Which Landscape Enhancements Will Increase Your Curb Appeal in Shrewsbury, MA?

images-1SHREWSBURY, Massachusetts – The answer is that most enhancements will do just that, but some do it more than others. Always beautiful, the following shrubs should be taken into consideration when you want to improve your home’s landscaping. These shrubs were found on almost every homestead owned by our grandparents. They have not fallen out of favor for any reason, only forgotten in the excitement that came with the many new cultivars that are now available. Take a look at these options to maximize your curb appeal!

  • Hydrangea: Tolerant of most soil types but sensitive to drought and hot sun, this shrub has many flower colors available and the newer ‘Endless Summer’ series bloom all summer long.
  • Spirea: Tolerant of most soils, these hardy deciduous shrubs come in many colors and show mounds of flowers come springtime that last all summer long.
  • Lilac: Hundreds of cultivars are available, but most prefer neutral soil and some shade. Known for their heady scented flowers, they make great vase cuttings.
  • Viburnum: With their beautiful springtime display, these smell wonderful and are favored by birds. If you do choose one, leave room for expansion as they tend to spread wider than their height.
  • Hibiscus:  Rose-of-Sharon never disappoint with their gorgeous late-summer flowers. They are very adaptable and easy to grow.

As always, feel free to reach out to me and I can give you some recommendations for my most trusted landscapers.

 

About Steve Levine

For nearly three decades, Steve Levine of REMAX Professional Associates, has been one of the top Real Estate agents in the Central Massachusetts.  A ten-time honoree as #1 REMAX Agent in New England, he brings to the table the experience that comes from working successfully with over 2000 Buyers and Sellers, through all types of real estate markets.  Adept at everything from land development, to custom home building, to residential single family and condo sales, his “can do” approach has made him one of the most sought after agents in the region.

A consummate marketing aficionado, and recognized as one of the most innovative Realtors in the industry, he has spoken nationally on many occasions, training other real estate agents on customer service, marketing, and web presence, and is currently developing a suite of instructional videos designed to enable agents to take their business to the next level.

When not out selling Massachusetts’s real estate, Steve is a passionate photographer, musician and writer, and is constantly looking for new ways to express himself.

For a private consultation on your Massachusetts real estate needs, he can be reached by email at steve@shrewsbury.net, by phone at 508 735-4663.

You can also check out his photography website at www.stellarimages.us.

Selling Your Shrewsbury Home? Get in Spring Cleaning Mode

imagesSHREWSBURY, Massachusetts – We are rapidly approaching Spring and if you are selling your home or thinking about selling your home, you might want to get into the Spring Cleaning mode.  There is no doubt about it, across the board clean homes sell better than messy or dirty homes do.  It is an unwritten, yet openly discussed, rule in real estate.  The main areas to focus on when cleaning, or examining your already cleaned home, are windows, walls, baseboards, bathrooms, closets and cabinets.

  • Windows should be clear inside and out.  Large picture windows should offer a clear, smudge-free view.
  • Walls should be clean, free of holes and have a fresh coat of paint if needed.
  • Baseboards should be free of dust and clean as well.
  • Bathrooms should sparkle.  Tile and grout should be clean, any cracked tiles should be replaced.  Toilets, tubs and showers should be stain-free.
  • Closets and cabinets should be cleared of clutter, organized and neat.  If there is a door or drawer the chances are good that a prospective buyer will open it.

The important thing to remember is that you never get a second chance to make a first impression.  The better condition your home is in and the cleaner it appears the more likely it is to make a good impression. I would be quite excited to provide an objective viewpoint if you would like an alternative opinion on the state of these focus areas. Shoot me an email and we can talk!

 

About Steve Levine

For nearly three decades, Steve Levine of REMAX Professional Associates, has been one of the top Real Estate agents in the Central Massachusetts.  A ten-time honoree as #1 REMAX Agent in New England, he brings to the table the experience that comes from working successfully with over 2000 Buyers and Sellers, through all types of real estate markets.  Adept at everything from land development, to custom home building, to residential single family and condo sales, his “can do” approach has made him one of the most sought after agents in the region.

