A predicted clear beautiful weekend with temperatures in the 50’s should make your Open House tours very pleasant! We continue to see market activity increasing, and homes going under-agreement in record time. This week we see 40+ new listings, for Single Family Homes and Condominiums, more than double the number from last week! This is a great indicator of a strong early summer market, as many homebuyers and sellers sit on the sidelines waiting for inventory and some sense of a market “kick-off.” Let’s be honest, we’ve basically skipped spring, it just snowed again albeit barely so we’re looking at the prospect of an Early Summer market.

Feel free to comment below on houses you’ve seen, what you like, and any feedback about the open houses!

As always, there’s something for everyone here! Visit these 5 great open houses, ask questions, get to know the Realtor®, and see what’s on the market. Thanks for reading! – Allen


94 Moreland Green Drive, Upper Salisbury Street, $359,000
Saturday, April 21, 2018 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM

Bedrooms: 3
Baths: 2f 1h
Living Area: 1841
Garage: 2 / Attached
Lot Size: .3 acres
Listing Agent: Diane Luong, Re/Max Advantage 1 

Allen says: “People enjoy Moreland Green for it’s tucked back bucolic appeal, and hegemony. The neighborhood is planned, and in that feels comfortable and cozy. There’s a large green space for people to enjoy a rolling green grass public lawn, and the homes are well-kept over-all. This home c.1999 could use some updates but is in great shape with a nice two car attached garage.”


37 Buckley Road, Zenith Hill, near Worcester State University, $367,000
Sunday, April 22, 2018 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM

Beds: 4
Baths: 2 full, 1 half
Garage: 1 under
Square Feet: 2,424
Lot Size: .25 acres
Listed by: Gillian Bonazoli, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage – Worcester 

Allen says: “Beautiful brick home nestled off May Street tucked up high off Zenith Drive. This home features great proximity to both Park Avenue shops, grocery stores and Tatnuck Square, as well as being within walking distance to Worcester State University. Farmhouse style kitchen with wooden built-ins, seating and plenty of charm.”


123 Brigham Road, Moreland Upper Salisbury, $349,000
Sunday, April 22, 2018 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM

Beds: 3
Baths: 2 full, 1 half
Garage: 1 car under
Square Feet: 1,960 + lower level
Lot Size: 2.15 acres
Listed by:  David Newbould, Apex Team, Re/Max Results Realty 

Allen says: “Hidden away yet moments to Salisbury Street and the heart of Worcester – this is country living in the city without sacrifice. Nicely finished with an open floor plan, cherry kitchen and an attached gazebo for enjoying warm summer days in a hammock. Large 2+ acres, check this out, very unique for Worcester!”


48 Water Street, Downtown, $247,000
Saturday, April 21, 2018 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM

Beds: 1
Baths: 1 full, 1 half
Garage: 1 off street deeded space
Square Feet: 1,894 + Finished Lower Level
Lot Size: The epicenter of the Worcester revitalization!
Listed with: Jonathan Keith, Tracy Kok, Keith Brokerage LLC

Allen says: “Downtown luxury living, with pride of ownership in a renovated historic mill building. Conveniently located on Water Street surrounded by some of Worcester’s most up & coming restaurants, Union Station and quick highway access, this is urban city living at it’s best. Make sure to bring your Realtor on your appointment!”


115 Sterling Street, Holy Cross, $549,000
Saturday, April 21, 2018 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM – Guided Group Showing


3 Units, 2 bedrooms per unit, 1 bathroom.
Gross Income: $31,200
Square Feet: 3528 + common storage in walk-up attic
Lot Size: .11 acres
Listed with: Kristine Gaffney, ERA Key Realty Services Auburn 

Allen Says: “Great investment opportunity bordering Holy Cross College. Could make for off-campus housing. Convenient to shops, restaurants, public transit and highway access. Many updates and a great opportunity to get into the revitalizing of this Millbury & Vernon neighborhood. A classic Worcester ‘Triple-Decker’ that made Worcester famous.

The market is picking up as the days get nicer! We see 14 new listings on the market this week, some without open houses so be sure to check them out with your Realtor® before they’re gone! The strongest moving segment in Worcester right now is the $275,000 to $325,000 bracket; but nice well maintained homes in almost every price bracket are moving fast! The spring market is right around the corner, be sure to get pre-approved and be ready!

Feel free to comment below on houses you’ve seen, what you like, and any feedback about the open houses!

