Cindy Gordon
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Posted by Cindy Gordon on 6/9/2019

A home selling budget can make a world of difference, particularly for individuals who want to avoid potential problems during the property selling journey. Yet crafting a home selling budget may be difficult. Thankfully, there are lots of things you can do to simplify the process of creating a home selling budget that matches your finances.

Now, let's take a look at three tips to help you create an effective home selling budget.

1. Analyze Your Home's Condition

The condition of your home can have far-flung effects on the home selling journey. If your house requires a wide range of repairs and upgrades, you will need to budget accordingly. Otherwise, assorted home problems may go unaddressed and could make it tough for you to maximize your house sale earnings.

Consider the buyer's perspective as you assess your house. That way, you can identify minor and major home issues and include various property repairs and upgrades in your house selling budget.

It may be beneficial to hire a home inspector too. If you have a property inspector assess your house, you can receive expert insights into myriad home improvements.

2. Determine If Professional Home Improvement Assistance Is Needed

If you find you need home improvement assistance, you should plan for the costs of hiring professionals. By doing so, you can avoid the risk of overspending to improve your house.

Reach out to dozens of home improvement professionals in your city or town. If you shop around for home improvement professionals, you can boost the likelihood of getting the best prices.

Don't forget to ask home improvement professionals for client referrals as well. If you get client referrals, you can gain firsthand insights into what it is like to work with a home improvement professional before you make your hiring decision.

3. Collaborate with a Real Estate Agent

A real estate agent can provide extensive support throughout the house selling journey. In fact, he or she may help you budget for all stages of the home selling journey and ensure that you won't have to break your budget to achieve your desired results.

Typically, a real estate agent will offer tips and recommendations to help you enhance your residence before you add it to the housing market. In many instances, a real estate agent can provide suggestions so you can upgrade your residence on your own. Or, if you require additional assistance, a real estate agent can put you in touch with the top home improvement professionals in your area.

A real estate agent also is happy to provide expert guidance as you navigate the home selling journey. This housing market professional can help you make informed decisions as you try to sell your home. As a result, a real estate agent can help you make your home selling goals come true.

Ready to sell your house? Take advantage of the aforementioned tips, and you can prepare a successful home selling budget.





Posted by Cindy Gordon on 6/2/2019

This Single-Family in Marlborough, MA recently sold for $430,000. This Cape,Contemporary,Multi-Level style home was sold by Cindy Gordon - Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage.


10 Wakefield Rd, Marlborough, MA 01752

Single-Family

$425,000
Price
$430,000
Sale Price

7
Rooms
3
Beds
3
Baths
Offers due Tuesday noon. Unique three level contemporary home in a desirable lake community is move-in ready! This house was remodeled less than 10 yrs ago including kitchen's granite counters, SS appliances. Living room is spacious w/ sky lights and soaring cathedral ceiling, beautiful granite surround fireplace, hardwood floors.Dining room connects to kitchen and living room. Two bedrooms and full bath complete the first floor. Large master suite w/ lake views, beautiful bath and walk-in closet is situated on 2nd floor along with a very generous loft, perfect for a home office +/or play area! You'll love the ease of a mudroom w/ closet off the garage. Need more space...the lower level is finished along w/ another full bath! Enjoy the over sized deck and fenced in backyard or take a few steps to the lake association beach for all kinds of activities including swimming and boating fun! Close to all Marlboro offers and to Hudson's revitalized downtown and rail trail! Don't miss this one

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Categories: Sold Homes  


Posted by Cindy Gordon on 6/2/2019

Mistakes are inevitable in life with their consequences varying in severity. However, some mistakes are best not made because when they happen, they could cause you thousands to fix and set you back lots of time and effort. Here are some of the top homeowners’ insurance mistakes that you should avoid at all cost.

