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Posted by Marilyn Ellis, CBR, CHMS, LMS, HAFA on 7/27/2017


21 Florence Ave, Lowell, MA 01851

Lowell Highlands

Single-Family

$395,000
Price

7
Rooms
3
Beds
1/1
Full/Half Baths
Historic Tyler Park District Neighborhood rebirths a completely renovated old style colonial from top to bottom & inside to out. This is the home where you can sip hot cider on the back porch that overlooks a landscaped and fenced backyard, bake an apple pie from scratch in the custom kitchen and have plenty of space to surround yourself with everyone you love. The rooms are generous in size with well appointed features like crown molding throughout, polished hardwood floors, convenient laundry room/half bath on the first floor, stainless steel appliances. In addition to having three bedrooms and full bath on the second floor there is still plenty of living area with a full finished attic to use as a large home office. Don't miss the basement that's finished enough with a bath that can work as an in law apartment allowing for plenty of extra storage space or to entertain. Bring parents, relatives, or friends to live with you on this one, or spread out on your own.
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Posted by Marilyn Ellis, CBR, CHMS, LMS, HAFA on 7/27/2017


21 Florence Ave, Lowell, MA 01851

Lowell Highlands

Single-Family

$395,000
Price

7
Rooms
3
Beds
1/1
Full/Half Baths
Historic Tyler Park District Neighborhood rebirths a completely renovated old style colonial from top to bottom & inside to out. This is the home where you can sip hot cider on the back porch that overlooks a landscaped and fenced backyard, bake an apple pie from scratch in the custom kitchen and have plenty of space to surround yourself with everyone you love. The rooms are generous in size with well appointed features like crown molding throughout, polished hardwood floors, convenient laundry room/half bath on the first floor, stainless steel appliances. In addition to having three bedrooms and full bath on the second floor there is still plenty of living area with a full finished attic to use as a large home office. Don't miss the basement that's finished enough with a bath that can work as an in law apartment allowing for plenty of extra storage space or to entertain. Bring parents, relatives, or friends to live with you on this one, or spread out on your own.
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Posted by Marilyn Ellis, CBR, CHMS, LMS, HAFA on 7/27/2017

Planning to sell your house in the next few weeks or months? If so, you likely will want to declutter to improve your house's appearance and make it easy for potential homebuyers to envision what life might be like if they purchase your residence.

Ultimately, donating items may prove to be exceedingly valuable, particularly for those who want to declutter and move in the near future.

By donating items that you no longer need, you can quickly and easily remove clutter from your residence. Plus, you may be able to secure a tax credit for your charitable contributions.

Before you donate your items, however, you should take a close look at your personal belongings and decide which things to keep and which to give to charity.

Now, let's take a look at three items that you can donate to charity:

1. Clothing

If you intend to move from Florida to Alaska Ė or vice-versa Ė there may be a wide range of clothing that you can donate before you move.

Ensure that any clothing that you plan to donate is clean. If necessary, wash any dresses, t-shirts and other apparel that you intend to donate.

Also, it is always better to err on the side of caution when you donate clothing. And if you have clothes that are faded or torn, you should dispose of these items.

2. Electronics

For those who plan to downsize, donating electronics is ideal. That way, you can get rid of electronics that won't fit into your new home and do a good deed at the same time.

Evaluate your electronics and make sure they work correctly before you donate them. In addition, it often pays to tape any electronics cords, wires and accessories to the items themselves.

Check out a charity's electronics donations policies prior to scheduling a donation pick-up too. By doing so, you can guarantee that a charity can pick up and use your excess electronics.

3. Appliances

In many instances, an individual may move into a new address that comes equipped with a new refrigerator, washer, dryer and other appliances. If this happens, you may want to contact local charities to see if they can pick up your current appliances.

Reach out to a local charity to find out whether it can pick up your current appliances Ė you'll be glad you did. If the answer is "Yes," you may be able to avoid having to move big, heavy appliances on your own.

As the aforementioned list shows, there are lots of great items that you can donate to charity. Conduct an in-depth search of charities in your city or town, and you can work with a local charity that can use your excess items.

Lastly, if you ever have questions about which charities in your area will accept donations, don't hesitate to reach out to these organizations directly. And if you're looking for extra assistance as you declutter your residence and prepare to list your home, it certainly helps to contact an expert real estate agent as well.




