Cheryl Caldwell - William Raveis - The Dolores Person Group

Posted by Cheryl Caldwell on 5/14/2021

A home listing often introduces a homebuyer to a residence. It may include home photos, a brief home description and details about various home features and amenities. As such, an effective home listing is a must-have, particularly for a home seller who wants to stir up plenty of interest in a residence.

Ultimately, there are several best practices to consider when you create a home listing, and these include:

1. Provide Accurate Information

Learn about your home, and you can provide accurate information about your residence in your home listing.

If you're unsure about your home's condition, it often pays to complete a home appraisal. That way, a property appraiser can evaluate your residence both inside and out, identify any problem areas and offer a property valuation.

Furthermore, if you recently completed assorted home improvements, you should include information about these upgrades in your home listing.

Whether it's new windows that you installed throughout your residence or an updated home air conditioning system, including details about various home upgrades in your home listing could help your residence stand out to potential buyers.

2. Include High-Quality Photos

You don't need to be a professional photographer to capture high-quality photos of your house. In fact, many smartphones and tablets feature first-rate cameras, and you can use these mobile devices to take photos of your house's interior or exterior.

As you photograph your home, remember the homebuyer's perspective. For instance, a homebuyer likely wants to see photos of a clean, pristine kitchen and other awe-inspiring images of your house. If you clean and declutter your house before a photo shoot, you can increase the likelihood that your home photos will capture homebuyers' attention.

On the other hand, if you want professional assistance, you can always reach out to a real estate photographer as well. A real estate photographer can offer home photo recommendations and suggestions and help you capture photos that show off the true size and beauty of your residence.

3. Collaborate with a Real Estate Agent

A real estate agent knows what it takes to craft an effective home listing. Therefore, if you collaborate with a real estate agent, you should have no trouble creating a home listing that hits the mark with homebuyers.

Typically, a real estate agent will meet with you, learn about your home selling goals and plan accordingly. He or she then will use the information that you provide to develop an engaging home listing.

With a real estate agent at your side, you can seamlessly navigate the home selling journey too.

For instance, a real estate agent will host open houses and set up home showings to promote your residence to homebuyers. Plus, he or she will keep you up to date about any home offers and provide expert advice at each stage of the home selling journey.

Creating an effective home listing may seem difficult. Fortunately, if you use the aforementioned best practices, you can craft a home listing that can help you generate substantial interest in your residence.

Posted by Cheryl Caldwell on 5/10/2021

This Single-Family in Newburyport, MA recently sold for $1,325,000. This Colonial style home was sold by Cheryl Caldwell - William Raveis - The Dolores Person Group.

11 N Atkinson St, Newburyport, MA 01950


Sale Price

'HOME" means something more to us these days and 11 North Atkinson provides that and so much more! Working or schooling from home? Looking to vacation at home? or simply searching for a home with room for all, yet warm and inviting? This home checks ALL of the boxes! Loaded with natural light throughout, the 1st floor offers a wonderful fireplaced family room with custom built-in cabinetry which opens to the covered back deck and patio, eat in kitchen, dining room or den, 3/4 bath and mudroom. Primary bedroom suite with stunning master bath and walk-in closet, 2 additional bedrooms, office and full bath on the 2nd floor and a 2nd office and bedroom on the 3rd floor. Lower level offers a workshop and finished family room. The in-ground pool with gorgeous mature plantings will be the place for summer fun! Central AC. Plans in hand for 1 car attached garage. Steps to elementary, middle and high schools and minutes to downtown Newburyport and Plum Island beaches. This is THE ONE!

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Posted by Cheryl Caldwell on 5/7/2021

Most adults go through a series of predictable life stages, which include the eventual desire to be a home owner. Some people take the plunge sooner than others, but that decision is typically set in motion by changing circumstances, such as financial readiness, additions to the family, or career advancement.

Owning your own home certainly has a different "feel" to it than being a renter. Not only do you tend to feel more established and successful, but home ownership gives you more control over your environment. When you no longer have to answer to a landlord, you don't have to concern yourself with unannounced visits, inspections, restrictions, rent increases, or even lease terminations.

Renting an apartment, condo, or duplex may make the most sense when you're getting your first taste of independence as a recent college graduate or a young newlywed couple. However, as maturity settles in, buying a house becomes the next logical step. In addition to the investment value of real estate, most people also gravitate toward the idea of more privacy, more control over their lives, and the sense of accomplishment that comes from owning your own home.

Parenthood brings changes. Once children come into your life, your whole perspective undergoes a seismic shift! New priorities come to the forefront, such as relocating to a better school district, living closer to relatives or a recommended child care facility, and having a spacious yard where your kids can play. Owning property with a private, grassy space for a sandbox, a swing set, or backyard birthday parties are also among the reasons home ownership appeals to young parents.

