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Posted by Lynne Hagopian on 8/19/2019

New place, new town, new everything. Now, where to find the grocery store and the parks. Additionally, think about all those places you will have to visit at least once to complete your move like the DMV and school district administration offices. Your map app on your phone can get you places but are they the places with precisely what you want and the quality you expect? That is where you need the insider's perspective to get the scoop on your new neighborhood. 

Not Your Momís Phone Book

Researching online can give you current reviews from actual customers and some insight into the services you are wanting. Chamber of Commerce website or the Better Business Bureau are also resources to use. What can help you is talking to people like your neighbors. If you are a pet owner, you can strike up a conversation with someone you see waking their dog about who they recommend for grooming services, pet supplies or even veterinarian services. 

Social Networking 

Maybe your online social network has connections in your new area, and they can direct you. Leverage any social clubs or civic groups you are part of, like college alumni or professional associations. You will be surprised how helpful having a network of people to ask can be. Everyone seems to have their favorite coffee place or corner bakery so don't be shy about asking for recommendations. 

People All Around You

New coworkers and your children's schoolmates and their families are excellent resources for discovering things about your new locale. Since you will be spending a goodly amount of time together, it should be relativity easy to ask about services like auto repair and maintenance or lawn care. You can get the scoop on the best pizza in town and where to go to get a deal on furniture. People you interact with during your day are easily accessible and an excellent source for insider information. While grabbing a bite to eat, ask your server about local entertainment or personal services. It helps to keep a list of any recommendations you receive, so you don't forget. You surely do not want to miss any sweet local places that may become your new favorite place to frequent. Moving is stressful enough, no need to blindly stumbling through services and products in your new neighborhood. Go ahead and make that personal connection, that will not only get you what you need but will help you quickly become part of the new community. 

Ask your realtor for their recommendations for living in your new neighborhood.




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Posted by Lynne Hagopian on 7/22/2019

This Single-Family in Shrewsbury, MA recently sold for $819,000. This Colonial style home was sold by Lynne Hagopian - Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage.


8C Heywood, Shrewsbury, MA 01545

Single-Family

$819,000
Price
$819,000
Sale Price

10
Rooms
4
Beds
3
Baths
New Construction being built. 8 Room, 4 BR, 3 Bath. Contemporary Colonial. 2 Car Attached Garage. Approx 1.4 acre flat lot. Central air. Natural gas. Town water and sewer. Very nice neighborhood. Close to major highways.

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Posted by Lynne Hagopian on 7/17/2019

This Condo in Grafton, MA recently sold for $320,000. This Rowhouse style home was sold by Lynne Hagopian - Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage.


51 John Drive, Grafton, MA 01536

Condo

$329,900
Price
$320,000
Sale Price

5
Rooms
2
Beds
1/1
Full/Half Baths
OPEN HOUSE CANCELLED, OFFER ACCEPTED. Pristine and beautifully decorated Forest Hills townhouse with finished walk out basement. First floor features hardwood floors, open floor plan including kitchen with solid countertops and seating for 2. Newly renovated bathroom, sliders from living room to private deck overlooking green space. The large master has a cathedral ceiling with fan, his & hers closets and separate entry to the large bathroom with washer & dryer hook up. There is a loft area for separate in home office space and a second spacious bedroom with large closet. Finished basement features an oversized family room with gas fireplace, sliders to yard, ample closets and is rough plumbed for a third bathroom. Central air and attached garage. Forest Hills is a wonderfully convenient commuter location and this unit is in perfect move-in condition!

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Posted by Lynne Hagopian on 7/2/2019

This Single-Family in Framingham, MA recently sold for $556,000. This Contemporary,Split Entry style home was sold by Lynne Hagopian - Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage.


25 Vaillencourt Dr, Framingham, MA 01701

Single-Family

$525,000
Price
$556,000
Sale Price

10
Rooms
4
Beds
2/1
Full/Half Baths
Flair and style, luxurious spaces, beautiful decor and mint condition define this gorgeous contemporary split level. Dramatic cathedral ceilings, skylit foyer, gleaming hardwood, expansive, fireplaced LR leads to a formal DR, w/ view of a breathtaking sunroom, w/ warm wood tones, walls of glass and peaceful views of the reservoir. Updated KIT w/stainless steel appliances, custom backsplash, island, gas cooking. Updated main bath, large bedrooms, MBR w/ walk in closet and full shower bath. Spacious lower level, smartly divided to a large fireplaced FR and office, overlooking the yard. Every space of this home was touched and beautifully renovated. Top of the line recent updates: vinyl siding, new deck, front steps and railing- 2018. Roof, windows, heat system, HWH, updated lighting, main bath, refinished hardwood- 2016. KIT- 2006, appliances- 2017. Walk out lower level, spacious laundry/ guest bath, x-large garage, beautiful mature plantings, level, private yard. A beauty!

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Posted by Lynne Hagopian on 7/1/2019

Home valuation is one of the tricky areas of real estate. In general, you want a high appraisal and a low assessment. But shouldn't they be the same? Well, in a perfect world your assessment and your appraisal would be the same, but you don't want the world to be perfect in this regard. Here's why:

Appraisal

An appraised value comes from the report completed by a licensed professional appraiser to determine property value at a specific point, typically for a buyer to obtain a mortgage. It is a tool used by underwriters for lenders to determine if the home has enough collateral for the loan needed to purchase or refinance it.

Appraisers compare the home to similar properties in their evaluation. They look for both similarities to find a base value and difference to increase or decrease the value such as the roof's age, livable square footage, exterior materials, upgrades, and other finished. Using these numbers and other valuation formulae such as the cost to rebuild the home (similar to your homeowner insurance values), and potential income from rental or other uses, the appraiser determines a possible value.

The market value is not the same as the appraised value, however. While it starts with the appraised value, other determiners such as the desirability of the area, or circumstances such as a tornado, hurricane, or eminent domain issues may adjust the market value above or below the appraised value.

Assessment

A home's assessed value typically comes from the taxing authority for the municipality. It is the method of determining the tax basis (or valuation) of the property. The tax assessment is a percentage of that value that the homeowner pays annually to provide the municipality money for water and fire services, schools, capital improvements to roads, bridge, and public parks and additional essential services.

The amount of the percentage and its designations differ for every taxing authority, so a home in one neighborhood might have a different assessed value from an identical house in another block nearby if the boundary lines for the taxing authority (school district, for example) differs.Some counties and cities reassess homes only when they sell, while others have periodic assessments. And the percentage rates of the assessments change when voters approve various tax levies for a variety of purposes.

An appraisal affects your ability to obtain a mortgage for your home while an assessment relates to the ongoing yearly tax expenses. Since a third factor determines the home's selling price, the market value, your professional realtor should guide your understanding of how these factors affect your home purchase or sale.




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