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Thursday
Aug082019

114 Prendiville Way, Marlborough MA

Don’t miss this move in ready Gambrel Colonial in desirable Carisbrooke neighborhood.Situated on over an acre landscaped private lot, you will enjoy all nature has to offer from your large screened in porch, mahogany deck or strolling the neighborhood.  Inside, relax in the spacious, yet cozy family room with slow growth Hickory flooring straight from Carlisle NH. Fabulous mudroom with attached laundry lead to the spacious eat in kitchen, tons of cabinet storage and granite countertops. Or entertain in the professionally decorated living room and dining room, perfect for holiday meals. Upstairs you’ll find 4 bedrooms and 2 renovated full baths including a luxurious master bath with stand up shower and claw foot tub! The large basement is ready to finish. Central air, Hardwood flooring and gas heat— this home is waiting for you! Minutes to everything: shopping, highways, restaurants.

 

Tuesday
Aug062019

6 Chandler Way, Northborough MA

Contemporary single level ranch with farmers porch and attached 1 car garage updated with new vinyl flooring, new wall to wall carpeting and updated bathrooms. This bright and sunny home is move in ready. With a fully fenced backyard, large deck and professional landscaping, this home is perfect for outdoor entertaining. Inside, there are two distinct living spaces, a more formal living room with cathedral ceiling and a casual den/office space, two large bedrooms, one with attached bath, a second full bathroom and laundry all on one level! The full basement allows plenty of storage or future opportunity to increase your living space. Located near shopping, restaurants and highways.
Friday
Aug022019

62 Peltier, Marlborough MA

Wonderfully maintained home with numerous updates including hardwoods in dining room and formal living room - 2008, roof - 2010, kitchen tile floors and hard surface countertops - 2011, vinyl siding, windows and doors - 2012, water heater - 2014, upstairs bathroom remodel - 2015, furnace - 2017, front walk and new pool filter - 2019. MassSave added insulation. Beat the heat with the inground pool! Enormous amounts of storage. Second kitchen when one just isn’t enough. Everything in this home is set up for low maintenance so you can enjoy life!

Friday
Aug022019

67 Coolidge Circle, Northborough MA

So much more than a colonial! This home has more space than you can imagine. An architected addition brings walls of windows to the fireplaced family room, and creates a master suite with a vaulted ceiling and laundry. The eat in kitchen features quartz countertops and an expansive bay window bringing nature into the home in a light and airy fashion. Bosch dishwasher! Two of the five bedrooms feature built in desk/office areas perfect for the work-life lifestyle. Storage is plentiful throughout the home. The outside space is simply wonderful, reminiscent of Tower Hill with a covered pergola and many private garden spaces. High efficiency Buderus furnace. This is a special move-in-ready home in a coveted Northborough neighborhood.

Wednesday
Jul312019

What's a HELOC?

Brad Avergon talks about a Home Equity Line of Credit (HELOC)

Wednesday
Jul242019

What Happens When Things go Wrong

We often talk about things going well. Brad Avergon and Michael Robbins discuss what happens when things go wrong.

Brad Avergon and Mike Robbins opine.

Wednesday
Jul172019

Real Estate as an Escalator to Wealth

Real estate is “an escalator to wealth,” David Bach tells CNBC. Let’s hear Envision Bank’s Brad Avergon with his thoughts.

Wednesday
Jul102019

Coordinating the Team of People in Real Estate

Real Estate is a team sport.  In this segment Brad Avergon and Michael Robbins join me discussing the necessary coordination of disciplines.  
Wednesday
Jul102019

What to do when your house is dated

You want to sell your house and you’ve been told it’s dated… What does this mean? Does it mean you were once on match.com?

Styles and fashions change all the time. Materials and finishes change. When updating your home, you can literally tear walls out to the studs and rebuild. When selling your home, we try to take a more measured approach!

While you are not selling furnishings with the home, some quick changes can make all the difference in helping buyers envision themselves in the space. This is where staging comes into play. Some quick hits you can use follow.

Removing that 400-pound television. Even when they still work those mammoth TVs quickly date a property. Often in front of these TVs are “sofas with a secret.”  I’ll let you in on a secret…they date the space. It’s the same with brown furniture. Sell, donate, or put in the garage…make these items gone.

If your house has “gleaming hardwoods,” do you keep them covered with an area rug? And did you get the area rug from your parents? Roll up the rug and let buyers see those beautiful floors.

Are your toilets and tubs blue? Avocado?  Whenever you have fixtures where the colors are no longer available it’s a good idea to replace. A replacement toilet is a couple hundred bucks.  Tubs can be reglazed rather than replaced for short dollars.

Quartz is the “in” countertop now. Laminate (aka Formica) and even Corian is viewed as dated.  We resist recommending countertop replacements because a seller rarely gets their money out of the project. There are companies who will coat a countertop with a resin finish making the counter look fabulous. This is a good option if the countertops are badly worn or damaged.

Are your light fixtures bright brass? Bright brass screams, “I was installed a couple decades ago?”  Home Depot, Wayfair and Lowes have some very affordable light fixtures. You don’t have to love them, as you are selling the home.

If you have any brown electrical outlets, suggest changing them. Switches and outlets are easy to change if you know what you are doing. White is the “in” color.

Some people change door hardware, replacing their brass handles and hinges with brush nickel – immediate upgrade.  And if you do one room a night after work, it is not horrible.

We believe one of the best overall values in updating a home is paint. And it is something many can do themselves.

Kitchen cabinets looking beat up or dated?  Don’t reface – paint them white. And when you put the hardware back on, update it.

Walls looking old, faded, beat up?  Linen white and Navajo white have given way to metropolitan, Tyler gray, pale oak. The whites have given way to greige. A quick coat of paint (starting with and including the front door) gives one of the most immediate returns on impact!  You want to select neutral colors appealing to the widest range of buyers. When in doubt, paint.

If you need advice on selling your home or buying a new one, give us a call.

Wednesday
Jul032019

Buying a Home with Blemished Credit

Brad Avergon on what happens if a couple has credit issue and would like to buy a home