John Colby
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Posted by John Colby on 4/22/2019


92 Jasmine Rd, Orange, MA 01364

Single-Family

$595,800
Price

8
Rooms
3
Beds
3
Baths
A location that you can put your mark on ! Gently rolling Waterfront terrain w/ Nearly 1000 feet of Waterfront that is impossible to match . Located on Private Access Packard Pond (a clean deepwater pond) & a stunning property that you will be Proud to own ! The full featured home has been tastefully updated w / gleaming hardwood floors & fresh interior painting. Seller provides a kitchen remodeling credit of $30,000 at closing ! Water views from nearly all rooms, 2 fireplaces & soaring cathedral ceilings make all 4 seasons magical. The living areas lead to Massive Exterior decks overlooking fully recreational Waterfronts with easy beach access and 2 aluminum docks. The 3 bay detached heated garage and workshop built in 2008 has a stylish modern & lightly used 1100 sq ft Private access apartment featuring office, bedroom, eat-in kitchen, living room, full bath & laundry hookups. Systems include 2 hard wired Generator backups , Landscape Irrigation, A/C and much more !
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Categories: Price Change  


Posted by John Colby on 4/21/2019

You may have noticed significant changes in your neighborhood. Younger couples and young professionals have been moving in around you. Along with them, you see a few new restaurants, coffee shops, or co-work spaces have popped up in the area. As you become aware of the increased attraction of your community to younger buyers, you might consider selling your home under a potentially upgraded resale value. So, how do you know what attracted these young folks to the homes in your neighborhood? You purchased yours some years ago and are trying to compare the value you saw to the new perception. If this seems to fit your situation, these tips below and a consultation with your local real estate agent can help you properly determine what these new buyers’ value in a home and what you can do to most appeal to them if you want to resell. 

The first thing to remember is you can't put Millennials into any specific box. This generation spans two decades of people with entirely different upbringings, social circumstances, technology, and more! Take a look at your home and neighborhood with your agent and find what features to highlight or improve before you sell. 

Low Maintenance.

Many young buyers want to own their own home but have active lifestyles or work-life and not much time to take care of the house. Some are well-adapted to technology but may not have learned the skills to care for property or a home. When considering upgrades to your home, consider replacing wooden siding with a fiber cement-style or sturdy new exterior technology that mimics wood but won’t need repainting. Think about replacing your lawn with a low maintenance xeriscape and extend your backyard patio to allow for more outdoor living space and less lawn care. Make sure your roof is up to par and won't need attention in the near future. Look for ways to minimize the work necessary to make the home easily maintained. 

Functionality. 

Consider the vast array of lifestyles pursued by Millennials today. With so many interests, endeavors, and hobbies young buyers are not necessarily looking for a traditional home set up—though they aren’t not-looking for it either. Open floor plans and easily changeable spaces are essential to your potential buyers. They may have aspirations of a home business or hobby or host different clubs and activities that require more than the standard living or dining spaces. Find ways to open up the home and allow for easy furniture changes. Look for opportunities to improve built-in storage to require less standing furniture in each room—hallway cabinets, built-in shelving, etc. If you can make your home appeal to the different living space needs of this eclectic buyer group, you can improve your sale prospects. 

Entertaining. 

One desire of new home buyers that hasn't changed much from generation to generation. Many new home buyers have high aspirations in the realm of entertainment. Depending on your home's layout and style you won't be able to appeal to all entertainment goals, but you should look for ways to highlight and improve some key areas of the home — first, the kitchen. Young buyers no longer use formal dining rooms for entertaining guests. Many want an open kitchen with plenty of seating and counter space, and an ability for the host to entertain while cooking. Look for ways to upgrade your kitchen, add an island and wet bar area and move the party into the kitchen space. A great patio is another way to attract buyers. Extend your back patio to allow for more seating area or install a great built-in grill to be the center of entertaining. Take a look at your space to find how you can upgrade different parts to show your buyers the possibilities: sitting area, grill area, possible hot tub area, space built for outdoor games and more!

If you hope to sell your home soon, and you think you see a new market in younger buyers, get with your local real estate agent to make a plan to attract these buyers to your home’s value.





