Lisa Bradley - Re/Max Vision



Posted by Lisa Bradley on 8/6/2019


 

Are you familiar with “green” home builders? They are contractors who construct homes from sustainable or renewable products. These green home builders use durable materials in building all kinds of homes ranging from individual bungalows to expansive, real estate developments. Just like traditional builders, they handle diverse types of construction but build in a way that minimizes waste.


Green homes have gained recent popularity due to their energy efficiency, water efficiency and minimal impact on the environment. Apart from their environmental impact, green homes are known to boost the quality of living for the occupants. Moreover, a green home can enhance their overall well-being.


While searching for a suitable, green home builder, you must examine aspects of their past work like their building strategies, experience, quality of work and expertise. A green home builder must be actively involved in all phases of your home construction; they should be a part of the process from the time of design inception to the completion of the home.


Here are things to consider before employing the services of a green home builder:


License


Just like other businesses, it is essential for real estate builders to have a license that permits them to construct green homes. These licenses are issued by the state, federally, or via local city council. It is proof that a particular contractor has a permit to build a sustainable house. Therefore, you must ensure that a green home builder has a license before employing his/her services.


Experience/ Expertise


Experience is a quality that a green home builder must have. In addition to a license, builders may seek the designation "Certified Green Professional" (CGP), which is an industry determination requiring them to pass specific coursework to obtain and maintain. In addition to certification, to choose a reliable and experienced green home builder, you should endeavor to ask your prospective green home builders to show some similar projects that they have done in the past.


Green builders who believe in the quality of their work may refer you to their past customers. When meeting these customers, ask questions that will give you an idea of the builder’s level of expertise, and how living in a green home enhances their lives.


Knowledge is power, so don't be afraid to ask the tough and necessary questions to ensure you're getting the most value and efficiency for your money. To find a green home in your area, seek the advice of your real estate professional today.





Posted by Lisa Bradley on 8/2/2019

This Single-Family in Shrewsbury, MA recently sold for $597,000. This Colonial style home was sold by Lisa Bradley - Re/Max Vision.


108 Crescent St, Shrewsbury, MA 01545

Single-Family

$584,900
Price
$597,000
Sale Price

8
Rooms
4
Beds
2/1
Full/Half Baths
Picture perfect, East facing Colonial with public water and sewer and fantastic location near Shrewsbury Center. This quality built 2,476 square foot colonial offers an open floor plan with four bedrooms, 2.5 baths and attached two car garage. First floor offers 9 foot ceilings and loads of space with 13 x 21 foot kitchen that leads into a 17 x 21 foot family room; kitchen has a slider to a lovely paver patio and nice backyard complete with swingset. Kitchen offers stainless steel appliances, granite counters, island and recessed lighting. Sellers are including all appliances. The dishwasher, range hood, washer and dryer were all replaced in 2015. New water heater , FR carpet and new range 2019. Good sized 14 x 13 dining room with wainscoting,hardwoods. Separate Living Room with French Door. Second floor includes an oversized master suite with private master bath, and walk in closet. Three additional good sized bedrooms, laundry room and full bathroom with dual vanity sinks

Similar Properties





Categories: Sold Homes  


Posted by Lisa Bradley on 7/30/2019

This Single-Family in Shrewsbury, MA recently sold for $935,000. This Colonial style home was sold by Lisa Bradley - Re/Max Vision.


20 Saxon Lane, Shrewsbury, MA 01545

Single-Family

$959,900
Price
$935,000
Sale Price

11
Rooms
4
Beds
3/1
Full/Half Baths
This exceptional French Colonial blends masterful details with superior craftsmanship. From its white brick exterior to architecturally detailed chimneys to the carefully cultivated English style gardens, this custom built 4200+ sf 4 bedrm home is a distinctive landmark in the desirable Saxon Woods neighborhood. Expansive two story foyer with a Palladium window and dome ceiling to match. Formal living room with a fireplace and French doors, elegant dining room with custom mill work, chair rail and a tray ceiling with hidden accent lighting. Custom designed gourmet kitchen features blue quartz granite counter tops and center island with gas cooking. Open family room with cathedral ceiling, skylights, stone fplace from floor to ceiling with a gas log and sliders to the rear 750 sf +/- deck which overlooks the landscaped rear yard. Private library with an office and private bath could be first floor suite. RECENT ROOF...CHIMNEYS....PAINT...BATHROOM RENOVATIONS

Similar Properties





Categories: Sold Homes  


Posted by Lisa Bradley on 7/30/2019

If spending money to make money on your property seems counter-intuitive, you might attempt to sell your home “as-is” and keep your money for the new place. After all, most of those homes featured on renovation reality shows are in worse condition than yours; and those buyers intended to gut the place for a complete makeover anyway.

