Posted by Pamela Crawford on 12/10/2017

Sure, it's possible to find a home with a fully equipped exercise gym, an Olympic size swimming pool, or a couple tennis courts on the premises, but who wants to spend that kind of money! Fortunately, there are house features you can look for that will help you stay in shape without having to win the lottery first! Here are a few ideas to consider when searching for the ideal home:

  • Proximity to a park: Whether you're looking for a home in the city or nearby suburbia, most communities have bike paths or public parks where you can walk, jog, inline skate, bicycle, take your dog for a stroll, or play tennis. Parks with playgrounds are also a great resource for keeping your kids entertained, physically active, and engaged. Having a park or walking trail located within a mile of your house is ideal because if it's convenient, you'll be more inclined to go there frequently. While it may not be at the top of your house-hunting "wish list," proximity to a park, nature preserve, or walking trail can be instrumental in helping you and your family stay healthier and more energetic. Doctor-approved, regular exercise is also a proven way to counteract the effects of stress, elevate your mood, and maintain a healthy weight.
  • Pedestrian-friendly neighborhoods: One of the advantages of buying a home in a quiet neighborhood is that it offers a safe and relaxing environment for taking daily walks. Going for walks near your house can also be a good way to get to know your neighbors and check out the latest yard sales. Although sidewalks can be a nice feature for homeowners who enjoy neighborhood walks, quiet streets with mostly local traffic is all you really need for favorable walking conditions.
  • A finished basement or extra room: The problem with putting an exercise machine in your bedroom or even the family room is that, sooner or later, you're going to get sick of looking at it! Until somebody creates a treadmill, exercise bicycle, or elliptical machine that has aesthetic appeal as well as functionality, it's never going to complement your decor! More often than not, exercise machines are an eyesore and a source of clutter. The solution is to create a dedicated exercise space in either a finished basement, a rec room, or a spare bedroom. Half of a two-car garage can sometimes provide a good area for weights and exercise machines, too, but that's only if you're willing to park your second car in the driveway.
Three factors that facilitate staying fit and healthy are convenience, proximity, and access to resources. When parks, exercise areas, and equipment are just "a stone's throw away," the likelihood of you starting and staying with a fitness program is much greater.





Posted by Pamela Crawford on 12/5/2017


35 Greenville St, Spencer, MA 01562

Single-Family

$299,900
Price

10
Rooms
4
Beds
2
Baths
Absolutely beautiful antique colonial for sale in Spencer. This beautiful home features foyer with lead glass window, large formal living room with gorgeous fireplace, den with full bath recently upgraded, formal dining room, very large kitchen with pellet stove and 1st floor laundry room. Beautiful hand carved staircase leads to 2nd floor which features over sized master bedroom with walk in closet, large bathroom with both shower stall and separate jetted tub, 2nd bedroom, and 2 more rooms that could be office, exercise room and/or office.3rd floor features 2 more bedrooms. This home is nestled on 1.6 country acres with in ground pool and 2 car detached garage.
Open House
Sunday
December 10 at 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM
Absolutely beautiful antique colonial for sale in Spencer. This beautiful home features foyer with lead glass window, large formal living room with gorgeous fireplace, den with full bath recently upgraded, formal dining room, very large kitchen with pellet stove and 1st floor laundry room. Beautiful hand carved staircase leads to 2nd floor which features over sized master bedroom with walk in closet, large bathroom with both shower stall and separate jetted tub, 2nd bedroom, and 2 more rooms
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Posted by Pamela Crawford on 12/4/2017


62 Paine St, Worcester, MA 01605

Single-Family

$125,000
Price

6
Rooms
3
Beds
1/1
Full/Half Baths
Spacious bungalow for sale in Worcester. First floor of this home features oak cabinet kitchen, bright formal dining room open to large living room with fireplace. 2nd floor features 3 bedroom and full bath. Basement is finished with playroom, family room and 1/2 bath. Home sets on hill with private yard. Needs some work.
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Posted by Pamela Crawford on 12/3/2017

Although a home seller has already accepted your home offer, you'll want to employ a diligent home inspector to examine a residence before you finalize a purchase agreement. By doing so, you can identify any potential home problems that you might have missed during an initial house showing. Plus, a home inspection will allow you to find out if a home requires extensive repairs or maintenance and if you'll need to modify or rescind your original offer.

Hiring the right home inspector can make a world of difference for homebuyers. However, finding the ideal home inspector sometimes can be difficult, particularly for homebuyers who want to speed through the homebuying process.

So what does it take to employ the right home inspector? Here are three tips to help you do just that:

1. Review a Home Inspector's Qualifications

Learning about a home inspector's experience and skills is paramount. And if you devote the necessary time and resources to understand a home inspector's qualifications, you'll be able to find out if this individual is the right person to assess a residence.

Typically, you should try to find a home inspector who boasts construction and building maintenance expertise. Depending on where your home is located or your residence's condition, you also may need to find a home inspector who understands how to deal with asbestos, lead-based paint and other potentially hazardous conditions.

Be sure to conduct an in-depth evaluation of several home inspectors before you make your final decision. This will enable you to hire a top-notch home inspector who can help you identify and resolve any home issues before you conclude your home purchase.

2. Evaluate Sample Reports from a Home Inspector

Ask a home inspector to provide samples of past home inspection reports – you'll be glad you did! By getting copies of past home inspection assessments, you can better understand how an individual approaches a home inspection.

For example, does a home inspector provide clear information in his or her reports? And does the inspector offer notes that highlight home problems? Take a close look at a home inspector's past reports, and you can find out whether this individual takes a basic or comprehensive approach to his or her work.

3. Get Home Inspector Insights from Your Real Estate Agent

Your real estate agent may prove to be your best resource throughout the homebuying process. As such, your real estate agent can put you in touch with home inspectors who have your best interests in mind and will do everything possible to conduct a thorough inspection of a property.

In many instances, your real estate agent may be able to offer multiple home inspector recommendations. This professional also can provide details about what to expect during a home inspection and how to handle any home problems that you might encounter as part of a home assessment.

A home inspection may seem like a tall task, but with a great home inspector at your disposal, you can improve your chances of obtaining the ideal residence.





Posted by Pamela Crawford on 12/2/2017

This Multi-Family in Spencer, MA recently sold for $175,000. This style home was sold by Pamela Crawford - RE/MAX Professional Associates.


30 Elm St, Spencer, MA 01562

Multi-Family

$175,000
Price
$175,000
Sale Price

3
Units
2,117
Approx. GLA
Check out this money maker!!! FULLY RENTED Centrally located 3-family in village residential neighborhood. Convenient location 1 block from Main St. Renovated in 2010 home features newer roof,windows,stairs,flooring,walls,kitchen cabinets,and hard wired smoke/c.m./detectors. First floor is 5-rooms,2+bedrooms.Second floor is 2 3-room apartments with storage room in attic. Private off-street parking with 2-spaces for each apartment. Great owner occupy or investment property.






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