Open house on 10/22/2017 at 48 Rosewood Ave Billerica, MA 01821


Date: 10/22/2017 Time: 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM  
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Great opportunity to roll up your sleeves and earn some good old fashion sweat equity! Contractors, Rehabber’s, Cash and FHA 203K, all Buyers welcome. The property will not meet conventional financing guidelines. Great neighborhood, easy access for commuters and shoppers. Less than 10 miles from World Class Lahey Clinic Hospital and 32 miles to Logan International Airport. Showings begin Sunday October 22 Open house 11-1.

Single-Family – 48 Rosewood Ave Billerica, MA 01821 is now new to the market!

Great opportunity to roll up your sleeves and earn some good old fashion sweat equity! Contractors, Rehabber’s, Cash and FHA 203K, all Buyers welcome. The property will not meet conventional financing guidelines. Great neighborhood, easy access for commuters and shoppers. Less than 10 miles from World Class Lahey Clinic Hospital and 32 miles to Logan International Airport. Showings begin Sunday October 22 Open house 11-1.

This is a Gambrel style home and features 5 total rooms, 2 full baths, 1 half bath, 3 bedrooms, 0.46 Acres, and is currently available for $299,900.

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Rental – 128 High St Billerica, MA 01862 is now new to the market!

1 Bedroom Apartment in residential area. You can check out the walk through video at “youtu.be/qRzCJR5OcXk” * Hardwood floors * Backyard for barbecues or relaxing * Beautiful Deck * All utilities are included. * Plenty of parking available * 8 Coin laundry system in Basement for tenants.

This property features 4 total rooms, 1 full bath, 1 bedroom, and is currently available for $1,400.

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Open house on 10/22/2017 at 79 Baldwin Rd Billerica, MA 01821


Date: 10/22/2017 Time: 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM  
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Well maintained, updated & spacious Cape with in-law potential, in-ground pool, nicely landscaped private backyard on a 34,000 sf lot. First floor has a kitchen with newer maple cabinets, granite counter tops, recessed lighting, Center Island & SS appliances. This is open to the living room with a wood fireplace and decorative mantel. There is also a den or office. There are 3 good size bedrooms upstairs with a full bath. The in-law potential setup, is on the first floor with cherry cabinet kitchen open to a living area, full bath, & bedroom. Layout is flexible with different options. Basement is party finished with large family room. The back yard is gorgeous with beautiful plantings, pool, screen house, patio, and two sheds. No need to go on vacation, it’s all here. Enclosed porch, fenced yard, all appliances stay and plenty of parking. There are solar panels on the roof which help to pay the electric cost.

How to Build a Blanket Fort with Your Children

Every child should experience the joys of building and hanging out in a blanket fort. The lights shining through the blankets giving a blast of color to everything inside… the art of balancing a broomstick just right to stop the whole thing from falling over… the laughter from when it finally does collapse on you.

Blanket forts are a blast. It’s a way to go camping right inside your house, it’s a way to have fun on a rainy day, and it’s a way to escape from the reality of your home for a bit. If you weren’t fortunate enough to experience a blanket fort as a kid you can start now. Gather your children, your supplies, and start building. Here’s everything you need to know about building the world’s greatest blanket fort.

Supplies

The best part about blanket forts is that you can build them with whatever you have at hand. There are a few items, however, that will make your fort structurally sound. The bare necessities are:

  • Blankets (as many as possible)
  • Sofa cushions (you’ll want to stack these to make a crawl-through doorway)
  • Chairs (to toss the blankets over; these are the bones of your fort)
  • Broom sticks or any other tall pole (to raise the roof)
  • Something to clip blankets with

Aside from those necessities, there are a number of other items you’ll find useful. Here are some ways to improve your fort:

  • Lighting. Bring flashlights, christmas lights, black lights, or a lantern inside your fort to illuminate the fun activities you can do inside.
  • Games. Once inside your fort you’re not just going to lay there (until bed time anyway). Bring in board games, Jenga, or whatever you have laying around.
  • Friends. Stuffed animals, dolls, action figures… make it a party.
  • Sleeping bags. If your fort makes it through the night you’ll want something comfy to sleep in.
  • Food. You can’t have the campfire but you can have the S’mores. Cook them in the microwave or toaster oven and eat them inside the fort.
  • Laptop. This is strictly for movies, not for Facebook.

