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


When you make the decision to buy your first home, you should be certain that you’re ready to make the leap into homeownership. There’s many different things that you should do as a buyer to get ready before you even set out on the search of a perfect home.


Choose An Agent


You may think that one real estate agent is the same as any real estate agent that you’ll find. This is far from the truth. Some agents have certain specialties. The knowledge that an agent will bring to your house hunt is often invaluable. You are making one of the biggest purchases that you’ll ever make in your lifetime. While many buyers think that they can simply do an online search themselves to find a home, your realtor will have many more resources to assist you in finding exactly what you’re looking for.


Figure Out The Financial Portion Of Buying A Home


While knowing how many bedrooms you need and where you hope to live is important, understanding your finances is even more important. You’ll need to talk to a lender to get the process started. After looking at your own personal budget, you should get pre-qualified. Getting pre-qualified allows you to see a general number of how much house you can afford. That can help you start the process, however, there’s still a few more steps. 


From here, you can do what needs to be done to get your entire financial picture ready to buy a home. This includes saving for a downpayment, improving your credit score, and continuing to keep up bill payments and consistent work history. 


Next, you’ll want to get pre-approved. This allows your lender to dig into your financial picture. Everything from your credit score to your income and employment history will be considered. Your lender will then give you a more definitive number of how much you’ll actually be able to get for a loan when you buy a home. To get pre-approved, be prepared with 1099 forms, pay stubs, tax returns, and bank statements. You’ll then have the concrete amount that you’re approved for along with the interest rate that you qualify for. 


Once You Have Applied For A Home Loan


Once you find the realtor to assist you and secure the home of your dreams, you’re not free to head out and buy all the furniture that you need to fill up your house. The home loan must go through the underwriting process and until that is complete, your finances are essentially on lockdown. If you start opening new credit cards, decide to buy a car, or fall behind on payments, you could end up in a lot of trouble. You want to keep your credit score stable throughout the process of buying a home for smooth sailing.



5 Woodside Circle, Sturbridge, MA 01566

Single-Family

$419,900
Price

9
Rooms
4
Beds
2/1
Full/Half Baths
Welcome home to this awesome 4 BR 2 1/2 BA Colonial in great central neighborhood. With a huge backyard and IG pool, enjoy soccer games and parties at your house! Gracious center foyer home has open layout with warm wood detailing and all wood or tile main level flooring. First floor features striking, bright cathedral Great Room with skylights and cozy wood stove, fireplaced Living Room, formal Dining Room with french doors to Study, huge eat-in and updated tiled Kitchen with sliders to oversized covered deck plus a convenient guest Bath. 2nd floor Bedrooms, with brand new carpeting, include Master Bedroom with double, including a walk-in, closets and full upscale tiled Bath, 3 additional Bedrooms including one with hardwoods and 2nd full tiled updated Bath! Walk-out Basement with sliders to back yard, 2 car Garage and town services complete this great property!
Open House
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March 24 at 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM
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5 Woodside Circle, Sturbridge, MA 01566

Single-Family

$419,900
Price

9
Rooms
4
Beds
2/1
Full/Half Baths
Welcome home to this awesome 4 BR 2 1/2 BA Colonial in great central neighborhood. With a huge backyard and IG pool, enjoy soccer games and parties at your house! Gracious center foyer home has open layout with warm wood detailing and all wood or tile main level flooring. First floor features striking, bright cathedral Great Room with skylights and cozy wood stove, fireplaced Living Room, formal Dining Room with french doors to Study, huge eat-in and updated tiled Kitchen with sliders to oversized covered deck plus a convenient guest Bath. 2nd floor Bedrooms, with brand new carpeting, include Master Bedroom with double, including a walk-in, closets and full upscale tiled Bath, 3 additional Bedrooms including one with hardwoods and 2nd full tiled updated Bath! Walk-out Basement with sliders to back yard, 2 car Garage and town services complete this great property!
Open House
No scheduled Open Houses




Let's face it – the process of packing up your belongings and moving them to a new home can be exhausting. However, if you prepare plenty of healthy, delicious snacks, you and your moving day team will be better equipped than ever before to conquer any challenges that come your way.

Ultimately, preparing snacks before moving day is essential. Yet determining which snacks to offer sometimes can be difficult, particularly for those who have large groups of family members and friends ready to provide moving day assistance.

Lucky for you, we're here to help you plan ahead so that you can provide your entire moving day team with outstanding snacks.

Now, let's take a look at five tips for preparing moving day snacks.

1. Get a Headcount

You know that family members and friends are happy to help you move, and you should get a headcount to understand just how much food that you'll need to keep your loved ones happy and healthy on moving day.

Remember, when it comes to moving day snacks, it usually is better to err on the side of caution. And if you end up with extra snacks after moving day concludes, you can always give these treats to family members and friends. Or, you can celebrate the completion of a successful move by enjoying your extra snacks on your own.

2. Ask People What Types of Snacks They Like

Learn what types of snacks that your family members and friends like. If you ask these loved ones about their preferred snacks several days or weeks prior to moving day, you'll have plenty of time to get snacks ready that your entire moving day team can enjoy.

3. Identify Any Dietary Restrictions

Ask friends and family members about any dietary restrictions that they may have. By doing so, you can avoid the risk of preparing snacks that certain members of your moving day team won't be able to eat.

4. Don't Forget About Drinks

Providing water and sports drinks on moving day usually is a good idea. Offering various beverages will make it easy for your family members and friends to stay hydrated while they move large, heavy boxes into your new house.

5. Be Ready to Call for Takeout

Even a well-planned morning or afternoon move can stretch late into the evening. As such, if you run out of snacks, you should be ready to call for takeout.

Make a list of takeout restaurants near your new home before moving day – you'll be glad you did. With this list, you'll be ready to call for takeout if moving day runs long and you need extra food.

Lastly, if you need additional assistance as you get ready for your move, it often pays to collaborate with a real estate agent. In addition to helping you buy or sell a home, this housing market professional can offer expert moving day tips.

Get snacks ready for moving day – use the aforementioned tips, and you should have no trouble providing your moving day team with delectable treats.


In a great established Neighborhood and ready for new owners! Explore the expansion possibilities with this open, updated One Level Living that is a Cape "could be" with full walk-up bright, open attic! More than move in ready, major systems have already been done; roof, windows, siding, heating and electric panel! Upon entering through the glassed in Sun Porch, be pleasantly pleased by the very appealing refreshed interior from the huge eat-in tiled sunny Kitchen to the formal Dining Room to the large Living Room! Also refreshed are the 3 Bedrooms which include the Master Bedroom with exposed hardwood floors, 2nd carpeted Bedroom, 3rd carpeted Bedroom with slider to deck plus convenient main level laundry hookups and the full tiled Bath. Deck overlooks landscaped level fenced back yard with storage shed.

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