Posted by Peggy Farber on 8/29/2018

As you go on the house hunt, you’re likely to attend many different open houses. After awhile you can get confused as to what you have seen and where you saw it. Each open house or home showing is only a short window of time. As a buyer, you’re trying to get the feel for a house. Being an observant home shopper can help you to avoid a lot of problems down the road. Check out some of the biggest red flags that you need to look out for when you attend an open house.


The Candles Are Burning Bright


You walk into an open house and see a lovely candle lit on the kitchen table. While it may make you feel all warm and fuzzy, it’s not always a good sign. Candles are a great way to mask odors. There could possibly be a musty odor coming from the sink, the basement, or another part of the house. This spells hidden damage and possible danger for you as a homebuyer. While the home inspection should pick up on things like this, you don’t necessarily want to get that far in the process. The art of masking odors could be a sign that the sellers are trying to hide something.


Be Your Own Inspector


As you walk through the home do you notice squeaky floor boards, cracks in the walls, cracks in the ceilings, or a drippy faucet? Maybe you see some patches on the walls or mirrors and paintings that seem out of place? These are all issues that could be signs of a greater problem. Keep in mind that no house is perfect, but you should do a little investigating on your own while walking through the house at showings.


The Home Doesn’t Appear Cared For


Curb appeal is one thing, but a home that looks unkept is a sign of a larger problem for you. Has the lawn been mowed? Is the fence in disrepair? How does the home appear from the outside at first glance? There are plenty of ways that you can fix up a home to make it your own once you buy it, but the question is just how much of a challenge are you up for? There is always a chance that you’ll have large maintenance costs when a home hasn’t been properly maintained by the previous owners.


Searching for homes and going to open houses can be fun. It can also be an educational experience to help you narrow down what you’re looking for and what you can handle as a homeowner.            





Categories: Uncategorized  


Posted by Peggy Farber on 8/28/2018


404 Harwich Road , Brewster, MA 02631

Brewster (village)

Single-Family

$975,000
Price

10
Total Rooms
5
Beds
4
Baths
Welcome to this private, exceptional multigenerational family home!As you enter, the game room invites family fun or a quiet place to read.There is a first floor bedroom and full bath.The attached video speaks to the great kitchen and family room and perfect covered porches and grounds. A picture is worth a thousand words.Upstairs there are 3 bedrooms and another open seating area while the master bedroom has an additional 16 x 16 area to relax.The home sleeps 12 comfortably and the kids love their bunks.There is room for everyone.The sweeping front lawn is perfect for outdoor family games. The artist studio could be the perfect cabana since there is room for your pool. Additionally there is a darling cottage complete with kitchen, bath and W/D and deck.Furnishings negoti
Open House
No scheduled Open Houses

Similar Properties





Categories: Price Change  


Posted by Peggy Farber on 8/23/2018


191 Crocker Lane , Brewster, MA 02631

Brewster (village)

Single-Family

$1,675,000
Price

7
Total Rooms
4
Beds
4/1
Full/Half Baths
It's a pleasure and a privilege to bring ''Restless Wind'' to the market for the first time. Timeless styling with a light and airy open floor plan with soaring ceilings, skylights and over sized windows that capture the light and seem to bring the outdoors in. This meticulous home offers four bedrooms, all en suite, with private placement of the first floor master suite. Wood floors, recessed lighting are throughout. The living room has a stunning fireplace with soapstone surround; french doors strategically positioned to access the deck and rear yard, where privacy reigns. While away the hours at the bay beach or kayak in Myricks Pond. Life is unstructured, peaceful and coveted at 'Kings Grant' and all right in the heart of Brewster if a quick jaunt to the General Store and more!
Open House
No scheduled Open Houses

Similar Properties





Categories: Price Change  


Posted by Peggy Farber on 8/23/2018


267 Robbins Hill Road , Brewster, MA 02631

Brewster (village)

Single-Family

$1,650,000
Price

7
Total Rooms
3
Beds
3
Baths
One, singular, sensational location with jaw dropping views of Cape Cod Bay north, west and east! Perfectly situated between 2 of Brewsters' most scenic, sandy, popular bay beaches. Distinctive design accommodates an entertaining space for friends and family, both inside and out. What every cook wants: Roomy country style kitchen with a more casual dining area and an additional open concept dining room. A fabulous flow enhanced even more by sliders opening to decks both front and back. Attractive brick path welcomes you to the front door and a tiled and roomy entry foyer welcomes you in. From the octagon shaped great room to the stunning three season room with vaulted ceiling and gleaming tile floor, this is a home for memory making! Power outages? Not for you with a whole house generator!
Open House
Saturday
August 25 at 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Come by to see your beach house! Same beautiful entertaining spaces, same beautiful yard both front and back, same short distance to TWO sandy bay beaches, same beautiful bay views and same highly desirable Robbins Hill community where folks gather on the beach generation after generation, Its your opportunity now to make those memories. NEW PRICE!
Cannot make the Open Houses?
Location: 267 Robbins Hill Road , Brewster, MA 02631    Get Directions

Similar Properties





Categories: Open House  


Posted by Peggy Farber on 8/22/2018

When pests come into your home, there’s no creepier feeling that you may have as a homeowner. You may turn to your house insurance for assistance if the problem gets really bad. Let’s say that termites have taken over your home and gotten into your walls or foundation. Maybe mice have gotten into the walls of your home, or a squirrel has caused some major issues in the attic. Whatever the problem is, you want to remedy it quickly. It might be an expensive fix no matter what, but it has to be remedied for you to continue to live comfortably in your home. 


The Truth About Homeowners Insurance


Unfortunately, homeowners insurance doesn't cover pest infestations. It doesn’t matter if the termites have literally eaten you out of house and home, the insurance companies consider pests to be an avoidable problem. Even though you may wonder how bugs can be considered “avoidable,” it’s simple. The insurance company believes that regular maintenance and checking of your property can help to prevent bug infestations. This is why it’s so important to take care of your property and not neglect it. 


Collateral Damage


There are a few exceptions to the rule. If your ceiling caves in and it was caused by some of the pest damage, your insurance may cover the cost of the repairs to the ceiling. They may not cover the materials that are needed to repair the ceiling itself. Insurance claims can be tricky, so you’ll need to ask a lot of questions if these problems do occur for you.


What Homeowners Insurance Covers


There’s nothing more frustrating than paying an insurance premium to find out that it doesn’t actually cover anything that you need at a certain point and time. As a general rule, homeowners insurance policies cover things that are considered accidental. This would include natural disasters like hurricanes, hailstorms, or high winds. If a tree falls on your home due to a windstorm, there was really no way of preventing that from happening. Your insurance would cover this. Damage that happens over an extended period, like that of a pest infestation or an aging home generally is not covered by house insurance. 


Separate Policies


Some insurance companies do offer separate policies to cover damage from certain types of pests like termites. There are several varieties of insects that cause damage to wood structures, so these policies may be more general stating that they provide “wood destroying insect” coverage. If you live in an area that’s prone to termites, there’s a few options available to you including something called “termite bonds.”


Your best course of action as a homeowner is prevention. Keep up with regular maintenance around your home and inspect your home regularly for any problems that you may find.




Categories: Uncategorized