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Posted by Rachel (Hillman) Foy on 8/14/2019

Although statistics may not be reflective of your individual real-estate buying habits, the "typical" homeowner tends to stay put in their home for around a decade -- give or take.

One of the few "drawbacks" of being a long-term homeowner is that, over time, you tend to forgot many of the details of the home-buying process.

However, an advantage of buying a home in the Internet Age is the availability of instant information on everything from interest rates and real estate agent reviews to house hunting tips and choosing a moving company.

Your Real Estate Journey

Buying a home can be an extremely satisfying experience... or it can be filled with frustration and disappointment. However, by having a basic understanding of how the house-buying process works, you'll be more effective at preparing yourself for what's to come, anticipating what you need to do, and creating a clear picture in your mind of your requirements and ideal living environment. As various thought leaders have said over the years: If you're not clear on what you want, you'll probably end up with something else!

The cornerstones of a successful real estate search are knowing your credit score, having enough money on hand for a sufficient down payment and closing costs, enlisting the help of an experienced real estate agent, and being proactive about meeting with mortgage bankers and shopping for a competitive interest rate (and terms).

Staying organized, creating priority lists, and continually educating yourself about the nuts and bolts of buying a home will help ensure that your real estate experience will be a positive one. Even though there may be a few bumps and detours along the way, taking the time to be organized and well informed will help you stay on track and produce the type of results you and your family are looking for.

Although it does pay to read articles from credible online sources, you don't have to achieve "expert status" as a house hunter and real estate buyer. If you choose your real estate agent with care, they should be able to provide you with the expertise, advice, and professional guidance you need to clear the hurdles and make it all the way to the finish line!

How does one choose a great real estate agent? The ideal way is to get a referral from a trusted family member, friend, coworker, or neighbor. If someone you trust can attest to the service level and results a particular real estate agent has produced, then chances are good that your experience would be comparable. If more than one person you know recommends a top-notch agent, then that creates a "multiplier effect." In other words, it increases the likelihood that you'll be satisfied with the service and results this agent provides. If you don't know anyone personally who has worked with a great agent, there are well-known websites that post reviews, years of experience, and relevant sales information on licensed real estate agents.





Posted by Rachel (Hillman) Foy on 8/7/2019

OPEN HOUSES SAT 8/10 & SUN 8/11, 12-2pm. Here is your chance to be the second owner of this stunning, custom built colonial with almost 3,000 sq ft of living space and over 2 acres of land! Step inside and instantly notice the gleaming hardwood floors. The kitchen, casual dining area and living room are all open concept, which is perfect for entertaining. The kitchen is beautiful with many cabinets, breakfast bar and granite counters. The living room features a fireplace and cathedral ceilings. There is also a formal dining room and den/office with french doors on the first floor. Upstairs are 4 spacious bedrooms and laundry room. The master suite boasts a walk-in closet and en-suite bathroom with large tub and shower. Additional features: heated 2 car garage, central air, and built in speaker system for music. There is potential to expand in both the full attic space or lower level. Set far back from the street, you will love the privacy and multiple areas for enjoying the outdoors.

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Posted by Rachel (Hillman) Foy on 8/7/2019

Buying a house involves dozens of interrelated decisions, many of which could affect the quality of your life for years to come. No pressure, though!

Working with an experienced real estate agent with whom you feel comfortable is one strategy for successfully navigating many of those pivotal decisions. The ideal buyers' agent will be familiar with neighborhoods in your target area, and is trained to help you match your requirements with properties in your price range. They can assist you in developing a priority list of things you want and need in your next home.

In addition to noticing the features of each individual house you're considering, there's also the bigger picture of the character of the neighborhood in which homes are located. Here are a few things you may want to keep in mind as you visit different homes for sale.

