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Posted by Ron Ouellette on 5/16/2019

Buying a property is one of the best decisions a person can make; it is also a great way to invest. After spending a lot of money to buy or build on a property, the condition of the house should be paramount. Having to deal with foundation issues can be daunting; it can take a lot of money to repair a damaged foundation.

The foundation of a home is what holds all other structures in place. If the foundation was laid incorrectly or without the proper tests and procedures, it could cause problems for the owner in the future. The types of foundation are the pier, beam, and concrete. It's best to know what kind was used for your property to look out for tell-tale signs of weakness or deterioration of the foundation.

A damaged foundation is a result of various environmental elements and stress like expanding and contracting soil, a terrible drainage system or excessive moisture. This stress over time causes the foundation to begin to weaken, resulting in uneven floors in the house, cracks on the walls and gaps in exterior doors.

The following are signs that indicate that you are likely having foundation issues:

Cracks in the walls.

A crack in the wall can be a sign of a foundation problem. If you notice floor cracks, a broken chimney, or wall fissures in your house, this might be your first sign of a damaged foundation.

Sinking floor. 

Have you noticed that some parts of your property are falling? Have them checked out to be sure it's not a foundation problem. One part of the house over time will be lower than the other if a sinking or settling floor is left unattended too long. Sinking or settling occurs when the ground the property is built on begins to collapse under the weight of the structure. Areas of the house that used to be even would begin to sag or dip. You would notice that such areas will not be on the same level as other parts on the property. It could be as a result of soil shift, humidity from water seepage or poor drainage system. 

Doors that donít open or close properly. 

Another tell-tale sign of foundation issues is when the interior doors begin to stick or drag. Exterior doors may frequently leave space at the edge creating an uneven appearance.

Gaps around window frames. 

Did you suddenly notice gaps around your window or door? A faulty foundation can be the cause. Double-hung windows will be difficult to close because of the unevenness and inability to align the sash correctly.

Dampness in the basement.

Is your basement or crawl space becoming damp without any apparent source of moisture? Damp basement can cause a lot of problems like a moldy smell, mold growth, and uneven or saggy floors. 

Ask a professional engineer or contractor to help you investigate these signs to ascertain if it is a foundation problem. Discuss how you might go about fixing it and explore different options. Most of these evaluations are usually free and can save you thousands of dollars.




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Posted by Ron Ouellette on 5/9/2019

Confidence can play a major role in the homebuying journey. If a homebuyer is confident in his or her ability to evaluate a house, this individual may be better equipped than others to complete a successful home purchase. Conversely, a homebuyer who lacks confidence may struggle to identify his or her ideal residence, resulting in a long, arduous homebuying journey.

Becoming a confident homebuyer may be easier than you think. In fact, there are several key attributes of successful homebuyers, and these traits include:

1. Resourceful

A confident homebuyer makes the most of the time and resources at his or her disposal. By doing so, this buyer can identify housing market patterns and trends and map out a successful homebuying journey.

Typically, a confident homebuyer performs deep real estate market data analysis. By obtaining comprehensive housing market insights, this buyer can take an informed approach to purchasing a residence.

2. Conscientious

A confident homebuyer is willing to do what it takes to acquire a home. As such, he or she will take a conscientious approach to the homebuying journey, as well as ensures that both a buyer and seller can achieve the optimal results.

For example, a confident homebuyer may be willing to negotiate with a seller to determine a price that works for both sides. This buyer also may make sacrifices along the way to guarantee a home sale is a seamless transaction for all parties involved.

3. Persistent

A confident homebuyer has a no-quit attitude and will go above and beyond the call of duty to purchase a terrific house at a price that fits within his or her budget. Therefore, this buyer displays persistence throughout the homebuying journey.

With a persistent attitude, a homebuyer can boost the likelihood of discovering his or her dream house. This buyer will keep track of new houses in cities and towns where he or she would like to live. And if the right home becomes available, this buyer won't hesitate to submit a competitive offer on it, either.

When it comes to buying a house, it helps to enter the real estate market with plenty of confidence. If you consult with a real estate agent, you can build your homebuying confidence in no time at all.

Oftentimes, a real estate agent will meet with a homebuyer and learn about this individual's goals. A real estate agent then will help a buyer plan for the homebuying cycle, ensuring he or she is fully supported at each stage of this process.

A real estate agent also is an expert resource to a homebuyer. And if a homebuyer has any questions throughout the homebuying journey, a real estate agent is happy to provide responses.

For those who are ready to pursue their dream home, it helps to become a confident homebuyer. If you collaborate with a real estate agent, you can enter the real estate market with the confidence that you need to thrive.




