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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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Beautiful Home in Clinton, MA

November 16, 2018

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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.

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The large yard with custom patio and pergola offers you an outside oasis with plenty of trees and privacy. With hiking and biking trails nearby the location only adds to the house! 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.

Take a 3-D interactive tour by clicking the photo below!

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Cleaning Your House for Guests: A Checklist

November 16, 2018

With less than a week until Thanksgiving and the next month is a holiday unto itself…try to stay organized with these tips!

It feels great to have a clean, organized, well-functioning home when you’ve got guests coming. Especially around the holidays. It’s like your gift to you.

Here’s how to get that satisfying feeling — no matter how much time you have. Just choose your starting point on this checklist:

Three (or More) Weeks to Go

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Think big picture. Get anything that requires a pro or installation out of the way now. No one wants calamity to strike when guests are pulling into the driveway.

  • Get your HVAC maintained if it’s overdue.
  • If you have a self-cleaning oven, clean it now. An oven is most likely to break down during the cleaning cycle, so don’t save this task for last.
  • Replace any appliance on its last legs. You don’t want your hot water to go out or fridge on the fritz with a houseful of guests.
  • Steam-clean upholstery. (Or hire a pro. It’s a big job)
  • Hire a handyman for those repairs you’ve been putting off.
  • Check outdoor lighting. Replace old bulbs and call an electrician to address any bigger issues.

Two Weeks to Go

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It’s not panic time yet. Focus on decluttering and a few deep-cleaning tasks now, and you’ll have a more manageable to-do list when the clock really starts ticking down.

  • Do a deep declutter. It’ll make things easier to keep clean.
  • Dust ceiling fans, light fixtures, and high-up shelves.
  • Wipe down baseboards.
  • Clean out and organize the fridge.
  • Wash windows to make the entire house feel brighter and cleaner.
  • Toss washable shower curtains and drapes in the washing machine and re-hang. Easy.

One Week to Go

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It’s strategic cleaning time. Here’s what to tackle now — things your family won’t easily undo before your guests arrive.

  • Declutter again.
  • Vacuum and dust guest rooms. If they’re low-traffic, the cleanliness should hold with just a quick wipe-down right before they arrive.
  • Wipe down walls.
  • Wipe down kitchen and dining room chairs and tables, including the legs. You’d be surprised how grimy they get.
  • Deep clean the entryway — and make room for your guests’ stuff.

72 Hours to Go

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The final cleaning stretch is on the horizon.

  • Do another declutter.
  • In the kitchen, toss stove burners, drip pans, and knobs into the dishwasher for an easy deep clean.
  • Wash kitchen cabinet fronts.
  • Scrub the kitchen floor.
  • Clean and shine appliances.

48 Hours to Go

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Now it’s time to get serious.

  • Clean and sanitize garbage cans to banish mystery smells.
  • Wipe down doorknobs, faceplates, and light switches. They’re germ magnets.
  • Clean the front door.
  • Deep clean the bathroom your guests will use, and close it off if possible.
  • Wash guest towels and linens.

24 Hours to Go

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Your guests’ bags are packed. Time for final touches.

  • Do a final declutter – by now it shouldn’t take more than five minutes.
  • Give one final wipe-down to toilets, tubs, and bathroom sinks.
  • And another final wipe-down in the kitchen.
  • Do all the floors: mop, vacuum, sweep, etc.
  • Make guest beds and set out clean towels.
  • Plug in nightlights in guest baths.
  • Put out guest toiletries so they’re easy to find.
  • Add a coffee or tea station in the guest room or kitchen.
  • Get your favorite smell going, whether it’s a scented candle, spices in water on the stove, or essential oils.
  • Use rubber gloves to wipe off pet hair and dust from furniture. It works.
  • Do the full red carpet: Sweep or shovel porch, steps, and outdoor walkways.

Price Change in Leicester, MA

November 14, 2018

Nicely renovated large farm house style colonial on a tree lined country road is now reduced to $274,999!

