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What’s to Love About Westborough Massachusetts?
[Submitted article by Bill Gassett]
If you are looking for the perfect balance between small town charm and modern convenience, you can find it in Westborough. With a rich history, a small population size and easy access to Boston, Westborough provides residents with a perfect mix of old and new – ideal for starting and raising a family. The town offers a range of real estate properties that can fit most budgets, giving you plenty of options for putting down roots in this historic and family-friendly area. Westborough is located in Worcester County Massachusetts and borders and borders the towns of Grafton, Hopkinton, Northborough, Shrewsbury, Southborough, and Upton.
Things to love about Westborough
Massachusetts is not short on history, and Westborough happily measures up. As the 100th town to be incorporated into the state – in the year 1717 – Westborough traces its history a very long way back. Evidence exists of prehistoric peoples using the nearby Assabet and Sudbury rivers as transportation avenues in search of materials for weapons and tools as early as 7,000 B.C. Settlers arrived at Lake Chauncy in 1675, establishing themselves as a borough on the west side of Marlborough.
The settlement grew into a town and eventually benefited from the building of what is now Route 9 in 1810, connecting it to Boston. The town took advantage of both the road and the railway to contribute a range of manufactured goods to the New England area and beyond. Among the largest employers in town are BNY Mellon (finance services), eClinicalWorks (healh-care records management, Integrated Genetics (life sciences), and the corporate headquarters of BJ’s Wholesale Club (retail). Fortunately, though, while it managed to stay industrious up to the present day, it never did explode into a city.
Westborough has a population that is only a little above 18,000 residents. This size makes it appealing to many who want to get out of the hustle and bustle of city life and enjoy the comforts of a smaller town. This small size keeps the focus on what is most important to many people – low crime rates, pleasant environments, good parks and nature access and quality schooling. You can get to know your neighbors here with only a little effort and can expect to become part of the community if you stick around.
As much as people want the ease and comfort of a small town, not everyone wants to be isolated from all that cities have to offer. Things like employment, shopping, entertainment, dining and nightlife are all in full swing in Boston, less than 30 miles away from Westborough. And best of all, the town took the needs of its residents to heart in its planning and building. Westborough offers a commuter rail station to give residents reliable access to both Worcester and Boston. Park your car, hop on a train and you will be there in no time.
While there are a number of things you can do in Westborough, some of the most popular hobbies and pastimes involve local water sources. Both the Assabet and Sudbury rivers are located nearby, as are a number of different lakes and ponds. Some of these include the Westborough Reservoir, Mill Pond, Lake Chauncy and Lake Hoccomocco. During the summer, people from all around Westborough and beyond enjoy the waters of Lake Chauncy for a number of recreational activities, including fishing, swimming and boating. It even offers a public beach during the warmer summer months for sunbathing and picnics.
Quality real estate
One of the areas where Westborough really shines is real estate. If you have the money to buy a house and are looking for what Westborough has to offer as a town, you can probably find something to fit your budget and your lifestyle. The town really shines in its “subdivision” neighborhoods. These neighborhoods were created with the homeowner in mind – some by local craftsmen and others by quality national builders like Toll Brothers. When you buy in this type of neighborhood, you are investing in a home that should only grow in value as people look for welcoming neighborhoods in a small-town setting. You will also benefit from the unified look and feel that only a custom neighborhood can offer.
In fact if you are considering relocating to Westborough and want to work with one of the top Realtors in Westborough MA get in touch. If you are considering selling your home, let my excellent online marketing skills help get the job done. The are very few real estate agents who provide the kind of online marketing you will receive for your home. Selling real estate today is all about creating a dominant visibility package. This is what I love to do for those who are moving in or around Westborough! Westborough real estate has a lot to offer so I would love to show you around town!
Westborough has grown by leaps and bounds in the past few decades, which means you can find affordable village colonials as well as higher end homes, depending on your preference. Whichever you choose, though, you will have easy access to all of the perks that living in Westborough brings.
The exceptional quality of Westborough has not gone unnoticed. The schools stand out as some of the best, even garnering top accolades from Standard and Poor's School Matters in a 2004/2005 study. The Westborough Public School System was found to be one of the top school systems in the state. Money Magazine also recommended Westborough in its 2005 survey of Top 100 Best Places To Live. The town was ranked 36 out of 100 – not too bad for a small town of only 18,000 residents. Money Magazine listed both the school staffing levels and the financial support given to the area school system as top-notch.
Considering that over 95% of high school students graduate and that most go on to attend four-year colleges after graduation, the efforts of the town to foster education appear to be working.
These are just a few of the things that Westborough Massachusetts has to offer. Come take a look and learn even more about the Westborough MA real estate market!
