Warwick Colonial Charmer – white picket fence and all!

Very accommodating sellers – easy to show by appointment!IMG_4617
23 Verndale St, Warwick, RI
$224,900

2017 has been an extraordinary summer in real estate… interest rates are still hovering around 4% and lots of affordable housing options are still presenting themselves for buyers in all price brackets – including First Time Home Buyers.  Are you ready to enjoy the benefits of home ownership?  Looking for a 4 bedroom home?  Would a first floor master suite be appealing to you?  How about a classic Colonial with an enclosed front porch, deck, garage, and spacious lot?  IMG_4507I am so pleased to assist Anne Darling and the sellers of  23 Verndale in Warwick in marketing their home for sale and we’ll be even happier for the deserving buyer.  Priced at $224,900, this wonderful home offers buyers an awesome opportunity to own a 4 bedroom, 2 full bath Colonial with tons of curb appeal tucked away behind a white picket fence in a classic neighborhood setting convenient to everything!

 

Enjoy gleaming hardwood floors, an eat-kitchen, first floor master suite with full bath & walk-in closet, three additional bedrooms & a full bath on the second level, adorable private deck area for relaxing, three season porch, fenced in yard for your furry friends, a fantastic location convenient to everything, and a garage that could easily be converted into a music studio, home office, or just an awesome storage space! Bring your personal style and make this your own dream home.  Absolutely a solid home with great potential!

 

Call or text to set up your a private showing – Anne Darling at 508-838-1470.  Or simply fill out the contact form below… we’d be happy to answer questions and help out in anyway with your buying or selling needs!

 

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

real estate for real people.

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

Look no further… build your dream home at Brigham Hill! Model Open Saturday 12:00-2:00

Brigham Hill Estates WelcomeBrigham Hill Estates by Jen McMorran, New Construction and First Time Home Buyer SpecialistTired of searching through listings and waiting for the perfect home to be listed for sale?  Is it time to consider building your dream home and Brigham Hill Estates in Attleboro’s is the community to build it in!  As Attleboro’s premier builder, WB Construction’s custom homes truly set the bar for all new subdivisions in the area.

~OPEN HOUSE, Saturday, April 29~
12:00-2:00

Lot 205/215 Ingall Lane
Brigham Hill Estates
Attleboro, MA

(Directions: Slater Street to Teaberry Lane to Ingall Lane
OR Brigham Hill Rd to Teaberry to Ingall Lane.)IMG_1487

Lot 215 Ingall Lane in Phase II of Brigham Hill Estates will be closing in the middle of May.  Now is the time to tour and start working on the layout, design details, and amenities you would like to include in your new home.

These buyers went with a very soothing and neutral palate in terms of color but the high end finishes certainly shine through.  Their choices create a home that is the perfect backdrop for any furnishings,  fun pops of color, and the warmest of  welcomes to anyone as they step through the front door.  Check out the photo gallery below then stop by the Open House or contact me for a private tour (Jen McMorran 508-930-5259, jen.mcmorran@gmail.com).  It is worth seeing the pride and workmanship that go into these WB Construction homes!  Pricing all based on plans and designs but homes are starting in the high $500’s.

 It is no wonder Phase I is sold out and Phase II only has a few remaining lots.  But don’t worry, Brigham Hill Phase IIIwe have just received approval so to open the next 20  lots on Pass Farm Road which will connect Ingall Lane to Slater Street.

 The Spring 2017 market is exciting but can also be a tough, fast paced time for buyers as inventory of great homes coming on the market tends to be low. When nice homes hit the market, competition for them is high often with multiple offers and above list sale prices.  Building could be a great option to ensure your next home is the right one for you, but I am also very happy to help navigate the current housing market with you in the search for an existing home to purchase.  I cover all price ranges and completely commit to my clients no matter what their budget it is.  (In fact, I love working with first time home buyers and sellers!!)

Jen McMorran Head Shot (2)Jennifer McMorran, Realtor
New Construction & First Time Home Buyer Specialist
(and Antique lover & home owner!)
508-930-5259
Jen.McMorran@gmail.com
www.jenmcmorran.realtor

real estate for real people.

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

Summer Fun is Near!

It’s June!  It’s June!  My favorite time of year.

