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New to the market and SO MUCH NEW TO SEE! Open Sunday!

ImageThis one is for YOU! Completely remodeled spacious home on the Worcester / Auburn line sits at the end of a dead end street offering a wonderful view! But wait until you see the inside! New hardwoods throughout the open main level that offers tons of natural light with the french door from the mudroom. BRAND NEW kitchen with granite and stainless steel! Additional pantry space! NEW first floor half bath with laundry! Upstairs you’ll find three full bedrooms with restored hardwoods and a NEW full bathroom. Master bedroom has a BONUS room through the restored french door. NO LACK OF SPACE HERE! Full dry walk-out basement, level back yard and vinyl siding. NEW roof, NEW electrical, NEW plumbing, NEW kitchen, NEW bathrooms! Easy highway access by 290 and Holy Cross! NOTHING TO DO BUT MOVE-IN! Come see this home and fall in love with it! Make it yours today!

Check out the video walk through!  Click here to view on youtube!

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For more information and pictures or to schedule a showing:

Mullen Real Estate

Amy Mullen, Realtor CPA CDPE MBA

Ann Mullen, Realtor CBR, Buyer Specialist

508-784-0504

annmullen@remax.net

http://www.amymullenrealestate.com

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Brave the Cold for a Spectacular Spring!

February 13, 2016

Prepping your lawn for Spring is easy with these five no-sweat steps!
In recent winter months, snowmen were the only detectable “life” in your yard. But, now that Frosty has succumbed to “puddlehood”, it’s time to get ready for spring! Jump start your lawn resuscitation as soon as the ground defrosts, and you’ll avoid a muddy disaster zone come April — not to mention ignite your neighbors’ envy.

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Here’s what to do:

  1.  Assess the Mess!

“As soon as you can stand being outdoors for an extended period of time, see what hand you’ve been dealt by Mother Nature,” says Missy Henriksen, vice president of public affairs for the National Association of Landscape Professionals.

Case your property for thrown branches, dead leaves, and other debris. Clear it away so you’re able to do a general inspection of your soil, lawn, trees, shrubs, and garden structures. See what grass is coming back — or not. Get rid of broken tree limbs; call an arborist if they look dangerous. Now’s the time to take stock and make a plan.

  1.  Rake and Wake…

Just as you like to hunker down on those dark winter days, so, too, do your grass and trees. “As soon as the snow fades, vigorously rake that grass to wake it up and begin to get it to grow,” says Walt Nelson, horticulture program leader for the Cornell Cooperative Extension in Monroe County, N.Y.

Rake out areas of thatch — dried, dead grass that can be thick and deep. If you don’t, thatch will keep oxygen and sunlight from other plants and grass. Check for fungus and mold growth. Don’t worry if you run across “snow mold” — a pinkish or gray web over matted blades of grass, or possibly just a slimy brown mess. Despite its name, it’s rarely serious. Gently rake it out and it will dry. “You’d need 100 consecutive days of snow for snow mold to kill the grass,” says Tony Koski, extension turf specialist at Colorado State University in Ft. Collins.

The grass may be a bit brown, but that doesn’t mean it’s dead. There are two types of grasses. “Cool season grasses green up in early spring. Warm season grasses green up really slowly in spring,” Koski says.

  1.  Weed Out Weeds!

Finding a lot of crabgrass out there? It’s decision time. Will you avenge the scourge? If your crabgrass is out of control or you’re just hell-bent on getting rid of it, here’s what you need to know: Preventing crabgrass is all about timing. You want to nix the nasties before they start germinating. You need to use a preemergent crabgrass control before the soil temperature hits about 55 degrees and the crabgrass begins growing.

“But most people aren’t walking around with thermometers to measure their soil’s temperature,” Koski says. “Blooming forsythia is a good indicator you should put out your crabgrass preventer. That will be a different time in Michigan than in Virginia.”

You can choose a toxic or an organic pre-emergent such as corn gluten meal, but understand that with the organic, Nelson says, it will take two to three years of applications to be effective.

Oh, and if you’re eager to get seeding, note that you can’t put out grass seed until at least eight weeks have passed since you applied crabgrass control.

  1.  Trim the Trees (& Shrubs)!

Move on to trees and shrubs as the world defrosts, but the garden is not yet growing. “Trim out the dead, and it’s off to the races on another growing season,” Nelson says. “You can do the shrubs on your own, but if you’re concerned about trees, hire a professional.”

The important thing about trimming is to “be careful about trimming growth,” Henriksen says. “You want new growth to get healthy enough to sustain itself in case of a second cold snap.” For flowering shrubs, wait until flowers bloom so you don’t cut off limbs that will be producing flowers or fruit.

