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Posted by Robert S. Soltz CRS, GRI, CBR, RECS on 10/23/2017

When you think of planting new flowers around your home, you may think of the spring as the time for major planting and landscaping projects. Surprisingly, the fall is actually the perfect season for planting. There’s so many different kinds of plants that thrive in the cooler weather. From perennials to trees to shrubs to vegetables, fall has it all. You just need to know what to plant in this thriving season that will be perfect for cooler weather. There’s so many different kinds of plants that are great for the fall, this article will surprise you. The benefits of planting in the fall are many. The cooler temperatures are better for both the plants and you as a gardener. You can spend more time outdoors since the temperature is more suitable. Because the soil itself is still warm, it allows the roots of plants to grow all the way up until the time that the ground freezes later in the season. As a bonus, when everything is blooming during the spring, so will your fall flowers. In the spring, you need to wait to begin planting until the soil is warmer, which can take some time. This actually means that there’s more good days for planting in the fall season than in the spring. The spring has notoriously unpredictable weather, making planting in this season even harder. Just be sure that you provide your fall plants with enough water. This usually isn't a problem considering the fall has quite a bit of rain. Pests and plant diseases are at a yearly low as well, making it a great time for planting. The other bonus to the fall is that you don’t need fertilizer. It’s not the right season to fertilize in most cases. If you weren’t already aware, you need to stop fertilizing before the end of summer for most of your plants. The type of growth that fertilizer promotes can be stopped abruptly by winter weather, causing harm to the plant. If you’re planning on planting in the fall, try to plant about a month and a half before the first frost, which usually hits in late October. Vegetables that can be planted in the fall include: Cabbage Kale Lettuce Rutabaga Spinach Carrots Brussel Sprouts Swiss Chard Radishes Broccoli The fall is actually the best time to plant your turf grass and clean up your lawn as well. Blue grass, fescue and ryegrass need to be planted at this time. These grasses are all cool weather grasses and should be fertilized in early September and again later in the fall before the frost hits. This will give your grass a boost for an earlier green burst in the spring. Warm season grasses shouldn’t be fertilized during their dormant months. Hopefully, you’re inspired to plant during this fall season!





Posted by Robert S. Soltz CRS, GRI, CBR, RECS on 10/16/2017

In real estate, cash is power. It’s not exactly the amount of money that you have been approved for by a lender. This type of “cash” is what you can pull directly from your account to buy a property on demand. It can be difficult to compete with cash buyers especially in tight real estate markets. Below, you’ll find some tips to help you match up against any cash offers that you may be competing with when you buy a home. 


Make Your Offer Look Attractive As Possible


First, you should always have a pre-approval letter from your lender. This lets sellers know that you’re a qualified buyer. You should also get your lender or realtor (or both) to provide some financial information about you along with your offer. This helps to add to the case that you’re a dependable buyer.


Let Things Move Quickly 



If you allow your lender to send an appraiser to the property as quickly as possible, this will give you an advantage in the home buying process. You want to reduce the amount of time that it will take to close on the house. That means you should consider cutting down on both the appraisal and contingency time. You could even consider waiving any contingencies if you feel comfortable. 


To speed up the process, even more, you should pre-order an appraisal in advance. You can do this before your offer has even been written. It can be difficult to arrange this, especially with larger scale lenders, but it’s always worth a try. Once the offer is written, the lender can relay to the seller that an appraisal has already been scheduled.


You’ll also want to get the inspection done fairly quickly. You only have a short window of time to get the inspection done. The quicker you get this done, the more serious of a buyer you appear to be. You should have the inspector who you’ll use ready before you even put an offer in on a home in order to expedite this part of the process. Usually, inspectors don’t take terribly long to schedule appointments knowing that their clients have short windows to get inspections done.  


Make A Strong Offer


Making a good offer could mean paying extra for a home you love in order to compete with cash offers. Spending more money helps to win. Here’s why: Sellers almost always will give a cash buyer a bit more of a discount since they’ll be getting all of the funds up front. If you love the house and plan to live in it for years to come, the extra money you spend will be well worth it.         


Write An Offer Letter


An offer letter adds a bit of a personal touch to the number you put down as a buyer. Here, you can tell the seller who you are and why you love the home. It can be emotional to sell a property, but a seller will feel more comfortable knowing that the home is going to someone who will appreciate it.

