Wednesday, July 31, 2013

No Home is Perfect So How Do You Decide?

No Home Is Perfect So How Do You Decide?

While no home is "perfect", you can still find the one that is just right for you.
I am not sure when it happened, but something has changed over my lifetime.   In our quest for "everything perfect",  we have become to expect that all should or will be.   Don't get me wrong.   the perfect home

In fact, many know that after finding the perfect Bloody Mary, I am on a quest to find the perfect nacho.

Obviously a great goal, but somewhat unrealistic!

When looking for a home, one should understand that no home will be perfect.  Homes are like people.   All have their own personalities and little idiosyncrasies, and, just like people there are some things we can live with and some that we can't.

If you enter the house hunt thinking that you will find "the perfect home", you will never move.    I don't care how much money you have or if you have designed the home yourself.   There will always be something that one would change!    See trade off's in a real estate purchase.

So, How do you decide?  

Here are a few tips to help figure out what's perfect for you.

  • Know what you can afford.    Get pre approved.    Be honest with the mortgage person.  Believe me, there is nothing more disappointing that finding "the right" property only to find out it is out of your reach.   What happens after that?   Everything will pale in comparison.
  • Be price point realistic.    Many times there is some wiggle room in a price offering, but don't count on that!   We have seen very recently, and in multiple situations, contract price being thousands over asking.   What does this mean to you?  Don't fall into the trap that the property is priced a certain percentage over asking.    If you are looking at it, it should be in your price range.   Looking at $400,000 homes when you can realisticaly purchase a home for $250,000 will just set you up for disappointment.
  • Identify the features that you will NOT compromise on.   Make sure those features fit in your budget.  Are they realistic?    I have had many clients that know that they would like a certain size and style home.   They will not settle for less.   That might mean we have to focus on different communities, and that's okay with them.  Use the old Ben Franklin approach of pros and cons.   
  • Have a time frame.   This will help you zone in.   If you give yourself years to find a home, you likely never will.
  • Be Realistic when it comes to inspections.   Every homeowner should own a hammer!     Expect there to be some deficiencies in a home.    Look at the big picture, act accordingly.
  • Know what you can and can not do.    How do I laugh when a female partner says "No Way" when her male half says, "no worries, I can handle that!"    More than one lovely lady has said to me on the QT, " he sure can, but will never get to it!"
  • Look Big Picture.   Obviously life takes it's twists and turns, but do you anticiapte your needs changing in a few years?  
  • Have all decision makeers present on the house hunt!   How disappointing when you think you have found "the one" just to have the other half come a day later only to feel differently,

and lastly,

  • If the first house you see meets all your criteria.... Don't fight it.   Don't think it's not right just because you haven't seen others.   So many people have fallen in love with the first house they saw.    Yours truly included!                                                     

Let me help you find your perfect home.   How will I do that?     I will do that by listening to your needs and using my experience and market knowledge to make the right match.   Once we find that right home, I will guide you through the rest of the real estate process from inspection to closing.
Call me today to set up an interview.

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About the Author

Carol-Ann Palmieri,
is a full time Real Estate professional in Massachusetts for the past 25 years along with her partner Al Mussi have helped literally hundreds of families find, sell or purchase new places to live.

 A former US Marine, she grew up in Walpole, MA...  is committed to the serving the community through various volunteer opportunities.   She attended MA Bay Community and Suffolk University and is committed to constantly updating her Real Estate education.

 Licensed in MA and RI...

Al and Cal's primary areas of service Franklin, Bellingham, Medway, Millis, Medfield, Norfolk, Wrentham, Plainville, Blackstone, Walpole, Milford, Holliston, Hopkinton, Mansfield, and Foxboro, North Attleboro, Norwood, Hopedale, Mendon, Millville but have resourses to help anyone, anywhere....
  
Her mission....  To exceed your expectations!


