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Posted by Erika Sullivan Realty Group on 9/24/2017

Many homeowners have a difficult relationship with their homeowners association. On the one hand, the HOA helps your community stay safe, clean, and makes it a desirable place to live which improves the property value of your home. But, on the other hand, homeowners associations can be a problem if you want to make a change to your property that they disagree with.

 In this article, weíll talk about some common issues that homeowners face in their dealings with homeowners associations and give you tips on how to handle them so that youíll have the best possible outcome.

 Study the rules carefully

It may seem like a nuisance, but your best defense when dealing with the homeowners association is to understand whatís expected of you. Not only will it help you stay on good terms with the HOA, but it will also make it easier to understand what your options are.

Itís a good idea to understand these rules and bylaws before you ever move into the neighborhood, but itís never too late to learn them. It might help you later on down the road should you want to paint your house or build a new structure in your yard.

Introduce yourself to the members

Itís best to get off on the right foot with the other members of your homeowners association. You donít want your first meeting to be a complaint against you, nor do you want to introduce yourself to someone only to make a complaint against someone else.

It will also give you a chance to ask questions about the community and to get an understanding of how easy or difficult it is to deal with the regulations of the homeowners association.

Donít assume ill-will

If you find that a complaint has been raised against you, donít act immediately. Take some time to compose your response and be sure to acknowledge the complaint. Odds are that the other members of the HOA arenít there just to give you a hard time.

Choose your battles

There are some things worth fighting for when it comes to your home. However, you donít want to be repeatedly challenging the HOA on small issues. Stick to the rules on the things that arenít hugely important, that way other members wonít come to expect issues from you.

Follow protocol

When youíre required to get permission from the board before making a change to your property, be sure you follow the steps laid out in your agreement. Doing so will avoid any unnecessary conflict.

Pay all dues and fines on time

Even if you are in the middle of a disagreement with the HOA, itís better to continue paying your dues and fines that to leave them outstanding. If you donít pay, you risk further penalty, including fees.

Plan ahead if you want to change the rules

If youíre dissatisfied with some or man of the rules of the homeowners association, odds are youíre not alone. First, start by talking with other neighborhood members. If they have similar views on the rules in question, you can bring them up collectively at the next meeting.

Your second option would be to run for the board and try to enact the changes yourself. However, you should never seek a position out of spite or anger. Only volunteer your time and effort if you want to lend a hand in your community and make life better for all of the inhabitants.

 




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Posted by Erika Sullivan Realty Group on 9/20/2017


15 Simmons Ave., Worcester, MA 01605

Single-Family

$359,900
Price

7
Rooms
3
Beds
2/1
Full/Half Baths
HUGE PRICE DROP! NOT A DRIVE BY! THIS ONE NEEDS TO BE VIEWED! Welcome Home! This pristine, custom home has it all! Young, one level custom home, professionally landscaped, 2 car garage, 3 bed and 2.5 baths. Cathedral Ceilings in living room,Cabinet packed kitchen, granite countertops, and hardwood floors throughout main living area! Central air! Natural gas heat! Fenced in back yard, 12 x 16 composite deck and front porch, and a generator completely hooked up with a separate back feed hook up! Conveniently located, yet tucked away in a quiet, quaint neighborhood!
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Posted by Erika Sullivan Realty Group on 9/19/2017

This Single-Family in Auburn, MA recently sold for $239,900. This Ranch style home was sold by - Erika Sullivan Realty Group.


25 Tinkerhill Rd, Auburn, MA 01501

Single-Family

$239,900
Price
$239,900
Sale Price

5
Rooms
3
Beds
1
Baths
Come see this beautiful home in Auburn on Sunday Aug 6 from Noon-1pm! Nothing to do but move in! NEW SEPTIC 2013! ROOF 2016! PELLET STOVE ADDED 2016! Recessed lighting 2017! Hardwood floors throughout!! Living room featuring bay window, hardwood floors and pellet stove. Eat-in kitchen with hardwoods, recessed lighting and stainless appliances (included.) Three spacious bedrooms with hardwood floors. Gorgeous backyard patio for grilling and entertaining. TWO-CAR GARAGE with garage door openers. Fantastic side street tucked away from busy roads, but easy access to all routes including 12/20/395/290/Mass Pike. Auburn features award-winning schools and is within one hour to Hartford/Boston/Springfield/Providence. Don't miss this one! Won't last long! Showings delayed to first open house.

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Posted by Erika Sullivan Realty Group on 9/17/2017

If your house is currently on the market or you're preparing to put it up for sale, the secret of success lies in the lyrics of an old popular song called "Accentuate The Positive." Although it was originally published in 1944, the song has been resurfacing for years on television, in movies, and music recordings.

"Accentuating the positive and eliminating the negative" may seem like basic, old-fashioned advice, but when homeowners follow it, they increase their chances of selling their home faster and for the highest possible price.

Although your real estate agent will provide a ton of helpful advice on how to present your house in its best light, there are dozens of things you can start doing now to improve its marketability, curb appeal, and the positive response you get from real estate agents and buyers.

  • Avoid or minimize any aspect of your home and property that gives the impression of neglect. That could include anything from peeling paint and cracked windows to overgrown bushes and weedy yards. Weeds growing out of cracks in walkways, driveways, and concrete flooring often looks the worst -- but weeds, in general, always detract from the appearance of a home for sale.
  • Reduce or eliminate anything that might create a feeling of "unpleasantness" in the minds of prospects. In other words, if there's anything about your home that might cause buyers to cringe, frown, gasp, crinkle their nose (in displeasure) or shake their heads, then you probably need to take corrective action -- and fast! A prime example would be pet odors, stains, and loose fur, which can be major turnoffs for many people -- especially if they have allergies!
  • If little or no interior painting has been done over the past five or ten years, there's a strong chance that your walls are faded, marred, and looking worse for the wear. A couple coats of neutral-colored paint can often infuse a more vibrant, updated appearance to those tired-looking rooms. Subtle, light colors -- although, not necessarily stark white -- are often advisable. The objective is to appeal to as many people as possible, without taking any decorating risks that might alienate anyone.
  • Speaking of "harsh versus eye-pleasing," your home's lighting is another important thing to scrutinize when looking for cost-effective ways to increase the attractiveness, appeal, and marketability of your home.
As you're searching for ways to accentuate the positive and eliminate the negative, try to view your home from the perspective of someone who's just seeing it for the first time. In all probability, your real estate agent will be enormously helpful in that respect, and immediately begin looking for ways to effectively stage your home. If they've been showing homes in your area for a number of years, they will have a good sense of what attracts and repels today's home buyer. Your agent can provide a professional opinion on everything from flooring and counter tops to wall colors and curb appeal.





Posted by Erika Sullivan Realty Group on 9/15/2017


15 Simmons Ave., Worcester, MA 01605

Single-Family

$369,900
Price

7
Rooms
3
Beds
2/1
Full/Half Baths
Welcome Home! This pristine, custom home has it all! Young, one level custom home, professionally landscaped, 2 car garage, 3 bed and 2.5 baths. Cathedral Ceilings in living room,Cabinet packed kitchen, granite countertops, and hardwood floors throughout main living area! Central air! Natural gas heat! Fenced in back yard, 12 x 16 composite deck and front porch, and a generator completely hooked up with a separate back feed hook up! Conveniently located, yet tucked away in a quiet, quaint neighborhood! Do not delay! This one won't last!
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