Titine Joyce - Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Scituate



Posted by Titine Joyce on 1/31/2019

One aspect of house hunting that some prospective home buyers overlook is security. Perhaps it's because they're looking at homes in "nice neighborhoods, where you shouldn't have to worry about that sort of thing happening." Maybe another reason they're paying little or no attention to security issues is that they're more preoccupied with the layout of the kitchen, the size of the backyard, and the condition of the master bathroom.

Even though there are dozens of details to compare and think about when you're house hunting, security features are important enough to include in your checklist. By letting your real estate agent know that home security is a high priority for you, they'll hopefully point out security features that they notice and perhaps ask the listing agent for any additional information on things like installed alarms systems, deadbolt locks, or security lighting on the property.

As a side note, if the present owner has recently installed an extensive security system in the house, you can also use that as an opportunity (excuse) to inquire about crime in the neighborhood and whether there have been any recent incidents in the area. Additional research may need to be done to ferret out that information.

As you check out different houses that your buyers' agent shows you, here are a few security-related checkpoints to keep in mind:

  • Do the doors look solid and are they secured by deadbolt locks?
  • Do first-floor windows have functional and securely locking mechanisms?
  • Are there any outside floodlights, lamp posts, and/or other forms of illumination around the house?
  • Are there any overgrown bushes next to the house that could conceal a burglar's attempt to enter the house through a window?
  • Are there any fences on the premises that might discourage a burglar from entering the property?
  • Do the main entrances have locking storm doors that provide an extra layer of security?
  • Are there any other security vulnerabilities that you or your real estate agent think need addressing, either now or in the immediate future?
While that list may not include every possible security feature and potential weakness to look for when touring homes for sale, it will hopefully heighten your awareness about the need to prioritize home security -- even before you actually close on a house and move in.

When you do find the ultimate house for you and your family, it's always a good idea to change the locks on all external doors as soon as possible. You never know how many duplicate keys have been circulated over the years to contractors, neighbors, cleaning people, pet sitters, house sitters, and family members. One way to take control of your new home's security situation is to make sure there are no extra house keys floating around in the hands of people you don't know.





Posted by Titine Joyce on 1/30/2019


75 Townsend Road, Scituate, MA 02066

Single-Family

$579,900
Price

8
Rooms
4
Beds
1/2
Full/Half Baths
LOCATION! LOCATION! Oversized 4 bedroom home on a cul-de-sac in the wonderful Bulrush Farm neighborhood, close to beaches and the T. Large sunny rooms including spacious Living Room with full brick gas fireplace and elegant dining area, built-ins and full windows taking in the bucolic setting. Eat-in Kitchen with lots of light and room to settle in. Beautiful hardwood floors in all the bedrooms. Huge open Family Room in the lower walk-out level with built-ins, ready for endless activities. Lots and lots of storage space. Updates include newer roof, 200 amp electrical, many updated windows and storm doors, septic system, and more(see complete list of updates). 4 bedroom-Title V approved. Oversized 2 car garage and plenty of room for parking. Gas line to house. Added bonus: Whole-House Generator. Landscaped grounds including a myriad of gorgeous perennials to greet you in Spring and Summer. The private backyard backs up to the marsh and conservation land. Flood insurance NOT required!
Open House
Sunday
February 03 at 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Come see this wonderful, spacious 4 bedroom home in the much desired Bulrush Neighborhood. Immaculate condition, on a cul de sac, gorgeous perennial gardens!
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Location: 75 Townsend Road, Scituate, MA 02066    Get Directions

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Posted by Titine Joyce on 1/24/2019

If you're on the fence about whether to reject or accept an offer to purchase, it is important to remember that a third option is available: submitting a counter-offer.

Ultimately, deciding to submit a counter-offer can be a tough choice for first-time and experienced house sellers alike. But we're here to teach you about the benefits of counter-offers and ensure you feel confident to submit a counter-proposal as needed.

Let's take a look at three tips to help you decide when to submit a counter-offer.

1. Assess Your Residence

Although the initial asking price for your house is not set in stone, you likely have expectations about how much you should receive for your home. But if a homebuyer submits an offer to purchase that falls below your expectations, you should assess your residence to help you make the best-possible decision.

Try to take an objective view of your home you'll be glad you did. For instance, if you discover your home is one of many similar properties available in a buyer's market, you may want to accept an offer to purchase, even if it falls below your expectations. On the other hand, if you feel that your home is in great condition and you receive an offer to purchase that is short of your initial asking price, you may want to counter the proposal or reject it altogether.

2. Review the Housing Market

Housing market data can help any home seller make informed decisions throughout the property selling journey. There is plenty of housing market data at your disposal, and you should not hesitate to use it, especially when you analyze an offer to purchase.

