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Staging is a marketing tool, not an exercise in decorating for living comfort. Professional real estate stagers should be a member of your team when you want to sell your home quickly and for top dollar.

Even if you have a go-getter real estate agent and your home is in a great neighborhood, consider staging as a way to enhance value and prompt an acceptable offer in the least amount of time. Your stager will target the "right" buyer, based on price, features and demographics, to achieve results.

Planting a "Buy Idea"

Contrary to the popular notion of staging, it does not involve an effort to "sell," but rather encourages the  buyer to envision living in a particular home. Savvy buyers will already have determined that a specific property is within their budget, that it has the right number of bedrooms and bathrooms, and that the location is a desirable option. Staging will reinforce the notion that the "good life" can become reality in that house.

Focusing on "Best" Features

A professional stager will not attempt to highlight every feature of the home. The purpose is to provide a prospective buyer with a memorable impression that distinguishes a particular property from all others. Your stager will discuss with you the best ways to create a lasting impression, but be prepared to remove overly personal accessories for the duration of the home's time on the market.

Minimizing Awkwardness

No home is perfect. Whether it's a matter of perception or personal preference, most houses have at least one space that can seem difficult. A professional stager might disguise a perceived fault, or may suggest a remedy. Common requests include repainting a room, clearing kitchen and bath clutter, or pulling weeds and placing pots full of colorful flowers near the front door to boost curb appeal.

Maximizing Existing Space

Your stager might want to remove or rearrange furniture, or ask you to pack up and store out-of-season clothing, books, sports equipment and toys. Understand that once the home sells, you will have to begin packing anyway, and spacious interiors are a selling tool. Let prospective buyers get a sense of possibilities as they walk through your home!

Magnifying Value

Assuming that your home is clean, well-maintained and reasonably priced, professional staging is the best way to provoke the emotional reaction that will prompt a prospective buyer to submit an offer. Staged homes typically sell faster and at higher prices than comparable unstaged property. The higher selling price will undoubtedly pay the fee!


It can be difficult to find the extra savings to put towards your first home as a renter. With rent and utility prices rising, most people’s paychecks are leaving them with less and less savings at the end of the month.

Buying your first home, however, can be a great long-term financial decision. It will help you build equity, and, eventually, you’ll be able to use that equity toward another home or toward retiring.

In today’s post, we’ll talk about some of the ways to save for a down payment while renting an apartment.

How much to save

In order to make the most of your first home purchase, you’ll want to save up as much of a down payment as possible. This will help you receive the lowest interest rate and reduce the amount you’ll pay toward interest.

If you can manage to save 20% of the loan, you’ll also be able to waive private mortgage insurance (PMI), that would otherwise set you back around $100 per month or more.

Smart ways to save while renting

If you’re ready to get serious about saving for your first down payment, let’s talk about the best way to approach your savings plan.

Pay off small debts

If you’ve had that lingering credit card debt that you’ve never quite paid off, now is the time. Take a look at your current debts. Pay off the smaller balances first and focus on debt with the highest interest rate.

This will enable you to start making larger deposits toward your down payment savings sooner and can help you avoid needlessly paying interest on small loans and credit card debt.

Open a dedicated account or CD

The best way to make sure you contribute to your down payment savings plan is to open a savings account or take out a CD (certificate of deposit).

A savings account with a high-interest return is a good option for people who are worried that they may need to access their funds before they’re ready to buy a home.

If you’re comfortable with not being able to access your funds until a set date, then a CD could help you save more money.

Since CDs are a one-time payment, many people choose to combine both CDs and high-interest savings accounts to achieve their savings goals.

Regardless of which option you choose, be sure to shop around for the highest interest rate. Online banks tend to have higher rates than traditional banks and are also easy to sign up for.

Direct deposit a portion of your pay

Opening a bank account or CD won’t do you any good if you don’t commit to contributing to it. If you are paid via direct deposit, visit your HR office and ask them to reassign a portion of your weekly pay to your new account.

By following these tips, you’ll be able to better prepare for your down payment. Don’t  wait! The sooner you start saving, the sooner you’ll be able to purchase your first home.



12 Kimball Street, Needham, MA 02492

Single-Family

$1,749,000
Price

10
Rooms
5
Beds
3/1
Full/Half Baths
NEW CONSTRUCTION 5 Bedroom in walk-to-town neighborhood on a private sunny lot. Uniquely designed with "Arts and Crafts" flair accented with open covered front porch. An ideal open plan perfect to entertain with great flow. Kitchen with stylish quartz top island, large family room with gas fireplace, impressive four panel slider to platform with steps to patio and a level fenced back yard. Terrific master bedroom with triple window, his and her walk-in-closets, luxury bath with stylish soaking tub, double vanity, and large glass enclosed shower. Open stair to private third floor bedroom and full bath. Awesome finished basement with several windows that floods the space with light to large spacious room ideal for media or game room. Enjoy life on a quiet neighborhood street close to town, train, restaurants, and shopping.
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43 SUNSET WAY, Medfield, MA 02052

Condo

$949,000
Price

7
Rooms
4
Beds
2/1
Full/Half Baths
OPEN SATURDAY. NEW CONSTRUCTION AT CHAPEL HILL LANDING. Single family style home with first floor Master suite plus two car garage. Loaded with details and built-ins. Open and spacious floor-plan, beautiful kitchen with custom built cabinetry, high-end appliances, and large island. Generous recessed lighting, impressive two story coffered family room ceiling. Photos from staged model. See agent for specific allowances and finish packages. Contact listing agent for a private tour of your new home.
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43 SUNSET WAY, Medfield, MA 02052

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Rooms
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OPEN SATURDAY. NEW CONSTRUCTION AT CHAPEL HILL LANDING. New detached single family style home with first floor Master suite plus two car garage. Loaded with details and built-ins. Open and spacious floor-plan, beautiful kitchen with custom built cabinetry, high-end appliances, and large island. Generous recessed lighting, impressive two story coffered family room ceiling. Photos from staged model. See agent for specific allowances and finish packages. Contact listing agent for a private tour of your new home.
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March 21 at 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM
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