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Six Easy Ways to Prepare Your Property for Sale

So, you’re thinking of selling your home? 

Maybe it’s time for something larger to accommodate your growing family, or perhaps you’re looking to downsize later on in life. No matter what your reason may be, it’s incredibly important to prepare your house before listing it, so potential buyers walk in and say, “wow, I need to have this!” 

Showing your house in the best possible light will increase your likelihood of selling fast!

The key to preparing your house for listing is to be sure you highlight its strengths and fix up some of  the areas that can use a makeover or improvement. This can make a big difference in how quickly your property sells. 

Here are five easy, relatively inexpensive ways, to prepare your house for listing:

1. Repaint the walls.

Giving your home a fresh coat of paint can be one of the most cost-effective ways to spruce it up, and generally, it can be a do-it-yourself project. Be sure to spackle or fill any scratches or dents and consider updating any funky accent walls with a more neutral color to allow potential buyers to envision what they might do with the property.

2. Fix your floors.

Hardwood floors are a very desirable feature in a home! It’s critically important that they look as good as possible, so consider fixing scratches or dull areas. Sanding down and refinishing floors may not be necessary, but a fresh coat of polish will go a long way. If your carpet is worn or stained, consider replacing it. Kitchen or bathroom tile should also be considered. Again, you may not need to replace the tile, but re-grouting can go a long way in making tired tile look brand new!

3. Spend some time on your landscaping.

Show buyers your home is the complete package by improving the outside areas as well as the inside. Clean your walkways and driveways, plant seasonal flowers and plants, trim the edges and trees, and be sure mulch and gravel are fresh. This will ensure the outside of your property doesn’t feel tired.

4. Fix your fixtures.

Leaky faucet? Rusted drains? Loose handles? Discolored air vents? Making these small fixes can make a big difference to potential buyers with detailed-orientated minds. 

5. Improve your kitchen. 

An outdated kitchen can be a real eyesore in a home. Updating cabinetry with a fresh coat of paint, repairing or replacing countertops, and installing new faucets and sinks may be worth the investment to help your property move quickly.

6. Declutter

If you think your property may need to be decluttered, don’t wait for your agent to tell you so! Less is always more when it comes to presenting your home for sale. A clean property photographs better, shows better, and sells faster!

Use this as an opportunity to improve your space – even if you decide not to list your property – no one has ever done this and said, “Geez, I wish I still had all of that unnecessary stuff lying around.”

These are just a handful of ideas to prepare your home for listing, and of course there are other that may be right for your property. You may have some ideas of your own.

Before investing too much in updates, reach out to one of our realtors, and they will be happy to tell you which updates will yield the greatest return and which ones are not worth investing in at all.

For more information, email us at info@molisserealty.net.

 

55+ Active Adult Communities on Massachusetts' South Shore: Boston's south coast offers something for all tastes

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Active Adult Communities began to spring up on the South Shore about 20 years ago. This beautiful area is now home to over 35 communities with close to 2,500 residential properties. 

People often wonder why these lifestyle homes have become so popular in recent years. The number one reason that my clients give me is that they are looking to eliminate the exterior maintenance that comes with traditional home ownership so they can free up time to fully enjoy their retirement years. It’s also appealing to move into a community where people are at the same stage in life which creates a seamless transition by offering the opportunity to make new friends easily – with shared-interests – and, again, to take full advantage of the retirement years. 

The South Shore’s Active Adult Communities have a lot of things in common. Most have everything you need on the 1st floor so that you can age in place. These amenities include 1st floor master bedrooms and laundry rooms. Most homes have at least a 1 car garage, central air, gas fireplaces, hardwood flooring and granite kitchens and baths. In addition, a good number of homes also include a 2nd floor that houses a guest suite and loft or a second living area. 

One of the questions I get most often is “why do the builders put 2nd floors on these 55+ homes?” The answer is twofold. First, the builders can build more homes and therefore make them more affordable by building vertical rather than horizontal. A builder can fit more homes on the land if each home is 2 stories instead of having all the living space spread out on one floor. The second reason is that most buyers want an area for their visitors, especially out-of-towners, – family, friends, kids or grandkids – to spread out in a private space without impinging on the main living area. 