A consummate marketing aficionado, and recognized as one of the most innovative Realtors in the industry, he has spoken nationally on many occasions, training other real estate agents on customer service, marketing, and web presence, and is currently developing a suite of instructional videos designed to enable agents to take their business to the next level.

When not out selling Massachusetts’s real estate, Steve is a passionate photographer, musician and writer, and is constantly looking for new ways to express himself.

For a private consultation on your Massachusetts real estate needs, he can be reached by email at steve@shrewsbury.net, by phone at 508 735-4663.

You can also check out his photography website at www.stellarimages.us.

Report #3 – The Top 10 Improvements you can make for return on investment

Hi everyone, and thanks so much for reading my third report in the series.  Today I will try to keep it somewhat short and sweet, which is very unlike me, as you know.  So often when I go to view a home as a potential new listing, the Seller goes through with me an exhaustive list of the expensive improvements they’ve done to the home, just in the last 5 years alone.  Upgrading the attic insulation, replacing the windows with high efficiency low-e glass, converting to a high efficiency heating systems etc.  In the end, the return on investment for those types of things is really near to zero, which I can tell you first hand is NOT what those people wanted to hear.

That doesn’t mean, of course, that you shouldn’t do those things.  In fact, I did many of those at my own home, from the 15K I spent on the heating system on down.  The key is that when you do them, you do them for YOU, and with no anticipation that one day they might help with resale value.

Instead, there are some very, very easy things you can do, most of them incredibly inexpensive, which will generate huge multiples of return.  When I come to see a potential new listing for the first time, I usually will look at the home with an eye for the following question: “What can I have my seller do to the property for $X that will get us five times $X when we put it on the market?”  Here are just a few of those things, mixed in with some of the larger long-term project you might consider as well.

As always, if I can answer any questions, or be of any assistance to you, your colleagues, or your friends, please feel free to reach out.  I bring to the table a track record of close to 30 years as one of the top Realtors in the nation, and 10 years as the #1 REMAX Agent in the 5-state New England region.   Real estate remains one of the few fields in the world, where a consumer can hire someone with that kind of experience, for the same price as one with no experience whatsoever.  I don’t know about you, but when I’ve been faced with that choice in my life, I’ve always chosen to go the route of the experienced professional in any field.

Without further adieu, here’s my list for you.

1. Cleaning and de-cluttering, and then doing it all one more time!    I’m a huge believer in the adage that less is more, and you can’t believe what a difference it makes to just get things out of there.  Rent a pod, rent a dumpster and then I’ll teach you some secret ways to make it all happen without lifting a finger.  The $800 you spend on that operation will probably earn you back $15-20K.

2. Lighten and brighten – I love conserving energy, but not when you’re selling your home. Now is the time to find bulbs that make your home seem like the surface of the sun.   Swap out the old brass lighting fixtures that came with the house, and grab some new ones at HD for under $50 each.  The whole house will just sparkle as a result.  Also get rid of any old dark window treatments, and just grab some sheers from Walmart.

3. Yard – Now’s a great time of year for fresh mulch, trimming back trees and shrubs, planting flowers, and all the things that make a house super special.  This includes repairing walkways and patios, painting the deck, and anything else that makes the home more appealing as you walk up to the front door.  $1000 spent here could be worth another 5-10K.

4. Plumbing and electrical – So many of our homes still have the same faucets, sinks, and toilet seats that have been there for decades.  The funny thing is that they’re often so cheap to replace. Last month I brought in my crews to a home that needed updating, and they sprayed the pink tub white, painted the pink tile, put in a new sink and counter, and a new lino floor.  It cost under $500 per bathroom and looked like a top dollar renovation.

5. Stop Smoking Please – If you don’t do it because one day it’ll kill you, then do it because when you smoke in your home the value drops, sometimes by 20-30K.  If you insist on smoking, go on a long, long walk (not on the back deck.)

6. Update kitchen and bath – Update kitchen and baths by dropping in new granite counters. Very cheap to do and adds a fortune in value.  Your only downside is that you’ll be kicking yourself for not doing it sooner!  Some stainless steel appliances from the Sears outlet, a new backsplash, and even with the original cabinets it’ll look brand new.

7. Paint interior – I really should have put this as #1 on the list, because nothing costs less, or yields more than paint.  I have a painting crew that handles all of my new listings, and they’re just brilliant, as well as affordable.  They know their job is max return, minimum investment and they’ve never let me down.

