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By Marie Souza Team | Broker in Centerville, MA
  • ON THE BEACH for $325,000!

    Posted Under: Quality of Life in Hyannis, Home Buying in Hyannis, Home Ownership in Hyannis  |  October 11, 2013 12:52 PM  |  554 views  |  2 comments

    Immaculate 3 Bedroom, 2.5 Bath Townhome at the desirable OCEAN front, 'Yachtsman' Condominium Complex! The private, sandy BEACH is just a minute away from this End Unit offering an update Kitchen w/Beadboard Cabinets, Newer flooring, Center Island & nice Dining Area, which steps down into the Fireplaced Living Room w/Sliders to the Enclosed Deck. Beyond the deck you'll find the in-ground, heated POOL w/beautiful patio & plenty of chairs to sit out and enjoy the sea breezes! Good sized Master Bedroom w/Private Bath, 2 additional bedrooms & a Roof Top Deck! Located in a fantastic location, close to so much... The Marina, Nantucket/Martha's Vineyard Ferries, Waterfront Dining & one of a kind Boutique Shopping on Main Street, come make this move-in ready Condo yours today! Excellent Summer Rental potential - 9 weeks already in place

    This property features 6 total rooms, 2 full baths, 1 half bath, 3 bedrooms, 7.40 Acres, and is currently available for $325,000.

    For complete details click here.

    Brought to you by
    The Marie Souza Team
    Call us @ 508-790-2000, drop us an email info@mariesouzateam.com and/or visit us on the web
    See what our past clients say here!
  • Indoor Pool? Yes, please!

    Posted Under: Quality of Life in Marstons Mills, Home Buying in Marstons Mills, Investment Properties in Marstons Mills  |  October 11, 2013 12:45 PM  |  529 views  |  2 comments

    Spacious & private 3 Bedroom, 2 Bath Ranch offering approx. 2,400 sq ft of living space, Catheraled Beamed Ceilings w/Skylights, Formal Living & Dining Rms + Sunken Family Rm w/door to expansive deck, pergola, built-in hot-tub, patio & walkways overlooking very private .7 acre lot w/mature plantings & garden shed w/electricity. Updated Kitchen w/Wet Bar & Heated Floors, Both 1st Floor Bedrooms offer two rooms & a shared gas fireplace; The Master Suite has a Private Bath & Sitting Room/Den w/Skylights; Bedroom 2 also has a skylit Den & additionally offers french doors to the Indoor, Gunite Pool! The Pool Room addition offers multiple skylights, beadboard ceilings, a beautiful palladium window & sliders to the rear yard, as well as views of the Fireplace! Central A/C, 200 amp Service, Dog pen & Garage parking for 3 cars w/finished space above.Newer Roof, backup generator, sprinkler system and more!

    click here for the full details

    Brought to you by
    The Marie Souza Team
    Call us @ 508-790-2000, drop us an email info@mariesouzateam.com and/or visit us on the web
    See what our past clients say here! 
  • Gorgeous Sandwich Home w/Horse Stables, Pond & more!

    Posted Under: Parks & Recreation in Sandwich, Home Buying in Sandwich, Home Ownership in Sandwich  |  October 11, 2013 12:41 PM  |  518 views  |  1 comment

    Rambling, 5 Bedroom, 5.5 Bath, 12 Room Custom Home in 'Norse Pine Estates' w/In-Law/Au-Pair Suite & over 5,300 sq ft of living space & top of the line finishes/upgrades. Beautiful 1.79 Acre Lot, complete w/Horse Stables, Pasture & Pond. The interior offers 3 Fireplaces, Hardwood Floors, Formal Living & Dining Rms, Chef's Kitchen & Gorgeous Master Suite w/Dressing Rm, Walk-In Closet, Bath w/Steam Shower & more. 3 Car Garage, Walk-In Cedar Closets, Built-In Sound System, A/C, etc. A must see.

    This is a Contemporary style home and features 12 total rooms, 5 full baths, 1 half bath, 5 bedrooms, 1.79 Acres, and is currently available for $789,000

    For complete details click here.

    Brought to you by
    The Marie Souza Team
    Call us @ 508-790-2000, drop us an email info@mariesouzateam.com and/or visit us on the web
    See what our past clients say here! 
  • Bring the boat, kayaks & fishing poles!

    Posted Under: Quality of Life in Dennis, Market Conditions in Dennis, Home Buying in Dennis  |  October 11, 2013 12:38 PM  |  380 views  |  1 comment

    Bring the boat, kayaks & fishing poles! This 3, Bedroom, 2.5 Bath Waterfront home is perched above 'Follin's Pond' & features a shared DOCK offering access to Nantucket Sound, an association BEACH, Large Deck with stunning water vistas & a beautiful home with many upgrades throughout! This home is light, bright & airy, featuring Wood & Tile Floors throughout, a Cathedraled Living Room w/Fireplace, Family Room, Kitchen w/Center Eat-Up Island & Granite Counters + Sunken Dining Room w/Cathedraled Beamed Ceilings & French Door to the deck (ALL these rooms have Waterviews!). Nice 2nd Floor Master w/Updated Full Bath, Laundry & more Views! Gas Heat/Central AC, Outdoor Shower & Garden shed. Amazing property & home.

