Lisa Bradley - Re/Max Vision



Posted by Lisa Bradley on 12/25/2018

When you’re searching for a home to buy, you’ll probably attend many different open houses. The open house is meant to help you get a feel for different properties. While you can’t get to know all the ins and outs of a home in a short time, you can get an understanding of some of the best things (and not so great things) about a property. Below, you’ll find some of the biggest warning signs that a property may not be all that it appears to be. 


There’s A Lot Of Odor Masking Elements In Place


When you walk into an open house, you may get the smell of freshly baked cookies or a lovely candle. While these are great marketing techniques, they also can be a tactic to hide things. Perhaps there are some offensive odors in the house from mold, leaks, smoke, or mildew. You may not be prepared to deal with these kinds of problems once you move into a home. 


You Notice Glaring Issues


While the home inspection will reveal many problems that may be invisible to the casual observer, you should still be on the lookout for issues on the surface of the home during the open house. These issues can include cracks in the ceiling or walls, cracks in the floor, or even squeaky floor boards. If you happen to see patchy walls in the home, that could indicate that repairs have been made several times. Be alert for these potential problems.


Does The Home Look Well-Kept?


When you pull up in front of the home is the lawn trim? Does the home appear clean? While everyone would hope that a homeowner would clean up their property before an open house, small and big things like this can indicate a bigger problem. If the home is not cared for on the surface, how many other underlying maintenance issues are there in the home? Neglected regular maintenance can cause larger problems of all kinds in a home.


Strange Cosmetic Fixes


A freshly painted wall could be suspect of a big problem. Under the paint could be mold, cracks, or other issues. Some homeowners do put fresh paint on their walls before selling in order to give the home a neutral feel. However, you should be on the lookout for other signs of problems in the home.          


Channel Your Inner Detective


While you don’t need to dig as deep into a home as a home inspector does, you should be on the lookout as you scan a home for the potential livability for you. Things like glaring cracks in the ceiling, or a strong odor of cigarette smoke could be signs of future problems living in the home. The open house is your time to find a home that fits you and your life, so make the most of the opportunity.  




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Posted by Lisa Bradley on 12/18/2018

If you’re moving into a new place and own little to no furniture, you may wonder what’s really essential to purchase as you furnish each room. Read on to discover what you really should be looking for when you head out furniture shopping. 


Side Tables 


These tables are incredibly useful in the home. Whether it’s in the living room, the bedroom, the bathroom, or a family room, you’re going to need these tables. They come in different shapes and sizes and are used for placing beverages on, storing small items in, or showing off pictures and decorative pieces. The most important aspect of side tables is symmetry. Make sure that each table is slightly taller than the sofa arm and that they are the same height. It really helps to buy matching side tables and not purchase them as individual pieces.


A Love Seat


Loveseats are much more versatile than sofas because they can fit more places. Loveseats can exist on their own, or be a part of a bigger picture furniture set up. You can place a love seat just about anywhere in your home from the bedroom to the living room, to a dining room. It provides cozy, comfortable seating that’s out of the ordinary from the rest of the room’s features. 


Flexible Seating Chairs


These chairs are also referred to as “occasional chairs.” They bring an unexpected piece into any room. Use them in your entryway, dining room, office, bedroom, or breakfast nook. The only requirement in these chairs‘ design that you should look for is that they are easy to move and lightweight. 


Armless Chairs


These chairs also referred to as “slipper chairs,” are versatile and easy to sit in. They’re great for everyone from children right on through to the elderly. You can use one of these chairs in just about any room from the living room to the dining room to the bedroom. The smaller size you get one of these chairs in, the more versatile it will be in your home.


A Dresser


A dresser can be used in more than just your bedroom to store clothes in. These incredibly useful pieces have a place throughout your home in every room from the bedroom to the dining room, the living room, or the bathroom. The reason bureaus are so versatile is that they provide a type of “hidden” storage in style. Often, the dresser appears as if it were a part of the room, to begin with. You can use more than one bureau and use them for multiple purposes.                










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Posted by Lisa Bradley on 12/15/2018

This Single-Family in Shrewsbury, MA recently sold for $1,260,000. This Colonial style home was sold by Lisa Bradley - Re/Max Vision.


