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Posted by Homes of Distinction Realty on 4/20/2018

Whether youíre shopping for your first house or your next house, finding a listing you love is exciting. You browse the pictures, check out the property facts, share the link to your significant other, and maybe even schedule a showing.

With the exciting prospect of owning a new home that has all or many of the features youíre looking for, it can be easy to forget about certain details that matter. Most of us look for similar things in a house--close proximity to work, enough bedrooms, an upgraded kitchen, and so on.

In this article, weíre going to give you a list of things to investigate about the house youíre looking at to get a better idea of whether or not itís the perfect match for you and your family.

1. Re-read the listing

If youíre like me and get lost in the photos of a home and forget to make note of the details, be sure to go back and check out the listing a second time. It will likely give you important details of the house that you overlooked on your initial visit.

Look for things like the year the house was built, information of the heating, ventilation, and air conditioning system, and the total acreage of the lot and square footage of the home. These things are hard to accurately represent in the listingís pictures, but will likely be important to your decision of whether or not you should view the home.

2. Do your online research

The number of things you can learn about a home and neighborhood on the internet is astounding. We suggest that before you go to visit a home, you spend 10-20 minutes on Google researching the following topics:

  • School district ratings. If you have or plan to have school-aged children, youíll want to know what your options are for your childís education. Itís often a good idea to check out the local schoolsí websites to see what

  • Commute times. With Google Maps and similar sites, you can plan out what your new commute will be and see how long it will take. You might find different routes that will save you time or avoid traffic (we could all use those extra few minutes in bed every morning). Google Maps isnít always accurate when it comes to morning traffic estimates, but itís a good place to start.

  • Amenities. Having moved into a neighborhood that has no grocery stores within a 20-minute drive, trust me--youíll want to know whatís in the area. Use Google Maps to find stores, gas, schools, parks and trails, hospitals, and other things youíll want close by.

  • Street view. While weíre on Google, use street view to take a remote look around the neighborhood. Youíll be able to see how the infrastructure looks--if the neighborhood is taken care of and if there are sidewalks that offer a safe place to walk or jog.

  • Crime ratings. Donít get too caught up in this section. Crimes happen everywhere, but this is a good way to see if the area youíre moving to is a safe place

3. Donít be afraid to ask questions

If, after all of your online research, you decide you want to go view a home, donít be shy when you arrive. Itís understandable that you wouldnít want to be a burden in someone elseís home. But remember--if youíre considering living there someday youíll want to know as much as possible before making an offer.

Test the plumbing, ask about average utilities, and donít be afraid to introduce yourself to neighbors and ask them questions about the community. The more you know, the better. Happy sleuthing!





Posted by Homes of Distinction Realty on 4/19/2018


4 Chestnut Road, Norfolk, MA 02056

Single-Family

$649,900
Price

10
Rooms
4
Beds
2/1
Full/Half Baths
Do you like privacy? This beautiful colonial located on a private, wooded corner lot near Mirror Lake is exactly what you have been waiting for! A 3-minute walk to Mirror Lake! Enjoy fishing, swimming and kayaking. Gorgeous kitchen w/granite, island, SS appliances & oversized 14x16 deck to enjoy, opens to enormous family room - both w/recessed lighting. Formal dining rm w/chair rail & wainscoting. Fantastic open floor plan perfect for entertaining. Gas (propane) for oven, dryer & oversized fireplace. Huge master suite complete w/office or nursery, gigantic walk-in closet & large master bathroom w/tiled shower & double vanity. There are 3 additional good-sized bedrooms w/big closets on 2nd fl. Central AC, 2 car attached garage. High quality construction including under-cabinet lighting, slow-close drawers, copper piping, central vac, Harvey windows, wiring for TV above mantel, hardwood floors throughout & whole building ventilation control. A short drive to the commuter rail.
Open House
Sunday
April 22 at 12:30 PM to 2:30 PM
Beautiful 2 year old home with many custom upgrades located within walking distance to Mirror Lake. Enjoy kayaking, fishing and swimming.
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Location: 4 Chestnut Road, Norfolk, MA 02056    Get Directions

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Posted by Homes of Distinction Realty on 4/13/2018

Buying a condo requires hard work and patience, particularly for property buyers who are searching for a condo that they can enjoy for years to come. Thus, there are many questions that condo buyers need to ask before they purchase a property, including:

1. What Does the Condo Include?

Although a condo will feature home essentials like bedrooms and bathrooms, there are other factors that condo buyers need to consider as well.

