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ON THE FENCE ABOUT FENCING?
“People are going away from chain-link fencing, and going more to the PVC, vinyl or aluminum fencing,” says Tom McKenney, owner of Tom’s Fence Co. in St. Clair Shores, Michigan. “It’s a better look, and a lot of people want more privacy.”
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Cedar fencing is growing in popularity for aesthetic reasons, although beige boards will weather to a silver-gray color if not sealed or stained.
By Keith Loria
If you are selling your home and you have an old, worn-down or fading fence on your property, chances are that it will leave a prospective buyer with an unfavorable impression. One solution is to just remove it, but fences are often looked at as a good thing, so replacing or renovating the fence is a better solution. Many agents agree that something simple like fence updating can help set a house apart from others in the neighborhood. “The feeling of security with a fence is about keeping something or someone in or out of a defined space,” says Gregory Knoop, of Hercules Fence Corporation in South Carolina. “Sometimes these goals overlap. Fencing can help delineate property lines, or mark off the area around a pool, or a homeowner might want to confine their dog, and keep other dogs out.” While the standard silver-gray chain link fence remains the most economical model, there is a plethora of fence options to better match a home’s style and color scheme.
Another fast-growing segment of home fencing is polyvinyl. Extremely durable, vinyl withstands harsh elements and offers carefree maintenance. “This plastic fencing can recreate the storied white picket fence of American lore, but with zero maintenance,” Knoop said. “It’s more expensive, but will last much longer than many of the other options.” Wooden fences are charming until they weather, warp, and rot from the elements or lack of diligent annual maintenance. Wood also requires frequent sealing to keep it viable. “When choosing a fence, know what your goal is,” Knoop says. “For safety, choose fencing with pickets close enough together so a child or dog can’t stick their head through and become trapped or strangled. For privacy or noise reduction, choose a taller, solid fence.” McKinney says that for yards with many ups and downs, you should use stair-stepped fencing, which ensures a level fence. Another important thing to consider: When adding a fence to your property it’s vital that you check with your municipality about local zoning ordinances and building codes as some fencing projects require a permit. Of course, you could always go the Tom Sawyer route and simply paint your old fence, but make sure that you replace all broken sections as well, experts note.
10 Easiest Home Upgrades to Increase House Value By David Glenn
HETHER PLANNING to sell the house, have it rented out, or simply for personal satisfaction, a little renovation and upgrade is always necessary to help increase its market value. In order to boost a house’s value in the market, it is first important to learn what prospective buyers or tenants are searching for in a house. For most homeowners, the biggest concern is usually the budget required for upgrade, renovation and home maintenance. The great news is that there’s no need to spend thousands of dollars for home improvements. Just follow these 10 tips for the best home upgrades to add home value. Knock down a wall and go for open concept. Not only will it create an illusion of a bigger space, but it is a home design trend that is very much in demand today. Just make sure to have the wall assessed for possible electrical wires housed behind it before hitting it with a sledge hammer. 1.
Make the kitchen area workable. This means making the kitchen area a functional place where you can actually cook a decent meal. Update faucets, fix leaking pipes, buff the counters and repaint cupboards and cabinets. It is not necessary to replace everything with a new kitchen system. Simply repaint worn out furniture and replace outdated knobs with modern handles to make it look more expensive. 2.
Brighten up the bath. Bathrooms are among the most important considerations for many tenants and prospective home buyers so it is pertinent to get this area of the house right. Buff up the tiles and replace the faucets, shower heads and toilet seats. There’s no need to replace all the tiles, just those that are cracked and chipped. The trick is to find the right cleaning agent that can help whiten the tiles to make it look good as new. 3.
Add more storage. If there’s an extra wall or area of the house that does not seem to have any function, add in a laminate closet system or have a carpenter install small built-in cabinets, racks or pantries. Making every extra space of the house functional will help make it look more livable.
