Sturbridge, MA Real Estate News

By Kathryn Acciari, Relationship Manager/Mortgage Loan Originator
(Arc Home LLC)
Sturbridge Real Estate Since the End of the Tax Credits JUNE 12, 2010:  Since the tax credits ended April 30, 2010, what has happened in Sturbridge real estate?  Here is a snapshot of the real estate activity in town: Active property listings:  Currently 93 single family homes are on the market, and 18 condominiums are on the market.  Four single family homes and four condos currently have accepted offers but are accepting back-up offers. Properties under  contract:  There are 8 properties under agreement.  Four of those were under contract before the April 30 tax credit deadline.  No condos are under agreement as of today. Properties sold:  Since May 1, 2010, 15 single family homes have sold in Sturbridge.  Eight of those 15 were under contract before the April 30 tax credit deadline. ...
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By Kathryn Acciari, Relationship Manager/Mortgage Loan Originator
(Arc Home LLC)
Home Buyers and Home Sellers:  What You "Say" Online May Hurt You A quick tip for both home buyers and sellers:  If you regularly use the social media sites, like LinkedIn, Facebook, or Twitter, it is best to not "talk" about your real estate issues on these forums. Why?  Because other home buyers and sellers are looking for insight into your situation, so they can use them to their advantage. For example, if you are buying a home, suppose you put a post on Facebook that says, "I love this house!  Hope our offer is accepted."  If your Facebook account is open to the public, then the savvy home seller of the house you love may search for you on Facebook and read your comments.  Savvy seller may figure that he has the upper hand in negotiations, since you love the house that he is selling...
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By Kathleen Cooper, Sposato Realty Group - Broker Owner
(Kathleen Cooper, Sposato Realty Group)
 2 Day Tom Ferry Seminar, Active Rain & Video Blogging - My First Crack At It Yesterday and today I attended a 2 day Tom Ferry seminar.  What good stuff!  Lots of great ideas and it was a very enjoyable couple of workshops to attend.  My head is going crazy with all of the good ideas I want to implement into my business. The first thing was something I've been saying for a year I want to start doing:  video blogging.  I'm a little camera shy, but practice makes perfect, right?  It was great to see the Active Rain crew in Massachusetts signing up agents and mortgage planners to start blogging.  Not enough bloggers in my area and I'm hoping to help change that.  Check out my first video blog below.  I need to do it more often and get comfortable with it.  I know, I look like I have ADD mo...
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By Kathryn Acciari, Relationship Manager/Mortgage Loan Originator
(Arc Home LLC)
PRICE REDUCED:  Fixer-upper in Sturbridge, MA - Now only $160,000 The price of 59-61 Cedar Street in Sturbridge, Massachusetts, has been lowered to $160,000.  This is a unique fixer-upper home in need of a handy buyer.  With four bedrooms and close to 2000 square feet, this unusual home could be a fabulous project for someone with vision and the resources to make updates. See more details at:  59cedarstreet.epropertysites.com/ or give me a call:  (508) 982-0686. Yours in real estate, Kathryn Acciari
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By Kathryn Acciari, Relationship Manager/Mortgage Loan Originator
(Arc Home LLC)
Interior Decorating from Your Desktop - Sherwin-Williams Color Visualizer   Do you need to paint but have difficulty selecting the right color for a room?  Sherwin-Williams has a great online program to help you out.  It is called the Sherwin-Williams Color Visualizer, and it lets you experiment with color in an easy (and no-mess) manner. Simply go to the Sherwin-Williams site and launch the Color Visualizer.  You can upload a photo of the room that you want to paint, then try on different colors for the surface areas in the room. Once you've decided on your paint colors, print out a list and take it to the Sherwin-Williams in Sturbridge, MA.  Located at 57 Main Street (Route 131) in the Fiske Hill Plaza.  Phone:  (508) 374-3662. Happy decorating!  
