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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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6 Creative Hacks to Put a Shoe Organizer to Work!

October 15, 2018

Simple over-the-door shoe organizers are brilliant hacks when it’s time to tame the clutter in your home.

 

Bulk shoppers and anyone with more stuff than storage, rejoice: You can reclaim your home from clutter with hanging shoe organizers. Sure, they’re amazing tools for wrangling homeless sneakers and ballet flats. But there’s another reason pro organizers adore them: Their numerous cubbies are perfect for containing odds and ends that drive homeowners mad. You know, that mass of knotted cords, your messy cabinet full of cleaning goods, that one disappearing mitten.

Pick up a few of these genius inventions and let your inner neat freak take over. Here are six shoe organizer ideas to get you started.

 

#1 Keep Bulk Buys in Check

Instead of piling up towers of paper towels or toilet paper, hang a cloth shoe organizer from your basement or bathroom closet rod and store each roll in its own individual cubby to free up floor space. As a bonus, you won’t have to fumble around trying to extract a roll from its plastic covering — just open the closet, grab, and go. (This tip applies to all kinds of bulk purchases, from canned goods to seltzer water.)

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#2 Corral Gift Wrap

Not sure where to tuck away your collection of festive wrapping paper? Don’t waste precious floor space by stuffing those awkward tubes in a box. Homeowner Angie Holden used a standard over-the-door organizer to keep her gift wrap in order after her under-the-bed storage system grew “too cumbersome to get out when I need it.”

Reserve three rows of the organizer’s slots for the long wrapping paper tubes. The rolls will sit in the lowest one. To keep those puppies upright, attach elastic bands to the organizer, between the upper two rows of slots, and slide the tubes down through the elastic before they reach their resting place in the lower row. Make it a complete gift station by sewing a catchall bag to the bottom of the organizer for ribbon, tape, and bows.

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#3 Cut the Cord on Clutter

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Don’t let tangled tablet chargers and extra iPhone cords rule your home. Instead, use a shoe organizer to keep your electronic accessories out of sight and ready when you need them. Organization blogger Stefanie Sliger divided her various cables by type, stuffed each set into its own pocket, and labeled accordingly. (Think “iCables,” “outlet adapters,” and “HDMI.”) “It’s definitely easier to see, grab, and store cords using the shoe organizer,” Sliger says. If you have extra space, those additional pockets are perfect for batteries and lightbulbs.

 

#4 Feed Your Kids

Tired of your little ones leaving a trail of displaced soup cans and sideways pasta boxes as they dig through the pantry in search of something to snack on? Using a shoe organizer to sort your snacks “makes it easy for kids to snag grab-and-go snacks,” like granola bars, applesauce, raisins, and juice boxes, says personal organizer MaryJo Monroe. Hang it over the pantry door for easy access.

#5 Tame Winter Garb

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As fall becomes winter, figuring out how to keep your endless collection of mittens, gloves, and extra fluffy socks organized and accessible can be a nightmare. After a basket storage system failed to keep her family’s winter accessories under control, blogger Jamie Rannila turned to a shoe organizer — a solution that has been particularly popular with her triplets. “This way of organizing makes it so easy for them to reach and put their items in their own compartment,” Rannila says.

#6 Create a One-Stop Cleaning Station

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Is your under-sink space cluttered with myriad sponges and half-empty spray bottles that needed to be pitched months ago? Stop digging through the dark to find the glass cleaner. A hanging shoe organizer in your pantry can make life so much easier — just stick each product and cleaning accessory in its own pocket. Voila! No more hunching and hunting.

Check out this Rental in Millbury, MA! COMES WITH SOLAR PANELS!

October 15, 2018

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Available November 15th! Lovely colonial home in Millbury featuring a large cathedral ceiling family room with fireplace, 3 bedrooms and 2.5 baths is now available for rent!

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Additional 4th bedroom off the Master makes a great nursery or office. Large flat back yard, deck and 2 car garage. Commuter friendly location with quick access to shopping, Mass Pike, UMass Memorial BUT on a wooded side street.

