Posted by Mary Lou Buckley on 7/14/2019

After you submit an offer on a home and complete a property inspection, there may be only a short amount of time until you close.

Ultimately, it pays to prepare for closing day. If you start planning for your home closing today, you can identify and address any potential problems.

To better understand how to get ready for a home closing, let's take a look at three questions to consider before your closing.

1. What needs to get done before my closing date?

Your closing date may be a few weeks away, but time moves quickly, particularly for a homebuyer who wants to get into a new residence as quickly as possible. Fortunately, homebuyers who understand what needs to get done prior to a closing can plan accordingly.

Typically, a homebuyer will need to secure homeowners insurance and title insurance before closing on a house. Insurance companies are available to provide information about both types of insurance. If you reach out to these companies immediately, you can guarantee that your home and personal belongings will be covered against loss or damage.

You'll need to contact utilities providers as well. That way, you can ensure that your gas, electric and other utilities are good to go as soon as you close on your home.

2. How much are my monthly mortgage payments?

You know that you've been pre-approved for a mortgage. However, if you don't know how much that you'll be paying for your home each month, you'll certainly want to find out sooner rather than later.

Monthly mortgage payments can add up quickly, particularly for homebuyers who fail to budget properly. If you know exactly how much that you'll be paying each month for your home, you can effectively map out a budget.

3. What do I need to bring to my closing?

Homebuyers are required to bring a government-issued ID to a closing. In some instances, you may need to provide a certified or cashier's check to cover assorted closing costs as well.

If you are unsure about what to bring to a home closing, it often helps to consult with a real estate agent. In fact, this housing market professional can help you seamlessly navigate all stages of the homebuying cycle.

Prior to a home closing, a real estate agent is happy to respond to any concerns or questions that you may have. This housing market professional will explain how the home closing process works, how long the process generally takes to complete and, perhaps most important, when you'll receive the keys to your house.

A real estate agent also goes above and beyond the call of duty to provide assistance throughout the homebuying journey. He or she can help you compare and contrast a broad range of houses, submit a competitive offer on a home and ensure that you can discover your dream residence in no time at all.

Get ready for a home closing – consider the aforementioned questions, and you can prep for your closing date.




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Posted by Mary Lou Buckley on 7/10/2019


54 Deer Run Road, Boxford, MA 01921

Single-Family

$1,525,000
Price

13
Rooms
5
Beds
4/1
Full/Half Baths
UNSURPASSED LUXURY! This comfortable yet elegant BOYLE CONSTRUCTION home features 5 bedrooms & 4.5 bathrooms with over 6400 sq ft of expansive living space built with the finest attention to detail and quiet elegance.The integrated floor plan provides seamless transition from room to room, blending both formal & informal living spaces making the home perfect for full scale entertaining & the casual family lifestyle. Magnificent mill-work & craftsmanship is displayed from the custom gourmet kitchen with SS appliances to the over-sized family room equipped with a "statement wood wall" with stone gas FP, truly making this the hub of the home. Elegantly appointed formal DR with wainscoting & fireplace and 1st floor study with a wall of built-ins! A designer staircase leads to the second floor hosting a magnificent master suite with luxurious spa like bath with radiant heat flooring and walk-in his and her closets. Layout lends itself to potential in-law! 9 ft ceilings in finished basement!
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Posted by Mary Lou Buckley on 7/7/2019

What does it mean to go on vacation? Everyone has their definition, and if they are not able to get that exact type of vacation, they have not had a “real “vacation. From another angle, vacation means to vacate, to leave. However, it does not include a time or location in that definition. It merely means to get away or out of the routine. 

Has your routine been work, cook dinner, go to kid events, maintain the house, or work on the remodel? It seems like it never ends and that there are just never enough days in a row to get in the car or on an airplane and get away.

BUT… do you know that the least visited location could be your hometown? People come from all over on their “vacation” to see and visit those things you drive past every day but never stop to see.

Take a True Stay-cation Instead

The first step is to go to a local travel agent or search online to find out what is really in your town. DO NOT rely on your memory. You will be surprised what you find. There may be museums, ballets, art walks, concerts, trade shows, comedy clubs, historical sites, and the list can go on. If you happen to live in some larger metropolitan areas that list can be insanely long. Did you know that major hotels do special art shows or feature local bands to draw people to stay there? You could visit and not have the hotel costs. 

