Lauren Davis
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Posted by Lauren Davis on 5/24/2017

Saving money is on everyoneís mind, and rightfully so. One of the easiest ways to save money when shopping is by using your phone. There are many apps offered in the App Store and Google Play Store that are amazing at saving you money through discounts, coupons and even money back. All you have to do is download the app and create an account and your on your ways to savings. Check out the apps below: Cartwheel: This is Targetís app. It features deals that are based on items youíve purchased before or are likely to purchase in the future (based on shopping patterns it learns from using the app). But the best part about this app is the scan feature. While shopping scan all of your items that you put in your shopping cart to find additional offers, saving you even more money. Savings Catcher: This is Wal-Martís app. With the Savings Catcher app you scan your Wal-Mart receipts and it then scans for competitorís prices on items that you purchased. You will receive money back for any item that was priced lower at a competitorís store. You can turn this money into a gift card at any time and redeem it at your local Wal-Mart. Shopular: Shopular is a very popular shopping app. It has coupons, deals, and sales for almost every store imaginable. They include Express, Famous Footwear, Michaels, Old Navy, Target, Kohlís, factory stores, and so many more. The best part about this app is that stores actually accept the coupons. Groupon: Groupon is very popular. It offers deals on restaurants, goods, hotels, vacation packages, activities, and much more. Beyond the offers that are offered, Groupon also runs specials where you can receive an additional amount off the already discounted amount. These are perfect times to purchase the Groupon youíve been holding out on. Now get to downloading and happy saving!




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Posted by Lauren Davis on 5/17/2017

Is it better to rent or buy? There is no simple answer to the question, yet itís something we all ask ourselves at some point in our adult lives.

When you ask yourself this question, youíre not just determining whether itís more affordable to buy or rent. Rather, youíre answering questions about what your life will look like in the coming years--in terms of both lifestyle and location.

In this article, weíre going to talk about the issue of buying vs renting. Weíll talk about ways you can educate yourself to make the most informed decision possible. After all, whether youíre buying a home or signing a lease, this is a decision that will affect a large amount of your time and dictate at least the next year of your life.

Outside influences

Before you start thinking about mortgages and leases, itís a good idea to get an idea of the market. Specifically, youíll want to look at the cost of living for the area you plan on moving to. It may seem like common sense that the cost of apartments and houses will rise and fall at the same rate, but evidence points to the contrary.

Elements that are out of your control could be things like:

  • Property tax amounts

  • Inflation and cost of living changes (gas, utilities, etc.)

  • Stock market variations, which affect your investments

  • Real estate market changes

  • Income changes (job change or loss)

As you can see already, these outside influences have the potential to make a huge impact on whether it makes more sense to rent or buy.

Letís say you decided to rent a home and put the money you would have used for a down payment into an investment fund. You have a good year and earn 5% on your investments. At the same time, the price of homes as gone down significantly in the area you hope to move.

As you can see, in this scenario it would probably make sense to pay rent for a year before buying a home.

Out-of-pocket expenses and equity

One of the biggest advantages of owning a home is that by definition, if you are making sufficient and timely mortgage payments, you are earning equity. Equity can be used later to make a down payment on a larger home, or for selling to use toward retirement funds later in life.

On the other hand, renting is an out-of-pocket cost that comes at a loss. Once you pay rent, there is no getting it back to use later on.

It may seem like buying is the obvious solution, then. However, there are also many out-of-pocket costs for owning a home. Property taxes, insurance, and interest paid to your lender are all things that you canít recuperate.

Finding out whether itís cheaper to buy or rent will come down to balancing those factors, and weighing them against the odds of the real estate market.





