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Posted by Marianne Avila on 4/27/2020


57 Greenside Way, Methuen, MA 01844

Single-Family

$750,000
Price

8
Rooms
3
Beds
4/1
Full/Half Baths
This stunning & sophisticated Colonial w/a contemporary flare in desirable Merrimack Greens allows you to be part of the Merrimack golf community.This luxury packed home has great curb appeal w/prof lndscd lawn, gunite pool,stone patio, flowering plants & tranquil waterfalls. High ceilings abound w/perfect flow for everyday living & ease of entertaining.Be impressed by the open concept LR that introduces the DR.Sparkling kitchen w/island, stone back-splash, granite, eat-in area w/panoramic views.Open concept living incl a cathedral sun filled fireplacd FR perfect for friendly gatherings.An office, laundry/mud rm w/counter/sink and a lovely BA Ascend to 2nd flr boasting a grand master suite w/sitting area, w/i closet & indulgent marble bath, 2 generous en-suite BRs, an impressive bridge overlooking FR. Stunning LL bonus & media rm,tiled 3/4 BA.Handsomely stated, Architectural Details, Breathtaking Sunsets- Experience Paradise!
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Categories: Price Change  


Posted by Marianne Avila on 4/26/2020

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Baby Boomers remain the single largest demographic, and their transition into retirement age continues to change the senior living landscape. At more than 74 million strong, this generation will completely cross the retirement age threshold in the next decade, and 52 million Americans are already enjoying their golden years. That being said, the quality of life needs impacting our valued elders are likely to shake up the status quo going forward. These are senior living trends that are expected to unfold in 2020.

1: Location Matters

Today’s health and wellness conscious seniors are living more energetic lifestyles. With that in mind, retirement communities are increasingly being developed in close proximity to robust shopping, dining, and cultural arts facilities. Gated communities that offer amenities such as health and fitness centers, recreational spaces, and public transportation for day trips are enticing places for seniors seeking improved quality of life.

2: Embracing Technology

It wasn’t many years ago that the complexities of emerging technologies limited their usefulness to Baby Boomers and older generations. But innovation has all but eliminated the user unfriendliness of those early desktops and hand-held devices. Seniors are increasingly pleased with Smart-home technologies that are voice operated, such as the friendly Alexa. Beyond controlling lights, televisions, and other home items via voice command, tech gadgets are topping lifestyle wish lists.

3: Fifty-Five & Older Communities Prove Desirable in 2020

The 2019 housing market saw modestly inflated single-family listing prices. That was largely due to low inventory and fierce competition between downsizing Baby Boomers and upstart Millennials. The latter struggled through some economic adversity, such as student loan debt, that caused them to buy starter homes a tad later than previous generations. A log jam between the two groups over smaller homes has developers creating more 55-and-older communities that eliminate competition of younger homebuyers.

4: Aging in Place is a Thing

While some aging parents and grandparents opt to downsize, buy into communities with other seniors, or move into assisted living facilities, many are determined to remain in their family home. The priceless memories of holiday gatherings and children’s first steps are not worth trading. Aging in place continues to trend among independent-minded seniors, and family members may want to consider augmenting this lifestyle rather than try to persuade mom or dad to relocate.

Support systems such as community groups, volunteerism, and having a visiting nurse check-in on parents and grandparents are more likely to enhance the quality of daily living. It may seem logical to children and grandchildren to have your elders come live with you. However, it’s essential to respect their independence.

5: Isolation Issues

It would be something of an understatement to say that our valued elders enjoy an independent spirit. As admirable as that sense of self-determination may be, the loss of a spouse or community members tend to reduce the human interactions our elders have on a daily basis. Isolation can be the downside to independence, and it’s up to friends and family members to maintain the communication channels open.

It’s worthwhile to set up group texts and emails to make sure loved ones consistently visit. Getting involved with pastimes such as going to sporting events and impromptu family get-togethers can go a long way to reduce feelings of isolation.




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Posted by Marianne Avila on 4/19/2020

One of the best things that you can add to your home is a solar power system. These can be costly but they save you a lot in the long term on utility costs. While government programs have scaled back for these energy saving improvements over the years, there’s still many benefits to them. You can even get a loan specifically for installing solar power to your home.


Before you take the leap, you’ll want to know for sure if solar will really add value to your home. Of course, you want a return on your investment. 


The good news is that there’s no doubt about it that installing solar panels does definitely add value to your home. There’s one caveat to the value: You should own your   solar power system as opposed to leasing it through a solar company or a power purchase agreement. 


Homes that have solar panels sell for more money simply because they offer a definite return benefit to the future owner. 


Does A Leased Solar System Offer The Same Benefits?


Owning your solar system will save you more money in the long run than leasing your system. When you own a solar power system, the FHA requires that the total value of your solar system be added to the total value of your home when you go to sell it. If you lease the panels, this value cannot be added to the home during an assessment.   


