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Many homebuyers face an interesting dilemma. On one hand, a broad array of houses is available nationwide, making it easy to find a great residence just about anywhere. Conversely, the housing market remains fierce, and a homebuyer who fails to submit the right offer at the right time may miss out on the opportunity to acquire his or her dream residence.

Ultimately, homebuyers must be ready to submit a fair offer on a house at any time. And even though you may be tempted to submit a proposal that exceeds a home seller's asking price to secure your ideal house, you should try to do everything you can to avoid overspending.

Lucky for you, we're here to teach you the ins and outs of making a reasonable offer on a home. Here are three tips to ensure you can avoid spending too much for a house.

1. Know What to Look for in Your Dream House

The definition of a "dream house" may vary from homebuyer to homebuyer. If you consider exactly what you'd like to find in your ideal home, you'll be able to browse the real estate market accordingly.

Although many great houses are readily available, it is important to keep in mind that no residence is perfect. As such, you should establish lists of must-haves and wants for your dream home and set realistic expectations. This will allow you to compare and contrast homes against your lists, find a residence that meets your expectations and remain calm, cool and collected as you prepare to submit an offer on a home.

2. Get a Mortgage in Advance

Homebuyers can get pre-approved for a mortgage and create a budget before they embark on a search for their dream home.

Getting pre-approved for a mortgage will require you to meet with banks and credit unions and assess all of the mortgage options at your disposal. In addition, lenders may be able to offer a variety of financing options based on your credit score, annual income and other economic factors.

With a mortgage in hand, you can explore the real estate market and find homes that fall within your price range. Therefore, if you get pre-approved for a mortgage, you may be better equipped to accelerate the homebuying process and avoid overspending on a house.

3. Choose the Right Real Estate Agent

Your real estate agent may make or break your home search. And with the right real estate agent at your side, you should have no trouble finding your dream home in any real estate market.

Your real estate agent is happy to provide tips to ensure you can submit a fair offer on any residence. That way, you can avoid the risk of overspending and improve your chances of acquiring your dream home at a reasonable price.

Hire a real estate agent who possesses comprehensive expertise and great people skills. By doing so, you can work with a real estate professional who can help you acquire your ideal home in no time at all.


This Single-Family in Waltham, MA recently sold for $470,000. This Colonial style home was sold by Stockman Farrar Group - REALTY EXECUTIVES.


30 Warren Street, Waltham, MA 02453

Single-Family

$499,000
Price
$470,000
Sale Price

8
Rooms
3
Beds
1/1
Full/Half Baths
Spacious colonial in desirable Warrendale community located in convenient area close to everything and most suitable for the handyman/contractor type. This 1930 home features huge fireplace living room, dining room, sun room, good sized bedrooms, hardwood floors throughout, and bonus room off master bedroom that can be used for home office, nursery, etc. A true diamond in the rough that with updating and tender loving care will shine again. Well worth the effort and and a great opportunity to own a nice home in a terrific neighborhood at an affordable price.

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This Single-Family in Watertown, MA recently sold for $1,650,000. This Colonial style home was sold by Stockman Farrar Group - REALTY EXECUTIVES.


119 Robbins, Watertown, MA 02472

Single-Family

$1,650,000
Price
$1,650,000
Sale Price

10
Rooms
5
Beds
3/2
Full/Half Baths
Spectacular describes this custom built colonial, this 5 bedroom 3 full 2 half bath home has it all! Finished basement great for a game room, theater room, gym and more. Two car garage leads into a perfectly designed mud room, custom built shelving great for the kids and their activities, first floor open plan has gorgeous custom cabinets with granite and SS appliances, center island, sliders to large deck off kitchen. Second floor consists of a one of a kind Master bedroom suite with walk in closet, stunning oversized rain shower, with soaking tub, deck off the master great for your morning coffee & Laptop, 3 more additional bedrooms on this level with one being a second master suite great for extended family or au-pairs. Third floor Bedroom along with two large rooms great for home office or theater room. This home has incredible millwork & detail to go with a huge yard with deck and paver patio.Highly desirable neighborhood, Close to shops,restaurants and major routes.




New windows can work wonders for a house. Depending on how old your windows are, replacements can make your home less drafty, and much quieter, but they can also spruce up a room that’s starting to look dated.

When you replace your windows you also might see a drop in your heating bill. However, the cost of replacing windows is steeper than you’re ever likely to save on heat. So, if you’re thinking of replacing your windows just to save cash, in the long run there might be better ways of doing so.

In this article, we’re going to talk about choosing replacement windows for your home. We’ll walk you through the different types of windows so you can find the type that fits your needs. Read on for our replacement windows buyer’s guide.

Choosing the right window style

There are endless types of windows that you could find in a given home. However, four main styles are what we normally think of when talking about replacement windows.

Single vs double-hung windows

First, there are single and double-hung windows. In double-hung windows, both the top and bottom sash are operable, or able to be opened. Being able to utilize both sashes is beneficial for airflow. Opening the top sash will allow the warm air escape, opening the bottom sash will allow cool air to enter.

In single-hung windows, only the lower sash is able to be opened and closed. But otherwise, they are very similar to double-hung windows.

Both of these types of windows come in variants that allow you to pivot the sashes inward to clean the exterior glass. However, if you buy single-hung windows you’ll only be able to wash the lower sash. Keep that in mind if you’re buying windows for a second floor or attic window.

Sliding windows

Sliding windows are those which move horizontally on their tracks. They produce good ventilation and are easy to use. However, just like single-hung and double hung windows, they do slightly obstruct your view at the midpoint when closed. The rectangular shape of sliding windows, however, means you won’t likely be able to install an air conditioner.

Casement style windows

The last main type of window we’ll talk about are casement style windows. This type of window operates on a hinge like a door would. When they’re fully opened, they produce good ventilation. When they’re fully closed, they don’t obstruct the view at all.

However, just like with sliding windows, you won’t be able to install an AC unit. Furthermore, this type of window is more prone to malfunction due to the crank and hinge system, and cranking it open and closed all the time could be a minor annoyance for some homeowners.

Frame materials

Window frames come in four main materials--vinyl, wood, clad-wood, and aluminum.

  • Vinyl is the most common. They look clean and modern, and they also resist heat and condensation making them easy to maintain.

  • Wood frames are regaining popularity. Since they often come unfinished, you can easily customize them to your home.

  • Clad-wood frames are wood on the interior and aluminum on the exterior, making them rugged and resistant to weathering and rot.

  • Aluminum windows are economical, lightweight, and easy to maintain.


Now that you know a bit more about windows, you’ll be better equipped to decide what type of replacements to purchase for your home.


This Single-Family in Boston, MA recently sold for $535,000. This Cape style home was sold by Stockman Farrar Group - REALTY EXECUTIVES.


140 Walworth, Boston, MA 02131

Roslindale

Single-Family

$519,000
Price
$535,000
Sale Price

6
Rooms
3
Beds
2
Baths
Deceptively spacious, storybook cape with bungalow charm featuring a brand new tastefully renovated kitchen with large granite peninsula/breakfast bar, stainless appliances and adjoining space for lounging. There is a first floor bedroom/den/office as well as a full bath, and a second bath and two additional bedrooms upstairs each with its own huge storage nook. A direct entry, one car garage, work shop area in basement, plus a patio for outdoor entertaining, and manageable level yard on a corner lot complete this beauty. Walking distance to Village, shops, restaurants, and transportation. First showings at open houses Sat. 2/10 12-2p.m. and Sun. 2/11 1-3 p.m.

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