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When you own a home, you want to reduce your costs as much as possible. As a homeowner and environmentally conscious person, you may also want to reduce your carbon footprint and reduce the amount of waste that you and your family produce. Read on for some tips on how to reduce the amount of trash you produce on a weekly basis and see what a difference you can make in your little corner of the world.  


Find Reusable Products In Lieu Of Disposable Ones


There are so many convenience products that we find on store shelves. For every type of product that you can just throw away, you can find something reusable. Products that you can substitute include:


Washcloths instead of disposable makeup wipes

Reusable water cups instead of disposable bottles

Washable plastic cups substituted for disposable ones

No paper plates

Use washable plates instead of paper plates

Dust with rags, not paper towels

Use reusable grocery bags

Drink coffee out of a refillable mug

Buy reusable containers to pack a lunch in


Any products that provide less buildup of waste are better for the environment. Many times, we rely on convenience for ourselves and our families, but convenience can be costly to both the environment and our budgets.  


Use Natural Cleaning Products


Many cleaning products contain harsh chemicals that are dangerous for our bodies and our environment. There are many things right inside of your kitchen cabinets that can be useful and effective in cleaning your home. Items that you can clean with include:


Baking Soda

Vinegar

Lemon juice

Castille soap


Wth just a few products, cleaning naturally is easy. You won’t have to worry about harming children, pets, or yourself by using these all natural items that can be found right in your kitchen. You also will have more space in your cabinets because you’ll need fewer bottles to stock your cleaning supply. Vinegar can be used to clean most things in your home, and it does the job pretty well compared to its harsh chemical counterparts.


Your new lifestyle that consists of less waste will take some time. You can gradually switch different products and containers as you move through your days. This will be a much more practical approach than just starting from scratch all at once. Not only is changing your lifestyle a time investment but a money investment since you’ll need to buy new products to replace old ones initially. Over time you should see a big difference in your wallet and your trash can with your waste-free lifestyle.         



You may have looked up what the estimate of your home’s value is online. This is purely a number based on what other homes in the neighborhood are selling for. There are some obvious factors that you need to know to calculate your home’s value. These include: how many bedrooms, how much square footage and how much land the home resides on. There are some not so obvious factors that are included in calculating the value of a home. Here’s some things that typically affect a home’s value:


The Street Name


As bizarre as this sounds, it’s true. Whatever suffix that your street name ends in can have an impact on the price of a home. “Street” is less expensive than Boulevard, Road or others. You may even be lucky enough to live on Park Place or Boardwalk!   


Your House Number


People have superstitions and varying beliefs. Whether it’s numerology or the fact that you live at an infamously unlucky number house, buyers will be less attracted to your place. This is another one of the stranger factors you must keep in mind when it comes to valuing your home. 


The Neighbors


If you live close to any neighbors, they will play a factor in how much you can get for your home. If your next door neighbor has strange taste in paint color or has built an eccentric shrine in his front yard, potential buyers may be turned off. You can’t pick your family. However, if you’re moving you do have a say as to what kind of neighbors you’ll surround yourself with. Be prepared for this to affcet your home value if this is the case.   


Trees


Did you know that trees increase the value of your property? When properties are being built, trees are often cleared away. If you have trees around your property that have grown, you’ll find that you can get a bit more for your home. Want to add value to your home? Get planting!   


Crown Moldings Are King


People love crown molding. You can put in crown molding as an easy way to add value to your home and be more attractive to buyers. While buyers look for high ceilings, crown molding can certainly be a deal breaker. 


Your Hobbies Are A Buyer’s Hobby


If you have anything in your home that buyers love, they’re more likely to want to buy the home. If you’re a huge football fan, and a buyer comes along with matching interest, you could add some more attention to your home. The reason is that buyers can easily see themselves there due to the shared interest. But, this also has a reverse effect. Not everyone is a football fan. If you want to appeal to a larger pool of buyers, (which you probably do) you may want to get the extensive hobby paraphernalia out of your home before it’s shown.


A Crime On The Property


If there was a death on the property or a significant crime, people will be turned off. This will significantly affect the value of your property. You’ll most likely have to reveal the death or the crime in the buyer’s disclosure as well based on legal requirements. 


What’s Nearby?


Whatever is nearby could have a significant effect on your home’s value. Whichever kind of grocery store or restaurants are nearby can really help the value of your home. People love their daily coffee! If there’s a unique coffee shop down the street, or a popular grocery chain, you could be looking at potential gains on the value of your home.


When it comes to buying a home, there is no reason to let negotiations get the best of you. Fortunately, we're here to help you become an expert negotiator, i.e. someone who understands the ins and outs of obtaining a high-quality residence at a budget-friendly price.

What does it take to become an expert homebuying negotiator? Here are three negotiating tips that every homebuyer needs to know:

1. Act Quickly on a Home That You Like

If you fall in love with a home and are ready to make an offer on it, don't hesitate to put your best foot forward. Submit a competitive offer, and you may be able to avoid stressful negotiations with a home seller.

Understanding the true value of a residence is paramount for homebuyers. Conduct plenty of housing market research before you submit an offer, and you can better understand the prices of comparable houses in your area.

