Lorraine Herbert, CRB, CRS, GRI, ABR, ABRM, CLHMS, CDPE, CIAS, HAFA certified, LMS.


Employing a real estate agent offers an ideal first step for those who want to buy the perfect residence, and for good reason.

With a real estate agent at your disposal, you'll be better equipped than other homebuyers to find a wonderful house at a price that matches your budget. Plus, your real estate agent will be able to help you navigate each stage of the homebuying process.

What should you expect after you hire a real estate agent? Here are three things that will happen:

1. You'll narrow your home search.

What are you looking for in the perfect house? Ultimately, you'll need to narrow your home search to ensure that you can discover your dream residence without delay.

Luckily, your real estate agent will allocate the necessary time and resources to help you narrow your home search. By doing so, you'll be able to move one step closer to finding a first-rate home that you can enjoy years to come.

2. You'll visit a wide range of high-quality houses.

Your real estate agent will set up home showings and keep you up to date about open houses in your area. That way, you can stay on top of the housing market, browse a broad array of top-notch residences and find one that suits you perfectly.

As you browse houses, don't forget to provide your real estate agent with questions. This will enable you to make a more informed decision about how to proceed following a home showing or open house.

Furthermore, your real estate agent wants feedback to guarantee that you can explore houses that correspond to your lifestyle and budget. And if you view a home that fails to meet your criteria, let your real estate agent know immediately. This will make it easier for your real estate agent to find houses that meet or exceed your expectations, and as a result, may help you accelerate the homebuying process.

3. You'll submit your first offer on a home.

If you've reviewed a variety of houses and find a residence that you would like to purchase, now is the perfect time to submit an offer.

Your real estate agent will offer recommendations to ensure that you can submit a competitive offer on a house. In addition, this real estate professional can provide details about how long a home has been available, if a home seller has lowered the price of a residence recently and other factors that may impact your initial proposal.

Submitting an offer on a house can be stressful, but you can always reach out to your real estate agent for support. Your real estate agent will keep you up to date about whether a home seller accepts, rejects or counters your offer. And if you receive a "Yes," your real estate agent can help you take the next step toward acquiring your dream home.

Before you begin a home search, hire a real estate agent – you'll be happy you did. A real estate agent can simplify the homebuying process and help you achieve your homeownership dreams.



38 Glenwood Ave, Southbridge, MA 01550

Single-Family

$219,900
Price

7
Rooms
2
Beds
2
Baths
Wonderful over 1900 sq ft one level living at its best! Major addition and complete remodeling in 2005 resulted in airy open floor plan with updated roof and windows. Large, bright Living Room with hardwoods, Formal Dining Room with hardwoods and huge eat-in Kitchen with french doors to deck overlooking back yard. Spacious Master Bedroom with double closets and full Bath with sunny whirlpool tub, 2nd Bedroom and 2nd full Bath. Additionally there is a Gallery space with hardwoods, walk-in closet Storage Room and dedicated Laundry Room. Walk-out basement, storage shed and mostly enclosed carport add to the appeal of this property.
Open House
No scheduled Open Houses