8. Carpeting – Same thing with carpet.  When I bring in some of my favorite carpet folks and set them loose to make everything brand new neutral beige, it’s like nothing you can imagine. For a couple thousand dollars, again you may get 10k back in return.

9. Electrical – This isn’t so much an improvement, as it is saving you from bigger expenses down the road.  If your home is over 10 years old, or has had work done, bring in an electrician to go through the circuit breaker box and fix any issues, double tapped breakers etc.  That way you won’t have to deal with it later after the home inspection.

10. Last one is Me! – I hate to put myself last, but then it helps underscore my point.  While these are a few quick ideas, I have dozens more..from hitting up exterior trim with bondo, to dry-ice pellets in the attic.  No two homes are every the same, and so my top tip is to let me walk through sooner, rather than later, clipboard in hand, and work with you to put together a custom list of ideas to start with.  That way, we’ll all be on the same page, you won’t waste money on things that don’t have payback, and I’ll have an easier sale down the road.  Besides that, of course, I have my recommended vendors that will actually show up, which is more of an issue these days then you might think.

Thanks again for reading everyone.  Remember, please don’t hesitate to reach out with any questions.  You can reach me by email at steve@stevelevine.com or on my cell phone (508) 735-4663

In the meantime, here’s a video with some more things you might enjoy.

 

 

About Steve Levine

For nearly three decades, Steve Levine of REMAX Professional Associates, has been one of the top Real Estate agents in the Central Massachusetts. A ten-time honoree as #1 REMAX Agent in New England, he brings to the table the experience that comes from working successfully with over 2000 Buyers and Sellers, through all types of real estate markets. Adept at everything from land development, to custom home building, to residential single family and condo sales, his “can do” approach has made him one of the most sought after agents in the region.

A consummate marketing aficionado, and recognized as one of the most innovative Realtors in the industry, he has spoken nationally on many occasions, training other real estate agents on customer service, marketing, and web presence, and is currently developing a suite of instructional videos designed to enable agents to take their business to the next level.

When not out selling Massachusetts’s real estate, Steve is a passionate photographer, musician and writer, and is constantly looking for new ways to express himself.

For a private consultation on your Massachusetts real estate needs, he can be reached by email at steve@shrewsbury.net, by phone at 508 735-4663.

You can also check out his photography website at www.stellarimages.us.

 

Some helpful tips on selling your Shrewsbury, MA home in the Winter

SHREWSBURY, Massachusetts – Few people realize that here in Shrewsbury, the winter market actually tends to favor the Sellers, in many cases largely just due to the lack of inventory.  The key, however, is to make your property show its best, regardless of the weather outside. Here are a few tips and tricks of the trade, which you may want to consider.

Pick up any dead tree limbs.
Keep your driveway, steps, and walkways plowed, shoveled, and salted at all times.
Keep gutters clean so that no icicles have a chance to form.
Replace weather-stripping as needed to keep drafts away.
Keep all valves to outdoor spigots turned off to avoid burst pipes.
Holiday decorations should be put away as soon as possible.
Keeping a roaring fireplace during an open house this time of year is always a good thing.
>Keep lists handy for all potential buyers of all of your home’s energy efficiencies, i.e. wrapped pipes, extra insulation, new windows, etc.
Keep all windows clean to let in as much light as possible. Remove all screens to storage and take down any heavy drapes. This will let in that extra light that so many potential buyers will be demanding this time of year.
Keep as many lights on as possible during showings. If you cannot be there, set lights on timers and add motion sensors to walkways. You may even consider installing motion detectors for walk-in closets.
Keep photos around your home showing the house in all seasons. A nice shot of your blooming flowers and lush green shrubs will help potential buyers understand what is under all of that snow!

Remember, the winter is a fine time to sell, and the data backs that up time after time. You’ll be limited to only the serious Buyers, not the tire-kickers, and those folks will have far fewer homes to pick from; that alone will increase your chances.

If you’re interested in learning more about selling in the winter, just reach out to me anytime and we can chat.

