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04/26/2019
Home Buying Tips in Massachusetts!

We help home buyers buy a home and build wealth! Please tap our area knowledge in urban planning and historic preservation. We serve
Essex and Middlesex Counties in Massachusetts!

04/12/2019
Old Town Hill ~ Newbury, Ma

Old Town Hill ~ Newbury, Ma is another one of my favorite walks! There are over 4 miles of loop trails and half the way up the hill is a beautiful meadow. At the top is a view ~ you guessed it ~ of the Atlantic Ocean! We hope you like this walk!

Lots of plants are "overused" in the garden but one that isn't that is a sure winner is Fringed Bleeding Heart with lacy...
04/11/2019

Lots of plants are "overused" in the garden but one that isn't that is a sure winner is Fringed Bleeding Heart with lacy foliage and heart shaped flowers.

Gutter time! Clean those gutters so they take the water away from the foundation during the rain season!
04/11/2019

Gutter time! Clean those gutters so they take the water away from the foundation during the rain season!

To stay or to go? What the cost verses value of a two story addition really is! 2017 ~ Cost $204,385/Recoup 76%; 2016 ~ ...
04/10/2019

To stay or to go?
What the cost verses value of a two story addition really is!
2017 ~ Cost $204,385/Recoup 76%;
2016 ~ Cost $199,700/Recoup 82.1%;
2015195,591/ Recoup 76.6%;
2014~ Cost $177,275/ Recoup 81.1%

Plants are underappreciated when creating focal points.  They can bring to life a room, soften  and make a room work.
04/09/2019

Plants are underappreciated when creating focal points.

They can bring to life a room, soften and make a room work.

Can't pack up or unload your furniture but don't want to hire a moving company? Consider hiring labor to pack the moving...
04/09/2019

Can't pack up or unload your furniture but don't want to hire a moving company?

Consider hiring labor to pack the moving truck or POD you rent.

"Farmed and fished for thousands of years by the Agawam Indians, then settled by the English starting in 1634, Essex was...
04/08/2019
Visiting Our Cultural Districts - seARTS

"Farmed and fished for thousands of years by the Agawam Indians, then settled by the English starting in 1634, Essex was known as Chebacco Parish of Ipswich until it separated to form the Town of Essex in 1819. For over 300 years, dating back to the mid 17th century, close to 4,000 wooden vessels were built and launched from the shores of the Essex River. There are 16 sites to explore on the Historic Essex Walking Tour that spans approximately one mile within the Essex River Cultural District - with many antique shops, specialty shops and restaurants along the way."

http://searts.org/wp/cultural-district-partners/

Visiting Our Cultural Districts Cape Ann is fortunate to now have four designated Cultural Districts for visitors and residents to enjoy. They are: Rocky Neck, East Gloucester Rockport Cultural District, Rockport Essex River Cultural District, Essex Harbortown Cultural District, Gloucester โ€ฆ Conti...

Today, I am going to clean the window tracks. I know it is not very exciting, however I need to get it done as we are se...
04/08/2019

Today, I am going to clean the window tracks. I know it is not very exciting, however I need to get it done as we are selling our home. Materials: Toothbrush; White Vinegar; Baking Soda; Paper Towel; Rag; Butter Knife.

The IRS tells us never to get rid of our tax returns but can we save them electronically and shred them? Do we need to k...
04/06/2019

The IRS tells us never to get rid of our tax returns but can we save them electronically and shred them?

Do we need to keep all the paper copies of our bank statements? Go through and see what records you need.

Then decide to keep hard copies, scan and shred

The classic split level home is based off of Frank Lloyd Wright's Prairie Homes, typically built in the 1970's * Entranc...
04/06/2019

The classic split level home is based off of Frank Lloyd Wright's Prairie Homes, typically built in the 1970's
* Entrance into home on a welcome platform
* Go up to the living area or down to the basement
* Living area family and kitchen areas along with bedrooms (typically 10x10)
* Basement-has some light and two front rooms
* Typically undercar or attached garage

And what about the roof? When you have found the home you think you might want to buy it is a good idea to see how much ...
04/05/2019

And what about the roof?

When you have found the home you think you might want to buy it is a good idea to see how much 'life' is left in the roof. The local town hall can tell you when the last permit was pulled and how many layers are on the existing roof.

Another option, when you have the home inspection done call a roofing contractor or two to come out and inspect the roof. They will usually give you a bid for free!

