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

2 Hemlock Way

SOLD!2 hemlock

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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I’ve learned…

This is little something my Mom passed along.  Worth a read to the end.

I’ve learned…

I’ve learned that I like my teacher because she cries when we sing “Silent Night.”
Age 5

I’ve learned that our dog doesn’t want to eat my broccoli either.
Age 7

I’ve learned that when I wave to people in the country, they stop what  they are doing and wave back.
Age 9

I’ve learned that just when I get my room the way I like it, Mom makes me clean it up again.
Age 12

I’ve learned that if you want to cheer yourself up, you should try cheering someone else up.
Age 14

I’ve learned that although it’s hard to admit it, I’m secretly glad my parents are strict with me.
Age 15

I’ve learned that silent company is often more healing than words of advice.
Age 24

I’ve learned that brushing my child’s hair is one of life’s great pleasures.
Age 26

I’ve learned that wherever I go, the world’s worst drivers have followed me there.
Age 29

I’ve learned that if someone says something unkind about me, I must live so that no one will believe it.
Age 30

I’ve learned that there are people who love you dearly but just don’t know how to show it.
Age 42

I’ve learned that you can make someone’s day by simply sending them a little note.
Age 44

I’ve learned that the greater a person’s sense of guilt, the greater his or her need to cast blame on others.
Age 46

I’ve learned that children and grandparents are natural allies.
Age 47

I’ve learned that no matter what happens, or how bad it seems today, life does go on and it will be better.
Age 48

I’ve learned that singing “Amazing Grace” can lift my spirits for hours.
Age 49

I’ve learned that motel mattresses are better on the side away from the phone.
Age 50

I’ve learned that you can tell a lot about a man by the way he handles these three things: a rainy day, lost luggage, and tangled Christmas tree lights.
Age 51

I’ve learned that keeping a vegetable garden is worth a medicine cabinet full of pills.
Age 52

I’ve learned that regardless of your relationship with your parents, you miss them terribly after they die.
Age 53

I’ve learned that making a living is not the same thing as making a life.
Age 58

I’ve learned that if you want to do something positive for your children, work to improve your marriage.
Age 61

I’ve learned that life sometimes gives you a second chance.
Age 62

I’ve learned that you shouldn’t go through life with a catcher’s mitt on both hands. You need to be able to throw something back.
Age 64

I’ve learned that if you pursue happiness, it will elude you. But if you focus on your family, the needs of others, your work, meeting new people, and doing the very best you can, happiness will find you.
Age 65

I’ve learned that whenever I decide something with kindness, I usually make the right decision.
Age 66

I’ve learned that everyone can use a prayer.
Age 72

I’ve learned that even when I have pains, I don’t have to be one.
Age 82

I’ve learned that every day you should reach out and touch someone. People love that human touch – holding hands, a warm hug, or just a friendly pat on the back.
Age 90

I’ve learned that I still have a lot to learn.
Age 92

MomAnd no, my mom is not 92 🙂 When I think back to my grandmother at the age of 92 and others I know in their 90s, I am quite sure they would confirm the truth in so many of these . 

Let’s get a head start and remember it is some of the simplest things that can lead us to the fullest of lives. 

Thanks Mom!

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

Field Trip Back in Time

1780 ColonialHave you ever seen a property on-line and just had to see it?

Last night I had a buyer ask me to find out a little more about a home built in 1780 before she packed up her kids and made the trek down here.

The property is currently vacant, bank-owned, winterized, and electric is turned off.  Normally that means a phone conversation or a few e-mails back and forth with another agent to get the “scoop”.  However, the antique lover in me just had to check out this Attleboro charmer myself so I grabbed a friend and a flashlight and off we went this morning.