  1.  Go Beyond the Grass…

Winter is hard on other garden elements. Henriksen recommends making sure your irrigation system works properly, and checking to see if there’s damage to any garden lighting. Fix broken or damaged patio furniture and any wooden structures. Even clean off and refresh your deck once it’s warm enough that power-washing won’t create a deck ice rink.

Don’t forget to tune up the lawn mower and string trimmer. Clean, sharpen, and oil your pruning shears so they’ll be ready when the temperatures start to rise.

Prepping the yard won’t be just a single weekend event, but if you get the heavy lifting out of the way early, it won’t be long before you’re leaving your socks and boots behind, and feeling the warm, soft grass between your toes.

Open Houses Saturday (tomorrow) & Sunday ONLY 12pm-2pm at 40 Burbank Ln., Lancaster!

February 12, 2016

(MLS: 71957451). Newer colonial in a premier setting at 40 Burbank Lane in Lancaster!

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Cul-de-sac location and set back from the road to maximize the privacy of the 3.62 acres. 4 beds, 2.5 baths and nearly 3000 sq feet that includes a full Master Suite with private bath, first floor office, formal dining room and family room. Large kitchen features a center island that can seat 6 people. This custom kitchen with granite counters has expanded features to include a pantry, wine rack and china cabinet. Additional seating area with wood burning fireplace with easy access to the back deck through the sliders really makes this a space to be in! The upper level features generous bedrooms with a full Master Suite that includes a walk-in closet and private bath with Jacuzzi tub. Additional space can be had in the unfinished walk up attic or unfinished walk out basement. Central a/c, workshop and 2 car garage! Don’t miss this short sale opportunity!

***Viewings during open houses THIS WEEKEND on Saturday (tomorrow) 12pm-2pm and Sunday 12pm-2pm ONLY***

Open Houses Saturday & Sunday ONLY 12pm-2pm at 40 Burbank Ln., Lancaster-$500,000!

February 11, 2016

(MLS: 71957451). Newer colonial in a premier setting at 40 Burbank Lane in Lancaster!

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Cul-de-sac location and set back from the road to maximize the privacy of the 3.62 acres. 4 beds, 2.5 baths and nearly 3000 sq feet that includes a full Master Suite with private bath, first floor office, formal dining room and family room. Large kitchen features a center island that can seat 6 people. This custom kitchen with granite counters has expanded features to include a pantry, wine rack and china cabinet. Additional seating area with wood burning fireplace with easy access to the back deck through the sliders really makes this a space to be in! The upper level features generous bedrooms with a full Master Suite that includes a walk-in closet and private bath with Jacuzzi tub. Additional space can be had in the unfinished walk up attic or unfinished walk out basement. Central a/c, workshop and 2 car garage! Don’t miss this short sale opportunity!

***Viewings during open houses on Saturday 12pm-2pm and Sunday 12pm-2pm ONLY***

7 Steps to Take Before You Buy A Home!

February 11, 2016

***By doing your homework before you buy, you’ll feel more content about your new home.***
Most potential home buyers are a smidge daunted by the fact that they’re about to agree to a hefty mortgage that they’ll be paying for the next few decades. The best way to relieve that anxiety is to be confident you’re purchasing the best home at a price you can afford with the most favorable financing. These seven steps will help you make smart decisions about your biggest purchase.

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1.  Decide how much home you can afford.

Generally, you can afford a home priced two to three times your gross income. Remember to consider costs every homeowner must cover: property taxes, insurance, maintenance, utilities, and community association fees, if applicable, as well as costs specific to your family, such as daycare if you plan to have children.

2.  Develop your home wish list.

Be honest about which features you must have and which you’d like to have. Handicap accessibility for an aging parent or special needs child is a must. Granite countertops and stainless steel appliances are in the bonus category. Come up with your top five must-haves and top five wants to help you focus your search and make a logical, rather than emotional, choice when home shopping.

3.  Select where you want to live.

Make a list of your top five community priorities, such as commute time, schools, and recreational facilities. Ask a REALTOR® to help you identify three to four target neighborhoods based on your priorities.

4.  Start saving.

Have you saved enough money to qualify for a mortgage and cover your down payment? Ideally, you should have 20% of the purchase price set aside for a down payment, but some lenders allow as little as 5% down. A small down payment preserves your savings for emergencies.

However, the lower your down-payment, the higher the loan amount you’ll need to qualify for, and if you still qualify, the higher your monthly payment. Your down payment size can also influence your interest rate and the type of loan you can get. Finally, if your down payment is less than 20%, you’ll be required to purchase private mortgage insurance. Depending on the size of your loan, PMI can add hundreds to your monthly payment. Check with your state and local government for mortgage and down payment assistance programs for first-time buyers.

5.  Ask about all the costs before you sign.

A down payment is just one home buying cost. A REALTOR® can tell you what other costs buyers commonly pay in your area — including home inspections, attorneys’ fees, and transfer fees of 2% to 7% of the home price. Tally up the extras you’ll also want to buy after you move-in, such as window coverings and patio furniture for your new yard.

