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Selling Your North of Boston Home in 2018 ? Spring, Summer or Fall? When is Best?

Is the window of opportunity for Sellers really narrowing? I've read multiple articles pointing to that idea but I'm on the fence. Is there truth to this or is the intent to drive the severely lacking inventory? Regardless, if you're thinking 2018 is the year you make a move, buying or selling or both, I want you to have as much information as possible. Timing is everything in this business. Chatting with one of our preferred lenders the other day, Susan Dick of Fairway Mortgage, I learned that rates are gently climbing and the trend suggests it will continue. 

Predictions say inventory will remain tight this Spring but that things will change by fall. Read the full article from Realtor.com and 5 reasons it'll pay to sell your home early in 2018. I'm still on the fence about what the future holds but I can tell you for certain, right now is a great time for sellers to sell. The bidding wars are not a myth here on the North Shore, North of Boston. Get referrals from family & friends. Ask around. Find a trusted agent who works in the communities you have your heart set on. Our agents have been servicing Essex County and the North Shore for 30+ years. The testimonials speak volumes! Take a look!

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Full Time RV Living vs. Homeownership

downsizing north of boston north shore real estateThe roads less travelled...thinking about full-time RV living? Imagine yourself downsizing, purging, selling it all and hitting the road? Here's an interesting perspective on which costs more, full-time RV living or home living by Cindy Belt. Here in the Northeast, more specifically the North Shore, the average home cost is double what this article quotes, which suggests RV living would be overall, less expensive, but there's more to consider that just the dollar. Here's 21 questions everyone asks about living in an RV by Heath Padgett. Either way, we are here to help you sort it out. Whether you're dreaming of going mobile and retiring on the road or just simplifying life and downsizing from the empty nest, we can provide you with the accurate sales data and current real estate market conditions & trends to prepare you. Happy trails!

18 Howe Street, Ipswich, MA

Here is your opportunity to move into the desirable Pinefield neighborhood in the excellent Doyon School district. Lovely, nicely landscaped, well cared for ranch with attached garage located across the street from a brand new park. Comfortable, one level living with fireplaced family room opening to a large screen porch. The porch overlooks mature gardens and an expansive, flat, fenced in yard, perfect for games and entertaining. The kitchen has been updated and has a brand new floor. Other updates include new heating and cooling system. Master bedroom with bath and two other good sized bedrooms complete this well built home. The layout and neighborhood make this the perfect starter, retirement or anything in between home. Come and see the wonderful schools, beaches, fine dining and historic downtown that Ipswich has to offer. Showings begin at Open House on 10/5/17 from 5-7 and again on 10/8/17 from 11:00-1:00. All offers will be reviewed on 10/9/17.  Tour this home!

163 Leslie Road, Rowley MA - Accepted offer the first weekend!

Offer Accepted the first weekend!

This BEAUTIFUL & PRISTINE custom designed home sits atop a private wooded lot. The one and ONLY owner has thought of everything, therefore it is easy to maintain. Central Air is just one of the perks this gorgeous home offers. A well-designed floor plan creates a natural flow for any buyer, especially for those seeking single-level living from 2 car garage to master ensuite! Add'l bedrms share full bath & loft - ideal for office or library. Playroom expands throughout entire 29 x 24 finished walk-out lower level leading straight to fire-pit seating area - just one of several outdoor entertaining spots. Excellent storage & workshop in lower level, adorable private school bus stop shelter/shed, gazebo w/ electricity to perfectly situated in the back area to maximize the use of an incredible spot. Ideal location for commuters, only 2 miles to Rte 95 & minutes to MBTA commuter rail to Boston's North Station. View more North Shore properties here!

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2 Juniper Street, Ipswich, MA - Just listed!

Come see this great home! Lots of light, Wonderful neighborhood, set on 1/3 acre of land. OPEN CONCEPT multi-level, Great for ENTERTAINING. Attached 1 car garage. All remodeled and UPGRADED, GRANITE, STAINLESS STEEL APPLIANCES, HARDWOOD and MARBLE flooring. Laundry room off Family room. 2 fireplaces for those cold nights. PARTIALLY FINISHED LOWER LEVEL -sellers have just put in new drywall, closet and new lighting. All you need is flooring and furniture and your new family room,game room or playroom awaits.Minutes to DOWNTOWN IPSWICH! Close to Crane's Beach, Award Winning Restaurants, and shops.Kayak on the Ipswich River, and bike or walk the trails at Bradley Palmer park. Don't miss out on this fabulous home. Open house Thursday 9/28 5:30-7. Full listing details for 2 Juniper Street, Ipswich MA here.

 

 

Dead Low Home Inventory = Great Timing for Sellers!

Media reports of insanely low inventory ring true here on the North Shore, North of Boston. Buyers fighting over limited listings is a reality in some, not all, circumstances. Yes, buyers are aggressive but they are also educated and informed.

“Inventory reached a low this month that we haven’t seen since MAR began recording the data,” said 2016 MAR President Annie Blatz in a press release. “As long as we need more homes for sale, it will remain a good time to put your house or condo on the market." All of us here at Windhill agree. Get the full article here from Boston.com correspondent, Scott Van Voorhis.  Contemplating a change of address? Find a trusted REALTOR® professional who will work in your best interest.

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Buying Vs. Renting North of Boston

When does owning your home become cheaper than renting? There are plenty of pros and cons both ways but if we look at cost only, the gap continues to narrow, particuarly here in Boston, MA and North of Boston. Try this handy Rent Vs. Buy Calculator from Realtor.com to help you decide. Have questions about neighborhoods, schools, community services, home values, etc.? Speak with an experienced professional who knows the area! We do! 978-356-8922