Lauren Davis
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Posted by Lauren Davis on 11/19/2019

This Single-Family in Holliston, MA recently sold for $474,900. This Cape style home was sold by Lauren Davis - REALTY EXECUTIVES Boston West.


7 Sparrow Lane, Holliston, MA 01746

Single-Family

$474,900
Price
$474,900
Sale Price

6
Rooms
3
Beds
2
Baths
A rare opportunity to purchase a home on Sparrow Lane...nestled in a highly desirable neighborhood and walking distance to schools, lake, shops, restaurants, rail trail. This amazing Cape style home offers a recently renovated, eat-in-kitchen with island, white cabinets, subway tile, stainless steel appliances completely open to the lovely fireplace living room area with recessed lighting. Off the kitchen is a large deck, patio and beautiful backyard with a stone wall. Also, on the first floor is a newly renovated bathroom with subway tiled shower and a bedroom plus a family room and four season room flooded with natural light and direct access to the backyard. Up on the second floor is another expertly, renovated full bathroom and two spacious bedrooms, one with two closets, the other with walk-in closet & two additional closets. The lower level also offers lots of storage plus a finished room with fireplace. Added bonus - a new septic system is being installed.

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Posted by Lauren Davis on 11/6/2019

Owning a second home or vacation home is the dream of many Americans hoping to retire in style. However, owning a second home can also be a huge financial asset and even an added form of income if you’re savvy with the rental process.

What stops most of us from buying a vacation home in our ideal getaway? The funding, of course. But, there are ways to plan ahead to ensure you’ll be ready to take the plunge and purchase a second home when the time comes.

In today’s blog post, we’re going to be talking about the steps to buying a home away from home and give you some tip on how to accomplish this goal in the most financially-sensible way possible.

1.  Location is Key

When you buy a second home, you take on all the responsibilities of homeownership a second time. Since you won’t be around every day to tend to maintenance tasks and troubleshoot problems, you risk discovering costly repairs that could otherwise be avoided.

The most common issues to be concerned with are frozen pipes in northern climates, flooding in coastal areas, and problems like pests that can be found just about anywhere.

Depending on your budget, you might want a home you can drive out to on the weekends, meaning somewhere close by to your primary home. This option also makes it easier to stay up-to-date on home maintenance tasks before they become an issue.

2. Try before you buy

If your ideal vacation home is in an area you’re not totally familiar with, it’s a good idea to visit the neighborhood, talk to the locals, and gain their perspective on the area before buying.

This trip will also give you a sense of what you can expect to spend each time you visit the home. And, if you plan on renting out the property when you aren’t using it, you’ll be able to gauge what a reasonable rent price is for the location.

3. Earning income from your vacation home

Making extra cash from a home that you get to use pretty much whenever you want. Sounds like a dream, right? It can be if done properly, but you’ll need to ensure a few things before you can start earning income from your vacation property.

First, be aware that investment properties often require a larger down payment (typically 30%). Lenders also charge extra interest on homes that will be rented out.

Finally, there are local and state-level laws you’ll need to adhere to. These laws are designed to protect your interests as well as the people who rent out your property, so make sure you use a standard rental agreement for your area.

4. Making an offer

You’ve been here before. Once you’ve decided on a home, it’s time to start crafting your offer and negotiating with the seller’s agent.

However, before you pick a number, do some research on all of the expenses you’ll be paying on the house in question. Property taxes, homeowners association dues, utilities, and any other costs should be on your radar before determining if it’s the right home for your budget.

You’ll also want to be aware of the stipulations of renting out a property you own. This includes reporting income from renting your home to the IRS.


Now that you know the steps you’ll need to take to move toward your goal of buying a vacation home, you’ll be better equipped to make decisions that are best for you and your family’s future.





Posted by Lauren Davis on 10/30/2019

Ready to embark on a new adventure? List your house, and you may reap the benefits of your decision for years to come.

Ultimately, there are many reasons why you should consider kicking off the home selling journey today, and these include:

1. You could profit from a home sale.

Diligent home sellers generally have no problem showcasing their properties to dozens of prospective buyers and generating significant profits. If you know how to effectively promote your residence to property buyers, you could enjoy substantial profits from your home sale.

Oftentimes, it helps to bolster a house's curb appeal prior to adding a residence to the real estate market. A home only gets one chance to make a positive first impression on buyers. And if your residence boasts a dazzling front lawn, pristine siding and other stunning exterior features, it may be better equipped than other properties to stir up interest from buyers.

You may want to get your house appraised too. This ensures you can get a property valuation from a home appraiser and establish a competitive initial asking price for your residence.

2. You can upgrade or downsize.

Although your present home may have suited you perfectly when you initially bought it, now may be a good time for a change. Fortunately, you can upgrade or downsize as needed if you sell your home.

Think about your current living situation and future plans. Then, you can simultaneously list your residence and search for a new house that matches your criteria. And once you finalize your home sale, you can seamlessly relocate to a new address.

