Jena Khabazeh - - KELLER WILLIAMS REALTY / Merrimack Valley | Westford,Chelmsford,Concord, Carlisle


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Sky at dusk is how Pantone describes classic blue, their 2020 color of the year. Restful and tranquil, a bold color such as classic blue gives the eye a place to rest as it travels around a space, which makes it ideal for accent items such as throw pillows, wall art or drapes. But, for the brave at heart, classic blue makes a suitable wall color for large rooms, too. And as an exterior paint, it can make your home look like a cover of Coastal Living. Classic blue evokes a nautical mood, indicative of long summer weekends by the bay, and that's never a bad thing. If you're longing to incorporate Pantone's 2020 color of the year into your home palette, here's what we suggest. 

Highlight an Architectural Feature

By using classic blue to highlight a single fireplace or a column, you bring importance to that piece without overwhelming an already dark room with an even darker wall color. Architectural features include:

  • Built-in bookcases
  • Crown molding
  • Recessed panels
  • Exposed beams
  • Stair Railings
  • By painting only the most important elements in your space in classic blue, you'll help them become focal points, which is what they were always intended to be. 

    Paper an Accent Wall

    Wallpaper is making a comeback this year, and what better way to feature classic blue than on an accent wall papered with a patterned print, like this one at Elle Decor? Bold, yet contained, classic blue patterned wallpaper is simply luxurious.

    Modern wallpaper can be adhered with paste, or it may contain adhesive on the back of the paper that becomes activated in water. Peel-and-stick paper is another option that's gaining popularity. Depending upon your level of skill, hanging wallpaper may be an easy DIY project. But if you have little experience with pasting or booking, or if you don't know how to make sure the paper hangs plumb, professional installation might be a better approach. 

    Upholster a Chair

    Classic blue upholstery fabric, like these fabrics featured in Traditional Home, is a unique way to introduce this bold color into your home decor. Whether patterned or solid, upholstered furniture brings comfort and texture to your space. Additionally, upholstering a headboard or the top of a cedar chest adds depth and personality to a bedroom.

    Of course, true lovers of the rich, classic blue color always have the option of painting entire rooms or house exteriors. When done well, with an eye for design, this can be quite beautiful. Dark colors such as this work well to make large, cavernous rooms feel more cohesive. And as a home exterior, classic blue can lend nearly any style of home a beachfront feel.



    23 Acton St, Maynard, MA 01754

    Condo

    $259,000
    Price

    4
    Rooms
    4
    Beds
    1/1
    Full/Half Baths
    Here is an opportunity to bring your own design and style ideas while building some sweat equity. This four bedroom offers an open floor plan from the kitchen to dining room with a half bath . The main level also has a living room with hardwood floors that has an abundance of natural light flowing in. The second floor consists of four generous sized bedrooms and a full bath. The full attic and unfinished basement leave you with plenty of space for additional storage. All of this with no condo fee! A pleasant walk to the center of town with all the conveniences. Minutes to the acton train and commuter routes too. This gem is one to see right away!
    Open House
    No scheduled Open Houses




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    There is a lot of discussion today about whether or not a real estate agent is necessary for the most successful sale of your home. You may have all the required skills and experience to handle it yourself, but that’s hard to figure out if you don’t know what a real estate agent actually does for you in the process. They’re marketing savvy, have access to the local MLS (multiple listing service), professional history and ongoing training with the market, which are the main features they bring to the table, but what does that really mean for you?

    Marketing Savvy

    You probably found your real estate agent the same way you plan to sell your home and even found this article – with an Internet search. Sure, you can post your listing in several places on the internet, but the best advertising covers a variety of media outlets. Your real estate agent will have their own website, will syndicate the property to listing sites and even send out print media advertising like postcards, signage and home magazines. You can do the majority of these things, but the costs to retail clients are often much higher than they are for B2B clients like your agent. In addition to actual advertising venues, your agent will work with you on home staging, curb appeal and professional photography to make your home look its best in all that high-end advertising.

    The Multiple Listing Service (MLS

    Except for a few locations, all licensed agents are also members of at least one local MLS board. Some are members of two or more depending on their market area and the structure of the MLS relationships. It's possible for a do-it-yourselfer to pay a moderate fee and become part of an MLS board, but some require full agent licensing to join, and that can be an expensive and time-consuming process. This benefits you in multiple ways. First, your property goes into the MLS and syndicates out to anywhere that pulls that information. That means not only major sites but also each and every other agent in the same MLS’s website. That means more buyers looking at your property from more places.