Technique

It doesn’t take a structural engineer to build a blanket fort (though I’m sure they’d build a really awesome one that we’d all be envious of). Use the biggest blankets for the largest part of the roof, smaller blankets for walls and objects that can’t hold a lot of weight without tipping.

Use your environment to your advantage. If the room you’re in has anything you can toss blankets over–like a table–or if there are window-sills you can clip blankets to, use these features to optimize your experience.

Using slightly translucent blankets underneath the lights in your room will add a nice glow to the inside. If you want it to be more like camping out, turn the lights off in the room and only use lights inside the fort.

 

The best part of making a blanket fort is that it’s your own creation. Use our guidelines to get started, but once the blankets are out–anything goes.

Single-Family – 79 Baldwin Rd Billerica, MA 01821 now has a new price of $489,900!

Well maintained, updated & spacious Cape with in-law potential, in-ground pool, nicely landscaped private backyard on a 34,000 sf lot. First floor has a kitchen with newer maple cabinets, granite counter tops, recessed lighting, Center Island & SS appliances. This is open to the living room with a wood fireplace and decorative mantel. There is also a den or office. There are 3 good size bedrooms upstairs with a full bath. The in-law potential setup, is on the first floor with cherry cabinet kitchen open to a living area, full bath, & bedroom. Layout is flexible with different options. Basement is party finished with large family room. The back yard is gorgeous with beautiful plantings, pool, screen house, patio, and two sheds. No need to go on vacation, it’s all here. Enclosed porch, fenced yard, all appliances stay and plenty of parking. There are solar panels on the roof which help to pay the electric cost.

This is a Cape style home and features 8 total rooms, 2 full baths, 4 bedrooms, 0.78 Acres, and is currently available for $489,900.

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Rental – 8 Kenmar Dr Billerica, MA 01821 is now new to the market!

Available, One bedroom on second floor. Must have good credit, $1350 a month, one year lease. No pets, no smoking. Includes heat, gas for cooking and hot water. Balcony, attic storage, pool, close to shopping and major roadways.

This property features 3 total rooms, 1 full bath, 1 bedroom, and is currently available for $1,350.

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The Advantages of Online Furniture Shopping

In the pre-internet era, furniture shopping was an all-day event. You would make room in the back of your vehicle and bring along bungee cords in case you decided on a purchase. Then you would spend hours walking around a massive warehouse, ultimately only liking a few items. Today, on the other hand, you can shop for furniture on your smartphone during your lunch break.

Online furniture shopping has its advantages and disadvantages. Pictures can be deceiving, so it’s sometimes difficult to buy an item solely on its online photo gallery. Oftentimes, a piece of furniture will look different online than it will in your home depending on the lighting and other furniture. Furthermore, if you’re buying a sofa or recliner that you’re going to use daily, you’re going to want to feel the texture, and test the comfort level for yourself. In this article, we’re going to talk about some of the ups and downs of shopping for furniture online. And, we’ll give you some tips to improve your overall shopping experience.

Use the internet as a time saver for household furniture shopping

When it comes to furniture shopping, the internet can save you time in multiple ways. If you’re shopping for a simple side table or throw rug, you might not need to see the item in person before you buy.

For bigger items like sofas and chairs, the internet can still be a useful tool. First, find out what you’re looking for and use the right search terms. Furniture, like anything else, has its own set of vocabulary. Chesterfield, mid-century modern, sectionals… all of these are important search terms for when you’re looking for the perfect sofa.

Once you’ve narrowed down your search, you have two choices. You can take that information to your local furniture store and start shopping, or you can order online.

Buying furniture for your house online

There is a massive number of places to buy furniture online, and the list is constantly getting bigger. Here, we’ll break down some of the best places to shop online based on their different options, styles, and services.

