Wednesday, June 15, 2022

How to Stand Out as a Lexington MA Home Buyer

As we move further into summer, the temperatures aren’t the only thing picking up! The number of Lexington MA residents planning to buy a new home is rising— as it tends to do during these warmer months! But how can you stand out? 

Grab a pen and paper and make yourself a checklist to ensure you’re on the right track to buy a home. Here are a few tips to give you that homebuyer edge over the others this year:

Clean Your Finances

After you spring cleaned your home this year, it’s time to turn to your finances. To be pro-active, you can get pre-approved by your lender. The pre-approval process is extensive and involves paperwork to detail your income and assets. This letter of approval offers peace of mind that you’re serious about buying.

Work with the Seller

Think about it— when you’re competing with other buyers, the best thing you can do is to work with the seller. Be flexible! There are likely a number of buyers in Lexington MA real estate who are set on dates, numbers, and come packaged with contingencies. Show that you are willing to work with the seller on the home sale puts you ahead of other buyers who may have the purchase contingent upon their own home sale. 

Be Quick

Found a home in the Lexington MA that you love? One that meets all of your wants and needs? You may want to act fast. Other homebuyers may have started the process and love the home as much as you do. Remember, sometimes an accepted offer can come down to a matter of minutes between buyers.

I'd be glad to help you find your dream home this year! I've helped numerous other buyers find the perfect property to call home and would love to assist you in doing the same!

Theresa D'Antuono

Thursday, May 12, 2022

Top Reasons to Own a Home in Lexington MA

Summer is upon us and it's an exciting time in local real estate! The conditions are ideal for moving, homebuyers are feeling motivated, and Lexington MA home sellers are ready for a change of scenery. However, despite the market statistics on rising mortgage rates and housing prices, there are still a few buyers on the fence.

If you find yourself wondering if now is the right time to buy, consider these top reasons to own a home:

Paying rent is not the best investment

If you're currently renting, ask yourself where your money is going every month. When you rent a home in Lexington MA, you are paying down your landlord's mortgage, not your own. When you own a home, you are paying down your own mortgage and putting your money into a much more solid investment.

You need more space

When deciding whether to purchase a home in Lexington MA or beyond, ask yourself if you have enough room in your current home. Do you have enough storage space? Is your family growing? Could you use an extra bedroom? If you answered yes to the last two questions, then it may be time for you to move.

The financial opportunity

Right now is an exciting time in the local real estate market as mortgage rates are still considered "low" but continuously rising. Real estate is very much about timing and if you've been on the fence, the time is now!

Whether you decide to purchase a new construction home or an existing home, I am happy to help you! Give me a call with any questions about first-time home buying or for the latest updates from the local markets

I look forward to hearing from you!

Theresa D'Antuono

Tuesday, April 12, 2022

3 Hassles to Avoid When Moving to a New Lexington MA Home

Moving to a new home in Lexington MA can be a stressful process, no matter what time of year it is. In fact, failing to do enough research before your move can cause even more problems that will dampen your excitement about your fresh, new start. 

As your local Lexington MA real estate expert, I am sharing three common moving hassles that can throw a wrench into new homeowner plans for an easy transition.

1. Not Researching the Moving Company

When you're choosing a moving company to help shuffle your belongings from home to home, it is important to do the background work. Gather recommendations from family and friends, or even your real estate agent, on the best team for the job. Checking references and reading all customer reviews can also offer insight into the abilities of the moving team.

2. Not Reading the Moving Contract

Go over every line of the moving contract prior to signing on the dotted line. Oftentimes, these contracts come with fine print and disclaimers and you do not want any surprises on Moving Day! 

3. Not Allowing Enough Time

This is perhaps one of the biggest (and most common!) moving hassles— and one that could be easily avoided! Start as early as possible with your moving preparations. Begin clearing out all clothing and items that have gone unused and take a trip to donate them. Organize everything into labeled boxes and take care to only place items that belong in that respective room or area in the box. The last thing you want is a lost toothbrush on your first night in your new Lexington MA home!

Ready to make a move this year? I'd love to be your guide! Give me a call today for a list of available properties in the area!

Theresa D'Antuono

Saturday, March 12, 2022

Spring Home Projects to Boost Your Lexington MA Curb Appeal

With the weather beginning to warm up and the official start of spring finally here, many homeowners in Lexington MA are looking for ways to improve their property. But if you're one of those making a home to-do list this spring, it's important to consider the projects that will be worth your while in terms of boosting curb appeal and adding value.

Clean it up

Before you can start on improvement projects like adding new landscaping or painting the shutters, start by giving your home's exterior a good cleaning. Wash the windows, inside and out, and don't forget to wash away any dust or dirt on the garage door. In some cases, simply washing your home can add thousands to the sale price.

Grab your paintbrush

Giving your home's exterior a fresh coat of paint might be just what you need to grab Lexington MA buyers' attention this spring. This is one of the easiest and most effective projects to complete—although it can be costly—as both the appraiser and buyer will see the value.

Groom the yard

Your home's lawn is a major focal point, especially in the spring. Take the weekend to clean up any branches and debris from around your home and groom any overgrown hedges, bushes, trees or plants that may give a local Lexington MA area buyer the wrong impression. 

Replace fixtures

Do you have an old porch light that has a mind of its own? Now is the time to replace fixtures like outdoor lights, mailboxes and house numbers. These may be small touches, but they can have a big impact on giving your home an updated feel.

Questions about selling your home in Lexington MA? Wondering what your home might be worth in today's market? Give me a call today! 

Theresa D'Antuono

Saturday, February 12, 2022

Lexington MA Home Seller Advice to Ignore in 2022

As a Lexington MA homeowner, you've probably heard dozens of real estate myths bouncing around from family and friends— running the gamut from when to sell your home to how much buyers are willing to pay. However, it's important to note that these should be taken with a grain of salt—unless they come from a trusted real estate expert—and in some cases, ignored entirely.

If you plan to sell your home this year, you will want to ignore the following home selling advice:

You should only sell in spring

With smartphones, online listing alerts, and home search websites galore, buyers are constantly searching for properties— no matter the season! You might be surprised by how motivated buyers are to secure their dream home in the beginning of the year, for instance. Be careful not to prioritize one season too much when it comes to listing.

Pricing high will make you the most money

You can only make a profit if you sell and pricing too high is a great way for your property to "sit" on the market for longer than necessary. In fact, if it sits too long, you could end up settling for less than you'd like. The key is to price your home according to supply and demand to allow for the most successful sale.

You can save money without a Realtor

While cutting out the commission factor may seem like a great way to save money, the opposite is actually true. Did you know that homes sold with a Realtor sell for more money than those without? Not to mention all of the correspondence involved in a single transaction that the Realtor handles on your behalf— including the buyer's agent, lender, title company, inspection company, and more!

Questions about selling your Lexington MA home this year? Give me a call today!

I'm here to help!

Theresa D'Antuono

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