8 Park Grove Ln, Shrewsbury, MA 01545

Single-Family

$1,299,900
Price
$1,260,000
Sale Price

12
Rooms
4
Beds
4/1
Full/Half Baths
Unrivaled architectural design captivates discriminating buyers w/ stone front, magnificent gables, hip-roof lines, chimneys, and estate-like setting. Offered by original owners. Thoughtfully executed home anchored by 2-story foyer w/ coffered ceiling and adjacent family room w/FP. Gourmet kitchen also has a gas FP for comfortable living/entertaining. Architectural details: hardwood and marble flooring; double-turned staircases; elegant ceilings, custom millwork; quality built-ins. Natural light provides warm and welcoming ambiance. Rear courtyard abuts conservation land. Richly finished, cabinet-packed kitchen w/ oversized, granite-topped, center island. High-end SS Viking gas range, wall ovens, dishwasher, Sub-Zero refrig.; 1st-floor master w/ double vanity and walk-in closets. Private 1st-floor office with faux-leather cath. ceiling. 4 BRs, 4.5 baths. Heated 3-car garage. Fin. LL w/ 2 lge rooms, kitchenette, full bath that could be converted to in law apt with permit from town.






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Posted by Lisa Bradley on 12/11/2018

Most adults go through a series of predictable life stages, which include the eventual desire to be a home owner. Some people take the plunge sooner than others, but that decision is typically set in motion by changing circumstances, such as financial readiness, additions to the family, or career advancement.

Owning your own home certainly has a different "feel" to it than being a renter. Not only do you tend to feel more established and successful, but home ownership gives you more control over your environment. When you no longer have to answer to a landlord, you don't have to concern yourself with unannounced visits, inspections, restrictions, rent increases, or even lease terminations.

Renting an apartment, condo, or duplex may make the most sense when you're getting your first taste of independence as a recent college graduate or a young newlywed couple. However, as maturity settles in, buying a house becomes the next logical step. In addition to the investment value of real estate, most people also gravitate toward the idea of more privacy, more control over their lives, and the sense of accomplishment that comes from owning your own home.

Parenthood brings changes. Once children come into your life, your whole perspective undergoes a seismic shift! New priorities come to the forefront, such as relocating to a better school district, living closer to relatives or a recommended child care facility, and having a spacious yard where your kids can play. Owning property with a private, grassy space for a sandbox, a swing set, or backyard birthday parties are also among the reasons home ownership appeals to young parents.

Gardening becomes an option. With few exceptions, the joy of backyard gardening is a pastime that's only available to home owners. Whether your interest lies in growing your own vegetables, herbs, or wildflowers, cultivating a garden can be a very satisfying aspect of home ownership. While there is definitely more work involved in landscaping, maintaining property, and keeping your lawn looking manicured, the pride of ownership that comes from beautifying your own yard makes it all worthwhile!

Building equity: While deluxe townhouse rentals and luxury apartments may offer some temporary appeal, there comes a time in life when you want your monthly payments to begin feathering your own nest, rather than helping your landlord retire comfortably! Although your rented living space may provide you with immediate comfort, ample storage, and a place to entertain friends, it's your landlord, not you, who's receiving the tax advantages and investment value of the property you're living in.

Even though apartment living or townhouse renting may have suited your purposes up until now, you can't help but wonder whether it's time for a change -- specifically, a change that can strengthen your financial security and provide you with a resource you can leverage and enjoy for years to come.





Posted by Lisa Bradley on 12/4/2018


3 Camelot Drive, Shrewsbury, MA 01545

Single-Family

$709,900
Price

12
Rooms
5
Beds
3/1
Full/Half Baths
Handsome and sumptuously appointed, custom colonial built by Ron Peris with over 3,500 sq.ft. situated on a corner lot with the side driveway abutting quiet cul de sac in North Meadow Estates. Majestic views of Central Mass. and Ward Hill from the top floor of this house. This is a home that families make memories in and entertain in with its bright remodeled kitchen w/ stainless steel appliances, island, breakfast nook, 18' x 18' vaulted ceilinged family room, dining room, living room, huge master bedroom measuring 24' x 15'; 5 bedrooms and 3.5 baths in total with finished attic bonus room and walk out lower level. Stunning landscaped lot with stone walls, rod iron fence, inground heated pool, shed. This property has been well maintained and you will appreciate the quality and improvements. See attached list. Easy commuter location to UMASS Medical and I-290, I-495, retail stores.
Open House
Sunday
December 09 at 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Fabulous home in north side of Shrewsbury, come visit at the open house.
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