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Posted by Judy Moore on 12/26/2021

When finding a home, everyone has their unique set of priorities. If physical fitness is on your list of lifestyle must-haves, you might be in the market for a home to support that. This could be through home gyms, outdoor features and proximity to parks and fitness centers. However, besides searching for features like Olympic-sized swimming pools, it's not always clear how to find a home that offers fitness benefits. Here are some tips to help you in your home search to get the best fitness benefits:

Pedestrian & Bike-Friendly Neighborhoods

When searching for a home with fitness benefits, consider the characteristics of the neighborhood. Streets with well-maintained sidewalks and ample bike lanes will make it safer and easier to enjoy the outdoors. Check for well-lit pathways and whether other residents are actively spending time outside. These are all signs of a neighborhood that will encourage physical fitness.

Availability of services and non-residential features is another facet to consider in your search. If your new home is close to conveniences like grocery stores and restaurants, it can help encourage an active lifestyle while avoiding traffic. Choosing a home near favorite destinations makes it easier to reach them without driving or getting a ride, which is just another bonus to an active lifestyle.

Bonus Rooms, Basements & Attics

A big backyard isn't the only home feature that offers fitness benefits. A home with extra indoor space can serve many purposes including a home gym. Search for homes with basements, attics and extra bedrooms. Instead of using that space only for storage, use it for fitness equipment or a quiet space to focus on exercise. Having a dedicated place in the home devoted to fitness will help you focus and get the absolute best out of every square foot.

These are just a few ways to identify homes with fitness benefits. Keeping these things in mind during your home search will help you find the perfect home to match your lifestyle.

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Posted by Judy Moore on 12/19/2021

Container planting is an excellent way to enjoy gardening without a lot of outdoor space. You can grow flowers, greenery and even vegetables in planters on your porch or patio. While you can find a wide variety of traditional pots and planters at your local garden store, itís not always clear how best to arrange them. Here weíll share some tips for a variety of different outdoor spaces so you can create a look thatís all your own.

Go Vertical

Vertical planters are the perfect way to add flowers and greenery when you have limited space. There are several different ways you can set up vertical planters, as well as plenty of ready-made options available for purchase. One popular DIY option is to use a wooden pallet and hang individual small pots from hooks in the empty slats. This option gives you the freedom to move plants around as needed, as well as add in new ones to update the look.

You can attach multiple hanging pots together for a multi-tiered look. This works best if you can hang the plants from an overhang or a metal bracket attached to the wall. You can find some multi-tiered plant hangers on the market or make your own. Just be careful that the material you use can support the weight of the pots, soil and plants inside.

Plant on Every Step

Whether they lead to your deck or to your front door, stair steps are a great place to showcase outdoor plants. Arrange several small containers on each step, either on one side or both depending on the width of the steps. You can use containers that match in color and size for a neat and traditional look, or go for mismatched planters for a more casual vibe. As long as the containers arenít impeding traffic, the choice is yours.

For stair-step planters, vibrant flowers are an excellent choice. One idea is to alternate back and forth between two colors. You can also mix different plants into the same container to create lush and colorful combinations. For safety, itís a good idea to stick to low-growing plants that will not trail or overhang onto the path of the stairs.

Opt for Unexpected Containers

One hot trend to try regardless of how much space you have is using unexpected objects as planters. Some great examples of larger DIY planters include wheelbarrows and vintage claw foot bath tubs. As long as you add adequate drainage to the bottom of these containers you can plant lots of things in a bold and funky way thatís still compact. For smaller spaces, try converting watering cans, old rain boots or tool boxes. With some minor adjustments, you can turn practically anything into a container for your plants and flowers.

If you donít want to DIY, itís easy to find fun and unique planters at thrift stores or through online sellers. Many have taken these ideas and done the work for you by adding drainage, special interior coatings and more to household objects like those mentioned above.

These are just a few ideas for adding plants to your patio or outdoor space. In planning your container gardens, the most important factor is available space. Always make sure you have enough room to move around even the most creative arrangements for safety and ease of plant care.

Posted by Judy Moore on 12/17/2021

This Single-Family in Lexington, MA recently sold for $2,353,100. This Colonial style home was sold by Judy Moore - Barrett Sotheby's International Realty.

8 Blossom Street, Lexington, MA 02421


Sale Price

Pristine, and better than new, this young quality built Colonial offers sun filled rooms, superior millwork, craftsmanship throughout. The open floor plan features a formal dining room w/coffered ceiling, living room w/trey ceiling, flexible first floor bedroom/office option, and appealing family room w/beamed ceiling, pretty fireplace, custom built-in cabinetry and patio access. Everyone will gather in the dazzling, oversized kitchen that has it all: white custom cabinetry, Wolf & other high end SS appliances, generous island, amazing wet bar, sunny, spacious breakfast area. 2nd floor master suite oasis provides a cozy fireplace sitting area w/window seats, well designed walk-in closet w/island, an elegant spa like marble bath. 3 additional bedrooms, one en suite, & 2nd floor laundry. 3rd floor playroom & insulated unfinished future living area plumbed for bath. Potential LL future space. Staycation at home in privt yard w/patio & lush grounds. Convenient to Cambridge, Boston.

