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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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New price in Southbridge!

June 18, 2018

Your next investment is here! This limited time offering of TWO multi-family buildings in Southbridge. Each building contains three units that each have 3 bedrooms, 1 bathroom, living room and eat-in kitchen. Each building has updated electrical, recent roof, gas heat, parking. 37 Thomas St (MLS 72326724) is fully rented and delivered with tenants under leases. 23 Wardwell Ct (MLS 72326725) will be delivered with 1st and 3rd floors vacant and ready for renovation. Great in-town location for future advertising exposure. These two buildings are a great addition to your current portfolio or start your real estate investing this year with them! Now listed for $285k!

Check out the full listing HERE!

New price in Rutland!

June 18, 2018

NewmanRutland

Are you looking for a move-in ready home in Rutland that is just the “right size” in just the “right neighborhood” with the “right upgrades”?  Are hardwoods, wood burning fireplace, updated kitchen with granite counters, finished lower level family room and nice back yard on your list?  Your search ends here!  This is a great house that has been cared for and updated so that you don’t have to do anything but pack your boxes!  Featuring an open concept main living area with sliders to the newer deck and easily managed back yard.  3 great sized bedrooms with ample closet space.  Updated bathroom on the main level with additional half bath off the finished family room in the lower level.  Newer roof, windows, doors, central air via mini splits and furnace with town water and sewer. Now listed for $269,999!

Check out the full listing HERE!

Move-in ready home for sale in Shrewsbury!

June 18, 2018

*SHREWSBURY*! LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION! Fully renovated 1400+ sq ft contemporary-styled, single-level living ranch home in the heart of Shrewsbury! Quick closing encouraged. 3 bedrooms and 2 full baths on a flat lot featuring two separate fenced yards. Cathedral ship lap ceilings, hardwoods, family room and full, dry basement. Completely remodeled with granite, stainless steel appliances and updated fireplace. All mechanicals including furnace, roof, electrical, and most windows have been updated in the past 2 years. Well-established neighborhood with a great walking score! Maple/Oak Street neighborhood, Minutes to I-290, new library, downtown, Foundation Field, Oak and Sherwood Middle school. Lakeway Commons is a short 5 minute drive with the new Whole Foods, Starbucks, shopping, and dining! Want to add more square footage? The basement is ready to be finished for that additional space! This is a move-in-ready home in a great location with no work needed! Priced at $425,000!

This Father’s Day, get Dad a home that needs no work!

June 16, 2018

This Father’s Day, get your Dad a home that needs no work! *SHREWSBURY*! LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION! Fully renovated 1400+ sq ft contemporary-styled, single-level living ranch home in the heart of Shrewsbury! Quick closing encouraged. 3 bedrooms and 2 full baths on a flat lot featuring two separate fenced yards. Cathedral ship lap ceilings, hardwoods, family room and full, dry basement. Completely remodeled with granite, stainless steel appliances and updated fireplace. All mechanicals including furnace, roof, electrical, and most windows have been updated in the past 2 years. Well-established neighborhood with a great walking score! Maple/Oak Street neighborhood, Minutes to I-290, new library, downtown, Foundation Field, Oak and Sherwood Middle school. Lakeway Commons is a short 5 minute drive with the new Whole Foods, Starbucks, shopping, and dining! Want to add more square footage? The basement is ready to be finished for that additional space! This is a move-in-ready home in a great location with no work needed! Priced at $425,000! Pre-market open houses on Saturday 6/16 & Sunday 6/17 from 11am-1pm!

Pre-market open house in Shrewsbury!

