Lauren Davis
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Posted by Lauren Davis on 10/18/2017

Don't let past housing experiences, including your childhood experiences, keep you from entering home ownership gradually and smartly. Right away, you might think that your housing choices are only influenced by your current family size, housing costs, business arrangements and personal preferences.

Don't let the past hold you back from enjoying row house living

What you might not know is how much your past living experiences are influencing the types of houses that you're open to buying as an adult. If you feel a need to stay connected to your childhood or family traditions, you might have a blind spot to certain types of houses. For example, you might:

  • Refuse to buy a house that doesn't have large, bay windows (even if a house with smaller windows provides an equal amount of natural light to a home)
  • Communicate to your realtor that you do not want to see houses that have less than three stories (you might make this demand even if a one to two story house has the same number of rooms as a three story house)
  • Look at houses that are painted the same color that your childhood home was painted in (Of course, you could repaint house walls. But, if you're deeply connected to the past, you might disallow yourself access to this awareness.)
  • Turn away from houses that don't have long side driveways, an attached garage or a covered parking area

Focus on what really counts when looking at row houses

You also might convince yourself that if you buy row houses, the value of the properties will only decline due to the fact that not as many people want to live in row houses as the number of people who are looking for a traditional, unattached house. Nothing could be further from the truth, especially if the number of people willing to release the past and take advantage of row house living grows.

Another thing that you might miss is the fact that it's a house's interior that wins many people over. Smartly designed rooms, more than enough living space, a beautiful decor and low utility expenses are measurable housing advantages that row houses also offer. Some row houses are designed with long, side driveways, the type of driveways in which you could park up to three or four vehicles. Be willing to step away from the past to realize these and other row house benefits.

Get over row house stereotypes

If you're feeling stuck, it could be because you're holding onto the past. Housing is one area where you might make decisions that are based on your past. If you, your parents and grandparents grew up in an unattached house, you might consider living in an unattached house as being "normal". Should you have grown up in an unattached house, you also might have stereotypes about row houses.

The stereotypes could be erroneous or flat out wrong. Believing that people who live in row houses re financially inept, socially challenges or less educated and positive than people who live in traditional, unattached houses is inaccurate. Move into a row house and you might quickly find that family background, a thirst for ongoing education and personal goals and vision are the core determinants of how well neighbors interact with each other.

Additionally, unless you were gifted a house through a will, this mindset could cost you. Row houses, especially older row houses, may save you thousands of dollars both over the short and long term. Included among savings that row houses could yield are homeowner's association fees, property taxes and interior and exterior housing maintenance costs.

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Posted by Lauren Davis on 10/4/2017

Several weeks of dryness, weeks when it does not rain or snow, can easily create a drought. Water slowing down in lakes and rivers that are upstream from the town you live in also causes a drought. Should a drought happen, cracks in the earth, negative impacts to animals and plants, poor soil quality, farming inefficiencies and migration of animals and humans may occur.

Water conservation tips that work at home

Natural events like lack of precipitation are not the only drought causes. Humans play a significant role in drought development. If you live in an apartment complex during a time of low precipitation, you might see water conservation tips highlighted on your monthly rent bill.

Local governments and weather channels also encourage area residents, whether they live in an apartment complex, townhouse, duplex or single home, to practice healthy water conservation habits. Included among water conservation habits are:

  • Don't leave the water running while you brush your teeth or shave.
  • Start to shower after the water warms. Avoid leaving shower water running for long periods while you pick out clothes to wear, prepare breakfast or load the washing machine.
  • Wash clothes in the washing machine once a week or as needed. If you need to wash a shirt, dress or pair of pants, consider hand washing the garments. If you stick to washing laundry once a week, you'll soon learn how to dress so that you don't need to wash a load of laundry two or more times a week.
  • Turn lawn sprinkler systems on for one to two hours a week during hot seasons, and then, only as needed.
  • Take your car through the local car wash to practice water conservation. You could also wash your car using water and soap in a bucket instead of leaving the water hose running for several minutes.
  • Repair pipe leaks as soon as you notice them. In addition to helping you to practice water conservation at home, this will help lower your water bill.
  • Replace hoses and appliances that are not working properly and that a repair professional tells you should be replaced.
  • Hand wash dishes instead of always cleaning them in the dishwasher. Turn sink water off while you wash the dishes. Rinse dishes in a sink full of clean water.
  • Teach your children about water conservation.
  • Avoid using your toilet as a wastebasket. Fewer toilet flushes save gallons of water a day. Of course, flush the toilet after you relieve yourself. Just don't use the toilet as the place to flush tissue after you below your nose or as a place to flush loose hair strands after you brush your hair.
  • Drink out of water bottles.
  • Fill gallon containers with water that you keepin the kitchen refrigerator to reduce the amount of water you use straight outof the tap.

Water conservation starts at home, largely because home is where you learn how to interact with nature. Home is also where you use a lot of the water that you use, whether you're brushing your teeth, shaving, showering or washing laundry.Start practicing healthy water conservation skills at home and you may adjust to periods of drought more easily. You might also help to prevent a drought from worsening.

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Posted by Lauren Davis on 9/27/2017

Despite your real estate agentís best efforts, you canít seem to get to the place where youíre ready to choose one house over another. At best, house hunting with your spouse is frustrating. And itís not that you havenít already looked at 20 houses; you have. The problem is that your spouse and your tastes in houses are far apart. If you donít work together and close this preference gap, you could lose out on a rare deal on a new home.

