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Posted by Diane Horrigan on 7/17/2019

For years, city planners worked to improve green spaces because of the known health benefits. That means more parks, trails, trees, and gardens grace municipalities across the country than before. But what about blue spaces? According to marine biologist, Wallace J. Nichols, blue space may have more profound implications than green space for emotional and physical wellness.

What is blue space?

Water of any sort - rivers, streams, marinas, lakes and ponds, the ocean, and even canals, pools and fountains - fall into the category of blue space. As urbanization grows globally, the distance from natural water sources increases for all populations making accessible blue space less available.

A study on residential blue space versus green space showed that blue space, the ability to see and access water or water features, showed marked decreases in psychological stress over green spaces and might promote higher mental well-being in city-dwellers.

Subconsciously, most people know that water equals relaxation. That’s why beaches and cruises are popular vacation destinations. Even park ponds and fountains appear to trigger the effect of psychological rest and de-stressing properties.

Adding blue space to your life

While you may not own beach-front property or have a stream running through your yard, you can take steps to add water features to your life.

  • Add a fountain or pond to your garden. Installing a koi pond or fountain in your backyard adds to your landscaping value and creates an on-site retreat from city noises.
  • Install a pool or hot tub. While not as close to “nature,” even pools and hot tubs contribute to the relaxation water provides. Floating on your pool on a warm summer day transports your mind to faraway places. 
  • Place an indoor water feature. Fountain walls and even tabletop fountains promote the water acoustics that shut out stressful sounds.• Go fishing. Being near the water, even periodically, de-stresses and improves well-being.
  • Set up an aquarium. Studies show that gazing at fish swimming in water improves relaxation. Called aquarium therapy, exposure to water environments induces stress reduction in humans, including lowered heart rates, increased positive mood, and therapeutic effects.
  • Take a bath. If you can’t access a water feature, a warm bath or shower can improve your well-being as the sound and warmth of water allow your mind to wander as you relax.

For ultimate results, however, access to natural water sources does the most to improve mood and mental restoration. If you’re looking for a home with access to water, let your real estate professional know.




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Posted by Diane Horrigan on 7/10/2019


31 Lodgen Ct, Malden, MA 02148

Condo

$279,900
Price

5
Rooms
2
Beds
1/1
Full/Half Baths
Don't miss this great Opportunity!! Cosmetics needed but worth the Effort!! Larger then most units with over 1,000 sf of living area. Featuring 2 Large Bedrooms - 1.5 Baths - Living/Dining Combo, Private Enclosed Balcony, And Deeded Parking Space This is a Pet Friendly Building Located on quiet dead end street abuts Beautiful Park and Walk to Bus, Minutes to "T" and Boston. Malden Square is less then 2 miles away enjoying Shopping, Local Eateries, and Coffee Houses....And 3 miles from NEW" Encore Hotel and Casino". Residential Tax Exemption Program for owner occupants. Open House Friday 4:30-6:00 and Sunday 11:30 - 1:00. Offers if any due Monday by 3:00.
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Friday
July 12 at 4:30 PM to 6:00 PM
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Posted by Diane Horrigan on 7/10/2019


31 Lodgen Ct, Malden, MA 02148

Condo

$279,900
Price

5
Rooms
2
Beds
1/1
Full/Half Baths
Don't miss this great Opportunity!! Cosmetics needed but worth the Effort!! Larger then most units with over 1,000 sf of living area. Featuring 2 Large Bedrooms - 1.5 Baths - Living/Dining Combo, Private Enclosed Balcony, And Deeded Parking Space This is a Pet Friendly Building Located on quiet dead end street abuts Beautiful Park and Walk to Bus, Minutes to "T" and Boston. Malden Square is less then 2 miles away enjoying Shopping, Local Eateries, and Coffee Houses....And 3 miles from NEW" Encore Hotel and Casino". Residential Tax Exemption Program for owner occupants. Open House Friday 4:30-6:00 and Sunday 11:30 - 1:00. Offers if any due Monday by 3:00.
Open House
Friday
July 12 at 4:30 PM to 6:00 PM
First OH ...Don't miss this one...Best Deal in Town!!
More Open Houses
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Location: 31 Lodgen Ct, Malden, MA 02148    Get Directions






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Posted by Diane Horrigan on 7/10/2019


31 Lodgen Ct, Malden, MA 02148

Condo

$279,900
Price

5
Rooms
2
Beds
1/1
Full/Half Baths
Don't miss this great Opportunity!! Cosmetics needed but worth the Effort!! Larger then most units with over 1,000 sf of living area. Featuring 2 Large Bedrooms - 1.5 Baths - Living/Dining Combo, Private Enclosed Balcony, And Deeded Parking Space This is a Pet Friendly Building Located on quiet dead end street abuts Beautiful Park and Walk to Bus, Minutes to "T" and Boston. Malden Square is less then 2 miles away enjoying Shopping, Local Eateries, and Coffee Houses....And 3 miles from NEW" Encore Hotel and Casino". Residential Tax Exemption Program for owner occupants. Open House Friday 4:30-6:00 and Sunday 11:30 - 1:00. Offers if any due Monday by 3:00.
Open House
Friday
July 12 at 4:30 PM to 6:00 PM
First OH ...Don't miss this one...Best Deal in Town!!
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Posted by Diane Horrigan on 7/10/2019

One of the toughest choices to make when selling a home can be choosing a bidder. Often because sellers don’t expect this to be a difficult decision! It seems like it would be straightforward. You might think you should accept the first offer or maybe you’re in the camp of accepting the highest bid. And while both of these choices are valid there are other factors to take into consideration. Factors that can make selling your home even easier and relatively hassle-free.

One of the biggest fears people have and one that really throws a wrench in the process is potential buyers backing out of a deal or asking for pricey repairs. And for this reason, I suggest looking closely at all of your bids to review the concessions and contingencies each contract contains as well as the type of financing each buyer will be utilizing.

For example, one thing to look for is earnest money. This is money in an escrow account either held by the real estate agent or the buyer and seller and shows the buyer’s commitment to their bid. It gives the buyer more time to sort out their financing but is also seen as a guard against the buyer walking away mid-agreement.

What is the stability of a buyer's financing? What institution is it coming from? Do a search online to learn more information about each buyer’s finance provider. A buyer may pay in cash, offering a larger down-payment or be pre-approved for a loan.

Sometimes buyers will also include a contingency in their contract to not begin payment until they have sold their own home. If this is something you are not comfortable with this bid might belong in your “No” pile despite a higher bid or down payment.

Are they asking you to cover any expenses? They may ask for the attorney review fee to be waived, inspection fees to be covered or costly repairs to be made before closing. Again, are you okay with covering these costs? Do the math to see if these requests bring down the value of the bid. Depending on how much of an investment they are asking for you to make this could create a less enticing bid.

Sometimes, choosing a bid is less about the numbers and more about convenience. If you are in the middle of shopping for a new home yourself, bidders who offer flexibility on the move in/out date could move to the top of your “Yes” list. Sometimes buyers want to keep furniture or appliances from a home, which could make moving a much lighter load.

If your head is spinning from all of these different factors to take into consideration when choosing a bid, that’s okay! This is why working with a real estate agent is so beneficial. Look to your agent for advice when weighing out the benefits of each bid and on making the final decision.