First let’s get the negatives out of the way… it is on a main road (and really only about 20 feet off of the main road). Minimally (from what we could see) it needs plumbing updated, floors leveled, chimney(s) rebuilt, some electrical work,  kitchen & bath renovations, updated heating, and yard cleared.  BUT …

1780 Colonial1780 ColonialYou enter off of the back into a mudroom area with wood floors, this leads into a family room area across the back of the home complete with wide pine floors, beamed ceiling, and fireplace.  When facing the front of the house, to your left off of the family room is a small kitchen with wood cabinets which would be great opened up into the fireplaced family room.  In the back corner of the house to your right is a second set of stairs and a full bath.  There are two good sized rooms in the front of the home on the first level with the front entry in between.  Both of these rooms offer great built-ins, closets, wide pine floors,  fireplaces, and more charm!1780 Colonial 1780 Colonial

Upstairs follows a very similar layout… two large rooms in the front of the house each with a fireplace and then one large room across the back that has a small room (above the mudroom) off of it. A second floor laundry is in the back left corner (above the kitchen) and another full bath is in the back right corner (above the first floor bathroom).   The space and plumbing could be there to create a master suite out of the back of the second floor with walk-in closet and ensuite bath.  Plus you could still have two other bedrooms and a full bath.

But wait, there’s more… off of the second floor bath is a staircase to the third floor which appears to have had two other finished rooms at one time. On the third floor, it is clear, the chimney will need help (it has fallen in). The basement offers lots of usable space, tall ceilings, and cement floor.1780 Colonial 1780 Colonial

Set on a spacious almost half acre lot abutting a little stream, this Colonial rehab is clearly not for the average buyer …but if you love a home with a story, have vision & patience, and access to some cash (either in your account now or through a 203k loan program), the unique charm and space is there inside and out to keep the right buyer happy for years to come!

Listing courtesy of: Michael Solotke, Next Home Real Estate, Inc.

Let me know if this looks like a future home for you, I’d love to walk you through it.

And certainly let me know if you’d ever like me to preview a property
or schedule a showing for you.

I am just a call, text, or e-mail away…

Jen McMorran Jen McMorran, Realtor
jen.mcmorran@verizon.net
508-930-5259
First Time Home Buyers
Existing Home Sales
New Construction
Antique Homes

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What a Difference Wednesday … 3% Down Payments!

Great news for some of my favorite clients … First Time Home Buyers!

Fannie Mae announced a new 3% down payment option for qualified first time buyers!!  Some homeowners with Fannie Mae loans may also be able to refinance with a 97% LTV (loan to value) which is good news for those who would not qualify under HARP (home affordable refinance program).

Give a shout if you’d like help connecting with a mortgage professional.  So important that you are comfortable with your mortgage officer. I’d be happy to share my favorite and most trusted contacts with you!

December 08, 2014
Fannie Mae Announces 97 Percent LTV Option for First-Time Homebuyers
Lower down payment enables qualified borrowers to access credit
Callie Dosberg
202-752-3117

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Fannie Mae (FNMA/OTC) announced an option for qualified first-time homebuyers that will allow for a down payment as low as three percent. Building upon Fannie Mae’s successful lower down payment program offered through state Housing Finance Agencies, the 97 percent loan-to-value ratio (LTV) option will expand access to credit for qualified first-time homebuyers that may not have the resources for a larger down payment. These loans will meet Fannie Mae’s usual eligibility requirements, including underwriting, income documentation and risk management standards. These loans will require private mortgage insurance or other risk sharing, as is required on purchase loans acquired by the company with greater than 80 percent LTV. Read more

Jen McMorran Jen McMorran, Realtor
jen.mcmorran@verizon.net
508-930-5259
First Time Home Buyers
Existing Home Sales
New Construction
Antique Homes

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Warm Comfortable Kitchen

A sneak peak into Unit 24 over at Flynn Terrace. Wow, it is looking good! Hardwood and tile floors are all in. Walls and trim are painted.  Landscaping just keeps coming and really enhances the curb appeal and private patio settings.  Check back tomorrow for What a Difference Wednesday and more photos of progress!

Nice Cabinets!

