Kadilak Realty Group | Burlington MA Real Estate Agent

A Tale of One Condo

10 Beacon Street, Woburn MA

By: Dave Lenhardt

How much sprucing up does a realtor do to their own condo when preparing it for sale? Gather ‘round and I’ll tell you!

First of all, I need to mention that I had done an almost complete makeover before I stopped living there and began renting it out three years ago. It was still in impressive shape when I started the conversation with my tenants about putting it on the market, but I knew that there were a few changes I could make that would maximize the chances for the bidding war I was hoping to trigger. Read More

When Renovating or Selling, Keep Pets In Mind, Too!

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By: Susan Kadilak

When furbabies are around, we take pains to make sure they’re safe and away from the worst of the construction — something we’ve explained in regards to a recent renovation project.

And we’re definitely not the only ones who do so. In fact, a National Association of Realtors® report revealed that our pets factor into all kinds of decisions regarding where we live, and how we approach our spaces. Read More

10 Strategies for Getting Your Offer Accepted

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By: Laura Cohron

1. Work fast.

As they say, the early bird gets the worm! Sometimes, the secret to getting a “yes” is as simple as being the first to offer on a property. Be sure to have automatic alerts set up with your real estate agent, so you’ll instantly be notified about new properties as they hit the market. Then, don’t hesitate! Run the numbers and make the offer! Don’t let fear slow you down.

2. Offer your best up front.

Rather than playing a game with the seller, offer your maximum offer right up front. If they counter… Read More

Why Do Sellers Care About A Buyer’s Down Payment Size?

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By: Dave Lenhardt

We’re often asked why the seller cares how much of a down payment a buyer uses. “Don’t they get the same amount of money either way?” Actually, sellers could care less about how much down payment a buyer uses.

What sellers DO care about is what the buyer’s mortgage contingency clause looks like in an offer. I like to think of contingency clauses as “But-Not-If” clauses, because that’s effectively what they are. Read More

First Time Home Buyer Checklist

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By: Laura Cohron

First Time Home Buyer’s Checklist:

1. Check your credit score.
This is the number that lenders will look at to determine if you are “credit-worthy.” The higher your score the lower your interest rate will be, which is what we want! Clean up any errors or blemishes on your report.

2. Calculate your monthly payment.
Use a mortgage calculator and determine what monthly payment you are most comfortable with (be sure to add a little extra for property taxes and homeowner’s insurance). Lenders look for a debt load of no more than 43 percent of your gross monthly income. This includes car loans, student loans, credit cards, etc.

3. Make a  down payment plan. Read More

May 2018 FREE Real Estate Workshops

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Are you thinking about selling your home? Or upgrading your existing one? Here are some of the topics we will discuss at our upcoming FREE Real Estate Workshops on Tuesday, May 8th, at 7pm in Woburn and on Thursday, May 10th, at 7pm in Burlington:

  • How do you buy and sell at the same time?
  • How much does it cost to sell my home?
  • Does it make sense to upgrade my existing home?
  • What should I do to prep for a sale?
  • How do I fund renovations?
  • Why do bidding wars happen?
  • Should I sell to a builder?

 

For more information and to register visit:  

www.KadilakWorkshop.com

2018 April Real Estate Recap

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Wondering what homes recently sold near you?  Check out our April 2018 Real Estate Recap to find recent sales and stats for Woburn, Burlington, Winchester, Wilmington, Billerica, and Wakefield.  Read it HERE…

Interested in Real Estate adventures?  Do you like checking out before and after home renovation photos?  Check Out Our Blog

Interested in buying or selling a home?                                                                                  Call/Text Susan at: 781-799-4080 or E-mail: Susan@KadilakRealtyGroup.com

2018 MARCH REAL ESTATE RECAP

March 2018 Real Estate Recap

Wondering what homes recently sold near you?  Check out our March 2018 Real Estate Recap to find recent sales and stats for Woburn, Burlington, Winchester, Wilmington, Billerica, and Wakefield.  Read it HERE…

Interested in Real Estate adventures?  Do you like checking out before and after home renovation photos?  Check Out Our Blog

Interested in buying or selling a home?                                                                                  Call/Text Susan at: 781-799-4080  or   E-mail: Susan@KadilakRealtyGroup.com

April 2018 FREE Real Estate Workshops

Are you thinking about selling your home? Or upgrading your existing one? Here are some of the topics we will discuss at one of our upcoming FREE Real Estate Workshops on Tuesday, April 10th at 7pm in Woburn or on Thursday, April 12th at 7pm in Burlington:

  • How do you buy and sell at the same time?
  • How much does it cost to sell my home?
  • Does it make sense to upgrade my existing home?
  • What should I do to prep for a sale?
  • How do I fund renovations?
  • Why do bidding wars happen?
  • Should I sell to a builder?

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For more information and to register visitwww.KadilakWorkshop.com

New Lead Paint Laws & Fat-Tire Mountain Bikes

BY: DAVE LENHARDT

You’ve probably heard that renters and homeowners in Massachusetts are affected by lead paint laws, but have you heard that those rules changed SIGNIFICANTLY recently? There are two main changes. The first of these focuses on what’s considered to be a dangerous location for lead paint in a home, and the second change is to the level used as the definition of lead poisoning.

 

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Lead Paint is commonly found on window sills

 

Although dangerous surfaces basically used to be defined as anything a child could put their mouth on, the new laws seem to realize that children don’t typically go around biting baseboards as much as they would put a windowsill in their mouth because it happens to be conveniently located where they are looking out a window. Along with reducing the surfaces labeled as “mouthable”, the new rules also add another type of danger area called “Friction Surfaces” where Read More

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