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Posted by Homestead Realty Group on 2/11/2020

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If you have a backyard with a terrace or balcony, consider investing in an outdoor heater to extend your living space. Add warmth to chilly fall or spring evenings while relaxing on your porch swing or enjoying a meal on your patio. With a heat source, you can enjoy your outdoor entertainment area in any season while creating a comfortable atmosphere. Choose from a variety of outdoor heating systems: electric or gas terrace heating, open or enclosed flame or heating element, etc. Your options range from practical to decorative, so your choice should depend on where and how you will use it.

The main considerations:

  • Fuel source: Patio heaters come in a range of power sources from gas-burning (LP—propane—or natural gas), wood or charcoal, to electric. Electric or gas models allow you to control the quantity of BTUs generated. Wood or charcoal-burning firepits are less controlled, depending on wind, humidity, and other factors.

  • Size: Patio heaters come as small as tabletop models and as large freestanding units. Electric or natural gas heaters can be incorporated into a home’s structure while wood or coal versions require open ventilation. For a small patio, a tabletop version providing up to 10,000 BTUs provides comfort for about four people. Larger patios or poolside decks benefit from freestanding heaters that offer higher BTUs.

  • Ambiance: While LP units—those often seen on restaurant patios—offer a controlled source of heat and a tabletop version might keep a small dinner comfortable, a decorative wall-mounted unit or hanging unit might provide a beautiful alternative in your situation. Hanging heaters give out a smaller amount of heat and work in spaces radiating out nine or 10 feet, such as a gazebo or screened porch. Often made to resemble ceiling fans, a hanging heater is typically electric-powered. A wall-mounted unit utilizes an enclosed ventilation system, so any fumes are expelled far away from your family and friends. Some wall-mounted heaters resemble fireplace and range from traditional to very modern styles to match your design motif.

  • Portability: Carefully review how you are likely to use your heater. A portable heater gives you more location options, so a single unit can be poolside in the warmer seasons to ward off chilly evening or moved nearer the house to extend your entertainment area to the patio through the winter. If you intend to use your heater in multiple locations, look for one with wheels to make it easier to shift from deck to patio or poolside.

  • Safety: The heater you select should have easily accessible shut-off valves and switches. If you choose to use an electric unit near a wet area, have it installed by a professional to ensure the protection of your family and friends. When using an open flame unit, such as a wood, charcoal, or open gas fireplace, monitor small children and pets to keep them away from the flame. 

Outdoor heaters are a phenomenal option for extending your entertainment space and enjoying your outdoor living areas throughout the year. Let your agent know your entertainment needs to find the perfect home for your situation.




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Posted by Homestead Realty Group on 2/10/2020

This Single-Family in Shrewsbury, MA recently sold for $330,500. This Cape style home was sold by - Homestead Realty Group.


418 Grafton St, Shrewsbury, MA 01545

Single-Family

$349,900
Price
$330,500
Sale Price

7
Rooms
3
Beds
2
Baths
Traditional New England half cape with an ell. A Post and Beam addition includes living room, dining room and loft area above bringing distinctive charm to the home. This home has plenty of natural light, open living and kitchen areas, refinished hard wood and wide plank flooring. Warm up by the charming coal/wood burning stove centrally located in the house. The light-filled spacious insulated three season sunroom can easily be used all year round for entertaining. Two rooms and a full bath complete the second floor and could be used as an expansive master retreat. Walk out to the enormous level backyard (.75 acres) with a 26 x 30 fenced in dog pen and a sheltered six-person ThermaSpas hot tub. Enjoy country style living in a convenient commuter location just a half mile from Route 9. Shrewsbury is known for their stellar school system. Six new windows as of July 2019. Title 5 PASSED. Minutes to UMass hospital.

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Posted by Homestead Realty Group on 2/5/2020


114 North St, Grafton, MA 01519

Single-Family

$424,900
Price

7
Rooms
3
Beds
2
Baths
Lovely North Street location finds this move-in ready, updated 3 bed, 2 bath home. Upper level features a living room with hardwood flooring and built-in storage for electronics, books or games. Also on this level are the home's three bedrooms, all with hardwood flooring; a full bath off the hallway; and the kitchen and dining areas. Updates presented are kitchen w/ LVP flooring and white cabinetry, ss appliances, and gorgeous granite counter tops with a massive amount of prep space for the self-imposed chef. Private views of rear property from dining area slider leading to an expansive deck. Looking for an in-home office, family, or play room? The partially finished walk-out lower level offers two finished rooms and a bath with walk-in shower. Large two-car garage w/ bonus unfinished open second level perfect for work/craft area. Additional updates: windows; lighting; exterior and interior paint; LVP flooring in kitchen, dining, hallway, and lower level; deck; and furnace.
Open House
Sunday
February 09 at 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM
OH Sunday 2-9 11:00 to 12:30. Beat the spring buying frenzy and move in by March. Lovely North Street location finds this move-in ready, updated 3 bed, 2 bath home. Also on this level are the home’s three bedrooms, all with hardwood flooring; a full bath off the hallway; and the kitchen and dining areas. Updates presented are kitchen w/ LVP flooring and white cabinetry, ss appliances, and gorgeous granite counter tops.
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Posted by Homestead Realty Group on 2/4/2020


