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Posted by Duarte/Downey Real Estate Agency, Inc on 6/30/2017


5 Holsbery Road , Truro, MA 02666

Truro (village)

Single-Family

$849,000
Price

7
Total Rooms
3
Beds
3/1
Full/Half Baths
Beautiful, Private, Comfortable, Custom Built Home, and Primarily one floor living with all of today's creature comforts. This 3 Bedroom, 3.5 bath meticulously crafted and cared for home is nestled in the Heart True Cape Cod. 3 season porch off the living room; large deck for outdoor dining next to screen porch, 2 Car Garage. Master suite is on opposite side of house from main floor guest room. 2nd Private Guest room and bath are on the 2nd level. All Bedrooms have en Suite Bathrooms. Great Family/Entertainment Room. Gas fireplace; Vaulted Ceilings; Wood Floors; Central Air; 3 zones to control heat or a/c; ceiling fans in nearly every room. Built to enjoy the tranquility of the Outer Cape. Convenient to Bay and Ocean Beaches, Pamet Harbor, Truro Center and Castle Hill Center for
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Posted by Duarte/Downey Real Estate Agency, Inc on 6/11/2017

Few experiences are as exciting, motivating or as costly as buying  a new house. It's easy to get so focused on the chance to live in a larger, more luxurious house or a smaller, more open residence that you forget how important it is to choose the right real estate agent.

Avoid getting scammed when you house hunt

Yet, it's a real estate agent who will introduce you to hidden treasures on the house market. It's also a real estate agent who will tell you about neighborhoods, area businesses, property taxes and average, high and low house prices in the area you want to move to. Go with the wrong real estate agent or real estate agency and you could regret it. Steps to avoid getting scammed include:

  • Logging onto state license agency websites and confirming that real estate agents you want to work with have an active license. Check out other licenses that the real estate agent has. For example, some realtors have broker and real estate sales licenses.
  • Read reviews on real estate agents. If you don't see reviews on individual agents, pay attention to reviews on real estate agencies that the realtor works with. Reputable agencies generally shy away from poor real estate agents.
  • Verify that mortgage brokers are legitimate. Also, confirm that mortgage brokers are not currently or  have not in the past been involved with mortgage scams.
  • Ask people you know to recommend real estate agents to you. Ask these people why they are recommending the agents to you.
  • Pay attention to your gut instinct. If you get a feeling that a deal sounds too good to be true, pause and check the deal out more fully. There are lots of good houses on the market. It's better to get a good, legitimate mortgage deal than it is to rush into a bad deal.
  • Consider working with a real estate attorney. Ask the attorney to review all contracts before you sign them.
  • Conduct research on realtors and mortgage companies to make sure that they have not been involved in price fixing, kickbacks or illegal cross selling.
  • Get an independent inspection performed on the house that you are serious about buying.
  • Compare prices and contract deals that mortgage brokers offer on a house with what other mortgage lenders offer.
  • Log into secure accounts when sharing personal information with mortgage lenders. Don't simply hand workers at mortgage companies papers with your personal information on them.
  • Shy away from mortgages that entice you into signing contracts that don't require you to put a down payment on a house.
  • Steer clear of mortgages that don't require you to buy homeowners insurance.

Search for real estate scams on the Internet and may be surprised how many stories pop up. Real estate scams happen in the residential and commercial markets. With a little research, you could avoid getting scammed. Avoid being part of a real estate scam and you can save money, headaches and court proceedings. You can also get an honest deal on a good house.




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Posted by Duarte/Downey Real Estate Agency, Inc on 5/24/2017


2 Higgins Hollow Road , Truro, MA 02666

Truro (village)

Single-Family

$679,000
Price

8
Total Rooms
5
Beds
2
Baths
In the National Seashore and not far from Long Nook Beach on 1.84 acres sits is a wonderful antique home known as the Samuel Paine House. It's the true essence of Truro. This well cared for home has a stunning first floor master with fireplace and bathroom just off the large open living room. A bright/comfortable den with lots of windows, single bedroom, cozy kitchen and mudroom with pantry and washer/dryer compliment the rest of the first floor. A stairway to the second floor opens into a comfy family room that's adjoined by 3 nice bedrooms, a full bath and lots of storage. This amazing antique is connected to a large one car garage and is surrounded by a beautiful yard. If you have a green thumb there's enough room for a nice vegetable garden. The shed can store all your
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Posted by Duarte/Downey Real Estate Agency, Inc on 5/23/2017


165 Mayflower Drive , Wellfleet, MA 02667

Wellfleet (village)

Single-Family

$574,900
Price

5
Total Rooms
3
Beds
2
Baths
Desirable Gull Pond Village. Enter through a large foyer into a bright open living room with skylights, cathedral ceiling and brick fireplace with oak flooring throughout. Plenty of room for entertaining inside or outside on the large wrap-around deck. This home is ready for your family and friends. On the first floor there is a master bedroom and a bath. The second floor is beautifully arranged with a balcony overlooking the sun-filled living room, 2 good size bedrooms, large full bathroom and full size sleeping loft. The large basement has a walkout to an enclosed outdoor shower in a pretty wooded setting. Short drive to Gull Pond, National Seashore and ocean side and bay beaches.
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Posted by Duarte/Downey Real Estate Agency, Inc on 5/21/2017

If you're selling a home, having high quality photos is one of the most important things you can do to catch the eye of prospective buyers. Taking great photos, however, is something that requires a combination of frequent practice and knowledge of how your camera works. Sure, these days you can take a decent photo with an iPhone camera and be done with it. While that method is a good start, if you want to progress with your photography you'll eventually have to make the leap to a DSLR where you have more freedom to change exposure settings. I know what you're thinking. High quality photos means spending a ton of money on camera equipment, right? Fortunately, entry level DSLR cameras have become more affordable in recent years. To start taking great photos you'll only need four things: your DSLR camera, a tripod, a wide angle lens, and a place to practice your photography.

Step 1: Setting up

You'll want to set up the room with the right balance of furniture, decorations and natural light. Avoid decorations that are too personal (like family photos) or eccentric (no stuffed animals, preferably). Set up your tripod against one of the walls of the room. Ideally, you'll have the target of your photo illuminated by natural light coming through windows, so you'll likely be standing in front of or next to the windows. However, before you take any photos use your best judgment to determine the room's best angles. The amount of and the placement of furniture will play a large role in how spacious the room looks, but equally important is the camera angle from which you take your photos.

Step 2: Learn your camera settings

You won't learn all of the settings in a DSLR overnight, but it is important to get an understanding of the basics. In spite of the many technical improvements that have been made, the basic concept of a camera hasn't changed much over the years. The two main components that determine what your picture looks like are aperture and shutter speed. Aperture (or "f-stop") is what is used to determine how much light enters the camera. Much like your pupils dilate in the dark to let in as much light as possible, having a wide aperture will allow you to take brighter photos. Shutter speed is the amount of time the shutter on your camera is open. A slower shutter speed allows more light into the camera, creating a brighter exposure. However, due to our inability to hold a camera entirely still having a slower shutter speed creates more opportunity for your photo to become blurred from camera shake. A third important setting is the ISO. This setting is unique to digital photography because it controls the sensitivity of the camera's image sensor. The higher the number, the more sensitive. Why not just crank it up all the way then to get the best quality? Because if you set it too high the photos become grainy or "noisy."

Step 3: Practice

Now that you know the basics, start taking photos in your home using various camera settings. Play around with taking photos with different light sources on, with your camera flash on and off, and at different times of day. You'll find that there are endless possibilities when it comes to taking photos of your home.  




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