Holiday Home Shopping – it’s the perfect time!

I’m not sure what you have heard about the housing market and searching for a home in December so I thought I would clear things up.   The Winter Holiday Season is actually an awesome time to purchase a home – especially for buyers!

The simple reasons:
1. Sellers tend to be a little more motivated.
2. There are far fewer buyers competing for the same popular properties.

Those buyers that have been through a hot Spring market know what I mean… multiple offers, “highest and best”, “escalation clauses”, buyers waiving home inspections, sellers not accepting any contingencies, deferred showings to increase hype, and often Cash Offers beating out everyone in the end. Not fun.

woman using space gray iphone xLet me share a little secret too, even when you are on the sellers’ side of the transaction, multiple offers can be very stressful working through different buyers’ situations and terms to ultimately decide which one is the most solid. (Experienced Agents also know that buyers’ remorse is a big consequence of a fast moving, “gotta get my offer accepted” Spring market. All too often we see buyers reconsider their offer that may have been over asking price once the reality of being under contract to purchase sets in.)

But back to December and “the most wonderful time of the year”!
This is an awesome time to buy a home and Kensington has the perfect properties for your Holiday Home shopping!

A pristine Townhouse, luxury new construction, turn-key Colonial, waterfront fixer upper, solid one level 55+ mobile home, commercial property, two-family investment property, and more!  We have something for everyone.  And if you don’t see it in our listing inventory, we can certainly find it for you.  Anything here interest you?

new construction Lot 322 Pass Farm Lane
Attleboro, MA 02703
Brigham Hill Estates
Custom New Construction
Prices starting in the $600’s

Gorgeous Ranches and Colonials all built to your specifications.  It doesn’t get better than this!

171 North Ave 171 North Avenue
Attleboro, MA 02703
$479,900
Solid 3 bedroom, 2 full bath Ranch.
Meticulously maintained!!

81 Avalon Drive 81 Avalon Drive
Attleboro, MA 02703
$579,900
Stunning 3-4 bedroom, 2.5 bath Colonial
Built 2016
Absolutely still shows like a Model Home!

88 Old Wood 55 Old Wood Road
North Attleboro, MA 02760
$574,900
The Cliffs
5 bedroom, 2.5 bathroom Colonial
Classic well-built home in sought after neighborhood!

729 County StreetDSC_9720
Attleboro, MA 02703
$323,800
Built 2015
3 bedroom 1.5 bathroom, 1700sf, Townhouse
Turn-key Townhome, nothing to do but move in!

10 Woodchip 10 Woodchip Square
North Attleboro, MA 02760
$99,000
Rustic Pines Estates
2 bedroom 1.5 bath Mobile Home
Sought after 55+ community with low park fees

102 High Street102 High Street
North Attleboro, MA 02760
$439,900
Beautiful 2-Family Home
Each unit 2 bedrooms, 1 bath
Heart of North Attleboro

10 Cedar 10 Cedar Lane
Foxboro, MA 02035
$399,900
3BR, 1.5BA Lakefront Home
300 feet of frontage on Lake Mirimichi
Bring your vision! A true diamond in the rough!

463 Washington Street Commercial463 Washington Street
Attleboro, MA 02703
$600,000
1.79 Commercial Land
Awesome Rt 1 location
High visibility and close to Rt 95

antique arch arched window architectural designIf you are serious about buying , we are serious about finding you a home!   No matter whether you’d like to buy now during the winter months or you are beginning the process, give a call 508-930-5259. We’d love to get you started with your next move!

Always happy to be of any assistance to you or anyone you know who is thinking about buying or selling a home. I love to work hard for my clients and your referrals throughout Massachusetts and Rhode Island.

Jen McMorran, Realtor

Jennifer McMorran, Realtor, SRES
New Construction & First Time Home Buyer Specialist
MA & RI Licensed Real Estate Sales Associate
Kensington Real Estate Brokerage
508-930-5259
Jen.McMorran@gmail.com
www.jenmcmorran.realtor

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Buyers ISO of Charm & Character

This will be a fun  home search that will take some patience
but a great couple so I know it will be worth it!!

This set of buyers is in search of a  home with tons of character and charm preferring pre-1960 and willing to go back all of the way to 1740s.

