Christine Sosa - RE/MAX On The River



Posted by Christine Sosa on 7/2/2018

Making an offer on a home youíd love to buy is arguably the most stressful part of the buying process. Youíll be worrying about making the right offer, whether youíve presented yourself in the best possible light, and just how much competition youíre up against.

Today weíre going to help you alleviate that anxiety by giving you the most common real estate offer mistakes to avoid, and show you how you can increase your chances of getting the perfect home for you.

1. Do your research on the house

You have a lot of research to do before making an offer on a home. Youíll want to know the price the home formerly sold for and improvements that have been made and that will need to be made if you move in.

It also helps to know the sellerís situation. Are they on a deadline and moving out-of-state? If so, they might be tempted to take one of the earlier offers they receive.

2. Know your own financial limits

Before you ever make an offer youíll need to know how much you can spend. This isnít just a matter of offering the maximum amount youíre preapproved for. Youíll have to factor in moving expenses, final payments on your last rent or mortgage, changes in utility costs, and more.

3. Donít offer your full preapproval amount

Sellers who know that youíve offered your maximum preapproval amount may be wary of selling since they know you lack room to negotiate your budget and therefore might have a higher chance of backing out of the offer. They might favor other buyers who have room to negotiate and account for unexpected changes in their budget or of rising interest rates.

4. Avoid aggressive negotiation

We know the stakes are high for everyone involved in making a real estate deal. However, sellers are more likely to accept the offer of someone they trust and like over someone who seems to be trying to gain leverage.

Always be cordial with your offers and support them with numbers--explain to the seller why you chose the number you did, so that they can understand your reasoning.

5. Donít attempt to gain leverage by waiving a home inspection

By law, you are allowed to have a home professionally inspected before purchase. Waiving this right is sometimes misconstrued as a way to tell a seller that you trust them and donít want to cause them any unnecessary headaches.

The reality of the matter is that if you truly do want to own their home, sellers understand that you want to know what youíre buying.

6. This isnít the only house you can be happy in

Hunting for a home is hard work. Once you find one that seems perfect for you or your family, it can seem like everything depends on your offer being accepted.

However, the fact is there are endless houses on the market, and next week a new one could be put up for sale that is even better than the home youíre hoping for now.

If your offer isnít accepted and you donít feel comfortable committing to a higher price, move on to the next house knowing that you made the best decision under the circumstances.





Posted by Christine Sosa on 6/27/2018


3 Devonshire Rd, Amesbury, MA 01913

Single-Family

$619,000
Price

9
Rooms
4
Beds
2/1
Full/Half Baths
Relax and enjoy your scenic ride home along the beautiful Merrimack River. This very special home situated on a cul de sac abutting acres of Conservation Land will afford you all the comforts you deserve. Spacious Eat-In kitchen has large island, lots of cabinets, granite counters and built in microwave with access to expansive trek deck overlooking private back yard. Bright family room with gas fireplace, dining room off kitchen has tray ceiling, and living room opens into kitchen providing great open floor plan for entertaining. 1st floor laundry. Beautiful master suite w/vaulted ceilings(extra large walk-in closet and luxurious master bath), along with 3 more bedrooms on second floor. Vibrant downtown Amesbury offers restaurants, shops and multiple marinas along Pleasant Valley Rd for boat enthusiasts, easy commute to highways and close to Plum Island Beaches. Walk out basement with lots of light and high ceilings has potential for future expansion possibilities.
Open House
Saturday
June 30 at 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Please send your clients to see this lovely home this Saturday 6/30 from Noon to 2 PM.
Cannot make the Open Houses?
Location: 3 Devonshire Rd, Amesbury, MA 01913    Get Directions

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Posted by Christine Sosa on 6/25/2018

If you're selling your home you'll want to take photos that show off both the inside and the outside of the property. Taking photos outside, however, is drastically different than inside. You'll be dealing with a lot more natural light, which you can use to your advantage. However, you'll also have the disadvantage of having to work with the elements: changes in lighting, shadows, weather and climate, and so on. In this article, we'll show you how to take great photos of your home with a digital camera. We'll cover the settings and angles to get you started, and then it will be up to you to experiment to get those stunning exposures you'd see in a magazine.

