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Posted by Debra & John Blanchet on 8/19/2018

This Single-Family in Foster, RI recently sold for $295,000. This Ranch style home was sold by Debra & John Blanchet - RE/MAX Town & Country.


212 Plainfield PIKE, Foster RI, 02825

Single-Family

$295,000
Price
$295,000
Sale Price

3
Beds Total
6
Numberof Rooms
1/1
Full/Half Baths
Country living at it's best this 3 Bedroom home offers an Updated Kitchen with Granite & Marble Backsplash, Bamboo Flooring, Stainless Steel Appliances, Updated 1 1/2 Baths with Marble Flooring, Hardwood Floors throughout, Wood Burning Stove surrounded by 4.3 Acres Blooming with Perennial Gardens, Rose Garden. Enjoy the sound of peace and quiet in your screen house as you watch the many species of birds and butterflies in this serene setting.

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Categories: Sold Homes  


Posted by Debra & John Blanchet on 8/15/2018

Renting is a great short-term housing solution for millions of Americans each year. And, for those who donít want the responsibilities of homeownership, it can also serve as a longterm lifestyle for those uninterested in equity. However, if you do hope to someday purchase a home, there are several reasons it is one of the best financial decisions in the long run.

Finding out when is the right time to buy a home is a difficult question to ask yourself. Youíll have to consider your current budget and future financial goals, your employment situation, and personal lifestyle preferences.

In todayís post, Iím going to discuss several of these considerations to help you determine if now is the time to buy a home or if you should continue renting for the time being.

Mortgage rates through history

One of the features of homebuying that is largely out of your control is the historical average mortgage interest rates.


While your specific rate will be based on things like your income and credit score, as well as the type of mortgage you choose, real estate trends will also have an impact on the rate that lenders use.

Rates are, on average, lower in the last five years than they were throughout the 80s, 90s, and 00s. With rates under 4%, these levels are unprecedented in the last 3 decades. However, last year did see a slight increase to 4.1%.

What are your long and short-term plans?

Many people who are considering buying their first homes are more concerned with whether itís  financially feasible than if it fits into their life and career goals.

Before you start shopping for houses and contacting lenders, itís a good idea to sit down with your family or significant other and start thinking about a timeline.

First, are you prepared to live in your next home for 5-7 years? This a good baseline for the amount of time you need to stay in a home to make it worth the costs.

Next, would you have better career or education prospects if you were to move elsewhere in a few years?


Of course, these questions are not objective--you may never know for sure which is the best decision. However, having the conversation is vital to moving forward.

Are you prepared for the extra workload?

Homeownership is work. Aside from just having to mow the lawn and take out the garbage, youíll also be responsible for repairs and maintenance that previously your landlord was required to do.

The good news is you can learn most things on YouTube. However, some repairs can be costly and require calling in a professional. Just like owning a car, homeownership has itís associated upkeep expenses.

However, with that added responsibility comes independence. You can paint and change your home how you see fit without worrying about losing a security deposit.


Start considering these questions now and in due time youíll have a better understanding of your current and future goals. This way, youíll be able to choose the best possible time to buy a home.




Categories: Buying a Home   buy vs rent   renting  


Posted by Debra & John Blanchet on 8/10/2018

This Condo in Woonsocket, RI recently sold for $135,000. This High Rise style home was sold by Debra & John Blanchet - RE/MAX Town & Country.


94 Mill ST, Unit#304, Woonsocket RI, 02895

Condo

$135,000
Price
$135,000
Sale Price

2
Beds Total
5
Numberof Rooms
2
Baths
NEW TO MARKET, fantastic 3rd flr. 2 bed, 2 full bath, River Haven condo, this unit is the largest model in the complex, remodel includes all new paint throughout, all new carpets in the living room and bedrooms, balcony off living room, brand new appliances, open floor plan, Gas heat, Central AC., In-Unit Laundry washer/dryer included, Complete with resort like amenities that include an in-ground pool, 24 hour fitness center, car care center, and best of all a two car garage which is a rare find at river haven.

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Tags: Real Estate   Condo   Woonsocket   02895  
Categories: Sold Homes  


Posted by Debra & John Blanchet on 8/8/2018

Home improvements are a great way to add value to your home if youíre hoping to sell in the near future. The problem is, however, that many home improvements are costly and time-consuming. And, if you donít plan carefully, they could even cost more than the amount of value you add to the home.