June 15, 2018

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*SHREWSBURY*! LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION! Fully renovated 1400+ sq ft contemporary-styled, single-level living ranch home in the heart of Shrewsbury! Quick closing encouraged. 3 bedrooms and 2 full baths on a flat lot featuring two separate fenced yards. Cathedral ship lap ceilings, hardwoods, family room and full, dry basement. Completely remodeled with granite, stainless steel appliances and updated fireplace. All mechanicals including furnace, roof, electrical, and most windows have been updated in the past 2 years. Well-established neighborhood with a great walking score! Maple/Oak Street neighborhood, Minutes to I-290, new library, downtown, Foundation Field, Oak and Sherwood Middle school. Lakeway Commons is a short 5 minute drive with the new Whole Foods, Starbucks, shopping, and dining! Want to add more square footage? The basement is ready to be finished for that additional space! Priced at $425,000! Pre-market open houses on Saturday 6/16 & Sunday 6/17 from 11am-1pm!

Pre-Market open houses in Shrewsbury!

June 13, 2018

*SHREWSBURY*! LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION! Fully renovated 1400+ sq ft contemporary-styled, single-level living ranch home in the heart of Shrewsbury! Quick closing encouraged. 3 bedrooms and 2 full baths on a flat lot featuring two separate fenced yards. Cathedral ship lap ceilings, hardwoods, family room and full, dry basement. Completely remodeled with granite, stainless steel appliances and updated fireplace. All mechanicals including furnace, roof, electrical, and most windows have been updated in the past 2 years. Well-established neighborhood with a great walking score! Maple/Oak Street neighborhood, Minutes to I-290, new library, downtown, Foundation Field, Oak and Sherwood Middle school. Lakeway Commons is a short 5 minute drive with the new Whole Foods, Starbucks, shopping, and dining! Want to add more square footage? The basement is ready to be finished for that additional space! Priced at $425,000! Pre-market open houses on Saturday 6/16 & Sunday 6/17 from 11am-1pm!

8 Myths All New Homeowners Fall For!

June 13, 2018

By: Kelley Walters

Like cutting your grass way short, or thinking you don’t need roof vents.

You’ve signed the closing papers and have your new house keys in hand.

As you open the door to your exciting — and sometimes overwhelming — new life as a homeowner, steer clear of these eight common home ownership myths. Avoiding them will save you time, money, and protect your home value.

Myth #1: Only Homes In Warm Climates Need Roof Vents:

Yes, roof vents do suck hot, humid air up and out through the roof. That act is called ventilation. Which is why you need roof vents if you live in a colder climate.

Huh?

Because ventilation pushes the warm away from your snow-covered roof and gutters. If warm air lingers under your roof, it could cause the snow to melt just enough to easily refreeze at night, melt again, refreeze (you get the picture) creating ice dams instead of pretty, fluffy snow on your roof.

And when those ice dams melt come spring, that water could funnel into your insulation and walls causing mold, mildew — and a busted bank account.

Myth #2: I Should Re-Up On My Home Warranty:

A home warranty is like a $500 bottle of wine. If someone else pays for it, why not enjoy it?

And sellers often do offer them as an incentive to help buyers (especially first-timers who often have limited budgets) feel more secure about having financial help for any unexpected repairs.

If your seller tosses one into your deal, great. Use it. But when the warranty runs out, resist the temptation to continue it. Put the money into a home maintenance savings account instead.

Because home warranties aren’t cost-effective for homeowners to purchase themselves. The coverage is often limited, and warranty companies have oodles of red tape that can delay repairs for days, even weeks.

Myth #3: Mowing Grass Extra Short Means Mowing Less Often:

Grass blades collect sunlight. Cut them too short and they can’t soak up enough to survive, which makes for brown, patchy grass and weeds galore. Which means you just killed your curb appeal, too.

Save the grass — and your home’s good looks — by cutting your lawn no more than one-third the length of the blades at each mowing. Overall, aim to keep the grass between two-and-a-half and three inches high.

Myth #4: If My Water Main Springs a Leak, The Water Company Will Cover It:

Nope. The city fixes the public water lines from the road to your property, but you’re responsible for the main that runs from your property line to your dwelling.

A broken water main can cost anywhere from $500 to a shocking $3,000 (or more!) to repair. Plus: all that water everywhere.

