Mac Chinsomboon - Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage

Posted by Mac Chinsomboon on 2/22/2018

76 Alban St, Boston, MA 02124

Dorchester's Ashmont



Extraordinary, bi-level home in a beautifully restored Victorian that sits atop desirable Ashmont Hill. You will want for nothing in the fantastic space. Custom built, gourmet kitchen with hand-made cabinets of cherry & birds-eye maple, featuring Viking range, stainless steel appliances, and granite countertop. Gorgeously appointed rooms include a grand foyer, living room, two parlors, formal dining room, 4-5 bedrooms, & 3 full baths. Master has en suite bath with Hans Grohe fixtures and private deck. Second parlor makes a great 5th bedroom/guest. Two washer/dryers. Garage spaces & off street parking. Outdoor areas include a huge yard & a quintessential Victorian front porch (complete with porch swing!), This unit is available for move-in on March 1 but may be shown anytime by appointment. A perfect set-up for 5 roommates that want to live in a grand home for just $760/m each. Rent includes heat & hot water. Nearby is Ashmont T Station, Ashmont Grill, Flat Black Co, I-93, & more!
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Posted by Mac Chinsomboon on 2/18/2018

Most potential buyers for your home will have their first impression on the internet in the form of a photo gallery of your home. Therefore itís essential to have quality photos that show off the size and features of both the interior and exterior of your house.

As smartphones are equipped with ever-improving built in cameras, taking decent photos of your home has never been easier. However, there are still a few basic photography techniques that you should keep in mind to get the best results.

In this article, weíll give you some tips on shooting professional-looking photos of your home that will leave a good impression on potential buyers.

Lighting matters most

It may seem like most cameras these days adjust the exposure for poor lighting pretty well. However, if youíre taking photos in a dimly lit house, you canít depend on your camera to fix the problem. When your camera or smartphone automatically adjusts the brightness of a photo youíre really losing photo quality.

You might have noticed pictures that appear grainy or pixelized. That is often because the photographer didnít have enough light and allowed the camera to adjust. For best results, take photos in your home when the sun is high, open up the blinds and curtains, and turn on some ambient light in the room. A well-lit home looks much more inviting in photos than a dark one.

Thereís only one other lighting tip youíll need for taking quality photos of your home, and thatís to never use flash. Phone camera flashes can be good in a pinch if youíre not concerned with how a photo is going to look. But, it if youíre trying to take nice photos of your home a smart phone flash will likely ruin your photos. It will create a glare on any number if surfaces in your home and it will create an unnatural white-colored light that is typically unflattering.

Where you stand is important

You want to show off all of the features of your home, but you donít want to have hundreds of photos in your gallery. To achieve this, itís best to stand in a corner or against a wall to fit as much as possible into the frame.

Avoid holding the camera up over your head or kneeling down. Typically, when we see a home we see it from eye-level. Photos that are taken from a perspective that is unnaturally high up or low to the ground will appear strange and foreign to someone who is unfamiliar with your home.

Take a ton of photos

One of the most common pieces of advice amateur photographers receive is to shoot as many photos as they can. This helps you for two reasons. First, the more photos you take the more likely it is that there will be a few great shots. Second, shooting a lot of photos and then reviewing your work is the best way to learn what looks good and what doesnít.

In a time where digital memory is cheap, thereís no reason to be economical with the number of photos you take.

Posted by Mac Chinsomboon on 2/11/2018

Thereís a lot that goes into the process of buying a new home. Buyers often think that once the closing process in complete they can move their stuff in and things will go back to normal. But they are often caught off guard throughout that first initial year by maintenance tasks. Tasks that they could have been prepared for at the beginning if only they had known. So today I want to talk about how to stay one step ahead when you first move in to avoid surprises months later or worse years down the line. For the most part, these should each take you all of ten minutes a few times a month.

Be sure to write in reminders on your calendar for monthly maintenance and annual inspections to stay on top of any issues that may arise. Maintenance is key to good homeownership. Youíll save money in the long run as you find and repair issues when they are still minor. Youíll be so glad you didnít find out the hard way - by a burst pipe or major crack in your foundation.

Speaking of maintenance and saving money, wait to invest in top to bottom renovations, especially those that are purely cosmetic. Buying a new home is a large investment and most families need time to bounce back financially from the buying and moving process. Funnel what finances you do have towards initial repairs that will need to be made. And since you no longer have a landlord to depend on when repairs need to be made it is wise to start building an emergency fund for future home repairs.