For example, does a condo offer reserved parking? If not, where will you park your car day after day? And if you invite guests to visit, where can they park their vehicles? These are just some of the questions you'll want to consider about a condo before you submit an offer. Ultimately, you'll want to ensure that you are comfortable with everything that a condo has to offer. And if a condo fails to meet your expectations, keep in mind that other properties may be available that satisfy your needs.

2. How Much Are the Homeowners Association (HOA) Fees?

Condo owners usually are responsible for their monthly mortgage costs, along with HOA fees.

HOA fees are used to cover property maintenance costs throughout a condo community. The costs ensure that your neighborhood will feature fresh-cut lawns, clear walkways and other great features that help it stand out from other neighborhoods. At the same time, HOA fees must be considered before you purchase a condo, as these costs can add up quickly.

In many instances, HOA fees may add several hundred dollars to your monthly expenses. As such, you should find out exactly how much your HOA fees will be prior to buying a condo.

Consult with your real estate agent to learn more about a condo community's HOA fees. By doing so, you can budget accordingly.

3. What Are the HOA Rules?

HOA rules may vary from community to community, and you should get a copy of these rules to determine whether they correspond to your lifestyle.

For example, some condo communities feature quiet hours. On the other hand, various condo communities may have rules in place to prevent condo owners from renting out their properties.

Your real estate agent should have no trouble providing you with a copy of the HOA rules for a particular condo community. Examine these requirements closely before you make your purchase decision, and you can understand how the HOA rules will impact your day-to-day life in a condo community.

No one should be forced to settle for an inferior condo. Fortunately, employing a real estate agent with condo experience can help you speed up the process of finding a terrific condo.

With support from an experienced real estate agent, you can browse a broad array of condos in any city or town. Plus, your real estate agent can offer details about HOA fees and rules, along with provide expert tips to help you secure the perfect condo at a great price.

Collaborate with a real estate agent, and you can improve your chances of discovering your ideal condo.




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Posted by Homes of Distinction Realty on 4/12/2018

Do you like privacy? This beautiful colonial located on a private, wooded corner lot near Mirror Lake is exactly what you have been waiting for! A 3-minute walk to Mirror Lake! Enjoy fishing, swimming and kayaking. Gorgeous kitchen w/granite, island, SS appliances & oversized 14x16 deck to enjoy, opens to enormous family room - both w/recessed lighting. Formal dining rm w/chair rail & wainscoting. Fantastic open floor plan perfect for entertaining. Gas (propane) for oven, dryer & oversized fireplace. Huge master suite complete w/office or nursery, gigantic walk-in closet & large master bathroom w/tiled shower & double vanity. There are 3 additional good-sized bedrooms w/big closets on 2nd fl. Central AC, 2 car attached garage. High quality construction including under-cabinet lighting, slow-close drawers, copper piping, central vac, Harvey windows, wiring for TV above mantel, hardwood floors throughout & whole building ventilation control. A short drive to the commuter rail.

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Posted by Homes of Distinction Realty on 4/12/2018


4 Chestnut Road, Norfolk, MA 02056

Single-Family

$649,900
Price

10
Rooms
4
Beds
2/1
Full/Half Baths
Do you like privacy? This beautiful colonial located on a private, wooded corner lot near Mirror Lake is exactly what you have been waiting for! A 3-minute walk to Mirror Lake! Enjoy fishing, swimming and kayaking. Gorgeous kitchen w/granite, island, SS appliances & oversized 14x16 deck to enjoy, opens to enormous family room - both w/recessed lighting. Formal dining rm w/chair rail & wainscoting. Fantastic open floor plan perfect for entertaining. Gas (propane) for oven, dryer & oversized fireplace. Huge master suite complete w/office or nursery, gigantic walk-in closet & large master bathroom w/tiled shower & double vanity. There are 3 additional good-sized bedrooms w/big closets on 2nd fl. Central AC, 2 car attached garage. High quality construction including under-cabinet lighting, slow-close drawers, copper piping, central vac, Harvey windows, wiring for TV above mantel, hardwood floors throughout & whole building ventilation control. A short drive to the commuter rail.
Open House
Saturday
April 14 at 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM
This is a lovely house in a private location.
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Location: 4 Chestnut Road, Norfolk, MA 02056    Get Directions

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