Judy Moore - Barrett Sotheby's International Realty



Posted by Judy Moore on 7/23/2017

After years in your current residence, you're ready for a change. As such, you've decided to add your home to the real estate market in the hopes of moving on to bigger and better things. Selling a home can be a daunting task, particularly for first-time sellers. Fortunately, we're here to help you maximize the value of your home and accelerate the home selling process. Here are three tips that will ensure you can become an informed first-time home seller: 1. Stay the Course. Although you may expect immediate interest in your residence, it may take some time for interest in your home to pick up. However, a patient, dedicated home seller knows how to stay the course and remain calm, cool and collected throughout the home selling process. For instance, a home seller may add his or her residence to the real estate market and continue to share the online home listing with friends, family members and colleagues. By doing so, this home seller may be able to stir up interest in his or her residence over an extended period of time. It also is important to remember that Rome wasn't built in a day, and much in the same vein, the first offer you receive on your residence might not be the best one. As a result, you should only accept an offer that makes you feel comfortable, i.e. an offer that meets your expectations. 2. Don't Sweat the Small Stuff. After you accept an offer from a homebuyer, the buyer likely will want to set up a home inspection. And if he or she encounters unforeseen problems with your home, problems could arise that may slow down the home selling process. If a homebuyer notices substantial issues with your home, he or she may rescind an offer or ask that these problems be resolved. Furthermore, home repairs can be costly, which means you may be forced to invest in expensive home improvements or risk missing out on an opportunity to sell your home. As a home seller, you may encounter obstacles as you attempt to sell your home. But when difficulties arise, try to focus on what's important – selling your home, maximizing its value and ensuring both you and the homebuyer are satisfied with the end results. A home seller who lets minor issues cause his or her blood pressure to rise may put a home sale in danger. Therefore, if you feel stressed, take a deep breath and try to work with a homebuyer to find a resolution that fits both sides. 3. Employ a Real Estate Agent. The home selling journey often is filled with twists and curves along the way. But with a real estate agent at your side, you'll be able to overcome any pitfalls immediately. Your real estate agent can promote and showcase your residence to prospective homebuyers. This professional also will provide expert tips, enabling you to streamline the process of selling your house. Remove the guesswork from the home selling journey – become an informed first-time home seller, and you can speed up the process of generating interest in your house.





Posted by Judy Moore on 7/16/2017

Dogs, like humans, are territorial by nature. If a stranger came into your home unannounced you would likely react in either a fearful or aggressive manner. Dogs who are aggressive and protective are no different. Fortunately, there are training techniques that can be employed to help your pet grow more comfortable when you have company at your home. Whether you have an older dog who behaves aggressively toward visitors or you are raising a puppy that you want to train to be comfortable around strangers, here are some tips that can help.

Know your dog

Before you start training you need to understand exactly what makes your dog uncomfortable. With some dogs it may be a certain type of person (like a mail carrier or the oil delivery driver). With other dogs any stranger who comes in or near the home is a trigger. Determine the fine line between your dog's comfort zone and where your dog becomes scared.

Employing a training partner

Start small by having a friend (someone your dog doesn't know) walk past your home where the dog can see. The moment they show signs of fear, assure your dog that you have the situation under control. Scolding the dog, grabbing them, or otherwise exhibiting aggressive behavior toward your dog will only exacerbate their fears. You want them to know that you have the situation in control. Saying firmly and calmly, "I got it; I'm OK" will tell your dog that you see the stranger and you're in control. Oftentimes, dogs bark at strangers because they want us to be aware of the potential danger. Acknowledging your dog is vital in these situations. If your dog is the type who barks or growls at strangers, reward them with treats when they don't bark as the "stranger" passes by your home. From there, you can try other triggers with strangers outside the house such as ringing the doorbell or walking through the yard.

Let the stranger inside

After a few sessions working with the stranger outside your home, it's time to introduce your dog to strangers inside their territory. If you think your dog will be aggressive toward the stranger, make sure you keep your dog leashed or basket-muzzled during the first visit. It will protect your training buddy and will help let your dog know you are in control. Start by having a family member let the stranger in the home while you hold your dog leashed at length. If your dog barks at the stranger, attempt to get your dog's attention and verbally reassure them you are okay; you are in control. Have your training partner avoid eye contact with your dog. Once your dog calms down enough to stop barking, try having them follow commands for treats (sit, stay, etc.). If this is successful, have the stranger try tossing treats to the dog as well. If your dog is too nervous to eat, reward them with pets and other positive reinforcement ("Good girl!").

