Colleen Griffin - RE/MAX Vision



Posted by Colleen Griffin on 4/1/2020

This Condo in Waltham, MA recently sold for $580,000. This Townhouse style home was sold by Colleen Griffin - RE/MAX Vision.


81 Bishops Forest Dr, Waltham, MA 02452

Condo

$589,900
Price
$580,000
Sale Price

6
Rooms
2
Beds
3/1
Full/Half Baths
***OPEN HOUSE FEB 15TH NOON-1:30***Motivated Seller!!!***Here is your chance to own in the highly sought-after Bishops Forest Community. Attractively priced at just $589,900, this 2 bedroom, 3.5 Bath, open concept town home which boasts more than 2,200 square feet of living space features a wood-burning fireplace in the living room, soaring cathedral ceilings in the both bedrooms, shining hardwood floors in the kitchen, updated stainless steel stove, microwave and dishwasher, granite counter tops and central air. The Master Suite includes private bath and walk-in closet. Laundry is conveniently located on the second floor while the finished basement offers a large family room, more cabinets and storage space. Enjoy stunning sunset views from your private deck that overlooks wooded backyard offering plenty of privacy. ****

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Tags: Real-Estate   condo   Waltham   02452  
Categories: Sold Homes  


Posted by Colleen Griffin on 3/30/2020

You may keep a spare house key hidden somewhere around your home just in case you lose or forget your main set of keys. How does your hiding place measure up? Is it too obvious that anyone including thieves can find it? You can still have a spare key easily accessible to you without sacrificing the security of your home. 


Never sacrifice the safety of your home for convenience. If you fail to have an alarm system set as an added layer of security, you really could be in trouble if your spare key isnít well hidden. Burglars now have free and easy access to your home.  


The Most Obvious Places To Hide A Key


Under The Mat


Everyone (especially burglars) will look under the mat for a key to get into your home. If you see it in the movies, itís probably too obvious of a hiding place. 


The Flower Pot


This is a textbook area to hide a key in that can be easily accessed by intruders. Criminals know where to look, so you need to think ahead of them. 


Fake Rocks


If the rock doesnít blend in, itís not a good hiding spot! Many pre-fabricated hiding systems can be a bit obvious, so beware. 


On Your Person


Whether you put a spare key in a wallet or your purse, if that gets stolen, there goes your spare key. The perpetrator also has access to your home. Itís generally not a good practice to keep a spare key on your person. 


Good Places For A Spare Key


With A Trusted Neighbor


If the neighbor hides your key on their property, if a thief does find the key, they will assume the key goes to the neighborís house. This is a safe, convenient way to keep a spare key as long as the key is kept somewhere outside the home. You donít want to face a lockout only to find out that your neighbor isnít home.  


In Your Car


Surprisingly, most break-ins happen during the daytime when youíre not home. If you keep your spare key in your car, the key wonít be there while you arenít home.


Near The Dog


If a key is hidden near the place where the dog will be, youíll have little to worry about. Burglars really donít like dogs, mostly because dogs donít like them!  



Forget About Keys


Technology affords us one great option in the present day- keyless entry. If you are constantly forgetting your keys you should invest in a keyless lock system. These typically have codes that can be programmed. Just donít forget the code! 




Tags: Home Safety  
Categories: safety tips   Home Security  


Posted by Colleen Griffin on 3/23/2020

When you think of your real estate budget, you should know that the more you spend on a home, the more overhead costs youíll face. Youíll need to pay for things like real estate agent fees, attorneys fees, and other closing costs. The more you pay for a house, the higher all of these fees will be since they are usually percentage based. So, the overarching question is how do you budget and find a reasonable amount of money to spend on a home? 


Prioritize


Your real estate agent may show you a myriad of homes across many different price ranges. Each property will have pros and cons. You can look at seeing these homes as an educational experience. Viewing properties could even help you hone in on what you want in a home. There are a few good reasons to look at homes above your budget range. 