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Posted by Marilyn Ellis, CBR, CHMS, LMS, HAFA on 7/20/2017

Once you have booked a trip to go away for awhile, youíre probably filled with excitement. Depending upon how long youíll be away, there are a few things that youíll want to do to get your home ready for your absence. The tips below can help you with everything from security and safety to saving some money on your utility bills.


Turn Off The Water


You donít want to risk having a leak flood your home while youíre gone away on vacation. This is especially important if youíre going to be gone longer than a week. Homeowners insurance does cover water damage that occurs due to these types of leaks, but who want to deal with that after a relaxing vacation? Take precautions ahead of time before you go. 



Stop Your Mail


The post office will hold your mail for free. Donít risk letting people know that you havenít been home for a few days by letting mail pile up in the box. Worse, if any packages come, it could be an invitation for them to get stolen. It only takes a few minutes to put the precaution of mail holding into place.  


Put Your Lights On A Timer


A dark house is an invitation for thieves to come on in. You can deter burglars by putting your lights on a timer, allowing some activity to be seen from outside the home. A timer can even be set for different times during both the day and night. 


Unplug Everything You Can


Aside from the time and a few lights, you can save on your energy bill by unplugging your electronics while your away. This includes toasters, computers, televisions, and microwaves. This is also a good safety precaution as well just in case an electrical fire were to happen while youíre gone.   


Turn Down (Or Up) The Thermostat


Depending on the time of year that you go away, youíll want to adjust your thermostats accordingly. Since no one will be in the house, thereís no need for freezing cold air conditioning or high heat. If youíre heading out on vacation in the winter, youíll want to keep the heat on at a minimum temperature to help avoid pipes freezing and undue damage to your home.


Seal Up Your Food


When you head out on vacation, you might not be too concerned about the food you already have opened in your home. Pests will love to feast on it while youíre away! Be sure that you close up any food thatís open and get rid of anything that can spoil. This means discarding old produce, throwing away opened bread and pastries that can spoil and seal up cereal and cracker boxes tightly. This will ensure that you donít have any unwanted house guests once you return home from your trip.         





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Posted by Marilyn Ellis, CBR, CHMS, LMS, HAFA on 7/13/2017

Selling a home may seem exceedingly difficult, particularly for a first-time property seller. However, if you receive an offer on your residence that falls just short of your initial expectations, you may be able to negotiate with a homebuyer.

How you handle a negotiation with a homebuyer may dictate how quickly you sell your residence.

If you're unwilling to understand a homebuyer's point of view, you risk missing out on an opportunity to get the best results from your home sale.

On the other hand, if you stay calm throughout a home selling negotiation, you may be better equipped to understand a homebuyer's perspective. This may help you find common ground with a homebuyer and ensure you can speed up the home selling cycle.

What does it take to remain calm during a home selling negotiation? Here are three tips to help home sellers maintain their composure throughout a negotiation.

1. Keep Your Emotions in Check

A home selling negotiation can be stressful. But home sellers who manage to keep their emotions in check can boost their chances of a quick home sale.

If you feel stressed during a home selling negotiation, don't hesitate to take a step back and look at the big picture.

Remember, your ultimate goal is to sell your residence. With the lines of communication open, you and a homebuyer can work together to ensure all parties involved in a negotiation are satisfied with the end results.

2. Look at All of the Options at Your Disposal

If a home selling negotiation goes south, there is no need to panic. Instead, consider all of the options at your disposal, and you'll be able to determine how to proceed from here.

For home sellers, it is essential to note that many homebuyers are on the lookout for high-quality residences in cities and towns around the country. Thus, if a negotiation with a homebuyer fails to work out, you can continue to promote your house on the real estate market.

3. Work with a Real Estate Agent

A real estate agent is a must-have for many home sellers, and for good reason. This housing market professional will handle a home selling negotiation and ensure you can seamlessly navigate the entire home selling journey.

Typically, a real estate agent can negotiate with a homebuyer on your behalf. He or she will keep you up to date about any homebuyer requests and offer honest, unbiased home selling suggestions. As a result, you can receive expert home selling guidance and make informed decisions at each stage of a home selling negotiation.

A real estate agent also will respond to your home selling concerns and questions at any time. That way, this housing market professional will make it simple for you to alleviate stress in a high-pressure home selling negotiation.

When it comes to handling a home selling negotiation, there is no need to worry. Take advantage of the aforementioned tips, and you should have no trouble remaining calm, cool and collected during a negotiation with a homebuyer.