Quarterly Market Statistics for Worcester MA

Worcester 3rd Qrt. rpt 2014

Market Statistics courtesy of MLS Property Information Network, Inc. 01/13/15

Quarterly Market Statistics for Grafton MA

Grafton 3rd Qrt. rpt 2014

Market Statistics courtesy of MLS Property Information Network, Inc. 01/15/15

Quarterly Market Statistics for Westborough MA

Westborough 3rd Qrt. rpt 2014

Market Statistics courtesy of MLS Property Information Network, Inc. 01/13/15

Quarterly Market Statistics for West Boylston MA

West Boylston 3rd Qrt. rpt 2014

Market Statistics courtesy of MLS Property Information Network, Inc. 01/13/15

Quarterly Market Statistics for Northborough MA

Northborough 3rd Qrt. rpt 2014

Market Statistics courtesy of MLS Property Information Network, Inc. 01/13/15

Quarterly Market Statistics for Boylston MA

Boylston 3rd Qrt. rpt 2014
Market Statistics courtesy of MLS Property Information Network, Inc. 01/13/15

 

 

Quarterly Market Statistics for Shrewsbury MA

Shrewsbury 3rd Qrt. rpt 2014

Market Statistics courtesy of MLS Property Information Network, Inc. 01/13/15

Curb Appeal is essential in the selling of your Shrewsbury home!

SHREWSBURY, Massachusetts – If you are putting your house on the market, or own a rental property that is in need of a new tenant, get it to move more quickly with what experts say the market is currently calling for – more curb appeal.

In the past the two main things sellers focused on were making sure their kitchen was up to par and bathrooms were fresh.  Now we are finding that in this softened market, curb appeal is king. Make sure your property is ready when it is shown to prospective buyers. The first look makes a big difference, and this could be the only shot you have to make a good impression.

If you are having trouble deciding what changes need to be made, have no fear, because it’s what I do each and every day here in Shrewsbury. I start with the approach of simple economics, asking myself, “What can I do to the home in a few days that will cost $X, but will generate five times X in additional sales price?” It just doesn’t make sense to put in $3,000 worth of granite counters to only get $3,000 more for the home…but if I can spend $1,000 on paint and earn $10,000 in profit, I’ll do that all day long!

One thing that may be the single best asset to my real estate career in Shrewsbury, has been to put together a “pre-marketing team” that I can count on to help in a pinch. After we meet and come up with a plan, I just need to make a few calls, and in comes my painter, handyman, electrician, carpet cleaner, etc. They all know each other and all work based on the same fundamental principle of getting you as much as possible for your home.

An average of $3,000 is what one National Association of Realtors survey found was needed to make homes look cleaner, fresher and more modern. De-cluttering was high on the list of priorities as well. Make that first impression the best it can be since today’s Shrewsbury homebuyers are jumping much more quickly on homes that appear to be updated and fresh.

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 you do not qualify for a Loan Modification, what’s next?

SHREWSBURY, Massachusetts – Even though the Federal Housing Finance Agency has come up with a plan to help millions of homeowners from losing their homes to foreclosure by working out new payment terms, there are still many people out there who will simply not qualify for this assistance. If you are finding yourself in this predicament, there are some things you can do to improve your situation.

Before anything else, give your lender a call to try and work out a payment arrangement that works better for you. This is your first move, however if this is to no avail you do have other options.

You might consider a short sale, which is when a lender will accept less than what is due on the loan. In this instance you will avoid foreclosure, but you risk the possibility of having to pay taxes on the short.

Another option is to transfer your title in exchange for the cancellation of your debt, otherwise known as a “deed in lieu of foreclosure”. This is an arrangement in which the owner of a home turns over the deed to their home rather than going through the foreclosure process. This saves you the stress of having your home foreclosed upon and allows you to make arrangements ahead of time, and it saves the bank the time and money of the foreclosure. You will lose your equity, but you will not damage your credit.

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 .

Are foreclosed homes really a great bargain in Shrewsbury, Massachusetts?

SHREWSBURY, Massachusetts – In today’s market if you have a good credit score or have lots of cash available to you, you may be considering purchasing a foreclosed home. This can be a very good opportunity to make some money, but if you have ever tried to get information on a specific foreclosure you have probably found that the process is not so easy.

Make this process easier on yourself by choosing one Shrewsbury neighborhood and sticking to it. As your agent, I can give you the neighborhood’s property values and take special care to make sure there are not too many foreclosures there. Make sure that there is potential for job growth down the line in this particular neighborhood. If the neighborhood is a good, you’ll want to seriously consider the home in it as a viable option, and the extra legwork will likely give monetary return.

You’ll want to drive the neighborhood and focus on finding a home that may need some work.  Another way to learn about the property you are interested in is to ask me to get in contact with the local assessor’s office. They will be able to tell you the property owner’s name, the home’s tax information, its assessed value, its square footage and even what the current owner paid for the home.

Once you know what the seller wants, you are one step closer to being able to negotiate a deal. As your agent, I can make this whole process easier for you and the Seller, as I have experience understanding the complexities of this kind of transaction.

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 .