Stewart Woodward, REALTOR Selling Metro West Real Estate


Posted by Stewart Woodward on 3/8/2018

When everything is online, itís hard to discern when getting up, leaving the house, and checking out a home can be helpful. Thereís so much information regarding real estate online; you probably want to pick and choose when and where you go to see a home. Even if youíre nowhere near being able to buy a home, you may want to check out open houses to help you in the future.


Looking at real estate is fun. You can dream of living in a neighborhood on the street you may never be able to afford. There are many advantages to checking out open houses. 


Youíll Understand How Far Your Dollar Will Stretch


The type of home that you can afford, and the type of home you want may not be in the same ballpark. If you take a look at different open houses, you may be able to see where your budget takes you. Even if the market changes, youíll be able to match your expectations with your wallet. As you know whatís out there, youíll be able to hone in on what you want in a home. 


From here, it will be easier to work with a real estate agent because youíll be able to give them a better idea of what you want when the time does come to buy a home. 


It Will Be Easier To Hire An Agent


As you go to open houses, youíll meet more real estate agents. These agents can become potential hires once you do get more serious about buying.


Youíll See The Market Firsthand


Besides understanding how much house you can get for your dollar, youíll be able to get an idea of how many buyers are actually out there. If youíre seeing many other potential buyers at open houses, you may be facing quite a bit of competition when you head out to buy a home of your own. When the competition is high, youíre looking at offering above asking price for houses. You could even get into bidding wars. A lot of other buyers doesnít mean you should back out of buying a home altogether, but just enter the market with caution. 


You Can Discover New Areas


By exploring open houses, you may find a neighborhood that you love that wasnít on your list before. How can you get to know an area if you have never spent time there before? 


Youíll Learn Where You Need To Compromise


By looking at different houses, you can see the potential (or lack thereof) in many homes. If you can see where youíd be willing to compromise long before the home search is on, your search will be that much smoother   





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Posted by Stewart Woodward on 11/9/2017

Attending an open house is like going on a job interview. House sellers and their realtor may appear to be in total control of the process. But, thatís not the case. As a home buyer, you can put yourself in the driverís seat by making a thorough review of the house. You can also ask home sellers or their realtor the following questions.

Answers to these open house questions could land you a great new homeowner deal

Several questions to ask realtors and home sellers can be asked as you walk through the house. Itís good to ask other questions after you have finished walking through the house and have a better idea of the house layout, features and amenities.

How many offers have you received on the house so far? Low interest in the house could be a sign that the house has problems or is located in a depressed neighborhood. It could also be a sign that the house just went up for sale or that you could get a good price for the house.

Why did you put your house on the market? Again, similar to a job interview, the answer to this question is revealing. Just as youíd want to know why someone left their job, find out why sellers want to part with their house.

Tell me how long your house has been on the market. Look to negotiate for a lower price if the house has been on the market for an extended period of time. This could prove to be a real bargaining chip.

Have you done anything since you put the house on the market to try to generate a sale? If so, what exactly did you do? Find out if the seller lowered the price on the house. Did they offer to pay the closing costs? Is the realtor advertising that the sellers will include appliances like a refrigerator, stove and oven or washer and dryer in to attract buyers?

More revealing questions to ask home sellers

How soon after the house is sold will the sellers be ready to move out of the house? Make sure that you can move into your new home when youíre ready.

Please tell me how long you have lived in the neighborhood. Also, ask what the neighbors are like.

What do you like best about the house and the neighborhood? Also ask sellers what they like east about the house and what they wish was different about the neighborhood.

Reach out to the home sellerís realtor if you want to schedule a private viewing of a house. Arrive to an open house early enough to give yourself time to explore the house fully. The last thing you want is to make a rush decision on a house. Another tip is to bring a relative or friend with you, someone who understands houses, including a houseís structure, pipes and wiring. Before you leave, meet with the realtor or house sellers and ask them the right questions. Answers to these questions provide you the information that you need to make a wise house buying decision.




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Posted by Stewart Woodward on 9/13/2017


Date: 09/17/2017 Time: 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM  
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Super top floor two bedroom condo on Waltham's vibrant south side. This four room condo features a bright sunny kitchen with SS appliances, granite counters, tile floor and backsplash. Master bedroom has its own private covered porch for relaxing on after a day at work. Hardwood floors thru out. In-unit washer & dryer. Central A/C & gas fired hot-water baseboard heat. One car deeded off-street parking space and storage unit in basement. Pet-Friendly building. New roof and city water line installed in 2017. Low condo fee. Well run eight unit tenant-managed condo association. Close to Moody Street for restaurant and nightlife. Charles River bike path and boat launch minutes away. Very convenient to commuter rail/buses to downtown Boston. Stop by during the open house on Saturday 09/16 or Sunday 09/17 between 12 noon - 2PM to see this incredible condo in person. Offers being reviewed Tuesday September 19th at 4PM.




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Posted by Stewart Woodward on 9/13/2017


Date: 09/16/2017 Time: 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM  
For Directions: feel free to contact me.  
For more information: click here for the full details  

Super top floor two bedroom condo on Waltham's vibrant south side. This four room condo features a bright sunny kitchen with SS appliances, granite counters, tile floor and backsplash. Master bedroom has its own private covered porch for relaxing on after a day at work. Hardwood floors thru out. In-unit washer & dryer. Central A/C & gas fired hot-water baseboard heat. One car deeded off-street parking space and storage unit in basement. Pet-Friendly building. New roof and city water line installed in 2017. Low condo fee. Well run eight unit tenant-managed condo association. Close to Moody Street for restaurant and nightlife. Charles River bike path and boat launch minutes away. Very convenient to commuter rail/buses to downtown Boston. Stop by during the open house on Saturday 09/16 or Sunday 09/17 between 12 noon - 2PM to see this incredible condo in person. Offers being reviewed Tuesday September 19th at 4PM.




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Posted by Stewart Woodward on 9/8/2017


Date: 09/10/2017 Time: 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM  
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This well maintained 7 room, 2 bedroom, 1.5 bath Colonial has all it original charm and character. Set on a quiet .38 acre wooded lot just steps from the Assabet River bike path & boat launch. Bright and airy feel with 8' high ceilings on the 1st floor which includes living room, formal dining room, kitchen, family room and half bath. 2nd floor features three rooms and full updated bath. One bedroom is currently is being used as an office. Detached one car garage, fenced yard with patio perfect for young family. Hardwood floors thru-out. Spend evenings nestled on the private front porch watching the sunsets over the Assabet River Reserve. Newer gas fired boiler steam heat, hot water tank, roof and upgraded 200 amp electric panel. Close to downtown Maynard, schools and commuter rail to Boston. Call your agent today for a private showing. Offers due Tuesday 09/12/17 at 4PM. This home is not to be missed.




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