Wendy Johnson - RE/MAX Professional Associates



Posted by Wendy Johnson on 9/19/2019

This Single-Family in Rutland, MA recently sold for $395,000. This Colonial style home was sold by Wendy Johnson - RE/MAX Professional Associates.


81 Glenwood Pl, Rutland, MA 01543

Single-Family

$400,000
Price
$395,000
Sale Price

8
Rooms
3
Beds
2/1
Full/Half Baths
NEW CONSTRUCTION, READY TO MOVE IN ! This beautiful CUSTOM BUILT COLONIAL, with so much attention to detail, is ready for YOU to make your own ! 4 Bedroom 2.5 Bath, Great room with fireplace and vaulted ceiling, 2 Car Garage, Beautiful Hard wood floors, large open Kitchen with sliders to deck,sitting on a Lovely lot in Rutland! Basement has High Ceilings which would be ideal for MORE finished space. Driveway will be paved and Seeding will be done.

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Posted by Wendy Johnson on 9/18/2019

Most often, families just happen. You wake up one day and there you are, a family with parents and children and responsibilities and daycare and school and jobs and house payments. Every day can seem the same with random bursts of activity or the occasional family road trip to grandma’s house. The idea of your family having a destination or a mission (thinking Tom Cruise and saving the world, anyone?) isn’t even on your radar. But what if it could be? What if you could guide where your family heads, what you do to shape its future, and how you impact the world?

Knowing the destination is the first part of the process of getting there. In business and the non-profit sector, it’s called a mission statement: the answer to the questions: 

- Who are they?

- Why do they exist?

- Where are they headed? 

- What do they value?

Once a business knows the answers to those three questions, they guide every corporate decision. A non-profit uses its mission to rally support. In a family, your mission statement helps you navigate decisions like what school children will attend, where you'll worship, and how you'll participate in your community.

What it’s not

To be clear, a family mission is not a list of rules to follow. It is not parents imposing their will on their children. Nor is it a tally of past accomplishments. Most of all, it isn’t adopting someone else’s mission onto your family.

Mission defined

Your family mission is a guide to the culture you wish to create in your family. Life just happens unless you intentionally choose otherwise. According to Stephen Covey, author of Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, "A family mission statement is a combined, unified expression from all family members of what your family is all about — what it is you truly want to do and be — and the principles you choose to govern your family life."

In an article titled “Creating a Positive Family Culture: How and Why to Create a Family Mission Statement” by Brett & Kate McKay, they define a family mission statement as a “statement encapsulates your idea of the good life and lays out your family's purpose, goals, and standards. All members of the family have a hand in articulating these values, and all agree to live them.”

The takeaways from that definition are that in addition to your family identity, your mission is your purpose (why you exist), goals (where are you headed), and standards (what you value). The time spent determining these, together in conversation as a family, are more critical than the verbiage you end up with. The purpose of the verbiage is to create a family rallying point so that when things are tough like experiencing bullying in school, or hard decisions need to be made such as whether or not to move across the country for a job, the whole family can come together confidently to decide together what to do. Take these steps to get started: 

  • Set aside time for a family meeting. It’s best if it is away from your usual family life, so if you can, rent a hotel room or plan it for while you’re on vacation together.
  • Ask questions to help everyone contribute to your family identity. Small children can contribute things like "having fun" and "being nice." Married couples can discuss how chores are handled, whether or not being a full-time parent is essential for one or the other parent, and the types of schools and opportunities you want for your children.
  • Determine things like how you resolve arguments and what traditions do you each want to bring from your childhood.
  • Make a list of your values. Some examples are fun, kindness, generosity, healthy living.
  • Create a family cheer that encapsulates your values and chant it with your children as they leave home each day and when you have decisions to make.

If a family value is living in a particular neighborhood or going to a specific school, talk to your real estate professional about what it would take to get you there.




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Posted by Wendy Johnson on 9/11/2019

This Single-Family in Spencer, MA recently sold for $225,000. This Ranch style home was sold by Wendy Johnson - RE/MAX Professional Associates.


