Susan Fung | Falmouth Real Estate, Mashpee Real Estate, Barnstable Real Estate, Dennis Real Estate


Before you launch a home search, it helps to prepare for the property buying journey as much as possible. Fortunately, there are many things you can do to get ready to find your dream house.

Now, let's take a look at three tips to help you prep for a home search.

1. Establish Homebuying Criteria

If you know you want to buy a home, it generally is a good idea to define your ideal residence as well. That way, you can streamline your house search.

Consider where you want to reside. For example, if you work in the city, you may want to focus on houses in or near the city itself. On the other hand, if you plan to return to school, you may want to search for a home near top colleges and universities.

Think about what features you want in your ideal home, too. If you have always wanted to own a home that boasts a luxurious outdoor swimming pool, for instance, you can map out your home search accordingly. Or, if you want to purchase a residence that features a state-of-the-art kitchen, you can search for a home that offers this amenity.

2. Get Pre-Approved for a Mortgage

A mortgage typically is a must-have, regardless of where and when you search for a home. And if you enter the housing market with a mortgage at your disposal, you will know precisely how much you can spend on a residence.

Getting pre-approved for a mortgage can be simple. If you meet with banks and credit unions in your area, you can review your options and select a mortgage that complements your finances.

If you have concerns about home financing, don't hesitate to ask questions. Banks and credit unions employ courteous, diligent mortgage specialists who can respond to your home financing queries. As such, you can work with these specialists to gain the home financing insights you need to make the best-possible mortgage decision.

3. Hire a Real Estate Agent

As you get set to conduct a home search, there is no need to work alone. If you hire a real estate agent, you can collaborate with a homebuying expert who can take the guesswork out of finding and purchasing a house.

A real estate agent is happy to provide guidance throughout the homebuying journey. He or she can offer tips and recommendations to ensure you can find a terrific home at a price that matches your budget. Plus, a real estate agent will simplify the process of setting up home showings. Perhaps best of all, if you are uncertain about whether to submit an offer to purchase a home, a real estate agent is ready to provide insights to help you analyze all of your options.

Dedicate time and resources to prepare for the homebuying journey. By doing so, you can enter the housing market with the insights you need to succeed.


For frequent hosts owning your own home is an exciting upgrade to your hospitality skill set. A home large enough to include a guest room for friends and family to stay the night allows you to provide a homey overnight stay that trumps a hotel experience every time.

To create the perfect home away from home guest room for visitors just follow this guide.

First things first, keep it tidy over time. Don’t fall to temptation and use it as a catch-all storage room. This will just lead to more clean up before guests arrive and detract from the home away from home experience if they feel like they are staying in a glorified storage closet.

Before guests arrive freshen up the room by dusting, cracking a window for fresh air, spritz linens with a spray, and vacuum the floors.

Stock your guest bathroom well with toilet paper, tissues, q-tips and cotton balls. Keep two full matching sets of towels folded up nicely and in the open for guests to easily grab. Take a page from the hotel room playbook and have decorative shelving for this very purpose. Either mount shelving to the wall or find a standalone unit that matches your decor.

Have toiletries on hand in case guests have forgotten any while packing. Include new, individually packaged toothbrushes, a tube of toothpaste and travel size deodorants for example. It is always thoughtful to stock the medicine cabinet with the basics.

Stock up on luxurious soaps, lotions, and shampoos to keep on hand in your guest bathroom. It’s best to also keep these out in the open so it is obvious to guests it is for their use. Tiered cake stands, catch-all bowls and clear jars are a great way to put these stylishly on display.

Offer the perfect sleeping experience by including a light bedding option and a warmer one - no matter the season. An ottoman at the foot of the bed with extra blankets and pillows will help guests feel at home to set up the bed their way.

