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When everything is online, it’s hard to discern when getting up, leaving the house, and checking out a home can be helpful. There’s 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 you’re 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. 


You’ll 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, you’ll be able to match your expectations with your wallet. As you know what’s out there, you’ll 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 you’ll 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, you’ll meet more real estate agents. These agents can become potential hires once you do get more serious about buying.


You’ll See The Market Firsthand


Besides understanding how much house you can get for your dollar, you’ll be able to get an idea of how many buyers are actually out there. If you’re 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, you’re looking at offering above asking price for houses. You could even get into bidding wars. A lot of other buyers doesn’t 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 wasn’t on your list before. How can you get to know an area if you have never spent time there before? 


You’ll 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 you’d be willing to compromise long before the home search is on, your search will be that much smoother   



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When you list your home for sale, you will have people you don't know exploring the property -- and while real estate agents will supervise them, you will still have extra foot traffic in your home. You can work with your listing agent to ensure that visiting buyers are properly vetted (new listings often attract curious visitors that are not interested in buying, just touring the home). You can also take steps to protect your property during open houses and showings. A security system isn't beneficial -- because the people admitted to your home for a showing have permission to be there. Here's what to do before you list your home to protect your possessions from theft or harm. Most people are well-intentioned and the vast majority of showings are trouble-free but preparing to show your home can give you peace of mind and preserve your privacy and possessions, too. 

Replace originals: If you have original works of art as focal points in some rooms, you may want to replace them with prints, reproductions or lesser works while your home is on the market. Consider having artwork professionally packed by an art historian or specialty mover before your home goes on the market and you won't have to worry about it being in an empty home.  Note that even well-intentioned visitors could damage original art simply by touching it, so evaluate which pieces should stay on display when you show your home. 

Remove small electronics: Your wall mounted flat screen is safe during showings since it is simply too awkward to remove and tote away, but smaller pieces could be at risk. Small electronics like phones, tablets and games should be removed or secured before a showing. These items may also contain your personal information and secure data, so putting them away can protect your privacy, too. 

Secure or remove personal items: Jewelry and other small items should be removed from the home or placed in a safe or other secure location. Even if you don't have a conventional jewelry box or valet on display, consider removing especially valuable or sentimental items while your home is on on the market. 

Most visitors are honest, authentic buyers. However, if you have concerns about theft or damage, sweep your home before you list it and secure or replace any important items.



643 Beacon St, Lowell, MA 01850

Lowell Highlands

Single-Family

$329,900
Price

8
Rooms
4
Beds
1
Baths
Pack your bags and move right in! You've just discovered a spacious 4 bedroom cape style home with plenty of off-street parking, a great back yard, and a patio. This home has been very well cared for and it shows. The outdoor space is fantastic and there's still plenty of good weather to enjoy it. The lower level is finished with a playroom, lots of storage and workspace. Close to transportation, shopping, entertainment, schools, and playgrounds. Great driveway parking for 4 cars!
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September 12 at 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM
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643 Beacon St, Lowell, MA 01850

Lowell Highlands

Single-Family

$329,900
Price

8
Rooms
4
Beds
1
Baths
Pack your bags and move right in! You've just discovered a spacious 4 bedroom cape style home with plenty of off-street parking, a great back yard, and a patio. This home has been very well cared for and it shows. The outdoor space is fantastic and there's still plenty of good weather to enjoy it. The lower level is finished with a playroom, lots of storage and workspace. Close to transportation, shopping, entertainment, schools, and playgrounds. Great driveway parking for 4 cars!
Open House
Saturday
September 12 at 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM
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Location: 643 Beacon St, Lowell, MA 01850    Get Directions

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3 Thorndike Rd, Billerica, MA 01821

Single-Family

$624,900
Price

6
Rooms
4
Beds
3
Baths
Brand New! Tucked in on a tiny little side street and still plenty of off-street parking. Spacious 36x28 Gambrel with a wide-open floor plan and sundrenched rooms. Enjoy your lifestyle in the gorgeous kitchen with recessed lighting, upgraded cabinets, stainless steel appliances, and there's still time to choose your granite countertops. Summertime is here. Go outside! Slider from the kitchen to the deck overlooking a 1/4 acre level lot! Need a break? Retreat to the master bedroom suite, just one of four spacious bedrooms all with double closets, No waiting in line in this house! 3 full baths, and a first-floor laundry. Oversized 2 car garage. Just a little more to finish up and you're in for July Occupancy! Showings begin now. Offers will be presented as they are received.
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