Claire LeBlanc - REALTY EXECUTIVES



Posted by Claire LeBlanc on 11/6/2019

While there's a lot to be said for the value of high-tech home security systems, there are many basic, inexpensive things you can do to safeguard your home from intruders. Keeping your home secure begins with awareness, good communication, and positive habits.

Where does good communication come into play? One example is the need to have a trusted neighbor keep an eye on your home when you're out of town or away on vacation. Even if you've had the foresight to suspend your mail and newspaper deliveries during your absence, things don't always work out as planned!

When you factor in the possibility of human error, unplanned deliveries, or even power outages, it's a good idea to have a friend, relative, or neighbor check on your house when you're gone. Unexpected deliveries could run the gamut from free phonebooks left on your front steps to promotional literature placed on your doorknob or stuffed into your mailbox. And even if you don't subscribe to a newspaper, free sample issues may occasionally be left in your driveway -- often with an invitation to become a subscriber. An alert neighbor can clear away any telltale signs that no one's home. They can also notify you or the local authorities of any suspicious activity on your property.

A good rule of thumb when you're away for more than a few hours is to make your house look as if it's occupied. Even old-school techniques, like hooking up a couple indoor lights to automatic timers, can create the impression someone's home. If you happen to have outside lights on a timer or motion-detector floodlights, then that can help deter nighttime trespassers, too. Solar-powered lights which turn on when the sun goes down are another option.

In spite of good habits, like locking doors and staying in touch with neighbors, windows left open can be an overlooked security breach -- especially if you didn't leave them open, yourself! This can and often does happen in unexpected ways, like when your houseckeeper decides your home smells a little stale and needs an infusion of outside air to freshen things up! Although their intent is typically helpful and good, they may be solving one problem while creating another.

The same thing could happen if you have painters or other contractors doing interior work at your home. You can address that problem by reminding them to close windows when they're done for the day. You can also leave a note to that effect. Just in case they happen to be on the forgetful side, though, it's always a good idea to follow up your reminders with your own security checks! Since other people (especially those who don't live in your house) may not be nearly as security conscious as you, it's always better to err on the side of caution!





Posted by Claire LeBlanc on 11/1/2019

This Condo in Framingham, MA recently sold for $215,000. This Mid-Rise style home was sold by Claire LeBlanc - REALTY EXECUTIVES.


1321 Worcester Rd, Framingham, MA 01701

Condo

$215,000
Price
$215,000
Sale Price

3
Rooms
1
Beds
1
Baths
Showings begin at the 1st Open House, Sunday, Aug. 18th from 12-2!! Lovingly maintained 1 bedroom condo located in highly desirable Oak Terrace Condominiums known for its well maintained grounds and amenities! Updated kitchen, white cabinets, open floor plan, living room has sliding door leading to a balcony! Good sized dining room off the kitchen! Spacious bedroom with double closets and built in air conditioner for comfort. Well managed complex, beautiful manicured grounds, lovely walks, plantings and awesome in-ground pool to enjoy a relaxing swim! Laundry room on each level, two elevators, fitness center, sauna, club room, extra storage space located in the basement. Dream commuter location easy access to MASS PIKE, RT 495,Rt 9, the Framingham commuter rail station! 2 min. walk to Stop and Shop,CVS and stores! Plenty of common parking! PET FRIENDLY. Low monthly fee of $291.00!

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Posted by Claire LeBlanc on 10/30/2019