Install the smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.  If they are not audio and more than 10 years old they will need to be ...
04/05/2019

Install the smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.

If they are not audio and more than 10 years old they will need to be replaced. They must be within 10' of any bedroom and put one at the bottom of the basement , 1st and 2nd floor stairs. You want to pass the inspection the first time around.

Bee friendly! Pesticides are one of the biggest reasons for bee decline, so it's extremely important not to use any in y...
04/04/2019

Bee friendly! Pesticides are one of the biggest reasons for bee decline, so it's extremely important not to use any in your garden. Even organic pesticides can kill bees, so never do any broad application of any type of pesticides. If you must use something to combat a pest problem that's out of control, be sure you know the pest you are fighting first. Then, choose an organic pesticide that doesn't have any residual effect, and use it to target the pest insects only. In many cases, hand-picking is the best solution to get rid of pest insects. No pesticides necessary!

Yikes We Lost Power! Ever said that to yourself during a cold New England ice storm? UGH! Now what? During the warm mont...
04/03/2019

Yikes We Lost Power! Ever said that to yourself during a cold New England ice storm?

UGH! Now what? During the warm months when it is nice to be outside, let's make sure you don't lose power in January.

Take a look at the power lines on your street running from pole to pole and then from the pole to your house. The tree limbs should have a 10' wide clearance so a tree limb doesn't snap off and pull the power line off the house.

Survive moving! 8 weeks before the move: Collect moving estimates, insurance, packing, loading, delivery and claims reco...
04/03/2019

Survive moving!
8 weeks before the move: Collect moving estimates, insurance, packing, loading, delivery and claims records.
4 weeks before moving Pack up closets all except current clothing, Inventory personal possessions incase of a claim, get change of address cards for post office, doctors etc.
3 weeks before moving make hotel reservations, set a date to cancel utilities and pay final bills, organize important record file and makes sure you have it with you especially if you have prescriptions!

Deep clean paths and patios ~ Make your walkways look like new by eliminating dirt.  The strength of a power washer will...
04/02/2019

Deep clean paths and patios ~

Make your walkways look like new by eliminating dirt.

The strength of a power washer will bring your walkway to life.

Moving expenses can really add up.  Doing it yourself is the less expensive option however, hiring a professional mover ...
04/02/2019

Moving expenses can really add up.

Doing it yourself is the less expensive option however, hiring a professional mover is a lot less stressful because you aren't doing the labor.

Beware you need to be out of the house the day before you move and if you are buying another home the moving truck needs to unload your items the same day so they don't' charge you storage fees.

Other options include POD services and Storage Facilities.

Happy April Fool's Day ~ This was the day I quit my job as an urban planner and became an entrepreneur ~ best "foolish" ...
04/01/2019

Happy April Fool's Day ~ This was the day I quit my job as an urban planner and became an entrepreneur ~ best "foolish" thing I have ever done!

03/29/2019
03/29/2019
03/25/2019

Rent... vs.......Buying!

Time to check your credit score!  Your bank, mortgage broker or any lender will pull your score so do it ahead of time! ...
02/16/2019

Time to check your credit score!
Your bank, mortgage broker or any lender will pull your score so do it ahead of time!
Credit bureaus are required to help you straighten things out in a reasonable time and it will probably take more than 30 days to find your new home so lets work on this while looking for that perfect place to call home!
Experian --- http://www.experian.com --- 1-888-EXPERIAN
Trans Union --- http://www.transunion.com --- 1-800-888-4213
Equifax --- http://www.equifax.com --- 1-800-685-1111

Do you have vermiculite in your home?  It could have come from  a mine in Libby, Montana sold under the "Zono" brand nam...
02/15/2019

Do you have vermiculite in your home? It could have come from a mine in Libby, Montana sold under the "Zono" brand name. Recently a trust fund has been established to pay for partial remediation of this product. Berkshire Hathaway Inc.'s National Indemnity Co has to pay more than 68 million of Montana's asbestos-related settlement costs. The only way to tell if your home has it, is to have it tested. Just because it comes from this mine does not mean there is asbestos in your home however, if it tests positive then your qualify for partial reimbursement. There are many steps to go through and you must follow all of them in order to receive reimbursement funds. I am happy to help anyone with this as I had is removed from my own home!