 

About Steve Levine

For nearly three decades, Steve Levine of REMAX Professional Associates, has been one of the top Real Estate agents in the Central Massachusetts.  A ten-time honoree as #1 REMAX Agent in New England, he brings to the table the experience that comes from working successfully with over 2000 Buyers and Sellers, through all types of real estate markets.  Adept at everything from land development, to custom home building, to residential single family and condo sales, his “can do” approach has made him one of the most sought after agents in the region.

A consummate marketing aficionado, and recognized as one of the most innovative Realtors in the industry, he has spoken nationally on many occasions, training other real estate agents on customer service, marketing, and web presence, and is currently developing a suite of instructional videos designed to enable agents to take their business to the next level.

When not out selling Massachusetts’s real estate, Steve is a passionate photographer, musician and writer, and is constantly looking for new ways to express himself.

For a private consultation on your Massachusetts real estate needs, he can be reached by email at steve@shrewsbury.net, by phone at 508 735-4663.

You can also check out his photography website at www.stellarimages.us.

Carbon Monoxide Detectors in your Shrewsbury, MA home are a necessary safety feature

co_detector_factsheetSHREWSBURY, Massachusetts – Most every person in this country and certainly in the Shrewsbury area knows the importance of installing and keeping their fire alarms properly maintained. You know…change the batteries when you change your clocks, etc.

Less well known, but equally important, is to install and maintain carbon monoxide detectors in their homes. Every year in our country approximately two hundred people die from carbon monoxide poisoning, so it’s impossible to stress enough just how imperative this is.

A few years ago, many states (including Massachusetts) modified the extant smoke detector regulations to include Carbon Monoxide Detectors on every floor of every home.  As such, if you are planning to sell your Shrewsbury property, I can stop trying to convince you right here, because you really have no choice – as it is a required element to pass your mandated smoke detector certification for closing.

Ways to avoid Carbon Monoxide poisoning in your home:

  • Purchase a carbon monoxide detector to place within 10 feet of every sleeping area in your home.
  • Change the batteries yearly, when you change your fire alarm batteries.
  • Have your furnace and fireplace checked regularly by a professional.
  • Use your generators properly.
  • Avoid “warming up” your car if the garage is attached to your home.

For more general information on how to install a carbon monoxide detector see EHow’s Instructions at: http://www.ehow.com/how_4926_install-carbon-monoxide.html. That’s a really great overview at the national level, but here in Shrewsbury there are some more specific requirements that must be met at well. Reach out to me if you have any questions, and I can tell you some of what I’ve learned from a few hundred of these inspections.

 

About Steve Levine

For nearly three decades, Steve Levine of REMAX Professional Associates, has been one of the top Real Estate agents in the Central Massachusetts.  A ten-time honoree as #1 REMAX Agent in New England, he brings to the table the experience that comes from working successfully with over 2000 Buyers and Sellers, through all types of real estate markets.  Adept at everything from land development, to custom home building, to residential single family and condo sales, his “can do” approach has made him one of the most sought after agents in the region.

A consummate marketing aficionado, and recognized as one of the most innovative Realtors in the industry, he has spoken nationally on many occasions, training other real estate agents on customer service, marketing, and web presence, and is currently developing a suite of instructional videos designed to enable agents to take their business to the next level.

When not out selling Massachusetts’s real estate, Steve is a passionate photographer, musician and writer, and is constantly looking for new ways to express himself.

For a private consultation on your Massachusetts real estate needs, he can be reached by email at steve@shrewsbury.net, by phone at 508 735-4663.

You can also check out his photography website at www.stellarimages.us.

Using Wood Composite Technology will help you build Chemical Free in Shrewsbury, MA

SHREWSBURY, Massachusetts – Green energy, green building, green living, you’ve heard it all before. How can we achieve a lower carbon footprint, while getting benefits at the same time? Enter the world of composite technology.

Commonly used in exterior siding, and of course on the building of decks, these products are just fantastic! Sitting on a composite deck 10 years later, it still looks the same as it did the day it was installed. It doesn’t warp, chip, peel, or fade over time…and they haven’t found a termite yet that wants to chew through it.

