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If you're planning on selling your home in the coming years, now is the perfect time to start making home improvements that will increase the value and demand of your home once it's on the market. Increasing the market value of your home, however, isn't just a matter of replacing old appliances or dressing up rooms to look more luxurious. Follow these five expert tips on how to increase your home value without wasting time or money on projects that won't pay off.

Paint everything

One basic improvement that will almost always pay off is a fresh coat of paint in each room of your home. It isn't a very costly improvement, and it can both clean up and modernize rooms that are in need of an update. Remember that your walls make up the majority of what buyers see when they walk through your home. The wall paint makes up the big picture that all of the small details of your home fit in, therefore your paint colors should be chosen to fit the style of the home and the time that we live in. Avoid colors that are too dark or too blindingly white. If you're at a loss for which colors you want to use, try out a free color palette creator online to experiment with different schemes.

Door replacement

As a new home buyer approaches your home for the first time their eyes are going to be locked on the door. Take advantage of good first impressions with a quality door. One that compliments the exterior color of your home will do wonders to improve the overall appearance of your home. Aside from their aesthetic value, doors also provide insulation and security. Choose a door that is EnergyStar certified to keep the heat in, but also make sure it has top rate locking mechanisms so the next family to live in your home feels safe.

Increase storage space

Storage capacity is highly sought after in the house market. No one wants to drive to a storage container just to get their belongings. Having all of your property in one place makes things less complicated. Increasing storage space can seem difficult or impossible, but there are a few tricks that will help convince potential home buyers that they won't run out of room. Here are four of our favorites:
  • Install storage beds in the bedrooms
  • Buy a kitchen table with a storage cabinet
  • Put a bench in the mudroom that has storage inside
  • Install cabinets in your garage or shed to take advantage of unused vertical space

Kitchen and bathroom makeover

Two rooms in your home that will attract the most attention are the kitchen and bathroom(s). The kitchen has endless opportunity for upgrades. Installing a new sink, cabinets, and a hanging pot rack can all give your kitchen a modern makeover. In the bathroom, surface level upgrades like a new toilet seat and shower curtain and bathroom mirror go a long way. Upgrading an old bathtub, shower head, and toilet are also great ways to increase the value of the room. Keep in mind energy efficiency when purchasing any of these items. Know the neighborhood Determining which home improvements will most increase the value of your home is dependent on many factors, including the neighborhood you live in. It is possible to "over-improve" your home to the point where it looks too luxurious next to your neighbors' homes. Ask the experts--real estate agents and contractors--for advice about improving homes in your neighborhood.


446 Union St, Marshfield, MA 02050

North Marshfield

Single-Family

$528,500
Price

8
Rooms
4
Beds
2
Baths
Triple Dormer Country Style Gambrel Home with In- Law possibilities plus OPEN PLAN combined with CHARM !! Located on a park-like 1.6 acre lot on a historic Union Street, just an easy drive to stores,highway,churches,beaches and train to Boston. This house lends itself a good possibility for a 1st floor two room in-law or office wing. There is a lovely newer kitchen-living-dining room area with mist honed granite counters.Enjoy window-views from every direction. Also an expansive deck and enclosed charming breezeway room. Spacious pretty bathrooms, with laundry chutes, new furnace and a 2 car garage with an attached garden shed. Enjoy bossy hummingbirds,rabbits,deer and lots of flora and fauna. Close to some of Marshfield's wonderful walking trails. If you want lots of space & great location, this is it.
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30 PENNIMAN TERRACE, Braintree, MA 02184

