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  • CENTURY 21 Sexton & Donohue
    Monday, July 14, 2014 1:45:00 PM

    School is out in most parts of the country and summer is finally here! That means days of playing in the yard, swimming in the pool, and fun in the sun. Spring is usually the season that we clear out the house and get rid of everything we no longer need and start preparing for the warmer seasons. Now that summer is upon us, we have a couple tips to make sure your house in 100% prepared for hot weather.


    1. Check your window screens. Screens can take a beating during the snows of winters and winds of the spring. Are yours still in good shape? Will they repel the mosquitos and other bugs that will try to infiltrate your house during the summer? If not, repair or replace them so that your home stays bug-free and clean.


    2. Until it is too hot, use your windows as air conditioning. While it may be tempting to switch on the AC as soon as the warm days hit, it will be more cost effective to hold off until it is really hot to start running it full blast. On cooler days, opening a couple windows and letting a breeze in will keep the house comfortable and properly ventilated.


    3. Before you really need it, check the air conditioning system. If you have window units, clean the filters and test each unit to make sure it is running properly. If you have an AC system, do a rest run, clean the filters, and get it checked out by a professional if you have concerns. In order to help circulate the cold air as the AC produces it, you might want to think about putting ceiling fans in each room.


    4. Get some yard work under your belt. Warmer weather means lawns and gardens will need more attention. Water in the early morning or after dark to help prevent your efforts from simply evaporating into the atmosphere and going to waste.


    5. Wash down your patio furniture. Over the fall, winter, and spring, patio furniture can collect dust and bird droppings. Set them out on the lawn or patio and give them a good spray down with the hose. If youíre no longer loving the color of the paint, you can spend an afternoon repainting them so they fit into this yearís summer colors.


    6. Turn it off! If you arenít using it, turn it off. Energy bills are characteristically more expensive in the summer, because we are always running our fans and AC. If itís cool enough to give them a break, or if you are leaving the house, donít be afraid to turn it off and save some cash!


    For more tips on getting your house ready for summer or anything else related to real estate give Century 21 Sexton & Donahue a call today!

  • CENTURY 21 Sexton & Donohue
    Tuesday, July 01, 2014 5:45:00 PM

    If you are thinking of buying a home, you have likely heard plenty about "the marketĒ and needing to find a "good marketĒ for buyers. But what does that actually mean? How do you know if the market you are looking in is a good market for someone looking to buy a home?


    While there are plenty of articles on the internet about which markets and which cities are great for first time home buyers and which markets should be avoided, you rarely will have the luxury of choosing one city over another just because of the housing market, especially if you are moving to take a job or to be close to your family. In general, most people end up in a certain market out of necessity.


    But that doesnít mean that your market isnít great for first time home buyers or that there arenít factors about your area that make it attractive, even if it isnít one of the "ten bestĒ markets. There are five aspects of a city or neighborhood that realtors look at in order to determine whether or not the market favors buyers or sellers. While your realtor can likely tell you the exact data on these categories, doing some independent research never hurts. The factors are:


    1. Your locationís popularity. Are there many people looking for homes in your area? Is it a safe neighborhood that people want to move into? Does it have attractive features like parks, good schools, and shopping nearby?


    2. How affordable the area is. Is it easy for first time homebuyers to make a purchase? Are the houses reasonably priced or are there positive externalities that drive up home prices, even if the homes themselves would be less expensive in another city or part of town.


    3. The number of homes for sale. Are there plenty of houses on the market? Are there only a few in a highly desirable area?


    4. How long it takes for a home to sell. If houses sell soon after they are put on the market, this situation indicates that the location is popular and that the houses are reasonably priced, which may indicate a sellerís market, rather than a buyerís.


    5. Surrounding employment opportunities. Is the area desirable because it is near business where the individuals who live in the area work? Is there a thriving job market along with a housing market?


    Even if you are going into a sellerís market, your realtor will be able to advise how to make the most of the situation to ensure you get the right house, at the right price. For more information about markets and how to determine what kind of market you are going into and how to handle it, contact us at Century 21 Sexton & Donohue today!

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Stunning, brand NEW construction - Very Rare for Melrose!! Beautiful Center Entrance Colonial with oak flooring, granite curbing, stairs and counters, C/A, 8 rooms, 4 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, huge walk-up 3rd level ready for endless use (gas line up to space), deck off family room, Huge Bonus Barn - two... More Detail

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Investors take notice of this great opportunity, a 3 family on a great side street in Melrose. A studio unit in the lower level consisting of 3 rooms, rent $700, 1st floor 4 rooms rent $925, 2nd floor 4 rooms rent $915. Tenants all pay for their own utilities which are all separate, parking for 4... More Detail

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