Posted by Lauren Davis on 5/11/2017

This charming antique home in the heart of the beloved Mudville neighborhood of Holliston is simply storybook perfect! Enjoy walking to shops, cafes, playground and lovely Lake Winthrop from this pristine home. Tastefully updated, eat-in kitchen with wood flooring and stainless appliances; stunning bathroom with vaulted ceiling and laundry; inviting living room with built-ins and gas stove; lovely dining room with slider to large deck; all bedrooms are on the second floor, including the spacious master bedroom with its large closet. Beautiful flat backyard is fenced, with mature, flowering trees and plantings. Updates include stone wall, newer roof, boiler, HW heater, windows, kitchen appliances, backyard fencing and electrical. This home has expansion possibilities, and owners will share renderings which were created for them. Be part of Holliston's award winning school system, which features French Immersion and Montessori programs as part of its offerings. This is a true gem!

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Posted by Lauren Davis on 5/11/2017

Spacious colonial home w beautiful 2012 renovation boasting custom kitchen w white cabinets, stainless steel appliances, granite counters, large kitchen island, overlooking dining area w built-in hutch & family room w two skylights, built-in book case & french doors out to patio & yard w professional landscaping & shed. The living room has a fireplace, wainscoting & french doors leading to the front hall. Upstairs is a stunning master suite w two walk-in closets, en suite bathroom w over-sized, tiled shower and double sinks. Plus three other nice size bedrooms all w custom closets, one has an en suite bathroom w shower. All this and a mudroom w tile floor, beadboard, built-ins & benches that leads to the oversized two car garage with plenty of extra storage. Plus, lower level has finished room ideal for play, exercise or media room.This home is located in the highly desirable Bird's Hill neighborhood in walking distance to Broadmeadow School & Hershey Commuter station.

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Posted by Lauren Davis on 5/10/2017

Looking to add your home to the real estate market in the near future? Home interior improvements are a must, especially if you want your residence to stand out from the competition.

Believe it or not, your bathroom can serve as a key differentiator for your home. With a neat, tidy bathroom, you may be able boost your home's appeal to potential homebuyers. On the other hand, a messy bathroom is unlikely to do you any favors in a fierce housing market.

If you spend some time cleaning your house's bathroom from top to bottom, you could increase your chances of a quick home sale. Lucky for you, we're here to provide simple, effective bathroom cleaning tips so you can enhance your house's bathroom.

Here are three bathroom cleaning tips that every home seller needs to know.

1. Use an All-Purpose Bathroom Cleaner on the Sink

Dirt and grime may form in your bathroom sink over an extended period of time. Thankfully, an all-purpose bathroom cleaner will make it easy for you to eliminate residue from your bathroom sink.

An all-purpose bathroom cleaner is a great option to remove light soil and film from a bathroom sink. And if you need extra help, you can always use an abrasive or soft-scrub cleaner as well.

2. Scrub the Shower and Bathtub

When was the last time you cleaned your shower and bathtub? If it's been several years, then there's no time like the present to scrub down every inch of your shower and bathtub and give them a fresh look and feel.

Abrasive scrubbing pads are ideal to remove bathroom rings or deposits on shower floors. Also, tile brushes will enable you to scrub tile grout and clean cracks and corners as needed.

3. Spend Some Time Cleaning the Toilet

Let's face it Ė no one likes cleaning the toilet. However, a home seller will need to spend some time cleaning the toilet to ensure a home's bathroom stands out for all the right reasons.

Toilet bowl cleaner dissolves deposits and kills germs, and as such, can help you speed up the process of cleaning a toilet. Plus, you can use a toilet bowl cleaner in conjunction with a strong, durable toilet bowl brush to eliminate all deposits with ease.

Lastly, don't forget to use a disinfecting spray cleaner on the toilet rims, seat, lid, tank and bowl exterior. Wipe down these areas, and you'll be able to enhance your toilet's overall appearance.

If you're unsure about how to improve your bathroom, be sure to consult with a real estate agent before you list your home. This real estate professional is happy to provide home selling tips and ensure you can revamp your house's interior and exterior.

A real estate agent can serve as an expert guide to the home selling process and will offer tips along each stage of the home selling journey. Therefore, if you work with a real estate agent, you should have no trouble maximizing the value of your house.