Reflecting on 2019

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

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You can own a home!!

Are you wondering if buying a home is a possibility for you?

Do you dream of personalizing a home to your own tastes and lifestyle?

Are you tired of paying your landlord’s mortgage and being limited their rules?

Being a first time home buyer is very exciting – and a little bit scary for some :), but I have an awesome team of experienced professionals who can help get you ready and guide you through the entire process.   I am just a call, an e-mail, or a click away to start your home search so let’s find time to chat about your needs, your wants, and your budget.  In the meantime, here are 3 Tips for Making Your Dream of Homeownership come true…Making Your Dream of Homeownership a Reality

First Time Home Buyers are one of my specialties and I have many satisfied “first timers” who made it through the process.  Happy to make a connection if you’d like to talk with someone who has recently been through a complete transaction from searching on-line to getting their keys at the closing table.  And as they will all attest to, I have lots of stories to share from my vast experience in real estate over the past 20+ years 🙂  Every deal seems to have its own nuances these days, but be assured, I have a solid reputation in the real estate industry, I always have an eye on the big picture while working through the little details, and I am committed to the goals of my buyers and sellers.

 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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76 Ingall Lane Under ConstructionComing soon!!
Brigham Hill Estates
76 Ingall Lane, Attleboro
Offered at $624,900 

76 Ingall Lane in Attleboro is well underway on the sought after and last remaining cul-de-sac lot of Phase II in Brigham Hill Estates.  Are you ready?  Because this one could be ready in April!

Surrounded by other amazing custom homes, 76 Ingall Lane is a  2600sf, 3BR, 2.5BA Colonial and will once again offer incredible style and the superior quality that all of our buyers have grown to expect (along with many of the Attleboro area’s best realtors who bring clients back again and again).

Side porch and full walk out basement76 Ingall Lane boasts amazing space for everyone. The main living level features a gourmet kitchen with huge island and open floor plan to dining area and spacious family room with fireplace & built-ins, a formal dining room, a butlers pantry, and a stylish mudroom.  Upstairs enjoy a luxurious master suite, two additional great sized bedrooms, plus a bonus room above the garage for an office, playroom, nursery, hobby room, or just a you-room.  Need more space? You will love the full walk out basement with tons of full sized windows & light, rough plumbing for a future bath, and unbelievable possibilities!!!

Do you enjoy sunsets? Fresh air?  Relaxing and playing in a your yard?  This home sits on a 20,000sf lot that is fairly shallow as you can see from the pictures, but don’t worry!  The charming covered deck off of the kitchen,  beautiful views of greenspace, huge side yard, woods for privacy in the back of the house totally make up for that!

(Stay tuned for more photos as the interior of this home progresses… it is going to be amazing!)

Brigham Hill Estates in AttleboroBrigham Hill Estates has become the destination for buyers searching for high end new construction in an established subdivision of luxury homes.  Whether traveling to the Rhode Island, Massachusetts, or Connecticut by car,  flying out of TF Green or Logan Airport for work and leisure,  or jumping on a train to get into Boston, Brigham Hill Estates is the perfect location to call Home.

Once our homes near completion, they do not last long on the market!  Give a call 508-930-5259 and let’s set up a time to take a tour and talk about how we can make your dream home a reality.

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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Classic Buffalo Wing Recipe to Bring Home the Win!

I’m not just a Realtor who is good at finding houses 🙂  I also love finding the perfect recipes for the foods we love best.   If you are looking for the perfect chicken wing recipe, I assure you, this classic will bring home the win every time!

Best Homemade WingsWe pretty much will eat anything that has been “Buffalo-ized” in our house. Chicken, shrimp, mac & cheese, pizza, egg rolls, dips, calamari, French fries, baked potatoes  … we’ve done it all!   So thankful to have discovered this recipe as we now routinely come back to these classic wings  based on the original Anchor Bar recipe from Buffalo, NY. (It’s been a long time since I ate wings in Buffalo, NY , but we make these at least once a week and now prefer them to ordering out in our area!)

