Matt Gamache - Touchstone Realty



Posted by Matt Gamache on 7/9/2020


25 Leland Farm Rd, Ashland, MA 01721

Condo

$334,900
Price

5
Rooms
2
Beds
2
Baths
Wow this is the one you have been waiting for! Beautifully updated 2 bedroom 2 full bath townhouse in Ledgemere that has everything you are looking for. Amazing picturesque water views of the duck pond. Open floor plan with lots of natural light. Gorgeous hardwood floors throughout the living and dining room. Big and bright eat in kitchen with plenty of cabinet space and a kitchen island. There is also a slider off the kitchen that leads outside to the sun splashed deck. Two very spacious bedrooms on the second floor with lots of closet space. Finished room in the lower level is great for an office, gym or playroom. Close to all major routes and commuter rails.
Open House
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Posted by Matt Gamache on 7/8/2020

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You're not thinking of selling -- so why keep your home in market-ready shape? There are some excellent reasons for upgrading your home while you live there; keeping your house in good repair and in "ready to sell" condition benefits you in a variety of ways: 

Your own comfort: It's just more comfortable to live in a home that is in great shape and that does not require a lot of extra work or repairs. When your HVAC system is in peak condition, you'll save money on heating and cooling your home -- and when you've already taken the time to unclutter and organize, home cleanup becomes a breeze. Get things ready for your own comfort and enjoyment and you'll also be ready to sell in a hurry if you have to. 

Your life circumstances change: Getting married, having a baby, combining households or even becoming an empty-nester can lead to big changes in the way you live. If you suddenly need more (or less) space, those changes will be easier to deal with if you are not also burdened with getting your home ready for sale, too. You'll be ready to go, and are sure to get a top offer, when your home is already in selling shape. 

The unexpected happens: A job loss or transfer could leave you stuck with a home you own but can no longer live in. If you are not prepared, you could end up becoming an unintentional landlord -- and you'll be responsible for a bundle of repairs and maintenance at once. Keep your home in market ready condition and you won't have to scramble to get ready. This is also likely to be an incredibly stressful time, so having your home ready to sell if you need to can take a big burden from your shoulders, too. 

Company's coming: It will be easier to host and entertain when you know your home is in show worthy shape. If chaos and clutter is keeping you from truly enjoying your space or delayed repairs and maintenance are preventing you from having company over, getting your home ready to show will remove this burden. In some cases, the changes you make will let you fall in love with your home all over again -- and be able to proudly share it with others, too. 

Whether an unexpected job transfer pops up, the in-laws are coming or you simply want to enjoy your home in comfort, committing to keeping it in "show-ready" condition will give you peace of mind and ensure you are not inconvenienced by life's little (or big) surprises. 




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Posted by Matt Gamache on 7/1/2020

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Although a 20 percent down payment is no longer the norm, you still need to save a considerable amount to cover all the initial costs of buying a home. With median down payments at seven percent, a $250,000 home will require a down payment of $17,500. Plus, you need to have funds for all the closing costs, including title fees. Thankfully, to get started in putting away that $20,000, or more, you do not have to make monumental changes to your finances. Just these small ones will do — and it can be a lot of fun, too!

Tuck Away All Your Fivers

To start your savings off right, you can tuck away every five dollar bill that comes your way. Simply put the fivers in an envelope as they appear, then deposit the whole lot at the end of the week. If you do not regularly carry cash, however, you can adjust this method to transferring the five bucks over to savings anytime your balance ends in a 5 or 0. That’s it. By the end of the year, you will marvel at how many fives have piled up.

Get Rolling with a Nickel

To take a progressive savings approach, all you need to start with is a nickel. On day one, take a nickel from your pocket and plunk it into a jar. Then, on the next day, put in 10 cents, then 15, then 20, and continue on in this manner until the end of the year. By day 365, you will only have to put in $18.25 to complete this savings plan. You can also switch it up a bit by working from $18.25 and moving downward or alternating from either end of the scale with 5 cents here, then $18 there. At the end, you will have more than $3,000 in savings without batting an eye.

Round It Up & Into Savings

Another painless way to save is by rounding up each and every one of your purchases, putting the remainder into savings. Although you will only put away 99 cents at most each purchase, the funds will add up quickly and leave you with plenty in the account by year’s end.  

Chart Out a Sinking Fund

If you just love to see your progress in action, chart out a sinking fund to track your savings. Simply print an outline of a house and create a lined chart up the side, starting at zero and moving all the way up to your savings goal. Then, fill in the home from the bottom up as you deposit money into savings. To figure out how much to save in your sinking fund, just divide your goal by the number of months you want it to take.

