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55+ Community in Fitchburg offers single level living

Are you looking for a place to call home? Consider Woodland Estates. Woodland Estates offers Ranch style homes catered to your individual needs. This pet friendly, 55+ community offers a nice country setting and is easily accessible from John Fitch Highway. Call today to start designing your new home (978) 582-4339 or visit us at www.woodlandestates55.com

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Celebrating 30 years with 30 pies

Real Estate Exchange is excited to announcing our upcoming 30 years in business in Lunenburg MA.

JoAnne Hamberg – Magurn founded the Real Estate Exchange in 1990 in the small town of Lunenburg Mass. JoAnne is the owner Broker of The Real Estate Exchange and has been selling Real Estate full time since 1985. She has helped hundreds of clients buy and sell homes in Lunenburg and throughout the Worcester county area. JoAnne focuses her team 100% on real estate and tending to their buyer and seller client’s needs. JoAnne and her support staff have developed a comprehensive system to maintain excellent service and client communication ranking yearly in the top 1% to 3% of all Realtors nationwide. She is a licensed Real Estate broker in Massachusetts and New Hampshire.

In celebration of The Real Estate Exchange’s upcoming 30 Year anniversary, we will are holding a Great Pie Giveaway! With 30 Pies for 30 Years! Stop by our office at 54 Chase Rd, Lunenburg, next to Jeffrey’s Antique Co-op Mall or calling us at (978) 582-4339 to enter for your chance to win one of 30 pies. We will be giving away 10 Pecan, 10 Pumpkin and 10 Apple. The drawing will be held on Monday, Nov. 25th to ensure you will be able to enjoy your pie for Thanksgiving.

We are very thankful to all our friends, family and past clients for the continued support over the last 30 years and look forward to assisting in all your future Real Estate needs for many years to come.

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Reminder: It’s time to fall back!

Daylight Saving Time ends at 2:00 am on Sunday, November 3rd – Don’t forget to set your clocks back an hour.

As we prepare our clocks to “fall back” for the end of Daylight Saving time, here are some great tips for attracting the autumn home buyer:

1. Clean Up the Yard

Rake dead leaves and debris in your lawn. Don’t let overgrown vegetation block the windows or path to the entrance. Cutting bushes and tree limbs will let the sun inside and showcase the exterior of your home. Cutaway summer vines and cut down dead flowers. Make the most of the autumn weather in the fall real estate market.

2. Create Autumn Curb Appeal

The most popular autumn flowers are chrysanthemums (or mums), and they bloom for a long time. Marigolds are another idea for fall. Both mums and marigolds are available in yellow, which is my number one home selling color. Plant them in pots. Place pots on the steps and along the sidewalk. Accent with pumpkins or other types of squash.

3. Dress the Windows

Rain and wind from over the summer months can make your windows dusty and streaked by autumn. You might not notice smudges, but buyers will, if only on a subconscious level. Your windows need to sparkle to sell a home. Maybe your cats routinely rub their little noses on the inside glass while walking along window ledges. You’ll need to wash my windows inside and out every autumn. Remove screens and spray them down.

4. Check the HVAC

You want the air inside your home to smell fresh. When was the last time you changed your furnace filter? You can buy 90-day furnace filters. Check the HVAC system before you need to turn on the heater. Besides, the buyer will ask a home inspector to look at your HVAC. If you discover problems with your furnace, it’s better to fix them before your home goes on the market.

5. Clean Out the Fireplace

Ah, nothing smells like autumn than smoke from a wood-burning fireplace. However, in some parts of the country, burning wood indoors or outdoors is outlawed. If you have a gas fireplace, light it when buyers come through. If the fireplace is filled with cobwebs because it hasn’t been used for months, vacuum it out and wash it down. Some ​home stagers arrange knickknacks in the fireplace in place of wood logs.

6. Prepare Autumn Edibles

Speaking of autumn scents, you might set out freshly baked pumpkin cupcakes or simmer hot apple cider on the stove. Put a tray of cinnamon sticks on the counter, dotted with whole cloves. Prop open a cookbook to an autumn stew. Fill a bowl with crisp red apples.

7. Set the Mood for Fall Real Estate Musically

When thinking of autumn music consider Enya’s “The First of Autumn” or George Winston’s new age piano album “Autumn.”

8. Utilize Autumn Accent Colors

You don’t need to dump a lifeless sofa when you can accessorize its dullness with bright red, orange and/or golden yellow pillows. Toss a quilt or autumn-colored throw over a chair. After you’ve cleared away the clutter and depersonalized each room, bring a few autumn hues to each room by placing bold-colored accent pieces in odd groupings such as 3’s and 5’s. Create an autumn centerpiece for the dining room table by arranging pine cones and nuts around orange candles, stick in a few leaves from the yard.

9. Turn on the Lights Everywhere

Above all, bring in the light. When days get shorter, the sun sets lower in the horizon and casts wider shadows. Pull up the blinds, open the shutters, push back the drapes on every window. Turn on every light in the house, including appliance lights and closet lights. Brighten darker rooms with few windows by placing spotlights on the floor behind furniture, and for goodness sakes, turn off the TV.

For more tips and help with selling your home this fall give us a call at Real Estate Exchange (978) 582-4339

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Halloween safety tips

Halloween can be lots of fun but keep these safety tips in mind

  • Wear bright colors to stay visible
  • Carry flashlights or use reflective tape to help people see you on dark sidewalks
  • Only visit homes that have porch lights on
  • Look both ways before crossing any street
  • Trick-or-treat in groups, use a buddy system
  • Remember to inspect all candy and treats prior to eating
  • And for drivers: Please go slower than usual, especially in residential neighborhoods

Most of all have fun

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Halloween 2019 Trick or Treat Hours – Updated due to weather

Athol, Trick-or-treating rescheduled to Saturday, Nov. 2, from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.; Halloween Stroll is Thursday, Oct. 31, from 10 a.m. to noon.

Ashburnham, Thursday, Oct. 31, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Ashby, Thursday , Oct. 31, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Ayer, Thursday , Oct. 31, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Chelmsford, Thursday , Oct. 31, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Fitchburg. Rescheduled to Saturday, Nov. 2nd, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. children under the age of 13 only.

Gardner, Thursday , Oct. 31, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Lancaster, Rescheduled to Saturday, Nov. 2nd, 5:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Leominster, Rescheduled to Saturday. Nov 2nd, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Lunenburg, Thursday , Oct. 31, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Pepperell, Thursday Oct. 31, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Townsend, Thursday, Oct. 31, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Templeton, Thursday, Oct. 31, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Shirley, Rescheduled to Friday, Nov. 1st, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Westminster, Rescheduled to Saturday, Nov. 2nd, 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Winchendon, Thursday, Oct. 31, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

*Please note many towns have rescheduled trick or treat days and times due to the weather

Happy Halloween from everyone at the Real Estate Exchange have have a Spooktacular time.