3. You can live closer to family members and friends.

If you enjoy spending time with family members and friends, you may want to find a house that is close to these loved ones. Meanwhile, if you currently are forced to deal with a long commute to visit loved ones, listing your house may help you take the first step to live near family members and friends.

When it comes to finding a house near loved ones, it may be beneficial to hire a real estate agent as well. A real estate agent can help you list your current residence and search for a new home close to family members and friends. That way, you can get the support you need to accomplish your desired goals.

During the home selling process, a real estate agent will showcase your residence to potential buyers and negotiate with a buyer's agent on your behalf. He or she also will respond to any concerns or questions that you may have throughout the house selling journey.

Furthermore, if you need to find a new home once you sell your current residence, a real estate agent is happy to assist you. This housing market professional can keep you up to date about available properties in your preferred cities and towns and help you find your dream residence.

Hire a real estate agent today, and you can receive expert guidance any time you want to sell or buy a house.





Posted by Lauren Davis on 10/23/2019

The kitchen is a vital part of the house where all the cooking usually happens. The kitchen is one of the most frequently used places in the house because we cook every day. Sometimes, people gather in the kitchen to eat and enjoy their meal. That is why it is necessary always to keep the kitchen tidy and make sure it is in excellent condition all the time. Also, you should consider equipping your kitchen with the appliances needed for easier cooking.

The size of your kitchen is crucial if you are the kind of person that spends quality time in the kitchen. You need a larger kitchen especially if you love to cook or bake. Apart from the fact that a large kitchen allows you to move freely, you will also enjoy the availability of complete access to your cooking appliances. You will always be willing to spend several hours preparing a sumptuous meal for your family if the kitchen spacious enough to accommodate all the necessary devices to make cooking easier. Here are the benefits of a large kitchen:

Easier to move 

You will be able to move freely if you have a kitchen that is spacious without bumping into different appliances in the kitchen. When there is enough space, the kitchen can be quite cramped and difficult to maneuver.

More storage 

This might be the most significant advantage of having a spacious kitchen. A large kitchen offers you enough room to place your cabinets where you can conveniently put all the things you need for cooking. You also have the opportunity of buying several secured cabinets to keep your cooking stuff. 

More space for appliances 

Another advantage of a large kitchen is that you will enough space to keep all your kitchen appliances. This helps plenty if you have a lot of cooking appliances. Regardless of the number of machines, you can get them arranged in a neat and well-organized manner when the kitchen is spacious. 

Put on a counter

One of the most vital things to have in the kitchen is a kitchen counter. A large kitchen can comfortably accommodate a kitchen counter. Therefore, if you have the aim of putting up a kitchen counter, then you need a kitchen that has enough space. A kitchen counter will provide you with a larger preparation area, which is ideal if there is a special occasion and you will be required to cook for several people. 

If you would like to remodel your kitchen to a bigger size, contact a general contractor in your area today for a quote.




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Posted by Lauren Davis on 10/16/2019

Microfiber cloths have become incredibly popular in recent years. Especially within the “green clean” crowd. And with good reason, while they might look like just another cleaning cloth they are actually in a class of their own.

In fact, you could think of them as the heavyweight champions of the cleaning cloth world. Because of the “micro” in microfiber, these clothes are able to do a lot more of the grunt work without the aid of a cleaning product. And those instances you would pair it up with a cleaner? You would need far less of it than you would if using another cloth material.

I know using less cleaner or even none at all sounds counterintuitive. But here’s why eliminating the need to use cleaning product is a good thing - if you don’t properly clean the surface of cleaning product residue you are going to be creating a dirt magnet. Huh?
Yup! You see it comes down to the chemistry of how cleaning products clean. There are specific molecules inside the cleaner that when combined with water are actually attracted to dirt and grime and able to carry them away. They pick them all up and hold them close. So when they haven't properly cleared away from the surface they keep doing their job! They attract more dirt and more grime, holding on to every last bit they can.

As you can imagine the more product you have to use to clean up, the higher your chance leaving residue behind. This is where microfiber cloths save the day. Their unique two-pronged fibers that are indeed micro are able to pick up and hold onto anything it comes across. All without leaving anything behind it in its tracks.

Use dry for regular dusting and wet for all other uses. And how many there are! Tackle tile, counters, shower walls, and mirrors. All with just water and your microfiber cloth. Seriously, you won’t need glass clean or any sort of cleaning product here.

Use on a Swiffer in lieu of disposables for both dry and wet mopping floors. Keep one on hand in either your bag or car to spot clean any accidental spills on clothes. Yes, they can even tackle clothing stains! Replace germ breeding loofahs out for a microfiber. Store one in the bathroom cabinet for easy access to wipe down the counter and sink each day. And use one to wipe down the shower after use.

The care and keeping is simple. Daily clothes can be rinsed in warm water after use, machine washing weekly. However, avoid bleach and fabric softener as each will damage your cloth and reduce its effectiveness. “Refresh” clothes by boiling them in water with baking soda.