Some of our South Shore communities do offer strictly one floor living. Most of the communities have homes that are attached in duplex or triplex buildings, but there are some communities that offer detached homes. 

What else sets this area’s communities apart? The most diverse qualities include the size of the community, the price range, the number of group amenities that are offered, and the size of the homeowners’ association fee.

For the purposes of this article, I am going to highlight four of the active adult communities on the South Shore. If, however, you are interested in learning more about any or all of the communities, please feel free to reach out to me anytime. 

Plymouth | Great Island by Del Webb 

If activities are important to you, then Great Island located within The Pinehills in Plymouth is definitely the place to be!

 With 600 homes located within the woodland beauty and towering pines of this community, Great Island also boasts a 12,000 square foot clubhouse that includes a full time activities director, an indoor pool, fitness center, pool tables, activity rooms, gathering rooms, kitchen, grand ballroom, outdoor patio with grills, bocce courts and tennis courts. In addition, there are miles of walking trails and two ponds for canoeing and kayaking. Residents also have access to the amenities within the Pinehills including two championship golf courses. 

There are a dozen different floor plans to choose from, and there are attached and detached models as well as some homes that are one level only. Alas, this community is all sold-out for new construction, but with such a large community, there are usually some resale homes available at any given time. Lately, resales have been selling anywhere from the $400s to $600s, depending on the size and features of each home. 

Weymouth | The Village at Weathervane 

Are you looking for a community closer to Boston? Then, look no further than the Village at Weathervane in Weymouth. 

This stunning community is one of the South Shore’s best kept secrets. This community offers beautifully designed, detached homes that are bordered by a nine-hole golf course. Many of the homes overlook sweeping fairways while other homes enjoy views of the luscious landscaping. 

You don’t have to be a golfer to live here as golfing is separate, but you do get to enjoy the views regardless! Prices at The Village at Weathervane are at a premium with recent resales commanding from the mid $600s to the low $700s. 

Marshfield | Spyglass Landing 

Looking for a neighborhood location in the seaside town of Marshfield? Spyglass Landing is a beautiful community located on Telegraph Hill. 

These 84 townhomes are ringed by wooded views, and the high vistas allow for gorgeous sunrises and sunsets. Although there is no clubhouse, make no mistake, there are activities if you desire them. This community is very well organized and there are tons of opportunities to get exercise, to socialize, and to stay active and involved. 

The location affords you access to all of the beaches in Marshfield, as well as being close to the highway for those getaway trips to the Cape, Boston and skiing up North. 

Oh, and the homes are lovely! 

Designed by the award-winning builder, Pulte, every home was thoughtfully designed and contains all the bells and whistles that you won’t be giving up for retirement living. Resales here are generally in the low to mid $500s. 

Plymouth | Sawyers Reach 

Do you have your heart set on new construction? This is a beautiful community currently under construction in an ideal location in Plymouth. 

Situated just behind the Colony Place shopping complex, you will have access to an abundance of nearby options for groceries, retail, restaurants, recreation and healthcare. It is also convenient to the Rt 44 extension connecting Routes 3 and 495. The Cape or Boston or Rhode Island are all within easy reach. 

In the words of the builder, “Prepare to be wowed by our contemporary sophisticated condominium homes inspired by the Back Bay.” 

There will be 224 homes upon completion. This community offers traditional townhomes or condos that are located in a building that is serviced by an elevator. That is a great option if stairs are not your thing. And, the community will have a large clubhouse containing a saltwater heated pool. 

Homes here are selling in a very broad price range of $300s to $600s depending on whether you are purchasing a condo or townhome. This community will offer something for everyone! 

About the author, Mary Mabey:

Mary Mabey, Molisse Realty Group’s resident Active Adult Community Expert, has been with MRG since our inception in 2008, and she took an interest in 55+ communities right from the start. She would be thrilled to answer your questions and help you find the right home for your needs. You can reach Mary at 617-688-0358.

Happy 10th Anniversary, Mike Molisse!

Today, we celebrate our friend and colleague, Mike Molisse's 10th year working in real estate with Molisse Realty Group. Aside from being the brother of our founder and broker, Brian Molisse, Mike is a beloved member of our team, an incredible mentor to other agents, and a great giver to his local community.

