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Posted by Larry Costa REALTOR® on 8/31/2018

There's no denying the truth – the real estate market can be complicated. As such, regardless of whether you're a first-time or experienced homebuyer, you'll want to do everything you can to prepare for the process of purchasing a new residence. So what does it take to ensure you can land your dream home in any real estate segment? Here are three tips for both first-time and experienced homebuyers: 1. Understand the Speed of the Real Estate Market. A newly listed residence may sell only a few hours after it reaches the real estate market. Thus, you'll want to stay on top of houses as they become available in cities and towns where you'd like to relocate; otherwise, you risk missing out on what could be your perfect residence. Remember, the real estate market moves fast, and homebuyers who hesitate likely will struggle to score their dream homes. To accelerate the homebuying process, you'll want to get pre-approved for a mortgage. By doing so, you can submit an offer without having to commit significant time and resources to secure financing for your dream home down the line. Also, if you're interested in a home and feel comfortable with a residence, don't wait too long before you submit an offer. Because if you do, you could lose your dream home to another homebuyer. 2. View Any Home Purchase as an Investment. Although you have no plans to purchase a home and sell it at a later date, the future remains unpredictable. As a result, you should view any home you check out as a long-term investment and try to find a residence that you believe will increase in value. Typically, what you pay for a home is unlikely to represent your residence's total value in five or 10 years. But homebuyers who view a home purchase as an investment will understand that a residence's value will fluctuate over time and dedicate the time and resources to maximize a home's value, too. Look beyond a home itself to determine whether you are comfortable with a residence as a long-term investment. For instance, if you buy a newly constructed home in an up-and-coming area, the residence's value may rise quickly in the foreseeable future. On the other hand, if you purchase a "fixer-upper," aka a home in need of significant repairs, you may need to consider setting extra money aside to complete home improvement projects to help optimize this residence's value. 3. Work with an Experienced Real Estate Agent. Although you've done plenty of research about the housing market, it never hurts to have an experienced real estate agent at your disposal. A real estate agent is happy to assist you during every step of the homebuying process. That way, if you encounter any homebuying hurdles, this real estate professional can help you overcome these challenges without delay. Employ a real estate agent who possesses comprehensive industry experience and who makes you feel comfortable and confident as you explore the real estate market. And ultimately, your real estate agent should be able to help you find your dream home.





Posted by Larry Costa REALTOR® on 8/30/2018


654 County St., New Bedford, MA 02740

Single-Family

$219,900
Price

10
Rooms
4
Beds
2
Baths
Immaculate colonial near park! Much work has been done to this lovingly maintained home. Many original features including crown moldings, built china cupboard, glass doors, wood floors, winding staircase, 3 fireplaces and more. Interior and exterior have been recently painted, outside porch rebuilt, new wall hung Crown high efficient gas boiler with 2 zones undated electrical panel, new roof and SOLAR ARRAY!. The owner says the panels have saved him aprox. $100 per month on electric. This home also has a strong inlaw potential with separate area of home with its own entrance. Just minutes to RTs 195, 18 , 6 and the waterfront.
Open House
No scheduled Open Houses

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Categories: New Homes  


Posted by Larry Costa REALTOR® on 8/27/2018

This Single-Family in Taunton, MA recently sold for $375,000. This Colonial style home was sold by Larry Costa REALTOR® - CENTURY 21 Classic Gold.


548 Kingman St, Taunton, MA 02718

East Taunton

Single-Family

$379,900
Price
$375,000
Sale Price

9
Rooms
3
Beds
2/1
Full/Half Baths
Hillside setting "amongst the trees". This beautiful bright and airy young colonial has been lovingly maintained by its owners. Features abound including huge country kitchen with granite counters and stainless steel appliances, formal dining room, master suite with private bath, nice size bedrooms, 2 story foyer, and finished lower level with 2 additional rooms. Walkout lower level also has additional storage room and garage under. This lovely home has 2 zone central air and fully fenced-in back yard surrounded by trees for added privacy. Minutes to Rts 24, 195, and 140.

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Categories: Sold Homes  


Posted by Larry Costa REALTOR® on 8/27/2018

This Single-Family in Seekonk, MA recently sold for $319,900. This Ranch style home was sold by Larry Costa REALTOR® - CENTURY 21 Classic Gold.


19 Carling Cir, Seekonk, MA 02771

Single-Family

$319,900
Price
$319,900
Sale Price

5
Rooms
2
Beds
1
Baths
Gorgeous completely renovated ranch located on dead-end culdesac. Beautiful, brand new kitchen with granite countertops and new stainless steel appliances. Refinished hardwoods. Sunny and bright breezeway. Fireplace for those cool nights. Brand new fully renovated bathroom. Huge bonus room w natural lighting and access to back deck with beautiful yard and covered patio. Attached garage. Quiet street, convenient to shopping also. Unfinished basement with great potential. Updated Helix heating system. Must see!!!

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Posted by Larry Costa REALTOR® on 8/24/2018

For frequent hosts owning your own home is an exciting upgrade to your hospitality skill set. A home large enough to include a guest room for friends and family to stay the night allows you to provide a homey overnight stay that trumps a hotel experience every time.

To create the perfect home away from home guest room for visitors just follow this guide.

First things first, keep it tidy over time. Don’t fall to temptation and use it as a catch-all storage room. This will just lead to more clean up before guests arrive and detract from the home away from home experience if they feel like they are staying in a glorified storage closet.

Before guests arrive freshen up the room by dusting, cracking a window for fresh air, spritz linens with a spray, and vacuum the floors.

Stock your guest bathroom well with toilet paper, tissues, q-tips and cotton balls. Keep two full matching sets of towels folded up nicely and in the open for guests to easily grab. Take a page from the hotel room playbook and have decorative shelving for this very purpose. Either mount shelving to the wall or find a standalone unit that matches your decor.

Have toiletries on hand in case guests have forgotten any while packing. Include new, individually packaged toothbrushes, a tube of toothpaste and travel size deodorants for example. It is always thoughtful to stock the medicine cabinet with the basics.

Stock up on luxurious soaps, lotions, and shampoos to keep on hand in your guest bathroom. It’s best to also keep these out in the open so it is obvious to guests it is for their use. Tiered cake stands, catch-all bowls and clear jars are a great way to put these stylishly on display.

Offer the perfect sleeping experience by including a light bedding option and a warmer one - no matter the season. An ottoman at the foot of the bed with extra blankets and pillows will help guests feel at home to set up the bed their way.

Lay down on the bed to get a feel for how it would be for your guests. In fact, interacting in the room as if you are your guest is a great way to discover what your room is missing. Offer plenty of lighting. Bedside lamps in addition to the ceiling light allow guests to create ambiance or stay up reading while their partner snoozes.  

Decorate the room to keep it cohesive with and as homey as the rest of the house. Hang pictures of friends and family. Frame a decorative image that has your wifi network and password readily available for guests to log in. Include fresh cut flowers and seasonal decor.




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