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Posted by Duarte/Downey Real Estate Agency, Inc on 4/29/2018

If you own a dog, cat or other pets and plan to list your residence soon, there may be no time like the present to conduct an in-depth home cleaning. By performing extensive home cleaning, you can eliminate pet odors from your residence and ensure that your house is show-ready.

Ultimately, there are many quick, easy ways to remove pet odors from your house, including:

1. Wash your pet regularly.

When was the last time that you gave your pet a bath? If it's been a few months, now may be the perfect time to wash your pet thoroughly.

Ideally, you should bathe your pet at least every two weeks. This will help reduce the risk of pet odors that can emanate throughout your residence.

To bathe your pet properly, it is paramount to eliminate loose fur during the lathering process. Also, use a drain cover in your bathtub or shower to prevent pet hair from clogging the drain.

2. Clean your pet's bed.

Pet beds may be used frequently, and as a result, can collect assorted pet odors over time. Fortunately, these beds usually are simple to clean.

In many instances, pet beds are machine-washable. Look at the tag attached to the bed itself, and you likely will find instructions about how to wash this bed.

Also, be sure to clean your pet's bed on a monthly basis, at the very least. This will ensure pet odors won't linger for an extended period of time.

3. Don't hesitate to reach out for professional assistance.

As a home seller, it is essential to do everything possible to keep your house looking and smelling great. Thus, if vacuuming the furniture, scrubbing the floors and other home cleaning tasks aren't enough to eliminate pet odors, it may be worthwhile to reach out to a professional home cleaning company for extra help.

A home cleaning company will allocate significant time and resources to clean your residence from top to bottom. That way, your home will look show-ready in no time at all.

Perhaps best of all, a home cleaning company always employs friendly, diligent staff members who are happy to help you in any way possible. These staff members will make it easy to remove pet odors from your residence and can even offer expert guidance to prevent these odors from returning to your home.

Lastly, if you need help selecting a home cleaning company, a real estate agent may be able to assist you.

A real estate agent can provide insights into the top home cleaning companies in a particular city or town. He or she also can serve as a guide throughout the home selling journey, ensuring that you can showcase your residence to the right groups of homebuyers.

If you're struggling to remove pet odors from your residence, you're not alone. But with the aforementioned tips, any home seller can quickly and effortlessly eliminate pet odors from a home, thereby increasing the likelihood of a fast, profitable home sale.




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Posted by Duarte/Downey Real Estate Agency, Inc on 4/22/2018

Ready to transform your bathroom from drab to fab? With a bathroom cleaning checklist in hand, any home seller can improve the look and feel of any bathroom.

When it comes to putting together a bathroom cleaning checklist, here are three key areas to focus on:

1. Sink

Let's face it – no one wants a dirty bathroom sink. Whether it's toothpaste residue or a sticky foreign substance in a bathroom sink, even minor particles can negatively affect the sink's appearance.

Use an all-purpose cleaner to help your bathroom sink pop. Apply the cleaner and scrub the sink thoroughly to remove any unwanted residue.

In addition, remember to clean your bathroom sink at least once a week. This will ensure your sink will sparkle any time homebuyers check out your residence.

2. Shower

When was the last time that you cleaned your shower? If it's been a few weeks, there may be no time like the present to clean your shower from top to bottom.

To clean your shower, you'll want to wipe down the shower door, floor and wall. An eraser sponge usually offers a great option to clean a shower, as it enables you to eliminate shower stains and mildew without the use of harsh chemicals.

Furthermore, don't forget to clean grout. Although it may require hard work and patience to clean grout, those who allocate the necessary time and resources to complete grout cleaning can keep a shower looking great.

3. Toilet

Most home sellers dread cleaning the toilet, but doing so can make a world of difference in the eyes of homebuyers. In fact, home sellers who spend even a few minutes daily cleaning the toilet can reap the benefits of their efforts immediately.

A combination of baking soda and vinegar makes it simple to remove dirt, debris and assorted residue from inside a toilet bowl. And if a toilet has an unsightly ring, it commonly pays to use a toilet pumice stone to eliminate this problem.

Also, swishing a toilet bowl with water and a toilet brush at least once a day is ideal. This practice will help you maintain a toilet's appearance both now and in the future.

If you need extra help improving your bathroom's appearance, don't hesitate to contact a home cleaning company as well. This business employs friendly, highly trained cleaning professionals who are happy to help you enhance your bathroom's look and feel.

Lastly, if you're entering the housing market and want to bolster your home both inside and out, you should hire a real estate agent. With a real estate agent at your disposal, you can receive expert home selling support.

A real estate agent will offer home improvement recommendations, help you negotiate with homebuyers and much more. Plus, if you have any home selling questions, your real estate agent can respond to your queries at any time.

Get started on the home selling journey – perform bathroom cleaning and other home improvements, and you can boost the likelihood of a fast, seamless and profitable home selling experience.





