Judy Moore - Barrett Sotheby's International Realty



Posted by Judy Moore on 2/3/2019

Itís a competitive selling market and we all know how difficult it can be to entice buyers with your home.

There are a number of ways to highlight the best features of your house. From staging to great real estate photos, marketing your home is a key aspect to ensuring a sale.

However, sometimes sellers miss out on opportunities to give their home a competitive edge in the housing market.

In todayís post, weíre going to talk about some of the features in homes that are major selling points for todayís average buyer. That way, youíll be able to update your listing and materials so that everyone who looks at your home knows exactly what it has to offer.

1. Location and convenience

Odds are you can find some major location selling points for your home if you think about it. Is your home near grocery stores, hospitals, parks, or major highways? Does it lack the rush hour traffic that other neighborhoods have?

Just because youíve gotten used to the convenient location of your home doesnít mean it wonít be appreciated by your potential buyers.

2. Low upkeep and utility costs

If you live in a newer home in your neighborhood, thereís a good chance it will beat out much of the local competition in energy efficiency and maintenance costs. If youíve recently upgraded energy-related parts of your home (think windows, HVAC, insulation, etc.), you should highlight these upgrades in your listings.

This is also a good time to show off your utility savings. Many utility companies show you how much you spend compared to your neighbors. If your home is energy efficient, donít be afraid to show off in your listing.

3. Storage space

Ever notice how self-storage facilities seem to be popping up just about everywhere? Storage space is a huge concern for homeowners and buyers alike.

Make sure your photos and listings reflect the amount of storage your home has.

4. Major upgrades

If youíve recently replaced the septic system, roof, windows, HVAC or other major upgrade, be sure to list the date and cost of the system in your listing. They can help assure potential buyers that they wonít need to make any costly upgrades or repairs anytime soon.

5. Pet and smoke-free

If your home is free of any odors or signs of pets or cigarettes, it will likely be a plus for buyers who are only focusing on homes that are clean and move-in ready.

6. Natural lighting

If your home has a lot of windows or skylights, be sure to include them in your photo and listing. Natural lighting can dramatically improve real estate photos, and it will make your home seem more spacious and welcoming.





Posted by Judy Moore on 1/27/2019

If budgeting isnít your thing, youíll be glad to discover that itís quite simple. Thereís a way to categorize your spending and save money easily. If you learn the rule, it will become so automatic that you wonít even think about it. If youíre saving money for a home, this practice will be essential. Break your budget down into three categories: 


  • Living expenses
  • Financial goals
  • Personal spending


Half of your budget should go towards living expenses. This number includes all of the essentials like rent or mortgage, utilities, groceries, commute costs, and insurances. 


20 percent of your income should go towards other financial goals like savings, investments, or paying down debt. Credit card bills, student loans, and other bills would fall under this category. This category is also where youíd save for your down payment, closing costs, and other expenses. This percentage can be adjustable depending on how much debt you have or how much you need to save for retirement. 


The remaining 30 percent of your income can go towards personal spending. This category includes everything that you use your money for but isnít a necessity. This percentage is also flexible. If your lifestyle doesnít require you to use all 30 percent each month, you can indeed save more money.


A Clear Plan 


These categories simplify your budget. Even if you make some adjustments to the numbers, the outline truly makes budgeting easy even for the most scatterbrained among us. It allows you to see where your money goes clearly. It also works no matter what kind of living situation you have.


The great thing about this budgeting plan is that you have some future needs built into it. Many times, when we budget, we think of our immediate needs and our shorter term goals. Saving for any occasion can never happen too early. You are able to not only focus on your current goals and the future.   



Steps


First, determine your monthly income. This number is how much money you take home after taxes. From here, youíll be able to split your money into categories by percentages. If your income fluctuates frequently, youíll need to take an average of your monthly income to determine your numbers. 


Next, you should take a look at your spending habits. These include everything from your morning latte to your monthly rent payment. From here you can make adjustments. Perhaps you need to look for a less expensive apartment. Maybe you need to cut down your weekly pizza to a bi-monthly purchase. Whatever you see in your finances, a simple percentage rule gives you the tools you need to become a saver and be well on your way to the purchase of your first home.     





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Posted by Judy Moore on 1/25/2019


337 Bedford Street, Lexington, MA 02420

Single-Family

$974,800
Price

7
Rooms
3
Beds
2/1
Full/Half Baths
New construction! Wonderful Lexington opportunity! Enjoy an open concept kitchen with a pretty granite covered island and counter tops, breakfast area, two story family room with streaming sunlight, 3 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, 1st floor laundry, 2 car garage and room for expansion in the unfinished lower level. This brand new home with custom millwork and gleaming hardwood floors, features a private backyard, a convenient location abutting the popular Manor neighborhood, steps to public transportation, walking distance to the bike path, conservation land, neighborhood park and so much more. Enjoy all that Lexington has to offer just move in and enjoy!
Open House
Saturday
January 26 at 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM
Desirable new construction in Lexington at an affordable price! Come see!
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Location: 337 Bedford Street, Lexington, MA 02420    Get Directions

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Posted by Judy Moore on 1/24/2019

Architecturally designed well appointed Colonial on generous corner lot & lightly traveled side street, features 7,000 SF of living area with extensive custom millwork & exquisite detail throughout. Smashing chefís kitchen with pretty quartz countertops, floor to ceiling cabinetry, professional grade stainless steel appliances, wet bar, prep sinks, walk-in pantry & adjoining sunny breakfast/sunroom. Enjoy 1st floor family room w/fireplace & appealing office w/adjoining full bath for guest suite option. Luxurious master suite features a cozy fireplace, built-ins, two walk-in closets and stunning master bath with steam, rain shower and soaking tub. 4-zone Sonos speaker system just one example of the numerous amenities in this desirable home sited on a lovely lot w/oversized patio, fire pit, private backyard ideal for outdoor activities. Enticing lower level offers a game room with wet bar, climate controlled wine cellar, media room w/TV, gym, & full bath. Near Whipple Hill conservation.

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Posted by Judy Moore on 1/23/2019


3A Nowers Road, Lexington, MA 02420

Single-Family

$2,489,000
Price

13
Rooms
5
Beds
4/2
Full/Half Baths
Distinctive young Shingle Style Colonial in private estate-like setting in desirable Manor Neighborhood. Exceptional home enhanced w/sunlit rooms, tastefully appointed w/exquisite millwork & quality features throughout including oversized windows, dramatic open 2 story foyer overlooking a wall of glass, front and back staircases & so much more. You'll love the airy, flowing floor plan w/spacious rooms, oversized entryways, classic formal living & dining rooms, flexible music room or 5th bedroom. Open kitchen w/ample granite counter space & island, high end stainless steel appliances, walk-in panty, breakfast nook with plantation shutters overlooking family room w/ vaulted ceiling, cheerful fireplace, lovely French Doors to terrace, serene grounds. Impeccable home improved by seller with addition of two 3rd floor offices, 1/2 bath and a finished lower level game room, gym, full bath, cedar closet. Heated 3 car garage, near bike path, middle school, neighborhood park & Willards Woods!
Open House
Sunday
January 27 at 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM
Amazing young home in secluded location in desirable neighborhood! Come see!
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Location: 3A Nowers Road, Lexington, MA 02420    Get Directions

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