Housing Prices Could Rise Or Drop


When housing prices begin to rise, people tend to believe that theyíll keep climbing. The panic couldnít be further from the truth. Eventually, the prices need to drop. The idea of buying a property and adding value is to make a bit of a profit back when you go to sell. You need to be prepared for anything when you head out to buy a home. Price changes will apply to you if you plan on living in your new home only for a specified period. If you donít have plans in your future to move, you may not worry about home value changes quite as much when shopping for a property. 


Mortgages End Eventually


If you plan ahead, you donít have to pay mortgages for the rest of your life. If you keep moving and taking out 30-year mortgages, you could be making mortgage payments forever. If the average family stays in their home for around a decade, that's not a significant amount of time. Here, youíll find a great reason not to max out your budget on a home. If you buy a less expensive house, you can get the mortgage paid off faster. You may even be able to take the mortgage out for a shorter term. Paying your home off more quickly allows your financial freedom. Itís simple, yet many people opt for a bigger house that they arenít planning on staying in, causing a bit of a financial headache.


You Need A Rainy Day Fund


If you avoid maxing out your budget to buy a home, youíll be able to save a bit for any emergencies that come up. You will be under less stress knowing that you have a little bit of money set aside in case your home needs major repairs, or you face a job loss or illness. In conclusion, itís never a good idea to max out your budget on a home purchase.                    





Tags: Buying a home  
Categories: budgeting  


Posted by Colleen Griffin on 3/19/2020


4 Cobblestone Ln, Worcester, MA 01606

Condo

$219,900
Price

5
Rooms
2
Beds
1/1
Full/Half Baths
Location, Location, Location..Fabulous Town Home in Prime Commuter Location! ~ This Home Features a Brand New Full Bath ~ Water Heater 2018 ~ Eat-In Kitchen with Refaced Cabinets, Updated Counter Tops and Freshly Painted Interior. ~ Home features 2 Large Bedrooms with Large Walk-In Closets, Large Dining Room, Sunken Living Room and Screened in Patio with Privacy. This Desirable Home is Near Everything and Offers Great Highway Access~ Close to UMass Medical and Area Hospitals ~ Shopping ~ Golf Courses and the Commuter Station !
Open House
No scheduled Open Houses

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Tags: Real-Estate   Worcester   01606   condo  
Categories: New Homes  


Posted by Colleen Griffin on 3/16/2020

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An active housing market has reduced the number of foreclosed homes in inventory, but there will always be foreclosed homes available to purchase. Many buyers are not aware of what to expect when purchasing a foreclosure. Here are some home truths about buying a distressed home.

Youíre not always getting a deal.

Many buyers believe foreclosed homes sell at rock-bottom prices. They expect massive and unrealistic discounts. While the bank may be willing to sell for well below the fair market value, their goal is to recover the loss they incurred when providing the original mortgage. Additionally, foreclosed properties may have long-standing maintenance issues that require a substantial investment to remedy.

?The bank may not have the only lien.?

A foreclosure removes the primary mortgage debt, but a distressed property may have other claims for money owed in back taxes, for mechanical work and contractorsí fees. A complete title search should tell you if there are liens that need satisfaction when you purchase a property. Your real estate agent can guide you in how to discover unsatisfied liens or judgments against the property

You may find maintenance problems.

Most owners do not simply move out of the property when they can no longer afford to make payments. When an original owner loses income, maintenance often becomes a low priority. And, if they have a medical disaster, a decline in health often means a decline in care for the property. Storm damage, pests, and other hidden issues mean damage to a home that gets overlooked when the owner has different priorities.

You may find vandal activity.

Although there are some stories of angry owners vandalizing the foreclosed property that they invested their life savings into, more often are issues with opportunistic thieves. They remove plumbing and light fixtures, paver stones, and other readily accessible objects from an abandoned property.

Schedule a thorough inspection before you purchase if possible so that you know what you're getting. Your real estate professional specializing in distressed properties can connect you with an unbiased inspector. They will report on your potential new home and help you uncover any hidden costs lurking there.







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