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A fire pit can elevate your yard into a truly enchanting entertainment area, liven up your space and even help enhance your curb appeal. While some home projects are not ideal for the DIY approach, you can make a striking firepit on your own in about a weekend. You'll need to gather some supplies, determine the size and shape of your fire pit and get ready to work your muscles as you create a new focal point for your yard. 

Create a Fast & Easy Firepit

Fire pits are surprisingly fast and easy to create. If you can layer stones and follow basic directions, you can create an enduring accent you'll enjoy for years to come. 

Materials: 

A fire pit needs a gravel base and surround, stones or concrete bricks for the sides and firepit stones for the interior. You'll also need some basic tools for leveling the ground and finishing the space, including a shovel, rake and a can of spray paint. While you can head right to the DIY big box store, contact your local landscape supply stores as well. You'll need both stone and gravel in bulk and you'll pay far less for it from a landscape provider.

Choose natural stone if you enjoy working things out and want to take the time to work with raw materials that may differ in size and shape. Opt for uniform pavers, bricks or poured stones if you like an overall look and want the pieces to be easy to stack. 

Create a Firepit

  • Determine the size and shape pit you want to make -- larger pits make bigger entertainment spaces, but require more rock. You'll need space for the pit and for seating around it, so take these needs into consideration as you determine where the pit should go and how big it should be. 
  • Use spray paint to mark off a shape for the pit. It can be square, circular or just an appealing organic shape. 
  • Dig about an inch down, remove all grass and sod and create a level surface on the ground. 
  • Begin stacking your chosen stones around the edges, within the leveled off area. You will not need to mortar between the stones, but should attempt to stack them evenly, without a lot of gaps. Stack one layer at a time, then move on to the next. 
  • Fill the base with the amount of fire pit stones recommended by the manufacturer -- this can vary and will be printed on the container. 
  • Spread gravel around the outside edges of the pit to create a seating area and to prevent grass from returning. 
  • Light it up and enjoy!

 

Once complete, a fire pit will be a lasting, low maintenance focal point for your yard for years to come. Use in the summer for grilling and roasting marshmallows, then fire it up for warmth on cooler nights -- either way, you'll love enjoying not only a gorgeous accent, but a piece you've made yourself. 

 




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Posted by Homestead Realty Group on 1/28/2020

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When you buy a luxury home, you have several options when it comes to paying for the home. While some luxury buyers invest fully in the home and purchase outright, most find that opting for a mortgage of some type keeps options open and reserves capital for other things. Mortgages can be used for high end homes, but not all products are available -- or useful -- for this luxury space. Whether you are buying or selling, knowing what to expect when it comes to financing can help you strike the perfect deal. 

 Conventional Mortgages

Depending on where you live and the cost of the high end home, a conventional mortgage could be all you need. In parts of the country where a huge home in pristine condition still falls within the guidelines of a complying mortgage, this may be your best option. While it may not always work for you, exploring the conventional financing options is an ideal first step. 

Conventional loans are conforming loans – that fall within a specific set of guidelines. You can use a conventional loan for your own residence or for a vacation or investment home. Opting for this type of mortgage could result in lower costs to you (if you have at least 20% equity, you can avoid PMI). If the mortgage for your prospective home is under the limit of $453,100, then you can choose a conventional loan for your home.

That $453,100 limit is for mortgages in most areas, but a few select zip codes in the US allow for an even larger limit. In these high end locations, the limit for a conventional loan is much higher: $679,650. These limits are not the cost of the home itself, but the amount that you can borrow and still qualify for the conventional, conforming loan.

Jumbo Loans

When a conventional loan isn't quite right, or the loan amount for the home in question is over the stated conventional limits of $453 or $679K, then a jumbo loan will work best. These loans are designed for expensive, high end homes and properties and may have more stringent requirements when it comes to down payment amounts and the assets that need to remain on hand after the home purchase.

Aside from the differences in the amount of the loan, a jumbo loan works in a way that is very similar to a conventional loan. Expect to go through an underwriting process, to supply proof of income and to shop around for the best possible rates when you choose this option. 

No matter what product you choose, expect a luxury home mortgage to follow similar steps to a conventional one. Depending on the amount borrowed and the buyer's financial health, the process could take less time than a conventional one. 




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