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Posted by Donna Coffin on 9/28/2018

Buying a condo represents a life-changing investment. As such, you'll want to allocate the necessary time and resources to ensure that purchasing a condo is right for you.

So what does it take to determine whether to purchase a condo? Here are three tips for those who are evaluating the pros and cons of buying a condo.

1. Understand What Condo Life Is All About

A condo and a house are two very different types of properties. Thus, you'll want to understand what condo life is all about before you purchase a condo.

For example, homeowners likely will have a front yard and backyard that they will need to maintain year-round. Homeowners also can plant a garden, install an in-ground pool and perform various home maintenance and upgrade projects at any time.

On the other hand, condo owners frequently live in closer proximity to one another in comparison to homeowners. This means condo owners likely won't have to mow their own lawns or shovel their walkways in winter. However, condo owners might lack the space to set up a personal garden, and they may require homeowners association (HOA) approval to complete any home exterior modifications as well.

2. Know the HOA Fees

Although you'll pay a mortgage as part of a condo purchase, you will still need to consider the HOA fees in addition to your monthly mortgage costs.

HOA fees cover the costs of insurance, maintenance and other property expenses. Plus, if your condo's roof is severely damaged or destroyed, you should be covered thanks to your HOA fees.

To learn about your HOA fees, you can contact the HOA directly. Also, your real estate agent will be able to provide insights into the HOA fees associated with a condo.

3. Collaborate with an Experienced Real Estate Agent

When it comes to purchasing a condo, all real estate agents are not created equal.

Finding a real estate agent who possesses many years of experience with condos is paramount. This real estate agent will be able to help you understand the ins and outs of condo life, examine HOA fees closely and discover whether a condo purchase is right for you.

Furthermore, your real estate agent should be able to help you along each stage of the homebuying journey. He or she will be able to set up condo showings, assess condos that match your price range and provide expert homebuying tips as you move along the homebuying journey.

Perhaps best of all, your real estate agent understands that the process of buying a condo can be challenging. As a result, your real estate agent is happy to respond to your concerns and queries. That way, if you're uncertain about purchasing a condo, you can consult with your real estate agent and get the best support possible.

Hire a real estate agent with condo experience – you'll be glad you did. With this real estate professional at your disposal, you should have no trouble finding your dream condo in no time at all.




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Posted by Donna Coffin on 9/25/2018


14 Highgate Rd, Marlborough, MA 01752

Single-Family

$379,000
Price

7
Rooms
3
Beds
1
Baths
Spectacular east side location this 3 bedroom ranch is set on a dead end street minutes from Marlborough Country Club and Ghiloni Park. Updated white cabinet kitchen with stainless steel refrigerator and range, glass front cabinet and track lighting. Beautiful hardwood floors on main level. Fireplaced living room with new fireplace enclosure. Updated bath with marble flooring and granite countertop. New french doors from dining room to front to back three season porch with built ins which leads to fenced in backyard. Roof/ 3 years old. You'll find maintenance free vinyl siding, central air, new interior doors and freshly painted interior. Finished area in basement would make great game room or family room. A must see!
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Posted by Donna Coffin on 9/25/2018


14 Highgate Rd, Marlborough, MA 01752

Single-Family

$379,000
Price

7
Rooms
3
Beds
1
Baths
Spectacular east side location this 3 bedroom ranch is set on a dead end street minutes from Marlborough Country Club and Ghiloni Park. Updated white cabinet kitchen with stainless steel refrigerator and range, glass front cabinet and track lighting. Beautiful hardwood floors on main level. Fireplaced living room with new fireplace enclosure. Updated bath with marble flooring and granite countertop. New french doors from dining room to front to back three season porch with built ins which leads to fenced in backyard. Roof/ 3 years old. You'll find maintenance free vinyl siding, central air, new interior doors and freshly painted interior. Finished area in basement would make great game room or family room. A must see!
Open House
Saturday
September 29 at 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM
More Open Houses
Cannot make the Open Houses?
Location: 14 Highgate Rd, Marlborough, MA 01752    Get Directions

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Posted by Donna Coffin on 9/21/2018

Spectacular east side location this 3 bedroom ranch is set on a dead end street minutes from Marlborough Country Club and Ghiloni Park. Updated white cabinet kitchen with stainless steel refrigerator and range, glass front cabinet and track lighting. Beautiful hardwood floors on main level. Fireplaced living room with new fireplace enclosure. Updated bath with marble flooring and granite countertop. New french doors from dining room to front to back three season porch with built ins which leads to fenced in backyard. Roof/ 3 years old. You'll find maintenance free vinyl siding, central air, new interior doors and freshly painted interior. Finished area in basement would make great game room or family room. A must see!

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Posted by Donna Coffin on 9/21/2018

Many times the house that people initially buy isn’t the property that will be their forever home. The house could be too big, too small, or not in an ideal location. When you sell your first home, you want to get the most out of your investment. There are so many easy ways that you can upgrade your home for a small amount of money. Any of these upgrades will add value to your home. Read on to find some of the most affordable improvements you can make to your home that will add character and value for you.


Do Something With The Kitchen


While “something” is a bold statement, it’s true. Just about any improvement, you make in your kitchen will give you a great return. Some ideas include:


Change the countertops

Replace the cabinets

Replace the stove

Get a new dishwasher

Install a new floor


There are so many different things that you can do to make a kitchen better. The possibilities are almost endless! The key to any renovation that you do is that you don’t want it to be too styled. Try to aim for improvements that will be timeless. Check out the current trends and see what seems to be a staple in modern homes. Keep in mind that you also have to like whatever it is you’re doing to your home.



Give Your Fireplace A Facelift


Upgrading the fireplaces in your home can be a great project and an excellent way to enhance your home. You can do anything from merely repairing your fireplace relieving it from any cracks. If you’re feeling zealous, you can change the type or face of fireplace you have. Look into switching from a wood burning fireplace to a gas fireplace. Change the front of your fireplace from brick to tone. Fireplaces are attractive features in homes that make any space cozy. 


Upgrade The Outdoor Space


An outdoor living space adds a lot to a home. The nice thing about adding outdoor is you can go as big as you want to. If you live in a warm region, an outdoor kitchen is an awesome feature to add on. Put a deck on your house. Construct a patio. Put up a gazebo or permanent screen house. There are so many ways to make outdoor living a possibility.   


Clean Up Your Outdoor Space


Giving the outside of your a once over can be an easy way to upgrade your property. You can power wash your siding. Trim your bushes. Add some more plants and foliage to the landscape. These are all simple, yet practical upgrades to your home that add value and appeal.      




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