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Buying MA: A Renovation Dream!

The Dirty Deets

Property Location: 43 Donald Road, Burlington

Living Area: 1,520 Square Feet

Type of Home: Ranch Built In 1969

Beds / Baths: 3 Bedrooms & 2 Bathrooms

Sale Price: $555,000

The Background:  We helped our clients put their home under contract and then we started their home search! They knew they wanted to stay in Burlington, but more importantly, they wanted single-level living. They had made some offers on other homes in the neighborhood with no success, but when we found “the one” we weren’t letting it get away.

 

Fireplaced Living Room

Fireplaced Living Room

 

Kitchen with Outdoor Access

 

Funky Wall Paper!

 

The Classic 1960’s Pepto Bismol Pink!

 

In-Ground Pool with Slide

 

Our clients are overjoyed to call this place home and eventually they are looking to renovate! It has everything they were looking for and more when it came to the size and amenities- including an intercom system in every room and even the front door (yes, it still works, we checked 😊)!

 

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Susan Kadilak – Broker / Owner

Kadilak Realty Group, LLC
Call or Text: 781-799-4080
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/KadilakRealtyGroup/

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Selling MA: 3rd Time’s The Charm!

The Dirty Deets

Property Location: 36 Laurel Lane, Reading

Living Area: 2,002 Square Feet

Type of Home: Ranch Built In 1959

Beds / Baths: 3 Bedrooms & 1.5 Bathrooms

Sale Price: $587,000

The Background:  This home has it all! Cul-de-sac location, basketball court, above-ground pool, fire-pit, garage and central air… Yet, our client had listed his home twice, with different real estate agents, and had no success on selling his home. We knew we needed a different approach and with a little guidance (and a couple of small improvements) this home was ready to for some new owners!

 

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Spacious Mudroom

 

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Eat In Kitchen

 

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Gorgeous Cabinetry

 

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Bonus: Half Basketball Court!

 

After being on the market for less than a week this home had multiple offers… and sold above asking!  

Are you ready to start buying or selling a home?  Fill out the form below to get in touch!

Susan Kadilak – Broker / Owner

Kadilak Realty Group, LLC
Call or Text: 781-799-4080
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/KadilakRealtyGroup/

See our client reviews on Zillow.

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True Life Stories Of Buyers Bad Behavior!

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Buying a home is stressful! Viewing properties, doing credit checks, inspections… we have seen all kinds of different ways buyers have handled the pressure.  For your benefit, we’ve compiled a list of things we have witnessed that you should NOT DO. Enjoy!

1. Do Not Make Friends With The Seller.
I’ve had a few buyers over the years make friends with sellers thinking that it will make the process smoother.  In one instance, my client had become so friendly with the seller that he was going by the house frequently before the closing to chat and have the seller show him around.  When it came time to do the final walk through he didn’t think it was necessary because he had been to the house so many times. I told him he didn’t have to go if he really didn’t want to, but that I would go do it by myself.  “Well if you’re going then I guess I’m going.”

When we got to the house not only did we find that his new “friend” left several full bags of trash throughout the house, but the hot water heater has gone bad and exploded in the basement.  My client was horrified. If we had closed without doing that walk through he would have been responsible for accepting the house in that condition.

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2. Show Up Late For Showings.
Sometimes buyers are 10, 15, even up to 30 minutes late for showings.  It happens, that’s life. But we had one client who would show up at least 45 minutes late EVERY time!  This can cause issues for the sellers who plan to be out for a certain amount of time, and for other people who might be coming to see the house.

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3. Moving Stuff In Before The Closing.
Years ago we were selling a property and I stopped to do a check-in a week before the closing and was surprised to find the buyer had unloaded a truck of belongings into the house!  Remember the house is not yours until AFTER you actually close on it and the deed is recorded.

