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Posted by Cindy Gordon on 7/22/2018

Whatís the optimal commute time for most people to get to and from work? According to many surveys and research studies, this amount of time is around 30 minutes at the most. The closer you live to your job, the happier youíll be (that is of course if you do like your job!) If you live further from work, you may think that the bigger house is worth it because of your paycheck. If your commute is miserable, however, you may want to rethink your journey. 


Youíll choose where you live based on a variety of factors including the neighborhood dynamics, the school system and the safety of the area. You may be willing to sacrifice one of these factors to gain another. 


Metropolitan Or The Suburbs? 


Generally speaking, the center of jobs tends to be in metropolitan areas. Yet, better schools and neighborhoods are often seen outside of the city. This makes for longer commute times. Depending upon which city youíre talking about, commute times can vary widely. New York and Los Angeles may beat smaller cities like Cleveland or Kansas City in the average number of minutes that people commute to work.


Donít Worry, Be Happy 


Your happiness factor is very important when it comes to your living situation and your commute time. Whatever is most important to you should go on the top of your property search list. If you donít mind spending an hour in the car each way to get to and from work, then you can live a bit farther away without much issue. Youíll also need to add in factors like public transportation, if thatís important to you.   


If you do prefer to take public transportation to get where you need to go, you may need to weigh a few factors. Youíll need to look in areas where trains and buses are more accessible. Living closer to public transportation can often come at a bit of a higher price tag. However, youíll be able to save some money on the cost of keeping a vehicle. All of these factors need to be kept in mind when youíre beginning your house search and making your wishlist.   


Remember that the area of the country that you choose to live in has an effect on your commute. While some cities have more traffic than others, jobs my be more plentiful in a wider area, making it easier and more affordable to live closer to work. New York City has a much different dynamic than Tulsa, letís say. 


Working From Home


In the most ideal of situations, maybe your commute is only to your home office! In this case, youíll only need to be mindful of how far it is to get to the places you need to visit most often. Youíll also want to find a home that has a good space for you to have your office in. 


We all need to work in order to pay for the beautiful homes that we own. Why not make it much easier to get to and from work, and be mindful of commute times in your home search? With todayís technology, itís a whole lot easier to get this information, so do your research! Happy house hunting!




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Categories: Property Search   commute  


Posted by Cindy Gordon on 7/15/2018

For those who want to buy a home, it generally is a good idea to remain open to negotiating with a seller. That way, you can acquire your dream residence without delay.

Now, let's take a look at three tips to help you streamline a negotiation with a home seller.

1. Be Flexible

There is no telling how a home negotiation will turn out. Fortunately, if you maintain flexibility, you will be able to go with the flow throughout a negotiation with a seller.

Remember, a homebuyer and home seller share a common goal: to ensure a seamless transaction. If you are open to negotiating with a seller, both you and this individual can work together to achieve results that satisfy all parties.

Don't forget to maintain open lines of communication with a seller during a negotiation as well. By doing so, you and a seller can keep in touch with one another throughout a negotiation and avoid potential miscommunications that otherwise could slow down or stop a home purchase.

2. Establish Realistic Expectations

A home negotiation may work out in your favor or a seller's favor. Or, in the best-case scenario, you and a seller will come to terms that fulfill the needs of both sides. On the other hand, in the worst-case scenario, you may need to walk away from a home purchase altogether.

As a homebuyer, it is important to prepare for all possible scenarios. If you establish realistic expectations as you enter a home negotiation, you can plan accordingly. Then, you and a seller can work together to accomplish the optimal results.

You may want to study the housing market closely too. In fact, you can review the prices of available houses that are comparable to the one you want to buy to ensure your offer to purchase falls in line with the current housing market's conditions.

3. Work with a Real Estate Agent

A real estate agent is well-equipped to help you handle a homebuying negotiation. Thus, if you work with a real estate agent, you can get the assistance you need to acquire your dream house at a price that matches your budget.

