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Posted by Diane Horrigan on 1/16/2019

A porch is a lovely way to enjoy the outdoors. One of the best ways to maximize your outdoor time is to screen in these indoor/outdoor areas. You can completely transform your outdoor sitting area to an additional living area by enclosing your porch. 


Once the enclosure is set, what was simply an outdoor oasis will become an extension of your home. Youíll be able to decorate the room just as you would with any other part of the house.


Benefits Of A Screened In Porch Include:


  • Ability to enjoy the space in all weather
  • A place to entertain in all weather conditions
  • A shady spot in warmer temperatures
  • A way to keep pests like mosquitoes and flies out
  • Easy to maintain
  • Added value to your home
  • A way to maximize the use of all the areas of your home


Mother Nature can be unpredictable. If you enjoy being outdoors and you like entertaining, screening in your porch or deck can be one of the best improvements that you could make to your home. You can entertain without worry rain, wind or shine. You wonít need any fancy bug repellents, candles, or sprays to keep pests away. Screened in areas make life easier.  


What To Consider When Building An Enclosed Porch


Designing a porch enclosure can be tricky. You want it to look natural as if it has always been a part of the home. Done right, a screened in porch can be a beautiful addition to your home and really add to the overall look of the house. There are so many types of technology available today that you can bring all of the modern comforts with you to your season room. The screened in portion of the room will give you the best of both worlds. You can enjoy the sun with some built-in shade. You can use the room throughout the year, and you may even be able to add a heating system to the space for even more enjoyment. Donít be hesitant to add a screened in enclosure if you really love the outdoors as it can only enhance your experience. 


The most important thing is that the enclosure is built with quality materials that match your home. The stronger the material, the more value the space will add to your home. You also want a durable material that will be low maintenance. The materials used shouldnít be susceptible to warping or rotting. All you should worry about once a porch is screened in is caring for that room as you would any other room of the house.               

  







Posted by Diane Horrigan on 1/9/2019

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The homebuying journey may prove to be long and complex, particularly for an individual who fails to plan ahead. Fortunately, there are lots of things that you can do to get ready to pursue your dream house, such as:

1. Make a Homebuying Budget

A homebuying budget will give you a good idea about how much money you have at your disposal to find your ideal residence. Thus, if you craft a homebuying budget, you can hone your house search to residences that fall within your price range.

As you craft a homebuying budget, you should consider both your house mortgage and closing costs. That way, you can prepare for myriad costs that you may encounter as you try to acquire your dream house.

You also may want to meet with various banks and credit unions. These financial institutions can help you budget for a home purchase. Perhaps best of all, they can help you get pre-approved for a mortgage.

2. Narrow Your Home Search

You know you want to purchase a house, but it usually is beneficial to understand what you want to find in your dream residence. If you put together a list of home must-haves and wants, you can narrow your house search accordingly.

Consider your short- and long-term aspirations prior to launching a home search. For instance, if you need a home that is close to your office in the city, you may want to check out residences in or near the city itself. On the other hand, if you aspire to own a residence that includes a state-of-the-art heating and cooling system, you should explore homes that offer this feature.

3. Hire a Real Estate Agent

A real estate agent is a must-hire, especially for an individual who wants to seamlessly navigate the homebuying journey. Because if you have a real estate agent at your side, you can take the guesswork out of finding and purchasing your dream residence.

Typically, a real estate agent learns about a buyer's goals and crafts a personalized homebuying strategy based on his or her aspirations. If you want to purchase a budget-friendly house as quickly as possible, for instance, a real estate agent will help you accomplish your goal. Conversely, if you are operating on a tight homebuying budget, a real estate agent will do everything possible to help you find a first-rate house that won't put you in the red.

Let's not forget about the homebuying expertise that a real estate agent possesses, either. A real estate agent understands all aspects of the homebuying journey and will share his or her industry insights with you. Therefore, if you ever have concerns or questions during the homebuying journey, a real estate agent will respond to them at your request.

Those who understand what to expect during the homebuying journey can boost the likelihood of finding a terrific house at an affordable price. Thanks to the aforementioned tips, you could reap the benefits of a successful home search.




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Posted by Diane Horrigan on 1/3/2019

This Single-Family in Medford, MA recently sold for $575,000. This Colonial style home was sold by Diane Horrigan - RE/MAX Trinity.


