Home Buyers Guide Spring 2020

Despite so many uncertainties as we learn to live with Covid-19, there oddly hasn’t been a better time to buy a home in recent history with mortgage interest rates hovering at all time lows. For a Home Buying Guide packed with information, please click below then give me a call or send me a message and let’s set up time to connect and get you started on right path to homeownership.

As a committed full-time real estate agent, I have helped hundreds of buyers and sellers… it would be a pleasure to help you too.

Whether you have tons of questions or don’t even know the questions to ask, I am ready to work with you through the entire process.


It is my true pleasure to  work hard for my clients and your referrals throughout Massachusetts and Rhode Island.  Please let me know what questions you may have and how I can be of the best assistance to you.

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Jen McMorran, Realtor

Jennifer McMorran, Realtor, SRES
New Construction & First Time Home Buyer Specialist
MA & RI Licensed Real Estate Sales Associate
New Homes Team
Kensington Real Estate Brokerage
508-930-5259
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10 Oakridge Avenue, Attleboro

10oakridge

10 Oakridge Avenue
Attleboro, MA

4 bedroom, 2.5 bath
Craftsman Colonial
Built 2015
Lot Size .28 acres

Awesome location!
Awesome home!

Finally…the home you’ve been waiting for!

It seems like just yesterday that I met some wonderful first time home buyers from Jamaica Plain full of enthusiasm and dreams. We searched near and far for a new home where they could be a one car family, walk to the train for their Boston commute, walk to parks & restaurants for family fun, have quick access to Rt 95 & Providence, relax with their young children and dogs, and enjoy the luxuries of new construction. A tall order and it took some time, but we found it at 10 Oakridge Ave in Attleboro and now this gorgeous four year young home is for sale and ready for you!

You’ll love the location & spacious open floor plan of this beautiful 4 bedroom, 2.5 bath Craftsman Colonial built in 2015 featuring hardwood floors throughout, a contemporary white kitchen with walk-in pantry, spacious living room with gas fireplace, stunning dining room with wainscoting, a master suite with two walk-in closets, three additional great sized bedrooms (two with walk-in closets), second floor laundry, fully fenced in yard, and so much more!

This wonderful home is tucked away in an established neighborhood behind Capron Park & Zoo, around the corner from Highland Park’s walking trails, and just minutes to schools, train station, & city center. Oakridge Ave is short street that dead-ends so very quiet with limited traffic.

10 Oakridge Ave is the perfect location for commuting, living, and feeling at Home.  Give a call for details or to set up a showing… this really is a good one!  (For a self-guided virtual tour, just click here.)

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It is my true pleasure to  work hard for my clients and your referrals throughout Massachusetts and Rhode Island.  Please let me know what questions you may have and how I can be of the best assistance to you.

Jen McMorran, Realtor

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

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Seriously Simple and Crazy Good Carrot Cake

Seriously Simple and Crazy Good Carrot Cake

Our family loves this recipe!!   We always have the ingredients in the house, it tastes soooooo good, really impresses a crowd, and is so easy to make.  Seriously, we dump all of the cake ingredients into one bowl, turn the mixer on, and you’ve got the cake batter.  No sifting, no separating… just dump and let the mixer do the work.

easy carrot bundt cakeWe sometimes cheat with the frosting.  There are some pretty yummy tasting pre-made cream cheese frostings.  If you happen to have a can of vanilla frosting and cream cheese in your refrigerator, just blend the two together.  Get fancy by sprinkling walnuts and/or coconut on top or keep it simple.  This is even delicious without frosting!

Cake Ingredients:
2 cups sugar
4 eggs
1 1/3 cup oil (or can replace with applesauce)
2 cups flour

2 tsp. baking soda
2 tsp. baking powder
¼ tsp cinnamon
4 cups grated carrots
¾ cup chopped walnuts

Frosting Ingredients:
4 oz. stick of butter
8 oz package of cream cheese
2 cups powdered sugar
1 tsp vanilla

Preheat over to 350 degrees.

For cake: combine sugar, eggs, oil, flour, soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, grated carrots, and chopped nuts.  Pour into a 13×9 inch greased pan and bake for 40 minutes.  Or I love bundt cakes… pour batter into a floured and greased bundt cake pan and back for approximate 50-60 mintues (I find the bundt cake cooking times can vary drastically so check periodically.)

For frosting:  blend butter and cream cheese.  Add powdered sugar and vanilla. Frost. Serve. Eat.

This recipe is awesome for any brunch, birthday celebration, Easter Sunday, or just because you deserve a fabulous slice of carrot cake at the end of the day!

Check out all of our favorite recipes by clicking here.  I don’t post anything that isn’t easy or a crowd pleaser!!

