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This Single-Family in Grafton, MA recently sold for $545,000. This Colonial style home was sold by Megan Tolland - REALTY EXECUTIVES Boston West.

4 Eagle Rock Terrace, Grafton, MA 01560

South Grafton


Sale Price

Full/Half Baths
Beautifully appointed & situated near a cul da sac in the highly desirable neighborhood of Oakmont Farms! This home has many recent upgrades throughout ! From the moment you walk in the door you are greeted by gleaming hardwood floors throughout ,beautiful custom crown molding, 9ft ceilings & wainscoting! An entertainers' delight! The grand two story great room boasts a gas fireplace & beautiful floor to ceiling windows. The eat kitchen has been updated to include all NEW stainless steal appliances, NEW granite counters with a NEW sink & faucet! The entire home has been freshly painted throughout! The spacious master suite has a vaulted ceiling along with a master bath complete with NEW double sinks, NEW faucets, a corner soaking tub, & massive walk in closet! Three more generous size bedrooms, full bath& laundry area complete the 2nd floor. Your lower level has been finished to include a family room & separate media room t! Enjoy the deck that overlooks a spacious backyard.

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Attending an open house is a great way to learn a great deal about a home in a relatively short amount of time. It allows you to see inside the home with your own eyes, enabling you to notice details that are omitted in photos, whether it’s a noisy neighborhood or a smelly basement.

Aside from learning about the home, an open house is also an opportunity to help real estate agents learn about you. Being prepared and professional at an open house could set you apart from other, more casual, attendees helping you make a good impression.

Since most of us don’t attend open houses on the regular, and since there probably isn’t an Open House Etiquette 101 course you can take at your local college, it can be difficult to know exactly how to prepare for an open house. How should you dress? Should you take notes? Is it rude to take photos? Which questions are welcome and which should be avoided?

In this article, we’ll help demystify the open house, leaving you more prepared to leave a positive impression when you go to see what could potentially be your future home.


How should you dress when attending an open house? An open house is neither a funeral nor a trip to the beach. The realtor showing the house likely isn’t a fashion critic-they’re there to answer your questions.

In most cases, casual clothing is appropriate. Since you’ll be touring the house and yard, however, you might want to avoid heels.

Questions and conversation

An open house is your time to learn all of the relevant facts about a house. Good questions to ask include upgrades to the house, how many offers it has received, and the current owner’s timeline (when they want or need to close by).

There are other topics you’ll want to avoid. Don’t ask too many personal questions about the sellers. It will make the real estate agent, understandably, uncomfortable. Also be sure not to reveal too many details about yourself. You don’t want to mention things like your spending limit as this will remove some of your powers of negotiation.

It’s okay if the furniture and decorations in the home aren’t your taste, but it’s a bad idea to criticize these items as you tour the house, as you may offend the agent or owners who have decorated.

Being respectful of the owner's’ space

Even though the house is for sale, it’s still someone’s home. It’s inadvisable to bring food or drinks without a secure cap into an open house.

We live in a time when everyone photographs and shares everything. But avoid the temptation to take photos when you’re at an open house. Would you want someone going through your home, taking pictures of your valuables, and then sharing them online? Instead, refer back to photos that are available online or from the agent.

When it comes to touring the house, all of the rooms should be viewable. In fact, if there’s a room you can’t enter for any reason this should raise a red flag that something is wrong with the home. However, just because you should look in the closets to get an idea of space doesn’t mean you should touch or go through the personal belongings of the homeowner.

Follow all of the above open house tips and you’ll be sure to leave a good impression.

This Single-Family in Bellingham, MA recently sold for $332,000. This Ranch style home was sold by Megan Tolland - REALTY EXECUTIVES Boston West.