Just know that the offers you receive will reflect the needs of the buyer, so you won’t get top dollar unless the property is in an extremely desirable area. Still, it might make sense to sell as-is for a discount if your situation is difficult or you’re strapped for cash. Conversely, selling a home that isn’t up to code reduces your buying pool. FHA and VA loans require a home to meet minimum property standards to secure the loan.

Another consideration is how much you still owe on the property. Unless the investment for repairs and upgrades is more than your remaining mortgage, it is probably worth spending to bring your property up to code. A qualified real estate professional can help you prioritize your repairs to those necessary to get it sold, or market it to buyers looking to renovate to raze the home.

So, who buys as-is?
Investors often purchase property intending to “flip” it; that is, to renovate a distressed property and quickly resell it to recoup expenses and make a profit. Typically, investors want the “bones” of the property to be sound, so foundation and structural issues are less appealing to them.

Another type of investor wants the property for its proximity to business or industry. Their goal is to have the property rezoned for commercial purposes or to build multi-family structures on it instead. If the area around your home is transitioning to commercial or multi-family dwellings, your professional real estate agent can guide you to this type of investor.

Less common is the buyer that wants a project or fixer-upper on which to put their own stamp. Some fixer-uppers buy for nostalgia (they lived in the home/area as a child) and others for what they know the area can become. Their goal is to restore the home to its former glory while adding newer amenities. As opposed to flippers, these buyers often intend to live in the home while working on it, or once the work is complete.

If you determine that selling as-is is the best option for your situation, discuss the issue with your agent. She can warn you about what to expect for offers with your home in its current condition and help you set a fair asking price based on its location and the market trends in your area.





Posted by Lisa Bradley on 7/23/2019

Shopping for a house is a high-stakes game. If you’re a first-time buyer, it can be difficult to gauge the value of various components and features of a home. Appraisals are designed for just this reason.

However, an appraisal is a subjective tool to determine a rough estimate. Furthermore, there are a number of things you can’t learn from an appraisal--such as how convenient the home would be for your work commute.

In this article, we’re going to help you, the homebuyer, determine the true value of a home as it would mean to you in your everyday life. Read on for tips on finding out the value of that home you’ve been dreaming of and deciding whether it’s really the best home for your budget.  

Appraisals are a baseline

When lenders are in the process of approving your home loan, they’ll want to decide whether the home you’re buying is worth the amount you’re paying. To achieve this, they’ll typically hire a third-party appraiser.

Find out from your lender which appraiser they use and read their online reviews. This will ensure that they’re a trustworthy source of information. Also be sure to check that the appraiser is certified and that they work with a diverse range of clientele (not just your lender!).

Since you’ll likely be paying the appraisal fee as part of your closing costs, make sure you’re happy with the appraisal and appraiser.

Key appraisal factors

After the appraisal, consider getting a second opinion or inspection of any of the key components of your home that may impact the appraisal. Some of these factors include:

  • The roof, HVAC system, and septic systems

  • The energy-efficiency of the home

  • The current market value in the area

  • The general upkeep of the home--a few cosmetic problems shouldn’t affect the home value much, but serious neglect can cause long-lasting and expensive issues like mold, water damage, pest invasion, and more

What an appraisal can’t tell you

Now that we’ve discussed the nuts and bolts of home value, we have to venture into what value means to you and your family. You’ll need to ask yourself a series of questions, and some of them won’t have a cut-and-dry answer.

First, how well does this home fit into the work life of you and your spouse? Will it mean a shorter commute, and therefore lower transportation costs and more free time? Putting a dollar value on an extra thirty minutes not spent in traffic can be difficult, but it’s a worthwhile exercise to take part in.

Furthermore, does the house have features that will make it a better asset in years to come? Energy-efficiency, proximity to in-demand schools, businesses, etc., can all be selling points for future buyers that are willing to pay more for your home.


Using a combination of a certified appraisal and some introspection, you should be able to come to a confident conclusion as to the value of the home as it means to you and your family.




Categories: Uncategorized