Central Mass Real Estate


Curb appeal is a difference-maker during the home selling process. If you understand how to upgrade your residence's curb appeal, you may be better equipped than ever before to enjoy a fast, profitable house selling experience.

Now, let's take a look at three tips to help you improve your house's curb appeal.

1. Prioritize Lawn Care and Maintenance

If your lawn is covered in weeds and high grass, it may be overdue for a trim. Fortunately, you can mow the lawn, trim the hedges and perform assorted home lawn care and maintenance tasks to upgrade your residence's curb appeal in no time at all.

Of course, if you want expert lawn care assistance, you can always hire a home landscaping company. A typical home landscaping company employs friendly, knowledgeable lawn care specialists who can help you improve your lawn and bolster your house's curb appeal.

2. Eliminate Clutter

Lawn decorations may help you differentiate your home from others in your neighborhood. At the same time, these decorations may actually diminish the appearance of your home in the eyes of potential buyers. Also, lawn decorations may make it tough for buyers to envision what life may be like if they purchase your residence.

Remove lawn decorations, because if you have a clutter-free lawn, you can show buyers the true size and beauty of your lawn. And as a result, buyers may fall in love with your residence as soon as they see it.

3. Perform Home Exterior Repairs

If you notice cracked or chipped siding or other home exterior issues, don't wait to correct these problems. Because the longer you wait to perform home exterior repairs, the longer it may take to sell your residence.

For those who are uncomfortable about completing home exterior repairs on their own, it may be beneficial to hire a contractor. This professional will dedicate the necessary time and resources to ensure your home's exterior will impress buyers.

As you search for ways to improve your house's curb appeal, you may want to hire a real estate agent as well. In addition to offering recommendations about how to bolster your home's overall appearance, a real estate agent can serve as an expert guide along the property selling journey.

A real estate agent is happy to help you list your house, promote it to prospective buyers and host home showings and open house events. Plus, if you receive an offer to purchase your residence, a real estate agent can provide recommendations about whether to accept, reject or counter this proposal. A real estate agent will even negotiate with a buyer's agent on your behalf so you can maximize your house sale earnings.

Spend some time upgrading your residence's curb appeal – you'll be glad you did. If you can improve your home's curb appeal, you may be able to stir up lots of interest in your residence and reap the benefits of a quick, seamless house selling experience.


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Although it may seem like putting the cart before the horse, a strong case can be made for purchasing your retirement home before your golden years. In fact, with some deft financial planning, it may be worthwhile to buy your retirement home decades in advance. That may seem counterintuitive, but maybe other folks have been doing it backward. Whether you are a Millennial, Gen Xer, or Baby Boomer, the best time to plan ahead is right now. Consider these strategies.

Why Buying Now Saves Retirement Dollars

The Gen X crowd was born between 1965-1979, making them 40- and 50-somethings. Those are generally prime financial years. In many cases, they’re nearing the end of a mortgage and are probably enjoying the fruits of many years of savings. This means having equity and resources at their disposal to make a move on a property now.

The argument for paying off an existing home loan or doubling-up if it’s reasonably low rests on data that the home values continue to rise. Consider these incremental increases in median home sales pricing.

  • 1970: $23,400
  • 1980: $64,60
  • 1990: $122,90
  • 2000: $169,000
  • 2010: $221,800
  • The median price routinely topped $300,000 in 2019, and the robust economy, coupled with an inventory shortfall, is expected to drive prices upward. If you were to have purchased your retirement home just 10 years ago, your savings would have amounted to nearly $100,000, plus lower interest payments. Those are real retirement dollars.

    Why Buying Your Retirement Home First Makes Sense

    One of the strategies savvy Millennials are employing is to purchase an “investment property” rather than a primary residence first. That may seem like thinking way outside the box, but the math and lifestyle considerations can make it a smart play.

    This demographic runs between 23 and 38 years old, and they have grown up in a vastly different culture than their predecessors. Some are straight out of college struggling with student loan debt, and even the top end of the age bracket has members still evolving their careers in many cases. These factors tend to position Millennials for ongoing relocation as they take advantage of emerging opportunities. Rather than be burdened with buying and selling a home, it’s easier to rent.

