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Posted by Pat Baker on 7/21/2017

There’s a certain recipe for successful home lighting. Lighting can make a room feel smaller or larger. There should be a mix and match of about 4 layers of lighting throughout the house. These layers should be:

  • Ambient light
  • Task lighting
  • Accent lights
  • Decorative lights


These 4 layers of lighting are perfect to mix and match for a well lit room. Ambient lighting includes natural light sources like windows, pendant lighting and overhead light fixtures. Task lighting includes under-counter lighting, desk lamps and reading lamps. Accent lights include recessed lighting and adjustable lighting. These lights will highlight certain areas of a room. Decorative lighting includes chandeliers and other types of ornamental lighting. After you have your layers set up, you’ll want to use your lighting to the advantage of your home’s decor.   


Bring The Drama To A Room


You can highlight anything you wish in a room using the right kind of lighting. It can be a fireplace or a painting or a ceiling. Use a soft spotlight to highlight a painting. Uplighting adds a softer effect to the scheme of a room. You can create this effect with wall mounted sconces or rope lights. You’ll see quite a warm glow.  


Dimmers Are Your Friend


Installing dimmer switches on your light fixtures can help to save energy and will allow you to bring down rather bright ambient lighting or help you to create a different kind of lighting scheme with the flip of a switch. As a plus, a dimmer will extend the life of your light bulbs and will maximize the time you need to change lightbulbs that require a ladder to reach. 


Don’t Put All Of Your Lights In One Place


Don’t just stick one or two bright lighting fixtures in a room and say that it’s all set. You’ll get more shadows and glare than would be desirable. This is where our blend of lighting recipe comes into play. Using that 4 step-formula will help you to spread your lighting out accordingly. This way no type of lighting will be overwhelming. 


Look Outside


Remember to use the daylight. Natural daylight is the best type of lighting. It brings in fresh color and complements any landscape. You can add natural light to your home through installing skylights, widening windows or thinking about how to redress the windows that you already have.


Choose Quality Fixtures


High quality light fixtures are better all around. They’re clearer and the fixture will be more attuned to your home’s style. When choosing lighting make sure that you see if the shade covers any part of the light, is made of good materials and that the connections are sound. 


When it comes to creating a well-lit home, you need to look everywhere from the windows to the ceilings. You want to be sure that your lighting is set up to be energy efficient and practical. Consider the many different kinds of lighting that are available and plan each room to ensure that you’ll have all the light that you need.  

      

   







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Posted by Pat Baker on 7/20/2017


5 Stonehill Terrace, Boston, MA 02136

Hyde Park

Single-Family

$419,000
Price

6
Rooms
3
Beds
1/1
Full/Half Baths
Sun-drenched and well maintained raised ranch in a great location on a cul-de-sac in the Dedham side of Hyde Park. Gleaming hardwood in the living room, hall and bedrooms on the first level. Fenced in yard with patio and a freshly painted deck. The glass in the windows have been replaced in 3 bedrooms with double pane glass in the winter of 2016, and the bathroom window glass was replaced with frosted glass. New Roof, gutters, downspouts spring 2017 (warranty will follow new buyer), electric hot water heater 2 years old, solid wood doors, central air, newer main bath, walk out basement, and two sheds included. Easy Boston commute. So close to all the city of Boston offers. Shopping and dining at Legacy Place in nearby Dedham. First Showings begin Sunday 7/23 11:30 to 1:00 PM
Open House
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July 23 at 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM
Sun-drenched and well maintained raised ranch in a great location on a cul-de-sac in the Dedham side of Hyde Park. Gleaming hardwood in the living room, hall and bedrooms on the first level. Fenced in yard with patio and a freshly painted deck. The glass in the windows have been replaced in 3 bedrooms with double pane glass in the winter of 2016, and the bathroom window was replaced with frosted glass. New Roof, gutters, downspouts spring 2017 (warranty will follow new buyer), electric hot water
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Posted by Pat Baker on 7/20/2017


5 Stonehill Terrace, Boston, MA 02136

Hyde Park

Single-Family

$419,000
Price

6
Rooms
3
Beds
1/1
Full/Half Baths
Sun-drenched and well maintained raised ranch in a great location on a cul-de-sac in the Dedham side of Hyde Park. Gleaming hardwood in the living room, hall and bedrooms on the first level. Fenced in yard with patio and a freshly painted deck. The glass in the windows have been replaced in 3 bedrooms with double pane glass in the winter of 2016, and the bathroom window glass was replaced with frosted glass. New Roof, gutters, downspouts spring 2017 (warranty will follow new buyer), electric hot water heater 2 years old, solid wood doors, central air, newer main bath, walk out basement, and two sheds included. Easy Boston commute. So close to all the city of Boston offers. Shopping and dining at Legacy Place in nearby Dedham. First Showings begin Sunday 7/23 11:30 to 1:00 PM
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Posted by Pat Baker on 7/14/2017