  






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Posted by Robert S. Soltz CRS, GRI, CBR, RECS on 10/10/2017


357.5 Lafayette St., Salem, MA 01970

Single-Family

$449,000
Price

8
Rooms
4
Beds
3/1
Full/Half Baths
BEST KEPT SECRET IN TOWN - Nestled back from road. This 8 room center entrance colonial boasts 4-5 bedrooms, 3 1/2 baths, high ceilings, possible first floor home office/den or 5th bedroom with full bath, replacement windows, hardwood floors, security system, slate roof, deck, fenced in yard. Near Osgood Park in beautiful South Salem/Forest river area. This home has Beach Rights (association membership required) to private beachfront which offers dock, moorings, swimming, picnics and more. Directly across from Salem State University and near Historic downtown Salem with numerous restaurants, world famous Peabody Essex Museum, public transportation and the "T" to Boston.
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PRICE REDUCED - Great 4-5 bedroom center entrance colonial.
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Posted by Robert S. Soltz CRS, GRI, CBR, RECS on 10/9/2017

Trying to get your house ready for the real estate market? Ultimately, a home appraisal can help you set a fair price for your residence, thereby boosting your chances of a quick home sale.

During a home appraisal, a property inspector will evaluate your residence both inside and out. Then, this inspector will provide you with a report that details his or her findings, along with an estimated value of your residence.

With a home appraisal report in hand, you can establish home improvement priorities. Plus, you can enter the housing market with a good idea about your house's value and price your residence accordingly.

Clearly, there are many reasons to complete a home appraisal. But it also is important to do everything possible to get your house appraisal-ready to increase your chances of getting a high appraisal.

For those who are struggling to get their homes appraisal-ready, we're here to help.

Now, let's take a look at three tips to help you prep your residence for an appraisal.

1. Take an Objective View of Your Residence

Consider how a homebuyer may see your house – you'll be glad you did. If you take an objective approach to selling your residence, you may be able to identify various problem areas before you list your house.

For example, cracked or chipped home siding may seem like a minor issue to you, but this problem can affect how homebuyers perceive your house. Conversely, if you fix cracked or chipped siding before a home appraisal, you can increase the likelihood of a favorable appraisal.

2. Spend Some Time Cleaning Your House

A tidy house is a pristine residence, one that will surely stand out to homebuyers. Meanwhile, if you allocate some time to clean your residence, you may be able to identify potential home problems that otherwise could hurt your residence's value.

If you need extra help with home cleaning, it certainly pays to hire a professional cleaning company. This business hires friendly, experienced staff members who will help you enhance your house's interior and exterior in no time at all.

3. Consult with a Real Estate Agent

Getting a house appraisal-ready may prove to be costly and time-consuming. Fortunately, if you hire a real estate agent, you can receive extensive support as you prep your residence for an appraisal.

A real estate agent will examine your residence before an appraisal and offer honest, unbiased home improvement recommendations. In addition, he or she can put you in touch with the top property inspectors in your area to guarantee that you can receive a comprehensive appraisal.

Perhaps best of all, a real estate agent acts as a home selling guide. This housing market professional is ready to respond to your home selling concerns and questions and will do whatever it takes to ensure you can maximize the value of your residence.

Move one step closer to selling your house – use the aforementioned tips, and you can streamline the process of getting your home ready for an appraisal.




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Posted by Robert S. Soltz CRS, GRI, CBR, RECS on 10/3/2017


357.5 Lafayette St., Salem, MA 01970

Single-Family

$449,000
Price

8
Rooms
4
Beds
3/1
Full/Half Baths
BEST KEPT SECRET IN TOWN - Nestled back from road. This 8 room center entrance colonial boasts 4-5 bedrooms, 3 1/2 baths, high ceilings, possible first floor home office/den or 5th bedroom with full bath, replacement windows, hardwood floors, security system, slate roof, deck, fenced in yard. Near Osgood Park in beautiful South Salem/Forest river area. This home has Beach Rights (association membership required) to private beachfront which offers dock, moorings, swimming, picnics and more. Directly across from Salem State University and near Historic downtown Salem with numerous restaurants, world famous Peabody Essex Museum, public transportation and the "T" to Boston.
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