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Posted by Lisa Bradley on 9/18/2018

There was a time when moving across the country was a trip into the unknown. For some, that prospect may be an exciting one. For a homeowner with bills to pay or children to raise, the more you know about a place the better.

Fortunately, todayís technology equips us with tools to learn everything (or almost everything) we need to know about a place without ever visiting. With the use of statistics, maps, and first-hand accounts, would-be homeowners can put in their researcher hats and get a feel for a place without ever even visiting.

In todayís post, Iím going to introduce you to some of those tools. So, if youíre thinking of making a long distance move sometime in the near future, read on for a list of the most useful resources that will help you along your search.

Cost of living

Most of us would love to move to Hawaii or San Francisco, but letís face it--cost of living differences can make a huge impact on our ability to move wherever we want. Fortunately, there is reliable data on the specific cost of living for different parts of the United States.

Nerdwalletís cost of living calculator lets you enter your current city and income and then compare what you would need to earn (on average) to move to a city of your choice. Moving to Boston, MA from Denver, CO, for example, would mean a 34% increase in costs like housing, groceries, transportation, etc.

Do you freelance or work from home and have the ability to travel wherever you want? If so, check out the Nomad List. It lets you compare housing costs, safety, weather, and--perhaps most important for freelancers--internet speeds in cities around the country and around the world.

Howís the weather?

Another important consideration for long distance moves is the climate. Not only will it determine your wardrobe and comfort level, but it also could mean more expensive heating in the winter or air conditioning in the winter.

To check out the average monthly temperatures and precipitation levels, check out U.S. Climate Data.

School scores

Itís hard to judge schools based on a few numbers, and itís best to see what kind of programs and classes theyíll offer for your children as well. However, to get a glimpse of the nearby schools, you can check out City Data or NeighborhoodScout.

Safety

Safety is always a concern when visiting or moving to a new place. Fortunately, there are several good sources of information for neighborhood safety.

When we think of safety, most of us think of things like crime rates. NeighborhoodScout provides all the data youíll need on crime. However, there are other safety concerns that should be addressed.

The CDC provides health data for 500 U.S. Cities. And, if youíre worried about lead exposure, this interactive map from Reuters has you covered.




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Posted by Lisa Bradley on 9/11/2018

Once you have gone through the pre-approval process and have narrowed down your home search, thereís a good chance youíll soon find a place that you want to make an offer on. This can seem like a huge step for any first time homebuyer. Even seasoned home buyers feel butterflies when the time comes to make an offer on a home they love. Before you even start your home search, you should become educated on how to make a good offer in order to land the property that you really want. Thereís so many factors that effect your offer including the surrounding properties and the current state of the market. Here are a few very important pieces of advice that you should heed in order to have a successful time securing a home and closing the deal. 

Craft A Persuasive Offer

In many areas thereís a low inventory of homes and a high number of those seeking to buy. This means that youíre not guaranteed to get a property that you have made an offer on. Lowball offers might not be at all competitive and even insulting to sellers in certain markets. Often, you may need to make an offer of more than the asking price if youíre in love with a home. By working with your real estate agent and doing the right research, you can craft an offer on a home that will be compelling for sellers.    

Decide On Your Contingencies 

Once an offer has been accepted, itís time to get to work on those contingencies. Be especially mindful of financing contingencies. If something falls through in the process, youíll want to be sure you can get the deposit you made back. Also keep in mind that sellers love reliable buyers who have already been preapproved.  

Home inspection contingencies are another area of importance. After you sign the purchase agreement and the inspection is complete, youíre allowed to ask the seller to make repairs or provide you with a counter offer. While this can be one of the more nerve-wracking aspects of home buying, it has many positives. Home inspections protect buyers from purchasing a home that they canít live with in cases of extreme mold, termites and other environmental and structural issues. 

The appraisal contingency is also important. In order for you to qualify for a loan, the property must be appraised. The property must be valued at or above the purchase price. A loan will only be approved by a lender up to the appraised value. If your home loan is $400,000 but your home of choice is appraised at $390,000, youíll have a problem.       

Your Finances Matter Until You Get To The Closing Table

Donít go crazy with all kinds of purchases before you reach the closing table. Opening a new credit account at your favorite furniture store, for example, could lead to a disastrous surprise on closing day. Hold off on big purchases until after you secure your home. Also avoid making large transfers or deposits from your bank account. donít do anything to negatively affect your credit score

  

Know What To Bring To The Closing

Donít show up to the closing for your home purchase unprepared. Youíll need to have the following items: 


  • Photo ID
  • Checkbook
  • Cosigners 



Think Ahead


Be sure that you think of the future when youíre purchasing your home. Youíll need to have enough cash flow to pay for things like property taxes, home insurance, utility bills and even new furniture for your home. Plan your future mortgage payments accordingly. Some companies have payments that are monthly or bimonthly. 