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Top 10 Mistakes to Avoid When Selling Your Massachusetts Home
As a Realtor representing home sellers in numerous towns throughout Metrowest Massachusetts over the last twenty two years, I have found that there are certain obstacles that will make a home much more difficult to sell.
The following information provides some insight on how to make your home sale go a lot smoother.
Some of the thoughts and information provided has been borrowed with permission from a sharp cookie and friend, Jason Crouch who covers Austin Texas Real Estate.
Frankly, the price is the most important factor in getting your Massachusetts home sold, especially with other underlying economic factors affecting consumer confidence. One of the best ways to prevent your home from selling quickly, or at all, is to list it at a price that the market will not bear. Most people don't like to overpay for any kind of purchase, never mind the purchase of your home.
This is a sensitive issue for most people, because we tend to get emotionally involved with our homes. Many people think of their homes as an extension of themselves and their lives. This is partially true, because our homes are the places where some of the most important events of our lives occur: the baby's first steps, holidays and time with family, cooking and family meals.
While this attitude is understandable, when it comes time to sell your home, it's necessary to take a different view. A home sale is a business transaction. Your home, which you value so highly, and may even still somehow see as "basically new," will not be seen as such to potential buyers who are looking for a home in excellent condition, in a good location at a reasonable price.
Keep in mind that market value is determined by what a motivated and qualified buyer is willing to pay for your home, not simply what you feel it should be worth. Carefully looking at comparable sales is very important.
NEGLECTING NECESSARY REPAIRS
I have had clients who want to get everything perfect before selling, which is a problem in and of itself, but more often as agents we see deferred maintenance items on homes that we are looking to list and sell.
"What the heck is deferred maintenance?"
What this means is that sellers are saving money in the short-term by allowing things to remain broken, but when it's time to sell, it's time to fix these items. It's probably best to put yourself in the buyer's shoes for a moment - would you like to buy a home with problems that the seller refused to fix? Perhaps if it was priced well under market, but otherwise you wouldn't. Homes that are in poor shape tend to get severely penalized when it comes time to sell.
Another common trait among sellers that we have worked with over the years is the idea that you have negotiated a fair price, so the buyer shouldn't ask for any repairs. Again, put yourself on the other side of the deal. While the buyer may be thinking this way, the more likely scenario is that they want the right price AND the right condition. Of course on the other side of the coin, a good Realtor is there to protect your interests as well. As a home seller the last thing you want is a 2nd round of negotiations after the home inspection for items that were clearly visible prior to the inspection. In other words we won't be negotiating about the old carpets in the bedrooms!
NEGLECTING TO STAGE YOUR HOME
This one is certainly more difficult in some cases than in others. Every once in awhile, I see homes that are "showing ready", but usually they need some help preparing to show. First and foremost, de-clutter! You may be able to throw away a lot of things, or you may need to rent a storage unit, or both if you are in a serious clutter zone. Regardless, this is an absolute necessity in a competitive market. Your agent can usually help with some good ideas, or you may wish to hire a professional home stager (recommended if you can find a good one who is reasonably priced).
As a side note, you want to make your home as neutral as possible, in order to appeal to the broadest spectrum of buyers. Home builders have known this for years, which is why they hire professional decorators to assist with the design and staging details. You want to eliminate any odd decor items that may appeal to your unique sense of style, but which may appear strange to buyers. Earth tones always work well.
GETTING HUNG UP ON SMALL STUFF
I have worked on a few Real Estate sales over the years ago that had minor issues, yet the sale was almost blown over something that may have cost $500.
When you are selling your home, keep the big picture in mind rather than allowing yourself to get hung up on something small. Is it really worth blowing your sale over something small or over a cheap repair?
TURNING A BUSINESS ISSUE INTO AN EMOTIONAL ISSUE
As I mentioned above, a home sale is really just a business transaction, although it can often be difficult to make this distinction when you have so much of yourself invested in your home. I have had a number of occasions when my clients did not personally like the people buying their home, but I have to gently remind them that they will not have to deal with them very long, and then they can move on with their lives. Don't allow your emotions to prevent you from getting your home sold. If you don't like the buyers, it really doesn't matter, as long as the terms are agreeable.
Keep the big picture in mind and move forward.
TRYING TO SELL IT YOURSELF
Nationally, over 80% of the homes listed "for sale by owner" end up listing the property with an agent. Clearly, this is a very low success rate. To be sure, there are exceptions, such as when you are in a VERY hot area with good drive-by traffic. Statistically, you actually stand a better chance of opening a new restaurant than you do of selling your own home.
