Christina Martinez - WEICHERT, REALTORS® - Briarwood Real Estate



Posted by Christina Martinez on 3/14/2019

Although it may seem like the Internet and email have always been an integral part of our daily lives, those modes of modern communication have only been around for the past two decades or so.

With technology like video teleconferencing, online document sharing, and other collaborative tools becoming commonplace in the business arena, more and more companies are allowing (and even encouraging) their employees to work from home -- at least a couple days a week. For better or worse, many employees, managers, and executives are putting in lots of overtime from their home offices.

Whether you're telecommuting for a job or running your own home-based business, having a dedicated work space can make all the difference in your ability to stay focused and productive. Not only can you control distractions by closing the door, but having a separate work space at home makes it easier to stay organized and maintain a professional image. Depending on the layout of your house, the cooperation of your family, and neighborhood zoning regulations, it may even be possible to meet with clients at your home office.

While some people don't have a problem setting up their laptop and working at the kitchen table, in their bedroom, or the living room, problems can arise when your spouse or other members of the family want to use your temporary work space for something else!

Other potential complications are possible, too: When people in your household have easy access to your computer, work files, and research materials, there's also the possibility of accidentally losing unsaved documents, unfinished emails being prematurely sent or closed, and having to deal with spills, sticky surfaces, misplaced work materials, and other miscellaneous mishaps! On the other hand, setting aside a dedicated work space at home for tackling office projects, preparing reports, or creating client proposals can help you avoid losing valuable work, missing deadlines, and looking unprofessional.

Home Offices Are a Selling Point

In addition to making your own life more organized and less chaotic, there's also the advantage of increasing your home's marketability. If you happen to be considering putting your house on the market now or in the near future, having a dedicated office space will help make your home look more appealing to potential buyers.

Today, more than ever, the idea of having a home office is on many people's minds and priority lists -- or at least, their "wish list". When prospective buyers can envision ways in which your home can meet their lifestyle goals, business objectives, and career requirements, they'll be a lot more likely to seriously consider making an offer on your house.

As more and more people pursue work-at-home options, freelancing opportunities, advanced degrees, and home-based businesses, a dedicated office space will continue to be a highly desirable feature for both current and future home owners.





Posted by Christina Martinez on 3/7/2019

Do you love March Madness? Love getting into the spirit of the competition and enjoying fun times spent with family and friends watching games? Whether you're a big college basketball fan or not, March Madness brings with it so many opportunities to have fun and join in the commotion of the NCAA division tournament. With 68 teams you'll undoubtedly be able to find a team or school to cheer on, and even put some money down on, in this single elimination tournament. Here are some great ways to enjoy March Madness at home or out on the town. 

Hosting a Party

A great way to gather your friends together is to host viewing parties throughout the month. Figure out all your favorite upcoming match-ups and final round games and invite your crew over to watch. To easily deck out your party buy cups, plates, and napkins in each team's colors. Try your hand at snacks and treats that come from the same region as the teams you're watching. Design or find special cocktails or locate beers unique to the teams or college towns. Invite friends to bring over any flags, banners or other memorabilia they have to decorate your living room. When everyone gets in the spirit, you'll soon have great memories to share from this year's tournament.

Attending a Party

Every town in America gets excited during March Madness. Check online for scheduled events around your city and make plans to attend with your friends. Visit a different pub, restaurant or theater to check out the games you want to see and enjoy the comradery and competition with strangers and friends. Break out your favorite jersey, sweatshirt and hats, get out there and represent your team!

Crafts & Other Activities

Whether you're joining the action at home or out on the town, you can continue to engage in the tournament in between with more crafts and activities.

  • Make t-shirts to represent your team or your predicted finalists and winner. You can create these at home with puff paints or iron on transfers. Or, visit your local screen printer for a small set of tees for you and your friends.
  • Design your own bracket and track tournament outcomes. Use a whiteboard, a big sheet of paper (a large roll of white paper is a good and affordable option) or poster board to draw out your bracket and add the names of winners as you watch the games. Watching both men’s and women’s NCAA games, don’t forget you’ll need two brackets!
  • Engage in a friendly bet. Get with your friends to wager on the winner of each game or final four predictions. Create a squares pool or set up a bracket challenge. Try making your bets unique like wagering doing the winner’s lawn and garden care for a month, washing their car or babysitting the kids. 