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By Kathryn Acciari, Relationship Manager/Mortgage Loan Originator
(Arc Home LLC)
SOLD in Sturbridge, MA:  50 Westwood Drive SOLD in Sturbridge, MA:  50 Westwood Drive Congratulations to Jeff and Joanna, who hired me to help them find this beautiful young home in the heart of Sturbridge, Massachusetts List price:  $274,900Sale Price:  $259,900 Wishing my buyers many happy memories in their new home!  
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By Kathryn Acciari, Relationship Manager/Mortgage Loan Originator
(Arc Home LLC)
 Sturbridge Businesses on Facebook As I've been driving around town lately, I've noticed an increasing number of businesses with signs inviting people to visit them on Facebook.  This is wonderful!  Here is a list of  business that I know of with presence on Facebook.  If you have one to add, let me know.  And be sure to show your support by becoming a Fan of these businesses. Sturbridge Businesses on Facebook AskMeAboutSturbridge B.T.'s Smokehouse Cedar Street Grille Copper Stallion C&R Tire HOME by Alex Pifer Old Sturbridge Village Rovezzi's Ristorante Sturbridge Coffee House Sturbridge Host Hotel Sturbridge Orthodontics  Sturbridge Picadilly Pub Sturbridge Real Estate Info  (yours truly - please become a Fan!) The Yoga Place Sturbridge Village Pizza The Winebuyer's Outlet Yankee Spir...
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By Kathryn Acciari, Relationship Manager/Mortgage Loan Originator
(Arc Home LLC)
Waterfront Living in Sturbridge, MA - Leadmine Pond Sturbridge has many small lakes and ponds that offer waterfront living opportunities.  In this article, I will introduce you to waterfront living on Leadmine Pond. Leadmine Pond is located in the southern tip of Sturbridge, quite close to the Connecticut border.  Leadmine Pond is a very small body of water surrounded by residential property as well as wildlife management property.  It is a peaceful pond in a rustic, undeveloped area - perfect for the nature lover who wishes to avoid the larger, more noisy lakes in the area.  In addition to the pond, the Leadmine area offers walking trails for outdoor exploration.  Access to the pond is quite limited, and there is no public beach. Leadmine is actually the site of a former mine where gra...
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By Kathryn Acciari, Relationship Manager/Mortgage Loan Originator
(Arc Home LLC)
Waterfront Living in Sturbridge, MA - Walker Pond View Larger Map WALKER POND The Walker Pond neighborhood in Sturbridge, MA, consists of a handful of streets to the east of Sturbridge's Walker Pond.  Most of the homes were built in the 1970's and 1980's. Homes in the Walker Pond Neighborhood The attraction to Walker Pond lies in its recreational facilities.  While very few houses have direct water frontage, home owners at Walker Pond have access to a sizeable private neighborhood beach, playground, tennis courts and horse stable.  Annual neighborhood picnics are a highlight of the summer. The actual body of water, Walker Pond, is located on the east side of Sturbridge, just west of Route 49.  Other than the Walker Pond neighborhood discussed here, the pond is surrounded by wildlife man...
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By Kathryn Acciari, Relationship Manager/Mortgage Loan Originator
(Arc Home LLC)
Waterfront Living in Sturbridge, MA - Cedar Pond/ Cedar Lake STURBRIDGE, MA - The town of Sturbridge, MA, has several small lakes and ponds that provide wonderful opportunities for waterfront living and vacation homes.  In this series, I'll introduce you to the waterfront opportunities in the area and discuss some of the amenities of each lake.   Cedar Lake - Sturbridge, MA View Larger Map CEDAR POND/CEDAR LAKE WATERFRONT LIVING Cedar Pond (also known as Cedar Lake) is located in the central part of Sturbridge, just north of Main Street (Route 20).  The homes on Cedar Pond are varied.  You'll find small seasonal summer cottages (or camps, as we say here in New England) as well as grand year-round waterfront estates.   Pictured left is a quintessential A-frame cottage.  This style of hou...