    Financially sharp Millennials, among others, have purchased properties in culturally rich areas that lend themselves to college students and tourism. The strategy is to enlist the help of a real estate professional who oversees renting, upkeep, and allow the asset to pay for itself. In many cases, it may even yield a profit. When retirement age arrives, there can be ample revenue to do a full remodel and just pay the taxes while you collect a pension or social security.

    Although buying a retirement home prior to punching out for the last time may seem odd at first, it’s in your best interest to run the numbers both ways. Consider all the moving parts and detailed costs to make an informed decision about your best time to but a retirement home.



    2 Arden Mills Way, Fitchburg, MA 01420

    Condo

    $234,900
    Price

    5
    Rooms
    2
    Beds
    2
    Baths
    **FHA and VA APPROVED*** NEW LUXURIOUS CONDO WITH PRIVATE BALCONY FOR SALE! ENERGY STAR CERTIFIED - The Falls at Arden Mills!! Voted Fitchburg's #1 Luxury *PET-FRIENDLY* Condominium Community offers single-level living with top of the line finishes open concept, gorgeous cabinetry, granite and stainless steel in a secured elevator complex. This residence has a captivating open floor plan and a lovely view with underground parking and storage. Impeccably landscaped grounds right on the Nashua River. Utility costs only $75-100 per month! Bright and sunny this residence has a lot to offer. A spacious master bedroom with master batth, in unit laundry and more! Walk, run or cycle theRail Trail, an approved, to be built path that will connect Fitchburg Center to Leominster Center. Located on the Leominster line, you will enjoy local restaurants, quick highway access to Rt 2 and area T stop.
    Open House
    Saturday
    June 13 at 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
    If you have any questions about how to access the property when arriving please call Christy Nault (978) 804-9470
    Cannot make the Open Houses?
    Location: 2 Arden Mills Way, Fitchburg, MA 01420    Get Directions

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    2 Arden Mills Way, Fitchburg, MA 01420

    Condo

    $234,900
    Price

    5
    Rooms
    2
    Beds
    2
    Baths
    **FHA and VA APPROVED*** NEW LUXURIOUS CONDO WITH PRIVATE BALCONY FOR SALE! ENERGY STAR CERTIFIED - The Falls at Arden Mills!! Voted Fitchburg's #1 Luxury *PET-FRIENDLY* Condominium Community offers single-level living with top of the line finishes open concept, gorgeous cabinetry, granite and stainless steel in a secured elevator complex. This residence has a captivating open floor plan and a lovely view with underground parking and storage. Impeccably landscaped grounds right on the Nashua River. Utility costs only $75-100 per month! Bright and sunny this residence has a lot to offer. A spacious master bedroom with master batth, in unit laundry and more! Walk, run or cycle theRail Trail, an approved, to be built path that will connect Fitchburg Center to Leominster Center. Located on the Leominster line, you will enjoy local restaurants, quick highway access to Rt 2 and area T stop.
    Open House
    No scheduled Open Houses

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    25 Becky Avenue, Gardner, MA 01440

    Single-Family

    $284,900
    Price

    7
    Rooms
    4
    Beds
    2
    Baths
    Beautifully upgraded home with plenty of space and a great yard! The first floor has an open floor plan that is perfect for entertaining. The large kitchen has tons of storage, updated cabinets, granite counters, and stainless appliances. The large island offers additional seating and counterspace. A fireplaced livingroom has hardwood flooring and a large slider leading out to the freshly painted deck. There are two well sized bedrooms on the main level plus a full bath. Upstairs has two more bedrooms with oversized closets and hardwood flooring and another full bath. The basement has tons of potential for future finishing. The large yard is fenced in, perfect for furry friends. There is even a roof deck for enjoying some sunshine!
    Open House
    Sunday
    June 07 at 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM
    Please request a time through Showingtime
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    Location: 25 Becky Avenue, Gardner, MA 01440    Get Directions

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