What Today’s Home Buyers Want

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Today’s Home Buyers Want Upgrades, Space, and Efficiency

The spring market is heating up on the South Shore, and today’s home buyers want to find the right house. So how do you make the house your selling a must-have for today’s home buyers? To compete in the spring market you have to know what home today’s home buyers want.

Today’s Home Buyers Want Value

Some things don’t change, and today’s home buyers are no exception. Today’s home buyers want a good deal. That’s not to say that home sellers have to undervalue their home listing, but it does mean that sellers should accentuate the positives about the home and give buyers every reason to pay top dollar. Show off the space. Remember the 50% rule and try to remove half of your items in each room. According to Realtor Magazine, 62% of home buyers are looking for one additional bedroom and bath in their next house, and 76% are looking for additional storage.

Home Buyers Want Upgrades and Quality

Today’s home buyers want practical amenities and good construction. Radiant flooring, energy-efficient appliances, modern fixtures and hardware, and high-end appliances top the list of today’s home buyers wants. Hardwoods and fireplaces are excellent features, but can detract from the home if they are not in great condition. Have hardwoods sanded and polished, and service fireplaces so they are in good working order.

Don’t Forget about the Outside

Today’s home buyers are as concerned about the exterior living space as they are of the interior space. Decks and outside entertainment areas go a long way with buyers so maximize the appeal of your exterior space. Freshen up older decks with stain, add flowers in ceramic pots, and clean the deck furniture. If the space seems uncared for it will be reflected in the buyer’s offer so take the time to make the backyard look tidy and maintained.

Home Buyers Want Useable Space

Today’s home buyers want useable space, and they are turned off by space that serves no function. Take a look at your house with fresh eyes. Arehome buyers want there spaces that seem to be a collect-all zone? Or is there an area that would be better served with different furniture? Some of these fixes are easy. If you’ve turned a bedroom into an office or playroom, turn it back into a bedroom. Bedrooms sell, and you want buyers to see the space set up as a bedroom. Other instances require imagination. Make small nooks into efficient office spaces or storage areas.

Priorities buyers have for their next home according to Realtor Magazine:

  • Affordable price: 78%
  • Energy efficient heating and cooling: 68%
  • Energy Star rating: 61%
  • No wasted space/smart design: 56%

What are some of those extras that buyers dream of?

  • A separate laundry room: 80%
  • Additional storage: 76%
  • Outdoor grilling living area: 63%
  • One additional bedroom and bath: 62%

 

Pricing Starter Homes on the South Shore

Comparing Starter Homes on the South Shore: Norwell, Hingham, Hanover, Scituate, Cohasset, and Marshfield

Looking at starter homes on the South Shore? The good news is that there are a lot of options from town to town depending on what must-haves are high on your list. Inventory quantities vary quite a bit from Cohasset to Marshfield, but all of these South Shore towns have options for buyers looking for a house in the under $300,000 price range.

Starter Homes on the South Shore: Norwell

starter homes on the south shoreThe current real estate market in Norwell offers eight homes under $300,000. This antique cape is a nice choice for a buyer looking to get into a move-in ready house in Norwell at a reasonable price. With three bedrooms and a nice yard just yards away from Cole Elementary School, this starter home on the South Shore has a lot to offer.

$289,900
147 High Street, Norwell
This home looks like something out of Better Homes and Garden! Pride of Ownership. Entertaining kitchen, 2 full baths on the first floor. Gleaming Hardwood floors, a large flat lot and plenty of room to entertain. A detached garage for car or storage. Some newer windows and much more!

 

Starter Homes on the South Shore: Hingham

starter homes on the south shoreHingham has a few 2-bedroom homes priced under $300,000. However if you’re in search of a 3-bedroom starter house in Hingham you’ll be looking at prices well into the $300k and $400k range. This Hingham starter home has great appeal. With 3 bedrooms and more than 1,500 square feet, it is a pleasing introduction to Hingham and to starter homes on the South Shore.

$385,000
11 Cliff Road, Hingham
Great Opportunity to Live in Hingham. Bright and Sunny 24×16 Fireplaced Living Room. Spacious eat-in Country Kitchen. Three Bedrooms and Two Full Baths. Beautiful Hardwood Floors. Wonderfull Neighborhood. Great Schools. Close to Weir River …Enjoy Fishing, Boating and Kayaking.

 

Starter Homes on the South Shore: Hanover

starter homes on the south shoreHanover has eight houses priced under $300,000, but buyers should be prepared to pay more than that for a floor plan over 1,500 square feet. This 2-bedroom cape is a buyer’s opportunity to get into Hanover for under $300k. The upstairs bedrooms are not finished so it will require some work for the new owner.

