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Posted by Wendy Johnson on 5/28/2020


7 Shady Dr, Spencer, MA 01562

Single-Family

$475,000
Price

8
Rooms
3
Beds
2
Baths
WATERFRONT ON STILES RESERVOIR. Come and enjoy the lake life with this rare opportunity to own a beautiful waterfront home on one of the most desirable private lakes in the area. This 3 Bedroom Gambrel style home has a stunning stone fireplace in the living room with a wood/coal stove to keep you nice and toasty. Custom oversized panoramic window in the family room allows you to enjoy the lake view to the fullest. Kitchen has been updated with modern cabinets, granite counter-tops and a coffee bar area. Spiral staircase leads to the second floor where you will find the home office w/separate stair entrance. Master Bedroom is spacious and has lots of natural light from the skylight and sliders that lead to a deck area. Looking to possibly add a garage? House includes additional LOT. Stiles is full recreational, private lake containing 463 acres. House is ready for you to call HOME so call today for your private showing.
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Posted by Wendy Johnson on 5/27/2020

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After spending enough time researching real estate online, you probably think you can do just as good a job selling your home as a professional real estate agent. However, it's more difficult than it sounds. Even though you can access many of the same advertising venues as a professional, they have a wide network and breadth of experience that you can’t leverage when trying to DIY. 

Experience and Know-How

Real estate agents are sales and advertising professionals. First, consider if your work experience and skill set falls in those same zones. Are you familiar with negotiating deals in the hundreds of thousands of dollars? Your real estate agent spends all day, every day working with other agents and negotiating deals in a variety of amounts. They know how to tell if the other party is willing to reduce or increase the amount, and what perks might push a deal through. They also know the best way to spend their advertising dollars to get interest in your property and often have standing arrangements with printing companies, an existing real estate website and membership in the local MLS board — all of which give them deals on advertising whereas you would be paying full retail price to print postcards or mailers and may not have access to things like MLS listings at all.

In addition to the actual sales process, real estate deals come with a ton of paperwork. Not only is this complex in any area, but it also varies from location to location and getting it wrong can cause the purchase or sale to fall through, or, worst of all, might cause you to incur high fines from your local governing bodies or the IRS. While you can look up the right process for your area, you may not be able to trust the information available online. It's not surprising that information listed by non-official sources may be incorrect or incomplete, but official government sources often take a while to get updated when rules or laws change. Your real estate agent, on the other hand, is required to be notified of any changes, and the MLS board they are a member of also keeps an ear to the ground and their agents informed.

Local Area Information

Real estate agents often have access to, and even pay extra for, information about the areas they work in. That means they know what properties sold for over an extended period of time, what features they have, and even how long they stayed on the market. A lot of this information is protected, and only licensed professionals have access. This makes them uniquely suited for pricing your home correctly for the market. If you price your home too high it may not sell at all, causing you frustration or costing you money. On the other hand, if you price it too low, you may get a quick sale, but you’ll miss out on the additional income you could have made.

Regardless, you may still think the agent’s commission is not worth the price. Most buyers and sellers agents make a percentage of the purchase or sale price of your home. This is great for sellers, since the higher the selling price, the more everyone makes. However, it can be a downside for buyers if they think the agent is trying to talk them into higher prices or different homes just to make a larger commission. Many agents are willing to negotiate on this point and often agree to a flat rate in the beginning, regardless of the purchase price, as long as you talk to them about it upfront. This removes the worry that they are trying to find the highest amount you’ll spend rather than the best deal in your market.

Before making the decision to DIY your real estate purchase or sale, talk to a real estate agent in person to get a full understanding of the services they can offer you and how much control you have over the costs. Most often, you will find it’s worth the comparatively small cost of the agent over the larger costs of self-advertising, lost sales price and time required to handle any interested parties. Talk to a professional today for the absolute best results.




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Posted by Wendy Johnson on 5/20/2020

Your credit score can play a major role in your ability to get the financing that you need to buy a house. As such, you'll want to do everything possible to improve your credit score before you enter the real estate market.

Now, let's take a look at three quick, easy ways to boost your credit score.

1. Pay Off Debt As Quickly As Possible

Get a copy of your credit report from each of the three credit reporting bureaus (Equifax, Experian and TransUnion). You are entitled to one free copy of your credit report annually from each credit reporting bureau, and you should take advantage of this perk so that you can learn about your outstanding debt.

If you have lots of outstanding debt, you'll want to start paying this off as quickly as possible. Because the less debt that you have, the more likely it becomes that you can get a favorable mortgage from a credit union or bank.

Don't wait to begin paying off outstanding debt. If you pay off even a small portion of your outstanding debt regularly, you can move closer to getting the financing that you need to acquire a terrific house.

2. Avoid New Credit Cards

A low credit score can be worrisome, and it may cause you to consider a variety of options to manage outstanding debt. However, if your credit score is low, there is no need to take out additional credit cards.

New credit cards may seem like viable short-term options to help you cover various expenses while you pay off assorted outstanding debt. But these cards are unlikely to help you resolve the biggest problem – paying off your outstanding debt to bolster your credit score.

Instead of signing up for new credit cards, it often helps to cut back on non-essential bills. For instance, if you don't need cable, you may be able to eliminate this expense and use the money that you save to pay off outstanding debt. Or, if you have first-rate items that you don't need, you may want to sell these items and use the profits to pay off myriad bills.

3. Keep Your Credit Card Balances Low

Once you have paid off your outstanding debt, you'll want to keep your credit card balances low.

It often helps to have one credit card that you can use in emergencies. If you keep one credit card and get rid of any others, you may be better equipped than ever before to maintain a high credit score.

Lastly, if you require additional assistance as you prepare to kick off a home search, you may want to work with a real estate agent. This housing market professional can help you narrow your home search to residences that fall within a specific price range. That way, you can avoid the risk of spending too much to acquire a house.

Increase your credit score – use the aforementioned tips, and you can raise your credit score before you launch a home search.





Posted by Wendy Johnson on 5/18/2020

Beautiful level 1.5 acre lot is ready for you to build the HOME of your dreams! LOT IS CLEARED and pending town approval as BUILDABLE LOT. Meticulously landscaped with beautiful apple trees, pine trees, stonewalls, grass and woods in the rear. Perc test complete, Survey complete. Frontage consists of 201 sq ft. Conveniently located and stunning lot with beautiful country setting. Taxes for 2020 for land only - to be determined.

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Posted by Wendy Johnson on 5/18/2020


29 Glenwood Place Lot 3, Rutland, MA 01543

Land

$85,000
Price

1.50
Acres
Residential
Land Type
Beautiful level 1.5 acre lot is ready for you to build the HOME of your dreams! LOT IS CLEARED and pending town approval as BUILDABLE LOT. Meticulously landscaped with beautiful apple trees, pine trees, stonewalls, grass and woods in the rear. Perc test complete, Survey complete. Frontage consists of 201 sq ft. Conveniently located and stunning lot with beautiful country setting. Taxes for 2020 for land only - to be determined.
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