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Posted by WEICHERT, REALTORS® - Real Market on 5/24/2019

You should not overlook laminate when searching for a suitable material for your home’s countertop. Laminate is a well-known material that finds common usage for bathroom and kitchen countertops. There are numerous reasons why you should invest in laminate countertops for your home. The reasons range from prices to the availability of a wide range of options. Here are some benefits of using a laminate countertop for your kitchen:

Cost-effective

One of the reasons why many people prefer a laminate countertop is its affordable cost. A laminate countertop is quite cheaper than others in its category. Buying a laminate countertop saves you money. It is an ideal option for homeowners that want to renovate on a small budget without sacrificing the quality of the renovation. You should also know that laminate countertops are simpler and less expensive to replace anytime there is damage. 

Family-friendliness 

A good reason to choose a laminate countertop over others is that its family-friendliness. Because it is a solid surface and it is not porous, it does not absorb food spills and bacteria, unlike some other natural stone surfaces. A laminate countertop is an ideal choice for households that are very active and have busy kitchens with lots of cooking and entertaining.

Low Maintenance 

Another reason you should invest in laminate countertops is low maintenance. All you need to keep your laminate countertop clean is soap and water. You do not need anything special like sealers or special polishes, unlike other countertop materials that require you to buy special polish or sealers for maintenance. Also, laminate countertops can be cleaned easily in case of a spill or mess. 

A wide variety of colors 

Laminate countertops come in different colors thereby giving you the privilege to choose the perfect one for you. Also, popular brands like Wilsonart and Formica are continually coming out with new patterns, colors, and materials. Recently, Formica entered into a partnership with home décor expert, Jonathan Adler for a nice pattern collection.

Versatility 

Versatility is another benefit of investing in laminate countertops. They can be cut into any shape, giving a perfect solution for rooms with awkward dimensions. Laminate countertops are durable but are not as hard as natural stones. To prevent scratches, you are required to lay down a protective layer when using hot pots and pans, and sharp objects like cutting board, hot pads, knives, Trivets, and many others. 

Visit your local home decor store to see available laminate options for your home renovation project.





Posted by WEICHERT, REALTORS® - Real Market on 5/19/2019

This Condo in Norfolk, MA recently sold for $532,500. This Townhouse style home was sold by - WEICHERT, REALTORS® - Real Market.


14 Margauxs Way, Norfolk, MA 02056

Condo

$549,000
Price
$532,500
Sale Price

8
Rooms
2
Beds
2/1
Full/Half Baths
Welcome to Pin Oaks, an established and thoughtfully planned 55+ community, moments to local shops and services. Pristine two bedroom townhouse with many extras! First floor Master Suite and laundry room provide potential for one floor living. A large bedroom with walk in closet, full bath, private office/sitting room and bonus room round out the second floor.. Updated kitchen with gas stove, granite and stainless appliances. A vaulted living room with gas fireplace, built in bookshelves and French doors that lead to a four season room and private deck. Enjoy a beautiful woodland view from this premium lot. The large walk out basement is great for a home gym and provides plenty of storage space. Pin Oaks is professionally managed. Landscaping and snow removal are in your past! Move in and relax! Sit back and enjoy life and your community!

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Categories: Sold Homes  


Posted by WEICHERT, REALTORS® - Real Market on 5/17/2019

One of the toughest choices to make when selling a home can be choosing a bidder. Often because sellers don’t expect this to be a difficult decision! It seems like it would be straightforward. You might think you should accept the first offer or maybe you’re in the camp of accepting the highest bid. And while both of these choices are valid there are other factors to take into consideration. Factors that can make selling your home even easier and relatively hassle-free.

One of the biggest fears people have and one that really throws a wrench in the process is potential buyers backing out of a deal or asking for pricey repairs. And for this reason, I suggest looking closely at all of your bids to review the concessions and contingencies each contract contains as well as the type of financing each buyer will be utilizing.

For example, one thing to look for is earnest money. This is money in an escrow account either held by the real estate agent or the buyer and seller and shows the buyer’s commitment to their bid. It gives the buyer more time to sort out their financing but is also seen as a guard against the buyer walking away mid-agreement.