 

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.

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Updated kitchen includes granite counters, mud room/pantry, stainless steel appliances and propane cook stove. 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.

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NEW well and septic! Great yard! Great commuter location! 3 bedrooms, large general living space and over 1700 sq feet!

Take an interactive 3-D tour by clicking the photo below!

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Four Bedroom Rental in Millbury

November 13, 2018

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Single Family Rental Available! Lovely colonial home in Millbury featuring a large cathedral ceiling family room with fireplace,  2.5 baths is now available for rent! 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, Rte 9, UMass Memorial but the home is on a wooded side street! Oil heat, central a/c, solar panels for low energy costs and appliances included.

 

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Tenant to supply credit report with application. NOTE: This rental requires first, last and security in full. Tenant to supply credit report with application. Minimum credit score that will be considered is 650. No exceptions.

Rents Rising in 78% of Counties Nationwide, Making Homeownership The More Affordable Option

November 13, 2018

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Most renters put off buying a home because they think renting is more affordable than buying their own home. But with rents rising across the nation at historic rates, homeownership is becoming the more affordable option.

According to a recent Market Outlook Report from Realtor.com, in 2017 rents rose year-over-year in a whopping 78% of counties across the US. These sometimes drastic increases in rent are eating up more of renters’ budgets and often making renting more expensive than purchasing.

According to a recent study by Zillow, homeownership has become more affordable than renting in the majority of metro markets across the US. According to the study, the average renter pays nearly 30% of their income towards rent. The average homeowner pays significantly less, with only 15.4% of their income going towards their mortgage. In other words, in many markets, renting compromises nearly twice the income of owning a home.

The Takeaway

If you’re renting as a way to save money, it’s time to rethink your strategy. Owning a home is a long-term investment strategy that can help you build your wealth. And with rising rents, it might be the more affordable option as well.

Open House in Marlborough, MA

November 12, 2018

Check out this wonderful updated rental in the Church Street neighborhood of Marlborough! Open House Tuesday, November 13, 2018 4:30 PM to 6:00 PM.

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Take a look at the pictures to see the updated kitchen with brand new stainless steel appliances.

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Refinished hardwood flooring in the main living areas and two bedrooms. Dining room, entry way, living room and plenty of closet space with additional storage room on the same level.

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Off street parking for 2 cars. Gas heat, central a/c! Rent includes hot water, water and sewer. Tenant responsible for heat, electric and cable expenses.

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No pets, no smoking and no laundry in building.

NOTE: This rental requires first, last and security in full. Tenant to supply credit report with application. Minimum credit score that will be considered is 650. No exceptions.

12 Delightful Ways to Make Your House Brighter in Winter

November 9, 2018

Meet you under the skylight, on the white sofa, with a cream cheese brownie.

Fall and winter start cozy — who hasn’t used the colder temperatures as an excuse to binge-watch Netflix while swaddled in a couch blanket?

But come January, staying indoors can feel less like a treat and more like you’re living in a cave.

Here’s how to make your house lighter, brighter, and cheerier.

#1 Take the Screens Off Your Windows

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You’ll get 30% more sunlight shining indoors without screens on your windows.

Here’s the best part: Sunlight warms your room and saves you money on your heating bill. It’s solar power — for you!

Be sure to store your screens in your garage or basement where they won’t get damaged. In the spring you’ll want to put them back on so you can keep that 30% of the sun out and run your cooling system less.

#2 Hang Outdoor String Lights Indoors

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They don’t give off a lot of light, but they’re cheerful as heck.

Drape them around a window or a mantel, or hang a string of LED glimmer lights in a tall potted plant. They’ll add a layer of soft light to your room and remind you of fireflies, flip-flops, and patio parties.

#3 Steal a Little Swedish Chic

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Scandinavians excel at making a home light and airy because they’ve got places where the sun doesn’t rise at all from November to January.

And you thought you had it bad.