49 Mangles St, Medford, MA 02155

North Medford

Single-Family

$529,000
Price
$575,000
Sale Price

7
Rooms
3
Beds
1/1
Full/Half Baths
Your opportunity is now! Celebrate the "New Year" at 49 Mangles St in the highly desired North Medford area! This well maintained 3 Bedroom 1.5 Bathroom Colonial is move in ready. First Floor enjoys Dining Rm, Half Bath, and Front to Back Living Rm w/ Fireplace leading to deck via sliders. Updated Kitchen has SS Appliances, Granite Counters, and Breakfast Island with additional storage. Plus Family Rm off Kitchen with access to Deck and Yard. 2nd Flr was completely gutted and expanded (17 yrs +/-) to inc:Full Bathroom, Large MBRM and 2 Good size BDRMS all enjoying Lots of Closet Space! Fin Bonus Rm in Bsmt Walks Out to Covered Patio & Prvt Yard with AG Heated Pool and Storage Shed. Utility Room in Bsmt offers workshop area laundry and storage. Newer Buderus Boiler (5 yrs), Water tank (6 yrs), Updated Electric and More! EZ Commute to Boston Just Minutes to Rt 93, Bus Stop, and Oak Grove "T". Short Walk to Middlesex Fells & Wrights Pond. Close to Stations Landing & Assembly Row!

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Posted by Diane Horrigan on 1/2/2019

Newlywed life is such an exciting time! Itís also a time many couples decide to buy their first home together. And therefore aside from having a wedding, itís the first major financial decision couples make together. Hit the ground running together with these tips:

Co-managing money: If they havenít already combined finances before the big day many couples choose to do so after marriage. Learning how to manage money on your own is a task unto itself but managing it together is a vital skill for newlyweds. You can avoid unnecessary fights over money down the road by getting on the same page financially now. Get really honest with each other. Put everything on the table, especially various debts you each may hold, from credit cards to school loans itís all important to get a true snapshot of your combined finances.

Create a budget for your life together. Calculate your combined expenses. Consider where you can cut back on services and habits to save money and what you need to add to your budget. Be sure to consider: savings for a nest egg, vacations, car repairs, and unexpected medical emergencies. You may also want to begin saving up to start a family or plan for retirement. When you have a complete picture of your finances you can then look at whatís left over. What kind of down payment and/or monthly payments will you be able to realistically make with this amount?

Youíll also want to talk to each other about your lifestyle goals. If youíve always dreamed of living in the city or a small tightly-knit town. Perhaps youíve always imagined a large, spacious home while your partner is thinking of something smaller to focus more on traveling. Do you want a garage, a big yard, a pool or to be close to family? Getting clear on what you each expect from your ideal home will help you find the perfect middle ground where you will both be happy.

Itís best to be able to make at least 20% of the house cost for a down payment. The higher the down payment you can make the better as youíll have lower monthly payments and wonít get hit with extra fees from your insurance. If you canít save up this amount, look into first-time buyer loans which allow new buyers to make a smaller down payment.

Be prepared. Remember to plan and budget for closing costs on your home. You donít want this price tag to catch you off guard. Other things to be financially prepared for throughout the year are property taxes, homeownerís insurance as well as maintenance and upkeep.

Being newlyweds is an exciting time where you have the rest of your life together to look forward to. And buying a new home, in a lot of ways, can feel like the first major step in laying down the foundation for a long, happy life together.





Posted by Diane Horrigan on 12/26/2018


65 Oakmont Rd, Newton, MA 02459

Newton Center

Rental

$4,200
Price

7
Rooms
3
Beds
3
Baths
Highly Desired Newton Centre location! Close to schools and Minutes to the Chestnut Hill Mall, ďTĒ, Newton Centre shops, Wegmans, Whole Foods and More. Very convenient location yet quiet neighborhood. Easy commute to Boston and Cambridge. This sun-filled Updated 3 Bedroom Brick Ranch located on Corner Lot features 2 Full Bathrooms just renovated with high end finishes & fixtures including rain drop shower heads. Hdwd floors throughout, Granite kitchen w/ Newer Appliances, and Nest-controlled central A/C and heat (two zones) and 2 New storm doors. PLUS Full finished walk-out LLV offers additional bedroom/ family room, full bathroom, office and laundry area. Private Yard enjoys a Patio perfect for all your outdoor needs! 2 Car Garage includes Custom cabinets and workbench with plenty of storage. Additional parking space on side of driveway. Recent insulation in garage ceiling and attic.
Open House
No scheduled Open Houses

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