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Posted by Homestead Realty Group on 8/10/2020

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Thanks to screens, we can enjoy being outdoors without all the dirt and insects.  Open windows let the breeze in without letting in anything else, and we can picnic on our screened-in porches without the bug spray.  Screens can generally take a lot of wear and tear, but when subjected to winds, weather, and contact with people and pets, they start to break down.  Fortunately, they are often easy to repair without costly maintenance. In fact, window and door screen repairs can be straightforward DIY projects.

Screens usually come in either aluminum or fiberglass material.  Either of these can be patched if the damage is minor, such as a rip or hole just a few inches in length.  Hardware stores sell kits specific to the screen’s make and material for patching small holes. Alternately if you have spare screen fabric on-hand you can construct and apply a patch yourself.  Start by cutting an even shape around the rip, like a square or rectangle. Place a piece of waxed paper under the hole so the adhesive does not stick to your workspace. Dab a light layer of an adhesive like super glue or rubber-based glue along the edge of the hole--you could use a toothpick or small paintbrush for this step.  Cut a patch out of your roll of spare screen that is about a half-inch larger than the hole.  Center the patch over the hole and press it onto the cut edges of the hole, allow to dry completely.  

If the damage is larger or if you would just prefer to replace the entire screen, this won’t cost you much time or effort either. 

  1. Locate a clear, flat workspace and lay the screen down flat. Use a flat instrument like a flathead screwdriver to remove the rubber screen retainer spline from the screen’s frame so you can remove the old screen.  Check to see if the spline is visibly cracked or weathered. If it is, replace it along with the screen material. 
  2. Measure the screen then cut the replacement screen to size using tin cutters or heavy-duty scissors. Allow yourself a few extra inches on each side to make installation a little easier. 
  3. Center the new screen on the frame and pull it tight over the frame edges. Secure it in place with strong tape. 
  4. Using a screen spline roller tool, fit the screen firmly down into the indentation on the frame while pulling it taut, then use the tool to push the rubber spline back into the indentation over the new screen.  Once the spline rests tightly down in the indentation, closely trim any excess screen around all the edges.  

If you are constructing a porch or outdoor kitchen and planning for a large amount of screen, you may want to consider using thin posts or vertical slats between large screen ‘windows’ instead of expanses of uninterrupted screen.  This lets you take down individual screens to repair or replace instead of more costly, larger-scale fixes.

Posted by Homestead Realty Group on 8/4/2020

This Single-Family in Millbury, MA recently sold for $344,000. This Cape style home was sold by - Homestead Realty Group.

217 Millbury Ave, Millbury, MA 01527


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MOTIVATED SELLER! There is still time to get some quality summer fun in and enjoy the property's in-ground pool and pool house area with abundant outdoor space for the entire family. This renovated 3 bedroom, 2 bath home features a convenient mud room, lovely kitchen with white cabinetry, gleaming granite counters and generous prep area for the chef in the family to enjoy. New stainless appliances installed include stove, microwave and dishwasher (bring your own refrigerator). First level also includes a convenient bedroom, spacious living room, and a full bath with washer and dryer area. Two additional bedrooms are located on the second level along with another full bath. New carpeting in the bedrooms and LVP flooring throughout the main areas. The street-side small garage is used for storage only. The corner double lot property is conveniently located close to Rt. 20, the Mass Pike, and Grafton's Commuter Rail for ease in commuting. Parking from Dorthy Road for easier access.

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Posted by Homestead Realty Group on 8/3/2020

Ready to acquire your dream home? Although you might have already located your ideal residence, you may need to negotiate with a home seller. By doing so, both you and a home seller will be satisfied with the final results of a property transaction.

However, a homebuying negotiation sometimes can be tricky. And if you fail to keep your cool throughout a negotiation, you may miss out on the opportunity to purchase your dream residence.

What does it take to remain calm during a homebuying negotiation? Here are three tips to help you do just that.

1. Take Your Emotions Out of the Equation

Don't take it personally if a home seller wants to negotiate. Instead, view it as an opportunity to ensure all parties involved in a home sale get the best results possible.

In many instances, it's easy for homebuyers to let their emotions get the best of them. But if you feel overwhelmed by stress and frustration, it is essential to take a step back and assess the situation. That way, you can avoid making any rash decisions that could put your chance to purchase a top-notch house in danger.

Try to maintain a positive outlook throughout a homebuying negotiation. Also, don't hesitate to reach out to family members and friends for support, as these loved ones likely can help you analyze any homebuying hurdles and find ways to overcome them.

2. Know Your Options

You may invest many hours in a homebuying negotiation, and you might even make various concessions along the way. But despite your best efforts, there are no guarantees that your homebuying negotiation will be successful.

For homebuyers, it is important to remember that there are plenty of houses available in cities and towns nationwide. Therefore, if a homebuying negotiation goes sour, you can walk away and start a new search for a terrific home.