Turn that extra space into an extra room. A house with a lot of rooms will always look impressive when advertised in the market. If the house has a huge attic, a den, or extra space that can be turned into another room then by all means, fix it up to look like an additional room. Simply add in a built-in closet and a window and it should be good to accommodate. 5.
Update the lighting system. Still using an old chandelier or unflattering fluorescent lamps? Hire an electrician to place some decorative lighting fixtures or dimmers that will give the house a more modern feel and mask any unflattering curves on the walls and ceilings. 6.
Buff the floors. The moment a buyer or tenant steps inside the front door the first thing they will notice are the floors. Tiled or hardwood floors need to be buffed till it sparkles. Carpeted floors need a touch of professional carpet cleaning to make it look, smell and feel brand new. Hiring professional cleaners is a small investment compared to the big impact it will make. 7.
Apply a fresh coat of paint on the walls or replace an uncharacteristic door with a rustic barn door. Choose modern color palettes to give the house a fresh new look. 8.
Add outdoor dining furniture in the front lawn or backyard. These areas can become extended living and dining areas. 9.
Hire an electrical and plumbing service to look at the overall state of the house. It is much better to catch the problems early on than find out much later when the problem has already worsened, such as replacing the entire plumbing system or rewiring the entire house. 10.
This post was originally published on RISMedia’s blog, Housecall. Check the blog daily for winning real estate tips and tricks for you and your clients.
like a pro in 5 steps Nothing transforms the look of a home as simply and inexpensively as paint. Whether you’d like to liven up a dated design or refresh your entire home to sell, paint like a pro with these tips.
1. Look for high-quality products. When it comes to paint, quality matters. Search for a combination paint-and-primer to save time and effort plus ensure complete coverage and deep color saturation. The paint should have high hiding ability and resist dirt and scuffs. 2. Get inspired online. Color selection can seem intimidating, but it’s a chance to infuse your personality into your home. Many online resources are available for homeowners to explore, coordinate and experiment with different looks. Pinterest, Houzz and Apartment Therapy are great websites for browsing images, finding home décor inspiration and discovering colors that stand out and speak to you. 3. Use paint samples, rather than chips. The most realistic way to envision the color in your home is to see it in action. Holding a card up to the wall with a paint color on it just doesn’t have the same effect as the real thing. Many paint retailers offer small sample cans for just a few dollars. Use these to paint a few stripes of each color option in the room you’ll be painting. Note how color changes in different lighting conditions. “Sunlight, shadows and furniture can all alter the appearance of paint in your space,” says BEHR Vice President of Color Marketing Erika Woelfel. “Before fully committing to a hue, make sure it’s one you’ll love morning, noon and night.” 4. Use the right painting supplies. High-quality painting tools save you time over the course of your project and produce the most beautiful finish. For best results, use a lintfree roller cover. Select brushes made of nylon and polyester. For flawless edges, use a painter’s tape specifically designed for your surface type. 5. Prep before painting. Begin by removing all wall fixtures, such as pictures, doors and light switches. If you have small cracks or holes in your walls, remove any dust and apply a patching material. Make sure to allow this to dry completely before sanding the finished area. Wash away oil, grease or wax stains by dampening the surface, applying mild detergent with a sponge and then rinsing the wall clean. Once dried, you’ll be ready for smooth application and beautiful color.
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Happy Holidays from Fisher & Associates! For 30+ years you have been inviting me into your homes and given me your trust with assisting you with one of your greatest assets. I have been given a great gift getting to know so many of you so well. I am so proud to help the families who have come and brought their gifts to our communities.
We are wishing you a Happy, Healthy, and Safe Holiday Season and a Wonderful New Year Ahead!
Happy Holidays, Katie, Mark, & Carolyn
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TEMPLETON Ready to Move Right in! New construction with 1.2 acres of land. This 3 BR, 2 BA raised ranch has central AC, hdwd ﬂrs throughout, w/ceramic tile in both bathrooms. Open concept living area, tall ceilings. Upgraded kitchen with granite counter tops & soft close cabinets. Deck through sliding glass door in the LR with stairs that lead to an open level back yard, as well as plenty of tree’s for privacy. Easy access to Route 2. Only 3 miles from shopping center (Market Basket, Marshalls, Starbucks etc). MLS#72197125 $239,000 Seller offering up to $5k back towards closing costs.
