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This Single-Family in Tyngsborough, MA recently sold for $560,000. This Colonial style home was sold by Steve Smith - Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Westford.

126 Mascuppic Trail, Tyngsborough, MA 01879


Sale Price

Full/Half Baths
Move in ready, low maintenance 2004 built Colonial home with farmers porch. How great it will be sitting on your farmers porch enjoying views of the lake! Large eat in kitchen with granite counters & all kitchen stainless steel appliances to convey. Dinette area has a slider to the back deck and patio and lush lawn with irrigation. Enjoy the summer evenings with the fire pit after a relaxing dip in the hot tub! Formal dining room has room for family gatherings. Half bath and laundry complete the main level. 3 generous sized bedrooms and a full bath round out the 2nd floor. 2nd floor with brand new carpets. The mostly finished lower level with low maintenance laminate flooring, has lots of potential for a media room, family room, playroom or exercise area. Hardwood & ceramic tile on the main floor. W/D to convey. Dryer has dual gas & electric connections. Central air, town water, town sewer and natural gas are great amenities. Showings begin Fri 6/18 at 9am. Offers due Mon 6/21 @11am.

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Home automation can be a combination of different devices, or you can turn it into a central system that controls everything from your security to your lights. The question is, what's the best way to keep all of your technology organized so it can all work together? Minimizing hiccups in your experience starts with having an idea of your options. We'll look at what you need to know about home automation hubs and how they can help you keep track of your devices.

1. 'Hub' Can Refer to Multiple Products

A hub is essentially the center of your home automation system, connecting devices and ensuring they work together. In some cases, an individual device will come with a hub. For instance, the smartphone application for your sprinkler system allows you to set your parameters and then have the technology learn your preferences from there. If you have multiple automated features in your home, you might opt for a separate hub so you can check all of your data in one place.

2. Hubs Depend on Your Communication Methods

Wired and wireless devices are working in harmony like never before, but this doesn't mean that you can assume all of your devices will be compatible. When you select a hub, you have to take into account the existing technology in the house. Luckily, most manufacturers are including more devices than ever before. Different brands and operating systems can talk to each other and work together.

Often, the technology won't be as efficient as if you'd purchased everything from the same company - just keep in mind this inefficiency is a matter of degrees. The extra second or two it takes to connect the devices and get them communicating with each other might not be work making bigger purchases for.

3. Hybrid Hubs Can Do More

Smart home hubs can be combined with other kinds of technology like mesh routers to do more than just control your lighting from one place. This option would be perfect for a larger home with Wi-Fi dead zones throughout the property. Not only can you see what's happening in a big house this way, but you can also eliminate any disruption to your coverage.

4. Home Assistants Are Not a Direct Substitution

There are several choices in voice-controlled assistants that can serve as a hub for your smart devices. While they certainly can take place of a home automation hub, they don't offer the same degree of control. For basic systems, some homeowners might not even notice. However, if you want access to all the features, you might need to purchase a hub made specifically for more advanced technology.

Even if automation hubs aren't strictly necessary, they can quickly feel that way to homeowners who use them. Whether you're just exploring home automation or adding your fifth device, keep in mind how a hub can help.

If you get an offer to buy your house, there is no need to make a snap decision. Instead, it generally is a good idea to allocate the necessary time and resources to analyze an offer and determine the best course of action.

Ultimately, there are lots of reasons why you should analyze a home offer, and these include:

1. You can boost the likelihood of getting the best price for your house.

An offer may fall at, above or below your house's initial asking price. However, regardless of the offer that you receive, it pays to perform a full evaluation to ensure you can maximize the value of your residence.

For many home sellers, it is beneficial to conduct a home appraisal prior to listing a residence. That way, when a home offer arrives, a seller can compare the proposal to a property valuation and proceed accordingly.

2. You can weigh the pros and cons of all of your options.

Let's face it – deciding whether to accept, reject or counter a homebuying proposal can be tough. Luckily, analyzing an offer enables you to weight the pros and cons of each option, making it easier than ever before to make an informed choice.

Oftentimes, creating a list of pros and cons can be helpful. This list will enable you to assess the advantages and disadvantages of each potential home selling decision. Then, you can use your list to guide the decision-making process.

3. You can receive expert housing market insights before you finalize your decision.

Imagine what it would be like to take a data-driven approach to decide whether to approve a homebuying proposal. Now, you can, thanks to the wealth of housing market data that is readily available to sellers.

