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Posted by Cindy Gordon on 3/18/2018

Thereís many different things that can make or break a home sale. When youíre selling your home, you want it to be as attractive as possible to buyers. Besides proper staging, thereís plenty of things that you can do to attract buyers and get the best price for your home. 

Donít Let Gutters Hold You Back

Routine gutter maintenance can save you a lot of grief later. Just simply taking the time to clean your gutters can prevent a lot of damage to the foundation of your home. Water will be able to run off to surface of your home properly. 

The Roof Is A Problem Area

Roofs typically last anywhere between 20 and 25 years. If itís approaching the end of its lifespan, or if it needs repairs, youíre wise as a seller to spend money on the roof. It will keep buyers interested, and youíll be able to negotiate a better return on the sale of your home. You can even get a certification that the roof is in good shape to help you during the inspection phase. 

Buyers Want Modern Appliances

While replacing some appliances doesnít seem like that big of a deal to homebuyers, having more modern appliances in your home helps buyers to see that you have done some updating. It wonít leave buyers wondering what else needs to be replaced in the home if the appliances are from the current decade.   

The Doors And Windows Are A Pathway To Selling

When potential buyers enter your home, expect them to open your doors and windows. Any windows that are stuck or doors that donít work properly can be red flags to buyers who are looking for homes that have been well-kept. Replacing the windows in your home can bring you a return of between 50 and 80%. Complete replacement may not be necessary if the windows are still functioning as they should. 

Maintain HVAC Units For Happy Buyers

Typical well-cared for HVAC systems can last up to 25 years. One that is aging can be a problem area for some buyers. If you donít want to lose a sale, an old heating and cooling system can be an issue for you as a seller. Keep in mind that this could also be a place for negotiations during the sale of the home.  

The Foundation Gives Buyers An Overall Picture Of The Home

Cracks in the walls or the foundation itself can be a sign of larger problems in the home. You should fix any cracks in the foundation or issues with the walls. Definitely have a plan in place in case buyers worry about any repairs that were made to the foundation, especially after the inspection. 

Harmful Substances

One of the big areas that can be a deal breaker in the sale of a home is the discovery of radon. This is a radioactive gas that is a proven carcinogenic. Itís found in rocks, salt, soil and water. This one thing can throw both buyers and sellers for a loop, so do your research in the selling process. 

Donít Be Overzealous In Your Listing Price

One of the biggest reasons that you wonít find the right buyer for your home is the listing price. Without a good pricing strategy, your home could stay on the market for a long time. Be sure that youíre not listing a property above the market value so youíre not missing out on the right buyers.

Posted by Cindy Gordon on 3/11/2018

Estimating the market value†of your home isn't a precise science. There are several factors that go into assessing the value of a home and the process is complicated by changes in the market that can sway home prices in either direction. Since homes are so expensive and are such a huge investment, the pragmatist and worrier in us all wants it to be a clear cut decision backed up by facts. Unfortunately, no two people will ever arrive at precisely the same†number for the value of a home. The good news is that you can use this ambiguity to your advantage when bargaining with prospective buyers. To learn more about the six main factors that determine a home's value, read on.


Homebuyers don't want to walk into what could be their new house and discover months of expensive repairs and upgrades waiting for them. Especially for busy, young professionals there is great appeal in a home that is move-in ready. If your home needs some work, it will knock off some digits from your asking price.


We would all love to say that having a home near the ocean or the mountains is our top priority. But, let's face it--having a place that is close to your work and that is in a good school district will probably take precedence over our daydreams. Location factors that add value to your home could include close proximity to schools, shopping, highways, and other amenities. However, if your home is far away from them or is in a neighborhood that appears run-down or dangerous you will find the value of your home decreasing. An easy way to get a ballpark figure for your home value is to look up the value of other comparable homes in your neighborhood.


Age is just a really expensive number. For some, buying an old home is a dream they've always had. Old homes have character and offer challenges when it comes to DIY repairs and renovations. For others, an old home means more headaches and more expensive utilities if it's drafty or outdated.


Curb appeal is important, but once your prospective buyers are inside you'll have to keep them around with great, convenient household features. Lots of storage space, updated kitchens with new appliances, finished basements, or a beautiful backyard with a view can all add thousands to a home value.


Square-footage is important to many homebuyers.†In spite of the current trends around minimalism and being eco-friendly, the numbers show that Americans are buying increasingly larger homes and vehicles.


You've probably heard the terms "buyer's market" and "seller's market" thrown around in conversations about real estate. They are essentially descriptions of the supply and demand of homes. Many buyers with few homes means you're in a seller's market, whereas a surplus of vacant homes and few prospective buyers means it's a buyer's market. This is closely tied to location,†different cities and suburbs experience different rates of growth and decline depending on the local economy.

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Posted by Cindy Gordon on 3/4/2018

When you are looking to arrange your living room, thereís a few tips that you need to adhere to in order for it to be a well-functioning, flowing room. 

