William Raveis Real Estate and Home Services



Posted by Deborah Schilling on 4/3/2020


116 Bay Road , Barnstable, MA 02635

Cotuit

Land

$399,900
Price

Residential
PropertyType
Saltwaterfront lot for sale overlooking Cotuit's Shoestring Bay. Spectacular sunsets will draw you to build your dream home on this lot near Cotuit Village center. High elevation on this wooded lot will create an opportunity to have the waterfront home you want in a most special village. Owner had conservation approvals, engineering, septic design as well as letter of 'buildability' from the Town of Barnstable building inspector. Building 'envelope' at the time was for a 50'x 32' (approx) foundation plus a deck. Septic design was for a 3 BR residence. Buyer to be responsible for new permitting and approvals based on their own desired home. Documents available to share with interested buyers.
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Posted by Deborah Schilling on 4/2/2020

New windows can work wonders for a house. Depending on how old your windows are, replacements can make your home less drafty, and much quieter, but they can also spruce up a room that’s starting to look dated.

When you replace your windows you also might see a drop in your heating bill. However, the cost of replacing windows is steeper than you’re ever likely to save on heat. So, if you’re thinking of replacing your windows just to save cash, in the long run there might be better ways of doing so.

In this article, we’re going to talk about choosing replacement windows for your home. We’ll walk you through the different types of windows so you can find the type that fits your needs. Read on for our replacement windows buyer’s guide.

Choosing the right window style

There are endless types of windows that you could find in a given home. However, four main styles are what we normally think of when talking about replacement windows.

Single vs double-hung windows

First, there are single and double-hung windows. In double-hung windows, both the top and bottom sash are operable, or able to be opened. Being able to utilize both sashes is beneficial for airflow. Opening the top sash will allow the warm air escape, opening the bottom sash will allow cool air to enter.

In single-hung windows, only the lower sash is able to be opened and closed. But otherwise, they are very similar to double-hung windows.

Both of these types of windows come in variants that allow you to pivot the sashes inward to clean the exterior glass. However, if you buy single-hung windows you’ll only be able to wash the lower sash. Keep that in mind if you’re buying windows for a second floor or attic window.

Sliding windows

Sliding windows are those which move horizontally on their tracks. They produce good ventilation and are easy to use. However, just like single-hung and double hung windows, they do slightly obstruct your view at the midpoint when closed. The rectangular shape of sliding windows, however, means you won’t likely be able to install an air conditioner.

Casement style windows

The last main type of window we’ll talk about are casement style windows. This type of window operates on a hinge like a door would. When they’re fully opened, they produce good ventilation. When they’re fully closed, they don’t obstruct the view at all.

However, just like with sliding windows, you won’t be able to install an AC unit. Furthermore, this type of window is more prone to malfunction due to the crank and hinge system, and cranking it open and closed all the time could be a minor annoyance for some homeowners.

Frame materials

Window frames come in four main materials--vinyl, wood, clad-wood, and aluminum.

  • Vinyl is the most common. They look clean and modern, and they also resist heat and condensation making them easy to maintain.

  • Wood frames are regaining popularity. Since they often come unfinished, you can easily customize them to your home.

  • Clad-wood frames are wood on the interior and aluminum on the exterior, making them rugged and resistant to weathering and rot.

  • Aluminum windows are economical, lightweight, and easy to maintain.


Now that you know a bit more about windows, you’ll be better equipped to decide what type of replacements to purchase for your home.




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Posted by Deborah Schilling on 3/26/2020

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You may hear someone say that you should get into real estate, but truthfully, it isn’t for everyone. While real estate investing can be a lucrative opportunity, if you don’t know what you’re facing, things can quickly get out of hand.

Why Real Estate Investing?

Ultimately, the goal is to invest in something that will give you a return, or profit. In order to be successful, you must understand the logistics and the risk. It’s sort of like Monopoly – you buy properties, improve the land to collect rent, avoid bankruptcy and buy more properties. Just because the concept is simple doesn’t mean that’s how things will flow. The consequences of making bad decisions can be brutal, so being properly prepared is key.

Here are a few tips to get started:

  • Consider real estate investment trusts (REITs)
  • This helps get your feet wet without the physical property. Consider these like mutual funds, but they are companies that own commercial real estate. A common investment in retirement, these usually pay high dividends. If you’re new at this, it’s best sticking to publicly traded REITs, which you purchase through a brokerage firm.

  • Rental property
  • Consider buying properties and leasing them. You may also want to consider occupying your property and renting out rooms or units in a multi-unit building. By house hacking, you can purchase a property with up to four units and still qualify for a residential loan.

