downsizing

5 Reasons You Should Attend the Downsizing Seminar: 'Planning For Your Future'

Because downsizing is so much more than moving from a big house to a smaller one.

In theory it doesn't sound like such a big deal. People move and downsize all the time. But when you start to break it down, it becomes clear that there are many more details to address than one might think. Clearing the clutter (what needs to go?), getting rid of unneeded furniture (where to donate?), fixing that leaky gutter (who should I call?), etc.

Because what you don't know can hurt you.

Having a team of professionals in your corner is important. Having people who can foresee the possible headaches and head them off at the pass is invaluable to your peace of mind. Attorney Carl Toumayan, Senior Loan Officer Allyson Kreycik, CPA Peter Boalri and REALTOR® Steve McKenna will make sure you don't go it alone.

Because Rome wasn't built in a day.

It takes time to plan a move, but moving from the family home requires more than just moving boxes. If you are downsizing, chances are you have been in your house for quite some time and family memories are everywhere. It is important to allot appropriate time for the process of cleaning, preparing to move and finding a new place to move in to.

Because it doesn't have to be daunting.

How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time. Having a well-thought out plan in place takes the stress out of the question, "What do I do now." Estate planning, tax implications, market conditions, financing - these are all seemingly overwhelming at first glance. But working with the right team can turn 'daunting' into 'smooth and seamless.'

Because you're hungry.

At the end of the day, who doesn't love a free lunch. And free advice and information too? The question isn't why you should attend, but why wouldn't you? See you there.

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Stop Wondering 'What If?' and Start Saying 'Why Not!'

There are a lot of variables when it comes to home buying, selling, downsizing or renovating. Is this the right time? What if I sell but can’t find a home to move into? Should I finally renovate that kitchen?

Knowledge is power, and knowing your options is a great start when making big decisions. If you have a real estate or home improvement question, we're pretty sure one of our vendors has the answer.

The Arlington Home Show has more than 50 vendors to fill you in on the where, when, how, what if and why not of moving to that next phase of life or tackling that home to-do.

Come see for yourself and turn that question mark into an exclamation point. Visit www.thearlingtonhomeshow.com for details.

 

What: The Arlington Home Show

When: Sunday, April 9th, 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Where: The Arlington Town Hall

Who: More than 50 vendors will be on hand to answer your questions

Why: (see above)

 

When Did you Buy Your Arlington Home?

There’s nothing like a new year to remind us that time flies (whether you’re having fun or otherwise). 

In the blink of an eye, the kids grow up, trends shift, technology changes and it can leave you wondering why you still have a flip phone and a stroller in the garage when the kids are in college. 

Four decades and thousands of home buyers and sellers later, Steve McKenna & The Home Advantage Team understand that time can sneak up on you.

Think about when you bought your Arlington home. Was it in the 1960s when the average home cost $19,482? Or the 1980s when the average mortgage rate was a whopping 17.16%?

If the New Year means a resolution to reassess your plans for the future, we can put you on the right path in no time.

Contact us today, and we can provide a free and confidential market analysis of your home to talk about your options, possibilities and a plan that’s right for you.

Here's to a Happy New Year!

Do You Remember When You Bought Your Arlington Home?

 

5 Reasons You Should Attend the Downsizing Seminar: 'Planning For Your Future'

Because downsizing is so much more than moving from a big house to a smaller one.

In theory it doesn't sound like such a big deal. People move and downsize all the time. But when you start to break it down, it becomes clear that there are many more details to address than one might think. Clearing the clutter (what needs to go?), getting rid of unneeded furniture (where to donate?), fixing that leaky gutter (who should I call?), etc.

Because what you don't know can hurt you.

Having a team of professionals in your corner is important. Having people who can foresee the possible headaches and head them off at the pass is invaluable to your peace of mind. Attorney Carl Toumayan, Senior Loan Officer Allyson Kreycik, CPA Peter Boalri and REALTOR® Steve McKenna will make sure you don't go it alone.

Because Rome wasn't built in a day.

It takes time to plan a move, but moving from the family home requires more than just moving boxes. If you are downsizing, chances are you have been in your house for quite some time and family memories are everywhere. It is important to allot appropriate time for the process of cleaning, preparing to move and finding a new place to move in to.

Because it doesn't have to be daunting.

How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time. Having a well-thought out plan in place takes the stress out of the question, "What do I do now." Estate planning, tax implications, market conditions, financing - these are all seemingly overwhelming at first glance. But working with the right team can turn 'daunting' into 'smooth and seamless.'

Because you're hungry.

At the end of the day, who doesn't love a free lunch. And free advice and information too? The question isn't why you should attend, but why wouldn't you? See you there.

Post

 

Stop Wondering 'What If?' and Start Saying 'Why Not!'

There are a lot of variables when it comes to home buying, selling, downsizing or renovating. Is this the right time? What if I sell but can’t find a home to move into? Should I finally renovate that kitchen?

Knowledge is power, and knowing your options is a great start when making big decisions. If you have a real estate or home improvement question, we're pretty sure one of our vendors has the answer.

The Arlington Home Show has more than 50 vendors to fill you in on the where, when, how, what if and why not of moving to that next phase of life or tackling that home to-do.

Come see for yourself and turn that question mark into an exclamation point. Visit www.thearlingtonhomeshow.com for details.