And you may have to pay for that water bill too, which also can run into the thousands, especially if you don’t address the leak quickly.

The most common cause of water main breaks is tree roots getting into older pipes. If you have mature trees with roots pushing up the sidewalk or driveway, that could be a hint that you might encounter a water main break — or sewer line break (yup, just like the water line, the sewer line on your property is your responsibility).

And don’t waste money on special water pipe insurance. It’s not worth it. You’re better off putting that money into a home maintenance account. Besides it only covers fresh-water pipes.

Myth #5: I Can Remove a Tree or Paint My Mailbox Any Color:

Before yelling “Timber!” or choosing paint colors, think about your neighbors. If you bought a condo, co-op, or a home in a neighborhood with an HOA (homeowners’ association) you may not actually have the right to do that — without your neighbors’ consent, that is.

What an HOA (or condo association or co-op board) may control is surprising. Things like pet ownership, outdoor clotheslines, or even (true story) parking in the driveway instead of your garage.

So check the rules. Because breaking them could cost you — by making you redo a remodel, or fining you.

But keep in mind that HOAs are there to protect your home value. They’ve got your back. Just stay in touch with the rules so you don’t make a costly mistake.

Myth #6: When The Pipes Clog, Pour In a Bottle of Drain Cleaner:

While drain cleaners are quick and convenient, they can cause more (and bigger) problems than they fix. They don’t typically remove the entire clog, making it more likely to recur — and their caustic chemicals can wear away the insides of the pipes, causing leaks.

Instead, invest in a $15, manually-operated drain snake at the hardware store, or rent an electric one to clear bigger clogs. Then use screens to prevent food scraps and hair from getting in your pipes.

And keep everything but sewage and TP out of the toilets. Always.

Myth #7: My Neighbor’s Tree Fell In My Yard, So They’ll Pay For It:

Well …  that depends. Your first step, no matter what, is to call your insurance company. They’ll restore your property and then decide whether to pursue the neighbor for reimbursement.

That may be tough, though, (and awkward) because in order to collect the insurance company needs proof that the neighbor knew the tree was old or damaged, and didn’t maintain it.

The good news is that your policy should cover tree damage caused by wind, water, and storms. It may also cover hauling away tree debris if it damaged your home.

Likewise, if your tree falls on a neighbor’s property, don’t rush over with a wad of cash. Offer your sympathies, and let them know you’ll wait to proceed until their insurance company contacts you.

And always keep receipts for trimming and other tree care, should you need to prove your diligence.

Myth #8: I’ll Save Time And Money By Reroofing Over Old Shingles:

Reroofing, or adding new shingles over existing roofing, may be cheaper than replacing the roof entirely.

But it’s not wise. A roof is like a cake of wooden sheathing beneath an icing of shingles. If the cake is spoiled, you can’t fix it (or even find out about it) by putting an extra layer of icing on top.

If there’s damage to your roof, get a new roof. Period.

The Everything Guide to Selling Your First Home!

June 12, 2018

By: Houselogic.com

How to figure out exactly what you want, and how to work with the experts who’ll help you get it.

Selling, a famous salesman once said, is essentially a transfer of feelings.

You love and cherish your home. You want the next owner to fall in love with it, too — through photos, through words, and through the experience of walking through your front door.

 But, perhaps most, you want to get the price you want.

This isn’t a small task. Selling a home requires work. It requires time. The journey isn’t always easy. There will be frustrations. But when you seal the deal and move on to your next chapter  — wow, what a blissful, boss feeling.

Below, we preview and link to each step in your journey.  We’ll discuss how to know what you want (and what your partner wants, if you’re selling together). How to understand the market, and ways to make a plan. And most importantly? How to create relationships with experts and trust them to help you get the job done.

Now, let’s talk about selling your house.

Know, exactly, what you want:

First things first: You need to know what you want (and what your partner wants) in order to sell your home with minimum frustration. Why are you moving? What do you expect from the process? When, exactly, should you put that For Sale sign in the yard? We can help you get your thoughts in order.

