Posted by Peggy Farber on 11/1/2017

As a first-time homebuyer, it is important to understand what it takes to discover your dream residence as quickly as possible. By doing so, you can streamline the process of going from homebuyer to homeowner.

What does it take for a first-time homebuyer to seamlessly navigate the housing market? Here are three tips that every first-time homebuyer needs to know.

1. Make a Homebuying Checklist

The definition of the "perfect" house differs from homebuyer to homebuyer. As such, a first-time homebuyer should allocate the necessary time and resources to determine what he or she wants to find in the ideal home. That way, a first-time homebuyer will have no trouble finding a house that matches or surpasses his or her expectations.

With a homebuying checklist, a first-time homebuyer can move one step closer to making his or her property ownership dreams come true. This checklist can help a homebuyer differentiate between home "must-haves" and "wants" so he or she can narrow a home search accordingly.

Furthermore, a first-time homebuyer can update a property buying checklist as he or she begins to check out houses. And if a homebuyer evaluates available residences, this property buyer can update his or her checklist as needed.

2. Get Pre-Approved for a Mortgage

A first-time homebuyer likely wants to purchase a house as quickly as possible. Fortunately, getting pre-approved for a mortgage can help a homebuyer move through the property buying process without delay.

To get pre-approved for a mortgage, a first-time homebuyer should try to meet with several banks and credit unions. Each meeting will allow a homebuyer to learn about assorted mortgage options and select a mortgage that corresponds to his or her finances.

Moreover, a first-time homebuyer should be unafraid to ask plenty of questions when he or she meets with potential lenders. This will allow a homebuyer to make an informed decision about a mortgage.

3. Consult with a Real Estate Agent

When it comes to buying a house for the first time, a homebuyer should seek out expert support. Lucky for you, many real estate agents are available nationwide, and these housing market professionals can make it simple for you to purchase your ideal house.

A real estate agent understands the challenges associated with buying a house for the first time. He or she will teach a first-time homebuyer about these challenges and ensure this property buyer is prepared to take a diligent approach to purchasing a home.

Typically, a real estate agent will set up home showings, offer honest, unbiased homebuying recommendations and negotiate with home sellers on a homebuyer's behalf. This housing market professional will even keep a homebuyer up to date about new houses, ensuring homebuyers can pounce on opportunities to acquire great houses as soon as they become available.

For a first-time homebuyer, there is no need to leave anything to chance. But with the aforementioned tips, a first-time homebuyer can accelerate the homebuying process and improve his or her chances of purchasing a stellar house at an affordable price.




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Posted by Peggy Farber on 10/30/2017

This Single-Family in Brewster, MA recently sold for $370,000. This Ranch style home was sold by Peggy Farber - oldCape Sothebyís International Realty.


159 Donahue Road , Brewster, MA 02631

Brewster (village)

Single-Family

$389,000
Price
$370,000
Sale Price

7
Total Rooms
4
Beds
2
Baths
Just a super location near the bike trail Long Pond, Seymour Pond and Sheep Pond at Fisherman's Landing! Quick, convenient access to the mid-Cape Highway exit 10 (with Park and Ride parking). Roomy 4 bedroom home with wood floors, fireplace, dining area off of kitchen, sliders to deck. Second floor addition offers two large bedrooms and large bath. The full walk out basement is wonderful space for a variety of finishes. Septic System has been inspected and has passed for four bedroom capacity.

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Posted by Peggy Farber on 10/25/2017

When you have kids, the dynamics of your home change. You often go from refined to durable. If we looked at flooring from a simply practical standpoint, weíd end up with uncomfortable flooring's like ceramic, laminate, or engineered wood. Thatís why carpets come in handy.  


For one, children spend a lot of time playing on the floor. When you put down a carpet and there are children around, you fully expect that there will be spills, blood, and much roughing around done right on the surface. So, youíll need to choose your fibers carefully when picking a carpet out. 


Know that polyester, nylon, and triexta are among the most durable types of fibers. Stay away from wool carpets, as they are really not the best choice for homes with children. Polyester (also known as PET), is a budget friendly, and environmentally friendly type of carpet that provides stain resistance and a long life. Nylon is known for durability and softness. This is another material thatís great if you want a carpet with a long life. Triexta is a unique fiber that provides the highest amount of stain resistance and really will be soil-free. 


Modular Carpeting


There is another option when it comes to carpeting and that is modular carpeting. This type of carpeting can be laid out in the form of tiles. If a piece is soiled, stained, or ripped, youíll be able to just switch out that piece of the carpeting puzzle if it canít be cleaned. This is an option for homes with children, however, itís not a popular choice in residential settings. Generally, modular carpeting is used in commercial settings like office buildings, and indoor public places like shopping malls. This can be a good option for you depending on the size of your home and your needs. If you have a room thatís completely dedicated to children, like a playroom, for example, you could use a modular carpet.


Treating The Carpets


There is an option to have your carpets pre-treated with a Scotchgard like chemical. This is also available for your furniture. It helps to prevent your furniture and carpets from stains and soiling, surrounding each fiber for a total protection. Once a fiber is treated, it will never wash or wear off. Itís a good option to treat your home with this especially when you have children.


Whether you decide to do wall-to-wall carpeting or simply place some area rugs around in order to make the floors of your home more durable and comfortable for children, you have some options to take the curse off of the inevitable mess that children will make.




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Posted by Peggy Farber on 10/23/2017


82 Howland Circle , Brewster, MA 02631

Brewster (village)

Condo

$219,900
Price

4
Total Rooms
2
Beds
1/1
Full/Half Baths
What a lovely and private setting for your Cape get-a-way! Use summers, fall and winter week-ends, rent it out some weeks? Choice is yours. private setting on the Howland inner circle with private patio which is beautifully landscaped and perfect for relaxing at the end of a summer day! Delightfully decorated this sweet C style condominium will be coming furnished with the exception of personal items. List of exclusions will be provided. Not too big, not too small, this condominium is just right! Positioned nicely for access to both the Fletcher and Arbor Pools. Fletcher has both indoor and outdoor pools. Tennis courts also available with social membership.
Open House
No scheduled Open Houses

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Posted by Peggy Farber on 10/23/2017

This Single-Family in Brewster, MA recently sold for $548,050. This Cape style home was sold by Peggy Farber - oldCape Sothebyís International Realty.


584 Stony Brook Road , Brewster, MA 02631

Brewster (village)

Single-Family

$574,900
Price
$548,050
Sale Price

7
Total Rooms
5
Beds
3
Baths
Fantastic family home on historic and scenic Stony Brook Road in highly desirable West Brewster, where Brewster began!. The original and charming 1978 Cape (with all new windows) was further enhanced in 1992 with the addition of a jaw dropping great room with a tiled entry from the covered porch, cathedral ceiling, skylights and a two car garage with private master suite above! Sliders open to a newly oiled deck and private yard. The dining room is open to the kitchen and sitting area and has a working fireplace. The driveway is paved to the top for driving ease and the landscaping is simple yet beautiful. Truly a family home for all seasons and reasons and in good proximity to the Herring Run, Paines Creek Bay beach, Sesuit Harbor Marina and the Museum of Natural History.

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