6.  Get your credit in order.

A credit report details your borrowing history, including any late payments and bad debts, and typically includes a credit score. Lenders lean heavily on your credit report and credit score in determining whether, how much, and at what interest rate to lend for a home. The minimum credit score you can have to qualify for a loan depends on many factors, including the size of your down payment. Talk to a REALTOR® or lender about your particular circumstance.

You’re entitled to free copies of your credit reports annually from the major credit bureaus: Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion. Order and then pore over them to ensure the information is accurate, and try to correct any errors before you buy. If your credit score isn’t up to snuff, the easiest ways to improve it are to pay every bill on time and pay down high credit card debt.

7.  Get prequalified.

Meet with a lender to get a prequalification letter that says how much house you’re qualified to buy. Start gathering the paperwork your lender says it needs. Most want to see W-2 forms verifying your employment and income, copies of pay stubs, and two to four months of banking statements. If you’re self-employed, you’ll need your current profit and loss statement, a current balance sheet, and personal and business income tax returns for the previous two years.

Consider your financing options. The longer the loan, the smaller your monthly payment. Fixed-rate mortgages offer payment certainty; an adjustable-rate mortgage (ARM) offers a lower monthly payment. However, an adjustable-rate mortgage may adjust dramatically. Be sure to calculate your affordability at both the lowest and highest possible ARM rate.

JUST LISTED!

February 9, 2016

Lancaster ColonialNewer colonial in a premier setting in Lancaster! Cul-de-sac location and set back from the road to maximize the privacy of the 3.62 acres. 4 beds, 2.5 baths and nearly 3000 sq feet that includes a full Master Suite with private bath, first floor office, formal dining room and family room. Large kitchen features a center island that can seat 6 people. This custom kitchen with granite counters has expanded features to include a pantry, wine rack and china cabinet. Additional seating area with wood burning fireplace with easy access to the back deck through the sliders really makes this a space to be in! The upper level features generous bedrooms with a full Master Suite that includes a walk-in closet and private bath with Jacuzzi tub. Additional space can be had in the unfinished walk up attic or unfinished walk out basement. Central a/c, workshop and 2 car garage! Don’t miss this short sale opportunity!

40 Burbank Lane Lancaster

MLS  71957451

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Commercial & 6-Unit Residential Pairing at 647-649 Main St., Clinton, MA. – Only $675,000!

February 8, 2016

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Searching for an excellent, combined commercial AND residential listing? Your search ends here! As depicted above, this listing includes a local landmark bar (at 649 Main St., Clinton, MA – on the right in the photo above) AND the 6-unit residential property (at 647 Main St., Clinton, MA – on the left in the photo above), all for just $675,000! The residential covers 4,181 square feet and the bar covers 4,833 square feet and sits at the intersection of Routes 62 and 110. Ample parking for both properties. Interested? Questions? Give us a call! This pair will not last!

Commercial Property/Bar at 649 Main St., Clinton, MA. – $350,000!

February 8, 2016

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Check it out: This commercial property, which is currently a bar room, is located at 649 Main Street in Clinton, MA, right at the intersection of Routes 62 and 110. Plenty of parking and updates have been done including new sprinklers and central AC. This bar is a local landmark and has a reliable customer-base. 4,833 square feet of space here. Plenty of dry storage in the basement and additional cooler available. All for just $350,00! Call us today!

Two Family House at 353 Parker St., Gardner – Only $139,999!

February 8, 2016

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Looking for a super affordable 2-family house? Well, look no further! This two family house is located at 353 Parker Street in Gardner and comes with a sizable driveway and a yard. Both units include 2 or 3 bedrooms, open floor plan and hardwood floors. This house is entirely move-in-ready and has been updated in terms of gas heat, electrical, plumbing and roof. Not a short sale, but looking to close quickly, all this and more for only $139,999! Call us today!

Beautiful Residential Land at 48 Haynes Hill Rd., Wales – $28,999!

February 8, 2016

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Plant your roots on this amazing residential property! This land covers 2.54 acres located at 48 Haynes Hill Road in Wales, MA. This property is connected with the Degregorio Conservation Area and *ALL* proceeds will benefit the Second Chance Animal Shelter in North Brookfield. Listed *BELOW* the assessed value at just $28,999! Snag some excellent residential property *and* help a great cause! Call us today!

Commercial Land Opportunity at 83A Central St., Millville – $549,000!

February 8, 2016

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This is an amazing commercial property opportunity located at 83A Central Street in Millville. Listed at just $549,000, this land spans across 4 acres and is located near routes 122 and 146, also near the Rhode Island border. Located in a great neighborhood and is available to be part of the sale of the antique colonial house that borders this land. Call us today!

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