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  • Tips for Living With Your Home On The Market

    Posted Under: Quality of Life in Massachusetts, Home Selling in Massachusetts, Moving in Massachusetts  |  October 17, 2012 6:13 AM  |  287 views  |  No comments

    Tips for Living With Your Home On The Market

    Do you have your home on the market or are you thinking of it?    If so, it will come as no surprise to you that you will have you home exposed to the world in living color!   life in a fishbowl

    It might be somewhat like living in a fishbowl.   Which is exactly what you want!  

    Having your home exposed to as many potential buyers as possible will bring you the highest possible price in the shortest amount of time.  

    Your job is to choose the Realtor who can and will expose your home correctly in as many places as possible.    Once you do, your home will be presented with not only text, but color views of each and every nook and cranny of your home.  It will likely include mapping and video.  Your agent might even suggest opening  your doors for a public open house or at least an agents preview.  

    Don't be alarmed!   It is all a part of merchandising.   One can't make a decision on a home that they can't see.       

    So I have heard it's a little like living in a fishbowl.  

    How to Minimize the Discomfort?

    There are a couple of things you can do to make this process easier.   

    • Stage it.    Again, think merchandising.    This might be a little inconvenient.  Remember, it is not a reflection on how you live or decorate, but meant to take the purchaser in the direction of moving themselves in.
    • Best foot forward.   Okay, it's showtime!   You want your home to look it's best as soon as it hits the market.   Don't wait for a later time for the photos.   Almost all buyers will see your home on line before they visit in person.  This is good news as it weeds out the looky loos.   At the same time you wouldn't want to miss that first time opportunity to capture the hearts of that potential buyer with an incomplete marketing opportunity.    It is, in my opinion a mistake to begin marketing halfway with the thoughts of catching up later.  Defer to your Realtors expertise on what is important to accomplish before hitting the market full force.
    • Strategy.   Defer and confer with your agent regarding the best strategy for your home.  Be cognizant of the norm in the area.  Do buyers attend open houses?   If so, it might be that your first showings start at an open house.   This is just an example, but there could be ways to get the first looks through with as little disruption to you as possible. 
    • Price it right.   If you do this, your home will sell in a reasonable amount of time, minimizing your time on the market.   You get the drift.   Different for different homes in different market places.  
    • Be Prepared.  I'm not talking here about the physical presentation.   People will ask all kinds of questions.  They may seem prying.  The may seem personal.   They may seem ridiculous.    Regardless.   Be prepared on your agents advice to answer.  We generally regard these questions, as "buying questions".   Meaning, that anyone who is not interested will not bother with questions.   So when that buyer asks what your heating bill was last year... we know it is subjective, but it is something they feel they need to have answered in order to move forward. 
    • Leave the House.  You do not want to be in the house while a potential buyer and their agent walk through.   For many reasons including they won't linger and poke around.  They need to do that in order to make a buying decision.  But from the Sellers point of view, that lingering and poking is very unsettling.    You don't need it.  Leave the showing to the professionals. 
    • Communication.   This is a two way thing here.  If you have any concerns after or before a showing, bring them to the attention of your agent!!   Do not let something fester.   Also,a good agent will communicate with you to let you know to the best of their ability how the showing went.  Most times, they will not know the buyers particulars.   Where they work, how old they are, etc, but they can let you know if there is possible interest, or any other thing pertinent to the showing.   
    • Breathe!   Try to relax.  We know that you have to live here too.   There is a balance between living "show ready" and having a life.   Try to minimize the stress by thinking before hand where you will stash things and what your routine will be for showings.  It is unlikely these days that someone will ask for a last minute showing.   You will have plenty of time to get your home ready and get out.
    • Realistic Expectations.   Sometimes people expect that the first person that walks through the door is the "one".   That is not usually the case, although that is the goal.    Expect that you might have several buyers through.   The more the better.   I kind of like to think of that old saying about kissing a lot of toads before you find the prince.  I hope you have heard that before!   

    Please know, that your Realtor knows how hard it is to have your home on the market and how emotional it is to having people walk through it.     She / He will try as hard as possible to make it as comfortable for you as possible.  

    Life In The Fishbowl.....

    The whole thing might feel a bit disconcerting.   

    But, if you are feeling that way, I would venture to say that your Realtor is doing a great job!


    Are you thinking of putting your home on the market?   Put my 25 years of real estate experience to work for you.   

    I can be reached at 508-494-9061 or email at Cal@AlandCal.com

    Carol-Ann Palmieri

    Al and Cal Realty Group





    About the author

    Carol-Ann PalmieriCarol-Ann Palmieri, a full time Real Estate professional in Massachusetts for the past 24 years along with Al Mussi have helped hundreds of families find, sell or purchase new places to live.

