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Posted by Tony Economou on 7/27/2017

As the percentage of senior citizens continues to grow every year, more and more homeowners are taking a serious look at the possibility of having their aging parents move in with them. An increasingly popular idea is the notion of creating an "in-law apartment" to provide a private, but nearby living space for older members of the family.

As an alternative to remodeling one or more rooms to accommodate a live-in relative, some homeowners build an addition to their house. Those with an acre or more of land (and the budget) sometimes consider building a separate guest house on their property. In most cases, though, people tend to convert a portion of their homes to a secondary living unit.

If you're considering going this route, it's necessary to check with your town or city government to make sure you're in compliance with local ordinances, building codes, and zoning laws. Sometimes the approval process might be relatively simple, while in other situations, it could be more restrictive or complicated. The requirements vary widely from one location to another, but you never know until you ask!

A knowledgeable real estate agent can provide you with a lot of helpful information on the topic of in-law apartments. To find out whether your home is already approved for "multiple-unit occupancy," your local assessor, building department, or building inspector can provide the answer. They can also fill you in on requirements, restrictions, and guidelines for converting a living space to a secondary dwelling unit.

By approaching it with an open mind and a little bit of optimism, you might be pleasantly surprised with the practicality of welcoming an aging parent, grandparent, or other member of your extended family into your home. A separate living space may also be the ideal solution for a recent graduate or older adult child who isn't quite ready for the cost of full independence.

If you're currently in the market for a new home, you may even want to expand your "wish list" to include properties that have an approved secondary unit on it. Whether you're anticipating future family needs or toying with the idea of using the space to generate rental income, there are several potential advantages to having an apartment or guest house on the premises.

Your real estate agent can provide you with data on the availability of residential properties with "in-law apartments" and multiple unit occupancy features. They can also offer valuable insights on the future marketability of the property. While your main objective at this point may be finding a long-term place for your family to call home, choosing a property that's a good investment could make real estate ownership even more rewarding down the road.





Posted by Tony Economou on 7/20/2017

>Clothes are our ways of expressing ourselves. The styles we choose whether we like it or not portray an image of who we are to others. We may not think of it but the clothes that line our closet shelves also have an impact on the planet. Energy, resources and the wellbeing of others are all affected by each clothing purchase (and disposal) that we make. Here are a few steps to creating a more eco-conscious closet: Make do and mend - originally a British pamphlet released in World War Two to help housewives practice frugality with clothing, the saying can be easily applied today, not only to lessen an impact on your wallet but the environment too. A great way to start is by learning to sew and/or bring clothes to a tailor to be repaired instead of discarding them when they develop holes or lose buttons. Clean the closet - keep a smaller amount of clothes in your wardrobe. Most of us have very large wardrobes but only wear a very small percentage of them in our day to day lives. Take note of the clothing pieces you reach for time and time again and which fall to the back of the drawer. If you haven’t worn a piece in over a year, it’s likely it won’t be missed if donated for someone else to make better use of it. Create a wardrobe with vision - we live in a culture of instant gratification, one where we can go out and buy what we want from the store at a cheap price and bring it home to sit in the back of our closets for months or even years without ever being worn. The next time you go shopping ask yourself if a piece fits in with the majority of your wardrobe and can be used optimally. Creating a checklist of qualifications an item should have before adding it to your shopping bag is a great way to ensure your purchases are smart ones. Second-hand shopping - a great way to keep more clothes out of a landfill is to shop secondhand stores for items on your wishlist. While there is a bit of a hunt involved it will be well worth your time. Look for quality pieces that will last you years to come with proper care. You might be surprised to find some of the labels you may not normally be able to obtain sitting amongst the racks of your local thrift store. Wash less often - unless they are your gym clothes or you work outside there is little reason to wash shirts and pants after every wash. Not only will washing less prolong the lifespan of a clothing piece but it will also save on water and energy over time. Avoid dry cleaning - dry cleaning involves chemicals that are not only bad for the environment but people too. When shopping leave clothes that require dry cleaning on the store racks. If you really must have a piece that is dry-cleaning only seek out a dry cleaner that uses environmentally friendly process over the traditional chemical laden one. Smart purchase - when it’s time to replace your washer and dryer look for low energy appliances that are Energy Star certified. This upgrade is also beneficial to you as you can usually get tax credits for doing so. By keeping a cohesive wardrobe with fewer pieces that you wash less often and mend when they need repairing you will shrink your carbon footprint and keep more money in your wallet and I think that’s something we can all feel good about!