Posted by Duarte/Downey Real Estate Agency, Inc on 4/15/2018

Getting a home inspection is usually built into the purchase contract for most real estate transactions. A home inspection contingency protects the buyer from getting any unwelcome surprises after they buy the home (think water damage or an HVAC system whose days are numbered).

In some cases, home inspections are the defining moment between a sale or moving on to other options.

In today’s post, we’re going to talk about the reasons you might want to get a home inspection whether you’re buying or selling a home.

Home inspections for buyers

There’s a reason most real estate contracts come with an inspection contingency. Expensive, impending repairs on a home can greatly affect how much you’re willing to offer on a home, or if you’re willing to make an offer at all.

Some buyers opt out of an inspection. This can be done for numerous reasons. The most common reason is that the buyer has a personal relationship with the seller and has faith that they are getting the full story when it comes to the state of the house. The other reason is that a buyer is trying to gain a competitive edge over the competition on a home, sweetening the deal by waiving the inspection and paving the way for a quick sale.

Both of these reasons have their flaws. For one, the seller might not even know the full extent of the repairs a home may need and an appraisal might not catch all of the issues with a home.

Another reason a buyer may waive an inspection contingency is because the seller claims to have recently had the home inspected. While this may be true, buyers should still opt to hire their own professional. This way, they can guarantee that the inspection was done by someone who is licensed and has their best interests in mind.

Home inspections for sellers

As we’ve seen, home inspections are typically designed to protect the interest of home buyers. However, sellers also stand to gain from ordering their own home inspection.

If you’re planning on selling within the next six months to a year, it will pay off to know exactly what issues the home currently has or will have in the near future. This will give you the chance to make repairs or address issues that could cause complications with your sale. You don’t want to be on your way to closing on an offer to suddenly realize you need to pay and arrange for a new roof.

So, whether you’re a buyer or seller, home inspections can be immensely beneficial to learn more about your home or the home you’re planning on buying. It will help you be prepared to make repairs if you’re a buyer. Or, if you’re a seller, you can make a plan to negotiate repairs with the seller based on the findings of the inspection.





Posted by Duarte/Downey Real Estate Agency, Inc on 4/12/2018


3 Souzas Way , Truro, MA 02666

Truro (village)

Single-Family

$879,000
Price

6
Total Rooms
3
Beds
2
Baths
Views - Views - Views! Sitting high on a hill with spectacular views of the Pamet River, Pamet Harbor, Cape Cod Bay and in the neighborhood of Million Dollar homes is this 3 bedroom 2 bath home that exudes the true essence of Truro. Nestled amongst the trees and situated on a large lot with room for expansion is this 1980's home with a large screened porch, outside shower and down the road from Corn Hill Beach. Imagine enjoying your morning coffee at the kitchen table taking in the breathtaking views and dinner relishing the sunsets over Cape Cod Bay, Good rental history. What else could you want! Offered at $995,000.
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Posted by Duarte/Downey Real Estate Agency, Inc on 4/1/2018


Whether you're 25 or 65, one thing's for sure: Home ownership, raising a family, and having enough money to retire comfortably takes a lot of money! Surprisingly, a high percentage of people of all ages have not accumulated a sufficient nest egg for their future needs.

What many homeowners (and aspiring homeowners) don't stop to realize is that there are many opportunities to save money, reduce expenses, and keep more of your hard-earned cash where it belongs: in your pocket, bank account, or retirement plan. While it may seem like your money flies out the window as fast as you can earn it, you may be overlooking some key strategies for holding on to more of it. One of the most powerful tactics for saving and making more money is learning how to negotiate effectively.

Practicing the Art of Negotiation

Virtually "everything is negotiable," especially in real estate transactions. Fortunately, you can rely on a good real estate agent to look out for your interests and get you the best deal. However, it is generally to your advantage to have a basic understanding of negotiating principles and the possibility of winning concessions from the other side.

Perhaps the number one thing to keep in mind when attending an open house or touring a home you're considering buying is to choose your words carefully -- particularly if you're in the presence of the seller's agent or the home seller, themselves (Note: If you're just viewing the house with your buyers' agent, you don't have to worry about weighing your words or being too effusive.) As an example, if you blurt out "This house is absolutely perfect!" or "This is exactly what we're looking for!" then you're putting yourself at a strategic disadvantage when it comes to making an offer on the house. It pays to "play things close to the vest." That expression, of course, originated from the game of poker, in which it's a tactical error to let your opponents see your cards.

There are dozens of situations in life where negotiating skills can help you gain hundreds, if not thousands of additional dollars from a transaction. Examples range from negotiating a raise or a starting salary to buying or selling real estate or automobiles. By developing your negotiating skills and practicing them at every opportunity, you'll find yourself gaining financial and other advantages that wouldn't otherwise be available to you. As the poem "My Wage" by Jessie B. Rittenhouse reminds us, if we bargain with life for pennies, then that's exactly what we'll get in return.

By negotiating the best possible deal in real estate transactions, automobile purchases, home improvement contracts, employment opportunities, credit card interest rates, and dozens of other situations, you can build up a larger retirement nest egg, help your kids pay for college, and achieve a greater measure of financial security.