Dorrinda O’Keefe-Shea - CENTURY 21 Toomey-Lovett, Inc Centurian 2012 Top Producer Diamond Award


For home sellers who want to do whatever it takes to enhance a house's interior, depersonalization is key.

By depersonalizing a house's interior, a home seller can make it easy for a homebuyer to envision what life might be like if he or she purchases a residence. That way, a home seller can increase the likelihood of a fast, seamless and profitable home selling experience.

Effectively depersonalizing a home's interior can be simple – here are three areas that a home seller needs to consider to depersonalize a house's interior:

1. Photographs

Although photographs of loved ones, celebrations and family vacations may hang throughout your residence, now is the right time to take them down if you're selling your house.

Removing photographs from all walls and shelves is necessary to effectively depersonalize a house. In addition, don't forget to hide any photographs located in a home office.

2. Antiques

Antiques are beautiful treasures that deserve to be displayed. However, if you're selling your house, it may be worthwhile to temporarily store these items outside your residence.

When it comes to antiques, it is always better to err on the side of caution. If you have priceless treasures that need to be removed from your house, you should allocate the necessary time and resources to store them properly. This will enable you to minimize the risk of damage to your antiques while you sell your home.

In some instances, renting a storage unit for your antiques may prove to be a great idea. Or, if you have a family member or friend who has extra storage space available, he or she may be able to hold your antiques until your residence sells.

3. Artwork

Awe-inspiring artwork can help you show off your unique personality. But if you have bold paintings, sculptures or other artwork in your home, you may want to remove these items while your house is listed on the real estate market.

Artwork sometimes can be distracting, and as a result, may make it tough for homebuyers to imagine what life could be like if they purchase your house. Also, if artwork takes up lots of space, it might be difficult for homebuyers to see the full potential of your living space.

If you need help with depersonalizing your house's interior, you should reach out to a real estate agent for support.

A real estate agent understands how to showcase a residence to homebuyers. As such, he or she will offer honest, unbiased recommendations to help you depersonalize your residence's interior and ensure your home will capture homebuyers' attention.

Furthermore, a real estate agent can serve as your guide along the home selling journey. He or she will set up home showings and open houses, negotiate with homebuyers on your behalf and respond to your home selling concerns and questions at any time.

Ready to depersonalize your house's interior? Consider the aforementioned areas, and you can give your home's interior a fresh look and feel before you list your residence.



38 E Brookfield Rd, North Brookfield, MA 01535

Multi-Family

$326,000
Price

2
Units
3,690
Approx. GLA
Close to North Brookfield Center on East Brookfield Road this completely renovated Colonial Zoned for Business has served as a Thriving business and showroom for many years. Now it is looking for a new owner. This property has so many possibilities for both residential and Business use. If you have ever thought of running your own business from your Home this is the property for you! The Antique Colonial has been loving restored. There are 5 rooms with 2 bedrooms. Attached to the main house is a rental studio apartment. For the horse lovers there is a 36 X 60 Drive through Post and Beam barn with stalls and tack room w/ a 28 X 50 workshop w/ poured cement floor and 11 foot ceiling height, ideal for use in any number of commercial business possibilities. Well maintained, newer septic, heating and updated mechanical. Minutes from the North Brookfield Rail Trail great for Walking and the center of town for shopping. Close to major routes for commuters.
Open House
No scheduled Open Houses

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38 East Brookfield Road, North Brookfield, MA 01535

Single-Family

$326,000
Price

8
Rooms
3
Beds
2/1
Full/Half Baths
North Brookfield Antique Home lovingly restored w/ endless possibilities. This property is Commercial Zoned,12 Stall Barn & Artist Studio . There is a beautifully cleared field, wooded area plus an extra building lot is possible. Commercial zoning lends this property to many opportunities for the new owner, live in the home, use the studio apartment as an income apartment, in-law or Master Suite! The Studio is attached to the Barn & has been rented in the past to a stone cutter as a studio. This would make a fantastic shop for a potter or sculptor. The main house has 4 fireplaces, pine floors, plus a wonderful antique Chestnut barn for a business, storage,or animals.New Barn Roof. 100 + year old trees of willow, chestnut & pine provide a protective canopy over the home & barn.This property has possibility for both residential & business use. If you have ever dreamed of owning an Antique home & running your own Business from home this is the ONE! Minutes from N.Brookfield Rail Trail
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This Single-Family in Ware, MA recently sold for $190,000. This Cape style home was sold by Dorrinda O'Keefe-Shea - Century 21 NS Group.


40 Crescent St, Ware, MA 01082

Single-Family

$198,000
Price
$190,000
Sale Price

5
Rooms
2
Beds
1
Baths
You will fall in love with this adorable Cape with 2 bedrooms and 1 full bath. On a beautiful corner lot with shade tress's and a paved drive.Great starter home or downsizing! This home has a lot of character like rounded doorways and built-ins in the foyers area. Enjoy morning coffee in your bright , enclosed front porch.Updated Roof, Siding, Windows and Furnace. Town water and sewer. This home has a great level back yard for entertaining family and friends. Walk out basement with small patio area and one car garage under with plenty of room for a workshop! Walk-up attic is great for storage too. Come see this home and make it your own! Great commuter location, close to major routes.

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If you’re hoping to buy a home in the near future, there are a number of financial factors you’ll need to consider.

One of the factors that all lenders will consider when determining whether or not to approve you for a mortgage is credit score.

In this article, we’ll lay out the minimum and ideal credit scores that are needed for getting approved for a home loan.

Determining Your Score

As you may guess, credit reporting is a complicated business. There are three main reporting companies that lenders use to determine your credit: Experian, TransUnion, and Equifax. These companies largely collect the same data about your finances, but can have minor variations. Lenders will take these scores and use the median or middle score to determine your credit rating.

Thanks to the Fair Credit Reporting Act, Americans have the ability to confirm the accuracy of their reports.

If you want to find your credit score, there are a number of online reporting agencies that will show you your report for free on an annual or monthly basis.

Minimum credit scores

Depending on the type of loan you’re applying for and which lender you are pursuing, minimum credit scores vary.

For those seeking first-time homeowner (FHA) loans, you’ll need a credit score of at least 580 to qualify for a 3.5% down payment. A score lower than this amount and you will need to put at least 10% down.

Since FHA loans are insured by the government, you are more likely to be approved if you have a low or “poor” or “bad” credit score (usually anywhere from 300 to 650).

Another type of loan that could help people with low credit is offered by the Department of Veteran’s Affairs. These loans, known as VA loans, are guaranteed, in part, by the government. However, the loans are still approved and distributed by lenders who all have varying minimum credit requirements. A good benchmark is that you’ll need a score of at least 620 to be approved.

Minimum isn’t ideal

While you may get approved for a loan with a low credit, this isn’t always a reason to celebrate.

Lenders use your credit score, among other things, to help determine the interest rate of your loan. A lower score often means a higher interest rate.

While 1 or 2 percent can seem like a small number, it can mean paying tens of thousands of dollars more in interest over the span of a thirty-year loan.

To illustrate the importance of one percent, consider the following. If you owe $200,000 on a home and intend to pay it over 30 years, you will pay $103,000 in interest at 3% and $143,000 at 4% - that’s a difference of $40,000.

Rather than shooting for the minimum credit score, a better approach would be to build credit while saving for a down payment. Someone with a credit score of 740 or higher will be seen by most mortgage lenders as an ideal person to lend to.

Of course, life doesn’t always allow for the ideal situation. So, do your best to save and build credit, and be sure to shop around for the best rates when you’re ready.




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