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Finding the right house that meets your family's needs is an important decision; it's one that can affect the quality of your life for years to come. That's why it's especially important to be in a focused, resourceful state of mind when house hunting. It's also helpful to have a clear idea of what you're looking for and have a system in mind for comparing the strengths and weaknesses of every house you visit.

Knowing What You Want

Chances are, you're going to approach your house search with some preconceived notions about features like the floorplan, bedrooms, and number of bathrooms. You may also have strong preferences for a particular school district, the size of the back yard, and proximity to neighbors. One thing's for sure: There are a lot of details on which you'll need to concentrate as you meet with your real estate agent and visit different homes for sale. While conditions are not always ideal for taking it all in, here are a few tips which may help you get the most from the experience.

  • Work from a checklist: Before plunging into a serious house-hunting campaign, it's a good idea to prioritize the features and characteristics you're looking for in a new home. Ideally, you should have a separate copy of the list for each home you visit and create a simple rating system for evaluating how well each property lives up to your expectations. Make note of your impressions and take a few photos of key rooms, such as the kitchen, master bathroom, or whatever areas are most important to you. As a courtesy, ask the real estate agent if they or the homeowner would mind if you took some pictures.
  • Arrange childcare if possible: When you're going over important details with your real estate agent or visiting a listed house for the first time, you'll be able to get more out of the experience if you can devote your full attention to it. Children, especially young ones, tend to be more focused on their own agenda, including hunger, boredom, sibling conflicts, and the impulse to wander off on their own to explore unchartered territory! When the opportunity arises to check out a potential new home, you'll want to have 100 percent of your mental and emotional resources available to appreciate and absorb all the details, nuances, and possibilities of a house that's for sale. Since "the best laid plans of mice and men often go awry", it won't always be feasible to arrange alternative (and sometimes last minute) childcare plans for your little ones. When it is possible though, you'll have more of your wits about you for the important task at hand.
  • While it's unrealistic to always expect house hunting to go smoothly and without a hitch, a focused and organized approach to finding the home of your dreams will always yield the best results!
     



    0 Kirstyn Place, Taunton, MA 02370

    Land

    $599,900
    Price

    Residential
    Land Type
    Kirstyn Place, a 5 building 10 unit condominium subdivision ready for you to finish. Builder has completed the following: all town approvals are in hand, sewer line and asphalt up to subdivision, retention basin, easement for sewer line, notice of intent and condo documents. Property is being sold as is.
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    69 Botolph St, Quincy, MA 02171

    Single-Family

    $479,900
    Price

    6
    Rooms
    3
    Beds
    1/1
    Full/Half Baths
    This beautiful well cared for 3 bedroom home located in a highly desirable neighborhood is close to public transportation, shopping, schools and a short walk to Wollaston beach. It is also situated on an ideal lot with a spacious backyard and parking for 2 with room to expand the driveway. You are welcomed to the home by a large enclosed 3 seasons porch that would make for a great mudroom. Inside you will find a guest half bath on the first floor, an open concept living and dinning room that extends out on to the back deck. Upstairs there are 3 generously sized bedrooms and a large full bath. Storage is never a problem here with the walk out basement. In addition to all the charm this home has to offer there are also modern day vinyl replacement windows throughout, natural gas heat and gas cooking.
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