  1. Selecting A Good Insurance Company. When choosing an insurer, you need to go for a company with competitive prices, excellent rating and quality customer's feedback. A common mistake that homeowners make is selecting a company by price alone. Choosing by price is a risk you must not take. Before you settle down with any insurance company, check the financial health and ask friends and families about their various experiences with the insurer. You need a company that is known for competence and handles claims fairly and efficiently.
  2. Dropping Flood Insurance. Should your home be situated in a flood-prone area, it is best to make sure that you have flood insurance. Standard homeowners and renters' insurance policies don't cover for damages resulting from floods. Such insurance coverage is available from the National Flood Insurance Program [NFIP] or any of the private insurance companies.
  3. Overlooking Renters Insurance. This insurance policy covers your possessions and some additional living expenses if you must move out due to an insured disaster like a hurricane or fire outbreak. In cases whereby a member of the family suffers an injury in such a catastrophic event, the insurance provides protection and care too which ensures that you can give them the best of care.
  4. Not Knowing Exclusions. Not understanding the exclusions is a common mistake that homeowners make, and It comes with not reading the fine print thoroughly. Many home insurance policies come with tons of exclusions, and it is your job to make sure that significant claims are insured. For instance, if you stay in a flood-prone area, making sure that the insurance policy covers such a disaster is very paramount. Don't make this mistake!
  5. Getting Less Coverage to Cut Cost. Many have made this mistake, and they ended up spending more than they would have. Don't ever under-insure your home in other to cut cost. That will be a grave mistake you will end up regretting. Sit with your insurance specialist and discuss the various insurance packages and the one best for your home. Having the best coverage is for your safety and also for your wallet.

Take your insurance agent as a friend and don't hesitate to communicate whenever there is a significant change in your home like fencing your home or turning your garage into a store. Keeping your agent up to date is very important. If you haven't reviewed your insurance policy to know what protection it offers you, do that now to be safe.




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Posted by Cindy Gordon on 5/31/2019

This Single-Family in Paxton, MA recently sold for $500,000. This Colonial style home was sold by Cindy Gordon - Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage.


2 Wildewood Dr, Paxton, MA 01612

Single-Family

$499,900
Price
$500,000
Sale Price

8
Rooms
4
Beds
3
Baths
GLAD HILL ESTATES ~ You can move right into this stunning 4 Bedroom/3 Bath Colonial, as everything has already been done! Updates include... a freshly painted interior and exterior, new carpeting and custom blinds. This home was designed for those who enjoy hosting family and friends with it's open floorplan, great room with cathedral ceilings and fireplace, large kitchen with stainless steel double oven and warming drawer, granite countertops/island and separate breakfast nook. The second floor has four spacious bedrooms including a master suite with master bath w/Jacuzzi tub and separate shower. There are so many great features in this home... French doors, impressive turned staircase with crystal chandelier, hardwood floors, central air, irrigation system and walk up attic for additional storage. This is an incredible value! Don't miss your chance to make this property your new home!

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Categories: Sold Homes  


Posted by Cindy Gordon on 5/26/2019

The first time you sell a home, you're in entirely new territory. You may think you know what's what because, after all, you once bought a house, what's different now? Everything, actually!

Know the basics

The simple stuff from the buyer's point of view is not the same for the seller. Here are some notable missteps to avoid.

  • Don't use a buyer's agent to sell your home. Many agents specialize as either a buyer's agent or a listing agent. While the buyer's agent looks at a house from the purchasing point of view, a selling agent works on your behalf to market your home on multiple channels and through personal contacts.
  • Don't take your pictures yourself. The MLS images typically follow a pattern that includes specialized lenses and panoramic views, so let the pros handle it. And, it's usually included in your marketing plan so that it won't cost you anything extra.
  • Don’t skimp on staging. If your agent suggests staging it's because she knows the market and the potential buyers. While many home stagers will use your furniture where they can, allowing them to see your home with a critical eye is useful for seeing what sellers need to see.
  • Don't hang around. You want to hover, be handy to answer questions, listen to what they say. But that makes the buyer uncomfortable. If someone is purchasing your home, they need to be free to express whatever they want to their agent without worrying that they might offend you. After all, it's not really about you; it's about them.
  • Don't be offended by a lower-than-expected offer. When a buyer offers a low-ball price again, it's not about you or even your home. It is about what they can afford or for what they qualify. Or, they may just come from a family that haggles. So work out a plan with your agent ahead of time about how to handle those extra low offers.
  • Do have a contingency plan. If the buyer must move in before you're ready to move on to your new home, have a plan in place for temporary housing. You don't want to lose the sale because you weren't ready when the buyer was.
  • Do learn about all the closing costs and who is expected to pay what. Remember that you’ll have utility bills, insurance, warranties, and any repairs the buyer requests after the inspection.

Most of all, trust the professionals. You’re hiring them for their real estate expertise, so use it.




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