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Posted by Chad Goldstein on 8/3/2020

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All home sellers understand that there are some costs to selling a home, but not everyone realizes what they're expected to pay for (and how much the total will be). We'll look at the most common expenses and how they might affect your budget. 

Real Estate Agent Fees 

This is probably the first thing that comes to mind if you're selling a home. The standard rule is anywhere between 5 to 6% of the final sale price. Not all sellers will shoulder this cost, but the majority will. So if your home sells for $300,000, you should expect to hand over at least $15,000 to be split between the buyer and seller real estate agents. Please note that commissions can be negotiable, especially if you're selling in a popular neighborhood. 

Prep Work 

While none of these costs are strictly necessary, they can help you get your home ready:

  • Repairs: If you're not planning to sell the house as-is, it's a good idea to spruce up the interior and exterior of the property. Even if you're only buying a few cans of paint and a roller, the costs can add up quickly. 
  • Home inspection: Buyers will typically do their own home inspection, but sellers who go above and beyond can give themselves an edge in a competitive market. If you're going out of your way to buy a home inspection, it can show you have nothing to hide. These inspections cost a few hundred dollars and may reveal structural problems that you were unaware of. 
  • Staging: Arranging your furniture to show off the best of the home can really inspire buyers to view its potential. Whether you dress up your home with cozy touches (e.g., cashmere throws, small bouquets, etc.) or more modern decorations, it can help attract the perfect buyer. 

Additional Fees 

If you're moving out before you sell the house, you'll need to continue paying the utilities. You'll also need to check with your lender as to exactly how much you owe when you pay off the loan. Some lenders will charge prepayment fees upon early termination. You may also be asked to either pay or split the closing costs, especially if you're selling in a buyer's market. This can include anything from the title inspector fees to transfer costs. Finally, you may need to pay capital gains tax if your home skyrocketed in value or any lingering property taxes.

Some sellers end up paying closer to 10% of the total sale price of their home, a figure that can be difficult to swallow for many sellers. It's worth clarifying each cost so you always know what you're paying for.

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Posted by Chad Goldstein on 8/1/2020

This Single-Family in Wareham, MA recently sold for $360,000. This Colonial style home was sold by Chad Goldstein - Gold Key Realty LLC.

4 Carver rd, Wareham, MA 02576

West Wareham


Sale Price

Full/Half Baths
Come see this immaculate maintained home that is nestled in the area of West Wareham. It's situated in the ideal location between rte 495 and 195 as well as being minutes away from rte 28 & 58. This 3 bedroom home is move in ready no work or updating needed here. With it's green manicured lawn, beautiful hardwood floors, seasonal water views and its bright front to back living room this home will please the pickiest of people. This is a must see!

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Posted by Chad Goldstein on 7/27/2020

The number of American employees who work from home, at least part of the time, is increasing year after year. Some 38% of Americans say they’re currently able to work from home at least one day a week, and that number is set to continue increasing.

Working from home can pose a few problems, however. Notably, trying to find a place within your home where you can sit down in peace and get to work.

In today’s article, we’re going to talk about home office design. So, whether you’re working from home full-time, part-time, or just want a quiet place to go over the bills in the evening, so can ensure you have the best possible environment to be productive in.

The balance between focused and comfortable

Ideally, a home office is a place that is well-lit, distraction-free, and minimal in decor. However, each of us has our own process when it comes to being productive.

So, when planning your office, it’s important to choose a style that will help you work but will also make you want to spend time in the room.

Lighting conditions

Another trait of a home office that is largely dependent on your work-preferences is the lighting quality. This covers anything from the lights you use to the windows, curtains, and even the color of your walls.

If you’re the type of person who could easily fall asleep in a dimly-lit room, it’s probably a good idea to choose a bright paint color and ample lighting. This is especially true for people who find themselves spending long hours in the evening.

Decorating your office

Now that you’ve determined what type of home office you need, let’s think about how you’re going to furnish it.

The key here is to minimize distractions. A television is probably a bad idea. But, quiet music playing on your laptop or headphones could help you focus.

In terms of decorations, a good design principle to go by is that you should decorate with a few large items rather than several small items. This will help you prevent the room from feeling cluttered.

Set yourself up for organizational success

When you envision an office, you probably picture file organizers, paper clip holders, notepads, and countless other office-related tool and accessories.

However, if you tend to do most of your work on your computer, odds are those things will just get in your way.

Instead of filling up your cart at Staples, think about the type of work you’ll be doing in your home office and purchase only what you need. This will help you stay organized and help you from losing documents and losing time trying to find those documents.

With these tips in mind, you’re ready to start creating your home office haven of productivity. Be sure to check out my other posts for more tips and advice.

Posted by Chad Goldstein on 7/24/2020

This Single-Family in Walpole, MA recently sold for $825,000. This Colonial style home was sold by Chad Goldstein - Gold Key Realty LLC.

12 Grist Mill Lane, Walpole, MA 02081

East Walpole


Sale Price

Full/Half Baths
Beautiful 9 room 4 bedroom colonial located in the highly desirable Wisteria Ways II neighborhood and "Blue Ribbon" awarded Old Post Road School district. This immaculate home boasts a custom eat-in kitchen with double wall oven, gas cook top, and new lighting fixtures. Kitchen slider doors take you to a large deck overlooking the serene and lush back yard. Step down to the cozy family room with wood burning fire place or enjoy entertaining in the formal living room and elegant dining room. Second floor has 3 generous size bedrooms with double closets and a master suite with master bath and walk-in closet. The finished basement, with gas fireplace & walk out access, offers space for play or home office, while the unfinished side offers an abundance of storage as well as the potential for a future wine cellar. More features include Central AC, first floor laundry, 2 car garage, irrigation system and home security. Close proximity to the train, shops and restaurants of Walpole Center.

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Posted by Chad Goldstein on 7/23/2020

248 Oak St, Abington, MA 02351



Full/Half Baths
THIS GORGEOUS COLONIAL HAS IT ALL!! The kitchen is a chef's dream! Featuring a 6 burner Thermador stove, chef series Samsung fridge, Wine fridge, duel drawer dishwasher, blue pearl granite counter-tops, kitchen island, mosaic tile back-splash, and gorgeous light fixtures! A spacious separate formal dining room, large living room with a gas fireplace, large office and 1/2 bath complete the 1ST FLR! White Oak hardwood floors flow throughout most of the home! Upstairs you'll find 4 bedrooms including a huge master suite with vaulted ceilings and master bath. The second floor also offers an absolutely stunning bathroom with floor to ceiling tile work, incredible bath and shower unit featuring 6 body jets & rain and waterfall shower head options. The light fixtures above the elegant vanity are sports memorabilia from David Ortiz's restaurant! NEW whole house water filtration, NEW on demand hot water heater, central air and gas heat! Sitting on nearly and acre of land, this house has it all!
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