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Posted by Collins & Demac Real Estate on 12/27/2018

When you own a home, you want to reduce your costs as much as possible. As a homeowner and environmentally conscious person, you may also want to reduce your carbon footprint and reduce the amount of waste that you and your family produce. Read on for some tips on how to reduce the amount of trash you produce on a weekly basis and see what a difference you can make in your little corner of the world.  


Find Reusable Products In Lieu Of Disposable Ones


There are so many convenience products that we find on store shelves. For every type of product that you can just throw away, you can find something reusable. Products that you can substitute include:


Washcloths instead of disposable makeup wipes

Reusable water cups instead of disposable bottles

Washable plastic cups substituted for disposable ones

No paper plates

Use washable plates instead of paper plates

Dust with rags, not paper towels

Use reusable grocery bags

Drink coffee out of a refillable mug

Buy reusable containers to pack a lunch in


Any products that provide less buildup of waste are better for the environment. Many times, we rely on convenience for ourselves and our families, but convenience can be costly to both the environment and our budgets.  


Use Natural Cleaning Products


Many cleaning products contain harsh chemicals that are dangerous for our bodies and our environment. There are many things right inside of your kitchen cabinets that can be useful and effective in cleaning your home. Items that you can clean with include:


Baking Soda

Vinegar

Lemon juice

Castille soap


Wth just a few products, cleaning naturally is easy. You wonít have to worry about harming children, pets, or yourself by using these all natural items that can be found right in your kitchen. You also will have more space in your cabinets because youíll need fewer bottles to stock your cleaning supply. Vinegar can be used to clean most things in your home, and it does the job pretty well compared to its harsh chemical counterparts.


Your new lifestyle that consists of less waste will take some time. You can gradually switch different products and containers as you move through your days. This will be a much more practical approach than just starting from scratch all at once. Not only is changing your lifestyle a time investment but a money investment since youíll need to buy new products to replace old ones initially. Over time you should see a big difference in your wallet and your trash can with your waste-free lifestyle.         





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Posted by Collins & Demac Real Estate on 12/20/2018

If you're renting a nice house, condo, or apartment, there's a good chance your monthly rent check is almost as much as a mortgage payment. Perhaps you've realized this and have been asking yourself why you're contributing to someone else's nest egg, instead of your own! If that sounds familiar, you may be ready to take the plunge into home ownership.

The other half of the equation is whether you're financially ready, and that would depend on a variety of things, including your credit rating, your debt-to-income ratio, and your ability to make a sufficient down payment on a new home. Although a 20% down payment is a desirable target to aim for, there's often a lot of flexibility on how much you're required to put down on a house.

One of the main reasons a 20% down payment is desirable is that it takes you "off the hook" for having to pay monthly private mortgage insurance (PMI). The second advantage of making a substantial down payment is that it reduces the principal amount of your loan, which, in turn, lowers your monthly payments even more. However, if you're ready to become a home owner, but can't afford a 20% down payment, you can often eliminate PMI payments earlier than scheduled by making extra principal payments. The bank or mortgage company you decide to work with can fully explain their policies and what your options are.

If you are interested in making the transition from renter to home owner, now's a good time to start talking to loan officers. If nothing else, you'll be educating yourself on the intricacies of buying a home. Working with an experienced real estate agent is another way to learn the ropes, so to speak, when it comes to the home buying process.

Other than the financial benefits of building equity in your own home, there are also a lot of practical advantages. If you're currently a renter, for example -- especially in an apartment building, duplex, or townhouse -- you're probably tired of the lack of privacy and the unwelcome noises you can often hear through walls, floors, and ceilings.

Becoming a home owner brings with it a pride of ownership and the ability to plant trees, bushes, and gardens on your own property. Depending on what's available in your price range, you can also enjoy your own private deck, screened in porch, or patio. Options for the kids (if you have them) include swing sets, sand boxes, and room to play backyard sports or run through a water sprinkler during the hot weather.

If you feel like you are ready to take the plunge into home ownership, the first step is to make lists of your requirements, your preferences ("wish list"), and financial resources. The next step is to find a good real estate agent to start showing you homes that fulfill your needs and check off as many items on your wish list as possible!





Posted by Collins & Demac Real Estate on 12/18/2018

This Single-Family in Sterling, MA recently sold for $398,050. This Colonial style home was sold by - Collins & Demac Real Estate.


