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Posted by Deborah Schilling on 12/5/2019

When youíre shopping for a home, itís essential to find a balance between being respectful of the ownerís privacy and being open enough that you ask the right questions and find out what you need to know about the home.

In todayís post, Iím going to cover all of the etiquette and best practices when it comes to viewing someoneís home that youíre interested in buying.

Basic etiquette

Before we get into the fine details of questions to ask and what areas are okay to explore, letís take a minute to discuss the basic etiquette of entering someoneís home.

First, make sure you arrive on time and ready to tour the home. Being late will give the seller and their agent the perception that you might not be a serious buyer if you arenít arriving at the showing on time.

Additionally, when you first enter the home, itís a good idea to ask if you should take off your shoes. Some homeowners have a no-shoes-in-the-house policy that they extend to guests as well as friends and family. But, at the very least, make sure that your shoes are clean so you donít track mud around the home.

In terms of cleanliness, make sure you dress appropriately for the showing and that you donít bring in food or drinks. You donít want to be dropping crumbs or spilling coffee in a home that is being kept meticulously clean for house showings.

Ask the right questions

As you are viewing the home, itís appropriate to ask questions that may come up. Feel free to ask about the age of the home and when repairs and renovations were made.

Itís also fine to ask questions about the neighborhood and town if youíre unfamiliar with the area. Traffic and noise levels are pertinent information for any serious buyer. And these are questions that will be vital to understanding the home better and whether itís a good fit for you at the moment.

Where can you snoop?

Itís a good idea to ask before opening cabinets, closets, and doors the first time. But these are all reasonable things to expect to be able to look inside of when buying a home.

Itís not a good idea, however, to look inside nightstands, dressers, and other compartments that are more private and personal.

If a homeowner or agent asks that you donít enter a room entirely, such as a bedroom, bathroom, or basement, this is a major red flag that thereís an issue with the room in question. Every room of the home should be in-bounds when it comes to viewing a home that you might someday buy.

At the end of the viewing

Once the viewing is over, itís best to simply compliment the home, offer your thanks for the tour, and head home to consider your experience.

Avoid making any sharp criticism of the home before leaving, and donít mention any negotiations or ask questions about the pricing at this point. Itís better to leave on a positive note and have these discussions in private with your family before taking your offers to the seller.




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Posted by Deborah Schilling on 11/28/2019

The weeks and days leading up to a home closing can be stressful, particularly for a homebuyer who is already trying to do everything possible to secure his or her dream residence. Fortunately, we're here to help you simplify the process of getting to your closing date.

Now, let's take a look at three tips to ensure you can enjoy a fast, easy home closing.

1. Get Your Paperwork Ready

It often helps to get all of your homebuying paperwork ready before you pursue a residence. That way, you can minimize the last-minute stress associated with searching far and wide for pay stubs, tax returns and other documents that you'll ultimately need to get financing for a residence.

Furthermore, you should meet with local banks and credit unions as soon as you can. If you can get approved for a mortgage prior to starting a home search, you may be able to speed up the process of acquiring your ideal residence.

2. Be Prepared to Cover Your Closing Costs

Although you might have financing to cover your monthly mortgage payments, it is important to remember that you may need to pay closing costs to finalize your home purchase. As such, if you begin saving for your closing costs today, you can guarantee that you'll have the necessary funds available to purchase your dream residence on your scheduled closing date.

Also, you should be prepared to present a cashier's check or wire funds when you close on a house. If you plan ahead, you should have no paying off your closing costs when your complete your home purchase.

3. Schedule Your Final Walk-Through Before Your Closing Date

When it comes to a final walk-through on your dream house, why should you leave anything to chance? Instead, set up the final walk-through at least a few days before you're scheduled to close on a house.

If you find problems with a house during a final walk-through, you'll want to give the seller plenty of time to address these issues. Thus, if you schedule a final walk-through several days before your closing date, you can ensure that any home problems can be corrected without putting your closing date in danger.

