Steve Casey
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Posted by Steve Casey on 9/25/2017

When choosing a house or condo to live in for the next several years, comfort, convenience, and affordability are among the most important factors to keep in mind. A fourth item that many real estate agents would add to that list is "location."

The location of your next home is crucial for many reasons -- not the least of which is future resale value. Ideally, you want the value of your home to appreciate over time, which will help improve your financial situation. Whether you decide to upgrade or downsize in your next real estate purchase, the equity you've built up can benefit both your lifestyle goals and real estate objectives.

In addition to the investment features of picking a good location for your next home, there are also several other worthwhile advantages.

  • A reasonable commute time, preferable under a half an hour, will help reduce your stress level, enable you to spend more time with your family, and reduce the amount of wear and tear on your vehicle. A short commute can also help you save money on gas, highway tolls, depreciation, and insurance. One way to reduce your driving time is to look into telecommuting possibilities at your job. Even if you have a relatively long commute to work, that can be offset by having the freedom to work from home a couple days a week. Fortunately, more and more businesses are realizing the mutual benefits of allowing or even encouraging telecommuting. While it may be necessary to prove to your employer that your productivity won't suffer when you're working from home, doing so can save you money, lower your stress, and improve your overall quality of life. Let's face it: There are a lot more fulfilling things you can do with your time than getting stuck in traffic jams and feeling frazzled when you return home every night!
  • A convenient location can also mean proximity to shopping, entertainment, recreation, family, friends, and places of worship. Being close to medical, dental, and veterinary services can also make your life a lot easier -- especially when you need to get there quickly.
  • From a health and fitness standpoint, it also pays to live within a short distance to public parks, tennis courts, golf courses, bike paths, gyms, and bodies of water for swimming, kayaking, and other aquatic sports.
  • For younger families, being close to childcare resources -- whether it be a daycare center or nearby (and available) relative -- can also be a major factor in getting to work on time, making sure your children are properly cared for, and minimizing chaos in your life!
While there are dozens of priorities to keep in mind as you search for the ideal location, determining what matters to you the most will help make sure everything falls into place when you settle into your new home.





Posted by Steve Casey on 9/20/2017

This Condo in Weymouth, MA recently sold for $320,000. This Townhouse style home was sold by Steve Casey - RE/MAX Real Estate Center.


90 Old Quarry Drive, Weymouth, MA 02188

Condo

$335,000
Price
$320,000
Sale Price

6
Rooms
2
Beds
2/1
Full/Half Baths
Beautifully situated three-level end unit townhouse in tucked away, private setting yet it is very convenient to shopping, highways, and public transportation. Nature abounds with surrounding conservation wooded area. Hardwood floor on 1st level. Convenient 1st floor laundry, plenty of closets and a 1/2 bathroom. Second floor features King-sized master BR suite master bath Sun filled second bedroom with it's own private bath Professional landscaping and snow removal are included in the HOA fee. Small pets are allowed. Seller to credit back $3,000 at closing for carpet update. This unit is a beauty!

