Melissa Mayer, Your Greater Boston Realtor

I help overwhelmed parents, millenials and retiring couples buy & sell their homes in a way that feels honest, timely and profitable. Here you'll discover my Tuesday's Top 5 Tips for selling and buying your home, local business reviews & my video adventures with Canton, MA & Greater Boston people and families. Send me an email, check out my listings and give me a call if you have any questions!

Melissa

 

 

July 8, 2019

Supporting Local Business and Learning a Few Easy Tricks to get Your House Ready to go to Market!

 

Check out my latest AD on location at Charles River Running. Also a few easy strategies to implement when you are getting ready to list. 

June 4, 2019

Cully Gets His Haircut and We Get a Chance to Catch up with Betsy at Betsy's Barbershop

 

This month we get the amazing Besty from Besty's Barbershop! She is one of the few female barbers in the area and she is a hot ticket! We also talk about how you can buy one home while selling another!

April 3, 2019

Completely Renovated Colonial in the Heart of Sharon MA

 

As you enter through the front door of this timeless colonial in the heart of Sharon center, you see beautiful workmanship throughout the home. Beautifully refinished hardwood floors, updated trim work and a completely renovated eat-in kitchen with a luxury vinyl flooring that will stand the test of time. Off the kitchen, you have direct access to a brand new stone patio leading to your back yard. Perfect set up for grilling outside as we head into spring. The home has been updated to showcase 4 bedrooms and 3 full bathrooms, with, brand new windows, brand new heating, and cooling system, brand new septic, brand new roof, and a newly expanded paved driveway, a step back in time with all of today's modern amenities. Sharon consistently is ranked in the top 20 for school systems and this home is perfectly located to all the wonderful things Sharon has to offer.

 

April 1, 2019

What does a Listing Realtor and a Hot New Restaurant have in Common?

Check out the latest American Dream Episode!  This month we hit Sharon MA and take a look at how this community is becoming a hot spot for foodies.  Restaurants like The Kitchen in the Square and the latest, Simchas where Avi Shemtov, the King of Israeli Food talks about why he is coming back home and what Simcha's means for him and all the local foodies! 

March 11, 2019

American Dream Canton Ma

The American Dream is a television show in its 5th year which started in California and is now streaming and airing in nearly every major US city. The show is shot all over America and in all 31 cities. The American Dream has 8-12 Power Players of Real Estate who come on every month and share content, properties, stories and lifestyles around their city.  We represent the top 1% of all Realtors in the Country and I am so psyched to be your local Power Player. 

 

March 5, 2019

Tuesday's Top 5 When Your Offer is Accepted

Tuesday’s Top 5 Tips are all about your accepted offer.  It's critical to understand that whatever goes into the offer you make, it gets carried into your purchase and sale.  So, let’s talk about what happens when you get an accepted offer.  The next step is scheduling a home inspection.  You want to hire an experienced home inspector who will give you the ins and outs of your home. The best thing to remember about a home inspection is understanding if there are any structural, mechanical, or environmental issues within the home.  We will talk more about home inspections at my next blog.  Once we complete home inspection, the next step is purchase and sale. Remember when I said that everything in your offer carries over to your purchase and sale? So, all your contingencies, like financing, if you are subject to selling your current home, how the property needs to be delivered to you, and some additional critical items that impact you and the seller all go into one document that is agreed upon between your amazing attorney and the sellers’ attorney.   It is important to work with an attorney when you are at this point. I have a few that I typically work with.    Next up is mortgage commitment! The mortgage commitment comes from the lender you are working with, all that annoying paperwork that they request helps them get your loan approved and allows you to breathe easy because you are now approved to purchase the home.  The final walkthrough is your final checkpoint to confirm the house is in the exact state you left it after the home inspection.  I typically check the heat and/or the AC to make sure the utilities are all working.  I also make sure the attic and garage are completely empty of personal items.  Once you do the final walk through the seller does not come back into the home.  Last and certainly not least is closing day!  Congrats, its time to sign a ton of documents and get the keys to your new home! 

 

If you are interested in buying or selling or just want to learn more about the process, contact me today! 

