Southern Home Shopping

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All home buyers create a list of features they desire in a property and come armed with the list when their agent shows them a new listing. When you’re shopping for a home in the South, there are a few key features you should include on the list along with the whirlpool tub and big kitchen with an island. If you want to live comfortably and affordably in warm and humid climates add these property and design must-haves to your list.

Trees, Trees & More Trees

When at all possible, find yourself a property that has plenty of trees and shade. Sure, you’ll spend a little more time on yard upkeep in the Fall, and your gutters will need more managing, but you’ll be glad to have a shaded home during the warmest months of the year. Plus, the yard itself will be more usable and enjoyable through the Summer.

Single-Story & Lofty Ceilings

Look for a single-story home with high ceilings instead of a two-story home. The high ceilings give the heat somewhere to go while keeping the space below cooler without the need for blasting more AC. In a two-story home, the upstairs can be difficult and expensive to cool so you may find yourself avoiding an entire half of your home while blowing through your summer funds. Tip: Make sure the temperature gauge for the AC unit is well-placed in a central location and not directly facing a window.

Strategic Windows

Windows can be tough in warm climates. You want to let as much natural light into the house as possible, but you also want to keep the heat out. Ideally, look for a home that has more windows, or the largest windows facing North or South instead of East and West. This way you can enjoy indirect, natural light that brightens your home without heating it up. You can also try looking for a home with skylights on the North slope of the roof. These will allow indirect light in as well.

Cool Flooring

A home with all hard flooring, either tile, wood or a combination is a must. Since you can always add rugs to your living spaces, save yourself from additional cooling requirements by avoiding carpet in the home. Tile flooring will keep the home the coolest through the hot months, but wood or laminate flooring is still much cooler than carpet.

Armed with your preferred features list, your agent will be sure to find you the best home for your needs and comfort.

Another Property Sold – 132 Nobadeer Road Barnstable, MA

This Single-Family in Barnstable, MA recently sold for $356,000. This Cape style home was sold by Tom Mahedy – Oceanside Realty Group.

132 Nobadeer Road ,

Barnstable, MA 02632




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Contemporary Cape located on a cul de sac in desirable Quisset Village. This bright, sunny updated floor plan has a new white kitchen with granite counter tops and stainless appliances. The cathedral ceiling living room flows into the dining/kitchen area with sliders to a deck. All perfect for entertaining! The first floor has a master bedroom with a newly renovated full bath plus a second bedroom and a new full bath. Upstairs has a spacious bedroom with lots of natural light coming thru the skylight. This home sits on a very private lot just shy of 1/2 acre. Many updates include freshly painted inside….New kitchen…..2 New bathrooms, new front door. Within the past 10 years a newer Gas Boiler, roof and windows. Passing title V in hand. Minutes to Beautiful Craigville Beach, Wequaquet Lake, great Golf and Vibrant Main Street Hyannis with great restaurants and shops. Will Not Last!! All dimensions/info to be verified by Buyer/Buyer agent

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Buy Less Home Than You Can Afford

If you’ve been pre-approved for a mortgage, you can enter the housing market with a budget in hand. In fact, this mortgage will enable you to spend up to a certain amount on a house. But in many instances, it pays to buy less house than what you can actually afford.

Ultimately, there are many reasons to consider purchasing a house below your means, such as:

1. You might not have to worry about significant home maintenance.

A small house likely means less home maintenance than would be required in a large house. Therefore, you may be able to spend less time worrying about keeping your residence looking great if you acquire less home that what you can afford.

Of course, let’s not forget about the money that you might save by purchasing an affordable residence. If you buy an inexpensive home, you may be able to use the money that you save to hire professional home cleaners, landscapers and others to help you enhance your residence’s appearance.

2. You’ll be better prepared than ever before for unexpected expenses.

There is no telling when a family emergency, natural disaster or other dangerous situations may arise. Fortunately, if you spend less on a house now, you may be better equipped than ever before to handle the expenses commonly associated with these unforeseen events.

Purchasing a cheap house may prove to be valuable if you encounter costly, time-intensive home repairs down the line too.

For example, your home’s roof won’t last forever, and you likely will need to fix or replace it at some point. But if you purchase a budget-friendly home, you may be able to save extra money that you can use to cover the costs associated with various home repairs.

3. You’ll have more money that you can use to personalize your house.

The money that you save on a house today may be used to upgrade your home both now and in the future.

For instance, if you want to install a deluxe swimming pool or fire pit in your backyard, spending less on a house now may provide you with the financial resources that you need to fund these projects. And if you complete a broad range of home renovations, you may be able to increase your house’s value as well.

Deciding how much to spend on a house can be a tough decision for any homebuyer, at any time. If you collaborate with a real estate agent, you can explore a vast array of residences that fall within your price range.

A real estate agent will learn about your homebuying goals and tailor your home search accordingly. He or she also will set up home showings, keep you informed about new residences that become available and ensure that you can discover a home that matches or exceeds your expectations.

Consider your budget closely as you prepare to kick off a home search. By doing so, you should have no trouble finding a terrific house at an affordable price.

Ranch – 49 Capt Stanley Road Yarmouth, MA 02664 is now new to the market!

49 Capt Stanley Road ,

Yarmouth, MA 02664

South Yarmouth




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Come see this beautifully updated Ranch in a desirable neighborhood. 2 Nice sized bedrooms, brand new bath, updated kitchen with farmers sink, glass tile backsplash and butcher block counters, New Gas Boiler and Hot Water Heater, wood floors just redone, Fireplace and attached 1 Car garage with new door & opener. Freshly Painted in soothing coastal colors inside and out, nothing to do but move in! Minutes to beautiful Ocean Beaches, one of the best Boat ramps/Fishing Piers on Cape Cod and Great Golf right up the street! All dimensions/info to verified by buyer/buyer agent.

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