Cape Cod Real Estate, Marie Souza


Do you know home selling lingo? If not, miscommunications may arise that prevent you from maximizing the value of your house. Perhaps even worse, you risk making poor home selling decisions due to the fact that you don't fully understand the real estate terms included in a home sale agreement.

Fortunately, we're here to bring clarity to assorted home selling terms that you may encounter as you proceed along the home selling journey.

Let's take a look at three common home selling terms that every property seller needs to know.

1. Depreciation

Over time, the value of your home may deteriorate due to age, wear and tear and other problems. This is referred to as "depreciation," and depreciation ultimately may impact your ability to get the best price for your house.

To find out how much your house's value has depreciated, it may be worthwhile to conduct a home appraisal before you list your residence. That way, you can analyze your house's strengths and weaknesses. You also can uncover innovative ways to boost your home's appearance both inside and out, thereby ensuring you can set the optimal initial asking price for your residence.

2. House Closing

A house closing refers to the final transfer of ownership from home seller to homebuyer. Thus, once you and a homebuyer are ready to dot the I's and cross the T's on a home sale agreement, you'll complete the house closing process.

During a house closing, all terms of a contract between a home seller and homebuyer must be met. Moreover, the home deed will be recorded, and the house will finally be sold.

The house closing is a key part of the home selling cycle. At this point, a home seller will receive final payment for a house and transfer ownership of the property to the buyer.

3. Real Estate Agent

A real estate agent plays a pivotal role in the home selling process, and for good reason. If you hire an expert real estate agent, you should have no trouble navigating the home selling journey.

Typically, a real estate agent handles all of the tasks associated with listing and selling a house. This housing market professional will help you promote your residence to potential homebuyers, host open houses and home showings and even negotiate with homebuyers on your behalf. Plus, if you receive an offer on a home, a real estate agent can offer honest, unbiased recommendations about whether to accept or reject the proposal.

You don't need to look far to find a qualified real estate agent in your area, either.

Real estate agents are employed across the United States. In fact, if you interview multiple real estate agents in your area, you can find a real estate agent who makes you feel comfortable and confident about selling your house.

Allocate the necessary time and resources to learn various home selling terms. With a clear understanding of home selling terms, you can avoid potential pitfalls throughout the home selling journey.


Did you know that your front door says a lot about you and your family’s personality? It can also affect how you feel about your home. After a long day of work, school and/or shuffling the kids around to practice what type of home would you like to come home to? Keep reading to learn what your current door says about you and which colors would better suit your family.

Blue

A blue front door represents a traditional, family-centered home. Your abode is a peaceful, serene place to return to after a day of work and feels like a place of refuge to visitors.  

Best for: South East, North facing front doors

White/Gray

A white front door represents a tidy and classic atmosphere within. Those who choose this door color are neat, minimalist and strongly value knowledge.

Best for: North West and West facing front doors

Red

A red front door can be found on a house whose inhabitants lean towards the elegant and charming. This is the home of a family that loves to entertain. Visitors will expect a vibrant, energetic, and exciting reception.

Best for: South, North East and South West facing front doors

Green

Homey and welcoming a green front door practically invites guests in itself. And when they come they’ll be ready for a social, warm home where they can be at ease.

Best for: South, East South, and South East facing front doors

Brown

A brown front door represents stability and warmth. Guests will feel like they are in a refuge from the chaotic world.

Best for: East and South East facing front doors

Yellow

Those with a yellow front door like to stand out from the crowd, but still, like to be a part of it. Always cheerful and happy go lucky visitors will never leave your home without a smile on their face.  

Best for: North East, North West, South and South West facing front doors

Pink

A pink front door is for hopeless romantics. Sophisticated yet eccentric the family in this home has big hearts and is always there with a tissue for a friend who is feeling down.

Best for: South, North East and South West facing front doors

Black

If black is your color of choice for your front door you’re calendar is packed with people to see and places to be. Chic and world wise you are always the center of a riveting conversation.

Best for: South East and North facing front doors

Turquoise

Laid back and relaxed is the name of the game for a family with this color for their front door. When inside their home you never feel as if you need a vacation from life.

Best for: North facing front doors

Orange

An orange front door isn’t for just anyone. This home is modern, sleek, and curated. Guests love visiting because of this family’s spontaneous nature.

Best for: South, North East and South West facing front doors

Whether you opt for a more classic color and a more offbeat one, the front door to your home is the first impression friends, family and neighbors have of your new home. Choosing a color, whether classic or quirky, that best aligns with the message you want to give to new visitors and the overall ambiance you want to create will guarantee a unique reception to your home.


Beach area, freestanding condo with private, fenced yard, just 2/10th of a mile to the sandy, southside beaches of Hyannis! This adorable and bright, two level property with low fees, features refinished wide pine floors, a skylit living/dining room with door leading to fully fenced, low maintenance rear yard with multiple patios & fire-pit. Large bedroom with space for a sitting area has new carpet, double closets & lots of natural light. Tucked away, small complex, in a great location - steps to Keyes Memorial & Sea Street Beaches or a stroll to Main Street for Shopping, Dining & Nightlife. PETS -AND- WEEKLY RENTALS allowed. On Town Sewer/Water. NOT in Flood Zone requiring flood insurance.

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28 Crocker Dr, Barnstable, MA 02601

Hyannis

Condo

$249,900
Price

3
Rooms
1
Beds
1
Baths
Beach area, freestanding condo with private, fenced yard, just 2/10th of a mile to the sandy, southside beaches of Hyannis! This adorable and bright, two level property with low fees, features refinished wide pine floors, a skylit living/dining room with door leading to fully fenced, low maintenance rear yard with multiple patios & fire-pit. Large bedroom with space for a sitting area has new carpet, double closets & lots of natural light. Tucked away, small complex, in a great location - steps to Keyes Memorial & Sea Street Beaches or a stroll to Main Street for Shopping, Dining & Nightlife. PETS -AND- WEEKLY RENTALS allowed. On Town Sewer/Water. NOT in Flood Zone requiring flood insurance.
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$549,000
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Rooms
3
Beds
3
Baths
Classic Colonial in Osterville. Well maintained, quality Bayside Built, 3 Bedroom, 3 Full Bath home with Cathedraled Entry Foyer, Hardwood Floors, Front-to-Back Fireplaced Living Room, Large Kitchen w/Eat Up Counter opens to the Skylit Family Room with another Fireplace & Sliders to the Deck. 1st Floor Laundry + a 1st Floor Bedroom/Den option. Walkout Lower Level with full size windows, 2 Car Garage, Mahogany Deck & Patio + Outdoor Shower. Flexible floor plan with option for Formal Dining Room, Combo Dining/Living Rm, Home Office or Den. Nice lot, in a wonderful Southside location - close to the Village and Beaches.
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