Todd Alperin - Coco, Early & Associates The Olivares, Molina & Alperin Division



Posted by Todd Alperin on 10/1/2017

You've added your home to the real estate market, and the offers are already beginning to arrive from interested homebuyers. However, you're still a long way from finalizing the sale of your home, and there likely will be many hurdles that you'll need to overcome before you complete the home selling journey. Stress is common for many home sellers, regardless of whether you're selling your home in a buyers' market or a sellers' market. Fortunately, we're here to help you minimize stress as you move closer to finalizing the sale of your residence. Here are three tips to ensure you can limit stress as you sell your home: 1. Plan Ahead. What will happen if a homebuyer decides to back out of a deal after a home inspection? Or, how will you respond if a homebuyer asks you to complete home repairs? Plan ahead, and you'll be ready to deal with a wide range of scenarios that could arise during the home selling journey. The home selling journey is rarely, if ever, a clear-cut path. But home sellers who dedicate time and resources to plan for a variety of scenarios will be able to respond quickly and effectively in tough situations. Also, planning ahead may improve your chances of remaining calm, cool and collected under duress. And ultimately, you'll be better equipped to minimize stress throughout each stage of the home selling journey. 2. Give Yourself Plenty of Breaks. The home selling journey may move fast, but don't forget to take some time for yourself. By doing so, you'll be able to focus on what's important Ė your personal well-being and happiness. For instance, spending a day at the beach with friends, enjoying a mini-vacation or even going for a short walk around the block enables you to take a break from the hustle and bustle of the home selling process. Even spending an hour a day relaxing can deliver long-lasting benefits for a home seller. Remember, any time you devote to yourself will help you minimize stress and improve your chances of maintaining a positive outlook. 3. Work with a Top-Rated Real Estate Agent. Who says you need to deal with the stress of selling your home on your own? Instead, work with a top-rated real estate agent, and you'll be better equipped to stay calm throughout the home selling process. Your real estate agent should be able to put things in perspective as you progress along the home selling journey. As such, you'll want to find a top-rated real estate agent to ensure you can receive support from a qualified professional as you sell your residence. A skilled, talented real estate agent will be able to handle tough negotiations with a homebuyer and ensure you're able to get the best price for your home. Plus, this professional will provide you with a trusted resource and will respond to any of your concerns and questions. Don't let stress get the best of you as you sell your home Ė use these tips, and you'll be able to remain confident and relaxed throughout the home selling journey.





Posted by Todd Alperin on 9/27/2017

This Condo in Boxborough, MA recently sold for $90,000. This Garden style home was sold by Todd Alperin - Coco, Early & Associates The Olivares, Molina & Alperin Division.


318 Codman Hill Road, Boxborough, MA 01719

Condo

$94,900
Price
$90,000
Sale Price

4
Rooms
1
Beds
1
Baths
Desirable Codman Hill! Enjoy an open concept floor plan in this first floor Garden style unit featuring upgraded laminate wood flooring, dining area, spacious living room with built in wall A/C, sunsplashed master bedroom with optional California closets shelving, tile bath, kitchen with modern flat top range, dishwasher and french door style refrigerator. Laundry conveniently located across the hall, attic storage, ample common parking, beautiful grounds with picnic area, playground for younger children, bicycle storage area, walk / jog trails nearby and much more! Strong association with professional management and reserve funds. Easy access to Acton commuter rail and major Routes are just around the corner!






Tags: Real Estate   Condo   Boxborough   01719  
Categories: Sold Homes  


Posted by Todd Alperin on 9/24/2017

Food sources like vegetable gardens and fruit trees can invite ants inside your home. Shrubs and non-fruit bearing trees are other food sources that ants feast on. Plant them too close to your home and you may find ants in one or more of your rooms.Openings in the outer exterior of your home, walls and windows are other reasons why you may have ants in your house.?

Ants ares mall, giving them easy access to indoor shelter. Once they breed, they become a small army, crawling over or into near anything in sight. Fortunately, there are natural ways to rid of ants. You donít have to be an environmentalist to opt to take this route.

Getting Rid of House Ants

Similar to mold, ants love moisture. If youíre ready to see this small marching army go without causing harm to the insects, try:

  • Wiping counters down after running water or preparing a meal. Do this in the kitchen, bathroom and each room where you have a water source.
  • Placing grits where ants are breeding. Try this once and see if it doesnít reduce the numbers of ants that you have. Why grits? They dehydrate ants.
  • Mixing pepper or cinnamon with water. Make sure that you add a strong dose of pepper or cinnamon.
  • Spraying the mixture in areas where ants nest. Continue spraying for several days.
  • Clean out your gutters, as clogged gutters keep moisture on your home.
  • Sprinkle cayenne pepper in areas where you spot ants.