Carol-Ann Palmieri
Al and Cal Realty Group

508-494-9061

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

2 Family for Sale in Bellingham MA 02019 Price Adjusted

2 Family for Sale in Bellingham MA   02019 Price Adjusted

Property Details        

  • 20 Stockholm Street    02019 
  • $227,900
  • 2 Units, one up, one down
  • 1400 sq ft of living area
  • 12000 sq ft of land
  • 1st floor unit, 2 Beds, 1 Bath, Renovated, Income $850/month
  • 2nd floor unit, 2 Beds, 1 Bath, Good Shape, Excellent Rental History, Income $650/month
  • New roof, siding, windows
  • MLS#     71561363
Call Carol Ann Palmieri at 508-494-9061 to see if this property is still available and to arrange for a showing.

What's really nice about this property is that it is an income producer that feels just like a single family home.    Large yard on a quiet side street is surprising for a multi family in the area.   
20 Stockholm St Bellingham MA home for sale

  20 Stockholm Street is listed for sale at $239,900.   
This 2 family home was built in 1918 and has been in one family for all this time.   There are two apartments, 1 up and 1 down.   The first floor apartment has just been updated with a new bath, paint and flooring.   The second apartment has been rented for the past 6 years, and is in good condition.    The home has approximately 1400 square feet of living space.   The lot is a generous 12000 square feet.   There are separate utilities.   A new septic system is being installed.  There is a new asphalt roof.   It is vinyl sided and has replacement windows.      

This home is perfect for a first time buyer or an investor.  
You could be both!  


Click here for additional photos. 

 Convenient Location.  20 Stockholm Street is located on a quiet side street yet it is just in a short walk to restaurants and shopping.     Under 7 miles to Route 495 and the Boston commuter rail.   
 20 Stockholm Street is located within a 55 minute ride to Boston, 30 minutes to Providence RI and under 45 minutes to Worcester MA, makes this a convenient investment purchase.

Map for 20 Stockholm Street 02019
Search here for More Homes In the Area

Looking to Buy, Sell, Rent or Invest?  
If you want to really know what's happening in your market area, consult your local Realtor!
                 Call me if you have a question about the market.  508-494-9061

      Put my 25 years of experience to work for you!     

Carol Ann Palmieri
About the Author

Carol-Ann Palmieri is a full time Real Estate professional in Massachusetts for the past 25 years along with her partner Al Mussi have helped literally hundreds of families find, sell or purchase new places to live.
Carol Ann Palmieri

A former US Marine, she grew up in Walpole, MA...  is committed to the serving the community through various volunteer opportunities.   She attended MA Bay Community and Suffolk University and is committed to constantly updating her Real Estate education.

Licensed in MA and RI...

Al and Cal's primary areas of service Franklin, Bellingham, Medway, Millis, Medfield, Norfolk, Wrentham, Plainville, Blackstone, Walpole, Milford, Holliston, Hopkinton, Mansfield, and Foxboro, North Attleboro, Norwood, Hopedale, Mendon, Millville but have resourses to help anyone, anywhere....

 Their mission....  To exceed your expectations!



Carol-Ann Palmieri
Al and Cal Realty Group
Remax Executive Realty


508-494-9061

Monday, July 29, 2013

Finally All This Blogging Pays Off

Finally All This  Blogging Pays Off

With the urging of some very influential people in my personal and professional life, I began blogging more than 2 years ago. 

I read blogs that touted how others got business and made the best of something called SEO.   Listening to motivational speaker, Tom Ferry, made me think that there was something to this idea of  "social media".     Hey, I've been in the real estate business for 25 years.     It's a big learning curve!  happy dance carol ann palmieri

Just jumping in was fun.   Talking real estate, reading about real estate, meeting and learning from real estate professionals all over the country  but, I never saw the results that other people said they got. 

Oh, scratch that.   I did get a few calls off community posts that I wrote.  People calling me to ask what the hours were for a restaurant or consignment shop, or where the Medway Santa Parade was being held.    

