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Posted by RE/MAX Main Street Associates on 2/18/2018

Although you may be tempted to spontaneously make an offer on a house that triggers happy memories of your childhood, it's usually best to approach house buying in a methodical, dispassionate way.

Your emotions will come into play as you visit different listings, but they should be tempered by a realistic budget, a list of personal requirements, and a sprinkling of "wish list" items -- ones that will help make your new home extra special!

A lot will depend on whether you're a first-time home buyer or a seasoned home owner. In all likelihood, the more houses you've owned, the higher your expectations will be. That's certainly not a hard-and-fast rule, but it does lend itself to reason. As is the case with most things in life, experience tends to clarify our needs, our tolerances, our quality standards, and our lifestyle preferences.

Buying a home is a huge decision for two reasons: It not only impacts our financial situation (both immediate and long term), but it effects our quality of life for the foreseeable future. So, similar to the institution of marriage, buying a house is a commitment that should not be taken lightly!

Fortunately, there are several effective ways to help ensure that the home you buy will live up to your expectations. One of the most steadfast "anchors" you can have in your search for the ideal home is a seasoned real estate agent. They have the training, knowledge, and communication skills to help you find the house, the right property, and the optimal location that will best suit your needs.

Your agent will work closely with you to create a list of house hunting requirements and preferences. Although the location, school district, and number of bedrooms will probably have a major bearing on your decision, there are literally dozens of other features and characteristics that will influence your final choice. Among those will be square footage, number of bathrooms, and the property's tax rate.

Standard checklists that include a wide range of home buyer requirements are available online and through your real estate agent. These checklists will help you rank each house you visit and objectively compare the homes you like the best. While flexibility is a necessary part of a successful house-hunting campaign, there will invariably be items you won't want to compromise on.

By deciding in advance what your new home should include, you'll create a clear vision of the type of living environment you and your family will find the most satisfying. Whether you're looking for a home with an open floor plan, a screened-in porch, one or more fireplaces, a finished basement, a two-car garage, or ample space between neighbors, getting your requirements down on paper is the first step to turning your house-buying goals into reality!





Posted by RE/MAX Main Street Associates on 2/18/2018

Fireplaces can serve as a focal point in a room, provide a source of heat and add to the comfort of your home. They can also help you to save on energy costs. Thereís so many different kinds of fireplaces that you can either install or find in a home. If youíre shopping for a home, you may want a home with a built-in fireplace. You donít necessarily need one to get all of the benefits that a fireplace can provide. Thereís different types of fireplaces that are made to suit the many different needs of homeowners. Here, weíll show you some different kinds of fireplaces along with their pros and cons. 


Wood Fireplaces 


The most commonly thought of fireplace is the wood-burning fireplace. This will be built-in to your home, or you can install them in your home to use as a heat source. You may even install a wood stove in the upstairs part of your home and another in the downstairs in order to keep an even heat throughout the home. In some homes, however, just one wood stove is enough to heat the entire house! 


This type of fireplace requires maintaining from time-to-time including cleaning the chimney. Youíll also need to clean out ash from the inside of the fireplace. The material thatís being burned- wood, needs to be stored somewhere. Rain and inclement weather can cause a problem, as youíll need to dry the wood some before it can be burned effectively. Youíll need a screen to protect you and your family from the ash and embers that may be blown around form the inside of the fireplace while itís burning wood. These fireplaces are advantageous for a classic look and feel but can often be a pain to clean.   


Gas Fireplaces 


If your home is fitted with a gas fireplace, youíre lucky because these types of fireplaces are cleaner and provide a more even heat source. Gas fireplaces, true to their name, burn gas instead of wood. A vented gas fireplace will look very similar to that of a wood- burning fireplace. There is a firebox present in the chimney that allows for ventilation with these types of heating sources. You can use a variety of things to give the appearance that you are ďburningĒ them in a gas fireplace. This includes beads that will bring flames up and ceramic logs that appear just like the logs that would be present in a wood-burning fireplace. You can even easily convert a gas burning fireplace to a wood burning one. This is, if you seem miss cleaning up all of the ash that they create!   


Direct Vent Fireplaces


These fireplaces donít require a chimney. They draw in outside air and feed off a gas line thatís attached through the wall. The flame of these fireplaces is secured behind a piece of glass. The big advantage to these kinds of fireplaces is that they emit a large amount of heat and donít lose much heat in the process, since thereís no chimney to lose air through.  


Faux Fireplaces

If you choose, thereís a variety of options that you have in getting a fireplace that doesnít actually create a flame at all. These fireplaces are typically run on electricity and give the same effect of a fireplace but are much easier to install anywhere in your home. Consider these if you really would like a fireplace without the hassle!





Posted by RE/MAX Main Street Associates on 2/16/2018

This Single-Family in Haverhill, MA recently sold for $364,900. This Other style home was sold by - RE/MAX Main Street Associates.


19 Forest Street, Haverhill, MA 01832

Single-Family

$364,900
Price
$364,900
Sale Price

6
Rooms
3
Beds
2
Baths
Fantastic, Fantastic, Fantastic describes this recently renovated home in West Haverhill. The builder has given much attention to details and has built upon the charm of yesteryear combined with modern living. Living room and dining room combination offers gorgeous boxed beam ceiling, period moldings, original cherry hardwood floors and window bay allowing fantastic natural sunlight. New kitchen with hardwood flooring, stainless steel appliances, and granite counter tops. All new second floor master bedroom suite offering a new full bath, sitting area, 2 walk-in closets. This area gives an overabundance of privacy for a peaceful retreat. New Harvey replacement windows, new roof, and new storm doors. Fresh paint on the exterior and interior. Cute and cozy finished lower level showing the ageless knotty pine. Beautiful flat lot with over a half acre of land. Two-car detached garage. First floor laundry - new washer & dryer included. Great location. Convenient to major roads.

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Posted by RE/MAX Main Street Associates on 2/15/2018


8 James Avenue, Haverhill, MA 01832

Single-Family

$419,900
Price

5
Rooms
3
Beds
2/1
Full/Half Baths
Not your average Cape, so much more!! Fantastic floor plan creates a sense of tremendous space. Bright and sunny front to back livingroom is enhanced by hardwood flooring and a gas fireplace. Open concept front to back kitchen and dining room. Kitchen is fully applianced with stainless steel and granite counter tops and is packed with an abundance of cabinets and a sliding door to spacious deck. Bathrooms feature granite counter tops and tile flooring. Front to back masterbedroom suite. Farmers porch, central air, central vac, walk-out basement, 2 car garage, convenient yet private location.
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Saturday
February 17 at 1:30 PM to 3:00 PM
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Posted by RE/MAX Main Street Associates on 2/15/2018


36 Iris Way, Haverhill, MA 01830

Condo

$325,000
Price

7
Rooms
3
Beds
2/2
Full/Half Baths
Downsizing??? But then again you still need that extra space... This one could be the solution. End unit offering 4 levels of living with attached 1-car garage. Recently refurbished; new Lennox furnace, new hot water heater, new stainless steel appliances, new hardwood floors on the second floor, new bathroom vanities, new light fixtures, new tile flooring on lower level, kitchen and bathrooms. Hardwood flooring on the first floor has been refinished. Eat-in kitchen featuring granite, SS appliances, tile flooring. Third floor offers office space, bedroom or storage. This "Buttonwood" style unit lends lots of versatility and usable space. A great value.
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Sunday
February 18 at 1:30 PM to 3:00 PM
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Location: 36 Iris Way, Haverhill, MA 01830    Get Directions

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