Wednesday, January 19, 2022

Tasks to Complete Before Selling Your Lexington MA Home This Year

It may not feel like it just yet, but spring will be here before we know it! And while home buyers are indeed scouring the market for the perfect home year-round these days, traffic tends to pick up significantly in the spring months. What does that mean for you as a Lexington MA home seller? It means your property must be in tip-top shape to outshine the others on the market and as your local real estate expert, I have included a few tasks below to help it do just that!

Clean the gutters

Don't forget to take stock of your gutters, giving them a good cleaning before the spring is in full swing. If left unattended, gutters can begin to overflow and wreak havoc on your foundation or the interior of your home via water damage.

Wash the windows

Not only do clean windows allow for more light to enter your Massachusetts home, but they give the impression that your home is tidy and well cared for. No matter what time of year you list your Lexington MA home, be sure to give your windows a thorough washing!

Remove yard debris

Especially before having listing photos taken of your home, you'll want to make sure your home's curb appeal is on point. Yard debris in the form of tree limbs, twigs, and dead landscaping can really bring down the property's image for buyers. Take the time to clean up your yard—as well as clear walkways—and ensure it gives off a welcoming aura to buyers.

Store your winter tools

Before you invite buyers into your Lexington MA home, it is essential to store your winter tools, including shovels and rakes. Not only do these items give the feeling of clutter to your outdoor space, but it suggests to the buyers that the rest of the property is not organized and maintained.

If you're thinking about selling your home in the Lexington MA area this spring, give me a call today! I am here to guide you through the entire process, starting with preparing your property for sale!

Theresa D'Antuono

Wednesday, December 15, 2021

New Year's Resolutions to Help Sell Your Lexington MA Home

Many homeowners in Massachusetts are now realizing the positive direction in which the market is heading— and as a result, plan to sell their homes in 2022. 

If you’re ready to sell in Lexington MA this coming year, here are three home seller’s resolutions that can help bring you success in 2022.

Appeal to buyers online

As your real estate expert in the Lexington MA area, I have a strategy for seeking out homebuyers in the first place they look— online. Listing photos are especially important to grabbing a buyer’s attention. 

Don’t sell before you are ready

One of the biggest rules for listing your home is to not do so until you are ready. Have you listened to your agent’s advice for selling and pricing? Have you prepared your home for sale, cleaning and removing clutter? Do you know where you will go when you sell? If you’ve tackled all of these, you can move forward with the selling process.

Think of your home as an investment

It is inevitable that you will have strong emotions connected to your Lexington MA home. After all, a home holds memories. But it is important as a home seller that you are able to think of you home as an investment. If your emotions get in the way, you could end up passing by a great offer or avoid negotiating with a serious homebuyer.

More questions about selling your home in Lexington MA or about finding your home value in 2022? 

Give me a call today!

Theresa D'Antuono

Wednesday, November 10, 2021

Lexington MA Homebuyer Myths to Debunk in 2022

When buying your first home in Lexington MA, it’s easy to get caught up in the excitement of house hunting and dreaming of what memories you’ll make there. However, as fun as it is to begin the process of buying a home, it’s also important to be realistic about what it takes and what you’ll find.

Below are some of the top Lexington MA homebuyer myths to debunk in the new year:

Your Dream Home Will Have Everything on Your List

Having an open mind is key when buying a home in this busy market. Make a list of what you’re willing to compromise on in a home, so you can avoid being disappointed when you don’t find everything you’re looking for!

The Sellers Will Fix Every Issue Prior to Purchase

Found a couple problems with a home in the Lexington MA area? You may be able to negotiate on price, but not always. Buyers should not go into a deal expecting the seller to fix every single issue, especially in a market as competitive as this one.

The Asking Price is What You’ll Pay

The price you see on a listing will not always be the price a buyer will pay— in many cases, it’s tens of thousands higher due to bidding wars! Be aware of your budget and what you are willing to pay for a home that meets your needs.

You Can Get Approved After You Find a Home

I always recommend getting pre-approved prior to shopping for properties as this puts you one step ahead of other buyers in the mortgage department.

If you have questions about buying a home in Lexington MA, do not hesitate to reach out!

Give me a call today!