Oh yes, and how could I forget that I did get a call for someone asking where they might find some live, (yes LIVE) chickens citing a post I had entitled The Chicken and The Egg.  (another lesson learned)

But, I never got a new business call.    I knew it was beneficial and people must have been googling me, saw my ramblings and that added to my experience and credibility, but I never saw an actual lead from it.  

Until this week that is.   And, as luck will have it, I received two in this one week!    A referral from a Realtor in another state and a lead from someone in the school administration in the area, who called me after reading a neighborhood post I had written. 

As much as the slacker in me said give up, I kept going.    The two new leads have fueled a new fire, and made me really believe that done properly this  can fuel my business as well. 
Some will say I am slow on the take.   I know who you are and might have to agree!     Having said that, I have new thoughts, ideas and direction. 

AND, HapPy DaNcE!!!   Two new customers!   


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Looking to Buy, Sell, Rent or Invest?  
If you want to really know what's happening in your market area, consult your local Realtor!
 
                 Call me if you have a question about the market.  508-494-9061

      Put my 25 years of experience to work for you!     

Carol Ann Palmieri
About the Author

Carol-Ann Palmieri is a full time Real Estate professional in Massachusetts for the past 25 years along with her partner Al Mussi have helped literally hundreds of families find, sell or purchase new places to live.
Carol Ann Palmieri

A former US Marine, she grew up in Walpole, MA...  is committed to the serving the community through various volunteer opportunities.   She attended MA Bay Community and Suffolk University and is committed to constantly updating her Real Estate education.

Licensed in MA and RI...

Al and Cal's primary areas of service Franklin, Bellingham, Medway, Millis, Medfield, Norfolk, Wrentham, Plainville, Blackstone, Walpole, Milford, Holliston, Hopkinton, Mansfield, and Foxboro, North Attleboro, Norwood, Hopedale, Mendon, Millville but have resourses to help anyone, anywhere....

 Their mission....  To exceed your expectations!

Carol-Ann Palmieri
Al and Cal Realty Group
Remax Executive Realty


508-494-9061



Saturday, July 27, 2013

What to Do When You Have To Sell in Order to Buy

What to Do When You Have To Sell in Order to Buy

The Sell/Buy dilemma.   Never an easy one.   Every situation is different, but for many in this current market, one would likely think Sell then Buy.  


Most  of us today can't afford to have two mortgages.   That means if you own a home, unless you are willing and able to purchase without selling, you should be selling your home first.    The advantages are: 
  •   You know exactly how much money your house will bring
  •   You will not feel pressured to sell your  home
  •   It will make you a stronger buyer with more negotiating power

buy sell dilemma,

Gone are the days of the "bridge loan".  (A short term loan by a bank meant to cover an interval between two transactions.)   They just don't happen anymore.

So what do you do when you own a home but want to buy another?     It's tricky, right?   After all you will need a place to live after you sell.     The home buying process was much easier with your first purchase.    Likely you didn't have all this stuff, your down payment was in the bank (instead of your house), you didn't have kids, pets and a buyer that you had to wait for.

 In today's market most sellers, unless they are compensated for the risk,  will not entertain an offer contingent on someone selling their home.   Why?    By taking a home sale contingency, they are effectively taking their home off the market until you sell your home.    It's a big risk to any seller.  

Having your home sold, (or under agreement with a strong purchaser) allows a seller to consider you as a ready and able buyer.  

The best you can wish for is closing both transactions on the same day, so that you only have to make one move.     

How do you accomplish this?   

My recommendation is if you are thinking of a new home, get your current one on the market.      While your home is on the market start actively looking for homes that meet your criteria.     Having something in mind that you could go to at all times would be ideal.   When an offer comes in on your home, you will know exactly what you have to spend and the time frame to do it in!

What happens when you find the perfect home and yours isn't sold yet?  
  • First, if your home is not on the market, get it on!
  • Second, If it is on the market, reevaluate your position in the market.   Adjust your price, terms, and marketing strategy.  
  • Next, do you put an offer in and risk losing your deposit or do you put in an offer with contingencies and see if the Seller will engage?     The answer to that will depend on your motivation for this perfect home.  Of course, you will consult with your agent about either approach.    