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Categories: Sold Homes  


Posted by Steve Casey on 9/18/2017

As a home seller, it is important to note that you're not alone in the real estate market. In fact, dozens of other nearby home sellers likely are doing everything they can to promote their residences to prospective homebuyers. This means that you may need to think outside the box to generate interest in your home. Fortunately, every homebuyer is looking for a bargain, and home sellers who offer incentives may be able to sweeten the deal if a homebuyer is interested in purchasing a residence. Incentives are readily available that you can offer to homebuyers, and some of the top incentives to consider include: 1. Covering the Closing Costs. Closing costs can add up quickly for homebuyers and may be a deterrent for a buyer to purchase a particular residence. However, you can eliminate this deterrent if you agree to cover even a portion of a homebuyer's closing costs. Agreeing to cover a homebuyer's closing costs up to a predetermined amount may help you seal the deal with a prospective buyer. And ultimately, this incentive could make it easier for you to reap the benefits of a quick sale. 2. Allocate a Set Amount for Home Upgrades. After a homebuyer conducts a property inspection, he or she may ask for upgrades to a residence's furnace, windows or other areas. These issues may be deal-breakers, unless you allocate a set amount to account for potential home upgrades. Completing these upgrades on your own may prove to be both time-consuming and costly. On the other hand, setting aside a set amount for upgrades and agreeing to deduct this amount from the total cost of your home could serve as a distinct incentive for homebuyers. Ultimately, you'll want to do as much as possible to ensure that a homebuyer remains interested in your home after an inspection is completed. And by determining a particular amount to deduct from your home's price and sticking to it following an inspection, you'll be better equipped to satisfy a homebuyer's home improvement demands. 3. Including the Appliances. You may have had your heart set on bringing your washer, dryer and refrigerator to your new home. Conversely, a homebuyer might want to avoid the hassle of installing new appliances if he or she buys your current residence. So what can you do? Including the appliances with your home may allow you to close the deal with a homebuyer. Remember, home appliances can be replaced, and you may be able to find new appliances that suit your future residence perfectly. And if a homebuyer wants the appliances in your home included in a deal, it may be worthwhile to offer this incentive to finalize an agreement. Selling a home can be tricky, and getting support from a real estate agent who understands the local market is essential. This real estate professional may help you brainstorm unique incentives that you can offer to homebuyers and speed up the home selling process. Consider the value of offering incentives to homebuyers, and you could boost your chances of a fast home sale.





Posted by Steve Casey on 9/11/2017

People sell their houses for a wide range of reasons. Topping the list of reasons why people sell their houses is the desire to turn a profit off the sale of their house. The chance to earn a profit off the sale of a house might outweigh putting a house on the market to relocate.

More money doesn't always equal a good house offer

Money is such a huge component in the house sale process that some Americans have been known to hold onto their houses in order to get a higher offer. What home sellers who are solely focused on how much money they could get off their house may be missing is:

  • Likelihood of house buyers dragging them into court to cover the costs of repairs
  • Chances that a mortgage deal won't go through
  • Demands that a buyer with more liquid assets could put on the entire deal

The latter of the three drawbacks could create long term headaches for house sellers. Yet, those are just three reasons why it might make good sense to turn down the highest mortgage.

Reasons to walk away from the highest mortgage offer

Other reasons why the highest mortgage offer may not be the best follow. Some of these options may be more costly than others:

  • Background details on house buyers - Not everyone who has the money to pay top dollar for a house earned the money legitimately. You don't want to sell your house to a buyer who is mixed up in illegal business activities.
  • Neighborhood - Taking top dollar for your house from a buyer when you know that the neighborhood is in decline is a choice that could find you in court. Dissatisfied house buyers might look for any reason that will hold up in court to sue you. Discovering that the neighborhood is in decline might spark a series of lawsuits.
  • Emotional connections to the house - If you're not emotionally ready to let go of your house, you might feel more confident selling your house to someone who you think will care for the property the way that you did. This person might not be able to offer top dollar for your house, but they may make up for it in the amount of care that they give your home.
  • True house value - As much as you may love your home, it might not be worth the highest offer. Accept the highest offer and you might be forced to deal with rejection should lenders refuse to finance a mortgage to cover the offer.

Accepting the highest offer on your house could put you in position to deal with future house buyer lawsuits and lender rejection. You also might be selling your home to a buyer who may not give your house as much care as you did. Why? For the amount of money that the buyer paid for your house, the buyer might expect the house to be in tip top condition, needing absolutely no upgrades or repairs.




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Posted by Steve Casey on 9/7/2017


2 High Plain St, Walpole, MA 02081

Single-Family

$599,900
Price

10
Rooms
4
Beds
2/1
Full/Half Baths
"Allens Corner" The Homestead of Robert Allen built in 1790. A true treasure from just after the Revolutionary War. This home exudes the history in its bones. 7 Fireplaces (not currently used) and loads of original charm. 4 bedrooms, 2 1/2 baths and 2 car attached garage. Bonus room over garage. Sprawling near acre flat corner lot. Oh..Did I mention the full size football field back yard for the kids? Interior photos to follow.............Open House Sunday, Sept. 10th 12 to 2 with 1st showings at Broker tour Friday Sept. 8 from 11am to 12pm
Open House
Friday
September 08 at 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Broker tour. Buyers are welcome!
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