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Posted by Granite Group Realtors on 8/18/2019

For those who want to buy a home, it generally is a good idea to remain open to negotiating with a seller. That way, you can acquire your dream residence without delay.

Now, let's take a look at three tips to help you streamline a negotiation with a home seller.

1. Be Flexible

There is no telling how a home negotiation will turn out. Fortunately, if you maintain flexibility, you will be able to go with the flow throughout a negotiation with a seller.

Remember, a homebuyer and home seller share a common goal: to ensure a seamless transaction. If you are open to negotiating with a seller, both you and this individual can work together to achieve results that satisfy all parties.

Don't forget to maintain open lines of communication with a seller during a negotiation as well. By doing so, you and a seller can keep in touch with one another throughout a negotiation and avoid potential miscommunications that otherwise could slow down or stop a home purchase.

2. Establish Realistic Expectations

A home negotiation may work out in your favor or a seller's favor. Or, in the best-case scenario, you and a seller will come to terms that fulfill the needs of both sides. On the other hand, in the worst-case scenario, you may need to walk away from a home purchase altogether.

As a homebuyer, it is important to prepare for all possible scenarios. If you establish realistic expectations as you enter a home negotiation, you can plan accordingly. Then, you and a seller can work together to accomplish the optimal results.

You may want to study the housing market closely too. In fact, you can review the prices of available houses that are comparable to the one you want to buy to ensure your offer to purchase falls in line with the current housing market's conditions.

3. Work with a Real Estate Agent

A real estate agent is well-equipped to help you handle a homebuying negotiation. Thus, if you work with a real estate agent, you can get the assistance you need to acquire your dream house at a price that matches your budget.

Typically, a real estate agent will learn about your homebuying goals and help you discover your ideal residence. Once you find a house you want to buy, a real estate agent will help you submit a competitive offer to purchase this home. Next, if a seller wants to negotiate the terms of a home transaction, a real estate agent is ready to negotiate with this individual on your behalf.

A real estate agent also will keep you informed throughout a home negotiation. Plus, if you ever have concerns or questions during the homebuying journey, a real estate agent is prepared to respond to them.

Want to acquire your dream house as quickly as possible? Take advantage of the aforementioned tips, and you should have no trouble handling a home negotiation with any seller, at any time.





Posted by Granite Group Realtors on 8/11/2019

Ever wondered what the market value of your home is? Or what the market value would look like for your dream home? If youíve done a quick Google search youíve probably come across at least a handful of websites offering tools to help you determine the value you on your own. But the numbers these tools put out should always be taken with a grain of salt. Calculating a homeís value is a complex calculation taking more than just hard data into account. And thatís where your real estate agent comes in with the information you need to know that an online tool couldnít possibly obtain.

The first thing you should know is that the market value is not a number set in stone. Itís also not a number that is reached from purely quantitative data. This is because market value is what buyers are willing to pay for a home and there are so many qualitative factors that go into this decision. Factors a computer canít find or determine on its own and that usually require someone local who has extensive knowledge of the area.

Someone like a real estate agent! An agent is well versed in selling homes in the area and connections to the community. Agents also have access to a database that stores information from all the local home sales to use as a jumping off point when calculating the home value.

So this isnít a hard and fast rule that necessarily goes by the book. While homes that have sold with similar features as yours are part of the equation they arenít the whole picture.  So yes, the number of bed and baths in your home, amenities, recent updates, the overall condition of the home, location, and age of the house will all be carefully considered this is just a piece of the bigger picture.

Factors such as current market conditions,  how many other houses are on the market, and the various reasons why nearby homes have sold are a few factors that can make an impact on your home value. Afterall, you donít want to underprice your home based off of other homes that have sold at a lower price point to attract buyers fast or overprice for your neighborhood based on what you feel your home is worth.

Lenders want to ensure the home is selling at or above the market value so getting the price right will ensure a smoother buying process for potential buyers. However, if a property is on the market for longer than 30 days, which happens often to those that are overpriced, buyers start to wonder why. They may avoid your home as a possibility. In this scenario, sellers often have to significantly drop pricing, often below market price, to attract potential buyers.

Real estate agents are truly the best source for all of this information. They can perform what is called a competitive market analysis (or CMA). We have access to resources third-party websites and DIY-appraising just canít access.




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Posted by Granite Group Realtors on 8/4/2019

Many first-time home buyers are worried about all of the documents and information theyíll have to gather when applying for a mortgage. If youíre anything like me, youíre probably dreading having to dig through the five places that these documents might be. Fortunately, the process is now somewhat streamlined thanks to lenders being able to collect most of your information digitally.