Some of the features, at a glance…

  • Manufactured using ninety percent recycled content
  • Fire resistant
  • Slip resistant
  • Easy installation
  • Low Maintenance
  • Barefoot Friendly
  • Chemical-free

Many Massachusetts builders are now making it a standard construction element in homes in all price ranges, and whether you’re thinking of a new build, or renovating an existing structure, it’s absolutely worth checking it out in person.

If you don’t know anyone who currently has it installed, let me know, and I’ll make a few calls and arrange for you to visit one of my wonderful past clients in the Shrewsbury area to see for yourself.

 

About Steve Levine

For nearly three decades, Steve Levine of REMAX Professional Associates, has been one of the top Real Estate agents in the Central Massachusetts.  A ten-time honoree as #1 REMAX Agent in New England, he brings to the table the experience that comes from working successfully with over 2000 Buyers and Sellers, through all types of real estate markets.  Adept at everything from land development, to custom home building, to residential single family and condo sales, his “can do” approach has made him one of the most sought after agents in the region.

A consummate marketing aficionado, and recognized as one of the most innovative Realtors in the industry, he has spoken nationally on many occasions, training other real estate agents on customer service, marketing, and web presence, and is currently developing a suite of instructional videos designed to enable agents to take their business to the next level.

When not out selling Massachusetts’s real estate, Steve is a passionate photographer, musician and writer, and is constantly looking for new ways to express himself.

For a private consultation on your Massachusetts real estate needs, he can be reached by email at steve@shrewsbury.net, by phone at 508 735-4663.

You can also check out his photography website at www.stellarimages.us.

Improving Air Quality in your home makes a great impression on potential Buyers in Shrewsbury, MA

SHREWSBURY, Massachusetts – Believe it or not, the quality of air in your home while it is on the market can have a large subconscious impact on the impression potential buyers have of your home, as it is a concern to many buyers today. Homeowners today are ultra-conscious of the quality of air in their homes, since we spend so much time indoors. Here are some ways that you can achieve superior air quality while improving your family’s respiratory health.

  • Basement: Since the furnace is in this space, you must have it inspected and cleaned yearly to avoid leakage of dangerous gases. Also, many basements can be damp and therefore may grow mold. You must make sure your gutters are doing their job of keeping water runoff away from your home. Installing a dehumidifier or air conditioner can keep even the moistest basement dry.
  • Garage: Install a weatherproof door between this room and the rest of your home. It will keep gasoline odors where they belong. Your lungs and potential buyers will thank you.
  • Kitchen: If you have a gas range, you must have a hood fan that exhausts outdoor air. Turning on that fan, or simply opening a window while cooking will remove gas fumes. All fuel burning appliances must be professionally inspected to prevent possible carbon monoxide poisoning.
  • Pet odors: These need to be kept to an absolute minimum, especially in wet weather. When in doubt, have someone else come take a walk through and give you an honest opinion. So often we get used to those odors in our homes, and don’t realize just how noticeable they are.
  • Family/Living Room: Dust accumulation can be simply eliminated with the reduction of clutter. Keeping toys, books and other items nicely stored away in closets is the way to go.
  • Bedrooms: Vacuum, vacuum, vacuum. Dust mites and allergens are also greatly reduced by washing bedding in hot water. Choose area rugs that are easy to wash. Also consider steam-cleaning rugs before showing your home, reducing any bad odor and improving the air quality in your home.
  • Bathrooms: Ventilation is so important in this well-used room. Exhaust fans work to remove moisture and chemicals that you clean with. Change your cleaning products to ones that have no pesticides or toxic ingredients. See http://grist.org/article/i-dont-want-no-scrub/ for a list of green bathroom cleaners.
  • Attic: Have your duct work inspected if it runs through an uninsulated attic. Why? Because humid air condenses and can cause mold and rust. Consider having your attic insulated.

Throughout your home always leave doors between rooms open for better air circulation Opening windows from time to time is also quite important to the overall maintenance of your home. Today’s homes have become, by design, so “tight” that the air can easily get stale. Yes, air conditioning is great, but it really is so great to just open the windows from time to time and let the house breath. Fresh air wins out with Buyers each and every time.

 

About Steve Levine

For nearly three decades, Steve Levine of REMAX Professional Associates, has been one of the top Real Estate agents in the Central Massachusetts.  A ten-time honoree as #1 REMAX Agent in New England, he brings to the table the experience that comes from working successfully with over 2000 Buyers and Sellers, through all types of real estate markets.  Adept at everything from land development, to custom home building, to residential single family and condo sales, his “can do” approach has made him one of the most sought after agents in the region.

