Bo Lee - Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Commonwealth Real Estate



Posted by Bo Lee on 11/15/2019

This Single-Family in Natick, MA recently sold for $610,000. This Cape style home was sold by Bo Lee - Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Commonwealth Real Estate.


49 Fiske St, Natick, MA 01760

Single-Family

$619,900
Price
$610,000
Sale Price

6
Rooms
3
Beds
2
Baths
Look no further than this turn-key, picturesque New England Cape home located in a desirable Natick neighborhood. Built in 1950, this special home has been meticulously maintained by its second owner. Walk inside and you will find a remodeled kitchen with new appliances, quartz countertops, and tile backsplash. Open concept living and dining room with sliders out to a screened in porch and deck. Sip your morning coffee or read your favorite book overlooking the private manicured backyard complete with a sprinkler system for easy maintenance. Generous sized bedroom and full bathroom complete the first floor. Upstairs you will find 2 large front to back bedrooms and a recently renovated full bathroom. Head downstairs to the newly carpeted family room with wood stove and bar perfect for your entertaining needs. Abutting the family room you will find a utility room for laundry and storage with new furnace and A/C system.

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Posted by Bo Lee on 11/10/2019

Do you ever wish that they taught a class in high school called, “Things You’ll Actually Need to Know In Life?” You’d learn how to prepare your taxes, what investing is, and how to buy a home.

Unfortunately, all of these important life lessons tend to be self-taught; you pick them up along the way and learn from your mistakes.

However, it needn’t be that way. Our goal today is to give you an accurate idea of what to expect when you’re buying your first home. We’ll go over a typically home buying timeline and discuss how long each step can take. This will give you a better idea of how long it will take to close on your first home.

Step 1: Build credit and save for a down payment

Estimated time: 2+ years

The first step of buying a home is to make sure you’re financially secure enough to do so. While there are ways to purchase a home with low or no down payments (See FHA, USDA, and VA loans), generally it’s wiser to wait until you have a sizable down payment saved. This will save you money in interest and mortgage insurance in the long run.

Next, you’ll need to start working on your credit. If your credit score took some hits due to late payments when you were younger, now is the time to start fixing those mistakes by making on-time payments and paying off outstanding balances.

Step 2: Have a plan for the next phase of your life

Estimated time 6+ months

One of the most important, and least talked about, parts of buying a home is understanding what it means to own a home. If you have a spouse, partner, or family, you’ll need to be in agreement that you’re prepared to stay in one place for the next 5 or more years.

Buying a home is expensive and you won’t want to go through the process of closing on a home if you aren’t sure you’ll stay. This means making sure your career won’t bring you elsewhere in the near future.

Step 3: Get prequalified and preapproved

Estimated time 1-3 days (depending on how much initiative you take)

Getting prequalified for a mortgage takes minutes. You simply fill out an online form and the lender will give you an idea of the type and size loan you could qualify for. Be forewarned: they’ll also use this information to call and bother you about getting a mortgage from them.

Once you’re prequalified, it’s just a matter of working with the lender to provide the correct documentation for pre-approval.

Getting preapproved takes a bit longer (1-3 days), since it requires a credit check and some work on your part--namely, gathering and sending income verification.

Once you’re preapproved, you can safely start shopping for homes without worrying that you’re wasting time looking at homes that are overbudget.

Step 4: House Hunting

Estimated time: 30+ days

It’s a seller’s market. So, if you’re buying a home right now there is competition out there. You’ll need to dedicate a substantial amount of time to researching homes online, contacting sellers’ agents, and following up on calls. Like before, the amount of effort you put into this process determines how quickly and smoothly you’ll get through it.

Step 5: Making an offer and closing

Estimated time: ~50 days

Average closing times for buying a home has grown to 50 days according to a recent study. However, by securing financing ahead of time and acting quickly, you can drastically cut down the time of these process to as little as two weeks.





Posted by Bo Lee on 11/3/2019

To save water and equally maintain your lawn, you need to ensure your sprinkler system is working correctly. During the winter months, keeping your garden might take a toll on you. Improving your sprinkler system requires that you regularly check for damaged or faulty sprinklers. 

Improving your sprinkler system means you would produce a better and healthier lawn. Below are tips to guide you in enhancing your sprinkler system.

Replace Conventional Controller

To better improve your sprinkler system, replace conventional irrigation controllers with smart controllers that are user-friendly and has built-in water saver option and allows you to restart multiple time. The smart controller uses weather-based data received from local forecast to adjust its watering system each day. These intelligent devices would help you save water.

Raise Irrigation Heads

Irrigation heads that are bent and settling towards the soil cause too much water to get into the ground at that particular part. Raise the irrigation head as it will help prevent grasses and shrubs from interfering with how far the water sprinklers get. Be careful though will doing this to avoid damaging the lawn mower. Install A Built-In Pressure Regulator Replace pop-up spray heads with built-in pressure regulating devices to reduce the excess amount of water wasting in an area when the sprinkler is in operation. Doing this is estimated to save you 30% of water. 