20 North St, Spencer, MA 01562

Single-Family

$224,900
Price
$225,000
Sale Price

5
Rooms
3
Beds
1
Baths
Charming mid-century ranch with open living room/ dining room w/fireplace. Large wall to wall windows to let plenty of natural light in and looking out to a covered patio. Fenced in back yard. Kitchen is in good condition but dated. Come make it your own.Two bedrooms are over sized and the third is perfect for a nursery or office. Bathroom has tiled shower and custom walnut vanity. Basement is ready to be finished and already has a toilet and sink easily made into a half bath.Short 5 minute walk to a resident only beach at Lake Whittemore in Luther Hill Park. Newer vinyl windows in the bedrooms and bath. First floor laundry. Nest thermostat.

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Posted by Wendy Johnson on 9/11/2019

The infamous phrase - "the dress makes the man" translates to "the curb appeal makes the home" in the real estate world. Face it, the curb appeal of a house is the first thing home buyers see when they step into the property. And studies show that it takes a home buyer eight seconds in a property to make a decision. With that time-frame in mind, it is safe to conclude that most home buyers make their decisions from the exterior of the house. Therefore, investing in your home's curb appeal doesn't just increase your chances of attracting more buyers but also bolsters your chances of closing the deal.

However, curb appeal is not designed exclusively to sell a house. You could give your home a facelift to enjoy the beauty and admiration from your neighbors. The exterior of your home certainly deserves just as much attention as you pay to the interior, so here's a list of curb appeal ideas that fit perfectly into any budget.

  1. Design the Exterior with Flowering Plants. It will amaze you how little efforts like planting hundreds of flowering plants can boost the appeal of your home. They spread a unique touch of beauty as they blossom in their different colors. Homebuyers cannot resist the natural beauty of well-placed plants.
  2. Upgrade Old Hardware. As insignificant as you may think such things are, hardware plays a role or two in boosting the appeal of your home. A dingy mailbox, cheap door knockers, tarnished handles, or grubby peephole sends a negative message to potential buyers. Try replacing old hardware before listing your home.
  3. Pay Attention to Colors. Color is a crucial part of your curb appeal. The exterior of your home should reflect the interior aesthetic taste. Pay attention to the colors while remodeling the outside. The color of the door could either invite them in or chase them off.
  4. Make your House Number Unique. People tend to ignore their house numbers while giving their exterior a facelift. Each house number is unique, and it is one of the first things people see as they pass by or walk onto your property. Give it the unique touch it deserves. Design it to reflect your aesthetic taste.
  5. Upgrade Lighting Fixtures. The lighting fixtures of a house wield power to make or mar the curb appeal. Which is why it is advisable to include lighting fixtures in your remodeling plan. Like jewelry, give your home a dramatic touch with the right accessories.
  6. Add a Finishing Touch of Weather-Resistant Artwork. Nothing adds more appeal than weather-resistant artwork. Sculptures, birdbaths, and wind chimes will fit perfectly into any home décor.

If you're concerned about adding the most value to your curb appeal, talk with a property specialist in your neighborhood.





Posted by Wendy Johnson on 9/6/2019

This Condo in Charlton, MA recently sold for $218,000. This Townhouse style home was sold by Wendy Johnson - RE/MAX Professional Associates.


28 Southbridge Rd, Charlton, MA 01507

Condo

$214,900
Price
$218,000
Sale Price

6
Rooms
3
Beds
2/1
Full/Half Baths
Brilliant END-UNIT in Cady Brook! High-End finishes with SOAPSTONE counters & farmers sink in kitchen & living areas! Upgraded bathrooms, walk-in closets, and additional finished lower level for entertaining, watching the big game, or new movie! Deck, sliding glass door to exterior; private, quiet, well-manicured grounds; central heat & air conditioning! What a VALUE! Do not miss this exquisite TOWNHOME, sure to impress! --- SHOWINGS BEGIN AT ONLY OPEN HOUSE SUNDAY JULY 21TH 11A-12P ---

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