Oftentimes, it helps to look at the prices of recently sold residences, the prices of available residences in your area that are similar to your own and other pertinent housing market data. With this information, you can gain deep insights into the housing market. Then, you can determine whether an offer to purchase falls in line with the current state of the real estate sector.

3. Work with a Real Estate Agent

There is no need to review an offer to purchase on your own. Fortunately, if you hire a real estate agent, you can get the help you need to perform an in-depth analysis of any offer to purchase.

A real estate agent is a house selling expert who will allocate the necessary time and resources to help you review an offer to purchase. He or she can provide a recommendation about whether to counter a homebuying proposal and explain the reasons for this recommendation as well. Plus, if you ever have concerns or questions about an offer to purchase, a real estate agent is happy to address them.

Should you counter an offer to purchase? The answer depends on the home seller, the real estate market and other factors. And if you use the aforementioned tips, you can perform a full evaluation of an offer to purchase and proceed accordingly.





Posted by Titine Joyce on 1/22/2019


75 Townsend Road, Scituate, MA 02066

Single-Family

$579,900
Price

8
Rooms
4
Beds
1/2
Full/Half Baths
LOCATION! LOCATION! Oversized 4 bedroom home on a cul-de-sac in the wonderful Bulrush Farm neighborhood, close to beaches and the T. Large sunny rooms including spacious Living Room with full brick gas fireplace and elegant dining area, built-ins and full windows taking in the bucolic setting. Eat-in Kitchen with lots of light and room to settle in. Beautiful hardwood floors in all the bedrooms. Huge open Family Room in the lower walk-out level with built-ins, ready for endless activities. Lots and lots of storage space. Updates include newer roof, 200 amp electrical, many updated windows and storm doors, septic system, and more(see complete list of updates). 4 bedroom-Title V approved. Oversized 2 car garage and plenty of room for parking. Gas line to house. Added bonus: Whole-House Generator. Landscaped grounds including a myriad of gorgeous perennials to greet you in Spring and Summer. The private backyard backs up to the marsh and conservation land. Flood insurance NOT required!
Open House
Sunday
January 27 at 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Are you looking for a spacious and meticulous 4 bedroom Home with fireplaces and a huge walk-out family room with central air and a whole house generator, oversized 2 car garage on a cul de sac in the very desirable Bulrush Farm neighborhood on a half acre offering gorgeous perennial gardens and privacy. Look no more. Come see for yourself!
Cannot make the Open Houses?
Location: 75 Townsend Road, Scituate, MA 02066    Get Directions

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Posted by Titine Joyce on 1/17/2019

If you want to purchase a home, it pays to establish a homebuying budget. By doing so, you can enter the housing market with a budget in hand and narrow your search for your dream house.

Now, let's take a look at three best practices to help you create a homebuying budget.

1. Look at Your Finances

Your finances will play a major role in your ability to purchase a home. Thus, you should evaluate your current financial situation closely so you can map out an effective homebuying journey.

Request a copy of your credit report you'll be glad you did. You are eligible for a free copy of your credit report from each of the three reporting bureaus (Equifax, Experian and TransUnion) annually. Take advantage of this complimentary perk, and you can gain deep insights into your outstanding debt.

If you have outstanding debt, try to pay this down as much as possible. That way, you can boost your credit score, which ultimately will help you improve your chances to acquire your ideal residence.

2. Meet with Banks and Credit Unions

When it comes to buying a home, meeting with banks and credit unions usually is a great idea. That way, you can learn about your home loan options and get pre-approved for a mortgage.

Apply for a mortgage from several banks and credit unions. Then, you can receive various mortgage quotes and select one that suits you perfectly.

Also, don't hesitate to ask plenty of questions during a lender consultation. Banks and credit unions employ friendly, knowledgeable mortgage professionals all of whom are happy to help you make an informed mortgage decision. Therefore, if you're unsure about whether to proceed with a 15- or 30-year mortgage or can't decide between an adjustable- or fixed-rate mortgage, you can ask these mortgage professionals for expert advice.

3. Consult with a Real Estate Agent

A homebuying budget is tricky to establish on your own, especially if you are entering the real estate market for the first time. Fortunately, a real estate agent can help you plan ahead for all stages of the homebuying cycle.

During a real estate agent consultation, a housing market professional will learn about your homebuying goals. Next, this professional will help you establish realistic homebuying expectations and ensure you can discover a great house at a budget-friendly price.

Of course, let's not forget about the world-class support that a real estate agent provides after you kick off a home search, either.

A real estate agent will set up home showings, keep you informed about open houses and offer homebuying recommendations and suggestions. Perhaps best of all, a real estate agent can negotiate with a seller's agent on your behalf to help you get the best price on a house.

Ready to begin your search for your dream home? Use the aforementioned best practices, and you can craft a homebuying budget and start your homebuying journey.




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