About 3 lbs of chicken wings (you can buy the wingettes already set to go, or buy whole wings cut them apart at the joint)
1 Tablespoon peanut oil (or vegetable oil)
1 tsp salt
1 cup flour
1 1/2 Tablespoons white vinegar
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper (increase slightly for hotter wings)
1/8 tsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp Worcestershire sauce
1 tsp Tabasco sauce (increase slightly for hotter wings)
1/4 tsp salt
6 Tablespoons Frank’s hot sauce
6 Tablespoon butter

Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.

1. Toss wings in a bowl with oil and salt. In large zip lock bag, add flour. Add wings to ziplock with flour and shake until evenly coated.

2. Line cookie sheet with foil and oil (I usually use about 1 Tablespoon of peanut oil for added flavor and evenly coat the foil by spreading it around with my fingers. Make sure it is all covered so wings don’t stick.)

3. Take wings out of bag, shake off extra flour, and place on cookie sheets. Do not crowd them so they bake evenly. Place on bottom rack of oven and bake for 20 minutes at 425. Then flip and bake for another 20 minutes, or until wings are cooked through.

4. Time to make your sauce… in sauce pan combine white vinegar, cayenne, garlic powder, Worcestershire, tabasco, salt, Frank’s hot sauce, and butter. Cook on low heat until blended then let turn off heat and let sit (Go low and slow with the heat when cooking the sauce.  If you cook on too high of a heat, the butter will separate from the sauce.)

5. Once wings are done cooking, place in large mixing bowl. (I try to stack them up on the edges of the bowl so when I pour the sauce in, it is a little easier to evenly coat the wings.) Gently toss with wooden spoon or spatula (don’t get too “rough” with them, you don’t want them to lose any of their crispy coating goodness).

6. Serve with blue cheese and celery. Enjoy!!

Jennifer McMorran, Realtor, SRES
Senior Real Estate Specialist
First Time Home Buyer/Seller Specialist
New Construction Specialist
Licensed in MA & RI
Jen.McMorran@gmail.com
www.jenmcmorran.realtor

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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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Why own a home?

Are you thinking it is time to make the move into to homeownership?
Helping buyers purchase the right home is what I do.
Put my extensive experience as a real estate professional in local residential home sales to work for you!  Just give a call 508-930-5259 or an e-mail jen.mcmorran@gmail.com.
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Not sure where to start?  First Time Home Buyers are one of my specialties.  I have the patience, knowledge, and the right team of professionals to guide you through the entire process.  I surround myself with professionals who understand that as a First Time Home Buyer you are going to have questions, you are going to be getting advice (good and bad) from family and friends,  and that you aren’t even going to know enough about some parts of the transaction to know you should be asking questions.  That is when we make the biggest difference for you.  We aren’t just about numbers and deals… we are about working with people to assist them in making the best decisions they can when it comes to their upcoming homeownership move.

When you make the choice to work with me, you will also have the opportunity to work with some of the best mortgage officers, home inspectors, attorneys, and contractors around.  We have a track record of respect in the industry and success in reaching our clients’ home ownership goals.  The best part … we are ready now to work hard for 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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Massachusetts & Rhode Island.
Boston – Attleboro – Providence
and the communities in between.

Easy Pear Salsa – it’s another good one!

rachels black bean salsaI am still a huge fan of my favorite Black Bean and Corn Salsa.  This year-round delicious pleaser continues to wow crowds whether at a backyard BBQ, sitting poolside, or snuggled onto the couch to watch the Super Bowl.  BUT, I now have another fresh tasting salsa recipe that a good friend introduced me to.   I could easily devour (and have devoured – sorry Jess!) an entire the bowl if left in front of me.

