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Posted by Bo Lee on 3/24/2019

If you know youíd like to buy a home in the future, youíve probably thought about saving money for all of the upfront costs that buying a home can bring. Saving the sizable amount of money that it takes for a down payment can be seemingly impossible to do. Itís impossible without making yourself seem miserable for a time, at least. You can save money creatively without sacrificing everything. Below, youíll find some tips for saving money that work for your life. 


Put Your Money Somewhere Safe


While investing in the stock market may seem like a good idea to put your savings on hyperdrive, itís risky. When it comes to your savings, try high interest savings accounts and CDs. The latter is a particularly good option because you wonít be able to touch the money for the time period that the CD will mature. Youíll also earn a bit of interest on the funds that are in there. 


If you plan to keep adding to your savings (which you should) a traditional savings account is best. You should have a dedicated account thatís solely for the house fund. Do some shopping around for the savings account that will have the best interest rate and be the easiest option for you. Remember that as boring as a savings account seems, itís a safe bet for your money. 


Apps Can Assist You


There are plenty of budgeting apps and apps that help you to set aside spare change. You should make use of these tools to help you reach your savings goals. Whether you need some help with budgeting or need to find ways to put your spare change to good use, thereís an app for that. You can even find apps that will reward you for good behavior. These apps may ďtipĒ you a few bucks for going to the gym or completing a project on time. Youíre saving money and doing good for yourself at the same time! Saving money for your future home can be fun if you find the right tools to help you.



Set Goals


One reason that many people donít save a lot of money is that they lack specific goals. If you sit down and look at your budget, youíll see where you can cut expenses. Then, youíll be able to have clear cut goals of how much you can save on a weekly or monthly basis. With your eyes on the prize of homeownership, you should be motivated to save where you can. Having specific numbers in mind can be a big help in reaching your long-term goals.




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Posted by Bo Lee on 3/17/2019

You've moved into your vintage home with grand plans to update it as you go. Some renovations must wait for your budget to improve. But here are some budget-wise ways to update the family room and move your home in the direction you want by giving your fireplace an update or upgrading your mantel.

Freshen the fireplace

Arguably the focal point of any living space, a complete fireplace renovation may be part of your overall plan, but meanwhile, give it a fresher look with one of these ideas.

  • Add a screen. Fireplace screens come in a plethora of styles, sizes, shapes, and metals. Dress up the room with a lattice-style or painted fan screen.
  • Change out the mantel. If you long for a more rustic look, replace your thinner mantel with a thick, rough-cut plank. Or, pick up a vintage mantel at your local antique store. For a truly updated look, go mantel-free and hang a substantial piece of art above.
  • Paint the brick and surround in contrasting colors. Make certain only to paint with heat-rated preparations near the firebox. Try gray walls, pewter on the brick with black on the surround. Or use various shades of warm taupe with bronze or copper. If the metal surround is removable, itís easier to use spray paint for excellent results.
  • Resurface with tile. A fine herringbone or hexagon mosaic pattern adds interest, or hand-crafted or painted tiles create a distinctive focal point. For a very modern look, consider basket weave or vertical tiles. But, to give your home a historical aspect, consider narrow subway tiles with a subtle glaze.

Turn it into Art

If you donít burn fires your fireplace, consider turning it into a display for your collection of brass candlesticks, a floral arrangement, or a grouping of urns and vases. Prepare the fireplace for non-use: To reduce heat loss, make sure to turn off the gas, then close the damper. Place a section of fiberglass or foam insulation the width and depth of the opening into the flue. Paint a piece of cardboard black and use it to wedge the insulation in place. Clean the firebricks with your favorite household cleaner and a stiff brush so that soot doesnít damage your decorative items.If youíre thinking of removing your fireplace or permanently closing it up, take a moment to check with a local property professional to make certain it doesnít reduce the value of your home.





Posted by Bo Lee on 3/10/2019

Looking to add your home to the real estate market? Ultimately, you'll want to do everything you can to maximize the value of your residence.

For home sellers, getting the best price for a residence may seem virtually impossible at times. Fortunately, we're here to help you plan ahead so you can get the best price for your house as soon as it hits the market.

Now, let's take a look at three tips to help you optimize the value of your residence, regardless of the current real estate market's conditions.

1. Examine the Housing Market

When it comes to the real estate market, it is important to understand how your residence stacks up against the competition.

Collect housing market data to learn about the real estate sector. Then, you can establish a "competitive" price for your home and boost your chances of a quick home sale.

