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Posted by Dana Claflin on 9/19/2019

After spending all day in your office in front of a computer, or outside working hard, the home should be a place of solace and comfort. Sadly, most individuals don't get that comfort they are looking forward to. If you fall into this category, you can make your home an oasis of relaxation with these useful tips:

Give Your Walls A Lighter Color 

Sometimes the colors on our walls are dark and cold, adding a bit of warmth and lightness is a great idea. Lighter colors such as gray are trendy. Gray would do well though, only if you have a lighter shade on your ceiling. Create accent walls with other vibrant shades or patterned wallpaper, thus creating that warm feeling.

Hang Some Pictures 

Hanging pictures is a fantastic way to make your home comfy. Although it might sound obvious, many homeowners tend to overlook it. Adding photos of things that makes you happy such as pictures from traveling, your favorite celebrities, family members, cartoon characters, flowers, cars, etc. is a brilliant idea. 

Buy Some Comfy Pillows 

Pillows are suitable for different areas of the home, from the bed or a chair in the bedroom to the couch in the living room. Buying some comfy, pillows is another way to make your home more relaxing. The cushions can be in different sizes; long bolsters are ideal for a bed or chaise, throw pillows or fur pillows for the couch. 

Make Your House Smell Nice 

A house that smells awful will surely be an uncomfortable place to stay. You can give your home a pleasant smell by using air fresheners or adding some flowers. Apart from making your home smell nice, plants will also help you purify the air in your home.

Invest in Area Rugs 

Considering an area rug is an excellent way to elevate your home. Silky shag rugs help to make a room feel warm and help to make your cold floors a little more bearable. Center an area rug in the middle of the room with furniture set at the edges.

Curtains Should Blend With The Paint 

Curtains make your home beautiful and homey, so hang a curtain that goes well with your wall paint to give visual expanse to the room. The enlarged appearance will make your home feel more comfortable.

Keep It Clean 

Cleaning your home is very necessary if you want to increase your comfort. Ensure you carry out daily cleaning tasks such as regular washing of towels and sheets, dusting accessories, mopping the floor, etc.

Add a bit of Decor

Adding decors make the home inviting and beautiful. A vase of flowers in the living room, potted herbs in mason jars at the kitchen window, fresh fruits and vegetables on the dining table and lot more will boost the comfort level of your home.

When preparing your home to sell, talk to your real estate professional about ways to make your home appear more inviting.




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Posted by Dana Claflin on 9/12/2019

If you recently bought a home, now may be an ideal time to look at internet services providers in your new city or town.

Ultimately, not all internet services providers are created equal, and you'll want to look closely at the options at your disposal.

To better understand how to find the right internet services provider, let's consider three best practices.

1. Evaluate the Services That You Need

Most homeowners demand fast, reliable internet services, but it is important to note that the needs of one homeowner may vary from the needs of another.

For example, a homeowner who works out of his or her residence may need the fastest internet services available. This homeowner likely will need internet services that deliver consistent latency and bandwidth to ensure he or she can stay on track with everyday work.

On the other hand, a homeowner who uses the internet to download movies, music and video games may require internet services that work great around the clock. That way, this homeowner can instantly download large files at any time.

Check out all of the internet services that a company has to offer. And when in doubt, speak with an internet services representative directly. This will enable you to learn about all of the internet services that are available and make an informed purchase decision.

2. Consider Your Budget

The costs of internet services may vary based on where you live. As such, you'll want to consider your monthly budget to guarantee that you don't stretch your finances too thin.

In many instances, internet services providers will offer discounts or rebates if you sign a multi-year agreement. This may prove to be an excellent option if you plan to live in your home for the next few years, as you'll be able to lock in your internet services pricing for a set amount of time.

Furthermore, many companies provide internet, TV and phone services. And if you bundle the aforementioned services, you may be able to receive discounted rates.

3. Examine Customer Reviews

What are current and past clients saying about an internet services provider? Evaluate customer reviews, and you can find out what it's like to work with a particular internet services provider.

You may be able to receive client reviews directly from an internet services provider. Or, if you conduct an online search, you should have no trouble evaluating feedback about a broad array of internet services providers in a particular city or town.

Lastly, if you need extra help as you evaluate internet services providers, you should consult with a real estate agent. In addition to helping you discover your dream home, a real estate agent can offer insights into internet services providers in various cities and towns. Then, you'll be able to make the best possible decision.

Take the next step to set up internet services at your new home – use the aforementioned best practices, and you can choose an internet services provider that will meet or surpass your expectations.




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Posted by Dana Claflin on 9/5/2019

Okay, everyone knows those people … the born organizers. You know the ones, they have a place for everything and a mental file card system reminding them where everything is. These are the people that live by “a place for everything, and everything in its place.”

You, conversely, are lucky to get out of the house with your keys and handbag or wallet. You often leave behind the lunch you painstakingly made the night before, and you root through the dirty laundry looking for the blouse to go with the suit you need to wear TODAY for a presentation you're about to give. Oh, and the notes for the presentation … you're writing them on the train on your way into work.