Weight Watchers Pear Chutney

I am now officially adding this Easy Pear Salsa to my list of favorite recipes.  The sweetness from the pears, the acid from the lime juice, along with the hot spiciness from the jalapenos is just perfect.  Awesome on a tortilla chip or something sweet and spicy to liven up blackened fish or chicken – I’m getting hungry just thinking about it!

This recipe is definitely worth bringing to any picnic or cookout this summer!!  (Jess mentioned that her recipe came from Weight Watchers – the photo from the Weight Watchers site to the left will link you to their “Pear Chutney”.  I’m thinking if I called it chutney, I  might not get as many people willing to try it 🙂 . )

Ingredients:

2 ripe Bosc or Anjou pears diced to fit on a chip (I leave the skins on)
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
1 finely chopped jalapeno (no seeds)
1/4 cup dried cranberries (I dice them small again to fit on a chip. If you do chop them, don’t be surprised that your dip turns pink )
2 tablespoons finely chopped red onion
1 tablespoon fresh lime juice (one lime)
approx 1/2 teaspoon salt (add a little at a time to taste)

Directions:
Chop pears, cilantro, jalapeno, red onion, and cranberries.
Add to bowl. Toss gently.
Add fresh lime juice. Add salt to taste. Gently toss.
Let sit 10-15 minutes.

Serve.

Awesome with tortilla chips, Triscuits with Brie cheese, fish, blackened chicken or just in a spoon!!

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
508-930-5259
Jen.McMorran@gmail.com
www.jenmcmorran.realtor

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Seniors Real Estate Specialist – I am at Your Service!

 As I look forward to another successful year serving all of my clients and referrals, I am so pleased to announce my most recent accomplishment…    

Jennifer McMorran Earns NAR Designation in Seniors Real Estate

Head shot Jen McMorranAttleboro, MA, January 2018 – — Jennifer McMorran with Kensington Real Estate Brokerage has earned the nationally recognized Seniors Real Estate Specialist® designation from the Seniors Real Estate Specialist Council of the National Association of Realtors®.

McMorran joins more than 15,000 real estate professionals in North America who have earned the SRES® designation.  All were required to successfully complete a comprehensive course in understanding the needs, considerations, and goals of real estate buyers and sellers aged 55 and older.

Working with seniors to meet their housing needs requires an expert understanding of their unique lifestyle and financial needs, and the SRES® designation means that a Realtor® has that understanding. Whether they are buying, selling relocating or refinancing, seniors can be confident that Jennifer McMorran, a Realtor® designated SRES®, will be able to help them every step of the way.  As one of the Attleboro area’s top producing Realtors®, she enjoys growing both personally and professionally through each transaction and is eager to put her knowledge and experience to work for her clients and referrals.

Jennifer McMorran is a successful Real Estate Sales Associate with Kensington Real Estate Brokerage.  Licensed in both Massachusetts and Rhode Island, she enjoys serving clients anywhere from Providence to Boston.  She has a true passion for mentoring First Time Home Buyers, guiding clients through New Construction, assisting Seniors in their housing decisions, and partnering with Sellers to get their homes sold.

SRES® Council, founded in 2007, is the world’s largest association of real estate professionals focusing specifically on representing senior clients in real estate transactions. There are more than 15,000 active members of the organization world-wide.

The National Association of Realtors®, “The Voice for Real Estate,” is America’s largest trade association, representing more than 1.1 million members involved in all aspects of the residential and commercial real estate industries.

For more information, visit SRES.org.

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Don’t be scared… get the facts!

Jen McMorran, RealtorMortgages and the home buying process continually evolve and change to meet the needs of the ever changing consumer, adjust to the state of over all economy, and facilitate a strong housing market without becoming irresponsible again.

