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Posted by Duarte/Downey Real Estate Agency, Inc on 7/1/2018

If you've lived in your home for more than a couple years, chances are you've grown rather attached to it. Whether you're selling your house because your family has outgrown it or your company has transferred you to another location, you're probably attaching a lot of sentimental value to the price tag. Unfortunately, sentimental value does not translate into dollars and cents in today's real estate market.

The emotions of prospective buyers will often play a role in their decision to make on offer on your house, but they're probably not going to pay more than the market value for your property -- unless there's a bidding war situation going on. One of the best ways to determine a fair and reasonable asking price for your home is to have it appraised by an experienced real estate agent. Their appraisal will be based on objective data, such as the selling price of comparable homes in your area. The location and condition of your home will have a bearing on pricing your home effectively, as will the prevailing market conditions and other factors. Although online estimates can sometimes give you a ballpark figure of what your house may be worth, a local appraisal is more accurate

A common misconception among homeowners is that a $10,000 home improvement expenditure should justify a $10,000 increase in the selling price of a home. Although that concept may seem logical, it unfortunately doesn't work that way in the real estate market. An updated kitchen, bathroom, or roof may make your house more appealing to prospective buyers and help it sell faster, but it probably won't have a dollar-for-dollar impact on the price buyers would be willing to pay. Since each selling situation is unique, however, your local real estate agent is the best person to consult regarding a fair asking price for your home.

Avoiding Home Seller Mistakes

In addition to overpricing their home, another mistake home sellers make involves three related activities: decorating, staging, and attempting to create curb appeal. In spite of a homeowner's best intentions, their decorating and home staging ideas may clash with those of the house-buying public. When you attempt to tackle home staging on your own, several things could go wrong.

  • You could either spend too much or too little on making repairs and sprucing up your home's appearance.
  • You could spend your time and money upgrading inconsequential features of your home, while overlooking the real important changes that need to be made.
In either case, you're missing the mark when it comes to maximizing the marketability of your home. That's why it pays to take advantage of the knowledge, expertise, and objectivity of a professional real estate agent. Their recommendations on pricing and home staging will be based on experience, best practices, objective criteria, and current market conditions.





Posted by Duarte/Downey Real Estate Agency, Inc on 6/30/2018


3 Marys Way , Truro, MA 02666

Truro (village)

Single-Family

$2,995,000
Price

11
Total Rooms
7
Beds
4/1
Full/Half Baths
TRURO WATERFRONT HOME - Exquisite 7 Bedroom, 4.5 bath home sits high on a hill taking full advantage of the spectacular views from Provincetown to Plymouth and dazzling sunsets over Cape Cod Bay. Expansive deck engulfs the bayside of this wonderful home and is ideal for family gatherings, cookouts, parties, relaxing and sunbathing for everyone. Stairs to the deeded private beach are just steps away. After enjoying a tranquil day at the beach, rinse off in the outside shower, sit at the custom made dining table or on the sprawling deck and appreciate a lobster dinner as you view the illuminating sun set over Provincetown and the beautiful blue water. This stunning home has a game room and family room with plenty of room for all occasions.
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Posted by Duarte/Downey Real Estate Agency, Inc on 6/28/2018

This Land in Truro, MA recently sold for $490,000. This style home was sold by - Duarte/Downey Real Estate Agency, Inc.


2 Whale Watch Drive , Truro, MA 02666

Truro (village)

Land

$529,900
Price
$490,000
Sale Price

Residential
PropertyType
Oceanview building lot with access to beach, set high on Knowles Heights, Truro. Bayside Beach has great views of Provincetown. Last lot left in location, with serene quiet setting, so close to the restaurants and charm of P-Town, yet seeming like a million miles away. Quality Builder will provide home packages from $ 1.5M if prefered. This location must be seen to be appreciated. See Covenants for subdivision.

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Posted by Duarte/Downey Real Estate Agency, Inc on 6/26/2018


29 Noons Drive , Truro, MA 02666

Truro (village)

Land

$249,000
Price

Residential
PropertyType
Nestled in the trees and down a dirt road is this 3 bedroom building site with privacy. Bay views may be available from a roof top deck. The house next door has water views, is for sale and owned by the same owner, MLS#21801979. Great Hollow Beach and Coast Guard Beach are 2 wonderful beaches and your closet beaches. Buyer to do their due diligence
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Posted by Duarte/Downey Real Estate Agency, Inc on 6/24/2018

It goes without saying that buying a home is time-consuming.

 First, thereís the financial planning to determine when youíre ready to buy a home. Then you need to get pre-approved for a mortgage and start looking for homes. After viewing several homes you finally find the perfect home. Then comes the difficult process of making an offer and negotiating the cost of the home. If all goes well, your offer is accepted and you get to enter the lengthy mortgage closing process. However, your work is not yet done. Youíll have to move out of your current residence and into your new home. All of this while juggling your work and social life.

 After all of this, it might seem like the only thing left to do is relax in your new home. While it may be true that you certainly deserve a break, there are some things you should do sooner rather than later when you move into your new home.

 In this article, weíll cover ten things you should do right away once you move into your new home.

1. Home security

Your chief consideration when moving into your new home should be making sure itís safe. The best first step to take is to change all of the locks on your house. In spite of how trustworthy the previous homeowner may have seemed, you can never be 100% sure who had spare keys to their home. Changing locks is quick and inexpensive, especially considering whatís at stake.

Another important step in home security is to put new batteries in and test all smoke detectors, make sure fire extinguishers are up-to-date, and ensure air filters are cleaned.

2. Set up your utilities

One of the first things you have to do when moving into a new home is to call your utility companies and transfer services into your name. Make a list of the services youíll need to set up (electricity, water, garbage removal, internet, home security, heating, etc.). This is also a good time to set up online accounts and autopay for these services. It will save you time each month and make it easier to keep track of your bills if you simplify this process from the get-go.

3. Self-inspection

You should have already had the home inspected by a professional prior to closing on the house. However, things can change in the time that someone moves all of their belongings out of a home and you move all of yours in. Wiring can be damaged, pipes banged, windows cracked, and so on. Do a thorough inspection of your home to check for leaks, broken wires, and fire hazards to be sure that your home is in good condition.

4. Deep clean

It might be tempting to just move your belongings into their new places once you arrive at your new home. However, the best time to clean a room is when itís empty. Before you set up your furniture or fill your cabinets, give them a thorough cleaning.

5. Familiarize yourself with circuit breaker and water valves

When disaster strikes, youíll want to be ready for it. Get to know your circuit box before the first power outage. Store flashlights in easily accessible places and make sure they have fresh batteries. Similarly, familiarize yourself with the main water shutoff valve in case you have a pipe burst. If the former homeowner lived alone and you have a large family, thereís a chance that the sudden surge in power and water usage could reveal issues with plumbing and wiring that the former owner wasnít aware of.