Lay down on the bed to get a feel for how it would be for your guests. In fact, interacting in the room as if you are your guest is a great way to discover what your room is missing. Offer plenty of lighting. Bedside lamps in addition to the ceiling light allow guests to create ambiance or stay up reading while their partner snoozes.  

Decorate the room to keep it cohesive with and as homey as the rest of the house. Hang pictures of friends and family. Frame a decorative image that has your wifi network and password readily available for guests to log in. Include fresh cut flowers and seasonal decor.



105 Bellavista Drive , Bourne, MA 02559

Pocasset

Single-Family

$799,900
Price

9
Total Rooms
3
Beds
3
Baths
A PURE PLEASURE - Tranquility engulfs this lovely & private, one-of-a- kind, versatile MARSHFRONT HOME surrounded by nature, in sought after Pocasset. Less than 3/10 of a mile from Hen's Cove & Barlow's Landing Beaches. Drink in the view from almost every room! Gather together in the charming & gracious sized kitchen w/center island, custom cabinets, granite counters w/separate dining area enhanced by sliders to a deck & a 2 sided fireplace shared w/ the adjacent living room. An oversized laundry/multipurpose room off kitchen. A 1st floor sitting room can double as a guest room. A sun room w/ wrap around windows & wood beamed ceiling (or D/R), 3 second floor bedrooms, include a Master Suite overlooking the Marsh, w/ en suite bath featuring large shower, soaking tub & WIC w/laundry chute.
Open House
Saturday
March 16 at 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Cannot make the Open Houses?
Location: 105 Bellavista Drive , Bourne, MA 02559    Get Directions

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105 Bellavista, Bourne, MA 02559

Pocasset

Single-Family

$799,900
Price

9
Rooms
3
Beds
3
Baths
A PURE PLEASURE - Tranquility engulfs this lovely & private, one-of-a- kind, versatile MARSHFRONT HOME surrounded by nature, in the sought after village of Pocasset. Basque in the sun at Hen's Cove & Barlow's Landing Beaches, less than 3/10 of a mile from home. Drink in the view from almost every room! Gather together in the charming & gracious sized kitchen w/center island, custom cabinets, granite counters w/separate dining area enhanced by sliders to a deck & a 2 sided fireplace shared w/ the adjacent Living Room. An oversized laundry/multipurpose room is conveniently located just off the kitchen. A 1st floor sitting room can double as a guest room. A sun room w/ wrap around windows & wood beamed ceiling (Sitting or Dining Room), 3 second floor bedrooms, include a Master Suite overlooking the Marsh, w/ en suite bath featuring large shower, soaking tub & WIC w/laundry chute. Garage will easily house your 17 foot Whaler. Or push your Kayak right out of your back yard. Easy to show!
Open House
Saturday
March 16 at 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Cannot make the Open Houses?
Location: 105 Bellavista, Bourne, MA 02559    Get Directions

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105 Bellavista, Bourne, MA 02559

Pocasset

Single-Family

$799,900
Price

9
Rooms
3
Beds
3
Baths
A PURE PLEASURE - Tranquility engulfs this lovely & private, one-of-a- kind, versatile MARSHFRONT HOME surrounded by nature, in the sought after village of Pocasset. Basque in the sun at Hen's Cove & Barlow's Landing Beaches, less than 3/10 of a mile from home. Drink in the view from almost every room! Gather together in the charming & gracious sized kitchen w/center island, custom cabinets, granite counters w/separate dining area enhanced by sliders to a deck & a 2 sided fireplace shared w/ the adjacent Living Room. An oversized laundry/multipurpose room is conveniently located just off the kitchen. A 1st floor sitting room can double as a guest room. A sun room w/ wrap around windows & wood beamed ceiling (Sitting or Dining Room), 3 second floor bedrooms, include a Master Suite overlooking the Marsh, w/ en suite bath featuring large shower, soaking tub & WIC w/laundry chute. Garage will easily house your 17 foot Whaler. Or push your Kayak right out of your back yard. Easy to show!
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