Kriss Stevens & Scott Manley - CENTURY 21 Cobb Real Estate

Posted by Kriss Stevens & Scott Manley on 8/20/2017

Buying a home will be the biggest purchase of your entire life. It’s not a decision that anyone should or will take lightly. You want to buy a house that you can live in. Sometimes, it’s even best to think of your home purchase from the perspective of others. Ask yourself, “Would other people want to live here?” When it comes to your home, the financial buzzword is “equity.” As the buyer, you want to be able to build some equity into your home so that if you should choose to sell it, you’ll make a profit. Whether your home is only meant to live in for a few years until your family outgrows it, or you think it’s going to be a forever home, life happens and you don’t want to be stuck with a home that you must take a loss on. Keep these aspects of the home in mind when you are ready to buy: Size Most people search for 3 to 4 bedroom homes. Whether they are married and want to have children or just need extra space for another baby that is on the way, families typically look for places where they have room to grow. The number of bathrooms in a home is also key. Families don’t want to share one bathroom among 4-5 people. These factors are even more important than the actual space available in the home by square footage. On the flip side, you don’t want your home to be too big either. Larger homes aren’t as energy efficient and can cost more to maintain. Know that there is a “sweet spot” for your square footage. Usually this is somewhere between 1,000 and 2,000 square feet of living space. Room To Expand Look at the home to see if there is room to expand. Perhaps you need another bathroom, but there’s some space to construct an additional half bath. This factor of expansion is key when it comes to a home or property. Look Past The Appearance Things like paint colors, floors, carpets and other aesthetics aren’t as important as the big things when it comes to buying a home. You can easily change these without much cost or effort on your part. While everyone loves a move-in-ready home, don’t let a little paint separate you from a home that you love! Curb Appeal Helps While it’s easy to fix some things like the color of a home or the shrubs, find your vision to give the home you’re about to purchase some curb appeal. If you can see past the imperfections and make your home your own from the outside in, your home will be attractive. There’s plenty of things you can add and fix from doors to landscaping to paint to a new mailbox. All of these can give your home some serious curb appeal. Sound Structure If the structure of the home is not in good condition, you’ll face many problems down the road. You want to avoid costly repairs by ensuring that you buy a home without serious structural damage or wear. The most important part of a home’s structure is that of the foundation. If a home has a cracked foundation, it’s going to cause some problems. Be sure that you hire a reputable inspector and attend the inspection so you know exactly what’s going on with the home you are about to purchase. You can prepare yourself for any problems or issues this way, and make a decision from there. A home that has a good structure to start will undoubtedly continue to help you build equity in your purchase.

Posted by Kriss Stevens & Scott Manley on 6/18/2017

It may be time to buy a new house. In fact, you may have known that it’s time for you to move for a while. The first few months that you literally reached over your spouse or children for your tooth brush, clothes or cooking utensils was upsetting but bearable.

When you’ve done all that you can with your current house

It may have irritated you. But, you didn’t find it so unnerving that you want to flee your house. But, it’s been over a year now and you really are fed up with the layout and maybe even the size of your home. You’ve already turned your basement into another bedroom and your attic is brimming with seasonal products and clothes that you only wear on special occasions.

Need for more space is just one reason to buy a house. Three other major reasons to buy a house are:

  • Safer neighborhood – Multiple home invasions and eroding properties are a reason to buy a new house. Wait too late to buy a house under these circumstances and you might take a loss when you sell your current home.
  • Construction – Should government agencies move to build a highway directly in the path of your house, you may have no choice except to move. You can fight the construction. But, you may not win the battle. As soon as an announcement goes out that construction will take place directly in the path of your current house, it may be a good idea to start house shopping. It’s also a time to ask the government agency that is doing the construction how much financial support they will give you. Try to see if you can get the cost of a new house covered.
  • House care – Health issues, including growing older, can cause the time and energy that it takes to maintain your house become too much. For example, you might suffer a stroke or another health condition that requires you to move to a house that has a wheelchair ramp. You may also move to a new house to be on a bus line. This type of move could keep you in your own home and out of a public assistance facility.

Moving is one of the biggest choices that you may make. That applies whether you move to a new house or into an apartment. Reason being is that by making a move, you invite a lot of newness into your life. You’ll live around different neighbors. Your commute to and from work will change. You may also live closer or further away from your in-laws, if you’re married. That alone can cause a great deal of change.

Yet, even with the changes that moving to a new home brings, there are times when you have to move. If you improve your finances, keep your house free of unused furniture and unnecessary storage items, you could make moving to a new home a lot easier. You could also increase your chances of landing a good mortgage deal.