Also, if a home seller counters your initial offer, don't be afraid to negotiate. Be flexible, and you can boost your chances of securing your dream residence.

2. Do the Math

How much can you afford for a new home? You'll want to establish a homebuying budget before you enter negotiations with a home seller. Otherwise, you risk spending too much to acquire a residence.

Getting pre-approved for a mortgage may make it easy for you to avoid the temptation to overspend. With a mortgage in hand, you can search for houses that fit your price range.

In addition, be sure to account for closing costs and other fees that you may encounter down the line. If you fail to do so, you may wind up overspending on a residence.

3. Collaborate with a Real Estate Agent

Homebuying negotiations can be time-consuming and expensive if you're not careful. Thankfully, real estate agents are available who can negotiate with a home seller on your behalf.

Hiring an experienced real estate agent usually is a good idea, particularly for first-time homebuyers. Stress and anxiety can be problematic during homebuying negotiations, but a real estate agent will ensure that you won't have to deal with these issues.

Your real estate agent has a simple goal: to ensure that you can purchase the best house at the best price. He or she will go above and beyond the call of duty to accomplish this goal. As such, employing a real estate agent to handle homebuying negotiations can make a world of difference for homebuyers nationwide.

Furthermore, your real estate agent will keep you informed throughout negotiations. This real estate professional will offer expert tips and recommendations and will never make a move without consulting with you. Perhaps best of all, your real estate agent will be happy to answer any of your homebuying concerns and queries, guaranteeing that you can make informed decisions throughout the homebuying process.

Work with a real estate agent as you prepare to enter negotiations to purchase a residence. By doing so, you can simplify the process of going from homebuyer to homeowner.


This Single-Family in Swampscott, MA recently sold for $720,000. This Colonial style home was sold by Hilary Foutes - Sagan Harborside Sotheby's International Realty.


65 Morton Road, Swampscott, MA 01907

Beach Bluff

Single-Family

$729,000
Price
$720,000
Sale Price

8
Rooms
3
Beds
3
Baths
Center entrance Colonial near two of Swampscott's best beaches! This home has a large multi-room first floor layout featuring an elegant foyer entry leading to the front-to-back Living room with new wall unit of built-ins with new mantle & tiled fireplace, formal dining room, retro kitchen, Playroom, Office with attached full bath (could also be utilized as 1st floor bedroom) plus a three season screened-in porch with extra large glass skylights. Spacious 2nd floor landing has new lights & walk up attic with cedar closet. Master Bedroom suite has attached bath & walk-in closet. New blue stone patio with accent exterior lighting & wired for an outdoor TV. Enjoy the private fenced-in yard and screened-in porch. 2 zones gas heat + 1 supplemental zone of electrical (playroom). Central Air, Two Car EE Garage accommodating SUV parking. NEW tamper proof switches & outlets, NEW ANDERSEN custom windows, wet bar in basement family room, fabulous yard on the street everybody wants to leave near.

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If you receive an offer to purchase your home, you may have only a limited amount of time to decide whether to accept this proposal. As such, there are several factors you'll want to consider to determine whether to approve an offer to purchase your home. These factors include:

1. The Price of Your Home

If you established a competitive initial asking price for your home, you should have no trouble determining whether an offer to purchase falls in line with your expectations. Thus, if an offer to purchase your home is at or above your residence's initial asking price, you may want to accept a buyer's proposal and move forward with a house sale.

Of course, if an offer to purchase your house falls below your residence's initial asking price, you should still evaluate the proposal closely. If you feel the offer to purchase is the best proposal you might receive, you may want to accept it.

2. The Current State of the Local Housing Market

Examine the current state of the local housing market – you'll be glad you did. If you discover you are operating in a buyer's or seller's market, you can assess an offer to purchase your home accordingly.

If you find a buyer's market is in place, you may be more inclined than ever before to accept a competitive offer to purchase your home. Because in this market, the number of sellers exceeds the number of buyers, and rejecting a homebuying proposal does not guarantee you will receive better offers to purchase in the near future.

Comparatively, if a seller's market is in place, you may want to take a wait-and-see approach to any offers to purchase your residence. In this market, the number of buyers exceeds the number of quality houses available. As a result, you may receive dozens of offers to acquire your residence if you wait for the local housing market to develop.

3. Your Home Selling Goals

You should feel good about accepting an offer to purchase your house. Therefore, if an offer to purchase enables you to achieve your home selling goals, you may want to accept it sooner rather than later. By doing so, you can take the next step to finalize your house sale.

As you debate how to proceed with an offer to purchase your house, you may want to consult with a real estate agent too. This housing market professional may be able to offer housing market insights that you won't find anywhere else. Plus, he or she can provide honest, unbiased home selling recommendations. And if you ultimately decide to accept an offer to purchase your residence, a real estate agent can guide you along the final stages of the property selling journey.

There is no reason to settle for a subpar offer to purchase your house. But if you consider the aforementioned factors, you can make an informed decision about whether to accept, reject or counter a homebuying proposal.




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