369-oldpost-rdThey definitely want a large lot – thinking 1+ acres – or even the illusion of a large lot if they found a home that abutted conservation/park/etc.  Currently they are living in a bungalow in a cute downtown neighborhood which was a nice place to start but now feeling too congested for them.   They are craving space, trees, and privacy.  Being close to a busy road won’t work for them. Antique lovers know homes built “back in the day” were purposefully located close to the road so quiet set-backs are not always easy to come by but, I found my antique colonial set back off the road so I know it’s possible.

Iantique-colonial-fireplacen terms of the home itself, they would like at least three bedrooms, minimum of two baths, a garage if possible, and charm, charm, charm (cookie cutter is just not going to do it for them.)  Some sort of “out” building or separate studio that could be used as a home office would be great – but even a separate space in the house could have potential.  She works from home and would like a feel of going to the office and then leaving it behind when done for the day.

60-short-st-tauntonFor location, they would like to be within 30-40 minutes of Providence.

Do you happen to know anyone in  Southeastern Massachusetts interested in selling a home like this?

We will be ready to get back to the house hunting in January so spread the word…

Jen McMorran, RealtorJennifer McMorran, Realtor
New Construction & First Time Home Buyer Specialist
(and Antique lover & home owner)
508-930-5259
Jen.McMorran@gmail.com
www.jenmcmorran.realtor

www.BeHomeBeWell.com

Kensington - Jen McMorranServing clients throughout Massachusetts.
Attleboro to Boston and the communities in between.

New listings:
Attleboro, 2 bedroom garden style condominium near town & train, $124,900
Easton, 2 bedroom end-unit townhouse in Easton Crossing, $214,900

Pristine Sharon Ranch – $359,900 OPEN HOUSE, Saturday 12-2

Loaded with updates, 36 Pole Plain Road is in pristine condition and in a prime location.  Tucked away on a wooded lot in a sought after neighborhood in the Heights of Sharon, this 3 bedroom Ranch is just a mile and a half to Route 95 and minutes to the train.  So convenient to everything including schools, uptown, beaches, parks, shopping, restaurants, and more.  This home won’t last on the fall market long!

Check out photo gallery by clicking here.

Updates include: heating system, hot water, windows, appliances, gleaming hardwood floors, exterior and interior paint

Join me for the Open House on Saturday or call for a private showing. Sellers are very accommodating so let us know what may work for you!  Home always looks great so coordinating a showing on short notice could work as well.

36-pole-plainOpen House, Saturday

12:00-2:00 pm

36 Pole Plain Road

Sharon, Massachusetts

Directions:  Take exit 8 off of Route 95 onto South Main Street.
Travel approximately 1.5 miles
(You will pass Ward’s Berry Farm, Moose Hill Audobon Wildlife Preserve, and then the Heights Elementary School)
Take a left on to Pole Plain Road.
You will find 36 Pole Plain Road tucked away on a nice lot approximately .2 miles down the road.

Whether you are a first time home buyer, empty nester, young family, commuter, or merely a fussy home buyer, 36 Pole Plain is absolutely work checking out.  Homes in the neighborhood are selling for even more – one just went under agreement in the $500s so if you are thinking about more improvements or expansions, they will hold their value in this area.  Don’t miss out on this affordable option in the Heights.

Jen McMorran, RealtorJennifer McMorran, Realtor
New Construction & First Time Home Buyer Specialist
(and Antique lover & home owner)
508-930-5259
Jen.McMorran@gmail.com
www.jenmcmorran.realtor

www.BeHomeBeWell.com

Kensington - Jen McMorranServing clients throughout Massachusetts.
Attleboro to Boston and the communities in between.

Sharon 3BR Charmer For Sale!

Stop by my Open House on Thursday evening to experience how easy your commute home could be if you purchased this awesome Sharon property located at 36 Pole Plain Road in the Heights area of town!

COMMUTER OPEN HOUSE
Thursday, September 8
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36 Pole Plain Road
Sharon, Massachusetts
Proudly offered at $359,900

 Don’t miss this wonderful 3 bedroom Ranch set on a private wooded lot in The Heights of Sharon. Loaded with recent updates, this home features newer windows, refinished hardwood floors, exterior painting, interior painting, kitchen appliances, and BRAND NEW HEATING system.  Truly a must see!

living room with hardwoods and fireplace.jpgThis charming home boasts a living room with hardwood floors and fireplace.  The living room then opens to the dining room creating nice flow for living and entertaining.  The newly applianced kitchen  leads to a screened in porch perfect for relaxing during fall evenings.  screened-in-porchAll three bedrooms offer gleaming hardwood floors.   Enjoy a family room, office, or game room down in the partially finished lower level that also offers more space that could be converted to living area & tons of storage!

lake-massapaogAs the new homeowner you’ll be located just around the corner from Heights Elementary school, down the road from Moose Hill Wildlife Sanctuary and the very popular Wards Berry Farm, plus have access to gorgeous Lake Massapaog & Memorial Park beach.

