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Although statistics may not be reflective of your individual real-estate buying habits, the "typical" homeowner tends to stay put in their home for around a decade -- give or take.

One of the few "drawbacks" of being a long-term homeowner is that, over time, you tend to forgot many of the details of the home-buying process.

However, an advantage of buying a home in the Internet Age is the availability of instant information on everything from interest rates and real estate agent reviews to house hunting tips and choosing a moving company.

Your Real Estate Journey

Buying a home can be an extremely satisfying experience... or it can be filled with frustration and disappointment. However, by having a basic understanding of how the house-buying process works, you'll be more effective at preparing yourself for what's to come, anticipating what you need to do, and creating a clear picture in your mind of your requirements and ideal living environment. As various thought leaders have said over the years: If you're not clear on what you want, you'll probably end up with something else!

The cornerstones of a successful real estate search are knowing your credit score, having enough money on hand for a sufficient down payment and closing costs, enlisting the help of an experienced real estate agent, and being proactive about meeting with mortgage bankers and shopping for a competitive interest rate (and terms).

Staying organized, creating priority lists, and continually educating yourself about the nuts and bolts of buying a home will help ensure that your real estate experience will be a positive one. Even though there may be a few bumps and detours along the way, taking the time to be organized and well informed will help you stay on track and produce the type of results you and your family are looking for.

Although it does pay to read articles from credible online sources, you don't have to achieve "expert status" as a house hunter and real estate buyer. If you choose your real estate agent with care, they should be able to provide you with the expertise, advice, and professional guidance you need to clear the hurdles and make it all the way to the finish line!

How does one choose a great real estate agent? The ideal way is to get a referral from a trusted family member, friend, coworker, or neighbor. If someone you trust can attest to the service level and results a particular real estate agent has produced, then chances are good that your experience would be comparable. If more than one person you know recommends a top-notch agent, then that creates a "multiplier effect." In other words, it increases the likelihood that you'll be satisfied with the service and results this agent provides. If you don't know anyone personally who has worked with a great agent, there are well-known websites that post reviews, years of experience, and relevant sales information on licensed real estate agents.



223 South Main Street, Sherborn, MA 01770

Single-Family

$705,000
Price

10
Rooms
4
Beds
4
Baths
Spacious Colonial with 4 bedrooms and 4 baths on acre lot abutting conservation and miles of trails to access from your back yard. Open and flexible layout works nicely for formal and informal entertaining. Living Room with fireplace and dining room with wall of windows overlooking peaceful scenic views. The rooms are all great size - 4 Bedrooms and 4 full baths. Master bedroom suite with cathedral ceiling, a sitting area overlooks private yard, a huge walk in closet and large bath with jacuzzi. Kitchen with updated wall oven and dishwasher flows nicely into and large family room with slider to deck. Spacious finished lower level, perfect for playroom or game room with full bath. The oversized two car garage allows for both parking and ample storage. Experience Rocky Narrows Conservation trails to the Charles River all in your own back yard.
Open House
Sunday
September 23 at 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM
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Location: 223 South Main Street, Sherborn, MA 01770    Get Directions

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Many homeowners or soon-to-be homeowners are anxious about making big purchases online. However, there’s a lot to be said for the perks of online shopping for things like furniture and appliances for your home.

As technology progresses and more and more retailers build their online presence, the selection has never been bigger. That’s why we’re going to show you how to find the nicest furniture and appliances online, get the best deals, and ensure that you’re buying from a trustworthy seller.

Read on for our tips on online appliance and furniture shopping.

The efficiency of online shopping

If done correctly, shopping online is much faster than driving to your local furniture store. The best way to achieve this is to know exactly what you’re looking for before ever opening up your browser. This will help you avoid scrolling endlessly through Ikea’s or Best Buy’s websites wondering what’s worth clicking on.

You’ll need to determine the following:

  • Your budget. This will narrow down the selection immensely and keep you from dreaming about unnecessarily expensive items.

  • Your style. Is there a specific color that you’re hoping to match? Does your furniture need to meet a specific style, such as mid-century modern? Using these search terms will help you find very specific results.

  • Practicality. There’s a difference between buying a washing machine and refrigerator for yourself and buying one for a family of five. Knowing the size and load specifications you need will help you narrow the search.

Take advantage of user reviews

One of the immense benefits of online shopping is the wealth of reviews that can be read. User reviews help the consumer and the company--it tells the company what products people prefer and it tells the consumer if the product met the description and quality standards of other customers.

It’s best to purchase items that have a higher number of positive reviews. A refrigerator that has a single five-star review might be of good quality, but I would trust that the refrigerator with twenty four-star reviews is consistently a top-quality item.

If you’re buying from a smaller online store, check out reviews for the retailer itself. Websites like Yelp and Google+ are both good places to look before hitting the “checkout” button.

Try before you buy

The internet is just one tool used for online furniture and appliance shopping. If possible, make a list of your favorite products and visit a local retailer who has them in stock. This will allow you to compare how the products look and feel in real life, as sometimes photos don’t quite portray the color and texture correctly.

This is also a good time to make sure the items are sized correctly to fit your home. Before leaving for the store, measure the space you have to work within your home. Remember that there often needs to be room behind your appliances for wiring. At the store, check to see if the products you looked at online will meet your space requirements.



96 Greendale Ave, Needham, MA 02494

Single-Family

$1,649,000
Price

10
Rooms
5
Beds
3/1
Full/Half Baths
Wonderful NEW Arts and Crafts style Colonial with inviting covered front porch. Walk to Needham Heights and Train. 5 Bedroom 3.5 baths. A comfortable living room or den with french doors. A formal dining room with tray ceiling and crown molding. Entertain in great open and spacious kitchen with stylish quartz top center island and a huge family room with gas fireplace and triple sliders to a large deck overlooking a private1/2 acre lot. Organize your home from the kitchen desk command center. Large mudroom and 2 car garage. Large master suite with two walk-in-closets and a spacious bath. Generous size bedrooms served by both a "Jack'n Jill" and hall bath with bedroom access that provides each bedroom with a private bathroom entrance. An impressive open third floor space you will throughly enjoy with a gas fireplace, loaded with windows, an office with french doors, an excellent place to both work and relax. NEW home, 1/2 acre lot, just minutes to the restaurants & Train to Boston.
Open House
Sunday
September 16 at 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM
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Location: 96 Greendale Ave, Needham, MA 02494    Get Directions

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96 Greendale Ave, Needham, MA 02494

Single-Family

$1,649,000
Price

10
Rooms
5
Beds
3/1
Full/Half Baths
Wonderful NEW Arts and Crafts style Colonial with inviting covered front porch. Walk to Needham Heights and Train. 5 Bedroom 3.5 baths. A comfortable living room or den with french doors. A formal dining room with tray ceiling and crown molding. Entertain in great open and spacious kitchen with stylish quartz top center island and a huge family room with gas fireplace and triple sliders to a large deck overlooking a private1/2 acre lot. Organize your home from the kitchen desk command center. Large mudroom and 2 car garage. Large master suite with two walk-in-closets and a spacious bath. Generous size bedrooms served by both a "Jack'n Jill" and hall bath with bedroom access that provides each bedroom with a private bathroom entrance. An impressive open third floor space you will throughly enjoy with a gas fireplace, loaded with windows, an office with french doors, an excellent place to both work and relax. NEW home, 1/2 acre lot, just minutes to the restaurants & Train to Boston.
Open House
Sunday
September 16 at 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM
Cannot make the Open Houses?
Location: 96 Greendale Ave, Needham, MA 02494    Get Directions

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