$290,000
80 King Street, Hanover
They don’t build them like this anymore. Unfinished up cape with lots of updating. 2 large bedrooms up are partially drywalled and an A dormer for roughed in bath. Live in Hanover at a reasonable price and finish the upstairs at your own pace.

 

Starter Homes on the South Shore: Scituate

starter homes on the south shoreScituate has a quite a few homes on the market priced under $300,000, varying from beach cottages to cape and ranches. This home in Scituate comes with a few surprising bonuses such as an in-ground pool, 3 bedrooms, and central air, and is priced well for first-time buyers. Hard to find starter homes on the South Shore with amenities at this price point.

$299,900
76 Country Way, Scituate
Welcome to this very special property! 7 rm, 3 bdrm, 1 1/2 bath split w/finished lower level on landscaped lot w/fenced-in in-ground pool & shed. C/Air, hardwoods, huge kitch, cathedral ceiling screened-in porch access by french doors off the kitch to the backyrd w/pool. Hooked up to town sewer, Anderson windows, quality workmanship throughout. Fresh paint inside&out, newly finished hrdwd floors, newer bathrms. Close to commuter rail & waterfront! Being sold as-is.

Starter Homes on the South Shore: Cohasset

starter homes on the south shoreThis house is one of two homes listed on the market under $300,000 in Cohasset. With 3 bedrooms and nearly one acre of land, it’s move-in ready for the buyer eager to get into Cohasset at an affordable price.

$295,000
143 Beechwood Street, Cohasset
Taken directly out of the pages of “Cottage Living”, this sunny and happy 7-room,3-bedroom,1-bath farmhouse is both charming and practical in a very convenient location close to shopping, transportation and even a pond for winter skating. Every room is light, bright and airy and the porch is the perfect venue for easy summer living, dining and entertaining. Set back from the road on nearly an acre of scenic land, this is the ideal Cohasset starter or retirement home in move-in condition!

Starter Homes on South Shore: Marshfield

starter homes on the south shoreMarshfield currently has a large inventory of starter homes on the South Shore with a selection of ranches and capes priced under $300,000. This neat cape is move-in ready with 3 bedrooms, a private yard, and family room with fireplace.

$259,000
305 Plain Street, Marshfield
Open floor plan welcomes you to this classic Cape that is conveniently located near the school complex, shopping and Rt 3. Set back off the street, this home offers large kitchen-dining area, family room with fireplace and sliders to deck overlooking private rear yard,. Living room/office could be 4th bedroom. Updated 1/2 bath on 1st level, 3 good size bedrooms and full bath are on second level. Full walk-out basement, great house for the money.

Capital Residential Opens New Real Estate Office in Norwell

New Norwell Real Estate Office To Serve Customers On The South Shore

Norwell Real EstateCapital Residential Real Estate is proud to finally call Norwell home. As a resident and active community member in town, I am especially happy to mark this fourth year in business by opening my new Norwell real estate office.  The new office is located at 429 Washington Street in Norwell.  If you know where the new Garden Craft store is located on Route 53, you will see my new building right next to it. You can’t miss the new bright red door.  If you’re in the neighborhood stop by and say hello! The building underwent significant renovations to turn it from an ugly duckling to a bright and beautiful office space that will help our expansion plans and adding new real estate agents.  The building, which is really an old barn that was built in 1899 sits just off the Route 53 across from South Shore Bank, the Ten X athletic club and the Beijing House. My builder and contractors were great in making sure the place was ready to open on December 1st so we could move in on time. We put a new face on the building including new windows, door, siding and lights. There is some interesting history regarding this property and it involves an alleged arsenic poisoning and death of an Army Officer at the hands of his wife. She was acquitted and we did not find any used arsenic bottles in between the walls during construction.

Norwell Real EstateProviding Exceptional Service and Advice to Norwell Real Estate Buyers and Sellers

When it comes down to it, a new office doesn’t really make a difference in what level of professional service real estate agents provide to their clients, but it does show our customers and agents that we are dedicated to always improving our surroundings and providing a customer-friendly working environment. More and more real estate brokerage firms are reducing their brick and mortar footprint mainly because of the use of technology. Everyone is so busy today and technology has really assisted businesses and families become more efficient, but the one thing that the internet can’t replace is the face-to-face meeting that I believe is still a requirement in building strong working relationships. Buying or selling a property in today’s real estate market requires a strong working relationship between agent and consumer. That is the main reason why I thought it was important to open a new Norwell Real Estate office. It will be a place agents and customers can meet and start that process. We provided exceptional service before we moved into our new Norwell real estate office and I can assure you that Capital Residential will continue to provide Buyers and Sellers with the best representation on the South Shore.

