Cape Cod Real Estate, Marie Souza


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If a stranger were to knock on your door and ask to come in, you’d likely say no. Yet when you’re showing your house, this is exactly what you’re doing. You’ll let stranger after stranger come in to tour the home and see if it’s a good fit for their needs. So how can you ensure your home is safe? These home security steps will ensure you can safely show your home with minimal risk.

1. Always Use an Agent

Always use an agent to help sell the home. This will ensure someone is in the home when it is being shown. While some buyers try to sell on their own, this opens you up to showing the home without anyone else around, which is potentially dangerous. Using an agent ensures someone is always with the buyer when they tour the home.

2. Keep It About Business

If you are in the home when potential buyers come through, don’t fear small talk, but be careful. Keep the talk simple and related to the home and its features. Do not divulge too much personal information about yourself or your family. Remember, this person is a stranger.

3. Confirm the Identity of Buyer’s Agents

If someone calls you or your agent claiming to be a real estate agent who wants to see the house, do some research. Your agent would be able to verify that the person is, in fact, an agent. If you cannot find a record of them, do not open your home to them.

4. Hide Your Valuables

Hide your valuables before any showings or open houses. You don’t want potential buyers to grab your favorite pearl earrings as they go through your bedroom to tour the home. As you’re hiding valuables, consider hiding your prescription medications. Unfortunately, some prescriptions are high theft items, and you need your medications for your own health. Consider investing in a small safe to stash these items before you start showing your house.

5. Stash Your Remotes

Do you have a garage door remote? Don’t leave it out! A potential buyer could pocket it and return later to rob your home or your garage. Keep all keys, remotes, and fobs with you when you leave for the showing, or store them out of sight if you are staying in the home for the showing.

Opening your door to strangers is part of the process when you’re showing your home, but you do have to be smart about it. Take these ideas into consideration, and do what you can to protect your home and your family while you’re in the selling process.



169 Cedric Rd, Barnstable, MA 02632

Centerville

Single-Family

$450,000
Price

7
Rooms
3
Beds
2
Baths
Fully renovated, move-in ready, 3 Bedroom Cape with a 1st floor bedroom & 1st floor den/office, 2 sparkling new full bathrooms, nearly 2,000 sq ft of living space, new hardwood floors & a new white kitchen with granite counters, stainless appliances, eat-up breakfast bar + dining area with sliders to the large wrap around deck & secluded rear yard. Living room with wood burning fireplace & a front to back family/dining room too! 2nd floor has two very spacious front-to-back bedrooms that share a full bath, both with brand new carpeting! More updates include a newer: roof, gas heat, fresh landscaping & paint, a new 36x14 deck & new Title 5. Located in the established "Pineridge" neighborhood, close to shopping, dining & providing easy highway access for commuters. A pristine property inside & out.
Open House
Saturday
January 04 at 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Totally renovated Light, bright & spacious Cape offering lots of new! There's a first floor Master, hardwood floors, Den & Family RM, fireplaced Living Room, large deck overlooking nice deep lot.Gas heat.New landscaping too!
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169 Cedric Rd, Barnstable, MA 02632

Centerville

Single-Family

$450,000
Price

7
Rooms
3
Beds
2
Baths
Fully renovated, move-in ready, 3 Bedroom Cape with a 1st floor bedroom & 1st floor den/office, 2 sparkling new full bathrooms, nearly 2,000 sq ft of living space, new hardwood floors & a new white kitchen with granite counters, stainless appliances, eat-up breakfast bar + dining area with sliders to the large wrap around deck & secluded rear yard. Living room with wood burning fireplace & a front to back family/dining room too! 2nd floor has two very spacious front-to-back bedrooms that share a full bath, both with brand new carpeting! More updates include a newer: roof, gas heat, fresh landscaping & paint, a new 36x14 deck & new Title 5. Located in the established "Pineridge" neighborhood, close to shopping, dining & providing easy highway access for commuters. A pristine property inside & out.
Open House
Saturday
January 04 at 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Totally renovated Light, bright & spacious Cape offering lots of new! There's a first floor Master, hardwood floors, Den & Family RM, fireplaced Living Room, large deck overlooking nice deep lot.Gas heat.New landscaping too!
More Open Houses
Cannot make the Open Houses?
Location: 169 Cedric Rd, Barnstable, MA 02632    Get Directions