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Posted by Kriss Stevens & Scott Manley on 6/7/2017

This Single-Family in Barnstable, MA recently sold for $344,500. This Cape style home was sold by Kriss Stevens & Scott Manley - CENTURY 21 Cobb Real Estate.

24 Carla Rd, Barnstable, MA 02601



Sale Price

Well maintained 3-4 bedroom home, south of Rt 28, on the Centerville/Hyannis line, in a great area, near beaches and town. This spacious Cape has a open floorplan, fireplaced living room, formal dining,first floor laundry,first floor bedroom option,lots of windows and sunny and bright, one car garage and newer roof. This lovely home is surrounded by other fine homes and is prefect for summers and year round. Walk to beaches, Four Seas Ice cream and village. Yard needs some TLC.

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Posted by Kriss Stevens & Scott Manley on 5/14/2017

When you think of buying or selling a house, the first thing that comes to mind may not be the legal aspects associated with the process. You may want to reconsider this rather boring part of the process as an important one. Hiring a lawyer can help both buyers and sellers to get through many hurdles that buying a home can present. 

The Contracts

There will be many negotiations and a lot of back and forth throughout the process of buying a home. Everything that’s involved with buying a home needs a contract for it to be legally binding. A real estate attorney will negotiate on your behalf and be sure that the contracts adhere to all state and local laws. The lawyer will also help you to address issues that may affect the future of the property such as botched inspections, liens against the home, and other items that could affect you as the home buyer. 

Title Search

Real estate attorneys will perform what is called a title search. This allows them to see if there are any outstanding liens or judgements against the house. This title search will also make sure that the seller has the right to actually sell the property that’s being sold. An attorney can do all of this much quicker than the average person since they have working relationships with title companies.

Transfer Of Property

If a property is being transferred through a corporation, trust, or partnership, things can get complicated. It’s good to have an attorney who is used to working with these complex situations and understands the legal boundaries within the state or municipality   that the property is in.

If You Choose Not To Have A Real Estate Attorney

Many times, a real estate attorney isn’t required to buy a property. It is advisable to have one, however. Without an attorney you increase your chances of problems arising in the future. You run the risk of:

  • Being sued for failure to disclose information
  • An improper property transaction takes place
  • You could miss relevant facts about the property
  • Failing to file the correct documents at both the state an local levels
  • Deeds are not transferred
  • Building permits weren’t correctly filed

The Takeaway

Having a real estate lawyer on your side is important due to the complex nature of property transactions. While some states require that an attorney be present throughout your property transaction, many states do not have this stipulation. You are smart to hire a competent real estate attorney to protect your own interests as either a buyer or a seller.

Posted by Kriss Stevens & Scott Manley on 4/2/2017

When you begin to have a conversation with your real estate agent about selling your home, you will notice that the realtor will likely refer to your “home” as your “house” or your “property”. There is an important reason for this distinction. Your realtor knows that selling your home is often a highly charged emotional decision, and it is important to remove emotions from the equation. “Get over it”! You are moving on. Your “home” is now simply a marketable commodity that you desire to sell. When you put your home on the market, the goal is to get potential buyers to see the property as their new “home”. As a seller, if you do not consciously make this change in mindset, you may inadvertently create a scenario that impedes the sale of the property. Create Curb Appeal If your landscape and the exterior of your property do not have visual appeal, a potential homebuyer may dismiss your house, without ever seeing the interior. Get rid of the basketball hoop in the driveway. Remove children’s toys, yard decorations, and playground equipment. Cut the grass, wash the windows and trim the trees. Remove recreational vehicles, boats, or excess automobiles and park them off-site. Depersonalize Your Property The first and one of the most important steps in preparing your property for sale is to “de-personalize” it. You want to make the property “anonymous” so that a potential buyer can envision the home as his or her own. If you have sports trophies, family photos, or personal memorabilia scattered about, it puts your “brand” on the property and distorts a buyer’s illusions about owning the house themselves. Depersonalizing the property is one of the hardest things for most sellers as they are emotionally invested in just about everything in their home. After many years of living in the home, clutter accumulates in ways that may not be readily evident to the homeowner. However, clutter is “off-putting” and affects the way potential buyers perceive the property, even if you fail to realize it. Step back and try to look at the property through the eyes of a buyer. If you have difficulty being objective, ask a friend or your realtor for their opinion without being defensive. Box up books, memorabilia, photos, collectibles, souvenirs, and knick-knacks. You want to create as much clear and open space as possible, so don’t just stash your boxes in the attic or garage where they add clutter to those areas. Rent a storage unit and move you personal property off-site.

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