Brian O'Neil - RE/MAX Advantage I



Posted by Brian O誰eil on 8/2/2020

The homebuying journey may seem long, complicated and time-consuming at first. Fortunately, there are lots of things a property buyer can do to streamline the process of finding his or her dream residence.

Now, let's take a look at three tips to help a homebuyer navigate the property buying journey like a pro.

1. Narrow Your Home Search

If you know you want to buy a home, you should take the next step forward in your quest to find your dream residence by narrowing your property search. That way, you can hone your search to properties that meet specific criteria and are located in your preferred cities and towns.

Oftentimes, it helps to envision what your dream home looks like and what features it offers. You may want to consider where your dream house is located as well. By examining these factors, you should have no trouble crafting homebuying criteria that you can use to narrow your property search.

2. Get Pre-Approved for a Mortgage

A mortgage generally is a must-have for homebuyers. Lucky for you, there is no shortage of banks and credit unions willing to provide mortgages to homebuyers across the United States. And if you meet with these financial institutions, you can get pre-approved for a mortgage and enter the housing market with a budget in hand.

Typically, it is beneficial for a homebuyer to pursue as many mortgage options as possible. This approach allows a homebuyer to search for the lowest interest rates and find a mortgage that complements his or her finances perfectly. Plus, if a homebuyer makes an informed mortgage decision, he or she may reap the benefits of this choice for years to come.

3. Collaborate with a Real Estate Agent

Even an expert homebuyer may need help as he or she navigates the property buying journey. By hiring a real estate agent, you can receive comprehensive assistance as you search for your ideal residence.

A real estate agent understands what it takes to find a great house at a budget-friendly price. He or she also is happy to share homebuying recommendations and suggestions with you to ensure you can seamlessly navigate the property buying journey.

In addition, a real estate agent will assist you at all stages of the homebuying process. He or she first will help you craft a homebuying strategy. Next, a real estate agent will keep you up to date about houses that become available and meet your homebuying criteria. A real estate agent then will set up home showings and attend open house events with you. And once you discover your dream residence, a real estate agent will help you submit a competitive offer to purchase this home.

As you get set to kick off the homebuying journey, it helps to prepare as much as you can. Thanks to the aforementioned tips, you can plan ahead for the homebuying journey. As a result, you can navigate the property buying journey like a pro.




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Posted by Brian O誰eil on 8/1/2020


11 Forkey Ave, Worcester, MA 01603

Single-Family

$269,900
Price

6
Rooms
3
Beds
1/1
Full/Half Baths
Three bedroom, 1.5 bath split with finished basement and one car garage under. Sliders off kitchen to deck overlooking large level back yard with storage shed. 4th bedroom, family room and half bath in basement.
Open House
No scheduled Open Houses

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Posted by Brian O誰eil on 7/28/2020

This Single-Family in Auburn, MA recently sold for $92,337. This Ranch style home was sold by Brian O誰eil - RE/MAX Advantage I.


13 Clarendon Rd, Auburn, MA 01501

Pakachoag Hill

Single-Family

$99,900
Price
$92,337
Sale Price

5
Rooms
2
Beds
1
Baths
2 bedroom ranch on level corner lot off Hampton St. Close to park, golfing, shopping and easy highway access.






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Posted by Brian O誰eil on 7/27/2020

This Single-Family in Worcester, MA recently sold for $332,000. This Cape style home was sold by Brian O誰eil - RE/MAX Advantage I.


19 Parkton Ave, Worcester, MA 01605

Single-Family

$314,900
Price
$332,000
Sale Price

6
Rooms
3
Beds
2
Baths
****MULTIPLE OFFER SITUATION - SELLER IS CALLING FOR HIGHEST AND BEST BY 6/21/2020 @3:00 PM*****Beautiful 3 bedroom, 2 bath Cape located in the Nelson Place School District. 1st floor offers an open kitchen and dining area. Kitchen has beautiful maple cabinets and granite counter tops. A generous sized front to back living room with sliding glass door to the back yard deck. 1st floor bathroom is a 3/4 bath with a shower stall. Oversized mudroom is attached to the 1 car garage with storage area. The second level offers 3 bedrooms with A bonus sitting area or office space leading to the master bedroom. There is a full bath with tub/shower combo. Enjoy the fully fenced in back yard perfect for out door activities or relax on the front full length farmers porch Home is located near Indian Lake with great highway access.

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Categories: Sold Homes  


Posted by Brian O誰eil on 7/26/2020

Image by Steve Buissinne from Pixabay

All home sellers understand that there are some costs to selling a home, but not everyone realizes what they're expected to pay for (and how much the total will be). We'll look at the most common expenses and how they might affect your budget. 

Real Estate Agent Fees 

This is probably the first thing that comes to mind if you're selling a home. The standard rule is anywhere between 5 to 6% of the final sale price. Not all sellers will shoulder this cost, but the majority will. So if your home sells for $300,000, you should expect to hand over at least $15,000 to be split between the buyer and seller real estate agents. Please note that commissions can be negotiable, especially if you're selling in a popular neighborhood. 

Prep Work 

While none of these costs are strictly necessary, they can help you get your home ready:

  • Repairs: If you're not planning to sell the house as-is, it's a good idea to spruce up the interior and exterior of the property. Even if you're only buying a few cans of paint and a roller, the costs can add up quickly. 
  • Home inspection: Buyers will typically do their own home inspection, but sellers who go above and beyond can give themselves an edge in a competitive market. If you're going out of your way to buy a home inspection, it can show you have nothing to hide. These inspections cost a few hundred dollars and may reveal structural problems that you were unaware of. 
  • Staging: Arranging your furniture to show off the best of the home can really inspire buyers to view its potential. Whether you dress up your home with cozy touches (e.g., cashmere throws, small bouquets, etc.) or more modern decorations, it can help attract the perfect buyer. 

Additional Fees 

If you're moving out before you sell the house, you'll need to continue paying the utilities. You'll also need to check with your lender as to exactly how much you owe when you pay off the loan. Some lenders will charge prepayment fees upon early termination. You may also be asked to either pay or split the closing costs, especially if you're selling in a buyer's market. This can include anything from the title inspector fees to transfer costs. Finally, you may need to pay capital gains tax if your home skyrocketed in value or any lingering property taxes.

Some sellers end up paying closer to 10% of the total sale price of their home, a figure that can be difficult to swallow for many sellers. It's worth clarifying each cost so you always know what you're paying for.