41 SHEILA DRIVE, Bellingham, MA 02019

North Bellingham


Sale Price

MOTIVATED SELLER! MODERNIZED, BEAUTIFULLY RESURRECTED 1960s ARCHITECTURE. MOVE IN TODAY, RELAX AND ENJOY TOMORROW! Enjoy energy efficiency and spaciousness in this newly renovated expanded ranch located in a quiet, bucolic setting in North Bellingham's Wethersfield sub-division. Gorgeous Family Room with Fireplace opens to the rear covered patio/deck and back yard. State-of-the-art, energy efficient heating/air conditioning system, PEX plumbing technology, new electrical system, new 55-gallon Hot Water storage tank/heater. Three bedrooms and one beautiful bathroom with night-light and built-in bluetooth system. Magnificent, open-floor plan, eat-in Kitchen with Stainless Steel appliances, granite countertops and soft-closing cabinet drawers. Laundry Room with Utility Sink and a beautiful new Washer/Dryer set. Two roomy storage sheds. Only minutes to the Forge Park "T" Station Train to Boston, shopping facilities such as Whole Foods Market, Home Depot, Walmart, and public recreation.

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Buying a house involves dozens of interrelated decisions, many of which could affect the quality of your life for years to come. No pressure, though!

Working with an experienced real estate agent with whom you feel comfortable is one strategy for successfully navigating many of those pivotal decisions. The ideal buyers' agent will be familiar with neighborhoods in your target area, and is trained to help you match your requirements with properties in your price range. They can assist you in developing a priority list of things you want and need in your next home.

In addition to noticing the features of each individual house you're considering, there's also the bigger picture of the character of the neighborhood in which homes are located. Here are a few things you may want to keep in mind as you visit different homes for sale.

  • Street traffic: There are several distinct disadvantages to living close to a busy street or highway. First of all, there's the noise factor, which is often a deal breaker for people who thrive on peace and quiet! If you have young children, a busy street can also be a potential safety hazard. When you have cars constantly driving by your house, privacy is another issue to consider.
  • Proximity of houses: Speaking of privacy and quiet, there's also the question of how physically close houses are situated next to each other. If they're only ten or twenty feet away, then you might end up knowing more about your neighbors than you really want to! (The reverse of that is also true.) In those instances, privacy hedges and tall fences can provide some benefits.
  • Appearance of the neighborhood: If nearby houses are in run-down condition or poorly maintained, that's generally a "red flag," in regard to the quality of the neighborhood. The same can usually be said about prospective neighbors who keep junk vehicles or construction debris on their property for any length of time. If you're considering a neighborhood with one or more abandoned houses on the street, proceed with caution. However, what you see, is not always what you get! Appearances can be misleading, and there may be plans underway, for example, to demolish a fire-damaged house and replace it with a new and improved home. Very often your real estate agent can find out more about the circumstances surrounding an abandoned or boarded-up house. They may also be able to help you research crime statistics for a particular neighborhood or street.
  • Convenience factors: All things being equal, it's nice to live within walking distance or a short drive from grocery stores, drug stores, banks, public parks, the post office, child care services, schools, doctors, dentists, hospitals, veterinarians, restaurants, and other amenities.
When you've narrowed down your house search to one or two possibilities, a lot of useful information can be gathered by scheduling a couple additional visits and/or walkthroughs -- especially at different times of the day or week. Second and third visits to homes you're considering can definitely shed additional light on factors such as noise level and other quality of life issues.

Better than new! One-year-old model home resale with loads of upgrades at Hickory Hills! Gorgeous stacked stone front farmers porch. Dramatic two story family room with gas fireplace, cathedral ceilings and tons of natural light. Cabinet packed kitchen with granite counters, subway tile backsplash, stainless appliances and spacious island. Open floor plan with sliders to level fenced back yard. Dining room just off the kitchen, 1st-floor laundry room. Convenient separate mud room just off the oversized two car garage. Gorgeous hardwood floors. Top floor loft area is great space for office/sitting area. Master bedroom features walk-in closet, additional closet, & master bath with double sinks & granite counters. Three additional spacious bedrooms and additional full bath round out the top floor. Fantastic level yard, the sellers had loam added and had it professionally seeded/landscaped and fenced! Town water/sewer & gas heat! Under 5 miles/10 minutes to the Norfolk commuter rail.

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