 

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Jen McMorran, Realtor

Jennifer McMorran, Realtor, SRES
New Construction & First Time Home Buyer Specialist
MA & RI Licensed Real Estate Sales Associate
New Homes Team
Kensington Real Estate Brokerage
508-930-5259
Jen.McMorran@gmail.com
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A Note to My Clients during this Incredible Time

To think I thought February dragged on forever this year…

March 2020 clearly has been the longest month on record during my time on this beautiful earth.  What began with a nice weekend in New York City where we enjoyed a gorgeous hotel with amazing views, a long awaited visit with my grad school best friend, a fun ferry ride on the river, the powerful 911 Museum and all it represented, and our friend’s XFL game at MetLife Stadium then all lead perfectly into a relaxing getaway with my daughter to visit my mom in Florida for her freshman year Spring Break.  We spent a week in the sun, hanging by the pool, eating out, and hearing just bits and pieces about the Corona Virus arriving to the United States.  By the end of the week, things clearly were quickly evolving as we bought the last two canisters of Lysol wipes at the local CVS for our flight home and cherished the last bits of a travel sized hand sanitizer that we found in my carry on.

Upon arrival back to Massachusetts, we packed our daughter up and dropped her back to college.  Those next few days then felt like weeks as news and fresh data started to be shared.  Every hour it seemed there was a new development and just five days after we had dropped her off, we were back up to Weston with two cars to pack up her dorm room for good.

I am sure you all have very similar and surreal stories of your own.  With companies transitioning work to home offices, schools closing and sending kids home, parents figuring out home schooling, and many many of you facing layoffs and business closings.  Working in real estate and new construction, I have faced these challenges with my clients and I face a lot of uncertainty myself.

So what I am thinking now?

First and foremost, your top priority must be taking care of yourself and your loved ones. I am still working, but know that real estate will be there for you on the other side of the Covid-19 crisis as well.

There are absolutely some buyers and sellers who need to buy and sell now and we are working with them to make that happen. If you feel more comfortable waiting, take assurance in the fact that we were in the middle of a strong economy and a strong housing market when the Covid-19 hit. I am confident there are going to be buyers and sellers anxiously awaiting you once this health crisis has resolved.

Please know I am available and I am happy to be a resource to you at anytime and for anything.  I have a solid network of other professionals who are eager to be helpful to you as well.  Mortgage officers, attorneys, contractors, plumbers, electricians, etc.  I am just a phone call or e-mail away (508-930-5259, jen.mcmorran@gmail.com)

We’ll get through this … we have before!

All of the best and stay well,

Jen

Jen McMorran, Realtor

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

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Mortgage Interest Rates at Five Decade Low!

What you do today can improve all your tomorrows.      –Ralph Marston

With mortgage interest rates hovering at near historic lows, now is a great time to look back at where rates have been to truly appreciate where rates are now.

Mortgage rates are now averaging around 3.5%  – they are hovering near a five decade low.  That is right – a five decade low.   And buyers are ready to take advantage of that with mortgage applications up 15% over a year ago.   This is shaping up to be an early and strong spring real estate market in Massachusetts and Rhode Island with mild weather continuing and eager buyers ready to find their next home sooner than later. Interest rates over time

Give a call 508-930-5259 or send an e-mail jen.mcmorran@gmail.com  if you’d like to discuss how now might be the time for you to start your home search.  My team is ready to support and guide you every step of the way from getting pre-approved for your mortgage, finding a home, negotiating an offer, securing a qualified home inspector, and hiring an attorney to review your contracts and coordinate your closings.

Without a doubt, capitalizing on current mortgage interest rates to purchase a home today will absolutely pay off for you as a homeowner tomorrow.  The impact your interest rate has on your monthly mortgage payment can be significant.  Let’s see how we can make current real estate and mortgage market conditions work for you!

It is my true pleasure to  work hard for my clients and your referrals throughout Massachusetts and Rhode Island.  Please let me know what questions you may have and how I can be of the best assistance to you.

Jen McMorran, Realtor

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

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Reflecting on 2019

2019-2020 Jenn Wood (1)

It’s here… can you believe it is 2020?  Seriously, 1990 is now just as far in the past as 2050 is in the future.  Crazy.   And I can’t believe I have been away from BeHomeBeWell for so long.  I am thrilled to be able to dedicate some time to share here once again.

Reflecting on 2019 I am proud to say that as a Mom I made it through the college application process, FAFSA application process,  final dance recitals, senior prom, high school graduation, and then dropping my daughter off for her freshman year of college – all during one of the busiest and most successful years in real estate I have had.

A huge thank you to all of my amazing buyers and sellers.  I couldn’t have done it without you.