Mid-way between Boston & Providence you can’t find a better location!  36 Pole Plain Road is minutes to both Rt 95 and the Sharon train station which makes it a prime location for commuters! Call, text, or e-mail now for more information or to schedule a showing.

Jen McMorran, RealtorJennifer McMorran, Realtor
New Construction & First Time Home Buyer Specialist
(and Antique lover & home owner)
508-930-5259
Jen.McMorran@gmail.com
www.jenmcmorran.realtor

www.BeHomeBeWell.com

Kensington - Jen McMorranServing clients throughout Massachusetts.
Attleboro to Boston and the communities in between.

Fun Drink for the Big Game – Go Pats!

Patriots

This looked fun, easy, and delicious (and since we are supposed to get another foot of snow… maybe we will get to sleep in again so maybe we could have a couple?? How nice would it be if  we got the “no school” call tonight!!)

GO PATS!!!

Go Pats Shot!

Jen McMorran, Realtor   *  508-930-5259  *  jen.mcmorran@verizon.net
Kensington Real Estate Brokerage  *  www.jenmcmorran.realtor

Selling from Declutter to Close!

Want to sell your home?  Start with the basics.

Together we can get you from Decluttering to Sold!

Welcome Buyers to your HomeAs a Realtor, I suggest that before you think about major projects that could be completed to attract buyers, first stick to the basics. Elizabeth Weintraub had some great suggestions and I added a few of my own based on years of working with a variety of buyers and sellers.  You would be amazed how these simple concepts can make an extraordinary difference.  (And, you’ll likely note other sellers who have overlooked them when you are out looking for your new home!)

Commit to selling

  • 1. Disassociate yourself with your home
  • 2. Your home should now become a “house”, a product to be sold just like any item at a store
  • 3. Realize that this house will no longer be yours
  • 4. Say “farewell” to each room and look to the future

De-Personalize

  • 1. Time to pack up personal photographs and other family mementoes. Do not distract buyers with your “stuff”.
  • 2. We want buyers to envision their personal treasures in your home and on your walls. We want them thinking about how they could make this their next home (and not be distracted by trying to figure out what type of people are currently living in the home.)

De-clutter

  • 1. If you can live without it while you sell, pack it up!
  • 2. If you don’t use it, either give it away or throw it away. Why pack it to store at your next house?
  • 3. Scale down your book shelves and leave some empty space on them by removing books, knick-knacks, photographs, etc.
  • 4. Clear kitchen counters of everything. Put soaps, paper towels, etc. under the counter. For ease, place it all in one basket then put away for showings.

Organize closets, pantries, and cabinets

  • 1. If your closets and cabinets are organized, buyers will assume that the rest of your home has likely been cared for as well. (If things are messy or falling out, that will definitely send the wrong message!)
  • 2. Stack dishes, mugs, and glasses neatly.
  • 3. Face canned goods and boxes all forward.
  • 4. Place clothes on matching hangers and have them facing the same direction. Remove items that are out of season to make the closet seem more spacious. (We never want buyers concerned about a lack of storage!)

Rent a Storage Unit

  • 1. While homes typically show better with furniture, less is more. Remove any pieces that may interfere with what should be walkways and doorways and those that are oversized for the room.
  • 2. Take out extra leaves from dining tables to create more space. Also store extra chairs.
  • 3. Make sure to leave furniture that helps to define a room’s purpose and make sure the “purpose” has sensible widespread appeal.

Replace/Remove Excluded Items

  • 1. Many sellers like to exclude favorite “items” when listing their homes.  Buyers on the other hand might like them to convey with the property (i.e. refrigerator, chandeliers, window treatments, swing sets, etc.)
  • 2. Better to remove them and/or replace them before the buyers know what they are missing.