As always, there’s something for everyone here! Visit these 5 great open houses, ask questions, get to know the Realtor®, and see what’s on the market. Thanks for reading! – Allen


515 Massasoit Rd, New to Market, Rt.20 / Massasoit, $289,900
Sunday, April 15th – 11:00 to 1:00 PM

Bedrooms: 4
Baths: 1f 1h
Living Area: 1749
Garage: 2 / Attached
Lot Size: .33 acres
Listing Agent: Kristine Gaffney, ERA Key Realty Services Auburn, Katie Bilotta, ERA Key Realty Services, Worcester 

Allen says: “Good size home with 4 bedrooms in a convenient location. Nearby amenities include Broad Meadow Brook conservatory, a great playground, schools and plenty of shopping and restaurants. Great screened in porch for cool summer evenings.”


22 Marwood, New to Market, Upper Salisbury/Moreland, $338,888
Sunday, April 15th – 11:00 to 1:00 PM

Beds: 4
Baths: 3 full, 1 half
Garage: 2 under
Square Feet: 1,800 including lower level
Lot Size: .48 acres
Listed by: Oren Mael, Sapphire Real Estate 

Allen says: “Moreland Green resale – these contemporary homes off upper Salisbury / Moreland Street are desired for the green space and planned neighborhood. A few minutes from Tatnuck Square shops, Nice open concept floor plan, beautiful hardwoods and updates, and a great view from the deck.”


555 Salisbury Street, Assumption College Area, $344,700
Sunday, April 15th 2018 12:00 to 3:00 PM

Beds: 3 (master features additional sitting room)
Baths: 1 full, 1 half
Garage: 2 car attached
Square Feet: 2,148
Lot Size: .25 acres
Listed by:  Konstantina Choros, Isos Realty LLC 

Allen says: “Good size updated home on Salisbury Street with two-car garage and private yard. Close by to Assumption College, Holden, and minutes from Tatnuck Square or grocery’s and shopping on Park Avenue and Gold Star blvd. Tastefully remodeled and a good value!”


9 Jasmine Drive, Indian Lake/Holden Border, $419,000
Sunday, April 15th, 2018 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM

Beds: 4
Baths: 2 full, 1 half
Garage: 2 under
Square Feet: 1,894 + Finished Lower Level
Lot Size: .17 acres
Listed with: Raymond Mattress III, Park Place Realty 

Allen says: “Tucked high up off Chester Street near Indian Lake this house sits near Holden, and the Indian lake park, minutes from West Boylston Street, Goldstar Boulevard shops, Starbucks and grocery store. Beautifully built with plenty of custom millwork and a finished lower level.”


915 Pleasant Street, West Side Upper-Mid Pleasant, $549,000
MONDAY  April 9th, 12:00 to 1:30 PM


Beds: 6
Baths: 4 full, 1 half
Garage: 2 cars detached
Square Feet: 3500 + lower level
Lot Size: .66 acres
Listed with: Katie Bilotta, ERA Key Realty Services Worcester 

Allen Says: “Stunning and expansive West Side home meticulously maintained and updated with grand proportions and details. A large property featuring tranquil gardens in the rear. Large kitchen with island, updated baths, and a lower level office and entertaining space unlike anything in homes of this age. Close to Tronic Square cafes and restaurants, walking distance to tennis courts and playground. Minutes to Tatnuck Square and Elm Park, centrally located on the West Side.

Once again, we’re closer to Spring… sure we had some snow in April…but it looks like it’s all over. (Fingers Crossed) Worcester has some stellar homes on the market for you all to see, and this Sunday does not disappoint! Many new listings are here and inventory is picking up!

Feel free to comment below on houses you’ve seen, what you like, and any feedback about the open houses!

As always, there’s something for everyone here! Visit these 5 great open houses, ask questions, get to know the Realtor®, and see what’s on the market. Thanks for reading! – Allen


6 Eureka Street, New to Market, Webster Square, $224,500
Sunday, April 8th – 11:00 to 12:30 PM

Beds: 3
Baths: 1 full, 1 half
Garage: N/A
Square Feet: 1,410
Lot Size: .1 acres
Listed by: Anne-Marie Sorensen, ERA Key Realty Services – Auburn 

Allen says: “Charming and well maintained home with beautiful plantings, plenty of space and great updates. Could use some minor cosmetic changes to suit your taste but a well-priced home in a convenient location.”