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169 Cedric Road , Barnstable, MA 02632

Centerville

Single-Family

$450,000
Price

3
Beds
7
Total Rooms
2
Baths
Fully renovated, move-in ready, 3 Bedroom Cape with a 1st floor bedroom & 1st floor den/office, 2 sparkling new full bathrooms, nearly 2,000 sq ft of living space, new hardwood floors & a new white kitchen with granite counters, stainless appliances, eat-up breakfast bar + dining area with sliders to the large wrap around deck & secluded rear yard. Living room with wood burning fireplace & a front to back family/dining room too! 2nd floor has two very spacious front-to-back bedrooms that share a full bath, both with brand new ca rpeting! More updates include a newer: roof, gas heat, fresh landscaping & paint, a new 36x14 deck & new Title 5. Located in the established ''Pineridge'' neighborhood, close to shopping, dining & providing easy highway access for commuters. A pristine property inside & out. BOM due to financing.
Open House
Sunday
January 05 at 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Light, bright & spacious totally renovated home offering lots of new! First floor master,hardwood floors, a large deck and nice deep lot!Gas heat.New landscaping.
Cannot make the Open Houses?
Location: 169 Cedric Road , Barnstable, MA 02632    Get Directions

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Let's face it – no condo seller wants to deal with a high-pressure negotiation. Lucky for you, we're here to help you streamline the process of selling your condo so you can avoid stressful negotiations with property buyers.

What does it take to remain calm, cool and collected during a negotiation with a condo buyer? Here are three tips that every condo seller needs to know.

1. Consider the Condo Buyer's Perspective

As an informed condo seller, it is important to consider both sides of a negotiation. By doing so, you can evaluate a condo buyer's perspective and plan your next move accordingly.

For condo sellers, the goal is to get the best price for a property. As such, a condo seller who performs extensive housing market research probably understands the true value of his or her residence.

On the other hand, a condo buyer is likely to conduct real estate market research on his or her own. This property buyer also will assess the current condition of a condo in relation to his or her budget and submit an offer that accounts for these factors.

Ultimately, a condo seller and buyer should try to find common ground. That way, both parties can work together to get the best results out of a negotiation.

2. Review All of Your Options

After a condo seller accepts a buyer's proposal, the next step likely involves a property inspection. At this point, a condo acquisition may move forward, or a condo seller might need to rethink his or her plan.

If a condo inspector discovers myriad problems with a property, a condo buyer may ask the seller to complete repairs or lower the price of the property. Meanwhile, a condo seller will need to review all of his or her options quickly.

Following a condo inspection, it is important to consider the results of the evaluation.

If a condo seller discovers major repairs are required, he or she should consider completing the repairs or lowering the price on a property.

Or, if a condo buyer asks for a major price reduction even though only minimal repairs are needed, a seller should be unafraid to say "No" to the buyer's requests.

It is important for a condo seller to feel comfortable with any decision that is made throughout the property selling cycle. Thus, if a condo seller is uncomfortable with completing property repairs or reducing the price of a residence after a property inspection, he or she should be ready to decline a buyer's demands.

3. Consult with a Real Estate Agent

A real estate agent will handle negotiations between a condo seller and buyer. Therefore, this housing market professional can play a pivotal role in a seller's ability to get the best price for a condo.

Consulting with a real estate agent who possesses condo experience is key. This real estate agent can keep you up to date during negotiations with condo buyers and ensure you are fully satisfied with the final results.

Take advantage of the aforementioned tips, and you can move one step closer to maximizing the value of your condo.




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