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Let's face it – the homebuying journey may prove to be an expensive experience. If you're not careful, you risk overspending to acquire your dream house. On the other hand, if you purchase a home without identifying underlying structural problems, you risk costly home repairs down the line.

Ultimately, it helps to establish a budget for the homebuying journey. If you have a budget in place, you can increase the likelihood of having the necessary funds on hand to overcome many potential homebuying hurdles.

You should have no trouble creating a homebuying budget, either. In fact, here are three tips to help you put together a budget for the homebuying journey.

1. Assess Your Financial Situation

If you intend to purchase a house in the foreseeable future, you'll want to take a close look at your finances. By doing so, you may be able to reduce your monthly spending and use your savings to accelerate the homebuying journey.

It often helps to assess your daily, weekly and monthly expenses. Then, you may discover bills that you can cut from your everyday budget.

For example, you may enjoy dining out regularly, but cooking at home may prove to be more cost-effective. And as you reduce your dining expenses, you can save money that you can use toward the down payment on a new house.

2. Obtain Your Credit Score

Believe it or not, your credit score can make a world of difference in your quest to acquire a house. If you check your credit score, you may be able to find ways to improve your credit score prior to kicking off a house search.

You are eligible to receive a free copy of your credit report from each of the three reporting bureaus (Experian, Equifax and TransUnion). Take advantage of this perk, and you can learn your credit score in no time at all.

Remember, your credit score may have a major impact on your ability to land a favorable mortgage. And if you find that you have a below-average credit score, you then can pay off outstanding debt to improve it before you start your search for a new home.

3. Get Pre-Approved for a Mortgage

Pre-approval for a mortgage is ideal. With a mortgage in hand, you can enter the real estate market with a budget for buying a house.

To get pre-approved for a mortgage, you should meet with banks and credit unions. These financial institutions can offer insights into a variety of mortgage options and help you make an informed mortgage selection.

Lastly, as you prepare a homebuying budget, you may want to collaborate with a real estate agent. This housing market professional can help you hone your home search to residences that fall within your price range. Perhaps best of all, a real estate agent will make it simple for you to avoid spending too much to acquire your dream house.

Get ready to buy a house – use the aforementioned tips, and you can establish a successful homebuying budget.


Any pet owner will tell you that their pets are a part of the family. They bring joy to new families getting their first dog, and companionship to people who would otherwise live alone. However, they also bring the pet odors associated with having them around the house.

Since we spend so much time in our own homes, we oftentimes don’t even notice pet odors. So, even if you think your home is free of odors, it’s a good idea to get an unbiased opinion of the various odors of your home so that you can address them if necessary.

In this article, we’re going to teach you how to identify and neutralize those pet odors before the open house or first home showing. That way you can make the best impression on potential sellers and leave them feeling like your home has been well-maintained.

Identifying pet odors in your home

Whether you’ve got a dog, cat, rabbit, or hamster, odds are your little friend puts off some amount of odor. To discover where, if any, odors can be found, invite a friend over to your home who isn’t familiar with the smells and ask them their honest opinions about the various rooms in your home. This will give you a good idea of where you need to focus your efforts.

Important areas to clean

First thing’s first: the fabrics, surfaces, furniture, and carpet in your home in your home hold onto odor the most. Renting or buying a carpet cleaner, mopping the hard surfaces, and washing or refreshing curtains is a great place to start.

Many steam cleaners can be used on various surfaces, making them a good solution to get the most value out of your cleaning budget.

Don’t forget the carpet pad

If your pets have ever had “accidents” on your carpets, it’s vital to remember that their mess likely soaked through the carpet onto the carpet pad. While it may seem like a lot of effort to pull up the carpet just to clean the pad, it may be your only option in severe cases of pet odors.  

Painting

Repainting is a guaranteed way to remove any lingering odors in your home. Try to time your painting so that the room has the chance to air out and the smell of fresh paint isn’t overpowering.

