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Posted by Kathy Portway on 6/21/2021


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There's a lot of benefit to be had from increasing the amount of natural light that enters your home. Scientists have long linked natural daylight to improved mood and productivity. You just feel better when you regularly work or relax in a room filled with light from the sun. Sunlight helps regulate circadian rhythms, too, meaning you sleep better and feel more rested when you wake up. Increasing natural light sources in your home can also help lower your monthly utility bill and raise your home's resale value. Here's what we recommend.

Ditch the Heavy Drapes

Drapes made from heavy fabrics and liners may be nixing your natural light. Replace them with solar window films instead. Solar window films won't damage your windows, and they block up to 99 percent of harmful UV rays, while allowing natural light to stream through. You won't have to worry about fading carpets or upholstery, and solar window film also reflects the heat from the sun, so your space doesn't become an instant sauna. 

If privacy is a concern, install blinds or window shades that can be closed at night. You can even purchase frosted solar window films that provide privacy without darkening your room. 

Install a Skylight

If a small renovation project is in the budget, consider adding a skylight to a dark, gloomy room to bring it into the light. Skylights keep things private while increasing access to natural light. According to HomeAdvisor, the average cost to install a skylight runs around $1,500. That's a small price to pay for added light and ventilation in a dark room. Even better -- adding a professionally installed, energy-efficient skylight can increase your home's resale value. There may even be a tax credit available for homeowners who choose skylights that are solar powered. 

Use Reflective Wall Colors

Did you know many paints have an LVR? That's a light reflectance value, and the higher the number, the better the paint color is at reflecting light around your space. When you paint walls in a color that's highly reflective, (white has and LRV of 100. Black has an LRV of zero) your room appears brighter. So, even if your room has only one window, using a light paint color can help bounce that natural light into all the corners. 

If you're stuck feeling gloomy when you spend time in a dark den or bedroom, try letting a little light shine in. You might be amazed at how easy it is to transform a space from one you dread to one you highly desire. Use these three easy tricks, and you'll find out just how easy it is to lighten up a little. 

 





Posted by Kathy Portway on 6/15/2021

This Condo in Norton, MA recently sold for $282,500. This Townhouse style home was sold by Kathy Portway - SUCCESS! Real Estate.


19 Taylor Ct, Norton, MA 02766

Condo

$249,900
Price
$282,500
Sale Price

5
Rooms
2
Beds
1/1
Full/Half Baths
Desirable end unit townhouse in a private country setting. This 5 room, 2-bedroom, 1.5 bath unit boasts many updates both inside and out! Spacious eat-in kitchen with sliders to large private deck. New SS dishwasher and microwave as well as carpets replaced throughout. Upstairs you’ll find two good size bedrooms, an updated full bath and pull down access to attic for additional storage. The lower living area is finished and just perfect for entertaining, a play area or a home office. The in-unit laundry room located in the unfinished part of the basement, provides additional storage space. New replacement windows in 2010 and new roof in 2019. Low condo fee. Parking for two cars. Pets okay with no restrictions. Showings start Saturday at Open House from 12PM to 3PM and Sunday by appointment only. COVID-19 safety precautions are to be respected.






Tags: Norton   Real Estate   02766   Condo  
Categories: Sold Homes  


Posted by Kathy Portway on 6/14/2021

With rent prices shooting soaring across the country, many young Americans who were previously happy renting while they saved for a home are now turning to other options.

One common solution is a starter home. If you want to keep your monthly mortgage prices low while being able to build equity and slowly save for your “forever home.” a starter home can be a great option for first-time buyers.

When does it make sense to buy a starter home?

Buying a home means mortgage payments, home maintenance and repairs, and closing costs. However, they can also be a great introduction to the responsibilities of homeownership.

Better yet, starter homes allow you to build equity that can be used toward the down payment of your next home, something that first-time buyers often struggle with. This could help you secure a lower interest rate and avoid costly private mortgage insurance (PMI).

Sounds great, right? But when shouldn’t you buy a starter home?

It might not make sense to buy a starter home if you don’t plan on living in it at least 3-4 years. You might find that the cost of renting is less than that of your mortgage payments and closing costs if you don’t live in the home long enough to reap the rewards.