02/04/2019

๐Ÿˆ๐Ÿˆ๐ŸˆWhoot whoot! Go Pats!!!!๐Ÿˆ๐Ÿˆ๐Ÿˆ

02/02/2019
Valentine's Day Dinner Newburyport, Massachusetts!

๐Ÿ’•It's almost Valentine's Day!๐Ÿ’• Are you thinking of taking your special someone out for Valentine's Day dinner? Here are my favorite restaurants in the Newburyport area. I absolutely love The Poynt and their pan fried sole is not to be missed.๐Ÿ‘ If you like a good steak, The Mission Oak Grill is always a great place,๐Ÿ™‹โ€โ™‚๏ธ and if you want an authentic Indian cuisine, don't miss Mr. India.๐Ÿ‘Œ Reservations are filling up fastโ˜Ž๐Ÿ“ž, so be sure to make your reservation soon, and ๐Ÿ’•Happy Valentine's Day.๐Ÿ’•

Take a good look at your paint colors.  There is a reason why the buyers passed up your property. Be honest with yoursel...
02/01/2019

Take a good look at your paint colors. There is a reason why the buyers passed up your property. Be honest with yourself. The hot paint colors are those that have been popular for the last several years. Soft greys, blues and beige. Look at Benjamin Moore, Joanna Gaines or Martha Stewart. You are appealing to a wide range of people, many who do not have your personal style or taste

In the old days, sellers took their refrigerators, now it's more common to leave them so, keep you refrigerator operatin...
01/31/2019

In the old days, sellers took their refrigerators, now it's more common to leave them so, keep you refrigerator operating in great working order by vacuuming the refrigerator coils!

I just love  ornamental grasses! They add character throughout the year and in winter  such as this mock rush the stalks...
01/31/2019

I just love ornamental grasses! They add character throughout the year and in winter such as this mock rush the stalks poke through winter's snows and give your garden lots of visual interest. Those tall flower spikes are full of seeds that attract cardinals, juncos, and other over-winter birds.

This was our first and last time selling a house. It is a sellers market but it is still stressful selling a home. Julie...
01/30/2019

This was our first and last time selling a house. It is a sellers market but it is still stressful selling a home. Julie walked us through every step. Her follow up was great! Julie would keep us up to speed with all the details and made what could have been a stressful time much easier. We would highly recommend Julie for your real estate needs whether buying or selling.

Is buying right for you?
01/30/2019

Is buying right for you?

Private mortgage insurance (otherwise known as PMI) is a tool bankers use to allow you to purchase a home before you hav...
01/29/2019

Private mortgage insurance (otherwise known as PMI) is a tool bankers use to allow you to purchase a home before you have the magic 20% for the down payment. Once you reach 20% of the purchase price, the private insurance drops off your monthly mortgage bill. It's insurance for the bank in case you are unable to pay your mortgage.

Go to the doorway of every room.  Where does your eye take you?  Create a focal point there. If it's a fireplace accent ...
01/29/2019

Go to the doorway of every room. Where does your eye take you? Create a focal point there. If it's a fireplace accent it with a mirror or 3 items on the mantel. If it is a window, open up the curtains to let the sunshine in. If it is a wall, place an over sized piece of art work or a collage of pictures.

Known for wandering coastline, clams, Crane Beach, and its quaint streets lined with First Period houses Ipswich is a de...
01/28/2019

Known for wandering coastline, clams, Crane Beach, and its quaint streets lined with First Period houses Ipswich is a destination! John the Younger and 12 men aboard a "shallop" (small exploring boat) sailed into Ipswich harbor and took up residence. Two men continued up the river (now River Road) to a large meadow, which they called New Meadows, now Topsfield. Agawam was incorporated on August 5, 1634 as Ipswich. These pioneers would become farmers, fishermen, shipbuilders or traders. The tidal Ipswich River provided water power for mills, and salt marshes supplied hay for livestock. A cottage industry in lace-making stockings, around 1822, developed as a home industry from a stocking machine, which had been smuggled out of England violating a British ban on exporting such technology, and the community developed as a mill town. In 1868, Amos A. Lawrence established the Ipswich Hosiery Mills in the old stone mill on the Ipswich River. By the turn of the century the enterprise had become the largest stocking manufacture in the country.