Rising urban rents, created by urban development initiatives, especially in major cities, may cause some people to relocate to the suburbs or to seriously consider homeownership for the first time. At its best, urban development creates business expansion, solid social and community infrastructures and easy access to public transportation and public services. Urban development can also put restaurants, historic sites and entertainment within walking distance. Those are the pluses. Zoning laws can also entice developers to raise urban rents, impacting your cost of living, whether you rent an apartment or a house. And you said that you'd never move to the suburbs or buy a house before you'd saved a hefty down payment. Save money when you move from renting to homeownership It’s not only rising urban rents that may cause some traditional renters to think about buying a house. Low mortgage interest rates, growth in large New England cities and an increase in housing values can also make buying a house attractive. Even over a short term, opportunity to pay a $1,500 mortgage on a house you could one day own outright versus paying $2,500 a month in rent that could rise in another year can quickly look like the smarter option. To counter rising urban rents, empower yourself with housing price negotiation tools. Types of housing price negotiation tools include:
  • Strong down payment (you may have to give yourself one to two years to save a good down payment)
  • Good credit scores
  • Flexibility regarding house type and location
  • Rewarding money management habits
  • Job stability
  • Knowledge about housing markets
  • Clarity around what you want in a house
The sooner you start building resources to use during housing price negotiation discussions, the more influence you may have on the overall price you pay for a house, including closing costs. Start early; be open to change and track your results. Make yourself attractive to sellers and lenders If you recently started a new job and only worked six to nine months at your two previous jobs, you may have more price negotiation power if you wait to buy a house until you've been at your current job more than a year. Signs of job stability can put you in a better light in the eyes of lenders. Despite how long you've worked with your current employer, start paying debts down. For example, you could make larger payments on credit cards, starting with credit cards that have higher interest rates. If you have student loans in default, contact lenders and set up workable payment arrangements. Reduce spending on clothes, takeout food and other entertainment. Put this money in an account that you’ll use to grow your down payment. Also, learn about current mortgage interest rates including different types of mortgages like adjustable and fixed mortgages. You could ask friends and consult local government agencies to find out what average property taxes are in areas you are considering buying a house in. After you identify debts that you are going to pay off, where you want to live, the type of mortgage you want and the average property taxes in areas you’d like to buy a house in, compare the total cost of buying and owning a house to renting. Compare immediate costs, which would include the down payment, house inspection fees, realtor commissions and any travel costs, and long term costs of owning a house versus renting. You might find that it’s cheaper to buy a house versus renting, especially over the long term.


40 Beach Ave, Sturbridge, MA 01566

Single-Family

$289,900
Price

6
Rooms
4
Beds
2
Baths
MLS registered first showing at Sunday Aug 6 OH, 12-2. Very Special Home with view of excellent deeded access to Cedar Lake!!! This warm, beautiful home has been lovingly remodeled by craftsman builder/owner to showcase unique custom details and built-ins in almost every room! First floor features stone fireplaced LR w/built-in shelving & cabinets, eat-in Kitchen w/custom lighted hutch, full tiled Bath & two Bedrooms, one w/built-in desk & cabinets and one set up as convenient DR. Skylit hallway to second floor awesome Master Bedroom w/beamed ceiling, custom built-in drawers, cabinets, window seat & french doors to skylit whirlpool bath surrounded by specially crafted details & attached full Bath. Second floor also has addit large BR w/built-in desk, bed & shelving. Exterior Lake view, new driveway, lots of parking, landscaping, level rear yard, town sewer & garage w/attached workshop area & wood storage behind! Waterfront is deeded access directly across the street. Wow!
Open House
Sunday
August 06 at 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Very Special Home with view of excellent deeded access to Cedar Lake!!! This warm, beautiful home has been lovingly remodeled by craftsman builder/owner to showcase unique custom details and built-ins in almost every room! First floor features stone fireplaced LR w/built-in shelving & cabinets, eat-in Kitchen w/custom lighted hutch, full tiled Bath & two Bedrooms, one w/built-in desk & cabinets and one set up as convenient DR. Skylit hallway to second floor awesome Master Bedroom
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40 Beach Ave, Sturbridge, MA 01566

Single-Family

$289,900
Price

6
Rooms
4
Beds
2
Baths
MLS registered first showing at Sunday Aug 6 OH, 12-2. Very Special Home with view of excellent deeded access to Cedar Lake!!! This warm, beautiful home has been lovingly remodeled by craftsman builder/owner to showcase unique custom details and built-ins in almost every room! First floor features stone fireplaced LR w/built-in shelving & cabinets, eat-in Kitchen w/custom lighted hutch, full tiled Bath & two Bedrooms, one w/built-in desk & cabinets and one set up as convenient DR. Skylit hallway to second floor awesome Master Bedroom w/beamed ceiling, custom built-in drawers, cabinets, window seat & french doors to skylit whirlpool bath surrounded by specially crafted details & attached full Bath. Second floor also has addit large BR w/built-in desk, bed & shelving. Exterior Lake view, new driveway, lots of parking, landscaping, level rear yard, town sewer & garage w/attached workshop area & wood storage behind! Waterfront is deeded access directly across the street. Wow!
Open House
No scheduled Open Houses






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