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4. Buying A New Car Before Closing.
We once had a buyer trade in her car a week before the closing.  She didn’t think anything of it because her payments were the same, but this change on her credit report meant that her lender had to put her file through underwriting again before the issuing the final loan approval which delayed the closing by a week!  Once you apply for a loan you should not buy anything on credit, not even a pack of gum!

5. Blabbing To The Listing Agent.
If you are a buyer, chatting with the listing agent is like being under arrest because anything you say or do can and will be used against you!  Remember, even if the agent is super nice, he or she is NOT your friend! It is literally their job to work against you and they have a legal obligation to share anything they know about you with their client.  So, if you REALLY love the house because your best friend lives across the street, or you are offering $X but would be willing to pay more- keep that information to yourself and YOUR agent!
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Buying a home can be stressful, even if you prepare ahead of time. Are you ready to see how you will handle the stress?

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NewSKadilak

Susan Kadilak – Broker / Owner

Kadilak Realty Group, LLC
Call or Text: 781-799-4080
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/KadilakRealtyGroup/

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Buying MA: They Put A Ring On It!

The Dirty Deets

Property Location: 3 Hannon Road, Billerica

Living Area: 3,418 Square Feet

Type of Home: Colonial Built In 2013

Beds / Baths: 4 Bedrooms & 3.5 Bathrooms

Sale Price: $719,000

The Background: Our clients were looking to leave their quaint 1,800 square foot home behind and level up to a newer home with more than double the square footage! The search was easy because they saw this home and knew it was the one right away. Like Beyonce said, “If you like it, then you shoulda put a ring on it” and these buyers were not wasting any time making the big move!

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Beautiful Open Concept Kitchen

 

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Stunning Fireplace!

 

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Spacious Master Bedroom

 

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Finished Basement

 

Our buyers are beyond excited to start a new chapter in their lives with the home of their dreams!

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Laura Cohron – Realtor

Kadilak Realty Group, LLC
Call or Text: 857-888-2509
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/KadilakRealtyGroup/

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15 Best DIY Fails!

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We’ve seen some bad things, and we truly mean BAD things, out there selling hundreds of homes over the years and it wouldn’t be fun if we didn’t share some of them with you! A little duct tape, super glue or paint isn’t always the best solution! Check out 15 of the best DIY fails that we have come across. 👇

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Out showing houses yesterday and came across this… I’m still laughing 😂 … #diyperfection #thatsnothowyoudoit #callaprofessional #homeownerspecial

 

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Yes, that is an old bathtub. This actually could be cute I think! 🛀🏻 #reuseandrecycle

 

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DIY black painted appliances! I didn’t even know this was a thing 😮

 

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This isn’t going to work #oops

 

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#TheOriginalManCave

 

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NOT A REFLECTION! No room for a separate master bath? No problem! Just do a combo bath. Family members can pee next to each other with the privacy of a curtain in between! It’s a new thing. For real. #igotthis #littleluxuries

 

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This house is listed as “Just Renovated” #thisisreallifepeople

 

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“Newly renovated kitchen” Plywood is the new duct tape #plywoodfixeseverything

 

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“Heated tub”? 😳

 

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Ummm…. just no….

 

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Just come in the side door and make yourself comfortable!

 

 

 

 

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This is comforting…

 

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“Stairs Were Just Painted”

 

Don’t be a terrible DIY’er please! If your planning on selling your home, call the professionals so you don’t end up scaring buyers away. Leave the DIY projects for cute decor in your new home!

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Susan Kadilak – Broker / Owner

Kadilak Realty Group, LLC
Call or Text: 781-799-4080
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/KadilakRealtyGroup/

See our client reviews on Zillow.

Follow us on Social Media! Facebook 👉 Instagram 👉 YouTube

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Ready to find your Dream Home? Learn how to at our Success Strategies For 2019 Home Buying Class!

Selling MA: Cute As A Button

The Dirty Deets

Property Location: 43 Skelton Road, Burlington

Living Area: 1,472 Square Feet

Type of Home: Multi Level Built In 1960

Beds / Baths: 3 Bedrooms & 1.5 Bathrooms

Sale Price: $555,000

The Background:  Our clients initially purchased this home as a fixer-upper and during their ownership turned it from a 60’s nightmare into a very pretty home!  After all that hard work the family outgrew the space and it was time to move on.

