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Posted by Hope Real Estate Group, Inc on 9/19/2018

Attending an open house is a great way to learn a great deal about a home in a relatively short amount of time. It allows you to see inside the home with your own eyes, enabling you to notice details that are omitted in photos, whether itís a noisy neighborhood or a smelly basement.

Aside from learning about the home, an open house is also an opportunity to help real estate agents learn about you. Being prepared and professional at an open house could set you apart from other, more casual, attendees helping you make a good impression.

Since most of us donít attend open houses on the regular, and since there probably isnít an Open House Etiquette 101 course you can take at your local college, it can be difficult to know exactly how to prepare for an open house. How should you dress? Should you take notes? Is it rude to take photos? Which questions are welcome and which should be avoided?

In this article, weíll help demystify the open house, leaving you more prepared to leave a positive impression when you go to see what could potentially be your future home.

Appearance

How should you dress when attending an open house? An open house is neither a funeral nor a trip to the beach. The realtor showing the house likely isnít a fashion critic-theyíre there to answer your questions.

In most cases, casual clothing is appropriate. Since youíll be touring the house and yard, however, you might want to avoid heels.

Questions and conversation

An open house is your time to learn all of the relevant facts about a house. Good questions to ask include upgrades to the house, how many offers it has received, and the current ownerís timeline (when they want or need to close by).

There are other topics youíll want to avoid. Donít ask too many personal questions about the sellers. It will make the real estate agent, understandably, uncomfortable. Also be sure not to reveal too many details about yourself. You donít want to mention things like your spending limit as this will remove some of your powers of negotiation.

Itís okay if the furniture and decorations in the home arenít your taste, but itís a bad idea to criticize these items as you tour the house, as you may offend the agent or owners who have decorated.

Being respectful of the owner'sí space

Even though the house is for sale, itís still someoneís home. Itís inadvisable to bring food or drinks without a secure cap into an open house.

We live in a time when everyone photographs and shares everything. But avoid the temptation to take photos when youíre at an open house. Would you want someone going through your home, taking pictures of your valuables, and then sharing them online? Instead, refer back to photos that are available online or from the agent.

When it comes to touring the house, all of the rooms should be viewable. In fact, if thereís a room you canít enter for any reason this should raise a red flag that something is wrong with the home. However, just because you should look in the closets to get an idea of space doesnít mean you should touch or go through the personal belongings of the homeowner.


Follow all of the above open house tips and youíll be sure to leave a good impression.





Posted by Hope Real Estate Group, Inc on 9/17/2018


25 Bonnette Ave, Thompson, CT 06277

Single-Family

$275,000
Price

7
Rooms
3
Beds
1
Baths
~~*~~ NEW TO THE MARKET!!! ~~*~~ CT/MA Border ~ Custom "Hip Roof" Ranch with Solid Double DOOR Entry & Slate Floor!! Lots of Toys - NO Problem >> Property Includes a 2 Car Attached Garage AND a 32x32 Detached "Powered" Garage!! This Large 7 Room, 3 Bedroom, 1 Full Bath Home Offers so Many Wonderful Features >>> Living Room with Beamed Vaulted Ceilings & Back to Back Brick Fireplace!~ Enclosed Heated Sunroom!~ Koi Pond!~ Large Level Lot!~ Wired for Generator!~ Hardwood Flooring!~ Central Air!! Need Extra Space? The Downstairs is a Finished Basement with Woodstove ~ Bedroom ~ Laundry room with Tub for ALL Your Furry Friends!! Washer/Dryer hookup on Main Level as Well! Updates include Roof, Siding, Furnace, Water Heater & AC Compressor!! Don't Let This Well Maintained Property Pass YOU By !! Great Commuter Location>>> Only Minutes to I-395!! Call Today ~ Don't Delay!!
Open House
Saturday
September 22 at 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM
New to the Market! Come take a look !!!
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Posted by Hope Real Estate Group, Inc on 9/15/2018

This Single-Family in Charlton, MA recently sold for $410,900. This Colonial style home was sold by - Hope Real Estate Group, Inc.


