Featured Listing | 309 W Foster St., Melrose | $469,000

Look no further for the best location and value in town! Three bedroom colonial built in the 1900s hasn’t lost its charm! Beautiful, sunlit rooms with great energy boast hardwood floors and original moldings. Conveniently nestled between Cedar Park and Wyoming commuter rail stations and approximately 1.5 miles from Oak Grove. Located a few blocks from downtown Melrose and just across the street from Gooch park! First floor living room, dining room and eat-in kitchen; Second floor has three bedrooms and full bath. Updated roof and heating system. Open Houses 5/20 12-1:30 & 5/21 1-2:30

Featured Listing | 387 East Foster St., Melrose | $650,000

Unpack and enjoy! Picture perfect and move in ready describe this attractive colonial style home nestled in a fantastic East Side neighborhood. Who wouldn’t love cooking in the eat-in kitchen with plenty of cabinets and granite counters? Imagine cozy winter nights in front of the fireplace or a peaceful morning cup of coffee in the sunroom. Plan your 4th of July barbecue in the enormous yard with great deck and patio area. 9 rooms, 4 bedrooms, 1/5 baths plus finished room in basement makes a great man cave, playroom or craft space…your choice! Bonus features offered in the well maintained property include replacement windows, a walk up attic for great storage, an attached garage and central air for comfortable summer nights. This location is ideal…just steps to the bus line (to Oak Grove “T” stop) and minutes to Route 1, golf courses, the Melrose Common (with its new awesome playground), schools and hiking trails.

 

Clean Room Program

When you are getting ready to sell your house there is a lot to do and think about, and keeping your home tidy should be at the top of the list. Why do it alone? I have a creative way to get the kids on board to help with the everyday messes… bribery!

If your child can be motivated by money (I know mine can!), I will give each of your children $50 for keeping their rooms clean, coats hung, toothpaste cleaned out of the sink and evidence of play, snack and homework gone for all showings.  Kids usually respond positively and clean after themselves. I am not their parent so they listen to me! I will also check in to make sure they have done their part and am always happy to talk to them directly if they need a little extra push in the right direction. Trust me, it works!

Contact me and learn more about my creative approaches to selling your house.

Before/After Bathroom

WHAT WE DID

Pulled down beadboard and trim. Not because we didn’t like it; it had water damage in some spots and looked tired overall
Painted Walls. Sherman Williams TopSail (love!!)
Cleaned grout with homemade paste: 3 parts baking soda/1 part vinegar
Reinvented vanity console: First we removed the bottom drawer to make a shelf then we painted with Annie Sloane chalk paint in Paris Grey, distressed it with a hand sander and finished with a black wax. We replaced the knobs too, but I was thinking silver might have been better… what do you think?
New faucet: Home Depot $40
New mirror: Home Depot $40
New shower curtain: Pottery Barn (clearance!) $39.99
New curtain rod, towels, rug: Target $25

Do you have a before/after project to share? Send pictures and what you did to info@kristyb.com

Featured Listing | 51 Burrell St, Melrose | $825,000

Finally, the home that you’ve waited so long for is here! This beautiful Garrison sits on a lovely street and is surrounded by pretty trees and foliage. It is quaint and classic, but is loaded with space and all the fixings. The first floor features a FP living room, sunken DR w/ window seat, tea room, sun-filled family room (8 windows + French doors) and a large EIK w/ Viking stove, vaulted ceilings and sliders to the back deck. The second floor features 3 nicely sized BRs and full bath w/ white subway tiles. But the showstopper here is the fabulous MBR- vaulted ceilings, 12 windows, a great big bath w/ double sinks, shower and soaking tub, 2 closets and custom cabinets. Throw away the key and let the rest of the household fend for themselves! Two bonus spaces in the lower level – a den and exercise room. Private and serene backyard boasts a patio and deck. Walk to Bellevue Golf Club. Close to Ell Pond, MHS, Whole Foods and has quick access to route 1. OH’s Fri, Sat, & Sun.

Before/After Kitchen

WHAT WE DID
Really, the goal was so simple… to make the appliances and countertops pop. With everything so monotone, nothing really stood out and it was all very blah. For less than $100, we created a more visually pleasing space which in turn attracted more buyers (eight offers to be exact!)
Painted Cabinets: BM* Revere Pewter
Staged with pops of lime green color
Added a cafe table to sell it as an eat in kitchen!
*Benjamin Moore
Comment below for more information on how we did it, how much it cost or how I can help you do something similar!

Let’s Give Back Together…

Helping families is what I do for a living. Selling a home ranks among one of the most important experiences someone can have and it should be fun and rewarding. In that spirit, should you choose me to represent you as your Realtor the next time you’re selling a home, a donation to one of the following organizations will be made in your name upon the closing:

The Medford Family Network (MFN) is a family support and parenting education program that is available to every child and caregiver who lives or works in Medford with at least one child prenatal through age seven.

Susan G. Komen For the Cure. Simply put, the mission of Susan G. Komen for the Cure is to eradicate breast cancer by advancing research, screening, care and education. Their vision is a world without breast cancer.

Children’s Miracle Network. The Children’s Miracle Network’s goal is to help as many children as possible by raising funds and awareness for local children’s hospitals. Donations stay local so any contributions from us will go directly to Boston Children’s Hospital.

I look forward to working with you and to helping give back to a worthy cause that gives so much. I appreciate the trust that you have in me to help you navigate the nuances of successfully marketing and selling a home. This is just one of the ways that we can work together to make a difference.

Kristy B.

“Welcome to our Home” Chalkboard

Have to share because, seriously… this is so adorable and won the hearts of so many buyers at my open house. Creating a welcoming living space like this doesn’t have to be expensive, just some chalk paint and chalk. Choose a wall that’s not a focal point; but rather a hidden gem like under a staircase or, in this case, a wall in a room that can’t be seen from it’s entrance. While the idea of a charming, hand-drawn chalkboard sounds nice, let’s be honest, the kids are going to scribble all over your beautifully written words before you get your first offer! Now who’s ready to buy this home?!

 

Before/After Front Entryway

WHAT WE DID:

Painted the walls: BM* Wish (my new favorite color!);
Painted trim white;
Replaced blind with single white sheer curtain. Not pictured, but very pretty;
Staged empty dark entryway to look and feel like useable space with a small desk, chair and accessories.

*Benjamin Moore

Comment below for more information on how we did it, how much it cost or how I can help you do something similar!

Love Letters to Buyers… yes, buyers!

Love letters are not just for buyers trying to make their offer standout in competition; they’re also useful when marketing a property for sale. Before putting a property on the market, I give sellers “homework” (big meany). These assignments are things like finding extra keys or organizing files on services contracts and providers. Added to this list is a request to write a “love letter to buyers”. What is this? It’s a letter from your heart detailing all the reasons you’ve loved living in your home. Potential buyers LOVE to hear about the nearby parks, BBQs with neighbors, and local eateries. It’s also a great opportunity to positively highlight something that may be less desirable to a buyer, otherwise known as functional obsolescence. For example: You may want to comment on how much you’ve enjoyed the peaceful, fenced yard; if you live on a busy street or how about the convenience of walking to parks and downtown; if you have no yard.

No matter what it is that you want to share about your home, it should be authentic and speak to your target market. If you’re selling a home with four bedrooms, your buyers are likely to have children so calling attention to the relationships that you’ve created with other families will mean something to them. Writing about the updates to your home is a must, but communicating how they’ve made life easier or more enjoyable creates value.

Click here for some samples of Love Letters to Buyers written by some of my most talented sellers!

photo credit #jenbolithophotography