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


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To resurface or replace? That's the question. Consider replacing if:

  • They have significant water or humidity damage.
  • They're poorly constructed and/or falling apart.
  • The design frustrates. You could do better starting over.
  • The style can't be easily updated, for example, floral moldings.
  • The cost to refinish is more than new cabinets. It can be.
  • Otherwise, you may want to refinish what you have to make your cabinets.

    How to Replace Cabinets

    Replacing cabinets rarely involves building them yourself. Most kitchen remodeling professionals don't even do that. You can purchase pre-made cabinets. They'll fit in most kitchen. But don't forget to measure.

    Start by evaluating how the cabinets are attached. Most cabinets simply unscrew from the wall for clean removal. You can now hang new ones in their place. But remember, if you need to stain or finish, always do that and let them dry before hanging. It will just be easier when they're on the floor or a work table.

    If it's just the hardware you don't like, consider replacing it instead of the whole cabinet. That's generally a small job that just needs a screwdriver and new handles.

    How to Give Cabinets a New Look

    A coat of paint or stain can work wonders. But know that refinishing actually takes a lot longer than hanging new. Plan for three to eight weekends of work and a semi-functional kitchen during that time. The more cabinets, the longer it will take. Let's get started

  • Choose your resurfacing medium. Polyurethane, varnish, paint, lacquer, shellac, penetrating oil or vinyl are all excellent choices. Purchase this, a stripping agent, clothes and brushes and your local home supply.
  • Ventilate. Open some windows and turn on your stove vent to keep the smells from overpowering you. Safety first.
  • Clean the surfaces. They may have collected years of grease, dust and hand oil.
  • Protect your kitchen by laying down plastic 
  • Remove the hardware and soak it in soapy water. Scrub it, if needed. But a good soak should do most of the work.
  • Strip & refinish the cabinets according to the instructions on the finish you choose. If you're getting creative with alternating colors or finishes, you may want to remove the doors and lay painter tape to create crisp contrasts between shade. 
  • Once dry, replace your glistening hardware. And you're done. 
  • *Pro tip* Some woods soak up oils like a sponge, so you might need multiple coats to achieve the desired look. That's one reason the job takes multiple weekends since each layer must dry.


    This Single-Family in Sturbridge, MA recently sold for $407,500. This Colonial,Gambrel style home was sold by Lorraine Herbert - RE/MAX Professional Associates.


    51 Mcgilpin Rd, Sturbridge, MA 01566

    Single-Family

    $409,900
    Price
    $407,500
    Sale Price

    9
    Rooms
    3
    Beds
    3
    Baths
    Amazing 3 BR 3 BA Colonial Gambrel plus full in-law apartment w/elevator lift from dedicated garage! Positioned on wooded 3 acre lot overlooking ever popular McGilpin Road, this lovely home has a warm appealing character focusing on 1st flr details like bay windows, built in bookshelf walls and extensive brick wood stove hearth. In addition to the front to back Living Rm, here you enjoy an upscale Kitchen w/granite, Dining RM w/slider to deck, Den and cozy Family Rm. 2nd fl includes Master BR w/cathedral Ofc/Sitting Rm & striking focal window, 2nd BR w/full BA, 3rd BR w/addition and full divided BA with skylit whirlpool tub! Major updates include freshly painted interior, newly refinished hardwoods, new carpeting, remodeled BAs, 2017 new heating system w/AC, 2016 roof & 2012 deck. The studio in-law apt has skylit cathedral open layout w/kitchenette, full BA, laundry & elevator for ultimate access. 3 car Gar, solar panels & generator




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    A real estate investment trust (REIT) can be an attractive way to invest in real estate. It allows anyone to invest in real estate assets arranged in a portfolio. Currently, about 87 million Americans invest in these types of stocks.

    What is a REIT? 

    A REIT is a company that operates, finances and/or owns real estate that produces income. It provides its investors with the opportunity to own real estate so they can access an income that is dividend based. Investors in REITs also have a hand in enhancing communities by helping them grow and thrive. 

