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Posted by Dana Claflin on 10/1/2020

An open house enables a buyer to check out a residence in-person and determine if this home matches or exceeds his or her expectations. However, a buyer who fails to plan ahead for an open house may struggle to make the most of this opportunity.

Ultimately, there are several things you need to consider before you attend an open house, such as:

1. Your Home Must-Haves

Make a list of must-have home features – you will be glad you did. With this list in hand, you can check out a house in-person and determine if it has the features you require.

You also may want to put together a list of preferred cities and towns prior to launching a house search. This list will allow you to hone your home search – and your search for open house events – to a small group of cities and towns.

2. Your Homebuying Budget

As a homebuyer, it is crucial to optimize your time and resources as you search for your dream residence. If you enter the housing market with a budget at your disposal, you can avoid the risk of attending an open house for a residence you may be unable to afford.

To establish a homebuying budget, you should review your current finances. You may want to meet with banks and credit unions as well. And if you get pre-approved for a mortgage, you will know exactly how much you can spend on a residence when you start your house search.

3. Your Homebuying Timeline

There is no guarantee that attending one open house will help you find your dream residence. But if you maintain flexibility, you can attend a variety of open house events and boost the likelihood of discovering a residence that falls in line with your expectations.

Furthermore, you should be ready to act quickly if you attend an open house and want to buy a residence following the event. In this scenario, you should be prepared to work diligently to put together a competitive offer to purchase the home.

As you get set to attend an open house, you may want to employ a real estate agent, too. A real estate agent can keep you up to date about open house events in cities and towns where you want to reside. Plus, a real estate agent can attend an open house with you and provide plenty of homebuying tips and insights.

Let's not forget about the support a real estate agent provides once you find a house you want to purchase, either. At this point, a real estate agent will help you put together a competitive homebuying proposal. And if your offer to purchase is accepted, a real estate agent will help you finalize your house purchase.

Consider the aforementioned factors closely before you attend an open house. By doing so, you can prepare for an open house and use the opportunity to determine if a residence is right for you.

Posted by Dana Claflin on 2/12/2020

209 Trailside Way, Ashland, MA 01721



Simply stunning! Enter & be impressed by this polished condo! First floor, end unit AND upgraded throughout! Designed w/style in mind while affording you space, storage, & function. Kitchen w/gorgeous sleek cabinets w/pull outs & large drawers. Snack bar, Slick backsplash & SS appliances add that pizzazz! Fantastic space w/built in shelving & counter provides the perfect setting for your home office. Expansive living room w/slider to private patio area for relaxing at the end of the day. Double doors to master suite with two closets, ea w/storage systems. Bathroom is a stunner too, w/pocket door, beautiful vanity, stylish shower w/tile walls & a ½ glass wall, rain shower head & glossy white tile floor. Trendy flooring throughout w/hallway providing access to bathroom from LR as well as Master! Hunter Douglas Blinds! Two car tandem garage! Stackable Washer/Dryer stay! LOCATION: Near Commuter Rail, Shopping, Dining, Parks, Gym & more! Move right in & enjoy Ashland living!
Open House
February 15 at 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM
You are invited to bring or send your Buyers to the open house at this gorgeous unit Saturday 2/15 from 11 - 1:00. All showings to start then - and, of course - all agencies honored!
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Location: 209 Trailside Way, Ashland, MA 01721    Get Directions

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Posted by Dana Claflin on 12/26/2019

As you go on the house hunt, you’re likely to attend many different open houses. After awhile you can get confused as to what you have seen and where you saw it. Each open house or home showing is only a short window of time. As a buyer, you’re trying to get the feel for a house. Being an observant home shopper can help you to avoid a lot of problems down the road. Check out some of the biggest red flags that you need to look out for when you attend an open house.

The Candles Are Burning Bright

You walk into an open house and see a lovely candle lit on the kitchen table. While it may make you feel all warm and fuzzy, it’s not always a good sign. Candles are a great way to mask odors. There could possibly be a musty odor coming from the sink, the basement, or another part of the house. This spells hidden damage and possible danger for you as a homebuyer. While the home inspection should pick up on things like this, you don’t necessarily want to get that far in the process. The art of masking odors could be a sign that the sellers are trying to hide something.

Be Your Own Inspector

As you walk through the home do you notice squeaky floor boards, cracks in the walls, cracks in the ceilings, or a drippy faucet? Maybe you see some patches on the walls or mirrors and paintings that seem out of place? These are all issues that could be signs of a greater problem. Keep in mind that no house is perfect, but you should do a little investigating on your own while walking through the house at showings.