Our girls’ finals are done and projects have been handed in.
The sun is shining and our gardens are in bloom.
Days are warm and the nights are cool.
The sun is coming up early and going down later… can’t wait to plan some outdoor fun to enjoy with friends and family.

Have you ever tried the website www.onlyinyourstate.com?
It is a neat collection of places to explore across the country.
How about this Canopy Walk I found in Massachusetts for a little adventure this summer?  It looks amazing!  Think you are up for the challenge?

Hoping you get to do some exploring and enjoy the summer!!

Kimberly Zogalis, RealtorWith the end of the school year, I am also excited to say that I gain Kim Zogalis back to my Real Estate team for the summer – yay!  We both are ready to work hard for you or anyone you may know that may need assistance with buying, selling, or building a home.  Whether a first time home buyer, empty nester, investor, or move up buyer, let us put our experience, persistence, and reputation to work.

Not sure what the first steps should be but think you would like to make a Move?  We’d love to help get you started and then work with you step by step until to closing.  We have trusted mortgage professionals, home inspectors, and attorneys that would be happy to assist you along the way as well.  Give a call or send us an e-mail so we can set up a time to discuss your plan or stop by one of our open houses to chat and see for yourself how we work.

Look forward to continued success in working with you or any of your referrals!


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

real estate for real people.

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

Home Buying Seminar ~ January 30th, 10am-11:30am

workshop photoDid you know…
Real estate agents are important partners when buying or selling a home.
Realtors have an in depth knowledge of the home buying process and the experience to assist you in coordinating your entire transaction – mortgage pre-approval, home search, negotiations, home inspections, contracts, appraisals, closing, and finally moving!

Join us for a
Home Buyers Workshop
HOSTED BY: Jen McMorran, Realtor
and Kim Zogalis, Realtor
DAY: Saturday, January 30, 2016
TIME: 10AM – 11:30AM with optional home tour to follow
LOCATION: Kensington Real Estate Brokerage,
214 North Main Street, Attleboro, MA

SIGN UP:
Click here to register or feel free to contact us directly
Kim 508-265-0801, kim.zogalis@gmail.com
Jen 508-930-5259, jen.mcmorran@gmail.com

Whether you are a first time home buyer or have not bought property in a while (yes, things have changed!) this workshop is a great way to get all the info needed to help you start house hunting.  Bring your questions, we have answers! PLUS…. we will also be available a for bonus field trip to check out some of our local listings.  We’ll give you a tour of these homes while pointing out key elements and topics covered in the seminar . Explore these properties and put your new knowledge into practice!   Just give a call or send us an e-mail to sign up.

(Are you thinking about New Construction for your next move?  We have three amazing projects going on right now… custom single family homes at Brigham Hill Estates and luxury 3BR, 2.5BA Townhomes at Ides Hill Commons and Flynn Terrace.  Love to answer any questions about the new construction process or any of these great projects.)

Jen McMorran, RealtorJennifer McMorran, Realtor
New Construction & First Time Home Buyer Specialist
508-930-5259
Jen.McMorran@gmail.com
www.jenmcmorran.realtor

respect, reputation, & referrals.
real estate for real people.

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

Happy Buyers, Happy Realtor!

Jesse and amanda recommendation

If talking about home buying and selling with friends and family, please know I love (and so appreciate!!) that the majority of my business comes from referrals.

Truly no better compliment than to be trusted to empower others to achieve their real estate goals.  Call, text, or e-mail anytime… I’m ready!

Jen McMorran, RealtorJennifer McMorran, Realtor
508-930-5259
Jen.McMorran@gmail.com
real estate for real people.
Kensington - Jen McMorran

 

First-Time Home Buyers… Five Common Mistakes (and how to avoid them!)

First Time Home BuyersTis the season … the Spring housing market is taking off.  If you are first time home buyer, now is the time to get prepared with the basics so you can take advantage of new inventory coming on the market and the continued low interest rates still under 4%  (and if you’re new to it all, under 4% is great!).

5 Common First-Time Home Buyer Mistakes

Finding Home1.  They don’t ask enough questions of their lender and end up missing out on the best deal.

 2.  They don’t act quickly enough to make a decision and someone else buys the house.

 3.  They don’t find the right agent who’s willing to help them through the home buying process.

4.  They don’t do enough to make their offer look appealing to a seller.

5.  They don’t think about resale before they buy. The average first-time buyer only stays in a home for four years.
Source: Real Estate Checklists and Systems, www.realestatechecklists.com.

