John Colby


Posted by John Colby on 12/10/2017

The American home is rapidly changing. New technologies like rooftop solar and smart home security systems are quickly becoming the norm in neighborhoods across the country.

If youíre thinking of taking on some new home improvement projects, itís a good idea to be forward-thinking and choose projects that will be sought after into the future.

In this article, weíll talk about some trending home improvements you can make that will help bring your home into the future.

Automation

Smart home technologies make life easier, and theyíre not going out of style anytime soon. Being able to lock and unlock doors, adjust the temperature, and turn off lights all from an app on your phone has never been easier. If you plan on selling your home in the coming years, having these perks could be a selling point for potential buyers.

Green energy

When it comes to energy prices, you can count on them continuing to rise. As a result, many homeowners have installed money-saving features like rooftop solar, connecting to off-site green energy grids (such as solar or wind), and utilizing less expensive heating alternatives like pellet stoves.

Energy-efficient appliances are another up-and-coming trend that buyers are likely to be looking for. They tend to come with the latest technologies and styles, but also save money in the process.

You donít have to take on a big project to make your home greener. You can also perform small tasks like replacing all of your light bulbs with newer, energy-efficient bulbs.

These projects will attract two types of buyers: those who are environmentally-minded, and those who are looking to save on utilities.

In-duct purifiers

As people become more concerned with the effects of pollution on the human body, many homeowners will see air purifiers as a necessity. An in-duct purifier requires little maintenance and improves air quality throughout your entire house.

Temperature-controlled shower head

You would think that in this time of amazing scientific and technological advancements that we would be able to get into the shower without fiddling with the controls for ten minutes. With a temperature controlled, digital display shower head, you can set the temperature and let the faucet do the work for you.

This one will save you time in the shower, help you avoid getting scorched, and will pique the interest of potential future buyers.

Materials that last

Home advancements havenít just been made in the area of electronics. New building materials have made some objects last much longer than they did just a few years ago.

New roofing materials have exponentially increased the lifespan of roofs. New metal roofs can be made to look like traditional shingled or tiled roofs. Similarly, there are currently roofs being developed that have hidden solar panels built-in. Those too will be available in different traditional styles.

Aside from roofs, siding and decks are also being made with materials that last much longer than was previously possible. Having a durable house is something that any potential homebuyer would want to see.





Posted by John Colby on 12/10/2017


9 S Royalston Rd, Royalston, MA 01368

Single-Family

$239,000
Price

8
Rooms
3
Beds
1
Baths
A Super Private and Beautiful Backyard Escape with 2 acres of Open Land, Woodland & Stonewalls ! Wanna Get Away while you are at home ? This home has 2 Studios ! One spacious studio attached to the house and one detached Post & Beam Designed Barn/Studio 24 ft by 20 ft in a Super Private Green Space just a short walk from the house ......The home has 3 bedrooms with a large Master on the 1st floor. The Natural interior lighting is Bright, Airy & Inspirational. An Endearing and colorful painting scheme enhances the interesting features of this 1840 home just walking distance to the Royalston Common . The generally level backyard is bordered by stone walls and is quite a surprise as to it's Privacy !....
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Posted by John Colby on 12/10/2017


108 Athol Road, Royalston, MA 01368

Single-Family

$214,500
Price

9
Rooms
5
Beds
1/1
Full/Half Baths
Newly posted Interior Photos ! Home has been emptied ! This is an estate sale. Privately set back from and Tucked Away this circa 1835- 1850 Farmhouse has a Genuine History in the Town of Royalston !.Freshly Painted Exterior Located just a 10 minute walk to Doane's Falls ( A place described by Historians as Being one of Incredible Natural Beauty with it's 3 Waterfalls descending over 200 feet ! The Private Back yard has Huge Fir Trees overlooking the Property that reminisce of Tanglewood Gardens . There are both Floral and Vegetable Gardens. Backyard Fieldstone Niche is just waiting for your Personal touches. There is a detached Garage Styled Workshop for storage and a place to do Future Projects !. Hike from Here to Long Pond or Kayak the pristine Nature Trip to Long Pond from the bottom of Doane's Falls! Immediate Occupancy and will qualify for most mortgage programs ! Updated Title 5, Updated wiring, Plumbing and Modern style FHA heating !
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Posted by John Colby on 12/3/2017

The process of closing on a home can seem lengthy and complex if itís your first time buying or selling a house. There are several costs and fees required to close on a home, and while itís up to the individuals to decide who covers what costs, there are some conventions to follow.

In this article, weíre going to talk about closing costs for selling a house and signing on a mortgage. Weíll discuss who pays what, and whether there is room for negotiation within the various fees and expenses.

But first, letís talk a little bit about what closing costs are and what to expect when you start the process of buying or selling a home.

Closing costs, simplified

If youíre just now entering the real estate market, the good news is you can often estimate your closing costs based on the value of the property in question. You can ask your real estate agent relatively early on in the process for a ballpark figure of your costs.

Closing costs will vary depending on the circumstances of your sale and the area you live in. In some cases, closing costs can be bundled into your mortgage, such as in ďNo Closing Cost Mortgages.Ē However, avoiding having to deal with closing costs often comes at the expense of a slightly higher interest rate.

If you are planning to buy a house and have recently applied for a mortgage, laws require that your lender sends you an estimate of your closing costs within a few days of your application.

Now that we know how closing costs work, letís take a look at who plays what.

Buyer closing costs

In terms of the sheer number of closing costs, buyers tend to have the most to deal with. Fortunately, your real estate agent will help you navigate these costs and simplify the process.

They can range from two to five percent of the cost of the sale price of the home. However, be sure to check with your lender for the closest estimate of your closing costs. Itís a good idea to shop around for mortgage lenders based on interest rates as well as closing costs charged by the lender.

Here are some of the costs you might be asked to pay as a home buyer:

  • Appraisal fees

  • Attorney fees

  • Origination fees

  • Prepaid interest or discount points

  • Home inspection fee

  • Insurance and Escrow deposits

  • Recording fees

  • Underwriting fees

Seller Closing Costs

While the seller pays a larger amount of closing costs, sellers still have obligations at closing that can be just as expensive. The biggest expense for sellers is to pay the real estate commission. Commission usually falls in the vicinity of 6% of the sale price of the home. This covers the commission of both the sellerís and the buyerís real estate agents. 


The main takeaway? Buyers and sellers both share the burden of closing costs. While the buyer has more expenses to take care of, the seller pays for the largest costs.





Posted by John Colby on 12/1/2017


662 Spring St, Athol, MA 01331

Single-Family

$199,900
Price

7
Rooms
2
Beds
1/1
Full/Half Baths
THIS NICELY LAID OUT HOME IN A SUPER NEIGHBORHOOD HAS THE BEST BONES ! As they say "You could never build this home today for this price".... Recent updates include a Forced Hot Water Boiler. This home has Central Air Conditioning ! Recent Exterior trim painting has changed the homes personality ! The siding is low maintenance vinyl. This Spacious Single Floor Ranch style home has a recent architectural shingle roof , & Andersen windows along with brand new Stainless kitchen appliances ! Oversized 2 car attached garage and walkup attic. There are very few single level homes available as in reality very very few have been built in our area in the last 10 years ! Huge walkout basement with double door access for bigger items like your car or boat . Town Water & Sewer and 1.7 acres of land . Large Laundry room with 1/2 bath.
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