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By Kathryn Acciari, Relationship Manager/Mortgage Loan Originator
(Arc Home LLC)
Mass Motion Dance Academy in Sturbridge, MA - Broadway-Caliber Dance Training for Kids STURBRIDGE, MA - On the west side of town, tucked into a former fire station, is a dance school that brings Broadway-caliber dance instruction to the community.  Mass Motion Dance Academy is one of the anchor businesses in Sturbridge, having educated hundreds of dancers in this region over the past few decades. Owner and director Terri Gordon opened Mass Motion in 1983 while she was raising her family.  Now her daughters, Irada and Shelbia, run the business alongside Gordon.  Mass Motion has recently opened two urban locations - one in Boston/Brighton and another in Peabody, Masachusetts with co-owner Katherine Hooper.   Gordon is a former member of the Boston Ballet Company as well as modern dance co...
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By Kathryn Acciari, Relationship Manager/Mortgage Loan Originator
(Arc Home LLC)
Changes in the Real Estate Market 1999 to 2010 - Sturbridge, Holland and Charlton Below is a graph that shows the changes in the average sales price of homes in Sturbridge, Holland, and Charlton MA from 1999 to 2010.  Quite a telling story. When we are in the midst of a changing real estate market, sometimes it is helpful to stand back and review what has happened to real estate values over time.  Take a look at this graph.  For all three towns, prices rise from 1999 to 2005.  Then in 2006, a dip begins.  This dip lasts until 2009 (although Charlton is still leveling out).  In 2010, we are seeing an increase - quite a spike in fact for Holland and Sturbridge. Note:  This represents single family, non-waterfront home sales only.  No condos or multi-family homes, and nothing on the water....
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By Kathryn Acciari, Relationship Manager/Mortgage Loan Originator
(Arc Home LLC)
Sorry - this event has been postponed due to potential heavy rains.  Possible new date in April - stay tuned! 9 am to 11 am:  Pancake Breakfast hosted by the Tantasqua Culinary Students Throughout the day:  Bake sale, face painting, story telling, scavenger hunt.  Crafter and artisans.  Don't miss the maple-flavored cotton candy! In the afternoon:  Local restaurants offer samplings. 3 pm:  Maple food contest.  Bring your dish to the common by 1 pm in order to enter it into the contest and have it judged.  Winning entry will have the honor of being prepared and served at the Copper Stallion the weekend of March 20. Also, you can obtain a map of local farms who are giving tours of their maple sugaring process. This event is hosted by the warm-hearted folks at the Copper Stallion, Savoir ...
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By Kathryn Acciari, Relationship Manager/Mortgage Loan Originator
(Arc Home LLC)
2009 Real Estate Market Report for Sturbridge Massachusetts March 8, 2010:  2009 was an interesting year in the real estate market for Sturbridge, MA. The number of homes sold remained flat; however, there was a decrease in the average sale price, as expected.    Single Family Homes Sold in Sturbridge in 2009 Single family home sales 2009:  80 homes sold with an average sale price of $246,988.Single family home sales 2008:  80 homes sold with an average sale price of $300,324. Does this mean that the average home value fell by 15%?  Not necessarily.  These numbers simply represent the average sale price of the homes that did sell.  In 2009, high-end homes sales were slow:  only 5 homes over $350,000 sold in 2009. Condominiums Sold in Sturbridge in 2009 Condominium sales 2009:  11 condos...
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By Kathryn Acciari, Relationship Manager/Mortgage Loan Originator
(Arc Home LLC)
New Restaurant in Sturbridge, MA:  420 Main Steakhouse and Martini Bar 420 Main Holds Its Grand Opening Friday, March 5th at 3 PM Join the proprietors of the newest restaurant in town on Friday March 5th as they officially cut the ribbon at their grand opening.  The sign is up, the lights have been on, and we have all been waiting to try this new restaurant:  420 Main in Sturbridge, MA. 420 Main actually opens tomorrow, March 2, 2010, at 5 pm each night.  Be one of the first to sample their menu, or wait until the Grand Opening on Friday, March 5th.  The restaurant is located at 420 Main Street/Route 20 - at the corner of Main Street and Cedar Street.  Parking is off Cedar Street.  Phone:  508-347-9942. Become a fan of 420 Main on Facebook and keep up with the latest news about 420 Main...