    This is a Colonial style home and features 7 total rooms, 2 full baths, 1 half bath, 3 bedrooms, 0.20 Acres, and is currently available for $799,900

    For complete details click here.

    Brought to you by
    The Marie Souza Team
    Call us @ 508-790-2000, drop us an email info@mariesouzateam.com and/or visit us on the web
    See what our past clients say here!
  • Saving Tips for a New Home

    Posted Under: Home Buying in Barnstable, Financing in Barnstable, Home Ownership in Barnstable  |  October 11, 2013 12:34 PM  |  304 views  |  No comments

    savingsHousing prices are low, rates are low but how can you buy a house when your funds are also low?  How can you save money for a house while prices and rates are still good?

    Saving for a home can be different than just saving because you have save such a large amount of money and you don't know exactly how much you'll need.  Here are some strategies on how to save up:

    1. Start with small goals. Try saving for closing costs or another smaller amount and then add another goal. Break the down payment into 3%, 5%, 10%, and 20% levels, to help make the savings goal more achievable.

    2. Try saving a specific amount of money every month. Instead of saying I want to save $6,000 a year it is easier to say I will save $500 a month. Smaller, more achievable milestones are always good motivators to savings.

    3. Ask for help. If people ask what to give you a gift for your wedding, birthday etc. ask them to contribute to your home savings plan. Online sites like SmartyPig make it easy to get other people involved in your savings goals.

    4. Create a visual goal graphic. Create a vision board or some kind of graphic that represents what you are saving for. It always helps to see what you are saving for and have a constant reminder.

    Hopefully, you'll be on your way to a new home in no time.

  • Buying Your First Home

    Posted Under: Home Buying in Sandwich, Financing in Sandwich, Moving in Sandwich  |  May 22, 2013 1:25 PM  |  629 views  |  No comments

    Home buyersYou've been thinking about buying your first home and it is a very big decision. It is typically not a decision you make overnight instead you need to take the time prepare yourself.  Here are the basic steps that you should follow when it is time to buy a home.

    1. Ask are you ready? Home ownership is quite different than renting. It is a lot more expensive than renting. You will have added expenses and responsibility. There will be expenses like repairs, added utility costs, such as garbage and water, plus taxes and insurance related to your home. You will want to make sure to have an emergency fund, before you purchase your first home.
    2. Shop for a loan. Your first step will be to get preapproved. Knowing how much you can afford will help you to look for homes within your price range.
    3. Figure out how much you can afford. Just because you are preapproved for a certain loan doesn't mean you can afford that in the real world. A good rule of thumb is to keep your mortgage along with your taxes and insurance between twenty five and thirty percent of your income. You don't want to be house poor.
    4. Use a real estate professional you can trust.  A good real estate professional will listen to your wants and needs carefully. It is important that you are also educated on the process of buying a home. A good real estate professional will help meet your needs while navigating you through the process and advocating for your best interests.

    Brought to you by
    The Marie Souza Team
    Call us @ 508-790-2000, drop us an email info@mariesouzateam.com and/or visit us on the web
    See what our past clients say here!

    1. Downsizing Tips for Seniors

      Posted Under: Home Buying in Centerville, Home Selling in Centerville, Moving in Centerville  |  May 22, 2013 1:22 PM  |  664 views  |  1 comment

      Group of happy elderly men laughing and talking

      For many seniors, the idea of selling the home that they have raised a family in can be met with some resistance. And while many seniors are perfectly capable and comfortable taking care of a large home, there are some who would much rather do away with the hassle of home maintenance and lawn upkeep, opting instead to spend their golden years in a more relaxed setting with a more comfortable climate.  If you find yourself thinking about selling your home and settling in greener pastures, then there are a few things you will need to consider.

        • Are you moving because you want to, or because you think that taking care of your home is becoming a burden?
        • Do you want to move closer to family?
        • Is the climate you currently live in aggravating any medical conditions you may have?

      Firstly, you must ask yourself what you'd want in your new residence.  Do you want to live in a place where things like lawn care and home maintenance are taken care of for you, or would you just prefer a smaller home?  Would you like to stay within your community, or are you thinking about an out-of-state move?  Florida has long been known for its retirement communities, but places like Arizona and New Mexico are quickly becoming retirement hot spots due to their affordability and warm climate.

      A few things to consider.

          • Availability and access to medical care
          • Would you like to have access to a swimming pool for exercise?
          • Are you open to the idea of living in an area with group activities?

      Once you've settled on a potential destination, it's time to establish how much your home is worth.  A qualified real estate agent can help you through this process.

      For more moving tips for seniors, please click here. 
      Brought to you by
      The Marie Souza Team
      Call us @ 508-790-2000, drop us an email info@mariesouzateam.com and/or visit us on the web
      See what our past clients say here!

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