Single-Family

$579,000
Price

8
Rooms
5
Beds
3
Baths
This beautiful home has an abundance of curb appeal Ideally located on spacious corner lot in a lovely sought after circular neighborhood. It offers 3 large bedrooms upstairs and two smaller bedrooms on the first floor, 3 full baths, (one on every level), second floor laundry, finished basement with a storage pantry, extra washer/dryer hookups, and a work shop, a mud room side entrance, patio large enough to entertain with built in fire pit, above ground pool with composite decking, 3 car side by side off street driveway, master suite with his & her walk in closets and master bath with jacuzzi tub. It has oodles of storage with an enormous attic, and shed. Adding comfort is the security system with exterior cameras and LED security lighting. The Galley kitchen has tons of cabinet space, a breakfast nook & Corian counters. Walking distance to East Middle School. Central location is 5 minutes to Rt 3, Rt 53, Train stations, shopping plazas, 30 min to Cape Cod, 20 minutes to Boston.
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October 15 at 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
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Whether you’re a first time homebuyer or a seasoned homeowner, the terminology of mortgages can be confusing. Since buying a home is such a huge financial decision, you’re also going to want to make sure you understand every step of the process and all of the conditions and fees along the way.

In this article, we’re going to explain some of the common terms you might come across when applying for a home loan, be it online or over the phone. By learning the basic meaning of these terms you’ll feel more confident and prepared going into the application process.

We’ll cover the acronyms, like APRs and ARMs, and the scary sounding terms like “amortization” so that you know everything you need to about the terminology of home loans.

  • ARM and FRM, or adjustable rate vs fixed rate mortgages. Lenders make their money by charging you interest on your home loan that you pay back over the length of your loan period. Adjustable rate mortgages or ARMs are loans that have interest rates which change over the lifespan of your loan. You may start off at a low, “introductory rate” and later start paying higher amounts depending on the predetermined rate index. Fixed rate mortgages, on the other hand, remain at the same rate throughout the life of the loan. However, refinancing on your loan allows you to receive a different interest rate later down the road.

  • Amortization. It sounds like a medieval torture technique, but in reality amortization is the process of making your life easier by setting up a fixed repayment schedule. This schedule includes both the interest and the principal loan balance, allowing you to understand how long and how much money will go toward repaying your mortgage.

  • Equity. Simply state, your equity is the the amount of the home you have paid off. In a sense, it’s the amount of the home that you really own. Your equity increases as you make payments, and having equity can help you buy a new home, or see a return on investment with your current home if the home increases in value.

  • Assumption and assumability. It isn’t the title of a Jane Austen novel. It’s all about the process of a mortgage changing hands. An assumable mortgage can be transferred to a new buyer, and assumption is the actual transfer of the loan. Assuming a loan can be financially beneficial if the home as increased in value since the mortgage was created.

  • Escrow. There are a lot of legal implications that come along with buying a home. An escrow is designed to make sure the loan process runs smoothly. It acts as a holding tank for your documents, payments, as well as property taxes and insurance. An escrow performs an important function in the home buying process, and, as a result, charges you a percentage of the home for its services.

  • Origination fee. Basically a fancy way of saying “processing fee,” the origination covers the cost of processing your mortgage application. It’s one of the many “closing costs” you’ll encounter when buying a home and accounts for all of the legwork your loan officer does to make your mortgage a reality--running credit reports, reviewing income history, and so on.  


This beautiful home has an abundance of curb appeal Ideally located on spacious corner lot in a lovely sought after circular neighborhood. It offers 3 large bedrooms upstairs and two smaller bedrooms on the first floor, 3 full baths, (one on every level), second floor laundry, finished basement with a storage pantry, extra washer/dryer hookups, and a work shop, a mud room side entrance, patio large enough to entertain with built in fire pit, above ground pool with composite decking, 3 car side by side off street driveway, master suite with his & her walk in closets and master bath with jacuzzi tub. It has oodles of storage with an enormous attic, and shed. Adding comfort is the security system with exterior cameras and LED security lighting. The Galley kitchen has tons of cabinet space, a breakfast nook & Corian counters. Walking distance to East Middle School. Central location is 5 minutes to Rt 3, Rt 53, Train stations, shopping plazas, 30 min to Cape Cod, 20 minutes to Boston.

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