As my clients, you all had very different stories.  Different challenges.  Different motivations.   But, together we go it done, no matter the obstacle.  It was your willingness to collaborate and work towards a solution that lead to so many homes being sold, so many homes being bought, and so many homes being built.  What an honor to have had the opportunity to work with each one of you!

And congratulations on so many of your blessings over the past year!  Engagements, weddings,  babies, new homes, retirements, cancer remission, new jobs, new puppies, exciting home renovations, and even a much needed transplant for a very deserving gentleman.   Just amazing and know I have celebrated all of that with you.

Along with the celebrations there have also been struggles and sadness.  Many lost loved ones, dealt with incredible mental health and medical diagnoses,  had jobs eliminated,  suffered injuries, and faced sudden and unexpected financial difficulties.   Life has a way of challenging us that is for sure.    There were many moments I would cry quietly in my car thinking of all you were enduring … no doubt about it, life is hard.

Sharing your personal journeys and your real estate journeys has allowed me to continue to grow,  learn, and appreciate all of my amazing blessings. Thank you again for allowing me to earn your trust and be a part of making your last real estate move whether buying or selling.   I also wanted to let you know, that once again, as each of your deals closed this year, you made a difference in the lives of children living with serious illnesses and their families.  Jen, Avery, and Zoe Hole In the WallMy family tucked away $100 per closing to donate to an organization very near and dear to our hearts – The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp.  They made all of the difference for us when our daughter  Zoe was diagnosed with brain cancer and they still continue to make a difference today for Avery, Pat, and me as we learn to live as a family of three now.  This year we donated $4000.  We could not be happier about making such a big contribution to such a worthy cause.

Heading into 2020, I wish you much happiness and health in the year to come…

If there is ever anything I can do for you or anyone you may know, please do not hesitate to reach out.

All of the best,
Jen

Jen McMorran, Realtor

Jennifer McMorran, Realtor, SRES
New Construction & First Time Home Buyer Specialist
Senior Real Estate Specialist
MA & RI Licensed Real Estate Sales Associate
Kensington Real Estate Brokerage
508-930-5259
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Rethinking the Economic Slowdown Forecast

Mainstream Concerns about an Economic Slowdown Revisited

Mainstream Concerns about an Economic Slowdown Revisited | MyKCM

Recently, KCM (Keeping Current Matters) reported that many believe a recession could happen within the next two years. We explained that 70% of economists and market analysts surveyed last year believe that a recession will occur in 2019 or 2020 and that 42% of consumers currently looking to purchase a home also agree that a recession will occur this year or next.

However, the U.S. economy has performed well in the first quarter of 2019 and that has caused some experts to change their thinking on an impending economic slowdown.

Here are a few notable examples:

Anthony Chan, Chief Economist at JPMorgan Chase

“I feel really comfortable that the economy is slowing down this year, but not going into a recession… It doesn’t look, to me, like the odds of a recession in 2020 are there.”

Dean Baker, Senior Economist at the Center for Economic & Policy Research

 “To sum up the general picture, the U.S. economy is definitely weakening… However, with wages growing at a respectable pace, and job growth remaining healthy, we should see enough consumption demand to keep the economy moving forward. That means slower growth, but no recession.”

Lisa Shalett, Chief Investment Officer, Wealth Management at Morgan Stanley

“I’m not convinced a recession is coming soon… I see an improving housing market (low rates help), a rebound in bank lending, a tight labor market, higher oil prices and well-behaved credit markets. All these point to a stable U.S. economic outlook.”

Bottom Line

We are seeing a stronger economy than many had predicted. That has caused some experts to push off the possibility of a recession further into the horizon.

I’d love to talk with about your housing needs and finding you in a place where you’ll feel financially secure and comfortable being Home!

 

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
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4 Ingredient Gluten Free Peanut Butter Chocolate Bars – yahoo!

Who’s looking for super easy, super quick, super good gluten free snack to satisfy your strongest sugar/salt craving?   I was at a luncheon the other day and these bite sized nuggets of goodness were served.   They certainly aren’t Reese’s peanutbutter cups 🙂  but I bet you could keep adapting the recipe to get them closer 🙂

Anyway, I seriously made a batch using one bowl, a whisk, a scraper, a pan, and a microwave.  Dreamy!  So here you go…

peanut butter bars

Four Ingredients:
Creamy peanut butter
You can definitely go with natural and unsalted peanut butters – but I haven’t gotten to that point of healthy treats yet 🙂
Honey or pure maple syrup
Gluten free rolled oats
Chocolate chips 

Directions for the bars:
1 cup creamy peanut butter
1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons honey or syrup
1 1/4 gluten free oats

  1.  Line an 8 inch spare pan with parchment paper or wax paper.
  2.  In microwave safe bowl, add peanut butter and maple syrup/honey.  Blend together with a whisk.  Microwave in 30 second intervals and whisk in between until warm, smooth, and a little bubbly.
  3. Add the oats.  Combine until peanut butter mixture and oats are throughly blended.
  4. Pour oat mixture into the parchment lined pan and press until evenly dispersed.

