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Halloween safety tips

Halloween can be lots of fun but keep these safety tips in mind

  • Wear bright colors to stay visible
  • Carry flashlights or use reflective tape to help people see you on dark sidewalks
  • Only visit homes that have porch lights on
  • Look both ways before crossing any street
  • Trick-or-treat in groups, use a buddy system
  • Remember to inspect all candy and treats prior to eating
  • And for drivers: Please go slower than usual, especially in residential neighborhoods

Most of all have fun

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Halloween 2019 Trick or Treat Hours – Updated due to weather

Athol, Trick-or-treating rescheduled to Saturday, Nov. 2, from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.; Halloween Stroll is Thursday, Oct. 31, from 10 a.m. to noon.

Ashburnham, Thursday, Oct. 31, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Ashby, Thursday , Oct. 31, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Ayer, Thursday , Oct. 31, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Chelmsford, Thursday , Oct. 31, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Fitchburg. Rescheduled to Saturday, Nov. 2nd, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. children under the age of 13 only.

Gardner, Thursday , Oct. 31, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Lancaster, Rescheduled to Saturday, Nov. 2nd, 5:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Leominster, Rescheduled to Saturday. Nov 2nd, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Lunenburg, Thursday , Oct. 31, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Pepperell, Thursday Oct. 31, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Townsend, Thursday, Oct. 31, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Templeton, Thursday, Oct. 31, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Shirley, Rescheduled to Friday, Nov. 1st, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Westminster, Rescheduled to Saturday, Nov. 2nd, 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Winchendon, Thursday, Oct. 31, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

*Please note many towns have rescheduled trick or treat days and times due to the weather

Happy Halloween from everyone at the Real Estate Exchange have have a Spooktacular time.

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Are You Thinking of Selling or Buying but Worried You Missed The Spring Market?

Regardless of other conditions which change from year to year I have long felt late fall is the best time of the year for buying and selling. 

Although fewer people are house hunting as the winter months approach us, fall is a beautiful time of the year to buy or sell, especially in New England.  The fall foliage and the crisp New England air enhance the natural beauty surrounding your home and welcome home buyers

Benefits for buying:

  • Prices are starting to soften seasonally, and sellers are often more willing to negotiate as they want to sell before winter arrives.
  • Supply is waning, but some sellers are scurrying to list before the holidays and you still have more choices than in the dead of winter and you have a better chance of not losing out in a multiple offer situation and not paying more than list price.

Benefits for selling:

  • Cooler season tends to have a lower inventory, which is good news for sellers. If there are fewer homes listed on the market, you have a less competition.
  • Buyer demand is still high. The bidding wars and rapid price gains are slowing, but sellers can still expect strong demand. Demand is being driven by low supply across the country and more millennials buying homes. Realtor.com expects Millennials to be the largest segment of buyers this year, accounting for 45 percent of mortgages.

There are many mutual benefits for both buyers and sellers in the fall market including potential quicker closings. With the slower seasons we tend to have fewer transaction which can mean quicker closing times.  When lenders have fewer loan to process, attorneys have a fewer closing to attend to and home inspectors have fewer inspections to do, which can all lead to a faster closing for you.  

Buying or selling this fall, let us help negotiate the best deal for you, call our team today (978) 582-4339

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A Hot Real Estate Market is Something we Hear a Lot About These Days

The news is always talking about which markets are the hottest, but what does it really mean for sellers and buyers?

In a hot market, sellers are able to sell their homes fast, and often for more money. Housing inventory is low which means there are simply more buyers for homes than sellers. If a home is priced right, it may sell within days, and with multiple offers. The demand being higher than the supply also drives up the prices of homes for sale. Most often the hot market applies more to mid to low priced homes, as higher-end homes tend to have a smaller buyer pool resulting in more time on the market.

If you would like to sell your home, a hot real estate market is a perfect time! For buyers, it means a lot more time and effort to find a home, and perhaps an increase in the price buyers had planned on paying. Buyers may become frustrated after finding their dream home, only to end up in multiple offers, and not having their offer accepted.

What can buyers do in a hot real estate market to get the home they want?

• Get pre-approved – Sellers will be comparing the offers they receive and if they see your financing is solid through a pre-approval, it will help make it stand out.

• Hire a Realtor – The seller pays the Realtor, making it a free tool to have in your pocket. Find someone you can trust to work for you.

• Wants vs. Needs – In a hot market, it may not be possible to get absolutely everything you are looking for in a home. Make a list of what you really need, and another with what you would like. By defining your wants and needs it will help narrow down your search, and you won’t waste time looking for things you really don’t have to have.

• Don’t procrastinate – Now is not the time to take your time in setting up showing appointments. If you see a home come on the market, have your Realtor book a showing right away. Keep an eye on coming soon listings as well, so you will be ready to look as soon as the home is active.

Although a hot real estate market is great for sellers, buyers shouldn’t be intimidated.  Just be sure to prepare yourself for the potential competition and be understanding and patient with the process in this market.

To learn more about today’s market and to see if now is the right time to buy or sell, give us a call today (978) 582-4339