Karin Torrice - Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage


House hunting can be enjoyable but becomes overwhelming pretty quickly. After looking at many different houses, they can all start to look the same. It’s hard to remember what homes had what features. In order to make a right decision on which home to make an offer on, you’ll need to remember the details of each house. Read on for tips to help you house hunt like a pro.


Keep Track Of The Homes You Have Looked At


Whether you’re doing simple online searches or touring open houses, it’s easy for your mind to get jumbled as to what you have seen. It’s a good idea to keep a record of homes with their addresses as to where they are located, the color of the house, and the desirable features contained within the home. This way, you can have an overall picture of what you want. 


Know What Features Are Important 


You should make a list of everything you’re looking for in a home before you even start searching. Include things like:


  • The price range
  • How big of a house you’re looking for
  • How many bedrooms
  • How many bathrooms
  • Additional features like walk-in closets
  • Eat-in kitchen or dining room
  • What type of home you’re looking for
  • How many stories you want the home to be



You can then branch off from the essentials on the list adding other desirable features in a property like a pool, a jacuzzi, a large backyard, or a fireplace. Then, you should make a list prioritizing what is the most important to you in your home search. Things like the number of bedrooms and the size of the home will be a higher priority than a jacuzzi tub. 


Look At Your Commute


One of the most significant factors in finding a home is how far it is from your workplace. The closer you are to work, the less stressful your life will be. If you take the train or a bus to work, it may be easier to live close to a station or stop. On the flip side, to be closer to work what are you sacrificing? Are you close to schools, parks, stores, and other regularly visited spots? See what locations suit your lifestyle.


Review What You’ve Looked At

Once you have done your research and decided what you need and want, it’s time to make comparisons. Look at the prices of each home and see what they have to offer for the money. Once you decide the price and amenities are on par with your original wishlist, the house is a good candidate to put an offer on.             




16 Morrill Dr, Wayland, MA 01778

Cochituate

Single-Family

$872,500
Price

11
Rooms
4
Beds
3
Baths
Move right in to this gorgeous 4+ bedroom 3 bath home in a fantastic Wayland neighborhood and commuter location! Beautiful 2003 addition and renovation with expansive open concept first floor, vaulted ceilings and gleaming hardwood floors. Bright living room with fireplace opens to an inviting dining room. The updated kitchen includes granite countertops, a downdraft gas range, 2 sinks, radiant heat, custom maple cabinets, skylight, and 8 ft. sliders lead out to the grilling deck. 3 Bedrooms and 2 Full Baths complete the first floor. Steps down from the kitchen, the sunroom boasts two story tall windows and radiant heat opening to the large family room with skylight. The lower level offers 2010 renovation, high ceilings, 2 oversized bedrooms/office, a den with fireplace, library, updated full bath and laundry. Lovely flat lot with fenced in back yard. Enjoy private deeded access to Lake Cochituate at the end of the street! Close to Natick Mall & MA Pike.The location is truly ideal!
Open House
Sunday
October 13 at 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM
Cannot make the Open Houses?
Location: 16 Morrill Dr, Wayland, MA 01778    Get Directions

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7 Concord St, Natick, MA 01760

Rental

$2,350
Price

6
Rooms
3
Beds
2
Baths
Beautiful 3 bedroom 2 full bath townhome located in a convenient downtown Natick location. Close to Natick Center and in walking distance to the commuter rail. The first floor boasts gleaming hardwood floors with a bright and sunny living room. The spacious dining room leads to the expansive updated kitchen. A full bath and laundry area finishes the first floor. The second floor includes 3 large bedrooms with the second full bath. Enjoy everything Natick Center has to offer: Farmer's Market, Shops, Dining, Library, Natick Arts Center and much more!!
Open House
Saturday
October 12 at 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
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Location: 7 Concord St, Natick, MA 01760    Get Directions

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In the real estate market, the value of your home depends on several other factors, other than the price you paid for it. For one, the price buyers are willing to pay for it at any particular time may depend on prevailing economic conditions, mortgage rates, the season of the year and a host of other things affect the value of your house.

  1. The price of other homes in the neighborhood is way lower than yours. Buyers usually know what the general sale price of houses in a location is, and when they notice yours is way over that, they get the impression that you are unreasonable and might not even bother to see the property. Real estate agents often go through a comprehensive process before advising clients on an appropriate price range so don't unduly pressure your agent into raising his estimate.
  2. You haven't had many showings or offers made since the listing. If you haven’t received any offers after about 3 or 4 months and no prospective buyers have come to view the property, there might be a couple of reasons responsible. Ask yourself if your agent is trying his best to promote your listing and if other houses in your neighborhood are moving. If both answers are yes, then it might be a likely fact that your home is overpriced.
  3. Other similar houses in the community are selling, and yours is not. There are different reasons why this may be so, are those houses newer, larger or have better features? And sometimes the reason theirs is selling, and yours is not is because it is overpriced.
  4. Expired listings. Real estate agents often state the listing period on the listing agreement, and if this period expires without being sold, you might want to review your price downwards as it might be an indicator that your house is priced too high. It doesn't mean there are no buyers; it just means the buyers who came were not willing to offer that much.

It's critical that you ask for feedback from your agent as to why your house did not sell. That gives you the opportunity to correct things that certain buyers didn't like.



7 Concord St, Natick, MA 01760

Rental

$2,350
Price

6
Rooms
3
Beds
2
Baths
Beautiful 3 bedroom 2 full bath townhome located in a convenient downtown Natick location. Close to Natick Center and in walking distance to the commuter rail. The first floor boasts gleaming hardwood floors with a bright and sunny living room. The spacious dining room leads to the expansive updated kitchen. A full bath and laundry area finishes the first floor. The second floor includes 3 large bedrooms with the second full bath. Enjoy everything Natick Center has to offer: Farmer's Market, Shops, Dining, Library, Natick Arts Center and much more!!
Open House
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