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Posted by N.B.Taylor & Co., Inc. Realtors on 5/25/2020

If you believe you are coming close to the time to buy your first home, you'll want to be informed. Itís never too early to begin preparing for a home purchase. The more organized you are, and the better you have your financial situation in order the better off youíll be when it comes to the home search. Where should you start? Below, youíll find some key things that you can do to maximize your chances of finding and securing your first home.


Check Your Credit


Your credit score is one of the most critical pieces of your financial picture. A FICO score ranges from 300 to 850. The higher the number, the better off you are. When youíre getting a mortgage, you want to have good credit. If your credit score is above 740, youíll be eligible for the best interest rates. If your credit score needs help, a higher score will get you the best interest rates available. Once you get your credit score, (Itís free to get through a variety of services.) aim to improve your score. Pay your bills on time. Use less of your available credit (target to use 30 percent or less of your total available credit.) The bottom line is that a low-interest rate will save you a significant amount of money over the life of your loan. 


Refrain From Opening New Accounts


If youíre in the market to buy a home, itís probably best for you to stay away from opening new accounts. Every store has their credit card and offers deals to open an account in store. While it could save you some money on your purchase, opening new accounts has a negative impact on your credit score in the short term. A car loan, for example, will also affect your credit score because it brings your debt-to-income ratio up, which can put a damper on your chances of getting a mortgage for a low-interest rate.


Save, Save, Save


If you want to buy a home soon, youíll need to save up a significant amount of money. These savings will go towards a downpayment, closing costs, and furnishing your new place. Every chance you get, you should be putting money away. Include gifts, bonuses, and any other income thatís outside of your average take-home pay. 


Itís also a good idea to set up a second bank account dedicated to saving for the home. Set up an automatic transfer each month that will go into that account from your primary earnings. You can d this based on how your employer pays you.


Look For A Real Estate Agent


Your real estate agent will be a crucial part of your home search. They will help in everything from finding the property of your dreams to negotiating the deal to sitting by your side at closing. You should do a bit of research to help you find a real estate agent who can assist you in finding the right property for you. 


Ask family and friends for recommendations of agents. You can search for the real estate agentís name online and see what kind of reviews the agent has and contact different agents. From there. You can make a decision.          


Now, good luck with your home search! 





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Posted by N.B.Taylor & Co., Inc. Realtors on 5/18/2020

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If you’ve been thinking about adding an outdoor kitchen to your luxury home, it is a good time to start planning. Outdoor kitchens offer a great place to prepare and enjoy meals outdoors when the weather is pleasant. You’ll find that there are many options and features available to build out the perfect space for you. While you’re working on designing yours, keep the following 2020 outdoor kitchen trends in mind. 

Multiple Cooking Options

An outdoor kitchen isn’t just a place for you to fire up the charcoal you can create a space that allows you to prepare an entire meal outside. This means introducing more than one cooking option into your space. Once you've settled on a grilling surface and fuel source, select a stovetop burner and a traditional or specialty pizza oven to complement your setup.

Cabinets and Cupboards

Having to go in and out of your home to retrieve dishes, pots and other items for cooking and eating can be an inconvenience. Including high-quality cabinets or cupboards in your outdoor kitchen means you’ll have everything you need within easy reach. This year’s trends include stainless steel cabinets and cupboards. These provide your outdoor kitchen with a sleek, modern appearance while also offering a place for storing everything you'll need. 

Kitchen Islands

Kitchen islands are usually thought of as an indoor feature, but they’re making their way to outdoor kitchens as well. Putting an island in your outdoor kitchen provides extra prep surfaces and also acts as a place for you and your family or guests to socialize. Depending on the design of your kitchen island, you may also use it as a primary outdoor dining area or extra dining space if needed.  

More Refrigerator Options

Refrigerators are convenient to have as part of an outdoor kitchen, because you can keep ingredients and beverages readily available. Instead of having a standard refrigerator as you may choose for an interior, consider some more specialized options that are growing in popularity. More luxury homeowners are choosing to add an outdoor refrigerator that include ice makes or specialized models that specifically accommodate beverages. Drawer-style units instead of single-door models are more energy-efficient than single-door refrigerators, and they make it easier to keep fridge items organized. 

If you’ll be preparing to sell your luxury home or buy a new one in the near future, contact us today.




