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Posted by St. Martin Team on 3/15/2019

This Condo in Lowell, MA recently sold for $193,100. This 2/3 Family style home was sold by St. Martin Team - LAER Realty Partners.


42 Whitney Ave, Lowell, MA 01850

Condo

$199,900
Price
$193,100
Sale Price

6
Rooms
3
Beds
1
Baths
Wow! Pride in ownership shows in this 3-bedroom, multi-level condo, in the Christian Hill area! This sunny condo features stainless appliances, butcher block counter tops and updated cabinets. Upper level of home boasts spacious bedrooms, gleaming floors, and plenty of storage. 1 car garage with additional off-street parking. Close to shopping, schools and highways. Pets OK. Includes 1-year home warranty!

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Posted by St. Martin Team on 3/14/2019


159 Westview Drive, Westford, MA 01886

Condo

$484,900
Price

7
Rooms
2
Beds
3
Baths
This Strikingly smart & sophisticated “Nashoba” townhome has many updates for you to enjoy. The eat-in kitchen features new granite counters and opens to the combination living/dining space with center wall fireplace and hardwood floors. The living area extends to a sunroom with cathedral ceiling and an adjoining private deck. The first floor bedroom could be your guest suite or an inviting den or home office. The second floor master suite includes loft overlooking the room below, private master bath with walk-in closet. The walk-out lower level features a finished family room with slider offer views of private woodland, full bath, extra storage space. 1-car garage under and 1 car detached garage. Furnace and AC (2017). Tankless hot water (2013). Carpet in bedrooms (2019). Newer appliances. Many rooms have been freshly painted. Close to town center, golfing, skiing, Cornerstone Square and the Point for shopping & dining, easy highway access and Westford’s award winning schools!
Open House
Sunday
March 17 at 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM
Cannot make the Open Houses?
Location: 159 Westview Drive, Westford, MA 01886    Get Directions

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Tags: Westford   Real Estate   01886   Condo  
Categories: New Homes  


Posted by St. Martin Team on 3/14/2019


159 Westview Drive, Westford, MA 01886

Condo

$484,900
Price

7
Rooms
2
Beds
3
Baths
This Strikingly smart & sophisticated “Nashoba” townhome has many updates for you to enjoy. The eat-in kitchen features new granite counters and opens to the combination living/dining space with center wall fireplace and hardwood floors. The living area extends to a sunroom with cathedral ceiling and an adjoining private deck. The first floor bedroom could be your guest suite or an inviting den or home office. The second floor master suite includes loft overlooking the room below, private master bath with walk-in closet. The walk-out lower level features a finished family room with slider offer views of private woodland, full bath, extra storage space. 1-car garage under and 1 car detached garage. Furnace and AC (2017). Tankless hot water (2013). Carpet in bedrooms (2019). Newer appliances. Many rooms have been freshly painted. Close to town center, golfing, skiing, Cornerstone Square and the Point for shopping & dining, easy highway access and Westford’s award winning schools!
Open House
Sunday
March 17 at 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM
Cannot make the Open Houses?
Location: 159 Westview Drive, Westford, MA 01886    Get Directions

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Tags: Westford   Real Estate   Open House   01886   Condo  
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Posted by St. Martin Team on 3/14/2019

Many property owners at some point consider renting out their house. Whether it’s a property they inherited, a summer home they rarely use, or they're just trying their hand at property management.

 It's a common misconception that renting out a house is passive income. You'll have to do a lot of work if you plan on keeping your tenants around and paying their rent.

 In this article, we’ll discuss some of the things you should consider if you're planning on renting out a house or property you own.

The rental process

Some landlords take shortcuts during the rental process to save time or money. However, doing so could cost you big time in the long run. If you don't utilize a real estate agent, draw up the proper contracts and agreements, or fail to do due diligence with walkthroughs, you could easily end up losing money on your investment.