The Home Doesn’t Appear Cared For

Curb appeal is one thing, but a home that looks unkept is a sign of a larger problem for you. Has the lawn been mowed? Is the fence in disrepair? How does the home appear from the outside at first glance? There are plenty of ways that you can fix up a home to make it your own once you buy it, but the question is just how much of a challenge are you up for? There is always a chance that you’ll have large maintenance costs when a home hasn’t been properly maintained by the previous owners.

Searching for homes and going to open houses can be fun. It can also be an educational experience to help you narrow down what you’re looking for and what you can handle as a homeowner.            

Posted by Dana Claflin on 12/12/2019

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When it comes to selling a home, presentation is key. A well-staged home highlights the best features while leaving plenty of room for imagination in the minds of home buyers. Here are a few tried and true home staging tips to help your home steal the show and bring in the best offers.

Make an Exquisite Entrance

It's hard not to judge a book by its cover, and the outside of your home can make or break a buyer's interest. Make sure the lawn is kempt and walkways clear of leaves and debris. Surfaces should be clean and look like new. Trim hedges and tree branches. Add colorful flowers and/or subtle outdoor lighting to drive home the inviting feel.

Prioritize the Important Areas

You don't need to spruce up every nook and cranny of your home. Focus on the heaviest hitters - the kitchen, living room, and master bedroom - first. If a buyer is on the fence about purchasing, a fancy guest bedroom won't make a difference, but a dazzling kitchen might.

Add a Touch of Nature

Nothing breathes life into a home like a few eye-catching plants. Whether it's a large floor plant or a few small flower pots, it's important to give each plant plenty of space to stand out and accentuate the area. For example, a vase of vibrant lilies can liven up a dining room, while a tall snake plant can add charm to a living room. If you're short on time, faux plants can do the trick as well.

Make It Neat and Neutral

Rearrange items to maximize walking space. Each piece of furniture should add charm or function to the room. Stick to subtle colors and stow away personal items such as photos, ornaments, posters, and collectibles. While it can be tempting to get creative, try to keep the tone as neutral as possible. The goal is to highlight the potential of each area and leave the rest to the buyer's imagination.

Wood Is Good

Quality hardwood floors are a huge selling point. Yet, many sellers make the mistake of burying them under carpets and rugs. Even if your hardwood floors have seen better days, it's worth it to fix them up and show them off.

Let in the Light

Without proper lighting, all of your cleaning, repairing, and redesigning will be for naught. Part the curtains and raise the blinds to let daylight highlight all your home has to offer. If it's still too dark, consider swapping your window treatments for something lighter and airier, or simply remove them. In addition to daylight, you'll want to turn on overhead, floor, and table lighting when visitors arrive. 

These are just a few tips to help you make a great impression on prospective buyers. Of course, you can modify these tips depending on the size and layout of your home. Want to talk more expert tips on staging and outstanding open house? Contact me, and we'll find the right fit for your home staging needs.

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Posted by Dana Claflin on 10/16/2019

44 Moon Hill Rd, Northbridge, MA 01534



Full/Half Baths
If you need 4 bedrooms plus an office - but don't want to forfeit space - this beautiful 3000+ SF home is sure to impress! Enter to lg foyer w/hardwoods that flow throughout 1st floor. Expanded kitchen w/gorgeous cabinetry has SS appliances, including induction range! Dining room w/chair rail & Executive office w/wainscoting. Great room is perfect for hosting game night, the Holidays or just snuggling in front of pellet stove.There's a formal living room should that be the tone of the evening. Upstairs provides fantastic Master Bedroom suite w/lavish bath w/ jetted tub & double vanity, walk in closet, PLUS dressing room, PLUS a sitting room to escape to! BONUS: entire 2nd level has NEW carpets & A/C! PLUS home interior has been refreshed for you! Relax on the deck – w/new wood floor & new easy care vinyl railings–overlooking your fenced-in backyard w/wooded back drop for privacy. Large Basement w/ full size windows & lots of space! GREAT LOCATION: Northbridge, Upton, Mendon line! Wow!
Open House
October 20 at 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM
New to the market! Bring or send your buyers! Wonderful home!
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Location: 44 Moon Hill Rd, Northbridge, MA 01534    Get Directions

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