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By Kathleen Cooper, Sposato Realty Group - Broker Owner
(Kathleen Cooper, Sposato Realty Group)
 STURBRIDGE MA MARKET UPDATE (01566) The median sales price for homes in Sturbridge MA for the last quarter of 2009 was $199,900.  This is a 23.1% decline, equivilent to $60K, compared to the 3rd quarter and a decrease of 22.5% compared to 2008.  Prices have depreciated 37.5% in the past 5 years in Sturbridge MA.    The average listing price for homes in Sturbridge MA is currently $300K and the  average price per square foot is $130/sqft.  This is a 33% decrease from the average price per square foot for 2008. 
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By Kathryn Acciari, Relationship Manager/Mortgage Loan Originator
(Arc Home LLC)
 Thinking About Finishing Your Basement?  Here are 5 tips to help you avoid hassles: 1.  Hire a home inspector to examine your basement.  This is the first prep step you should take, and yet most people skip it.  A home inspector can inspect your basement for the following issues: - Presence of mold- Troublesome cracks in the foundation- Plumbing repairs that need to be corrected- Problems with the heating system that need attention- Electrical wiring that may pose a fire hazard or be outdated If problems are found, the inspector can recommend the type of pro who can best do the repair for you.  It is much easier to fix these issues before you install walls and ceilings. Plus, when you go to sell the house, you will have an inspection report to show prospective buyers the state of your ...
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By Kathryn Acciari, Relationship Manager/Mortgage Loan Originator
(Arc Home LLC)
Real Estate Market Activity in Sturbridge, MA - Jan 1 to Jan 13, 2010   The first two weeks of the Sturbridge, MA, real estate market for January 2010 have been active.  Since January 1, five single family homes have been placed under contract.  These have a price range of $150,000 to $399,99 - quite a range of prices representing a fine variety of buyers. This is a great sign that home buyers are active this early in the year.  The tax break incentive most likely has something to do with this.  The smart, qualified first-time buyers are out there, and some current homeowners who want to move are also planning to take advantage of the tax incentive. I am seeing a good deal of activity on my own listings, and other agents have commented that their showings are picking up as well. Do you ...
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By Kathleen Cooper, Sposato Realty Group - Broker Owner
(Kathleen Cooper, Sposato Realty Group)
 100 DAYS OF CENTRAL MASS FEATURES JCKC REALTY! Day 100!!!  Can you believe it?  After writing our series: 100 Days of Central Mass, I decided to write my last post about our team.  Who are we?  We are JCKC Realty!  We have been bringing integrity to the industry with our professional practices and friendly service for 5 years now.  Our clients are not just clients to us, they are our friends.  JCKC Realty was created by husband and wife team - James and Kathleen Cooper.  James and Kathleen have 15+ combined years of real estate experience.  Our Sturbridge location was opened in March of 2008.  Our office was constructed to provide a classy, professional environment for our team and clients.  The JCKC team is growing and making FIREWORKS in Central Massachusetts and Eastern Connecticut....
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By Kathleen Cooper, Sposato Realty Group - Broker Owner
(Kathleen Cooper, Sposato Realty Group)
B.T.'s Smokehouse - BBQ Restaurants In Sturbridge MA is one of my favorite places to get really good BBQ.  James being from Texas, would have to agree, it is the only real BBQ place around these parts in Sturbridge.  You can often find us picking up one of their dinners for 4 with a combination of ribs, beef brisket, delicious potato salad, corn bread and slaw on our way home from appointments.  They are quick to get you in and out and very friendly.  Check out B.T.'s Smokehouse's website online at http://www.btsmokehouse.com.   They change their specials often, but you can checkout their menu online to view the staples they offer daily.  If you love BBQ and live in the area, I'd suggest you join B.T.'s Smokehouse's Facebook Fan Pageto keep up with specials and events.  They often offe...
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