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Posted by Mark Consolmagno Michelle Curran Team on 2/21/2018

Many people think of their first home as a ďstarter home.Ē This refers to a home that is fairly small and typically is for young people who are just starting out in a new phase of life. These types of homes are generally not thought of as ďforever homes.Ē Many times, as families expand, they will move on from their starter homes to bigger and better homes. This includes living in desirable neighborhoods and adding extra comforts that the first home may not have had. Other times, people expand on their starter home in order to make more room for children and the needs of a growing family. These homes truly are jumping off points. Studies show that the idea of starter homes is disappearing. It could be that the requirements of first-time homebuyers are changing and therefore the types of homes that are being sought after are few and far between. The expectations of buyers have increased greatly. Buyers would like adequate space and hope that their first home is not only in a great location, but ready for them to move in without much work as well. Really, buyers are looking for everything anyone would want in their forever home in their starter homes. So, is it a smart idea to search for a starter home, only to move a few years later? The answer is multi-faceted. Starter homes are typically the homes that you can afford at the present time in your life. If you decide that you can save up longer and go for the house you really want, that may be a smarter financial decision for you. Thereís always an option to wait for more homes to go on the market while you rent a place. If you do decide to go for a starter home, hereís some tips for you: Donít Try To Get Everything You Want For A Low Price Buyers tend to have wish lists of the things they desire in a house. While thatís a great idea, donít expect to get everything you want in your starter home. Manage your expectations along with the cost of the home. See Where You Can Expand Many homes have great potential, but buyers have what they see set in their minds and fail to see what can be done in the future. Look at homes with open eyes and picture the possibilities. Know There Will Be Work Involved Purchasing a starter home means that youíll usually need to participate in home improvement projects. Donít go for a home that needs major work done if youíre not up for the challenge. Typically, youíll need to be able to get your hands dirty by doing things like changing out wallpaper, painting walls, or sanding cabinets. These are the little projects that make your house your own.





Posted by Mark Consolmagno Michelle Curran Team on 2/19/2018

Don't miss this great opportunity to build some equity! Three bedroom one bath cozy cape home with breezeway and 1 car garage. This home needs work but well worth the effort, bring your imagination and finishing touches for a spring project! Home offers a nice lot at the corner of a dead end side street but still minutes to the center of town and I-359 and Rt 20. This will add great post renovation equity building. The Seller must comply with HUD Guidelines 24 CFR 206.125 and property is sold as is

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Posted by Mark Consolmagno Michelle Curran Team on 2/14/2018

THE SEARCH IS OVER! Turn the key and move right in! Everything has been done for you. This Tri level Ranch has been completely remolded. You will fall in love with this open concept main floor kitchen with new cabinets, granite counter tops and stainless steel appliances. The living room has gleaming hardwood flooring and a fire place. Three bedrooms on the top level with hardwood floor through-out and a new updated full bath. Laundry area is a few steps down from the main floor. You will also find the 4th Bedroom with great space and finished lower level for a family room or teen suite. Top notch heating system 98% efficient wall mount propane. One car garage under. Commuter dream with easy access to highway 190 and 290. Very close to shops and restaurants as well? No showings until the open house Sunday 12-1:30

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Posted by Mark Consolmagno Michelle Curran Team on 2/14/2018

Purchasing a home is a sign of new financial responsibility for many people. The leap into homeownership is a big and important step. Finding a home and securing a mortgage isnít easy. Getting ready to take on a mortgage can require a lot of research and education on your part. Before you get too confused, youíll need to learn the basics of a mortgage and what you should know before you apply. 


Be Prepared


This is probably the best advice for any first time homebuyer. Find some good lenders in your area. You can sit down with a lender and talk about your goals. The bank will be able to explain all of the costs and fees associated with buying a home ahead of time. This way, youíll know exactly what to expect when you head into a purchase contract without any surprises. 


Whatís Involved In A Loan? 


Each mortgage is a different situation. This is why meeting with a lender ahead of time is a good idea. Your real estate agent can suggest a mortgage lender if you donít have one in mind. No one will be happier for you than your real estate agent if you have a smooth real estate transaction. Youíll be able to walk through the mortgage process step by step with a loan officer and understand the specifics of your own scenario.


What Youíll Need For A Mortgage


Thereís a few things that youíll need to have ready before you can even begin searching for a home. 


Cash For A Down Payment


Youíll need to save up a bit of cash before you know that youíre ready to buy a home. Itís recommended that you have at least 20 percent of the purchase price of a home to put down towards your loan initially.   



A Good Working Knowledge Of Personal Finances


You should have an understanding of your own finances in order to buy a home. Not only will this help you save, but it will help you to ensure that youíre not going to overextend yourself financially after you secure the mortgage. To get your finances in order, honestly record all of your monthly expenses and spending habits, so you know exactly what you can afford.   


The Price Range Of Homes Youíre Interested In 


If you have an idea of what kind of home youíd like, it will make your entire house shopping experience a lot easier. Youíll be able to see exactly what you can afford and how much you need to save. When your wish list equates to half-million dollar homes, and you find that you can only afford around $300,000, you donít need to go into shock! Itís good to have an idea of how much house you can afford and what it will get you. When you do a little homework, youíll discover that buying a home isnít such a hard process when youíre prepared!





Posted by Mark Consolmagno Michelle Curran Team on 2/7/2018

WELCOME HOME! Huge County country cape sits back on almost 3 acres. Home features 4 Bedrooms, 3 full baths and laundry on the main floor. Kitchen is updated with granite counter tops,stainless appliances and hardwood flooring, have family dinners on this oversized center island with a costume walnut table top, easily seats six. Huge living room with fireplace and built-ins adds character.The tiled family room has a pellet stove for added warmth in these cold New England winter days.First floor bedroom is generous in size and storage. Upstairs features hardwood flooring throughout, front to back master bedroom, full bath and two spacious bedrooms. Need more space? This home has a fully finished basement with a large bonus room/teen suit featuring a full bath and ample storage. If inside isn't enough, the attached screen room offers three season living and opens up to deck and brick patio.Two car attached garage and huge shed or man cave. Must see. Exterior is freshly painted in 2017

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