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Single level living in Barre! Unique ranch with much additional space!

December 2, 2013

Single level living in this rambling ranch with a spacious master bedroom that has its own master bath and a sitting or nursery room in Barre. Sunken family room with fireplace, ceiling fan and access to exterior deck to private back yard. Second floor loft style bedroom has an enormous walk in closet and would make a great office or guest suite. LARGE cabinet filled kitchen with breakfast bar and dining area. Easy access to shopping and schools, rte 122, but off main roads. Most windows are newer replacements. Full basement with walk out door is ready to be your workshop! Come see the possibilities of the 2000+ square feet!

80 Valley Rd BarreFor more information and pictures or to schedule a showing:

Mullen Real Estate
Amy Mullen, Realtor CPA CDPE MBA
Ann Mullen, Realtor CBR, Buyer Specialist
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PRE-AUCTION SALE! Make an offer and enjoy this once-in-a-lifetime-opportunity!

April 2, 2013

PRE AUCTION SALE!!! Open Sunday 12pm! OFFERS!

PRE-FORECLOSURE SALE! MAKE AN OFFER! OPEN 4/7 12-3! Engineer designed home on 12+ acres in Sutton! This does NOT happen every day! Newer construction w/ beautiful open floor plan overlooking Blackstone Valley is ready to be finished! First floor office, family rm over 3 car garage, radiant floor heat (in the basement too!), maple hardwoods throughout & everyone gets their own full bathroom.

CUSTOM finishings!
Most of the finish work is complete! All finishings in the house STAY! Hardwoods…granite…custom bathrooms…jacuzzi tub…views from the Master bedroom!

Anderson windows!

HEATED basement with build out plans!


MOVE-IN and finish it off!
Chance of a lifetime!

We don't see short sales like this every day!

All offers due by 6pm Monday!
RE/MAX Professional Associates

Amy L Mullen

508-799-4900 (Office)
508-784-0504 (Direct)

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RE/MAX Professional Associates
246 Boston Turnpike
Shrewsbury, MA 01545

Pampered Chef Open House this Sunday!

September 24, 2012

Come join myself and Leslie Housan from Pampered Chef at 101 Temple Street in West Boylston this Sunday 11:30 to 1:30!

She’ll show us some tasty treats in the gourmet kitchen of this beautiful new construction.  Top of the line appliances including double wall ovens and Jenn-Air range top.  Granite and hardwoods already make this an inviting kitchen but with Leslie’s treats and tricks – we’ll all be standing there!

With 3 full levels of living space this is a perfect house for the coming holidays.  5 bedrooms total (2 master suites) and a full in-law with its own entrance allow for visiting family and friends to be comfortable while staying with you (and you’ll be comfortable too!  Gas heat and the two fireplaces will keep everyone warm and toasty!  No drafts in this house with the Anderson window and doors.

All situated on 2.9 acres that abuts the reservoir!  Privacy – easy high access – incredible savings in the finished square foot price – superior materials for construction – fine finishings all add up to an incredible value in West Boylston!  Stop in!


Rent vs. Buy: Which is Cheaper for You?

September 13, 2012

Very cool info-graphic posted on Trulia today…had to share!  Click here for the link:

You can adjust by area and if you are already itemizing on your taxes or not.  For example, Middlesex County (on average) has a savings of $1030 a month or a 45% savings  WOW!!!   To read the full report with more interactive statistics go here:



Time to Gear Up Your Fall Veggie Garden

September 11, 2012

Fall is a great time to grow veggies that thrive in cooler weather, like broccoli, turnips, and radishes. Here’s how to get your fall vegetable garden growing.

Summer is ending, but your vegetable garden doesn’t have to. Fall vegetable gardens can produce throughout autumn and, in some areas, well into winter. Here’s how to extend the life of your garden and produce greens long after you thought possible.

Fix the soil

Before planting a second crop, turn and loosen soil to about 6 inches down, and remove all weeds.

If you’ve fertilized your garden all along, your soil is ready for a fall crop. If not, add a generous helping of compost from your pile, or sprinkle roughly 1 to 2 pounds of all-purpose fertilizer for each 100 sq. ft. of growing space (check label for exact amount).

Choose seeds over seedlings

In late summer, it’s better to sow seeds rather than plant seedlings. Seeds will take a week or two to germinate and are less likely to bake in the sun. However, you must keep them moist, so plan to water daily until they sprout.

