Didier Lopez | Framingham Real Estate, Ashland Real Estate, Marlboro Real Estate

As a first-time homebuyer, it is important to understand what it takes to discover your dream residence as quickly as possible. By doing so, you can streamline the process of going from homebuyer to homeowner.

What does it take for a first-time homebuyer to seamlessly navigate the housing market? Here are three tips that every first-time homebuyer needs to know.

1. Make a Homebuying Checklist

The definition of the "perfect" house differs from homebuyer to homebuyer. As such, a first-time homebuyer should allocate the necessary time and resources to determine what he or she wants to find in the ideal home. That way, a first-time homebuyer will have no trouble finding a house that matches or surpasses his or her expectations.

With a homebuying checklist, a first-time homebuyer can move one step closer to making his or her property ownership dreams come true. This checklist can help a homebuyer differentiate between home "must-haves" and "wants" so he or she can narrow a home search accordingly.

Furthermore, a first-time homebuyer can update a property buying checklist as he or she begins to check out houses. And if a homebuyer evaluates available residences, this property buyer can update his or her checklist as needed.

2. Get Pre-Approved for a Mortgage

A first-time homebuyer likely wants to purchase a house as quickly as possible. Fortunately, getting pre-approved for a mortgage can help a homebuyer move through the property buying process without delay.

To get pre-approved for a mortgage, a first-time homebuyer should try to meet with several banks and credit unions. Each meeting will allow a homebuyer to learn about assorted mortgage options and select a mortgage that corresponds to his or her finances.

Moreover, a first-time homebuyer should be unafraid to ask plenty of questions when he or she meets with potential lenders. This will allow a homebuyer to make an informed decision about a mortgage.

3. Consult with a Real Estate Agent

When it comes to buying a house for the first time, a homebuyer should seek out expert support. Lucky for you, many real estate agents are available nationwide, and these housing market professionals can make it simple for you to purchase your ideal house.

A real estate agent understands the challenges associated with buying a house for the first time. He or she will teach a first-time homebuyer about these challenges and ensure this property buyer is prepared to take a diligent approach to purchasing a home.

Typically, a real estate agent will set up home showings, offer honest, unbiased homebuying recommendations and negotiate with home sellers on a homebuyer's behalf. This housing market professional will even keep a homebuyer up to date about new houses, ensuring homebuyers can pounce on opportunities to acquire great houses as soon as they become available.

For a first-time homebuyer, there is no need to leave anything to chance. But with the aforementioned tips, a first-time homebuyer can accelerate the homebuying process and improve his or her chances of purchasing a stellar house at an affordable price.

This Single-Family in Milford, MA recently sold for $325,000. This Colonial style home was sold by Didier Lopez - RE/MAX One Call Realty.

22 W Pine St, Milford, MA 01757


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BUYERS, SOME HOUSES JUST HAVE THE PERFECT FLOOR PLAN. Expect to entertain family and friends in this well loved Colonial with hardwood floors throughout, high ceilings, and today's open concept design of v e r y l a r g e rooms. Farmer's Porch entry and custom mudroom will have you at "hello" along with French Doors to living room decorated with custom Plantation Shutters finishing the room with an elegant look. Traditional dining room has built in cabinets and spacious area for large table. Lofted Great Room features skylights, beamed cathedral ceiling and sliders to updated trex deck. Julia Child would love the thoughtfully designed kitchen with generous ceramic countertops and bonus island making for a happy cook. Large bedrooms with hardwood floors and finished basement with playroom and workshop will complete your checklist of everything needed for your perfect home! Minutes to downtown commuter routes, schools, area restaurants and shopping. OPEN HOUSE 11/10 & 11/11 FROM 11-1

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Sometimes our dream home comes with not-so-dreamy features. One of those can be well water with a higher than desired rust content.

Of course, this isn’t necessarily a reason to pass up a home you are otherwise in love with. There are several solutions to keep in mind when making your decision.

The first thing you will want to do is have a water test done to test the levels and type of iron in the home's water. Knowing just how high the concentration of iron content is and the type will be a determining factor into which solution will be the best for your lifestyle and new home.  

While you are having tests done you will also want to confirm that rust levels are indeed from the well and not the pipes themselves. Rusty pipes are a different topic altogether and require a different protocol and budget if taken on.

If rust concentrations are fairly low concentration you will just need a water softener installed. This will help to protect plumbing and appliances from effects of rust. It will also mean cleaner, and softer, clothes, less soap usage, and less scrubbing when it comes to cleaning surfaces like the bathroom tub. It’s important to note that you will need to use less soap with softened water since it creates more lather. Too much lather can damage your appliances and even lead to water leakage.  

If iron levels are falling in the medium range you will want to opt for a filter specifically for iron. Greensand and oxidizing filters are the two most common. Be sure to have your filters custom sized to fit your homes water usage and the requirements it will call for to have the system function properly.

When iron levels are high a chlorination filtration system is the way to go. This system treats water before entering your lines, which saves your plumbing from potential damage over the years. You may also want to investigate what damage, if any, has been done to plumbing and if you will need to replace to ensure safe drinking water and a clean home.

What you need to know about high rust content if left untreated:

If you use bleach on laundry your whites will yellow due to a reaction with the rust.

  • You will need to regularly use a specialty cleaning product to remove rust stains from places like sinks, toilets and showers.

  • Build up of rust over time will not only damage plumbing and appliances but also affect your water pressure as a result.

  • You will need to invest in Iron-Out and use it regularly to flush your plumbing

  • You will want to do “backflushes” to clean out rust accumulation

This Multi-Family in Framingham, MA recently sold for $500,000. This style home was sold by Didier Lopez - RE/MAX One Call Realty.

9 Winthrop Terrace, Framingham, MA 01702


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Well cared for 2 family home located on a dead end street is perfect for an owner-occupied or investor buyer! Unit 1 has 3 bedrooms, an oversized kitchen, living room, dining room, a partially finished lower level with bedroom and large family room. Unit 2 has 3 bedrooms, a living room, kitchen with dinette area and 2 means of egress. Both units have separate utilities (electric, gas heat, gas hot water). Unit 1 has 4 mini-split central air conditioning units powered by Solar. 4 parking spaces will accommodate both units. Rear of property offers a common patio and spacious backyard for play and entertaining. Unit 2 has been lead certified. Both units have access to individual additional storage and in-building laundry. This location allows for a short walk to the Washakum Beach and Anna Murphy Park. Less than 10 minute drive to Framingham State University and a 5 minute drive to the Framingham Commuter Rail Station! Take Advantage of This Great Opportunity!

This Multi-Family in Fitchburg, MA recently sold for $205,000. This style home was sold by Didier Lopez - RE/MAX One Call Realty.

348 Rollstone St, Fitchburg, MA 01420


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Investment opportunity awaits. This 3 FAMILY home offers SEPARATE UTILITIES. Recently UPDATED electric panels. Vinyl windows and full INSULATION help to make this property more energy efficient. Close to parks, commuter rail, shopping, movies, and more. Off street parking plus a 2 GARAGE. Could be great for an owner occupant.

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