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Posted by Cori Oehley on 6/23/2020

If youíre selling your home it can be frustrating when you arenít receiving any offers. Perhaps youíve heard that itís a sellerís market and that the offers on your house would be flying in. However, itís more complicated than that.

Whether or not your house receives offers is determined by a number of reasons--some that in your control, others that arenít. But, that doesnít mean you have to give up and sell your house at a low price.

In this article, weíll discuss what to do if your house just isnít selling. Weíll talk about some reasons why people may be hesitant to bid, to inquire about a showing, and to seal the deal and purchase your home.

Revisit the comparable properties

If your home has been on the market for a while, itís a good idea to check out the other recent homes in your neighborhood to see how their prices compare to the listing price of your home. Since the market fluctuates, other sellers could be adjusting the cost to reflect the current rates, leaving yours higher than it should be.

When pricing your home, make sure you are comparing your house to those that have actually sold. Using houses that have been on the market for a while as a baseline might mean youíve priced your home too high to sell just like theirs.

Also, make sure you are using houses that share many of the common features that yours does. This can include:

  • Square footage

  • The year the house was built

  • Number of bedrooms and baths

  • The lot size

  • The condition of the home

Remember, it isnít all just about location.

Getting more leads

If people arenít making inquiries about your home, there are a few things you should check up on. First, make sure your listings are updated and accurate. The contact info should be easy to find, and you or your real estate agent should provide multiple means of contact (email, cell phone, text, etc.).

Next, ensure that youíve given enough details about the house. If people are searching for a specific number of rooms but your listing doesnít mention the number of rooms you have, you might be missing out on several inquiries.

Finally, make sure your photos are high resolution and well-lit. You want to make sure visitors to your listing can get a clear idea of what your home looks like. If your photos are small, dark, blurry, or if they make the house look cramped and cluttered, you should retake your photos or consider hiring a photographer.

Getting more offers

If youíve had plenty of inquiries and showings but you arenít getting any offers there may be a deeper, underlying issue that needs to be addressed. Usually, this means your home needs important repairs and upgrades that buyers simply donít want to make.

If your house is priced to be move-in ready but itís not, youíll have to make some upgrades or lower the price.

Not working with an agent

Sellers can also have a difficult time getting offers if they attempt to sell the home themselves without using a real estate agent. If your home is FSBO (For Sale by Owner), youíre missing out on a number of listing services and connections that an agent can provide.





Posted by Cori Oehley on 6/16/2020

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Every yard needs a fun and functional picnic table. Your outdoor table may be used to hold food, plants, craft projects, beverages and more. But, regardless of its function, it needs to look nice, and it needs to fit into your outdoor decorating theme. We have tons of ideas on turning your plain-Jane picnic table into a functional focal point. 

Add a Drink Holder

One of the most popular projects on Pinterest, adding a trough to hold drinks and ice to your wooden picnic table is an easy weekend project you can do yourself. You may have to cut and move braces beneath the table, but basically, it's just a matter of taking out the center board of your tabletop and replacing it with a length of capped and sealed rain gutter. Once attached, you can use the trough to hold drinks and ice, or it can become a pretty planter down the length of your picnic table. 

Use Glow-in-the-Dark Paint

Every picnic table needs a little something to protect it from the elements, especially if yours is made of wood. Applying a few coats of paint is recommended, and if you use outdoor paint that glows in the dark, you'll add a fun functionality to an otherwise blah piece of outdoor furniture. When your table glows in the dark, it's the perfect centerpiece for your nighttime parties. 

Apply Art Resin

Art resin is a newly popular technique for turning surfaces, such as bar and picnic table tops, into slick and shiny surfaces. You'll need to brush up on this technique by watching an online tutorial, and you'll need supplies such as art resin, gloves, spreaders, and cardboard. You can even embed objects like coins into the crevices and knotholes of your picnic table beneath the shiny resin. 

Create a Mosaic

Did you know you could turn your existing picnic table into an exotic work of art simply by covering the top with a colorful mosaic? Plane the top of your wooden table first, to make it nice and smooth, then attach a sub-surface, such as plywood, to act as the base for your mosaic. Turn chipped and broken teacups, pottery and dinnerware into colorful tiles by breaking them carefully with a hammer inside a plastic bag (wear googles!). Use tile adhesive to adhere them to your tabletop in a pretty design, and grout and seal them afterward just like you would tile. The result is a colorful, eclectic tabletop that's fit for the home of an artist. 

Picnic tables don't have to be bland to serve their purpose. Use these tips and others like them to make every cookout much more enjoyable. 




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Posted by Cori Oehley on 6/9/2020

While it's not always possible for conditions to be "perfect" when a real estate agent is showing a home for sale, things usually go more smoothly when homeowners are not present.

There are several reasons for this, including the fact that the family's presence at a real estate showing may make the prospect feel self conscious and uncomfortable.

Among other things, the potential buyer may feel like they're intruding and being an imposition. Some buyers also find it harder to concentrate on the many details they need to focus on to evaluate the home.

The ideal scenario happens when house hunters are able to picture themselves as the future owners of your home -- perhaps imagining what it would feel like to cook dinner in your kitchen, entertain guests in your living room, and relax on the back porch. However, when you and your family are there, it makes it more difficult for them to conjure up those images in their mind. So, to the extent that it's possible, it's often a good idea to take the kids out for ice cream or go on a short trip to the mall when a showing of your home is scheduled.

Granted, it may be a little inconvenient -- especially if the visit was set up at the last minute -- but you don't want to unintentionally dissuade someone from making an offer on your house. You never know what might "upset the apple cart!" There's a lot at stake and every prospect is a potential buyer.

Ideally, prospects should feel unpressured, unhurried, and free to express their opinions about what they're seeing. If they feel like they have to weigh their words carefully and be discreet about every reaction, then their discomfort may spill over into their feelings about the house, itself. Since buying a home is often an emotional decision, any negative feelings in the prospect could potentially derail the chances of a purchase offer being made.

Real estate agents not only serve as knowledgeable "tour guides" and objective sources of information for house hunters, but they're also there to accentuate the positive and minimize the negative aspects of a property. One of their main objectives is to put prospects at ease and help them appreciate all the desirable aspects of your home.

There are dozens of details, property features, unique attributes, and flaws that potential buyers are trying to assimilate and remember, so the fewer distractions there are, the better! That's why it makes sense to keep the atmosphere as uncomplicated as possible. It can be a bit of a delicate balance for real estate agents to maintain, but most have the training, experience, and finesse to keep things on an even keel and moving forward!





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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