Bernadette Calvario


Posted by Bernadette Calvario on 4/10/2019

When you own a condominium, even if you’re entrance is street level, you're not really in charge of the common area or the building's exterior. All the entries look alike, and some even enter from hallways. So, how do you differentiate your home from the four or five others that are for sale in your complex?

Try these simple steps to give your place the edge:

  • Mind the door. While you may not be able to paint your condominium door a bright, trendy color, you can take a few moments to make sure it is clean and free from scuffs and finger marks. Use a whisk broom to brush off all dust, debris, and detritus that collects in the grooves and trim. If the door is wood, use a mild solution of a wood-safe soap to wash down the door, inside and out. Then, shine the door up with furniture polish so that it glows. If the door is metal or painted, use a gentle mixture of dish soap and water to remove grease and grime.
  • Make it shine. Clean any glass in the door or sidelights with a vinegar and water solution or an appropriate glass cleaner. Use a metal cleaner on the door handle, deadbolts, and any metal trim, including the trim around the peephole, and shine up the fisheye lens too.
  • Don’t forget the threshold. With a clean door, you’re already ahead of the game, but take a moment to sweep off the threshold (the wood or metal strip below the door), and all around the edges of the stoop or entry. Even when your doorway is in an interior hallway, the regular building cleaners may not get that extra dust and leftover dirt in the corners. Use your vacuum cleaner to suck away the last crumbs.
  • Be welcoming. Set a fresh new welcome mat in front of your door and add a flower pot of bright blooms if you’re allowed. For interior doors, a tasteful wreath or swag on the door highlights your entry. Be careful to avoid going “over-the-top” though. Simple and elegant is best.
  • Clear the entry. Your real control of the "appeal" starts once the door opens. Keep the entryway as open and uncluttered as possible. Move furniture away from the entry area to give it a more expansive feel. Keep décor simple, warm, and inviting. Avoid anything the potential buyer might bump into upon entering as that tends to leave the impression of small and crowded. 
  • Lighten things up. Put the best possible light on the subject. Take time to upgrade the bulbs in your entry lights (inside and out) to “daylight” LEDs for a friendly, well-lit glow.

A warm, inviting entrance sets the tone for the rest of the home, so give yours the edge it deserves.




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Posted by Bernadette Calvario on 4/3/2019

Because real estate is a people-oriented business, most agents are happy to answer questions and provide advice after the sale. Whether you've enlisted their help to purchase a house or sell one, your working relationship does not have to end the moment you sign the final papers.

Professionals in the real estate business are generally service-oriented and interested in cultivating ongoing client relationships. If you've been fortunate enough to find a real estate agent who exceeded your expectations, then they'll most likely be a resource you'll want to use down the road. Assuming you had good rapport and that you're satisfied with their service, here are a few solid reasons to keep in touch.

Reliable source of advice: When you consider the training, knowledge, and experience that a seasoned real estate agent has, having them as a professional contact can benefit you in a number of ways. As an example, many agents are familiar with the impact home improvements can have on resale value. In other words, if you're thinking about upgrading, expanding, or altering your property, a knowledgeable real estate agent can provide insights into how that might affect your home's current and future market value. Since every type of home improvement brings with it a potential return on investment (ROI), it's an important aspect to consider when remodeling, adding an addition, or making a major change to your property. Many real estate agents have cultivated relationships with dependable contractors, remodelers, and installers to whom they may be happy to refer you, too. As a homeowner, you will invariably need reliable recommendations, sooner or later, and real estate agents are often a great source of contractor referrals. As you may have already discovered, it can be a frustrating experience to try to find a good home improvement contractor or other service provider when you're starting from scratch or relying on the credibility of online reviews.

Help for friends and family: If you're not planning on buying or selling a home in the near future, there's a good chance someone you know would benefit from the help and advice of a proven real estate professional. Even if a family member or acquaintance just needs assistance in finding an affordable apartment or house to rent, real estate agents often have the connections and resources to provide options that others may have overlooked.