 

How to Avoid 5 Common First-Time Home Buyer Mistakes

1.  They don’t ask enough questions of their lender and end up missing out on the best deal.
ASK QUESTIONS!
What is the current interest rate? What will my monthly payment be including taxes & insurance?
What happens if the rate goes up?
What happens if the rate goes down? Is there a program to make sure I get the lower rate if it decreases before I close? Is there a fee for that program?
What are the fees involved with this loan? Will I be charged PMI (private mortgage insurance)? Can I avoid that?
What do I need for a downpayment?
Can I get a gift of money from friends or family to put towards my downpayment?
If I am buying new construction which won’t be ready for a few months, can I lock an interest rate in now? Are there any extended rate lock programs available?

2.  They don’t act quickly enough to make a decision and someone else buys the house.
The Spring market can move at a fast and furious pace … BE PREPARED and READY to make an offer!  
If there is a listing you love and think is a good value, chances are hundreds of other buyers and agents are thinking the same thing. Let’s set up a search NOW so you get daily updates of homes in your price range. Even if you are thinking Summer, now is the time to get comfortable with the market and a better feel for what you like and what you can afford.
Then, set up time to meet with a mortgage officer. This is a great time of year to do it since you already have much of the paperword handy from filing your taxes.  They will consider your credit score, income, debt, and assets when figuring out the mortgage amount for which you will quality.  Remember, you need to be comfortable with the monthly payment!!  You know your lifestyle, so even though you may qualify for a higher  mortgage amount that doesn’t mean you have to search that high.  If you are a solid borrower, they will give a prequalification or pre-approval letter that we can then present to strengthen any offer you may make.  If the mortgage company, feels you need to wait a bit to work on credit or decrease debt, ask them what specific things you should work on and pay off – it will make a difference.

3.  They don’t find the right agent who’s willing to help them through the homebuying process.
I truly enjoy sharing the knowledge I have gained over the years both personally and professionally to make a first time home buyer as comfortable as possible with the process. I have no expectations of you except that you will be honest, willing to listen & learn, and ask a million questions along the way. You’ve never done this before and honestly things are constantly changing in Real Estate. Friends and family will have their opinions, but remember how important it is to get the facts and to form your own opinion. I am ready to guide you from starting your search to closing on your first home.

4.  They don’t do enough to make their offer look appealing to a seller.
There is more to an offer than just sale price. As a buyer’s agent, I always urge buyers to think about presenting a strong offer.
Present a $1000 check as a deposit with the offer (If the offer is accepted, that money will be applied to the amount you ultimately need to bring to the closing anyway. If the offer is not accepted, the check gets handed back to you.)
Have a pre-approval letter from a reputable bank ready to submit with your offer.
Think about the closing date – would a quick closing work better for a seller or an extended closing? Maybe a seller would like flexibility with a closing date because they are searching for a new home themselves or building one?
Are you looking to have closing costs paid for so there is less money out of your pocket? If you are in a bidding war with other buyers, consider offering over the ask price so you can finance your closing costs into the mortgage (The seller would credit you back that amount at closing. Sometimes this can lead to issues with the bank’s appraisal of the property so make sure to discuss with your buyer’s agent.)
Time is of the essence when selling a home. Make sure dates for inspection, Purchase and Sale signing, and mortgage commitment are reasonable but not drawn out. A seller does not want to lose marketing time if your deal is not going to go through.

5.  They don’t think about resale before they buy. The average first-time buyer only stays in a home for four years.

You likely will not be in your first home forever. Think into the future about when you try to sell this home. If it is a hard location to sell now, it is most likely going to be a hard location later as well. When you sell, you will be paying the agent’s commissions (typcially 5%). Do you think this home will appreciate to cover that and allow you to purchase a new home? Are there major projects that need to be done now? Buyers are going to want those projects to be completed when you sell or they are going to expect a drastically reduced price to adjust for that. Every property will have its advantages and disadvantages. Let’s discuss those now and anticipate how to correct for them in the future.  Your offer should reflect your concern with resale value.

I really do enjoy working with First Time Home Buyers so please let me know when you are ready to start the process.
I am ready to guide you through the whole the process, from search to close!

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

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.