For initial repairs that will need to be made be sure to hire professionals to take care of any and all that are technical. Donít try to fix repairs yourself that you arenít qualified to do. And no a Google search isn't enough to qualify you to do electrical or plumbing work. Youíve just made a major investment. So ensure to protect that investment for years to come by having things done the right way the first time. This also saves you money in the long run from having a professional come to undo your mistakes and set it up the right way. Or worse, from medical bills.

Keep a binder to track and save receipts for all home improvements. Doing so will help you to maximize your tax-free earnings if and when you decide to sell your home. And while the line between home improvements and repairs can get vague in some areas itís best to track everything. Invest in an accountant, especially for your first year of homeownership, to help you sift through these receipts and maximize your returns. This binder will also come in handy for years to come. Youíll be able to refer back to when you purchased a new water heater or last had a home inspection done, for example.

Invest in sufficient home insurance. Not all basic plans include fire and flood protection. You will also need life insurance policies if you have dependents. This will ensure that if anything were to happen to you, your dependents would gain ownership of the house. And since you now own a large asset it is wise to ramp up your car insurance policy.

Donít get caught off guard. Take 10 minutes a few times each week after youíve closed on your house to set up these appointments and systems. For such a small amount of time, they have major pay off. And come tax season or time to make a repair youíll be so glad you did.

Posted by Mac Chinsomboon on 2/9/2018

This Condo in Somerville, MA recently sold for $1,150,000. This 2/3 Family style home was sold by Mac Chinsomboon - Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage.

88 Electric Ave, Somerville, MA 02144


Sale Price

OPEN HOUSE CANCELLED, SUNDAY 1/21. One-of-a-kind restored Victorian in Teele Square! Appreciate the character and craftsman-details of yesteryear? But also want the modern amenities of today? Look no more! This fabulous 4 bed, 2 bath upper-level condominium has been completely updated with modern amenities and systems, while still maintaining the character of this beautiful 1890's Victorian home. It is brimming with craftsman-style architectural detailing, while offering you new electrical, new plumbing, new HVAC System with Central Air and Heat, and so much more. The chef's kitchen has KitchenAid Stainless Steel appliances, quartz countertops and custom cabinetry. The condo has an amazing private patio and garden area. Best of all, there's a brand new garage! The unit will have 1 garage space and 1 additional off-street spot. Nestled on a quiet, corner lot in Teele Square, close to Tufts University and the Davis Square T-stop. TRULY, ONE OF A KIND!

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Posted by Mac Chinsomboon on 2/4/2018

Whether you're looking for the house of your dreams or the spouse of your dreams, it helps to write up a detailed description of the qualities that matter most to you!

While your goals should be realistic and attainable, you do not want to compromise your standards or aim too low.

In the case of house hunting, there are many conditions which will directly affect the success of your search.

Here are some of the main ones.

  1. Your budget: All things being equal -- the higher your budget, the greater your chances for getting everything on your wish list. The most desirable locations, lot size, amenities, and square footage often come with a price. The same can be said of homes that are in optimal condition with lots of recent updates, improvements, and energy efficient or high-tech features.
  2. The real estate market: Three factors which will invariably affect the outcome of your real estate search will be the local real estate inventory (the number of properties available -- especially those in your price range), the law of supply and demand, and property values in your chosen geographic area.
  3. Your real estate agent: Choosing a real estate agent who's experienced, resourceful, and dedicated can prove to be a significant advantage in finding a home that matches your budget, your goals, and your desired lifestyle. Once you've decided what you want in your next home, an agent or Realtor can show you houses on the market that will meet many, if not all, of your requirements.
  4. Your wish list: Creating a list of property features and characteristics that you absolutely must have in your next home will help ensure that you get them. A carefully thought-out "wish list" is also a vital aspect of your search for the perfect or "near perfect" home. By creating a clear mental picture of your ideal living space, location, and environment, you'll be increasing your chances of finding a home that meets all your expectations. There are literally dozens of features to keep in mind, including architectural style, square footage, the number of bedrooms and bathrooms, the size of the lot, distance from the street, privacy, the spaciousness of the kitchen, and the layout of adjacent living areas. If you plan on doing a lot of entertaining, for example, you might prefer an open floor plan. Features like a screened-in porch, a patio, and a large backyard are often major wish-list items for homeowners who enjoy outdoor living. Other items to consider may include things like a fireplace, a finished basement, a convenient laundry room, and a two-car garage. Proximity to stores, quality schools, medical/dental services, and recreation areas will also be key factors in the selection of your future home.
Thanks to the Internet and the many home improvement websites you'll find online, it's easy to get clear picture of your dream home, the countless decorating possibilities, and the many landscaping options available to you.