Several members of our team had these kind words for Mike:

"It has been a pleasure to have my brother, Michael, work with MRG for the past 10 years. Mike was a perfect fit for real estate from day one, achieving top producer status in his first year, and each year since. His passion for helping people is remarkable. 

Mike is very involved in the town of Weymouth, having served as a Town Councilor for many years and spending countless hours volunteering his time for numerous local causes. He is most passionate about helping the elderly and is always there for his constituents, and his clients.  


Mike has been a huge asset to MRG, and he is always willing to help in anyway he can. I couldn’t be prouder to call him my brother and couldn’t be happier to have him as a full time Realtor at Molisse Realty Group.” - Brian Molisse, Broker/Owner

"As a fairly new agent at Molisse, Mike was one of the first people to reach out and welcome me to the team. He is always so willing to help and give advice on a deal, as well as offer support. Mike is a true pro and we couldn’t be luckier to have him at MRG - Happy 10 years, Mike!" - Ronnie Beaudoin, Agent

"Happy Anniversary! Always there for support and information, couldn't do it without you.....miss you!" - Jeanne Melvin, Agent

"Mike has been a great role model for me in real estate. He is literally always available for guidance or answer a question. He is incredibly generous with his time and information for everyone." - Jim O’Sullivan, Agent

"Happy 10th Anniversary to a great guy to know both professionally & personally!! Toast to Mike ... Here's to you and those like you ... Darn Few!!" - Jeannie Mulvaney, Agent

Happy Anniversary, Mike!
 

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    5 Good Things from The Age of Coronavirus

    In these uncertain times, it can be challenging to find daily bright spots among so much daily news of rising infection numbers and the vagueness of how long this might all continue. As a small business owner, I find myself contemplating additional layers of worry – like how my family of agents is holding up, how our long-term clients are doing, and how might this impact the housing market once the worst is over.

    At the same time, I have found some unexpected comfort and improvements in my day-to-day life, and I wanted to share some of those with you.

    1. I pick up the phone more.

    As a society, I think we have become so quick to fire off a quick text or check in by email. Lately, I find people are more willing to pick up the phone for a check-in call, myself included. There is comfort in picking up the phone and hearing the familiar voice of family or friends that I may typically send a text to. At the same time, with limited in-person interactions, the conversations I have with my team and clients take on a renewed importance to me – not just professionally, but also as a means of fulfilling the basic need for one-on-one, person-to-person contact.

    2. I’ve been able to clean, declutter and prioritize.

    While most of us are still busy working from home, we have more down time in the comfort of our own surroundings. I have been able to create checklists of things that we need to get done, and in some cases, I have skipped the list and just completed projects that have been long overdue but have sat on the backburner. The funny part about so many of these things is that they don’t take a long time, but procrastination has pushed them off. From touching up small spots on walls to taking a feather duster to the edges of the ceilings throughout the house, all of these little things have provided a profound feeling of accomplishment.

    3. Who knew I could cook?

    Without the ability to go out to dinner in a pinch, suddenly, we find ourselves doing a lot more cooking at home. While this isn’t an unusual thing at face value, I have found that I am enjoying the art of cooking more and have enjoyed my time planning, preparing and savoring the meals we make at home.

    4. I am getting more fresh air than ever.

    Walks are a staple of social distancing. The dog loves it, and it gives us a chance to get outside and see familiar and unfamiliar faces who are all experiencing the same unfamiliar time in their lives. There is reassurance in seeing life continue at a very basic level and knowing that we’re all going to be okay.

    5. People are kinder.

    Whether I am at the supermarket, on a walk, or working in the yard, I have realized we are all in this together. People are kinder, gentler and more personable.

    Let’s face it: New Englanders can be a bit salty and speak only when spoken to, however, I have found myself saying more hellos and receiving more “hello, how are you doing’s” than ever before. 

    Hopefully, in the course of the coming weeks, we will find ourselves emerging from this unexpected and unfamiliar and uncomfortable public health crisis, but I hope we remember the best parts of it – the parts that have reminded us of our own humanity and the simpler parts of being good people.

    In the end, the economy will recover, and the housing market will be fine. The bonus just might be a renewed appreciation for human connection and time with the people who mean the most to us.

