Kadilak Realty Group | Burlington MA Real Estate Agent

What’s Hiding Under Your Carpet?

 

Many homes built before the 1980’s were built with beautiful hardwood flooring that has been, at some point, covered with carpeting.  One Seller told me that she was surprised to hear that it would help the sale to remove it.  After all, she and her husband had installed it themselves over the hardwood when they moved in 20 years ago because it was “in” and thought it made the house feel warm.  Your house may feel warm in the winter, but do you ever wonder what is underneath that dingy dust collector? Read on to see some of what we’ve uncovered!

 

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Free Real Estate Class! 10/16

By: Susan Kadialk

 

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Kadilak Realty Group is hosting a FREE Educational Real Estate Class! This class is for anyone who is thinking of buying or selling a home in the next year. To Register visit www.KadilakWorkshop.com or e-mail Susan@KadilakRealtyGroup.com

 

The topics for this event will include:

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Did My Mortgage Company Just Sell My Mortgage?

By: Dave Lenhardt

 

Yay! You just bought a home! Once you are through unpacking (mostly) and some of the dust settles, many new homeowners get a letter from their mortgage company. This letter explains that the mortgage company has sold their loan to someone else. And oh, by the way, the owners (you) have to start sending the payments to the new company at a new address. And oh, also by the way, the owners might have to re-set up auto pay with the new company even though they just finished setting it up with the first one.

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Rental Deposits: Last Months Rent versus Security Deposit

By: Dustin Frankus

Renting an apartment is stressful, time consuming, and expensive! Once you’ve found the place you like, and go through the application process, you will have to handover a bunch of checks for various deposits. Here is a list of payments you may need to make:

 

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What Is Title Insurance?

By: Laura Cohron

 

A few weeks ago, I got asked by one of my clients, “What is this charge on my closing costs for the title insurance?” This is a question we receive frequently as there are often 2 charges for title insurance- one for Owner’s Coverage (optional) and one for Lender’s Coverage (required if you are getting a loan).

 

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Buying Old vs New. Should You Purchase and Older Home or New Construction?

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Are you envisioning yourself in that outdated, yet cozy, wood-burning fireplaced living room? Or do you have your heart set on that new master bedroom suite with the walk-in closet and master bath with soaking tub and his and hers sinks? Are we looking for old, or new?

 

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How Is This A Bedroom In Massachusetts?

By: Dave Lenhardt

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Typically, one would think that a room needs a closet in order to be counted as a bedroom, right? If you ask a handful of professionals, such as: realtors, homeowners, appraisers, inspectors, ect. “What defines a bedroom?”  You will most likely get at least 5 different answers. With a housing stock as old as it is in the Greater Boston area, you are bound to run into a tiny room without a closet being labeled as a ‘bedroom’. You may think to yourself, “Are they serious?”.

Before splainin’ to them how the “bedroom rules” work, read on…

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Movers- Is it worth the cost?

 

By: Dustin Frankus

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Moving is one of the most stressful things that we are forced to do in life. In the course of one day you are forced to bring all of your earthly possessions from one place to another. It’s expensive, time-consuming, and generally unpleasant all the way around. I thought it would be worth looking into the difference in cost of moving yourself versus hiring professionals. For our purposes, I am basing my costs on a two-bedroom apartment, fully furnished with two adults. No matter how you choose to move the actual stuff, some costs are going to be universal, let’s start with those.

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Rent or Buy?

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By: Laura Cohron

The debate about whether it makes more financial sense to rent or buy has been raging for decades.

Advocates of buying say: When you rent, you’re essentially paying someone else’s mortgage. Buying is an investment—one that can significantly increase in value every year you own the home.

Fans of renting say: The extra costs associated with owning a home (interest payments on the loan, property taxes, homeowner dues, improvement/repair costs, etc.) add up. And there’s no guarantee that those expenses will be recouped when the house is sold. Instead of investing in a home, you may be better off investing your savings in stocks, bonds, and other financial securities.

Who’s right?

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What’s the deal with Radon?

By: Dave Lenhardt

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Say what? Radioactive uranium is commonly found in the ground in Massachusetts? And that same radioactive uranium decays into radon, the leading cause of lung cancer in non-smokers? Yep. It’s EV-ERY-WHERE. With that said, take a deep breath and read on. The concentrations typically found in the environment are below what the EPA considers dangerous, and there are ways to figure out how much is in a home and/or reduce those levels to reasonable amounts.

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