Brian O'Neil - RE/MAX Advantage I

Posted by Brian O’Neil on 1/19/2020

If you want to enjoy a fast, seamless and profitable home selling experience, it helps to be flexible. That way, you won't feel pressure to accept the first homebuying proposal that comes your way. Instead, you can listen to various homebuying offers, consider their pros and cons and choose one that matches or exceeds your expectations.

Unfortunately, the stress associated with selling a house can escalate quickly. And if a home seller is not careful, he or she risks making rash decisions that may lead to subpar results.

When it comes to selling a house, it generally is a good idea to be flexible. Now, let's take a look at three tips to help sellers maintain their flexibility throughout the home selling cycle.

1. Evaluate the Housing Market

The current housing market may favor buyers or sellers. If you want to maximize the profits from your home sale – and maintain your flexibility throughout the home selling journey – you should examine the real estate sector closely.

Assess the prices of available houses in your city or town that are similar to your own. This will allow you to see how your residence stacks up against the competition and price it appropriately.

Furthermore, evaluate the prices of recently sold houses in your area. With this housing market data, you can determine whether you're preparing to enter a buyer's or seller's market and plan accordingly.

2. Don't Hesitate to Counter a Buyer's Offer

After you list your house, it may be only a matter of time before you receive an offer on your house. However, just because you receive an offer on your house does not mean that you have to accept this proposal.

Remember, your duty as a home seller is to accept the ideal homebuying proposal based on your home selling goals. If an offer fails to meet your expectations, you should not hesitate to counter or reject this proposal.

In most instances, it helps to counter a buyer's proposal. If you submit a counter-offer that matches a buyer's needs, both you and a buyer can move forward with a transaction. Or, in the worst-case scenario, a buyer will reject the counter-offer, and you can move forward with your attempt to sell your house.

3. Work with a Real Estate Agent

If you're unsure about how to stay flexible throughout the home selling journey, you can always hire a real estate agent. In fact, with a real estate agent at your side, you can get the insights that you need to succeed in any housing market, at any time.

A real estate agent will learn about your home selling goals and help you map out a successful home selling journey. Plus, he or she will list your residence, promote it to the right groups of potential buyers and ensure you can make an informed decision about whether to accept, reject or counter a buyer's proposal.

Want to sell your house? Consider the aforementioned tips, and you can operate as a flexible home seller.

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Posted by Brian O’Neil on 1/12/2020

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 Brian O’Neil on 1/11/2020

This Condo in Worcester, MA recently sold for $115,000. This Mid-Rise style home was sold by Brian O’Neil - RE/MAX Advantage I.

926 Southbridge St, Worcester, MA 01610


Sale Price

Converted 3 bedroom schoolhouse condo with charm and modern updates. First floor unit featuring sun-drenched rooms and 12 foot high ceilings. Updated kitchen with brand new quartz counter tops and stainless steal appliances. Huge living room with brick accent wall.

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Posted by Brian O’Neil on 1/10/2020

This Multi-Family in Worcester, MA recently sold for $350,000. This style home was sold by Brian O’Neil - RE/MAX Advantage I.

3 Hyannis Pl, Worcester, MA 01604


Sale Price

Approx. GLA
Investors, and Owner Occupied buyers take note. This property is turn key, and fully rented. This large, and well kept three family is tucked off Grafton St, on a quiet lot. Only minutes from downtown Worcester, the Canal District, Shrewsbury st, and has many amenities nearby. This property needs only minor cosmetic upgrades to maximize it's rent potential. The rents are below the average in the area, and 2/3 tenants are MTM. Second floor is a long time tenant, who's lease ends early spring 2020. The total average rents in the area would be around $3k per month for this building.

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Posted by Brian O’Neil on 1/5/2020

80 Salisbury St, Worcester, MA 01609




Huge 1,476 sq ft 2 bedroom condo, with 2 full baths. Sweeping city views from two 6th floor balconies off the large living room, and master bedroom. Close to WPI, Worcester Art Museum, The American Antiquarian Society, Institute Park, shopping, and restaurants. Easy access to I-290, Mass Pike, Rt-146, MBTA commuter trains and bus terminal. Becker College, Mass College of Pharmacy, UMass Medical School, and St. Vincent's Hospital are all nearby as well. Deeded indoor parking garage space, #23.
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