Claire Rainville, Broker Associate, REMAX


Want to sell your small town home? You're in luck, as many homebuyers are interested in relocating to residences in small towns across the nation.

As a home seller, it is important to do everything possible to differentiate your small town house from the competition. By doing so, you'll be able to streamline the process of adding your small town residence to the real estate market and stirring up plenty of interest from homebuyers.

Get the best results out of the home selling journey – here are three tips that you can use to simplify the process of selling your small town residence.

1. Understand Your Home's Strengths and Weaknesses

Complete a home appraisal – you'll be glad you did. This assessment will enable you to learn about your home's strengths and weaknesses and act accordingly.

After a home appraisal, you can set priorities for home improvement projects. That way, you can enhance your small town house both inside and out.

Also, be sure to review comparable homes that are available in your town. With this housing market data at your disposal, you can find out how your house stacks up against the competition.

2. Establish a Competitive Price

Ultimately, you'll want to establish a "fair" price for your small town house. To accomplish this feat, you'll want to examine the local real estate market closely.

Check out the prices of houses that recently sold in your small town. This will enable you to determine whether you're operating in a buyer's or seller's market.

In addition, set realistic expectations as you consider how to price your home.

What you paid for your small town home a few years ago is unlikely to match what your house is worth today. However, if you assess your house from a homebuyer's perspective, you may be better equipped than ever before to price your home appropriately.

3. Collaborate with an Expert Real Estate Agent

For a home seller, it can be difficult to navigate the home selling journey on your own. Fortunately, you can hire an expert real estate agent who can help you overcome any potential home selling roadblocks.

An expert real estate agent understands the challenges commonly associated with selling a small town home and will do everything possible to eliminate these hurdles. He or she will promote your residence to the right groups of homebuyers, set up home showings and open houses and negotiate with homebuyers on your behalf. As such, this real estate professional will take the guesswork out of selling a small town residence.

Perhaps best of all, an expert real estate agent is happy to provide honest, unbiased home selling recommendations. And if you ever have concerns or questions about selling your small town house, this real estate professional is available to assist you at any time.

Add your small town residence to the local real estate market today – take advantage of these home selling tips, and you should have no trouble maximizing the value of your small town house.


Do you know home selling lingo? If not, miscommunications may arise that prevent you from maximizing the value of your house. Perhaps even worse, you risk making poor home selling decisions due to the fact that you don't fully understand the real estate terms included in a home sale agreement.

Fortunately, we're here to bring clarity to assorted home selling terms that you may encounter as you proceed along the home selling journey.

Let's take a look at three common home selling terms that every property seller needs to know.

1. Depreciation

Over time, the value of your home may deteriorate due to age, wear and tear and other problems. This is referred to as "depreciation," and depreciation ultimately may impact your ability to get the best price for your house.

To find out how much your house's value has depreciated, it may be worthwhile to conduct a home appraisal before you list your residence. That way, you can analyze your house's strengths and weaknesses. You also can uncover innovative ways to boost your home's appearance both inside and out, thereby ensuring you can set the optimal initial asking price for your residence.

2. House Closing

A house closing refers to the final transfer of ownership from home seller to homebuyer. Thus, once you and a homebuyer are ready to dot the I's and cross the T's on a home sale agreement, you'll complete the house closing process.

During a house closing, all terms of a contract between a home seller and homebuyer must be met. Moreover, the home deed will be recorded, and the house will finally be sold.

The house closing is a key part of the home selling cycle. At this point, a home seller will receive final payment for a house and transfer ownership of the property to the buyer.

3. Real Estate Agent

A real estate agent plays a pivotal role in the home selling process, and for good reason. If you hire an expert real estate agent, you should have no trouble navigating the home selling journey.

Typically, a real estate agent handles all of the tasks associated with listing and selling a house. This housing market professional will help you promote your residence to potential homebuyers, host open houses and home showings and even negotiate with homebuyers on your behalf. Plus, if you receive an offer on a home, a real estate agent can offer honest, unbiased recommendations about whether to accept or reject the proposal.

You don't need to look far to find a qualified real estate agent in your area, either.

Real estate agents are employed across the United States. In fact, if you interview multiple real estate agents in your area, you can find a real estate agent who makes you feel comfortable and confident about selling your house.

