What is your dream home? It is a water-front home, a cabin in the woods, a city apartment or a home on a cul de sac in a suburb? The phrase “dream home” means a lot of different things to a lot of different people. Here are some things to consider when looking for your dream home:

Square Footage

Consider how much room you need in your home. Do you need a media room or a finished basement? Three decades ago the average home size was 1,645 square feet. Now the average home size has gone up to 2,195. Recent trends have shown house sizes again decreasing as buyers evaluate what they truly need.

Floorplan

Think about how you will use your home, will you be entertaining? Do you like your home with rooms that are intimate and have a traditional feel? Or do you prefer an open floor plan? The way you use your home will dictate the type of floor plan you ultimately choose.

Extras

What kind of extras are you looking for in a home? Do you want granite counter tops, high-end appliances, or other extras?  That will also affect price. Decide what you want and make sure it fits your budget.

Landscaping

The bigger the better may not be the case when it comes to a lawn. A big lawn means lots of landscaping. If you are willing to perform the necessary upkeep you may opt for a large yard; if not, your dream home may be a home with a smaller yard or even a condo.

Location

Choosing a neighborhood is important when picking your dream home. If you have a family or are planning one in the future you most likely will want to look at school systems.  Other considerations are commute time to work, location to stores, highways, the ability to walk to venues and public transportation.

 

 


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This fabulous home is in one of Boxborough’s most sought after neighborhoods, Old Harvard Estates! Welcome to this wonderfully designed Colonial, nestled away from the road, protected by beautiful woods. Enter into the nicely appointed kitchen which opens into the expansive family room with a vaulted ceiling and fireplace. With new high end large windows and lots of sky lights, there is plenty of natural light to make this home so relaxing. A large living room, formal dining room, french and pocket doors and hardwood floors on both the 1st and 2nd floors, this very well built home flows so easily. Quick access to the major highways and the commuter rail make this home the one for you!

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You may enjoy drinking a glass or two of beer, but did you know that beer has many other household uses? Beer’s many uses range from getting rid of pests to making you more beautiful.

Here are just a few of the more handy ways to use beer around your home:

Get Rid of Slugs
Lure slugs away from your garden plants by putting a small, short bowl of beer near your plants. The slugs will find the delicious beer, crawl inside the bowl and drown. This application is unfortunate for the slugs, but good for your garden.

Rid Your Yard of Brown Spots
Spray beer on the brown spots in your yard to help bring the grass back to life. Saturate the brown spots in the lawn with the beer. The fermented sugar from the beer will return your lawn to a lush green. If the grass doesn’t quite return to its former color, repeat the application.

Tenderize Meat
Beer can add great flavor, and also contains alpha acids and tannins that work as a meat tenderizer. Marinate your meat overnight, or at least an hour before cooking. You can also use beer to tenderize meat in your slow cooker.

Get Silky and Shiny Hair
After shampooing, rinse your hair with half a can of beer. Let the beer sit on your hair for a few minutes before rinsing out. Your hair will be silky and shiny for days.

Do you have any other great uses for beer?

Everyone wants a deal especially when purchasing a big ticket item like a house. In order to get a good deal you have to be a great negotiator. If you are on the hunt for a housing bargain you need to be prepared and sharpen your negotiation skills.

Here are some tips to get you on your way to buying success:

Do Your Homework: Gather information about the property. Find out about recent repairs and improvements or renovations. Review the seller disclosure statement look for details, such as the age of the roof and systems in the home.

Know the Market: Find out what other homes are selling for in your price range. Ask your real estate agent to do a comparative market analysis on the home you are interested in. The comparative market analysis will compare the home to homes that have recently sold and homes that are currently on the market.

Be Prepared: Before you start shopping for a home get your credit in order.The higher your credit score, the better the chance you’ll get a good deal on a home loan. Once you have your credit in order start the mortgage process and get pre-approved. If you are pre-approved the seller will see you are a well-qualified buyer.

Be Reasonable: It is easy to let emotions get in the way. View the purchase as a business transaction. Approach the situation objectively, and don’t take the negotiations personally.

Negotiate: Start off your negotiation on the right foot,  don’t low-ball the seller with an insulting figure. This can immediately kill the transaction. Negotiation is a two way street. In most negotiations both parties compromise.

Be Smart: Stick within your budget and don’t let emotion take over when you are negotiating. Know what price you’re comfortable with and stick to it. This way you will be sure to buy a home that you can afford.

 

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