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Tuesday, May 08, 2012


The real estate market in Worcester County is enjoying a comeback, but there are still deals for house hunters. 150 homes in Worcester that are on the market currently have reduced their prices. GoLocalWorcester gives you a look at some of the properties that have slashed theit prices in order to make a sale.

According to the Warren Group 2,350 single-family homes in Massachusetts sold in February, which represented the highest February total in five years.
Sales have risen in seven of the past eight months.

Central Massachusetts is also enjoying a stronger real estate market. The Warren Group's statistics show single-family sales rose 16 percent year-over-year for January and February across the state.
In Worcester County, the increase was 28 percent.

Patricia Murray of Coldwell Banker is representing the owners of 87 Vassar Street in Worcester. They have reduced their asking price from $198,500 to $159,700.

Motivated sellers

Murray said, “We didn’t get offers so we reduced the price. Price changes are based on the motivation of the seller.”

Inventory across the Bay State has been relatively low. Murray said, “For the most part, people are not moving  unless there’s a specific reason like a new job. If it is just to increase their home because they have more kids, they are not moving.”

Murray said the last few weeks activity has really started to pick up. Buyers have been entering into bidding wars and have been purchasing homes above the asking price. Murray also said the market is currently flooded with not just first time home buyers, but a range of clients. 

Pricing your home to sell

David Stead is a real estate agent with RE/MAX Advantage said the market is very active. Stead said, “Things are more balanced. Inventory is lower. People are competing for homes and driving up the prices. I just put three homes on the market this week and already have two offers.”

Stead did caution sellers from pricing their homes too high if they really want to move it. He said, “Sellers try to push the envelope from the beginning of the process and then they have to reduce their price and it is on the market for longer.”

When a deal falls through  

Barbara Rybicki of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage is presenting clients who’s home went under agreement and then the buyers couldn’t get financing.
Rybicki said, “Fortunately it is not often, but when it happens it is a nightmare for both the owner and buyer. It is very emotional.

Rybicki said she represents clients in the Metro West section of the state and there seems to be less room for negotiation right now. Rybicki said, “However, the moment we go to Worcester county we are seeing a longer period time to sell and more room to negotiate.” 

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62 Aspen Ave., Grafton

The owners of this 2005 Colonial situated on a quiet cul-de-sac street dropped its price significantly from $499,650 $439,900. 

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231 West St, Lunenburg

This Grand Estate situated on  7+ Acres with a huge Colonial is now a real deal. The owners are now asking $789,900. It was orginally priced at  $950,000.

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201 Dana Ave, Worcester

This large home with lower level inlaw suite is looking for a new homeowner that wants a bargain. It has been on the market for more than 350 days and has dropped in price from $220,000 to $155,000.

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37 S Main St, Petersham

The William Peckham House, ca 1783, has been waiting for its next buyer for more than 340 days. The owners are trying to make the property more enticing by lowering the price from $228,000 to $180,000.


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16 Hopedale St, Mendon

This Cape style home with a contemporary flair  and open foyer is an absolute steal at this price!

It is now on the market for $390,000 from  $445,000.

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Hubbardston Rd, Templeton

This wonderful antique cape offers hardwood floors throughout, 3 working fireplaces with pellet stove and updated kitchen with granite to accommodate large group entertaining. But after 157 days on the market, the house is a lot cheaper for a buyer. The owners are asking $189,900. It was orginally priced at $259,900.

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87 Vassar St, Worcester

This 3 Bedroom dormered cape in sought after West Side neighborhood has only been on the market for 55 days, yet the owners are so motivated to sell the price has already been reduced. It is now $159,700  from $198,500.

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19 Browns Brook, Webster

This is a Fannie Mae HomePath property and is approved for HomePath or HomePath Renovation Mortgage Financing. Purchase this property for as little as 3% down! 

That's not the only good news with this property, it has also come down in price from $169,900 to $139,900.

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78 Asnebumskit Rd, Paxton

LARGE split in Paxton. Great price. Needs work in the lower level especially. But you should have some extra cash to complete the work since the owners have dropped the price from $198,111  $140,000.

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33 Arbutus Rd, Worcester

This short sale opportunity off of Burncoat Street is a bright and sunny bungalow with a fenced in yard. The asking price is now $165,000 from $215,000.


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