What You Can Do To Keep Ants Away

  • Leaving food out is a good way to attract ants. Wrap breads with a tie. Keep fruits and vegetables in the refrigerator,especially after you slice the food. If your garbage pail doesnít have a top on it, keep the top of garbage bags sealed, and empty your garbage one or more times a week. It also helps to spray the inside of your garbage pail with an insect repellant before you line it with a new bag. Spot any food droppings on pail? Wash it off with white vinegar and water.
  • Clean well. Again, wipe counters down. Sweep and vacuum up crumbs. If you have young children, consider cleaning the floor area near where they eat once a day.
  • Keep areas dry.
  • Save food in a sealed bag in the refrigerator.
  • Spot where ants are entering your home and seal these areas
  • Use an environmentally safe bug repellant
  • Contact an exterminator if the above actions donít rid your home of all ants. Ask the exterminator where the ants are entering your home and requests additional preventive actions that you can take.

Let them get inside your home and you may not see one good thing about ants. But, work that ants do helps nature. They strengthen the soil, help rid the earth of organic waste and they reduce the numbers of other pests. Take one or more of the above steps and you may find ants leaving your home and returning to the great outdoors.




Tags: house ants   house pests  
Categories: Uncategorized  


Posted by Todd Alperin on 9/17/2017

If youíre looking to gain some more enjoyment out of your home and your yard, installing a fire pit can be just the way to do that. Itís actually quite simple to install your own fire pit with the right materials and planning. Take a look at the steps we have laid out for you below.




What Youíll Need:


  • A shovel
  • Stones for the wall
  • Concrete
  • Stakes and string
  • Spray paint
  • Fire brick
  • Landscape cloth


Choose Your Location


Youíll need to find a place in your yard that is far away from anything that can catch fire like bushes, sheds, trees, or tall grasses. 


Plan Your Area


Youíll need to plan the area for your fire pit. Be sure that the area you choose has enough space. The fire pit itself requires about a 3 foot area of diameter. The outer wall will have a 5 foot diameter. Then youíll need a 12 foot diameter circle sectioned off for the seating area around the fire pit itself. You can mark these areas off with string or spray paint. 


Time To Dig


Youíll need to dig the footer for both the inner and outer walls of the fire pit. Dig between the 5 and 3 foot markers down about 5-6 inches into the ground. Then, fill the newly dug out ring with concrete. Ensure that the top is level and smoothed out. Wait for the concrete to set. 


Organize Your Stones


While youíre waiting for your concrete to dry, find your stones and separate these into either cap stones or face stones. The cap stones are used for the top of the wall and the face stones are for the bottom. Cap stones should be flat and smooth. 


Place Your Stones


Follow the outer edge of the ring that has been created. Complete the circle. Then, place a ring of fire brick around the inner ring. Continue this process as follows: an outer layer of stone, an inner layer of fire brick. Make sure that youíre keeping everything level throughout the process. 


Fill In The Cracks


Using scrap stone and mortar, fill in the spaces of your completed wall. Before the wall is capped, youíll want to make sure that itís completely solid. 


The Final Step


Now that your wall is solid and filled, youíll need to place your cap stones. You may need to cut certain stones to be sure that everything fits in place for this part of your project. Once everything fits, mortar the stones into place. 



Set Up Your Seating Area


Dig up the grass inside of the 12 foot circle that you have mapped out. Then, put down some landscape cloth. Fill the area with gravel for safety. 


Enjoy Your Fire Pit


Now, all you need to do is add some comfy seating with some firewood and your fire pit is ready to enjoy! Heed safety recommendations placed by your city or town for a stress-free time using your fire pit. 


A fire pit can be an asset to your home no matter where you live. Cool evenings call for great conversation by the fire anytime!





Posted by Todd Alperin on 9/12/2017


107 King George Drive, Georgetown, MA 01833

Condo

$299,900
Price

6
Rooms
2
Beds
2/1
Full/Half Baths
A rare find at Canterbury Village! Beautiful two bedroom townhouse that has been completely updated over the past 5 years. First floor features living room and dining room with glowing hardwood floors. Kitchen with tiled backsplash, gas cooking and tile flooring. The tiled half bath completes the first floor. The second floor features spacious master bedroom with hardwood flooring and master bath with tile flooring. The second bedroom is also very spacious and features hardwood flooring. The is also another full bath with tile flooring. The finished walkout Lower Level features a bonus room, great for a game room, family room, office or exercise room. There is also plenty of storage space. Great country location, close to Route 95, Newburyport and beaches.
Open House
No scheduled Open Houses






Tags: Georgetown   Real Estate   Condo   01833  
Categories: Price Change