5 Reasons Homeowners Throw Better Super Bowl Parties!

Homeowners really do throw better Super Bowl Parties!

While your appetizers are in the oven and the beer is chilling,  check out a sampling of some of our great housing inventory below …

Now’s the time to find your new home for Super Bowl LIV in 2020!

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Brand NEW upscale custom Townhouses, luxury new construction, turn-key Colonials, 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?

duplex style townhouses OUR NEWEST PROJECT!
Tiffany Street Townhomes
537 Tiffany Street & 539 Tiffany Street
Attleboro, MA 02703
Custom NEW Townhouses (all end units)
$374,900

 

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
New Price! $449,900
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!

102 High Street

102 High Street
North Attleboro, MA 02760
NOW $400,000!
Beautiful 2-Family Home
Each unit 2 bedrooms, 1 bath
Heart of North Attleboro

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

If you are serious about buying , we are serious about finding you a home!   No matter whether you’d like to buy now  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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Boston – Attleboro – Providence
and the communities in between.

Crazy good spiked cranberry punch!

This was a big hit for my family and friends last Thanksgiving.  Absolutely delicious, not too sweet, and looked really pretty on the table and in people’s hands as they carried them around (though they didn’t get too far before finishing!)

cranberry-apple-whiskey-punchINGREDIENTS

1 pound fresh cranberries
1 cup sugar
½ gallon water
½ gallon apple juice, chilled
16 ounce cinnamon whiskey (Fireball) , chilled
1 bottle sparkling wine, chilled
Fresh apples
Fresh oranges
Additional fresh cranberries  for garnish
Cinnamon sticks for garnish

PREPARATION

1. Combine cranberries, sugar, and water over medium-high heat, and cook until berries are completely soft and “mushy”.  They will “pop” , cook down,  and become soft in about 10 minutes.

2. Strain and set aside to completely cool before adding to the punch.

cranberry-apple-whiskey-punch-and-turket3. Thinly slice the apples and oranges and layer into a punch bowl.  Add cranberry juice, apple juice, and whiskey and stir gently to combine.

4. Pour in bottle of sparkling wine and add some cranberries for an additional colorful garnish.

5. Serve and enjoy!

* Juice, Fireball whiskey, and sparkling wine should be chilled prior to making punch.  To keep punch cold without diluting with ice, freeze apple juice in a ring  or ice cube tray and float in the punch.

The punch went great with my Butterball!

This homemade punch is delicious and could not be easier to make.  As an added bonus, my daughters and I also discovered a new use for our left over bags of cranberries from Christmas and Thanksgiving.  Cooking a bag of cranberries with a half gallon of water and a cup of sugar actually makes an awesome batch of cranberry juice.  Never would have thought about it before making this recipe!!  I bet it would make a nice non-alcoholic punch as well by adding sparkling apple cider and cinnamon sticks.   Looking forward to trying that next!

New listings:
ATTLEBORO:  3BR, 2.5BA Townhouse, 1800sf, high-end finishes, $315,000
ATTLEBORO:  3 bedroom uptown Colonial with great backyard,  $214,900
REHOBOTH: Welcoming 3BR, 2.5BA, 2500sf Colonial, 1.42acre wooded lot. $464,900
ATTLEBORO: Luxury New Construction – No Wait! NEW 4BR, 2.5BA Colonial, Brigham Hill Estates, $615,000. Up & Ready for the holidays!

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 & Rhode Island
Boston to Attleboro to Providence and the communities in between.

Ides Hill Models Open!!

Kim Zogalis and I will be hosting tours today (Sunday, August 14th) at Ides Hill Commons!!  Feel free to call for a private showing as well.  We are typically not too far away whether working from home of the office so short notice may work.
Jen McMorran, Realtor  508-930-5259 or Kim Zogalis, Realtor 508-265-0801

Flynn Terrace Kitchen with Cherry CabinetsOPEN HOUSE
Ides Hill Commons

Sunday, August 14th
12:00-2:00
1405 Commerce Way, Attleboro, MA
(across from our successful sell out at Flynn Terrace located at 1400 Commerce Way in case your GPS has not updated to include 1405 Commerce Way yet)

We now officially have our first three buildings all under contract.  In fact, we closed on our first unit a week ago.  A big congratulations to the new homeowners of Unit 3 at Ides Hill Commons!!  The remaining three units in that building will be closing over the  next few weeks so your new neighbors are coming soon!

IMG_8810We are now accepting contracts on our fourth building which is comprised of our one car garage model.  Unit 5 (end unit) and Units 6 & 7 (middle units) are available for sale.   Currently, we are anticipating completion and delivery for the beginning of March on these units.

Phase II and II buildingsAnd we are accepting contracts on our fifth building which features our two car garage models.  Unit 13 (end unit) and Units 14 & 15 (middle units) are available for sale.  Completion and delivery date is still to be determined  but likely will be closer to April or May 2017.

As an FYI:  For all of our available units, please be aware that buyers will have to accept some flexibility in completion dates as new construction is very tough to plan that far out.  Lots of variables involved such as coordinating our fantastic subcontractors (who we know will meet WB Construction’s highest standards) and the dreaded winter months – we just never know if Mother Nature will cooperate with our constructions plans.

But I can assure you… these luxury townhomes are worth the wait!

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.

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

Welcome to Plainville!

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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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