Change Water Wasting Heads

Replace sprinkler wasting heads with high-efficiency nozzles that are guaranteed to save about 30% on your water consumption. These efficiency nozzles reduce wind drifts and allow water to distribute over the lawn and landscape evenly. 

Install Rain Moisture Sensor

A rain moisture sensor is a smart way of controlling your sprinklers from double wetting your lawn or landscape after a rainfall. The sensor will turn off the sprinkler system automatically when it rains saving you 15-20% of water. 

Place Plants Into Groups

Grouping plants into various sections is a smart way to ensure each plant gets adequate water without the problem of too much watering or too little watering. Some plants require more water than others; turf needs more water when compared to shrubs. 

Even Distribution Of Water

Ensure sprinkler heads are installed close to each other to avoid water from overlapping. Installing your sprinklers close to one another would also ensure all the planted areas get enough water. 

Same Irrigation Head

To maintain your sprinklers, you want to ensure all your irrigation heads are all working at the same time. If there seem to an issue with the heads, you can detach and clean dust or debris from the head of the sprinklers. 

Deciding to upgrade your sprinkler system is something you can do yourself, it won't take time, and it would save you money. 





Posted by Bo Lee on 10/27/2019

A pantry is a coveted feature for many homeowners. Especially those come from small apartments or houses. No more stacking items like the Leaning Tower of Pisa or reaching back into the endless depths hoping to land on your favorite spice mix.

However, all the extra space can cause a new organizational problem - there’s so much that you don’t know what to do with it. If finding ingredients has become an aerobics exercise from searching them top to bottom each time you cook today’s article is for you.

Instead of tall jars opt for flat square stackable containers. By taking up more surface space and less height they can’t hide behind one another. Label each container so you know at a glance which is flour and which powdered sugar.

Take advantage of the space your pantry door provides. Install hooks to hang pans or lids down the length of the door. Or for a weekend craft project install a large magnet and put spices in little jars with metal lids. You’ll just want to make sure your magnet has a strong enough hold that all of your jars don’t come crashing down each time the kids inevitably slam the door shut.

For ultimate organization install a chalkboard along the inside (or outside) of your pantry door for an ongoing shopping list. Add a small lip to hold some chalk so anyone in the family can add on to the list when they finish up the last snack of the bunch. This helps cut down on time spent taking inventory of your home staples and which need to be restocked.

Take advantage of space below shelving in your pantry with crates. These are great for storing the aforementioned kid snacks, baking items and extra items you stock up on to stretch the time between shopping trips. Install wheels on the bottom to make them easier to pull in and out or into the main kitchen area.

Create zones throughout your pantry with items like under-the-shelf racks, stacking shelves, lazy susans, and clear bins. These not only help you keep like-items together but also to capitalize on the space you have. Label bins to help the rest of your family keep things tidy. Under-the-shelf racks are great for more delicate items like bread and root vegetables to stay up and out of the way from the threats of cans and jars.

Alternatively get creative and use a shower caddy or magazine rack hung from the inside of the door for your root vegetables and bread. Measure the space between the door and shelf when closed to ensure the correct depth or match the spacing between each so the height of bins matches that of shelf spacing.




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Posted by Bo Lee on 10/20/2019

What do you think is the best paint color to sell your house? It often seems that the best color is white since it evokes a clean canvas for the buyer. While white is an excellent color to start with, you may find that if you warm up the interior of the house just a bit, it may assist prospective buyers in feeling more at home when they walk in than stark white. Here are some excellent fresh but neutral colors to paint your house to prepare it for the market.

Colors for the Kitchen

White kitchens have been everywhere recently, but a completely white kitchen doesn't give most buyers that homey feeling that draws them in. Neutral warm or cool grays offset those beautiful white cabinets while exposing any particular architectural details. Some reports show sales increases prices with appropriately colored walls. Your agent will know which colors are most popular in your area but some to look at are Hazelnut or Lilac Gray.

Bathroom Colors

In bathrooms, blue seems to be the color of choice. A freshly painted pale blue master bath can give the buyer a sense of a spa-like retreat while deeper hues provide a room the ever-popular nautical theme.

Bedroom Colors

Home seller reports show that rooms painted a matte soft cerulean blue made a higher net profit than expected. For added appeal, try to pair the blue with white baseboards and stage the room with natural woods. Buyers want to step into a space that feels restful. 

Living Room Colors

For your living room, look for lighter beiges and warmer gray-browns. This color combination will help the room feel more cozy and welcoming. Boldly accent the beige with a white fireplace mantle and baseboards for a clean and comfortable feel. You can use some natural woods and cozy textures when staging the room.

Dining Room Colors

For the dining room, cool bluish-grays give the room a more formal appeal and instantly updates the space. Statistics showed that dining rooms painted with a bluish gray sold for higher pricing than homes with white dining rooms.

Best practices for a smaller home are to paint most rooms the same neutral color as it gives the house a more substantial feel. But, if you have a larger home, paint in such a way to highlight the architectural detail of each room while remaining neutral. If you want to have one very bright paint, make it the front door. Studies show that a brightly painted front door adds curb appeal to any home.

As always, discuss any color changes with your professional real estate agent for the best ROI and quickest sale.







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