Buying and Selling Tips

Buying a Home

Buying a HomeWhen buying a home — whether it's your first, second, or a getaway vacation home — you're bound to have many questions. For example, how will you find a home that suits your needs? How much money will you need to afford the monthly payments? And how long will the home buying process take?

Sound familiar? If so, you've come to the right place. Our web site offers a wealth of information about the home buying process. Begin your journey by discovering the benefits of working with a real estate professional. Types of mortgages, how to apply for a mortgage, and finding a lender are a few other factors you should know about before purchasing your dream home.

While the experience can be filled with ups and downs, if you contact us, we'll put you in touch with a qualified real estate professional who will guide you through the entire process. To see a list of agents, click on the Contact Us page and choose an office in your desired location.

Use our new Sold Listings tool, see what listings in your area recently sold for and use that to buy your new property.


Selling a Home

Selling a HomeWhen selling your home there are no guarantees that a buyer will simply walk through the front door. In many cases you may have to bring your home to the buyer. Effective marketing will help ensure that your property receives maximum exposure to attract a ready, willing and able buyer.

The appearance of your home, a buyer's first impression, and other considerations can also affect the sale of your home. Be sure to explore tips for increasing your home's value. Have you considered that home prices in your neighborhood and the value of your property are also factors used for pricing your home?

When you work with a BHHS Northeast Real Estate Professional, you can count on a specialist who can answer your questions, apply his or her in-depth knowledge of current market condition, and the access of extensive resources that can expedite the sale of your home.


Use our new Sold Listings tool, see what listings in your area recently sold for and use that to buy your new property.


Increasing The Value of Your House

Increasing the Value of your HomeWhen you're preparing your house for sale, remember the importance of first impressions. The market isn't the only factor that influences whether you get your asking price. Appearance and overall condition play a major role. Here are some easy things you can do to make your home more appealing to buyers.

1. Outside

It is estimated that more than half of all houses are sold before the buyers even get out of their cars. So stand across the street from your house and review its curb appeal.
  • Sweep front walkway.
  • Remove newspapers, bikes and toys.
  • Park extra cars away from the property.
  • Trim back the shrubs.
  • Apply fresh, clean paint throughout.
  • Clean windows and window coverings throughout.
  • Keep plumbing and all appliances in working order.
  • Maintain all sealants (window, tub, shower, sink, etc.) in good condition.
  • Make sure roof and gutters are in good condition; no repairs needed.
  • Mow the lawn more frequently and plant flowers.
  • Keep pet areas clean.

2. Inside
  • Kitchen and bathroom should shine.
  • Quick once-over with the vacuum; carpets should be clean.
  • Place fresh flowers in the main rooms.
  • Put dishes away, unless setting a formal display for decoration.
  • Make beds and put all clothes away.
  • Open drapes and turn on lights for a brighter feel.
  • Straighten closets.
  • Put toys away.
  • Turn off television.
  • Play soft music on the radio/stereo.
  • Keep pets out of the way and pet areas clean and odor-free.
  • Secure jewelry, cash, prescription medication and other valuables.
  • Enhance the spaciousness of each room. Pack away collectables to allow buyer to envision own furnishings in home.

Important Reminders

  • Potential buyers usually feel more comfortable if the owners are not present.
  • If people unaccompanied by an agent request to see your property, please refer them to your real estate professional for an appointment.
  • Leave a number where you can be reached if you are leaving town, even for a weekend.

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