    Be well, everyone.

    Brian Molisse

    The Massachusetts' Spring Real Estate Market is Booming – Despite Coronavirus

    I think we can all agree that this is shaping up to be a challenging time all around the world.

    While the global markets struggle to make sense of Coronavirus, how to address it, and what its longer-term impact may or may not be, we are still seeing a great deal of positive news coming out of the Massachusetts real estate market.

    We already know that recent Fed rate cuts have had a positive impact on mortgage rates. The Mortgage Bankers Association said 30-year fixed rates fell 10 basis points in the week ending March 6 to 3.47%, the lowest since December 2012. The group's refinancing index, meanwhile, surged 78.6% to 6,418.9 points, the highest since April 2009, as Americans rushed to re-set their home borrowing rates. 

    Closer to home, the Massachusetts Association of Realtors just released their home sales report for February 2020, and the numbers are strong!

    Single-family home statistics for Massachusetts:

    • Pending sales for 2020 sit at 4,383 – this represents a 25.2% increase over February 2019
    • The median price of a single-family home in February 2020 was $396,900 – that’s 4.7% higher than February 2019.

    If you’re more interested in the Massachusetts condominium market, those numbers are equally impressive:

    • Pending sales for 2020 sit at 1,806 – this represents a 18.6% increase over February 2019
    • The median price of a condominium in February 2020 was $395,000 – that’s 13.2% higher than February 2019’s number of $349,000.

    If there’s any drawback to this data, it’s simply that demand is outpacing inventory. But there is a silver lining: if you are looking to sell, low rates and high demand mean that you will get top dollar for your property. If you’re looking to purchase, my team of experienced, service-focused agents have unmatched access to properties on Massachusetts’ North and South Shores and beyond.

    If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to reach out to me directly at bmolisse@molisserealty.net or by phone at 781-831-4754.

    Molisse Realty Group 2017 Top Agent Awards Luncheon

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    What a busy year this has been in 2018! We moved to two new office locations in Scituate Harbor at 164 Front Street and Manchester-by-the-Sea at 17 Beach Street, Suite D. Celebrated our 10 year anniversary in business. Announced our brand's new campaign messaging which gets back to the core of the brand objective – fulfilling dreams! Broker/Owner Brian Molisse has been busy building a strong team of agents, and for the second year in a row, readers of South Shore Living magazine voted Molisse Realty Group the “Best Real Estate Agency” on the South Shore!

    We finally had a day to take time and honor those agents that make Molisse Realty Group a great company to be a part of.  These real estate professionals have been dedicated, focused and exceeded their own expectations in 2017.  They all exemplify our brand’s commitment of extraordinary service.  All our top agents from 2017 enjoyed a fabulous lunch and award ceremony at The Fours in Norwell. We applaud their achievement!

    Congratulations to our top producers of 2017!

    TOP TEAM AWARD $3,000,000+ Sales Volume: M+M Realty Team (Marshfield) (L to R) Fran-Marci Glenn, Lizanne Moffat

     

    SILVER AWARD $4,000,000+ Sales Volume: (L to R) Liz Roosevelt (Scituate) and Gerri Predella (Marshfield)

     

    GOLD AWARD $5,000,000+ Sales Volume: (L to R) Jeanne Mulvaney (Weymouth), Jackie Braga (Scituate), Pamela Vigneau (Marshfield) and Red Giovanucci (Scituate)

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    PLATINUM AWARD $7,000,000+ Sales Volume: Mary Mabey (Marshfield)

     

    DIAMOND AWARD $9,000,000+ Sales Volume: (L to R) Jessica Tully (Manchester-by-the-Sea) and Marian Duksta (Marshfield)

     

    PRESIDENT'S AWARD FOR SALES EXCELLENCE 2017 #1 Sales Volume: Michael Molisse (Weymouth)

    Molisse Realty Group Names Mike Molisse Top Agent for August 2018

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    Broker/Owner Brian Molisse is pleased to announce that Mike Molisse has been named top agent for the month of August.

