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Posted by Larry Costa REALTOR® on 9/7/2018

Preparing to put your home on the market almost invariably involves three things: painting, cleaning, and organizing. Since you might also need to do some repairs and updating, it's crucial that you prioritize your tasks and make sure you're not spending more money, time, and energy than necessary.

Consulting with your real estate agent about what projects are the most important will help you make the most of your available resources.

All home sellers have a different timetable in which they need to get their home ready for potential buyers. Few people, however, have the luxury of tackling those projects slowly or sporadically. When you factor in your busy schedule with everything that typically needs to be done before a house goes on the market, time management and self motivation become crucial elements in the process.

Wall painting often tops the list

In spite of your best intentions, walls and doors are going to get scuffed, scratched, and marred. Small, but noticeable holes from nails and thumbtacks also have a way of increasing with every passing year. Regardless of how careful you think you've been, it's virtually impossible to keep your walls looking fresh, clean, and well maintained. Bathrooms pose even more of a challenge because moisture and steam from showers will gradually cause paint to crack, peel, and lose its original smooth quality. Bedroom walls, especially those of children and teenagers, will also be subjected to a lot of wear and tear.

Fortunately the cost of a couple gallons of paint, along with brushes, rollers, and other basic supplies, is an affordable solution for most home sellers. It's one of the most cost-effective methods of freshening up your house, and it significantly enhances your home's eye appeal and marketability.

One of the pitfalls of repainting your walls, however, is the possibility of choosing colors that may turn off some potential buyers. Colors which you may describe as vibrant, splashy, or cool, might be viewed by others as garish, tacky, or "over the tip." That's why it's often best to play it safe by choosing colors that are considered neutral, such as grey, beige, tan, eggshell, and ivory.

By veering away from colors that might be considered too bold and strident, you're increasing the likelihood that your décor will appeal to the widest range of potential buyers. While there may be exceptions to just about every rule -- especially as it pertains to decorating -- your objective as a house seller is to increase the probability that your home will appeal to as many people as possible!

"Immaculate" is a good goal

Another thing prospective buyers will frequently notice is the level of cleanliness in your home. While it's difficult (at best) to keep your home absolutely spotless all the time, it does pay to establish a few family rules and expectations to help you maintain a semblance of order until your house is sold!





Posted by Larry Costa REALTOR® on 8/31/2018

There's no denying the truth – the real estate market can be complicated. As such, regardless of whether you're a first-time or experienced homebuyer, you'll want to do everything you can to prepare for the process of purchasing a new residence. So what does it take to ensure you can land your dream home in any real estate segment? Here are three tips for both first-time and experienced homebuyers: 1. Understand the Speed of the Real Estate Market. A newly listed residence may sell only a few hours after it reaches the real estate market. Thus, you'll want to stay on top of houses as they become available in cities and towns where you'd like to relocate; otherwise, you risk missing out on what could be your perfect residence. Remember, the real estate market moves fast, and homebuyers who hesitate likely will struggle to score their dream homes. To accelerate the homebuying process, you'll want to get pre-approved for a mortgage. By doing so, you can submit an offer without having to commit significant time and resources to secure financing for your dream home down the line. Also, if you're interested in a home and feel comfortable with a residence, don't wait too long before you submit an offer. Because if you do, you could lose your dream home to another homebuyer. 2. View Any Home Purchase as an Investment. Although you have no plans to purchase a home and sell it at a later date, the future remains unpredictable. As a result, you should view any home you check out as a long-term investment and try to find a residence that you believe will increase in value. Typically, what you pay for a home is unlikely to represent your residence's total value in five or 10 years. But homebuyers who view a home purchase as an investment will understand that a residence's value will fluctuate over time and dedicate the time and resources to maximize a home's value, too. Look beyond a home itself to determine whether you are comfortable with a residence as a long-term investment. For instance, if you buy a newly constructed home in an up-and-coming area, the residence's value may rise quickly in the foreseeable future. On the other hand, if you purchase a "fixer-upper," aka a home in need of significant repairs, you may need to consider setting extra money aside to complete home improvement projects to help optimize this residence's value. 3. Work with an Experienced Real Estate Agent. Although you've done plenty of research about the housing market, it never hurts to have an experienced real estate agent at your disposal. A real estate agent is happy to assist you during every step of the homebuying process. That way, if you encounter any homebuying hurdles, this real estate professional can help you overcome these challenges without delay. Employ a real estate agent who possesses comprehensive industry experience and who makes you feel comfortable and confident as you explore the real estate market. And ultimately, your real estate agent should be able to help you find your dream home.





Posted by Larry Costa REALTOR® on 8/30/2018


654 County St., New Bedford, MA 02740

Single-Family

$219,900
Price

10
Rooms
4
Beds
2
Baths
Immaculate colonial near park! Much work has been done to this lovingly maintained home. Many original features including crown moldings, built china cupboard, glass doors, wood floors, winding staircase, 3 fireplaces and more. Interior and exterior have been recently painted, outside porch rebuilt, new wall hung Crown high efficient gas boiler with 2 zones undated electrical panel, new roof and SOLAR ARRAY!. The owner says the panels have saved him aprox. $100 per month on electric. This home also has a strong inlaw potential with separate area of home with its own entrance. Just minutes to RTs 195, 18 , 6 and the waterfront.
Open House
No scheduled Open Houses

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Posted by Larry Costa REALTOR® on 8/27/2018

This Single-Family in Taunton, MA recently sold for $375,000. This Colonial style home was sold by Larry Costa REALTOR® - CENTURY 21 Classic Gold.


548 Kingman St, Taunton, MA 02718

East Taunton

Single-Family

$379,900
Price
$375,000
Sale Price

9
Rooms
3
Beds
2/1
Full/Half Baths
Hillside setting "amongst the trees". This beautiful bright and airy young colonial has been lovingly maintained by its owners. Features abound including huge country kitchen with granite counters and stainless steel appliances, formal dining room, master suite with private bath, nice size bedrooms, 2 story foyer, and finished lower level with 2 additional rooms. Walkout lower level also has additional storage room and garage under. This lovely home has 2 zone central air and fully fenced-in back yard surrounded by trees for added privacy. Minutes to Rts 24, 195, and 140.

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Posted by Larry Costa REALTOR® on 8/27/2018

This Single-Family in Seekonk, MA recently sold for $319,900. This Ranch style home was sold by Larry Costa REALTOR® - CENTURY 21 Classic Gold.


19 Carling Cir, Seekonk, MA 02771

Single-Family

$319,900
Price
$319,900
Sale Price

5
Rooms
2
Beds
1
Baths
Gorgeous completely renovated ranch located on dead-end culdesac. Beautiful, brand new kitchen with granite countertops and new stainless steel appliances. Refinished hardwoods. Sunny and bright breezeway. Fireplace for those cool nights. Brand new fully renovated bathroom. Huge bonus room w natural lighting and access to back deck with beautiful yard and covered patio. Attached garage. Quiet street, convenient to shopping also. Unfinished basement with great potential. Updated Helix heating system. Must see!!!

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