You recently listed your home on the real estate market, and now, you've received your first offer. However, you only have a short period of time to review the proposal and accept, reject or counter it. Determining how to handle an offer on your home can be challenging. Fortunately, we're happy to help you fully evaluate an offer so you can make an informed decision. There are numerous factors to consider as you review an offer on your house, including: 1. Price In some cases, homebuyers may submit a "lowball" offer in the hopes of getting a seller to jump at a quick sale. If a home seller accepts this offer, a homebuyer is able to purchase a terrific home at a bargain price. Conversely, if a home seller rejects or counters the offer, a homebuyer may have an opportunity to reconsider his or her options. As a home seller, you should consider how much you are willing to accept for your residence before you add it to the real estate market. By doing so, you can list your home for a fair price and act quickly and effectively as you receive offers. Also, flexibility is paramount for home sellers. And even though you may list your home for a particular price, you may want to consider accepting an offer below your initial asking price if you're looking for a quick sale. 2. Sale of a Buyer's Home Although a homebuyer may submit an offer that is at or above your initial asking price, the proposal may have strings attached that could slow down the home selling process. For instance, a homebuyer could make an offer that is contingent upon him or her selling a residence within a set period of time. But if this homebuyer is unable to sell his or her house, your home sale could fall through, which could cost you both time and money. In this scenario, consider your options carefully. If you believe you can receive other offers from homebuyers who don't require this contingency, you may be better off rejecting or countering the proposal. 3. Your Timeline If you've already secured a new home and need to sell your current residence as quickly as possible, you may want to consider accepting an offer even if it is below your initial asking price. On the other hand, if you are able to afford two mortgages for an extended period of time, you may be better equipped to wait out a slow real estate market. When it comes to determining whether to accept an offer on your residence, consulting with your real estate agent usually is a great idea. This professional can offer expert resources you might struggle to find elsewhere and empower you with the insights you need to make the best decision possible. Consider the aforementioned factors as you evaluate an offer on your home, and you should be able to accept, reject or counter a proposal with confidence.





Posted by Pat Baker on 7/7/2017

Once you've made the transition from renter to homeowner, life is never the same again! While new responsibilities like home repairs and paying property taxes may sometimes feel like a burden, there are plenty of benefits that should outweigh the costs.

For example, home ownership usually brings with it tax advantages and investment features that can work in your favor. Getting guidance from a licensed tax advisor and financial consultant can help make sure you're getting the maximum return on your real estate investment.

Tips For House Hunters

If you're in the process of buying or looking for a new house, an experienced real estate agent (and home inspector) can be a valuable resource when evaluating the condition of a home, estimating the current market value of the property, and predicting the growth potential of the neighborhood. As you may already know, the location of a property is one of the most important aspects of its current and future value.

Seller disclosure laws, which vary from one state to the next, can offer buyers some measure of protection against costly problems, health or safety hazards, or quality of life issues down the road.

There are two reasons that seller disclosure requirements don't always protect home buyers from property flaws and repair problems: seller dishonesty or hidden conditions sellers aren't aware of. They can't reveal issues they don't know about, and in some cases problems are hidden behind walls, ceilings, and other places.

As mentioned, a potential obstacle to getting the full story about a home's history, flaws, and weaknesses is the seller's unwillingness to be completely honest. Even though they're opening themselves up to a potential lawsuit if they fail to reveal known problems with the property, they may risk it if they think full disclosure may derail their chances to sell the house or get top dollar for it.

From the buyer's standpoint, the best advice to keep in mind is caveat emptor: "Let the buyer beware." Your real estate agent can fill you in on the details of exactly what a seller needs to disclose, in terms of flaws, defects, hazards, damage, repairs, infestations, and even bizarre things like paranormal activity, suicides or crimes that occurred in the house. You'll also want to know things like whether the property is in a designated flood plain, whether there are any boundary line disputes, and if there are known toxic substances on the premises or underground.

While there are many variations in seller disclosure forms (depending on state laws and local conditions), there are also standard questions in most forms. As a side note, some localities may require disclosure about hazards such as earthquakes, fires, or other potential natural disasters.

You can get an overall idea of what's included by doing an online search for property disclosure forms. Generally speaking, the most reliable sources of information are your real estate agent, a real estate attorney, or your state's Department of State.







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