Regardless of what you do,
 if your home is already on the market, 
 you are already moving in the direction towards your new home!

Looking to Buy, Sell, Rent or Invest?  
If you want to really know what's happening in your market area, consult your local Realtor!
                 Call me if you have a question about the market.  508-494-9061

      Put my 25 years of experience to work for you!     

Carol Ann Palmieri
About the Author

Carol-Ann Palmieri is a full time Real Estate professional in Massachusetts for the past 25 years along with her partner Al Mussi have helped literally hundreds of families find, sell or purchase new places to live.
Carol Ann Palmieri

A former US Marine, she grew up in Walpole, MA...  is committed to the serving the community through various volunteer opportunities.   She attended MA Bay Community and Suffolk University and is committed to constantly updating her Real Estate education.

Licensed in MA and RI...

Al and Cal's primary areas of service Franklin, Bellingham, Medway, Millis, Medfield, Norfolk, Wrentham, Plainville, Blackstone, Walpole, Milford, Holliston, Hopkinton, Mansfield, and Foxboro, North Attleboro, Norwood, Hopedale, Mendon, Millville but have resourses to help anyone, anywhere....

 Their mission....  To exceed your expectations!


Carol-Ann Palmieri
Al and Cal Realty Group
Remax Executive Realty

508-494-9061

Friday, July 26, 2013

1187 West Street Wrentham MA Antique on 2 Plus Acres

1187 West Street Wrentham MA Antique on 2 Plus Acres

If you like the look and the feel of a Historic home
but don't want to do any work, this is the home for you!
1187 West St Wrentham MA house for sale


Exceptional Historic home, Circa 1815, located on 2.25 acres in the sought after Sheldonville section of Wrentham, MA.   This home has been meticulously maintained with attention to detail, keeping intact the antique nature of the home.

This spacious 2078 square foot antique offers a large family room off the kitchen, has a first floor master with bath, a guest room/ office on first floor, living and dining areas.   There are two front to back bedrooms on the second floor.  Both have exceptionally large closets, skylights and widows, and gleaming refinished antique floors.  This home offers a first floor laundry and gas cooking... and what antique would be complete without an heirloom attic?   

One will find this floor plan is surprisingly suited for today's lifestyle.

Updates include newer roof, paint (inside & out), updated electric service, windows & doors. Stone driveway.
For more info or a personal tour, contact
Search for more MA homes here!

Looking to Buy, Sell, Rent or Invest?  
If you want to really know what's happening in your market area, consult your local Realtor!
                 Call me if you have a question about the market.  508-494-9061

 Put my 25 years of experience to work for you!     

Carol Ann Palmieri
About the Author

Carol-Ann Palmieri is a full time Real Estate professional in Massachusetts for the past 25 years along with her partner Al Mussi have helped literally hundreds of families find, sell or purchase new places to live.
Carol Ann Palmieri

A former US Marine, she grew up in Walpole, MA...  is committed to the serving the community through various volunteer opportunities.   She attended MA Bay Community and Suffolk University and is committed to constantly updating her Real Estate education.

Licensed in MA and RI...

Al and Cal's primary areas of service Franklin, Bellingham, Medway, Millis, Medfield, Norfolk, Wrentham, Plainville, Blackstone, Walpole, Milford, Holliston, Hopkinton, Mansfield, and Foxboro, North Attleboro, Norwood, Hopedale, Mendon, Millville but have resourses to help anyone, anywhere....

 Their mission....  To exceed your expectations!


Carol-Ann Palmieri
Al and Cal Realty Group
Remax Executive Realty


508-494-9061

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

The Heat Wave is Over But Boston area Real Estate Still Sizzling

The Heat Wave is Over But Boston area Real Estate Still Sizzling

Oh Man was it hot!

We are actually at the end of a 7 day heat wave here in the Boston area.    Folks were staying indoors or cool by the water.  

(Search here for homes with pools!).  

