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Posted by Erika Sullivan Realty Group on 1/28/2018

There are basically three types of clutter that tend to emerge in most homes, and it usually gets worse as time goes on.

Homeowners often get so used to their own clutter, that it becomes virtually invisible to them.

That's one of the reasons it can be extremely helpful to work with a real estate agent when preparing your home for sale. Not only can an experienced agent provide an objective point of view, but most agents have a trained eye that can spot unsightly clutter "a mile away"!

There are several reasons household clutter is an issue when trying to stage a home for sale. First of all, it's an eyesore. It makes your home look less inviting to prospect buyers, and, in many cases, in makes rooms look smaller. Clutter also makes it more difficult to keep surfaces and floors clean, which is one of the cardinal rules of effectively staging a home.

Three Types of Clutter to Target

There's a delicate balance between having just enough --or too many -- items on countertops and tables. In most cases, it's too much! You're usually better off "erring on the side of sparseness," rather than the other way around. Unless something serves either a decorative or functional purpose (preferably both), it probably should be stored away in a drawer or cabinet. If it weren't for the fact that buyers typically look in closets when touring a home, then that would be an obvious place to hide clutter. However, that's sure to make a bad impression.

When you think of the word "clutter," what's the first thing that comes to mind? A typical mental image is that of a room crowded with too much furniture. That's a common problem with improperly staged homes, and it's a surefire way to send prospective buyers scurrying -- ones who might have otherwise made an offer. Cluttered rooms look smaller, messy, disorganized, and -- in some cases -- chaotic. None of those characteristics are going to create a good feeling in people's minds, which is a primary objective when showing a home to potential buyers.

The third type of clutter, which is also pretty typical, is wall clutter -- specifically: too many paintings, photos, art prints, posters, wall clocks, and other miscellaneous objects which make the walls look "too busy"! For some home sellers, this can be the most difficult aspect of visual clutter to fix because there's an emotional connection to family photographs, children's drawings, and so on.

If you're torn between what to display and what to hide, your real estate agent can be the best source of objective, unbiased advice. In many cases, "less is more," but it pays to get a professional opinion!





Posted by Erika Sullivan Realty Group on 1/25/2018

This Single-Family in East Brookfield, MA recently sold for $275,000. This Colonial style home was sold by - Erika Sullivan Realty Group.


283 Podunk Rd, East Brookfield, MA 01515

Single-Family

$280,000
Price
$275,000
Sale Price

7
Rooms
3
Beds
2/1
Full/Half Baths
Looking for privacy, This home has it. Well maintained young colonial, plenty of yard space giving you privacy from your neighbors. The first floor has hardwood flooring throughout the kitchen, dining, and living room areas that are all open to each other. There is also a tiled fireplace in the living room for a nice ambiance. Laundry is in the first floor half bath which means no dragging laundry to the basement! Master bedroom with your own full bath! Like to sit outside? There is a farmers porch in the front and a deck of the back. Schedule your showing today, and decide what your favorite part is. AVAILABLE FOR 0% DOWN FINANCING! CALL TO FIND OUT HOW! Fha, Usda, and conventional financing available.

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Posted by Erika Sullivan Realty Group on 1/22/2018

This Single-Family in Grafton, MA recently sold for $275,000. This Cape style home was sold by - Erika Sullivan Realty Group.


9 Deernolm St, Grafton, MA 01536

North Grafton

Single-Family

$276,500
Price
$275,000
Sale Price

7
Rooms
3
Beds
2
Baths
This vintage Cape Cod home is loaded with charm and personality. Featured in this home is a classic white kitchen with original hardware and original light fixtures. The dining room has two built in china cabinets. Lovely arches add architectural detail to this classic style home. The family room has a light and bright picture window and masonry fireplace great for those chilly nights. Also, located on the first floor is a convenient office, bedroom and full bath. This fully dormered cape offers two large bedrooms on the second floor with an additional full bath. Hardwood floors and updated windows throughout. Peerless boiler and hot water tank replaced 2013. A wonderful enclosed porch and recent privacy fence adds enjoyment to this home. This property is in a desirable commuter N. Grafton location minutes to the Mass Pike, Commuter train, Route 146, 290 and 495!

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Posted by Erika Sullivan Realty Group on 1/21/2018

If you want to purchase a home, it pays to establish a homebuying budget. By doing so, you can enter the housing market with a budget in hand and narrow your search for your dream house.

Now, let's take a look at three best practices to help you create a homebuying budget.

1. Look at Your Finances

Your finances will play a major role in your ability to purchase a home. Thus, you should evaluate your current financial situation closely so you can map out an effective homebuying journey.

Request a copy of your credit report you'll be glad you did. You are eligible for a free copy of your credit report from each of the three reporting bureaus (Equifax, Experian and TransUnion) annually. Take advantage of this complimentary perk, and you can gain deep insights into your outstanding debt.

If you have outstanding debt, try to pay this down as much as possible. That way, you can boost your credit score, which ultimately will help you improve your chances to acquire your ideal residence.

2. Meet with Banks and Credit Unions

When it comes to buying a home, meeting with banks and credit unions usually is a great idea. That way, you can learn about your home loan options and get pre-approved for a mortgage.

Apply for a mortgage from several banks and credit unions. Then, you can receive various mortgage quotes and select one that suits you perfectly.

Also, don't hesitate to ask plenty of questions during a lender consultation. Banks and credit unions employ friendly, knowledgeable mortgage professionals all of whom are happy to help you make an informed mortgage decision. Therefore, if you're unsure about whether to proceed with a 15- or 30-year mortgage or can't decide between an adjustable- or fixed-rate mortgage, you can ask these mortgage professionals for expert advice.

3. Consult with a Real Estate Agent

A homebuying budget is tricky to establish on your own, especially if you are entering the real estate market for the first time. Fortunately, a real estate agent can help you plan ahead for all stages of the homebuying cycle.

During a real estate agent consultation, a housing market professional will learn about your homebuying goals. Next, this professional will help you establish realistic homebuying expectations and ensure you can discover a great house at a budget-friendly price.

Of course, let's not forget about the world-class support that a real estate agent provides after you kick off a home search, either.

A real estate agent will set up home showings, keep you informed about open houses and offer homebuying recommendations and suggestions. Perhaps best of all, a real estate agent can negotiate with a seller's agent on your behalf to help you get the best price on a house.

Ready to begin your search for your dream home? Use the aforementioned best practices, and you can craft a homebuying budget and start your homebuying journey.




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Posted by Erika Sullivan Realty Group on 1/17/2018


3 Frederick St, Worcester, MA 01605

Multi-Family

$169,900
Price

4
Units
6,016
Approx. GLA
Great investment property that needs some work.
Open House
No scheduled Open Houses

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