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Posted by Rachel Hillman Foy on 1/23/2019

Every homeowner seems to come to a point where they wonder if itís time to sell their home or renovate the one that they currently have. Whether or not you decide to sell immediately, you can start with some renovations to your home that will offer you a big return on your investments and more comfort. Certain renovation projects are more beneficial than others. Weíll go over some of the best projects that you can take on in your home to add value and comfort to your home.



Curb Appeal Pays 


While you may turn to the inside of your home to make improvements first, itís actually more beneficial to update the outside of your home before you even begin to tackle the inside. Curb appeal can boost the value of your home significantly. 


Check Your Insulation


You can improve the overall energy efficiency of your home by sealing unattended places in the home. Add insulation and sealing right in your attic. This helps to save on energy costs the whole year through. New insulation brings quite a return on value in your home. 


Make Your Spaces Peaceful And Open


If you have plenty of space available in the house, youíll get a big return on your investment. Add a bedroom to the home if you are able. Expand on the master bedroom to include large closets along with a master bathroom. Some of these renovations can become a bit of an expense, but youíll be happy you did them when you get a large return on your investment.     


Add A Deck


Adding an outdoor space to enjoy will not only give you financial returns, it will give you an increased sense of happiness as well. Youíll have a new outdoor space that youíll be able to enjoy for a good portion of the year.


Think Small


Sometimes even small improvements can add returns and more appeal to your home. Does your kitchen need new tile? Could your dishwasher use an upgrade? Maybe the bathroom counter can be replaced. Anything small around your home thatís upgraded can add up. The kitchen and the bathroom are the two rooms of the home that people most desire to have updated. Doing any and all projects in these rooms can have a really big impact on the value of your property. 


After The Renovations


After you complete the desired renovations in your home, live in it for awhile. If youíre still itching to move on from your property, make an appointment with your realtor. There is nothing wasted in doing renovations to your home whether you decide to stay on the property or move on.




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Posted by Rachel Hillman Foy on 1/16/2019

If youíre a dog lover, youíre probably going to want to move into a community that caters to your love of animals. As you cruise different communities to find just the right place to live, there are a few things that you should be on the lookout for if you want your pooch to feel at home as well. 


You See A Lot Of Dogs Around


This may seem obvious, but itís something to be aware of on your home search. If you see a lot of dogs, you know that the people in your neighborhood are supportive of dogs. If there doesnít seem to be too many four-legged friends running around, then maybe the community wonít be as receptive to your own pet. You would hate to move into a home, only to find out that your neighbors really donít like dogs. This could be a sign of future problems in the neighborhood.


You See Dogs At The Parks Nearby


If you are riding around a community, exploring, and see plenty of dogs at the park, or even better, a dog park, youíll know that you have chosen a good place to live. This shows that dogs are welcome in the area. If thereís a playground nearby, but many ďno dogs allowedĒ signs, you could be in a place where dogs arenít welcome many places. You want to feel that your dog is welcome especially in outdoor spaces. 


There Are Facilities For Dogs Nearby


If you can easily find a groomer, a vet, and a pet supply store nearby, you know that youíre in a good place for your dog. You can see that thereís a community surrounding you that cares about animals. These types of facilities allow you to keep your pet healthy, clean, and happy. You may even have easier access to other important things for you and your dogs like pet sitters, dog walkers, and more. 


You Can Find Plenty Of Walking Paths


If you love to walk, youíll probably be looking for this feature in a neighborhood anyways, but walking paths are a good sign that dogs are welcome in a place. You need sidewalks, places without a lot of traffic, and perhaps some trails to help keep your dog active and healthy. Dogs will also love exploring new places often to keep their keen senses in check. 


Look At Local Establishments


If you stop into local coffee shops or restaurants and see dogs there, you definitely know for sure that you have chosen a great community for dog lovers. This is a sign that dogs are a part of everyday life, accepted, welcome, and almost required! Pets are a part of the family in a community like this. Your new home will not only be great for you but for your beloved pet as well.




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Posted by Rachel Hillman Foy on 1/9/2019

If you want to enjoy a fast, seamless and profitable home selling experience, it helps to be flexible. That way, you won't feel pressure to accept the first homebuying proposal that comes your way. Instead, you can listen to various homebuying offers, consider their pros and cons and choose one that matches or exceeds your expectations.

Unfortunately, the stress associated with selling a house can escalate quickly. And if a home seller is not careful, he or she risks making rash decisions that may lead to subpar results.

When it comes to selling a house, it generally is a good idea to be flexible. Now, let's take a look at three tips to help sellers maintain their flexibility throughout the home selling cycle.

1. Evaluate the Housing Market

The current housing market may favor buyers or sellers. If you want to maximize the profits from your home sale Ė and maintain your flexibility throughout the home selling journey Ė you should examine the real estate sector closely.

