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Posted by Sandi Boucini & Michelle Granger on 12/11/2019

Shopping for a home is a long, arduous process. When you finally find one that you love, think you can afford, and spend the time to formulate an offer, it can be crushing when your offer is rejected.

However, getting rejected is simply part of the process. If youíve ever applied to college, you might be familiar with this process. You send out applications that you poured your heart and soul into. Sometimes to get accepted, other times you donít.

Making an offer on a home comes with one big advantage over those college applications, however--the opportunity to negotiate. As long as the house is still on the market after your offer is rejected, youíre still in the game.

In this article, weíre going to talk you through what to do when your offer is rejected so you can reformulate your plan and make the best decision as to moving forward.

1. Donít sweat it

One of the most common fallacies we fall into as humans is to think the outcome is worse than it really is. First, remember that there are most likely other houses out there that are as good if not better than the one you are bidding on, even if theyíre not for sale at this moment.

Next, consider the rejection as simply part of the negotiation process. Most people are turned off by rejection. However, you can learn a lot when a seller says no. In many cases, you can take what you learned and return to the drawing board to come up with a better offer.

Donít spend too much time scrutinizing the sellerís decision. Ninety-nine percent of the time their decision isnít personal. You simply havenít met the pricing or contractual requirements that they and their agent have decided on.

2. Reconsider your offer

Now itís time to start thinking about a second offer. If the seller didnít respond with a counteroffer it can mean one of two things. First, they might be considering other buyers who have gotten closer to their requirements. Alternatively, your offer may have been too low or have had too many contingencies for them to consider.

Regardless, a flat-out rejection usually means changes need to be made before following up.

3. Making a new offer

This is your chance to take what you learned and apply it to your new offer. Make sure you meet the following prerequisites before sending out your next offer:

  • Double check your financing. Understand your spending limits, both on paper and in terms of what youíre comfortable spending.

  • Check comparable houses. If houses in the neighborhood are selling for more than they were when the house was previously listed, the seller might be compensating for that change.

  • Make sure youíre pre-approved. Your offer will be taken more seriously if you have the bankís approval.

  • Remove unnecessary contingencies. Itís a sellerís market. Having a complicated contract will make sellers less likely to consider your offer.

4. Move on with confidence

Sometimes you just canít make it up to the sellerís price point. Other times the seller just canít come to terms with a reasonable price for their home. Regardless, donít waste too much time negotiating and renegotiating. Take what you learned from this experience and use it toward the next house negotiation--it will be here sooner than you think!




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Posted by Sandi Boucini & Michelle Granger on 12/4/2019

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Only Two Toilet Per Building

Many homes have two and a half or more bathrooms. If you want to move to Waldron Island in Washington, you’ll have to give up the idea of having a bathroom for every bedroom or even having that extra half bath. Waldron Island is very small and has a small population. Since the residents want to keep it that way, they have a law that says you can’t have more than two toilets in any building.

Leave the Sasquatch Alone

In Washington state, it is illegal to kill a Sasquatch. The real question is, how many people have actually seen a Sasquatch? Maybe those same people have seen the Loch Ness monster.

Be Careful What You Show Buyers

If you’re selling real estate in Texas, it’s probably better to empty your house before you put it on the market. It’s either that or have a super long purchase contract to list all the exclusions. In Texas, any accessories or improvements that are shown to buyers go with the house. That includes personal photos and artwork on the walls, above-ground pools and even artificial fireplace logs.

No Spite Fences

Many people like fences for privacy, especially in cities. People who live in rural areas often fence in their property to keep wildlife out or to keep animals in. This is all good, as long as those fences are no taller than 6 feet. Anything higher is considered a “spite” fence, at least if you’re in Rhode Island. Yes, that’s ‘spite’ as in, “I’m building a 10-foot-high fence just to spite my neighbor.”

No Burglar Bars

Sometimes, you just have to have burglar bars on the windows. But, Ridgeland, Mississippi says you can’t put them on the outside of the windows. You can put them on the inside of the windows, though.There's uncertainty as to why that law was put into place, but putting the burglar bars on the inside is probably not going to keep someone from breaking your windows.

No More Than Two Female Roommates

In Missouri, you can’t have three female roommates. Even if you decide to live with your three sisters, you won’t be able to do that. Arkansas has a similar law, but theirs says you can’t live with five women. Many years ago, lawmakers were trying to put an end to brothels. The law is very outdated and probably not enforced, but if you and your sisters plan on getting an apartment together or plan on buying a home, you might want to check.




