Happy Home Ownership

Two Households, One Two-Family House

House hunting idea: two households band together and buy a two-family house together. Massachusetts allows owners of two-family and three-family houses to convert them into two or more condos. This is not typical in other parts of the country. There are lots of advantages to buying a two-family house, especially in our high-price condo market.

By |2020-07-27T12:24:26-04:00August 5th, 2020|Categories: buying process, Happy Home Ownership, Pearl|

Smelly house. It’s Summertime.

Summers in the real estate business used to be unpleasant, sometimes because houses were dirty. Houses also collect and hold odor in the heat of the summer (and in the dead of the winter). Most summers, in the cities and college towns, rental property was shown while the tenants were still there, in hopes of

By |2020-07-23T06:32:54-04:00July 22nd, 2020|Categories: Happy Home Ownership, Problems and repair|Tags: , , , , , |

Summer clean living ideas

Water Not everyone likes water. However, clear fluids are extra good for you during the summer. Here are some ideas about how to make your water consumption more fun, and healthier. https://www.facebook.com/diplyvideo/videos/1737679586469653/ Summertime recipes The Huffington Post collected some recipes for the summer, including some vegan ones. If you are looking to replace the Covid

By |2020-07-23T06:38:51-04:00July 15th, 2020|Categories: Happy Home Ownership, Health and safety|Tags: , , , , , |

Urban or Suburban: How to Choose

Because of Covid-19, people are changing the way they think about home life. City people are now starved for outdoor space. Suburban people feel more isolated. When house hunting, how high should outdoor space be on your list of priorities? Has being home 24/7 changed your mind about what is important?location City dwellers choose walkability

By |2020-07-23T07:00:20-04:00June 3rd, 2020|Categories: Happy Home Ownership, House Hunting|Tags: , , , , , |

Section 8: It just got better in Somerville

Lest it be forgotten in our virus-obsessed state, April in Fair Housing Month. I have been on the Fair Housing Commission in Somerville for seven years. This year, our events were cancelled. There are two things that need to be said: Fair Housing and affordable housing are interrelated in our communities. That is why I

By |2020-07-23T07:10:04-04:00April 22nd, 2020|Categories: Happy Home Ownership|Tags: , , , , , , |

After the storm, who pays the bills for fallen trees?

Yesterday's dramatic storm poses this question for homeowners: If a tree falls in a neighborhood, does it make a sound? You bet! It sounds like this: “@%@^#$” What happens if a neighbor’s tree falls on your house? Which insurance company will foot the bill? Damage to property from falling trees or branches Every time a

By |2020-07-23T07:11:03-04:00April 15th, 2020|Categories: Happy Home Ownership, Health and safety|Tags: , , , , |

Modifying your home for older and disabled people

Here's the first of a series of guest posts from Terri Williams, of reviews.com. According to 2017 U.S. Census population estimates, there are nearly 50 million Americans who are 65 years of age or older, and by 2060, that number will surpass 98 million. In addition, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that older Americans experience

File this, save thousands on real estate taxes!

Residential exemptions make a big difference to property taxes in Massachusetts. While doing a comparative market analysis for a client, I noticed that half the condos were paying almost twice as much in taxes than other condos that were pretty much the same size and location. The difference wasn’t that some were renovated, thus worth

By |2020-07-23T17:16:21-04:00September 11th, 2019|Categories: Happy Home Ownership, Money and finance|Tags: , , , |

Did you have April showers? Check out those downspouts and gutters

Why do we have downspouts and gutters? Partly, we have them so that when we step out of the house we don’t get gallons of rainwater on our heads. We also have them so that the downspouts can channel water away from the foundation of the house. Houses that are set on large tracts of

By |2019-04-17T12:43:28-04:00May 1st, 2019|Categories: Happy Home Ownership, House Hunting|Tags: , , , |