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Posted by N.B.Taylor & Co., Inc. Realtors on 5/15/2020


147 Milk Street, Westborough, MA 01581

Condo

$176,000
Price

4
Rooms
2
Beds
1
Baths
Updated 2 Bedrm 1 Bath Condo at Popular Carlton Gardens. Kitchen has Dark Cabinetry, Glass Tile Backsplash, Granite Counters, Stainless Appliances & Breakfast Bar with Pendant Lighting. Open Living Room and Dining Areas with Wood Style Flooring. Bathroom has Tile Walls and Floor, Dark Wood Vanity with Granite Counter. 2 Spacious Bedrooms with W/W carpet. Cosmetics needed but a Good Option to Renting. PLEASE BE AWARE : UNIT BEING SOLD FURNISHED, SUBJECT TO BANCRUPTCY COURT APPROVAL Currently difficult to view 2nd Bedroom due to it being used for storage. You can open door slightly. Will be cleaned out on Tuesday 19th May. All offers have to have form signed by buyers in Paperclip. Please Also see Rules and Regs. No Investors allowed, must be Owner/Occupied. Please Observe Social Distancing Protocol.
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Posted by N.B.Taylor & Co., Inc. Realtors on 5/11/2020

Getting the best price for your residence can be easy, particularly if you allocate the necessary time and resources to become a smart home seller.

What does it take to become a smart home seller? Here are three tips to help you do just that.

1. Analyze the Housing Market Closely

The housing market can be tricky to navigate, especially for a first-time home seller. Fortunately, those who spend some time reviewing the real estate sector closely can identify housing market patterns and trends and plan accordingly.

For example, a home seller should check out the prices of comparable houses in his or her area. This will enable a property seller to understand how his or her home stacks up against the competition.

A home seller also should review the prices of recently sold homes. This will allow a home seller to differentiate between a buyer's market and a seller's market.

2. Take a Look at Your Home Ė Both Inside and Out

When a homebuyer views your house for the first time, will your residence make a positive first impression? If you're unsure, you may want to conduct a home appraisal as soon as possible.

A home appraisal allows a property inspector to examine your residence both inside and out. That way, you can identify any potential problems with your residence and make home improvements as needed.

There are many quick, simple ways to enhance your property's appearance without breaking your budget too.

For example, mowing the front lawn and trimming the hedges can help you transform an ordinary home exterior into an exceptional one.

Or, if you want to upgrade your house's interior, eliminating clutter usually is a great idea. Removing unwanted items from your house will help you free up space so you can show off the true beauty of your residence's interior.

3. Work with a Real Estate Agent

No one should be forced to navigate the home selling journey alone. Lucky for you, real estate agents are available who can help you seamlessly add your home to the housing market and optimize your residence's value.

A real estate agent will meet with you to understand your home selling goals. Then, he or she will help you map out a home selling journey, one that guarantees you can generate plenty of interest in your residence as soon as it becomes available.

Usually, a real estate agent will help you get your home ready to add to the real estate market. He or she will offer honest, unbiased home improvement recommendations so you can upgrade your residence in no time at all.

Perhaps best of all, a real estate agent will set up home showings, promote your residence to homebuyers and negotiate with property buyers on your behalf. And if you ever have home selling concerns or questions, a real estate agent will be happy to respond to them instantly.

Take the guesswork out of selling your home Ė use the aforementioned tips, and you can become a smart home seller.




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Posted by N.B.Taylor & Co., Inc. Realtors on 5/4/2020

If youíre hoping to buy a house in the near future, youíll want to focus on saving for a down payment.

Down payments are a way to let a lender know that you are a low-risk investment, and a way to save money on interest over the term of your loan.

If you have your other finances in order--a good credit score and stable income--thereís a good chance that making a 20% or more down payment will land you a low interest rate that can save you thousands while you pay off your loan.

How large should my down payment be?

The larger the down payment you can afford, the more money youíll likely save in the long run. While there are ways to get a loan with no or very small down payments, these arenít always ideal.

First, if you put less than 20% down on your home loan, youíll be required to pay private mortgage insurance, or PMI. These are monthly payments that you make in addition to the interest that is accrued on your loan.

So, if you donít put any money down on your home, youíll accrue more interest over your term length and youíll pay PMI on top of that.

What affects your minimum down payment amount?

Lenders take a number of factors into consideration when determining your risk. If youíre eligible for a first-time home owners loan, a veteranís loan, or a USDA loan, your loan can be guaranteed by the government. This means you can likely pay a lower down payment while still receiving a reasonable interest rate.

When applying for a mortgage, be sure to reach out to multiple lenders and shop around for the rates that work for you. Many lenders use slightly different criteria to determine your eligibility to pay a lower down payment.

Other things that affect your minimum down payment include:

  • Credit score

  • Location of the home you want to buy

  • Value of the mortgage

Saving for a down payment

Youíll get the most value out of your mortgage if you put more money down. However, if youíre currently living in a high-rent area, it could mean that itís in your best interest to get out of your apartment and start building equity in the form of homeownership.

If you want to buy a home within the next year or two, there are a few ways you can help increase your savings.

First, determine how much you need to save. Depending on your housing needs and the current market, everyone will have different requirements. Do some home shopping in your area online and look for homes that are within your spending limits. Remember that you shouldnít spend more than 30% of your monthly income on housing (mortgage, property taxes, etc.)

Next, find out what a 20% down payment on that home would be, adjusting for inflation.

Once you have the amount you need to save, remember to leave yourself enough of an emergency fund in your savings account to last you a month or two.




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