Jeffrey Bastress | Leominster Real Estate, Sterling Real Estate, Worcester Real Estate


Want to relocate to a condo? Buying a condo can be an uphill climb, particularly for homebuyers who are browsing the real estate market for the first time. Fortunately, real estate agents are available who will allocate the necessary time and resources to ensure you can find a top-notch condo in no time at all.

Ultimately, hiring the right real estate agent to assist you during your condo search can be easy. Here are three questions that you should ask a real estate agent before you hire him or her to guide you during your condo search:

1. How have you helped condo buyers in the past?

Ask a real estate agent about his or her past experience with condo buyers – you'll be glad you did. With this information at your disposal, you can find out how a real estate professional collaborates with condo buyers to help them achieve their goals.

A real estate agent should be a good communicator, i.e. someone who keeps condo buyers informed at each stage of the condo buying journey. That way, this real estate professional will keep you up to date about new condos as they become available and ensure you can find a great condo at a budget-friendly price.

When in doubt, be sure to ask for client referrals too. By doing so, you can reach out to a real estate agent's past clients to learn about their condo buying experiences.

2. How do you approach difficult situations?

Unfortunately, the condo buying journey sometimes can be filled with roadblocks along the way. For real estate agents, it is important to remain calm, cool and collected in these situations and do everything possible to limit their impact.

Ask a real estate agent to share details about past condo buying experiences that did not necessarily go according to plan. This will provide you with insights into how a real estate agent approaches unforeseen circumstances and whether he or she can thrive under pressure.

A real estate professional with condo buying experience should do whatever it takes to help his or her client get the best results possible. With this real estate agent at your side, you should have no trouble securing your dream condo, regardless of the challenges that you encounter along the way.

3. Why should I hire you?

There is no right or wrong answer as to why you should hire a real estate agent to help you find a condo. For many condo buyers, it is a gut feeling. Meanwhile, other property buyers will choose a real estate professional based solely on his or her education and past successes.

As a condo buyer, it is important to employ a real estate agent who you will feel comfortable working with at all times. This real estate professional should be happy to help you in any way possible and respond to your condo buying concerns and queries. In addition, he or she will go the extra mile to ensure you can buy a terrific condo that matches or exceeds your expectations.


This Single-Family in Athol, MA recently sold for $177,500. This Colonial style home was sold by Jeffrey Bastress - StartPoint Realty.


2480 Chestnut Hill Ave, Athol, MA 01331

Single-Family

$179,000
Price
$177,500
Sale Price

9
Rooms
4
Beds
1/1
Full/Half Baths
Absolutely Beautiful 4 Bedroom Colonial Chestnut Hill Home and Property! Large Level Private Backyard! A Gardeners and Genlteman Farmer Paradise! Living Room with Wood Fireplace and Bay Windows! Large Dine in Kitchen and Formal Dining Room! Master bedroom 1st Floor with Huge Walk in Closet! 2nd Floor Complete Renovation! Newer Insulated Windows, Electrical Service and Generator Hookup Ready! Large Attached Shed Area with Storage Loft! Come and See This Premier Property For Yourself! Very Nice Indeed! You Will Simply Love This Spacious Home and Yard!

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This Single-Family in Southbridge, MA recently sold for $232,000. This Ranch,Split Entry style home was sold by Jeffrey Bastress - StartPoint Realty.


655B Worcester St., Southbridge, MA 01550

Single-Family

$232,500
Price
$232,000
Sale Price

6
Rooms
3
Beds
2
Baths
You looking for a "Light, Bright and Airy" floor plan? The cathedral ceilings and open floor plan kitchen, living room and dining room combination makes a space incredible for those who love to entertain. The lower level offers potential to complete a family room or a 4th bedroom suite as the plumbing is already there and can be completed into that 3rd bathroom. This home is conveniently located on the Charleston/Southbridge line with easy access to the MA Pike-90, I-84 and Rte-20. Our apologies, but the Open House scheduled for Saturday 10/15 is canceled and there will be no showings available until further notice.

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This Multi-Family in Worcester, MA recently sold for $250,000. This style home was sold by Jeffrey Bastress - StartPoint Realty.




Home insurance is something that every homeowner needs, but not necessarily something that everyone understands. It’s a great idea to have homeowner’s insurance because it protects your home and all of your possessions. Yet, this insurance is in fact a requirement. Mortgage companies require borrowers to have this protection when they buy a home. You’ll need protection for the amount of what is deemed the “fair value” of your home. This fair value is usually based on the price of purchase. Some renters are even required to have insurance for their property. As stated above, this type of protection is a smart idea. 


What A Home Insurance Policy Covers


The terms of home insurance can be very confusing. Most policies will cover damage to the outside of your home. This will include vandalism, fire, lightning, hurricanes, or down trees that may hit the home. The insurance company will estimate the amount of damage and provide you with funds so that the damage can be repaired. In extreme cases, your home may need to be completely rebuilt. Home insurance does not typically cover floods, earthquakes and home maintenance issues. You may need separate policies or extended policies to get these items covered based on where you live. The interior of your home is covered by home insurance as well. This includes clothing, appliances, furniture and electronics if they are destroyed by something that affects your home. 


Off-Premises Coverage


Some home insurance policies have coverage that includes items that belong to you, no matter where you are when something happens. If you lose jewelry on a trip to Europe, for example, you can get a homeowner’s policy that will cover that. This type of coverage does have strict limits, however, so don’t expect your insurance company to give you 100% of the value of your gold necklace that you lost in Paris! This type of coverage is great for items like engagement rings. 


Liability


Your homeowner’s insurance also includes a liability clause. This includes injuries that occur on your property that have been caused by you or your family. This will even include any problems caused by pets in the home. Beware that insurance companies can limit this type of coverage based on the type of dog breed that you own. Insurance companies may even decline to cover you based on the type of dog you own. If a dog bite does occur on your property and you have a breed that works within the insurance company’s limits, you’ll be covered. If anyone is hurt on your property and files a lawsuit, you’re protected.     

 

Rates


Your insurance rates will be determined by many factors including the neighborhood, crime rates and the climate of the area. Before you choose a place to live, you may want to investigate the insurance costs before you settle on a place to buy.