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Posted by Robin V. Wish on 7/16/2018

If a seller is motivated and your offer is the only one that comes in on a home for sale, you may have an easy time getting the home of your dreams. If there are multiple offers on a property, itís a different story. 


If thereís competition, itís simple math that your odds in favor of you getting the home are reduced. You need something that will grab the sellerís attention. Writing an offer letter can be just what you need to sway the decision in your direction. Even if your offer is less than what other people have put on the table, an offer letter is a perfect way to get the attention of the seller.


What To Include


You may wonder what you should include in an offer letter. Youíre charming the sellers in a way, but also giving them an opportunity to get to know you. If someone has lived in a home that they have loved for a long time, theyíll be happier knowing the next occupants will be just as happy living on the property.


What Do You Like About The Property?


You should include a lot of positive things involving the property and your ability to care for and maintain it. Tell the seller about the features you most love about the house. You should let the seller know that they hard work they have done over the years has paid off and you appreciate it. Do you like the skylights? Does a remodeled kitchen get your attention? Is the deck a great feature for you to entertain on? Let the seller know any and everything that enticed you to put an offer on the property in the first place. 


Share Some Of Your Life


You donít have to get overly personal or mushy, but you should include a bit about yourself and why you chose this property among the many you have seen. Maybe you grew up in the neighborhood. Maybe the home is perfect for your expanding family. Whatever the reason is for you to want this particular house you need to let the seller know. 


In addition to personal details, you can include a pre-qualification letter, demonstrating your ability to afford the home. This helps sellers to feel comfortable with your financial background and continued upkeep of the property.  



What Not To Include


While your plans for a property may be grandiose in your mind, donít tell a seller what you plan to do with the proeprty in your offer letter. Itís nice that you want to update the kitchen, or re-do the bathrooms. Itís an insult of sorts to the seller so just omit these items. Keep your offer letter positive and brief and you may be well on your way to securing the property of your dreams.       




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Posted by Robin V. Wish on 7/10/2018


28 Castle Rd, Norfolk, MA 02056

Single-Family

$1,100,000
Price

10
Rooms
4
Beds
3/1
Full/Half Baths
The Preserve at Keeney Pond! Walking distance to Boston train, Norfolk's town center, minutes to Patriot's Place. A stunning young colonial offers classic style, thoughtful layout, exceptional detail and upscale appointments. Hardwood floors, custom kitchen design w/ high end appliances, oversized center island, cabinet packed kitchen and walk-in pantry. Large open spaces - a front to back mudroom for coats, bags and storage. Relax in the family room with 12ft wall of windows and view of manicured lawn. Formal spaces include a large living and dining room featuring a tray ceiling and triple windows. French doors flank the entry to the study. Upstairs the master bedroom is a sanctuary with two dressing areas and spa style bath. A second bedroom with ensuite bath and walk-in closet. A two room suite offers a sleeping space and game room or playspace. Bedroom 4 is large enough to hold a king bed or twins and shares a 3rd full bath. Huge basement, 3 car garage, large backyard patio
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Posted by Robin V. Wish on 7/9/2018


28 Castle Rd, Norfolk, MA 02056

Single-Family

$1,100,000
Price

10
Rooms
4
Beds
3/1
Full/Half Baths
The Preserve at Keeney Pond! Walking distance to Boston train, Norfolk's town center, minutes to Patriot's Place. A stunning young colonial offers classic style, thoughtful layout, exceptional detail and upscale appointments. Hardwood floors, custom kitchen design w/ high end appliances, oversized center island, cabinet packed kitchen and walk-in pantry. Large open spaces - a front to back mudroom for coats, bags and storage. Relax in the family room with 12ft wall of windows and view of manicured lawn. Formal spaces include a large living and dining room featuring a tray ceiling and triple windows. French doors flank the entry to the study. Upstairs the master bedroom is a sanctuary with two dressing areas and spa style bath. A second bedroom with ensuite bath and walk-in closet. A two room suite offers a sleeping space and game room or playspace. Bedroom 4 is large enough to hold a king bed or twins and shares a 3rd full bath. Huge basement, 3 car garage, large backyard patio
Open House
No scheduled Open Houses

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Posted by Robin V. Wish on 7/9/2018

Hiring an interior designer is a great way to create a chic, stylish home that matches your familiesí personality and unique needs. You wonít need to worry about shopping for new pieces to complete a look and worry that it will look out of place. Because donít we all?

