Posted by Pamela Crawford on 7/14/2019

With lots of homes out there and more foreclosed homes coming to the market, home sellers are always looking out for ways to expedite the home selling process. Statistics show that most homebuyers make their decisions in the first few minutes they get to a home. Consequently, experts advise home sellers to invest cash in remodeling their homes and installing features that appeal to a higher percentage of homebuyers. 

The greatest fear of a home seller is having his property sit on the market forever. Here are a few buy-me-now features for every homebuyer seek.

Top Features to Make Your Home Sell Fast

  • Extra Storage in Garage. Homebuyers have long dropped the trend of using the basement as storage. Instead, they now look for a more convenient place which can double as storage and workshop. Yes, you guessed it – a garage with extra space. Installing features like cabinets, shelving units, and the likes make the home more appealing to potential homebuyers. Convenience is the trend!
  • Inviting Exterior. Your home exterior tells potential buyers all they need to know. You could have a fantastic interior décor and still scare potential buyers off with poor unappealing exterior features. Be sure to pay attention to your door and its hardware, mailbox, and most importantly, the lighting. A well-illuminated home sells faster and better than one with poor lighting.
  • Hardwood Flooring. Wood floors have to be the most desirable feature in a home. Statistics show that homes with hardwood flooring have the propensity to seller faster and at a higher cost compared to other homes in the same neighborhood. Why? It is because hardwood flooring is durable, easy to maintain, and they make the home pop. It immediately creates a statement as visitors walk into your home.What's more? They complement just about any interior design. Who wouldn't want a home with such an amazing feature?
  • Sophisticated Kitchen. The kitchen is the heart of the home. No wonder homebuyers are willing to put out more cash to secure a house with a modern kitchen. As a home seller looking to expedite the buying process, this is an excellent place on which to focus. You also get the opportunity to upsell the property. Be sure to make the kitchen as sophisticated as possible. Homebuyers want a kitchen with ample storage space. Features like modern countertops, pantries with abundant space, hidden storage for utensils are your best shot at closing the deal sooner.

Giving your home a lift – both indoors and outdoors - increases your chances of attracting potential buyers. And the more potential buyers you have, the higher your chances of upselling the home. Invest in your home today!





Posted by Pamela Crawford on 7/9/2019

This Single-Family in Leicester, MA recently sold for $362,000. This Split Entry style home was sold by Pamela Crawford - RE/MAX Professional Associates.


442 Rawson St, Leicester, MA 01524

Single-Family

$359,900
Price
$362,000
Sale Price

7
Rooms
3
Beds
2
Baths
Amazing 3 bedroom split ranch on 1.5 acre lot. This beautiful home features beautifully updated kitchen with island, granite counters, upgrade appliances, open to fireplaced living room, 2 spacious bedrooms, full updated bath, and an amazing master bedroom suite which could also be inlaw that has its own private entrance, bedroom, kitchen and slider to deck. Basement features large family room with stove and office/work out room. Garage is oversized heated 2 car with drive through doors. Large sized deck overlooks flat yard with large shed. Never be without electric with that generator. Great location just 15 min to major routes like MassPike and rt 290

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Posted by Pamela Crawford on 7/7/2019

Succulents, succulents, succulents. Probably the most commonly thought of plant when considering xeriscaping. Succulents retain water in their leaves, stems, and roots, so they require little watering. Though you do have to be careful in your selection, or employ a bit more care, if your climate area experiences frost, most succulents grow very well in areas with hot summers and mild to moderate winters. They aren’t the only option for xeriscaping in drought areas, but these beautiful bright and deep green, blue-grey and even flowering plants are lovely additions to your garden. 

Blue Agave — Agave Tequilana is a majestic and hearty plant provides a beautiful blue-green color with hints of silver. Agave likes partial to full sun, a minimum of 6 hours of sun per day, and just occasional watering once established. Agave plants proliferate making them a great focal piece for your yard, and you can enjoy its lovely coloring for many years.

Gorgon’s Grotto — With bright and ruffling leaves that range from rosy pink to mauve to bright green in coloring this echeveria plant is a gorgeous addition to your garden. Plant along pathways or in and among rocks in your xeriscape. Gorgon's Grotto is an easy-to-care-for succulent that thrives with partial shade to full sun exposure and minor watering.

Blue Rose Echeveria — Native to Mexico Blue Rose Echeveria is a hardy and durable plant. For a colorful, drought-tolerant option consider this rose-shaped plant. Its tiny blue and pink rosettes form in a tight cluster and Blue Rose blossoms with yellow and red flowers in Spring and early Summer. Plant in an area with partial to full sun and water infrequently after the plant is established. Plant with room to grow for beautiful ground-coverage. 