To adapt to weeks and weeks of polar night, Swedes keep interiors pale to reflect and amplify light.

Think white walls, light woods for furniture and floors, and light upholstery. To get the look without getting rid of your dark furniture and floors, put white or light gray slipcovers on your sofa and chairs, and put down light-colored rugs.

The fastest way to bring a little Sweden into your room is to paint it. Try creamy white, pale blue, or dove gray.

#4 Change Your Bulbs

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Replace those incandescent bulbs and their yellowy light with LEDs, which produce a brighter, whiter light.

But get your bright right:

  • The higher the K rating on the bulb, the cooler and whiter its light.
  • For cool, white light, opt for a bulb rated 3,500K to 4,100K.
  • For blue-white light that’s closest to natural daylight, use a bulb between 5,000K and 6,500K.

Unless you live in Sweden (see above) you may want to leave the uber-high K bulbs for grow rooms and seasonal affective disorder therapy clinics — because they’re as bright as real sunlight on a hot summer day at noon. You’ll need sunglasses to read.

#5 Hang Mirrors

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Make the most of that weak winter light by bouncing it around the room with mirrors.

If you don’t want the distraction of seeing your reflection all the time, use a large, convex one — also known as a fish-eye mirror. It will amplify light better than a flat one. Another option: Hang a gallery wall of small mirrors.

#6 Replace Heavy Curtains With Blinds or Roman Shades

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Fabric curtains, while quite insulating, block light and make a room feel smaller and more cramped, especially if they’re a dark color or have a large print.

Try Roman shades or a simple valance paired with blinds to let in the maximum amount of natural light.

#7 Trim Branches and Bushes That Block Light

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If you look out your windows and see the tops of your bushes, grab your pruning shears and get whacking.

You don’t want anything blocking that precious natural light. Same for tree limbs that may be arching down and blocking windows. Cut them off.

#8 Clean Your Windows

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Dirty windows block a lot of natural light.

Admit it, yours are kind of cruddy because who remembers to block out an afternoon to clean the windows?

So get it on your list. Clean the glass inside at least once a month and the glass outside once a year. Your serotonin level will thank you.

#9 Swap Your Solid Front Door for One With Glass Inserts

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A solid front door can make your house look and feel as dark as a dungeon.

Get rid of it and install a half-light or full-light door that lets the natural light stream in. For even more natural light, add glass sidelights and a glass transom.

The median cost of a new door is $2,000 for steel and $2,500 for fiberglass, before any extras, but a new door will add curb appeal.

Curb appeal equals higher resale value. And coming home in the evening to the warm glow of light radiating out the glass panels in your front door is an instant mood lifter.

#10 Add a Skylight

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It’s the ultimate way to bring more natural light into your house. A window only catches sun for a couple of hours a day, but a skylight lets in the sun all day.

An indoor view of the sky makes deepest January more tolerable. And feeling the warmth of the sun on your skin, light streaming from above, is liberating. A skylight, installed, can cost as much as $3,000. A cheaper alternative is a tubular skylight, which costs around $1,000.

If you’re really good with tools, you can install a tubular skylight yourself. Don’t even think about installing a full-blown skylight yourself.

#11 Add Plants

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Putting pots of plants around your room will remind you that spring and green will return.

Match plants to the amount of light you have, because dead and dying plants are depressing. Tropicals that thrive in indirect light are usually the best choice. If you have a sunny window you’ve got more plant options.

Bonus points for adding a plant that blooms in the winter, like a kaffir lily or anthurium.

#12 Celebrate National Cream Cheese Brownie Day

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February 10 is National Cream Cheese Brownie Day. Really. Since February is when winter is feeling longer than a seminar on insurance underwriting, this is exactly when you need to make cream cheese brownies.

Chocolate won’t make the sun shine longer or your house brighter, but it will make you feel better because … endorphins. Besides, you spent a ton of money on that marble-topped kitchen island and those double ovens, so get baking!