Norwell Real EstateNorwell and South Shore Real Estate

Capital Residential provides Norwell real estate buyers and sellers as well as clients throughout the South Shore with local insight and almost two decades of real estate experience. If you are selling your home, need an appraisal of your home’s value or just have questions about the Norwell real estate market or the process of selling, then call us.  If you are buying a home in Norwell, Hanover, Hingham, Scituate, Cohasset or Marshfield, we offer one of the best home search websites in the industry. You can sign up at www.capitalresidential.com to receive daily updates of residential homes that meet your search criteria.  We are excited to call Norwell home and help you in achieving your real estate goals in the near future.

Selling A House During The Holiday Season

sellingHow To Make It The Selling Season

The holidays are right around the corner, and homeowners are asking themselves: should we bother selling now or take the house off the market until after the new year? It’s a good question. The winter season is not typically the ideal time to sell, but it does have some unique advantages.

Five Tips For Home Selling in Winter

While the real estate market doesn’t attract huge numbers this time of year, the home buyers shopping around for a house are usually pretty serious, which means a better chance of selling. There’s also a little less competition on the market as some sellers do remove their listing during the holidays. It’s possible to sell your home during the holidays and here are a few tips to make your house appealing to buyers:

1.      Illuminate Inside and Out:  The short days of light in winter make it hard to rely on natural light to really showcase your home. Turn on all of the lights before an open house. Be sure that bulbs are working and that you’re using the highest wattage that you can safely use in all fixtures. A bright house is inviting, helps buyers to appreciate the entirety of the home, and shows that you have nothing to hide. Light up the outside as well. Illuminate entranceways and paths.

2.      Clean.  Target the areas of the home that have a tendency to not look their best this time of year. Windows can look dingy, give the glass a good cleaning. The exterior can be hard to maintain this time of year, but keep the grass mowed, keep up with falling leaves, clear paths and walkways, remove fallen branches. Once the snow flies shovel, plow, and salt.

3.      Warm and cozy.  Selling a home in winter requires staging. Keep the thermostat on a comfortable setting. “Drafty” or “chilly” are not words you want used to describe your home by would-be buyers. Appeal to the senses by filling the air with the delicious aroma of home-baked cookies which you can leave out on a nice platter. Place a clean mat by the door for home buyers to take their wet or snow-covered shoes on. Not only will it keep your floors clean, it shows pride of ownership on your part.

4.      Decorate tastefully.  Holiday wreaths and lights are completely appropriate, but keep décor neutral. Real or artificial mums or poinsettias give beautiful color to entranceways, mantles and tables. Christmas trees can be lovely additions to living rooms, just be sure that they are sized appropriately for the space. Set dining tables with china and rich table linens to show the potential for the home in terms of entertaining.

5.      Price right.  Regardless of when you’re selling a home, pricing the house correctly gives you the best advantage. Keep up with listing and selling prices in your area, and take note of which homes are selling. Work with a Realtor who understands the market and can help you position your home for a sale. If you’re selling a home in Norwell, Hingham or surrounding South Shore communities I am happy to work with you to make your home stand out and attract buyers in this real estate market.

Home Selling Tips for Autumn on the South Shore

sellingMaking the Most of Home Selling in Fall

The air is changing and so are the leaves, but the Norwell and Hingham real estate markets continue to attract buyers looking to settle into these thriving South Shore communities. For those selling a home this season now is the time to break out the pumpkins and fall wreaths to welcome homebuyers and showcase the charm of your home during open houses.

Selling a House in the Fall Market

Spring is traditionally the most active time of year for home buying and selling. However, the early fall has the potential for home sales. With summer behind us, buyers are attending open houses again. But, with the start of the holiday season next month, the window of time to attract serious buyers is small. It’s important that home sellers, especially those with time constraints, leverage every opportunity to appeal to buyers. Working with a knowledgeable Realtor who understands the local market is key.

As a Norwell resident and Realtor, I am happy to discuss home selling strategy with you. If you have questions about where to start feel free to contact me by email at George@capitalresidential.com or call/text me at 617.877.4839. You can also sign up for my weekly market reports. These comprehensive reports are sent by email at no charge and detail market activity so you can stay informed of market conditions in Hingham and Norwell.

Selling Tips and Preparing Your Fall Open House

With the warm glow of the autumn sun and the colorful foliage, the fall season is a beautiful time for selling and showing a home. Make your home ready for autumn open houses with these tips:

Keep the yard tidy. With a backdrop of changing leaves, most landscapes look beautiful this time of year. Be sure to rake leaves that have dropped and keep flower beds and plantings tidy. Remove any branches that have fallen, prune hedges and bushes, and plant some fall annuals to bring some color to your front yard.