Repainting is also the perfect opportunity to brighten up the rooms of your home, making them feel more spacious. Sticking to neutral, proven colors will give you the most bang for your buck.

Let some fresh air in

Before showing your home, open up the doors and windows and doors to closets and basements and let a draft run through the house. This can eliminate any musty smells that have accumulated in the lesser used parts of your home, as well as help mitigate the effect of pet odor.

Last minute additions

The day of showing your home, use a high-quality scented candle or two in places that your pets frequent. You don’t want it to be obvious that you’re trying to mask any bad odors, so don’t use anything overpowering. Rather, opt for a pleasant-to-neutral fragrance that isn’t too noticeable.


This Single-Family in Scituate, MA recently sold for $750,000. This Colonial style home was sold by Office Marshfield - Betsy Hines Realtors, LLC.


92 Clapp Rd, Scituate, MA 02066

Single-Family

$759,900
Price
$750,000
Sale Price

8
Rooms
3
Beds
2/1
Full/Half Baths
This home lives like a 4+ bedroom, spacious & updated colonial! 37+ acres of walking trails have access across the street. Built in 2008 with energy efficiency in mind, the quality is evident from the moment you approach. Fiber cement board siding, large windows, new expanded driveway, and newly fully fenced yard are just the beginning of the upgrade list. Inside, the open flow from kitchen to family room (New ship lap wall), LR, DR, and sunroom with expanded deck allow for you and your guests to sit back and enjoy the privacy. The second floor offers a beautiful master suite and three additional rooms, plus laundry! The walk-up third floor with two additional rooms and finished walk-out lower level allow plenty of space for your entire crew to spread out and enjoy! Set on a peaceful and convenient country road with access to highway (12 min) or train (5 min) or boat (14 min) and minutes to the new middle and high school campus. Enjoy Scituate: great schools, beaches, and social life!

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This Commercial in Marshfield, MA recently sold for $105,000. This style home was sold by Office Marshfield - Betsy Hines Realtors, LLC.


475 School St, Marshfield, MA 02050

Commercial

$115,000
Price
$105,000
Sale Price

1
Buildings
Office
Type of Comm.
AT THIS PRICE -- WHY LEASE WHEN YOU CAN OWN! 5 ROOM FIRST FLOOR CORNER OFFICE UNIT IN PROFESSIONAL BUILDING. LIGHT AND BRIGHT RECEPTION ROOM, 3 OFFICES PLUS A BACK OFFICE. EXTRA STORAGE ROOM IN LOWER LEVEL. LOTS OF PARKING, JUST OFF 139 WITH EASY ACCESS TO TOWN AMENITIES AND 1/2 MILE TO HIGHWAY! PERFECT IF YOU ARE ESTABLISHING YOUR BUSINESS HERE IN TOWN OR NEED A SATELLITE OFFICE. CALL TODAY!





509 Highland Street, Marshfield, MA 02050

North Marshfield

Single-Family

$599,900
Price

9
Rooms
5
Beds
2
Baths
A RARE OPPORTUNITY to restore a charming 5BR estate in a gorgeous North Marshfield setting which enjoys the privacy of your own picturesque pond. Imagine enjoying canoeing, fishing and bird watching right from your own backyard! A wide variety of lovely specimen trees have been planted throughout the 9 acre Arboretum like setting plus there is a separate 3 story barn complete with peacock pen. The house itself is very interesting with lots of builtins and closets but is in need of restoration-kitchen, baths, windows. A first floor master bedroom has lovely views of the pond. There is a fireplace living room, and a family room/library with builtins is perfect for tv or a quiet spot to read, a heated sunroom with walls of glass and genuine brick floor to showcase your favorite plants! The 2nd floor has a wide open central hallway, 4 Brs & bath! This country farm-like setting is surrounded by miles of state and local riding & walking trails along the North River.2nd lot poss --
Open House
Sunday
December 02 at 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM
New Price and great opportunity to purchase this almost 9 acre estate with possible potential for an additional lot!
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