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Posted by Larry Costa REALTOR® on 12/7/2018

This Single-Family in Middleboro, MA recently sold for $320,000. This Ranch style home was sold by Larry Costa REALTORģ - CENTURY 21 Classic Gold.


132 Highland St., Middleboro, MA 02346

Single-Family

$319,900
Price
$320,000
Sale Price

6
Rooms
2
Beds
1
Baths
Truly a magical getaway style home in the country! Situated on a beautiful 2.61 acre lot with towering pine trees, expansive lawn and stone walls. This stone built home has been completely renovated but still features some original features like stone interior accent walls, wood ceilings and a fieldstone fireplace in living room. Brand New Hickory cabinet kitchen with granite counters and updated bath. All new carpet and tile, paint and more! New Tankless hot water, FHA heat and central air! Comes completely applianced with washer and dryer. Come see this Beautiful setting with tons of PRIVACY, room for gardens and even a horse! Minutes to highway and MBTA.

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Categories: Sold Homes  


Posted by Larry Costa REALTOR® on 12/7/2018

Moving is stressful at the best of times. But when youíre moving across the country rather than across town, it adds to the number of preparations youíll need to make.

In this article, weíll give you some tips on how to best prepare for your long-distance move, whether itís across the state, across the country, or to another country altogether.

Packing and moving

One of the biggest concerns youíll have during a long distance move is the condition of your belongings.

If youíre using a moving company, youíll want to make sure you trust them to handle your belongings with care. To ensure that theyíre responsible movers, read over their reviews online. Itís also a good idea to review their contracts and to make sure you have enough insurance to cover any costly damages or losses. Speaking of moving companies, be sure to shop around to find out which one offers the best prices and delivery windows.

When it comes to packing your items, air on the side of caution and start boxing items well in advance of your move. Not only is it a good idea to label your boxes by room, but you should put your name and contact information on your boxes if theyíre being shipped by a large moving company.

Remember that not everything needs to be in boxes. Soft items like clothing and towels can easily be packed in trash bags, suitcases, and duffel bags. Youíll be able to squeeze in more items and theyíll take up less space in the moving truck.

When filling the moving truck, be sure your fragile items arenít the top box on a stack of boxes. Similarly, you donít want fragile belongings underneath too many heavy boxes. Your movers likely have their own way of securing boxes, so be sure to indicate to them which boxes are the most fragile with labels.

Downsize your belongings

The month leading up to your move is a good time to sell or donate items you no longer use. It could save you space on the moving truck, and you could earn a few extra dollars before your big move.

Larger items should be your top priority. Bicycles, lawnmowers, and other big items that youíve been thinking of replacing can be sold now and you can buy new ones at your future home. However, donít discount the weight and size of things like DVD and book collections. Many people lug around bookcases from house to house and hardly ever touch the books on them. Furthermore, technology like Kindle and Netflix are making owning physical copies of your media less of a necessity.

Before you start packing the rest of your items into moving boxes, make sure you set aside a ďsurvival kitĒ filled with your daily use items. Things like cell phone chargers, glasses and contacts, and sanitary items should be in your vehicle or carry on, not in the moving truck.

Saving money

Moving is expensive, but there are a number of ways you can squeeze some savings out of the experience. First, take advantage of free boxes from local stores and restaurants. Then, ask for friends and family to help you pack rather than hiring professionals, offer them lunch in exchange for their help.

When it comes to getting to your new home, donít rule out flying as being the most expensive option. Hotels, gas, and eating out add up quickly if youíre making a road trip out of your move.

Finally, see if your move is tax-deductible. If youíre relocating for work, thereís a chance some of your moving expenses will be. If so, be sure to keep all of your receipts along the way.




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Posted by Larry Costa REALTOR® on 12/3/2018


235 Powhattan Dr., Taunton, MA 02718

Single-Family

$379,900
Price

9
Rooms
3
Beds
1/1
Full/Half Baths
Awesome price for this young colonial in fantastic neighborhood! Powhattan Estates in East Taunton is just minutes to highways and shopping. This home has a very spacious feel with its large country kitchen with center island, oak cabinets, formal dining and living rooms with hardwood floors and more. Second floor master bedroom features large walk in closet and California style bathroom. The lower level is finished with additional rooms including huge family room with bar for weekend get togethers with friends. Private back yard is fully fenced in! Price reflects some minor cosmetics needed but will give you a chance to make this your home and build easy equity doing it. Hurry!
Open House
No scheduled Open Houses

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Categories: New Homes  


Posted by Larry Costa REALTOR® on 11/30/2018

You may think of downsizing as something that makes sense when you have an empty nest. Larger families do, of course, need more room. Downsizing can also be financially strategic and rewarding for you and your family if you have the opportunity to do so.


