Kathy Foran - REALTY EXECUTIVES Boston West



Posted by Kathy Foran on 7/10/2018

Lovely 4 brm, 1.5 bth Colonial w/one car garage on beautiful half acre plus lot in wonderful side street neighborhood! Elegant front to back fireplaced living rm w/hardwood floor & crown molding, formal dining rm w/hardwood floor, chair railing and crown molding! Kitchen with exterior access to covered patio & 1 car garage! 4 brms on 2nd floor all have hardwood floors & large closets! Walk out lower level has great future expansion potential! Deck overlooking large private backyard! Updates include vinyl siding and windows in 2005, architectural roof in 2008, Buderus heating system & water heater in 2013 & 200 amp electric! Great neighborhood location and minutes to all major routes, schools and shopping!

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Posted by Kathy Foran on 7/8/2018

When youíre ready to buy a house, it would be easy to just pick a house and sign the papers, right? Too bad it doesnít work anything like that! Besides getting your finances in order, there are plenty of things that you should do ahead of time to get yourself ready to buy a home. Choosing a relator should be high on that list of priorities.  


Do Your Research


Thereís plenty of ways for you to search for a home before you even start in order to decide what you might like before you even set out with a realtor. Once you start working with a realtor, theyíll be able to set up alerts for you to get via e-mail where youíll be able to see new properties that have just been listed and price changes to previously listed properties. 


Let Your Realtor Do Their Job 


Realtors are experts in homes. It is in their job description! Your realtor will do the research on prices and property details. An important aspect of the housing search is finding the price of similar homes in the area. This is key to making your offer. Your real estate agent has all of the information that you need.


Hang Out With Your Realtor During The House Hunt


When we say that youíll have a close relationship with your realtor during the home search process, we mean it. Coordinate with your realtor to go to open houses. Your agent will either accompany you to the open house or make appointments for private showings of properties. Even if you have to bring your child and a carseat, your agent will be more than happy to accommodate you! 


Mention Properties You See When Youíre Out And About


The realtor has your criteria of what youíre looking for in a home. However, if youíre out and see a home for sale that intrigues you, write down the address and contact your agent about it. They can either arrange a private showing of the property or advise you otherwise. Many times, a property may be out of your price range or have strange circumstances. However, occasionally, agents and computer software miss things! Itís always good to be on the lookout and seek more information.      


Donít Hesitate To Really Look Around A Property


Although you may feel that youíre being a bit invasive by opening drawers, closets and doors in a home, itís very important to! You need to see how you can make the best use of the storage space within the home for yourself. Youíll also want to make sure thereís no significant damage or hidden features that youíre missing out on.


Most importantly, remember that your realtor will be your ally throughout the house hunting process.  You want to make the best use of the great resource that your realtor is!  




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Posted by Kathy Foran on 7/1/2018

When it comes to finding the ideal neighborhood for your next home, there's no "one size fits all" formula.

While some people enjoy the hustle and bustle of an urban environment, others prefer a quiet family-oriented neighborhood in the suburbs.

Whatever your preferences, convenience is near the top of just about everyone's priority list. Here's why:

Closeness to Work: Long, daily commutes are not only stressful, but they can cause you to miss family dinners, school events, and relaxing evenings at home. There's also the added cost of gasoline, highway tolls, and wear-and-tear on your vehicle. If you happen to be leasing a vehicle, then long commutes could result in additional mileage charges at the end of your lease. Although car leases vary, exceeding the mileage allotment set by the leasing company can sometimes run you as much as 25 cents a mile. That can potentially add up to a hefty surcharge!

While there are a lot of reasons to look for a home that's relatively close to your job or business, quality of life issues are among the most important. As an example, if your daily commute is 45 minutes, each way, that adds up to an hour-and-a-half on the road. If you factor in occasional traffic jams, road repairs, and other inevitable delays, you're talking about more than eight hours a week just driving back and forth to work. It's equivalent to adding an additional work day to your week! Although it's not always feasible (especially in two-income households), there are major advantages to finding a house that's less than a half-hour commute to your job(s).

Proximity to Conveniences: Life will also be easier if you live close to a well-stocked supermarket. When you shop at a large, high-volume grocery store, prices are more economical and food tends to be fresher. Corner grocery stores and pharmacies are nice to have nearby when you just want to pick up a few quick essentials, but for selection, price, and freshness, supermarkets are usually your best bet!

Other desirable locations to keep in mind when house hunting include good-quality schools, reputable childcare centers, and proximity to family and friends. Depending on your lifestyle, you might want to be close to airports, major highways, recreational facilities, and entertainment. It can also be an advantage to choose a home near medical and dental offices, a veterinary clinic, and a preferred church, synagogue, or mosque.