3. Consult with Your Real Estate Agent

When it comes to negotiating a home purchase, a real estate agent can make it easy to streamline the process of acquiring your dream residence. This housing market professional can serve as a liaison between you and a home seller. As such, he or she will do everything possible to deliver exceptional results for all parties involved in a homebuying negotiation.

Your real estate agent can take the guesswork out of a homebuying negotiation. This real estate expert can respond to any concerns or questions you may have throughout a negotiation. In addition, he or she will provide honest, unbiased recommendations to help you make informed homebuying decisions.

Perhaps best of all, your real estate agent can help you alleviate stress during a homebuying negotiation. He or she will provide you with world-class guidance, enabling you to stay calm, cool and collected as you search for your ideal residence.

Don't let your emotions overwhelm you during a homebuying negotiation. Conversely, use the aforementioned tips, and you can maintain your composure throughout a homebuying negotiation and boost your chances to acquire a first-rate house.

Posted by Homestead Realty Group on 7/27/2020

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In today's virtual world, the vast majority of people are using apps and software to stay organized and keep their goals moving forward, including selling or buying a home. Fortunately, there are a ton of great tools available to help you stay on top of your real estate transactions. Here's a quick look at some of the best tools to keep you organized when you're going crazy trying to buy or sell your home.

1. Evernote

Evernote is an organizational powerhouse. Saw a home that you love, but it's not for sale? Share pictures of what you loved with your real estate agent. Need to add a few landscaping tasks to your significant other's to-do list? You can make this happen in a shared notebook. Want to track expenses or have home warranty documents close to hand? Take a quick picture and save it to your customized notebook.

2. Google Calendar or iCal

You know that your real estate agent is trying to fit home showings in at convenient times, but what if you could avoid having to rearrange your schedule or go crazy at the last minute trying to make a showing happen? By allowing your agent to access your Google Calendar or iCal, they can plan showings around your schedule rather than blindly making recommendations to get it done.

3. Trello

Trello is a solid project management tool that goes beyond your typical to-do list. When you've got cleaning, staging and home improvements to pull off before your agent starts showing your home, Trello helps you get your list organized, prioritized and completed on time with options for setting deadlines, adding file attachments and easy communications with your entire family to keep everyone up-to-date.

4. DropBox

When you're trying to share a lot of pictures, documents or similar information between yourself, your family and your agent, DropBox provides you with a great option for file sharing without compromising security. Passcode-protected information can quickly and easily be shared with others, making it easy for them to download and only share specific files on an as-needed basis.

5. DocuSign

When you expect to see multiple rounds of paperwork or similar documentation that requires signatures, but you can't get into the agent's office or don't want to spend as much time on the go, DocuSign helps provide you with options for digitally signing paperwork, saving you a lot of time that you would otherwise spend running when your schedule is already insanely busy because of an upcoming move.

Using these amazing organizational tools to stay on top of your real estate transactions, whether you're buying or selling, will help you get more done in less time without stressing out about the end results. If you need recommendations for local apps that work well for your area, please reach out to your real estate agent to discover more.

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Posted by Homestead Realty Group on 7/20/2020

If you intend to buy a house, it generally is a good idea to establish realistic property buying expectations. That way, you can plan ahead for the homebuying journey and avoid potential problems that otherwise may prevent you from achieving your desired results.

Now, let's take a look at three tips to help you manage your expectations as you pursue your dream residence.

1. Create Homebuying Criteria

With homebuying criteria, you can determine exactly what you want from your dream residence. Then, you can narrow your house search and speed up your quest to discover your ideal home.

Think about where you want to live. For instance, if you prefer the hustle and bustle of the big city over life in a small town, you may want to hone your house search to properties in the city of your choice. Or, if you have always dreamed about owning a home near the beach, now may be the ideal time to transform your dream into a reality.

Don't forget to consider the features you want from your dream home too. Make a list of home must-haves and wants, and you can streamline your home search.

2. Set Homebuying Goals

Establishing homebuying goals can help you build a roadmap for your home search. This roadmap then will enable you to identify potential homebuying hurdles and resolve such issues before they escalate.

Homebuying goals can guide you along the homebuying journey. You can create as many or as few goals as you'd like, and by doing so, simplify your search for your ideal residence.

In addition, it is important to be flexible with your homebuying goals. And remember, if you fail to accomplish a homebuying goal by a specific date, you can always adjust your homebuying roadmap as needed.

3. Collaborate with a Real Estate Agent

If you are unsure about what to expect during the homebuying journey, there is no need to stress. In fact, you can hire an expert real estate agent who can help you establish realistic property buying expectations from day one.

A real estate agent first learns about you and your homebuying goals. He or she next will put together a personalized homebuying strategy for you and ensure you can complete a successful property buying journey.

As you search for your dream home, a real estate agent will set up home showings and keep you up to date about new houses that meet your homebuying criteria. He or she also will help you submit an offer to purchase on any house you want to acquire. And once an offer to purchase is accepted, a real estate agent will help you navigate the final steps of the property buying journey.

Ready to begin your search for your dream residence? If you understand how to manage your homebuying expectations, you should have no trouble achieving the best-possible results at each stage of the homebuying journey.

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