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12 Douglas Ave, Methuen, MA 01844

Single-Family

$449,000
Price

10
Rooms
3
Beds
2
Baths
Nestled in a well spaced subdivision this modern cape has been meticulously kept and constantly updated.New kitchen with ample cabinets, granite counters, breakfast nook, complete with high end stainless steel appliances. The main level also includes a spacious dining area, a full bath with shower, main level office with glass privacy door, large living room with working fireplace.The lower level has a good size bedroom, a large front to back family room also with a working fireplace, laundry and storage room. Walk out to your beautiful screened in porch and enjoy the private back yard or just sit on the patio and put a steak on the grill. Features include easy maintenance vinyl siding, freshly painted throughout interior of house, newer roof, heating system approx nine years old, lawn irrigation system, and alarm system.There is fresh new carpeting throughout the house. This home sits on a nice flat lot with no houses to the right or in back. This is the one you have been waiting for!
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12 Douglas Ave, Methuen, MA 01844

Single-Family

$449,000
Price

10
Rooms
3
Beds
2
Baths
Nestled in a well spaced subdivision this modern cape has been meticulously kept and constantly updated.New kitchen with ample cabinets, granite counters, breakfast nook, complete with high end stainless steel appliances. The main level also includes a spacious dining area, a full bath with shower, main level office with glass privacy door, large living room with working fireplace.The lower level has a good size bedroom, a large front to back family room also with a working fireplace, laundry and storage room. Walk out to your beautiful screened in porch and enjoy the private back yard or just sit on the patio and put a steak on the grill. Features include easy maintenance vinyl siding, freshly painted throughout interior of house, newer roof, heating system approx nine years old, lawn irrigation system, and alarm system.There is fresh new carpeting throughout the house. This home sits on a nice flat lot with no houses to the right or in back. This is the one you have been waiting for!
Open House
No scheduled Open Houses

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When you think of your real estate budget, you should know that the more you spend on a home, the more overhead costs you’ll face. You’ll need to pay for things like real estate agent fees, attorneys fees, and other closing costs. The more you pay for a house, the higher all of these fees will be since they are usually percentage based. So, the overarching question is how do you budget and find a reasonable amount of money to spend on a home? 


Prioritize


Your real estate agent may show you a myriad of homes across many different price ranges. Each property will have pros and cons. You can look at seeing these homes as an educational experience. Viewing properties could even help you hone in on what you want in a home. There are a few good reasons to look at homes above your budget range. 


Housing Prices Could Rise Or Drop


When housing prices begin to rise, people tend to believe that they’ll keep climbing. The panic couldn’t be further from the truth. Eventually, the prices need to drop. The idea of buying a property and adding value is to make a bit of a profit back when you go to sell. You need to be prepared for anything when you head out to buy a home. Price changes will apply to you if you plan on living in your new home only for a specified period. If you don’t have plans in your future to move, you may not worry about home value changes quite as much when shopping for a property. 


Mortgages End Eventually


If you plan ahead, you don’t have to pay mortgages for the rest of your life. If you keep moving and taking out 30-year mortgages, you could be making mortgage payments forever. If the average family stays in their home for around a decade, that's not a significant amount of time. Here, you’ll find a great reason not to max out your budget on a home. If you buy a less expensive house, you can get the mortgage paid off faster. You may even be able to take the mortgage out for a shorter term. Paying your home off more quickly allows your financial freedom. It’s simple, yet many people opt for a bigger house that they aren’t planning on staying in, causing a bit of a financial headache.


You Need A Rainy Day Fund


If you avoid maxing out your budget to buy a home, you’ll be able to save a bit for any emergencies that come up. You will be under less stress knowing that you have a little bit of money set aside in case your home needs major repairs, or you face a job loss or illness. In conclusion, it’s never a good idea to max out your budget on a home purchase.                    



Although you may be tempted to spontaneously make an offer on a house that triggers happy memories of your childhood, it's usually best to approach house buying in a methodical, dispassionate way.

Your emotions will come into play as you visit different listings, but they should be tempered by a realistic budget, a list of personal requirements, and a sprinkling of "wish list" items -- ones that will help make your new home extra special!

A lot will depend on whether you're a first-time home buyer or a seasoned home owner. In all likelihood, the more houses you've owned, the higher your expectations will be. That's certainly not a hard-and-fast rule, but it does lend itself to reason. As is the case with most things in life, experience tends to clarify our needs, our tolerances, our quality standards, and our lifestyle preferences.

Buying a home is a huge decision for two reasons: It not only impacts our financial situation (both immediate and long term), but it effects our quality of life for the foreseeable future. So, similar to the institution of marriage, buying a house is a commitment that should not be taken lightly!

Fortunately, there are several effective ways to help ensure that the home you buy will live up to your expectations. One of the most steadfast "anchors" you can have in your search for the ideal home is a seasoned real estate agent. They have the training, knowledge, and communication skills to help you find the house, the right property, and the optimal location that will best suit your needs.

Your agent will work closely with you to create a list of house hunting requirements and preferences. Although the location, school district, and number of bedrooms will probably have a major bearing on your decision, there are literally dozens of other features and characteristics that will influence your final choice. Among those will be square footage, number of bathrooms, and the property's tax rate.

Standard checklists that include a wide range of home buyer requirements are available online and through your real estate agent. These checklists will help you rank each house you visit and objectively compare the homes you like the best. While flexibility is a necessary part of a successful house-hunting campaign, there will invariably be items you won't want to compromise on.

By deciding in advance what your new home should include, you'll create a clear vision of the type of living environment you and your family will find the most satisfying. Whether you're looking for a home with an open floor plan, a screened-in porch, one or more fireplaces, a finished basement, a two-car garage, or ample space between neighbors, getting your requirements down on paper is the first step to turning your house-buying goals into reality!


This Single-Family in Westford, MA recently sold for $799,900. This Colonial style home was sold by Mike O'Keefe - RE/MAX On The River.


24 Colonial, Westford, MA 01886

Single-Family

$799,900
Price
$799,900
Sale Price

12
Rooms
4
Beds
2/1
Full/Half Baths
Westford is one of the highest rated school systems in the state. Located in the most sought after neighborhood, this 12 room Contemporary Colonial offers over 3.700 sq. ft. of comfort & luxury. The open floor plan is perfect for entertaining friends & family with a 46' family room anchored by a brick wall & fireplace. The Chef's kitchen includes granite counters, stainless appliances & a convenient breakfast bar. French doors lead to an expansive 53' deck with an Oasis Hot Tub overlooking 1.34 acres of naturally beautiful surroundings. On the second level you'll find 3 bedrooms plus a spacious en suite Master with a walk-in closet. Other amenities include a home office, 29' Bonus room and an amazing "Gentleman's Garage" with 5 heated spaces and a workshop with an industrial compressor. Beautifully designed inside & out, this home will please the most discerning buyer.

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