22 Marwood, New to Market, Tatnuck, $299,900
Sunday, April 8th – 12:00 to 2:00 PM

Beds: 3
Baths: 2 full, 1 half
Garage: 2
Square Feet: 1,528 + finished basement
Lot Size: .11 acres
Listed by: Amy Bisson, Re/Max Professional Associates 

Allen says: “Good size West Side colonial with updates. Just off Pleasant street, walk to shops, restaurants and schools. Nice bathroom updates and open kitchen/dining area, good system updates. A conveniently sited home.  ”


15 Lynnwood Lane, New to Market! Upper Salisbury! $349,000
Sunday, April 8th 2018 1:00 to 3:00 PM

Beds: 4
Baths: 1 full, 2 half
Garage: None
Square Feet: 1,534 plus finished lower level.
Lot Size: .14 acres
Listed by:  MaryAnn Schelin, RE/Max Vision 

Allen says: “Large spacious open-concept living with updates. Upper Salisbury offers suburban living in the city.  Updated kitchen, plenty of natural night, private yard and finished lower-level. Upper Salisbury is pastoral and offers great walking and bicycling, but you’ll need to get in a car for much else.


10 Howatson Way, New to Market, WPI, $399,900
Sunday, April 8th, 2018 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM

Beds: 4
Baths: 2 full, 1 half
Garage: 2 attached
Square Feet: 2,746 + finished lower level
Lot Size: 1.55 acres
Listed with: Lisa Bradley ,RE/Max Vision 

Allen says: “Tucked up near WPI and Elm Park off Institute Road this home features over an acre of land, a rare parcel in the city of Worcester. Ultimate privacy in this city on this dead-end street. Very rare location. Bright and airy with a big kitchen and flow. Could use some minor cosmetic changes to make it your own but a lot of house for the money. ”


217 Lake Ave, New Construction, Lakefront, $1,150,000
MONDAY  April 9th, 12:00 to 1:30 PM


Beds: 5
Baths: 3 full, 1 half
Garage: 3 cars attached
Square Feet: 4, 285
Lot Size: .34 acres
Listed with: Karen Scopetski, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, Northborough 

Allen Says: “One of Worcester’s luxury homes lakefront on Lake Quinsigamond. Watch the Crew races go by, enjoy your own water-craft and all the beauty of one of Central Massachusetts great lakes. Exceptional custom details, moments to UMass Medical Center, Shrewsbury Commons, and terrific Worcester shops. A perfectly sited luxury home for Worcester’s discerning buyers.

The Most Trying Aspect of Real Estate is now:

[See the second guy going off the cliff? He wanted their high-end curtains and riding mower]

Buying a home… or at least, trying to. Fulfillment of the American Dream, due to disappointing lack of inventory, for many consumers stretches into months of losing multiple-bid situations. Hope is not lost but don’t be a lemming of a buyer!


The background:

Unfortunately, I am but a simple Realtor‌‌® with some modicum of experience in the market, and a half-decent conceptual understanding of what causes these trends, and how to hopefully mitigate them to net a positive result. I am sadly not Janet Yellen, Mnuchin, or someone they would even listen to. Most people I talk to don’t want to discuss quantitative easing at the FED over a cocktail.

There is a slew of variables that affect interest rates and a multitude of factors that drive the housing market. They are reasonably identifiable, occasionally discussed via the news and most of us should be familiar with at least some… They are: money-supply, international borrowing and it’s flux on our bond market, the LIBOR, good jobs reports, consumer confidence, Wall Street behaving itself, and no looming catastrophes on the horizon. All things are coming up roses, right? Righto!

Well then, forgive my consternation, but why?!? are we faced with April 1st inventory of 21 properties in one of Worcester’s strongest SFH price-bands $275,000 to $325,000. That will get you a generally lovely middle-class home in our fair city and give you a good shake at life. But yet there they are… 21 properties currently on the market. Out of those 21 more than a half-dozen just had open houses this weekend, (yeah yeah, I was inordinately busy) and others had price-drops. Based on past market activity, there should be less than 12 or so houses left in the next week or so in that bracket.

“So Allen, what’s the big deal then? What’s going on?” Well, I’ll tell you as best I can. Maybe someday when I get back to Sloan, get my MBA and chat with Daron over a Sunday tea and he lays it all out for me 20,000 feet down I’ll elaborate here with more profundity. This situation we find ourselves in is explainable by simple supply & demand economics. The housing market has the ability to vastly imbalance itself over consumer driven engagement, or in this case, disengagement on the part of sellers. New construction is slow to keep pace with buyer demand and in that existing housing stock numbers aren’t bolstering the market.

