Katie McBride | Hopkinton Real Estate, Holliston Real Estate, Ashland Real Estate

After you submit an offer on a home and complete a property inspection, there may be only a short amount of time until you close.

Ultimately, it pays to prepare for closing day. If you start planning for your home closing today, you can identify and address any potential problems.

To better understand how to get ready for a home closing, let's take a look at three questions to consider before your closing.

1. What needs to get done before my closing date?

Your closing date may be a few weeks away, but time moves quickly, particularly for a homebuyer who wants to get into a new residence as quickly as possible. Fortunately, homebuyers who understand what needs to get done prior to a closing can plan accordingly.

Typically, a homebuyer will need to secure homeowners insurance and title insurance before closing on a house. Insurance companies are available to provide information about both types of insurance. If you reach out to these companies immediately, you can guarantee that your home and personal belongings will be covered against loss or damage.

You'll need to contact utilities providers as well. That way, you can ensure that your gas, electric and other utilities are good to go as soon as you close on your home.

2. How much are my monthly mortgage payments?

You know that you've been pre-approved for a mortgage. However, if you don't know how much that you'll be paying for your home each month, you'll certainly want to find out sooner rather than later.

Monthly mortgage payments can add up quickly, particularly for homebuyers who fail to budget properly. If you know exactly how much that you'll be paying each month for your home, you can effectively map out a budget.

3. What do I need to bring to my closing?

Homebuyers are required to bring a government-issued ID to a closing. In some instances, you may need to provide a certified or cashier's check to cover assorted closing costs as well.

If you are unsure about what to bring to a home closing, it often helps to consult with a real estate agent. In fact, this housing market professional can help you seamlessly navigate all stages of the homebuying cycle.

Prior to a home closing, a real estate agent is happy to respond to any concerns or questions that you may have. This housing market professional will explain how the home closing process works, how long the process generally takes to complete and, perhaps most important, when you'll receive the keys to your house.

A real estate agent also goes above and beyond the call of duty to provide assistance throughout the homebuying journey. He or she can help you compare and contrast a broad range of houses, submit a competitive offer on a home and ensure that you can discover your dream residence in no time at all.

Get ready for a home closing – consider the aforementioned questions, and you can prep for your closing date.

Homes Sold in the Past Month – Shrewsbury, MA


In the community of Shrewsbury, MA in the past month there have been 31 homes sold.  The average sale price of these homes was $507,771 and the homes were on the market an average of 49 days.  There have been 49 homes listed for sale during the past month Shrewsbury, MA.


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This Single-Family in Middleboro, MA recently sold for $549,000. This Colonial,Farmhouse style home was sold by Katie McBride - RE/MAX Executive Realty.

33 Meadowbrooke Lane, Middleboro, MA 02346

North Middleborough


Sale Price

#WelcomeHome at Meadowbrooke Farms, an amazing neighborhood created to replicate 1800's Federal Style Living offering 35 acres of open space, for hiking&biking; conveniently located 1.6+/- miles to Rte 44 & near several commuter stations. This Impeccably Kept Federal Style Antique Reproduction, 38x30 Detached Barn w/Stairs leading to unfinished loft (roughed for sewer, solar & h2o) are combined with Modern Layout, Amenities & Amazing energy efficiencies&upgrades! Wide pine flooring flows, high ceilings, Beautiful trim work and deep set windowsills surround the Anderson windows throughout the home give the feel of an antique. Bathrooms & mudroom offer beautiful stone like tile keeping with the style! Closets galore! The Island Kitchen boasting soap stone counters and a prep sink open to a dining area! Large rooms that can be versatile to your life, including a First floor master suite option! The yard offers a fire pit detached deck w/slide&more. see all the docs attached.

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This Single-Family in Ashland, MA recently sold for $710,000. This Cape style home was sold by Katie McBride - RE/MAX Executive Realty.

6 Reebenacker Road, Ashland, MA 01721


Sale Price

Full/Half Baths
Are you looking for something different but functional?? Maybe something with character but appeals to everyone?? How about a house that really does have it all?! Well, you found it! This custom built Cape is perfectly set in a cul-de-sac and located in an awesome neighborhood! The updated kitchen has granite counters and stainless steel appliances with french doors leading to the dining room which opens wide to the living room with columns and wood floors. The family room has a wood stove insert and wood floors. Mudroom area with 1/2 bath and laundry, 2 spacious bedrooms, a full bath with granite, and a two story foyer, round out the 1st floor. Master bedroom with 2 walk-in closets, sitting area, and a master bath with whirlpool tub, tile shower, and granite vanity. The middle bedroom has it's own cozy walk-up loft. The last bedroom has a full bath, skylight, and walk-in closet. Huge finished basement with 1/2 bath and wet bar. Office space above the garage with it's own entrance.

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When it comes to finding the ideal neighborhood for your next home, there's no "one size fits all" formula.

While some people enjoy the hustle and bustle of an urban environment, others prefer a quiet family-oriented neighborhood in the suburbs.

Whatever your preferences, convenience is near the top of just about everyone's priority list. Here's why:

Closeness to Work: Long, daily commutes are not only stressful, but they can cause you to miss family dinners, school events, and relaxing evenings at home. There's also the added cost of gasoline, highway tolls, and wear-and-tear on your vehicle. If you happen to be leasing a vehicle, then long commutes could result in additional mileage charges at the end of your lease. Although car leases vary, exceeding the mileage allotment set by the leasing company can sometimes run you as much as 25 cents a mile. That can potentially add up to a hefty surcharge!

While there are a lot of reasons to look for a home that's relatively close to your job or business, quality of life issues are among the most important. As an example, if your daily commute is 45 minutes, each way, that adds up to an hour-and-a-half on the road. If you factor in occasional traffic jams, road repairs, and other inevitable delays, you're talking about more than eight hours a week just driving back and forth to work. It's equivalent to adding an additional work day to your week! Although it's not always feasible (especially in two-income households), there are major advantages to finding a house that's less than a half-hour commute to your job(s).

Proximity to Conveniences: Life will also be easier if you live close to a well-stocked supermarket. When you shop at a large, high-volume grocery store, prices are more economical and food tends to be fresher. Corner grocery stores and pharmacies are nice to have nearby when you just want to pick up a few quick essentials, but for selection, price, and freshness, supermarkets are usually your best bet!

Other desirable locations to keep in mind when house hunting include good-quality schools, reputable childcare centers, and proximity to family and friends. Depending on your lifestyle, you might want to be close to airports, major highways, recreational facilities, and entertainment. It can also be an advantage to choose a home near medical and dental offices, a veterinary clinic, and a preferred church, synagogue, or mosque.

When launching a search for your family's next home, the key to success is to stay focused, create detailed priority lists, and work with a seasoned real estate agent. Whether you decide to live in a rural area, suburbia, or downtown, a real estate agent has the knowledge, training, and negotiating skills to help you get a good deal and match your lifestyle goals with your budget and timeframe.