Julianne Krutka
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Posted by Julianne Krutka on 8/15/2019

What happens after a home seller rejects your offer to buy his or her home? Ultimately, there are many questions to consider in this scenario, including:

1. Why did the home seller reject my offer?

A home seller may reject an offer for a number of reasons. And if you work with a real estate agent, you may be able to gain insights into a home seller's decision.

Typically, your real estate agent will submit an offer to a home seller on your behalf. This real estate professional also may work directly with a home seller's real estate agent. As a result, your real estate agent may be able to find out why a home seller rejected your proposal.

2. Is there anything else I could've done?

Were you an informed homebuyer? If so, you've probably done everything you could to submit a proposal that would meet or exceed a home seller's expectations.

In most instances, an informed homebuyer will go above and beyond the call of duty to submit a competitive offer from the get-go. He or she will understand the ins and outs of the housing market and prepare an offer accordingly.

Furthermore, an informed homebuyer will learn about the condition of a home and the prices of comparable residences in the same city or town. By doing so, he or she will be able to differentiate a seller's market from a buyer's one.

An informed homebuyer also will do everything possible to avoid a "lowball" proposal.

If a homebuyer submits a lowball offer, a home seller is likely to dismiss his or her offer immediately. In addition, this homebuyer risks missing out on the opportunity to purchase a great home.

3. What should I do next?

After a home seller rejects your proposal, you can submit a new offer to the home seller. Or, you can always continue to browse the housing market. Regardless of which option you select, it is important to stay optimistic.

Remember, there are plenty of fish in the sea. Much in the same vein, you're sure to find a terrific house that satisfies your lifestyle and budget needs if you continue your home search.

When it comes to discovering the right home at the right price, hiring an experienced real estate agent is paramount.

An experienced real estate agent will work with you throughout the homebuying process. He or she will learn about your homebuying needs and budget and ensure you can check out a broad array of high-quality residences.

Moreover, an experienced real estate agent will take the guesswork out of buying a home. This real estate professional will keep you up to date about new houses as soon as they become available, set up home showings and much more. That way, you can accelerate the process of going from homebuyer to homeowner.

Employ an experienced real estate agent to help you with your home search Ė you'll be thrilled you did. An experienced real estate agent will make it simple for you to find a stellar residence that you can enjoy for years to come.




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Posted by Julianne Krutka on 8/8/2019

Youíve read all those articles on how to organize, how to arrange, how to store, and yet your home still looks a mess. Perhaps youíve tried to follow too many ideas and consequently havenít succeeded at any of them. Here are a few ďorganizational hintsĒ that you can do without so that you truly succeed in your goals.

Countertop containers

Despite the lovely magazine spreads and reality TV reveals, piling the top of your counter with jars, floral arrangements in vases, decorative cake-stands and other beautiful pieces readily contributes to even more clutter. If the item on your countertop isnít something you use regularly, itís likely to collect dust and water spots. If itís near your meal prep and wash-up areas, youíll often find it has interesting food spatters too. That just means more washing, dusting, cleaning for you to do.

Empty landscape

Of course, making the countertops too clean can make life, in general, more of a chore. So, if you make smoothies every day, keep that blender on the counter in a handy location. If you always bake, make room on the surface for your mixer. And if youíre a crockpot or insta-pot chef, keep it right where you use it. Otherwise, youíre regularly cleaning, clearing, and putting things away that youíll turn right back around and take out just a few hours later. Instead, be sure to wipe your countertop appliances down every day in case they caught some of those food splashes.

Glass-front glare

Installing beautiful glass-front cabinetry can add value to your kitchen, but unless you have room in other cabinets for your regular stuff, mismatched items piled into your cabinets add to a messy look. If you have glass-front cupboard doors but not enough space, simple line the glass with a decorative film to give it a frosted look while it hides your clutter.

Rethink your space

Just because your mom always kept the dishes in the cabinet to the left of the sink and the glasses on the right doesnít mean you have to. In fact, if your kitchen has large drawers, stacking plates and bowls in them. Having dishware lower down allows children to participate in setting the table and emptying the dishwasher. If you use plastic ware for extra storage, put it in a plastic basket along with the lids in a lower shelf to make it easier for little ones to reach it when theyíre being helpful.

Of course, if the only solution to finding more organization space in your kitchen is to have a new kitchen, talk to your real estate agent and start looking today.





Posted by Julianne Krutka on 8/1/2019

Are you a minimalist? If youíve heard this question recently, you may be wondering just what it means and how does it affect you. It is NOT a set of rules.It is NOT about how much you own.

It is NOT about how much money you earn. 
It is NOT about buying specific items or giving up certain things.
It is NOT about being frugal.
It is NOT throwing out all your belongings and sleeping in a yurt (unless that makes you happy).
It is NOT about living in a tiny house (although it can be for you).
It IS about quality over quantity; peace over disorder; satisfaction over extravagance.