And, Let me know if you’d like to take a run over and tour the units. I am usually just minutes away. Try my cell 508-930-5259 or send an e-mail jen.mcmorran@verizon.net These are a pleasure to show!

Jen McMorran Jen McMorran, Realtor
jen.mcmorran@verizon.net
508-930-5259
First Time Home Buyers
Existing Home Sales
New Construction
Antique Homes

Kensington Real Estate Brokerage – Servicing clients from Boston to Providence! North Attleboro, Attleboro, Plainville, Wrentham, Mansfield, Norton, Foxboro, Sharon, Seekonk, Cumberland, North Smithfield, Providence, Lincoln

Kitchen Remodel Step 1 – Read this!!

Great article on planning your Kitchen Remodel 

by Josh Garskof from This Old House Magazine.

MAlternative kitchen countertop surfacesake sure to take a quick read through it all as he highlights important considerations and gets you thinking about the entire kitchen remodel process!  Jot down some important notes then start to plan out your kitchen makeover.  And definitely have your notes handy when you meet with a designer or contractor.

showing the cost allocation of the remodel
If you have ever been through a remodel or new construction, you know pretty much anything is possible for a price.  How many times did you hear  “we can do that”  without the contractor/designer/sales person telling you how much it will ultimately cost?  Too many people go way over budget when they fall in love with a concept and then just can’t let go of it even though it turns out to be far out of their financial means (Very few make up that cost later in the project so don’t try to convince yourself of that unless you have really figured it out on paper!)

There are 33 pages to click through… click them all!  So many good ideas on budgets, how to phase your projects, what can be done with blind corners, ways to save money on cabinets, comparing drawers verses roll-out shelves, cook tops, ranges, refrigerators, dishwasher styles, faucets, sinks, countertops, flooring, and more.  Trust me… not only will you be armed with more information but you will also come up with more questions to ask.

Because I am all about value, saving money, and planning, see below for a taste of what is included in the full article at This Old House Magazine… 1)What features are worth splurging on and 2)How to phase your project if you can’t afford to do it all right now.

What kitchen splurges make the most cents?

Worth the Splurge
a remodeled farmhouse kitchen1) Second sink: Place it outside of the main cooking and cleanup zone so that a second chef can prep food, wash hands for dinner, or bartend during parties.
2) Paneled cabinet ends: These decorative panels, which are essentially oversize doors fixed to any exposed sides of cabinets, give your kitchen a custom-built, furniture-like look.
3) Full-extension, soft-close drawer glides: Installed under or on the sides of a drawer, they allow it to pull completely out of the cabinet so that you can reach everything inside. Plus, they eliminate slamming.

Remodeled and updated kitchenNot Worth the Splurge
1) Glazed, distressed, and crackled finishes: These can increase cabinet costs by as much as 30 percent and can start to look dated as trends change.
2) Pot filler: It does make filling the pasta pot easier, but it doesn’t help with the far worse task of carting boiling water to the sink when your fettuccine is done.
3) Wine fridge: Do you really need 18 bottles of Pinot within arms reach and kept at precisely 55 degrees?

Do it in phases. Don’t compromise.

Illustration of kitchen layoutWhere to invest NOW:
Layout: This is the time to open the floor plan, add the island, and rearrange the flow.
Infrastructure: Get the framing, subfloor, windows, plumbing, and electrical right or all those new finishes and appliances won’t perform as expected.
Cabinets: Go for quality construction, premium glides and hinges, and as many cabinets as you can afford.
Countertops: Conventional wisdom may say to phase-in upscale countertops, but demoing the old and installing new can damage your cabinets and plumbing.

What you can wait for LATER:
New appliances: Unless you’re changing their size or configuration, your old range and fridge will work just fine until you get your next tax return.
Pricey light fixtures: Throw in cheap placeholders while you’ve got the electrician on hand. You can easily replace lights yourself once the wiring’s complete.
Splurge-worthy faucet: You can get a decent one for less than $75 that’ll tide you over for months or even years. Just make sure the drill-outs in your countertop match the configuration of your future faucet.
Backsplash: Paint the walls above your counter with a scrubbable semigloss to protect them while you save up for that glass mosaic. Holding off also gives new cabinets time to settle, thus preventing grout and caulk problems at the seam where the backsplash meets the counter.