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Oil heat, central a/c, solar panels for low energy costs and appliances included (Range, Dishwasher, Disposal, Refrigerator, Washer and Dryer). No trips to the laundromat with this home!

 

Think FSBO Will Save You Money? New Study Says Otherwise

October 12, 2018

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When a seller prepares to put their home on the market, they have one of two choices: working with a real estate professional to sell their home, or attempting to sell it on their own (aka “FSBO” – for sale by owner).

The reason most sellers decide to go the FSBO route is to avoid paying a commission to a real estate agent. But turns out, FSBO doesn’t save money at all. In fact, in the end, it may cost you.

According to the 2017 National Association of Realtors Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers, homes sold using an agent sell for significantly more than FSBOs. In fact, the study found that the median price of a home sold by an agent was $250,000, compared to $190,000 for FSBOs—an astounding $60,000 difference.

Will you avoid paying a commission fee if you go the FSBO route? Yes. But if your home sells for $60,000 less than it would have with an agent, it’s not worth it. The math simply wouldn’t add up in your favor.

The Takeaway

FSBO might help you avoid paying a commission to a real estate agent, but when you factor in the expertise an agent brings to the table and the higher price they’ll be able to get for your home, FSBO isn’t a way to save money. In fact, it’s the opposite.

In conclusion…..

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Price Reduced for a Great Opportunity in Leicester, MA

October 12, 2018

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Nicely renovated large farm house style colonial on a tree lined country road is now reduced to $279,999 and READY FOR YOU!

Large rooms and high ceilings provide a light and airy flow to this house.

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Great outdoor space with a wrap around farmer’s porch, flat yard and 3 bay garage. Updated kitchen includes granite counters, mud room/pantry, stainless steel appliances and propane cook stove.

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The living room has newly refinished parquet wood floor, a fireplace with gas insert, beamed wood ceiling and entrance to the deck. Dining room features newly refinished hardwoods, a pellet stove and is bright with multiple front windows!

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Master bedroom has a dedicated staircase and cathedral ceilings with decorative window. 2 additional bedrooms are also generously sized. NEW well! NEW septic! Great yard! Great commuter location! 3 bedrooms, large general living space and over 1700 sq feet!

Click the photo below to take a 3-D interactive tour!

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Single Family Home Available in Blackstone, MA!

October 10, 2018

Who doesn’t love an antique style cape in New England in the fall? In a picturesque setting in Blackstone on 1.83 acres with wraparound porch and barn style garage this is will be the house you fall in love with!

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The first floor layout is perfect for entertaining or just staying home featuring a large eat-in kitchen, full dining room with hardwoods and front to back living room. Three bedrooms in the upper level with optional fourth (no closet) with adorable built-ins and plenty of closet space. Enjoy the 3 season screened- in room off the farmer’s porch that overlooks the back yard and barn.

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Oversized two and a half bay garage (1,152 sq ft) with steel beam so there are no column supports has room for all your items! Unfinished loft area above the garage bays can be your new workshop/office/hobby room. This home has so much to offer!

Click the photo below to take a 3-D Interactive tour!

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Scary Plants for your Halloween Garden

October 10, 2018

Branch out from roses and tulips for some scary Halloween yard ideas!

 

This gross little blob is known as Devil’s Tooth. When moist and healthy, it bleeds droplets of bright red juice that inspire its other nickname, “strawberries and cream.” Yum. But a great idea for Halloween decorating.

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Speaking of scary plants for your Halloween garden, the bat flower has ears and whiskers and a deathly black shade. This rare plant grows wild in China but needs TLC to grow in the U.S. Buy it for $20 from a nursery specializing in rare plants.

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The Euphorbia sports colorful flowers and sharp thorns. If you’re looking for scary Halloween yard ideas, add a “danger” sign to this one. And be careful when trimming — its sap is toxic if ingested and can cause skin rashes. A potted start is $5.

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The ghost plant is the vampire of the garden because it sucks its sustenance from other plants; but it gets its name from its ghostly appearance. This plant can grow in dark nooks and crannies, but it’s rare and difficult to cultivate.

