Monday, February 8, 2021

Perks of Being a Lexington MA Homeowner


When it comes to owning a home in Lexington MA, there is a long list of perks! From the opportunity to grow your family's wealth to cutting out the unpredictable costs of renting, you won't regret buying a home! As your local Lexington MA real estate expert, I'm sharing a few more of those excellent homeownership perks below:

You Won't Always Have a Monthly House Payment

As a homeowner, you can eventually eliminate the monthly payment you make on a house, contributing to your stability and savings.

You Can Predict Monthly Housing Costs

Rent rates go up, year after year. When you buy a home in Lexington MA, your monthly costs will stay relatively stable and predictable, especially if you've chosen a fixed-rate mortgage. 

Homeownership is a Tax Break

Homeowners earn certain tax advantages. Many costs of owning a home like property taxes and mortgage interest are all tax deductible. 

If you're ready to get started on your Lexington MA home search and begin to reap the rewards of homeownership, give me a call! Let's find your dream home together!

Theresa D'Antuono

Friday, January 8, 2021

Don’t Wait Until Spring to Move in Lexington MA


If you have real estate goals you’d like to achieve in the Lexington MA real estate market this year, there is no reason to wait until spring! As your Lexington MA real estate agent, I’m here to tell you that the market is hot now, and this winter is a great time to buy/sell.

1. Mortgage rates are still historically low. It’s a great time to buy and save by locking in a historically low interest rate!

2. Home equity is growing. The average equity homeowners gained since last year is $17,000. It’s a great time to be a homeowner!

3. Home prices are appreciating. It’s a great time to sell, with home prices up, inventory low, and buyers out and eager. Come spring, you may have more competition from other sellers.

Why put off your goals? Whether you want to buy, sell or both in the Lexington MA real estate market, give me a call! As your Lexington MA real estate agent, I can answer any questions you have, and guide you through the entire process.

Theresa D'Antuono

Tuesday, December 8, 2020

Make a Strong Offer as Lexington MA Homebuyer

Lexington MA Homebuyers
In today’s competitive market, it’s important that as a Lexington MA homebuyer, you make a strong, competitive offer on the house you want to purchase! Homes are selling fast in the Lexington MA real estate market this year. As your Lexington MA real estate agent, allow me to offer some tips:

1.  Get preapproved for a mortgage loan. Do this before you begin your home search, so you know exactly what you can afford, and sellers will take your offer seriously.

2.  Know what you need. This isn’t the time to be picky, but write down your absolute must-haves in a house so that you’re only viewing listings that fit your criteria.

3.  Make a fast offer. Once you find a home that meets your criteria and price range, put in an offer immediately. Many listings are gone in weeks, or even days!

4.  Stand out with your offer. Pay in cash, offer asking price or over, add an escalation clause, be flexible with move-in dates and contingencies, write a letter to the seller. These are all great ways to stand out.

As your Lexington MA real estate agent, I am here to help guide you through the entire home-buying process, and to help you make an informed decision when it comes time to make an offer! When ready to buy in the Lexington MA real estate market, give me a call! Let’s find you your dream home!

Theresa D'Antuono

Friday, November 6, 2020

Sell Your Lexington MA House This Winter!


With the holidays approaching, this is typically when the Lexington MA real estate market slows down and picks back up in the spring. Not this year! Buyers are still out and eager to buy. As your Lexington MA real estate agent, let me fill you in on some reasons why this winter is a great time to sell:

1. There is a pent-up demand of buyers from the shutdown in the spring.

2. Buyers’ homeownership needs are changing due to the pandemic. Many want to upsize.

3. Mortgage rates are at record lows, causing buyer demand to stay in full swing.

4. Inventory is low, which means the ball is in the sellers court. Sellers are typically selling very fast and with multiple offers.

5. Sellers can get top dollar for their homes. Low supply and high demand keep shooting up home prices. With multiple offers, that could increase what buyers offer you even more!

As you can see, there are many conditions right now that make this winter a great time to sell. Whether wanting to sell, buy or both in the Lexington MA real estate market, as your Lexington MA real estate agent, I am here to help! Give me a call!  

Theresa D'Antuono

Thursday, October 8, 2020

Price Your Lexington MA Home Right

If you’d like to sell your Lexington MA home this fall, pricing it right is essential, and something you should do right from the start! As your Lexington MA real estate agent, I can help.

The Lexington MA real estate market is hot! Buyer demand is high and inventory is low, which is great news for sellers. However, this doesn’t mean that you can price your home as high as you want. This could drive buyers away and toward other listings priced lower. Pricing high may mean your house will sit on the market longer, you could deter buyers, or you could get stuck negotiating with one stubborn buyer.

On the other hand, if you price too low, buyers may wonder what is wrong with the house, and this could also deter them. You could lose money off a low bid, which in turn decreases your own future buying power.

The key is to price your home right! When you do this, you increase visibility to your listing and drive up buyer interest, which may result in bidding wars and offers made over your asking price. How do you know what is market value? Work with a Lexington MA real estate agent! I know the Lexington MA real estate market and can help you list your home based on what other homes in the area similar to yours are selling for.

Ready to sell? Give me a call!

Theresa D'Antuono

Tuesday, September 8, 2020

Add Value To Your Lexington MA Home

Are you gearing up to sell your Lexington MA home this fall? As your Lexington MA real estate agent, I am here to share some simple ways for you to add value to your home. These are surefire ways to appeal to potential buyers and to increase your listing price.

1. Upgrade your appliances if they are old and outdated. Invest in energy-efficient appliances. Unless you’re selling a luxury home, designer appliances are unnecessary. Stainless steel is still most popular!