Tips for productive training sessions

  • Try to keep your dog's focus on you as often as you can. Use treats and positive reinforcement constantly
  • Exercise your dog before training if they are high-energy
  • Train in small increments; if your dog is afraid of strangers don't start by introducing him/her to a party at your home
  • You need to be calm at all times while training. Your dog takes his/her cues from your behavior. If you get frustrated or anxious take a break and start again when you're fully calm

   





Posted by Judy Moore on 7/13/2017


12 Crescent Hill Avenue, Lexington, MA 02420

Single-Family

$868,000
Price

7
Rooms
4
Beds
2/1
Full/Half Baths
Tastefully renovated & absolutely charming 1900's Colonial on lightly traveled street in the Harrington School District! Enjoy pleasing fir, pine flooring, mahogany railings & newel posts, period stained glass windows, 9' ceilings & airy spaces. Recent renovations perfectly complement: stunning cook's kitchen w/open floor plan, high end stainless steel appliances, gas cooking, Omega cherry cabinets, pretty granite counter tops, attractive lighting & breathtaking sunset views. Charming gas fireplace in living room surrounded by custom built-ins, all baths have been handsomely updated, oversized master bedroom features enviable walk-in closet w/cedar storage & the 3rd floor offers perfect teenage or office suite w/spacious bedroom w/skylights, bath, walk-in closet. Recently replaced siding, roof & windows leave time to enjoy prvt. fenced backyard w/ Azek deck. Additional 18,000 SF lot provides privacy, play area, potential future structure. Walk to Arlington Res & Whipple Hill....enjoy!
Open House
Saturday
July 15 at 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Come see this absolutely charming Colonial with new kitchen, updated baths and so much to offer! Quiet location in Harrington School District!
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Posted by Judy Moore on 7/13/2017


12 Crescent Hill Avenue, Lexington, MA 02420

Single-Family

$868,000
Price

7
Rooms
4
Beds
2/1
Full/Half Baths
Tastefully renovated & absolutely charming 1900's Colonial on lightly traveled street in the Harrington School District! Enjoy pleasing fir, pine flooring, mahogany railings & newel posts, period stained glass windows, 9' ceilings & airy spaces. Recent renovations perfectly complement: stunning cook's kitchen w/open floor plan, high end stainless steel appliances, gas cooking, Omega cherry cabinets, pretty granite counter tops, attractive lighting & breathtaking sunset views. Charming gas fireplace in living room surrounded by custom built-ins, all baths have been handsomely updated, oversized master bedroom features enviable walk-in closet w/cedar storage & the 3rd floor offers perfect teenage or office suite w/spacious bedroom w/skylights, bath, walk-in closet. Recently replaced siding, roof & windows leave time to enjoy prvt. fenced backyard w/ Azek deck. Additional 18,000 SF lot provides privacy, play area, potential future structure. Walk to Arlington Res & Whipple Hill....enjoy!
Open House
Saturday
July 15 at 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Come see this absolutely charming Colonial with new kitchen, updated baths and so much to offer! Quiet location in Harrington School District!
More Open Houses
Cannot make the Open Houses?
Location: 12 Crescent Hill Avenue, Lexington, MA 02420    Get Directions

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Categories: Open House  


Posted by Judy Moore on 7/13/2017


12 Crescent Hill Avenue, Lexington, MA 02420

Single-Family

$868,000
Price

7
Rooms
4
Beds
2/1
Full/Half Baths
Tastefully renovated & absolutely charming 1900's Colonial on lightly traveled street in the Harrington School District! Enjoy pleasing fir, pine flooring, mahogany railings & newel posts, period stained glass windows, 9' ceilings & airy spaces. Recent renovations perfectly complement: stunning cook's kitchen w/open floor plan, high end stainless steel appliances, gas cooking, Omega cherry cabinets, pretty granite counter tops, attractive lighting & breathtaking sunset views. Charming gas fireplace in living room surrounded by custom built-ins, all baths have been handsomely updated, oversized master bedroom features enviable walk-in closet w/cedar storage & the 3rd floor offers perfect teenage or office suite w/spacious bedroom w/skylights, bath, walk-in closet. Recently replaced siding, roof & windows leave time to enjoy prvt. fenced backyard w/ Azek deck. Additional 18,000 SF lot provides privacy, play area, potential future structure. Walk to Arlington Res & Whipple Hill....enjoy!
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