Lorraine Herbert, CRB, CRS, GRI, ABR, ABRM, CLHMS, CDPE, CIAS, HAFA certified, LMS.


In the quest to find a new home that you love, there are two fundamental things you must know: how much you can realistically afford to spend and what you need to be happy.

Qualifying for a mortgage is one of the first hurdles on the road to home ownership, but loan approval doesn't necessarily mean you can comfortably afford a house you have your eye on.

There are other expenses to factor into the equation, such as closing costs, the down payment, school and property taxes, possible HOA fees, and maintenance costs.

If a house you're considering needs a lot of repairs, updating, and decorating, for instance, those projects could take a big bite out of your bank account and household budget. First-time home buyers and growing families moving into larger homes often have to consider the cost of furniture, new window treatments, and painting supplies. People moving from an apartment or condo to a house may also need to buy a lawnmower, tools, and property maintenance machinery (weed whackers, leaf blowers, snow blowers, etc.)

Once you've determined that you can absorb all those costs without being "house poor," the next step is creating a list of requirements, preferences, and lifestyle goals. For example, if privacy is important to you, you'll need to narrow your search to homes that have a sufficient amount of frontage and space between neighbors and streets. Fences, privacy hedges, and mature trees could also help provide you with the kind of living environment you're looking for.

While the emotional appeal of a house is an important aspect of home-buying decisions, the location of a property and the amount of living space it provides will play a central role in your level of satisfaction. In addition to having enough bedrooms, bathrooms, and storage space, you may also want to consider things like the home's architectural style and whether the floorplan is to your liking.

Many families prioritize the quality of the school district, the look and feel of the neighborhood, and the distance from shopping centers, recreation, and needed services. Also highly desirable is a daily commute to work that isn't too grueling or time consuming!

Since everyone has different goals and needs when it comes to finding the ideal home, there's no one-size-fits-all strategy for zeroing in on the house of your dreams. Although there are a lot of websites that provide great ideas on everything from flooring and countertops to cabinetry and room color, having your real estate agent show you houses that match your specifications is the most productive thing you can do.

Getting out there and physically viewing and walking through houses in your price range will eventually lead you to the home that's just right for you and your family. It's a process in which you need to immerse yourself, but with a little persistence and a clear idea of what you want, you're sure to find the home that checks off most (if not all) of the boxes on your priority and wish lists!


This Single-Family in Sturbridge, MA recently sold for $303,000. This Contemporary,Ranch style home was sold by Lorraine Herbert - RE/MAX Professional Associates.


2 Fieldcrest Rd, Sturbridge, MA 01566

Single-Family

$299,900
Price
$303,000
Sale Price

5
Rooms
2
Beds
1/1
Full/Half Baths
Be awestruck by the Park-like setting with extensive professional landscaping and exterior detailing which is only the beginning of what awaits you inside!!! Total and sophisticated renovation with attention to quality upgrades sets the stage for this exquisitely warm and distinctive home. Gleaming hardwoods throughout, Central Air, sunken Dining Room with tongue and groove ceiling, cozy pellet stove and french doors to Sun Deck, upscale Kitchen with quartz counter tops and ss appliances, highlighted by striking exposed brick wall, gracious Living Room centers on tumbled brick Fireplace with granite hearth. Awesome new Bath with double vanities and oversized spa-like shower, Master BR with walk in Closet, 2nd Bedroom and Guest Bath complete the main floor. Made for entertaining or relaxing, enjoy the gorgeous backyard from the beautiful paver patio with built in fire pit surrounded by manicured beds and paver walkways. All this plus economic solar energy!




In many ways, the quality of your life is determined by the condition of your home. If it feels like your home is in disrepair, messy, or cluttered, you're not going to feel comfortable or satisfied with your living situation. While perfection is an unattainable standard, there are a lot of simple things you can do to keep your home in good condition and prevent problems.

Train Your dog. Although many people own dogs and consider them to be a cherished part of the family, not everyone takes the time to properly housebreak, exercise, and train their pets. Dogs are very eager to please, but they need clear guidelines to understand what you expect of them. Some dogs also tend to express frustration or restlessness in destructive ways if they're not given enough attention, exercise, or toys/treats to chew on. It's not uncommon for dogs to chew on furniture, shoes, or other valued possessions if their needs are not met. Ideally, people should research dog breeds before actually purchasing a household pet. That way you can know more about temperament, exercise requirements, and training potential before you bring a puppy into the family. In addition to helpful online videos on raising obedient dogs, pet supply stores periodically offer low-cost training classes for dogs and their owners. Effectively housebreaking your pet in the first few days and weeks of adopting them is a key aspect of a harmonious pet/owner relationship. Otherwise, your furniture, hardwood floors, and carpeting could be subject to irreparable damage!

