Nancy Hurley

Maximizing Space in Your New Apartment

North of Boston Apartment Interior

 

If you have ever lived in a small apartment, then you know what a challenge it can be to keep that space from feeling cramped and claustrophobic at times. When you’re living in an apartment or small home, it is important to make every square foot count! With a little layout design and creativity, you can make it feel spacious and open in [...]

2019 Marks the 50th Anniversary of Christopher J. Barrett, Realtors!

Chris J. Barrett - 1976

Chris J. Barrett - 1976Founded in 1969 by Chris J. Barrett, Christopher J. Barrett, Realtors has made its mark in the North of Boston real estate industry by relying on experience, integrity, and commitment to their clients and community. We have consistently been leaders in the market not only in Wakefield but in surrounding towns and we take pride in being a family business for over two generations.  

From the beginning, Chris’s hard work and endearing personality set him on a path for success. He made it a point to know the citizens of Wakefield and appreciate their needs in buying and/or selling homes. Everyone loved Chris and his growing family. His wife, Marilyn, and four sons were always visible within the town whether it was serving on a town organization, playing on a sports field or succeeding in local school events.

As the boys graduated from college and Marilyn had more time and energy to now contribute to the firm, it was clear that Chris’s vision of a family business came to fruition. Marilyn managed the office while Chris M., Michael and Gerald joined as Realtors and quickly established themselves as a premier real estate firm north of Boston. After Chris passed away in 2013, Marilyn carried his passion forward and continued on with the daily operations of the business. When looking back on the company’s history, Marilyn expressed her pride for the reputation Christopher J. Barrett Realtors has earned and for its status as a two-generation family-run business. “Wakefield is such a special place. I have been so fortunate to call this community home for nearly six decades,” Marilyn said. “As a two-generation company, I am indeed fortunate to work with my sons, all of whom are involved in the community and give back to our community.”

The term family includes the dedicated team of Realtors who currently work at Christopher J. Barrett, Realtors and those who came before them. Each broker really takes the time to understand the needs and wants of each and every client. “Our philosophy has always been that all real estate is local,” Marilyn said as she reflected on the past 50 years. “As Realtors, it is our job to know the market first-hand. Our Realtors take the time to do an analysis of the market in which the buyer or seller is located. It’s a commitment we have followed for the past 50 years, and it’s a commitment we will continue to follow in the future.”

Christopher J. Barrett Realtors takes pride in helping buyers and sellers with their housing needs as well as lending a helping hand to hundreds of local, regional and national organizations. Giving back to the community was something Chris and Marilyn felt strongly about from the beginning and that sentiment continues today.

Please join us in our year-long 50th Anniversary celebration! We are very proud of this achievement and hope you will continue to call upon us for all of your Wakefield MA real estate needs.

5 Ways to Update a Tired Kitchen

White Kitchen

Who doesn’t love a spacious, new kitchen with top-of-the-line appliances? Fact is, when showing your home, the kitchen is THE most important room in the house. It is both the most functional room in the house and the one place that people tend to gather in to socialize and connect with one another. It is the hub of the house and, because of [...]

How To Get More People To Home Showings

Open House

When you put your north of Boston home on the market, it would be nice if you could just put a “For Sale” sign out front, then the home would magically sell. Unfortunately, that’s not how it works. Most home searches begin online today. Then, buyers move to open houses and private home showings. Whether you live in a condo, townhouse, or a [...]

Improving Your Home's Curb Appeal

Landscaping

If you are thinking about selling your home in Wakefield or one of the other communities north of Boston, you may want to give it a makeover before placing it on the market. For many, living in the same home for an extended period of time can blur your vision of the details that may need attention. For example, you may not notice the sagging shutters on the second floor or the chipped paint on the trim.  However, these details are things that potential buyers see when they drive up to your house. The good news is that these are things that you can easily tackle before you get ready to sell that will not break the bank.

CONSULT WITH A REALTOR

Not sure where to start? Maybe all you need is a fresh set of eyes. Any of our agents at Christopher J. Barrett Realtors can provide insight on what improvements can be made to improve the curb appeal of your home so that the house sells quickly. We are professionals in this business and are savvy as to why properties sell and why they do not. We are here to help and would love to offer our suggestions.

LANDSCAPING

LandscapingOne of the first things a prospective buyer will notice when they drive up to a home is the yard. That is why having a well-landscaped lot is vital when planning to sell your home. Some DYI tasks you can do are to weed the garden, plant some fresh flowers and prune the hedges. Adding fresh mulch or window boxes with colorful annuals can add a nice touch to the appearance. Mow the lawn and try to remove any dandelions or weeds. All of these ideas can be done with just a little time and perspiration!Painting

PAINT

Is the paint peeling or is the color faded from years of direct sunlight? Perhaps a fresh coat will revitalize the house and give it that sparkle to attract the right buyer. Or, maybe the front door or shutters need a makeover. You will be surprised at how a new coat of paint can transform the front of the home. These subtle differences add character to a home and can make it feel more welcoming.

DRIVEWAY/WALKWAYS/PATIOS

The driveway and front walkway should be cared for and clean. If there are cracks in the pavement, spend a little time and money to seal them or even repave it. Remove all the weeds and provide a clean, even edge to the walkways. Sweeping the front stairs can add a nice touch and will make visitors and potential homebuyers feel at home.

All of these suggestions will only enhance your property when looking to sell. But be sure you do not wait until the last minute to spruce up the place. Doing a little at a time will relieve stress and give you the time you need to get the job done right. If you would like one of our agents to provide an opinion on how to best prepare to sell your home in Wakefield or one of the surrounding communities north of Boston, please feel free to contact us at 781-245-5011. We can get the job done!

Look At The Neighborhood, Not Just The House

Wakefield MA Home Listed by CJ Barrett Realtors

If you’re in the market for a new home in one of the communities North of Boston and you see a property you’d like to make an offer on, take a walk or ride around the neighborhood first. This is the best way to see if the neighborhood is a good fit for you.

  • Is the neighborhood near local parks, schools, and restaurants?
  • How accessible is the highway or public
  • [...]

Don't Be An Emotional Seller

You’ve raised your family in your home … you’ve hosted many holidays over the years … you’ve lovingly restored or renovated your home. These things can often lead sellers to be too [...]

Pay Attention to Staging!

Staging is very important if you want your home to make a good first impression.

While every room is important, you should focus on three types of rooms that buyers tend to pay particular attention to: kitchens, bathrooms, and bedrooms.

In the kitchen, make sure the stove, sink and countertops are spotless. Countertops should be clear of anything that [...]

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