17 James Rd, Sterling, MA 01564

Single-Family

$399,000
Price
$398,050
Sale Price

9
Rooms
4
Beds
2/1
Full/Half Baths
WHAT A LOCATION!! Does it get any better than this........beautiful, spacious flat lot with over-sized front and backyard surrounded by trees to ensure privacy year round! So much potential in this home with a little updating including a 1st floor complete with sun-soaked rear screen porch, backyard-facing family room with cozy gas-fueled stove in fireplace, an open concept floor plan spilling into the kitchen, formal dining area, and study. Living room complete with gleaming hardwood floors. Freshly painted. 4 good sized bedrooms with hardwood flooring and 2 1/2 baths including a master en suite. Brand new mechanicals including new septic, new furnace and new water heater. Plenty of yard space for entertaining and/or potential backyard pool/patio. 2 car garage with lots of parking. Great neighborhood setting. Short drive to town beach at Lake Waushacum. Don't miss this fabulous location!

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Posted by Collins & Demac Real Estate on 12/18/2018

This Single-Family in Shrewsbury, MA recently sold for $367,000. This Colonial style home was sold by - Collins & Demac Real Estate.


77 Grafton St, Shrewsbury, MA 01545

Single-Family

$389,000
Price
$367,000
Sale Price

8
Rooms
3
Beds
2
Baths
Charming Dutch colonial in desirable location close to town, shopping and highways! Don't miss this home filled with character and exceptional details like 2 gorgeous fireplaces, beamed ceilings, built in china cabinet, bookcases and storage units. You'll enjoy cooking and entertaining in the bright, airy kitchen with mudroom. Enter the light filled livingroom from the french door front foyer. Conversation will flow in front of the fireplace in the generously proportioned beamed dining room with beautiful built ins. Tiled first floor bath with oversized bay window overlooks the gorgeous backyard gardens. Upstairs you'll find 3 ample bedrooms and a luxury bath with sliding glass doors, bidet, and a shower room! But wait, there's more...Office/studio with separate entrance provides a private space to get work done, or transform into "Mantown" or "Femme Den"! The yard is just lovely with mature plants, garden paths and a screened porch, and rooftop deck! You won't find a better value!

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Posted by Collins & Demac Real Estate on 12/13/2018

Although your real estate agent will do the lion's share of the work involved in selling your home, there are several things you, the homeowner, can do to help move things along.

By making sure your home is always ready to be shown at a moments notice to prospective buyers, you will be helping to "tip the scales" in the direction of a faster sale. Since making a great first impression is crucial to the sales process, it's important that your home always looks its best -- both inside and out. Here are a few tips to keep in mind when you decide to put your home on the market.

Order versus chaos: Every time your real estate agent sets up a showing of your house, it's an opportunity to attract and engage potential buyers. When your house and property look organized, clean, and well cared for, it sends a series of positive messages to prospects.

Admittedly, it can be a little bit of a hassle to keep your house looking (and smelling) immaculate all the time, but doing so can definitely work in your favor when it comes to making a great impression and getting your house sold faster.

To the extent that it's possible, try to eliminate or significantly reduce anything that could be described as "clutter." Clutter can include anything from excessive furniture and wall hangings to knick-knacks on your shelves and too many containers on kitchen countertops.

The ultimate effect you want to achieve is one of spaciousness, tastefulness, and organization. Anything which detracts from those desirable qualities could potentially work against you. As the classic 1980s TV commercial for a well-known dandruff shampoo reminds us: "You never get a second chance to make a first impression!"

Remember curb appeal: Actually the real first impression happens before prospective buyers even enter your home or step on your property. In many cases, it occurs before they even get out of their cars!

Making sure your house and property look as impeccable as possible from the street can help attract potential buyers and put them in a more receptive state of mind. Maintaining a manicured, clutter-free lawn, highlighted by a few splashes of floral color, can be an effective way to create eye-appeal and make a positive first impression.

One thing home sellers are either unaware of or forget about is the fact that prospective buyers sometimes do a preliminary "drive by" before picking up the phone and calling your (or their) real estate agent to schedule a showing. If they do not like what they see from their car, they probably are not going to take the next step and arrange a full tour of your home.

When you come to the realization that every person who drives by or visits your home is a potential buyer, you'll be more motivated to take care of the many details that either attract of send away prospective buyers.







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