 

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The aptly named doll’s eyes are sure to enhance your Halloween decorating. But it is extremely poisonous. Ingesting it can lead to cardiac arrest and death. Seed packets are $3; a potted plant is $16.

 

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The Chinese lantern plant produces a vivid orange flower that matures into a skeletal shell. In Japan, its seeds are used to help guide the souls of the dead. Cost: $2 for 50 seeds. Now that’s a scary plant for your garden on Halloween.

 

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The Venus flytrap is named for the goddess of love, but it will enhance your Halloween decorating since it dines on insects. It’s native to the Carolinas. Well-cared-for flytraps can last 30 years. Buy them online for $8.

 

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Angel trumpets are flowering shrubs whose hallucinogenic properties have been used by South American tribal cultures for sorcery and black magic. Before adding it to your Halloween garden, be warned that it’s extremely toxic and banned in some communities. Young plants are $20-$25.

 

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Voodoo lilies resemble snakes and can reach four feet in height. Named for their magical ability to blossom without soil or water, they make for a low maintenance touch to your Halloween decorating. One downside: They smell like rotting meat. Bulbs are $10-$30.

 

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Fake flowers never die. Make some, or buy them. This arrangement is $150.

 

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New Listing and Open House in Clinton, MA!

October 9, 2018

Are you tired of looking at houses that are just not the “right one”? Here you are! This young raised ranch on the southern side of Clinton is in a nice neighborhood location of newer homes with quick highway access. The large yard with custom patio and pergola offers you an outside oasis with plenty of trees and privacy. There is also a fenced in side yard for the kids and pets!

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The main level has 3 bedrooms and 2 full bathrooms. The lower level is ready for your imagination! The custom mud room provides plenty of space for storage and items from either the driveway or the garage.

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The open room can be a 4th bedroom / office / family room / den or media room as the laundry area is separate and there is rough plumbing for a 3rd full bath. In law potential? Teenage hang out heaven? Out of town guests? You have the flexibility here.

Join us for the market entrance open houses on Saturday and Sunday 12pm to 1:30pm!

Can’t make it in person? Click the photo below to take a 3-D tour!

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Keep your Pet-Friendly Home Clean While it’s on the Market

October 8, 2018

Oof. Houses that smell or look like pets have lived in them are just harder to sell.

Here’s how to de-dog your house before putting it on the market — and how to keep it that way while you sell.

Did you know that I am a Certified Pet Friendly Real Estate Agent?

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Contact me with any questions! I can help you find the perfect home for you and your animals-including Emotional Support and Service Animals.

Now for some great tips!

#1 Steam Clean Everything Fabric

“Job number one is to take care of the soft surfaces in your house,” says Melissa Maker, star of an eponymous YouTube channel and owner of a Toronto cleaning service. “They hold odors and hair like nothing else.”

This includes carpets, rugs, upholstered furniture, and even the drapes, she says. Pets rub against drapes, getting oils, odors, and fur on the fabric. Send curtains out for a professional cleaning.

#2 Spot Clean Furniture Daily

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If you’re like many pet owners, trying to keep your dog off the couch completely isn’t worth the effort. Instead, cover your freshly-cleaned furniture with throws or pet covers, and wash them at least once a week. Vacuum rugs and carpets every day. Pet smells sink in fast.

For quick hair removal before a showing, wipe down the couch with rubber gloves. The hair comes right off.

#3 Clean Tile-Floor Grout

 

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Tile resists dog stains, but grout is porous and sucks them up like a sponge. “I had a cat who had an accident on a tile floor, and the pee seeped into the grout,” Maker says. Steam clean grout to lift old smells and stains. If your grout is really cruddy, hire a pro to chip out the old grout and put in new — or DIY it if you have the skills.

#4 Get an Air Purifier Tower

To you, it smells like home. But your HVAC has been circulating the same hair and dander again and again (especially in hot and cold weather when the windows are closed).

