Posted by Pamela Crawford on 9/17/2017

Great curb appeal isn't limited to houses that are on the market. Head turning curb appeal can make you feel good every time you drive in front of your house, pull into the driveway or step up the front walkway. House walkways that catch your eye as soon as you spot a house in the distance start with the material that house walkways are made of.

Material for great house walkways

Concrete isn't the only material that great house walkways are designed with. If you do go with concrete, check out different colored concrete walkways when you visit a house goods store or an exterior design shop. For example, if your house is burgundy red and white, you could install a burgundy red and white checkered concrete walkway. Other material that great house walkways are made with include:

  • Brick - The Wizard of Oz isn't the only place where brick walkways work wonders. As with concrete walkways, consider installing brick that's one or more colors that complement colors that your house is built with.
  • Rock - Smooth, rustic or lightly colored rocks made good walkways, especially if the smooth rocks are bordered by plants or flowers. You can also border this type of house walkway with one to two feet high rock walls.
  • Large stones that are built into cement or concrete won't pop into your shoes as you make your way in or out of your house. This is another time when fall colors like reds, greens and browns do wonders. Choose between three to five colors when picking large stones for your front walkway. Make sure that the stones are smooth and even, so people don't trip over them.
  • Gravel - Similar to rocks, you can get gravel indifferent colors, sizes and shapes. The downside of a gravel walkway is that the gravel can get inside your shoes.

Winding front walkways offer an elegant look, especially when they are bordered with gorgeous trees, bushes, flowers or plants. To encourage safety, keep bushes trimmed low so would be burglars can't hide behind them. Also, keep trees far enough away from your house to avoid turning trees into hiding places for would be intruders.

Ground lights that turn on at sunset or when someone starts to make their way up your front walk offer design and safety. Check out four or more outdoor walkway light designs to get more creative ideas on how you can get the walkway you want within a few days.

Don't stop at your walkway. Install wood floorboards and rustic furniture on your front porch to add even more curb appeal to your house. Colorful flowers, plants and uniquely designed ceramic or metal art pieces also bring out your front porch's best features.

Another simple move to great house walkways is to keep your walkways clutter free. Remove garbage pails from the sides of walkways. Return the lawn mower and other outdoor equipment to the basement or garage instead of leaving them on the lawn or next to front walkways.

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Posted by Pamela Crawford on 9/15/2017

3 Bedroom 1.5 Bath colonial home for sale in sought after Marlborough location. Home features welcoming foyer which opens to two front rooms; family room with a wood fireplace, and spacious formal living room. Main level also features 1/2 bath with laundry room, bright multi-window kitchen with views of the backyard and deck, eat-in breakfast bar and additional seating from the separate dining area, and ample cabinet storage, formal dining area is located off the kitchen , Upstairs features an expansive Master Bedroom with walk in closet, a bright alcove and entrance to the upstairs bath. The two additional rooms are separated by the hallway for privacy. Both bedrooms feature functional closet storage systems. The basement leads to the single car attached garage. The real beauty and charm of the property is the outdoor wooded space in both the front and back yards. It's a must see; envision your future home. AMSA charter school voted the best charter school

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Posted by Pamela Crawford on 9/13/2017

Nicely updated colonial close to Brookfield’s charming town common. First floor of this expansive house features large updated kitchen with pantry, formal dining room, family room, living room with fireplace and full bath. 2nd floor features master bedroom with updated master bath, exercise room, 2 more bedrooms, and 2nd large bathroom. 3rd floor features 2 more rooms. Home is freshly painted and many wood floors freshly refinished. 1 car garage, and deck to enjoy the outside country atmosphere completes this package. Don't wait come see your new home soon.

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Posted by Pamela Crawford on 9/10/2017

If you buy or sell a home, it is normal to expect negotiations after an initial offer is submitted. However, differentiating between a "fair" counter proposal and an exorbitant offer sometimes can be difficult.

Lucky for you, we're here to help homebuyers and home sellers submit a successful counter offer at any time.

Now, let's take a look at three best practices to help you create a successful counter proposal.

1. Consider Your Counterpart's Perspective

If you are buying a home, consider the seller's perspective. Or, if you're selling a house, evaluate the buyer's perspective. In both scenarios, you can gain insights into what your counterpart might be thinking and tailor your counter offer accordingly.

For example, if a house has been available for several weeks or months, a homebuyer should consider this information as he or she preps a counter proposal. By doing so, a homebuyer can weigh the pros and cons of waiting out a buyer's market and craft an effective counter offer.

On the other hand, if a home seller has several offers in hand, this seller may want to consider submitting a counter offer that matches or exceeds a house's initial asking price. With a seller's market in place, a home seller should have no trouble stirring up plenty of interest in a home, even if a buyer rejects a counter proposal.

2. Evaluate the Housing Market

Take a look at the prices of available houses in your city or town. This housing market data can help you differentiate between a buyer's and seller's market – something that may prove to be exceedingly valuable as you put together a counter offer.

Also, examine the prices of recently sold houses that are similar to the home that you want to buy or sell. By leveraging this housing market data, you can evaluate the prices of similar properties and boost your chances of submitting a competitive counter proposal.

3. Consult with a Real Estate Agent

If you're struggling to create a fair counter offer, it certainly helps to consult with a real estate agent.

Ultimately, a real estate agent is committed to helping homebuyers and home sellers achieve their respective goals. This housing market professional can provide a wealth of housing market data to help a homebuyer or home seller craft a viable offer. Furthermore, a real estate agent is happy to provide honest, unbiased home offer recommendations, ensuring both buyers and sellers can make informed decisions.

Let's not forget about the support that a real estate agent provides throughout the homebuying and home selling journey, either. A real estate agent will be ready to respond to a buyer's or seller's questions without delay. Plus, this housing market professional will go above and beyond the call of duty to ensure all parties involved in a home sale enjoy a seamless experience.

Ready to negotiate a counter offer? Use the aforementioned best practices, and you can quickly and effortlessly create a successful counter proposal.

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Posted by Pamela Crawford on 9/4/2017

This 2 family for sale in Southbridge has lots of charm. 1st floor features spacious kitchen with beautiful natural wood cabinets, large living room, 2 spacious bedrooms and updated bath. 2nd floor apartment also features natural wood cabinet kitchen, large living room, 2 spacious bedrooms and updated bath. Basement is mostly finished and would make a great rec room. Private back yard overlooks river. 1 car garage and plenty of parking makes this a great value.

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