Posted by John Colby on 4/18/2019


92 Jasmine Rd, Orange, MA 01364

Single-Family

$595,900
Price

8
Rooms
3
Beds
3
Baths
Put you Stamp on This Once in a Lifetime property. carefully updated for even the most sophisticated Waterfront Buyer. Nearly 1000 feet of Private Waterfront w/ Gener- ally level and usable 3 acres & a stunning value you will be Proud to own ! Gorgeous Hardwood floors and $30,000 kitchen credit @ closing..The Full featured Southern exposure Contemporary 8 room home has a finished lower level w fireplace, wet bar,full bath, cedar closet,laundry room & walk out basement to landscaped yard ! There are 2 Private beaches and 2 floating docks ! Water views from every room, living area leads to spacious deck overlooking fully recreational Private Access Packard Pond (the lake is generally very quiet). The 3 bay detached heated garage and workshop has a modern & lightly used 1100 sq ft spacious Private access apartment. The apt.features office, bedroom, eat-in kitchen, living room, full bath & laundry hookups. Systems include 2 hard wired Generator backups , Irrigation, A/C
Open House
No scheduled Open Houses






Categories: Price Change  


Posted by John Colby on 4/14/2019

When you’re searching for a home to buy, you’ll probably attend many different open houses. The open house is meant to help you get a feel for different properties. While you can’t get to know all the ins and outs of a home in a short time, you can get an understanding of some of the best things (and not so great things) about a property. Below, you’ll find some of the biggest warning signs that a property may not be all that it appears to be. 


There’s A Lot Of Odor Masking Elements In Place


When you walk into an open house, you may get the smell of freshly baked cookies or a lovely candle. While these are great marketing techniques, they also can be a tactic to hide things. Perhaps there are some offensive odors in the house from mold, leaks, smoke, or mildew. You may not be prepared to deal with these kinds of problems once you move into a home. 


You Notice Glaring Issues


While the home inspection will reveal many problems that may be invisible to the casual observer, you should still be on the lookout for issues on the surface of the home during the open house. These issues can include cracks in the ceiling or walls, cracks in the floor, or even squeaky floor boards. If you happen to see patchy walls in the home, that could indicate that repairs have been made several times. Be alert for these potential problems.


Does The Home Look Well-Kept?


When you pull up in front of the home is the lawn trim? Does the home appear clean? While everyone would hope that a homeowner would clean up their property before an open house, small and big things like this can indicate a bigger problem. If the home is not cared for on the surface, how many other underlying maintenance issues are there in the home? Neglected regular maintenance can cause larger problems of all kinds in a home.


Strange Cosmetic Fixes


A freshly painted wall could be suspect of a big problem. Under the paint could be mold, cracks, or other issues. Some homeowners do put fresh paint on their walls before selling in order to give the home a neutral feel. However, you should be on the lookout for other signs of problems in the home.          


Channel Your Inner Detective


While you don’t need to dig as deep into a home as a home inspector does, you should be on the lookout as you scan a home for the potential livability for you. Things like glaring cracks in the ceiling, or a strong odor of cigarette smoke could be signs of future problems living in the home. The open house is your time to find a home that fits you and your life, so make the most of the opportunity.  




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Posted by John Colby on 4/7/2019


92 Jasmine Rd, Orange, MA 01364

Single-Family

$596,000
Price

8
Rooms
3
Beds
3
Baths
Enjoy this Summer ! This Once in a Lifetime property has been carefully updated and is for even the most sophisticated Waterfront Buyer. With nearly 1000 feet of Private Waterfront this Generally level and usable 3 acres is a stunning value property that you will be Proud to own ! .The Full featured Southern exposure Contemporary 8 room home has a finished lower level w fireplace, wet bar,full bath, cedar closet,laundry room & walk out basement to landscaped yard ! There are 2 Private beaches and 2 floating docks ! Water views from every room, living area leads to spacious deck overlooking fully recreational Private Access Packard Pond (the lake is generally very quiet). The 3 bay detached heated garage and workshop has a modern & lightly used 1100 sq ft spacious Private access apartment. The apt.features office, bedroom, eat-in kitchen, living room, full bath & laundry hookups. Some of the Systems include 2 hard wired Generator backups , Irrigation system & Central Air.
Open House
No scheduled Open Houses






Categories: Price Change  




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