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Posted by CENTURY 21 Cobb Real Estate on 2/14/2019

Buying a new home can be an exciting but anxiety-inducing experience. With so many things to consider, it can be difficult to keep track of the things that matter most to you.

This process is complicated further when you discover a second or third home that you like as much as the first and you’re trying to decide which one to make an offer on.

In today’s post, we’re going to talk about how you can effectively compare houses to ensure that you’re making the most sensible, long-term decision for you and your family.

It’s all about the spreadsheet

Today, our method isn’t going to rely on any fancy new apps or paid tools. Everything you need to accomplish your spreadsheet is a tool like Google Sheets (it’s like a free version of Excel) or a simple pencil and notebook.

The columns of your spreadsheet will be made up of the factors that will influence your decision. This will include the obvious details like the cost and square footage of the home, but also finer details like its proximity to key places in your life.

The rows of your spreadsheet will be the properties you’re comparing. Now, it may be tempting to start listing every house on your radar in the columns of your spreadsheet. However, I think it’s more time-effective to only include the homes that you’re likely to make an offer on. This means doing some hard thinking and having a conversation with your family about your realistic goals for buying a home.

What is most important to you in a home and neighborhood?

Let’s turn our attention back to the top row of your spreadsheet. We want to fill that section with around 10 factors that are most important to you in a home and the location the home will be in.

In this section, you can include the estimated cost of the home and the estimated monthly expenses for owning that home (utilities, taxes, etc.).

Here’s the secret weapon of our spreadsheet, however. Rather than listing the actual cost of the home in this row, we’re going to give it a rank of 1 to 5. A score of 1 means the house is a lot more expensive than you want. A score of 5 means the house is the ideal cost. A 3 would be somewhere in the middle.

We’re going to use this 1 to 5 ranking system for all other factors on our spreadsheet as well.

Next to these costs, you’ll want to add other important factors to your home buying decision. Does it have the number of rooms you’re looking for? If a backyard is important to you, does it provide for that need?

In terms of upgrades, how much work will you have to do on the home to make it something you’re satisfied with? For DIY-minded people with time to spare, home improvement might be a welcome concept. For others, it simply would take too much time to accomplish everything you want. So, when you fill out the “Upgrades” column of your spreadsheet, make sure you determine a system for ranking the homes that suits your needs.

House location shouldn’t be overlooked

It’s a sad truth, but in today’s busy world, the average homeowner spends most of their time away from home, whether they’re at work, commuting, or bring their kids to and from after school activities.

You’ll want at least one column on your spreadsheet to be devoted to location. When ranking the location of a home, consider things like commuting time, distance to schools, hospitals, parks, and grocery stores. All of these things will have a larger impact on your day-to-day life than small details of the house itself.

Ranking the homes

Now that you have the first row and column of your spreadsheet built, it’s time to fill in the details and tally up the totals. These numbers will help inform your decision as to which house is really right for you.




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Posted by CENTURY 21 Cobb Real Estate on 2/8/2019


160 Ellis Road , Eastham, MA 02642

Eastham (village)

Single-Family

$539,000
Price

5
Total Rooms
3
Beds
2/1
Full/Half Baths
Open House Sun 1-3!Waterview of Town Cove! Located on the Orleans/ Eastham line is this beautifully renovated 3 bedroom, 2.5 bath home. The open flowing floor plan makes for seamless entertaining. The kitchen features quartz counters, Samsung stainless appliance package, and a breakfast bar that flows into the bright dining room. The living room features a wall of windows, sliders showcasing the water view, and a fireplace. All bedrooms have hardwood floors and ample closet space, and the bathrooms are tastefully updated. The lower level is truly a surprise! Showcasing a rec room, and a new movie/media theatre! The Garage is HEATED and could easily double as a studio or office space! Deeded access to a deep sea mooring on Town Cove, walk to shops & restaurants, what more could you ask for?
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Sunday
February 10 at 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Come view this gorgeous renovated waterview home with deeded access to Town Cove!
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Posted by CENTURY 21 Cobb Real Estate on 2/8/2019


10 Marthas Way , Barnstable, MA 02668

West Barnstable

Single-Family

$310,000
Price

7
Total Rooms
3
Beds
2
Baths
Owner looking for offers!Desirable Centerville spacious Cape home offering 3 bedrooms & 2 full baths with over 1800 sq. ft. of comfortable living. Cathedral Living Room with skylight, fireplace, wood floors, dining area w/wood floor, kitchen & stainless steel appliances & Corian countertops, large Family Room with carpet, 2 bay windows and tiled foyer, a huge master w/ double closets & separate area (perfect for office), 1st floor laundry, plus screened porch. Enjoy the extra space in the lower level walk. Newer furnace Plus heated greenhouse w/electric too, shed, horseshoe driveway, gardens, patio plus deck. GREAT LOCATION - a short stroll to Lake Wequaquet for swimming & boating. Subject to 3rd party approval. Buyers responsible for septic & smoke inspections. Sold as is. Great potential
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Posted by CENTURY 21 Cobb Real Estate on 1/31/2019

