Don’t Go It Alone When Selling Your House

Putting your home up for sale can elicit a myriad of emotions from you and your spouse — everything from excitement and anticipation to fear and sadness. It’s only natural to feel a mixture of emotions, especially if your home represents years of memories, countless milestones, and stages of family growth.

A cautionary note to keep in mind is that it’s easy to get caught up in emotion-based decisions that could derail your chances for making a fast sale.

A primary example would be pricing your home higher than it might actually be worth. Despite the fact that you’ve experienced great family memories there and spent tens of thousands of dollars to maintain, upgrade, and beautify your home, those factors usually do not translate into a sale price that exceeds the property’s appraised value. Your perspective, which may be based on subjective criteria, such as all the “blood, sweat, and tears” you put into your house — not to mention the “TLC” that went into it — does not hold water in the minds of would-be buyers.

What Does Determine a Home’s Value?

The unvarnished truth is that the value of your home is mostly based on prevailing market conditions, the price at which comparable homes in your neighborhood recently sold, and what the market will bear. Effectively setting a price that will bring in the most money without driving away qualified and otherwise-interested buyers is a delicate balance. The homeowner rarely has the objectivity or the specialized knowledge to accurately set the right price. That’s where real estate agents comes in, and why it’s advisable to sell your home through a licensed agent, rather than attempting a “For Sale By Owner” approach.

Minimizing Bumps in the Road

A good real estate agent will work on your behalf to effectively market your home, collaborate with other agents in the area to schedule showings and spread the word about your listing, and advise you on ways to improve both the curb appeal of your home and its interior appearance. Your agent can also provide indispensable negotiating help, as well as guidance about seller disclosure requirements and other government regulations.

The bottom line is that real estate agents are well-versed in the intricate process of listing, marketing, and selling residential property. Since there are a lot of forms to sign, deadlines to meet, agreements to reach, and formalities to handle, those are among the many sound reasons to enlist the help of a professional.

Although the process of selling a residential property often involves delays, setbacks, and obstacles, most real estate agents are quite adept at solving problems and getting past difficulties. In addition to the marketing, networking, and strategizing they’re doing on your behalf, a good agent can also be counted on to provide you with regular progress reports and boost your spirits when you’re feeling discouraged.

Another Property Sold – 159 Sheaffer Road Barnstable, MA

This Single-Family in Barnstable, MA recently sold for $448,000. This Ranch style home was sold by Tom Mahedy – Oceanside Realty Group.








159 Sheaffer Road ,



Barnstable, MA 02632

Centerville

Single-Family

$449,500
Price

$448,000
Sale Price

3
Beds

7
Total Rooms

2
Baths

Looking for Perfection? Easy one floor living with room for all? In a great neighborhood? This beautiful Ranch has just had a major renovation and is like NEW! White Shaker/Granite/Stainless Open Kitchen, Living room and Dining areas plus a first floor Family Room. The 3 1/2'' Solid Oak Hardwood floors were just redone, Gas Heat/Central AC, Roof, Siding and windows were all new in 2012. Freshly Painted in soothing Coastal colors inside and out. Oversized direct entry Garage, Shed and large clean basement make storage a breeze. Nice size yard has just been landscaped loamed and seeded (Note: grass is enhanced in photos) Minutes to Craigville Beach, Wequaquet Lake, great Golf. This home is truly Turn Key and will not last! Some rooms virtually staged. All dimensions/info to be verified by Buyer/Buyer Agent. Taxes may vary depending on residency.

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Effective Meal Planning for Home Chefs

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Some people seem like born organizers, especially when it comes to meal planning. In reality, it’s a skill you can cultivate. Let us show you how to do just that, in five doable steps.  

1. Commit to the Effort

Any goal — exercising more, learning a new language or planning meals — starts with making a commitment. When you decide to get organized about planning meals, write down ways this new skill can help you. Start by asking your family or friends what they like to eat. Choosing people you actually cook for enables you to factor in their preferences.

2. Choose a Method that Fits Your Lifestyle

If you work full-time, you might not have time to cook fresh meals every day. Here’s an example that nets you several meals with a few main ingredients. Buy a rotisserie chicken for one dinner, use some of the leftovers on a fresh salad the next night, then change it up by throwing the remaining meat into yummy chicken tacos. That’s three meals down. Does roasted pork loin with veggies sound great for Sunday dinner? You can use the leftovers to make pulled pork sandwiches on Monday.

3. Map Out Your Meals with Recipes & Shopping Lists

You can also map out two weeks of menus at a time. This saves trips to the grocery store and makes it easy to plan meals around ingredients that fit more than one recipe. Remember to give yourself a break. This could mean occasionally eating out or including easy-prep meals to take the pressure off. Once you creating a grocery list that strategically maximizing all the ingredients you have to buy, work on another two-week meal plan. Eventually, you’ll have several go-to roadmaps, complete with recipes and grocery lists, to feed your family two weeks at a time.

4. Cook Perishables First

If your meal plan includes perishable items, make those early in the week. Save simple omelets or pasta plates for further out to minimize trips to the grocery store. Balancing fresh and frozen goods can save money and allow you to buy some items in bulk. Many people over buy fresh produce and end up throwing it out when it goes bad.

5. Critique Your Success

After you eat a meal, take time to ask everyone for an honest evaluation. Make it fun with a star system. Gold stars are definitely do-overs. Bronze stars and below may need to be replaced on the roster.

Another Property Sold – 10 Stevens Way Harwich, MA

This Single-Family in Harwich, MA recently sold for $405,000. This Cape style home was sold by Tom Mahedy – Oceanside Realty Group.








10 Stevens Way ,



Harwich, MA 02645

Harwich (village)

Single-Family

$399,900
Price

$405,000
Sale Price

4
Beds

7
Total Rooms

2
Baths

Here is your chance to own a RENOVATED 4 Bedroom/2 full bath Home in the great Town of Harwich! Open Living Room leads to a large Kitchen/dining area which opens out to a nice sized back yard. Choice of 1st or 2nd floor Master with 2 good sized Bedrooms/1 bath on main level and 2 large front to back bedrooms up with another full bath. NEW Kitchen, both baths, wood floors on both levels. Exterior in great shape with newer roof, paint. 4 Bedroom Septic was new in 2017 with very little use and has a new Title V report. Gas Hot water heat. Large outdoor shower for after you enjoy Pleasant Bay, Hawkness & Long Pond and the charming Village of Harwichport. All dimensions/Info to be verified by Buyer/Buyer's Agent.

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