Add an air purifier tower with a HEPA filter; it pulls hair and dander out of the air before they even reach your HVAC.

Most air ducts don’t need to be cleaned, especially if you change filters regularly. But if dander and fur seem to be taking over, hire a duct-cleaning company before putting your home on the market.

#5 Use Enzymatic Cleaners

They’re the special forces of odor busters. Enzymatic cleaners are made of beneficial bacteria that eat stains and odors. They’re formulated to stamp out a specific type of stain, so a cleanser that targets urine won’t be the same as one for vomit.

“They’re cultivated for a specific mess,” Maker says. Apply them liberally to stains regardless of how old they are, before listing your house.

#6 Get Rid of Scratch Marks

 

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Pet toenails leave telltale marks on doors and walls. For walls and doors made of synthetic materials, you’ll just need to paint over the marks. For a wooden door, use wood-filler pen can fill in the scratches. For hardwood floors, rub out small scratches with steel wool or fine sandpaper followed by mineral spirits, wood filler, and polyurethane. For major damage, refinishing the hardwood is a good investment with a stellar 100% ROI.

#7 Groom Your Pet

 

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Get your pet groomed by a pro before you list your house. You can do it yourself, but a pro can get more hair and dander off than you can — plus, all that gunk is better off in the groomer’s drain than yours.

Brush your furry friend regularly (outside, preferably) while your house is on the market. Any hair you get off on a brush is hair that won’t end up on your sofa or in your rugs.

#8 Absorb Odors With Charcoal

Charcoal pulls moisture and odors out of the air. You can get inconspicuous little bags of it to hang in places your pets love most. Or, just strategically stash some charcoal briquettes around the house.

Just be sure to get the ones that aren’t presoaked with lighter fluid.

#9 Get a Sniff Test

You’ve scrubbed everything, and you think your house smells like a dog has never set foot in the door. Get a second opinion as to whether the odors are gone, Maker says. “You may be noseblind. Ask your agent to walk through and give you an honest opinion.”

Open House in Leicester, MA

October 4, 2018

Nicely renovated large farm house style colonial on a tree lined country road is now ready for you! Come see why at our open house this Saturday, October 6 from noon until 1:30pm.

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Large rooms and high ceilings provide a light and airy flow to this house. Great outdoor space with a wrap around farmer’s porch, flat yard and 3 bay garage. Updated kitchen includes granite counters, mud room/pantry, stainless steel appliances and propane cook stove.

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The living room has newly refinished parquet wood floor, a fireplace with gas insert, beamed wood ceiling and entrance to the deck. Dining room features newly refinished hardwoods, a pellet stove and is bright with multiple front windows! Master bedroom has a dedicated staircase and cathedral ceilings with decorative window. 2 additional bedrooms are also generously sized. NEW well! NEW septic! Great yard! Great commuter location! 3 bedrooms, large general living space and over 1700 sq feet!

Can’t make it in person? Check out a 3-D Interactive tour by clicking the photo below!

Interactive Walk Through!

Take a walk through this house right now!

Open House and Price Change in Blackstone, MA!

October 4, 2018

Who doesn’t love an antique style cape in New England in the fall? In a picturesque setting in Blackstone on 1.83 acres with wraparound porch and barn style garage this is will be the house you fall in love with! With a generous price reduction to $344,999 you can’t miss the opportunity to take a look first hand! Come visit us at our open house this Sunday, October 7 from noon until 1:30.

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The first floor layout is perfect for entertaining or just staying home featuring a large eat-in kitchen, full dining room with hardwoods and front to back living room. Three bedrooms in the upper level with optional fourth (no closet) with adorable built-ins and plenty of closet space. Enjoy the 3 season screened- in room off the farmer’s porch that overlooks the back yard and barn. Huge two and a half bay garage (1,152 sq ft) with steel beams so there are no column supports has room for all your items! Unfinished loft area above the garage bays can be your new workshop/office/hobby room. This home has so much to offer!

Can’t make the open house? Click the picture below to take an interactive 3-D tour!Blackstone interactive