The beaches were packed, community pools were at capacity and the sprinklers were cranking for people relief instead of just watering the grass.  Boston Area Real Estate heat wave

But the weather wasn't all that is hot!  The local real estate market is sizzling!  

Seems we went from Buyers market to Sellers overnight.  Folks are catching on especially if they have been involved in multiple offer situation.    If you are a buyer looking for a home out there right now, you best be prepared to make a move.    A blog by Patricia Kennedy, a real estate professional in the DC area advises coming in  "Green and Clean" as she calls it.    It's good advice.  Hot Real Estate Market Boston Area July 2013

Just in the past 30 days,

Franklin MA, Realtors put 23 homes up on the pending chart.   Of those 23 homes, 14 were on the market less than 20 days. 

Many of those saw multiple offers.

In Bellingham MA 11 single family homes hit that pending chart.

Medfield saw 7 with 4 under less than 20 days on the market.  

Medway MA saw 14 with half of those lasting less than 20 days

Wrentham 12, Norfolk 10, and Walpole 18.   ....and the beat goes on.

So while the weather has cooled a bit,
the heat wave still marches on for the area towns.  

Other Articles on Multiple Offers:


Looking to Buy, Sell, Rent or Invest?  
If you want to really know what's happening in your market area, consult your local Realtor!
 
                 Call me if you have a question about the market.  508-494-9061

 Put my 25 years of experience to work for you!     

Carol Ann Palmieri
About the Author

Carol-Ann Palmieri is a full time Real Estate professional in Massachusetts for the past 25 years along with her partner Al Mussi have helped literally hundreds of families find, sell or purchase new places to live.
Carol Ann Palmieri

A former US Marine, she grew up in Walpole, MA...  is committed to the serving the community through various volunteer opportunities.   She attended MA Bay Community and Suffolk University and is committed to constantly updating her Real Estate education.

Licensed in MA and RI...

Al and Cal's primary areas of service Franklin, Bellingham, Medway, Millis, Medfield, Norfolk, Wrentham, Plainville, Blackstone, Walpole, Milford, Holliston, Hopkinton, Mansfield, and Foxboro, North Attleboro, Norwood, Hopedale, Mendon, Millville but have resourses to help anyone, anywhere....

 Their mission....  To exceed your expectations!

 
 
Carol-Ann Palmieri
Al and Cal Realty Group
Remax Executive Realty


508-494-9061

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

What Does Your Email Name Say About You?

What Does Your Email Name Say About You?

Back in the day, when I first started on line with the old "chat room" style of getting used to the internet, I paid particular attention to what a person was trying to say with their email moniker.   email names, what does your email say about you

That old habit of paying attention to the name sent the red flags up today!   I received an email request for information on a rental property I have listed at 51 Hewes Street in Cumberland RI.  

It came from ......      SueMe@blahblahblah.com
In reality, I didn't actually pay much attention to the name until I copied and pasted it into the address line of my email.   

SueMe?   

Holy cow!   I thought... really?    This can't be.   Some one is really pulling my leg and you know what?   I don't want to go there.    Who would want to show this person a house???

What's an agent to do?    In this case, I responded to the email in a very professional way, asking the person to call me if they are interested in the property.   I don't suspect I will get a call back.   
But what if the email moniker was more, well, freaky.   Would I respond?   Would you?

Hello folks.   I have to protect myself and the people I represent.   I need you to talk to me... not just email... and if you do, consider the story your email or name tells.   

Moral to the Story.

While it is cute and fun to have an off beat name, when responding to and expecting a response to an on line inquiry, one might want to think what  subliminal message your email name gives off.    Sure, it is always fun to be funny and cute, but if you are applying for a job or an apartment or answering a house ad, anything serious, you might want to  consider that your email address is not just your best foot forward, it's your ONLY foot forward!    

Be cutesy after the fact... but get in the door.   People do not get in the door by scaring people!


Looking to Buy, Sell, Rent or Invest?  
If you want to really know what's happening in your market area, consult your local Realtor!

