The South Coast Real Estate Round-Up

Congratulations to Jan Caouette for helping her buyer clients navigate their purchase of 426 Highland Ave in Westport!

Jan is a long-time Westport resident who personally knows what makes the town of Westport a desirable place to live. She’s knowledgeable about the schools in the area, local ordinances, and the current housing market, which is key to getting to the closing table without delay. Her expertise makes her the perfect person to find you your next home!

Westport

Westport is a small town on the southern coast of Massachusetts sandwiched between Little Compton RI and Dartmouth MA, filled with sprawling farmland and gorgeous blue beaches. This quaint town is a gem that you rarely find with friendly neighbors, a local grocery store, and family-owned restaurants; this town feels like it was pulled right out of a story book. 

For more information about the real estate market in Westport MA contact Jan Caouette at 508-965-5891, or on the web at www.RealEstatebyJan.com

Posted by Christopher Terry on May 7th, 2017 11:47 AM

Growing up, most of us imagined living in a home that we owned. A home that we could decorate to our perfection, and a place with a big enough backyard for the kids and dogs to run free in.


For many though, it is hard to take the leap and buy a home. That is why here at E Z Home Search Real Estate we want to give you a comprehensive buying guide so that you don’t feel alone when you start the search for your perfect home.


This is Part 2 in our guide to help you through the process. Below is a list of buying tips for when you purchase that dream home of yours!


Get Pre-Qualified-- Knowing what exactly you can afford is the first step to seriously considering buying a home. Sometimes though, it is nerve-wracking and overwhelming to think about how you should go about getting pre-qualified. That’s when we come in. Here at E Z Home Search we can get you in touch with professionals who will work with you to get pre-qualified!


Always Think Resale-- The average time spent in a home is 5 to 7 years, so you should consider what future buyer might be looking for if you do ever decide to sell your home. Even though you might not mind having a backyard against a busy street, future buyers may. Studies show that homes near busy streets and railroad tracks take longer to sell, so it is something to consider when purchasing your home.


The Little Things Can Be Changed-- Location, location, location. The home is in the perfect neighborhood but all of the lighting fixtures are from the 1980’s and there is still wallpaper on the walls. Guess what, though? Wallpaper can be changed, the neighborhood can not. So pick a home with good bones in a great location and deal with the little cosmetic things later!


Don’t Wait-- Yes, buying a home is a huge decision. But, all too often we see people lose their dream home because they wanted to sleep on it and they waited too long to put an offer in. Homes sell fast. Especially the homes that are in a good location with a great price. Chances are, if it is your dream home then it’s someone else’s dream home as well. So if you find that perfect place, don’t wait and let it slip away!


Compare Sales-- To see if the home you want to buy is a steal or a rip off you can look at the recent sales of similar homes, called “comparable sales. Comparable sales are recent sales of homes that compare closely to the one you are looking to purchase, usually sold in the past few months. Specifically, you want to compare prices of homes that are similar in square footage, garage spaces, number of bedrooms and baths, lot size, etc. Of course, if you need help with this, that is what we at E Z Home Search Real Estate are for! Don't miss Part 3 of our Home Buyers Guide where we review questions you must ask your agent before you buy!


Do you have more tips from your home buying experience? Comment below and let us know!



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Mariah Terry is passionate writer and blogger studying Journalism at Emerson College with a minor in Marketing. See her work at mariahjterry.wix.com/reblogs.


Posted by Christopher Terry on January 12th, 2016 9:15 AM

 





When Old Man Winter settles in for a long chilly season, follow these simple guidelines to winterize your home and save money on utilities.

Inside Your Home

  • Have your furnace system serviced to ensure it's working efficiently and not emitting carbon monoxide.
  • Clean permanent furnace filters and replace paper or disposable filters.
  • Replace the batteries in smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.
  • If you have a wood stove or fireplace, have your chimney swept thoroughly. It should be cleaned before the soot build up reaches one-fourth inch thickness inside the chimney flue.
  • Check your hot water heater for leaks and maintain proper temperature setting (120 degrees recommended by Department of Energy). On older water heaters with less insulation, for every 10 degrees Fahrenheit you lower the temperature, you save 6 percent of your water heating energy.
  • Check the attic to see if insulation needs to be added or replaced. This is the most significant area of heat loss in many homes, so it is also important to see that it has proper ventilation. Inadequate ventilation could lead to premature deterioration of the insulation materials. You may also need to check insulation in exterior walls, crawl spaces and along foundation walls.
  • Check all windows and doors for air leaks. Install storm windows and putty, caulk or add weather stripping as needed.
  • Check basement and cellars for seal cracks or leaks in walls and floor.
  • Clean and vacuum baseboard heaters, heating ducts and vents.

Outside Your Home

  • Store or cover outdoor furniture, toys and grill.
  • Purchase rock salt for melting snow and a shovel or snow blower if you don't already have one. Make sure you have the right kind of gas and oil on hand for your snow blower in the case of an unexpected snowstorm.
  • Insulate exterior spigots and other pipes that are subject to freezing but can't be drained or shut off.
  • Rake and compost leaves and garden debris, or put out for yard-waste pickup.
  • Clean storm drains, gutters and other drain pipes.
  • Check the foundation for proper drainage. To do this, spray yard with a hose to see if water runs away from the house. A little shoveling to reshape the earth next to the house may make the water run away from the foundation.
  • Make sure dirt or piles of wood don't come into contact with or touch siding, inviting termites and carpenter ants into the house.
  • Seal driveway and walkway cracks, if needed, before ground freezes regularly.
  • Inspect the roof for loose, damaged or missing pieces.
  • Check attic vent openings for nests or other blockages.
  • Caulk joints and minor cracks on exterior walls and siding.
  • Look for deteriorating finishes. Minor problems can be patched to preserve the wood. Put bigger jobs, such as scraping and refinishing painted or stained areas, on the calendar for next spring or early summer.
  • Drain and shut off sprinkler systems and other exterior water lines to avoid frozen and broken pipes.

In addition, if you live in Massachusetts visit http://www.masssave.com , they can provide you a free energy audit to help you find additional savings.

Christopher Terry is a licensed real estate broker in Ma and RI, has completed the Accredited Buyer Representative Certification, is a graduate of the Certified Distressed Property Institute, holds the prestigious CDPE designation, is a 4-Time winner of the Master Sales Society's 5/50 Award and is the founder of EZ Home Search Real Estate Inc.

Posted by Christopher Terry on November 8th, 2014 8:38 AM

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