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GRAFTON $850,000 Merriam Woods New Construction. 4 custom homes being built on 17 acs. One house is sold & occupied. Land borders Churchill Meadows. Call for details.
WORCESTER Located off Shrewsbury Street, near UMass. Brand New 3 bed/2.5 bath attached home. Open floorplan, hrdwd flrs, granite, CentAir, 1-car garage $319,900
HOLDEN $999,900 This 5bdrm Cape is set on an almost 2 ac lot just mins from downtown Worcester! Newer Andersen windows, 1st flr Library w/built-ins, 4 garage spaces.
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Pat Anderson 10 Bridle Ridge Dr, Grafton SOLD $827,500 5 bedrooms, 3.5 baths
SHREWSBURY Stunning home built by Ron Peris. Custom white Kitchen w/large center island & quartz counters. 1st flr Office, FR w/FP, 3-car garage $1,275,000
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WORCESTER New Price $259,900! Lovely 4bd Cape in the Burncoat area. LivRm w/FP, Sunroom/Mudroom, 2 full baths, large Deck, flat rear yard, storage shed.
NORTHBORO $895,000 Immaculate home is ready for a buyer. Many recent improvements, 5 BR, 3rd flr bonus area w/full BA, mahogany deck w/gazebo overlooks a gunite pool.
SOUTHBORO A spectacular home offering formal rms & cozy spaces. Master Suites on the 1st & 2nd flrs, 3-season porch, Kitchen w/dbl islands, Fin LL w/Wine Rm $2,600,000
BOYLSTON The welcoming entrance opens to many bright, sunny rms. The Kitchen & eating area flows to a window-packed Sunrm. Master Ste w/upscale BA. $1,150,000
NORTHBORO $835,000 There are so many special features in this owner-blt home. 2-story FR w/flr-to-ceil FP, thoughtfully designed Kitchen w/blt-in seating, 1st flr Master
SHREWSBURY Deluxe Condos on Lake Quinsigamond. Granite, hdwd flrs, finished LL, patio just steps from the water. 2 BR,2.5 BA, 1C garage. Relax & enjoy the sunsets.
NORTHBORO New Construction. Luxury Home to be blt by reputable local builder on priv 4.95 ac lot. Photo similar to poss home. Easy access to major rtes & shops $1,200,000
SHREWSBURY Exceptional home w/many elegant features & incredible décor. Gourmet Kitchen w/cabinet-packed sep pantry. 5 BR, fin.LL plus 3rd flr bonus area $1,099,900
GRAFTON $150,000 Residential lot of approx. 2.24 acres is perfect for your Dream Home! Centrally located to major routes. Call for details
HOLDEN New Construction. Built by one of the area’s premier builders. Custom cabinets, granite, hdwd flrs, CentAir, 4bdrms, FamRm w/gas FP, 2C garage. Town W/S.