So in essence, what we have is a multitude of latter millennial buyers looking to engage. They have cast-off that old albatross, student loan debt, from their neck. They are promoted, positioned, and eager. Some have earned an advanced degree on the company’s dime, and now occupy a corner office. They are our next 5-7 years of home-buyers and they are savvy, resolute and knocking on the door. Why do we hold them at bay? Because the seller, comfortable in their home, has a different set of circumstances and does not want step out of comfort to enter the buyer-pool and try to find something that meets their needs in an unbalanced market. These are senior (experienced) homeowners and they have seen this before, and they will ride it out until inventory is more balanced.

The Solution:

Most obviously our solution would be to cajole people into listing their houses. We’re all working on that, believe me. That aside, the positioning of yourself as a strong buyer, a real contender, that will win takes multiple-spinning plates in the air and partnering with a highly competent Realtor®. Sadly, some will just not win for a while, due to financing constraints, limited cash-on-hand, marginal credit, or worse than all of the above – their inability to get out of their own way.

The blogs these days tend to talk about “creating the best picture of yourself as a buyer.” I just read one particularly unhelpful article on a colleagues proto-blog titled “Know What You can Spend.” Step back! that is a sparkling bit of wisdom hitherto unheard in our time!

“No! We are savvy consumers. We know what we can spend, now tell us how to win!”

There’s ways to win: however, in their entirety not all will be readily applicable across the board for everyone, nothing ever is.
In no prescribed order:

  • Contingencies – in a normal market you can ask for silly things… here, do not. Just get the house, free of material defects within range of fair market value and be happy.
  • Appraisal – step out on a limb, a well constructed limb, if you have the financial capability. Homebuyers today are waiving a portion of their appraisal contingency, or the entirety of it. For example, house is listed at $399,500 and we know it will go to $420’s… Waive your appraisal contingency to $400,000 (asking price) to give yourself some protection and better yet a competitive edge.
  • Beyond knowing what you can spend, get all your ducks in a row! This means meeting with your relatively LOCAL mortgage-broker (don’t use some big cumbersome bank) and provide everything said broker and underwriters ask for STAT!
  • Terms – Let’s be quick and fluid here. Time is of the essence particularly in multiple offer situations. The nonsense they’ve been experiencing in Boston for years, where Open Houses turn into 2-3 subtle home-inspections going on at once is migrating toward Worcester. Hit the house at least 2-3x before offers are called for – bring along a plumber, electrician, etc – anyone to look at anything you might have concerns with. In a multiple offer situation there will be very little wiggle-room post-inspection and you’ll need to be sure that you’re buying this house. Inspections should be done in 5-7 days tops, and people love seeing a P&S in 10 days of acceptance.
  • Financing: Did you know that there are lenders that can issue an upfront commitment?  If you get everything into them, ahh…upfront. I have a speedy lender that can provide you a 21 day closing time from acceptance of offer. Thats huge! Talk about a competitive edge up against other buyers that might not even have all their docs into a lender. Yikes to those poor folks you’re up against with that power. Furthermore, back to our old friend Mr. Appraisal. Some lenders now are waiving the need for an appraisal in situations where buyers are putting a large-amount of cash down on the property (in range of 33%-45% or so.)
  • Letters: The sellers while wanting to make a wise and profitable financial are human-beings. I believe in the decency of people despite what we see on TV every day. It’s why they get offended when you send them a litany of crazy requests and fixes. Perhaps not easily as offended, they are susceptible to heartwarming stories. They don’t want to read your bio and how this house “speaks to you.” They want to know if you have a real need for the property, “It’s a ranch, the only ranch in this area, that could be ADA capable and I have a handicapped person living in our home and we *need* this property.” If you have an example that rings true, is provocative or heartwarming send a letter with your agents input. Don’t pull out the trials and tribulations of George Costanza; that will backfire.

All in all, there’s plenty of ebb & flow in our marketplace to win a property. Position yourself the best financially, minimize demands, think outside the box and work with top-notch people that flow organically, in the search process and in a transaction, moving pieces and ensuring you stay ahead of the curve.

Best Wishes for Spring! While you’re out there house-hunting we will be here, cajoling sellers into listing to right-size their living for 2018 so that we may all enjoy a wonderful year.

Thanks for reading!

Dodged our 4th Nor’Easter… 30 Open Houses This Weekend!


The City of Worcester continues to surge toward it’s Spring real estate market. Once the snow is gone, which should be relatively soon given the disappointing showing from Nor’Easter#4 we will be in full-swing. We collectively have some stellar homes on the market for you all to see this Sunday, and I encourage your feedback on this page.

