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
Jen.McMorran@gmail.com
www.jenmcmorran.realtor

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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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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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Best Super Easy Banana Bread Recipe

 

If there was one skill that I had to identify,
something that I have completely mastered
(besides real estate of course 🙂 )

that I am absolutely 100% confident in,
it would have to be the careful nurturing
of the exquisitely slightly mushy dark brown banana.

Mimi and JenMy friends from far and wide are always  astonished at my skill when admiring our family’s fruit bowl.   I would not feel right going any further, however, if I didn’t acknowledge my Mom with a big “shout out” and “thank you” for consistently demonstrating her specialized technique throughout my childhood of buying more bananas than we could eat then patiently ignoring the few remaining fruits until they were almost unrecognizable.    So, “Thank You Mom!!”  because now I too am an expert which means I am almost always prepared to make this delicious and super easy one-bowl banana bread recipe…  hope you enjoy!

Super Easy Banana Bread

1 1/4 cups flour

3/4 cup sugar (can be reduced to 1/2 cup)

3/4 tsp. baking powder

3/4 tsp. baking soda

1/2 tsp. salt

1/3 cup chopped walnuts (optional)

1/2 cup mashed ripe bananas
(I like mine really brown :), 1-2 bananas)

1/2 cup buttermilk
(can be made with 2 tsp vinegar and 1/2 cup milk)

1/3 cup vegetable oil
(can replace all or half with applesauce)

1 egg

1/2 cup chocolate chips
(I guess those are optional but who wouldn’t add chocolate chips??)

Banana Bread BundtPreheat over to 350 degrees. Add dry ingredients to a bowl and give a quick mix to combine. Then add banana, buttermilk, oil, and egg and mix thoroughly. Add in chocolate chips and/or walnuts if desired. Pour into greased and floured bread pan. Bake for approximately 45 minutes. I typically double the recipe and bake in a bundt pan for approximately an hour (until springs back to touch and tooth pick comes out clean).

Let cool and enjoy!!!

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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Massachusetts Essential Services Covid-19

covid-19 essential servicesThese are incredibly difficult and increasingly dynamic times as our towns, states, country, and world struggle to battle the covid-19 pandemic.    Please rely on sources like your personal physicians, the  CDC (Center for Disease Control) and the WHO (World Health Organization) for accurate information the virus, how best to protect yourself, and the best course of action if you feel  you may have been in contact with an individual who has tested positive and/or you are experiencing symptoms that are concerning you.

For those of us in Massachusetts, Governor Baker has just announced a “stay-at-home” advisory for all non-essential services.  They have also outlined who they consider to provide “essential services”.  Please click this link for the comprehensive list outlined by the Governor’s office for Massachusetts.

For any of my transactions currently in process, know that I am working closely with your attorneys and mortgage officers to get them closed as efficiently and as safely as possible.

Please do not hesitate to reach out with any questions…

And to those on the front lines of this including medical professionals, grocery store personnel, truck drivers, cleaning services, gas station attendants, factory workers, etc… we thank 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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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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Stunning New Construction Home – just waiting on You!

Have you been thinking about buying a new house?

Is this the year to finally upgrade and purchase your dream home?

Mortgage interest rates are back at all time lows – yes, rates are now in the 3’s again!

If you have a house to sell, the spring market is definitely off to an early start with high demand, low inventory, and prices on the rise.

AND, if you have always wanted to purchase high-end custom new construction in a sought after subdivision, you are in luck!  We have a gorgeous 2700 square foot, 4 bedroom, 2.5 bath Colonial at 106 Ingall Lane in Attleboro that is ready for you to tour, fall in love, and write up an offer!

Set in Attleboro’s most desirable subdivision, Brigham Hill Estates, this stunning
WB Construction home offers it all!

Enjoy a gourmet kitchen loaded with cabinets, under cabinet lighting, oversized island that seats at least 6, butler’s pantry with glass front cabinets, walk-in pantry, chef’s grade appliances, and style through and through.Oversized island that seats 6

The kitchen then opens to the dining area and family room with gas fireplace. Hardwood floors gleam throughout the entire space. And as a bonus, this home features a screened in porch off of the dining area complete with ceiling fan, electrical, cable, and access to composite deck for continued outdoor entertaining space. An absolute “Wow”!

106 Ingall Lane screened porch

Upstairs the beautiful master suite boasts an oversized walk-in closet and spa-like bath with dual vanities and exquisite walk-in tile & glass shower. Three additional good sized bedrooms,a full bath with double sink vanity, a dedicated laundry room, and tons of extra storage round out the second floor.

Think you need more space? The full basement offers great light through full-sized windows and has been set up to be easily finished.

106 Ingall Lane is currently being offered for sale at $667,000. Now is the time act before more buyers hit the Spring Real Estate Market with checkbooks in hand ready to buy.

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If you are interested in building a house, we do still have Phase III lots available.  I’d love to take you through 106 Ingall Lane to show you why WB Construction really is the premier builder in the Attleboro, North Attleboro, and Rehoboth areas. You can bring a plan you have found, revise a plan we have already built, or just bring some ideas and we’ll create a custom house plan just for you. Custom building is what we are known for and what we do best!

Brigham Hill Estates truly is the sought after subdivision in Attleboro. All of WB Construction’s homes are custom and designed with our clients and for our clients. No two homes are ever the same. Our subdivision at Brigham Hill Estates also boasts all underground utilities so there is nothing to get in the way of the curb appeal of this community. In fact, Brigham Hill Estates is one of Attleboro’s favorite walking spots with sidewalks throughout, amazing home architecture to look at, and wonderful grounds to enjoy. Our homes are also all energy efficient with natural gas for heating, cooking, and even hook-ups can be installed for nice weather grilling.  Come see how you really can live the good life!