New Listing and Open House in Sturbridge, MA!

November 9, 2018

Oasis in Sturbridge! A commuter’s dream! Sitting on 1.5+ acres with deeded lake rights you can enjoy country living AND an easy commute.

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This house has been tastefully updated to open concept living with character.

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The chef style kitchen with granite, stainless steel appliances, double wall ovens, center cooking island and gathering island is open to the fireplace living room and upper deck.

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Full pantry and plenty of storage! The main level Master has a walk in closet, accessory office space, separate side entrance and private bath with tiled shower and jetted tub.

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The lower level has been updated with a fantastic family room. The double fire place wall accents the room with a separate entrance, granite, wet bar and stove.

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There is also additional space for a guest room or office. Two generous sized bedrooms and a full bath complete the top floor! The property is also being sold with a .78 acre lot on Leadmine Road for additional frontage! (Optional bomb shelter in basement)

Come check out the open house on Sunday Nov 11,  11AM -130PM!

Can’t make the tour?

Take a 3-D Interactive tour by clicking the photo below!

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Rental available in Marlborough, MA

November 7, 2018

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Wonderful updated rental in the Church Street neighborhood of Marlborough! Take a look at the pictures to see the updated kitchen with brand new stainless steel appliances.

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Refinished hardwood flooring in the main living areas and two bedrooms. Dining room, entry way, living room and plenty of closet space with additional storage room on the same level.

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Off street parking for 2 cars. Gas heat, central a/c! Rent includes hot water, water and sewer.

Tenant responsible for heat, electric and cable expenses. No pets, no smoking and no laundry in building.

NOTE: This rental requires first, last and security in full. Tenant to supply credit report with application. Minimum credit score that will be considered is 650. No exceptions.

Perilous to Tinker with Home Ownership Programs, Voter Survey Finds

November 6, 2018

A survey uncovers the one thing we can all agree on no matter our political persuasion — home ownership.

Washington may be having trouble finding bipartisan consensus, but a National Association of Home Builders survey has pinpointed one area where likely voters — Democrats, Republicans, Tea Partiers, Occupiers — agree: home ownership and many of the programs that support it are important enough to affect elections.

No matter how you slice the political pie, about 70% of voters say a Congressional candidate who wanted to eliminate the home mortgage interest deduction likely wouldn’t get their vote.

NAHB earlier this month asked 1,500 people whether they’d be more likely — or less likely — to vote for a candidate who opposed the mortgage interest deduction:

  • 67% of Tea Party supporters said they’d be less likely to vote for that candidate.
  • 70% of Tea Party opponents would be less likely to vote for that candidate.
  • 69% of independents, 68% of Democrats, and 68% of Republicans would be less likely to vote for that candidate.

The poll uncovered other surprising nuggets:

  • Even people whose homes have lost value think home ownership is worthwhile. An incredible 84% of those who owe more on their mortgage than their home is worth say they’re happy with their decision to own a home, and 69% of them would tell a close friend or family member just starting out to buy a home.
  • A majority of likely voters wants the federal government to continue to doing what it can to make home loans available and affordable — especially if discontinuing federal support would mean higher mortgage interest rates for consumers.
  • 60% of voters think dealing with mortgage and foreclosure issues is key to stabilizing the economy, including 57% of Republicans and 66% of Democrats.
  • 58% of voters say stabilizing and restoring the nation’s housing market should be “an absolute high priority” for the federal government.

“With the 2012 election season in full swing, candidates running for the White House and Congress would be wise to heed the will of the American voters, who have expressed broad support for government policies that encourage home ownership and oppose efforts to make it more difficult to get a home loan and to tamper with the mortgage interest deduction,” said Celinda Lake, president of Lake Research Partners, a Democratic polling firm that conducted the survey with Republican polling firm Public Opinion Strategies.

Would you vote against a candidate who eliminated the mortgage interest deduction or made it more difficult to get a home mortgage?