If you’re planting after Labor Day, you can take a chance on seedlings, although most nurseries gear down in fall and have a limited supply of cold-crop seedlings.

Time and temperatureTo time your fall garden:

1. Understand how many days it takes for seeds to mature (“days to harvest” on the seed packet).

2. Then find the average date of your area’s first frost. The Farmer’s Almanac’s Average Frost Date Map shows you when to expect your first fall frost.

3. Subtract the harvest days from the frost date and you’ll know the last time you can plant to expect a reasonable harvest. For example: Turnips need 55 days to harvest, and Charlottesville, Va.’s, first fall frost is around Oct. 31. So the last safe time to plant will be Sept. 7, give or take a week.

Take your plant’s temperature

Of course, not all plants die with the first frost. Some can even live under snow. So, mix tender and hardy vegetable varieties in your fall garden to ensure produce until spring.

Tender veggies that die in a light frost include:

  • Cucumbers
  • Eggplant
  • Kale
  • Lettuce
  • Peppers
  • Tomatoes

Semi-hardy vegetables can live through several hard frosts and include:

  • Beets
  • Collards
  • Green onions
  • Potatoes
  • Radishes
  • Spinach

Hardy vegetables can live until temperatures drop below 20 degrees F and include:

  • Broccoli
  • Brussels sprouts
  • Cabbage
  • Carrots
  • Cauliflower
  • Turnips
Ways to protect your veggies

You can goose Mother Nature’s growing season by covering or shielding fall vegetables when temperatures begin to drop.

  • Cover individual plants with plastic water or pop bottles with the spouts removed. Be prepared to remove them during a hot spell or your plants will cook.
  • Make a cold frame — a slanted wood box covered with glass or plastic — that will protect fall plants from wind and cold.
  • Cover young plants with 1 or 2 inches of organic garden mulch to shield roots and protect slender stems.

Bonus: Organic mulch will degrade during the fall and winter and add soil nutrients that will give your spring garden a good start.

A unique house…on 38+ acres in Oakham…coming on the market today

August 6, 2012

Very unique home with 4 garage bays, barn, 38.6 acres and all the rough construction done and inspected. Great opportunity for someone to pick up where these sellers left off and finish this grand retreat!

Google’s Goats and 13 More Amazing Home Facts from Around the World

August 3, 2012

Some stunning trivia about home and habitat…

Home with a built-in indoor slideA slide connects all three stories of this house in Japan. Image: LEVEL Architects

1. Google rents goats to do its mowing.

Rather than use gasoline-guzzling, noisy mowers at its Mountain View, Calif., headquarters — the Googleplex — Google has been known to keep its lawn coiffed with rent-a-goats.


Image: Sebastian Bergmann/Flickr

Google rents goats from a cool company called California Grazing, which swears it can maneuver a herd of goats through crowded city streets. It’s an eco-friendly approach to landscaping — and you can’t beat the cute factor.

2. Swedes and Danes use dead bodies to heat their homes.


Image: Ole Jais

It’s an idea that makes a lot of sense when you think it through. Crematoriums heat up to 2,000 degrees, which is a lot of energy that was going to waste — until someone got the bright idea to pump that heat into local energy companies, where it’s used to warm homes.

3. In parts of Germany and Poland, when a couple marries, guests break a whole lot of porcelain.

And leave it to the couple to clean up. They do this right in front of the bride’s home, usually the night before the wedding. It’s called “Polterabend” and it’s meant to symbolize the struggles the new couple will face as they build a home together, with an emphasis on working together through those struggles.

If you’re invited to participate, make sure you break only porcelain (old toilets welcome) and not glass, which stands for happiness, and therefore should never be broken.

4. Brass doorknobs disinfect themselves.

It’s called the oligodynamic effect: The ions in the metal have a toxic effect on spores, fungi, viruses, and other germs — eliminating the nasties within eight hours.

5. The original housewarming party was — literally — a housewarming.

Guests brought firewood as gifts and lit fires in all the fireplaces in the home. Obviously this warmed up the place for the family, but it was also believed to ward off evil spirits. Uninhabited homes were thought to attract roaming ghosts, so a new home would have to be rid of that bad energy before it could become a happy abode.

