Mary Crane | Dover Real Estate, Needham Real Estate, Wellesley Real Estate, Sherborn Real Estate


Buying a home is an extensive process that comes with a bit of a learning curve. For first time buyers, this process involves making mistakes and learning from them.

While we can never be 100% sure of our home buying decisions, there is a way to increase your chances of making the best choices when it comes to buying and maintaining your first home.

In today’s post, we’re going to do just that. We’ll take a look at some of the biggest things that homeowners wish they knew before buying their first house.

1. Forgetting to research the neighborhood

It’s easy to become so enamored with your dream home that you barely look beyond its fence. However, the neighborhood your home is in can have a huge effect on your daily life. Having local parks, safe sidewalks to walk on, and road infrastructure that doesn’t drive you crazy on your daily commute are all important aspects of choosing the right home.

2. Getting pressured into making a decision

Many times, a seller will want to portray their home as being highly sought after to encourage higher and more frequent offers. Similarly, you may find that your own family has time constraints and want to make a quick decision to buy a home.

It’s when we’re under pressure that we can make choices that we aren’t happy with in the long run. So, in these situations, make sure you don’t make any snap judgments on a home. If it seems like you’re being pressured into making a decision without enough time to consider all of the possibilities, there’s a good chance you should pass on this opportunity.

3. Forgetting that you might someday have to sell this home

Sometimes homes can be difficult to sell due to things like their location and surroundings. For instance, a home that is remote or one that is located in low-scoring school districts may not matter to you if you don’t plan on having children. But, they likely will be important to a lot of your potential buyers when it comes time to sell the home.

This lesson also holds true for what you do with your home once you buy it. Making renovations or design choices that won’t appeal to the average buyer can make your home more difficult to sell and harder to get top dollar for.

4. Didn’t consider all financing options

There are several steps and several options when it comes to financing a home. Not only are the several mortgage lenders to choose from, but there are also many different types of loans available.

While there may not be one “right” decision when it comes to financing your home, it’s a good idea to do your homework and browse carefully all of the lenders and mortgage types.

Consider ways to increase your credit score or save for a higher down payment before buying if possible, so that you can secure the lowest interest rate possible.



24 Rocky Brook Rd, Dover, MA 02030

Single-Family

$1,150,000
Price

9
Rooms
4
Beds
3/1
Full/Half Baths
Classic Center Entrance Colonial on a beautiful 1 acre lot in a highly desired Dover neighborhood. Cherry kitchen w/double oven, Sub-Zero and spacious eating area w/ bay window overlooking private yard. Spacious LR, DR, FR, plus office and enclosed porch. Generous master w/cathedral ceiling and skylights. All hardwood. Lower level game room. Beautiful backyard w/separately fenced in ground gunite pool. Security system and sprinklers. The charming town of Dover is located 15 miles SW of Boston, enjoys a low tax rate & Boston Magazine just named Dover's schools #1 in Massachusetts once again!
Open House
Sunday
July 14 at 1:30 PM to 3:00 PM
Come see this wonderful 4BR Colonial with a beautiful backyard and pool in one of Dover's favorite neighborhoods!
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Location: 24 Rocky Brook Rd, Dover, MA 02030    Get Directions

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If you’re looking to make changes to your home in a big way but don’t have the time or the budget, there’s plenty of things that you can do in order to bring your home to another level without breaking the bank. 


Look From The Outside In


Enhancing the landscaping and curb appeal of your home can be an easy project to add value and comfort to your home. Whether you’re getting ready to sell or you just want to feel more at home, making your home look more inviting from the outside is a worthwhile project. 


Open Some Space


Just knocking down a wall can make a huge difference in your home. Once a wall is removed, it can really transform your space. Be careful though, as knocking down a wall where plumbing is or electrical work is can disrupt a lot. This can become very costly, so you may not want to undertake such a big project. Also be mindful of reconnecting floors or moving features like a kitchen island. Be sure to get a few quotes from contractors for these jobs before you settle with one.


Get New Windows


Putting in new windows is a great project that can add a lot of value to your home. You should really replace the windows in your home every 20-25 years. Updating the windows in your home not only changes the look of your home but makes it more energy efficient as well. The extra insulation can also help to keep out noise disturbances and keep your home a quiet place to live. If you live near a main road, new windows are a must. 


Upgrade Appliances 


There is nothing more attractive to buyers and homeowners alike than new appliances. These are fairly cheap investments considering their returns. You can replace one appliance or go for a whole new kitchen if you’d like. It all depends on the condition of the appliances. Even simply replacing the washer and dryer can make your life easier and also make your home more attractive to buyers when you decide to sell.


Change Up The Floors


Simply switching your carpet or ripping up carpets to put in hardwood floors can be a huge game changer for your home. The costs of these improvements can vary greatly. The size of your rooms and the type of materials that you choose can affect the costs as well. 


Get Organized


Putting in shelving or other organizing systems to help you and your family keep organized can be invaluable. Not having to deal with constant clutter can reduce stress and make your home look more presentable. This is another improvement project that is totally worthwhile for you to complete.



658 Main St, Medfield, MA 02052

Single-Family

$1,500,000
Price

12
Rooms
4
Beds
4/1
Full/Half Baths
Escape to your own retreat in desirable Medfield- Privately set on 7.5 acres this light & bright 4BR 4.5BA custom Colonial boasts 9.5 foot ceilings, crown molding w/new deck overlooking the professionally landscaped grounds & inground pool. A chefs delight, the eat-in gourmet kitchen features cherry cabinets, center island, Jenn Air 6 burner gas cooktop, double ovens & pantry. A stunning solarium w/3 walls of windows offer tremendous views, formal dining room, cherry paneled den & 30x16 fireplaced living room. Upstairs, the master suite features a spacious bedroom w/2 walk in closets, cedar closet, fireplaced sitting room & marble bath w/double sinks, tub & shower. Two additional bedrooms, laundry room,2 baths & a fantastic au pair/guest suite complete the second floor. Amazing finished walkout lower level w/full bath, sauna, family room, game room, bar & excercise area. Attached 3 car garage. Unbeatable walk to town center location. Peace & beauty abound! OPEN HOUSE SUN 11:30-1.
Open House
Sunday
June 30 at 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM
Come see this privately set beautiful home with pool in an easy commuter location! Walk to town!!
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Location: 658 Main St, Medfield, MA 02052    Get Directions

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24 Rocky Brook Rd, Dover, MA 02030

Single-Family

$1,150,000
Price

9
Rooms
4
Beds
3/1
Full/Half Baths
Classic Center Entrance Colonial on a beautiful 1 acre lot in a highly desired Dover neighborhood. Cherry kitchen w/double oven, Sub-Zero and spacious eating area w/ bay window overlooking private yard. Spacious LR, DR, FR, plus office and enclosed porch. Generous master w/cathedral ceiling and skylights. All hardwood. Lower level game room. Beautiful backyard w/separately fenced in ground pool. Security system and sprinklers. The charming town of Dover is located 15 miles SW of Boston, enjoys a low tax rate & Boston Magazine just named Dover's schools #1 in Massachusetts once again!
Open House
Sunday
June 30 at 1:30 PM to 3:00 PM
Great neighborhood, fabulous back yard with pool!
Cannot make the Open Houses?
Location: 24 Rocky Brook Rd, Dover, MA 02030    Get Directions

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