A consummate marketing aficionado, and recognized as one of the most innovative Realtors in the industry, he has spoken nationally on many occasions, training other real estate agents on customer service, marketing, and web presence, and is currently developing a suite of instructional videos designed to enable agents to take their business to the next level.

When not out selling Massachusetts’s real estate, Steve is a passionate photographer, musician and writer, and is constantly looking for new ways to express himself.

For a private consultation on your Massachusetts real estate needs, he can be reached by email at steve@shrewsbury.net, by phone at 508 735-4663.

You can also check out his photography website at www.stellarimages.us.

 

Regular tasks to be done to keep up the Resale Value of your Shrewsbury, MA home

SHREWSBURY, Massachusetts – Nothing ruins the value of your home more than neglecting regular maintenance. It’s not about fixing things as they break, but rather preventative care to keep things from breaking in the first place. With every home, there are a myriad of things that simply have to be done every three months, every six months or yearly to keep your property in tip-top shape. Here is a tidy little checklist to keep on hand to make sure you are staying on track:

Yearly:

  • Inspect those gutters to make sure they are securely attached and free of leaves and debris
  • Inspect your chimney to determine if a professional cleaning is needed
  • Furnace must be inspected and cleaned by a professional
  • Clean and seal your wood deck and its railings
  • Vacuum all that lint from your clothes dryer duct and vent
  • Check your septic tank’s level
  • Re-caulk your exterior windows, doors, siding base and trim
  • Re-caulk along the fronts of tubs and showers
  • Inspect for worn fittings and connection on all plumbing fixtures in your home
  • Have your carpets cleaned by a professional
  • Garage Doors: oil the track, roller, hinges, pulleys and springs with a light gauge oil
  • Have your sprinkler system inspected and winterized
  • Drain and remove all hoses from the exterior of your house
  • Shut off all of your outside faucets before freezing temperatures

Every Six Months:

  • Vacuum vents and coils at the back of your refrigerator
  • Clean your stove’s vent and fan
  • Check the batteries in your smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors

Every Three Months:

  • Clean or replace your furnace filter and air-conditioner filter
  • Fertilize your lawn – gorgeous laws generate resale value every time!

 

About Steve Levine

For nearly three decades, Steve Levine of REMAX Professional Associates, has been one of the top Real Estate agents in the Central Massachusetts.  A ten-time honoree as #1 REMAX Agent in New England, he brings to the table the experience that comes from working successfully with over 2000 Buyers and Sellers, through all types of real estate markets.  Adept at everything from land development, to custom home building, to residential single family and condo sales, his “can do” approach has made him one of the most sought after agents in the region.

A consummate marketing aficionado, and recognized as one of the most innovative Realtors in the industry, he has spoken nationally on many occasions, training other real estate agents on customer service, marketing, and web presence, and is currently developing a suite of instructional videos designed to enable agents to take their business to the next level.

When not out selling Massachusetts’s real estate, Steve is a passionate photographer, musician and writer, and is constantly looking for new ways to express himself.

For a private consultation on your Massachusetts real estate needs, he can be reached by email at steve@shrewsbury.net, by phone at 508 735-4663.

You can also check out his photography website at www.stellarimages.us.

When considering updating your Shrewsbury, MA home, consider “Going Green”

SHREWSBURY, Massachusetts – Despite the current economy, the United States’ green building market is growing at a steady clip. Some estimates show it to be at $85 billion and growing (http://construction.com/about-us/press/green-building-outlook-strong-for-both-non-residential-and-residential.asp). Some new green features for homes tailoring to the middle class include:

  • Square footage which ranges from 1,600 square feet to 3,500 square feet
  • Bamboo flooring
  • On-Demand Water Heaters
  • Rain Barrels
  • Insulated Windows
  • High efficiency heat pumps
  • Icynene spray foam insulation
  • Non-toxic finishes minus those nasty volatile organic compounds
  • Formaldehyde-free kitchen cabinets
  • All homes come complete with Energy Star specs

You may be wondering: “so what is it going to cost me?” Well, for starters, certain higher-cost “green” items can actually save you money in other places. For example, when installing thicker insulation, a smaller air conditioner is needed. Shorter duct runs create savings when the attic is well-sealed. In addition, you can reap benefits when it comes to resale, since the marketing of this type of home appeals to those looking to save up to as much as 50% on utilities or to live in a green home. The National Association of Home Builders has green building standards to help you assess how energy efficient your home could be with innovative green energy renovations.