                 Call me if you have a question about the market.  508-494-9061

 Put my 25 years of experience to work for you!     


Carol Ann Palmieri
About the Author

Carol-Ann Palmieri is a full time Real Estate professional in Massachusetts for the past 25 years along with her partner Al Mussi have helped literally hundreds of families find, sell or purchase new places to live.
Carol Ann Palmieri

A former US Marine, she grew up in Walpole, MA...  is committed to the serving the community through various volunteer opportunities.   She attended MA Bay Community and Suffolk University and is committed to constantly updating her Real Estate education.

Licensed in MA and RI...

Al and Cal's primary areas of service Franklin, Bellingham, Medway, Millis, Medfield, Norfolk, Wrentham, Plainville, Blackstone, Walpole, Milford, Holliston, Hopkinton, Mansfield, and Foxboro, North Attleboro, Norwood, Hopedale, Mendon, Millville but have resourses to help anyone, anywhere....

 Their mission....  To exceed your expectations!


Carol-Ann Palmieri
Al and Cal Realty Group
Remax Executive Realty

Monday, July 15, 2013

Does a pool add value to your home? We will find out today!

Does a pool add value to your home?   We will find out today!
 
With the temperatures expected to reach 92 or more today the house hunt for sure will turn steamy!   

These folks don't have a strong preference either way, but I can't help wonder as I get ready to head out the door, will the couple of homes that have pools be more attractive to this family than those that don't?
Does a pool add value to your home

I can honestly say with the many buyers that I have helped in their home search over the years that most seem to like the idea of having a pool.  That flies in the face of all that we have believed over the past couple of decades.

Is it that folks are "stay-cationing" more, or is it that, in our efforts to constantly upgrade the curb appeal of our homes, the pool becomes a beautiful accessory?   

What I can say for sure is that, in several of my recent sales the buyers, in part, choose the property because the pool and the thoughts of out door entertaining was very appealing.    The debate goes on and on.    Some will say that a pool adds no value, others will say that it detracts from a property.    My personal opinion is that it does add value if the pool is in good condition, safe, and has attractive fencing and apron.   

Will My Buyers Choose A Home With A Pool Today?

Search for MA homes with pools here!


Looking to Buy, Sell, Rent or Invest?  
If you want to really know what's happening in your market area, consult your local Realtor!

                 Call me if you have a question about the market.  508-494-9061

 Put my 25 years of experience to work for you!     


Carol Ann Palmieri
About the Author

Carol-Ann Palmieri is a full time Real Estate professional in Massachusetts for the past 25 years along with her partner Al Mussi have helped literally hundreds of families find, sell or purchase new places to live.
Carol Ann Palmieri

A former US Marine, she grew up in Walpole, MA...  is committed to the serving the community through various volunteer opportunities.   She attended MA Bay Community and Suffolk University and is committed to constantly updating her Real Estate education.

Licensed in MA and RI...

Al and Cal's primary areas of service Franklin, Bellingham, Medway, Millis, Medfield, Norfolk, Wrentham, Plainville, Blackstone, Walpole, Milford, Holliston, Hopkinton, Mansfield, and Foxboro, North Attleboro, Norwood, Hopedale, Mendon, Millville but have resourses to help anyone, anywhere....

 Their mission....  To exceed your expectations!


Carol-Ann Palmieri
Al and Cal Realty Group
Remax Executive Realty


508-494-9061

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Peace and Quiet for Sale in Plainville MA

Peace and Quiet for Sale in Plainville MA 

Property Details 
    

27 Burnt Swamp Road, Plainville, MA     (a portion of this land is in Cumberland RI.   You will need to use Cumberland RI for GPS directions)
Plainville MA home for sale

$515,000

Custom built in 2001

3 bedrooms, 2.5 baths

2700 plus sq ft of living area

2.9 acres of land

In ground pool and spa

No work needed!  

MLS# 71542316


Call Carol Ann Palmieri at 508-494-9061 to see if this property is still available and to arrange for a showing.

