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Posted by CENTURY 21 CUDDY on 2/23/2020

Moving can be fun, stressful, or both. If you and your family are moving soon, your mind might be racing with all of the preparations you need to make before the big day.

The best course of action is to start organizing and planning now so that you can rest easy the night before your move knowing that everything is accounted for.

In this article, we’ll show you how to do just that. We’ll talk about how to get the whole family involved in moving day, what to do with pets, and how to ensure the smoothest move possible so your family can look back on their first day in their new home with fond memories.

Getting organized

There are two key resources that you’ll need to make and refer back to as you prepare for moving day. You’ll need a calendar and a well-organised to-do list.

If you’re prone to depending on your smartphone, then it could be a good idea to add these items to your existing calendars and to-do list apps and sync them with your spouse and children. Most apps have this capability, making it easy to all stay on the same page.

Alternatively, you can use a physical calendar that it hung up in a highly visible area, such as on the refrigerator. Keep your to-do list next to it so you can cross off tasks as they’re accomplished.

On the calendar will be dates like calling your moving company for an appointment, closing on your new home, inspections, and confirming appointments with the movers and real estate agents. You’ll also want to pick a day close to your move to call and set up an appointment for utilities to be installed at your new home.

Getting the family involved

Every team needs a leader. If you’re leading your family through the moving process, it’s your responsibility to keep them in the loop. There may seem like an overwhelming number of tasks to achieve, but your family is there to help. Pick days to have your kids help you make boxes and pack the non-necessities.

You can make moving fun by “camping” inside your home for the last few nights. Since most of your belongings will be in boxes, it’s a fun excuse to set up a tent in the living room and take out the flashlights.

During the last day in your old house, make sure everyone has a survival kit filled with the items they’ll need when arriving at the new house. This includes toothbrushes, medication, phones and chargers, and other essentials.

Moving with pets

Moving can be even scarier for our pets than it is for us. There’s no way to explain to them what’s going on, and they’ll be looking to you for cues that everything is okay.

If you have a friend or relative who can take your pet to their home during the move it will make the moving process much easier--keeping track of a pet while you’re trying to carry boxes is no easy feat.

To ease your pet into their new home, take them to visit before the move if possible. Put some of their favorite toys or their bed and blanket in the new home so they’ll have some comforts for their first impression.


If you follow these tips you’ll be on your way to a fun, and mostly stress-free move into your new home with your family.




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Posted by CENTURY 21 CUDDY on 2/16/2020

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For Sale by Owner (FSBO) can be an extremely tempting prospect for home sellers. If you don't have to pay the real estate commission, you can put more of the money from the house sale directly into your pocket. But it takes more of a roll-up-your-sleeves attitude to successfully complete a home sale. We'll look at why the risks typically outweigh the rewards. 

Can It Be Done?

Before going any further, it's important to acknowledge that selling a home without the help of a real estate agent can be done. In fact, some sellers will tell you it's the best decision they've ever made. You'll need to research your state and local laws before starting the paperwork, but owners have successfully sold their own homes in the past. 

The Downsides 

There are more than a few downsides when it comes to selling a home on your own, and they typically all boil down to time and money. An agent already has a good idea of how much homes are selling for in your area, who's buying them, and why certain ones are in high demand. They know how to price the home high enough so it doesn't set the wrong anchor, but low enough to inspire interest. 

The Paperwork 

From contingencies to appraisals to closing costs, the paperwork for a home sale has become unbearably lengthy for most sellers. In the past, homes might be sold with nothing more than a few sheets of signed documents. Today, the stack continues to grow with every passing year.

Most of the paperwork is an attempt to address liability. For example, if a seller failed to disclose that the property was in dispute by an ex-spouse, the buyer wouldn't have to enter into a lengthy legal battle after escrow was completed. Each neighborhood has its own restrictions and rules for buyers and sellers, and it's difficult to follow them all if you're not familiar with the local codes. 

Limited Reach 

A good real estate agent knows how to pull in buyers from a number of backgrounds. Rather than relying on an Open House sign, they use everything from social media to their own networks to get more people interested in the property. They also know how to showcase the property in a way that appeals to the common buyer. For example, they might stage your home for young families rather than retirees (or vice versa). 

The truth is that FSBO is an option, it's just often not a very good one. While you may be able to successfully sell your home, the odds of making a mistake can land you in a hot water (which can ultimately end in court). 




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Posted by CENTURY 21 CUDDY on 2/9/2020

If you recently listed your home, you may expect many offers to purchase to come your way in the near future. However, the house selling journey can be difficult to navigate, and there are many signs that indicate offers to purchase your home may be unlikely to arrive any time soon. These signs include:

1. Homebuyers are not scheduling showings.

Homebuyers often set up showings to view residences. And if buyers like what they see during a showing, these individuals may request a second showing or submit an offer to purchase a house.