Feb. 19, 2019

Tuesday's Top 5 Tips

 

Kitchens are seriously my most favorite thing to talk about, we remodeled our kitchen about 3 years ago and if the budget existed I would still make some changes.  Trending for 2019 in kitchen designs is super exciting, first is the smart kitchen, you have heard of the smart home, well this is taking it to the next level.  Coffee makers programmed to tell you when your coffee is ready, refrigerators letting you know when you are running low on certain items, pretty much everything from lighting to motion the smart kitchen is getting smarter every day!   Kitchen cabinets are finally turning the corner away from boring white,  of course, we went with white cabinets and every time I see those gorgeous navy cabinets with the gold handles I get a little regretful.  Who knew that navy and gold in the kitchen was going to be a thing! 

This I am not a huge fan but open shelving with the upper cabinets seems to be a very hot trend.  Quartz countertops are still the number one and my most favorite is connecting my indoor space to my outdoor space it is perfectly sublime.  I would recommend before you jump into any remodel is to not only talk to the kitchen/bath designers but also talk to an interior designer, they may have a different outlook that will help you connect all the rooms in the house, starting with the kitchen.

Feb. 18, 2019

50 Beatrice way

Exquisite custom built colonial with intricate and thoughtful details throughout the home. Located in desired Spring Valley, this better than new construction is an entertainers dream. Gorgeous gourmet chef's kitchen featuring state of the art appliances; Thermador Pro Grand Steam 48" range, Thermador Fridge, Freezer and Wine cooler, and a 48" custom built vent hood. The well-planned breakfast bar and added wet bar creates a huge space for entertaining. Step out your oversized slider onto the deck overlooking the beautiful abutting acres of private woods right off the kitchen. The top floor offers an ideal bonus space with a second wet bar designed for entertaining, a private deck and hot tub. In every room, you experience the unparalleled details, from the crown molding, coffered ceilings, and wainscoting, this home will surpass your expectations. Four levels of incredible living space, this home is perfect for entertaining all occasions.

 

Posted in Open House
Feb. 12, 2019

Tuesday's Top 5 Reasons Why Professional Photography is a Non-Negotiable

Why is Professional Photos so important when you are selling your home?

Let’s discuss for a minute that you are checking out some super cool shoes online, do you waste your time looking at shoes that you can’t really see the color? What about how high the heel is?  What if you can hardly make out if they are women’s shoes or men’s shoes?  Would you shop on that site?  No, of course not, you would breeze right by and hit one of the more dynamic, easy to shop sites and check out their awesome shoes.  Now buying a home and buying shoes are two VERY different things BUT….. the outlet is the same.  We know that, according to the awesome 2017 NAR Profile of Buyer’s and Seller that 51% start their search online.   It is critical to hire an agent that uses a professional photographer.  This should be a non-negotiable!  Your home should be photo ready, so here is your Tuesday Top 5! 

1. Bright light bulbs 

2. All window shades should be open to let the natural light in

3. All clutter should be stored away 

4. Yard should be free and clear of all toys, lawn games etc. 

5. Use an agent (like me!) who only uses a professional! 

 

Feb. 5, 2019

Tuesday's Top 5 Things Buyer's are Looking For in a New Home

  1. The kitchen, as they say, is the heart of the home. Today's kitchens are where the family comes to eat and socialize, how many house parties have you been to that mostly begin and end in the kitchen? Now, when you are getting ready to sell, you may not want to invest the dollars in a massive renovation, there are some things you can do to help make the kitchen feel updated. Painted cabinets, replacing countertops and even updating the appliances can help improve a dated kitchen's appearance.
  2. An organized laundry area, even if its still living in the basement can be a huge check for buyers. If you have not moved your laundry and it still lives in the cellar, try incorporating a laundry table, shelving or cabinets to help the space look organized and appealing.
  3. STORAGE- ENOUGH SAID
  4. Lights and fans are an easy fix. Updating your light fixtures to something more modern and fun can be another check for buyers.  Easy to do and can go a long way for the prospective home buyer. Remember to make sure that all the bulbs are replaced and super nice and bright!
  5. Create a designated space in the back yard or the front porch or even get creative with the side yard. A little manual labor can go a long way to help design a picture perfect outdoor setting.