Don’t forget to check out all of the other information in This Old House Magazine – relevant for homes and homeowners of all ages!!

Jen McMorran Jen McMorran, Realtor
jen.mcmorran@verizon.net
508-930-5259
First Time Home Buyers
Existing Home Sales
New Construction
Antique Homes

Kensington Real Estate Brokerage – Servicing clients from Boston to Providence! North Attleboro, Attleboro, Plainville, Wrentham, Mansfield, Norton, Foxboro, Sharon, Seekonk, Cumberland, North Smithfield, Providence, Lincoln

Gorgeous Fall Weekend for Open Houses and Lower Interest Rates!

The sky is falling, the sky is falling…
oh no, that’s right, mortgage interest rates have fallen!!New Construction Open House

Is it time to get out and start that home search again?
With these kind of rates, you can save on your monthly payment or afford more house!

Feel free to get started with us this weekend… Vince and I are hosting Open Houses at two great properties in Attleboro – 1158 Park Street and 1400 Commerce Way.

1158 Park Street is up and ready for it’s new owner!!

1400 Commerce Way (Flynn Terrace) is well underway. Exterior work is getting finished up and interior work is moving right along. One car units should be ready for delivery in early January. Two car units should follow along 6 weeks after the one car units.  Both are ready for touring to get feel for layouts and quality of construction.

Don’t forget to get pre-approved or to get a 2nd opinion by a trusted lender.  Let me know if you I can get you more information!!

Jen McMorran Jen McMorran, Realtor
jen.mcmorran@verizon.net
508-930-5259
First Time Home Buyers
Existing Home Sales
New Construction
Antique Homes

Kensington Real Estate Brokerage – Servicing clients from Boston to Providence! North Attleboro, Attleboro, Plainville, Wrentham, Mansfield, Norton, Foxboro, Sharon, Seekonk, Cumberland, North Smithfield, Providence, Lincoln

Happy Fall! (Happy Projects!)

Old Post Road, North Attleboro Need any help compiling your Fall To-Do list?
This Old House suggests the following six projects  to think about now …
well before your holiday guests start arriving!!

vacuuming vent register and grill for better heat circulation, fall easy upgrades for upkeep1. Drain and Store Hoses garden hose dripping and wound up in grass, fall easy upgrades for upkeep
2. Light your Pathways
3. Move Cold-Sensitive Items Inside
4. Dust Heating Vents
5. Upgrade Your Thermostat
6. Extend Downspouts

Cool mornings, warm afternoons, and then back to cool evenings could only mean one thing – fall is here! We have really had some beautiful days in North Attleboro these past couple of weeks. The weather has been perfect for apple picking, checking out the fall foliage, enjoying the kids’ practices and games, hiking the endless trails of New England, and even getting in some beach trips (especially now that it is after Labor Day you can take your canine friends to many of them).

BUT… With only 14 more weekends until January (yikes!), we really should also be taking advantage of these nice fall days to prepare for the harsher weather to come. I know we have our standard Fall To-Do list … closing the pool, cleaning & putting away pool furniture, clearing out gardens and mulching, raking leaves, picking up chestnuts, finishing up exterior painting projects.  This Old House is always great for adding a few more projects to our list 🙂

Jen McMorran Jen McMorran, Realtor
jen.mcmorran@verizon.net
508-930-5259
First Time Home Buyers
Existing Home Sales
New Construction
Antique Homes

Kensington Real Estate Brokerage – Servicing clients from Boston to Providence! North Attleboro, Attleboro, Plainville, Wrentham, Mansfield, Norton, Foxboro, Sharon, Seekonk, Cumberland, North Smithfield, Providence, Lincoln