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Posted by Tony Economou on 7/18/2017

This Single-Family in Worcester, MA recently sold for $110,000. This Colonial style home was sold by Tony Economou - RE/MAX Advantage I.


211 Hamilton St, Worcester, MA 01604

Single-Family

$124,900
Price
$110,000
Sale Price

7
Rooms
3
Beds
1/1
Full/Half Baths
Close to all the city has to offer! Parks, playgrounds, T station, restaurants. Come check out this spacious home, bring your vision. Private fenced back yard. Please note, the seller has never occupied this home. All offers must be accompanied by a pre approval or proof of funds. Must be in MLS 5 days before seller will review offers. Please read the attachment before calling with questions or offers. Easy to show

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Posted by Tony Economou on 7/14/2017


112 Old Meetinghouse Road, Auburn, MA 01501

Condo

$105,000
Price

4
Rooms
2
Beds
1
Baths
Nicely kept garden style condo with easy access to I-395, the MASS Pike and Rt. 20. Updated kitchen cabinets, laminate wood style flooring in the kitchen that allows for a bistro style dining area. Living room and master bedroom are good sized and offer lots of natural light. The carpets are in great condition. There is common laundry facilities within the building and 2 parking spaces are associated with the unit. Location offers easy access to shopping and restaurants and is nicely tucked away at the end of the street.
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Posted by Tony Economou on 7/13/2017

Since your kitchen is one of the most used rooms of your home, you want to be sure it’s properly lit. The purpose of your kitchen lights should be for both safety and ambience. Lighting can also work as decoration. The right kind of lighting can have you cooking and entertaining in style. There’s certain points around your kitchen that will be vital for you to light for a smooth functioning room. We call these “key lighting locations.” You’ll want to focus on these. There’s also certain types of lighting fixtures that work better in different types of kitchen setups. Specialty lighting could work wonders in a kitchen that has hard to illuminate areas. Hanging lights, for example are great over counter areas that are in the center of the room. Also, hanging lights work well over the areas where you prep and cook and other lights don’t reach. For safety reasons, you want to be certain that these areas are particularly well-lit. Dining in the dark isn’t the best approach for having guests over! You also don’t want to cook in the dark, since that has obvious safety concerns. There’s 4 main types of lighting that you should have in your kitchen. These include: task lighting, ambient lighting, accent lighting and decorative lighting. Task You want task lighting to deter shadows and illuminate work areas adequately. This would be the first type of lighting you’d think of when designing a kitchen because it has a certain function. Ambient This type of lighting is more of an indirect kind of lighting and is important for a decorative touch in your kitchen. Think of these lights as illuminating the edges of the room. Accent Accent lighting is still not very common in kitchens, but it can be an asset to your design and decor. Accent lighting allows you to highlight a focal point in the kitchen such as a piece of artwork. This type of lighting can include track lighting, directional lighting or recessed lighting. Decorative This types of lighting would include chandeliers and hanging pendants. Decorative lighting is more about the fixture snd less about the function of the light. Lighting Design Types Hanging Lights Hanging lights are a particularly versatile option since they come in many styles. from modern to classic designs, there’s a type of hanging light that can suit your kitchen style and bring your kitchen to another level. Under Cabinet Lights Under cabinet lights are another type of lighting that you should consider for your kitchen. These lights work more than just decoration. These lights give you additional lighting throughout the kitchen in places where overhead lighting may not reach. You’ll be able to see what’s on the counter no matter what time of day it is. These provide task lighting as well as a secondary form of ambient lighting. No matter what style lighting you choose in your kitchen, make sure it suits you. Authentic style in your home is the best way to give it a “homey” feeling!




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