If you have financed the system, the rules may be a bit more lenient. While you technically don’t own the system, you are paying towards owning the system yourself. Each lender will have their own standards for this, so check with them for specifics, as your home must meet certain standards and eligibility requirements. 


Securing A Mortgage With A Leased Solar System


If someone is looking to secure a mortgage with a leased or currently unowned solar energy system, there are a few hurdles that you might face through the process. These problems include:


Solar lease payments must be included in the buyer’s debt-to-income ratio. 

The panel owners must have a third-party insurance to cover damage to the property that’s being mortgaged in the event of malfunction or faulty installation of the panels.         


Solar Panels Are An Overall Great Investment


It’s really hard to go wrong if you purchase or finance your solar panel system. As long as you own the system, value will be added to your home. You’ll also save on your own utility bills. Your home will undoubtedly become more attractive to buyers if you decide to sell your home in the future.




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Posted by Marianne Avila on 4/14/2020


57 Greenside Way, Methuen, MA 01844

Single-Family

$750,000
Price

8
Rooms
3
Beds
4/1
Full/Half Baths
VIRTUAL OH-Book w/your agent or call for private viewing. This stunning & sophisticated Colonial w/a contemporary flare in desirable Merrimack Greens allows you to be part of the Merrimack golf community.This luxury packed home has great curb appeal w/prof lndscd lawn, gunite pool,stone patio, flowering plants & tranquil waterfalls. High ceilings abound w/perfect flow for everyday living & ease of entertaining.Be impressed by the open concept LR that introduces the DR.Sparkling kitchen w/island, stone back-splash, granite, eat-in area w/panoramic views.Open concept living incl a cathedral sun filled fireplacd FR perfect for friendly gatherings.An office, laundry/mud rm w/counter/sink and a lovely BA Ascend to 2nd flr boasting a grand master suite w/sitting area, w/i closet & indulgent marble bath, 2 generous en-suite BRs, an impressive bridge overlooking FR. Stunning LL bonus & media rm,tiled 3/4 BA.Handsomely stated, Architectural Details, Breathtaking Sunsets- Experience Paradise!
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Sunday
April 19 at 12:00 PM to 12:30 PM
Virtual Open House! View from the comforts and safety of your own home! This stunning and sophisticated open concept Colonial with a contemporary flare in desirable Villas at Merrimack Greens allows you to be a part of the pleasing Merrimack golf community.. I'll take you through the home so you can see the inside with all of its amenities and the outside as well! Visit https://www.facebook.com/events/240887220438555/ to reserve your spot today!!
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Posted by Marianne Avila on 4/12/2020

Smart home devices enable property owners to automate a wide range of everyday tasks – everything from cleaning each bedroom in a residence to securing a house against burglaries and other threats. Yet not all smart house gadgets are identical. And if a homeowner fails to plan ahead for smart home technology investments, they risk spending money on smart house devices that fail to meet their needs.

Ultimately, there are lots of factors to consider before you purchase a smart house device, and these factors include:

1. Your Residence

Think about how you will use a smart home device in your residence – you will be happy you did. If you consider a smart house device's potential applications, you can determine exactly how you will leverage this gadget in your home.

Oftentimes, it helps to analyze everyday tasks you complete around your home, as well as how a smart house device will help you speed up the process of finishing these tasks. If you spend several hours each week vacuuming your one-floor home, for example, a smart robot vacuum may help you simplify the process of keeping your home dirt- and debris-free. Or, if you frequently need to adjust the thermostat at night, a programmable smart thermostat will help you control your house's temperature like never before.

2. Your Budget

Smart house devices are available across different price points. At the same time, you may have only a finite amount of money to spend on smart home gadgets. If you put together a budget, however, you can minimize the risk of overspending on smart house devices.

Don't forget to shop around for smart home devices, too. Both brick-and-mortar and online stores may offer discounts on smart house gadgets at different times during the year. If you conduct an in-depth search for smart home devices, you may find quality smart house gadgets at budget-friendly prices.

3. The Installation and Implementation Processes

Certain smart home devices require extensive installation and implementation processes. As such, it generally is a good idea to learn as much as possible about these processes relative to any smart home devices you want to buy.

If you believe you can set up and deploy a smart home device on your own, it may be beneficial to consult with a smart house gadget expert before you finalize a purchase. For instance, consulting with a retailer that specializes in smart home devices enables you to learn all about the installation and implementation process associated with a particular smart house gadget. Once you have these insights, you can make an informed decision about whether a smart home device is right for you.

When it comes to evaluating smart home technology, a cautious approach may prove to be best. If you understand different types of smart home devices and how they work, you can find gadgets that complement your individual needs. As a result, you will be better equipped than ever before to make smart home device investments that serve you well for years to come.







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