Gregory Murphy & Cathy Ferrone - WEICHERT, REALTORS® - Briarwood Real Estate



Posted by Gregory Murphy & Cathy Ferrone on 4/25/2019

If you're an apartment renter ready to take the plunge into home ownership, there are a lot of reasons to be excited! Owning your own home does bring with it additional work and responsibilities, but the feeling of pride that accompanies it makes it all worthwhile!

Once you get used to the idea that "the buck stops here" and that there's no landlord to handle repairs and maintenance any more, it won't take long to get into the rhythm of being an established property owner. Here are a few tips to help ensure that your first experience with home ownership is a satisfying one.

  • Get a good real estate agent. A real estate professional can provide you with valuable guidance, advice, and information about houses you're considering in your desired neighborhoods and price ranges. A buyers' agent can help you avoid many of the potential pitfalls of buying your first home and help you stay within budget. They'll assist you in clarifying your priorities and work on your behalf to find homes that meet your requirements. A service-oriented agent will not only point out the positive aspects of houses you're considering, but they'll also discuss ideas for adapting the home to your specific needs and lifestyle.
  • Hire an experienced property inspector. A seasoned home inspector can take a close look at the condition of the house and property you're considering and help make sure there are no major structural defects, safety issues, or operational problems with the home's systems and components. Although every property inspector approaches their job a little differently, their inspection service should include everything from the roof and foundation to the plumbing, electrical, and HVAC systems. They may also report to you on the condition of the home's insulation, its exterior, and any existing or potential drainage problems on the property. Certain aspects of the house may be excluded from the inspection if it's difficult or unsafe to gain access to them. A top-notch home inspector can also provide useful insights into repairs that need to be made on the house. As a side note, professional property inspectors are often members of The American Society of Home Inspectors and follow the organization's Standards of Practice.
  • Visit a lot of different houses for sale before making a final decision. It also pays to have a checklist with you to keep track of how each house stacks up to your requirements and expectations.
While your emotions will invariably play a role in your final choice, many other factors should also be taken into account, including the character of the neighborhood, proximity to conveniences and shopping, and the quality of the school district. Your real estate agent and/or the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development can provide you with a handy checklist for evaluating and comparing homes for sale.





Posted by Gregory Murphy & Cathy Ferrone on 4/23/2019


Lot 14 Peterson Lane, Foxboro, MA 02035

Single-Family

$739,900
Price

10
Rooms
4
Beds
2/1
Full/Half Baths
Stunning Colonial In Cul-De-Sac Neighborhood; Open Foyer Adds That "Wow" Factor As You Walk In The Front Door; 9' Ceilings And The Open Floor Plan Allow You To Feel Part Of The Family Wherever You are On The 1st Floor; Kitchen w/Stainless Steel Farmer's Sink, Quartz Countertops, Tiled Backsplash & Upgraded Appliances; Stained Hardwood Floors; Gas Fireplace In Family Room; Open Foyer w/Custom Railing; Large Master Bedroom w/Hardwood Floors Over The Garage & Master Bath w/Tiled Shower w/Rain Shower Head & Soaking Tub! 3 Additional Large Bedrooms; Walkup Attic Allows You To Finish That Space If You Want A Man Cave; Natural Gas for Heating, Hot Water & Cooking; Minutes to Highway & Stadium; Walking distance to Center of Town! Incredible Kid Friendly Neighborhood! If You Want To Live In Foxboro Then This Is The Place For You! House is Finished, You Just Need To Select Carpeting For The Kids Bedrooms!
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Posted by Gregory Murphy & Cathy Ferrone on 4/23/2019


