Donna Coffin - ERA Key Realty Services - Distinctive Group



Posted by Donna Coffin on 1/2/2018

This Single-Family in Ashland, MA recently sold for $784,500. This Colonial style home was sold by Donna Coffin - ERA Key Realty Services - Distinctive Group.


32 Kathryn Drive, Ashland, MA 01721

Single-Family

$779,900
Price
$784,500
Sale Price

12
Rooms
4
Beds
3/1
Full/Half Baths
Quality abounds in this outstanding custom built home. Situated on a gorgeous, professionally landscaped lot with stone walls in one of the most desirable neighborhoods in the lovely town of Ashland. Nine foot ceilings on the 1st floor; crown moldings, cathedral ceilings, Palladian windows, custom curved staircase, most doors are solid wood, surround sound, French doors, transom windows and much more. Stunning features and high-end amenities throughout this amazing home. Ideal location for commuting; close to all major highways and the train. A must see!






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Posted by Donna Coffin on 12/29/2017

This Single-Family in Holden, MA recently sold for $284,000. This Ranch style home was sold by Donna Coffin - ERA Key Realty Services - Distinctive Group.


15 Greenbriar Ln, Holden, MA 01520

Single-Family

$260,000
Price
$284,000
Sale Price

7
Rooms
3
Beds
1/1
Full/Half Baths
** Open House Sunday, Nov 5, Noon-1:00pm. Don't forget to change your clocks! ** Come see this comfortable gem hidden in 'the maze' neighborhood of Holden. A home like this doesn't come up often - and when it does, be ready to jump. This cute ranch has been well kept, with many updates in recent years, and is ready for you. Single story living for those who want it. Pretty hardwood floors throughout much of the main level, with an oversized dining room for entertaining that opens to the oversized deck. You'll love the quiet side street, spacious and secluded back yard, large deck, and a huge finished walkout basement with plenty of windows.

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Posted by Donna Coffin on 12/29/2017

Buying a home is one of the biggest financial milestones youíll reach in your life. If youíre a first-time homebuyer, it can be scary to take the plunge and make a down payment on your first home.

Down payments are one element that makes up the factors which determine your monthly mortgage payments, and in turn, how much youíll be paying toward your home in total. So, itís important to understand just how much to save for a down payment.

In this article, weíll talk about down payments, why they matter, and your options for saving up for a down payment.

Why down payments matter

A down payment is simply the amount of money a buyer pays at the time of closing on the house. Down payments help assure lenders that you will make your monthly mortgage payments because you have invested a substantial amount of money into the house and therefore risk losing your down payment if you fail to pay the mortgage and your house is foreclosed on.

If youíre eager to buy your first home, you may want to make the smallest down payment possible so you can move in sooner. However, a smaller down payment typically means a larger monthly mortgage payment. Thatís because your mortgage payment depends on several factors.

When a lender determines how much they will lend you towards your home and how much your monthly mortgage payments will be, their formula takes into account your down payment, your credit score, and the value of the property. The higher your credit score and the higher your down payment is, the less your monthly payments will be.

Mortgage types and down payments

Many first time home buyers cannot afford large down payments on their first home (20% or more). As a result, there are loan types insured by the Federal Housing Administration that are offered for as low as 3.5% of the mortgage amount.

If you arenít approved for an FHA loan but plan on making a down payment of less than 20%, you can still buy a home with private mortgage insurance (PMI). With PMI you pay a monthly premium for your insurance in addition to your monthly mortgage payments.

How long and how much to save

So, how much should you save? The short answer is as much as possible. However, if you need to move soon because of life circumstances, it isnít always an option to hold off on moving for long periods of time.

If youíre currently renting each month at high prices, it might make more sense to put that money towards your first home, an asset which will likely increase in value, rather than spend it on rent which you get no return on.  

One of the best ways to save for a down payment is to set up a new cash savings account that will automatically deposit a portion of your paycheck each week. Having an off-limits account is a great way to save without the temptation of spending it on luxuries if the money would normally be sitting in your checking account.

Another option is to start investing. If youíre in no rush to buy a home and have the financial resources, investing pays off much more than a savings account does when it comes to increasing assets.

Regardless of how you choose to save, the most important takeaway is that you take action now to start saving and you donít deviate from your savings plan for any reason.