Step 1: Setting up the yard

As important as how you take the photo is what you're photographing. Even the best photography will fall short if they lack the right subject to shoot. Before you even reach for your camera, you'll need to do some work in the yard. Freshly mown grass is one of the most important aspects of outdoor real estate photography simply for the reason that it takes up so much of the frame. A full, lush yard will pop in the photo, plus it will tell your potential home buyers that the lawn is well-manicured. Aside from the lawn, it's important that other landscaping features be tidied up. That doesn't mean you have to go out and buy new lawn decorations. Simply make sure that the lawn is edged neatly, that any mulch is fresh and not faded looking, and that trees, bushes, and plants have all been pruned and trimmed. It's also a good idea to clean your doors, windows, shutters, and siding of your home. A pressure washer works wonders, but you can often get them clean enough†with a good car wash scrubber.

Step 2: Setting up your shot

There are many techniques to photographing the exterior of a home. Some photographers wait until the sun is setting and turn on all the lights in the home creating the sense that the house is the warm center of the property. Other photographers prefer to shoot in the day time with a sunny sky to show of the home's architectural details. Whichever way you choose, there are two important things to remember when taking your photos: First, make sure you have shots with the entire house in the frame. Not only is it more aesthetically pleasing this way, but it also allows potential buyers to see what the house would look like with the naked eye. Second, be sure to take detail photos of any aspects of the home or property that are of particular interest, such as a pool, patio, or excellent view.

Step 3: Camera settings

As a rule, you'll want to take your outdoor shots using a tripod. Camera shake can cause blurry, out of focus photos even indoors. But when you're outside, you also have the wind and uneven ground to deal with. Move around and take shots rom several different angles. You'll likely find that shots taken head-on with the house feel flat, whereas shots taken diagonally create more space, making the home and yard appear larger and more interesting.




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Posted by Christine Sosa on 6/19/2018


3 Devonshire Rd, Amesbury, MA 01913

Single-Family

$619,000
Price

9
Rooms
4
Beds
2/1
Full/Half Baths
Relax and enjoy your scenic ride home along the beautiful Merrimack River. This very special home situated on a cul de sac abutting acres of Conservation Land will afford you all the comforts you deserve. Spacious Eat-In kitchen has large island, lots of cabinets, granite counters and built in microwave with access to expansive trek deck overlooking private back yard. Bright family room with gas fireplace, dining room off kitchen has tray ceiling, and living room opens into kitchen providing great open floor plan for entertaining. 1st floor laundry. Beautiful master suite w/vaulted ceilings(extra large walk-in closet and luxurious master bath), along with 3 more bedrooms on second floor. Vibrant downtown Amesbury offers restaurants, shops and multiple marinas along Pleasant Valley Rd for boat enthusiasts, easy commute to highways and close to Plum Island Beaches. Walk out basement with lots of light and high ceilings has potential for future expansion possibilities.
Open House
Sunday
June 24 at 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Feel free to send your buyers.
Cannot make the Open Houses?
Location: 3 Devonshire Rd, Amesbury, MA 01913    Get Directions

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Posted by Christine Sosa on 6/18/2018


3 Devonshire Rd, Amesbury, MA 01913

Single-Family

$619,000
Price

9
Rooms
4
Beds
2/1
Full/Half Baths
Relax and enjoy your scenic ride home along the beautiful Merrimack River. This very special home situated on a cul de sac abutting acres of Conservation Land will afford you all the comforts you deserve. Spacious Eat-In kitchen has large island, lots of cabinets, granite counters and built in microwave with access to expansive trek deck overlooking private back yard. Bright family room with gas fireplace, dining room off kitchen has tray ceiling, and living room opens into kitchen providing great open floor plan for entertaining. 1st floor laundry. Beautiful master suite w/vaulted ceilings(extra large walk-in closet and luxurious master bath), along with 3 more bedrooms on second floor. Vibrant downtown Amesbury offers restaurants, shops and multiple marinas along Pleasant Valley Rd for boat enthusiasts, easy commute to highways and close to Plum Island Beaches. Walk out basement with lots of light and high ceilings has potential for future expansion possibilities.
Open House
Sunday
June 24 at 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Feel free to send your buyers.
Cannot make the Open Houses?
Location: 3 Devonshire Rd, Amesbury, MA 01913    Get Directions

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