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Rocass asked:
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Thu Oct 13, 2016
Paul answered:
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Thu Jan 15, 2015
Myersjulie31 answered:
I think that for the most part, buyers really like more efficient options like solar panels and floor heating. I have a friend that is looking for homes, and really wants to get solar panels. Then she will be able to have a better electricity bill, which would be really nice! I would suggest that you put in these "extras" as you call them, and then you will most likely have an increase in interest! ... more
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Fri May 9, 2014
Amanda Rios-dellechiaie asked:
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Sat May 5, 2012
Barbara Van Slett answered:
Hi Bill,

The average single family rental in Sturbridge and Charlton area is $1600. They range from $1200 - $2200. Rents have been rising. They do not stay on the market for long.
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Thu Apr 21, 2011
Jennifer Mu's Team answered:
Yes!! A short sale can be an excellent opportunity for a first time home buyer. In a short sale you can often get a great deal on a property that you might not otherwise be able to afford if it was a standard sale. This is because short sales often sell a bit below market value. There are multiple reasons for this not the least of which is that the number of people willing to make a short sale purchase is a subset of the market as a whole. If you are willing to be patient and deal with some of issues with a short sale you can take advantage of this. Bear in mind though, as a purchaser you DO need to be willing to be patient and flexible. A short sale can take longer than a standard sale, and more complications can arise. It is for this reason that you need a realtor experienced with short sales who can help speed the process along AND protect your interests. I have a short sale specialty and have seen people get a lot of great deals with short sales but never do it without a qualified agent in your corner. ... more
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Tue Mar 2, 2010
Laura Stevens answered:
Hi Massgal,
I think that whenever you hire an agent to represent you (in anything, not just real estate) you should have what I call a "mutual expectations" conversation with that agent. Indeed, the agent should be having that conversation with you.

The only way for an agent to live up to your expectations is if he or she knows what they are. Also, you need to know what role the agent expects you to take in the home search process so that you can decide if you want to do that or look for an agent that expects differently from you.

For instance, I usually instruct my agents to have their clients drive by a home if the buyer is unfamiliar with the street. That way, if the buyer hates the neighborhood, time has been saved for not only the agent, but also the buye and the seller. Why plan a time to go see a house that you are going to rule out because of the location? On the other hand, if the agent already knows that the buyer likes the neighborhood, then there is no need to drive by and the agent should go straight to making the appt to view. Even in this market, the best homes are snapped up quickly.

what you have posed does not seem unreasonable on the surface, but you have to ask yourself honestly, are you asking for too much info on too many houses and running your agent ragged, or are you extremely selective in which homes you want more info on? If it is the latter, you are good, but if you are asking for boatloads of info on a lot of houses (that you ultimately are not going to buy anyway) then you are indeed asking alot.

I have another "buying aid" that I share with my agents and clients. Limit the number of homes that you "have an interest in" to just 3 at all times. You are only going to buy 1 home (I am assuming here). You would be most apt to make an offer on the house that is number 1 on your list. You MIGHT settle for number 2 if the first house was unavailable due to terms, price, etc., but you most likely WILL NOT buy your 3rd choice and you definately wouldn't even consider settling for 4th or 5th place, so why muddle up your buying process with those that are beyond the 3rd place house?

Hope some of that helps you. Good luck with your purchase and if you decide to switch agents now, or in the future, please call a Keller Williams Realty Professional.

Laura Stevens
Operating Principal
Keller Williams Realty
Longmeadow, Agawam and Northampton, MA
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Mon Aug 10, 2009
Hi Bobby, my son grew up in Natick to age 6, after Dover as a pre-schooler. Natick fought his interests as a special needs student every step of the way. Fortunately, we found out about a school in Lincoln, Ma., the wonderful Carroll School, which changed his life as a student toward amazing success. He then began high school in Brookline, Ma., the most renowned choice in the state, receiving encouragement and leading to stellar achievements including multiple scholarships in college. NorthboroSouthboro system would have had him in a 'remedial' program with little eventual prospects there. If your child has learning disablitiies that ARE treatable, then get he or she in the right place. You can 'google' my statements to get an assurance of my advice. Good luck Bob . ... more
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Wed Jul 29, 2009
Kathryn Acciari answered:
Sturbridge is a wonderful town. It is centrally located, with easy highway access to all major New England cities. The school are very good. The high school, approximately 5 years old, has fabulous sports and arts facilities in addition to its strong academics. FYI, the high school and junior high serve five towns: Sturbridge, Wales, Holland, Brimfield, and Brookfield. The town is looking at expanding the elementary school (Burgess), which serves grades K-6.

I live in Sturbridge and love it. We have Old Sturbridge Village as our historical playground. There are numerous parks, ponds and lakes, plenty of festivals, and fantastic restaurants. Please see my Sturbridge community web site (below) for an inside look at our town.

Other great towns with solid school systems: Grafton, Charlton, Dudley, Holland, Brimfield, Auburn, Westborough, Wilbraham.

Please let me know how I can help!
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Thu Jul 23, 2009
Sue Como answered:
Unfortunately not the only bus service runs to Brookfield just north of Sturbridge.
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