So, “No”, it is not like when your parents bought a home 20 years ago or even when you friend bought a home 5 years ago.  But knowledge is power.   As long as you know the facts, you too can be on the path to home ownership which most financial advisors still believe is one of the best long term investments you can make with your money.don't be scared to buy a home
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And of course, educating and sharing the facts is one of my favorite roles as a real estate agent.  Whether I am working with first time home buyers, move-up buyers, empty-nesters, or retirees … the entire transaction moves along smoother when we take as much of the uncertainty and fear out of the process as we can.

Did you know that there are still 0% down payment mortgage programs, 3.5% down payment mortgage programs, and then of course 10%, 20% …  The key is to work with a mortgage professional who will talk you through all of your options.

Did you know you don’t have to have a perfect credit score to qualify?

Did you realized that buying a home can ultimately be less expensive than renting?

Steph and Derrick SoldRemember until you discuss your current situation and goals with a mortgage and real estate professional, you may not have all of the facts.  I am always available as a resource to you, your friends, co-workers, family members… feel free to call, text, 508-930-5259 or e-mail jen.mcmorran@gmail.com any time!!  I only recommend the best when it comes to mortgage professionals, attorneys, home inspectors, etc. as they are essential to successful transactions.  Again, please do not hesitate to reach out if you are in need of a referral or just trying to figure how to start the process.   It’s what I do… share information to help buyers and sellers meet their goals.

Jen McMorran, Realtor

Jennifer McMorran, Realtor
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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Serving clients throughout
Massachusetts & Rhode Island.
Boston – Attleboro – Providence
and the communities in between.

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Welcome Home to 200 Rocky Hill!

Set in Rehoboth, Massachusetts,
200 Rocky Hill Road is a wonderful place to call home!

Great sellers! Easy to show by appointment.
Contact Jennifer McMorran, Realtor, call/text 508-930-5259 or jen.mcmorran@gmail.com
For more detailed listing information, click here.

This inviting Colonial with farmer’s porch is ready for its new owners to enjoy all of that it has to offer.  Featuring over 2500sf of living on the first and second floors, every room feels comfortable and ready for relaxing, entertaining, and just every day living.  Plus the finished lower level offers additional square footage that could be used for a variety of purposes – recreation room, media room,  fitness room, home day care, home office/business,  crafting/sewing room –  the possibilities are endless.

Inviting Farmers' Porch200 Rocky Hill Road is a three bedroom, two and a half bath Colonial with two car garage set on 1.4 acre wooded lot in the sought after town of Rehoboth – one of Massachusetts oldest towns dating back to 1643 and the birthplace of public education.

As soon as you enter off of the farmer’s porch, you can feel the difference between this home and other smaller traditional Colonials. All of the rooms a great sized for ease in making them function and feel comfortable.  Enjoy a living room with pellet stove off of the foyer for sitting and relaxing. The living room then leads to the family room area which features a wood fireplace and sliders to the deck and is open to the eat-in kitchen with island.  Hardwood floors in the kitchen and family room area which run across the whole back of the house, tie the space together as it leads into the huge dining room ready for all of your gatherings of friends and family.

Upstairs enjoy a spacious master suite with walk-in closet and the master bath featuring double sinks, jetted tub, and walk-in shower.  The second bedroom is great sized and also boasts an incredible walk-in closet.  And the third bedroom- again very spacious – features double closets and wonderful views of the backyard.

Adding approximately another 500 square feet of living area, the finished basement offers tons of possibilities!

With so much to offer, you won’t want to miss seeing this wonderful home!

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Tucked away off of Rocky Hill Road on a beautiful wooded lot,  you’ll love the serene setting and location with the access to major routes or the commuter rail for commuting to Providence or Boston.   Are you a golfer?  Countless golf courses and country clubs are within just minutes.  Historic Rehoboth, Massachusetts has so much to offer!

For more information or to schedule a showing, please call/text 508-930-5259, e-mail jen.mcmorran@gmail.com, or simply fill out the form below.  I look forward to being in touch with you!

Jen McMorran, Realtor

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

real estate for real people.

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

Kensington - Jen McMorran