Once you see what is available and when things are open, you can plan. Sit down with the family and decide if there is there a Saturday, or a Thursday after school, and or an evening that you can all be available for a few hours. Now, just as if you were going on a “real” vacation, decide exactly what you are going to do, where you’ll eat, when you are going to leave for the event, how you’ll get there, and the appropriate clothing. Do not forget that once you have this event on your calendar you must treat it just as if you bought the expensive airline tickets. There are no cancelations or changes. You will only get the best out of the day if you treat it that way.

Leading up to the day, start talking about it just as you would a "real" vacation and get excited about it. At first, it might seem weird, but remember that there are families all over the country doing that and they are to coming to your city to do the same thing you have planned.

If you’re new to your city, your real estate professional can offer suggestions for your first stay-cation!




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Posted by Mary Lou Buckley on 6/30/2019

Many house hunters are so focused on finding the ideal house, yard, and neighborhood, that they sometimes sacrifice one of their main objectives: a short commute to work.

At first, a long drive to the office may seem like a small price to pay for finding your ideal house, but your outlook might change when the tedium of commuter gridlock becomes a daily burden.

Fortunately, there are ways to ease the stress of being stuck in rush-hour traffic twice a day.

Car pooling: By sharing driving responsibilities with one or two other people, you can reduce the overall stress of your trip to the office. You can also save money on gas, highway tolls, and parking fees. Assuming you find carpooling companions whose company you enjoy, time will pass a lot faster. Then, of course, there's the advantage of less wear and tear on your car. Although carpooling may not be as idyllic as living 15 or 20 minutes from work, it can be an effective way to ease the burden of back-and-forth driving.

Telecommuting: As technology advances and more and more people are adapting to it, the option of working from home is becoming increasingly popular. When you consider the many options there are for document sharing and communicating remotely, you may have a strong case for proposing a work-from-home arrangement with your employer. Even though it may be necessary to meet face-to-face with coworkers, colleagues, and clients a few days a week, the ability to split your work time between home and office can save you time, money, and aggravation. As long as you can maintain your productivity working from home, it may turn out to be a life-changing arrangement! Granted, it doesn't work for everyone, but it may be well worth looking into -- at least on a part-time basis.

Public Transportation: If you happen to live close to a train station, then public transportation might be the perfect solution to an otherwise long, tedious drive into the city. Instead of concentrating on road signs and traffic conditions, you can read a book, listen to your favorite music, or prepare for a meeting or presentation. You can also check your email, get a head start on your work day, or even sneak in a few minutes of sleep or meditation.

While the best option for many people is to buy a home that's within 30 minutes of their job or business, that may be difficult to accomplish for couples working in different locations. Long commutes can infringe on important aspects of your life, though, including family time, relaxation time, and being able to get things done around the house. Not having enough time to "recharge your battery," every day, can eventually take its toll on your health, your relationships, and your outlook on life. If finding a house close to work is not panning out, then alternatives like telecommuting, carpooling, and public transportation may be, at least, a partial solution.





Posted by Mary Lou Buckley on 6/26/2019


12 Deer Run Rd Lot 9, Boxford, MA 01921

Single-Family

$1,275,000
Price

11
Rooms
4
Beds
3/1
Full/Half Baths
BOXFORD'S BEST KEPT SECRET...NEW LUXURY HOME BUILT BY BOYLE CONSTRUCTION!! STUNNING...4 bedroom Colonial style home to be built on a beautiful cul-de-sac street! SPECIAL FEATURES INCLUDE: hardi plank siding , spray foam insulation, GORGEOUS double sided fireplace, built-ins, custom cabinetry, custom trim through out, wainscoting and crown molding in study, light and bright sun room with wood ceiling and hardwood floors, hardwood on 1st floor and all bedrooms and second floor hall, cast iron tub and tile in bathrooms. Attached 38' x 28' 3 car garage!! FABULOUS floor plan! 9 foot ceilings in finished basement. 5 BR septic. DETAILS rarely seen in today's new homes! ALL PHOTOS ARE FACSIMILE PHOTOS.
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