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GRI, CBR, ABR, CRS, Notary
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UPTON BR, 3.5 bright BA Colonial MILFORD 3BR condo in cul Antique charm4 yet Beautifully4 updated, & sunny, move in ready!!!! You can bede in for UPTON the holidays. Oversized BR,all 2 Unit w/recently updated FR w w/gas BA split exible ﬂCOMPLETLY r plan. Updated, granite kitchen with phenomenal watergranite views kitchen. of sac openlogflr plan, frpl, w/ﬂ fresh newer systems FP. 2 large carpeted BRx each w/updated BAs on w/oversized island & plenty of storage. Large FR w/ Mill Pond & too many upgrades paint, new carpet, new hrwds and updates! Newer windows, 2nd ﬂr. 2nd BR currently being used as in home ofhdwd ﬂooring. Master BR w/updated full bath. Full FR to list. Finished walkout bsmt, in the master, & kitch vac,Large furﬁce. Basement offers a tiled ﬂr laundry area perfect for & ofﬁwcegranite. downstairs roof, w/sep siding, entrancecentral to rear yard. craft, workout, or storage space. Walk in wine cellar. & inspace ground pool & storage shed. 2 car garage. heated salt water pool changes Finished bsmt fordeck guest nace, carpeting, baths, colors & much more! $799,000
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68 Worcester St., North Grafton, MA 01536
GRAFTON New to market! Beautifully remodeled huge Antique Colonial. Over 3300sf of living area. New Kitchen w/ white cabinets, granite island & new SS appls opens to the large DR & LR. All systems upgraded, brand new 3 full baths, 2 car attached garage. Excellent location, just minutes to Mass Pike, T-train, rte 20, 140, and 290.
SOUTH GRAFTON $384,900 HILLTOP FARMS!! ‘SUSSEX’ END UNIT at the end of cul-de-sac. Grand 2 story Foyer. w/sweeping stairway, opens to the formal DR. Large, sunny eatin kitchen. LR w/marble FP. 3 SEASON SUNROOM. LUXURY FIRST FLOOR MASTER SUITE w/lavish bath. 1st flr office. 2nd flr loft. Huge walk-out LL.
WORCESTER ~ $184,900 Home Sweet Home!! 2BR Ranch on quiet dead end street w/ large fenced backyard. All major systems have been upgraded. Spacious granite kitchen. Sunny LR w/ large picture window opens to DR & Kitchen. Updated BA. Huge Bonus Room w/extra 400+ SF of living area in the basement needs flooring
GRAFTON Attn Builders, Investors!! 12+ acres of beautiful pasture land abutting woods next to Peter’s Estates. Great potential for a single family home subdiv. Excellent commuting location. New Grafton High School and Tufts University!!! Within 45 Minutes to Boston, easy access to T-train, Mass Pike, and all conveniences.
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Robyn Nasuti REALTOR® Notary ABR, ASP, SRES
UPTON 3+ acre estate in desirable neighborhood with cobblestone driveway & screen porch & Koi pond with waterfall. Open ﬂr plan, hdwd ﬂrs, 2 ﬁreplaces, enormous master suite & if you need more space a heated bsmt. $574,000
UPTON ~ Glen Echo Estates Near the Upton/Westborough line. Huntington model w/2 story entry. Florida rm. Open concept kitchen renovated in 2015. Front to back formal LR/DR separated by columns. Enormous walkout basement for ﬁnishing. 4 BR, 2.5 BA. $622,000
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QUICK CURB APPEAL PROJECTS
o you need to get your home ready to hit the market? Or are you just in the mood for a quick refresh to the exterior of your home? Whatever your situation, boosting the curb appeal of your home is a quick and easy solution. Here are five quick projects you can do yourself to help dress up your home using lightweight, decorative millwork accessories or architectural elements. The composition and durability of the products make them a long-lasting, low-maintenance way to dress up your home for years to come.
1 E N T R Y D O O R Make a front entry door ‘pop’ by surrounding it on both sides with a set of decorative pilasters and topping it off with a pediment. A pediment is a classical, triangular element that is attached to the wall, directly above the upper part of the door. Select from simple peaked pediments or more ornate acorn or rams-head pediments. 2 B R A C K E T S Install lightweight decorative brackets to a porch or under an eave for a fast way to personalize a home. These brackets are normally made of wood, which will not warp or lose shape, adding a beautiful, classical element to your home that will last for years.
4 C O L U M N W R A P S If your home has worn or boring porch posts, cover them with PVC column wraps. These decorative pieces fit right over a post for an instant makeover. Choose a column wrap design that matches the rest of your home and porch’s style.
