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Posted by Hillman Homes on 2/17/2020

Although you might have entered the housing market with a strategy to help you streamline your search for your dream home, it is important to remember that even the best-laid plan may need to be changed. And if you fail to discover your ideal residence after a comprehensive search, now may be a great time to revise your homebuying strategy.

Let's take a look at three tips to help you revamp your homebuying plan.

1. Consider Your Home Must-Haves and Wants

Creating a list of home must-haves and wants may be done at the start of a house search. Over time, however, this list may evolve. And if you update your list, you may be better equipped than ever before to reenter the real estate market with a fresh perspective.

Think about where you want to live in the foreseeable future too. Then, you can narrow your home search to specific cities and towns and accelerate the homebuying journey.

2. Review Your Budget

If you recently paid off your student loans or eliminated your credit cards, you may want to reassess your homebuying budget. That way, you can hone your house search and explore residences that fall within your up-to-date price range.

Of course, if you have yet to get pre-approved for a mortgage, you can still do so. Meet with banks and credit unions to learn about all of the mortgage options that are available. This will enable you to gain the insights you need to select a mortgage that matches your finances.

3. Learn About the Housing Market

The housing market may favor buyers or sellers. And if you have been searching for your dream home for several weeks or months, the market may have changed.

It does not take long for a buyer's market to become a seller's market, or vice-versa. As you consider your homebuying options, you should study the local real estate sector closely to determine whether the current housing market favors buyers or sellers.

Evaluating the prices of recently sold houses in a particular city or town usually is a good idea. This housing market data will enable you to find out whether sellers are receiving offers at or near their initial home asking prices.

You also should find out how long current residences in a particular city or town have been listed. If houses linger on the real estate market for an extended period of time, you may be operating in a market that favors buyers. Or, if homes are selling quickly, you may be operating in a seller's market.

Lastly, hiring a real estate agent often is helpful, particularly for homebuyers who are struggling to identify the perfect residence. A real estate agent can offer lots of tips as you conduct your search for your dream residence. Plus, if you need to revamp your homebuying strategy, a real estate agent will make it easy for you to do just that.




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Posted by Hillman Homes on 2/13/2020


59 Chestnut St., Waltham, MA 02453

South Waltham

Rental

$1,475
Price

4
Rooms
1
Beds
1
Baths
Cozy one bedroom, second floor apartment steps from Moody St. shops and trendy restaurants. Fantastic for commuters by car, bus, or train. Heat and hot water included-gas and electric run $20-30 per month. Additional fee of $35 for parking per car in city lot/on street parking is free and permitted in Waltham on most streets. Shared laundry in the basement. No smoking, cats OK. Available, April 1 or sooner.
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Posted by Hillman Homes on 2/13/2020

Cozy one bedroom, second floor apartment steps from Moody St. shops and trendy restaurants. Fantastic for commuters by car, bus, or train. Heat and hot water included-gas and electric run $20-30 per month. Additional fee of $35 for parking per car in city lot/on street parking is free and permitted in Waltham on most streets. Shared laundry in the basement. No smoking, cats OK. Available, April 1 or sooner.

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Posted by Hillman Homes on 2/10/2020

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You're not thinking of selling -- so why keep your home in market-ready shape? There are some excellent reasons for upgrading your home while you live there; keeping your house in good repair and in "ready to sell" condition benefits you in a variety of ways: 

Your own comfort: It's just more comfortable to live in a home that is in great shape and that does not require a lot of extra work or repairs. When your HVAC system is in peak condition, you'll save money on heating and cooling your home -- and when you've already taken the time to unclutter and organize, home cleanup becomes a breeze. Get things ready for your own comfort and enjoyment and you'll also be ready to sell in a hurry if you have to. 

Your life circumstances change: Getting married, having a baby, combining households or even becoming an empty-nester can lead to big changes in the way you live. If you suddenly need more (or less) space, those changes will be easier to deal with if you are not also burdened with getting your home ready for sale, too. You'll be ready to go, and are sure to get a top offer, when your home is already in selling shape. 

The unexpected happens: A job loss or transfer could leave you stuck with a home you own but can no longer live in. If you are not prepared, you could end up becoming an unintentional landlord -- and you'll be responsible for a bundle of repairs and maintenance at once. Keep your home in market ready condition and you won't have to scramble to get ready. This is also likely to be an incredibly stressful time, so having your home ready to sell if you need to can take a big burden from your shoulders, too. 

Company's coming: It will be easier to host and entertain when you know your home is in show worthy shape. If chaos and clutter is keeping you from truly enjoying your space or delayed repairs and maintenance are preventing you from having company over, getting your home ready to show will remove this burden. In some cases, the changes you make will let you fall in love with your home all over again -- and be able to proudly share it with others, too. 

Whether an unexpected job transfer pops up, the in-laws are coming or you simply want to enjoy your home in comfort, committing to keeping it in "show-ready" condition will give you peace of mind and ensure you are not inconvenienced by life's little (or big) surprises. 




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Posted by Hillman Homes on 2/6/2020

WOW! Gorgeous views of the city and water at Harbor Towers on the 23rd floor. Fall in love with this stunning corner two bedroom unit with two spacious bedrooms and 2.5 baths. Gleaming Brazilian floors in the open concept living/dining room with large windows, sliding glass door to private balcony & incredible water views! Designer eat-in kitchen with gas cooking, breakfast bar and stainless appliances. The master suite features a custom walk-in closet and has en-suite luxurious bath with vanity and designer tiled shower. Fabulous location on the waterfront between Rowes Wharf and the Aquarium. Easy walk to the Financial District and North End restaurants/shopping. Amenities include 24-hour concierge & gated security, seasonal outdoor pool, and rental parking available.

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