MaryAnne Sannicandro - REALTOR® - REALTY EXECUTIVES Boston West | Framingham, MA Real Estate


There are many different ways to upgrade and create the perfect outdoor space. You can upgrade what you already have by adding simple things to it, you can accessorize, or you can overhaul the entire area by starting from scratch. It’s always a good idea to take these three approaches and use a mix of the strategies.    


Go For Durable


Sometimes many different types of patio furniture end up being a little stuffy and high maintenance. While these sets can be beautiful, they may not be practical to suit your needs. If you live in an area where you need to put away your furniture for the fall and winter season because you don’t have use of the outdoors, plan accordingly with the type of outdoor accessories that you buy. 


You’re better off going for value and finding durable, yet stylish furniture that will stand the test of time. Otherwise, you’ll be replacing your furniture every year without fail. Go a bit more traditional than bold and work your outdoor style around that.


Choose Your Colors First


If you start with furniture, you’re left to figure out how to accessorize. There’s no rule that says you can’t find the accessories you want first before you begin to buy furniture. Find your cushions and outdoor rugs first. Then, move on to finding furniture that meshes well with those colors and styles.


Use The Outdoors To Accessorize


Whether you’re replacing your existing patio furniture, or just looking to recreate your space, you can use more than throw pillows and an outdoor rug to accessorize. Find planters that match well with the style you’re looking to achieve. Add in greenery and flowers that will only accent the look. There are a number of options of the types of planters that you can choose from hanging plants to large pots to planters on pedestals. Get creative with your plants and spice up your space. Is your outdoor space near your vegetable garden? Be sure to highlight your hard work and use that as a sort of focal point for your entire outdoor space.


Be Practical


If you’re spending a lot of time outside grilling, you’re going to want a table and chairs available, so there’s no need to truck food in and out of the house each night for dinner. It also would be a good idea o have some storage for food prep items like grilling tools, extra plates, and more just to keep everything you need in one place. These storage items are an important piece to your outdoor space. Whether you are primarily using a deck, patio, or the pool area, thinking practically can really be a big help in decorating.


Categories: outdoors   outdoor cooking  

For many people, summertime represents an ideal time to buy a residence. Ultimately, there are many terrific reasons to purchase a house in summer, including:

1. You can move after the school year ends.

When the school year draws to a close, you and your child can focus on relocating to a new residence.

Purchasing a house in summer guarantees that you can avoid the challenges commonly associated with relocating to a new residence during the school year. Instead, you and your child can spend summer looking for the perfect residence and buy a house before the new school year commences.

Furthermore, don't forget to consider the quality of schools near a residence before you finalize a purchase agreement. By doing so, you'll be able to find a home that is located near a great school for your son or daughter and ensure that your child can receive the best education possible.

2. You can complete many outdoor home improvement projects in summer.

Typically, purchasing a fixer-upper, i.e. a home in need of advanced repairs, may prove to be a viable option in summer.

If you buy a fixer-upper, you'll likely want to complete a broad array of home repairs immediately. Meanwhile, a summer home purchase ensures that you can enjoy warm temperatures for outdoor property improvement projects. As a result, you can perform roof repairs, home exterior maintenance and other outdoor home improvement tasks without having to worry about cold temperatures.

For those who are interested in finding a fixer-upper, there should be no shortage of properties available in summertime as well. Many home sellers add their properties to the real estate market in summer, guaranteeing that you can browse a large assortment of houses and find one that suits you perfectly.

3. You can work with an experienced real estate agent.

Buying a home in summer can be difficult, particularly for those who are exploring the real estate market for the first time. Lucky for you, many experienced real estate agents are available to guide you through the homebuying process.

An experienced real estate agent will help you find your dream home in no time at all. This professional understands the ins and outs of the summer housing market, and as such, will do whatever he or she can to help you discover the right house.

For example, if you are uncertain about how to obtain a mortgage, an experienced real estate agent can point you in the right direction. He or she may be able to put you in touch with nearby credit unions and banks, ensuring that you can secure a mortgage. Plus, your real estate agent might even be able to offer tips to help you boost your credit score before you apply for a mortgage.

This summer, collaborate with an experienced real estate agent to get the support you need to purchase a home. With an experienced real estate agent at your side, you can transform your homeownership dream into a reality.


