Video Tour – Single-Family Home – Leicester, MA 01542 Real Estate – For Sale

New to Market……the property you have been searching for!…….your own retreat.is.move in ready! Spacious three bedroom ranch.with open living- dining ..kitchen area. Granite counters. , kitchen island …hardwood floors…..Front to back Master bedroom, master bath, new carpeting (2018),…his and hers closets, slider to deck…Updated baths. First floor laundry / mudroom area. Finished Bonus room over the garage, plus the option to expand your living space on the second level. Central air..….. Front porch, Screened back porch opens to the deck to back yard patio and the ..inground pool….perennial gardens Irrigation system. The BARN built in 2003, is permited for four horses…with cold water and electricity.. fenced in areas. Seven plus acres, Over sized garage with storage area. Easy access to Mass Pike, Rt 20 for commuters.

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Single-Family – 18A Ackley Drive Leicester, MA 01542 is now new to the market!

New to Market……the property you have been searching for!…….your own retreat.is.move in ready! Spacious three bedroom ranch.with open living- dining ..kitchen area. Granite counters. , kitchen island …hardwood floors…..Front to back Master bedroom, master bath, new carpeting (2018),…his and hers closets, slider to deck…Updated baths. First floor laundry / mudroom area. Finished Bonus room over the garage, plus the option to expand your living space on the second level. Central air..….. Front porch, Screened back porch opens to the deck to back yard patio and the ..inground pool….perennial gardens Irrigation system. The BARN built in 2003, is permited for four horses…with cold water and electricity.. fenced in areas. Seven plus acres, Over sized garage with storage area. Easy access to Mass Pike, Rt 20 for commuters.

This is a Ranch style home and features 7 total rooms, 2 full baths, 3 bedrooms, 7.53 Acres, and is currently available for $465,000.

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Home Buying Timeline: How Long Will It Take To Close On A Home?

Do you ever wish that they taught a class in high school called, “Things You’ll Actually Need to Know In Life?” You’d learn how to prepare your taxes, what investing is, and how to buy a home.

Unfortunately, all of these important life lessons tend to be self-taught; you pick them up along the way and learn from your mistakes.

However, it needn’t be that way. Our goal today is to give you an accurate idea of what to expect when you’re buying your first home. We’ll go over a typically home buying timeline and discuss how long each step can take. This will give you a better idea of how long it will take to close on your first home.

Step 1: Build credit and save for a down payment

Estimated time: 2+ years

The first step of buying a home is to make sure you’re financially secure enough to do so. While there are ways to purchase a home with low or no down payments (See FHA, USDA, and VA loans), generally it’s wiser to wait until you have a sizable down payment saved. This will save you money in interest and mortgage insurance in the long run.

Next, you’ll need to start working on your credit. If your credit score took some hits due to late payments when you were younger, now is the time to start fixing those mistakes by making on-time payments and paying off outstanding balances.

Step 2: Have a plan for the next phase of your life

Estimated time 6+ months

One of the most important, and least talked about, parts of buying a home is understanding what it means to own a home. If you have a spouse, partner, or family, you’ll need to be in agreement that you’re prepared to stay in one place for the next 5 or more years.

Buying a home is expensive and you won’t want to go through the process of closing on a home if you aren’t sure you’ll stay. This means making sure your career won’t bring you elsewhere in the near future.

Step 3: Get prequalified and preapproved

Estimated time 1-3 days (depending on how much initiative you take)

Getting prequalified for a mortgage takes minutes. You simply fill out an online form and the lender will give you an idea of the type and size loan you could qualify for. Be forewarned: they’ll also use this information to call and bother you about getting a mortgage from them.

Once you’re prequalified, it’s just a matter of working with the lender to provide the correct documentation for pre-approval.

Getting preapproved takes a bit longer (1-3 days), since it requires a credit check and some work on your part–namely, gathering and sending income verification.

Once you’re preapproved, you can safely start shopping for homes without worrying that you’re wasting time looking at homes that are overbudget.

Step 4: House Hunting

Estimated time: 30+ days

It’s a seller’s market. So, if you’re buying a home right now there is competition out there. You’ll need to dedicate a substantial amount of time to researching homes online, contacting sellers’ agents, and following up on calls. Like before, the amount of effort you put into this process determines how quickly and smoothly you’ll get through it.

Step 5: Making an offer and closing

Estimated time: ~50 days

Average closing times for buying a home has grown to 50 days according to a recent study. However, by securing financing ahead of time and acting quickly, you can drastically cut down the time of these process to as little as two weeks.

Why You Might Not Want A Bigger Home

Most Americans dream of owning their own home. The size of that pictured house is often spacious. As the housing market gets tighter, the prices of homes go up. The bigger the home you wish to buy, the larger the price tag. Keep in mind that the bigger the house you buy is, the more everything else will cost. That means you have to look deep into your budget and far beyond the list price of a home to understand what you have to work with financially. Some things that a more prominent home might bring are:

Higher utility bills due to more space that you have to heat and cool

Increased property tax

Higher insurance premiums

More expensive repairs

More expensive renovations

Bigger yard to landscape

These are all additional costs that you should consider before you take the plunge to buy a larger home. The longer you live in the house, the more these expenses can add up. Many things like flooring, carpet, concrete, and roofing materials are priced by the square foot. While living large can be a great decision, the additional expenses can really add up.  

If You Have Kids, Reconsider

Raising children is expensive. While you may want your child to have a large room and a lot of amenities right inside their home, there are so many other things that kids need. Consider your child’s hobbies. How much of your budget do you devote to those? Do your kids hope to attend college? How much extra money in your budget do you have for vacations and other activities that you may want to do as a family? Buying a bigger house could mean that you have less money in your budget for these things. Understand all the ways that you need to stretch your money before you have your eyes set on a larger home. 

Consider The Rest Of Your Needs

A more massive home means a more substantial monthly mortgage payment. That leaves less for you to save for things like retirement, rainy day funds, and other financial goals. Don’t let the fact that you have your eyes set on a big house shadow the rest of your life and your needs. A large part of buying a home is planning ahead. It will be a smart decision all around for you and your family to buy a home that’s affordable.            

Buying a larger home fulfills a dream for many homebuyers, but don’t let that idea become a singular goal.