When launching a search for your family's next home, the key to success is to stay focused, create detailed priority lists, and work with a seasoned real estate agent. Whether you decide to live in a rural area, suburbia, or downtown, a real estate agent has the knowledge, training, and negotiating skills to help you get a good deal and match your lifestyle goals with your budget and timeframe.





Posted by Kathy Foran on 6/30/2018

Move right into this beautiful updated 4 brm, 2.5 bth Multi Level w/2 car gar in wonderful neighborhood! Lovely fireplaced living rm w/hardwood flr & bow window, Lg open kitchen w/hardwood flr, recessed lts & crown molding opens to dining rm w/hardwood flr, chair railing, crown molding, recessed lts & French door to beautiful step down sun rm w/3 sliders overlooking gorgeous back yard! Lg master brm w/berber carpet over hardwood, crown molding, walk in closet & updated bth w/granite top vanity! 3 additional brms w/hardwood flrs! Update main bth! Gorgeous powder rm/tile flr & crown molding! Laundry rm w/sink & lg dbl closet! Lg family rm w/recessed lts & brand new slider! Lower level w/firpelaced play rm & office w/new carpet! More updates inc: Architectural roof Nov 2017, Gas water heater 2017, insulation 2014, gas heat, C/A & 200 amp in 2008, & vinyl siding & windows! Gorgeous private lot w/beautiful plantings, flowers, stone walls, Koi pond & circular brick patio! Wonderful location!

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Posted by Kathy Foran on 6/24/2018

Cleaning. Itís not an activity we are all particularly enthusiastic to partake in, yet is a very necessary one. After investing in a new home you want to make it maintain its value over time by keeping it in tip top shape. However, life happens and as days become weeks and weeks become months itís easy to get caught up in the flow of life and forget those once in awhile cleaning tasks that need to be done throughout the year. Never forget another cleaning task again by creating a seasonal cleaning calendar. For best results combine your everyday calendar with your cleaning one so you have everything at a glance. Spring

  • Inspect roof for any damage that could have occurred from the harsh Winter weather.
  • Look for any other Winter related damage around the parameters of your house.
  • Scrape, sand, prime and/or paint any spots around the home that need it.
  • Clear out lawn and garden beds from any debris to make way for new growth.
  • Plan out your Spring and Summer planting, gardening and landscaping projects.
  • Sort through winter clothes before storing them for the season. Donate any items your children may have outgrown and repair anything that needs mending.
  • Clean your home top to bottom by wiping down ceilings, walls and baseboards.
  • Vacuum and wipe down window panes and sills.
  • Consider holding a yard sale to get rid of any extra clutter that may have gathered over the year.
  • Deep clean the carpets in your home.
  • Clean out the inside of your fridge and vacuum the coils on the back.
  • Test all smoke detectors.
  • Have your air conditioner serviced before the hot weather hits.
  • Pressure wash your house and garage siding as well as your driveway.
Summer
  • Spray insecticides and bug repellants.
  • Inspect fire extinguishers and purchase some if you do not already own any.
  • Flip and rotate mattresses and couch cushions.
  • Regularly prune trees and shrubs.
  • Drain and/or flush your water heater.
Fall
  • Clean all patio furniture before storing it for the winter.
  • Touch up any paint that may be peeling and worn from the Summer heat.
  • Check seals on windows and doors as well as caulking. Make sure your home is well-sealed to prevent any energy leaks over the Winter months.
  • Clean out the gutters along your home.
  • If your home has chimneys have them professionally inspected and cleaned.
  • Schedule a furnace inspection before the cold weather hits.
  • Take the time to clean and organize your kitchen to prepare for holiday cooking.
  • Test and replace batteries in fire alarms.
  • Rake up leaves to prevent debris buildup.
  • Install storm windows to prepare for colder weather.
  • Clean and organize your attic and/or basement.
  • Sort through your family'sí Summer clothes before storing them for the†season. Donate any your children have outgrown and repair any that need mending.
Winter
  • Change your furnaceís filters throughout the season as needed.
  • Check the grout around your home and repair as needed
  • Program your thermostat for maximum energy savings.
  • Schedule a termite inspection.
  • Clean out the vents to your dryer.
  • Before packing holiday decorations up for the year ensure they are clean, organized and in working order.
While cleaning may or may not be your favorite activity it is one that must be done throughout the year. Creating a seasonal cleaning calendar will help to keep these tasks at the forefront of your mind and your home in prime condition. At the end of the year you will have a well-maintained home and can feel good about the hard work you put in to make your house and clean, and welcoming home!