The good news is that there are several home improvement projects that will cost you less than $100 and wonít uproot your life in the meantime.

In this article, weíre going to give you five home improvements, all under $100, that can add value to your home. That way when you do decide to sell, you wonít have to scramble to make updates. Read on for the list.

1. Add a fresh coat of paint to your trim and baseboards (Cost: $75 - $100)

Trim and baseboards fall prey to getting kicked and covered in dust and cobwebs over the years. Adding a fresh coat of white paint will make an entire room feel new.

2. Improve your lighting (Cost: ~$50)

Bright lights help to make the rooms of your home feel more spacious. If you canít increase the natural light of a room, bright, LEDs are the next best alternative.

The cost of LEDs is constantly decreasing, and theyíre becoming more energy-efficient as well. To really get the most value out of your budget, use different color temperatures depending on the mood of the room (warm for bedrooms, bright white for bathrooms, etc.).

3. Add a burst of color to your front door (Cost: ~$20)

It can be difficult to increase curb appeal on a tight budget. One way to do so is to repaint your door a bright color that stands out but still fits with the style of your home.

4.Install a new shower head (Cost: $80 - $100)

Adding a new shower head to the main bathroom is a great way to add a bit of luxury to the room. While many stainless steel shower heads cost around $200, there are several chrome options that look just as nice and cost half the price.

5.Upgrade your hardware (Cost: $50 - $80)

Replacing your kitchen cabinets is an expensive endeavor. However, you can easily revamp your existing cabinets by replacing their hardware. Add a fresh coat of paint and theyíll look brand new.

Outside the kitchen, you can also update towel racks, bathroom drawer knobs, coat hooks, and other outdated hardware. Using a consisted, dark color throughout the home is a good way to give your house a theme and a sense of continuity.


With these five simple upgrades, you can increase the value of your home, boost your curb appeal, and avoid breaking the bank at the same time.




Categories: home upgrades   budget   adding value  


Posted by Debra & John Blanchet on 8/1/2018

Framed photographs have helped transform your ordinary house into a comfortable home. However, if you recently bought or sold a home, you may need to pack up these photographs and take them to a new address in the near future.

Lucky for you, we're here to provide expert insights into how to safely and quickly pack your framed photographs prior to moving day.

Now, let's take a look at three best practice for packing framed photographs.

1. Choose the Right Packing Material

The right packing material for a framed photograph usually varies based on the size of the photograph itself.

For example, if you're packing a small framed photograph, you may want to use a small moving box. Pack the box with bubble wrap or packing paper as well to fully secure the photograph during transit.

If you need to move large framed photographs, you may want to pick up specialty boxes. These boxes can be purchased from a moving supply store and will make it easy for you to protect your photographs as they go from Point A to Point B.

2. Wrap the Picture and Frame

When it comes to protecting framed photographs, packing paper is ideal. If you wrap the photograph with the frame glass-side down against the paper, you can reduce the risk of damage.

For those who decide to pack multiple small framed photographs in the same box, it often pays to individually wrap each photograph in packing paper. That way, you can keep various framed photographs together and prevent them from getting damaged.

Also, use packing tape all the way around a photograph frame. This will help you keep all packing paper in place around the frame and photograph.

3. Use Caution When Placing Framed Photographs in a Moving Truck

A framed photograph will absorb pressure more easily on its edge than lying flat. Thus, a framed photograph should be placed on its side Ė not flat Ė in a moving truck.

Furthermore, when you pack a moving truck, you should always place framed photographs in a spot where they won't move or fall over. You may even be able to wedge framed photographs between heavy objects to keep these photographs in place in a moving truck.

If you need additional assistance as you pack your framed photographs or other belongings, you may want to hire a professional moving company. With this business at your side, you can receive comprehensive support as you prep for moving day.

Lastly, a real estate agent can help you enjoy a seamless transition from one address to another. In addition to helping you map out the home selling or homebuying journey, a real estate agent can put you in touch with the best moving companies in your area.

Simplify the process of packing your framed photographs Ė use the aforementioned best practices, and you can quickly and effortlessly get your framed photographs ready for an upcoming move.







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