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Posted by Lynne Hagopian on 6/1/2020

In a not-so-distant future, American homeowners may not have to worry about blackouts any longer. Teslaís giant battery recently powered up Australiaís grid after a power outage in just milliseconds. And, with new, green technologies, constantly being pursued, it could be within reach to say goodbye to blackouts once and for all.

However, weíre not quite there yet. And, if you live in the colder areas of the country, youíre also at the beginning of the worst season for snow and ice that can wreak havoc on power lines.

So, to help get you prepared, Iíve written this list of things you can do to start preparing yourself, your family, and your home for your next power outage.

Read on for the list.

1. Emergency supplies list

Itís vital to have the supplies on hand before a power outage hits so that you donít have to be wandering around your home in the dark fishing for things you might not even have.

To avoid this, itís a good idea to keep a supplies bag packed and tucked away somewhere safe. Itís also important that your family knows where this bag is located in case youíre away when the power goes out.

Now, letís make your list:

  • Flashlights and batteries - Two quality flashlights with batteries should be on everyoneís emergency list. Make sure your batteries were recently bought and that they are of high quality that wonít run out of juice in just a few minutes. Also, consider including a wind-up flashlight that doesnít require batteries for use in case you forget to replace your old batteries.

  • Radio - Most of us keep our cell phones charged up, but weíve all been guilty of letting them get too low on charge. In these situations, itís good to have a battery-powered radio to listen to the news.

  • Power bank - Speaking of cell phones and their poor battery life, consider buying a power bank and keeping an extra charging cord in your bag. Make a note to charge up your power bank every few weeks to ensure it will be charged when you need it most.

  • Cash - If the blackout effects more than just your neighborhood, many storesí ATM and credit card machines may be down. Itís a good idea to have a stash of cash for emergencies.

  • Optional: generator - while you donít need to buy a generator for your average power outage, it can help if you live in an area that experiences them frequently.

2. Familiarize yourself with your home

Find out where the shutoff valves for water are, learn the layout of your circuit breaker, and learn how to use the manual release on your garage door.

If you have an electric stove, consider purchasing and learning how to use a small propane grill for emergencies.

3. Best practices during a blackout

If you have children, make sure they know what to do if the power goes out when youíre not home. Especially during the winter months, it gets dark out early enough that many parents havenít even arrived home from work yet. So, be sure your kids know not to start lighting candles in dangerous places and keeping the refrigerator open for extended periods.

Finally, itís a good idea to turn off power strips and unplug appliances that were turned on when the power went out. This can stop surges from damaging your appliances and save you money.




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Posted by Lynne Hagopian on 5/25/2020

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It would not be realistic to expect your home to sell immediately (though some do), but a home that has been on the market for longer than average may have some underlying issues that are preventing the sale. Learning the most common reasons that a home fails to sell, even when others are moving swiftly, can help you determine what strategy you should use to jumpstart your listing and sale. 

Your Price is Too High

A home that is priced too high for the current market will take longer to sell, simply because buyers have more options and may choose a home that is more aligned with comparable recent sales. Ideally, your home should generate some interest when listed and should come in close to fair market value. About 22% of all homes miss the mark the first time around and end up dropping the price within the first three weeks, according to the National Association of Realtors. Your real estate agent can help you find a price that ensures buyers will be interested -- and hopefully covers your needs as well. 

You're Selling It Yourself

Some buyers shy away from viewing FSBO homes; you may also have fewer resources when it comes to marketing. A real estate agent can advertise your home in places you can't and also has a steady stream of interested buyers. You can sell your home yourself, but you should know that a For Sale By Owner home may sit on the market longer than those placed with real estate agents. 

You Have Too Much Stuff

Clutter does more than just make your home look messy -- it prevents buyers from envisioning what their own furniture and decor would look like in your space. This very common issue is one of the most easily fixed; simply tuck away personal items, photos and declutter thoroughly as soon as you can. When you give prospective buyers a chance to see the home and rooms instead of your stuff, you increase the likelihood that they'll buy. 

Your Home is Unique

All the wonderful things that make your home stand out and that make it uniquely yours may not align with the rest of the neighborhood or current trends. The more different your home is, the longer it will take to find your perfect match. An indoor pool, unusual room configuration or home shape or eclectic color combinations could mean your home is on the market for a longer period of time, as you wait for the right buyer to arrive. 

The longer your home stays on the market, the more disruptive it is to your own life and schedule. If you've packed away possessions, they'll have to stay in storage, and you'll spend your time waiting for calls from agents who want to show your home. Selling quickly results in the best possible outcome for you, both financially and for your time, so discovering what factors are holding things up is essential if your home is on the market but not selling. 