142 Oxford Rd, Charlton, MA 01507

Single-Family

$419,900
Price
$410,900
Sale Price

10
Rooms
5
Beds
3/1
Full/Half Baths
Size and location truly create a beautiful home and a spacious one. This large colonial sits on 1.24 acres with an above ground pool and a 2-year-old 12x16 shed for all your lawn items. This home has a complete in-law with a fully applianced Kitchen and full bathroom & bedroom with double closets, with the possibility of a second bedroom, all of this is handicap accessible with a great ramp into the home. Hardwood floors throughout the first floor make it an easy way to navigate. Large deck off the rear of the home, overlooking the meticulously landscaped yard, make this a great spot to relax. The main house has a 22 ft Kitchen with centre island to allow all to hang out, the living room/family area has a wood burning stove to supplement the heat during the cold winter months. Upstairs contains 4 great size rooms and 2 full baths. Both baths have been updated. Fantastic master bedroom with full bath and walk-in closet make this spacious home one for the viewing. Easy Access to highways

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Posted by Hope Real Estate Group, Inc on 9/15/2018


7 Hickory Ln, Webster, MA 01570

Single-Family

$259,000
Price

5
Rooms
3
Beds
1/1
Full/Half Baths
WARM AND INVITING, THIS LOVELY RANCH SITS ON A BEAUTIFULLY LANDSCAPED YARD NESTLED IN A VERY QUIET, WANTING NEIGHBORHOOD. THIS 3 BEDROOM 1.5 BATH HOME HAS SO MUCH TO OFFER!!! FULLY APPLIANCED EAT IN KITCHEN, NEWLY CARPETED LIVING ROOM AND THREE COZY AND COMFORTABLE BEDROOMS ALL ON ONE FLOOR. WALK DOWN TO THE LOWER LEVEL TO THE OPEN AND. SPACIOUS FAMILY ROOM WITH PELLET STOVE WHICH IS A GREAT AREA FOR THE KIDS AND ENTERTAINING!! CLOSE TO THE HIGHWAY ACCESS AND TO ALL AMENITIES!! THIS IS A MUST SEE!!!!
Open House
No scheduled Open Houses

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Posted by Hope Real Estate Group, Inc on 9/12/2018

You already know that closing costs on a home can come at a hefty price. There are a few ways that you can actually cut down on the amount of closing costs that you may have on a home. 


Compare The Costs


You have the right to shop around for a lender who offers the lowest closing costs. You can even ask your lender to match the closing costs of another lender that may have them for a lower fee. Certain fees that are included in the closing are negotiable and flexible. Youíre allowed to shop around for inspections, title searches, surveys, and the like. Thereís nothing that says you have to go with the company recommended by your lender for each. There should be a list of services that is included in the closing costs on your estimate that you receive form the lender.


Question What Each Fee Covers


When you get the loan estimate, donít just accept it. Take a look at each item and inquire what the fee includes. See why each item costs as much as it does. Be on the lookout for fees with similar names. The lender could be double charging you without your knowledge. Itís always good to be informed especially where large investments are involved.        


 

Negotiate


You have the right to negotiate with your lender on the closing costs. You can ask for obscure and unnecessary costs to be taken off from the closing. Getting the closing disclosure form as soon as you can will also help you to settle any discrepancies before itís too late. 


Ask The Seller


Some sellers will even be willing to sweeten the deal for you by either lowering the sale price of the home or covering some or all of the closing costs. Depending on the market, you may be able to get the seller to help reduce your burden of the closing costs. 


If Youíre Refinancing 


Every time that you refinance your home, youíll need to pay closing costs. There are a couple of ways that you can save in this situation. One is to waive the appraisal altogether. If the home has recently been appraised, you may be able to waive the appraisal completely. You can also request an automatic appraisal rather than a full appraisal in order to save some money.

The other option that you have when refinancing to save money is to save on the title insurance. You can ask for whatís called a re-issue date, which is a less expensive rate for the title insurance for refinancers.


Closing costs are a part of the process when you buy a home. If youíre careful, you might be able to save some money on these mandatory fees.




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