Feel free to comment below, we do have an open comments section, and as always, there’s something for everyone here! Visit these 5 great open houses, ask questions, get to know the Realtor®, and see what’s on the market. Thanks for reading! – Allen


47 Benedict Road, New to Market, $250,000
Sunday, March 25th – 12:00 to 2:o0 PM

Beds: 2
Baths: 2 full, 1 half
Garage: 1 car under
Square Feet: 1,648
Lot Size: .21 acres
Listed by: Gary Kelley, RE/Max Executive Realty 

Allen says: “Very charming and comfortable bungalow style home with areas representing both 1920’s and also a mid-century vibe throughout unique living spaces. Beautiful brick home with lots of character in convenient location, despite only 2 bedrooms not to be missed!”


21 Hazelwood Road, New to Market, $349,900
Sunday, March 25th 12:00 to 2:00 PM

Beds: 4
Baths: 1 full, 1 half
Garage: None
Square Feet: 2,131
Lot Size: .22 acres
Listed by: Brian McShea, DCU Realty 

Allen says: “Beautiful Tudor style home with a two car garage, plenty of charm and natural light with big beautiful windows and a great screened porch above the garage. Lots of character and style here!”


7 Crown Street, New to Market! Historic District! $375,000
Sunday, March 25th 2018 12:00 to 1:30 PM

Beds: 4
Baths: 3 full, 1 half
Garage: None
Square Feet: 3,805
Lot Size: .14 acres
Listed by:  HTA Homes Greater Worcester at Keller Williams Greater Worcester 

Allen says: “Mid 19th Century Greek Revival in one of Worcester’s enchanting Historic Districts. Tucked off Pleasant street in a neighborhood enclave of history including a hidden park and cobbled and brick sidewalks and roads, take a step back in time, but without sacrifice at this renovated property.”


108 Richmond Ave,  New to Market, $339,900
Saturday, March 24, 2018 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Sunday, March 25, 2018 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM

Beds: 4
Baths: 3 full
Garage: 2 detached
Square Feet: 2,212 + finished basement
Lot Size: .18 acres
Listed with: Karin Anderson, RE/Max Results Realty 

Allen says: “Richmond Ave sits off Salisbury Street and Pleasant Street, centrally located and within walking distance to many shops, restaurants and beautiful neighborhoods. This large spacious home features a huge finished lower-level and a renovated flowing floor plan with plenty of charm and architectural details. Not to be missed!”


19 South Lenox Street, New to Market, $385,000
Sunday, March 25th 2018 12:00 to 1:00 PM


Beds: 5
Baths: 2 full
Garage: N/A
Square Feet: 3,589
Lot Size: .3 acres
Listed with: Joe Abramoff, Real Living Barbera Associates 

Allen Says: “Last Weeks Best Bang for Your Buck Winner! Second week on the market, a brief open house. Great opportunity to see this remodeled gem close to great restaurants like Corner Grille and West Side BBQ, coffee shops and dry-cleaners all walkable, and close to Worcester State University.

Worcester Beautiful Sunny Early Spring Open House Weekend! 


We are seeing a positive uptick in the listing activity across our great city! There are 38 Open Houses this weekend in Worcester, many are new to market and will be sold soon. My focus here is five dandy homes and their features. All have OH’s on Sunday. In my opinion, and much of the Realtor’ing publics as well, Sunday is a great day for brunch at any of the city’s fantastic restaurants; then grab your favorite coffee and view some open houses! My preference is Livia’s Dish followed by a venti 3-shot Iced Starbucks skim Latte. That makes for a great day! What’s yours?

Feel free to comment below, we do have an open comments section, and as always, there’s something for everyone here! Visit these 5 great open houses, ask questions, get to know the Realtor®, and see what’s on the market. Thanks for reading! – Allen


Best Bang for Your Buck Winner

19 South Lenox Street, an expansive remodeled West Side Colonial with European Flair


11 Nelson Place, New to Market, $259,900
Sunday, March 18th – 12:00 to 2:o0 PM

Beds: 3
Baths: 1 full, 1 half
Garage: 2 car detached
Square Feet: 1,564
Lot Size: .24 acres
Listed by: Doreen Mullaly, Real Living Barbera Associates, Worcester 

Allen says: “Really cute red-door Cape style with good flow. Nice open kitchen with a fireplaced living room and off the rear a cozy sun-porch. Full bath is on the first floor, bedrooms are one down, two up, and there is a finished lower level space.”


68 Eunice Ave, New to Market, $295,900
Sunday, March 18th 12:00 to 2:00 PM

Beds: 3
Baths: 1 full, 1 half
Garage: None
Square Feet: 1,598
Lot Size: .12 acres
Listed by: Dana Strong, Re/Max Advantage 1 

Allen says: “A great house with plenty of light and natural woodwork, and an almost ‘secret-garden’ like rear yard. Beautifully landscaped. Plenty of updates and the ability to make it your own!”