2.  Declutter. This is the cheapest way to add value to your home and to appeal to buyers. Remove anything unnecessary that you don’t use, and pack up anything you won’t use until after your move.

3. Clean up your outdoor space. A flourishing backyard can add 10 percent to the value of your home. Make sure your lawn is mowed, shrubs are trimmed, weeds are pulled and pathways are swept.

For many more simple ways to add value to your Lexington MA home, check out this list from MSN Real Estate. When ready to sell or buy in the Lexington real estate market, give me a call, your Lexington real estate agent! I am here to help!  

Theresa D'Antuono

Monday, August 10, 2020

Moving In or Out of Lexington MA?

Lexington MA Real Estate
Are you wanting to relocate in or out of Lexington MA? You’re not alone! A recent study found that more than a quarter of homebuyers are seeking out-of-town moves, an all-time high. As a Lexington real estate agent, I am here to help you with all of your Lexington MA real estate market needs!

Buyers are in high demand, thanks to record low mortgage rates. Due to the pandemic, many buyers want to move closer to family or friends. On the other hand, with travel down, buyers want to move closer to destinations that interest them, especially with the ability to work from home.

Due to working from home, buyers are also looking for homes with features that better suit their needs, such as large backyards or private home offices. Therefore, some homeowners who live in expensive markets are choosing to move to less expensive markets where they can afford a bigger house.

What are your home-buying or home-selling needs? Whether looking to relocate, or looking to move within your same metro area, give me a call, your Lexington MA real estate agent! I am here to help make all of your Lexington MA real estate goals a reality this summer.

Theresa D'Antuono

Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Improve Your Lexington MA Backyard

Lexington MA Home Improvement
If you feel you've been cooped up inside your Lexington MA home for too long, now is the time to splurge on improving your outdoor space! As your Lexington MA real estate agent, I’m here to share some simple ways to do so. Bonus: It could increase your home value!

Furniture – Invest in treated aluminum or wood, or coat furniture with waterproofing oil. Canvas cushions make them extra comfortable, and furniture covers protect against the elements.

Outdoor Kitchen – Entertaining has never been easier when you have an outdoor kitchen set up. This could be as simple as a grill and cocktail corner, or as elaborate as a built-in full kitchen or bar.

Plants – Flowers, herbs, trees… foliage makes a space feel cozier, more private and somewhere people want to hang out. Add planters around your deck/patio for extra color and added shade.

Add an inflatable pool, a playground, a fire pit, etc. for extra family fun or entertaining options. Enjoy your outdoor space this summer! When ready to achieve your Lexington MA real estate goals, contact me, your Lexington MA real estate agent!

Theresa D'Antuono

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

LexReopen




Town Facilities and Services
Our Return to Work Task Force has developed a plan for the safe re-entry of Town staff, and the public, into Lexington’s public buildings.

The Task Force’s plan incorporates the input of staff representatives from each of our public buildings, local public health officials, and our Department of Public Facilities. It also incorporates State safety standards and is in accordance with the Governor’s four-phase ‘Reopening Massachusetts’ plan.
The plan outlines the Town’s minimum standards for safety and hygiene, and serves as a guiding document for specific departments to begin their reopening processes. To meet the unique needs of their visitors, individual departments, such as the Library and Recreation Departments, will develop specific plans for reopening their facilities, reflecting the standards of the Town’s overarching plan.


Recreation
  • All tennis and pickleball courts are now open to the public, and the online reservation system is now up. Guidelines will be in place for how the public can use these facilities once they open. If you still need to purchase your tennis/pickleball membership for the season, you may do so online.   
  • Unfortunately, the Town Pool and Old Res will not be open this summer. Registration for a new set of summer programs is now available, including day camps, therapeutic recreation, virtual options, and more!
  • A limited number of athletic fields will be opening for permitted use in the coming weeks!  The Recreation and Community Programs Department is working with DPW to prioritize and prepare the most requested fields to ensure fields are ready for use. 
    • Lincoln Park is anticipated to open the week of June 22, with the natural grass fields at the Center Recreation Complex to follow during the week of June 29. 
Visit the Recreation Department's web page for more detailed information, and the guidelines that must be followed.

Cary Library
Staff have returned to the Library to process the backlog of new and returned materials and patron holds.
Cary Library is preparing for curbside pick-up to begin on Tuesday, June 30.

Future Phases
Subsequent phases will include precautions, such as meetings with Town staff by appointment, curbside service, reduced building hours, and limited access to certain functions of the building. Everyone will be required to wear a face covering (unless otherwise exempted by the Governor’s order), and will need to be logged in, once the public is allowed back in Town buildings.
The determination of moving to future phases will depend on public health metrics trending in a positive direction.
**Plans for opening our facilities will always be in accordance with what the State allows, but in some cases we may need wait longer to safely open them.


See the list of businesses now open. Please call individual business for specific information.



Monday, June 8, 2020

Top Reasons to Own A Lexington, MA Home

Lexington MA Homeownership
Have you been putting off your goal of homeownership in Lexington, MA because of these uncertain times? Now is the time to act! Sales are picking up and mortgage rates are near historic lows. Plus, there are so many perks to homeownership that you can start enjoying right away.

Financial perks include net worth and financial security. Net worth of homeowners has increased 15 percent since 2013, while net worth of renters has decreased 9 percent. Financial security comes from having equity, value appreciation, and predictable monthly mortgage payments.

Non-financial perks include pride of ownership, increased civic engagement and community involvement, privacy, increased comfort, personal expression to do what you want with the space, the feeling of accomplishment, increased feeling of safety, and ability to put family needs first.

When you’re ready to buy, sell or both in the Lexington MA real estate market this summer, give me a call, your Lexington MA real estate agent! I am here to help!

Theresa D'Antuono