What is the stability of a buyer's financing? What institution is it coming from? Do a search online to learn more information about each buyer’s finance provider. A buyer may pay in cash, offering a larger down-payment or be pre-approved for a loan.

Sometimes buyers will also include a contingency in their contract to not begin payment until they have sold their own home. If this is something you are not comfortable with this bid might belong in your “No” pile despite a higher bid or down payment.

Are they asking you to cover any expenses? They may ask for the attorney review fee to be waived, inspection fees to be covered or costly repairs to be made before closing. Again, are you okay with covering these costs? Do the math to see if these requests bring down the value of the bid. Depending on how much of an investment they are asking for you to make this could create a less enticing bid.

Sometimes, choosing a bid is less about the numbers and more about convenience. If you are in the middle of shopping for a new home yourself, bidders who offer flexibility on the move in/out date could move to the top of your “Yes” list. Sometimes buyers want to keep furniture or appliances from a home, which could make moving a much lighter load.

If your head is spinning from all of these different factors to take into consideration when choosing a bid, that’s okay! This is why working with a real estate agent is so beneficial. Look to your agent for advice when weighing out the benefits of each bid and on making the final decision.





Posted by WEICHERT, REALTORS® - Real Market on 5/14/2019


1238 Washington St, Canton, MA 02021

Condo

$485,000
Price

6
Rooms
3
Beds
2
Baths
Fantastic opportunity for Canton living! Gorgeous 2008 full renovation in this 3 bedrooms and 2 full baths (master ensuite/bath) condo. Everything in this unit is in pristine condition & the grounds are impeccably well maintained. You will truly love this move in ready, open layout condo featuring high ceilings, gleaming hardwood floors, numerous windows make sunny & bright. For those who love to cook, you will appreciate the generous counter space for all of your culinary preparation, plentiful & gorgeous cherry cabinetry, wine fridge & oversized island to gather with friends and family. As we round into summer this unit also has central air to keep you cool & comfortable! Private patio outdoor space w/lush landscape.1 car garage + ample parking. Roomy storage area in the basement. Walk to the town center, walk to either train stop. extremely convenient to highway access/shopping centers Top rated & highly desired school system. If you want move-in ready, here it is!
Open House
Sunday
May 19 at 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Be sure to see this mint condition condo. Renovated in 2008. Nothing to do here but move right in and start living and fully all that is offered here. Agents send your buyers, I am happy to honor your relationships.
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Tags: Real Estate   Condo   Open House   Canton   02021  
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Posted by WEICHERT, REALTORS® - Real Market on 5/10/2019

So, you want to create a command center to enable your family to all be on the same page once in a while. The ideas online are as numerous as they are creative. Your supply list grows along with your doubt; maybe this wasn't such a good idea. As thoughts go, a command center is a great plan when you have several people on different schedules and many activities to attend. A command center doesn't have to be large to be effective. The size all depends on what and for how many people you need to keep track.

What to track

Common things you will see command centers track are:

- Weekly Menus
- Calendar
- Budget/Bills
- Keys/Leashes/Umbrellas
- Chore Lists
- School Bags/Homework
- Quotes

To keep the command center as simple and easy to use, limit the number of things you track to five or six. This way there is a better chance your household will adapt to using this tool and not be overwhelmed. 

Where to set it up

Most of the command center examples show them set up in and around the kitchen area. The kitchen is one place you know everyone in the house will at one time frequent at least once a day, hopefully. Other locations could be a small corner of shared space or even an exposed side of the refrigerator. A mudroom or entryway could work as a more substantial drop zone and command center. Anywhere that you know it will be seen and utilized will work. The key is to make sure the accessibility is appropriate for the entire household, keeping the age of all users in mind. 

How to put it all together

Now that you have a scope of the things you want to incorporate in your command center look around your home and see if there are items you can use before you rush out and start purchasing new things. Old clipboards and corkboards are great for hanging up and controlling papers. Use whiteboards for making menus, tracking chores or writing those inspiring quotes. Even old picture frames with glass can house an updated calendar page, and with a dry erase marker you can create your family calendar. Layout all the pieces on the floor before you hang anything up, that way you can play around with it before you commit.

Visit some open houses this weekend and look for places a command center would be useful. Contact your local realtor for a list of open houses.




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