Steve Zippin, ABR, CRS, M.Ed.
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Posted by Steve Zippin, ABR, CRS, M.Ed. on 5/24/2016

 




     Closet space can serve as a key differentiator for home sellers, particularly in a highly competitive real estate market. Fortunately, there are many quick, easy ways to revamp your closets, and ultimately, make them appear much larger.


Here are five tips to help you transform ordinary closets into spacious ones instantly:

  1. Install a pegboard.Hang your belts, sunglasses and other accessories in your bedroom closet thanks to a pegboard. With a high-quality pegboard in place, you'll be able to organize many items and access them without delay. After you list your home and begin showcasing it to prospective buyers, your self-installed pegboard is sure to make your bedroom closet stand out during any home tour.
  1. Take advantage of shoe shelves. For those who want to organize their footwear, there may be no better option than shoe shelves. When it comes to selling your home, you'll want to do everything possible to make a distinct impression on prospective home buyers. Thanks to shoe shelves, you'll be able to show interested parties exactly how much closet storage space they can enjoy if they purchase your home.
  1. Set up a mirror. Mirror, mirror on the wall, who's the fairest of them all? Setting up a stunning mirror in your walk-in closet enables you to maximize your storage space and make a bold décor statement as well.Any fashionista is sure to appreciate a walk-in closet mirror. And for those who want to set their home apart from others, installing a mirror in a walk-in closet may make a world of difference in the eyes of home buyers.
  1. Use shelf dividers Keep your blankets, clothing and other closet items organized thanks to top-of-the-line shelf dividers.Using shelf dividers ensures that every item in your closet has its own home and can be organized accordingly. Furthermore, these dividers guarantee you won't have to sacrifice closet space and can optimize the amount of storage space at your disposal consistently.Shelf dividers serve as great options to show others exactly what they can do with all of the closet space that is available in your home. As a result, shelf dividers may help you differentiate your home from others on the real estate market.
  1. Get rid of clutter. Clutter is a major problem for homeowners across the country, but those who gain control over their clutter can eliminate this problem.Try to clean out your closets every few months. This enables you to reduce the risk of clutter accumulating over an extended period of time.Also, focus on dividing your closet items into things you need and things you want. By doing so, you can put yourself in a better position to get rid of non-essential items regularly.

    By devoting the necessary time to maximize your closet space, you may be able to accelerate the process of selling your home. Remember, even minor features can help your residence stand out in a competitive real estate market, and those who are committed to distinguishing their home from others should evaluate the closet space available throughout their house.


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Posted by Steve Zippin, ABR, CRS, M.Ed. on 5/11/2016

 Puppy and kitten and guinea pig
  Did you know that pets can significantly reduce your home's value?  We love our pets too; but, home buyers are hesitant to buy a home with pets because they are weary of odors and damage. If you are a pet owner here are some tips to ensure you get the highest final sale price for your home:

   1. Start outside. The outside of your home is the first impression, it is the first thing a potential buyer sees. Fill and holes in the yard that have been dug by pets. Make sure to walk the yard and pick up any pet waste.

   2. Check the woodwork. Pets have a habit of chewing. Go through your home and look for any damage. Check the floor trim, the threshold of your doors, and the corners of doors and cabinets. Also don't forget to check carpet, window ledges and screens, especially if you have cats. Hardwood floors can also get scratched by pets too. You may need refinish your floors if they have pet scratches.

   3. Check the carpet. Carpets are usually best replaced rather than repaired. It is almost impossible to remove pet odor from carpet. If the carpet has been chewed or frayed from scratching it can likely be stretched and re-tacked by a professional.

   4. Look for stains. There can be stains on carpet, flooring, drywall, and trim. Make sure to repair or replace any items that are stained before a buyer sees them.

   5. Address odors. You may not even notice pet odors in your home but they will be very obvious to buyers. Ask someone else to give you an honest opinion of pet odors in your home.  Make sure to vacuum daily and open windows if you can. It's not just accidents that cause bad odors. Your pet's hair, dander and sweat also create odors.

   6. Clean your furniture. Even though the buyer is looking at the house, if your furniture is stained or ruined buyers will still devalue your home.

   7. Keep the pets away. If possible remove pets from your home when showing it. You could board them, or have a friend keep your pets while you're showing your home. If that is not possible make sure to buy pet crates to keep them locked up and out of the way.







Posted by Steve Zippin, ABR, CRS, M.Ed. on 3/30/2016

 

 Businessman with city view

   There are many reasons you may find yourself in a new city or state, far from home and your comfort zone, possibly even your family and friends. Whether you’ve decided to close the gap between your long-distance-relationship, were transferred to a new city by your company, are uprooting yourself for the college or university of your dreams, or are simply seeking new opportunities and fresh faces, getting familiar with a new community be disheartening.

