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Loan CPR

There’s a dark side to home buying folks should know about and Mike Robbins & Brad Avergon discuss.



The Horror of Applying for a Mortgage

Some think getting a home mortgage is scary. It’s really not as bad as some believe. In the segment, Brad Avergon takes us through the process. 


7 Hazelwood Road, Worcester MA

Well kept bungalow style house in the prestigious 01609 Forest Grove neighborhood. Adorable 3-4 bedroom home with original woodwork, trim and hardwoods in pristine condition. Large bright rooms give a cheery feel to this home. The roomy foyer is inviting as you enter the home and pass into the large living room featuring a wood burning fireplace and lots of windows for natural light. The dining room is open to the eat in kitchen and is ideal for entertaining with views of the back gardens and built in cabinets. The kitchen is chock full of white cabinets and an adorable breakfast nook overlooking the front garden. On the second floor you will find three large bedrooms, a bedroom/nursery and a full bath with vintage tile floor, tub and lighting and updated vanity. The yard is ideal for outside entertainment and the garden enthusiast. Located in Precinct 1 and close to Indian Lake and neighborhood amenities. 




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.

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!


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.


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.


Episode 26 - Pre-Listing Home Inspection

Lee Abdella of Walsh Home Inspections on the value and desirability to do pre-listing home inspections.


Guest Post: Kids home for the weekend? An alternative view

I wrote a post about how happy I was when all the kids are home.  It makes me feel nice.  It touched a nerve with guest post author Karen Ocean who submitted this perspective.

Want to know what a mom thinks? 

Let’s start with what brought them there?  Was it all the things we hear about – dirty laundry, the movie channels we have at home, the “mommy” food, the $20 bucks you have in the cabinet for whatever and the child grabs it and says I’m going to get a pizza and I’ll be back. 

Really are they home to spend time with their family or are they needed a respite from the constant goingAs a mom, I think that’s what they are looking for.  They just want to be in a comfort zone!  I know when my 20 year old comes home, it’s all about “chillaxing”.  It’s not about catching up with me or anyone else in the family.  It’s about familiarity and the ability to just be – without all the “constant going”.

For all the years I parented her and guided her. I now let her guide me into the world she lives and sometimes it makes me think, didn’t I teach her that or talk about that with her when she was younger?  Oh good, she was listening.  Then there are the times I think why did she do that, what was she thinking why she didn’t talk to be about how difficult that course was that semester.  Why did she hide it?  And then there’s the friend that’s a boy  – NOTE – not boyfriend.  We all know what’s going on there and did I teach her enough about that?!

So I go back to the idea of sit back and let her teach me and I know that when she really needs me, I’ll listen, help as best I can, give advice when asked – okay, can you tell my own mother taught me that?  And just be there for her, her mom - that reliable person who did so many things for and with her for all those years.

What will you do when your kids come home – no matter what age they are?




Kids home for the weekend

A friend recently posted a picture on Facebook resonating with me.

When parents become empty nesters, the initial excitement quickly gives way to an open pit in your stomach…emptiness.

I’m sure children think it’s all like that old Staples commercial:

(Children note: It is like that for a little bit.)

The little thing you nurtured from childbirth is out on their own.  One of the kids once came back from college and observed, “Before, you knew where I was every minute.  Now, I have a whole life you know little about.”

This is where you hope they’ve grown up with the right values, and will make good decisions as they continue their life.

When the kids call, or drop in, or send an email…..or communicate in any way…parents tend to like it.

So to my friend with the kids home for the weekend….enjoy!

How do you make it special for your children when they come home?  

Do you make special dinners?  DVR favorite shows?  Make breakfast where you might otherwise not?