  • Online platform
  • An online real estate investing platform connects real estate developers to investors who want to finance projects through debt or equity. These usually have monthly or quarterly distributions, but you pay a fee and have a large amount of risk. You may also have to be an accredited investor, but there are alternatives, like RealtyMogul and Fundrise.

  • Flipping properties
  • You’ve heard and seen it on TV. Purchase a property that needs repairs, fix it up and resell it for a profit. Although HGTV and DIY Network may make it look easy, it’s a lot harder than it looks. You don’t know how much the repairs will be, and you’re initially on the hook for paying a mortgage. If you live in the home while fixing it up, that could save some money.

  • Renting rooms
  • Consider this the alternate version of Airbnb. You rent certain parts of your home (a room) and reap the benefits. This way, you don’t have to commit to someone long term and you can control how things work.

    It’s important to go into this with a clear head and complete understanding of your finances and the risk it may take. Having a conversation with a real estate broker and other professionals in the industry can help point you in the right direction. The location of your investments will also play a role in how much money you will have to spend. Take your time and find out everything you need to know to make an informed decision. Good luck!





    Posted by Deborah Schilling on 3/23/2020


    67 Spring Brook Lane , Barnstable, MA 02635

    Cotuit

    Single-Family

    $649,900
    Price

    3
    Beds
    9
    Total Rooms
    3/1
    Full/Half Baths
    If you want perfection and like new, THIS is it. This gorgeous 2014 built Contemporary Cape features 1st floor living, very open floor plan, vaulted ceilings and gleaming wood floors on first floor. Kitchen features a large island, ample counter & cabinet space adjacent to formal dining space AND Living room with gas fireplace. If you love to entertain in style and panache, make this your next home! The 'sun' room is a fully integrated bright & light family room off the rear of Living room, and it has atrium/patio doors that swing open to the deck. Lovely MBR suite with custom tile shower, large vanity & double sinks + walkin closet. 2nd floor offers 2 BR, a childs play/nap room OR home office, and a bath. Lower level is professionally finished walkout basement with windows and extra details-including an built in ''Murphy bed'' and full bath. Community sewerage treatment plant and open space areas. Gas hot air heat and central A/C.Don't miss walkthrough video for virtual 24/7 open house. Details about Cotuit Meadows and the property to be verified by buyer and buyer agent prior to purchase.
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    Posted by Deborah Schilling on 3/19/2020

    If you plan to sell a house, it can be easy to try to rush through the home selling cycle. However, doing so may do more harm than good, particularly for home sellers who want to maximize their profits.

    Ultimately, a wait and see approach can be beneficial for a home seller. Some of the key reasons to consider taking a wait and see approach to selling a house include:

    1. You can clean your house from top to bottom.

    A messy home is unlikely to generate interest from large groups of homebuyers. Comparatively, a neat, tidy and pristine home is sure to stir up plenty of interest once it reaches the real estate market.

    If you spend some time enhancing your house's interior and exterior, the benefits can be substantial. In addition to making your residence more attractive to homebuyers, you may be able to raise your chances of receiving offers at or above your initial asking price.

    To clean your house's interior, you should spend some time mopping the floors, wiping down walls and ceilings and doing whatever you can to make each room look great. Meanwhile, to improve your house's exterior, you may want to mow the front lawn, trim the hedges and do everything possible to ensure your house has plenty of curb appeal.

    2. You can conduct a comprehensive home appraisal.

    A home seller who immediately adds a residence to the real estate market might not understand what his or her house is worth based on the current housing market's conditions. As such, this home seller risks pricing his or her house too high or too low.

    Conversely, if you perform a home appraisal, you can set a competitive price for your residence from day one. This appraisal also will enable you to identify your home's strengths and weaknesses and find ways to transform assorted weaknesses into strengths.

    Employ an experienced home appraiser to evaluate your house – you'll be glad you did. With a top-notch home appraiser at your side, you can receive the expert insights that you need to price your house appropriately.

    3. You can discover the right real estate agent.

    When it comes to selling a house, why should you be forced to work with an inferior real estate agent? Unfortunately, if you rush to add your residence to the real estate market, you may select the first real estate agent that you meet. And in this scenario, you risk making a poor choice.

    On the other hand, a home seller who takes a wait and see approach can spend some time evaluating many real estate agents. Then, this home seller can make an informed selection and increase his or her chances of enjoying a successful home selling experience.

    There is no reason to hurry through the home selling journey. Instead, deploy a wait and see approach, and you should have no trouble remaining patient and capitalizing on the right opportunities to maximize the value of your house.




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