Ide’s Hill Common coming 2016! Open House, Sunday 12:30-2 at 1400 Commerce Way, Attleboro

Model Kitchen Ide's Hill CommonThinking about a move to carefree Townhome living in 2016?  We have what you’re looking for at IdesHillCommon in Attleboro, Massachusetts.   Building on our successful sell out of FlynnTerrace which attracted buyers from throughout Rhode Island and Massachusetts,  twenty-four more beautiful NEW upscale townhomes will be under construction soon for Summer 2016 delivery.   Site work is well underway with foundations to follow along for this fabulous new construction project.  Across the street from Flynn Terrace, Ide’s Hill Common will once again provide a perfect commuter location – a mile to Rt 95 and just minutes to the new train station in downtown Attleboro.  Just over the Rhode Island line, homeowners can easily access Providence, Boston, and all of the towns in between.

Flynn Terrace and Ides HillNow is the time to start planning…

I’ll have Flynn Terrace units Open on Sunday from 12:30pm-2pm  so you can tour actual custom home models  and get a real feel for the quality of our new construction as well as high end finishes .  (Our standard finishes truly are above the rest…. crown molding, wood & tile floors, central air, granite, tile backsplash, high efficiency heating systems, stainless appliances, garages.)  Ides Hill

Ide’s Hill Common Townhomes are for sale exclusively through the new construction specialists at Kensington. Give me a call or text to 508-930-5259 if you’d like more information or if you’d like to set up a time to tour Flynn Terrace and the Ide’s Hill Common site.

Sitework Ides HillDo you have a home to sell prior to making your next move?  Let’s chat and figure out the best plan to get your current home Sold. Maybe you want to sell now, move in with friends or family to save money while unit is under construction.  Or, do you have some work to do before putting it on the market?  Let’s make a list of priorities so your home will appeal to the most buyers and earn you the highest price.  Together we can create a plan that will ultimately get you where you want to be!

And please spread the word to friends and family.  It has been a pleasure working with so many referrals this year and this is a builder you can truly count on to create a quality home!

Jen McMorran, RealtorKensington - Jen McMorranJen McMorran, Realtor
508-930-5259
jen.mcmorran@gmail.com
http://www.jenmcmorran.realtor

2 Hemlock Way, North Attleboro **SOLD! **

2 Hemlock Way

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2 Hemlock Way
North Attleboro, MA

$430,000

For Katie and Jay who had been searching for a 4BR, 2.5BA Colonial with great space, in great condition, in a great neighborhood… their search is now officially over!  They stopped by my Open House and immediately knew it was the one.  Congratulations to them and the sellers … Katie and Jay are now the owners of 2 Hemlock Way.

2 HemlockI also sold 2 Hemlock 6 years ago at my first Open House on Father’s Day.  We received five offers that day and it was under agreement the next.  No matter what type of market you are in, if you have a well maintained home, price it competitively, and market it right… it will sell.
And, it will sell fast!

 There is a sad part to this story, three other couples also fell in love with this home that first weekend on the market … multiple offers are great for getting solid buyers and a solid price, but making the call to say “you didn’t get it” is so hard!!  If you think you have a similar home you’d like to sell, please let me know.  I’d love to find the buyers who missed out on 2 Hemlock another wonderful place to call “Home”.  Give a call/text 508-930-5259 or e-mail jen.mcmorran@gmail.com to chat about your home and what you are thinking about for your next move.

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Hey Mom – I’m putting a star up on my star chart!

This is why I work hard and how I want 
my buyers and sellers to feel at the end of every transaction. Thanks Kyle!

191 Tiffany Working with Jen was a pleasure. She assisted us in first buying our new house and again a month later as our selling agent for our condo. She had great insight into the local market and quickly understood what we were looking for in a new house.

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As a seller’s agent, Jen did an excellent job with our listing. Here her research and expertise led to an initial listing price higher than I would have done, but it resulted in a showing and ultimately an offer on the first day…

I would highly recommend Jen to anyone looking for or selling a house. She was very responsive and helpful during the entire process.  (Kyle R.)

Jen McMorran Head Shot (2)Please feel free to share my contact information with anyone you know who may be thinking about buying or selling.  It would be my pleasure to assist your friends, neighbors, co-workers, or family members with their next move.

Jennifer McMorran, Realtor  
Kensington Real Estate Brokerage

Jen.McMorran@gmail.com
508-930-5259
http://www.JenMcMorran.Realtor

 

 

Flynn Terrace Alert – Unit 18 is Available!

Walls are up!! This unit won’t last now that it is really taking shape. Again, this is the last of our one car models with full basements at Flynn Terrace. If you’ve been thinking about it, now is the time. Give a call 508-930-5259 and let’s write up a contract so you don’t miss out!

Jen McMorran Realtor, SRES

Flynn Terrace, Unit 24 SOLD (but you could create this in Unit 18!)
1400 Commerce Way, Attleboro, MA

**Opportunity is knocking… Unit 18 is available for early September delivery!**
Act fast as there is still time to choose cabinets, flooring, tile, granite, and colors.
Unit 18 offers 3BR, 2.5BA, 1660 sf, full basement, garage, wooded views, and
all of the beautiful finishes that come standard in these sought after townhomes.
This the last unit of this model available.
Offered at $317,900

Flynn Terrace
1400 Commerce Way, Attleboro, MA

Just a mile from Route 95 and minutes to the train.
Easy to show by appointment!  I am typically not too far away so short notice can work.

Just give a call/text 508-930-5259 or e-mail jen.mcmorran@verizon.net

3 kitchen and breakfast barGreat commuter location near 95 and commuter rail,
tucked away in a wooded setting,
convenient to everything,
high end standard finishes,
ability to pick cabinets, granite…

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What’s your goal?

