Jane Cheetham - RE/MAX Acclaim

Posted by Jane Cheetham on 11/1/2017

This Single-Family in Sutton, MA recently sold for $264,000. This Split Entry style home was sold by Jane Cheetham - RE/MAX Acclaim.

230 West Sutton Rd., Sutton, MA 01590

West Sutton


Sale Price

Come view this oversized Split entry overlooking scenic Stockwell Pond in West Sutton. Owners are motivated and will entertain offers- quick close is possible! Newer Harvey windows, vinyl siding, doors, updated front entry and handy 2 car under are some wonderful exterior features of this property. (Roof is appx 11 yrs.) Ample driveway space for parking/turning. Spacious deck of 48' spans the rear of the home. Comfortable floor plan with good sized rooms and hardwood floors on the upper floor. All appliances -including w/d remain (dw and stove very young). Brick wall with fireplace highlights the LR. Lower level features fam rm with built in shelves, drybar and hearth for potential use. Rough plumbed for full bath in laundry room. Radon mitigation system in garage. Title V in hand- new septic 2010. This home offers a lovely 4 season, country setting and is nicely situated near all highways and conveniences.

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Posted by Jane Cheetham on 10/31/2017

Buying a house comes with challenges. Finding a reputable lender who will be in business throughout the life of your loan is among those challenges. To find a reputable lender, it's important to pay attention to your gut. It's also important to get to know financial institutions before you enter into a contract that could be binding for up to 30 years. Ease of account access, trust, secure payment methods and open communication are key features that a reliable lender brings to the table.

Your most trusting financial relationship might be right under your nose

Trust may be one of the biggest factors that determines whether a lender and you enter into a mortgage agreement. If you currently have a bank account, you may have already developed the level of trust that you need with a solvent lender. But,whether that trust will yield a mortgage that saves you big while profiting your lender at the same time depends on several factors.

Banks are direct lenders, potentially saving you third parties fees. Take out a mortgage through your local bank and you won't have to get familiar with a third party financial institution to finalize your mortgage or submit monthly payments.Additional benefits that are associated with a home loan through your local bank include:

  • Established relationships - If employee turnover at your local bank is low, you might have been transacting and communicating with bank managers who will review your mortgage application for several years.
  • Ability to combine debts and accounts - You could save on fees simply because the bank bundles your mortgage with an auto loan and a student loan or a small business loan that you took out before you bought your new house.
  • Lower interest rates - This isn't a given. Ask about interest rate deals that the bank is offering on first or second mortgages. Because you already frequent the bank, there's a good chance that you're already aware of existing and upcoming mortgage deals that the lender is running.
  • Nearby locations - Since you currently do business with the bank, you know where branches are. You won't have to hunt fora branch that's close to where you live or work.
  • Bank operation knowledge - No one has to teach you how to make online or in-person deposits, withdrawals or payments. You also know how long it generally takes for checks to clear at the bank.
  • Single point of contact - Take out a mortgage with your local bank and you won't have to open and manage another account to make your mortgage payments.

Get a mortgage through your local bank and you could reap the same benefits that lenders seek from their customers. That benefit is a loyal relationship with someone who you trust. To gain the most from the relationship, enter a mortgage agreement with your local bank when the bank is running a mortgage interest discount special. And take advantage of customer loyalty deals.

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Posted by Jane Cheetham on 10/24/2017

Buying a home should be an unforgettable journey, one that enables you to purchase a high-quality house at a budget-friendly price. If you start planning for the homebuying journey today, you may be able to reduce the risk of encountering homebuying hurdles as you attempt to acquire a first-rate house.

Ultimately, there are many important decisions for homebuyers to make before they enter the real estate market, including:

1. Where Do I Want to Live?

As a homebuyer, you'll want to know where you want to go so you can map out your property buying journey.

Consider your current and future plans before you enter the housing market – you'll be glad you did. This will enable you to consider where you'll be in the next few months and years and plan accordingly.

For example, if you currently work in the city and intend to stay at your present job, you may want to search for a home that makes it easy to commute to work.

On the other hand, if you plan to start a family in the foreseeable future, you may want to consider purchasing a home near various top-notch parks and schools.

2. How Much Can I Spend on a House?

You know that you'd like to become a homeowner, but how much can you afford to pay for a residence? Meet with several banks and credit unions, and you can start budgeting for a home.

Banks and credit unions can help you get pre-approved for a mortgage. Then, with a mortgage in hand, you can enter the real estate market with a good idea about how much you can spend on a residence.

Many banks and credit unions are available, and they are happy to teach you about the ins and outs of numerous mortgage options. Plus, lenders will respond to your mortgage concerns and queries and help you make an informed mortgage decision.

3. Will I Need to Hire a Real Estate Agent?

If you're on the lookout for your dream home, why not hire an expert to guide you along the homebuying journey? With a real estate agent at your side, you can take the guesswork out of finding and purchasing your ideal residence.