Categories: Buying a Home   buying tips  


68 Woodland Rd, Ashland, MA 01721

Single-Family

$334,900
Price

7
Rooms
3
Beds
1
Baths
OPEN HOUSE SATURDAY May 13th 12-2pm. WONDERFUL 3 BR full basement ranch, on a HUGE corner lot, in a quiet, sought after Ashland neighborhood. The spacious LR boasts a fireplace, HW floors (under carpet) & a big picture window which lets in lots of sunshine. Additional HW floors in hallway & in all 3 bedrooms. Good closet space, lots of windows and plenty of storage in this house, including a pantry and cedar closet. Partially finished basement offers built-in cabinetry and space to play ping pong. Deck & Garage!! AWESOME yard! Plenty of room for gardening, playing, or simply relaxing! Beautiful flowers abound, and the trees are perfectly placed for a hammock! Close proximity to Ashland State Park for hiking, boating and swimming! The world renowned Boston Marathon runs past Woodland Rd. on Rt. 135! Easy access to major routes & shopping. The Commuter Rail (Boston/Worcester) is only 2.5 miles away. Welcome to Ashland! Home of the Clockers and its Excellent Schools! Welcome Home!!
Open House
Saturday
May 13 at 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Stop by the Open House at this awesome new listing!!
Cannot make the Open Houses?
Location: 68 Woodland Rd, Ashland, MA 01721    Get Directions

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68 Woodland Rd, Ashland, MA 01721

Single-Family

$334,900
Price

7
Rooms
3
Beds
1
Baths
OPEN HOUSE SATURDAY May 13th 12-2pm. WONDERFUL 3 BR full basement ranch, on a HUGE corner lot, in a quiet, sought after Ashland neighborhood. The spacious LR boasts a fireplace, HW floors (under carpet) & a big picture window which lets in lots of sunshine. Additional HW floors in hallway & in all 3 bedrooms. Good closet space, lots of windows and plenty of storage in this house, including a pantry and cedar closet. Partially finished basement offers built-in cabinetry and space to play ping pong. Deck & Garage!! AWESOME yard! Plenty of room for gardening, playing, or simply relaxing! Beautiful flowers abound, and the trees are perfectly placed for a hammock! Close proximity to Ashland State Park for hiking, boating and swimming! The world renowned Boston Marathon runs past Woodland Rd. on Rt. 135! Easy access to major routes & shopping. The Commuter Rail (Boston/Worcester) is only 2.5 miles away. Welcome to Ashland! Home of the Clockers and its Excellent Schools! Welcome Home!!
Open House
Saturday
May 13 at 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Stop by the Open House at this awesome new listing!!
Cannot make the Open Houses?
Location: 68 Woodland Rd, Ashland, MA 01721    Get Directions

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Categories: New Homes  
home fireplaceOdds are if you're reading this you have at least one camera within your vicinity. Whether it's on your laptop, smartphone, or tablet cameras are built into many of our daily-use electronics. The temptation is there, for someone selling a home, to just take out their phone and snap some photos to easily upload to listings. However, there's a lot more to taking great real estate photographs that will catch the eye of potential buyers and set you apart from the competition. Follow these tips to create professional looking photographs without spending hundreds on a professional photographer.

Step 1: Do your research

Photography is an art. Even an untrained eye can tell the difference between photos taken by a professional and those taken by the layperson. But that doesn't mean you can't take photos that will stand out--with a little practice. The first step is to hit the books, or better: the internet. Find some real estate photos that look great to try and emulate. Notice the angles they're taken from and the lighting they use. You'll notice that many photos give a wide view of a room. That's because they're probably taken with a wide-angle or fixed lens. Notice the room setup as well. This will come in handy later when we talk about room staging.

a well-positioned, knowledgeable photographer with an iPhone can take a better shot than an amateur with all the equipment in the world.

Step 2: Know your equipment

Equipment for real estate photography often includes multiple cameras, lenses, lighting fixtures, a tripod, and so on. But a well-positioned, knowledgable photographer with an iPhone can take a better shot than an amateur with all the equipment in the world. In fact, much of real estate photography includes combining images to get the perfect amount of highlights and shadows in the room (this is called HDR photography). If you own an iPhone 6, you'll be happy to learn that it boasts a built-in HDR feature that takes great photos.

Step 3: Room staging matters

Have you ever moved something in a room, say a coffee table or couch, and noticed that the room looked entirely different afterward? The arrangement of objects in a room can make it look breathable and spacious or claustrophobic and stuffy. Staging a room allows you to highlight the best features of the home. If there's something you want buyers to notice first, such as a fireplace, make sure there are no objects in front of it and put it close to the center of the photo. Another important tip for staging a room: remove personal items. You don't want your photos to look like you just happened to walk through someone's home with their children's portraits on the wall and magnets on the refrigerator. These are distracting and can make buyers feel like they're spying rather than envisioning themselves owning the home. Removing picture frames is also an easy way to make a room appear more spacious.

Step 4: Take many photos

Have you ever been to a wedding where it seems like the photographer is in several places at once, snapping what appears to be an endless amount of photos? This is something you should emulate with your real estate photography, especially as a beginner. The more photos you take, the more you learn. Plus you'll have a better chance at having a few gems to show off if you take hundreds of pictures. Remember, you're shooting digital, you don't have to worry about wasting film. Just carry an extra SD card for your DSLR camera or upload your photos to a site like Flickr if you're on a smartphone. Taking hundreds of photos isn't an excuse to take poor or unplanned photos. Every time you hold your camera up you should be thinking about framing, lighting, and what you want to show off with that photo. Follow these steps to start taking great photos. And don't forget to share them with us!



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