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Posted by T. Jay Johnson Jr. on 5/18/2018

If you recently submitted an offer on a house and received a "Yes" from the seller, you likely will need to schedule a home inspection in the next few days or weeks. Ultimately, an inspection can make or break a house sale, so you'll want to plan for this evaluation accordingly.

Fortunately, there are several steps that a homebuyer can follow to plan for an inspection, and these are:

1. Find an Expert Home Inspector

All home inspectors are not created equal. And if you make a poor selection, you risk missing out on potential home problems that could prove to be costly and time-intensive down the line.

Before you schedule a home inspection, evaluate the home inspectors in your area. That way, you can find an expert home inspector who will go above and beyond the call of duty to assess a residence.

Reach out to a variety of home inspectors and ask for client referrals. Then, you can contact home inspectors' past clients to better understand whether a home inspector can match or exceed your expectations.

Furthermore, a real estate agent can help you find a qualified home inspector. In addition to helping you buy a home, this housing market professional can put you in touch with top-rated home inspectors in your city or town.

2. Make a Home Inspection Checklist

When it comes to preparing for a home inspection, it usually pays to be diligent. Thus, you'll want to put together a checklist beforehand to ensure that you know exactly which areas of a house that you want to examine.

A home inspection checklist may emphasize looking at a house's roof, heating and cooling system and much more. Also, it may be worthwhile to include questions to ask a home inspector in your checklist. This will ensure that you can receive comprehensive support from a home inspector throughout your house evaluation.

3. Consider the Best- and Worst-Case Home Inspection Scenarios

Although you'd like to believe that a home that you want to buy is in perfect or near-perfect condition, an inspection may reveal a wide range of problems. However, if you prepare for the best- and worst-case home inspection situations, you can increase the likelihood of staying calm, cool and collected in even the most stressful post-home inspection scenario.

If a home inspection reveals that there are no major issues with a house, you're likely good to go with your home purchase. Next, a home appraisal may need to be completed, and you'll be on your way to finalizing your transaction.

Conversely, if various problems are discovered during a home inspection, you may need to reconsider your home purchase. In this scenario, you may want to ask a seller to perform home repairs or request a price reduction. Or, you can always walk away from a home purchase as well.

If you need extra help preparing for a home inspection, you can always reach out to a real estate agent too. In fact, with a real estate agent at your side, you can get the assistance that you need to conduct a successful home inspection.




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Posted by T. Jay Johnson Jr. on 5/15/2018

This Single-Family in Gardner, MA recently sold for $267,500. This Colonial style home was sold by T. Jay Johnson Jr. - RE/MAX Property Promotions.


160 Chelsea St, Gardner, MA 01440

South Gardner

Single-Family

$265,000
Price
$267,500
Sale Price

6
Rooms
3
Beds
2/1
Full/Half Baths
Young 3 bedroom 2.5 Bath colonial, with a large fenced in, level, private yard! Eat in kitchen has GRANITE COUNTERS and a slider to spacious deck, allowing for easy access to grilling and entertaining! Flexible floor plan, FRESH PAINT, HARDWOOD FLOORS,1st floor laundry with a half bath. 2nd floor MASTER BEDROOM SUITE with full bath and walk-in closet. WALK UP ATTIC for additional storage or potential future living space. 2 CAR GARAGE, WALK OUT BASEMENT with full size window. PLENTY OF PARKING. Quiet dead end street, yet commuter friendly off of Route 2A.

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Posted by T. Jay Johnson Jr. on 5/15/2018


73 Belgian Way, Fitchburg, MA 01420

Condo

$195,000
Price

4
Rooms
2
Beds
1/1
Full/Half Baths
Offering this fine townhouse style condo at Bridle Cross Estates. With over 1600 sq ft of living space, this is one of the larger in the complex. Spacious main level features a fully applianced kitchen with Range, Dishwasher, Refrigerator, Microwave, and Disposal. Living room with GAS FIREPLACE. A sliding door leads to your private deck which backs up to a wooded area for added privacy and quiet enjoyment. 1st floor bathroom. The 2nd floor provides two large bedrooms, including a master with walk-in closet. Full bath complete with double vanity, separate shower and jetted soaking tub. Conveniently placed 2nd floor laundry. Washer and dryer to remain. All carpets recently cleaned. WALKOUT BASEMENT, CENTRAL AIR, and ATTACHED GARAGE w/door opener. Quick closing possible. Open house Saturday 1-3pm.
Open House
Sunday
May 20 at 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Cannot make the Open Houses?
Location: 73 Belgian Way, Fitchburg, MA 01420    Get Directions