Decorating can be fun. But creating a cohesive look isnít easy and itís certainly not everyoneís talent. How many times have you brought a new piece of decor home only to realize thereí something about that just isnít quite right?

Hiring an interior designer is a great way to skip past awkward trial and error growing pains in a room you love.

Hereís what you need to know about hiring an interior designer:

Know your budget. You will need not only need to plan for your designers time and expertise but also for the decor they have chosen for you. Youíll also want to know how they source their furniture selections. Aka are they choosing pricey one of a kind custom pieces? Know what your preferred designers pay structure is and if youíll need to invest upfront or make payments throughout your time together.

What services are you expecting to receive? Not all designers work in the same way or offer the same services. And not everyone expects the same services either! Decide if you would like a consultation, design concepts drawn up or for them to manage the project from beginning to end. Think of it this way - how much time do you want to personally spend on this project?

Take time going over different designerís portfolios to get a feel for their style. You should work with a designer whose style jives with your own. So with that said, you should have a good idea of your own style and that of your household. You might be fine with mid-century modern furniture, but maybe your partner canít stand it.

Have a Pinterest board of your inspiration ready to share with your designer. Even if you donít see a cohesive theme across your board, a designer will. Which is why you are hiring them! While it is possible to be all over the place, if you the pins youíve chosen intuitively feel good together you are probably on to something!

Communicate openly about what current pieces in your home are important to you. What has to stay, no question? And what are you willing to part ways with? This is really important to know ahead of time. You donít want to realize your favorite piece is missing from the blueprint while your designer is presenting it. Instead, be upfront about it and your designer can work the whole room around that item.





Posted by Robin V. Wish on 7/2/2018

If you work from home either full or part-time, you may want to give the home office deduction a go on your taxes. The problem with this deduction is that it can be tricky. 


Are You Eligible?


Your workspace needs to meet the criteria for business use. You need to use your work space regularly and as your principal place of business. If you donít work from home as a self-employed individual, your employer must require you to work from home due to a lack of office space or other circumstances. The keywords in this part of the clause are ďexclusively, regularly, and must.Ē


First, youíll need to calculate the percentage of your home thatís used for business. This means that if your office is 100 square feet and your home is 1,000 square feet, you use 10% of your home for business. If you own the space youíre living in, you can deduct 10% of the mortgage interest that you pay each month. Keep in mind that you canít double dip either. This means the amount of mortgage interest that you deduct on other parts of your taxes is reduced. If you rent your home, youíd deduct the percentage off of your monthly rental payments. 


Home Office Maintenance


If you own your home, you are able to deduct a portion of your property taxes, insurance, utilities, maintenance, and other expenses that are associated with your home office space. These expenses vary because some are direct such as the expense of you painting your office. Others are indirect. Home insurance applies to your entire home, so you would only apply a portion of that to a deduction. For the direct expenses, you are able to deduct the entire cost. 


For the indirect expenses, youíll go back to applying the percentage of your home that is used for work. This means if weíre working with a 10% figure, you are able to deduct 10% of your utilities, 10% of your home insurance premiums, and so on.


If you rent, you can still deduct many of the same things that homeowners can from your taxes for a home office expenditure. The only thing that youíll lack as a renter is the ability to write off things like mortgage interest, property taxes, and homeownerís insurance. Know that youíll be able to write off a portion of your renterís insurance. 


The Complicated Stuff: Depreciation


You are able to depreciate the value of a home office as your home ages. Itís not always necessary to do this, so you should consult your tax professional before you decide to make this type of deduction. Equipment in your office, such as your computer, can be claimed as a depreciation over time as well. 


The important thing when it comes to your home office tax deduction is to do your homework. You donít want to miss out on important savings!




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