Make Minor Repairs

  • 1. Cracked floor or counter tiles.
  • 2. Patch holes in walls and ceilings.
  • 3. Fix leaks.
  • 4. Fix doors that do not close and drawers that may get caught.
  • 5. Paint rooms a neutral color. Check out popular home décor magazines for current color palates.
  • 6. Make sure all light fixtures and light bulbs work.
  • 7. Update curtains, bedspreads, table cloths etc. Again we want buyers to see the home not become preoccupied with your personal style.
  • 8. Clean carpets and floors! You may be used to the spots on the floors but buyers are going to notice them all.

Make the House Sparkle

  • 1. Wash windows inside and out.
  • 2. Clean exterior making sure to get rid of any mildew, dirt, etc.
  • 3. Dust window sills, mouldings, heating elements, lighting fixtures, etc.
  • 4. Recaulk tubs, showers, and sinks.
  • 5. Polish faucets, door knobs, cabinet pulls, and mirrors.
  • 6. Make sure to eliminate any strange odors (pets, smoking, strong cooking, mildew/mold). Smells are an immediate turn off to many buyers and not a good impression.
  • 7. If carpets cannot be cleaned, replace them.

Curb Appeal

  • 1. The curb appeal of your home is the first impression you will make on buyers.
  • 2. Keep the yard clear of toys, trash, dead plants & shrubs
  • 3. Mow the lawn.
  • 4. Trim bushes.
  • 5. Paint trim, railing, and front door if needed.
  • 6. Think about shutters as a nice addition to your exterior.
  • 7. Have house numbers clearly visible and looking sharp. (Spray paint can do wonders on mailboxes and house numbers.)

Now Scrutinize!

  • 1. Walk up to the front door. Are you compelled to see what is inside? Is it welcoming?
  • 2. Go inside and check out each room. Linger in the doorways as a buyer would. What is your impression? Do the rooms impress you? Do they have impact?
  • 3. Should you move anything? Should you remove anything? Check out other listings on-line in your price range and make sure you can compete or better yet, that your home shows better!

Still confused? As a Realtor I work with all sorts of buyers and know what they are looking for in a home.  Though it is not always easy to deliver news to a seller about the state or decor of their home, it is part of being a Realtor.  I’ll be honest, but know it is because I am committed to helping you as a seller through the entire process – Decluttering to Close!

Welcome to Plainville!

Relocating to the Plainville Area?entering plainville

Hard to believe that after years of hearing about gaming proposals in Massachusetts, one is finally becoming a reality – and in Plainville!  Penn National has broken ground on the new $225 million Plainridge Park Casino just minutes from me in North Attleboro and surrounded by some of my other favorite area towns such as Mansfield, Foxboro, North Attleboro, and Wrentham.  Anyone relocating to the area can find a wide range housing options with easy access to the new facility which is located right off of route 495 and also offers easy access to route 95.   Are you drawn to the city life in Providence or Boston areas?  Traveling route 95 will get you to work and back home.  Love rural the privacy of rural life?  The suburbs offer so many options – rich history for the antique lovers, new construction for the contemporary buyers, townhouse communities for ease of living.  Give a call or an e-mail and let me know what you are looking for.  Click here to check out listings currently on the market.Now is a great time to get a feel for the different towns or cities that may interest you.  And, Welcome to Plainville!

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First Time Home Buyers!

Pat and Meg ClosedAttention First Time Home Buyers in the North Attleboro, Attleboro, Plainville, Wrentham, Foxboro and Mansfieldyear fixed rate loan is still below 5% (4.375% average today), interest rates are predicted to creep up the second half of 2014.

If you can afford to buy now, let’s find the home that home fits your lifestyle and budget.  This truly is a great time to make a move.  Your money is going buy more home now than when interest rates increase (as interest rates increase you pay more to the lending institution in interest each month which then decreases your buying power)

And, there are still some great affordable homes in North Attleboro, Attleboro, Plainville, Wrentham, Mansfield, and Foxboro areas if you are looking in the Southcoast area of Massachusetts.   Clients and I even found solid homes in the Metrowest area at an affordable price point.  They settled on a property in Ashland that needed some updating but nice layout, nice lot, and a really nice location – a few cans of paint and it is already looking like a whole new house.   The  best part … it is a house that they truly grow into and make their Home.

Contact a mortgage professional, let me know what you are looking for in a home, and then let’s have a look at the inventory.  Happy to pass along names of some of my trusted mortgage professionals.   Just give a call, text, or e-mail. Together we can put together a plan for buying your first home and make it happen!!    Jen

Jen McMorran, Realtor  508-930-5259    jen.mcmorran@verizon.net

What Is A Mortgage Rate?

