Caroline Bianchi - RE/MAX Acclaim

Posted by Caroline Bianchi on 9/22/2017

Looking to put together an offer on a house? Ultimately, you'll want to submit a competitive first offer. By doing so, you can speed up the process of acquiring your dream residence.

When it comes to submitting a competitive home offer, however, it is important to understand what differentiates a "fair" proposal from a subpar one.

To better understand how to submit a competitive proposal, let's take a look at three best practices that every homebuyer needs to consider before making an offer on a house.

1. Evaluate the Housing Market

If you plan to buy a house, you'll want to examine the real estate market closely. That way, you can identify housing market patterns and trends and plan accordingly.

For example, if you find there is an abundance of high-quality houses available, you may be entering a buyer's market. In this market, there likely is a shortage of homebuyers, which means a competitive offer at or near a home seller's asking price is sure to grab this individual's attention.

On the other hand, if you notice that homes are selling quickly in a city or town, you may need to prepare for a seller's market. If you pursue houses in a seller's market, you may need to act quickly due to the sheer volume of buyers competing for the same residences.

Clearly, a comprehensive housing market analysis can make a world of difference for homebuyers. With in-depth housing market insights at your disposal, you'll be better equipped than other buyers to submit a competitive first offer on any residence, regardless of the current real estate market's conditions.

2. Get Your Finances in Order

What good is a competitive home offer if you cannot afford to buy a residence? If you secure a home loan, you can narrow your home search to properties that you can afford. Then, you'll be able to submit a competitive offer that ensures you won't have to break your budget to purchase your dream residence.

Also, if you're unsure about how your financial situation will impact your ability to buy a house, you should consult with banks and credit unions in your area. These financial institutions can help you get pre-approved for a home loan, establish a homebuying budget and much more.

3. Collaborate with a Real Estate Agent

When it comes to submitting a competitive home offer, it pays to receive expert homebuying support. Fortunately, you can hire a real estate agent who is happy to help you put together a competitive home offer.

A real estate agent can provide housing market data that you may struggle to obtain elsewhere. Plus, this housing market professional can offer unbiased home offer recommendations to ensure you can get an instant "Yes" from a home seller.

Collaborating with a real estate agent is a great option for homebuyers in all cities and towns. Reach out to local real estate agents today, and you can get the help you need to submit a competitive offer on any residence.

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Posted by Caroline Bianchi on 9/21/2017

51 Bond Road, Charlton, MA 01507



Full/Half Baths
Amazing potential in this Charlton family home! First floor includes a spacious, bright family room with cathedral ceilings and easy-to-care-for gas fireplace. Large kitchen with dinette area leading to a deck. Hardwood floors in both living room and formal dining room. A half bath with laundry also on the first floor. Second floor has three bedrooms including a master with ensuite. Another full bath and bonus room (currently used as a home office) completes the second floor. The lower level has a two car garage and walk out basement (with large glass slider and window) awaiting your finishing touches. Home is nicely set off road. Yard is over an acre with a fenced in area (accessible from the walk out basement) ideal for two or four-legged children. With a little TLC, this will be the perfect home for a growing family. A must see!
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Posted by Caroline Bianchi on 9/15/2017

Windows are like the eyes of your home. They come in different sizes, styles and colors.Install the right windows and you could make your house look bigger. Quality windows could also improve your mood, help you to enjoy deeper sleep and inspire you to be more alert during the day, especially if you work out of a home office.

Beautiful window options that make your house look bigger

A low cost option that gives your rooms a larger look and feel are windows with thin or only a single pane. These types of windows may go from the ceiling to the floor. They also come in short, long designs. If you doubt that these windows can make a room appear larger, visit a business.

Many large companies have only one large pane. Museums are another facility with windows with thin or single glass panes. Notice how large the room feels. These windows can also make your house look bigger.

  • Bay windows (These windows not only make your house look bigger, they also add personality to your house, from the inside and out).
  • Forget dark, heavy drapes (The more well lit your house is, the larger the interior of your house may appear. Great natural light streaming into your house also lifts your mood.)
  • Tall, clear windows (Again, opt for thin or single pane windows. Tall, clear windows work whether they are glass or plexi-glass.)
  • Decorate horizontal edges of window panes with a line of beige, tan, light green or another pastel color
  • Install windows so that you can look out at your yard
  • Put your widescreen television close to a window,just make sure that there is no glare
  • Install windows near cathedral ceilings. Wide windows work well near cathedral ceilings.
  • Place your sofa near a window (The more outdoors you bring into your home, even it's only by putting great outdoor landscapes within each reach of your windows, the larger your house may feel.)
  • Windows in the ceiling (Don't stop with installing regular windows. Install windows in your ceiling too.)
  • Long mirrors (Intersperse long mirrors between windows. It also works to place long mirrors next to glass shower doors.)
  • Exterior wood shutters (can make your house look smaller, especially if the shutter doors don’t open fully)
  • Efficient, insulated windows help lower utility bills

Neutral colors on your house walls work like light colored drapes. They offer a brighter, more vibrant look and feel to a room. Lighter, neutral colors can also make a room appear larger. When you combine colors and window treatment textures with window sizes, shapes and designs, you can enjoy greater benefits of your work. You might even decide that your current house does, in fact, meet all of your space needs. Removing clutter from your house is another easy fix to a larger house. So too is getting and staying organized.

