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Earnest money is the amount of money put down for a large purchase. While this is not limited to real estate, it is used frequently in the real estate industry. It’s a sign of good faith from the buyer to the seller and normally constitutes about 1%-5% of the home’s price.

How much do you deposit?

There is no set amount for how much you can put down in your earnest account. However, the more money you put into these accounts, the more likely you are to be taken seriously by the seller.

Who gets the money?

Property laws in most states have strict regulations for who holds the money. Most often a third-party escrow company, title company or sometimes the buyer’s broker opens a trust account to hold the funds until completion or dissolution of the sales contract. At that point, the funds go to wherever the contract specifies. That could be back to the buyer or forfeited to the seller. In some cases, the earnest money might go to the real estate agent. If the sale goes through, the funds go toward the buyer’s costs in the transaction, and it appears as a credit on the settlement statement.

To protect yourself from forfeiting earnest money, be fully prepared to complete the sales transaction. Have a pre-qualification letter from your lender, set aside funds for the down payment and closing, and provide the lender, escrow officer, title company and all other interested parties with the information they need for a timely close.

If you wonder about how much earnest money to include, your best resource is your knowledgeable real estate professional.



44 Sunnyhill Rd, Lunenburg, MA 01462

Single-Family

$359,900
Price

5
Rooms
2
Beds
1
Baths
This home offers single level living on an unbelievable property with almost 5 acres, a private pond and plenty of wildlife to enjoy. Step into a sun filled kitchen to find a bright and open space. White cabinetry, corian counters, and a cathedral ceiling add a contemporary feel. Bay windows lead into the luminous living room. There is a large sunroom off the living room with floor to ceiling windows overlooking the scenic yard. The master bedroom has a large walk in closet. The yard has been professionally landscaped complete with irrigation. The impressive pond has a beautiful waterfall that flows from fall to spring. Enjoy fishing, hiking, ice skating, hunting and more right from the backyard. Numerous updates include refinished hardwood throughout, mini-splits for air conditioning and extra heat, generator connection...there is even a two car garage. There is nothing to do but move in.
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44 Sunnyhill Rd, Lunenburg, MA 01462

Single-Family

$359,900
Price

5
Rooms
2
Beds
1
Baths
This home offers single level living on an unbelievable property with almost 5 acres, a private pond and plenty of wildlife to enjoy. Step into a sun filled kitchen to find a bright and open space. White cabinetry, corian counters, and a cathedral ceiling add a contemporary feel. Bay windows lead into the luminous living room. There is a large sunroom off the living room with floor to ceiling windows overlooking the scenic yard. The master bedroom has a large walk in closet. The yard has been professionally landscaped complete with irrigation. The impressive pond has a beautiful waterfall that flows from fall to spring. Enjoy fishing, hiking, ice skating, hunting and more right from the backyard. Numerous updates include refinished hardwood throughout, mini-splits for air conditioning and extra heat, generator connection...there is even a two car garage. There is nothing to do but move in.
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Many homeowners are unaware that the most common causes of house fires are cooking related. According to data from the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), cooking fires cause 46% of house fires and 44% of household injuries.

You aren’t alone if you think those numbers are shockingly high. However, most of us are never taught cooking safety techniques. In this article, we’re going to give you some tips to protect you and your family from the most common and some lesser known causes of kitchen fires. 

Cooking fire statistics 

Knowing the most common causes of cooking fires is a great way to understand just how dangerous certain types of cooking really are. The NFPA reports that frying is the most dangerous type of cooking. Two-thirds of cooking fires were the result of the ignition of food and cooking materials.

In terms of equipment, the range or cooktop is the most dangerous part of the kitchen, causing over 60% of fires. However, much of the time the cause comes down to leaving your equipment unattended.

Cooking safely

One of the most important things you can do to reduce the risk of house fires is to stay in the kitchen while you’re cooking. Unattended ranges, stovetops, and ovens can be particularly deadly since they can happen as a result of someone dozing off while watching television, or someone forgetting they left a burner on after they go to sleep.

A good way to monitor your cooking is to always use a timer, even if you don’t necessarily need one for the cooking that you’re doing. Also, be sure that your smoke detectors are working and that you have a functional fire extinguisher in your home. Make sure your family knows what to do if they encounter a fire.

Before you turn on your burners before frying, make sure there is nothing around your oven that can catch fire. A food container, oven mitts, wooden utensils, paper towels, or curtains could all potentially catch fire if they come in close contact with a burner.

Clothing is also a leading cause of kitchen fires that turn fatal. Make sure sleeves and other pieces of clothing aren’t near any burners or open flames.

In case of fire

If you encounter a large cooking fire that is spreading throughout, the best thing to do is to immediately gather your family and get out of the house, avoiding the kitchen entirely. Call 9-1-1 as soon as you are safely outside and don’t re-enter the house under any circumstances.

For small grease fires, smother the fire with a lid and turn off the burner immediately.

Understanding cooking fires

Most fire requires oxygen to burn and spread. If there is a small fire in your kitchen, using a soaked towel or a pan lid to smother it will suffice.

However, grease fires work differently. Never put water on a grease fire, this can cause the fire to spread very quickly. Rather, use a lid to put out the fire if it is small enough to get near. You can also throw baking soda, or use a fire extinguisher on a small grease fire.


This Condo in Fitchburg, MA recently sold for $192,900. This Townhouse style home was sold by Office Central - Central Mass Real Estate.


147 Constitution Dr, Fitchburg, MA 01420

Condo

$189,900
Price
$192,900
Sale Price

5
Rooms
2
Beds
1/1
Full/Half Baths
Move right in to this beautifully maintained Chamberlain Hill condo located close to Route 2 as well as the T-Station. The open concept on the 1st level flows out to your own porch where you can view the lights of Wachusett Mountain in the winter months. The basement is partially finished providing an additional family room or office space where you can walk out into the back yard. The kitchen has all stainless appliances with the stove being only 1 year old. Additionally, the stackable washer and dryer are full sized and conveniently located on the 2nd floor. Both bedrooms are large with plenty of closet space and the master has a second balcony overlooking the woods. This condo is very energy efficient, low maintenance and affordable.






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