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3 1/2 East Main Street, Orange, MA 01364
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Posted by Millers River Real Estate on 5/25/2018

If you're an apartment renter ready to take the plunge into home ownership, there are a lot of reasons to be excited! Owning your own home does bring with it additional work and responsibilities, but the feeling of pride that accompanies it makes it all worthwhile!

Once you get used to the idea that "the buck stops here" and that there's no landlord to handle repairs and maintenance any more, it won't take long to get into the rhythm of being an established property owner. Here are a few tips to help ensure that your first experience with home ownership is a satisfying one.

  • Get a good real estate agent. A real estate professional can provide you with valuable guidance, advice, and information about houses you're considering in your desired neighborhoods and price ranges. A buyers' agent can help you avoid many of the potential pitfalls of buying your first home and help you stay within budget. They'll assist you in clarifying your priorities and work on your behalf to find homes that meet your requirements. A service-oriented agent will not only point out the positive aspects of houses you're considering, but they'll also discuss ideas for adapting the home to your specific needs and lifestyle.
  • Hire an experienced property inspector. A seasoned home inspector can take a close look at the condition of the house and property you're considering and help make sure there are no major structural defects, safety issues, or operational problems with the home's systems and components. Although every property inspector approaches their job a little differently, their inspection service should include everything from the roof and foundation to the plumbing, electrical, and HVAC systems. They may also report to you on the condition of the home's insulation, its exterior, and any existing or potential drainage problems on the property. Certain aspects of the house may be excluded from the inspection if it's difficult or unsafe to gain access to them. A top-notch home inspector can also provide useful insights into repairs that need to be made on the house. As a side note, professional property inspectors are often members of The American Society of Home Inspectors and follow the organization's Standards of Practice.
  • Visit a lot of different houses for sale before making a final decision. It also pays to have a checklist with you to keep track of how each house stacks up to your requirements and expectations.
While your emotions will invariably play a role in your final choice, many other factors should also be taken into account, including the character of the neighborhood, proximity to conveniences and shopping, and the quality of the school district. Your real estate agent and/or the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development can provide you with a handy checklist for evaluating and comparing homes for sale.





Posted by Millers River Real Estate on 5/22/2018


995 Willis Rd, Phillipston, MA 01331

Single-Family

$259,000
Price

4
Rooms
2
Beds
1
Baths
Three Words: LOCATION, METICULOUS, UNIQUE. 6.5 acres of peaceful, private land located just 2 miles from Rte 2 and the new North Quabbin Commons Mall. Meticulous maintained by one owner for the last 25 years. One year old replacement Harvey windows, outside wood siding freshly stained last year. Beautiful brick hearth in living room. Wide pine boards throughout the house that look amazing. Finished room in basement, central vac, 200 amp electrical, superstor hot water heater. Let's get to UNIQUE: 2 stall horse barn which can hold 200 bales of hay in the loft. Large, cleared area is ready for the paddock. 28 X 24 workshop/garage with steel I-beam, cement floor and wood stove hook-up and 100 amp service. All this abutting the Thousand Acre Brook and conservation land. BEAUTIFUL, BEAUTIFUL, and BEAUTIFUL!!! Call , make an appointment !! Good - Day!
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Categories: New Homes  


Posted by Millers River Real Estate on 5/18/2018

In the internet age, we’ve all seen dream homes on Google, Pinterest, or Instagram that seem to encompass everything we’ve ever wanted in a home.

Sometimes, obsessing over dream homes can be detrimental to us--making us feel bad about our own living situation or discouraged about ever being able to afford the home we truly want.

However, dream homes can serve a purpose when it comes to identifying what we really want out of a home.

In today’s post, we’re going to use the idea of a dream home “wish list” to help you narrow down what really matters to you and your family in your next home.

Step 1: Start by making a list of your dream homes

This is the easy part. If you’re like me, you probably have a Pinterest board or bookmark folder just for home inspiration.

Put all of the dream homes on your list. The order doesn’t matter, and you’ll find out why below.

Step 2: For each home, write down one or two of your favorite things

Is it the square footage? The location that’s perfect for your commute or for trips to your favorite places? Or, is it just the color scheme of the kitchen?

No aspect is too small for this list--it all depends on what you like, not what the price tag is.

Step 3: Go over your list and try to put the items in order of how much they matter to you.

An example would be:

  1. A cheerful, bright colored kitchen

  2. A cozy office to wok quietly in

  3. A two-car garage

  4. A playroom for the kids

  5. A location that’s close to the water

Looking over these five things, there are only two items that can’t be found in most houses, a two-car garage and a location that’s near the water. And, this house-hunter didn’t even list those items as the most important.

So, what can we learn from this exercise? Oftentimes, the things we’re looking for the most in a home can be things that we can do later, like interior decorating or designating spare rooms to serve as an office or playroom.

Step 4: Use your top 3 when house hunting

Now that you have the top three things that you’d find in your dream home, take this list with you on your house hunt. Try to seek out a home that has a combination of these items and one that will be the most practical for your family.

You might find that these conveniences, such as being closer to your work for a shorter commute, will pay off in the long run, as they’ll let you spend more time with our family and make each day a little bit easier.




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Posted by Millers River Real Estate on 5/17/2018

This Single-Family in Westminster, MA recently sold for $272,400. This Colonial style home was sold by Office Orange - Millers River Real Estate.


155 South Ashburnham Rd., Westminster, MA 01473

Single-Family

$320,400
Price
$272,400
Sale Price

10
Rooms
4
Beds
3/1
Full/Half Baths
PRICE REDUCTION! HUD Home. FHA Case #251-410252. Sold "AS IS" by electronic bid only. Prop avail 1-26-2018. Bids due daily until sold. FHA code: UI, Eligible for FHA 203K. Large, four bedroom home with many great amenities. Two car garage, full in-law (accessory dwelling unit) apartment, 3 1/2 baths, partially finished basement, home office area, master bedroom suite and much more. View of Crocker Pond across street.

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Categories: Sold Homes  


Posted by Millers River Real Estate on 5/16/2018


84 Marble Street, Athol, MA 01331

Single-Family

$76,000
Price

5
Rooms
3
Beds
1/1
Full/Half Baths
HUD Home. FHA Case #251-310794. Sold "AS IS" by electronic bid only. Property available 05-15-2018. Bids due by 05-24-2018, 11:59 PM Central Time then daily until sold. Insured with escrow for repair. Three bedroom, 1.5 bath cape. Central location in-town, large backyard area with deck. Great opportunity for some added value/equity with a little renovation effort. Some upgrades over the years, some interior work needed. Eligible for FHA 203K.
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