Arrange The Room So Face-To-face Conversation Is Possible 

You should place the seating so that when people are filled in the room, everyone is able to participate in the conversation. If seats face each other over a coffee table or an ottoman, it keeps drinks and appetizers within reach when company comes, creating the perfect setting for conversation.    

Plan Ahead

Thereís many different apps and websites that you can use to plan your furniture arrangements ahead of time. Thereís nothing worse than moving furniture once, only to have to move it again to get it in just the right spot. Changing up your living room will be much easier if you have a plan in place.  

Divide The Room Up Using Furniture 

If you have a home with an open floor plan, divide your spaces into separate parts using your furniture. Face your sofa towards the living room, with its back to the dining room in order to create a separation of the two rooms with a stylish flair. If conversations are going on in both rooms, it will also help to divide them up.   

No Sofa? No Problem

If you donít have the space for a sofa, or donít want one, use your comfy chairs in a strategic way. Set four chairs in a way that will suit the room. Thereíll be plenty of seating available for everyone, even in a small room. The room may even seem more open than if you had a sofa. 

The TV And The Fireplace Can Coexist

If you have both a TV and a fireplace, thereís a few different arrangement strategies that you can use to make both pieces look good in a room. You may place the television over the fireplace for a dual look. The best strategy to use is perhaps to place each on opposite walls of the room. Then, arrange seating accordingly so that thereís some chairs facing the fireplace and some facing the television. In the offseason for the fireplace, you can move the seating accordingly.

A Rug Makes The Room

You can easily put the room all together by placing a rug in the center of the room. These area rugs help to group a space, denoting that itís all the same area. Try to choose a rug thatís large enough to contain all of the seating pieces.

Posted by Cindy Gordon on 2/26/2018

This Condo in Hopkinton, MA recently sold for $452,450. This Townhouse style home was sold by Cindy Gordon - Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage.

1 Autumn Ridge Drive, Hopkinton, MA 01748


Sale Price

Full/Half Baths
Better than new! This gorgeous, light filled and spacious Morgan town home was loaded with $65k of upgrades and then became even more exquisite with owner's 2016 remodeling. Hardwood floors throughout first floor living areas! Magnificent kitchen w/ upgraded cherry cabinetry, newer island,quartz counter tops, glass tile back splash,stainless appliances & 5 burner gas stove. Kitchen is open to the Great Room with custom fireplace & extra windows, which leads to composite deck with pretty views. An elegant Dining Room with wainscoting and bay window is perfect for holiday entertaining. First floor master suite has upscale bathroom w/ travertine tiled shower and floor, marble topped dual sink vanity, soaking tub. Upstairs you'll find a bedroom, sleeping quarter, full bath & large loft area, great for an office and/or den area. The large walk-out Basement with sliders & windows is ready to finish. See list of all the upgrades which make this home special! It's move-in ready for you!

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Posted by Cindy Gordon on 2/25/2018

A nightmare home selling experience is something that every home seller wants to avoid. Fortunately, we're here to teach you the ins and outs of selling a house so that you can minimize the risk of problems that could lead to a nightmare home selling experience.

Now, let's take a look at three tips to help you avoid a nightmare home selling experience.

1. Study the Real Estate Market Closely

You don't need to be a real estate market expert to find ways to maximize the profits from your home sale. Instead, you can study the real estate market closely and gain the insights that you need to price your house competitively.

Remember, a home seller's goal is to optimize the value of his or her house. To accomplish this goal, it is paramount to establish the right home price from day one. Otherwise, a home seller risks alienating buyers with a price that is too high, or missing out on profits due to a price that is too low.

Take a look at the prices of available houses in your area that are similar to your own. This housing market data will enable you to see how your residence stacks up against the competition so that you can price your house accordingly.

2. Conduct a Home Inspection

A home inspection usually is completed after a home seller accepts a buyer's offer. However, a home seller who conducts an inspection before listing his or her residence can increase the likelihood of a profitable home sale. Perhaps best of all, this home seller can avoid the danger of a buyer requesting home repairs or a price reduction later in the home selling cycle.

During a home inspection, a property expert will evaluate your residence both inside and out. This property expert then will provide a comprehensive report that details his or her findings.

Examine a home inspection report. That way, you can find out about your house's strengths and weaknesses and take the necessary steps to transform various weaknesses into strengths.

3. Hire an Experienced Real Estate Agent

An experienced real estate agent understands exactly what it takes to sell a home, regardless of the current housing market's conditions. As such, this real estate agent can serve as a guide throughout the home selling journey and help you immediately identify and resolve any potential home selling hurdles.

For example, an experienced real estate agent can provide you with a wealth of housing market data before you list your residence. This housing market professional will help you make sense of assorted real estate data and ensure that you can establish a competitive price for your house. He or she also will promote your house to the right groups of buyers and help you enjoy a quick, seamless home sale.

When it comes to selling your home, there is no need to leave anything to chance. Take advantage of the aforementioned tips, and you can avoid a nightmare home selling experience.