In todayís article, weíll talk about the documents youíll need to collect when you apply for a home loan so that you feel prepared and confident reaching out to lenders.

Documents needed to pre-qualify

Before going into applying for a mortgage, letís talk about pre-qualification. There are three types, or in some cases steps, of approval with most mortgage lenders: pre-qualification, pre-approval, and approval.

Pre-qualification is one of the earliest and simplest steps to getting pre-approved. It gives you a snapshot of the types and amount of loans you can receive. Pre-qualification typically doesnít include a detailed credit analysis, nor do you need to provide many specific details or documents.

Typically, youíll fill out a questionnaire describing your debts, income, and assets, and they will give you an estimate of the loan you might qualify for. Might is the key word here. Your pre-qualification amount is not guaranteed as you havenít yet provided official proof of your information.

Documents needed for pre-approval

Getting pre-approved for a mortgage entails significantly more work on the part of you and your lender than pre-qualification. First, the lender will run a credit analysis. You wonít need to provide them with any information for this step, as theyíll be able to automatically receive the report from the major credit reporting bureaus. However, itís a good idea to check your report before applying to make sure there arenít any errors that could damage your credit.

Now is where the legwork comes in.

Youíll need to gather the following documents to get officially pre-approved or approved for a mortgage:

  • W-2 forms from the previous two years. If you are self-employed, youíll still need to provide income verification, usually as a Form 1040, or ďIndividual income tax return.Ē

  • Two forms of identification. A driverís license, passport, and social security card are three commonly accepted forms of identification.

  • Pay stubs or detailed income information for the past two or three months. This ensures lenders that you are currently financially stable.

  • Federal and State income tax returns from the past two years. If you file your taxes online, you can often download a PDF version that includes your W-2 or 1040 forms, making the process of submitting tax and income verification much easier.

  • Personal contact information. Name, address, phone number, email address, and any former addresses which youíve lived in the past two years.

  • Bank statements from the previous two months. Also, if you have any assets, such as a 401K, stocks, or mutual fund,  youíll be asked to include those as well.

  • A complete list of your debts. Though these will likely be on your credit report, lenders want to ensure they have the full picture when it comes to how much you owe other creditors and lenders.





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Posted by Granite Group Realtors on 8/3/2019

You will enjoy the convenience and privacy of this tastefully updated Town Home. Open floor plan on 3 levels with neutral decor. This all gas unit has been completely updated in the past 3 years: Stainless appliances, quartz counter, new custom cabinetry, carpeting and 2 baths. The central air & in unit laundry will surely please. Both bedrooms have full baths. Well constructed complex with very reasonable utility costs - approx. $1000/year. Oversize 1 car garage under with good storage. A very well located place to call home. Walk to new Wollaston T station, supermarket, restaurants & gym.

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Posted by Granite Group Realtors on 7/28/2019

Are you considering starting or finishing some home improvement projects at the moment? That is wonderful; it is always a good idea to make some upgrades to increase your home's value. However, be sure you are on the right track in regards to your improvements so you can get the most out of your investment.

It is not a secret that some home updates do not increase your home's resale value as much as others, and some hold more emotional appeal than the actual value and may even reduce the value of your home in the eyes of potential buyers. 

This article will look at some of these update strategies and how to boldly choose the colors that tickle your fancy. Also, you will learn how an interior designer and businessman can assist you in harmonizing everything, by using a suitable color in the best possible way to sell more homes and make more profits.

Choose Your Personality Wisely

Before choosing the color, determine what feel you want the property to have. In those resting rooms where serenity is of utmost importance, bringing down the shade of color creates a calming effect, while bold colors create energetic excitement and playfulness. When using brighter, vibrant colors, try to minimize the competition by keeping other colors to a minimum, and adding neutrals. 

Consider Dynamism in Color Choice

When designing a colorful home, you can be a bit more playful with color choices on items that are easily replaceable. A potential home buyer understands they can change the colors of a pillowcase or another accessory. However, if you have painted the interior of your home with an unpopular color, well that's a whole other issue. Bottom line: do not be afraid to play around with the cheap and more easily replaced items in your home but stick to popular neutrals and accents on more expensive items such as paint and flooring.

Trust Your Color Designing Instinct

Stepping away from the usual rule can make all the difference. Contrasting colors can be mixed to create a dynamic design. For instance, a lively, lemon green paired with a vivid, deep blue successfully adds exciting contrast to your space. 

Final Word

Many people prefer going for the path of least resistance when it comes to color. However, that may not the best way to win over modern buyers. Clever use of color can be a fun and effective way to create a mood and show desirable vibes in a home's interior. Color can enhance home sales by creating an individual feel for an entire room with just one accent wall.







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