3 W I N D O W S Add a simple wood header directly over the exterior of a window frame to add more visual appeal to the window. Select from straight or arched headers for the style that best matches your home. Or, instead of a header, you can add a footer or window box below the window. The window box will allow you to plant flowers to add a burst of beauty and color, which will boost curb appeal even more.
5 SHUTTERS If your shutters are suffering from peeling paint or worn finishes, consider replacing them with UV-resistant polyurethane shutters. Made to resist moisture and insects, such shutters can be quickly installed and will maintain their curb appeal for years to come. Or, if you prefer the look of wood, consider painting your shutters a color like red or navy blue to make your exterior really stand out from your neighbors.
Home Warranties Offer Great Benefits to Real Estate Agents, Sellers & Buyers By David Glenn
If there was a magic formula for selling real estate quickly and easily, you can bet every real estate agent would be signing up. Real estate sales affect agents, buyers and sellers in one way or another. Although homes need to be in good condition and offer what buyers are currently seeking, ultimately the real estate agent drives the sales. To stay on top of their game and work a little magic, smart agents have learned that a home warranty, also called a home protection plan, can work miracles for increasing sales and quick turnarounds. Learn how agents, sellers and buyers benefit from home warranties and all come out winners.
Home Warranties Home warranty programs are available for purchase by consumers who want protection for home appliances and major home systems in the event they fail or break down. If any of the items under warranty in the program should fail, the consumer simply contacts the home warranty company and they see to it that the item is inspected, repaired or replaced by a qualified contractor. Agents Start the Process Once a real estate agent learns about the advantages of home warranty programs, work takes on new meaning and they see the possibilities for success. Skeptical buyers are no longer afraid to consider older homes when sellers pay for a home warranty. After an agent explains that the warranty covers appliances and major heating, electrical and cooling systems, clients become eager to see a home that was once not considered. The agent just got a shot at another sale!
Real estate agents have more time to devote to selling homes because they are not continually working out last minute problems and negotiations with sellers and buyers over failing appliances and air conditioners. RE-
ALTORS® can sell any home that comes with a home warranty faster. Home warranties are almost like having insurance. Customers like the idea of buying a home and not worrying about troubleshooting repairs, hiring contractors and forking over more money. Home warranty programs provide the magical solution for problem homes that aren’t turning over. Some homes may have the most wonderful qualities, but it’s often the bonus of a warranty program that seals the deal. Warranties help agents to get satisfied sellers and buyers, which in turn leads to more referrals and increased future business. Real estate agents stand to make more money when they sell more homes. There is no doubt about it; REALTORS® are in business for the money. Selling homes with warranties provided by the seller goes a long way to increasing REALTORS’® incomes!
for more money than those with no warranty. Any seller would be pleased to get top dollar for their home. Faster sales are appealing to sellers. Constant cleaning and showing the house weakly is tiring on sellers. The faster the home sells the better! Buyers Dive at the Oppor tunity to Purchase Homes with a Warranty Homes that come with a home warranty help to assure buyers that repairs for warrantied items are covered by the seller through warranty coverage. Interested home buyers don’t have to speculate on
If we all had our wa y, homes would sell instantly and would alwa ys be a snap. However, life is full of surprises. mechanical problems down the road and how much it’s going to cost them after they move in. If we all had our way, homes would sell instantly and would always be a snap. However, life is full of surprises. Sometimes you’ve got to work a little magic with home warranty plans so REALTORS®, sellers and buyers all win. David Glenn is a home improvement expert. He freelance writes about home maintenance and DIY home repair. He’s also knowledgeable about topics like how to improve social presence and build a reputation online. This post was originally published on RISMedia’s blog, Housecall. Check the blog daily for winning real estate tips and tricks for you and your clients.