Whatever your preferred entertainment there is something for everyone when it comes to March Madness. Get together with your friends before the tournament starts and outline some plans for all the fun you’ll have throughout the month of March.




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Posted by Christina Martinez on 3/7/2019

You've attended an open house – now what? Ultimately, there are many questions for homebuyers to consider after they attend an open house, and these include:

1. Did the home match or exceed my expectations?

It is important to understand whether a home is one that you could enjoy both now and in the future. And if you found that you liked a home after an open house, you may want to proceed with an offer on this residence.

Usually, it is a good idea to carry a checklist of your homebuying wants and needs that you can use throughout an open house. With this list in hand, a homebuyer can identify a house's strengths and weaknesses.

If you ever have concerns or questions during an open house, don't hesitate to find the listing real estate agent for assistance too. By doing so, you can gain the insights you need to determine whether a particular house is a viable long-term investment.

2. What would life be like if I purchased the home?

An open house can bring out a broad range of emotions in homebuyers, particularly if these individuals see things that they like in a residence.

For example, a homebuyer who sees a large outdoor deck may envision summer barbecues with family members and friends. Or, a homebuyer who views a spacious kitchen might picture dinner parties that he or she could host in the future.

If a home brings out positive feelings, it may be a keeper. As such, a homebuyer who feels good about a home after an open house may want to move forward with an offer.

3. Am I ready to submit an offer on the home?

Submitting an offer on a house can be tricky. On the one hand, you don't want to overspend to acquire a residence. Conversely, you want to submit a competitive offer that matches the home seller's expectations.

After an open house, it never hurts to meet with a real estate agent. Then, you can outline your homebuying goals and determine whether now is a good time to submit an offer on a residence.

If you decide to proceed with an offer, ensure that the proposal is fair and is submitted in a timely fashion. In all likelihood, the home seller will have 24 to 48 hours to accept, decline or counter your proposal. Once you receive a home seller's decision on your offer, you can determine the next step on your homebuying journey.

Lastly, if a home seller rejects your offer, there is no need to worry. With an expert real estate agent at your side, you can check out other open house events in your area. And as a result, you should have no trouble accelerating the process of going from homebuyer to homeowner.

Alleviate stress as you decide how to proceed after you attend an open house – consider the aforementioned factors, and you can determine whether a particular residence is right for you.




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Posted by Christina Martinez on 3/1/2019

WELCOME TO SOCO 146 CONDO'S! FHA APPROVED COMPLEX! THESE GO FAST! SPACIOUS MODERN CORNER UNIT ON 4TH FLOOR WITH ELEVATOR BUILDING! STAINLESS APPLIANCE KITCHEN, 2 GREAT SIZED BEDROOMS WITH GORGEOUS EXPOSED BRICK AND 2 FULL BATHS! LAUNDRY IN UNIT! 10 FT CEILINGS, PLENTY OF CLOSEST SPACE FOR STORAGE, SECURED BUILDING, LOCATED ACROSS THE STREET FROM THE COMMUTER RAIL ONLY 30 MINUTES TO BOSTON, CENTRAL AIR, FHA-GAS, GYM & MEDIA ROOM! NO SHOWINGS UNTIL OPEN HOUSE THIS WEEKEND, THERE IS A VERY NICE TENANT LIVING IN THE UNIT SO WE ARE TRYING TO GET ANYONE & EVERYONE INTERESTED THROUGH AT THE OPEN HOUSE, SO DO NOT MISS OUT! INTERIOR PICS TO BE UPLOADED BY THURSDAY MORNING!

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Posted by Christina Martinez on 3/1/2019

If your looking for a Nice Solid home in a great area of the city this split level could meet your needs! Some updating required, this house was built in 1990 so everything except the New Hot water tank is original, SELLERS INCLUDING A LIMITED 1 YEAR HOME WARRANTY! A SUPERB price at $249,900, 3 bedrooms, 1 bath and finished family room or 4th bedroom in the lower level! Front & side Porch need painting and possible replacement of boards but property being SOLD in As-Is condition, Fha financing would be tough, since porches need paint and we are in the middle of winter, again house being sold in As-Is condition NO exceptions! ONLY showings this Saturday, March 2nd 12-3 pm since there are tenants in the property and we do not want to bother them since they will be moving out at the end of March & are in the middle of packing. Closings should be scheduled for April in your offer! NO SHOWINGS UNTIL OPEN HOUSE THIS SAT 12-3!

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