  • Street traffic: There are several distinct disadvantages to living close to a busy street or highway. First of all, there's the noise factor, which is often a deal breaker for people who thrive on peace and quiet! If you have young children, a busy street can also be a potential safety hazard. When you have cars constantly driving by your house, privacy is another issue to consider.
  • Proximity of houses: Speaking of privacy and quiet, there's also the question of how physically close houses are situated next to each other. If they're only ten or twenty feet away, then you might end up knowing more about your neighbors than you really want to! (The reverse of that is also true.) In those instances, privacy hedges and tall fences can provide some benefits.
  • Appearance of the neighborhood: If nearby houses are in run-down condition or poorly maintained, that's generally a "red flag," in regard to the quality of the neighborhood. The same can usually be said about prospective neighbors who keep junk vehicles or construction debris on their property for any length of time. If you're considering a neighborhood with one or more abandoned houses on the street, proceed with caution. However, what you see, is not always what you get! Appearances can be misleading, and there may be plans underway, for example, to demolish a fire-damaged house and replace it with a new and improved home. Very often your real estate agent can find out more about the circumstances surrounding an abandoned or boarded-up house. They may also be able to help you research crime statistics for a particular neighborhood or street.
  • Convenience factors: All things being equal, it's nice to live within walking distance or a short drive from grocery stores, drug stores, banks, public parks, the post office, child care services, schools, doctors, dentists, hospitals, veterinarians, restaurants, and other amenities.
When you've narrowed down your house search to one or two possibilities, a lot of useful information can be gathered by scheduling a couple additional visits and/or walkthroughs -- especially at different times of the day or week. Second and third visits to homes you're considering can definitely shed additional light on factors such as noise level and other quality of life issues.





Posted by Rachel (Hillman) Foy on 7/31/2019

OPEN HOUSE SAT 8/3 & SUN, 8/4, 11:30-1:30. Fall in love with this gorgeous & remodeled single family located on a corner lot. Step inside and you will first notice the gleaming hardwood floors and tons of natural light. The spacious living room with fireplace leads into an open kitchen and dining area, perfect for entertaining! The new kitchen is stunning: stainless appliances, a large island, quartz counters and tile back splash. There is also a sun room for a nice office space or den. Upstairs are three bedrooms. The master suite includes his and her closets, along with plenty of built-in shelving. The master bathroom is modern and brand new. Additional features: new gas heat, central air & full basement. Enjoy the outdoors- either the grassy side with mature plantings for privacy or the fenced patio side that is complete with a huge deck, hot tub, dining area & access to the garage. Fantastic location with an easy walk to West Newton or Waltham's popular Moody St.

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Posted by Rachel (Hillman) Foy on 7/31/2019

Many problems can affect your favorite yard tree. Some of these problems are easy to combat while others are more serious and may take a while to fix. Are the leaves on your tree turning brown, or perhaps, it is not growing well? The good news is that you can solve most of these problems on your own. Here are some of the universal tree problems and how you can get them resolved:

Inadequate Nutrients and Mineral Recycling 

In the forest, leaves fall off and decompose, providing abundant nutrients for trees. However, in our landscape, trees tend to suffer as a result of lack of nutrients. You can fix this problem by fertilizing your tree at the appropriate time. Also, mulching is another way to solve this issue. The soil nutrients get replenished with microorganism and nutrients as the mulch decomposes.

Compacted Soil 

The soils in the majority of our yard get compacted due to various human activities; hence, the trees grow in this unfavorable condition. The solution here is to loosen up for the soil. You can employ the process called vertical mulching. It replenishes the ground in the root zone of the tree. Better still, you can mix organic matter with the soil to loosen the compacted soil.

Opportunistic Pests

Stressed trees are more prone to pest infestation. The common causes of tree stress include poor nutrition, poor environmental condition, and wrong location. The problem becomes aggravated if the tree is already competing with the surrounding grass for nutrients. The best solution in the case of pest and diseases infestation is early treatment. Also, try as much as possible to always be on the lookout for pests, and you may contact your local arborist for guidance. 

Natural and mechanical Damage 

Animals, lawn equipment, and any other garden equipment can damage the tree. For instance, rabbit and dogs can wreak havoc on your shrubs and trees. Apart from that, string trimmers and mowers can hurt the tree accidentally. The injuries afflicted by animals or lawn equipment always interrupted the circulation of water and nutrient within the tree. It is essential that you examine your trees regularly to detect serious injuries early. You can as well boost the health of your trees by mulching, watering, and fertilizing. 

A tree is an essential part of our garden, be sure to be on the lookout for any problems or signs of distress with trees near you to ensure that they can be fixed early enough.




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