9 Havelock Road, New to Market! $300,000
Sunday, March 18th 2018 12:00 to 1:30 PM

Beds: 4
Baths: 2 full
Garage: 1 detached
Square Feet: 2,143
Lot Size: .16 acres
Listed by:  Stacey Hamel, ERA Key Realty Services, Auburn 

Allen says: “Large colonial with plenty of room, big eat-in-kitchen, and lovely hardwoods throughout. Plenty of storage and plenty of space. Nestled off on the West Side close to Tatnuck Square, June Street shops and Worcester State University. A very walkable area.”



53 Ridgewood Road, New to Market, $339,900
Sunday, March 18th  1:00 to 3:00 PM

Beds: 3
Baths: 1 full, 1 half
Garage: 2 attached
Square Feet: 1,669
Lot Size: .19 acres
Listed with: Liza Tangney, Tangney Properties 

Allen says: “This planned neighborhood features great neighborhood feel with sidewalks, walking about and greeting neighbors from their porches. Tucked up off Ararat Street near the Summit of Worcester it’s a location convenient to highways and shopping. Bright airy rooms including a large Brady style sunroom off the rear.”


19 South Lenox Street, New to Market, $385,000
Sunday, March 18th 2018 12:00 to 2:00 PM


Beds: 5
Baths: 2 full
Garage: N/A
Square Feet: 3,589
Lot Size: .3 acres
Listed with: Joe Abramoff, Real Living Barbera Associates 

Allen Says: “I’ve seen this house come on the market a couple of times in my career, and it had never quite felt like the remodeling and potential had been finished and reached…until now. With a beautiful new kitchen that opens to the formal dining space, first floor laundry, and updated baths, HVAC (3 zones of heat and A/C) this home is our Best Bang for Your Buck! winner. Close to great restaurants like Corner Grille and West Side BBQ, coffee shops and dry-cleaners all walkable, and close to Worcester State University.

Wet Snowy Mix Doesn’t Hold-Up Open Houses this Weekend!


As now common early-spring snow storms cover our budding crocus gardens once again, we begrudgingly grab our shovels and head looking for the sun and the perfect home; trying to ditch the “endless-winter” mindset. Have no fear! The beautiful Spring Market is just around the corner. I typically time the arrival of our spring market by the clocks changing, however this year it looks like we’re in for one last snowfall. (fingers crossed) As always, there’s something for everyone here! Visit these 5 great open houses, ask questions, get to know the Realtor®, and see what’s on the market. Thanks for reading! – Allen


122 Whitmarsh Ave, New to Market, $234,900
Sunday, March 11th – 11:00 to 12:30 PM

Beds: 3
Baths: 1 full
Garage: 0
Square Feet: 1,204
Lot Size: .17 acres
Listed by: Mark Consolmagno, Re/Max Advantage 1 

Allen says: “Really quite charming! Updated in many areas, with efficient heat-pump units and non-lease solar panels. Plenty of natural woodwork and light inside, and an enclosed front porch. Very good example of the time-periods detail and craftsmanship! Convenient location between Burncoat Street and West Boylston Street offering the best of both neighborhoods.”


2 Chatanika Ave, New to Market, $249,900
Sunday, March 11th 12:00 to 1:30 PM – Offers Due Monday by 12pm

Beds: 3
Baths: 1 full – 1 half
Garage: 1 attached
Square Feet: 1,344
Lot Size: .27 acres
Listed by: Nancy Whitehouse-Bain, Re/Max Property Promotions 

Allen says: “Dormered cape with updated kitchen and baths, nice flow and proportions despite being on the smaller side. Lovely long fireplace built-in located in the living room. Sun-porch off the side, and semi-finished basement. Chatanika is off Pleasant and Mower, near the Tatnuck Country club and offers all the amenities of the Tatnuck Square neighborhood.”


45 Saxon Road, New to Market! $279,900
Saturday, March 10, 2018 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Sunday, March 11, 2018 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM


Beds: 4
Baths: 2 full
Garage: 1 detached
Square Feet: 1,392 + finished basement
Lot Size: .18 acres
Listed by: Joanna King, Tangney Properties 

Allen says: “Tucked away in a West Side neighborhood great for walking and bicycling, this red-door black-shutter colonial is quite appealing. Living room is cozy and warm with a wood burning fireplace, and there is a large finished basement space. Great yard space and updated kitchen / baths.”