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Posted by T. Jay Johnson Jr. on 5/15/2018


73 Belgian Way, Fitchburg, MA 01420

Condo

$195,000
Price

4
Rooms
2
Beds
1/1
Full/Half Baths
Offering this fine townhouse style condo at Bridle Cross Estates. With over 1600 sq ft of living space, this is one of the larger in the complex. Spacious main level features a fully applianced kitchen with Range, Dishwasher, Refrigerator, Microwave, and Disposal. Living room with GAS FIREPLACE. A sliding door leads to your private deck which backs up to a wooded area for added privacy and quiet enjoyment. 1st floor bathroom. The 2nd floor provides two large bedrooms, including a master with walk-in closet. Full bath complete with double vanity, separate shower and jetted soaking tub. Conveniently placed 2nd floor laundry. Washer and dryer to remain. All carpets recently cleaned. WALKOUT BASEMENT, CENTRAL AIR, and ATTACHED GARAGE w/door opener. Quick closing possible. Open house Saturday 1-3pm.
Open House
Sunday
May 20 at 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Cannot make the Open Houses?
Location: 73 Belgian Way, Fitchburg, MA 01420    Get Directions

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Posted by T. Jay Johnson Jr. on 5/11/2018

Buying a home will likely be one of the largest financial decisions you will make in your lifetime. While this may seem scary at first, itís worth noting that buying a home can also be a valuable financial investment.

When it comes to preparing to buy a home, many people just wait until they run out of room in their apartment before deciding that they need to upgrade to a home. A better approach, however, would be to start planning for your first home a year or more in advance.

Saving for a down payment is a vital step to making the best long-term financial decision. A larger down payment can help you pay off your home sooner, pay thousands or tens of thousands less in interest, and start using your home equity as an asset.

But, saving for a down payment is easier said than done. So, in this post, weíre going to talk about some of the ways you can aggressively save for a down payment so that, when the time comes, you can achieve long-term financial security from your investment.

Setting your savings goals

The first thing you should be thinking about when saving for a down payment is what your goals are in a home. Setting realistic goals in this phase will make saving for your down payment more feasible and less discouraging.

Think about what you really need from a home at this point in your life and compromise where you can.

Remember that on top of your monthly mortgage payments, youíll likely also be paying for taxes, insurance, utilities, homeowners association fees, and more.

Save on a timeline

When setting your savings goal, make sure youíre aware of the timeframe youíre working with. If you want to buy a home next year, youíll need to focus on short-term savings options. However, if youíre okay with renting for the next 5 years, investing your money could be a better option.

Lock away your savings

Treat your down payment savings like an emergency fund. Open a separate account, automatically deposit a portion of your pay into the account, and never withdraw from it. To do this, you will, of course, need to already have an emergency fund with a monthís expenses in it.

However, once youíve established your emergency fund, start immediately depositing into your savings account.

Pay off credit cards

It may seem like saving for a down payment is more pressing than paying off old debt. However, the numbers will show that making interest payments on your credit cards is essentially throwing away money that could have been used toward your down payment savings.

Adjust your spending habits

While it isnít easy to start spending less once youíve built a standard of living, there are ways to spend less money and still lead a fulfilling life. Think about where your money goes each month, including bills and services you might pay for.

Now could be the best time to cut the cord and start using a service like Hulu to save $50 or more each month.

Time for a raise?

If itís been some time since your last pay raise, now could be an ideal time to speak with your employer. To improve your chances of success, donít discuss reasons outside of work that might be influencing your decision to ask for a raise (such as saving for a down payment). Rather, back up your request with evidence of your accomplishments at work.




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