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Posted by John Colby on 7/18/2017


36 Lincoln Ave, Athol, MA 01331

Single-Family

$209,900
Price

7
Rooms
4
Beds
2
Baths
All cabinetry by Glenwood ! This home is an interesting blend of 1920's Victorian & Craftsman Interior design styles. Detailed woodwork, painting, and Impeccable higher quality finishes are used throughout the Interior and Exterior of the property. There s a good sized 1st floor bedroom with adjoining full bath that can be handicapped accessible ! There are 3 bedrooms upstairs (one of which is currently used as an Office). The 2nd floor Master Bedroom has a huge walk in closet. This home is in a convenient in town location and is a nice walk to the Silver Lake beach area , Downtown Athol and the YMCA ! This property has been testefully updated by the current owners ! 2 Car detached garage w/work area.
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Posted by John Colby on 7/16/2017

Apartments in some cities and municipalities offer as much space as the average size house. Amenities in apartments make living at the rentals comfortable and flexible. There are granite kitchen and bathroom counters, large walk-in closets and spacious bedroom en suites, to name a few apartment amenities.

Why it might be time to transition from renting to owning

With amenities like these, you can feel like you're living at a house even while you rent an apartment. But, that doesn't mean that it always makes sense to keep renting a house or an apartment. When you rent, you're not in complete control of your living arrangements. Your landlord is.

Generally, renting a house offers more independence when it comes to making decisions about your living space than renting an apartment. However, regardless of where you rent, your landlord may communicate that you cannot:

  • Keep large dogs in your apartment or leased house
  • Upgrade bathroom or kitchen cabinets
  • Plant fruit or vegetables in the front or backyard, even easy to care for food like tomatoes
  • Install a different style of windows at the property
  • Allow guests to stay at your apartment for longer than three to four weeks without getting management approval
  • Rent  one or more rooms even if you are not using the space
  • Barbecue on your front or back porch or in outdoor areas besides set barbecue cooking locations near the clubhouse or recreation center

More reasons to stop renting

Lack of authority to have any type of pet that you want at your home or redesign and style the property the way that you want is only one reason why it might not make sense to keep renting. Check out these other reasons when it doesn't make sense to keep renting:

  • Less opportunities to build real estate equity - You'll never own property that you rent unless you enter a rent-to-own agreement with the current owner of the property.
  • Rising rents - It's not uncommon for landlords to raise apartment and housing rents once a year or every two to three years.
  • Fewer chances to make money off the property - Owning your own home gives you the chance to earn income from the property. For example, you could rent out your house while you take ownership of another house, broadening your real estate equity.
  • Limited parking options - Although parking lots at apartment complexes are large, you have a limited number of parking spaces that you can use. If parking at apartment complexes is small, the apartment management might only be allowed one parking spot per resident.

It's true that renting removes the need to pay for and perform house repairs and general maintenance. By renting, you also avoid taking on a mortgage. What you don't get when you rent is assurance that, despite inflation and other economic shifts, your monthly housing costs won't change. You also generally won't have the authority and legal right to make any design and structural changes to property that you rent whenever you want.




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Posted by John Colby on 7/9/2017


00000 Ridge Rd Extension, Athol, MA 01331

Land

$130,000
Price

5.00
Acres
Residential
Land Type
5 Acres with a Skyline view of the Berkshire Foothills and the Towns on the Northern rim of the Quabbin !...Town sewer ! Lot has recently been cleared and is ready to build on ! Due to the Natural grades you can build your dream hme with a walkout basement thus circumventing the new State building code's inherent costs! Call for details on this money saving issue !
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Posted by John Colby on 7/9/2017

Buying a condo represents a life-changing investment. As such, you'll want to allocate the necessary time and resources to ensure that purchasing a condo is right for you.

So what does it take to determine whether to purchase a condo? Here are three tips for those who are evaluating the pros and cons of buying a condo.

1. Understand What Condo Life Is All About

A condo and a house are two very different types of properties. Thus, you'll want to understand what condo life is all about before you purchase a condo.

For example, homeowners likely will have a front yard and backyard that they will need to maintain year-round. Homeowners also can plant a garden, install an in-ground pool and perform various home maintenance and upgrade projects at any time.

On the other hand, condo owners frequently live in closer proximity to one another in comparison to homeowners. This means condo owners likely won't have to mow their own lawns or shovel their walkways in winter. However, condo owners might lack the space to set up a personal garden, and they may require homeowners association (HOA) approval to complete any home exterior modifications as well.

2. Know the HOA Fees

Although you'll pay a mortgage as part of a condo purchase, you will still need to consider the HOA fees in addition to your monthly mortgage costs.

HOA fees cover the costs of insurance, maintenance and other property expenses. Plus, if your condo's roof is severely damaged or destroyed, you should be covered thanks to your HOA fees.

To learn about your HOA fees, you can contact the HOA directly. Also, your real estate agent will be able to provide insights into the HOA fees associated with a condo.

3. Collaborate with an Experienced Real Estate Agent

When it comes to purchasing a condo, all real estate agents are not created equal.

Finding a real estate agent who possesses many years of experience with condos is paramount. This real estate agent will be able to help you understand the ins and outs of condo life, examine HOA fees closely and discover whether a condo purchase is right for you.

Furthermore, your real estate agent should be able to help you along each stage of the homebuying journey. He or she will be able to set up condo showings, assess condos that match your price range and provide expert homebuying tips as you move along the homebuying journey.

Perhaps best of all, your real estate agent understands that the process of buying a condo can be challenging. As a result, your real estate agent is happy to respond to your concerns and queries. That way, if you're uncertain about purchasing a condo, you can consult with your real estate agent and get the best support possible.

Hire a real estate agent with condo experience you'll be glad you did. With this real estate professional at your disposal, you should have no trouble finding your dream condo in no time at all.




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Posted by John Colby on 7/4/2017


108 Athol Road, Royalston, MA 01368

Single-Family

$214,900
Price

9
Rooms
5
Beds
1/1
Full/Half Baths
Tucked Away this circa 1850 Old Farmhouse has a Genuine History in the Town of Royalston !.Freshly Painted and 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. 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 !
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