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Posted by Nelson Zide on 11/22/2017

Shopping for a new home is difficult and time-consuming. With all of the homes listed for sale, itís tempting to want to visit all of them. However, if youíre juggling house-hunting with your work and personal life, then you likely wonít have time to set aside many hours to visit several homes.

 This is where you can use technology to your advantage. With free, modern tools online you can find out plenty about a house and the neighborhood itís in without ever having to go and visit it. Better yet, you can do so in just a few minutes right from home.

 In this article, weíre going to teach you how to become a real estate investigator from the comfort of your own couch, helping you save time while hunting for the perfect home for you. 

 Know what youíre looking for

While itís okay to browse homes for pleasure, when it comes to getting serious about buying a home youíll want to keep your search as specific as possible. Think about what you or your family need in a house and neighborhood, rather than focusing on idealized versions of those things.

A good way to do this is to sit down and make a list of your budget and the five most important things youíre looking for in a home. These could be things like distance to work, being in a certain school district, or having a certain number of bedrooms. Once you have these details in mind you can begin your search.

Search tools

There are a number of search tools for locating homes near you. The key to searching, however, isnít the tool you use but how you search. Refer to your list for things like room numbers, square footage, and location.

If you donít come up with as many hits as youíd like, try setting up email or text alerts so you can be made aware of the new results for your area.

Once you have a list of about ten properties, youíre ready to start researching them further to see which sellers you want to contact to view the home.

Researching a potential home

Many people are surprised at the number of things you can learn about a home just from a Google search. However, Google will be an indispensable tool in your search for the perfect home.

Letís start our search on Google Maps. Type in the address for the house youíre researching and see if there are any photos of the home that arenít on the listing page. Next, enter the satellite view of the home to get an idea of the layout of the home and property.

While youíre in Google Maps, itís a good idea to browse the local area for businesses, hospitals, schools, parks, and other services that might affect your decision. Then, set a driving route between the house and your place of work to find out how long it would take you to get to work if you moved there.

Once youíre done in Google Maps, head back to the Google search page and browse the results for the address. This could show you information on previous owners, prices, and crime statistics. All of this will be useful information in your search.

Repeat this search method for the rest of your homes on your list and youíll be narrowing down potential homes to visit in no time.





Posted by Nelson Zide on 11/15/2017

House hunting can be enjoyable but becomes overwhelming pretty quickly. After looking at many different houses, they can all start to look the same. Itís hard to remember what homes had what features. In order to make a right decision on which home to make an offer on, youíll need to remember the details of each house. Read on for tips to help you house hunt like a pro.


Keep Track Of The Homes You Have Looked At


Whether youíre doing simple online searches or touring open houses, itís easy for your mind to get jumbled as to what you have seen. Itís a good idea to keep a record of homes with their addresses as to where they are located, the color of the house, and the desirable features contained within the home. This way, you can have an overall picture of what you want. 


Know What Features Are Important 


You should make a list of everything youíre looking for in a home before you even start searching. Include things like:


  • The price range
  • How big of a house youíre looking for
  • How many bedrooms
  • How many bathrooms
  • Additional features like walk-in closets
  • Eat-in kitchen or dining room
  • What type of home youíre looking for
  • How many stories you want the home to be



You can then branch off from the essentials on the list adding other desirable features in a property like a pool, a jacuzzi, a large backyard, or a fireplace. Then, you should make a list prioritizing what is the most important to you in your home search. Things like the number of bedrooms and the size of the home will be a higher priority than a jacuzzi tub. 


Look At Your Commute


One of the most significant factors in finding a home is how far it is from your workplace. The closer you are to work, the less stressful your life will be. If you take the train or a bus to work, it may be easier to live close to a station or stop. On the flip side, to be closer to work what are you sacrificing? Are you close to schools, parks, stores, and other regularly visited spots? See what locations suit your lifestyle.


Review What Youíve Looked At

Once you have done your research and decided what you need and want, itís time to make comparisons. Look at the prices of each home and see what they have to offer for the money. Once you decide the price and amenities are on par with your original wishlist, the house is a good candidate to put an offer on.             






Posted by Nelson Zide on 11/14/2017

Move in condition unit facing the front. Brand new kitchen cabinets, countertops and appliances. Brand new bathroom vanity with granite countertop, bathtub tile wall. Full size in unit laundry hookups. King size master bedroom. New wall-to-wall in master, living room and dining room. New kitchen floor. Slider to patio and private storage room. Close to public transportation. Show & sell!!

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Posted by Nelson Zide on 11/14/2017


34 Silver Hill Ln, Natick, MA 01760

Condo

$214,900
Price

4
Rooms
1
Beds
1
Baths
Move right into this large Natick Green 1 bedroom condo facing the rear with sliding glass door to patio and storage room. New wall to wall throughout. Freshly painted. New stove in kitchen. Stackable w/d hookups. Central air. Great complex. Close to commuter rail. Show & sell!!
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Posted by Nelson Zide on 11/14/2017


9 Joseph Road, Framingham, MA 01701

Single-Family

$439,900
Price

7
Rooms
3
Beds
2
Baths
This home must be seen. Totally renovated. Newer roof, solar panels, vinyl replacement windows. Custom kitchen with black granite counters and white cabinets. New waterproof flooring throughout. Dining room and kitchen goes to new family room. Vaulted ceilings in fireplaced living room. Wall a/c. Great open floor plan. King size master with new full bath. New main bath. Dog run in rear. Shed and gazebo for your enjoyment. Newer driveway. This Must Be Seen!!
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