Sharon Simmons | Fairhaven, MA Real Estate, Dartmouth, MA Real Estate, Rochester, MA Real Estate


If you spend much time binge-watching House Hunters, Property Brothers, and Love It or List it, you may find yourself completely stunned by the actual process of buying a home and renovating it. And if you get your advice from House Hunters, can you narrow it to three? Reality television is great entertainment, but when it comes to buying and renovating a home, you might find that reality bites.

Get a real dose of right reality here and house-hunt with confidence.

Shopping

Unlike your television counterparts, only seeing three homes before you make a choice is unrealistic for first-time homebuyers. Most first-time buyers visit 10-15 homes, but seeing 30, or even more homes with their agent before they narrow it down is not unheard of. And many new buyers come to the table already having visited a plethora of open-house events, too. That being said, certain markets have limited home choices, so if you’ve narrowed your list by neighborhood and price, there might only be three to see.

You can have your list of “I want’s” and “must have’s” but your budget may dictate otherwise. Here’s the deal: you don’t really know what you want until you’re inside it. Even if you have a Pinterest board filled up, the home's space itself dictates what makes the kitchen “perfect” or the concept “open” enough for you.

Online shopping is helpful too if only to narrow down what you actually book to see with your agent. Just realize that the images online have impossible angles, hide flaws, and usually have distorted dimensions, just like a fashion magazine. Seeing it in real life may improve the odds you buy it or disappoint you into starting over.

Buying

The time between making an offer, negotiating, and closing takes place between commercials on reality TV, so when you experience your first back and forth negotiating that could take several days or even weeks, don’t be discouraged. Buying a home is a big deal. It’s not meant to happen in 30 minutes or less. And don’t count on everything to fall in place either. Some areas experience bidding wars while others have homes sitting on the market because the seller isn’t motivated enough to negotiate.

Renovations

Rarely do renovations go as planned. Thankfully, many of the online shows highlight the oops’s and uh-oh’s that plague reconstruction. If you buy an older home, plan on replacing wiring and plumbing, and even foundations and supports to handle the modern appliances and bath fixtures you want to add. 

Selling

A word to the seller here: Do you need to be out of your home to sell it? No. Could it make it easier? Perhaps. The truth is each potential buyer sees your home through their own lenses. So, a person able to visualize their belongings in a place, even if it still contains yours, might not care, while another buyer without that natural ability may respond better if it's empty. Still, others cannot imagine their current furniture anywhere but where it is, and for those folks, staging is essential. Don't let your inability to move out of your house discourage you from putting it on the market. Do, however, keep it clean and picked up, and be very aware of pet and other odors since that is more of a turn off than your furniture being there is. 

Let your realtor know your situation. That way, they can market your home the best way for you. And if you’re buying a home, give your agent as much information as you can, but let them show you alternative listings as well— you might be surprised what you fall in love with.



0 Misty Bay Rd, Fairhaven, MA 02719

West Island

Single-Family

$500,000
Price

5
Rooms
2
Beds
1
Baths
EUREKA! ...FAMILY COMPOUND OPPORTUNITY!.... West Island Fairhaven MA. You NOW Have the opportunity to create that family compound you've dreamed about. Build the home of your dreams, which depending on height, you may have some sweet water views. A woodsy private feeling yet so close to beach. Get your step count in by hiking path across the street to town beach. Easy quick access to a few beach options and marina for your boat. Second parcel has ranch home perfect for quest house or family retreat. Both parcels total 72,000 sq ft. Such a rare find on West Island, so hurry on this one! Be happy to introduce you to builders. Engineered plans all in hand for lot with septic design. House has town sewer. THIS PIECE OF PARADISE Can Be Your's! Let's talk. Call today. MLS #'s 72479442 & 72480106 are separate listings with all details individually. NO FLOOD ZONE :)
Open House
Sunday
September 15 at 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM
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80 Fir St, Fairhaven, MA 02719

West Island

Single-Family

$324,900
Price

5
Rooms
2
Beds
1
Baths
West Island at its BEST! Your new home is perched on almost an acre of park like grounds, with room for your boat or toys. Enjoy relaxing in your yard bird watching and observing nature. Take a walk to the beach or head on over to marina for so food and fun. Limited neighbors creating far more privacy than most West Island home sites. Single level living with an open floor plan and remodeled kitchen. If you are looking for a beach community, year round or second home, and love nature, this is the one for you. Plenty of room for gardening and expansion if desired. Another benefit is that according to map attached, no flood insurance should be needed. Call today!
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Sunday
September 15 at 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM
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0 Fir St, Fairhaven, MA 02719

West Island

Land

$210,000
Price

0.69
Acres
Residential
Land Type
Beautiful 30,000 sq ft, corner lot on West Island waiting for you to build your dream home. Close to beach and surrounded by nature. Call for further details. Could be purchased with 80 Fir St, Fairhaven MA 02719. According to map attached, property is in X zone which usually requires no insurance.
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September 15 at 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM
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This Multi-Family in Fairhaven, MA recently sold for $287,000. This style home was sold by Sharon Simmons - RE/MAX Vantage.


307 Main St, Fairhaven, MA 02719

Multi-Family

$279,900
Price
$287,000
Sale Price

2
Units
2,076
Approx. GLA
Fairhaven MA 02719 - 2 Family with garage and fenced in yard. These properties are a needle in a haystack in Fairhaven. Each unit offers 2 bedrooms, a double parlor or dining room/ living room with eat in Kitchen. 2nd floor also has pantry. Off street parking (on side street) with 1 car garage. Each unit also has it's own porch. Full walkup attic with 2 finished rooms (no heat). New owners can make this their own with some cosmetic changes, priced accordingly. Purchased in 1969, current owners resided here for 20 years and have since rented. Current rents under market value due to longevity of good tenant. Now scheduling appointments for Tuesday 7/9/19. Buyer's call today, agents schedule via Showingtime please.






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