Kimberly McGrath - Janice Mitchell Real Estate, Inc



Posted by Kimberly McGrath on 4/18/2019

If you're in the market for a new home, one of the first things you need to determine is how much of a monthly mortgage payment you can comfortably afford. A loan officer or mortgage broker can help you figure that out, based on your income, debts, and other information.

One thing they probably won't include in the equation is the cost of home maintenance and other essential services, like garbage collection.

Ultimately, it's up to the homeowner to build in enough "breathing room" in their budget to cover unexpected expenses. Although you can't predict exactly what those expenses will be or how much they'll cost, it's virtually guaranteed that they're going to occur. Whether you're planning to buy a new house or a mid-century dwelling, here's the short list of typical homeowner expenses that could crop up. While all these items may not apply directly to your situation, many of them eventually will.

  • Plumbing repairs: Leaky pipes, clogged drains, and broken plumbing fixtures are common problems in most homes. You may also need a plumber to fix or install a garbage disposal, repair or replace a hot water heater, or hook up a new refrigerator to your water supply.
  • HVAC services: When you combine the cost of semi-annual routine service calls and unexpected emergency repairs, the cost of maintaining your heating and cooling systems can really take a bite out of your household budget!
  • Appliance repair: The typical family depends on at least a half a dozen major appliances to prepare meals and keep their clothes and dishes clean. When one or more of those appliances break down, chaos can ensue! In many cases, it's more cost-effective and practical to call a repair service than buy a new appliance.
  • Exterminator services: Regardless of whether you live in the city or the country, unexpected and unwelcome insects, rodents, and other miscellaneous varmints can show up in your home and yard. Sometimes it's even necessary to call a wildlife control specialist to remove skunks, raccoons, and other intruders!
  • Electrical repairs and upgrades: Although electrical repairs are occasionally needed for safety reasons, most calls to electricians are more routine in nature. However, when light switches, electrical outlets, and ceiling lights stop working, it can be a huge inconvenience for you and your family. In some cases, you might even be desperate enough to pay extra for emergency electrical service on weekends!
  • Miscellaneous expenses: Garage door repairs, fireplace cleaning, swimming pool maintenance, deck repairs, rain gutter cleaning, professional carpet cleaning, landscaping, fence repair, home siding repair, and wet basement problems are a few of the many expenses that may require you to dip into your savings or household budget.
If you happen to be a first-time homeowner, you may also need to shell out hundreds (or thousands) of dollars for items like a lawn mower, yard maintenance tools, snow blower, vacuum cleaner, furniture, and interior painting supplies. While home ownership, decorating, and yard maintenance can give you a feeling of satisfaction and pride of ownership, it's necessary to earmark a sufficient amount of money to pay for those sometimes unexpected costs!





Posted by Kimberly McGrath on 4/11/2019

Aside from your realtor, your lender will be one of the people that you work the most closely with when youíre buying a home. Before you even sign on with a lender, thereís a few questions that you should ask. Donít feel pressure from a certain lender before you understand what their areas of expertise are. You donít want to end up with homebuyerís remorse because you didnít do the right research before you signed the deal on a home.   


Can You Tell Me About Programs For First Time Homebuyers? 


There are so many great programs for first-time homebuyers. If the lender you choose canít help you with these programs, maybe this isnít the right lender for you. If your lender lacks knowledge in the areas that you need, you probably want to shop around.


How Can You Help Me Qualify For The Loan I Need?


Many times, loans have very specific qualifications that you need to meet. Even if you think you might not meet those requirements due to things like a low amount of down payment or a job change, your lender can often help you to find the details in your situation to help you qualify for a loan. For example, you may have recently changed jobs, but if you have stayed in the same field, your lender can help you to explain these circumstances so that you can still qualify for the loan. 


Are There Downpayment Assistance Programs Available?


There are also many programs and loan types available to help buyers get a home with less than a 20% downpayment. Some loans offer good interest rates with less than a 20% downpayment. There are also many grants and downpayment assistance plans available. Itís important to ask questions to know the right information for your loan circumstances.


What Fees Do You Charge?


Some lenders do charge an array of fees. You donít want to sign on with a lender and then close on the loan, only to find out that youíre knee-deep in fees in addition to all of the closing costs that you have to pay along with the home purchase. 


How Will You Communicate With Me


Just like your Realtor, itís important that your lender communicates with you in a timely manner. Buying a home requires that documents and offers are in on time to secure your home. Donít let anything fall through the cracks by hiring people on your home search that may lapse in their communication with important information.




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Posted by Kimberly McGrath on 4/4/2019

Purchasing a second home should be a fun, exciting experience. Yet homebuyers who fail to consider where they want to pursue a second residence may struggle to achieve their desired results.

If you know you want to buy a second home, it often helps to narrow your house search to residences in a select group of cities and towns. Then, you can evaluate available residences in your preferred cities and towns and boost the likelihood of finding a house that you can enjoy for years to come.