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Posted by Sandi Boucini & Michelle Granger on 11/27/2019

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Before you ever place your home on the market, start working on curb appeal. Whatís curb appeal? Itís the first thing that makes people want to take a second look when they drive by. If theyíre house shopping or just dreaming for the future, a home with curb appeal will bring them back once it has a ďFor SaleĒ sign in the yard.

Where Do You Start?

  • Fix the small stuff: The crooked shutter, sagging fence, loose bricks in the walkway or cracks in the stucco trigger the subconscious to wonder what else is wrong. Start your curb appeal efforts by making sure the basics are in top shape.
  • Water the lawn and keep it mowed. Trim the edges too. Rake up leaves and branches, and bag them for removal. Even if your landscaping is simple, if itís well-kept it catches the eye.
  • Weed the flowerbeds and along the fences. Prune the overgrown bushes and trees too. Sweep away spider webs and debris from corners and gutters.
  • Wash down the exterior surfaces of the house and wash the windows, so they sparkle.

Now that youíve completed the basics, move on to the more intricate ó and costly ó items. These include painting the front door a bold, brilliant hue, and while youíre at it, paint the house trim. Even if you canít paint the entire house, freshening the door and window trim gives your house the ďcared forĒ feeling that buyers want.

Change out the bulbs in the carriage lights and keep them brightly lit. Do the same with the porch lights. As the seasons change, homebuyers may be seeing your home in the early evening, so illuminate pathways with solar lights or place lights at the base of trees, bushes or architectural details of your home.

If your gutters sag, call out a service technician and get them realigned or repaired. Do the same with the downspouts. If they are dented or smashed on the ends, replace them, so they donít detract from your home.

If you have time to replant your flower beds, add seasonal blooming flowers or colorful foliage to attract the eye. Even if you canít replant your beds, set out pots of colorful flowers in the front of your home.

If the front of your home has a long driveway or walkway, consider concrete acid stain to give it a beautiful, new surface. And, if the door at the end of that driveway is dented, droopy or bulges, get it replaced. The R.O.I. is worth it.




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Posted by Sandi Boucini & Michelle Granger on 11/25/2019


59 Oak St, Grafton, MA 01519

Single-Family

$249,900
Price

4
Rooms
2
Beds
1
Baths
Adorable ranch across from Lake Ripple and just a short walk to the town common! This home has been family owned since it was built and has been maintained and cared for all those years! Many updates including the sunroom addition in 2015, updated vinyl siding, windows, roof and all 3 garage doors. The main level offers the cozy new sunroom with cathedral ceiling, recessed lights, coat closet and laminate hardwood floors. Large eat-in kitchen with double oven, spacious hardwood family room, updated bathroom and two good sized bedrooms that each have hardwood floors. The basement/garage offers 3 bays of storage all of which have openers, washer/dryer (included) and economical gas heat and hot water.  The location offers easy access to the Pike/20/Commuter line. Plus you can walk to most conveniences as well as the historic Grafton common!
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Posted by Sandi Boucini & Michelle Granger on 11/21/2019

This Condo in Grafton, MA recently sold for $327,000. This Townhouse style home was sold by Sandi Boucini & Michelle Granger - RE/MAX Executive Realty.


41 Edward Dr, Grafton, MA 01536

Condo

$349,900
Price
$327,000
Sale Price

6
Rooms
2
Beds
2/1
Full/Half Baths
Amazing END UNIT in the desirable Forrest Hills! This unit has been very well cared for and shows impeccably! The unit offers a FIRST floor MASTER SUITE for one level living if needed. The master offers soaring ceilings and a private master bathroom which includes a soaking tub and separate shower with glass door. The first level also offers convenient laundry, a bright eat in kitchen with updated cabinets, stainless appliances and plenty of cabinet space. The dining room has hardwood floors and slider that leads to the deck that is surrounded my mature plantings. The family room is the focal point of the first floor with its 2-story ceilings, gas fireplace and natural light! The second level has an open loft area that could be an office, fitness area etc. A guest bedroom with its own full bathroom completes the second level. All appliances in the unit stay along with all custom Hunter Douglas silhouette blinds & all custom window treatments. Economical gas heat and updated water tank.

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