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Posted by Ron Ouellette on 5/8/2019


317 Hudson Street, Northborough, MA 01532

Single-Family

$369,000
Price

12
Rooms
3
Beds
1
Baths
Like new spacious, colonial/cape style home. Meticulous, bright, & sunny, Set on large 1/2 acre lot, convenient location, in very desirable Northborough. New all tile/glass bath, gleaming tile kitchen, new stainless appliances, stylish new cabinets, classic quartz counters.New quality finished lower level family/game room. Excellent roof, vinyl windows & siding, 200 amp electrical/breakers, furnace (FHA by oil). Attached garage. Town water & sewer. Superb commuter location, easy/quick access to all major roads, shopping & all services nearby. Excellent rated Northborough/Southborough school system (3 Districts & 10 Schools). Ready to move in, quick close! Welcome home!
Open House
Saturday
May 11 at 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM
REDUCED $10,000! Like new spacious, colonial/cape style home. Meticulous, bright/sunny, large 1/2 acre lot, convenient location, very desirable Northborough. New all tile/glass bath, gleaming tile kitchen, new stainless appliances, stylish new cabinets, classic quartz counters.New quality finished lower level family/game room. Excellent roof, vinyl windows/siding, 200 amp electrical/breakers, furnace (FHA by oil). Attached garage. Town water & sewer. Superb commuter location, easy/quick access
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Posted by Ron Ouellette on 5/8/2019


317 Hudson Street, Northborough, MA 01532

Single-Family

$369,000
Price

12
Rooms
3
Beds
1
Baths
Like new spacious, colonial/cape style home. Meticulous, bright, & sunny, Set on large 1/2 acre lot, convenient location, in very desirable Northborough. New all tile/glass bath, gleaming tile kitchen, new stainless appliances, stylish new cabinets, classic quartz counters.New quality finished lower level family/game room. Excellent roof, vinyl windows & siding, 200 amp electrical/breakers, furnace (FHA by oil). Attached garage. Town water & sewer. Superb commuter location, easy/quick access to all major roads, shopping & all services nearby. Excellent rated Northborough/Southborough school system (3 Districts & 10 Schools). Ready to move in, quick close! Welcome home!
Open House
Saturday
May 11 at 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM
REDUCED $10,000! Like new spacious, colonial/cape style home. Meticulous, bright/sunny, large 1/2 acre lot, convenient location, very desirable Northborough. New all tile/glass bath, gleaming tile kitchen, new stainless appliances, stylish new cabinets, classic quartz counters.New quality finished lower level family/game room. Excellent roof, vinyl windows/siding, 200 amp electrical/breakers, furnace (FHA by oil). Attached garage. Town water & sewer. Superb commuter location, easy/quick access
Cannot make the Open Houses?
Location: 317 Hudson Street, Northborough, MA 01532    Get Directions

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Posted by Ron Ouellette on 5/2/2019

Are you planning on buying a home by a certain date? Itís unfortunate that life canít go as we plan it all the time! With a bit of planning finding the right home at the right time is possible. Many times, families are looking to buy a home before the end of the summer. This allows them to get settled in and get the kids started in a new school before the start of the year in September. Just because there are more popular times throughout the year to move doesnít mean that the inventory of homes changes much as to whatís on the market. Whatever the reason for the short supply of homes, youíll need to be informed and creative in order to land a house in a high demand market when itís crunch time. Below, youíll find some tips to help you on your search.


Research Your Location Ahead Of Time 


Every housing market has a bit of a down time. You want to pinpoint that period. Does your location have a time of year where people flee the area for vacations? The holiday season can also be a great time to look. There may still be low supply, but there also will be less competition. Do a bit of research in order to find pricing trends. When the prices dip, youíll know thatís a time where competition for homes is lower.


Always Have Your Finances In Order


When youíre buying a home, no matter what time of year it is, you need to have your lender on call. Make sure that you have been preapproved and that your downpayment money is at your disposal. Sellers like serious buyers who are ready to pass paperwork.  


Know What Youíre Willing To Compromise On


When youíre buying a home on a timeline, you may not have the luxury of searching around endlessly to meet your wishlist. You should have a few musts, but there may be many things that youíll need to work with or compromise on in finding the right property. You may be able to find a home in the right neighborhood, but it might not have the granite countertops that youíre looking for. When time is of the essence, your home search priorities need to be set straight.  


Donít Look For Bargains


When youíre in a time crunch to land a home, you donít want to fool around with price. In order to land a home that you love, you might have to offer a bit more than the asking price. Thereís no space for a bidding war, a low offer, or an extended search when you need to buy a home fast.          

  




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