Family Home Purchase

Does your new home search include…

a nice house

in a location that makes sense

with a mortgage you can afford?

Sounds pretty reasonable to me.

Are you feeling “stuck” because you have to sell you current home?

Are you afraid you won’t sell your current home
for as much as you think you should?

I can’t stress enough the importance of getting all of the facts
and considering the whole situation.

Maybe you’ll have to sell your current home for less than what you paid for it. Or, maybe you are even going to sell it for less than what you owe on your mortgage. I’m sure the thought of bringing a check to the closing table to sell your house seems unbearable,
BUT… what if that allowed you to purchase your next home? That’s sounds better, right?

Try thinking of it as a cost associated with your purchase and not a loss on your sale.

Mortgage rates are still low and very affordable.   New housing inventory is steadily trickling on to the market.  Let’s determine the most likely selling price for you home.    Then let’s set up time with a mortgage officer to determine the price point you can afford and feel comfortable with on your next home purchase.

First time home buyerThere may be some bumps in your journey to a new home.

Ultimately, though,  if you end up in a home you like,
in a location that works
with a mortgage you can afford,
isn’t that really the goal and worth it?

I can be conveniently reached by phone 508-930-5259, text 508-930-5259 or e-mail jen.mcmorran@gmail.com.

 Whether buyer, selling, or both, let’s determine your goal and create a plan to reach it.

Jen McMorran, Realtor * 508-930-5259 * jen.mcmorran@gmail.com
*Kensington Real Estate Brokerage *

New Construction Projects:

Flynn Terrace KitchenFlynn Terrace:  3BR, 2.5BA Townhomes with 2 car garages. Starting at $314,900
*Open House, Saturday 12-2 * 1400 Commerce Way, Attleboro*

Brigham Hill:  New custom homes. Will build to suit. Starting at $500,000.
24  Brigham Hill53 Brigham Hill, Attleboro * Open House, Sunday 12-2
Up and Ready! 3BR, 2.5BA Colonial with walk-out basement and solar power! $475,000

Sellers! Top 5 Reasons Millenial Buyers Choose a Home

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Pricing Your Home to Sell

BUYERS DETERMINE HOME VALUES!

Buyers determine the value of your home.
Buyers determine the value of your home.
Buyers determine the value of your home.

Buyers and SellersOK, there, I have said it.  Now, if you are planning on putting your home on the market this spring in the North Attleboro area, please repeat this three times to yourself – out loud 🙂  There is no getting away from this concept.  As a listing agent, I present an analysis of price for your home.  When you start thinking about your list price,  remember, almost everyone has access to this same information I am presenting – buyers, buyer’s agents, and appraisers working for the buyers’ banks.  Don’t think you can fool anyone into believing your property is worth more than it is.

First I  look at Sold prices for those homes with similar features that have Sold in your area recently.  Sold prices indicate what a buyer was willing to pay for that type of home in that location.  Yes, there are negotiations that go back and forth between buyers and sellers, but ultimately the buyer makes the final decision whether to proceed with the purchase of your home.   Simply put, you can’t sell your home without a buyer even in the best of sellers’ markets 🙂   As a listing agent, I have to consider “Sold” data first and foremost as those closed properties tell the story of the housing market you are about to enter as a seller.   Pleeeeeeeeaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaassssssssse listen and pay attention to those numbers.  When listing your home, it is important switch your thinking from a seller’s perspective  to that of as an educated buyer to make the best decisions.

At our listing appointment, I will also show you active sales to give an indication of your current competition – definitely something to consider especially if you are looking for a quick sale.  If you need a quick sale, you should price it slightly under the competition. If you have a little time and desirable features  that set your home above the rest (and not just make it unique and desirable to a smaller set of buyers!!), you should price it competitively or perhaps slightly higher  BUT you have to be reasonable or you will lose market time and buyers’ attention.  The activity you have on the first two weeks of your listing is great indicator of how buyers and agents feel about your property and the listing price.

Consider these thoughts when establishing your list price:

•What you paid for your property does not effect its value.

•The amount of money you need to get out of the sale of your property does not effect its value. Buyers aren’t just going to give you more money because you want it or need it.

•What you think it should be worth because your neighbor sold for “x” last year does not effect today’s value (typically we look back 2-3 months). And keep in mind, neighborhood “chat” is not often the best way to get accurate information.

•What another real estate agent “says” your property is worth does not affect its value. There must be data to back up any price opinion and a buyer willing to pay to confirm it.

•The value of your property is determined by what a ready willing and able buyer will pay for it in the open market, which will be based upon the value of other recent closed sales, the amount of available inventory, rates and other variable.   BUYERS DETERMINE VALUE!!

•DO NOT automatically list with the agent that suggests that you list for the highest price.  Look at the data used to determine that list price – would it seem reasonable to you if you were a buyer?

There are a lot of variables that go into pricing a home.  Unique properties can present a challenge but again, put yourself in a buyer’s shoes.  What would you consider a reasonable value if you were to purchase your house on the open market?  What kind of “deal” would you be looking for on this type of property?  What is the toll on your life if you list too high and your home lingers on the market for an extended period of time?  Can you afford this financially?  Can you afford this emotionally?  I do my best as a listing agent, to consider all of these variables when listing your home.   Together, we can combine the current housing market data and your honest situation to produce the best pricing strategy.

Jen McMorran, Realtor       508-930-5259           jen.mcmorran@verizon.net    North Attleboro Plainville Real Estate

 

Let me know how I can help you…

 

 

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!

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.