Directions for the chocolate layer on top:
1/2 cup chocolate chips
1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon creamy peanut butter

  1.  Wipe out that microwavable bowl and add remaining peanut butter and chocolate chips.  Stir together and again in 30 second increments, heat in microwave until mixture can be blended completely and is smooth.
  2. Pour over the oat mixture already in the pain and spread evenly.
  3. Place in freezer for 30 minutes or until firm on top.  Remove and slice into small bars – you may need to wait for them to thaw a bit to get a good cut.
**I HIGHLY recommend waiting for bars to come back to room temperature before eating.  They can be tough to chew when still frozen 🙂 These can be stored in the refrigerator or in covered containter but again, I think most enjoyable when not cold.
Enjoy!!! 🙂

April showings bring May closings

April showings bring May closings!  The Spring Market is here and our Kensington Real Estate office has some awesome Homes for sale.  Could one of these be right for you or anyone you know?

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528 Brown Avenue
Seekonk, MA
$459,900
2500sf
4 bedrooms,2full bathrooms
Central Air
.5 acre level lot

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81 Avalon Drive
Attleboro, MA
$579,900
2500sf Colonial
3-4 bedroom, 2.5 bathrooms
Built 2016, like new, upgrades!
.5 acre level lot
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44 Broadway
North Attleboro, MA
$397,000
1843 sf Ranch
3 bedroom, 2 full bath
Tons of character
Soughtafter spacious uptown location
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100 Benefit Street
Attleboro, MA
$321,000
1100sf Cape
2 bedroom, 1 full bath
Absolutely adorable
Walk to train!!
Click here for listing details

177 Tremont St.
Rehoboth, MA
$499,900
3400sf Colonial
3 bedroom, 2 full bath
First floor master and in-law suite possibilties.
Unbelievably spacious and conveniently located!
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ALL WEEKEND
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76 Ingall Lane
Attleboro, MA
$624,900
2600sf NEW Colonial
3 bedroom, 2.5 bath Colonial
PLUS bonus room on second floor
Almost ready & just gorgeous!!
Click here for listing details

Don’t see what you are looking for?  Give a call 508-930-5259 or send an e-mail with your must-haves, your wishlist, desired towns, and price range.  We have more inventory that should be hitting the market soon.  If you’d like help with searching for your next home, know that happy endings are my specialty!

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
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Beautiful Seekonk Colonial is Ready for New Owner!

 

528 Brown Ave Seekonk528 Brown Avenue
Seekonk, Massachusetts 02771
For Sale!
Jen McMorran, Realtor, SRES
508-930-5259
Jen.McMorran@gmail.com
Kensington Real Estate Brokerage

If you have been waiting for a great home to call your own in Seekonk, the wait is over!  This lovingly maintained 2500sf Gambrel Colonial is located just minutes from Baker’s Corners in Seekonk and offers wonderful space and charm throughout.  Custom built with a few touches from the original home that was set on this lot, you will love the beautiful living room with wood stove on those cold fall and winters days (that hopefully we are behind us for now!).  The newly renovated kitchen with center island absolutely shines with all appliances included. A great sized family room with another fireplace and an entertainment sized dining room with sliders out to a deck and patio are perfect for sitting and taking a deep breath at the end of the day.  And, the level backyard offers tons of space for summer gardens and play.

528 Brown Ave, Seekonk
4 bedrooms
2 full bathrooms
2500 square feet
Central Air
Hardwood floors
Granite and stainless kitchen
Fully remodeled full bath and laundry upstairs
Great sized bedrooms
Spacious level lot

Are you a commuter looking to make your travels easier?  Then you will definitely appreciate that 528 Brown Ave is just 7 minutes to the South Attleboro MBTA train station and Rt 95.  Traveling north to Boston or south to Providence, this home is in the ideal location!  (As an added bonus, Market Basket is located in the same shopping plaza as the train so super convenient for picking up milk or the last minute makings for dinnner.)  Even getting to TF Green Airport for flights is a dream.

Stay tuned for the open house schedule but please feel free to call 508-930-5259 with any questions.  I have assured these sellers that I am going to find them great buyers to love this home as much as they did … could that be you?

Always a pleasure 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 Assocate
Kensington Real Estate Brokerage
508-930-5259
Jen.McMorran@gmail.com
www.jenmcmorran.realtor

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