Deb Parker - Mansfield, MA Real Estate, Foxborough, MA Real Estate, Norton, MA Real Estate


A homebuying negotiation may cause your stress levels to rise. However, as you work toward purchasing your dream house, there is no need to worry. In fact, there are many ways that you can limit stress as you finalize a home purchase, including:

1. Discuss Your Homebuying Concerns with Family Members and Friends

Family members and friends offer plenty of support. Thus, these loved ones are happy to listen to you and help you in any way possible, no matter what happens during a homebuying negotiation.

Don't be afraid to ask family members and friends for homebuying advice, either. These loved ones may be able to share their past homebuying negotiation experiences with you. And by doing so, your family members and friends could provide you with valuable insights that may help you move one step closer to acquiring your ideal residence.

2. Consider the Big Picture

Buying a home likely will be one of the biggest transactions that you'll complete in your lifetime. At the same time, it is important to note that there are plenty of fish in the sea. Therefore, you should try to remember that even if a home purchase agreement falls through, dozens of high-quality houses are still available in cities and towns nationwide.

Sometimes, it helps to take a step back during a homebuying negotiation. If you can inhale and try to relax, you may be better equipped than ever before to stay calm, cool and collected during a negotiation. With a fresh perspective, you could boost the likelihood of coming to terms with a seller and finalizing a home purchase agreement.

3. Consult with a Real Estate Agent

When it comes to purchasing a house, there is no need to embark on the homebuying journey alone. Fortunately, if you hire a real estate agent, you can receive expert support as you navigate the homebuying journey.

A real estate agent understands the stress associated with purchasing a house and will do everything possible to help you alleviate your homebuying worries. He or she can explain the homebuying process and respond to any concerns or questions. Plus, a real estate agent can negotiate with a seller's agent on your behalf to help you get the best price on your dream residence.

Furthermore, a real estate agent provides support after a seller accepts your offer to purchase a residence. A real estate agent will help you set up a home inspection, conduct this inspection with you and ensure you can complete a full review of the inspection results. In addition, a real estate agent can help you prepare for a home closing and ensure you can finalize a home purchase as quickly as possible.

There is no need to let stress get the best of you during a homebuying negotiation. By using the aforementioned tips, you can keep your stress levels in check as you negotiate a home purchase and accelerate the process of purchasing your dream home.


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If you have a bath or shower that required caulking, chances are that caulk has seen better days. It's soft, so abrasive cleaners wear away at it. This may cause gaps or ragged holes that trap residue. And even if it's all in one piece, mildew and grime will likely stain it over time. 

But beyond the cosmetics, if your caulk is old and porous, it could be letting water behind the tub or shower. This leads to warping of the outer liner and even severe water damage that could go unnoticed for years. The wall or floor could be rotting beneath the surface as we speak.

So if your caulk doesn't look its best, or it's been five or more years since you replaced it, the time is now to remove that old caulk and lay down new.

What you'll need

For this project, you need:

  • Plastic or latex gloves because you'll be working with harsh chemicals
  • Caulk gun
  • Caulk
  • Caulk softener solution
  • A utility knife with a new blade or a caulk-removing tool (both work well)
  • Putty knife
  • Ammonia-free tub cleaning solution
  • 1/3-cup bleach
  • Paintbrush
  • Rag
  • Step one: soften the caulk

    If you try to remove caulk without softening it first, it will not come off cleanly. You'll end up doing a lot of extra work. So before you begin, open a window or make sure the room is well-ventilated. Put on your gloves. And then follow the product's instructions for application. It will vary.

    Step two: slice the caulk & remove

    Carefully use your utility knife to cut the caulk. On a good day, the caulk will come off clean at this point. But even with caulk softener, you may have places where it does not. This is especially true if someone tried to re-caulk in the past without completely removing the old stuff.

    If this happens, you'll need some needle nose pliers and a little patience to pull off the stubborn pieces. Now, rake the remained caulk away with a putty knife.

    Step three: clean the surface & prepare it

    Clean the edges, removing any mildew or scum with your ammonia-free tub cleaning solution. Then go over the area with a 1/3-cup to one-gallon bleach solution. Use a paintbrush to work the solution into the crevices. Rinse and then dry the surface thoroughly with your rag.

    And, in case you're wondering, ammonia and chlorine don't mix and could be deadly. So please check those labels. 

    Step four: apply the caulk & let it dry

    Here's the easy part. Use the caulk gun to create an even stream of caulk where you removed the old caulk. Wait at least 24 hours before running water into the tub or shower.