How Much Is Your Home Worth? 


There comes a point in your life when the amount of money that your home is worth is very important. Maybe you need the money for retirement and are looking to move to a cheaper city or state. Maybe itís time for you to pursue your goals and dreams. Whatever the reason, your home is a very large asset.  


If you downsize, youíll have a bit more money available to invest for your future. You may even consider buying an investment property. If all of your money isnít tied up in a home, youíll have a bit more freedom to do other things with your money.


A Smaller Home Means Smaller Expenses 


When you downsize your home you end up with much lower expenses for your housing. Youíll save big on both utilities and home maintenance. Youíll be surprised as to how much extra cash youíll have each and every month that youíll be able to use for other things like investing, travel, or other expenses. Youíll have the ability to do things beyond simply achieve that one dream goal of home ownership. 


What If You Donít Already Own A Home?


Thereís a lesson to be learned here for renters as well. If youíre getting ready to buy a home, you may want to think small. A smaller home that can suit your needs will allow you to save thousands of dollars over the life of the mortgage on your home. Remember that a mortgage payment is more than just the cost of the home. Youíll need to include things like taxes, insurance, mortgage insurance, heating, electricity, and more. The smaller the house that you buy, the less all of these things will cost. Think of what you could do if you invested that extra money that you saved on all of these things each month. 


What Would You Do With The Money You Save?


Having a big, beautiful home is a fantastic goal to achieve. You may have other dreams that you want to pursue in addition to owning a home. While downsizing isnít for everyone, many people use the money they save to do some pretty incredible things like:


  • Travel
  • Go back to school
  • Buy a vacation home


The Negatives Of Downsizing


If you move into a smaller home, there are a few drawbacks. For one, youíll have less storage and will actually need to downsize your amount of belongings as well. Youíll also have less room for visitors if hey come to stay. If grandkids frequent your home, you may be hesitant to sell and find a smaller place. It may also be difficult to find what youíre looking for at a certain price in a specific area. Think carefully before you decide to downsize and see if it has the right benefits for you.





Posted by Larry Costa REALTOR® on 11/23/2018

Before you sell your home, you may wonder if there are any areas that you can improve on before putting the home on the market. Kitchen renovations have one of the highest return values of any changes that you make to your home. Itís worth investigating what areas of the room could use some improving. Some of these upgrades donít even require you to start a construction project.


Clear Off The Counters


You donít even have to replace the countertops to add some value to your home. Making it appear as if your counters have the maximum amount of space before you show the home can really impress potential buyers Simply clear your counter, clean it, and make any small repairs that you notice may need to be done. If you have time and the budget, you can always replace tired old countertops. Simply showing that your counters have more room can really make a big difference.  


Add A Backsplash 


You can add a backsplash or update your existing one in order to breathe some life into your kitchen. Make sure that the tiles you choose coordinate with the theme of the kitchen. This is purely cosmetic but a kitchen with a fresh backsplash sells much faster than a tired, worn looking kitchen backslash, or even a kitchen without a backsplash at all.


Add Some Technology To The Kitchen


Buyers like simplicity and convenience in their potential homes. Consider adding some technology to the kitchen like USB outlets and smart appliances. If you can save a buyer from needing to upgrade their appliances and meet their 21st century needs at the same time, your home will be a very attractive sell. There are few things more enticing to buyers than brand spanking new appliances in the kitchen! These updates will surely add value to your home before you sell.   


The Floor 


While floors offer the least return for your investment, buyers donít like looking at old, dirty floors! Take the time to clean up your floor and replace it if needed. Itís not a difficult do-it-yourself project and can really make your kitchen look more attractive.       


Clean The Cabinets


Buyers are very into looking at every nook of the home they may potentially buy. That means if you have nice looking cabinets, you can have a leg up as a seller. Whether you need to clean and stain the wood on your cabinets, add a fresh coat of paint, or do a larger project and replace the cabinets altogether, there are plenty of ways that you can give your cabinets a fresh look, drawing attention to this part of the room. Be sure that whatever you do to your cabinets will bode well with the style of the kitchen.  




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