Posted by Kim Thomas on 4/16/2019

Past meets present! This lovingly restored "Colonial/Farmhouse" style home features asymmetrical layout. Enter by a wide mahogany farmer's porch into a lovely open space w/beamed ceilings & twin parlor/dining room. As you move down the hallway you'll find a wonderfully-updated & spacious kitchen w/ breakfast area, marble countertops, SS appliances & abundant cabinetry. A formal dining room & a full bath w/laundry finish off the first flr. The second flr. is accessed by a meticulously restored staircase & offers 3 nice bedrooms. The floors are the original wide pine in excellent condition, 2 fireplaces, original trim, detail and built-ins as well as the benefit of insulated windows. A newer heating system provides efficiency. The basement has a brick floor & storage. Outside you will find one of N. Middleboro's most appealing outdoor spaces w/ mature perennial gardens & an amazing carriage house/garage that was added in 2008 w/ a workshop & full finished accessory apartment above!

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Posted by Kim Thomas on 4/16/2019

You've probably seen tons of information on finding the best home for the needs of the adults, children and even elderly members of your family, but what about your four-legged family members? Not all dogs are created equal, and if you're going to be a good dog owner, it is important to think of your pets' needs as well. Don't have a dog yet, but want one? Plan in advance by purchasing a home that will already have everything you need.

Outdoor Features

If you have or want to have outdoor pets, it is essential to ensure you have enough space. Some cities have specific space requirements depending on the size or breed of your dog, but even if they don't, you want to be sure your dog isn't uncomfortable. A dog who is used to large running spaces can go nuts with only access to a small townhouse patio or yard. No matter what size of yard you choose, remember that you will be in charge of cleaning it up. Pet defecation is more evident in a smaller yard; especially if you have a large dog. Plan to train your dog to use only a particular area of the yard as his "bathroom" and prepare the are with scoopers or bags so you can regularly clean it up. 

Your dog will also need a space to call his own that's far enough away from the bathroom area. Try setting up a covered area or a dog house to give him somewhere to go. If you live in a high-precipitation area, make sure your dog as a dry refuge when it's pouring out. Similarly, in snowy climates, make sure your dog house is well insulated and equipped with a warm bed to keep them comfortable all winter long.

Indoor Features

For indoor only or indoor/outdoor dogs, your interior layout and features come into play. Smaller dogs with furry feet often get going super quickly indoors and can slide around on tile or wood flooring. Plan for that by including rugs in walking spaces and keeping low walls clear of dangerous objects into which your dog might slide. Interior dogs can be especially hard on a carpet. For best results, ensure you have a heavy-duty rug that can take some damage and is easy to clean, such as the same carpet you would choose for small children. Watch the length of your dog's nails, since overly-long sharp nails can gouge your flooring and paint jobs.

Tell your real estate professional about any pets during the buying process so they can assist you in finding that special property for your four-legged friends.

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Posted by Kim Thomas on 4/14/2019

This well-maintained ranch offers the comforts of one level living and a contemporary "eclectic" style floor plan. The combination of a Sun filled large liv rm & family rm with cathedral ceilings and a country kitchen mixed with a 3 season porch and patio leading to a gorgeous rock garden filled with colorful perennials and mature plants make this home a unique offering. The open layout allows for versatile space to enjoy easy living and fabulous entertaining. This inviting home as many updates including a brand new spa-like bathroom w/walk-in shower and convenient laundry area, windows and doors and new heating system, electrical have all been updated. There's a nice Master suite with a new closet and 1/2 bath added. Additionally, above-all else, there's an abundant storage space in the lofted second floor attic that overlooks the living room. Located within walking distance to Massasoit State Park in a very desirable East Taunton area close to Rtes. 140 & 24.

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Posted by Kim Thomas on 4/9/2019

Searching for the ideal home is an exciting adventure, but it can also be fraught with setbacks, delays, and disappointments. With a little preparation, however, you can avoid many of the potential pitfalls that could happen along the way.

One of the secrets of successful house hunters is to adopt a positive attitude, but temper it with a dose of realism.

Flexibility is also important, but it pays to be steadfast about your absolute requirements, also known as your "must have" list.

To help ensure a successful house hunting experience, here are a few of the key attitudes and qualities that are worth taking inventory of and cultivating.

Persistence: Although it does happen, it's unlikely that the house of your dreams is going to show up at the beginning of your search. As seasoned house hunters know, it's not unusual to have to look at dozens of houses for sale before finding just the right one. But even when you've reached that turning point, there still may be obstacles, hurdles, and challenges to deal with. The perfect example is a bidding war. What if you're all ready to make an offer on the ideal house, but it turns out that one or more other buyers have their sights set on that same house? That can not only be stressful, but it can stretch your housing budget to its outer limits (and beyond)! On one hand, you have to be willing to walk away from a property that would leave you "house poor", but on the other hand, you may want to consider pursuing a real estate deal that's on the high end of your budget, but financially doable. Working with a knowledgeable real estate agent who's a skilled negotiator can help give you an edge when you're confronted with a so-called "bidding war."

Optimism: If you view house hunting as a process which will eventually produce your desired outcome, then you'll be a lot more motivated to go the distance, rather than lower your standards or give up entirely. A positive attitude will help you overcome setbacks, identify workable solutions, and recognize opportunities when they present themselves.

Organization: Whether you prefer the idiom "The devil is in the details" or "God is in the details," the lesson is still the same: Small details can have a big impact. Staying goal-oriented and organized can help propel you forward and avoid frustrations. Knowing your credit score, establishing a realistic housing budget, and scheduling meetings with mortgage lenders will help you stay on course, be prepared, and steer clear of unnecessary delays. It also helps to take notes, create lists, and follow a daily or weekly action plan.

Buying a house is an important priority which can affect the quality of your life in many ways. By staying organized, focused, and positive about your search, your chances of success will be enhanced many times over.

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Posted by Kim Thomas on 4/4/2019

This "lofted" ranch style home is located in a very desirable North Lakeville location! An established home with many features such as an open foyer entrance that leads into a stunning cathedral beamed living room with a floor-to-ceiling wood burning fireplace that is surrounded by large, sunny windows, a unique front balcony overlooking the nice shady yard, a large eat-in kitchen, three generous first floor bedrooms, new roof, a finished lower level with front-to-back family room with another fireplace/ woodstove, a two car garage under and an additional 26x18 detached garage. The sprawling back yard is private and very comfortable. Just minutes to the commuter rail (within walking distance - 1 mile) & I-495.

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