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Posted by Tina Bilazarian, Inc on 2/23/2017

Renting a house offers financial rewards. It also offers a unique set of challenges.

Demand for rental homes has increased in parts of the United States,making renting out a portion of your house or, better yet, your entire home a good option to bring in more income. Rising mortgage rates and a shortage of affordable, quality rental properties is helping to drive the demand. So too is the demand for temporary housing to attend one-time events like weddings, graduations and business meetings that last for three days or longer.

The latter rental demand may generally be associated with luxury rental properties. But, it isn’t only the wealthy who are renting out their houses. Success of businesses like Airbnb prove that there’s a large number of people who are open to renting out their house for a limited or extended period.  

Cover the bases before you start house renting

Companies that operate house rentals that you can reserve online may be new. However, the concept of house renting is not new.  People rented out rooms in their house during the Second World War. During the 1940s, house renting served as a source of income for women whose husbands and sons fought or died in the war.

Then and now, there are challenges that come with house renting. When house renting, you generally have less regulation. Although you are required to adhere to local and federal housing laws, because you’re renting out a single home, you’ll likely experience less hands on review and enforcement from local housing authorities.

Alone, this could present problems. Lack of oversight could tempt you to drop your guard which, over time, could cause your property to become non-compliant. It could also cause renting out your house to cost more than it’s worth. Some ways that this could occur are:

  • Unsafe chemicals – Materials and chemicals like lead and carbon monoxide can make your home unsafe. If you don’t pay to install detectors, you might be renting out a house that makes people ill without knowing it. For example, carbon monoxide levels that exceed 35 ppm are considered to be toxic.
  • Poor landlords – A poor disposition could turn you into a bad landlord. Short patience can lead to festering disagreements and heated arguments with tenants. As you deal with property damage, pets and loud music, you could accuse tenants of engaging in unwanted behaviors that they mayor may not have been involved in. This could cost you legal fees should a tenant take you to court. It could also cost you future rents should a former tenant create bad word-of-mouth marketing for you.
  • Pests – You might love your pets, but a tenant could see Fido as a pest. Not only that, once you enter the house renter arena,you’ll have to ensure that your entire house stays free of insects and other pests.
  • Poor or no maintenance service – Rent out your house and you won’t get to skimp on maintenance. In addition to paying for regular maintenance, you’ll be responsible for buying and installing new or good performing appliances like ovens, refrigerators and washing machines and clothes dryers.

Both you and the tenants who rent out your house should win. Your house should meet housing codes and allow renters to experience a safe, comfortable stay. If you keep tenants a priority, you will perform regular inspections,maintenance and repairs on your house. This positions you for another advantage.Not only could your house become increasingly attractive to renters, your house should pass inspections without you needing to pay for more repairs should you decide to sell your house.




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Posted by Tina Bilazarian, Inc on 2/22/2017

THIS IS IT!!! LOOK NO FURTHER!!! A real gem, tucked away & off the beaten path, yet with great access to I-290 & I-190! You'll enjoy this updated & inviting home with its walls of windows, sun-splashed rooms & open floor plan! The remodeled kitchen is extraordinary with its beautiful and plentiful maple cabinetry with under-cabinet lighting, granite counter-tops, SS appliances, recessed lighting, tiered peninsula, & center island! You'll find beautiful gleaming maple hardwoods throughout, except for the kitchen & main bathroom, which have radiant heated floors! French doors, glass door knobs, crown moldings, some replica period light fixtures, & built-ins add to the charm of this wonderful home! You'll entertain & relax on the spacious composite deck & enjoy having a vinyl fenced & level yard with a shed! Other updates include replacement windows-2002, roof & boiler-2005, vinyl siding-2007, HW tank-2011, SS appliances-all since 2013! Don't wait, make this one yours!

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Posted by Tina Bilazarian, Inc on 2/22/2017


1 Wahnita Rd, Worcester, MA 01606

Single-Family

$269,900
Price

7
Rooms
3
Beds
2/1
Full/Half Baths
THIS IS IT!!! LOOK NO FURTHER!!! A real gem, tucked away & off the beaten path, yet with great access to I-290 & I-190! You'll enjoy this updated & inviting home with its walls of windows, sun-splashed rooms & open floor plan! The remodeled kitchen is extraordinary with its beautiful and plentiful maple cabinetry with under-cabinet lighting, granite counter-tops, SS appliances, recessed lighting, tiered peninsula, & center island! You'll find beautiful gleaming maple hardwoods throughout, except for the kitchen & main bathroom, which have radiant heated floors! French doors, glass door knobs, crown moldings, some replica period light fixtures, & built-ins add to the charm of this wonderful home! You'll entertain & relax on the spacious composite deck & enjoy having a vinyl fenced & level yard with a shed! Other updates include replacement windows-2002, roof & boiler-2005, vinyl siding-2007, HW tank-2011, SS appliances-all since 2013! Don't wait, make this one yours!
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Posted by Tina Bilazarian, Inc on 2/18/2017

 
 
 

The photographs of your home are the first impression a potential buyer has of your house for sale.  It is vital that each photo makes the best impression possible, in order to create a desire for a potential buyer to want to visit your home in person.  Great photographs result from cooperation between Realtor®, photographer and homeowner.


You know your home best, therefore, the professionals do need your help in photographing your home for the MLS Listing, property websites, flyers, magazine ads and other print and online marketing.


There are a number of important tasks that will fall to your, the seller:


 

1. Staging Your Home - This can be done by professional stagers or your Realtor® might have the designation. 


a. Do a clean-up and clear out - now is a great time for you to clear out things before you move.  Ask yourself - Can I use this in my new home?  Should it be donated? Should it be thrown away?


b.  A fresh coat of paint can improve the look of interiors. Any repairs that need to be done that could affect pictures?


c.  Remove all personal photos and memorabilia.


d.  Create pleasant scenes using props displayed decoratively - a candle, a vase of dried flowers, seasonal items, a bowl of candy, etc. Keep it understated, neutral, and tasteful (less is more)


e.  Remove all animal bedding, food dishes and pet toys for pictures (and later for open houses and viewings).  It is imporant that the home be seen as a neutral pet-free canvas.


f.  Can you pre-pack anything for your move and store it?


2.  Make a list of the most unique features of your home for the Realtor® and photographer to note.


3.  At what time of day does the sun shine on the front or most appealing facade of your home?


4.  The time of day for photographing the outside of your home is not always the best time of day to photograph the interior.  A revisit might be necessary.


5.  A Closed Set - On a photo shoot where privacy and focus is important, it is vital that you step away from the house to allow the Realtor® and photographer to do this important work without your immediate presence.



Once you've done these things, the professionals can do their job, which is to serve you and show your home in the best possible light and angle. 


#sellingyourhome  #homeselling #marketingyourhome.





Posted by Tina Bilazarian, Inc on 2/17/2017

Bright and spacious two bedroom unit in traditionally converted Andover Street School! Loaded with charm- upscale, exposed brick, archways, beautiful high ceilings, crown molding and wainscoting. Two good sized bedrooms- master bedroom has walk-in closet with it's own balcony. Brand new hard wood floors carpeting! Laundry hooks ups in unit and secure storage closet in lower level. Front to back floor plan with over-sized windows provide excellent natural light. Convenient access to Routes 190, 290 & 12 Do not miss out on this rare resale!

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