I’d love to assist with your home search. Whether you decide on new construction at Brigham Hill, we locate another subdivision for you to build, or we find you an amazing existing resale home, I know there is a great property out there waiting 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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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

Click here for full listing details

SHOWINGS BY APPT
ALL WEEKEND
Just give a call 508-930-5259

81 Avalon Drive
Attleboro, MA
$579,900
2500sf Colonial
3-4 bedroom, 2.5 bathrooms
Built 2016, like new, upgrades!
.5 acre level lot
Click here for listing details.


44 Broadway
North Attleboro, MA
$397,000
1843 sf Ranch
3 bedroom, 2 full bath
Tons of character
Soughtafter spacious uptown location
Click here for listing details


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!
Click here for listing details.


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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
www.jenmcmorran.realtor

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Let’s Get You Home

 

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GETTING YOU HOME!
Jen McMorran, Realtor, SRES
508-930-5259
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7 Musket

You thought finding the right real estate agent,  getting pre-approved by a mortgage officer, searching through listings, riding through neighborhoods, and touring houses to find the right home was the hard part?   That’s just the beginning, but a beginning to what should be a happy ending.  Buying (and selling a home) is process.  See below for a general guide to  keep that process moving along…

Making an Offer:
1. Find a great home
2. Determine offer price
3. Determine amount you will be financing
4. Determine a closing date
5. Jen will complete the offer form for you to review and sign
6. Deposit check to listing office to bind the offer (typically $1000, it does get deposited!)
7. Pre-Approval Letter from your bank or mortgage company
8. MA Agency Disclosure Form signed at first meeting
9. A personal note to the sellers is nice touch depending on situation
Jen sends it all to the listing agent.

Negotiate.

Agree on price and terms

Sign revised contract and check gets dropped off to listing agent to deposit

Contact attorney and home inspector

Home Inspection.
*Looking for major mechanical, structural, safety, and health issues.
1. Jen can recommend trusted home inspectors or check with friends, family, co-workers
2. Must take place typically within 10 days of signed offer.
3. Attending as a buyer is important to learning how the house “works”
and hearing what deficiencies may exist and what to do about them.
4. Negotiate any issues.
Sellers can make repairs, seller can give a credit, or seller can do nothing.

Purchase and Sale Agreement (P&S)
Overriding contract to the offer in the sale of the home
Worked on and agreed upon by both the buyers’ and seller’s attorney
Make additional P&S deposit – bank check to listing company

Appraisal.
Ordered by your mortgage company.  Paid for by you.

Completing Mortgage File.
Submit anything & everything your mortgage company asks for,
when they ask for it,
and no matter how many times they ask for it 

Mortgage Commitment.
Your loan along with the property you are purchasing have been approved by the bank
You likely will still have a few conditions on your to-do list – make sure “to do” them

Clear to Close from mortgage company (nothing left on your mortgage to-do list)
Closing Disclosure issued and three days later… Closing!!

Then guess what? You’re Home!

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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The Perfect Place to Call Home (and it’s for sale!)

OPEN HOUSE, Saturday, April 28th ~ 11:30-1:30 ~ 7 Musket Road, Attleboro, MA 

DSC_0568For 45 years, the current homeowner has enjoyed all that 7 Musket Road in Attleboro has had to offer.  Now it is time to pass this wonderful home on and begin a new chapter…

7 Musket Road, Attleboro
3 bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms

Finished walk-out lower level
Two Car Garage
Spacious .6 acre lot with wooded views
Mature established neighborhood

Proudly offered at $389,900

A HOME:
DSC_0563This solid Colonial boasts over  2100sf of finished living space plus a wonderful sunroom for relaxing and enjoying the view:
*Eat-in fully applianced kitchen with new dishwasher
*Formal dining room with hardwood floors
*Front to back living room with hardwoods, fireplace, and built-ins
*Spacious entry hall with hardwood floors (under carpets)
*Half bath with linen closet
*Master bedroom with hardwood floors a walk-in closet plus two additional closets
*Master bath with walk-in shower and linen closet
*Two great size guest bedrooms with hardwood floors
*Main bath with tub and linen closet
*Finished lower level with great bar, new carpet, and sliders out to the wooded backyard
*Brand new hot water and heating system

And a GREAT LOCATION:
Less than five minutes to Rt 95 and under ten minutes to the Attleboro or South Attleboro MBTA stations, 7 Musket Rd in Attleboro is truly the perfect location for Boston, Metrowest, and Providence commuters or for those that travel a lot especially if utilizing the train or TF Green airport.

Shopping, restaurants, parks, recreation, and medical facilities… just over the North Attleboro line, you’ have everything you could need within minutes.
Providence Place Mall, Emerald Square Mall, Wrentham Outlets, shopping galore up and down Route 1
Capron Park Zoo in Attleboro, World War I Park and Zoo in North Attleboro, LaSalette Shrine, New England Sports Village
Thriving downtown Attleboro, North Attleboro, and Providence dining scenes

This could be your Happily Ever After Home with the addition of your style and a little updating.   A pleasure to show… just give a call 508-930-5259 or send an e-mail.  And please feel free to reach out with any questions any time!  This home deserves a wonderful new owner – 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 their 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
508-930-5259
Jen.McMorran@gmail.com
www.jenmcmorran.realtor

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

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