Sellers Take the Lead from Agents Sellers are overjoyed at the prospect of a home warranty that gives their home an edge when selling in a competitive housing market. Homes with a warranty typically sell
QUESTIONS TO ASK ABOUT YOUR HOMEOWNERS INSURANCE
With the autumn season beginning, when the kids are fully immersed in scholastics and you’re getting back into the swing of things, it’s a good time to review your home insurance coverage. As your life changes, so do your insurance needs, so take the time to ask yourself the following: IS MY HOME COVERED FOR ITS FULL REBUILDING COST? Review your policy to make sure that you have enough insurance to rebuild your home. If you have made major improvements to your home, such as adding a new room, enclosing a porch or expanding a kitchen or bathroom, you risk being underinsured if you don’t adjust your homeowners insurance coverage limits. And if you don’t yet have a separate flood insurance policy, now would be a great time to check whether your home is in a flood risk zone at FloodSmart.gov. DO I HAVE ENOUGH COVERAGE FOR EXPENSIVE ITEMS? Have you bought or received any valuable items since you purchased/renewed your policy? When was the last time you had the items you owned appraised? Standard homeowners insurance has dollar limits for the theft of certain types of expensive items like jewelry. This means that the insurer will only pay the amount specified in the policy – generally $1,000 to $2,000. To insure these items to their full dollar value, consider a special personal property
endorsement or floater. This coverage includes “accidental disappearance,” meaning coverage if you simply lose an item, and there is no deductible. The best way to keep track of your belongings and make sure they are adequately insured is to create a home inventory. DO I HAVE ENOUGH LIABILITY INSURANCE TO FULLY PROTECT MY ASSETS? Standard homeowners and auto policy liabilities pay for judgments against you and your legal fees up to a limit set in the policy. However, in our litigious society, you may want to have additional protection—that’s what an umbrella liability policy provides. An umbrella policy is an extra layer of protection that kicks in when you reach the limit on the underlying liability coverage in a homeowners, renters, condo or auto policy. DO YOU PLAN ON RENTING OUT YOUR PROPERTY? Whether you own a second home that you plan to lease to a tenant or want to rent out your primary residence though an online service such as Airbnb, your first step should be to call your insurance professional. Depending on the rental scenario, your standard homeowners policy may not cover losses incurred while your home is rented out, and you may require a more specialized insurance policy.
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265A Bacon Street, Natick, MA SOLD - $673,000 New Construction Duplex
Whether your a Young Professional looking for Easy Access to the City, or Family looking to move before the School Year, or Empty Nester looking for a change, This Unit has it ALL & is Ready for You! Just Completed & Staged for Easy Viewing. 2C Garage w/Backyard! Convenient Location w/Easy Access to Rt 9, Public Transp., Shops & Restaurants. Open Flr Plan perfect for entertaining w/White Kitchen featuring Island, Dining Rm w/Outdoor Access to Patio. Family Rm w/Gas Fireplace & Built-in Bookcases great for Storage. 2nd Flr w/ Spacious Master Suite, Walk in Closet & Private Bath featuring Double Sink Vanity & Tiled Wall Shower! 2 BR have Sep Hall Bath w/Tub. Walk in Laundry rm! Basement unﬁnished but can be completed if desired. Immediate Occupancy!
19 Richard Road, Needham, MA Reduced - $1,698,000 New Construction, 4 BR, 5.5 BA, 5,310 SF
Local Builder! Walk to School & Park! Well thought out Floor Plan w/Open Kitchen/Family Room & Private First Floor Study & Double Entry Staircase. Generous Closets throughout in addition a Spacious Master Suite w/Two Walk-in Closets Large Laundry Room. Convenient J&J Bath to bedrooms as well as private Guest Suite. Finished Third Floor Den includes Full Bath. Finished Basement includes Playroom, Extra Study & Full Bath.
Gristmill Village Grafton, MA
10 Lot Subdivision • Each Lot over 1 acre Some of the Many Features Include: Energy Efﬁcient • Low Maintenance Siding 30 Year Architectural Roof Shingle Granite Kitchens • Custom Moldings
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Happy Holidays from The Boss Realty Group
BARRE $79,900 Country living & charm describe this 3 BR post & beam cape on level lot. Wide pine ﬂrs, exposed beams, cath ceils, oversized kitchen, shed, loft & more.
