Louise Lingerman | Newburyport Real Estate, Amesbury Real Estate, Merrimac Real Estate


Looking to buy a house? Ultimately, you'll want to attend at least a few open houses in your city or town. By doing so, you'll be able to understand exactly what you'd like to find in your dream house.

Before you attend an open house, there are several factors to consider, and these include:

1. Your Homebuying Budget

With a budget in hand, you can narrow your search for the ideal home. That way, you can avoid the temptation to attend open houses for residences that fall outside your price range.

To establish a homebuying budget, take a look at your current financial situation. Then, consider your future expenses like those related to student loans or children and plan accordingly.

In addition, it never hurts to get pre-approved for a home loan. If you gain pre-approval, you can enter the housing market with a budget in hand and review a broad array of houses that match your budget.

2. Your Homebuying Checklist

If you're living to a warm-weather climate, you may want to own a home with a swimming pool. Or, if you plan to reside near the ocean, you may consider houses where you can dock your boat nearby.

Create a homebuying checklist before you visit open houses. This will allow you to streamline your home search and accelerate the homebuying journey.

Also, it may help to separate your homebuying checklist into "wants" and "must-haves." Although your dream house may not include all of your homebuying checklist "wants," you can use these categories to determine exactly what you'd like to find in your ideal residence.

3. Your Homebuying Timeline

Are you planning to move next week or in the next several weeks? Some homebuying journeys are faster than others, and you'll want to map out your property buying journey based on when you need to move.

For example, if you've accepted a new job in the city, you may need to move quickly to relocate. This may require you to act so you can get settled in a new home before you begin your new job.

Comparatively, if you're in no rush to relocate, you can take a wait-and-see approach to the housing market. And if you attend an open house and like what you see, then you can submit an offer to acquire a residence.

If you're unsure about how to approach open houses, there is no need to worry. In fact, many real estate agents are available in cities and towns nationwide to assist homebuyers.

A real estate agent can offer expert insights into a home before a homebuyer attends an open house. Plus, this housing market professional can provide honest, unbiased homebuying recommendations and will even negotiate with a home seller on a buyer's behalf.

Get ready for an open house – consider the aforementioned factors, and a homebuyer should have no trouble exploring a broad array of residences and finding one that he or she can enjoy for years to come.



9 Freedom Way, Merrimac, MA 01860

Condo

$399,828
Price

6
Rooms
2
Beds
1/1
Full/Half Baths
Freedom Way in Merrimac Ma welcomes you! This sought after North Shore 55+ community has everything you could ask for! Warm and inviting open floor plan makes for easy living. Gas fireplace in living room, dining area, upgraded kitchen cabinets with granite countertops, island, hardwood flooring, 2 bedrooms, 1.5 bath. Easy single floor living. The second level is ready to be finished for additional living space. Full basement, garage and exterior access to your own deck. Discover Merrimac! This quaint community is located close to beaches, shopping, and Route 95 & 495.
Open House
Sunday
October 21 at 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM
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11 Woodland St, Merrimac, MA 01860

Single-Family

$549,828
Price

11
Rooms
6
Beds
2/1
Full/Half Baths
Awesome opportunity to own one of the most beautiful homes in Merrimac! New quartz countertops, high end appliances, including an American Range and new refrigerator. Updated 200 AMP electrical service. Exterior freshly painted, exceptional grounds with manicured lawn, and private fenced in yard. Interior features include period moldings, gorgeous pocket doors, fireplace living room, hardwood floors throughout the home (3rd floor carpet), updated bathrooms and attached two car garage. Features of this home are rarely seen in new construction. Live on one of the nicest tree lined streets in town. Don't let this opportunity pass you by! Come take a look, you won't be disappointed! OPEN HOUSE 10/14/18 11:00 - 12:30 P.M.
Open House
Sunday
October 14 at 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM
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11 Woodland St, Merrimac, MA 01860

Single-Family

$589,828
Price

11
Rooms
6
Beds
2/1
Full/Half Baths
Rare and Unique Offering! This well cared for superior quality victorian home is being offered for sale. Everything that you envision in a Victorian home in a small New England town is found here. This home is located on one the sought after neighborhoods in Merrimac. The home has not changed hands many times since being built in 1886. Raised panel pocket doors, 9 ft ceilings and updated Victorian lighting embrace you as you enter. The gleaming hardwood floors were installed with the utmost care and detail. Raised panel woodwork brings the dining room to a formal level. Two car attached garage attached make it convenient to enter the home through the basement. Peaceful living is found here. Updated kitchen and baths. Sit on the deck and overlook the beautifully landscaped yard. This extremely good condition Victorian just needs new owners to love her, as the present owners have. This home won't last! OPEN HOUSE 9/16 12-1:30 P.M. All offers will be considered on 9/18/2018.
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Sunday
September 16 at 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM
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130 Franklin, Seabrook, NH 03874

Single-Family

$639,828
Price

7
Rooms
2
Beds
2
Baths
Location, location, location! A quintessential New England Beach community awaits you! This beach home has been loved by the same family for many years. Now it's your turn to create your own memories! A single family ranch style home offering 7 rooms, 2 bedrooms, 2 baths, deck and partial finished basement with walkout. 6-8 parking spaces! There are lots of possibilities here! You are just a short stroll down the street to the beach and the Atlantic ocean. Swim, sailing, walk the shore, build sandcastles, whatever it is you love to do! Start vacationing at beautiful Seabrook beach! "Some of the best memories are made in flip flops!" - Kellie Elmore
Open House
Sunday
May 27 at 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM
Happy Memorial Day Weekend! It's the unofficial start to summer! Why not start the season off right with a home at the beach? Stop by and check it out. We are serving steamed hot dogs and lemonade. Agents & brokers, send your buyers! We will feed them and honor your card when they want to buy this home! See you Sunday at noon!
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