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It's easy to dream about the ideal house, harder to describe that home to a realtor. But, you've got to know the details that make up your dream home if you expect to find that perfect place. Identifying the details of your dream home may take a bit of work, but you don't have to do it alone. If you have a partner and children, definitely get their input. Work to ensure that everyone who's going to live in the house gets amenities and style elements that they want. Also, factor in your favorite colors, textures and personal aspirations when thinking about your dream home, including where the house is located. If you love surfing, swimming and fishing, a country home near the beach might be the right choice. Ask yourself questions to find out what you really want Do  you want to live in a small town, the type of place where traffic jams rarely, if ever, form? Is access to reliable public transportation important to you, especially if you prefer not to drive? Are older homes more to your liking than modern, contemporary houses? And what about arts and entertainment? How important is it for you to be near major sports and concert venues? You can gain clues about your dream home when you visit extended family and friends. You may love the open living room, dining room and kitchen concept at a friend's single family home. The round, marble tub at your grandparents' house might give you a warm feeling every time you soak in it. Don't rule out how carefree, courageous and happy you felt as you ran across the back lawn at your aunt and uncle's three story bungalow. After you narrow down the location, size and type of house that you want, start to create a wish list of amenities that you want your dream home to have. Sample items that you could add to your wish list include whether you want a front and back porch, small or large yards and whether you want a home office and, if so, how big do you want the home office to be. Other wish list items are window styles, how much street noise you'll tolerate, numbers and sizes of bedrooms, whether you want a finished basement and how many cars you want to fit in the driveway and garage. You may also want a dream home that's only a 10 minute drive to work. If you identify features that you want in your dream home before you consider how much you can afford to pay for a house, you might be surprised at your options. By focusing on features or amenities, you could also help your realtor to look for a house that fits your wish list instead of zoning in on a house based mainly on price. Stay open. Finding eight out of ten things that you want on your dream home list could prove to be very rewarding.


204 Tall Oaks Drive, Weymouth, MA 02190

Rental

$1,600
Price

4
Rooms
2
Beds
2
Baths
Fantastic 2 BR, 2 full bath on two floors with cathedral ceilings and skylights. Modern galley kitchen and large living room complete with an attractive fireplace. Beautiful hardwood floors in living area. Balcony overlooks a brook winding through a wooded area. Light, bright and airy best describes this sun drenched unit. Upper bedroom is loft style. More than adequate closet space and an in unit laundry. Central air. Only applicants with excellent credit will be considered.
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To get top dollar for your home, consider inking a deal with a real estate agent. Real estate agents, especially agents who have been selling homes for several years,are well versed in realtor and lender jargon. They know how to negotiate competitive rates with lenders. Relationships that they have with area real estate agents prevents them from getting hoodwinked.

Pocket bigger profits when you sell your home

But, real estate agents aren't free. Neither are they cheap. Typical commissions that real estate agents charge range from five to six percent of the total price of the house sell. Services included in the commissions depend on agreements that you make with your agent. As an example, a real estate agent might include the costs of house staging, attending open houses and prime real estate listings in their fees.

Your profits depend on what an agent is able to sell your home for. To get more money for your home, real estate agents:

  • Hire inspectors to walk through your house and spot wiring, roofing, flooring and drainage issues. Real estate agents also reach out to contractors, realtors and repair workers to perform upgrades on your home.
  • Research the market and understand competitive housing prices in the regions that they work in. To get you more money for your home, real estate agents also know what the best seasons to get top dollar fora house are.
  • Negotiate closing costs, encouraging buyers to pick up most, if not all, of the closing costs. Real estate agents may also negotiate to have buyers pick up the costs of unforeseen repairs. This may bed one by marketing that sellers are willing to leave one or more appliances in the home. The gain in this instance would come if sellers already planned to get brand new appliances.
  • Educate homeowners on how they can use personal memories and their house's history to build interest in their house. A story goes a long way. Real estate agents know that if sellers make a deep enough personal connection with buyers, the price that buyers are willing to pay for the house could increase.
  • Prepare homeowners for the house staging process. Top real estate agents know interior designers and home stagers. They know how much to spend on staging, when to stage and how much to add to the home.
  • Market open houses. In addition to posting"open house" signs near the home, real estate agents list houses in relevant online and print local and regional lifestyle, investment and realty publications and directories.
  • Take photos and videos of the interior and exterior of your home.
  • Create attention grabbing write ups on your house.

Real estate agents use SEO tactics, real estate websites and emails to generate leads. They use social media, door signs, newsletters and paid ads to generate interest in your house. To get more money for your home, real estate agents also tap into their realtor networks.



143 Middle, Weymouth, MA 02005

Rental

$1,800
Price

5
Rooms
3
Beds
1
Baths
Recently remodeled, spacious 3 bedroom apartment in 2 family home. Beautiful hardwood floors throughout, updated kitchen and bath, and laundry hookups in pantry. 2 offstreet parking spaces. Located on busline and close to commuter rail. No smokers please and excellent credit required.
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Holidays aren't the only time when you may find yourself looking for fun games to play at home. Birthdays, sleepovers, weekends and traditional family gatherings are other times when you'll love engaging in sport at home.

Turn your home into an entertainment zone

Board, sport and hand games like the ones in this article can strengthen family bonds. If you play the games in teams, relatives can spotlight their creativity and innovative thinking. But, these games aren't only for family. They are fun games that you can play at home with friends and neighbors. Depending on when you grew up, some of the activities may remind you of games you played as a kid.

Indoor bowling - You can buy indoor bowling balls, pins and game charts from department stores. Clear away space in the living room or, better, play indoor bowling in your finished basement. This game could become a family favorite with children and adults.

Monopoly - This board game has been played in houses throughout the United States since the early 1900s. About 750 million people have played Monopoly. Pull out the traditional game or introduce your family and friends to the ultimate banking edition. Looking for a great way to show young adults about banking and economic systems, play Monopoly.

Puzzles - Everyone from children to teens to adults loves to put a puzzle together. Puzzles challenge and reward.They are great brain exercises. More than that, puzzles depict amazing artistic images. Some people bind puzzles with tape or paste, then frame finished puzzles and hang them on a wall in their house.

Hide and seek - Although hide and seek is offers great outdoors fun, it's a game that works well indoors too. Play long enough for everyone to get a turn at being "it". This one is a hit with kids. If you play hide and seek indoors, place glass and other fragile items in a safe location.

Guess the movie - Of all the charades games, this one is a favorite. See how many movies you remember. You could guess the names of movies that were Oscar award winners. You could also guess the names of movies from certain genres or eras.

Cards - Card games like Spades, Tonk or Uno are great team builders. These games add fun to a Friday or weekend afternoon or evening. Holiday gatherings gain a spark with several fun rounds of card games. A kitchen or dining room table, several chairs and a good deck of cards is all that you need to start playing cards at home. Treat your family and friends to freshly squeezed orange juice and you may want to play cards for hours.

You don't need a large house to create lasting, loving and fun memories. Games, team sports and creative activities are great at bonding family, friends and neighbors. What's more, you can play games at home whether or not you have children. Houses with open floor plans invite a wide range of fun. But, if your house does not have an open floor plan, you can turn your living room,basement, yard or porch into an entertainment zone.


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