Do Your Research:

Unless you bought your home last week, the housing market changed since you became a homeowner. Mortgage rates fluctuate, inventory shifts over time — these are just a few of the factors that affect the state of the market, and every market is unique. Educate yourself on what to expect.

Interview and select an agent:

This is the most important relationship you’ll form on your home selling journey. Pick the right agent and you’ll likely get a better sales price for your house.

Price Your Home:

How much is your home worth? That’s the … $300,000 question. Whatever the number, you need to know it. This is how your agent will help you pinpoint the price.

Prep your Home For Sale:

Today, home buyers have unfettered access to property listings online, so you have to make a great first impression — on the internet and IRL. That means you’ll have to declutter all the stuff you’ve accumulated over the years, make any necessary repairs, and get your home in swoon-worthy condition.

Market Your Home:

Home buyers look at countless listings online. The best-marketed homes have beautiful photos and compelling property descriptions, so they can get likes — which can amount to buyer interest — on social media. Some agents are even using videos, virtual tours, texts, and audio messages. It’s time to consider how to promote your property.

Showcase Your Home:

One of the best ways to get buyers in the door is to have an open house. This is your chance to show off your home’s best assets, and help buyers envision themselves living there. Know how your agent will organize, advertise, and host the event to ensure it’s a success.

Receive Offers:

Yes, you might get offers plural, depending on your market. Assuming you’ve collaborated with your agent, you’ve likely positioned yourself to receive attractive bids. Your agent will review each offer with you to determine which is best for you.

Negotiate With The Buyer:

To get the best deal for you, you’ll likely have to do some negotiating. Your agent will help you craft a strategic counteroffer to the buyer’s offer, factoring in not only money, but contingencies, etc.

Negotiate Home Inspection Repairs:

Ah, the home inspection. It’s as much a source of anxiety for buyers as it is for sellers. Nonetheless, most purchase agreements are contingent on a home inspection (plus an appraisal, which will be managed by the buyer’s lender). This gives the buyer the ability to inspect the home from top to bottom and request repairs — some even could be required per building codes. The upshot: You have some room to negotiate, including about certain repairs. Once again, your agent will be there to help you effectively communicate with the buyer.

Close the Sale:

Settlement, or closing, is the last step in the home selling process. This is where you sign the final paperwork, make this whole thing official, and collect your check. Before that can happen though, you’ll have to prepare your home for the buyer’s final walk-through and troubleshoot any last-minute issues.

New price in Southbridge!

June 11, 2018

 

Your next investment is here! This limited time offering of TWO multi-family buildings in Southbridge. Each building contains three units that each have 3 bedrooms, 1 bathroom, living room and eat-in kitchen. Each building has updated electrical, recent roof, gas heat, parking. 37 Thomas St (MLS 72326724) is fully rented and delivered with tenants under leases. 23 Wardwell Ct (MLS 72326725) will be delivered with 1st and 3rd floors vacant and ready for renovation. Great in-town location for future advertising exposure. These two buildings are a great addition to your current portfolio or start your real estate investing this year with them! Now listed for $285k!

Check out the full listing HERE!

New price in Rutland!

June 11, 2018

NewmanRutland

Are you looking for a move-in ready home in Rutland that is just the “right size” in just the “right neighborhood” with the “right upgrades”?  Are hardwoods, wood burning fireplace, updated kitchen with granite counters, finished lower level family room and nice back yard on your list?  Your search ends here!  This is a great house that has been cared for and updated so that you don’t have to do anything but pack your boxes!  Featuring an open concept main living area with sliders to the newer deck and easily managed back yard.  3 great sized bedrooms with ample closet space.  Updated bathroom on the main level with additional half bath off the finished family room in the lower level.  Newer roof, windows, doors, central air via mini splits and furnace with town water and sewer. Now listed for $279,999!

Check out the full listing HERE!