Titine Joyce - Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Scituate



Posted by Titine Joyce on 2/25/2021

Looking to buy a house? Ultimately, you'll want to attend at least a few open houses in your city or town. By doing so, you'll be able to understand exactly what you'd like to find in your dream house.

Before you attend an open house, there are several factors to consider, and these include:

1. Your Homebuying Budget

With a budget in hand, you can narrow your search for the ideal home. That way, you can avoid the temptation to attend open houses for residences that fall outside your price range.

To establish a homebuying budget, take a look at your current financial situation. Then, consider your future expenses like those related to student loans or children and plan accordingly.

In addition, it never hurts to get pre-approved for a home loan. If you gain pre-approval, you can enter the housing market with a budget in hand and review a broad array of houses that match your budget.

2. Your Homebuying Checklist

If you're living to a warm-weather climate, you may want to own a home with a swimming pool. Or, if you plan to reside near the ocean, you may consider houses where you can dock your boat nearby.

Create a homebuying checklist before you visit open houses. This will allow you to streamline your home search and accelerate the homebuying journey.

Also, it may help to separate your homebuying checklist into "wants" and "must-haves." Although your dream house may not include all of your homebuying checklist "wants," you can use these categories to determine exactly what you'd like to find in your ideal residence.

3. Your Homebuying Timeline

Are you planning to move next week or in the next several weeks? Some homebuying journeys are faster than others, and you'll want to map out your property buying journey based on when you need to move.

For example, if you've accepted a new job in the city, you may need to move quickly to relocate. This may require you to act so you can get settled in a new home before you begin your new job.

Comparatively, if you're in no rush to relocate, you can take a wait-and-see approach to the housing market. And if you attend an open house and like what you see, then you can submit an offer to acquire a residence.

If you're unsure about how to approach open houses, there is no need to worry. In fact, many real estate agents are available in cities and towns nationwide to assist homebuyers.

A real estate agent can offer expert insights into a home before a homebuyer attends an open house. Plus, this housing market professional can provide honest, unbiased homebuying recommendations and will even negotiate with a home seller on a buyer's behalf.

Get ready for an open house consider the aforementioned factors, and a homebuyer should have no trouble exploring a broad array of residences and finding one that he or she can enjoy for years to come.




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Posted by Titine Joyce on 1/7/2021

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One of the most important things you can do before you list your home for sale is to stage it. Home staging refers to arranging the home’s furnishings and decor so it looks as good as possible. In other words, you use the decor and furnishings to make the home look like a showroom, so buyers walk in and feel instantly at home. This can help your house sell more quickly and for a better price. If you’re interested in starting the home staging process, here’s how to do it.

1. Tackle the Clutter

Clutter is the enemy of a fast home sale. It makes a home look crowded and unkempt. Purge and clean until your home looks as empty as possible. This may mean sending some items to storage while the home’s on the market, but the more you can get out of the house, the better.

2. Arrange the Furniture Well

Next, change the arrangement of your furniture. Often you will need to remove some pieces to make the home look larger.

In the living areas, pull couches, chairs and tables away from walls to allow them to float in the room. This actually makes the room look larger and inviting. Use an area rug to create a chatting area.

In bedrooms, make sure there is plenty of space on the floor showing. Get rid of a nightstand or dresser if you need to temporarily, so the home looks larger.

3. De-Personalize the Home

As you go through your home to stage it, look for things that are highly personal to your family. Family pictures, children’s artwork, or an heirloom item that has meaning to you, but does not add to the home’s look, can all be removed. You want the home to look and feel like a perfectly staged model home, not your personal, comfortable space.

4. Keep it Neutral

If you need to paint a room or add a piece of decor, make it as neutral as possible. Again, this will help buyers feel at home, no matter what their personal tastes may be. Bright colors are best avoided when staging a home.

5. Clean and Repair

Cleaning your home as you stage it is unlike any other cleaning you have done. You need to clean it as deeply as you can so that it shines from top to bottom. This shows that you take care of your home, and makes buyers feel more confident that they won’t be purchasing a lemon. In addition, patch and repair anything you find, including holes and scratches in the paint.