 Shhh,  Listen.  

That's right, nothing but the soothing sounds of nature!  

27 Burnt Swamp Road, Plainville, MA is a peaceful country retreat is just 3.8 miles to highway & shopping!

If you are from this area, you might know Burnt Swamp Road as a very picturesque country setting, part of a favorite bicycle ride or walk for outdoor enthusiasts leading up to the Cumberland Reservoir.

A long winding driveway will take you up to this well groomed custom country home offering  over 2700 square feet of living space.   Situated   on almost  acres of land this home and property is a great place for entertaining inside and out.   This home has a wonderful mahogany farmers porch and an in ground pool and spa.

A young custom colonial radiates a casual elegance with high ceilings and pleasing open floor plan. Warm, wide plank floors,& lots of lighting to show off the red birch cabinetry.  Granite counter tops and stainless appliances  make this kitchen the heart of the home.

Easy entertaining with a floor plan that offers a lot of flexibility with two family rooms and a very large country style kitchen complete with pellet stove.      You will find extra large bedrooms, and 2.5 tiled baths.    Ceilings are high and the moldings and flooring were designed to evoke the causal country lifestyle.

 27 Burnt Swamp Road is for sale for $515,000.    27 Burnt Swamp Road Plainville MA home for sale

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Call or email Carol Ann Palmieri for a private showing.   

508-494-9061




About the author:

Carol-Ann Palmieri is a full time Real Estate professional in Massachusetts for the past 25 years along with her partner Al Mussi have helped literally hundreds of families find, sell or purchase new places to live.
Carol Ann Palmieri


 A former US Marine, she grew up in Walpole, MA...  is committed to the serving the community through various volunteer opportunities.   She attended MA Bay Community and Suffolk University and is committed to constantly updating her Real Estate education.

Licensed in MA and RI...

Al and Cal's primary areas of service Franklin, Bellingham, Medway, Millis, Medfield, Norfolk, Wrentham, Plainville, Blackstone, Walpole, Milford, Holliston, Hopkinton, Mansfield, and Foxboro, North Attleboro, Norwood, Hopedale, Mendon, Millville but have resourses to help anyone, anywhere....

 Their mission....  To exceed your expectations!
Al and Cal Remax Executive Realty 

Carol-Ann Palmieri
Al and Cal Realty Group
Remax Executive Realty

508-494-9061

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Why Buy A Home in Bellingham MA?

Why Buy A Home in Bellingham MA?

Is it time for you to make a real estate move?    Have you thought about what community you would like to settle in?   
why buy a home in bellingham ma


These are some reasons you might want to consider the town of Bellingham MA.     If you are not familiar with this community, you might want to look at a few fast facts.

Bellingham MA Fast Facts

The town of Bellingham is 19 square miles.  It is part of Norfolk County and it is bordered by the towns of  Franklin, Medway, Wrentham, Blackstone, Hopedale, Mendon and Woonsocket, RI.

From Bellingham it is approximately 30 miles to Boston, 20 miles to Providence and 23 miles to Worcester.    It is located with easy access to 3 exits on route 495, and the Forge Hill Commuter rail station.

There are approximately 16000 residents. 

Bellingham has three elementary schools, (the Clara Macy, The Stall brook, and the South Elementary), a middle school and a recently built high school. 


There is easy access to local shopping and many restaurants, movie houses and golf courses.    The VFW is active in the community and plays a major role in welcoming our hero's home.