    Mike Molisse is a lifelong resident of Weymouth with large family roots in town and strong ties to the local community, currently serving as Councilor-At-Large for the last 19 years. As town councilor, Mike has always focused on being Committed, Dedicated, Determined, and Accessible to the residents of Weymouth. As your REALTOR, Mike carries these same principals over to his business; fully committed and dedicated to his clients who are buying and selling homes on the South Shore and across Massachusetts, always accessible and fully determined to negotiate the best deal possible.

    “Thank you to my clients, couldn’t thank them enough for the referrals that they send my way. My clients are very important to me and I truly believe in a hands on approach”, says Mike Molisse. “My clients always come first. Whether buying or selling my client is my top priority.”

    “Mike is a dedicated listener, able advisor, and a strong advocate for his clients. He follows the real estate market trends so that he can be able to make well-informed decisions for his clients,” says Brian Molisse. “He focuses on looking out for his clients’ best interests above all. He is happy to serve not just the South Shore, but all of Massachusetts real estate needs.”

    Mike is truly redefining relationships one client at a time. He is the epitome of a servant leader and does not hesitate to lend a helping hand. His past clients speak to the level of confidentiality, professionalism and humor that he is able to bring with him no matter the situation. With compassion and integrity, Mike Molisse is truly paving the way for others and is always in search of the next client to demonstrate his “Dedication and Hard Work.”

    When you work with the agents of Molisse Realty Group, you get a team of individuals who will do all they can to assist you with buying and selling your home. The goal of all of our agents is to provide the best possible service to our clients and customers. Mike Molisse can be reached at 781-331-4339 or mmolisse@molisserealty.net. His office is located at 636 Middle Street in Weymouth.

    7 Reasons to Own A Home

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    7 Reasons to Own A Home

    1. Tax benefits. The U.S. Tax Code lets you deduct the interest you pay on your mortgage, your property taxes, and some of the costs involved in buying a home.
    2. Appreciation. Historically, real estate has had a long-term, stable growth in value. In fact, median single-family existing-home sale prices have increased on average 5.2 percent each year from 1972 through 2014, according to the National Association of REALTORS®.  The recent housing crisis has caused some to question the long-term value of real estate, but even in the most recent 10 years, which included quite a few very bad years for housing, values are still up 7.0 percent on a cumulative basis. In addition, the number of U.S. households is expected to rise 10 to15 percent over the next decade, creating continued high demand for housing.
    3. Equity. Money paid for rent is money that you’ll never see again, but mortgage payments let you build equity ownership interest in your home.
    4. Savings. Building equity in your home is a ready-made savings plan. And when you sell, you can generally take up to $250,000 ($500,000 for a married couple) as gain without owing any federal income tax.
    5. Predictability. Unlike rent, your fixed-rate mortgage payments don’t rise over the years so your housing costs may actually decline as you own the home longer. However, keep in mind that property taxes and insurance costs will likely increase.
    6. Freedom. The home is yours. You can decorate any way you want and choose the types of upgrades and new amenities that appeal to your lifestyle.
    7. Stability. Remaining in one neighborhood for several years allows you and your family time to build long-lasting relationships within the community. It also offers children the benefit of educational and social continuity. 

    Molisse Realty Group Names Red Giovanucci Top Agent for July 2018

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    Scituate, MA– Broker/Owner Brian Molisse is pleased to announce that Red Giovanucci has been named top agent for the month of July. Red has consistently been a leader in sales on the South Shore since she became a REALTOR almost five years ago. She loves what she does and is always educating herself on the ever changing real estate environment.

    Red Giovanucci has been a native of the South Shore for over 50 years and currently resides in the beautiful seaside village of Humarock with her husband Jack. Red is a master at multitasking and organization, a key component to her success. She loves to meet and connect with people and has the natural ability to talk with folks from all walks of life. She has a strong belief that customer service is the cornerstone of any successful business and will always go above and beyond for her clients.

    “I am very proud of Red, she had an exceptional month,” says Brian Molisse. “Her continued dedication and willingness to go above and beyond for her clients make it clear why she continuously delivers unparalleled service.”

    When you work with the agents of Molisse Realty Group, you get a team of individuals who will do all they can to assist you with buying and selling your home. The goal of all of our agents is to provide the best possible service to our clients and customers. Red Giovanucci can be reached at 781-710-5906 or rgiovanucci@molisserealty.net. Her office is located at 164 Front Street in Scituate.