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Posted by Donna Coffin on 12/22/2017

Thanks to federal tax incentives and a growing concern for the environment, many Americans are installing rooftop solar panels to cover or offset the cost of their utilities. In the last ten years the solar industry has grown by an unprecedented 1,600 percent and it shows not signs of slowing. As solar becomes more affordable, however, debates have opened up around the use of solar power and its effect on older ways of producing electricity (like coal-fired and nuclear power plants). Solar power is a complicated process that is part of an even more complicated industry. If you're thinking about making the switch, consider this your crash course in rooftop solar power.

I'm interested in solar. Where do I start?

Before you call a local solar provider and start getting sales pitches it's useful to know some background information on solar in your area. Do some research on your home state to see if your local government has incentivized solar in any way. Some states have provided funding to banks to offer loans for home solar systems. You should also consider some details about your home, your current energy provider, and the amount of time you're going to spend in your home. If you plan on moving anytime soon, leased panels may not be something you want to put up on the roof. Some buyers will happily take over the lease; others won't be so sure or may see it as a headache. You'll also want to learn about net metering from your current electricity provider. The electricity market is now in flux due to the increase of solar. As solar makes electricity more accessible, it could make electricity costs go up from your local utilities company. Net metering is the way that power companies measure how much electricity your panels put into the grid during the daytime which will be discounted from your monthly utility bill. Finally, you'll want to consider how beneficial the panels would be to your bill. If your home doesn't receive a lot of sun or have enough viable roof space, solar panels might not be worth it. If you can buy the panels flat out, however, they'll likely save you a lot of money in the long run.

Buying, leasing, and financing your panels

Buying, leasing, and financing all have their advantages and disadvantages which you'll want to weigh before committing to one option. For example, even if you have the funds to buy outright you might prefer the leasing option for the maintenance and repairs guarantee. Maybe you want to buy or finance to take advantage of local and federal tax incentives. Another thing to consider is the changing technology itself. As solar power improves, so does the technology that makes it possible. If you're thinking of moving within the next few years it might be in your best interest to wait for the next generation of panels for your new home instead of buying panels that will be outdated in the home you're in.

Making the calls

Once you've decided you want to go ahead with solar panels on your home you have another round of research to do. Compare providers in your area. Get quotes and setup options to find one that you're happy with. Get a sample contract and read all of the fine print. Finally, check out the customer reviews to make sure you'll be happy with this provider--especially if you're leasing and will be dealing with them for the next 15-20 years.

 





Posted by Donna Coffin on 12/15/2017

Finding your dream home can be an uphill climb, one that may prove to be both costly and time-consuming. Fortunately, real estate agents are available that can help you discover your ideal residence without delay. There are many great reasons for a homebuyer to work with a real estate agent, including: 1. Industry Insights A real estate agent understands the lay of the land, and as such, can offer insights that you might struggle to find elsewhere. For example, a real estate agent likely works with peers to understand the homes available in certain areas. As a result, this professional may be able to offer comprehensive insights into areas where home values are rising and declining. Furthermore, a real estate agent is happy to share his or her industry insights with homebuyers to help these buyers simplify the process of finding the right residence at the right time. 2. Broad Reach A real estate agent may be able to help you explore recently listed homes, houses with prices that recently were reduced and other residences that meet your criteria. Typically, a real estate agent will work with you to understand your wants and needs and help you extend the scope of your home search. And ultimately, working with this real estate agent will ensure that you can discover a wide range of great homes that will fit your lifestyle perfectly. For homebuyers who want to expand their real estate searches, collaborating with a real estate agent is ideal. With this agent at your disposal, you'll be better equipped to find a vast assortment of houses that deliver exactly what you want and need. 3. Support with Home Sellers As a homebuyer, how will you approach a situation where you want the home seller to complete repairs before you move into your new residence? This can be an extremely tough situation for any homebuyer, but those who hire a real estate agent won't have to worry about dealing with this scenario on their own. Comparatively, working with a real estate agent ensures that you have a friendly, hardworking real estate professional at your side, one who will help you take the guesswork out of the homebuying process. A real estate agent will serve as the liaison between you and a home seller. Thus, any time you need repairs before you finalize the purchase of a new residence, your real estate agent will work with the home seller to ensure these tasks are completed quickly and efficiently. Many real estate agents are available to homebuyers, and finding real estate professionals who possess the skills and know-how to help you discover your dream home can be quick and simple. In fact, homebuyers who evaluate the real estate agents in their area are sure to find a great agent to work with at any time. Choose a real estate agent to guide you along the homebuying process. By doing so, you may be able to speed up your search for the perfect residence and find a home that meets all of your criteria immediately.