Make fall home repairs. The autumn light is unforgiving. If your home is in need of a fresh coat of paint, it will show, and the cooler fall temperatures are the perfect conditions for touching up the exterior. Clean gutters that have collected dirt, debris, and leaves. Wash the exterior and interior of windows and power wash steps, walkways, porches and patios.

Decorate for autumn. A pretty home is a friendly home. Add some color and personality to your entranceway with arranged bundles of hay, stacked pumpkins, colored corn, festive wreaths, and fall flowers. Sprinkle gourds along flower boxes or fill a bowl for display on the dining room table. Keep decorations tasteful, mature and neutral, staying away from scary or ghoulish accessories.

Welcome fall buyers. Appeal to the senses of buyers by making your home a cozy retreat. Place a mat at the door in anticipation of rainy weather to accommodate wet shoes. Make your home fragrant with the aroma of cinnamon, apple pie, or cookies before an open house. As the weather gets colder, soften your décor with blankets and pillows, and accentuate the warmth of your home by keeping the thermostat on a comfortable setting, showcasing fireplaces, and illuminating rooms with natural light.

Price your house right. With holidays fast-approaching a serious home seller must set the listing at a reasonable price. Homebuyers often find bargains in a fall market so sellers should consider the best pricing to attract a qualified buyer. Work with a Realtor to determine pricing based on market selling conditions and recent comparable sales in the area. Contact me for information about Norwell and Hingham market conditions, and I can help you set a selling price for your home in the current real estate market on the South Shore. I’m available by email at George@capitalresidential.com or call/text me at 617.877.4839.

Exceptional Quincy Multifamily For Sale | 25 Vine Avenue

Quincy multifamily25 Vine Avenue, A Quincy Multifamily Gem

If you’re looking to own a home in Quincy, this well cared for 3-unit multifamily property makes financial sense. Live on one side of the home and rent the other two apartments for approximately $2400.00 per month.  25 Vine Avenue in Quincy is conveniently located near Quincy Center, public transportation, Wollaston beach and just about everything.

The Many Features of This Quincy Multifamily

25 Vine Avenue in Quincy Massachusetts offers many features including an updated kitchen in the owner’s unit, 2-3 bedrooms, living room, dining room and a full basement. There is a one bedroom apartment that is currently vacant on the first floor so if a buyer wanted to do a little renovating, you could punch through the first floor wall and open it up to make a larger living area. Financially, it makes more sense to utilize the property as a 3-family property but there are options.  This Quincy multifamily home offers a large private backyard for family enjoyment and gardening. There are two driveways and an area to park cars plus there is on-street parking.

Solid Real Estate Investment

Whether you live in one unit or rent all three, this Quincy multifamily is a great investment opportunity in today’s market. The rental market is very active and demand from renters is high. Also, with interest rates at record lows, you can buy this Quincy multifamily at a great price and finance with a very low interest rate making it a good real estate investment. If you would like to tour the property, please call George Jamieson at Capital Residential Real Estate at 617-877-4939 or email George@capitalresidential.com.

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Homes For Sale In Norwell Mass

Is it the right time to buy a home in Norwell?

If you’ve been waiting for the right time to buy a home in Norwell, MA, now is the time to act. My email account has been on fire lately with urgent notifications from listing agents about significant price reductions and very motivated sellers they are representing.  My guess is that this is a combination of things coming to a head, including homes that were overpriced to begin with, sellers who have decided to move on and get on with the next chapter of their life before Winter hits, and an overall continued sideways movement and in some neighborhoods, a continued decline in home values.  Obviously, the continued sluggish economy and flat line in new job creation hasn’t helped.

Plenty of homes for sale in Norwell.

There are plenty of homes for sale in Norwell, Mass. Starter homes begin in the $300s, mid-level homes in the $500,000 to $750,000 range, and luxury homes exceeding one million dollars. Norwell is a great town to live in and call home. Norwell offers a superior school system, all types of recreation, close proximity to Boston via the commuter rail and water shuttle, and a tightly knit community that supports each other.

Looking to buy a home in Norwell?

If you are an active buyer looking for a home in Norwell, search through these listings below, which have the biggest price percentage decreases, and if you see anything you like, please call George Jamieson at Capital Residential Real Estate at 617-877-4839 to schedule a showing. I will help guide you through your search, due diligence, and home value analysis to assure you have gotten the best possible deal on your new home.

