Thomas Murphy - Pine Shores Real Estate



Posted by Thomas Murphy on 6/19/2016

Although it may be occasionally inconvenient, your property should always be available for showing. Your real estate agent will provide a lock box and mount it in a convenient location to facilitate other agents accessing the house. If you do not opt to use a lock box, keep in mind that agents will have to schedule appointments, which is an inconvenience to potential buyers. Most realtors will simply skip over your property to show other homes for sale with ready access. Even if the real estate agent returns with another potential buyer, you may have just missed a chance to sell your home. The majority of Realtors will call to give you a couple of hours notice prior to showing your property. They want you to have an opportunity to “tidy up” and then vacate the property. Avoid being present when the home is being shown. Buyers feel like intruders if you are on location when the property is being shown, stay out of the way and avoid volunteering information, deferring questions about the property to your realtor. Spotlessly Clean While you may not be someone that always makes their bed and keeps things neat and tidy, it is important to become so when your home is on the market. Pick up magazines and newspapers, dust the furniture, and take out the trash. There is nothing more off-putting than walking to a home that smells of stale garbage or the cat litter box. If you have a smoker in the house, clean all surfaces and shampoo upholstery and carpeting to rid the house of the odor. Ask smokers to light up outside. The smell of stale cigarettes can nix a potential sale. Fragrances Do not use scented candles or fragrances sprays to prepare for visitors. The scent can be cloying, and many persons are allergic. If you wish to have a pleasant aroma in the home, simmer a couple of sticks of cinnamon and a tablespoon of cloves in water on the back of the stove. The scent is subtle and pleasant – and the house will just smell like you have been cooking. Manage Pets Keeps dogs outdoors. Keep indoor cats in a specific room. Put a note on the door. While most indoor cats will hide when there are strangers in the house, some cats may become frightened or panic and attempt to escape. Lighting When a showing of your home is scheduled, turn on all the indoor and outdoor lights. Do this even during daylight hours. At night, a home that is well-lighted projects a “homey” and inviting feeling when viewed from the street. During daylight hours, turning on interior lights prevents harsh shadows from sunlight and warms up dark areas. Get Rid Of Closet And Cabinet Clutter Yes, prospective buyers will open cabinets, drawers, and closets. Make sure all storage areas are clear of clutter and tidy and clean. If you closets and cupboards are crowded and cramped, box up items and put in off-site storage. You want the storage space to appear spacious with plenty of room for the new owner’s “stuff.”




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Posted by Thomas Murphy on 6/1/2016

Yarmouth, MA:

This Multi-Family in Yarmouth, MA recently sold for $230,000.


This property features 0.26 acres, and was sold by
Thomas Murphy - Pine Shores Real Estate




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Posted by Thomas Murphy on 5/29/2016

Believe it or not, your unfinished basement can make or break your home in the eyes of a prospective homebuyer. And ultimately, your basement may dictate whether a homebuyer makes an offer or considers other residences. An unfinished basement represents an opportunity for home sellers around the country. And those who devote the necessary time and resources to improve the quality of their homes' unfinished basements could reap the rewards of a fast sale. So what does it take to revitalize an unfinished basement? Here are three basement improvement tips that every home seller needs to know about: 1. Use floor mats. Your basement's concrete floor likely remains cold and unattractive. Fortunately, foam mats can help you add a splash of color and improve your basement floor's appearance instantly. Foam mats come in a variety of shapes and colors, ensuring you'll be able to find mats that fit your basement floor beautifully. Plus, these mats can help you showcase the true value of your unfinished basement to prospective homebuyers. Whether homebuyers want to use an unfinished basement as a workout area, a den or a workspace, you can leverage floor mats to create an awe-inspiring setting that helps transform a bland basement into an exceptional one. 2. Install storage. Want to show off the massive amount of space available in your home's unfinished basement? Installing shelves and using storage units to your advantage enables you to highlight how an unfinished basement can serve as a great storage area. From storing sports gear to tools and everything in between, your basement can serve as a one-of-a-kind storage space that enables you to keep excess items out of sight. And with the right storage units in place, you'll have no trouble showing prospective homebuyers what it's like to stay organized and maximize the space available in your unfinished basement. 3. Stop the moisture. Notice a wet, damp smell that lingers across your basement? Moisture likely is the culprit behind this odor. However, you can eliminate moisture and the associated smell by picking up a dehumidifier. With a dehumidifier, you will be able to eliminate moisture without delay. And in the event of moisture that causes leaks and puddles in your basement, you may need to consider weatherproofing your basement to keep moisture at bay consistently. When it comes to your unfinished basement, you'll want to do everything you can to ensure it serves as an asset – not a liability. But those who are committed to improving the quality of an unfinished basement can take the right steps to minimize moisture and its associated odor. Remember, your unfinished basement is an important part of your home. And even though your basement may be one of the final areas a prospective homebuyer examines, you'll want to make this space as attractive as possible. Enhance the quality of an unfinished basement to ensure this space can help you boost your home's attractiveness to prospective homebuyers. By doing so, you may be able to increase your residence's value and generate interest in your home from a wide range of homebuyers.





Posted by Thomas Murphy on 5/27/2016


Date: 05/28/2016 Time: 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM  
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You will love swimming, boating and fishing from your private association beach. Only .1th of a mile stroll to association dock and beach on Upper Mill Pond. Lovely 4 bedroom Cape located on 3/4th of an acre lot in prestigious Canoe Pond Estates One bedroom is on the first level with first floor laundry. Open living space of living room (with fireplace), the dining room and eat in kitchen. Finished walkout basement and brand new state of the art gas heating system. Impeccably maintained, one builder/owner, new rugs fresh paint, JUST MOVE IN! First time offered. Buyers and agents to verify all representations




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Posted by Thomas Murphy on 5/26/2016


Date: 05/28/2016 Time: 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM  
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You will love swimming, boating and fishing from your private association beach. Only .1th of a mile stroll to association dock and beach on Upper Mill Pond. Lovely 4 bedroom Cape located on 3/4th of an acre lot in prestigious Canoe Pond Estates One bedroom is on the first level with first floor laundry. Open living space of living room (with fireplace), the dining room and eat in kitchen. Finished walkout basement and brand new state of the art gas heating system. Impeccably maintained, one builder/owner, new rugs fresh paint, JUST MOVE IN! First time offered. Buyers and agents to verify all representations




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