    A former US Marine, she grew up in Walpole, MA...  is committed to the serving the community through various volunteer opportunities.   She attended MA Bay Community and Suffolk University and is committed to constantly updating her Real Estate education. 

     Licensed in MA and RI...

     Al and Cal's primary areas of service Franklin, Bellingham, Medway, Millis, Medfield, Norfolk, Wrentham, Plainville, Blackstone, Walpole, Milford, Holliston, Hopkinton, Mansfield, and Foxboro, North Attleboro, Hopedale, Mendon, Millville but have resourses to help anyone, anywhere....

     Her mission....  To exceed your expectations!

  • What Type of Neighborhood Is Right For You?

    Posted Under: Quality of Life in Massachusetts, Home Buying in Massachusetts, Moving in Massachusetts  |  September 20, 2012 6:51 AM  |  245 views  |  No comments

    What type of neighborhood is right for you?

    The question might sound more like, what does a neighborhood mean to you?<a href="http://www.publicdomainpictures.net/view-image.php?image=15785&picture=village">Village</a> by Gustavo Rezende

    Are you a subdivision Buyer or would you like more privacy?  Perhaps you prefer that tree lined street in a down town area.    

    When you start your search for a home and you have identified a buyers agent that will represent you, you will be asked a series of questions designed to help that agent help you find the perfect home.   

    One of those questions will likely be, what kind of community do you wish to live in?   Inadvertently a Buyer will say to me that they want a nice neighborhood.   Off course.   No one wants to live in a bad area.    But just want does a good neighborhood mean?   It is one of those answers, like "I would like a large lot".    Everything is relative.   

    So what does a neighborhood mean to you?     Is it simply a place that has residential homes around yours?    Or, do you envision a tree lined street that has sidewalks and street lamps?   Are you into a homeowners association that might host neighborhood parties and poker games once a month?   Could it be that in town area where you can walk to almost everything?   Is it a place where one hears only the sounds of nature, or is it one where kids are playing in the street?    Are the homes set far apart from each other or do you see yourself chatting with a neighbor as you rake those autumn leaves?     

    What I urge you to do is look into your future a bit and consider what your family profile will look like in a few years.    Home owners at different stages of their lives have different priorities, and typically style or type of neighborhood might just be one of these.   

    "Neighborhood" means something very different to each of us.    Really give this some thought.

    There is no right or wrong here.   Just because someone says that you should live in a subdivision or that a subdivision neighborhood is a better resale destination doesn't mean that it will be right for you.   


    When it comes to making that move, consider the real estate services and experience of the Al and Cal Realty Group at Remax Executive Realty.   

    Helping families move for the past 25 years is our only business!  

    Carol-Ann Palmieri

    Al and Cal Realty Group





  • Open House Sunday February 12 at 51 Hewes St Cumberland RI

    Posted Under: Home Buying in Cumberland, Home Selling in Cumberland, Moving in Cumberland  |  February 8, 2012 3:24 PM  |  437 views  |  No comments
    Open House Sunday February 12 at 51 Hewes St Cumberland RI

    Please join us from 1 to 3 at 51 Hewes St, Cumberland RI for the first open house this Sunday Feb 12

    This home will have your heart as soon as you drive up!   I'm not sure if it will be because of the the Nantucket Cape Cod feel, or the American Flag flying with the wind, but, there is one thing I am sure of.   Your first words will be,..." Oh, So Charming!! "

    This sun drenched attractive cape style single family home was built in 1949 and has had only two owners!   It is loaded with character and charm  of the day charm but has been updated to reflect today's needs and wants. 

     From the Bright and light galley style kitchen to the open loft style master suite, this  home has a delightful "pottery barn" appeal that is so attractive to today's consumer.  

    There are hardwood floors  in living room & 1st floor bedroom. A Surprising second floor loft style bedroom with second bath adds space and provides for flexibility in floor plan.   There is a full basement which provides a lot of storage space.   The washer and Dryer are included.

    This could be a great condo alternative because it is easy to maintain and there are no condo fees!   Vinyl siding and replacement windows. The utilities have been updated.

    The fenced in yard is a great place to hang out, garden or grill.  This is a terrific neighborhood located in the Valley Falls neighborhood of Cumberland that is convenient to shops and is very close to the MA border.  

    46" flat screen comes with this home if you act quickly!

    Why continue to rent?  This is the perfect opportunity to own your own home!   Come see why!

    Can't get to the open house this Sunday?   
    Contact Al Mussi.   He will be happy to give you a personal tour of 51 Hewes St, Cumberland RI and answer any questions you might have.  

      508-494-9060!  or Al@alandcal.com
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