Minimalism is a mindset about what we require to be happy and what only clutters up our homes and our lives. It is about getting rid of the unnecessary things that take up space, consume time, and contribute to frustration and exhaustion. You can be a true minimalist in a mansion, a townhome, an apartment, or a houseboat as long as what fills your space contributes to contentment and order rather than stress and chaos.

When it comes to buying a home, minimalists look for spaces that reflect their personality rather than the latest trend. A minimalist is a different type of homebuyer. Becoming minimalist might be right up your alley if you hate the over-stuffed closet or messy junk drawer, find yourself irritated by clutter and uncomfortable with a hodgepodge of decorative items you subconsciously think of as ďdust collectors.Ē

While a form of minimalism is an architectural style commonly seen in Japanese design with an aesthetic toward simplicity and clean lines, most homes do not fit into this category. Does that mean you canít have a minimalist lifestyle? Of course not. Just adopt minimalist concepts to fit into any living space.

One way to accomplish this is to reduce the amount of furniture you have in each room. Opt for the pieces that everyone uses and give away ones that only fill up space. Reduce window coverings to a minimum rather than the multi-layered blind-sheer-drape-valance style. Organize the items that you keep so that each has a home. Reduce clutter by highlighting one or two items of a collection and rotating special pieces instead of displaying them all at once.

Simplify in other ways by installing native grasses and plants, thereby reducing the need for lawn care and gardening. Add interest to your yard with hardscaping: rock gardens or paver stones in decorative patterns.

When seeking a new home visualize what makes you most happy as you walk through model homes and open houses letting your imagination discard what doesnít fit. Help your real estate professional know about your aesthetic to have the best chance of finding your minimalist home.




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Posted by Julianne Krutka on 7/25/2019

Long work days, busy family life, activities, and even time with friends and family can place a cloud on your mood. However, a quick pick-me-up might be just outside your door. According to research recently published in The Journal of Positive Psychology, studies show evidence that interacting with nature improves mood and health. In two different studies, results showed that just five minutes out-of-doors could positively affect your emotions. If you find yourself needing something uplifting to get you out of a funk, try these suggestions.

  • Take a five-minute walk around the building. Whether you work in an urban area or a strip mall, stepping outside might be all you need to change your outlook.
  • Pet a puppy. Stop by a shelter on your way home from work and give some love to a kitten or puppy. Just interacting with an animal lifts your spirits.
  • Take your lunch in a park. If an urban park is within walking distance of your work, pack a portable lunch and eat as you walk. Then, find a bench and meditate for a few minutes before returning to the office.
  • Put some plants on your balcony. Having a fern or succulent to care for forces you outside once in a while.
  • If you canít get outside, stand in front of a window and gaze into the distance. Just focusing outside the building promotes relaxation.
  • Spend the weekend hiking. Even a few hours spent in nature changes your perspective on life.
  • Breathe deeply as you enter and exit your vehicle or public transportation to take a little of the outdoors with you as you travel.
  • Find the opportunity to roll down the car windows. Better yet, slide open that sunroof or put the top down.
  • Step outside when youíre on the phone. That way, you arenít interrupting your house or office mates, and you're inhaling non-conditioned air.
  • Walk to the coffee shop or convenience store. Instead of hopping in the car, stroll to your nearest brewery. Youíll get a dose of nature, and perhaps meet friends along the way. 
  • Dine al fresco. Ask for the outdoor seating, even if itís a little cooler. That way your mealtime becomes extra relaxing. 

If you donít have time to slip outside for a break, add some nature to your indoor environment. Put a plant on your desk or bring in a bunch of flowers. Even setting a bowl of coffee beans near your workspace lifts your mood. Trimming a bonsai tree refreshes your brain. Or, try a sand and rock garden to occupy a minute or two.

If you want more nature in your life, talk to your real estate specialist about finding a home with a yard, small garden or relaxing patio.




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Posted by Julianne Krutka on 7/24/2019

Another winner here at Hampden Village! If you are an active senior looking for an affordable place to retire, this could be exactly what you are looking for! This home is located on a dead end street and has been super well maintained over the years. The three season porch welcomes you and provides a place to watch the birds and enjoy the day. The oversized kitchen provides plenty of room for storage and dining! There are two nice sized bedrooms and a bathroom that won't disappoint! Come join your like minded neighbors and be a part of the community that offers planned monthly events, a heated inground pool, a community clubhouse complete with Pool and Foosball tables! Lot feel includes water, weekly trash pickup and maintenance of roads and common areas within the park. Please note: Buyer must be age 55 or older and is responsible for obtaining park approval. The septic/inground oil tank are the responsibility of the park. Lot fee is 395.00/mo.

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