Closing gaps that couples have in housing amenities and structural musts

As awful as it may feel, your situation is not unique. Couples arguing over which house to buy is so common that there are television shows dedicated to the conflicts. Part of the reason why couples may struggle to reach consensus about buying a new house has to do with attachments that one or both people have to their current home.

Let someone be attached to their current house and you can expect that person to find at least one major, seemingly insurmountable, issue with any new house. Psychologists say that moving is emotionally tough on children and adults. Although there are people who move compulsively, packing and moving into a new home once every other year, many people prefer to stay where they are.

If you and your spouse keep bumping heads about which new house to purchase, sit down and talk about special experiences that you have that are tied to your current home. For example, you might have owed the house before you got married and have fond memories of summer backyard cookouts that you had with friends. If you move, you may think that youíll be losing these special times similar to how people fear that getting laid off from a job will permanently take them away from friends they made at work.

Ways to work through the stress of a house move

Take a few days to talk about experiences you had at your current home. Assure one another that you can continue creating and enjoying great experiences alone and with family and friends at a new house, a place that fits your changing needs better.

Also, take pictures of your current home. Videotaping birthday parties, holiday events and sports and weekend hangouts are great ways to seize moments that you want to not only remember, but take to your new home. Start to take pictures and begin to create videotapes now, if you havenít already incorporated this memory capturing process into your lifestyle.

Doing so sends a message to your spouse that you share his or her values. It also shows that you do appreciate your current home and agree that it was a smart decision to live in the house for as long as you did.

Look to the future

After you talk about what you appreciate about your current house and start capturing memorable experiences, see if your spouse isnít more open to looking at new houses without searching for major flaws in the new house. If your spouse is still resistant to moving, create a list of things that your current house is preventing you from doing.

For example, your current house might be keeping you from expanding your family due to lack of space. Due to its design, your current home might be keeping you from building a home office. An aging parent might not be able to move in with you because of the way your current house is structured. Lack of yard space could prevent you from starting your event planning business or from hosting family gatherings.

Take a technical and an emotional approach when choosing a new house. It could help both your spouse and you adjust to the change. It could also help you both capture moments spent at your current house that you want to take to your new home with you.

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Posted by Lauren Davis on 9/20/2017

Whatís the optimal commute time for most people to get to and from work? According to many surveys and research studies, this amount of time is around 30 minutes at the most. The closer you live to your job, the happier youíll be (that is of course if you do like your job!) If you live further from work, you may think that the bigger house is worth it because of your paycheck. If your commute is miserable, however, you may want to rethink your journey. 

Youíll choose where you live based on a variety of factors including the neighborhood dynamics, the school system and the safety of the area. You may be willing to sacrifice one of these factors to gain another. 

Metropolitan Or The Suburbs? 

Generally speaking, the center of jobs tends to be in metropolitan areas. Yet, better schools and neighborhoods are often seen outside of the city. This makes for longer commute times. Depending upon which city youíre talking about, commute times can vary widely. New York and Los Angeles may beat smaller cities like Cleveland or Kansas City in the average number of minutes that people commute to work.

Donít Worry, Be Happy 

Your happiness factor is very important when it comes to your living situation and your commute time. Whatever is most important to you should go on the top of your property search list. If you donít mind spending an hour in the car each way to get to and from work, then you can live a bit farther away without much issue. Youíll also need to add in factors like public transportation, if thatís important to you.   

If you do prefer to take public transportation to get where you need to go, you may need to weigh a few factors. Youíll need to look in areas where trains and buses are more accessible. Living closer to public transportation can often come at a bit of a higher price tag. However, youíll be able to save some money on the cost of keeping a vehicle. All of these factors need to be kept in mind when youíre beginning your house search and making your wishlist.   

Remember that the area of the country that you choose to live in has an effect on your commute. While some cities have more traffic than others, jobs my be more plentiful in a wider area, making it easier and more affordable to live closer to work. New York City has a much different dynamic than Tulsa, letís say. 

Working From Home

In the most ideal of situations, maybe your commute is only to your home office! In this case, youíll only need to be mindful of how far it is to get to the places you need to visit most often. Youíll also want to find a home that has a good space for you to have your office in. 

We all need to work in order to pay for the beautiful homes that we own. Why not make it much easier to get to and from work, and be mindful of commute times in your home search? With todayís technology, itís a whole lot easier to get this information, so do your research! Happy house hunting!

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Posted by Lauren Davis on 9/14/2017

This Single-Family in Holliston, MA recently sold for $635,000. This Colonial style home was sold by Lauren Davis - REALTY EXECUTIVES Boston West.

350 Norfolk Street, Holliston, MA 01746


Sale Price

Full/Half Baths
MOVE IN READY!!! Welcome home to this exquisite contemporary colonial offering an open floor plan, quality upgrades & a serene park-like setting! 1st floor features a spacious foyer open to large dining room & private office w/French doors. Beautiful cook's kitchen w/custom cabinetry, quartz counters, SS appliances, large center island, chalkboard wall & dining area. Off the hall is an updated powder room w/closet, pantry & laundry rm. The showpiece of this home is a huge Great Room perfect for every day living, entertaining & holiday gatherings! Second floor offers a fantastic master suite w/walk-in closet & updated bath w/double sinks & Jacuzzi. Three additional bedrooms, updated full bath & walk-up attic. Walk-out LL w/bonus room & mudroom. Storage galore! Deck & private acre lot. Great proximity to downtown, the rail trail, schools & Patoma Park with access to the lake across the street. Enjoy a turn-key home in a convenient location plus the best that country living offers today!

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