Rough Meadow Wildlife Sanctuary Encompassing spectacular coastal woodlands, salt marshes, tidal creeks, and salt pannes ...
01/28/2019

Rough Meadow Wildlife Sanctuary Encompassing spectacular coastal woodlands, salt marshes, tidal creeks, and salt pannes (is an increased salinity greater than that of the larger body of water), Rough Meadows offers a nice 2 mile hike that is marked so visitors can enjoy the area and birds

Known for wandering coastline, clams, Crane Beach, and its quaint streets lined with First Period houses Ipswich is a de...
01/28/2019

Known for wandering coastline, clams, Crane Beach, and its quaint streets lined with First Period houses Ipswich is a destination! John the Younger and 12 men aboard a "shallop" (small exploring boat) sailed into Ipswich harbor and took up residence. Two men continued up the river (now River Road) to a large meadow, which they called New Meadows, now Topsfield. Agawam was incorporated on August 5, 1634 as Ipswich. These pioneers would become farmers, fishermen, shipbuilders or traders. The tidal Ipswich River provided water power for mills, and salt marshes supplied hay for livestock. A cottage industry in lace-making stockings, around 1822, developed as a home industry from a stocking machine, which had been smuggled out of England violating a British ban on exporting such technology, and the community developed as a mill town. In 1868, Amos A. Lawrence established the Ipswich Hosiery Mills in the old stone mill on the Ipswich River. By the turn of the century the enterprise had become the largest stocking manufacture in the country.

Known for wandering coastline, clams, Crane Beach, and its quaint streets lined with First Period houses Ipswich is a de...
01/28/2019

Known for wandering coastline, clams, Crane Beach, and its quaint streets lined with First Period houses Ipswich is a destination! John the Younger and 12 men aboard a "shallop" (small exploring boat) sailed into Ipswich harbor and took up residence. Two men continued up the river (now River Road) to a large meadow, which they called New Meadows, now Topsfield. Agawam was incorporated on August 5, 1634 as Ipswich. These pioneers would become farmers, fishermen, shipbuilders or traders. The tidal Ipswich River provided water power for mills, and salt marshes supplied hay for livestock. A cottage industry in lace-making stockings, around 1822, developed as a home industry from a stocking machine, which had been smuggled out of England violating a British ban on exporting such technology, and the community developed as a mill town. In 1868, Amos A. Lawrence established the Ipswich Hosiery Mills in the old stone mill on the Ipswich River. By the turn of the century the enterprise had become the largest stocking manufacture in the country.

Known for wandering coastline, clams, Crane Beach, and its quaint streets lined with First Period houses Ipswich is a de...
01/28/2019

Known for wandering coastline, clams, Crane Beach, and its quaint streets lined with First Period houses Ipswich is a destination! John the Younger and 12 men aboard a "shallop" (small exploring boat) sailed into Ipswich harbor and took up residence. Two men continued up the river (now River Road) to a large meadow, which they called New Meadows, now Topsfield. Agawam was incorporated on August 5, 1634 as Ipswich. These pioneers would become farmers, fishermen, shipbuilders or traders. The tidal Ipswich River provided water power for mills, and salt marshes supplied hay for livestock. A cottage industry in lace-making stockings, around 1822, developed as a home industry from a stocking machine, which had been smuggled out of England violating a British ban on exporting such technology, and the community developed as a mill town. In 1868, Amos A. Lawrence established the Ipswich Hosiery Mills in the old stone mill on the Ipswich River. By the turn of the century the enterprise had become the largest stocking manufacture in the country.

Should we or should we? Discussing whether or not to replace your tired garage doors?  2016 the average replacement cost...
01/26/2019

Should we or should we? Discussing whether or not to replace your tired garage doors? 2016 the average replacement cost was $1,931 and 2017 $2,041 with a cost re-coup at 83% and 79% respectively. Also, consider the curb appeal value and one lees demerit on the home inspection. Your sale may just depend on it.

Looking for a natural fire pit? Take a look at this one!
01/26/2019

Looking for a natural fire pit? Take a look at this one!

Since you have been cleaning and de-cluttering, I bet you have run across manuals, receipts for home improvements, and p...
01/25/2019

Since you have been cleaning and de-cluttering, I bet you have run across manuals, receipts for home improvements, and probably some old photos. Tuck these in a notebook and when all is complete give it to me and I'll make an information book specifically about your home. Buyers like to see how the home has been maintained and how the house functions ~ eliminate the worry out of the home sale process!

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