    

   As a real estate agent, I see this often. Meeting new people and becoming acquainted with a new area may be easier if you follow some of the suggestions I offer to buyers new to any given area:


  • Put yourself out there. Most towns and cities find ways to encourage their residents to come together as a tight knit community, in fact some cities may even have a planning board or association dedicated to this. Many areas may have outdoor venues and pavilions for varying activities such as free concerts or even large group work-outs. Keep an eye out for any mixers or activities in your new neighborhood.
Check out all the community activities available in Concord, Ma and in Acton, Ma.  


  • Pick up a hobby! If you’ve recently moved to a new city surrounded by water try out kayaking! Find something you enjoy and you will more likely than not find other like-minded people out and about practicing the same hobby.

Maybe paintball is more your speed? Check this outstanding spot in Maynard Ma

What about a bike ride? Check this fun bike tours in Concord Ma (Will start running July 1st)

What's cooking good looking? what about a cooking class!


  • If you’ve moved to a city or area where walking to and from varying destinations, walk! If you’ve moved to Boston, or a city similar to Boston, try walking to work rather than taking public transportation. This is a great way to get situated in a new area. Not only will you learn the different roads and geography of your new city, you may find a hidden gem off the beaten path that you would’ve never noticed otherwise. 
Cool places to explore in Acton,Ma: West Acton Village Works

What's like to live in Maynard, Ma? Take a look at this article from the Globe

Walk to Concord center for some scenic shopping, or to West Concord center for great eateries and beautiful shops.


  • Which leads me to my next suggestion: Seek out hidden gems! Sometimes small businesses, gyms, pizza places, and coffee shops are the best way to meet people and get a feel for the residents of a certain area. Look for smaller establishments and you’ll be sure to find a very serious group of ‘regulars.’ This is another good way to fit into the community and a good way to meet people. Plus you’re experiencing all your area has to offer rather than dining at or hanging around corporate locations you can find all over the country!

These are only some of our suggestions for the not-so-hidden gems in our area: 

Debra's Natural Gourmet (market)

Woods Hill Table (restaurant)

The Nashoba Brook Bakery (bakery/sandwich shop)

The Serendipity Cafe (bakery/cafe/live music)

True West (brewery/restaurant)

The NARA Park in Acton Ma (natural park)

Tea Cakes (all things sweets and more)

The future Clock Tower project (we think it will be so outstanding, it is worth adding it to the list)

The Fine Arts Theater (movie theater)


If you’re moving to my area from far away, I’d be happy to walk you through the change as your real estate professional! We are ready to go, we love our area and we will make you fall in love with it as well! :)


 






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Posted by Steve Zippin, ABR, CRS, M.Ed. on 11/10/2015


48 Summer St, Maynard, MA 01754

Single-Family

$485,000
Price

10
Rooms
4
Beds
1/1
Full/Half Baths
Charming turn of the century antique, right in the heart of Maynard! Well maintained, 9+ room 1890 classic colonial-style home with so many great details. The home has an open flowing floor plan, with lots of built-ins, gracious turning stairs with a walk-around landing, and hardwood floors throughout most of the house. Cozy wood burning stove in the family room, inviting craftsman-style mud room and sitting room. Other features include updated kitchen and baths, farmer's porch and back deck, freshly painted inside and out. The walkout basement has an updated electrical panel, and there is lots of storage space in the huge walkup attic. The 28,000+ square foot lot sports a spectacular view of the Clock Tower, is a short walk to vibrant Maynard Center and is POTENTIALLY SUB-DIVIDABLE, according to the towns Building Commissioner. Don't miss the spacious workshop/garage. No children allowed into the attic for safety reasons. SEE 5 PAGE DESCRIPTION OF IMPROVEMENTS UPLOADED TO THE LISTING.
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Posted by Steve Zippin, ABR, CRS, M.Ed. on 11/4/2015


397 Hayward Mill Rd, Concord, MA 01742

Single-Family

$699,000
Price

8
Rooms
4
Beds
2/1
Full/Half Baths
You will fall in love with this 8 room, 4 bedroom, 2.5 bath classic colonial style home complete with a farmers porch. Located in sought after Thoreau Hills on a private half acre plus lot. Some special features include gleaming hardwood throughout most of the house, a first floor family room with fire place, a huge eat in kitchen, loads of counter space, master bedroom with a giant walk in closet, fresh paint inside and out, a 2 car attached garage. Don't miss the walk out basement which is just screaming to be finished into living space. Just minutes from vibrant W Concord village with its restaurants and shops and easy access to the W Concord Commuter Train Station. Also, easy access to Rt 2 and other commuter routes. An opportunity not to be lost!!
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