TEMPLETON $294,900 Oversized colonial w/front to back LR, ﬁreplaced FR, eat in kitchen w/sliders to rear deck. 2C garage, ﬁrst ﬂoor laundry, 5 BR, 2.5 BA. Fin bsmt.
FITCHBURG $132,900 Ummmm smell the new paint! Add to that the new furnace, 2 BR, att garage & this may be the ranch for you. LR w/FP for those cold winter nights.
CLINTON $139,900 Move into Clinton with a small price tag and some work. 3 BR, 1 bath, garage and more. Sure it needs some work but you be the judge.
ASHBURNHAM $165,900 Ashburnham/ Westminster Regional School System! Sunset Lake at Far Hills. Renovated 2 BR ranch is a short walk to Lollipop Beach!
WEST BOYLSTON $189,500 Spacious home on a side street and featuring 3 BR, 2 BA & att garage. Farmers porch. Of course it needs work at this price.
SHIRLEY $196,500 Bright open concept Cape style home w/ﬂexible ﬂr plan. 3 BR, 1.5 BA. Front to back LR, spacious kitchen, formal DR. Fin LL. 3 bay extended garage.
LUNENBURG $202,000 This could be a wonderful home. some wood floors, 1.5 baths, 3 bdrms, fireplace, screen porch, 2 car detached garage and more.
GARDNER $220,000 3 BR, 2.5 BA home on large level lot. Conveniently located Att 3 rm addl space w/full bath. Grand FR w/cath ceil, open kitchen. Full basement.
LITTLETON $419,900 Colonial style home set back from road. Kitchen w/view to DR, elongated LR & FR w/FP. Extended MBR. Added SF in ﬁn bsmt. 4 BR, 2 BA.
SHIRLEY $275,000 Shirley Condo at Woodland Ridge! Newness abounds! Det unit w/3 BR & 1.5 BA! Front farmers porch. Easy commute dist to major rtes.
CLINTON $284,900 Open & Airy Brewster II at Ridgeﬁeld w/many recent updates! 2 BR, 2.5 BA. Large kitchen, sunken LR w/ FP & sliders to patio! 2nd ﬂr open loft.
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NORTHBOROUGH ~ Deer Run Estates 3 BR, 2.5 BA Meticulously maintained contemporary multi level homes! Dramatic skylit vaulted ceiling living room w/floor to ceiling brick fireplace, gas insert & hardwood flooring. Formal dining & Large eat in kitchen both w/hardwoods. Freshly Painted Interior & new carpet. Extra Large BRs & Closets. Magnificent skylit Loft Area. Cathedral skylit Master bedroom includes renovated master bath & new balcony. Renovated Family Room in Lower Level w/french door. 3 season porch & deck addn. Heated inground heated. $549,900
NORTHBOROUGH Expanded 4 BR, 3 BA spit on gorgeous landscaped private lot. In-law or master suite addn. LR w/brick FP. Brand new cabinet packed kitchen w/granite counters, SS appliances & separate dining area. Lower level includes FR w/2nd FP & home office. $449,900
NORTHBOROUGH Lovely traditional Colonial in cul-de-sac setting. A flr plan w/so many options for today’s lifestyle! Expansive 24x17 cath ceil FR addn w/palladium window & deck. Renovated cherry kitchen. Cozy den w/new gas insert in FP. 4 BR, 2.5 BA. $434,900
NORTHBOROUGH Well maintained, spacious colonial w/covered portico entrance. Large skylit vaulted FR w/FP. Spacious eat in kitchen. Formal DR. Private 1st flr office or LR w/ french doors. Open floor plan. Spacious cathedral ceil MBR w/walk in closet & MBA. 4 BR, 2.5 BA. $489,000
NORTHBOROUGH Well cared for ranch, 1 level living at its best! Renovated kitchen w/breakfast bar. Gleaming hdwd flrs thru-out 1st flr. Large LR w/brick fireplace. Updated roof & windows. Large encl porch. LL fin FR w/wood stove on a half acre lot. 3 BR, 1 BA. $299,900
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SOUTHBORO ~ $2,600,000 Architectural creativity provides a warm and welcoming floor plan that is the heart & soul of this stunning home. Soak in the picturesque estate setting overlooking your own golf hole & Wachusett Aqueduct. A fireplaced, wood paneled Library is situated off of the spacious Kitchen offering two islands & a wood-fired pizza oven. Master Suites on both the 1st & 2nd floors combined w/3 additional bedrooms each with its own bath, provides ample space for family & guests. The finished lower level is a special retreat with an Exercise Room, Game Room, Full Bath with Sauna & an outstanding Wine Room with authentic beams, stone work and built-ins.