Theresa D'Antuono

Friday, October 15, 2021

Should You Buy a Lexington MA Home Before Winter?

Winter brings many great things to the Lexington MA area, but an ideal moving scenario is not one of them. And while you can indeed buy a home during the winter season, it’s important to note that the process can take longer than usual. If you’re on the fence about buying a home in Lexington MA, now is the time to get started. 

Lexington MA homebuyers should be sure to take the following into consideration in their decision to buy before winter:

Mortgage Rates

We’re still seeing record lows for mortgage rates, with most sitting well below four percent. Mortgage rates are projected to increase and could be up as much as a full percentage point by the end of next year, so don't wait!

The Process

During the holiday season, the mortgage process tends to slow down. With all of the paperwork necessary, the lender and your timing, it can take much longer for everything to come together than it would be if you purchased a home now.

Home Prices

Home prices, like mortgage rates, are on the rise! In fact, one of the reasons many home sellers are now ready to move is due to these higher prices. Waiting to buy a home in Lexington MA could mean edging yourself out of a great deal.

I am happy to help you every step of the way to ensure you’re in a new home before the winter season arrives.

Give me a call today!

Theresa D'Antuono

Wednesday, September 15, 2021

How to Prepare for Your Lexington MA Home Appraisal

When it comes to selling your home in Lexington MA, one of the first things to pop into your head will be the listing price. Many factors go into determining this key number, but the appraisal is what can really make or break the home sale. 

Below are four ways to get ready for your home appraisal in the area:

Check off maintenance tasks

If your home still has a long list of repairs to make, you will want to complete them before the appraisal. Even tasks like cleaning out the gutters should be marked off your list before the appraiser arrives. 

Remove clutter and clean

Just as you would before a potential buyer arrives to tour your home, the property should be free of clutter and cleaned thoroughly before an appraisal. The appraiser's opinion of your home is what could make or break the sale—if the appraised value is too far off from the listing price your deal could fall through—so be sure to make a good impression.

Put on your buyer hat

Before you decide that all is said and done with your Lexington MA home, put on your buyer hat and take a walk around the property. Use your critical eye to notice things like leaky faucets, a toilet that constantly runs, or nails that have poked through or left marks on the walls. 

Work with your agent

Your real estate agent in Lexington MA is a wealth of resources, so don't be afraid to talk to them! Your agent can often pull a list of comparable properties to give to the appraiser.

Ready to sell your home in Lexington MA this year? Give me a call today! 

Theresa D'Antuono

Sunday, August 15, 2021

Avoid Buyer's Remorse with Your Lexington MA Home

House-hunting can be a lot of fun for new buyers in Lexington MA, but your judgement can quickly get away from you. It is easy to focus more on features of the home rather than costs like upkeep and utilities and buyer’s remorse can set in after you’ve signed on the dotted line.

Keep in mind the following three common sources of homebuyer’s remorse, especially as you tour available properties in Lexington:

Awkward layout

The kitchen is one of the most important areas of the home and buyers underestimate the layout all too often. Walk around the space and think about your usual cooking habits and food prep patterns. You may think that kitchen island will be a life saver, but not if it will get in the way of your routine.

Too big of a home

Moving up to a larger home in Lexington MA involves more than just buying additional furniture. There are extra costs—like higher heating and cooling bills, more time spent cleaning and outfitting the extra rooms with furniture—that need to be considered in your decision. As a homebuyer, you may later regret the expense and upkeep of buying a bigger home.

Buying for the trends

If you purchase a home for the trends it has, like cement countertops or brass light fixtures, you may find it much harder to sell as styles change. In fact, your own style is subject to change and you will be faced with the expense of renovating. Look for classic, timeless features instead!

Feel free to contact me with any questions you have about buying a home in Lexington MA and beyond this year or for a list of available homes in the area.

Theresa D'Antuono

Thursday, July 15, 2021

How to Pay Off Your Lexington MA Mortgage Early

Lexington MA homeowners can easily feel overwhelmed at the thought of paying a mortgage over the next 30 years, but as your local real estate expert, I am happy to provide a few ways to keep those expenses down and pay off your mortgage early!

Make an extra payment

One of the simplest ways to start paying down your mortgage is to make one extra payment each month. Most lenders today do not have pre-payment penalties and just by making one full additional payment during the year could take about four years off of your loan.

