Shari Sagan McGuirk - Marblehead MA Real Estate, Swampscott MA Real Estate, Salem MA Real Estate


If you’re in the market to buy a home, one of the easiest ways to do it is to look for homes that are move-in ready. Out of all the options that exist for buying real estate, buying a house that’s ready for you is a no-brainer. 


The problem for many real estate agents who are helping buyers find homes is that buyers aren’t sure what “move-in ready means. It means something different for everyone. Below, we’ll discuss some misconceptions and truths about move-in ready homes. 


Move-In Ready Doesn’t Have To Be New


New construction homes are indeed move-in ready, but there are a few roadblocks to buying new construction homes. First, these homes take some time to get. Many times,  buyers are purchasing them and waiting months to move in. There’s also less of a selection of locations. Most new construction homes can be found in the same area because that’s where the land is. New construction is certainly an option for people who have the time to wait to move into a new home. 


There are plenty of existing homes that may not need much work and have been constructed in recent years. You may not have been able to pick the colors on the walls or the types of countertops you have, but the house certainly isn’t falling apart. 


Move-In Ready Could Mean There’s A Little Work


Buying a fixer-upper is worlds different from purchasing a home that’s ready for you to live. Some move-in ready homes could use some work. The work involved is only cosmetic. The walls may need some painting or the house may need some cleaning up, but everything that needs to be done will be minimal. These are the types of projects that will be involved in buying a home that’s move-in ready.


The Benefits Of A Move-In Ready Home


You can enjoy the home right away

Things like appliances and other features in the house will be newer

The home will be in a sought after location

Sellers and builders will be motivated 


It's easy to enjoy the home and find newer features in a move-in ready home. New constructions homes will have the latest in everything from appliances to security. The owner will have upgraded homes that are ready to move to. More modern homes also tend to be in desirable locations. All of this not only equates to better living conditions for you an your family but better value when you sell the home at a later date.           






76 Robert Road, Marblehead, MA 01945

Rental

$4,500
Price

9
Rooms
4
Beds
3/1
Full/Half Baths
Overlook pretty Salem harbor from this spacious and sunny contemporary home. Watch the sun rise or set from your deck or relax in front of three fireplaces inside. Three levels of living space with an open living and dining room on the main floor with two fireplaces, beamed ceilings and decks to outside. Lower level has in law or au pair options with large living, dining room and second kitchen with new hardwood floors. Middle floor has stunning family room with floor to ceiling windows, three bedrooms, full bathroom and laundry room. Plenty of storage and parking for at least 4 cars. Vacation year round in this special Marblehead home.
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The decision to purchase a second home may be one of the biggest choices you will make in your lifetime. As such, it is important to consider all of the factors associated with a house purchase before you embark on a quest to acquire a second residence.

Now, let's take a look at three key factors to evaluate as you weigh the pros and cons of purchasing a second home.

1. Your Current House

Consider the state of your current house – you will be happy you did. If you assess your current residence, you may be better equipped than ever before to determine if now is a good time to start a search for a second house.

For instance, if your home needs a new roof or requires other repairs, you may want to complete these improvements first. After these house repairs are finished, you then can kick off a search for your second house. Perhaps most importantly, you can launch this home search with the reassurance that your current house is in good shape and likely won't require significant repairs in the near future.

2. Your Finances

If you still have a mortgage on your current house, you may want to focus on paying that off first. Once your mortgage is paid in full, you can conduct a search for a second house without having to worry about paying two mortgages at once.

Of course, if your current house's mortgage is paid in full, you should still evaluate your finances closely. Ensure you have sufficient finances to cover a mortgage for a second house, as well as your everyday expenses. By doing so, you can hone your search for a second house to residences that fall within your price range.

3. Your Immediate and Long-Term Plans

Think about why you want to buy a second home in the first place. Then, you can determine how this decision may impact your immediate and long-term term plans.

For example, if you want to return to college, buying a second home may affect how much money you have at your disposal that you can use to go back to school. On the other hand, if you hope to get a work promotion in the foreseeable future, you soon may have additional funds to help you make your dream of owning a second home come true.

As you decide whether to launch the search for a second house, take some time to consult with a real estate agent. A real estate agent is a homebuying expert, and he or she can provide housing market insights that you may struggle to obtain elsewhere. Plus, a real estate agent will guide you along the homebuying journey and can help you acquire a top-notch house at a budget-friendly price.

Account for these factors before you start your search, that way you can make an informed decision about whether now is the ideal time to pursue a second residence.


This Condo in Wakefield, MA recently sold for $400,000. This Mid-Rise style home was sold by Shari Sagan McGuirk - Sagan Harborside Sotheby's International Realty.


7 Ballister St, Wakefield, MA 01880

Condo

$399,999
Price
$400,000
Sale Price

4
Rooms
2
Beds
2
Baths
OPEN HOUSE CANCELED; OFFER HAS BEEN ACCEPTED. Don't miss your chance! This very rare SINGLE LEVEL corner unit in the luxury Wakefield Crossing complex is completely move-in ready. This gorgeous condo has all the high end features you long for. You'll impress your friends with the beautiful open floor plan showcasing the gorgeous granite/stainless kitchen and breakfast bar, and you'll love the private master suite with double closets and attached full bath. Snuggle up this winter in front of the living room's gas fireplace, and don't worry about snow on your car, either--you have heated garage parking. Enjoy luxury living with association amenities like a clubroom, exercise room, and outdoor patio. With this fantastic unit, everything you need is at your doorstep: ideally located only 4 blocks to the commuter rail stop or a quick drive to the interstate, near beautiful Lake Quannapowitt, and moments to many shops and restaurants. Welcome home to wonderful Wakefield!

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22 Northstone Road, Swampscott, MA 01907

Single-Family

$3,750,000
Price

16
Rooms
6
Beds
5/3
Full/Half Baths
Stunning oceanfront masterpiece with sweeping water views from virtually every room. This 6 bedroom, 5 full and 3 half bath residence has the architectural details of a bygone era with the modern amenities of today's discerning buyer. Watch the sun rise and set from your expansive living room or elegant fire placed dining room, enjoy a quiet moment in front of several wood burning fireplaces or entertain in a beautifully updated chef's kitchen, all on top of a sandy beach. Highlights include rich hardwood floors, custom built cabinetry, period crown moldings, and a light filled open floor plan with generous sized rooms. State of the art gourmet kitchen with gas fireplace, oversized granite island, sitting area and breakfast nook. Spa like master suite with marble bathroom, sitting area, dressing room, two walk in closets and mahogany deck. This gracious oceanfront home has it all! Live waterfront this summer and all year round.
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