It also might not be a good idea if your family is going to outgrow a small home in the next few years for the same reasons mentioned above. That makes it all the more important to discuss your long term plans with your spouse before considering a home.

Things to look for in a starter home

1. Resale value

One of the most important aspects of your starter home should be the ability to resell it in the future. Now, there is an endless number of factors that go into the marketability of a home. Key factors include the condition of the home and keeping it well-maintained, as well as the location of the home. Buying a starter home in an area that will attract young professionals down the road is typically a good investment.

2. Small size = low price

It probably goes without saying, but finding a home with a low price, at the expense of square-footage, is most often a smart choice when it comes to starter homes.

Small homes are cheaper to buy, cheaper to heat, and cheaper to maintain. However, since housing prices are trending upward, you’ll likely still see a positive return on your investment in ~5 years time when you’re hoping to buy again.

3. Reasonable home improvements

If you can spare the time, buying a starter home that needs some work can be an excellent investment. It can be more difficult later on when you have a large family to care for and less time to focus on making improvements.




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Categories: Uncategorized  


Posted by Kathy Portway on 6/9/2021


17 Willis Drive, Norton, MA 02766

Single-Family

$629,900
Price

9
Rooms
4
Beds
2/1
Full/Half Baths
Christina Estates is now offering this absolute gem! Located on a cul-de-sac, this four bedroom, two & a half bath home is just too good to pass on. Meticulously cared for inside and out, from the stunning landscaping through the entire home. You will not need to lift a finger for this home. First floor has beautiful hardwood flooring throughout the front to back, fireplace, living room as well as the dining room. Updated kitchen has an eat in area, hardwood flooring, gorgeous, cabinetry, granite counters and lovely, back-splash. Upstairs is complete with four bedrooms and two full baths. Lower level is finished and can be used as a play room, office, or whatever you see fit. Outdoor space is in abundance, and is complete with decking, above ground pool and amazing patio with fire pit nestled along the tree line yard, perfect for entertaining. Location cannot be beat with easy access to Routes 495, 95 and 24. It is a desirable neighborhood and a stunning property. IT IS A MUST SEE!
Open House
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Categories: New Homes  


Posted by Kathy Portway on 6/7/2021

If you want to sell your house, you may want to take a close look at your home's interior. That way, you can identify any potential home interior issues and address them as quickly as possible.

Determining the best ways to transform your home's interior from drab to fab may seem difficult, particularly for a first-time home seller. Fortunately, there are several proven ways to enhance your residence's interior, and these include:

1. Cleaning

If it has been several weeks or months since you last cleaned your house, there is no time like the present to perform extensive home interior cleaning.

Wipe down countertops, mop the floors and clean every room of your house. By doing so, you can make your house look clean and pristine.

Also, if you need extra help cleaning your home, you may want to hire a cleaning company. With a team of home cleaning professionals at your side, you can speed up the process of improving your house's interior.

2. Decluttering

Clutter is an eyesore that home sellers should try to eliminate. Luckily, there are many quick, easy ways to remove clutter from your house.

Oftentimes, one person's clutter is another's treasure, and you may be able to sell excess items at a garage sale or online. Set competitive prices for your excess items, and you should have no trouble stirring up interest in these items.

You also can donate excess items to charities in your city or town. Reach out to local charities, and you may be able to get excess items picked up from your house.

3. Interior Upgrades

If you notice home interior lights are no longer working, cracks or dents in your walls or other minor home interior issues, you should spend some time performing various upgrades and repairs.

In most instances, minor home interior upgrades and repairs may require just a few minutes to complete. Meanwhile, these home interior improvements can make a world of difference in the eyes of homebuyers and can help your home stand out to potential buyers.

Clearly, there are many ways to improve a house's interior in no time at all. But if you require additional assistance, you can always hire a real estate agent to help you generate interest in your residence.

A real estate agent knows exactly what it takes to bolster a house's interior. He or she can help you assess your home's interior and prioritize assorted home interior improvements.

Furthermore, a real estate agent will make it easy to navigate all stages of the home selling process. This housing market professional will help you list your house and promote it to large groups of potential buyers. Plus, if you receive offers on your house, a real estate agent can help you evaluate these proposals and make an informed decision.

Don't hesitate to enhance your home's interior. Instead, consider the aforementioned options, and you can take the first step to improve your house's interior.