Paddle Plant — Characterized by thick and round shaped foliage the paddle plant an evergreen cactus creates dramatic definition to your garden. This multi-colored succulent has unique foliage of blue-green and red. Plant in containers or xeriscapes for added texture and lovely yellow flowers from mid-spring blooms on mature plants. Paddle plants only require more watering in extreme heat and thrive in partial to full sun. 

Topsy Turvy Echeveria — This fast-growing succulent has sensational orange and yellow flowers from late Summer through Fall. When the flowers fade, enjoy the blue-green backsplash to your garden year-round. Though it is a frost-tender evergreen, this echeveria thrives in drought prevalent environments, requiring little watering and enjoys partial to full sun. 

Blue Chalk Sticks — As a low-growing, spreading succulent Blue Chalk Sticks offer amazing ground coverage with blue-green coloring and exciting texture. Try using this plant for yards and hillsides that receive high sun, watering minimally. Blue Chalk Sticks are a favorite as they provide added intrigue to your landscape year-round. 

Succulents are a great addition to any garden and will pair well with the ornamental grasses and drought-tolerant flowering plants you’ve selected. Add along edges of flower beds, in pots, along pathways and even over sunny sloping areas of your yard for more layering in your landscape. Now you’re ready for plants with even more height and volume. Continue reading for more on the best trees to consider for your xeriscape. 

Your xeriscape plan now includes ornamental grasses for volume, flowering plants for color through the seasons and succulents for intense greenery, texture and ground-coverage. What about height? What trees can you plant in your yard to continue your eco-conscious gardening quest? Here are a few ideas.




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Posted by Pamela Crawford on 6/30/2019

Have you tried getting a mortgage from your bank and instead been given an endless series of hurdles with no approval in sight? Then perhaps it’s time you moved your search for home finance online. Here you will find a host of companies willing to fund your home ownership dreams, even if you have a bad credit score. 

Some will give you the funds themselves while others are brokers who will lead you to the lenders. In the long run, what a homebuyer truly wants is a reasonable interest rate, quick approval, transparent communication, and top-notch customer service. Here are a few companies that fit those criteria.

Quicken Loans

Quicken Loans started as a brick-and-mortar shop in 1985 before going online at the turn of the millennium. It holds the position of one of the country's most popular lenders, and with good reason. First-time homebuyers are drawn to this mortgage company because of the wealth of guidance they get. Quicken Loans’ range of products includes Freddie Mac and Fannie Mac loans that ask for a down payment of as little as 3% of the property purchase price.

Lenda 

Besides offering applicants quick and stress-free pre-qualifications, Lenda has made a name for its concierge service that guides you through the application process. Their platform makes it easy for you to keep track of the documents you need to submit each step of the way. It even sends alerts to remind you which documents you still have pending. 

Rocket Mortgage

Within a few minutes, you will know how much you qualify to borrow from Rocket Mortgage. This company takes its service a step higher by offering you support from a mortgage expert online. Their digital platform works effortlessly on mobile devices allowing you to monitor your application on the go. 

Guaranteed Rate

This company makes life easier for would-be homeowners by allowing them to complete the entire application process online on a user-friendly platform. Documents can be uploaded there so that human interaction can be avoided through the whole process. First-time homebuyers are attracted to Guaranteed Rate because of the relatively low down payment required. 

Sun Trust

Households that fall in the middle-to-low income bracket will appreciate the affordability of Sun Trust home loans. With them, you can get fixed and adjustable rate loans backed by the Federal Housing Association or the Veterans’ Association. 

Visit an online resource you know for more detailed reviews of various top-rated lenders. Or talk to your real estate professional for local lenders they recommend.




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Posted by Pamela Crawford on 6/29/2019

This Single-Family in Dudley, MA recently sold for $350,000. This Colonial style home was sold by Pamela Crawford - RE/MAX Professional Associates.


8 Edward Rd, Dudley, MA 01571

Single-Family

$359,900
Price
$350,000
Sale Price

7
Rooms
3
Beds
3/1
Full/Half Baths
New roof on this Colonial is situated in this sought after neighborhood and boasts 2,489 sq. ft. (incl'd finished basement bonus room), 3 large BR's and 3.5 BA. Brazilian hardwood floors cover entire 1st level as well as crown molding to add to this homes rich finishes. Large rooms create an open flow from kitchen, dining room and family room and allow for large family gatherings & entertaining friends. Walk onto back awning covered deck overlooking a private yard with AG pool & children's clubhouse. 2nd level has a large 24 X 24 Master BR suite with plenty of closet space, skylight for more natural sun as well as his & her sinks and a tiled double steam walk in shower for those long days. 2 other large BR's on 2nd level with their own BA and plenty of closet space. 300 sq. ft. of finished lower level for a bonus room, teen suite or a 4th BR cap off this must see property. A definite on your list to view.

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