6. A man started with one red paper clip and traded his way to a home.

Red paperclip


Kyle MacDonald made his first trade — one red paperclip for a fish-shaped pen — in July of 2005. Less than a year and several trades later, he finally traded a film role for a two-story farmhouse in Saskatchewan. Who knew that bartering could be so lucrative?

7. In Scotland, home owners paint their front door red when they pay off their mortgage.

Red door

Image: kayugee/Flickr

Throughout history, a red front door has symbolized many things — the ancient Hebrews believed it would protect firstborn children from the angel of death; in the early days of America, it meant the home was a safe place for travelers to stop for the night. And according to Feng Shui, a red front door invites positive energy into a home.

8. You can buy a missile silo.

MIssile silo

The most popular use is to turn the old silo into a home. It might be an ugly home, but a little nonconformity never hurt anyone.

9. There’s a chain of bathroom-themed restaurants.

Toilet restaurant

Image: 1v0/Flickr

At Modern Toilet, a restaurant chain based in Taiwan, patrons sit on toilets, sip soup from sinks, and wipe their mouths with toilet paper. While the latrines aren’t functional (except in the actual bathroom, we hope), you’ll certainly have something to talk about until the food comes.

10. Here’s a house you wish you grew up in: The slide house.


Image: LEVEL Architects

The slide goes down one side of the 3-story Nakameguro house, while a staircase on the other side lets you climb back up. If that’s not enough of a dream-come-true for kids, the house also features a ball pit!

11. There’s a garden in England dedicated entirely to plants that can kill you.

Poison garden

Image: Jax60/Flickr

And apparently, it’s kid-inspired, too. Alnwick Garden’s founder, the Duchess of Northumberland, said:

“I wondered why so many gardens around the world focused on the healing power of plants rather than their ability to kill … I felt that most children I knew would be more interested in hearing how a plant killed, how long it would take you to die if you ate it, and how gruesome and painful the death might be.”

No wonder it’s nicknamed The Poison Garden. It features 100 famous killers such as hemlock (which killed Socrates), strychnine, and nightshade.

12. According to an old superstition, if a bird flies into a home, death is soon to follow.

Long before “put a bird on it” became hipster décor, birds were thought to symbolize imminent death for the home’s occupants. People have long connected birds to the spirit world, and it’s evident in our culture — just think of Edgar Allen Poe’s poem “The Raven” and Alfred Hitchcock’s movie “The Birds.”

13. There’s a house that levitates.

A Japanese company has developed a residential earthquake-proofing system that raises a house off of its foundation as far as 3 cm using just air pressure.

When an earthquake hits, compressors activate, forcing an immense amount of air under the home. The house will levitate there until the earthquake ends, then be placed gently back on the foundation.

14. The people of Easter Island have a word, “tingo,” which literally means “to take objects one desires from the house of a friend by gradually borrowing all of them until there’s nothing left.”

We suspect they may not stay friends for long.

Which one surprised you the most?

Sneak Peak in Charlton!

June 18, 2012

Whoa!  Bank-owned opportunity!  Take a look at this beauty in Charlton!

Built in 2006, 4 beds, 2.5 baths, central a/c, hydro air heating system, 1.96 acres and the bank will be doing the Title V!  Coming on the market tomorrow morning at $349,999!

Deadant…dead ant…ants! No Ants!

June 4, 2012

No – it’s not Pink Panther but with all this rain and humid weather we have seen a lot of ANTS!  Ants and other insects can be very damaging to your home – especially if a prospective home buyer sees one in your home during a showing!

Eliminate access to food, water, and shelter to stop wood-damaging pests from bugging you.  Here are some quick, non toxic and effective ways to protect your home from ants and other damaging insects!

You’ll find the materials—hardware cloth ($8 per 6-inch-square swatch), door weather stripping ($8 per 17-foot roll of 7/8-inch v-strip polypropylene), O rings for faucets (pennies)—you need at most home improvement stores.

And many of the steps to impeding pests’ access—clearing overgrowth from around foundations and disposing of wood scraps and other debris that accumulate in garages and along sides of houses—are things every homeowner should do as part of regular house and yard maintenance.

The effort—a few hours or a weekend a few times a year—and cost of supplies are well worth it to avoid having to repair thousands of dollars in damage caused by pests.