Building your own home can be a big undertaking, and when you're considering this option, as opposed to buying a finished house, you'll consider several factors like design features, cost to design, building quality and timeline. When it's completely said and done the numbers certainly add up, and you'll be looking at several additional months to a year before you can move into your new home. While you're looking at building your home, consider going modular. Far from the off-putting idea of living in a trailer or mobile home, prefab home design and construction has come a long way in the last decade, and there are some genuine advantages to selecting a modular home for your new property. 

Affordability.Modular home builders are constructing multiple homes at the same time, in a controlled environment. They have readily available materials, workforce and time that cut down on the initial costs to build your home. Even with the expense of transporting the pieces of your home to your land modular homes are incredibly cost-effective. Whether you are looking for a home you can buy under 100k or looking to get a 12 million dollar mansion for 2 million dollars buying a prefab home helps you stay within your budget and get more bang for your buck.

Timeline. Your prefab home construction takes place in a controlled weather environment. Builders aren't subject to changes in weather that damage materials and delay deadlines. Unlike residential builders who specialize in stick-built homes, your modular home builder is building many houses at the same time, at the same location, so they usually have an abundance of materials on hand and recurring order and delivery dates with their suppliers. This process helps to prevent the delays caused by delayed deliveries to the build site, sold out suppliers or lack of accessibility to the build site. If an accelerated timeline is important to you a modular home can help you make that expedited move-in date. 

Quality control. Here again, a controlled building environment is a tremendous positive of prefabricated homes. You don't have to worry about finding warped or rotted boards or a crew working through miserable weather. Prefab building facilities can employ more technology to assist builders and ensure exact measurements, cuts, and precision of craftsmanship. Stable factory conditions improve the health and safety of workers allowing them to produce their best work. As with all homes, your modular home will be reviewed by an independent inspector to make sure it meets all building codes.

If you've found a property that you like and are considering building your own home speak with your lending agent and realtor about your modular home building options.




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Posted by CENTURY 21 Cobb Real Estate on 1/24/2019

The home selling journey sometimes is filled with hurdles that make it tough for an individual to optimize his or her property sale earnings. Fortunately, there are several shortcuts that a home seller can take to boost the likelihood of enjoying a profitable property selling experience. These shortcuts include:

1. Hire a Home Cleaning Company

A home cleaning company can help you transform your house's interior from drab to fab. That way, this company can help you clean your home from top to bottom and ensure buyers can fall in love with your residence as soon as they walk through the front door.

Of course, not all home cleaning companies are created equal, so you'll want to research local options. If you allocate time and resources to assess the home cleaning companies in your area, you can find a business that provides quality services at a budget-friendly price.

2. Employ a Professional Landscaper

If your lawn is filled with high grass and weeds, it may be tough to alleviate these issues on your own. Thankfully, professional landscapers are available in cities and towns nationwide. With a professional landscaper at your side, you can get the help you need to bolster your house's curb appeal.

Remember, your home only gets one chance to make a positive first impression on prospective buyers. If you hire a professional landscaper to mow the lawn, trim the hedges and perform other lawn care tasks, you can quickly and effortlessly improve your residence's curb appeal. And as a result, your home will make a distinct impression on prospective buyers, which may lead to a fast, profitable home sale down the line.

3. Collaborate with a Real Estate Agent

A real estate agent understands the ins and outs of selling a home and is happy to share his or her housing market expertise with you. By doing so, a real estate agent will help you enjoy a seamless property selling experience.

Typically, a real estate agent will learn about you and your home selling goals and craft a personalized property selling strategy for you. A real estate agent next will promote your residence to buyers, along with host home showings and open house events. Then, if a buyer submits an offer to purchase your residence, a real estate agent will help you analyze this proposal and determine how to proceed.

Let's not forget about the comprehensive support that a real estate agent provides throughout the home selling journey, either. If you ever have concerns at any point during the home selling journey, a real estate agent is available to respond to them. He or she will help you make informed home selling decisions, and ultimately, achieve your desired results.

For home sellers who want to remove the guesswork commonly associated with the property selling journey, there is no need to worry. By using the aforementioned shortcuts, a home seller can streamline the process of selling his or her house.




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