A real estate agent will provide expert support at each stage of the homebuying journey. As such, he or she will help you set realistic expectations before you begin your search for your dream house.

Perhaps best of all, a real estate agent will set up home showings, keep you informed about new properties as they become available and negotiate with home sellers on your behalf. This housing market professional will even offer expert real estate insights that you might struggle to obtain elsewhere.

When it comes to purchasing a house, there is no need to leave anything to chance. Fortunately, you can hire a real estate agent to help you along the homebuying journey and simplify the process of going from homebuyer to homeowner.

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Posted by Jane Cheetham on 10/17/2017

For some home buyers, a home older than a certain date is automatically off the table. But for others the more history a home has the more interested they become in placing a bid. If you are in the latter camp, this article is for you. Owning a historic home isn’t for everyone and there are a few things you should know before beginning your search.  

One disappointment for potential homebuyers can be the limitations historic districts or easements put in place. They can limit what you can and cannot do aesthetically to your home such as paint colors and architectural changes, especially to the front of the house. If you find yourself dreaming of new siding colors, tearing down walls or building additions to make the house “just right”, you may find yourself disappointed. These are common changes that don’t go beyond the drawing board due to limitations in place and can even bring down the value of your home.   

On the plus side, because of these rules in place, the area probably has an active neighborhood association. You can expect well taken care of homes on your street that stay authentic to the historical charm you so love. You’ll have a community to turn to when you’re looking to gain knowledge on renovating and repairing your home. Chances are pretty high they have had to make similar repairs and know the best contractors in the area or where to source materials you’ll need.

And this is great because you’ll want to be prepared for repairs throughout the years to maintain your home. When renovating it’s important that you use the right materials as not doing so could damage your home in the long run if they don’t play well with your home’s existing infrastructure. For this reason, you’ll want to hire historic home specialists and preservationists when it comes time to make repairs.

In historic homes, repair bills can add up especially if you’ve taken on a “project” home. Take your current and projected income into consideration and if you’ll have the ability to keep up with costs. No one wants to live in a permanent construction zone and this can very well be the case if you run out of funds. You may want to consider an FHA 203k loan, aka a rehab mortgage, to help cover these costs especially any large ones you’ll need in the beginning. Some states also offer grants and tax deductions for repairs and maintenance on historic homes.

For each home you consider, hire an inspector that specializes in historical houses and therefore well versed on what to look out for and what the common (and uncommon) warning signs are. Be on the alert for asbestos, mold and lead paint especially if you have or plan to have small children. And know when to walk away, homes with structural issues are usually not worth their while and the issues you’re sure to have with time.

Purchasing a historical home is more than just a buying a house. It’s buying a piece of history with memories imprinted into its floors and walls. It is for this reason you also want to ensure those memories are not toxic or unsafe for your family. This house buying, perhaps more than any other, is one best-given plenty of time to find “The One” that’s perfect for you.  

Posted by Jane Cheetham on 10/10/2017

With more and more people abandoning cable television in favor of streaming services like Netflix, Hulu, and HBO Go, having a reliable internet connection is more important than ever. However, as much as technology has improved in recent years, many people across the nation still have poor WiFi reception in their homes.

There are ways to improve your home WiFi reception that you may not be aware of. There are also many common mistakes that homeowners make in setting up their routers that might cause them connectivity and reception issues.

In this article, we’ll talk about some of the reasons your home WiFi might not be performing as well as you’d like, and how to address those problems so you can stream and download at higher rates with better quality.

Testing your internet speed

Before we start diagnosing your internet problems, it’s a good idea to find out how your reception compares to others in your area. While there are a few good online resources to do this, one of the most respected tools is the free Speedtest by Ookla.

You can take this speed test on your laptop, desktop, cell phone, and any other decides that you connect to your router. You can also move your devices to different parts of the home to determine if your issue is a matter of reach.

If all of your devices perform poorly, try plugging your computer directly into your cable modem and taking the speed test. This will help you determine if your router is possibly malfunctioning.

Update firmware and devices

If you have an older router, it may need to be updated. To do this, you’ll need to login to your router’s administrator interface. Find out how to do this by visiting the router manufacturer’s website.

Once you’ve ensured that your device is updated, it’s a good idea to diagnose your devices. If you have one device that is performing worse than others, you may have to do software updates or maintenance to that device.

Change the placement of your router

Sometimes poor WiFi reception is simply a matter of the location of your router. Wireless routers should be elevated off of the ground and away from any large appliances that may interfere with reception.

Change your router channel

Just like radios, routers work on wireless frequencies or “channels.” This means that they can sometimes interfere with one another. If possible, switching your router to the 5GHz band can improve your connection and limit the amount of interference from other routers. Then, experiment with different channels to determine which one gives you the best reception.

Upgrade your hardware

If none of those quick fixes did the job, you might need to consider upgrading your wireless hardware. This includes purchasing a newer router, a range extender, or a mesh router system. Since newer homes tend to be larger, a mesh router system is a way to ensure coverage throughout your home via multiple access points.

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