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It’s only a hassle if you’re not in control. There are a lot of ways to do investment property wrong, but here are the ways to do it right so that it’s an asset, not a nuisance. 

  • Be picky about the property. While you don’t need to purchase anything high-end, always choose something you could live in with no problem. The neighborhood is decent. The roof doesn’t leak. There are no mold or pest issues.
  • If you’re not handy, find someone that is to help you out. Houses need maintenance. Taking care of your property is part of the business of ownership.
  • Buy extended warranties on the appliances. If something goes wrong, you can get them repaired or replaced instead of having to buy new ones.
  • Take charge of the pool care, landscaping, pest control and other services. Your tenants will be happier, and your property will be better for it.
  • Have a strong rental contract or lease agreement. Get expert advice so that you’re in compliance with all tenant laws, but don’t leave yourself open to fishy situations.
  • Hire a management service if you aren’t able to handle the day-to-day personally. Remember, rental property isn’t mobile, so if your career moves you across the state or across the country, you don’t want to have to sell the rental before you can move.

Owning a rental property is a long term investment. You won’t make your money back in the first year, or even the first several. It’s a long term investment. Don’t plan to live solely on the money unless you can invest in several rental units. But if you do it right, you’ll have a reliable source of passive income that will see you through your retirement years. Eventually, you’ll be able to exit your day job and live on the overage.

Spend time with a real estate professional experienced in buying investment properties. Let them know your long term goals and how you envision your rental property business. They can help you find properties, management services, contractors for repairs and even recommend a pool guy.


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When placing your home on the market you’ll likely need to plan to hold an open house or two. If there's a chance of bad weather during a scheduled open house, you might question moving ahead with the event.

Before you cancel, here are a few things to consider:

  • Serious buyers venture out in all types of weather, so those who show are less likely to be simply curious lookers.

  • Buyers can experience that your home stays cozy and warm even in poor weather.

  • Your roof’s secure structure will shine through.

  • Canceling may signal to buyers that windows, the roof, or the basement areas leak and that your exterior drainage needs work.

  • Canceling at the last minute might make folks think twice about returning if they made the initial effort to attend.

How should you compensate for bad weather?

Make the experience pleasant:

  • Turn on every light. Make your home as bright as possible. You want potential buyers to see your home as warm and inviting.

  • Open the curtains, shutters, and blinds.

  • Check that gutters are clear of debris. Be sure water flows freely from gutters into your downspouts and that it diverts away from walkways.

  • Provide outside and inside doormats and set a stack of towels near the entryways in case anyone needs to dry off.

  • Set an umbrella stand near the door so that wet umbrellas stay in one spot.

  • Odors may appear stronger on wet days, consider moving pet beds and similar items to the garage. Use a lightly-scented fabric refreshing spray to eliminate odors in furniture, carpets, or drapes.

  • Provide warm beverages and to-go cups for your guests.

If you question holding an open house during inclement weather, consult your local real estate professional. They know your market, and they know the sorts of buyers that will come — rain or shine — to find their new home.



7 Sassafras Road, Westford, MA 01886

Single-Family

$864,900
Price

9
Rooms
4
Beds
2/1
Full/Half Baths
Thoughtfully renovated home on a cul-de-sac in an established, South Westford neighborhood. This beautiful lot is just minutes to restaurants, stores, gyms & walking trails and features a spacious front and back yard that is perfect for outdoor entertaining, sports or possibly a pool. The composite side porch leads to the mudroom with a vaulted ceiling that leads to the kitchen featuring white cabinets with a gray accent island with seating, granite counters, under-cabinet lighting, hardwood floors, large pantry & KitchenAid SS appliances. Master suite features massive walk in closet with adjacent loft area that could be used as an office or sitting area. Master bath with private water closet, 3 x 5 custom tile shower, & double vanity. Generous bedroom sizes and main bath with tub/shower with tiled walls. Virtually all of the home's systems are brand new including, Septic system, water filtration system, plumbing, windows & doors, roof, electrical, siding, HVAC and so much more!!
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7 Whitetail Way, Littleton, MA 01460

Single-Family

$699,900
Price
$695,000
Sale Price

8
Rooms
4
Beds
2/1
Full/Half Baths
Home now available in an established 40 lot neighborhood close to walking trails, local farms, nearby "The Point" shopping and entertainment, Routes 495 and 2 and award winning public schools. This homes many features include hardwood throughout the first floor, a family room with cathedral ceiling and gas fireplace, dining room with tray ceiling and chair rail, living room with crown molding, a granite eat-in kitchen with island, gas stove and slider to a spacious 14' x 14' deck leading to a massive 14' x 40' brick paver patio with built in fire pit. All bathrooms have tile flooring and granite counter tops. Second floor has a laundry room and 4 bedrooms. The master bedroom has cathedral ceiling with fan, private bath & spacious walk-in closet. There is also approximately 1,100 square feet of finished area in the walkout basement.

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8 Lowell Rd, Westford, MA 01886

Single-Family

$499,000
Price

7
Rooms
3
Beds
1/1
Full/Half Baths
Nicely sited on a beautifully landscaped lot close to Westford Ctr, is this picturesque N.E. style cape house. This inviting, sunny and bright home, has been well maintained by the owners. The kitchen, w/ white Shaker cabinets, quartz countertops,deep sink, SS appl. and lg pantry provide a great space to work in. The dining rm w crown molding & chair rail provide a perfect spot for holiday/formal dining. Front to back living room has a red brick fireplace.Half bath w/closet on first floor. On the 2nd floor are 3 bedrooms, the master w/ double closets, other 2 have lg closets. Full bath w/ tile floor, and Carrera marble vanity and linen closet. Basement w/ addtl 414 sq. ft of finished, heated liv/space perfect for office, workout or play area. Additional unfinished space provides great storage or workshop. Lovely yard, w/ outdoor shed, provides a deck, and grassy area for your enjoyment! Hookup for generator! Great Westford schools! Pictures post Friday. Showings start Saturday.
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