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Posted by Ari Koufos on 2/13/2018

Whether you're looking for the house of your dreams or the spouse of your dreams, it helps to write up a detailed description of the qualities that matter most to you!

While your goals should be realistic and attainable, you do not want to compromise your standards or aim too low.

In the case of house hunting, there are many conditions which will directly affect the success of your search.

Here are some of the main ones.

  1. Your budget: All things being equal -- the higher your budget, the greater your chances for getting everything on your wish list. The most desirable locations, lot size, amenities, and square footage often come with a price. The same can be said of homes that are in optimal condition with lots of recent updates, improvements, and energy efficient or high-tech features.
  2. The real estate market: Three factors which will invariably affect the outcome of your real estate search will be the local real estate inventory (the number of properties available -- especially those in your price range), the law of supply and demand, and property values in your chosen geographic area.
  3. Your real estate agent: Choosing a real estate agent who's experienced, resourceful, and dedicated can prove to be a significant advantage in finding a home that matches your budget, your goals, and your desired lifestyle. Once you've decided what you want in your next home, an agent or Realtor can show you houses on the market that will meet many, if not all, of your requirements.
  4. Your wish list: Creating a list of property features and characteristics that you absolutely must have in your next home will help ensure that you get them. A carefully thought-out "wish list" is also a vital aspect of your search for the perfect or "near perfect" home. By creating a clear mental picture of your ideal living space, location, and environment, you'll be increasing your chances of finding a home that meets all your expectations. There are literally dozens of features to keep in mind, including architectural style, square footage, the number of bedrooms and bathrooms, the size of the lot, distance from the street, privacy, the spaciousness of the kitchen, and the layout of adjacent living areas. If you plan on doing a lot of entertaining, for example, you might prefer an open floor plan. Features like a screened-in porch, a patio, and a large backyard are often major wish-list items for homeowners who enjoy outdoor living. Other items to consider may include things like a fireplace, a finished basement, a convenient laundry room, and a two-car garage. Proximity to stores, quality schools, medical/dental services, and recreation areas will also be key factors in the selection of your future home.
Thanks to the Internet and the many home improvement websites you'll find online, it's easy to get clear picture of your dream home, the countless decorating possibilities, and the many landscaping options available to you.





Posted by Ari Koufos on 2/7/2018


3 Rio Vista St, Billerica, MA 01862

Single-Family

$450,000
Price

9
Rooms
4
Beds
3
Baths
Well Cared for 9 room 4 bedroom 3 bath over sized 3700sq ft Contemporary/Colonial located in West Billerica near the Carlisle line. This home offers many options for an extended family. Bright & Sunny Great room with great views of the wooded private back yard. Large open kitchen with breakfast bar and separate eat-in area. Formal Dining Room, Nice Living Room with pellet burning stove. Master Bedroom w/whirpool tub. 2 additional full baths perfect for guests or extended family. Two car garage with direct entry into back foyer. This home is conveniently located with easy access to Rt 3 & Rt 4. Come view this weekend or schedule a private showing.
Open House
Saturday
February 10 at 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM
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Categories: Open House  


Posted by Ari Koufos on 2/7/2018


3 Rio Vista St, Billerica, MA 01862

Single-Family

$450,000
Price

9
Rooms
4
Beds
3
Baths
Well Cared for 9 room 4 bedroom 3 bath over sized 3700sq ft Contemporary/Colonial located in West Billerica near the Carlisle line. This home offers many options for an extended family. Bright & Sunny Great room with great views of the wooded private back yard. Large open kitchen with breakfast bar and separate eat-in area. Formal Dining Room, Nice Living Room with pellet burning stove. Master Bedroom w/whirpool tub. 2 additional full baths perfect for guests or extended family. Two car garage with direct entry into back foyer. This home is conveniently located with easy access to Rt 3 & Rt 4. Come view this weekend or schedule a private showing.
Open House
Saturday
February 10 at 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM
More Open Houses
Cannot make the Open Houses?
Location: 3 Rio Vista St, Billerica, MA 01862    Get Directions

Similar Properties





Categories: Open House  


Posted by Ari Koufos on 2/7/2018


3 Rio Vista St, Billerica, MA 01862

Single-Family

$450,000
Price

9
Rooms
4
Beds
3
Baths
Well Cared for 9 room 4 bedroom 3 bath over sized 3700sq ft Contemporary/Colonial located in West Billerica near the Carlisle line. This home offers many options for an extended family. Bright & Sunny Great room with great views of the wooded private back yard. Large open kitchen with breakfast bar and separate eat-in area. Formal Dining Room, Nice Living Room with pellet burning stove. Master Bedroom w/whirpool tub. 2 additional full baths perfect for guests or extended family. Two car garage with direct entry into back foyer. This home is conveniently located with easy access to Rt 3 & Rt 4. Come view this weekend or schedule a private showing.
Open House
No scheduled Open Houses

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Categories: New Homes  


Posted by Ari Koufos on 2/6/2018

When you think of selling a home, you may picture the conventional home sale where you hire a realtor, and the house is listed along with open houses held. An off-market listing keeps your property off the MLS (Multiple Listing Service) so that itís not accessible to many home buyers. 


Whatís The Advantage?


The off-market listing provides a feeling of exclusivity. This attracts only the most serious of buyers and allows a less stressful selling process for the seller. Sellers can expect to get at least the asking price for the property. How does an off-market listing work?



Celebrities tend to sell with off-market listings. Doing so helps their properties to stand apart from the mainstream real estate market. Buyers who are part of an off-market listing can feel as though they are part of an exclusive club that few can access. 


Regardless of how high the price of a home is, selling a home off-market can be easier for many reasons. You can sell a home to a relative or friend without having to go through the hassle of listing it. In hot markets, you or your agent can mention that the property is for sale to a few key people in the area. From there word may get out that your home is being sold, but no formal marketing is being done. 


Donít Be In A Hurry


Off-market listings are not for people who need to sell their home quickly. As a seller, you want to see how much interest there is in the property, so this could take some time. Youíre trying to attract buyers who are in a particular market, not just a group of buyers an agent has been in contact.  


Networking Is Important


Since the listing isnít advertised anywhere, word of mouth and the right network is important. You need to pick the right agent to help you with an off-market listing. This person should be seasoned in luxury real estate and have an extensive network who they can reach out to. 


Privacy Is Bliss


If you donít feel the need to have a big ďfor saleĒ sign out in front of your home, an off-market listing is for you. If you donít want people to know youíre moving and hope to keep your decision to sell on the down low, itís a great option. 


From the benefits of privacy to the strong possibility that youíll get a better return for your property sale, off-market listing are a great choice, especially for luxury homes.      

      





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