Allocate the necessary time and resources to learn various home selling terms. With a clear understanding of home selling terms, you can avoid potential pitfalls throughout the home selling journey.


This Land in Millbury, MA recently sold for $42,500. This style home was sold by Claire Rainville - RE/MAX Executive Realty.


313 W Main St, Millbury, MA 01527

Land

$59,900
Price
$42,500
Sale Price

0.53
Acres
Residential
Land Type
Rebuild opportunity in Millbury. Home on lot is a teardown due to a fire. The town of Millbury will allow rebuilding on existing footprint. Cannot expand footprint without town approval. Water well and septic operational previous to fire. Public street. Check with the town of Millbury for additional building requirements.





36 Chestnut Hill Rd, Oxford, MA 01537

Single-Family

$241,999
Price

6
Rooms
3
Beds
1
Baths
NEW PRICE!!! Be in before the holidays!! Well maintained and cared for Colonial home situated on .9 acre lot with easy highway access. Beautiful cabinet packed kitchen with oak cabinetry, corian countertops, breakfast bar that opens to dining room with built-in hutch, spacious living room with bay window, 1st floor bedroom or den, cedar closet, huge breezeway with newer carpeting and slider leading to large deck (decking 1 yr) overlooking private back yard with firepit & lots of perennials, newer architectual roof (4 yrs), vinyl replacement windows, renovated bathroom, 2nd floor has spacious master bedroom with two closets, 3rd bedroom, brand new carpet, lots of attic storage (poss. rm for 2nd bath), built-in dressers, 1 car attached garage, walkout basement with full daylight window (future family/game room).
Open House
No scheduled Open Houses

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Interior home designs aren't the only elements that weigh in on whether or not you'll like a house. Front and back lawns, overall landscaping and durability of materials that the house's exterior is made of also factor into the decision. Another item, one which you may have little control over, has a lot of influence over how much you'll enjoy living in a house.

What you don't know about a neighborhood could hurt

That single factor is the neighborhood that a house is located in. Measuring the progress of a neighborhood generally takes time. You could visit a neighborhood two to three times and miss seeing teens hanging out on the corner.

You could also miss seeing stray cats and dogs roaming the neighborhood, climbing in and out of curbside garbage bins. Loud cars racing down the street in front of residential homes, couples fighting and police cars cruising through the neighborhood in search of people suspected of committing a felony are other happenings that might not occur when you drive into the neighborhood to inspect a house you're interested in buying.

Even if you don't catch potentially unwelcomed events happening in a neighborhood you're thinking about buying a house in, there are ways that you could spot a bad neighborhood. Spot one or more of these five signs and you could be checking out a house that's located in a depressed neighborhood.

  • Sewage problems - Sewage issues can make living in any house in a neighborhood a bad experience. You may not know that this problem exists until you move in and your toilet starts backing up. Of course, you could gain insight into the problem by asking current residents to tell you about their experiences with utilities.
  • Flooding - This is another time when you'll have to talk with neighbors to know how the land handles storms like major rainfalls.
  • Accidents - Move into a house that's located near a winding road and your power could go out each time someone races around the turn and hits a utility box. You might also have to reinstall your mailbox whenever someone loses control of their vehicle and crashes into your mailbox.
  • Pests - Raccoon, rabbits and deer can destroy your garden and your lawn. If raccoon get inside your house, they could damage furniture.
  • Illegal activities - Let illegal activities like drug dealing, illegal financial schemes or human trafficking go on in a  neighborhood and violence could erupt.  As with any sign that a house is in the wrong neighborhood, you'll need to talk with neighbors to get the inside scoop on the area. You can also read crime reports.

Give yourself a real win, buy a great house in a great neighborhood

Well maintained homes are not a guarantee that a neighborhood is advancing. People from all backgrounds commit domestic violence, use illegal drugs and put their pets ahead of every other dog and cat around. Let enough trouble happen in a neighborhood and businesses may start to vacate the area.

Let property taxes rise too frequently and residents may start to move too, leaving more and more houses empty. Utility problems also push homeowners out. As concerning as these events are, they are only a few signs that could tip you off to the fact that a neighborhood is wrong for you, even if a house in the neighborhood looks perfect.