Start outside

Termites eat wood and carpenter ants tunnel into wood to nest. So remove piles of wood and other debris from around your home. The same goes for rotted stumps and logs. Keep firewood at least 20 feet away and five inches off the ground. And never bury wood scraps or waste lumber.

Maintain at least 6 inches of clearance between soil and structural wood to prevent decay, which attracts carpenter ants, and to make it tougher for termites to find their next meal.

Keep it dry

Termites, carpenter ants, and powderpost beetles thrive in moist areas, so maintain a Sahara zone around your home’s perimeter.

In general, you shouldn’t have any vegetation—bushes, shrubs, vines, trees—touching the house, which can trap moisture that causes rot and attracts pests. Many pests use vegetation as a bridge between the ground to the walls and roof of your home.

Keep foundation plantings (shrubs, bushes, perennials) and wood mulch at least 18 inches away from the foundation. Prune trees, bushes, and vines that touch or overhang the house. And don’t plant anything close to your home that’s aphid-prone, such as peonies or roses. That’s like ringing the dinner bell for carpenter ants, which feed on honeydew, a sweet liquid produced by aphids.

Even an infrequent puddle close to the house can become an oasis for pests on the prowl for food, so take measures to direct water away from the house. Drain puddles, don’t overwater flower beds, point sprinklers away from the structure, and make sure the ground near the foundation slopes away from your home. Use drain tile if the site is flat.

Clean gutters so they don’t overflow. Use downspout extensions and splash blocks to direct rainwater runoff away from the foundation. Fix dripping faucets, water pipes, and air conditioning units. Even small leaks can contribute to wood rot and moist foundations that pests find irresistible.

Deny access into your home

The tiniest gap or crack can become an express lane for pests—and not only insects. “If you can push a pencil through a hole, a mouse can get through it,” says Greg Bauman, senior scientist with the National Pest Management Association.

Inspect your home’s envelope (walls, doors, windows, roof) for possible points of entry as well as moisture-inducing leaks. Use caulk or epoxy to seal any cracks in the foundation or gaps in the structure. Use steel wool or hardware cloth (1/4-inch wire mesh) to block any openings where wires, pipes, and cables come into or out of the house.

Should you detect any moisture damage, repair it promptly. Carpenter ants flock to deteriorating wood, but often move from decayed wood into sound wood as the colony expands. Replace punky fascia, soffits, and shingles. While you’re at it, paint weathered and/or unfinished wood to stop carpenter bees from drilling holes to build their nests.

Ventilate attics and crawl spaces, and make sure vents aren’t blocked by debris or vegetation. Good air flow prevents the buildup of moisture. Cover any exposed earth in the crawl space with a plastic vapor barrier.

Make sure roof and foundation vents are protected with hardware cloth. Install screens on all floor drains and windows. And while you’re at it, caulk or install weather-stripping around windows and doors as well. Close any gap between your garage door and the floor by attaching a door sweep. And keep the door closed.

Be inhospitable

If pests do get inside, they’ll usually die or skedaddle if they can’t find anything to eat or drink.

Carpenter ants will eat almost anything you do, but are especially fond of sweet and greasy food. Put kitchen waste in a sealed trash can, sweep up crumbs, and wipe up spills right away. Termites typically feed on wood, but will eat anything with cellulose, so never store paper or cardboard—or wood—in the crawl space.

Deal with interior moisture, too. Inspect the base of toilets, around bath tubs and shower stalls, and areas where pipes go through walls, such as under sinks. Repair any leaks and wrap any pipes that produce excess condensation.

Check behind and under washing machines and dishwashers, which are notorious for leaks, to make sure there’s no condensation or old moisture damage. Fix leaky faucets; in some cases, replacing a simple O ring might not only save water, but also stave off a potential invasion of pests.

Builder’s Blow Out Sale!!! New construction for under $300k in Holden!

May 29, 2012

NEW PRICE! Builder’s blow out sale! This new construction home is over-the-top with it’s upgrades! Granite – hardwoods – master bath – wet bar – media room and SPACE! 4 bedrooms, 3 full baths! Single level living with an in-law set up and a great in town location! So much more than what you see from the street! You can not match this price with any other new construction in Holden. Come in and enjoy this flagship custom built home for a fraction of what it cost to build!

Call or email today for a private showing and stay tuned for open houses in the next two weekends!  Offer period through 6/10.

1565 Main Street, Holden