Assess the prices of available houses in your city or town that are similar to your own. This will allow you to see how your residence stacks up against the competition and price it appropriately.

Furthermore, evaluate the prices of recently sold houses in your area. With this housing market data, you can determine whether you're preparing to enter a buyer's or seller's market and plan accordingly.

2. Don't Hesitate to Counter a Buyer's Offer

After you list your house, it may be only a matter of time before you receive an offer on your house. However, just because you receive an offer on your house does not mean that you have to accept this proposal.

Remember, your duty as a home seller is to accept the ideal homebuying proposal based on your home selling goals. If an offer fails to meet your expectations, you should not hesitate to counter or reject this proposal.

In most instances, it helps to counter a buyer's proposal. If you submit a counter-offer that matches a buyer's needs, both you and a buyer can move forward with a transaction. Or, in the worst-case scenario, a buyer will reject the counter-offer, and you can move forward with your attempt to sell your house.

3. Work with a Real Estate Agent

If you're unsure about how to stay flexible throughout the home selling journey, you can always hire a real estate agent. In fact, with a real estate agent at your side, you can get the insights that you need to succeed in any housing market, at any time.

A real estate agent will learn about your home selling goals and help you map out a successful home selling journey. Plus, he or she will list your residence, promote it to the right groups of potential buyers and ensure you can make an informed decision about whether to accept, reject or counter a buyer's proposal.

Want to sell your house? Consider the aforementioned tips, and you can operate as a flexible home seller.




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Posted by Rachel Hillman Foy on 1/3/2019

OPEN HOUSE SAT 1/5 and SUN 1/6 12-2pm. Fall in love with this spacious and sunny Victorian single family. The oversized windows stream in tons of natural light. Enjoy hardwood floors and high ceilings. Large eat-in kitchen and formal dining room makes it perfect for entertaining. Fantastic updates include 2014 roof with 50 year transferable warranty, 2014 conversion to new gas furnace and on demand water heater and new 2018 half bath with laundry on 1st floor. Unfinished basement provides lots of storage. Enjoy the outdoors with 2 enclosed porches and HUGE yard. Plenty of street parking. Great location with easy walk to Malden Center and Wellington T stops, Stop & Shop, Fermentation Alley (Night Shift, Bone Up, Short Path Distillery), Shopping/restaurants Main street in Everett and Malden Center. Quick drive to Gateway Center, Station Landing, Assembly Row, Fellsway Plaza

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Posted by Rachel Hillman Foy on 1/2/2019

If thereís one room in the house most people long to be high end, itís the bathroom. A room of relaxation and rest. The one place everyone can find time to themselves within, even if itís two minutes. The bathroom is our sanctuary. And you donít need to break the bank to create a luxe environment. 

Frame a flat bathroom mirror with molding for a classic and one-of-a-kind look. Detailed millwork is synonymous with an upscale home because more time and effort has been put into the fine details. Pick a style of molding that matches your unique preferences and a wood stain or paint color to match the rest of your decor.

A new shower head isnít immediately visible so itís not a style upgrade. However, itís an upscale lifestyle upgrade to be certain. A rain shower head provides a steady, even flow of water while covering more surface space.

Update the light fixture(s) in your bathroom to change the aesthetics and light quality. There are many sleek, minimalist vanity light fixtures on the market if you are looking to keep up with trends. For a dramatic change look for sconce shapes that differ from those already installed. If you have bell-shaped sconces look for a square or rectangular option. If you have bulbs try ovaluar or sleek coned shape sconce.

Install matching metal finishings from the faucet to drawer pulls. Sometimes as we update our homes feature by feature mismatched hardware happens. Take the opportunity to create a cohesive harmony throughout the room by matching knobs, faucets and light fixture finishes. Knobs being the most budget friendly and easiest to swap, try to match these to your existing hardware and not the other way around.

A new coat of paint can make the world of difference in any room. Bathrooms seem to seldom get the same playful attention to color as other rooms do. And a color from years past can dramatically date a room despite more classic pieces within it. Donít be afraid to make a bold statement with a pop of color. Or cover up tired blue walls with a neutral shade for a high-end look.

Invest in a towel warmer for a luxe after-bathing experience. With many styles to choose from youíll be sure to find one in a style that fits your current decor without a problem. Towel warmers come as drawers or as a rack. Racks either install on the wall or come as a stand-alone piece. All three options can utilize an outlet without having to be installed as a part of your electrical work like a light fixture would.

One surprising way to upgrade your bathroom is with plants. Look for varieties that thrive off of humidity to create a lush, paradise. Plants have a soothing effect and will have your bathroom feeling like a true oasis. If you donít have a natural green thumb consult an expert at your local gardening center to find those that will do best in the lighting and air conditions of your bathroom.




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