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Fireplaced Living Room

 

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White Farmhouse Style Kitchen

 

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Beautifully Painted Bedrooms

 

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Spacious Family Room

We were thrilled to get this home sold for them quickly so they could move on to their next home!

Are you ready to start buying or selling a home?  Fill out the form below to get in touch!

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Susan Kadilak – Broker / Owner

Kadilak Realty Group, LLC
Call or Text: 781-799-4080
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/KadilakRealtyGroup/

See our client reviews on Zillow.

Follow us on Social Media! Facebook 👉 Instagram 👉 YouTube

Featured Properties 🏡 Advanced Home Search Engine 🆕 Monthly Reports!


This is the age old question, move or improve? Find out what is the best move for you at our Should You Move or Improve? Class!

Ready to find your Dream Home? Learn how to at our Success Strategies For 2019 Home Buying Class!

How Can The Appraisal Ruin Your Closing?

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A bank appraisal is done by the buyer’s lender to verify that the property they are putting up hundreds of thousands of dollars to buy has enough value to secure the loan and that it is in acceptable condition to finance.  Here are some appraisal snags that can pop up along the way:

It’s Taking Forever:  When an appraisal is ordered it is asked to be completed by a certain date.  Sometimes the report takes longer than anticipated to get back to the bank and that can delay the lender’s commitment to fund the loan, which has the potential to delay the closing date.

Wood Destroying Insects Are Found:  Certain loans require a WDI (Wood Destroying Insects) inspection and if activity is found the property has to be treated.  Arranging and paying for insect treatment, and getting it approved by the bank, can take a little extra time.

 

That Extra Kitchen In Your Basement:  You have a wood burning stove? Permits please!  My grandparents built their single family home in the 70’s… with 2 kitchens, but when it came time to sell a few years ago the buyer’s bank said we had to rip out the 2nd kitchen in order for the loan to be approved.  Luckily a very nice building inspector helped me sift through old boxes of permits at city hall and we found the original approved stamped plans showing a single family with 2 kitchens! Once we submitted that to the bank we were good to go.  But we have also had other situations where no permit was pulled, and we have seen everything from finished spaces needing to be completely ripped out to owners going through the process of applying for retroactive permits in order to close. We’ve seen closings delayed for months due to permit issues.

 

Peeling Paint, Missing Railings or Incomplete Work:  Certain loans come with requirements regarding the condition of the home, and if the appraiser sees anything that would raise a red flag they might require that repairs be made prior to closing.  Generally the appraiser has to come back to verify that the work has been done before you can close, this usually comes with an additional inspection fee. 

The Value Comes In Too Low:  A low appraisal value means that the fair market value is less than the agreed purchase price. No lender will loan you $200,000 for a home worth $175,000. All hope may not be lost, each situation is different and we have seen this handled many different ways. One way would be to renegotiate the purchase price, although if an appraisal contingency is not in the contract this will have to be agreed upon by all parties. Another solution, depending on the buyers financial situation, would be for the buyer to cover the appraisal gap- and pay the difference between appraisal and purchase price out of pocket. You could also request an appraisal review, but this will cost you additional time and will not guarantee you the results you are looking for.

Ready to start buying or selling a home?  Fill out the form below to get in touch!

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Kadilak Realty Group, LLC
Call or Text: 781-799-4080
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/KadilakRealtyGroup/

See our client reviews on Zillow.

Follow us on Social Media! Facebook 👉 Instagram 👉 YouTube

Featured Properties 🏡 Advanced Home Search 🆕 Monthly Reports!


This is the age old question, move or improve? Find out what is the best move for you at our Should You Move or Improve? Class!

Ready to find your Dream Home? Learn how to at our Success Strategies For 2019 Home Buying Class!