Use Furniture Sliders: Hardwood floors can be a mixed blessing. On one hand, they're a high-quality, nice-looking material that enhances the look and feel of your home. On the other hand, it can be difficult to prevent scratching, scuffing, and even gouging of those beautiful surfaces. One solution, which is easy on both your floors and your pocketbook, is to put felt or plastic furniture sliders under the legs of your tables, chairs, and ottomans. Not only can you prevent or reduce hardwood floor scratching that inevitably happens when furniture is dragged across a floor, but it also makes it easier to rearrange furniture.

Maintain Your Rain Gutters: Properly working rain gutters serve the useful purpose of channeling water away from your roof, eaves, and foundation. By making sure your gutters are not clogged up with leaves, branches, and other debris, you can help protect your home from water damage. If the downspout of your rain gutter empties water too close to your house, you can often correct that by purchasing and attaching an inexpensive extension. Routing water away from your foundation can help prevent basement leaks, cracking, and crumbling. It can also be part of a multi-faceted approach to preventing basement mold.

Control Clutter: Household clutter not only degrades the appearance of your home (for both you and your guests), but it's a known source of psychological stress. Taking the first step to reduce clutter is usually the most difficult part of the process, but once it's a habit, maintaining a clutter-free home becomes infinitely easier!


WELCOME HOME! This wonderfully updated 4 BR 3 1/2 BA Contemporary Colonial, w/beautiful decor & great central neighborhood, is ready for new Owners! So much to appreciate here; open layout, quality finishes & Central Air! First floor has all hardwoods w/large fireplaced Dining Rm, Living Rm with eye catching wall of windows & french doors to the deck, sunny contemporary Kitchen w/granite counters, furnished breakfast nook & french doors to the deck. The Study w/french doors & striking Brazilian cherry flooring, tiled Guest Bath & Laundry complete this very appealing first floor. On the second floor, double door entry announces the Master Suite w/upscale Bath; double sinks, granite counter tops, large glassed shower & skylight plus walk-in closet w/custom fittings. Also on the 2nd floor, 3 additional Bedrooms & 2nd full tiled BA. Bright walk-out finished Lower Level w/3rd Full tiled Bath & lots of built-in storage. Full length deck, fenced yard & town services for next lucky Owners!

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33 Woodside Cir, Sturbridge, MA 01566

Single-Family

$394,900
Price

9
Rooms
4
Beds
3/1
Full/Half Baths
WELCOME HOME! This wonderfully updated 4 BR 3 1/2 BA Contemporary Colonial, w/beautiful decor & great central neighborhood, is ready for new Owners! So much to appreciate here; open layout, quality finishes & Central Air! First floor has all hardwoods w/large fireplaced Dining Rm, Living Rm with eye catching wall of windows & french doors to the deck, sunny contemporary Kitchen w/granite counters, furnished breakfast nook & french doors to the deck. The Study w/french doors & striking Brazilian cherry flooring, tiled Guest Bath & Laundry complete this very appealing first floor. On the second floor, double door entry announces the Master Suite w/upscale Bath; double sinks, granite counter tops, large glassed shower & skylight plus walk-in closet w/custom fittings. Also on the 2nd floor, 3 additional Bedrooms & 2nd full tiled BA. Bright walk-out finished Lower Level w/3rd Full tiled Bath & lots of built-in storage. Full length deck, fenced yard & town services for next lucky Owners!
Open House
Sunday
December 02 at 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM
WELCOME HOME! This wonderfully updated 4 BR 3 1/2 BA Contemporary Colonial, w/beautiful decor & great central neighborhood, is ready for new Owners! So much to appreciate here; open layout, quality finishes & Central Air! First floor has all hardwoods w/large fireplaced Dining Rm, Living Rm with eye catching wall of windows & french doors to the deck, sunny contemporary Kitchen w/granite counters, furnished breakfast nook & french doors to the deck. Study also w/french doors.
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