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Posted by Judy Moore on 12/12/2021

Staging a home requires a seller to think about how to differentiate his or her residence from others that are currently available. Fortunately, a home staging checklist can make it easy for a seller to ensure his or her house stands out from the competition.

A home staging checklist allows a seller to take a step-to-step approach to enhance his or her house's appeal, which may lead to a fast, profitable home sale.

In addition, this checklist is simple to create and may include the following items:

1. Removing Clutter

Although you likely have collected a variety of antiques, artwork and other attractive items over the years, you may want to remove some of these belongings from your house. That way, you can help homebuyers envision what their lives may be like if they decide to purchase your residence.

Remember, the goal of a home seller is to stir up substantial interest in a house. If you eliminate clutter from your home, you can enable homebuyers to see exactly what your residence has to offer and help them make an informed purchase decision.

To remove clutter from your home, you may want to host a yard sale or sell excess items online. You can always donate excess items to local charities or give them to family members or friends too. Or, if you want to keep all of your belongings, you can put various items in a storage unit until your residence sells.

2. Cleaning a Home from Top to Bottom

An immaculate residence is sure to garner substantial interest from homebuyers. Thus, if you clean your home from top to bottom, you can increase the likelihood that your residence will make a positive first impression on potential buyers.

Go room by room and clean as much as possible. If you require extra assistance, you can hire a professional home cleaning company as well.

3. Collaborating with a Real Estate Agent

If you need expert guidance as you sell your residence, you should hire a local real estate agent.

A real estate agent is a difference-maker throughout the home selling journey. This housing market professional can help you stage your home, along with provide real estate market insights that you may struggle to obtain elsewhere.

When it comes to home staging, it often pays to collaborate with a real estate agent. In fact, a real estate agent will learn about your house and offer personalized home staging recommendations.

Furthermore, a real estate agent understands the ins and outs of selling a house and can help you make tough decisions throughout the home selling journey. He or she can work with you to determine an initial asking price for your residence, whether to accept an offer a home and much more. Also, if you ever have home selling concerns or questions, a real estate agent is happy to respond to them at any time.

Take the guesswork out of staging your residence Ė include the aforementioned items in your home staging checklist, and you can quickly and effortlessly get your house show-ready.

Posted by Judy Moore on 12/5/2021

Going through the process of applying for a mortgage only for your application to get denied can be a frustrating and confusing time. If youíre hoping to buy your own home in the near future, itís vital to secure financing or you risk missing out on a home that you may have been depending on getting.

In todayís post, weíre going to talk about what happens when your mortgage application is denied and what you can do to fix the problem as quickly as possible.

Determine the Cause of Denial

If your application is denied, priority number one needs to be to understand what happened. Since lenders are required to provide denied applicants with a letter explaining why they were denied, this just means reading the letter and making sure you understand all of the reasons listed.

There are a few common reasons that an application may be denied. Some of them are simple fixes, while others might require time and effort on your part that may delay your house hunt for a while.

One issue that many mortgage applicants have to handle is when their employer wonít provide proof of income to a mortgage lender. Since income verification is vital to the mortgage application process, itís important to make sure you can provide all of your income details from the last 2 years to the lender.

Sometimes there are issues with contacting employers, such as when your former place of employment goes out of business. Or, you may be a freelance or contract worker with atypical forms of income verification. Regardless, make sure you are clear with your loan officer regarding your employment history.

Other common causes for denial of an application include problems with your down payment (such as not meeting the required down payment amount) and credit history issues, such as having a lower score than you thought.

Credit score lower than expected

Itís not uncommon for a lender to run a credit check and come up with a score that is lower than you anticipated. Since scores change on a monthly basis, and since there are differences between the scores provided by the three major credit bureaus, you might find that your lender found a score slightly lower than what thought.

If the score is drastically different, however, this could be a sign of two things. First, make sure that you havenít recently made multiple credit inquiries (such as applying to several lenders who perform credit checks) or by opening new credit cards or loans. These inquiries temporarily lower your credit score.

If you havenít recently made any inquiries (other than applying for a mortgage with your lender of choice), then itís a good idea to get a detailed credit report and scrutinize it for errors. Inaccuracies on your credit report can be disputed and resolved and can give your score the boost you need to be competitive on your mortgage application.  

Choosing a different lender

While most lenders use similar criteria in determining your borrowing eligibility, there are some differences between lenders.

For example, some lenders might take on more risk by lending to someone with a lower credit score. However, they will also likely require a higher interest rate in exchange for the added risk theyíve acquired.

Now that you know your options for what to do when an application is denied, youíre well-equipped to start tackling the issue and getting back on track to becoming a homeowner.