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WESTBOROUGH Charming 4 BR Cape. Gorgeous back yard w/stone walls bordered by woods. Wood Pine Flooring Thru-out Most Of Home. Large Step Down LR w/FP. Formal DR, Kitchen w/GreenHouse Window, Craftsman Cabinets & Large Dining Area, Beamed FR w/FP. Full Bath On 1st Flr w/Master BR & Guest BR. Att 2C Garage. Wonderful, sought after neighborhood, min. to Train Station. Call Elaine!
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WESTBOROUGH ~ $379,900 Excellent location. 3 BR, 2 BA ranch w/2 levels of living. Updated eat-in kitchen. LR w/bay window & hdwd ﬂrs. Front to back FR w/FP & sliders to 3 season porch. Short Ride to Commuter Rail & Major Hwys. Call Michelle
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NORTHBOROUGH ~ $499,900 Well maintained 4 BR, 3 BA Colonial in Pineknoll. Updated eat-in kitchen w/corian. Good sized LR & DR w/hdwds under carpet. Front to back FR w/gas fireplace. 3-season glassed in porch. Fin LL. Call Michelle.
NORTHBOROUGH ~ $510,000 Colonial in cul-de-sac neighborhood. 4 BR, 3 BA. Updated kitchen w/granite, island, & tile ﬂr. Open concept w/DR & LR w/hdwd ﬂrs. FR w/FP. 3 season porch. Heated 2C garage. Easy commute - close to major hwys. Call Michelle.
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WESTBOROUGH ~ $409,900 Great 4 BR Colonial. Updated Kitchen with granite. DR & FR w/hdwd ﬂrs. FR w/FP. 1st ﬂr ofﬁce w/french dr to scr porch. Part Fin Bsmt. Att 2C garage. Short drive to commuter rail, town center & schools. Call Michelle.
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WESTBORO ~ $850,000 Estate setting offers the perfect melding of an extraordinary updated antique home w/casual elegance. Open kitchen, FR, 5 BR, 3 FPs. 2 barns. Impressive acre + w/amazing pastoral & horizon views! Several corrals. Inground pool, patio & granite grille serving counter.
WESTBORO ~ $629,900 Handsome 4 BR, 2.5 BA Colonial on private lo at the entrance of Orchard Estates! 2-story foyer. FR boasts a wood burning FP & beautiful vltd ceils. Kitchen, w/center island, ample cabinetry, and brand new granite. A wonderful partially ﬁnished lower level w/walkout.
GRAFTON ~ $300,000 Wow - Stop & Look. Awesome end unit at the far end in a small conv complex, mins to T-Stop & Mass Pike. Open concept ﬂr plan w/hdwds. Large East facing Eat-in kitchen w/ granite. Gas FP, 2C garage. Ovrlks tranquil Quinsigamond River & Fisherville Pond. 3 BR, 2.5 BA.
During the holiday season more than ever, our thoughts turn gratefully to those who have made our progress possible. It is in this spirit we say, simply but sincerely... Thank you and Best Wishes for the Holiday Season! Preben & Mary Christensen, Joanne Fontaine and Laura Virzi Estaphan
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