Add onto your payment

Even adding as little as $100 onto your payment, applied to your principal, over the life of the loan, you could take five years off and pay tens of thousands less in interest!

Refinance into a shorter term

Refinancing from a standard 30-year loan to a 15 or even 10-year term could save you thousands in interest, especially if you locked in a rate when they were much higher. 

It's also important to note that you will need to pay one-time closing costs again to refinance, and your payment each month will likely be much higher than you're used to due to spreading out your loan amount over a smaller amount of time. 

Feel free to contact me with any questions you have about buying a home in Lexington MA and beyond this year or for a list of available homes in the area.

Theresa D'Antuono

Thursday, June 10, 2021

Who Pays Lexington MA Closing Costs?

You've found your dream home in Lexington MA, estimated your mortgage, and now it's time to go to the closing table. There is one more set of costs to consider before the deal is said and done, but as many local buyers wonder this same question, I'm here to answer— Who pays the closing costs?

The amount you owe in closing costs can easily be figured based on the mortgage loan amount of the purchase price, but below are a few more important points to note:

Buyers typically have more expenses

The majority of the Lexington MA buyer's closing costs stem from the loan. Costs including the appraisal fee, origination fee, credit report fee, recording fee, notary fee, title insurance, prepaid insurance, prepaid interest and the like will all come due at the closing table. To avoid any surprises, ask your lender to go over each expense and how it may affect your loan.

Sellers typically pay more

While buyers in Lexington MA may have more expenses outlined in their final closing cost statement, sellers tend to pay more. Why? The seller is often responsible for paying the real estate commission which is based on a percentage of the total sale price of the home.

You can negotiate costs

You can always negotiate with closing costs. For instance, instead of asking for a reduction in the purchase price of the home (which may have very little affect in your overall monthly payment), you can ask for a credit toward closing costs which can allow you to save some of the out-of-pocket expense when the time comes to write the check. 

Theresa D'Antuono

Tuesday, May 11, 2021

5 Questions to Ask Lexington MA Mortgage Lenders

Finding a lender you trust can be a process in itself, not to mention remembering to ask the proper questions. Below I've included five great questions to ask Lexington MA lenders this year as you prepare to buy a home!

1. Is now a good time for me to buy?
A lender will look at your financial situation and determine if now is the best time for you to buy a home.

2. Which debts should I pay down first? And how soon?
Taking into consideration your high-interest debts and loans, a lender will determine which will help get you a better interest rate and how soon you should begin paying them in order to secure one.

3. How much will I have to pay at closing?
Each loan comes with its own set of closing costs, so be sure to ask your lender about those that apply to yours.

4. How do I pay at closing?
Inquire about the method of payment for closing costs when the time comes.

5. Who services my home loan?
Mortgage loans are often serviced by third-party, so make it a priority to ask who will be overseeing yours.

Choosing a lender is one of the most important steps in the home buying process and these questions are just the beginning. Give me a call today for more information about buying a home!

I’m happy to help recommend lenders in our area and get you started on your home search in Lexington MA!

Theresa D'Antuono

Thursday, April 8, 2021

What a Seller's Market Means in Lexington MA

Inventory has been trending on the lower side for months and while it may be frustrating for Lexington MA buyers, it has contributed to what’s called a “seller’s market.”

A seller’s market is one in which homeowners have the upper hand, which can lead to quicker and easier sales. 

If you are a home seller this year in Lexington MA, keep in mind the following ways you can prepare for a successful sale:

Inspect and disclose
As a homeowner, it is wise to disclose any known issues associated with your property from a roof leak to a plumbing problem. 

Decide how to deal with offers
In a real estate market with lower inventory, you may find that multiple offers are on the table, especially with buyer demand like we've seen. Devise a plan for how you will deal with them or wisely defer to your real estate agent for assistance. 

Analyze the competition
Prior to listing your home in Lexington MA, I will analyze comparable properties in the area to find the best listing price. I have decades of experience in helping sellers price their homes competitively so buyers will take notice!

Questions about selling your home? Give me a call today! I’m happy to help walk you through what it takes for a successful sale!

Theresa D'Antuono