Since these saving methods do not require much of a lifestyle change, they can be a lot of fun to complete, especially as you see your balance grow. Just keep making small adjustments to your finances to continue to build your savings and your dreams of homeownership will come into focus before you know it.




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Posted by Matt Gamache on 6/24/2020

Let's face it Ė selling a home in a buyer's market is far from ideal. In this scenario, a home seller likely will compete with many property sellers to promote his or her residence. And despite a home seller's best efforts, there are no guarantees that he or she will be able to maximize the value of a residence.

A buyer's market often is a dream come true for property buyers and a worst nightmare for property sellers. Lucky for you, we're here to help you navigate a buyer's market and ensure you can get the best price for your home.

Now, let's take a look at three tips that every home seller who is operating in a buyer's market needs to know.

1. Complete a Home Appraisal

A home appraisal offers a valuable opportunity for a home seller because it enables this individual to identify a property's strengths and weaknesses. That way, a home seller can find the best ways to enhance a residence and help it stand out from other available properties.

Typically, a home appraiser will inspect a residence both inside and out. After the evaluation is completed, the home appraiser will provide a home seller with a report that describes problem areas that were identified during the assessment.

A home appraisal report can make a world of difference for a home seller, particularly in a buyer's market. With this report in hand, a home seller can work toward enhancing a house's interior and exterior.

2. Establish a Competitive Price for Your Residence

What you paid for your home a few years is unlikely to match the value of your house today. Meanwhile, a home seller should set a competitive price for a residence to ensure that his or her house stirs up plenty of interest from homebuyers.

To determine a competitive price, examine the prices of comparable homes that are currently available in your area. This will help you establish a price range for houses similar to your own.

Furthermore, check out the prices of recently sold homes in your city or town. This housing market data can help you make an informed decision about how to price your residence.

3. Work with an Experienced Real Estate Agent

An experienced real estate agent is unafraid to list a home in a buyer's market. In fact, this housing market professional knows exactly what it takes to sell a residence in any real estate market, at any time.

Thanks to an experienced real estate agent, you can streamline the home selling process. This real estate professional will showcase your house to the right groups of property buyers consistently. He or she also will set up home showings and open houses, negotiate with property buyers on your behalf and do everything possible to help you optimize the value of your residence.

Take the guesswork out of selling a home in a buyer's market. Use these tips, and you can keep things simple as you sell your residence.




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Posted by Matt Gamache on 6/17/2020

A condo can be a great resource in expanding your property search for a home. Condos allow the same benefits of traditional single family home ownership with slightly less hassle. If you have been juggling the idea of buying a condo versus a traditional home, you may be in luck. The first thing you should worry about is whether or not your needs will actually be met by condo living. Do you want a big yard? Are you comfortable having neighbors super close by? Most importantly, you need to make an informed decision that will help you to find the kind of property thatís right for you.


The Advantages


If you want a secure space and living that provides you with easy upkeep, a condo is really a great option. Condos provide many advantages that people may have not even thought of until now. 


Great Amenities


Condo living has different perks than that of traditional homes. Your condominium complex can include things like a swimming pool, a clubhouse, community events, tennis courts, fitness centers, and more. You wonít get all of these little extras living in a single family home. It can be a great environment for both single people and families alike.    


Security


Condos often offer either a gated community or security staff on the premises. These features allow you to feel a lot more secure in your home environment. Security will keep rowdy kids from roaming the property and only allow owners and their visitors. This feature alone may be worth it for many home buyers when shopping for a place to live.   


No Maintenance


If youíre the type of person who doesnít enjoy yard work and is not a DIYer, condo living could be for you. Included with your condo fees is the ability to have different things in and around your home taken care of. Although the fees include different extras from place to place, Living in a condo is definitely less work as far as home care goes than a traditional house.


Price


Although condos do include additional fees, the price point of most condos is much lower than that of a traditional home. If you are just starting out, a condo is a great way to ease into homeownership without needing to save up an exorbitant amount of money for a downpayment.


The Disadvantages


While condo living has many different advantages, they do carry some disadvantages for people. These include:


  • HOA Fees
  • Lack of privacy
  • A difficult sell if you want to move
  • You live under management rules



These points can be deal breakers for some buyers. While many relish their freedom from maintenance responsibility, others just want to do as they please with their yard without needing approval. A condo could be a great choice for you in your own situation, you just need to step back and look at the pros and cons.