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


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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.



5 Village Way, Franklin, MA 02038

Condo

$669,900
Price

7
Rooms
3
Beds
3/1
Full/Half Baths
Stunning single family detached home in the “Village at Cooks Farm:, a traditional NE village community of 55 single family properties on 20 acres. The units features an open floor plan with many upgrades, over $30K and high end appointments throughout. Gourmet Kitchen with Stainless Steel GE appliances, white cabinets with coordinating wood tone oversized island, honed (leather look) granite counter tops, pendent lights, tiled backsplash, recessed lights and under counter lighting. Sun drenched living room with gas fireplace, built-in bookcases and double sliders with transom windows allow access to the private courtyard. Separate dining area with chair rail. Hardwoods or tile and crown molding throughout both levels. 1st floor guest bedroom with full bath. Spacious Master Bedroom with walk-in closet & private bath. 3rd bedroom with private bath and office with built-in bookcases complete the 2nd level. Town water & sewerage, gas. Abuts Franklin CC. Close to highways & T-station
Open House
Sunday
October 13 at 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Visitors please park by the mailboxes on Eighteenth Drive. Thank you.
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Location: 5 Village Way, Franklin, MA 02038    Get Directions

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33 Poppasquash Rd, North Attleboro, MA 02760

Condo

$309,900
Price

8
Rooms
2
Beds
1/1
Full/Half Baths
Sun drenched townhouse in mint condition and located in a desirable complex; carefree living and one of the largest units with four finished levels. Private and prime location at the end of the cul-de-sac. Enter the unit and immediately you will notice the abundance of light. Spacious kitchen with stainless steel appliances; duel fuel cook’s dream gas stove, Corian counter tops, breakfast island and separate eating area with sliders to private deck. Light and bright living room with triple pane window, cathedral ceiling with skylight and interior balcony. Spacious master bedroom with access to main bath. 2nd bedroom and loft complete the second floor. Bonus 3rd floor den with 2 skylights is a terrific space to relax and watch tv or use as a guest bedroom. Finished lower level features a family room with sliders to patio, a laundry room and utility area. Security system, Central Vacuum. Well cared for unit with many updates. Complex has an attractive setting with walking trails.
Open House
Saturday
August 24 at 12:30 PM to 1:30 PM
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Location: 33 Poppasquash Rd, North Attleboro, MA 02760    Get Directions

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As you go on the house hunt, you’re likely to attend many different open houses. After awhile you can get confused as to what you have seen and where you saw it. Each open house or home showing is only a short window of time. As a buyer, you’re trying to get the feel for a house. Being an observant home shopper can help you to avoid a lot of problems down the road. Check out some of the biggest red flags that you need to look out for when you attend an open house.


The Candles Are Burning Bright


You walk into an open house and see a lovely candle lit on the kitchen table. While it may make you feel all warm and fuzzy, it’s not always a good sign. Candles are a great way to mask odors. There could possibly be a musty odor coming from the sink, the basement, or another part of the house. This spells hidden damage and possible danger for you as a homebuyer. While the home inspection should pick up on things like this, you don’t necessarily want to get that far in the process. The art of masking odors could be a sign that the sellers are trying to hide something.


Be Your Own Inspector


As you walk through the home do you notice squeaky floor boards, cracks in the walls, cracks in the ceilings, or a drippy faucet? Maybe you see some patches on the walls or mirrors and paintings that seem out of place? These are all issues that could be signs of a greater problem. Keep in mind that no house is perfect, but you should do a little investigating on your own while walking through the house at showings.


The Home Doesn’t Appear Cared For


Curb appeal is one thing, but a home that looks unkept is a sign of a larger problem for you. Has the lawn been mowed? Is the fence in disrepair? How does the home appear from the outside at first glance? There are plenty of ways that you can fix up a home to make it your own once you buy it, but the question is just how much of a challenge are you up for? There is always a chance that you’ll have large maintenance costs when a home hasn’t been properly maintained by the previous owners.


Searching for homes and going to open houses can be fun. It can also be an educational experience to help you narrow down what you’re looking for and what you can handle as a homeowner.            




33 Poppasquash Rd, North Attleboro, MA 02760

Condo

$309,900
Price

8
Rooms
2
Beds
1/1
Full/Half Baths
Sun drenched townhouse in mint condition and located in a desirable complex; carefree living and one of the largest units with four finished levels. Private and prime location at the end of the cul-de-sac. Enter the unit and immediately you will notice the abundance of light. Spacious kitchen with stainless steel appliances; duel fuel cook’s dream gas stove, Corian counter tops, breakfast island and separate eating area with sliders to private deck. Light and bright living room with triple pane window, cathedral ceiling with skylight and interior balcony. Spacious master bedroom with access to main bath. 2nd bedroom and loft complete the second floor. Bonus 3rd floor den with 2 skylights is a terrific space to relax and watch tv or use as a guest bedroom. Finished lower level features a family room with sliders to patio, a laundry room and utility area. Security system, Central Vacuum. Well cared for unit with many updates. Complex has an attractive setting with walking trails.
Open House
Saturday
August 10 at 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM
Cannot make the Open Houses?
Location: 33 Poppasquash Rd, North Attleboro, MA 02760    Get Directions

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