If you do decide to "go it alone", keep in mind that you are responsible for screening everyone that sees the house, and for being available during the day for showings. You also need to familiarize yourself with the offer and purchase and sale contracts. Add to this the relatively new challenge of tighter mortgage guidelines (Can this buyer truly qualify to buy the home?).
These are all details that your agent can and will handle for you.
CHOOSING THE WRONG AGENT TO REPRESENT YOU
If you choose the wrong person to list your home, this is something that is difficult to overcome during the sales process. If the agent has a bad, pushy or argumentative personality, no matter how experienced they are, RUN the other way! Having a dishonest agent is another terrible situation to be in as a seller.
Some agents will mislead you by giving you an inflated value for your home in order to get you to list the home with them, or they may try to scare you into thinking that your home won't sell at all unless you drop the price dramatically.
Primarily, you want someone who is friendly, loyal, honest, and who has your best needs in mind. Knowledge of the market is very important - make sure you understand what homes you are competing with and which homes have recently sold. The homes sold being the most important.
Lastly, an agent with good marketing skills is worth their weight in gold. Make sure the Realtor you choose knows how to market your home online - This is critical. When interviewing a Real Estate agent Google their name. You should see pages and pages of results. If not you may want to continue to look elsewhere...Why? If a Realtor does not know how to market themselves, how could you possibly expect them to do a good job marketing your home!
NOT TRUSTING YOUR AGENT (unless it's the guy above)
Now that you have hired the CORRECT agent, trust them to do their job, unless you are given a strong reason to think otherwise. This includes allowing the agents to communicate on your behalf, rather than attempting to speak directly with the buyers. In some cases, it is necessary or even advisable for this to occur, but usually it doesn't help matters, especially during the negotiations.
In addition to selling lots of homes, I have watched a bunch of the home-selling shows on TV, and time and time again, I am able to predict the outcome (price, problems, etc.). This comes from experience, and it is something difficult to teach or to learn from a book. Trust that the advise your agent gives you is solid, as this is what they do every day.
SELLING AT THE WRONG TIME
Selling with bad timing can happen at least three different ways:
a. you are selling and you don't know where you are going,
b. you put your home on the market immediately before you have to move, or
c. you are selling at the wrong time of year.
If you have no idea where you are going to buy next, it's probably not great to put your home on the market, unless you simply cannot afford your home anymore. The inevitable outcome of listing too soon is that you will receive an offer from someone who wants to move in right away, and you are forced to either reject the offer or move to temporary housing, then move again when you find the right home. If you are like me, you don't enjoy moving, so why put additional stress on yourself?
If you are building a home with a particular time line in mind, or if you are starting a new job and you have some time to prepare, don't wait until it's too late to get your home listed. You don't want to leave the home vacant or worse have two house payments while you are trying to sell. It's never too early to contact an agent and ask when you should list, with your particular needs and timing.
We sometimes have clients who spend too much time getting their homes ready to sell, and they miss the big selling window in our market. Don't spend an inordinate amount of time preparing your home and end up missing the primary selling season in your area. Here in Massachusetts the best time to sell a home is in the Spring.
This is a critical point: buyers DO NOT work around your ideal schedule. If it is a reasonable time of day (i.e. you are awake and most normal people also are), LET THEM LOOK. Even if things are in disarray, LET THEM LOOK. Even if the buyer's agent doesn't give you any notice, LET THEM LOOK. Although I always try to prepare for showings the day before they happen (or at least several hours ahead of time), there are times when a buyer will spot a sign and ask about a particular home that is not on the list. Sometimes, they buy this home. Keep that in mind when you have your home listed.
Another good point which warrants mentioning here is to get out of the house when buyers are looking. Preferably, this means going for a walk or going to run errands, but at the very least, go outside and give them some privacy while they are looking with their agent. Buyers never feel at ease when you are in the home hovering around them. LET THEM LOOK on their terms. If you are concerned about valuables, lock them up somewhere.
BUYING THE WRONG HOME IN THE FIRST PLACE
This is another area where having a good agent comes into play. A good quality agent will prevent you from buying something that is not a wise decision (near a hazardous waste site, close to a loud highway, etc.). If you can make a smart decision on your purchase, when it is time to sell, you will be much happier. You can't change the location of your home once you have made the purchase.
The above information on the top 10 mistakes to avoid when selling your Massachusetts home was provided by Bill Gassett, the team leader for the #4 RE/MAX Team in Massachusetts in 2007. Bill can be reached via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 508-435-5356. Bill has helped people move in and out of many Metrowest towns for the last 22+ Years. Bill's office is conveniently located in the center of Hopkinton MA at 77 Main Street.
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