116 Mower Street, $359,900
Sunday, March 11th  12:00 to 2:00 PM

Beds: 7
Baths: 3 full, 1 half
Garage: 3 detached
Square Feet: 3,316
Lot Size: .92 acres
Listed with: Danny Resendes, Ardent Residential Brokerage LLC 

Allen says: “Liberty Farm, better known as the famous Abbey Kelley Foster House, c.1790. This once sprawling estate has been pared down to a manageable acre, rare to find in the city and features grand elegant proportions. A one-of-a-kind home in Tatnuck that borders the country club and scenic drives. The estate is in need of cosmetic refresh but will greatly reward its next caretaker.”


48 Water Street, Unit 314, $282,000 – Downtown Condo Living!
Sunday, March 11, 2018 1:30 PM to 3:00 PM


Beds: 2
Baths: 2 full, 1 half
Garage: N/A
Square Feet: 1,250
Lot Size: Downtown Worcester!
Listed with: Jonathan Keith & Tracy Kok, Keith Brokerage, LLC

Allen Says: “The reimagining of a great c.1890 factory building in Worcester, in a prime downtown location. Highway access, restaurants nearby (Queens Cups, Lock50, Bocado, etc.) and in close proximity to Shrewsbury Street make owning at Canal Lofts ‘real City Living at its finest.’ The building is LEED certified for energy efficiency. Make sure to bring your Realtor®

The “BombCyclone” puts a damper on Saturday OH traffic, Sunday is the day to go. Here’s 5 great properties to check out.


When viewing homes in days following such an aggressive storm be sure to keep a keen eye out for water penetration and damage. High winds can cause roofing “shingle lift” and drive water inward, and while this doesn’t necessarily mean the roof is bad you’ll want to keep an eye out. I was in a home today that actually had water damage along an inside wall due to the storm, and the homeowners of nearly 15 years had never had water intrusion. Bad storms give us a good example of where we can do a little “fix-up” to our properties to ensure future weatherproofing and good maintenance.

 As always, there’s something for everyone here! Visit these 5 great open houses, ask questions, get to know the Realtor®, and see what’s on the market. Thanks for reading! – Allen


Don’t miss 32 Greendale Ave, This Week’s Best Bang for Your Buck winner!


Beautiful renovated move-in-ready home! Don’t miss it.


9 Thayer Street, 10 Days on Market, $215,00
Sunday, March 4th – 12:30 PM to 1:30 PM

Beds: 3
Baths: 2 full
Garage: 0
Square Feet: 1,208
Lot Size: .1 acres
Listed by: Elisha Lynch, Keller Williams Realty Greater Worcester 

Allen says: “Cute cottage style home with updated high-efficiency heating, tucked away near Webster Sq. Close to shopping and good walkability to Park Ave and back-end of West Side. Close by to Worcester’s beautiful Arboretum.”


34 Ridgewood Road, 3 Days on Market, $220,000
Sunday, March 4th 12:00 to 2:00 PM – Offers Due Monday the 5th

Beds: 3
Baths: 1 full
Garage: 1 under
Square Feet: 1,188
Lot Size: .17 acres
Listed by: Lucie Lemke, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, Worcester 

Allen says: “Near Burncoat area, off Ararat street this home features a newer boiler and electrical updates. Estate sale, in need of cosmetic improvement, but features nice hardwoods – sweat-equity to be gained here!”


32 Greendale Ave, New to Market! $274,900
Sunday, March 4th 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM


Beds: 3
Baths: 2 full, 1 half
Garage: 2 cars detached
Square Feet: 1,578
Lot Size: .14 acres
Listed by: Gina Llerena Donohue, Su Casa Real Estate 

Allen says: “Lovely move-in-ready colonial with great updates and floor-plan. Nice open kitchen, dining and living area. Plenty of updates including heating/hot water and baths. Convenient mid-city location, plenty of shops and restaurants. House is de-leaded, no asbestos, and aging chimney removed. Best Bang for Your Buck Winner!



525 Massasoit Road, 4 Days on Market, $289,900
Sunday, March 4th  12:00 to 2:00 PM

 

Beds: 3
Baths: 2 full, 1 half
Garage: 1 car under
Square Feet: 1,452
Lot Size: .16 acres
Listed with: Felicia Mancuso, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage Northborough 

 

Allen says: “Contemporary cape with nice open floor-plan and updates. Convenient Massasoit location offers access to the Mass-Pike and Grafton Street shopping/restaurants. Bright, airy and open with a nicely designed kitchen and screened in elevated porch for summer nights. Close to many Worcester amenities and moments to Broad Meadow Brook, a Mass Audubon Wildlife Sanctuary.”