I have worked with several excellent contractors in the Shrewsbury area, who pride themselves on going “green.” If you’re thinking of undertaking such a project, feel free to reach out to me anytime, and I’m happy to pass along a few names for you.

 

About Steve Levine

For nearly three decades, Steve Levine of REMAX Professional Associates, has been one of the top Real Estate agents in the Central Massachusetts.  A ten-time honoree as #1 REMAX Agent in New England, he brings to the table the experience that comes from working successfully with over 2000 Buyers and Sellers, through all types of real estate markets.  Adept at everything from land development, to custom home building, to residential single family and condo sales, his “can do” approach has made him one of the most sought after agents in the region.

A consummate marketing aficionado, and recognized as one of the most innovative Realtors in the industry, he has spoken nationally on many occasions, training other real estate agents on customer service, marketing, and web presence, and is currently developing a suite of instructional videos designed to enable agents to take their business to the next level.

When not out selling Massachusetts’s real estate, Steve is a passionate photographer, musician and writer, and is constantly looking for new ways to express himself.

For a private consultation on your Massachusetts real estate needs, he can be reached by email at steve@shrewsbury.net, by phone at 508 735-4663.

You can also check out his photography website at www.stellarimages.us.

If selling your Shrewsbury, MA home is not an option, you may consider Renting

SHREWSBURY, Massachusetts – If you need to sell your home and find that you are having trouble selling it, why not rent it? For many, this is a frightening idea because people believe there are so many ways for problems to arise within this particular arrangement.

To avoid any possible problems, homeowners simply need to arm themselves with a few key pieces of information. For starters, you must be able to emotionally disconnect from the house. You need to approach this new situation in the way you would if you were selling the house, since tenants do have privacy rights. This will also allow you to deal with any tenant problems from an objective standpoint.

Secondly and most importantly, you must screen each and every tenant that you consider. You may consult the Landlord Protection Agency website for screening worksheets at http://www.thelpa.com/. Pay special attention to their reason for moving, the number of tenants, if they have children how many and how old are they, if they have pets, if there are smokers, the state of their credit, what their occupation is, and lastly if they have ever owned a home. Beware of “professional tenants” who seek out landlords that do not screen and bank on the idea that you may not know how to remove them from the house.

Thirdly, be smart about what you charge for rent. As your agent I can help educate you about current competition and rental prices in Shrewsbury. As with the purchasing of a home, the right price can make the difference between a renter signing an agreement or not.

Finally, be prepared to decide who is responsible for which repairs and upgrades. A basic rule of thumb is that if something breaks that affects quality of life or poses a danger to your tenant, you are responsible for it. Upgrades are obviously not requirements, although you may want to consider them if you find an agreeable tenant that you wish to keep long-term.

 

About Steve Levine

For nearly three decades, Steve Levine of REMAX Professional Associates, has been one of the top Real Estate agents in the Central Massachusetts.  A ten-time honoree as #1 REMAX Agent in New England, he brings to the table the experience that comes from working successfully with over 2000 Buyers and Sellers, through all types of real estate markets.  Adept at everything from land development, to custom home building, to residential single family and condo sales, his “can do” approach has made him one of the most sought after agents in the region.

A consummate marketing aficionado, and recognized as one of the most innovative Realtors in the industry, he has spoken nationally on many occasions, training other real estate agents on customer service, marketing, and web presence, and is currently developing a suite of instructional videos designed to enable agents to take their business to the next level.

When not out selling Massachusetts’s real estate, Steve is a passionate photographer, musician and writer, and is constantly looking for new ways to express himself.

For a private consultation on your Massachusetts real estate needs, he can be reached by email at steve@shrewsbury.net, by phone at 508 735-4663.

You can also check out his photography website at www.stellarimages.us.