For homebuyers who are worried about a home closing, there is no need to stress. In fact, if you work with an expert real estate agent, you can receive plenty of support throughout the homebuying journey.

Typically, a real estate agent can explain what you should expect in the time leading up to your closing date. If you have any concerns or questions before a home closing, a real estate agent is happy to address them. Plus, when your closing date arrives, a real estate agent will help you remain calm, cool and collected as you purchase a home.

Ready to streamline the process of closing on a house? Use the aforementioned tips, and you can reap the benefits of a quick, seamless home closing.




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Posted by Deborah Schilling on 11/26/2019


74 Bay View Road East, Dennis, MA 02638

Dennis (village)

Single-Family

$2,875,000
Price

6
Beds
11
Total Rooms
5
Baths
Rarely does an opportunity like this come along, particularly on the Northside in Dennis, mere steps from sandy Bay View Beach. Play all day at the beach and saunter home for lunch or refreshments. The child in each of us will enjoy the easy days of year round joy this home evokes. Sun pouring in is welcome in the shoulder seasons as this home is never dreary!. Sophisticated and elegant, yet remarkably casual and comfortable, thistotally rebuilt residence offers all the pleasures of seaside living with the convenience of a new, substantial beach home. It is now 'move in ready'. Working closely with her designer and builder, the owner has successfully created the ultimate beach home, taking advantage of space, light and spectacular views over the dunes to Cape Cod Bay. Offering three levels of living, with a fabulous floor plan for intimate gatherings or large-scale entertaining, this home is a delight for those seeking to revel in the 'Cape light' as the sun rises, play in the sun and sand all day at the beach-even bundled up in cooler weather, then drink in the fiery sunsets that happen any day of the year! Virtual staging used in some photos
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Sunday
December 01 at 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
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Posted by Deborah Schilling on 11/26/2019


17 Windsor Point , Mashpee, MA 02649

Mashpee (village)

Condo

$419,000
Price

2
Beds
7
Total Rooms
2/1
Full/Half Baths
This Impeccable Stratford Ponds end unit is sited privately in the complex with a woods view from the deck. With over 2100 SF, PLUS partly finished lower level, it will suit the Owner and/or visiting guests. It offers a spacious 1st floor MBR suite with walkin closet and cathedral ceiling. The kitchen has new granite countertops, opens to the DR & is made for interacting with guests while cooking. 1 BR & bath upstairs PLUS bonus office/studio AND a spacious sitting loft. A gracious foyer entry with columns defining the Dining Rm and the Living Rm adds an air of sophistication without formality. The vaulted ceiling living room has a gas fireplace, slider to deck with morning sun and plantings. The lower level has a wine cellar, home office space & a play room-perfect getaway space.
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Sunday
December 01 at 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM
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Posted by Deborah Schilling on 11/25/2019


264 Route 6A , Sandwich, MA 02537

East Sandwich

Single-Family

$899,900
Price

5
Beds
13
Total Rooms
3
Baths
You CAN go home again! This property will welcome you with warmth & charm. A lovingly maintained antique on 2+ acres, it offers substance & style with its architectural details, practical updates and immense livability. With a detached 2 BR guest house (verify as a rental unit/inlaw) , first floor living in the main home with ample guest spaces on 2nd level AND 5 car garage spaces, it abuts Greenbriar Nature Center property for peace, privacy & walking trails. A heated inground pool, lovely gardens and rolling lawn equals many options for outdoor entertaining & socializing. Close to Sandwich village with its unmatched historic character and near beaches for that much needed dose of salt air & sand. There is so much to appreciate here, that we can't wait to share it! Preview walkthru video!
Open House
Saturday
November 30 at 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Bring the holidays home to this incredible property. Come by and enjoy all this compound has to offer!
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Location: 264 Route 6A , Sandwich, MA 02537    Get Directions

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