Income and Investment properties: After shelling out tens of thousands of dollars to landlords, over the years, some homeowners consider "turning the tables" and becoming landlords and real estate investors, themselves. While this is certainly not a guaranteed path to financial independence, some people do become quite successful at it. If you have a tolerance for risk and the tenacity to pursue it, then your real estate agent may be able to help you find some worthwhile income properties. It's not for everybody, though!

Finding a real estate agent who's results oriented, experienced, and a pleasure to work with is not an everyday event, but when it does happen, they're worth keeping as a trusted advisor for many years to come!





Posted by Bernadette Calvario on 3/29/2019

Nature abounds in this Bright & Sunny Contemporary that overlooks acres of woods, tucked away on a private "Hillers" hilltop! Welcome to this stylish home w/a flexible floor plan for every modern family. Enjoy three inviting & dramatic living levels, Bright & very spacious kitchen w/an inspiring wrap around deck. Adjacent is the cathedral Family room w/palladian window, sky lights, brick FP/Wood-stove & hardwood floors! The back to back formal rooms w/newer hardwoods. The second level boasts a beamed cathedral Master bedroom, sky-lights, master-bath suite w/sky light, jetted tub/shower. Three more awesome size bedrooms & full bath. The lower level has 2 walk out sliders & finished w/playroom, office & storage area. A basketball court outside! Recent updates:2017-Roof, 2016-Exterior siding painted, 2017-2nd fl heating/cooling system, 2015-Extended driveway, 2014-hardwoods in formal rooms & more~Right off of Rt 495/ Walking distance to Lake Whitehall. Stellar Schools~

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Posted by Bernadette Calvario on 3/29/2019


5 Tiffany Trl, Hopkinton, MA 01748

Single-Family

$675,000
Price

10
Rooms
4
Beds
2/1
Full/Half Baths
Nature abounds in this Bright & Sunny Contemporary that overlooks acres of woods, tucked away on a private "Hillers" hilltop! Welcome to this stylish home w/a flexible floor plan for every modern family. Enjoy three inviting & dramatic living levels, Bright & very spacious kitchen w/an inspiring wrap around deck. Adjacent is the cathedral Family room w/palladian window, sky lights, brick FP/Wood-stove & hardwood floors! The back to back formal rooms w/newer hardwoods. The second level boasts a beamed cathedral Master bedroom, sky-lights, master-bath suite w/sky light, jetted tub/shower. Three more awesome size bedrooms & full bath. The lower level has 2 walk out sliders & finished w/playroom, office & storage area. A basketball court outside! Recent updates:2017-Roof, 2016-Exterior siding painted, 2017-2nd fl heating/cooling system, 2015-Extended driveway, 2014-hardwoods in formal rooms & more~Right off of Rt 495/ Walking distance to Lake Whitehall. Stellar Schools~
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March 31 at 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM
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Posted by Bernadette Calvario on 3/29/2019


5 Tiffany Trl, Hopkinton, MA 01748

Single-Family

$675,000
Price

10
Rooms
4
Beds
2/1
Full/Half Baths
Nature abounds in this Bright & Sunny Contemporary that overlooks acres of woods, tucked away on a private "Hillers" hilltop! Welcome to this stylish home w/a flexible floor plan for every modern family. Enjoy three inviting & dramatic living levels, Bright & very spacious kitchen w/an inspiring wrap around deck. Adjacent is the cathedral Family room w/palladian window, sky lights, brick FP/Wood-stove & hardwood floors! The back to back formal rooms w/newer hardwoods. The second level boasts a beamed cathedral Master bedroom, sky-lights, master-bath suite w/sky light, jetted tub/shower. Three more awesome size bedrooms & full bath. The lower level has 2 walk out sliders & finished w/playroom, office & storage area. A basketball court outside! Recent updates:2017-Roof, 2016-Exterior siding painted, 2017-2nd fl heating/cooling system, 2015-Extended driveway, 2014-hardwoods in formal rooms & more~Right off of Rt 495/ Walking distance to Lake Whitehall. Stellar Schools~
Open House
Sunday
March 31 at 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM
First Open House....Stop by and check out this new listing in the popular Valleywood neighborhood!
Cannot make the Open Houses?
Location: 5 Tiffany Trl, Hopkinton, MA 01748    Get Directions

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