Keep Your Home More Secure With These Tactics

While there’s a lot to be said for the value of high-tech home security systems, there are many basic, inexpensive things you can do to safeguard your home from intruders. Keeping your home secure begins with awareness, good communication, and positive habits.

Where does good communication come into play? One example is the need to have a trusted neighbor keep an eye on your home when you’re out of town or away on vacation. Even if you’ve had the foresight to suspend your mail and newspaper deliveries during your absence, things don’t always work out as planned!

When you factor in the possibility of human error, unplanned deliveries, or even power outages, it’s a good idea to have a friend, relative, or neighbor check on your house when you’re gone. Unexpected deliveries could run the gamut from free phonebooks left on your front steps to promotional literature placed on your doorknob or stuffed into your mailbox. And even if you don’t subscribe to a newspaper, free sample issues may occasionally be left in your driveway — often with an invitation to become a subscriber. An alert neighbor can clear away any telltale signs that no one’s home. They can also notify you or the local authorities of any suspicious activity on your property.

A good rule of thumb when you’re away for more than a few hours is to make your house look as if it’s occupied. Even old-school techniques, like hooking up a couple indoor lights to automatic timers, can create the impression someone’s home. If you happen to have outside lights on a timer or motion-detector floodlights, then that can help deter nighttime trespassers, too. Solar-powered lights which turn on when the sun goes down are another option.

In spite of good habits, like locking doors and staying in touch with neighbors, windows left open can be an overlooked security breach — especially if you didn’t leave them open, yourself! This can and often does happen in unexpected ways, like when your houseckeeper decides your home smells a little stale and needs an infusion of outside air to freshen things up! Although their intent is typically helpful and good, they may be solving one problem while creating another.

The same thing could happen if you have painters or other contractors doing interior work at your home. You can address that problem by reminding them to close windows when they’re done for the day. You can also leave a note to that effect. Just in case they happen to be on the forgetful side, though, it’s always a good idea to follow up your reminders with your own security checks! Since other people (especially those who don’t live in your house) may not be nearly as security conscious as you, it’s always better to err on the side of caution!

Another Property Sold – 100 Homeport Drive Barnstable, MA

This Single-Family in Barnstable, MA recently sold for $300,000. This Colonial style home was sold by Tom Mahedy – Oceanside Realty Group.








100 Homeport Drive ,



Barnstable, MA 02601

Hyannis

Single-Family

$309,900
Price

$300,000
Sale Price

7
Total Rooms

3
Beds

2/1
Full/Half Baths

Opportunity Knocks! This Colonial home offers 1,968 sq feet of space with a First floor Master. Two bedrooms upstairs plus a large, Vaulted Family room and ton's of closet space. Property backs up to water department land for lots of Privacy! House was rebuilt from being a ranch in 2007 doubling it's size. Total of 3 bedrooms and 2 1/2 baths. Laundry hook up and 1/2 bath on first floor or could possibly turn into a 3rd full bath. Beautiful Craigville Beach and Vibrant Main Street with great Restaurants and shopping are close by. House could use some fresh paint and carpet but overall in great shape. All dimensions/info to be verified by Buyer/Buyer Agent.

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Should I Sell To My Agent?

So, you’re looking for a real estate agent and you find one with a “Seller Guarantee”—If your home doesn’t sell in 6 months, I’ll buy it! Sounds a little too good to be true, right? When provided by legitimate agents, these aren’t scams, but rather a genuine option if you need to sell your home quickly.

With enough time on the market, a good seller’s agent, proper staging and a marketing plan, most homes will sell in a seller’s market. That “time on the market” requirement can be a hang-up for some sellers though. If you are moving on a strict timeline due to a new job, divorce, inheritance sale, or any other reason, a guaranteed timeline can be a win-win. On the other hand, the purchase will likely be lower than market price so if you can afford the time, selling to your agent could be a terrible deal.

Common types of Guarantees

  • “Percentage of Value Guarantee”— The agent promises you a portion of the market value if the home doesn’t sell. Keep in mind that the promised percentage will be based on fair market value, fewer fees, and commissions, so it will come out to be a lower take-home percentage.
  • “Timeline Guarantee”—The Agent promises to buy your property if it doesn’t sell in a certain length of time. Usually, timeline requirements go together with price requirements, meaning that you likely must agree to a specific markdown plan, so your agent has the price they want by the end of the timeline. Given this markdown schedule, you likely will receive less than fair market value for your property, but you can be sure that it will sell within the specified timeline.
  • “I’ll Buy It Guarantee”—Usually, this type of offer comes from agents who work with a group of investors. Investors either want to re-sell your property or rent it out for profit, so you can expect to lose a percentage of the equity. 

The Real Win-Win
You will always get the best results from choosing a real estate professional that knows your market and can help you sell your home at true market value or higher through good advertising, proper staging and curb appeal. However, if the timing is more important one of these seller guarantee options could be the better choice for you. 

Thinking of Selling? Talk to your agent about all your options including any seller guarantees available to you.

39 Fiddlers Green Lane Dennis, MA 02670 is now new to the market!








39 Fiddlers Green Lane ,



Dennis, MA 02670

West Dennis

Multi-Family

$619,500
Price

Cape Cod at it's best! Steps to a sugar white sandy beach that is part of a private association – so no crowds! This 6 Bedroom Duplex overlooks the Tidal Marsh in back and is ready to go! 3 Beds/1 bath on each side with an awesome rental history! Both units are in great shape and are light and bright. Use as is for yourself, as an investment or combination of both. Booked last summer for $2,150 each side. Many neighboring homes have been upgraded so there is that potential as well. All information to be verified by Buyer/Buyers Agent.

Open House

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