Staging a home is a bit time consuming, but the rewards are worth the effort. About half of all buyers’ agents report that home staging changes how a buyer views a home. You want the buyer to have a positive experience in your home, so stage it well!




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Posted by Titine Joyce on 3/11/2020


36 Ladds Way, Scituate, MA 02066

Condo

$579,900
Price

5
Rooms
3
Beds
2/1
Full/Half Baths
Welcome to James Landing! Immaculate Condo with One Floor Living offering stunning views of the Herring River and Atlantic Ocean. Open floor plan with Living Room and Dining Room combination with built-in enclosed wet bar and fireplace. Full glass windows and sliders take in the awesome views from multiple rooms. Master Bedroom Suite with private access to the porch. Dramatic 46' covered Porch which continues to take in the tranquil expanse for lazy days or gatherings. Gas heat, central air, 1 car garage. Scenic trails take you to the heated swimming pool and Club House which offers a kitchen, grill and showers- great for Summer entertaining. Short distance to Scituate's local beaches, golf courses, commuter rail and best of all, Scituate Harbor with it's many boutiques and shops, ice cream rendezvous, diversified restaurants and movies. If nature's beauty, easy living and a seaside lifestyle are on your dream list, this is the home for you!
Open House
Saturday
March 14 at 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Come see this immaculate 1 floor Condo with magnificent views of the river, the marsh and the Atlantic!
Cannot make the Open Houses?
Location: 36 Ladds Way, Scituate, MA 02066    Get Directions

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Posted by Titine Joyce on 3/5/2020


36 Ladds Way, Scituate, MA 02066

Condo

$579,900
Price

5
Rooms
3
Beds
2/1
Full/Half Baths
Welcome to James Landing! Immaculate Condo with One Floor Living offering stunning views of the Herring River and Atlantic Ocean. Open floor plan with Living Room and Dining Room combination with built-in enclosed wet bar and fireplace. Full glass windows and sliders take in the awesome views from multiple rooms. Master Bedroom Suite with private access to the porch. Dramatic 46' covered Porch which continues to take in the tranquil expanse for lazy days or gatherings. Gas heat, central air, 1 car garage. Scenic trails take you to the heated swimming pool and Club House which offers a kitchen, grill and showers- great for Summer entertaining. Short distance to Scituate's local beaches, golf courses, commuter rail and best of all, Scituate Harbor with it's many boutiques and shops, ice cream rendezvous, diversified restaurants and movies. If nature's beauty, easy living and a seaside lifestyle are on your dream list, this is the home for you!
Open House
Sunday
March 08 at 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
Wonderful Condo with Awesome Views. One floor Living, open floor plan, immaculate condition, great floor plan!
Cannot make the Open Houses?
Location: 36 Ladds Way, Scituate, MA 02066    Get Directions

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Posted by Titine Joyce on 2/6/2020


152 Vernon Road, Scituate, MA 02066

Single-Family

$589,900
Price

8
Rooms
4
Beds
2/1
Full/Half Baths
4 bedroom Garrison Colonial in a sought-after neighborhood on a picturesque and quiet street. Sparkling, newly refinished hardwood floors thru-out. Spacious entry foyer with a 1/2 guest bath, large welcoming Living Room with a handsome fireplace and picture windows taking in the bucolic setting. Fully applianced eat-in Kitchen with recessed lighting and french door sliders leading to the screened-in porch, perfect for relaxing days and evenings. Formal Dining Room for family festivities plus a Family Room. 4 good sized Bedrooms and 2 full baths complete the picture. Many rooms freshly painted, raised panel wood doors, cedar hall closet, 8x6 Laundry Room. Newer Buderus Gas furnace and newer 40 gallon hot water, 200 amp electrical. Newer roof. Brand new 4 bedroom septic(front of house). Not in a flood zone. Great setting for you and your family and friends. Time to start creating great memories!
Open House
Sunday
February 09 at 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Come see this wonderful 4 bedroom house in a great neighborhood. Many updates including new 4 bedroom septic.
Cannot make the Open Houses?
Location: 152 Vernon Road, Scituate, MA 02066    Get Directions

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