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Posted by Kathy Portway on 1/27/2020

If this is your first time buying a home, you might be worried that you arenít asking enough questions. Or maybe youíre concerned youíre not asking the right questions--the things that matter the most when making a financial decision as important and life-changing as buying a home.  

While everyoneís situation is unique when buying a home, there are some questions that all buyers could benefit from asking. These questions will help you learn more about the home, how competitive the house is, and how much work youíll need to put into it.

Since time is usually of the essence for people buying a home, it makes sense to ask questions early on so that you donít waste too much time exploring an option that isnít ideal for your situation.

In this article, weíre going to give you 5 important questions to ask when you talk to a seller and their agent so that you can be prepared to make the best decision for you or your family.

1. How flexible is the asking price?

While few sellers or agents will outright tell you if theyíd accept a lower offer, itís still a good idea to ask this question, as it will open up a conversation about the sellerís feelings toward the home and whether theyíre pricing high with the hopes of receiving slightly lower offers.

2. How many offers has the home received?

It may seem counterintuitive, but most agents and sellers will be quite happy to tell you if theyíve received other offers. They know that once you know the current offer youíll have to either come up with a higher offer or move on. Itís a win-win for you and the seller, as it equips both of you with information you need to make the best choice.

3. Why are the sellers moving away?

This question can be personal, so if you receive an answer that suggests itís a family matter, donít press for too many details. However, some sellers and agents will let you know exactly why the house is for sale. From this simple question, you can learn the sellerís timeline for making the sale, details about the schools or neighborhoods, and any other reason that might drive someone to move out of the neighborhood.

4. Are there any problems with the house that you know of?

Although youíll have an inspection contingency in your contract if you do decide to make an offer on the home, itís better to know if there are any issues with the home before going through the bidding process.

Most sellers understand this and will be upfront about any problems with the home, including repairs that need to be made now or will need to be made soon after you move in.

5. What is the average cost of utilities?

Buying a home comes with a lot of added costs and fees. However, many people forget about the changes in the cost of utilities that comes with buying a home--especially if youíre moving from an apartment where some utilities may have been included.

The seller will be able to give you a good estimate on the cost of electricity, garbage removal, internet, heat, and more.




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Posted by Kathy Portway on 1/22/2020


94 Nantucket Drive, Taunton, MA 02780

Mobile Home

$189,900
Price

5
Rooms
2
Beds
2
Baths
55 plus community is now offering this gem in Rocky Knoll Estates. Sunshine radiates through this corner lot, modular home, complete with two bedrooms and two baths. One level living with large spacious rooms and a great flow. Pretty laminate flooring in living room carries through to dining area. Laundry tucked away by side entrance for convenience. Just open rear door to extend the living space to gorgeous sun porch with beautiful bank of windows! This home has central air, gas heat, and sprinkler system. Washer, dryer and refrigerator will remain with the sale. Roof on shed and main house were replaced in 2017 along with the sky lights. Need more storage, the shed is perfect for all your outside tools. If you are ready to downside itís the perfect choice. Call now!
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Posted by Kathy Portway on 1/21/2020

This Single-Family in Norton, MA recently sold for $890,000. This Colonial,Contemporary style home was sold by Kathy Portway - SUCCESS! Real Estate.


135 Plain St (private cul-de-sac), Norton, MA 02766

Single-Family

$899,900
Price
$890,000
Sale Price

14
Rooms
4
Beds
3/1
Full/Half Baths
Elegant custom designed Colonial, majestically set on 3+ acres and features 5087sqft with 4 levels of living space. Inviting 54X13++ Porch. Double door entrance way, leads to the spacious foyer w/ porcelain tile. Kitchen has top of the line cabinets, stainless steel appliances, granite & island; this space opens to the Great Rm w/ porcelain floors, wainscoting, recessed lights, sconces & gas fireplace, one of 3 in the home. French doors lead to Sun Room & Screened Porch. Entertain in Dining Rm. 1st floor office w/ access to sitting area w/ wet bar. The 2nd level is highlighted by the elegant Master Bedroom Suite w/ fireplace, balcony & private bath w/ steam shower, jetted tub, 2 vanities & 22X8 closet with organization system. In addition 2 large bedrms separate by full bath, separate laundry Rm. 3rd level features 4th bedrm w/ full bath, Bonus Rm & loft. Carriage house/4 Stall Barn & Paddock; multipurpose space: art, music or yoga studio. Salt water pool & gazebo. 4C heated garage






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Posted by Kathy Portway on 1/21/2020

This Single-Family in Norton, MA recently sold for $480,000. This Colonial style home was sold by Kathy Portway - SUCCESS! Real Estate.


81 Pine Street, Norton, MA 02766

Single-Family

$489,900
Price
$480,000
Sale Price

9
Rooms
4
Beds
3/1
Full/Half Baths
Sitting on expansive lot this 4 bedroom Colonial style home has been lovingly cared for inside and out. Step inside and you will find a front to back living room with hardwood flooring and fire place, perfect for those cold winter nights. The kitchen has plenty of cabinetry, granite counters, stunning back splash, stainless steel appliances and tile flooring. Dining room has beautiful moldings. Upstairs you will find a large master bedroom with two walk in closets, one which was the 4th bedroom and can easily be converted back, you decide. Freshly painted master bath. Two more spacious bedrooms and another full bath complete this floor. Walk out lower level is great for guests with a kitchen, living room, full bath and another room. Amazing back yard is wonderful for entertaining with a two tier deck, above ground pool, shed and plenty of privacy. New septic system just installed. This wonderful home is conveniently located to highways, schools and shopping. A Must See!

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Posted by Kathy Portway on 1/20/2020

Getting ready to buy a home is one of the most exciting times in life. The purchase of a home is one of the biggest financial decisions that you will ever make in your lifetime. When you make the decision to buy a home. There are a few key things that you need to do to be prepared for the process of a property purchase. It can be simple if you have the right preparation and knowledge.


Find The Right Realtor


A good realtor will steer you in the right direction when it comes to finding the home of your dreams. Your real estate agent also will help you each step of the way on the road to buying that home. Thereís a lot of paperwork that must be done in a timely manner throughout the buying process. The right realtor can even help you to get the offer in for the right home in on time. In a competitive market, having a realtor who is on top of things can mean the difference between purchasing the home you want and letting it fall through the cracks.


Know That Youíre Signing A Lot Of Legal Paperwork


The purchase of a home does involve a contract. If you need more time for anything such as reviewing your home inspection or waving certain contingencies, youíll need to state that. Every piece of the transaction is important and needs to be formally processed when it comes to purchasing a home. Your realtor will be there to help you through all of these complicated processes. 


Think Of The Future


When youíre choosing a home, youíre not just buying for your life as it stands right now. Are you hoping to have a big family? Do you need a home office? How much entertaining are you planning on doing? All of these things are important when it comes to the type of home that youíll buy. If you donít plan for the future, youíll outgrow the home that youíre in quite quickly. 


Look For Potential


See what potential the homes that youíre looking at have for you. Some homes may have major cosmetic issues that can easily be fixed. Perhaps The walls just need some fresh coast of paint. Maybe the deck needs to be stained. If you go into the house search with an open mind, it will be a lot easier for you to find the right home. You donít need a home that is absolutely move-in-ready unless of course, youíre building a brand new home from scratch.


Know Your Finances


One of the most important things about buying a home is knowing your finances. Donít buy a home that you canĎt afford. From looking at your own budget to getting pre-approved, youíll be able to have a better understanding of your own financial situation and how much house you can afford.




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