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Norwell Residents Invited to Public Education Forum

NorwellNorwell Public Schools hosting a public education forum

The forum titled, “Tomorrow’s Schools Today” on Thursday, October 6, 2011, from 7:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at the Norwell Middle School Cafetorium. Open to all Norwell residents the evening is designed to offer insight into the state of the Norwell Public Schools today and the goals for tomorrow. For those looking to sell or buy a home in Norwell, the conversation will be particularly important as home prices and sales depend so much on education and the school system in Norwell.

Norwell Schools: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow

Presented by the Norwell School Committee and Leadership Team the discussion will focus on what’s happening in today’s Norwell Public Schools. While the core establishments of school such as a teacher-led classroom, science projects, math tests, and essays have stayed the same, today’s classrooms, curriculum and expectations are vastly different from forty, thirty, twenty, even just ten years ago.

Reading, equations and other complex content and skills are designed to be mastered at an earlier age and are tested by state and federally mandated exams. With the advent of technology, there are other tools and resources that change the dynamic of how students learn. Expectations are high for both students and teachers. Curriculum has become more advanced while the focus has increasing turned to addressing the needs of each individual student to ensure that the entire class of twenty, twenty-five, sometimes thirty students is “getting” the concept.

Take A Peak Under The Hood With Inside Look at Norwell Schools

Fortunately Norwell’s approach to education is working. Massachusetts ranks high for public schools nationally and Norwell ranks high among the towns in Massachusetts. In fact Norwell Schools compare favorably to highest ranking countries such as Singapore, Korea, and Finland. But the scores and rank are not accidental. Norwell residents are invited to see how the town is moving forward to continue to achieve these results. Attend the public education forum and “peak under the hood” of our schools. Experience what it’s like to sit in an elementary, middle and high school classroom, and participate in lessons, and maybe even take a quiz!

Engage, Converse and Give Your Opinion About the Norwell Public Schools

Attendees will also have the opportunity to share their views on how we can help all students meet 21st Century Learning Expectations.  Engage in a conversation about how the schools are performing, preparing students for the future, and resources. Your opinion matters and the Norwell School Committee is interested in hearing everyone’s thoughts. The Public Education Forum on October 6 will be the first of several opportunities this year for the community and School Committee to engage in open, two-way communication about our joint effort to provide 21st Century Schools for Our 21st Century Students.

For more information about the Public Education Forum on October 6 please visit the Norwell Schools web site.

First Time Buyer Homes Under $550K in Norwell

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Is the Real Estate Salesman Dead?

I’ve been working in the Norwell/Hingham and South Shore real estate market for many years now, but it finally came to me today while having lunch with some associates that I am just about everything but a salesman anymore.   When I first began my career in real estate, the industry was just switching to computers from antiquated but trusted thick black and white books that were the holy grail of the business. The new computerized database for agents would soon transform into what we have today – free and easy on-line access for consumers. 

Back in the day I would take my customers out for a drive around town and try and sell them a house that very day because that is what a good salesman was trained to do. That was sixteen years ago and looking back I can understand why consumers stereotyped us. The 1982 play Glengarry Glen Ross (later turned movie) didn’t help our image either - even though it is a great flick with exceptional actors. 

I’m thankful that the real estate industry today is much different. Consumers have the Internet and high-tech mobile devices to help them search for homes without the help of a real estate agent. Consumers can even research public records and find out what the seller paid for their home or what their current mortgage is with the click of a mouse. But what I realized today is that as a real estate agent, I don’t sell anymore. Houses sell themselves if it fits the needs of the buyer.  Today’s experienced buyer’s know exactly what they want before they even ask anyone for advice. I don’t have to tell a buyer what they need or want and I certainly don’t have to “sell” them. Buyers tell me what they need and want and what they won’t settle for. The bottom line is that consumers are calling the shots today and that is how it should be.

What has replaced the antiquated real estate salesman is a super-engaged, highly efficient solutions provider.  Call it what you will – a real estate advisor, consultant, a professional Realtor®. This is what I am today. I create added-value for my clients by providing a high-level of information and results. Results can mean different things to various people, but to me it means helping your client achieve their goals.  In doing so, I help create a vision, provide options and give valuable insight to issues only a seasoned expert can. I am a high-caliber negotiator, transaction facilitator and responsible fiduciary. I am multi-task manager and organizer of information and technology. I am an innovative and creative marketer showcasing the lifestyle and the finer features of a trained eye. I am a client-centric communicator of hyper-local market intelligence. I am a listener and a collaborator. I am all these things to my clients, but a salesman of days gone by, I’m not. What do you think? Do you agree with my assessment that today’s real estate salesman is dead? I would love to hear your opinion.

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