Why Choose Bellingham?
  • Location.   The location is perfect for those families that work in the different "local" major cities of Boston, Providence and Worcester.   Easy access to shopping and highways as well as commuter rail is a very big plus in a rural-suburban setting.   All of those things are within a short drive from all points in the town.
  • Community.    Small town feel with community involvement.   This relatively small town, Bellingham boasts a very large sense of community with full service municipal services.   Community involvement includes an active Senior Center and the Bellingham Educational Foundation.     Bellingham offers students athletic programs and others like the men's over 30 softball league.     Concerts on the common, holiday parades and fireworks on the forth of July all bring residents together. 
  • Economics and Housing.   The town of Bellingham has one of the lowest tax rates in the area.  $14.44 per thousand for 2013.  Recent data shows the median home price $240,600.   
  • Government.     The town is run by 5 elected selectmen.   They appoint a Town Administrator who takes care of day to day activities in the town.    The town residents still have a say in their government and budget process and registered voters still meet to decide the direction of the community.   
  • Recreation.   Bellingham is host to 3 excellent and well known golf courses, movie theater, and there are several parks and lakes to take advantage of.    All sorts of restaurants and shopping.
As of today, there are 55 single family homes on the market here ranging in price from $120,000 (a real fixer-upper) to $549,900.   (Gorgeous new construction)



Are you Looking to make a move in the Bellingham MA area?
No one knows the real estate market here better than Al and Cal.   
We have 25 years experience in helping families make their moves! 


About the Author

Carol-Ann Palmieri is a full time Real Estate professional in Massachusetts for the past 25 years along with her partner Al Mussi have helped literally hundreds of families find, sell or purchase new places to live.
Carol Ann Palmieri

 A former US Marine, she grew up in Walpole, MA...  is committed to the serving the community through various volunteer opportunities.   She attended MA Bay Community and Suffolk University and is committed to constantly updating her Real Estate education.

Licensed in MA and RI...

Al and Cal's primary areas of service Franklin, Bellingham, Medway, Millis, Medfield, Norfolk, Wrentham, Plainville, Blackstone, Walpole, Milford, Holliston, Hopkinton, Mansfield, and Foxboro, North Attleboro, Norwood, Hopedale, Mendon, Millville but have resourses to help anyone, anywhere....

 Their mission....  To exceed your expectations!

Al and Cal Remax Executive Realty 

Carol-Ann Palmieri
Al and Cal Realty Group
Remax Executive Realty

508-494-9061

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

6 Tips That Will Help You Secure A Place To Rent

6 Tips That Will Help You Secure A Place To Rent

What Do They Want A Good Tenant or Someone That Pays?    Seriously.    I received this question and others just as bizarre from  prospective tenants after being informed that the owners are looking for someone that had good credit among other things.   house rentals, looking for house rentals

Call me crazy, but in my mind, A Good Tenant IS someone that pays!!    I actually thought that went without saying, but maybe not.  

In general we don't normally handle a lot of rental properties.   Every once in awhile, a client will ask us to help them out with their investment property and we are happy to do so.    It just so happens this month, we have had several.

With the rental market being so competitive, as soon as the properties hit the market, we were inundated with calls and emails.   Questions and responses like the above made me realize that some might not know  a) how tight the market is or,   b) that they are being interviewed the minute they pick up that phone.   

Clearly not rocket science, these landlords are simply looking for someone that will take care of their property and have the means and intentions to pay them on a monthly basis.   Looking for a rental, one needs to put their best foot forward.     

It is not hard to do if you treat this house hunt like a job interview.   

The following 6 tips will help you secure that rental home in this tight market.
  • Come prepared.   Have your references and paperwork readily available.
  • Fill out the application fully.   Leaving gaps only sets up red flags.
  • Be ready for a credit check.   Not great credit?   Explain it.   These landlords understand that your credit might be stellar, but they do need it to make sense.
  • Dress appropriately.
  • Be on time!
  • If you expect a response to your on line inquiry, be specific with your questions and leave a phone number.   It doesn't make sense to just say you want more info on a property.   What info are you looking for?   

Looking for a place to rent?   Start here.

Looking to Buy, Sell, Rent or Invest?  
If you want to really know what's happening in your market area, consult your local Realtor!

                 Call me if you have a question about the market.  508-494-9061

 Put my 25 years of experience to work for you!     

 
Carol Ann Palmieri

 

 
Carol-Ann Palmieri
Al and Cal Realty Group
Remax Executive Realty


508-494-9061