A mortgage rate is the interest rate on your home loan. There are many factors that go into deciding what your interest rate will be when securing a mortgage including inflation, the Federal Reserve, the yield on the 10 year treasury note, your credit score and the mortgage company’s specific fees.

How is the Interest Rate Different from the Annual Percentage Rate (APR)?

The interest rate is the rate on the loan itself and does not take into account closing costs. The APR is the interest rate with the closing costs or closing credits accounted in it. The APR provides a more “apple-to-apples” comparison across loans, as long as the same types of costs are included in each home loan.

Be Home. Be Well.

 

Welcome to Be Home. Be Well.   

This truly is a site that reflects Me – my professional side as a real estate agent and also my personal side as a mother, wife, friend, and community member.   I couldn’t be great at either without the support of my friends, family, community, and trusted business affiliates.   I love getting new clients referred to me by people I know.  People who know me, know I care about my clients and doing everything I can to help them make the right decisions when it comes to real estate.  Starting off a client relationship with a baseline of trust always makes the home buying or selling process easier to work through – and if you’ve been through it, you know it is a “process” and there are always things to “work through” 🙂   But, we can get it done!

Be Home.

Already in your “Home”?

Need a contractor?  Thinking about refinancing and need a mortgage officer?  I have my favorite “people” to recommend. Feel free to contact any of them.  And if you have someone you think would be great to add to my list, please let me know!

Wondering what home improvements are worth tackling?  Looking for DIY tips?   Anyone who has been house hunting with me knows my imagination is always going as we tour properties.  Taking down walls, reconfiguring layouts, redesigning exteriors, splitting spaces, putting on additions… so many features of a home can be readjusted to meet a new homeowner’s needs.  I am one proud Real Estate Momma when clients send me “before and after pictures!”

Be Well.

When you’re not searching for or working on your Home, it is so important to also Be Well.  Enjoy your kids, your spouse, your friends, your pets, your hobbies… I love sharing favorite recipes, local ideas for fun, great get-away ideas, clever projects, cool new games, good books,  and my favorite – great deals !   I  love getting others’ ideas as well!  Check out the “Home Life” tab for my favorites and please share yours as well.

Over the past years, I have learned that a sense of “community” is absolutely invaluable.  I want to make sure that I support my local North Attleboro community members as best I can and I hope that you do the same whether you are in North Attleboro, Plainville, Attleboro, Wrentham …  Boston … where ever!  Check out Community Connections for great local businesses, direct sale “Besties”, Community Events, Town information,  etc.  The more we support  each other, the more we will all succeed and Be Well.

opZomism and brAvery… named for my favorite girlies.  Our family has learned first hand that a little opZomism and brAvery can go a long way in getting your through some of life’s biggest challenges.  Check out our updates and favorite causes.

Perfect home with full In-Law for Contemporary liftstyle!

Beautiful 4300sf Colonial built in 2007 on a premium cul-de-sac lot with private 1100sf in-law set behind the garage
Beautiful 4300sf Colonial built in 2007 on a premium cul-de-sac lot with private 1100sf in-law set behind the garage

Set on a picturesque cul-de-sac lot in a sought after area of North Attleboro, this magnificent 4300 square foot Colonial features a well-thought out floor plan perfectly suited for a contemporary lifestyle and household.  The main home boasts 4 spacious bedrooms, 2.5 baths, office with French doors to wrap around porch, formal dining room with wainscoting and hardwood floors, and a gorgeous kitchen open to an eating area and great room with fireplace.   Enjoy privacy and style in the separate and beautiful in-law offering a first floor master bedroom with master bath, open concept dining area and great room with soaring ceilings, plus a second floor loft area perfect for an oversized office or additional guests.  Other amenities include two+ car garage with access to in-law and main house, mudroom, first floor laundry, two story foyer with double closets, central air, sprinkler system, and an absolutely massive 2500 square foot full walk-out basement ready to be finished.  Just over the Cumberland line,  this home’s location is great for Boston and Providence Commuters as well as those wanting to be close to Rhode Island friends and family.  Truly is a must see property!   If you are thinking about blending households with older parents or grown children, this home’s layout can not be beat.  Just give a call or an e-mail to set up your private showing.