6 Belknap Ter, Watertown, MA 02472

Single-Family

$739,000
Price

7
Rooms
3
Beds
1/1
Full/Half Baths
Open House Sunday, October 27th from 11:30-1:30! Character and Charm, Watertown/Newton line! 3 bedroom Colonial located on a cul de sac! 1st floor offers a sunny living room with fireplace,formal dining room with built in hutch, good sized cozy sun room with French doors perfect for den, office,exercise or playroom and spacious eat in kitchen! 2nd floor has 3 good sized bedrooms and full bath! Lower level has finished basement space with bar, walk out, and 1/2 bath. Hardwood floors, carpeting upstairs, newer windows, newer oil burner! COMMUTERS DREAM LOCATION, minutes to Mass Pike, Storrow Dr/Memorial Dr, Boston,Brighton, Cambridge,Harvard Sq.! Minutes to Watertown Sq, buses, the new Arsenal Yards, shops, banks, restaurants and Charles River walk/bike path!
Open House
Sunday
November 03 at 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM
Cannot make the Open Houses?
Location: 6 Belknap Ter, Watertown, MA 02472    Get Directions

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Posted by Claire LeBlanc on 10/30/2019

Buying a home is one of the most expensive undertakings that youíll ever have in your lifetime. You probably have spent months upon months saving for a downpayment in order to make your home purchase. The problem is that after they believe their savings are complete, many buyers discover unexpected costs that go along with buying a home, making the entire process even more stressful. You should be prepared for many different kinds of costs that go beyond the sticker price of a home. Below, many of those surprising costs are laid out in detail. 


Closing Costs


Closing costs can be anywhere from 2-7% of the purchase price of a home. Closing costs cover quite a bit including:


  • Inspection fees
  • Appraisal
  • Title insurance
  • Property taxes
  • Mortgage insurance
  • Underwriting fees
  • Recording fees
  • Loan origination fees

Depending upon the type of loan you get or your specific circumstances, your closing costs could be even more. Keep in mind that you wonít find out your specific closing cost amounts until the purchase of the home is well underway. You can talk to your realtor and lender ahead of time to be prepared for your own situation.


Closing costs are also negotiable, so donít forget to ask questions. Certain administrative fees, for example, are often unnecessary and can be waived.  


Low Appraisals


If you have a low appraisal on your home, you may need even more cash on hand. In order to meet loan and home value requirements, lenders wonít approve a loan for an amount thatís higher than the home is appraised for. In this case, if you still want the home, youíll be left to come up with the difference in cash. Otherwise, you could be forced to walk away from the deal and lose some money in the process. This is one of those home purchase emergencies that you should simply be aware of. It can be an emotional experience to get a low appraisal on a home, but remember that there are sensible ways to deal with this dilemma.       


Moving Expenses


Many buyers forget in the excitement of buying a home just how much it will cost to move. Whether you hire a moving company or do it yourself, moving can be expensive. Youíll need a truck, packing supplies and a way to pay (or simply thank) the people who help you to move. 


The Things You Need For Your Home


Your home wonít come with everything that you need. You may have to buy a refrigerator, have some repairs done, or simply get furnishings for the home. Donít strap your budget so thin that you wonít be able to buy a sofa until six months after moving into the home.   




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Posted by Claire LeBlanc on 10/28/2019

This Single-Family in Framingham, MA recently sold for $399,000. This Colonial,Antique style home was sold by Claire LeBlanc - REALTY EXECUTIVES.


287 Mount Wayte Avenue, Framingham, MA 01702

Single-Family

$399,900
Price
$399,000
Sale Price

6
Rooms
3
Beds
1
Baths
Welcome home to 287 Mount Wayte Avenue! What an outstanding opportunity to own this updated Antique Colonial Style home without paying the prices of new construction. This home has just undergone a major renovation and is one not to be missed. The first floor boasts a modern & open floor plan with a brand NEW kitchen w/ custom cabinetry, NEW appliances & gleaming hardwoods which extend to the formal dining area. A bright & comfortable living room opens to the front farmer's porch. The second floor features 3 generous sized bedrooms, all w/ gleaming hardwoods, ample closet space, & a NEW full bath. Other updates include a NEW heating system, NEW windows, NEW lighting, NEW flooring, NEW paint, NEW doors & trim making this home truly turn key ready. This amazing home is nestled in great neighborhood with a beautiful park & playground. All of this at an extremely convenient & central location close to all major routes, shopping, restaurants, movie theaters, schools & Framingham Center.

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