  • Ikea. The unofficial king of online furniture shopping, Ikea makes affordable, modular, and modern furniture. With Ikea, you can browse items for any area of the house and of any size. If you’re lucky enough to have a brick and mortar store near you, you can browse the website or catalog and then go check it out in person.

  • Poppin. For all of your home office needs. Poppin offers customizable, modern desk and storage solutions. Their style tends to be sleek, minimal, and modern. But, as their name suggests, their furniture tends to pop with color.

  • Amazon, Overstock, Wayfair. These three web giants have a lot to offer at any price range. Be sure to read customer reviews carefully, as they will be a good indicator of quality.

  • Etsy. The rise of online shopping has given a boost to independent craftsmen and furniture makers. There are countless Etsy shops where you’ll find handcrafted, furniture that you won’t see anywhere else.

Open house on 10/8/2017 at 79 Baldwin Rd Billerica, MA 01821


Date: 10/08/2017 Time: 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM  
For Directions: feel free to contact me.  
For more information: click here for the full details  

Well maintained, updated & spacious Cape with in-law potential, in-ground pool, nicely landscaped private backyard on a 34,000 sf lot. First floor has a kitchen with newer maple cabinets, granite counter tops, recessed lighting, Center Island & SS appliances. This is open to the living room with a wood fireplace and decorative mantel. There is also a den or office. There are 3 good size bedrooms upstairs with a full bath. The in-law potential setup, is on the first floor with cherry cabinet kitchen open to a living area, full bath, & bedroom. Layout is flexible with different options. Basement is party finished with large family room. The back yard is gorgeous with beautiful plantings, pool, screen house, patio, and two sheds. No need to go on vacation, it’s all here. Enclosed porch, fenced yard, all appliances stay and plenty of parking. There are solar panels on the roof which help to pay the electric cost.

Establish a Homebuying Budget

Buying your dream home should be simple. Unfortunately, challenges may arise during the homebuying journey, particularly for those who fail to budget accordingly.

Establishing a budget before you begin your home search is paramount. With a budget in place, you can explore houses that fall within your price range and move closer to finding a great residence that you can enjoy for years to come.

Ultimately, creating a homebuying budget can be easy – here are three tips to help homebuyers establish budgets.

1. Consider your utility costs.

Although you may be able to get pre-approved for a mortgage and determine exactly how much you’ll need to pay for a house, you’ll still need to account for utility expenses month after month.

Electricity, heat and other utility costs can add up quickly. However, a diligent homebuyer should have no trouble estimating his or her monthly utility fees.

Examining your current utility expenses can help you understand how much you may wind up paying in utility charges at your new address. Also, don’t forget to consult with your real estate agent, as this professional may be able to provide details about the average utility costs associated with a particular residence.

2. Manage your debt.

If you decide to purchase a “fixer-upper,” i.e. a home that requires extensive home repairs, you’ll likely need to commit substantial time and resources to complete home renovation projects. Thus, you’ll want to consider any home repair tasks that you may need to complete at a new address and budget for them before you make an offer on a house.

In addition, knowing your credit score can help you understand your debt. You are entitled to a free copy of your credit report from each of the three major credit reporting agencies (Experian, Equifax and TransUnion), and each report will provide information about any outstanding debt. That way, you can learn about your debt and find ways to minimize it prior to purchasing a residence.

3. Account for closing costs and miscellaneous expenses.

Home closing costs will include your loan origination, title insurance and appraisal fees and often range between 3 percent and 7 percent of your total loan amount. You’ll want to account for these expenses as you establish a homebuying budget to ensure you can secure your dream house without delay.

Spend some time learning about all of the expenses that may impact your monthly home expenses too. For example, if you purchase a condo, you may face monthly homeowners association fees in addition to your mortgage costs. Or, if you plan to have a baby in the near future, you’ll want to consider how the costs of raising a child may impact your ability to cover your mortgage expenses.

If you ever have concerns or questions about establishing a homebuying budget, be sure to consult with your real estate agent. Remember, your real estate agent is available to help you in any way possible and will do what it takes to ensure you can establish the right homebuying budget.