    Network and Know-How

    A real estate transaction is a complex process with a lot of paperwork. It also generates legal agreements, which have more terms than just the price. Your real estate agent will be familiar with the entire process and therefore is in the best position to make sure you come out on top. They benefit when you benefit, so it's like having an extra person on your team in a race. Not all deals go through, and an experienced agent knows where to find those pitfalls and avoid them, or get you out of a deal that’s gone wrong with the fewest repercussions. In addition, your agent knows people. Not just other agents, interior decorators, photographers, and advertisers but other sellers and buyers. Most agents have multiple clients both buying and selling. Through these networks, your agent can find a buyer that loves your home that you otherwise wouldn’t have known it existed.

    When it’s time to sell your home, going to the pros is the best decision you can make. Not only will you generally get a higher price for your home, it’s less work and often much quicker than trying to do it yourself. Talk to a variety of professionals in your area to find the one that is best for you.


    This Single-Family in Pepperell, MA recently sold for $593,000. This Colonial style home was sold by Jena Khabazeh - KELLER WILLIAMS REALTY / Merrimack Valley.


    24 Village Rd, Pepperell, MA 01463

    Single-Family

    $599,900
    Price
    $593,000
    Sale Price

    12
    Rooms
    5
    Beds
    4/1
    Full/Half Baths
    This beautiful sun drenched Colonial set in a prestigious neighborhood within Rte 495/Rte 3 corridor. Set back on a level lot amidst other executive properties is this 5 bed/4.5 bath/3 car garage young home. The 1st floor open floor plan showcases 9 ' Ceilings a Foyer, Kitchen w/Range, Hood and Nook opens into a Fireplaced sun drenched Family Room, Living and Dining Rooms. The Mudroom offers a full handicap accessible Bath, Laundry, and a back staircase to the 2rd floor. Second Floor offers a Luxurious Master Suite with Jacuzzi fitted BR & Custom WIC, an additional Living Suite (BR, Bath & WIC), and 3 Bed Rooms with a full Bath, 2nd Laundry and a spectacular Media Room. Hardwood Floors, Granite Countertops, Anderson Palladian Windows, French Doors, Crown and DentilMoldings, and Custom Elfa Closets, Lots of Storage, Finished Basement, whole house backup generator ready, farmer's porch. All of this plus deck overlooking beautiful yard and tree line. A true gem!

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    An offer to purchase represents a key milestone in the homebuying journey. Ultimately, it helps to plan ahead to ensure you're ready to submit a homebuying proposal. Because if you know what it takes to put together a competitive offer to purchase a house, you can boost the likelihood that a home seller accepts your proposal.

    Now, let's take a look at three tips to help you get ready to submit an offer to purchase.

    1. Study the Housing Market

    The housing market fluctuates frequently. As such, you may enter a real estate market that favors buyers but slowly shifts into sellers' favor, or vice-versa. But if you examine the real estate sector closely, you can differentiate a buyer's market from a seller's one and submit an offer to purchase that accounts for the current housing market's conditions.

    If homes are selling quickly at or above their initial asking prices, you may be working in a seller's market. Comparatively, if houses linger on the real estate market for many weeks or months before they sell, you may be operating in a buyer's market. As you start to craft an offer to purchase a house, you should analyze the real estate market. By doing so, you can submit an offer to purchase that matches a seller's expectations.

    2. Get Your Finances in Order

    Entering the housing market with a budget in hand usually is beneficial. If you get pre-approved for a mortgage, you can narrow your house search and stick to a budget as you pursue your dream residence.

    Banks and credit unions can teach you everything you need to know about fixed- and adjustable-rate mortgages. Perhaps best of all, lenders employ mortgage specialists who can respond to your mortgage concerns and questions. If you collaborate with a lender today, you can get the financing you need to buy a house. Also, you can conduct a search for homes that fall within your price range and reduce the risk of submitting an offer to purchase that surpasses your budget.

    3. Avoid a "Lowball" Offer

    Submitting a "lowball" offer to purchase a home may seem like a good idea at first. Yet submitting a homebuying proposal that falls short of a seller's expectations is unlikely to help you acquire your dream house.

    In most instances, a seller will instantly reject a lowball offer to purchase. And if you receive an immediate "No" from a seller, you risk missing out on the opportunity to purchase your ideal residence.

    Allocate time and resources to craft a competitive homebuying proposal – you'll be glad you did. Otherwise, you run the risk of putting together a lowball offer that will miss the mark with a seller and force you to look elsewhere to purchase a house.

    Lastly, if you need extra assistance as you perform a house search, you may want to hire a real estate agent. By employing a real estate agent, you should have no trouble crafting a competitive offer to purchase any home, regardless of the housing market's conditions.




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