Evelyn Doane - William Raveis Real Estate - Cape Cod



Posted by Evelyn Doane on 5/20/2018

When youíre searching for a home to buy, youíll probably attend many different open houses. The open house is meant to help you get a feel for different properties. While you canít get to know all the ins and outs of a home in a short time, you can get an understanding of some of the best things (and not so great things) about a property. Below, youíll find some of the biggest warning signs that a property may not be all that it appears to be. 


Thereís A Lot Of Odor Masking Elements In Place


When you walk into an open house, you may get the smell of freshly baked cookies or a lovely candle. While these are great marketing techniques, they also can be a tactic to hide things. Perhaps there are some offensive odors in the house from mold, leaks, smoke, or mildew. You may not be prepared to deal with these kinds of problems once you move into a home. 


You Notice Glaring Issues


While the home inspection will reveal many problems that may be invisible to the casual observer, you should still be on the lookout for issues on the surface of the home during the open house. These issues can include cracks in the ceiling or walls, cracks in the floor, or even squeaky floor boards. If you happen to see patchy walls in the home, that could indicate that repairs have been made several times. Be alert for these potential problems.


Does The Home Look Well-Kept?


When you pull up in front of the home is the lawn trim? Does the home appear clean? While everyone would hope that a homeowner would clean up their property before an open house, small and big things like this can indicate a bigger problem. If the home is not cared for on the surface, how many other underlying maintenance issues are there in the home? Neglected regular maintenance can cause larger problems of all kinds in a home.


Strange Cosmetic Fixes


A freshly painted wall could be suspect of a big problem. Under the paint could be mold, cracks, or other issues. Some homeowners do put fresh paint on their walls before selling in order to give the home a neutral feel. However, you should be on the lookout for other signs of problems in the home.          


Channel Your Inner Detective


While you donít need to dig as deep into a home as a home inspector does, you should be on the lookout as you scan a home for the potential livability for you. Things like glaring cracks in the ceiling, or a strong odor of cigarette smoke could be signs of future problems living in the home. The open house is your time to find a home that fits you and your life, so make the most of the opportunity.  





Posted by Evelyn Doane on 4/15/2018

As a home seller, you'll likely want to do whatever you can to promote your house to the right groups of homebuyers. Thus, hosting an open house is a must, particularly for a seller who wants to enjoy a fast, profitable home selling experience.

Ultimately, there are many reasons to conduct an open house, and these include:

1. You can stir up interest in your house.

An open house enables you to provide homebuyers with an up-close look at your residence. It allows these buyers to look beyond a home listing, and as such, may lead to many potential offers on your home.

Of course, an open house empowers you to show off the true size and beauty of your home as well. If you allocate the necessary time and resources to clean your home prior to an open house, you may increase the likelihood of securing offers at the event's conclusion.

2. You can respond to homebuyers' questions.

Although a home listing may include details about your house's age and condition, it fails to provide homebuyers with a "feel" of what it's like to walk around inside and outside your residence. Fortunately, an open house allows buyers to get a first-hand look at your residence and determine whether your house matches or exceeds their expectations.

Furthermore, an open house provides homebuyers with the opportunity to ask questions about your house. And if you provide buyers with the information they request, you can make it easy for them to decide whether to submit an offer on your home.

3. You can analyze homebuyers' interest in your residence.

Believe it or not, an open house can help you gauge the effectiveness of your marketing efforts.

For instance, an open house that features dozens of potential buyers likely can be considered a resounding success. On the other hand, if no buyers attend your open house, you may need to reevaluate your home's initial asking price and other home selling factors.

When it comes to hosting an open house, there is a lot to consider. Luckily, you can work with a real estate agent to streamline the process of putting together a successful open house.

A real estate agent is a home selling guide who can offer expert tips and insights at each stage of the home selling journey. He or she will learn about your residence and help you map out a successful home selling plan. Perhaps best of all, a real estate agent will set up open houses, help you assess offers on your residence and ensure you can make the best-possible decisions throughout the home selling process.

If you're worried about hosting an open house, there is no need to stress. Hire a real estate agent today, and you'll be able to receive comprehensive home selling support. In fact, with a real estate agent at your disposal, you can seamlessly navigate the home selling cycle.





Posted by Evelyn Doane on 3/26/2018


31 Seaview Terrace , Chatham, MA 02633

Chatham (village)

Single-Family

$875,000
Price

7
Total Rooms
4
Beds
1/1
Full/Half Baths
LOCATION, LOCATION! On a quiet street just a block from downtown is this well-loved home nestled amidst million dollar plus homes with some views of Seaside Links Golf Course. There are four bedrooms and a full bath downstairs and two spacious rooms and a half bath upstairs. While there is a newer roof and new shingles on three sides of the house, the home is being sold AS IS as there are still improvements needing to be done to make it your own to enjoy. Four bedrooms on town sewer with gas heat and a gas stove make this a very attractive investment and a perfect place to be this summer. Stroll down the hill past the library and you are right at the center of town to enjoy coffee, shopping,fine dining and all Chatham has to offer!
Open House
Saturday
March 31 at 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Great location a block from Main Street. 4 bedrooms...gas heat and stove and town sewer. Needs TLC but great possibilities!
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Location: 31 Seaview Terrace , Chatham, MA 02633    Get Directions

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Posted by Evelyn Doane on 9/9/2017


253 Skyline Drive , Chatham, MA 02633

Chatham (village)

Single-Family

$695,000
Price

7
Total Rooms
3
Beds
2/1
Full/Half Baths
The Place for Summertime Fun!Located in one of the most desirable areas of Chatham, this is a great place for active people. You will be close to the beaches and charming downtown Chatham and there are deeded rights to Lover's Lake where you can swim, fish and sail. With 3 bedrooms and 2 1/2 baths, there is room for all. You will love the flow of the home from the upgraded kitchen into the living room, dining area and the adjacent sun porch while the back deck is the perfect for barbecuing and admiring the view high above the trees. Being right next to seven acres of conservation land ensures privacy and makes this the perfect place for riding, jogging and walking on the nearby bicycle trail. This is a great opportunity to make this a summer to remember!
Open House
Saturday
September 09 at 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM
Lovely area bordered by conservation. Deeded rights to Lover's Lake. 3/2. $695,000.
Cannot make the Open Houses?
Location: 253 Skyline Drive , Chatham, MA 02633    Get Directions

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Posted by Evelyn Doane on 9/4/2017


253 Skyline Drive , Chatham, MA 02633

Chatham (village)

Single-Family

$695,000
Price

7
Total Rooms
3
Beds
2/1
Full/Half Baths
The Place for Summertime Fun!Located in one of the most desirable areas of Chatham, this is a great place for active people. You will be close to the beaches and charming downtown Chatham and there are deeded rights to Lover's Lake where you can swim, fish and sail. With 3 bedrooms and 2 1/2 baths, there is room for all. You will love the flow of the home from the upgraded kitchen into the living room, dining area and the adjacent sun porch while the back deck is the perfect for barbecuing and admiring the view high above the trees. Being right next to seven acres of conservation land ensures privacy and makes this the perfect place for riding, jogging and walking on the nearby bicycle trail. This is a great opportunity to make this a summer to remember!
Open House
Monday
September 04 at 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Come and see this 3/2 home in a great location with deeded access to Lover's Lake!
Cannot make the Open Houses?
Location: 253 Skyline Drive , Chatham, MA 02633    Get Directions

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