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Posted by Caroline Bianchi on 9/8/2017

When the nice weather finally arrives, many of us look for any excuse to get outside to enjoy it. I've even been known to mow the lawn every once in a while just for the pleasure of being outdoors. But you don't have to put yourself to work to enjoy the nice weather. Finding a new hobby can be an excellent way to get outside. But that doesn't mean you have to spend a ton of money on a swimming pool or a membership to your local tennis courts. So, if you're used to spending your afternoons and evenings with Netflix on your couch but want to take advantage of the nice weather while it's here, take a look at these frugal outdoor hobbies that will help you get outside without breaking your wallet.


Every time I buy a gym membership I go in with great intentions. I'm motivated and excited to start working out. Then a few weeks go by and slowly my gym bag begins to collect dust. The terrible music, the crowded treadmills, the bros grunting into the mirror... it all adds up to a bad experience. We lose interest in our hobbies when they stop being fun. Fortunately, there are a number of ways to get fit outdoors that are fun and cheap.
  • Run. The simple act of running has been spreading joy since Pheilippides ran from Marathon to Athens to spread the news of victory against the Persians. Once he arrived, however, he supposedly dropped dead. Use that as a reason to start slow and remember to buy a decent pair of running shoes to protect your joints.
  • Bike. Cycling is a great workout and a great way to go sightseeing. Your first thought might be "cycling isn't frugal" but that's only true if you aren't willing to hunt down the great deals on Craigslist and at yard sales, of which there will be many this time of year.
  • Hike. Odds are there are dozens of parks and trails in your area that you've never explored. Throw a sandwich and a water bottle in your bag and go exploring.


If you don't feel like running a marathon just to get outside there are several other hobbies that can help you expand your level of chill while still working on your tan.
  • Meditate. This is truly the master of frugal hobbies in the sense that the only thing you need is yourself. Go out into your yard and the woods, sit or lay down in a comfy position, close your eyes, then notice the sounds and the smells around you.
  • Read. Grab your lounge chair and your library card--that's all you'll need to keep your brain busy all summer outside.
  • Yoga. Even if you don't want to admit it your body needs to move, at least a little bit. But that doesn't mean you can't still be relaxed while doing it. Bring your cell phone or laptop outside and watch one of the many great beginner yoga videos on YouTube.
  • Gardening. Not only is gardening frugal, but you'll actually save money once you start harvesting all the vegetables you've grown. Gardening allows you to play in the dirt, learn new things, get outside, and enjoy food you've grown yourself. It's an all-around awesome hobby.

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Posted by Caroline Bianchi on 9/1/2017

When you’ve gone through the lengthy and tiring process of seeking out, bidding on, and buying a new home and then sell your home, the last thing you want to worry about is cleaning your old house before you leave.

 However, there’s multiple reasons you’ll want to ensure your old house is clean before you leave. First, as a common courtesy, you’ll want the new owners of your home to have a good first experience and to maintain your rapport with them after closing day. However, there are also legal and financial issues at play.

If your contract states that your home needs to have been “broom-swept” or some other form of cleaning before you leave, then your new owners could technically postpone closing. Furthermore, some states have laws requiring that homes are cleaned by their previous owners before they move out.

 Although it can be difficult to define just how clean a home needs to be, legally speaking, your best option is to do your part to leave the home relatively clean, whether that means cleaning it yourself or hiring a cleaning company.

Legal reasons for cleaning your old house

As mentioned earlier, some states state cleaning requirements in the purchase contract when you sell your home. Their definitions of clean can often be vague, but usually include sweeping floors, wiping down surfaces, stripping nails and hangers from walls, and carrying out all furniture and garbage.

These rules are mostly designed to protect people who purchase a home from getting stuck with bulk items and other surprise issues that they’ll have to pay for.

An exception to this is when your home is sold “as is” or when you have some form of written agreement between you and the new owner that some part f your home will be left as is.

Cleaning your house

The ideal time to clean your house is once you’ve moved everything out. However, if you’re moving over a long distance, you might not be able to return to the house once it’s empty to give it a final cleaning.

In this case, your best option is to have your furniture and boxes packed away neatly in the garage, or in the corner of one room. Doing so will allow you to sweep, clean surfaces, wipe down cabinets, and so on, while your belongings are still in the house.

Just be sure to keep a broom handy once you’ve put everything on the moving truck so you can give one last sweep of the floor before you say goodbye to your old home.

Cleaning checklist

It can be difficult to keep track of everything you’ll want to clean before you move out, so here’s a list to go by:

  • Sweep all floors

  • Vacuum all carpets

  • Wipe down cabinets, shelves

  • Try to sweep under appliances, oven, etc.

  • Spray sinks and tubs, leave air freshener in bathroom

  • Wipe inside of refrigerator, if applicable

  • Remove all nails from walls

  • Do a final walkthrough and remove any trash you’ve missed

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