You open your favorite magazine only to find one more article extolling the virtues of organization and you resolve to start right away.But where do you start when you’re so naturally disinclined to organize?

Start small

Trying to implement everything you read in that latest article or blog post by the perfect mommy, choose just one area. Work on your new habit a little each time you think about it until it becomes a habit.

While many people tout the belief that habits form in about 21 days, the truth is that creating automaticity (what psychologists call habit formation) may take much longer than that to develop. A 2009 study by Phillippa Lally, et al., at the University College London, participants averaged 66 days to establish a new healthy habit such as changing their diet or exercising.

As entrenched as your current bent toward messiness and disorderliness is, making the switch to organization won't come overnight. Nor should you expect it to come naturally.

Pick one

Consider starting with just one of these items. Add it into your life in as seamless a way as possible so that it becomes “organic.”

  • Place a wastebasket in each room, near the doorway. If the receptacle is not handy or visible, using it won't be automatic. Set another trashcan near where you sort mail. Notice, this is not a new place to sort mail that has a trash can, it is moving a trashcan to where you already sort mail, but it on the sofa, the kitchen table or just inside the back door.
  • Add hooks to the back of each door. Dropped sweaters, jackets, scarves, and backpacks quickly clutter a space. A liberal quantity of hooks encourages hanging up at least some of these.
  • Use plastic tubs. Chances are if you're organizationally challenged, your family members are as well. Place a basket or container for each person in the mudroom or on the way up the steps. In goes shoes, toys, books, and anything else that one might leave behind in another room. At the end of each day, each person only has one thing to grab on their way to bed.

Organization habits are especially important when your home is on the market and needs to quickly become "show ready" at a moment's notice. Your real estate professional may have other ideas to help you quickly "stage" your home, so ask.





Posted by Dana Claflin on 8/29/2019

This Single-Family in Milford, MA recently sold for $268,000. This Cape style home was sold by Dana Claflin - ERA Key Realty Services.


8 Coolidge Rd, Milford, MA 01757

Single-Family

$264,500
Price
$268,000
Sale Price

6
Rooms
3
Beds
1
Baths
Nestled nicely in a desirable neighborhood setting – with expansive yard and private wooded backdrop - is where you'll find this charming Cape. Side entry brings you in to a 3 season porch. Circular flow throughout 1st floor, with bright eat in kitchen, Living Room with hardwood flooring and bedrooms (with hardwoods) at opposite ends of the hall. Upstairs takes you to two large rooms – both have been used as bedrooms – one has carpet and the other wood flooring. Use the rooms to suit your needs! Town water & sewer. LOCATION: great commuter location – close to Hopkinton line with easy access to major routes yet also close to shopping & walking/bike trail! No FHA as there is some peeling paint - home being sold as is. Sure, this home needs a little work & cosmetics - but it is charming and will no doubt rise to the occasion when done! Move in and do it at your own pace!

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Posted by Dana Claflin on 8/29/2019

The process of closing on a home can seem lengthy and complex if it’s your first time buying or selling a house. There are several costs and fees required to close on a home, and while it’s up to the individuals to decide who covers what costs, there are some conventions to follow.

In this article, we’re going to talk about closing costs for selling a house and signing on a mortgage. We’ll discuss who pays what, and whether there is room for negotiation within the various fees and expenses.

But first, let’s talk a little bit about what closing costs are and what to expect when you start the process of buying or selling a home.

Closing costs, simplified

If you’re just now entering the real estate market, the good news is you can often estimate your closing costs based on the value of the property in question. You can ask your real estate agent relatively early on in the process for a ballpark figure of your costs.

Closing costs will vary depending on the circumstances of your sale and the area you live in. In some cases, closing costs can be bundled into your mortgage, such as in “No Closing Cost Mortgages.” However, avoiding having to deal with closing costs often comes at the expense of a slightly higher interest rate.

If you are planning to buy a house and have recently applied for a mortgage, laws require that your lender sends you an estimate of your closing costs within a few days of your application.

Now that we know how closing costs work, let’s take a look at who plays what.

Buyer closing costs

In terms of the sheer number of closing costs, buyers tend to have the most to deal with. Fortunately, your real estate agent will help you navigate these costs and simplify the process.

They can range from two to five percent of the cost of the sale price of the home. However, be sure to check with your lender for the closest estimate of your closing costs. It’s a good idea to shop around for mortgage lenders based on interest rates as well as closing costs charged by the lender.

Here are some of the costs you might be asked to pay as a home buyer:

  • Appraisal fees

  • Attorney fees

  • Origination fees

  • Prepaid interest or discount points

  • Home inspection fee

  • Insurance and Escrow deposits

  • Recording fees

  • Underwriting fees

Seller Closing Costs

While the seller pays a larger amount of closing costs, sellers still have obligations at closing that can be just as expensive. The biggest expense for sellers is to pay the real estate commission. Commission usually falls in the vicinity of 6% of the sale price of the home. This covers the commission of both the seller’s and the buyer’s real estate agents. 


The main takeaway? Buyers and sellers both share the burden of closing costs. While the buyer has more expenses to take care of, the seller pays for the largest costs.







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