting your next home.

Ready to Settle Down?

Buying a home is a huge step; therefore, you should only pursue purchasing a home if you’re ready to settle down. While you could always move and resell your home, or have it as a rental property, buying a home typically means that you plan to be in the area for quite some time. Do you like to move a lot? Not ready to settle in any specific location for a long period of time? If any of these are true, then renting is probably the best choice at this time.

Maintenance Costs

The costs associated with maintenance is another consideration to make. When you’re renting a property, you simply contact your landlord if the dishwasher isn’t working or if the thermostat is on the fritz. But when you own a home, these costs are up to you. And if serious issues happen like plumbing issues, mold growth or even a fire, then those costly repairs and added stress are in your hands. If you aren’t ready — both mentally and financially — to handle these maintenance tasks, then you may want to stick to renting.

Remodeling Possibilities

Have you ever been renting a home, then felt that the home would be 10x better if there were some renovations? Unfortunately, your hands are tied when renting a home and remodeling or add-ons are typically not allowed. But when you buy, you can make all the changes you want (unless there’s an issue with the HOA). This adds a certain level of flexibility with the homeowner and allows them to make any changes that they see fit.

Payment Control

Another factor to consider is your control of rent or mortgage payments. When you own a home, you accept the price of the home, then that price doesn’t change throughout the term of the loan. When you rent, the landlord can raise or lower the rent, which could leave you in a tough position. That being said, renting can be very beneficial, but the lack of financial control can be a huge disadvantage.

By focusing on the factors above, you can make an educated decision on if it makes sense to buy or rent your next home.




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Posted by Cori Oehley on 5/30/2020


586 Shining Rock Dr, Northbridge, MA 01534

Single-Family

$519,900
Price

8
Rooms
4
Beds
2/1
Full/Half Baths
OH TO FIND A LOVELY YOUNG COLONIAL ,SET ON A LOW TRAFFIC CUL- DE -SAC IN THE SHINING ROCK NEIGHBORHOOD, WALKING DISTANCE TO THE AWARD WINNING SHINING ROCK GOLF COURSE, This is the lifestyle you have been dreaming of. This generous lot offers gorgeous curb appeal and flat back yard with just a little more privacy should you want a pool. . Every window frames a view of Blackstone valley , majestic sunsets or wooded walking trails . . The open first floor plan makes Entertaining easy and your guest will be impressed with the high end finishes throughout the home. Crown moldings, Marble tile, Glistening hardwoods and gorgeous granite counter-tops throughout . Stroll up the road for social night out for diner and drinks at the Shining Rock club house. How about adding a low tax rates and easy commuter location ? Showings start Open House, Saturday 5/30 ,11-3 Sunday 5/31 11-3. Appointments preferred and Covid 19 safety protocal is required.
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May 30 at 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM
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Posted by Cori Oehley on 5/30/2020


586 Shining Rock Dr, Northbridge, MA 01534

Single-Family

$519,900
Price

8
Rooms
4
Beds
2/1
Full/Half Baths
OH TO FIND A LOVELY YOUNG COLONIAL ,SET ON A LOW TRAFFIC CUL- DE -SAC IN THE SHINING ROCK NEIGHBORHOOD, WALKING DISTANCE TO THE AWARD WINNING SHINING ROCK GOLF COURSE, This is the lifestyle you have been dreaming of. This generous lot offers gorgeous curb appeal and flat back yard with just a little more privacy should you want a pool. . Every window frames a view of Blackstone valley , majestic sunsets or wooded walking trails . . The open first floor plan makes Entertaining easy and your guest will be impressed with the high end finishes throughout the home. Crown moldings, Marble tile, Glistening hardwoods and gorgeous granite counter-tops throughout . Stroll up the road for social night out for diner and drinks at the Shining Rock club house. How about adding a low tax rates and easy commuter location ? Showings start Open House, Saturday 5/30 ,11-3 Sunday 5/31 11-3. Appointments preferred and Covid 19 safety protocal is required.
Open House
Saturday
May 30 at 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Restaurant Style Open House. Make a Reservation Or wait your turn. It's all good. See you soon.
More Open Houses
Cannot make the Open Houses?
Location: 586 Shining Rock Dr, Northbridge, MA 01534    Get Directions

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Posted by Cori Oehley on 5/28/2020


586 Shining Rock Dr, Northbridge, MA 01534

Single-Family

$519,900
Price

8
Rooms
4
Beds
2/1
Full/Half Baths
OH TO FIND A LOVELY YOUNG COLONIAL ,SET ON A LOW TRAFFIC CUL- DE -SAC IN THE SHINING ROCK NEIGHBORHOOD, WALKING DISTANCE TO THE AWARD WINNING SHINING ROCK GOLF COURSE, This is the lifestyle you have been dreaming of. This generous lot offers gorgeous curb appeal and flat back yard with just a little more privacy should you want a pool. . Every window frames a view of Blackstone valley , majestic sunsets or wooded walking trails . . The open first floor plan makes Entertaining easy and your guest will be impressed with the high end finishes throughout the home. Crown moldings, Marble tile, Glistening hardwoods and gorgeous granite counter-tops throughout . Stroll up the road for social night out for diner and drinks at the Shining Rock club house. How about adding a low tax rates and easy commuter location ? Showings start Open House, Saturday 5/30 ,11-3 Sunday 5/31 11-3. Appointments preferred and Covid 19 safety protocal is required.
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Posted by Cori Oehley on 5/26/2020

Home improvements are a vital part to keeping your home up-to-date with the times and also to ensure that it doesnít lose value when it comes time to sell.

To save money, many homeowners take the do-it-yourself route and use the tools at their disposal to upgrade their homes. Sites like YouTube have made it easier than ever to follow step-by-step tutorials that show you how to make substantial repairs and upgrades to your home without having to pay a professional.

The down side, however, is that when you choose to DIY, you take on the risk of going over budget by making mistakes. You also risk stretching out your project weeks or months longer than necessary due to a lack of time to work on it.

In todayís post, weíre going to talk about how you can stay on budget and on track to finish your home improvement project without bringing in the professionals.

Making a timeline

Letís start with the big picture for your home renovations. When deciding which improvements to make, itís important to know your limits in terms of the work you can do.

Set a reasonable number of hours you can work on your projects per week. Go easy on yourself. Most of us are already tired when we get home from work and probably wonít be able to start tackling big projects in the evenings. Rather, try to give yourself one weekend day to work on your projects and one weekend day to relax.

The most important aspect of creating your timeline is to try and keep your schedule open. So, write down the time you want to work on your home in your calendar, planner, or whichever app or tool you use to plan your time.

This will help you to avoid creating conflicting events and obligations, and help you stay on track to finishing your improvement projects.

If youíre looking for an evening activity related to your home improvement projects, itís a good idea to start watching some video tutorials of people doing the same renovations as you. This will help you avoid mistakes and look out for common obstacles that youíll face along the way.

Budgeting your improvement

Youíll want to save up for your project in advance, if possible, to avoid accumulating credit card debt. Your home improvement project should, in effect, gain you money by increasing the value of your home, not make you lose money on credit card interest payments.

Budgeting in itself is an art that few of us are taught in school. Fortunately, there are several free budgeting apps available. Or, you can simply draw one up yourself.

The key to creating a home improvement budget is to know how much of your monthly savings you can devote to this project without having to dip into other funds. To do this, youíll need a clear understanding of where your income goes.  

Once you have a budget and a timeline for your home improvement project, youíre ready to begin. Just make sure you check in on your timeline and your budget throughout the length of the project to make sure youíre meeting your goals and arenít overspending.




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