Of course, determining which cities and towns where you want to pursue a second house can be difficult. Yet there are lots of things you can do to hone your house search, including:

1. Evaluate Your Homebuying Budget

Your finances likely will play a major role in your ability to pursue and acquire a second residence. As such, you should examine your finances closely so you can establish a homebuying budget.

If you have paid the mortgage on your current house, focus on the mortgage costs associated with a second home. For example, if you want to find out how much you can afford to pay for a second home, you can meet with bank and credit union mortgage specialists. This will allow you to get pre-approved for a mortgage so you can enter the real estate market with a budget in hand.

Comparatively, if you still have a mortgage on your present house, you should consult with your lender. This will allow you to determine if you qualify for a second mortgage. Also, you can get financial guidance so you can figure out where to search for a second house that falls in line with your finances.

2. Establish a Homebuying Timeline

Think about when you want to acquire a second residence. Next, you can create a homebuying timeline to help you achieve your desired homebuying goal.

A homebuying timeline should remain flexible. If you want to purchase a second home in the mountains, for example, you should account for the time it may take to transport various personal belongings to this residence. And if problems arise that delay your efforts to acquire a second home, you should be ready to adjust your homebuying timeline as needed.

3. Hire a Real Estate Agent

Let's face it Ė buying a second home is rarely simple, regardless of your property buying expertise. But if you hire a real estate agent, you can receive extensive assistance as you search for a second residence.

A real estate agent understands the ins and outs of the housing market. He or she will share real estate market insights with you, along with providing tips and recommendations. As a result, a real estate agent will help you find a second home in your preferred city or town as quickly as possible.

Take the guesswork out of finding and buying a second home in the city or town of your choice Ė use the aforementioned tips, and you could streamline your quest to acquire a second residence that matches your expectations.




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Posted by Kimberly McGrath on 4/3/2019

This Single-Family in Hardwick, MA recently sold for $276,000. This Cape style home was sold by Kimberly McGrath - Janice Mitchell Real Estate, Inc.


54 Miner Rd, Hardwick, MA 01037

Single-Family

$279,900
Price
$276,000
Sale Price

7
Rooms
4
Beds
3
Baths
Spacious country home in Hardwick priced below appraised value! Beautifully renovated 4-br (3-br septic system) 3 full-ba Cape on 2.18 acres. Enjoy the privacy and nature while sitting on the large deck overlooking a secluded backyard. Great for entertaining, gardening, or just relaxing. Open concept kitchen, dining, living room. New kitchen cabinets, counter tops, appliances, and bamboo flooring throughout the first level. Master br consists of a large walk-in closet, master ba with new porcelain tiled floors, new vanity with granite counter top, large soaking tub, and separate stand alone shower. Another br and full-ba with porcelain tiled floors and vanity round off the first level. The second floor has an open common area and 2 bedrooms with refinished bamboo flooring. Full-ba with tile flooring, new fixtures, and tiled stand alone shower. Huge walk-out basement with new boiler. Passing Title V and appraisal in hand.

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Posted by Kimberly McGrath on 3/28/2019

The home selling market can be fierce, regardless of where you live. However, there are lots of things you can do to rise above the house selling competition, and these include:

1. Learn About the Local Housing Market

Take a look at some of the available houses in your city or town Ė you will be glad you did. If you analyze available houses in your area and see how they stack up against your residence, you may find ways to differentiate your home from the competition.

Also, it may be beneficial to assess recently sold houses in your area. If you find out how quickly houses are selling, you can determine if a buyer's or seller's market is in place. Then, you can map out your house selling journey to ensure you can showcase your residence to the right groups of buyers.

2. Perform a Home Inspection

A home inspection is a must if you want to gain a leg up on the house selling competition. If you understand your house's strengths and weaknesses, you can prioritize home repairs. Next, you can take the necessary steps to transform assorted home weaknesses into strengths.

Following a home inspection, review your inspection report. If you have any questions about the report, reach out to the inspector who provided the report. Finally, when you determine how you want to upgrade your house, you can start to complete various home improvement projects.

3. Price Your Home Competitively

If your home is priced competitively, you should have no trouble stirring up interest in your residence as soon as it becomes available.

To establish a competitive price for your house, you may want to conduct a property appraisal. This evaluation enables you to receive a property valuation that you can use to determine the right initial asking price for your residence.

For those who want to streamline the house selling cycle, it may be a good idea to hire a real estate agent, too. This housing market professional can provide you with an immediate competitive advantage over rival home sellers. Best of all, a real estate agent can help you achieve your desired home selling results without delay.

A real estate agent won't take shortcuts, and instead, devotes the necessary time and resources to teach you about the house selling journey. First, he or she will help you establish house selling goals and plan for the property selling journey. A real estate agent next will schedule home showings and open house events that allow buyers to view your residence any time they choose. Furthermore, if you have any home selling questions, a real estate agent can respond to them.

As you prepare to list your home, it helps to do everything possible to obtain a competitive advantage over rival house sellers. Thanks to the aforementioned tips, you can plan ahead for the house selling journey and boost the likelihood of enjoying a successful home selling experience.




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