The safest approach to finding reliable tenants and renting your property securely is to use a property manager who knows the practical and legal aspects of renting so you don't have to worry about making any beginner mistakes.

DIY property management

If you decide you want to save money and manage the property yourself, there are a few things you should keep in mind when looking for tenants.

First, use background checks and credit checks to ensure your future tenants are in good financial standing.

Next, ask for references on your application, preferably from former landlords. Most landlords will happily let you know if their tenants were good about making on-time payments or were difficult in other ways.

When it comes to your lease, don't try to write it from scratch. There are several templates available online. Try to find one that covers most applicable laws in your area, then hire a lawyer to read over your lease and make any pertinent changes. 

Finally, be sure to collect a security deposit or first and last month’s rent. This will give you some protection if your tenant stops paying or causes costly damages in the building.  

Know your legal limits

If you've ever rented before, odds are there were a few things you wish your landlord did differently. Before beginning this endeavor of becoming a landlord, make sure you're doing it by the book.

Find the laws for your state and city regarding landlord/tenant requirements. Know when you can enter the apartment and how long of an advanced notice is required to do any work in the apartment.

Before sending any complaints or notices to your tenant, make sure you are in the right, legally speaking and can back up your claims with evidence. To do so, you'll need to practice rigorous bookkeeping. Document and keep copies of each payment you receive and all of the money you spend on repairs and maintenance. These records can help you should you ever need to prove yourself in a court of law.

Finally, be respectful and courteous with your tenants. Going out of your way to be helpful will often save you headaches in the long run. However, know when your leniency is being taken advantage of by tenants who are avoiding paying rent or abusing your property.





Posted by St. Martin Team on 3/7/2019

Let's face it – buying a home can be difficult, particularly for those who are exploring the real estate market for the first time.

As a homebuyer, it is your responsibility to learn about the ins and outs of the housing market. By doing so, you can understand what differentiates a high-quality house from a subpar residence and proceed accordingly.

Furthermore, an informed homebuyer will know how to evaluate a home's exterior properly.

What does it take to conduct an in-depth assessment of a house's exterior? Here are three questions that every homebuyer should consider as he or she examines a home's exterior.

1. How do I feel about a home's exterior?

For many homebuyers, finding a house with an awe-inspiring exterior is a top priority. However, it is important to consider how you feel when you see a home's exterior for the first time.

A home's exterior should impress. At the same time, you need to evaluate a house's exterior in conjunction with other home features.

For example, a home may boast a massive kitchen and other dazzling interior features. On the other hand, a home's exterior may leave much to be desired.

Consider the pros and cons of a home's interior and exterior as you determine whether to submit an offer on a house. And if you need extra help along the way, be sure to consult with a real estate agent.

2. Will home exterior repairs be needed in the near future?

Examine a house's driveway, walkways and lawn as you conduct a home exterior evaluation. This will allow you to review the condition of these home exterior areas and determine whether repairs may be needed sooner rather than later.

Home exterior renovations sometimes can be costly and time-intensive. Thus, if you notice home siding that is cracked or other exterior issues, you will want to consider the time and expenses that may be required to fix such problems.

3. How much time will I need to commit to home exterior maintenance projects?

A home may have a beautiful exterior. In order to keep a house's exterior looking great, you'll need to conduct regular maintenance.

Consider what you will need to do to maintain a house's dazzling exterior as you explore all of the options at your disposal.

Will you need to hire a landscaping company to mow the lawn and trim the hedges? Or, are you willing to commit the time and resources necessary to perform assorted home exterior maintenance tasks on your own? These are just a few of the home exterior maintenance questions to consider as you review a property.

Of course, if you need guidance during the homebuying process, real estate agents are available to provide expert assistance.

A real estate agent possesses comprehensive housing market knowledge and can offer real estate insights that you may struggle to obtain elsewhere. With a real estate agent at your side, you should have no trouble examining a house – both inside and out – and making an informed homebuying decision.




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