Typically, home sellers should look at the prices of currently available residences in their cities and towns. This will enable home sellers to understand the local real estate market and establish a price range for houses that are similar to their own.

Don't forget to review the prices of recently sold houses as well. With this housing market data in hand, home sellers can find out whether they are about to enter a seller's or buyer's market.

2. Complete a Home Appraisal

Let's face it Ė what your home is worth today is unlikely to match what you initially paid for your residence. If you have completed a wide range of home upgrades over the years, the value of your residence may have increased. Or, if you failed to maintain your house's interior and exterior, your residence's value may have fallen.

A home appraisal will enable you to learn about your house's strengths and weaknesses. This assessment is performed by a professional property inspector who will take a close look at your house's interior and exterior. After the assessment is finished, the property inspector will provide you with a report that can help you price your house appropriately.

If you want to boost your home's value after a home appraisal, you can always complete various home interior and exterior improvement projects. That way, you can enhance your house both inside and out and move closer to maximizing the value of your home.

3. Consult with a Real Estate Agent

A real estate agent is a difference-maker for home sellers, and for good reason. This housing market professional will do everything possible to help you prep your house and ensure you can receive the best price for it Ė without exception.

Usually, a real estate agent will set up home showings and open houses, negotiate with homebuyers on your behalf and much more. He or she will even provide honest, unbiased home selling recommendations to ensure you can streamline the home selling journey.

Don't leave anything to chance as you get ready to add your house to the real estate market. Use these tips, and you should have no trouble getting the best price for your house.





Posted by Bo Lee on 3/7/2019


24 Oxbow Road, Framingham, MA 01701

Condo

$595,000
Price

7
Rooms
2
Beds
3/1
Full/Half Baths
Welcome to this Family Friendly neighborhood comprised of single family homes in a condo-style community. SOPHISTICATED WOODWORK, WAINSCOTING & BUILT-INS add warmth + character to this lovely home. LARGE WINDOWS shine plenty of natural light + brightness to the well designed spaces. RICH WOOD FLRS ON BOTH the 1st & 2nd living levels add to the inviting atmosphere. HIGH CEILINGS & an OPEN FLOOR PLAN between the Great Rm, Dining Area & Kitchen allows for Great Entertaining! In the warmer months, entertaining may be extended to an OUTDOOR PATIO. Convenience of a Half Bath + 2Car Garage finishes this main level. Step into another gathering place in the LOFT AREA that connects to A Full Bath, spacious 2nd Bedrm, Laundry Rm & Master Bedrm Suite. THE FINISHED BASEMENT includes a comfortable PlayRm + 3RD FULL BATH! LOCATION is key! Convenient to many restaurants + shopping in Framingham, Wayland & Natick. A short ride to the Mass Pike + Rt.9 makes this home an all around perfect place to be!
Open House
Saturday
March 09 at 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM
1ST OPEN HOUSE ON SATURDAY! Can't wait til your Buyers see this beautiful home! If you can't joint them- just have them sign you in!
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Posted by Bo Lee on 3/7/2019


24 Oxbow Road, Framingham, MA 01701

Condo

$595,000
Price

7
Rooms
2
Beds
3/1
Full/Half Baths
Welcome to this Family Friendly neighborhood comprised of single family homes in a condo-style community. SOPHISTICATED WOODWORK, WAINSCOTING & BUILT-INS add warmth + character to this lovely home. LARGE WINDOWS shine plenty of natural light + brightness to the well designed spaces. RICH WOOD FLRS ON BOTH the 1st & 2nd living levels add to the inviting atmosphere. HIGH CEILINGS & an OPEN FLOOR PLAN between the Great Rm, Dining Area & Kitchen allows for Great Entertaining! In the warmer months, entertaining may be extended to an OUTDOOR PATIO. Convenience of a Half Bath + 2Car Garage finishes this main level. Step into another gathering place in the LOFT AREA that connects to A Full Bath, spacious 2nd Bedrm, Laundry Rm & Master Bedrm Suite. THE FINISHED BASEMENT includes a comfortable PlayRm + 3RD FULL BATH! LOCATION is key! Convenient to many restaurants + shopping in Framingham, Wayland & Natick. A short ride to the Mass Pike + Rt.9 makes this home an all around perfect place to be!
Open House
Saturday
March 09 at 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM
1ST OPEN HOUSE ON SATURDAY! Can't wait til your Buyers see this beautiful home! If you can't joint them- just have them sign you in!
More Open Houses
Cannot make the Open Houses?
Location: 24 Oxbow Road, Framingham, MA 01701    Get Directions

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