    And that's it. Doesn't your shower look great? For more quick projects you can do yourself to spruce up your home, follow our blog.



    17 John St, Mansfield, MA 02048

    East Mansfield

    Single-Family

    $449,900
    Price

    6
    Rooms
    3
    Beds
    1/1
    Full/Half Baths
    Tucked away on a quiet side street, this beautiful home boasts thoughtful and quality updates throughout that are sure to meet your expectations and lifestyle. Pristine ranch features 3 bedrooms, 1 ½ baths & all the convenience of single level living! The open concept living space offers a dining area, remodeled kitchen and spacious living room and allows for tons of natural light, making the area feel warm & inviting. Enjoy the kitchen's eye-catching attributes such as stylish white cabinetry, quartz countertops, ceramic backsplash, stainless steel appliances, island with granite and modern light fixtures. Down the hall, there is a full bathroom and 3 good sized bedrooms with hardwoods. The lower level offers a family room, half bath, laundry area and lots of closet space. Outside you will find a fenced-in level yard with patio & above ground pool; a private spot for entertaining. Shown by appointment; buyers will appreciate the special touches that make this destination – YOUR HOME!
    Open House
    No scheduled Open Houses

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    You don't need to be a real estate market expert to find and acquire a great house at a budget-friendly price. In fact, if you use common sense during your home search, you should have no trouble achieving your desired homebuying results.

    Now, let's take a look at three tips to help you discover your dream home.

    1. Consider Your Home Must-Haves

    You know you want to purchase a house, but you still have no idea what defines your ideal residence. However, if you devote time and resources to establish home must-haves, you could speed up your house search.

    Think about what will make you happy and what you need from a house. For example, if you want to own a home that is close to your office in the city, you can narrow your home search to residences in or near the city itself. On the other hand, if you require a home that offers multiple bedrooms, you can explore residences that match your needs.

    2. Create a Budget

    A budget often plays a key role in the homebuying journey. And if you fail to create a budget before you start a house search, you risk checking out residences that fall outside your price range.

    To establish a homebuying budget, you should consider your current and future expenses. It may be helpful to make a list of your expenses and compare them against your income. Then, you can determine exactly how much you can afford to pay for a home.

    You may want to get pre-approved for a mortgage, too. If you enter the housing market with a mortgage in hand, you can search exclusively for houses that you can afford.

    3. Work with a Real Estate Agent

    There is no reason to search for your dream home on your own. If you hire a real estate agent, you can receive comprehensive guidance as you explore houses in your preferred cities and towns.

    Typically, a real estate agent is willing to go the extra mile to help you achieve the best-possible results. If you want to purchase a home near a beach, for example, a real estate agent can help you do just that. Conversely, if you want to acquire a top-notch house as quickly as possible, a real estate agent will help you accelerate the homebuying cycle.

    Let's not forget about the assistance that a real estate agent can provide as you weigh the pros and cons of submitting an offer to purchase a home, either. If you find a home you may want to buy, a real estate agent can help you determine the best course of action. And if you decide to submit a homebuying proposal, a real estate agent will help you craft a competitive offer to purchase.

    Want to acquire your dream home? Take advantage of the aforementioned tips, and you can use common sense throughout the homebuying journey and make your homeownership dream come true.


    This Single-Family in Sharon, MA recently sold for $559,900. This Raised Ranch style home was sold by Debra Parker - RE/MAX Real Estate Center.


    7 Indian Ln, Sharon, MA 02067

    Single-Family

    $574,900
    Price
    $559,900
    Sale Price

    9
    Rooms
    3
    Beds
    2
    Baths
    Beautifully maintained bi-level home on a quiet cul de sac in Sharon! Enjoy a spacious and flexible floorplan with sun-drenched rooms. Enter into a bright and welcoming living room perfect for gatherings! A generous eat-in kitchen with ample cabinet storage flows into the breezy dining room with a slider to the large back deck. Three spacious bedrooms and a full bath complete the upper level. Downstairs boasts a large fireplaced family room, two potential extra bedrooms, and a second full bath! Relax or entertain on the back deck overlooking an expansive yard. Home comes equipped with numerous updates including a newer roof, heating & AC system, windows, carpets, laminate flooring, and much more! Ample parking space for convenience. Incredible location with easy access to schools, houses of worship, Sharon's bustling downtown & train station, Memorial Park Beach, golfing, shopping, groceries, Rt 27 and Rt 95! Don't miss this amazing opportunity!

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