Comparatively, a seller who receives no home showing requests for many days, weeks or months after listing a residence may be in trouble. This seller may need to perform home upgrades to help his or her residence stand out from the competition. Or, the seller may need to lower his or her house's initial asking price.

2. Homebuyers are not attending open houses.

An open house event is designed to provide buyers with an enjoyable experience. The event allows buyers to walk through a residence at their own pace. And if a buyer likes a house, he or she may request a one-on-one showing or submit an offer to purchase.

On the other hand, if no buyers attend an open house, a seller may need to modify his or her property selling strategy. This individual should consider the buyer's perspective closely and think about why buyers may choose to avoid his or her residence. Then, the seller can tweak his or her house selling strategy accordingly.

3. Comparable houses in your area continue to sell.

If a seller finds his or her residence lingers on the real estate market while similar houses sell quickly, there may be one or many problems with this individual's house. Although a seller may wonder why his or her house fails to stir up interest from buyers, a real estate agent can offer expert support. In fact, a seller can work with a real estate agent to determine the best course of action to promote his or her house to the right buyers.

Typically, a real estate agent meets with a house seller and helps this individual craft a property selling strategy. A real estate agent and home seller work hand-in-hand to figure out how to list a house, showcase it to buyers and maximize the residence's value. And when a real estate agent and home seller put a home selling plan into action, the results can be significant.

Let's not forget about the support that a real estate agent provides once a seller receives an offer to purchase, either. At this point, a home seller may be uncertain about what to do. But a real estate agent will help a home seller review all possible options and make an informed decision.

Simplify the house selling cycle – hire a real estate agent, and you can get the help you need to generate interest in your home as soon as it becomes available.





Posted by CENTURY 21 CUDDY on 2/2/2020

This Multi-Family in Ashland, MA recently sold for $451,000. This style home was sold by - CENTURY 21 CUDDY.


197 Eliot St, Ashland, MA 01721

Multi-Family

$449,900
Price
$451,000
Sale Price

2
Units
4,046
Approx. GLA
Property was previously winterized but there are many split heating and water pipes. Previously occupied by owner and tenants. HUGE 4000+- sq.ft. Custom Built Side by Side 2-Family, Townhome Style. UNIT 1; 3 Bedrms., 3 Full Baths, Large 17' Livingrm w/ Fireplace, recessed lights. 16' Formal Diningrm., 18' eat in kitchen w/all appliances & Newer Stainless Steel Oven. Gas cooktop. Off kitchen 17' Four Season Sun Rm., 20' 1st flr. Master, Spacious 2nd floor bedrms w/direct full bath access. Hardwood flrs., Newer/Expensive Pella Windows(liv-dinrm.). 1st flr laundry. Walk-in Cedar closet, Full Bsmnt. w/BIG Familyrm w/Fireplace, Wet Bar & Full Bath. UNIT 2; Spacious 1200+-sq.ft., 2 bed, 2-levels, 2 Full Baths, Eat-in kitchen w/appliances (gas cooking), Livingroom, Newer Anderson Windows. Large patio, storage++, 1st flr. laundry. Separate Utilities, 2 Weil Mclain GAS heat syst. (5-zone & 2-zone) 2 Gas Hot water tanks (2015 & older) Circuit breaker electric panels. Garage! Big Yard






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Posted by CENTURY 21 CUDDY on 2/2/2020

This Multi-Family in Boston, MA recently sold for $892,000. This style home was sold by - CENTURY 21 CUDDY.


39 Forest St, Boston, MA 02119

Multi-Family

$849,900
Price
$892,000
Sale Price

3
Units
3,645
Approx. GLA
1st Showings; OPEN HOUSE GROUP TOURS, FRIDAY. 11/29, 11 am & 12 PM. SATURDAY 11/30, 12 & 1 PM. One of Boston's Best Emerging Neighborhoods! Desirable Dudley Square locale. FAST ACCESS to South End, Longwood Med, Major Universities, Museums, Theatre District, Symphony, Downtown, I-93. Huge Triple Decker with Majestic Brownstone styling. Ornate filigree Stone column entry, decorative exterior window Keystones and Dental trim. Family owned and occupied and 1st time available for many years. 14 Rooms, 7 Bedrooms. Many updates; Windows, Granite counters, tiled baths, cabinets, heating/hot water system, electrical, gas stoves, appliances, roof (2013) and more. Ornate wood detail, French doors, decorative fireplace mantels (sealed fireplaces). Large, newly partially finished basement offers Great Community space for exercise & storage. Property has untapped potential and with additional improvements can easily command High market rents. Amazing Roof Top Panoramic View of Downtown.

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