As a home seller, you should have no trouble examining the prices of comparable houses that recently sold in your city or town. You then can use this housing market data to determine whether a proposal is "fair" based on the current real estate market's conditions.

Of course, as you assess a home offer, it often helps to collaborate with a real estate agent. This housing market professional knows exactly what it takes to sell a house – regardless of the real estate market's conditions. As such, he or she will enable you to conduct an in-depth review of any homebuying proposal, at any time.

A real estate agent also is happy to help you after you determine whether to accept, reject or counter a proposal. If you accept an offer, a real estate agent will help you move forward with the home selling journey. Or, if you reject an offer, a real estate agent will show you how to promote your house to potential buyers to boost your chances of receiving better proposals in the future. And if you counter an offer, a real estate agent can negotiate with a buyer's agent on your behalf.

Evaluate a home offer closely – you'll be glad you did. If you perform a deep analysis of a homebuying proposal, you can assess a home offer from multiple angles and make the best-possible decision based on your individual needs.

This Condo in Pepperell, MA recently sold for $208,000. This Townhouse style home was sold by Steve Smith - Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Westford.

34 Lowell Rd, Pepperell, MA 01463


Sale Price

Full/Half Baths
This desirable end unit at popular Berkshire Estates is drenched with sunlight. A major building envelope project involving all units in the complex is near completion! The comprehensive project includes: new roofs, siding, windows, doors and composite decks! Freshly painted interior with neutral color and brand new wall to wall carpet! Fully applianced kitchen & washer & dryer are all included! All of those brand new windows also come with custom Bali pleated shades. Don't like the heat? You will be happy with the central air at this property! There is also a recently installed Aprilaire Air Purifier included with the HVAC system. On the cooler nights you can sit on your back deck overlooking the wooded backyard! Maybe enjoy the 12 mile long Nashua River Rail Trail which is just a short distance away. Convenient complex is just outside of downtown Pepperell with all of its shopping choices. Also nearby is Nashua w/more shopping/dining options! Offers if any due Mon. 6/14 @1pm

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You’ve decided to sell your home to upgrade or even downsize, but you don’t know whether you should start looking and buy first or wait to sell first. The best-case scenario is to do both, but that takes a lot of planning. If you are sure your credit is good enough to get the loan you want, you can find a home and you have a buyer for your home all at the same time, the process could be quite smooth. Working with an excellent real estate agent goes a long way to making this scenario go smoothly.

Buying First

If you decide to buy a new house before you sell, and then put your home on the market, or choose to put your home on the market and buy a new home, even if your home doesn’t sell quickly, you will most likely have a place to move to—and can take your time moving. This plan has two hitches, and they’re not necessarily bad:

  • Your house sells quicker than you expected. If it does and you haven’t found a home, or you did, but you haven’t closed yet, you may have to move to temporary housing until your deal closes. On the other hand, if the seller is not in any hurry, you could rent your home back until your deal closes and you get moved.

  • You will have to pay two mortgages. If your current home is not paid off, you will have to pay two mortgages. Depending on your income, you may not be able to close the loan on the new home until you sell your current home. If your debt-to-income ratio has room for two mortgages, this is not a problem.

Selling First

Selling first is probably the safest way to go about moving. Once your house sells, put most of your possessions into storage and find a short-term rental. This allows you to take your time finding your dream home and getting the financing for the new house. Since you have all the time in the world, you’ll be able to shop around for the best mortgage without feeling pressured to take something because you need to close quickly.

Making the Decision

Before you decide on whether to buy or sell first or do both at the same time, determine which is best for your situation.

  • Check your credit score. The better your credit, the lower your new interest rate will be. Lenders will be more willing to work with you.

  • Start browsing for homes for sale to see if there is anything you are interested in.

  • Know how much mortgage you will qualify for. Speak to several lenders about the different available loan programs.

  • Contact a real estate agent to discuss listing your home. Ask about the listing contract and the cost of listing. Some real estate agents give you a discount on their commission if you use them to buy and sell.

  • Know the market. If buyers are flooding the market, it may be easier to sell your home. If sellers are flooding the market, it may take longer to sell your home because there are many homes for people to choose from.

The answers to these questions will let you know if it is better to buy or sell first.