Gardening becomes an option. With few exceptions, the joy of backyard gardening is a pastime that's only available to home owners. Whether your interest lies in growing your own vegetables, herbs, or wildflowers, cultivating a garden can be a very satisfying aspect of home ownership. While there is definitely more work involved in landscaping, maintaining property, and keeping your lawn looking manicured, the pride of ownership that comes from beautifying your own yard makes it all worthwhile!

Building equity: While deluxe townhouse rentals and luxury apartments may offer some temporary appeal, there comes a time in life when you want your monthly payments to begin feathering your own nest, rather than helping your landlord retire comfortably! Although your rented living space may provide you with immediate comfort, ample storage, and a place to entertain friends, it's your landlord, not you, who's receiving the tax advantages and investment value of the property you're living in.

Even though apartment living or townhouse renting may have suited your purposes up until now, you can't help but wonder whether it's time for a change -- specifically, a change that can strengthen your financial security and provide you with a resource you can leverage and enjoy for years to come.

Posted by Cheryl Caldwell on 5/4/2021

This Single-Family in Newburyport, MA recently sold for $1,575,000. This Antique style home was sold by Cheryl Caldwell - William Raveis - The Dolores Person Group.

24 Jefferson St, Newburyport, MA 01950


Sale Price

An amazing addition and new barn are only a couple highlights of this New England gem. Moments away from the Merrimac River and downtown Newburyport. This addition (kitchen, master bedroom ensuite, great room and backyard) boasts only the finest finishes and details that give you an overall aesthetic of part modern, part elegant & traditional, and completely like home. A perfect blend of old and new. All the modern conveniences - new plumbing, electrical, HVAC, roof and insulation. Indulge in this quintessential home, exceptionally crafted & impeccably designed. Featuring a sun-drenched 3 bedroom and 4 bathroom with the flexibility of a 4th bedroom if needed, stunning wood floors throughout along with period craftsman details. Seller to find suitable housing.

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Posted by Cheryl Caldwell on 4/30/2021

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Despite the more recent interest in sustainable lifestyles, the practice and concept of urban agriculture has been around for centuries. Two of the most common forms of urban agriculture are allotments and community gardens. The term allotment is a term originating in Britain that refers to a piece of land cultivated by many people. Many use the terms interchangeably but there are some key differences. Both are important examples of urban agriculture and worth considering as part of a sustainable modern lifestyle.

What Are the Differences?

Though there are some fundamental differences in the setup of allotments and community gardens, both work toward the common goal of small-scale local agriculture on otherwise unused land. While community gardens in North America are managed and maintained by an entire collective, allotments have specific “tenants” who lease their own small portion of the land.

In an allotment, each tenant has their own small piece of something big. According to TripSavvy, the land is usually owned by local council churches, allotment associations or private landlords and leased out to local individuals or families. They cultivate their own particular plot of the land but help maintain shared spaces.

American community gardens are on public land or land owned by non-profit entities. The labor is largely volunteer-based with varying levels of organization depending on the specific garden.

What Are the Benefits?

Urban agriculture has multiple benefits regardless of location. Some of the biggest advantages include:

  • Allotments and community gardens help foster a sense of teamwork and pride among residents and neighbors working on a common goal.

  • Urban agriculture can increase the air quality by releasing oxygen and filtering toxins from nearby pollution. While it might not be a large-scale impact, it can positively affect microclimates and improve quality of life.

  • Community gardens provide access to fresh fruits and vegetables to “food deserts” and low-income areas. Allotments produce food for tenant families and other members of the community at large.

  • Urban agriculture provides a sustainable alternative to foods with high transportation-energy costs. In many urban areas you might have to drive or take public transportation to reach your nearest grocery store. Even organic foods you buy have probably traveled a long way to make it there. If you get your fruits and vegetables in a community garden, it not only saves time but saves energy as well.

  • Both allotments and community gardens offer an opportunity to teach gardening skills and share knowledge with those who might otherwise never have access to it. Children and others who have lived in cities their entire lives can benefit from useful skills and nutritional knowledge. Residents with mobility issues or disabilities can become involved in the garden's care to stay active and social.

  • Urban agriculture puts “unusable” land to good use without loud construction or outside business involvement. This means more peaceful neighborhoods and a cleaner environment while eliminating waste.

While urban agriculture has been around for a long time, it’s more important now than ever. The rise in awareness and popularity of sustainable living and food habits has made them easier to find and gain support for. This makes it easier for you to get involved in one yourself—or start a new one for your own community.