    How a REIT Works

    In addition to the fact that REITs are much like any other type of stock, they also tend to follow a methodical business model. The company leases space while collecting rent on the real estate it owns. The income generated by these actions is paid to shareholders.

    In order to meet the qualifications for being a REIT, the company is required to pay out at least 90 percent of its taxable income to its shareholders. In many cases, REITs pay out a full 100 percent. Shareholders are required to pay income tax on their dividends. 

    In contrast, mREITs (mortgage real estate investment trusts) don't own any real estate directly. They earn an income on the interest the is generated when they finance investments. 

    Properties REITs Invest In

    The types of real estate properties that a REIT can invest in spans a range of options. These are categorized into 13 different sectors and include residential, retail, healthcare, timberland and more. While most REITs invest in a single sector, there are those that hold more than one type of property. 

    Types of REITs

    There are four general types of REITs. The most common are equity REITs. These operate and/or own real estate that generates income. mREITs focus on providing financing for real estate by originating or purchasing mortgage-related products. 

    Public non-listed REITs are registered with the SEC, but don't trade on the stock exchanges like the two previous types of REITs mentioned. Private REITs also do not trade on the stock exchanges. In addition, they are exempt from having to register with the SEC. 

    Getting Started Investing in REITs

    Investing in REITs is as easy as purchasing shares of a company that's listed on a stock exchange. Other options for investing in a REIT include buying shares in an exchange-traded fund or a mutual fund that focuses on REITs. Investors also have the option to invest in private REITs and REITs that are public but not listed on the stock exchanges. 

    While REITs have historically outperformed a number of United States benchmarks, it's important to speak with an investment advisor or financial planner who can provide guidance and targeted information specific to your location and goals.



    2D First Street, Brimfield, MA 01010

    Land

    $37,900
    Price

    1.51
    Acres
    Residential
    Land Type
    Owner ready to sell, Bring an offer! Very nice wooded lot in Little Alum area.1.5+ acres with 2004 perc test. Quiet country location with very easy access to major routes from Sturbridge end of Brimfield Little Alum Lake area
    Open House
    No scheduled Open Houses




    A home selling checklist is a must-have, regardless of whether you intend to list a single-family residence or a mansion. If you craft a home selling checklist today, you can prepare for the property selling journey. And as a result, you could boost the likelihood of enjoying a fast, profitable home selling experience.

    Now, let's take a look at three factors to consider as you create a home selling checklist.

    1. Your Home Selling Timeline

    Think about how quickly you need to sell your house. Once you have a home selling timeline in place, you then can determine the steps you will need to take to achieve the best possible results.

    Strive to maximize the time and resources at your disposal throughout the home selling journey. If you understand how much time is available, you can establish priorities and map out your time accordingly. As such, you may be better equipped than ever before to sell your home without delay.

    2. Your Home's Condition

    Ultimately, your home's condition will play a major role in your home selling experience. If you focus on upgrading your house's interior and exterior, you could make your residence an attractive option for buyers.

    To improve your house's exterior, you should mow the lawn and perform other lawn care tasks. Complete these tasks regularly to ensure your house will dazzle buyers any time they walk or drive by it.

    In addition, remove clutter from inside your house. This will allow you to showcase the full size of your residence to buyers. It will also make it simple for buyers to envision what life may be like if they purchase your home.

    3. Your Initial Home Asking Price

    How you price your residence may have far-flung effects on your house selling experience. If the initial asking price of your home is too high based on its condition and the current state of the real estate market, your residence may linger on the housing market for many weeks or months.

    To price your house competitively, it may be beneficial to conduct a home appraisal. This allows you to receive a home valuation that you can use to determine the optimal initial asking price for your house.

    Furthermore, take a look at the available houses in your city or town that are comparable to your residence. With this housing market data in hand, you can see how your residence stacks up against the competition and price it appropriately.

    For those who need assistance as they put together a house selling checklist, think about hiring a real estate agent, too. This housing market professional can teach you everything you need to know about selling a home. Best of all, a real estate agent can offer insights to help you make informed home selling decisions.

    Ready to list your house? Create a home selling checklist, and you can move closer to achieving your house selling goals.




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