9 Commodore Road, New To Market, $334,900
Saturday, March 4th   12:00 to 2:00 PM


Beds: 4
Baths: 1 full, 1 half
Garage: 1 under
Square Feet: 2,076
Lot Size: .2 acres
Listed with: Brian McShea, DCU Realty 

Allen Says: “West Side Colonial with solar panels, 10kw natural-gas fed generator and plenty of updates. Close to revitalized Newton Square tennis courts, Elm Park, Duffy field playground plenty of local restaurants and shops. Very charming location with great walkability.”

Open Houses – January  20th & 21st 2018

Cold Weather Dampens Moods, but Homes Continue to Outpace Inventory!


Interest rates remain strong as we enter 2018, consumer confidence is charging right along, and despite continued low inventory our city’s great Real Estate market is very strong! Despite our early January lull due to snowstorms and the post-holiday catch-up, many of these listings are new to market. Many houses showcased in December are either pending or sold.

 

87 Coolidge Road, in the beautiful Newton Square area, went under agreement in under 2 days!
Congratulations to list-agent Stephen Laska at RE/Max Advantage 1 

 

 

 As always, there’s something for everyone here! Please browse and visit these 5 great open houses, ask questions, get to know the Realtor®, and see what’s on the market. Thanks for reading! – Allen


Don’t miss 47 Orne Street, This Week’s Best Bang for Your Buck winner!


This desirable multi-family investment property had to win this week! Really amazing renovation of a grand old home with all details preserved. Would make great owner-occupant property or strict investment. 


110 South Ludlow Street, 10 Days on Market, $259,900
Sunday, January 21st 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM

Beds: 3
Baths: 1 full
Garage: 2 cars
Square Feet: 1,467
Lot Size: .23 acres
Listed with: Anthony Khattar, Khattar Realty, LLC 

Allen says: “Beautiful, move-in ready Dutch Colonial with charming roofline. Close by to many shops, restaurants, schools, etc. Lots of updates and a nice lot of land. Lustrous hardwood floors, natural woodwork and updated kitchen/bath.”

 


3 Hycrest Drive, 21 Days on Market, $238,000
Sunday, January 21st 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM

Beds: 3
Baths: 1 full, 1 half
Garage: Carport
Square Feet: 1,195
Lot Size: .24 acres
Listed with: Judith Dow, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, Worcester 

Allen says: “Situated in the Burncoat area, this home features a functional floor-plan perfect for those not wanting to keep a large house or wanting one-level living. With some TLC updates, cosmetics this could be a very charming house.”


555 Salisbury Street, 4 Days on Market, $375,000
Saturday, January 20 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Sunday, January 21  12:00 PM to 2:00 PM


Beds: 3
Baths: 1 full, 1 half
Garage: 2 cars attached
Square Feet: 2,148
Lot Size: .25 acres
Listed with: Konstantina Chroso, Isos Realty LLC 

Allen says: “Remodeled upper-Salisbury home set back from the road with new roof, kitchen, baths and refinished hardwoods. Painted nice neutral color scheme, move-in-ready.”


47 Orne, Multi-Family, New To Market, $325,000
Saturday, January 20   11:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Sunday, January 21      12:00 PM to 2:00 PM

Unit 1: 3 beds, 1 full bath, 1 floor
Unit 2: 4 beds, 2 full baths, on 2 floors
Square Feet: 3,202 (2 units, 3 floors)
Lot Size: .23 acres
Listed with: Sara Waldina Ventura, Century 21 XSell 

Allen says: “What a deal! A terrific renovated money-maker. Sited in a prime location near Lincoln Street, highway access, and beautiful Greenhill Park this home affords over 3,000 square feet of renovated, move-in-ready space. I’m impressed! Do not miss this Best Bang for Your Buck winner”

 

 

 


48 Water Street, Unit 314, $282,000 – Downtown Condo Living!
Saturday, January 20    2:00 PM to 4:00 PM


Beds: 2
Baths: 2 full, 1 half
Garage: N/A
Square Feet: 1,250
Lot Size: Downtown Worcester!
Listed with: Jonathan Keith & Tracy Kok, Keith Brokerage, LLC

Allen Says: “The reimagining of a great c.1890 factory building in Worcester, in a prime downtown location. Highway access, restaurants nearby (Queens Cups, Lock50, Bocado, etc.) and in close proximity to Shrewsbury Street make owning at Canal Lofts ‘real City Living at its finest.’ The building is LEED certified for energy efficiency. Make sure to bring your Realtor!”