 

What: The Arlington Home Show

When: Sunday, April 9th, 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Where: The Arlington Town Hall

Who: More than 50 vendors will be on hand to answer your questions

Why: (see above)

 

When Did you Buy Your Arlington Home?

There’s nothing like a new year to remind us that time flies (whether you’re having fun or otherwise). 

In the blink of an eye, the kids grow up, trends shift, technology changes and it can leave you wondering why you still have a flip phone and a stroller in the garage when the kids are in college. 

Four decades and thousands of home buyers and sellers later, Steve McKenna & The Home Advantage Team understand that time can sneak up on you.

Think about when you bought your Arlington home. Was it in the 1960s when the average home cost $19,482? Or the 1980s when the average mortgage rate was a whopping 17.16%?

If the New Year means a resolution to reassess your plans for the future, we can put you on the right path in no time.

Contact us today, and we can provide a free and confidential market analysis of your home to talk about your options, possibilities and a plan that’s right for you.

Here's to a Happy New Year!

Do You Remember When You Bought Your Arlington Home?

 

When is the right time to sell your home?

Have you been thinking…

  • My property taxes are too high and are going up
  • My home is too big for me
  • I need to know the value of my home

Selling your home is personal.

My team and I can explain the current real estate market, help you understand the value of your home, and guide you through the home selling process. 

Contact us when it’s right for you!

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    Sellers Workshop for Arlington Residents

    The law office of Timothy J. Van Der Veen, Esq. will conduct a workshop for Arlington residents who are considering the transfer or sale of their property in the next 12 months. The workshop will be held at the Robbins Library and is geared towards owners who haven’t sold in at least 10 years.

    The event will cover recent changes in the law and other trends affecting local real estate transactions in the past year.

    A panel of industry experts including, Steve McKenna & The Home Advantage Team of BOWES Real Estate, Thea Simolari of Mortgage Network, and Walter Abbott of Abbott & Associates, CPA will cover topics such as:

    • Will you owe capital gains tax if you sell?
    • Selling or transferring a property held in trust or if an owner is deceased
    • Flood insurance: Are you impacted by recent changes in the flood maps?
    • Formula to calculate your net sale proceeds to within $1,000
    • Importance of conducting a preliminary title review
    • State sales tax and other forgotten closing costs
    • Strategies for simultaneously selling and buying in a low inventory market
    • Pros and cons of For Sale By Owner
    • Pre-sale repair & improvement strategies (update or leave alone?)
    • Can you buy before you sell? Bridge loans and other financing option in carrying 2 properties

    The workshop will be held at the Robbins Library, 700 Massachusetts Ave., Arlington, MA 02476 on Monday, February 25th, 2019 from 6:30 p.m. -8:00 p.m. The workshop is FREE for all Arlington residents. However, space is limited and registration is mandatory. We hope to see you there!

    TO REGISTER (or for more information)

    Please email: Christina@timvanderveenlaw.com or call 781-829-2003.

    REGISTRATION DEADLINE: February 18th

    This is NOT a solicitation for legal services pursuant to Rule 7.3 of the Massachusetts Rules of Professional Conduct

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      Prep Talk

      Chances are the thought downsizing (or helping a loved one downsize) is something on the horizon that gets pushed aside for another day.

      But today, home values are high, interest rates are low, homes in Arlington and surrounding areas are selling fast, and from a market standpoint, it’s an ideal time to sell.

      Of course, it may feel differently from your standpoint. Prepping to downsize usually means cleaning out, cleaning up and making tough decisions about who gets what and what goes where – but downsizing does not need to be daunting!

      With the right help and a plan tailored to suit your needs, you can make a seamless transition to a new chapter of life. 

      Preparing to Downsize Your Home

      Here are the 5 things to consider when preparing to downsize:

      1. Family Meeting. Discuss the idea of downsizing with your family and friends, as well as your advisors including attorneys and accountants. Understand your options and the potential changes to your estate planning and tax implications.
      1. Rely on a Professional to get you started. Contact a trusted real estate professional to prepare a Custom Market Analysis (CMA) on your home. Someone who is a local expert will give you an insight on the true value of your home (not just what Zillow tells you), potential expenses, the best timeline as well as a comprehensive overview of the market conditions. 
      1. Timing is Everything. Change is hard, procrastinating is easy. Unfortunately, many people are ultimately forced to move for either health reasons or other personal reasons. It is important to be proactive and understanding the time it can take to downsize – which can be up to two years depending on certain physical, financial and emotional situations.  
      1. Think About Your Next Move. Start your research early in the process. Understand why you are moving - is the maintenance and care of the house too much? If that's the case you may want something with little or no maintenance, such as a condo or townhouse. Do you need everything on one level? Maybe not immediately, but look to the future and decide if you might need a bedroom and bathroom on the main level. Whatever your lifestyle and decision is; take your time and consider all your options.
      1. Cleaning Out. Packing up a lifetime of memories is often the hardest part of downsizing. A professional stager and organizer is invaluable in helping you prepare your home for sale, as well as knowing where you can donate certain items or the proper place to discard them.

      If you feel apprehensive about downsizing, you’re not alone - and we are here to help. Steve McKenna & The Home Advantage Team will handle every step of the process and so much more – providing a smooth transition, peace of mind, and ensuring that you’re well cared for throughout your move. It’s as easy as putting your home in our hands.

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