Lot 14 Peterson Lane, Foxboro, MA 02035

Single-Family

$739,900
Price

10
Rooms
4
Beds
2/1
Full/Half Baths
Stunning Colonial In Cul-De-Sac Neighborhood; Open Foyer Adds That "Wow" Factor As You Walk In The Front Door; 9' Ceilings And The Open Floor Plan Allow You To Feel Part Of The Family Wherever You are On The 1st Floor; Kitchen w/Stainless Steel Farmer's Sink, Quartz Countertops, Tiled Backsplash & Upgraded Appliances; Stained Hardwood Floors; Gas Fireplace In Family Room; Open Foyer w/Custom Railing; Large Master Bedroom w/Hardwood Floors Over The Garage & Master Bath w/Tiled Shower w/Rain Shower Head & Soaking Tub! 3 Additional Large Bedrooms; Walkup Attic Allows You To Finish That Space If You Want A Man Cave; Natural Gas for Heating, Hot Water & Cooking; Minutes to Highway & Stadium; Walking distance to Center of Town! Incredible Kid Friendly Neighborhood! If You Want To Live In Foxboro Then This Is The Place For You! House is Finished, You Just Need To Select Carpeting For The Kids Bedrooms!
Open House
Saturday
April 27 at 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM
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Location: Lot 14 Peterson Lane, Foxboro, MA 02035    Get Directions

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Posted by Gregory Murphy & Cathy Ferrone on 4/18/2019

In the quest to find a new home that you love, there are two fundamental things you must know: how much you can realistically afford to spend and what you need to be happy.

Qualifying for a mortgage is one of the first hurdles on the road to home ownership, but loan approval doesn't necessarily mean you can comfortably afford a house you have your eye on.

There are other expenses to factor into the equation, such as closing costs, the down payment, school and property taxes, possible HOA fees, and maintenance costs.

If a house you're considering needs a lot of repairs, updating, and decorating, for instance, those projects could take a big bite out of your bank account and household budget. First-time home buyers and growing families moving into larger homes often have to consider the cost of furniture, new window treatments, and painting supplies. People moving from an apartment or condo to a house may also need to buy a lawnmower, tools, and property maintenance machinery (weed whackers, leaf blowers, snow blowers, etc.)

Once you've determined that you can absorb all those costs without being "house poor," the next step is creating a list of requirements, preferences, and lifestyle goals. For example, if privacy is important to you, you'll need to narrow your search to homes that have a sufficient amount of frontage and space between neighbors and streets. Fences, privacy hedges, and mature trees could also help provide you with the kind of living environment you're looking for.

While the emotional appeal of a house is an important aspect of home-buying decisions, the location of a property and the amount of living space it provides will play a central role in your level of satisfaction. In addition to having enough bedrooms, bathrooms, and storage space, you may also want to consider things like the home's architectural style and whether the floorplan is to your liking.

Many families prioritize the quality of the school district, the look and feel of the neighborhood, and the distance from shopping centers, recreation, and needed services. Also highly desirable is a daily commute to work that isn't too grueling or time consuming!

Since everyone has different goals and needs when it comes to finding the ideal home, there's no one-size-fits-all strategy for zeroing in on the house of your dreams. Although there are a lot of websites that provide great ideas on everything from flooring and countertops to cabinetry and room color, having your real estate agent show you houses that match your specifications is the most productive thing you can do.

Getting out there and physically viewing and walking through houses in your price range will eventually lead you to the home that's just right for you and your family. It's a process in which you need to immerse yourself, but with a little persistence and a clear idea of what you want, you're sure to find the home that checks off most (if not all) of the boxes on your priority and wish lists!




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Posted by Gregory Murphy & Cathy Ferrone on 4/17/2019

This Single-Family in Bridgewater, MA recently sold for $575,000. This Colonial style home was sold by Gregory Murphy & Cathy Ferrone - WEICHERT, REALTORS® - Briarwood Real Estate.


25 Calthrop Dr, Bridgewater, MA 02324

Single-Family

$610,000
Price
$575,000
Sale Price

9
Rooms
4
Beds
3/1
Full/Half Baths
Magnificent and well maintained expansive colonial located in a desirable neighborhood with easy access to commuter rail and Bridgewater State University. The first floor great room with floor to ceiling stone fireplace, cathedral ceiling and over-sized windows, is the perfect spot to relax! There is a fabulous kitchen with unique granite counters, center island and a breakfast nook adjacent to a large deck to enjoy your morning coffee! Life is made much easier with a laundry room and mud room on the first floor as well as a half bath. Like to work from home? Enjoy the perfect home office! Entertain? Your new formal dining room has room for all of your relatives and friends! The second floor includes an expansive master bedroom and three additional large bedrooms, all with private or Jack-and-Jill bathrooms. Estate-sized yard w/privacy. So much more is offered by this wonderful property, but don't take our word for it.....make your appointment and see for yourself!

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