While buying a home is a huge undertaking, with the right plans in place, the process will be as seamless as possible. With the right plans, the moving truck will be pulling into the driveway before you know it.      




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Posted by Lisa Bradley on 9/8/2018


8 Park Grove Ln, Shrewsbury, MA 01545

Single-Family

$1,399,900
Price

12
Rooms
4
Beds
4/1
Full/Half Baths
Unrivaled architectural design captivates discriminating buyers w/ stone front, magnificent gables, hip-roof lines, chimneys, and estate-like setting. Offered by original owners. Thoughtfully executed home anchored by 2-story foyer w/ coffered ceiling and adjacent family room w/FP. Gourmet kitchen also has a gas FP for comfortable living/entertaining. Architectural details: hardwood and marble flooring; double-turned staircases; elegant ceilings, custom millwork; quality built-ins. Natural light provides warm and welcoming ambiance. Rear courtyard abuts conservation land. Richly finished, cabinet-packed kitchen w/ oversized, granite-topped, center island. High-end SS Viking gas range, wall ovens, dishwasher, Sub-Zero refrig.; 1st-floor master w/ double vanity and walk-in closets. Private 1st-floor office with faux-leather cath. ceiling. 4 BRs, 4.5 baths. Heated 3-car garage. Fin. LL w/ 2 lge rooms, kitchenette, full bath that could be converted to in law apt with permit from town.
Open House
Thursday
September 13 at 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM
Come see a fabulous home on your lunch break today and enjoy lunch from Panera.
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Posted by Lisa Bradley on 9/8/2018


21 Eaton Ave, Shrewsbury, MA 01545

Single-Family

$314,900
Price

6
Rooms
3
Beds
2
Baths
ATTN: Those Buyers Trying to Get Into Shrewsbury for an Affordable Price without sacrificing spacious living quarters. This property does not have CONDO FEES, it is similar to a SF attached dwelling and was remodeled to inc. an oversized two car garage and larger bedrooms in 2006. Set on a lot abutting land and a quiet neighborhood and yard you will find a property with over 2,100 sq. feet in living area. When you arrive you will be see the wood deck, and sunny filled front tiled dining area. The house offers a nice long galley styled kitchen complete with high ceiling, loads of cabinets, counter space, Stainless Steel propane gas range, refrigerator and dishwasher; first floor bath with laundry, washer and dryer; oversized family room with FHA oil heat, air conditioning on the first floor and electric baseboard heat in addition with two rooms. In total, there are 3 bedrooms, a second floor full bath and an unbelievable 26 X 25 garage with plenty of storage space and two bays.
Open House
Sunday
September 09 at 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Yes, you can get into Shrewsbury in the $300K price range. Don't overlook this wonderful property...its a condo with NO FEES. New Price.
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Posted by Lisa Bradley on 9/7/2018


21 Eaton Ave, Shrewsbury, MA 01545

Single-Family

$314,900
Price

6
Rooms
3
Beds
2
Baths
ATTN: Those Buyers Trying to Get Into Shrewsbury for an Affordable Price without sacrificing spacious living quarters. This property does not have CONDO FEES, it is similar to a SF attached dwelling and was remodeled to inc. an oversized two car garage and larger bedrooms in 2006. Set on a lot abutting land and a quiet neighborhood and yard you will find a property with over 2,100 sq. feet in living area. When you arrive you will be see the wood deck, and sunny filled front tiled dining area. The house offers a nice long galley styled kitchen complete with high ceiling, loads of cabinets, counter space, Stainless Steel propane gas range, refrigerator and dishwasher; first floor bath with laundry, washer and dryer; oversized family room with FHA oil heat, air conditioning on the first floor and electric baseboard heat in addition with two rooms. In total, there are 3 bedrooms, a second floor full bath and an unbelievable 26 X 25 garage with plenty of storage space and two bays.
Open House
Sunday
September 09 at 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Yes, you can get into Shrewsbury in the $300K price range. Don't overlook this wonderful property...its a condo with NO FEES.
Cannot make the Open Houses?
Location: 21 Eaton Ave, Shrewsbury, MA 01545    Get Directions

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