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Posted by Lynne Hagopian on 5/18/2020

If you intend to sell your house, you'll need to put together an engaging home listing. By doing so, you can increase the likelihood that homebuyers will want to check out your residence in-person Ė something that eventually may lead to a home sale.

It is important to do everything possible to differentiate your home listing from others. This will boost your chances of a fast home sale, along with raise the possibility of receiving a home offer that matches or exceeds your initial expectations.

Ultimately, there are several things that separate an ordinary home listing from an exceptional one, and these include:

1. Home Location

All home listings include details about a home's address. However, only the best home listings highlight information about where a residence is located relative to popular landmarks and attractions.

For example, if your house is located near some of the state's top schools, you may want to include information in your home listing about your home's proximity to these high-quality schools. With this information, your home listing may stand out to parents.

On the other hand, if your residence is just minutes from an amusement park, gym or other popular local attractions, you should include this information in your listing as well.

2. Home Upgrades

If you upgraded your house's heating system or installed new windows only a few years ago, it may be worthwhile to incorporate this information into your home listing.

Remember, as a home seller, you'll want to provide homebuyers with as much information about your residence as you can. And if you include details about assorted home upgrades, you can show homebuyers that you've allocated significant time and resources to improve your residence.

3. Home Photographs

When it comes to home photographs, there is no need to settle for "basic" pictures. Instead, a home seller should look carefully at home photographs and incorporate only those that showcase the true beauty of a residence into a home listing.

In many instances, a homebuyer will examine home photographs before he or she decides whether to continue to read a home listing. If a homebuyer is turned off by home photos that make a residence look small or cramped, he or she may move on to other home listings.

For home sellers, it is paramount to clean and declutter a house before you take photos of it. This will ensure your residence looks pristine both inside and out and guarantees that your home photos can make a distinct impression on homebuyers who view your home listing.

Lastly, if you need help preparing a home listing, a real estate agent can provide expert assistance. This housing market professional can collaborate with you as you put together a home listing and offer plenty of tips and recommendations along the way.

Take the guesswork out of crafting an effective home listing Ė consider the aforementioned home listing items, and you can create a home listing that helps you stir up significant interest in your residence.




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Posted by Lynne Hagopian on 5/14/2020

This Single-Family in Auburn, MA recently sold for $480,000. This Colonial style home was sold by Lynne Hagopian - Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage.


1 Bridle Path, Auburn, MA 01501

Single-Family

$480,000
Price
$480,000
Sale Price

8
Rooms
4
Beds
2/1
Full/Half Baths
Desirable location for your new home. Young Subdivision of nice homes with quick access to all major routes. This home offers the perfect blend of openness, flow and coziness. Inviting entry foyer is where the tour begins. Large eat in Kitchen with Breakfast Bar, dining area and access to a composite deck overlooking your private rear yard. The deck is where you can have your quiet morning coffee while watching the deer who visit once in a while. Nice Dining room with big window which overlooks the rear yard as well. Nice Den with sliding pocket door could work as either a nice office or guest room. Year round comfort with 2 Zone heat and Central Air!! The bathrooms and Kitchen all have tile flooring and solid counter tops. Full basement can be used for a work out room or finished for extra useful rooms as needed. Plenty of closets and storage. Huge extra storage over garage has easy access through the Master Bedroom walk in closet.

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Posted by Lynne Hagopian on 5/13/2020


78 Gilbert Street, Framingham, MA 01702

Single-Family

$535,000
Price

7
Rooms
3
Beds
3/1
Full/Half Baths
Sun-filled contemporary home with recently updated kitchen featuring white shaker cabinetry, Thermador & Electrolux stainless appliances, granite counters, an island w/butcher block counter top, a gas fireplace & beautiful Brazilian pecan flooring! This distinctive home has an open floor plan & vaulted ceilings w/ many windows & skylights. The spacious living room flows into the dining room which has nicely appointed board & batten woodwork. The family room/office, with its wooden beamed ceiling & paddle fan, has a slider for easy deck access for backyard enjoyment. The second level boasts a balcony overlooking the first floor & has a master bedroom with full bath & walk-in closet. The other 2 bedrooms share an additional full bath. There is also a finished basement with game room area, a wet bar, & another full bath. All with a 1 car garage, a paver-stone driveway, a partially fenced-in yard & a storage shed. Conveniently located close to shopping, major routes and the commuter rail!
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