Renter to Owner: First-Time Buyers in North Andover (Buyers Guide)

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445 Johnson Street, North Andover MA - Interior.What’s the best part about renting?

You don’t have to maintain your apartment. (Unless you caused the damage.)

Having help with maintenance is nice. No argument there. But that’s still only if you have a responsive landlord.

Ok, so one decent PRO. What about CONS?

  • Can’t decorate how you want
  • No pets (most of the time)
  • Landlord can walk into your home
  • Paying someone else’s mortgage

It’s time to buy your own home and build long-term wealth.

Need proof? A census study shows that homeowners are worth, on average, $197,349 more than renters.

That’s 90 times a tenant’s median net worth.

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Moving to North Andover, MA? 10 Reasons Why You Should

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Move to North Andover, MA.So you’re thinking about moving to North Andover, MA, huh? Congratulations! You’re going to love it here.

But you’re probably feeling a little conflicted. Moving from one town to another is hard. So to help, we’ve put together some information for newcomers.

If you or someone you know are considering moving to North Andover, MA anytime soon, make sure you read this article first!

Is moving to North Andover really for you? I’ll do my best to temper my strong bias and just stick to the facts.

This guide will help you plan your move to North Andover, and get to know your new home — welcome!

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North Andover Restaurants: Where to Eat Tonight

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Harrison's Roast Beef North Andover Sign (by Kevin Harkins).

Harrison’s iconic sign. Photo by Kevin Harkins.

Looking for restaurants in North Andover and trying to decide where to eat tonight? Look no further.

We compiled a list of every. single. one. of North Andover’s restaurants, bars, coffee shops, and other dining establishments!

If you think of any that we missed, or if any info needs to be updated, please let us know in the comments below!

Here’s the list—

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How to Sell Your House in North Andover

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Selling your home can be scary. A good real estate agent in North Andover will help, but it’s your property. You should do everything you can to sell your house quickly.

Entering North Andover Sign.This home seller’s guide for North Andover features 4 steps that will pay off. With the guidance of a real estate agent, our home-selling tips will allow you to present your property in the best possible light.

Follow these tips to sell faster, for a higher closing price.

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Breaking Ground: Time to dig!

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Building a Custom Home in North Andover: Basement Excavation & Dig Timelapse.So you’ve done all the paperwork and preparation, and now you’re ready to get started. Now what?

This is Part 4 of our series on building a custom home in North Andover: breaking ground. Here’s what the ground-breaking process looks like.

Once all your red tape is finalized and the builder is ready, it’s time to get the engineers, builders, and excavators moving onto the next step:


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Choosing a Custom Home Style

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Research: Website Screenshot.Let’s face it.

One of the best parts of building is picking out and designing a house that is unique to you.

Yes, it’s fun. But it can be overwhelming. Below are some tips and tricks that worked for us.

This is Part 4 of our series on Building a Custom Home in North Andover: this post is all about planning what to build.

If haven’t read about the engineering process first you may want to start there and then come back to this post.

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The Engineering Process

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Building Custom Home in North Andover: Rendering.This post is all about the engineering and plot plan process. It’s more complicated than you might think!

This is Part 3 of our series on building a custom home in North Andover: engineering! Here’s what to expect when dealing with architects and engineers in custom home development.

The biggest question we had was this:

Because we had such a small lot, Mary and I wanted to know what we could build—what are the dimensions of houses that can fit in this spot?

Here’s how we found out.

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Quoted by the Eagle-Tribune: Merrimack Valley in Midst of Seller’s Market

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Ryan Schruender Quoted in the Eagle Tribune, March 2017.

“For Merrimack Valley residents looking to sell their homes, there’s no time like the present,” says Kiera Blessing, reporter for the Eagle-Tribune.

And she’s absolutely right.

How do I know? I contributed to her article. I was quoted in the March 26 Eagle-Tribune piece, after a phone interview with Kiera a few days prior.

I love working with local press for interviews and articles like this one.

What you need to know from the article

You should definitely read the whole article. It paints a very clear picture of the spring housing market in and around North Andover.

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