Typically, a real estate agent will learn about your homebuying goals and help you discover your ideal residence. Once you find a house you want to buy, a real estate agent will help you submit a competitive offer to purchase this home. Next, if a seller wants to negotiate the terms of a home transaction, a real estate agent is ready to negotiate with this individual on your behalf.

A real estate agent also will keep you informed throughout a home negotiation. Plus, if you ever have concerns or questions during the homebuying journey, a real estate agent is prepared to respond to them.

Want to acquire your dream house as quickly as possible? Take advantage of the aforementioned tips, and you should have no trouble handling a home negotiation with any seller, at any time.





Posted by Cindy Gordon on 7/8/2018

There are many benefits to installing a security system in your home. It gives you a sense security and safety for you and your family. Youíll be able to be away from your home for both short and long periods with a peace of mind. The one choice youíll need to make is the type of security system that you want to be installed in your home. Some alarms are manned by commandoes while others have much more simplistic designs.   


While some systems are installed by a professional, others are easier to install and can be done with a DIY approach. Remember that you can always start small and install a more complicated system as time goes on. You donít even need to know how to use a drill or have any kind of technical expertise for most DIY install security systems. Below, youíll find the basic steps that you should know before you install a home security system.


Basic Components In Your Home Security Package


  • The main panel complete with keypad
  • Sensors
  • Motion detectors


These are the basic things that will come with every home security system no matter how simple or fancy you get in your alarm system selection. The number of sensors that you need will depend on the number of doors and windows that are in your home. It also is based on your own personal preference. Remember that these sensors will be activated every time a door or window is opened when they are installed in your home. 

 

Install The Security Panel


Security panels are often wireless and should be placed near a power source to plug the panel in. These should also have a backup battery of some sorts. You can either place a nail on the wall or put an adhesive on the back of the panel. Itís really that simple to put the panel up!


Install The Sensors In Your Home


Security systems will come with door and window sensors and possibly along with some motion detectors. They will be placed with a moveable adhesive for your convenience. Every security system will come along with instructions for the optimum locations to place these sensors in. 


Test Your System


Once you have completed the above steps, youíll need to test your system to ensure that it has been properly activated and that everything is working properly. The specific system that youíre installing should also come along with some instructions for testing purposes. 


While DIY home security systems seem fairly simple, they arenít for everyone. Some homeowners prefer more complex systems to suit their needs. If a professional installation is for you, you should avoid self-install security systems altogether.    


 




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Posted by Cindy Gordon on 7/1/2018

AI (artificial intelligence) is moving in on the homefront. And at the head of the pack is Amazonís Echo with its assistant, Alexa. Echo comes in 3 options: a minimal hockey-puck-shaped device, a sleek tube in fashionable shades that make it a natural addition to your home decor, and a square-shaped device with a video screen, camera and mic capabilities.

Many are eager to bring home Alexa and make it the newest addition to their home but are left wondering what exactly does it do?

First, you need to teach Alexa which commands to recognize and perform. These commands are called ďskillsĒ And there is a whole library jam-packed with them. So where to start?

Create a Flash Briefing. Create your own daily update feed with the Flash Briefing option. You choose which sources you want Alexa to pull from and which time to report in. Get the weather, news and other updated while you get ready every day.

Use as an alarm in the morning - wake up to music, a radio station, the news, etc. If itís available via Amazon Music itís fair game.

Order a ride via Lyft or Uber. You can ask how much the trip will be and have it automatically billed to your account. Speed up getting ready to go out by coordinating your ride while you put on your final touches.

With multiple devices, you can sync music to play throughout your house. The app allows you to group all of your devices together into one cohesive house-wide system. Whether you want to listen to music, the news, a podcast or an audible book you can hear it no matter where you go - perfect for cleaning days.

Order pizza from Dominoís or Pizza Hut. Who doesnít want pizza to arrive at their beck and call?  

Tune your guitar. With this skill, Alexa plays a song for you to match and listens in until you match up perfectly. Which means you donít need another device, app or website to keep track of.

Sync up to your Fitbit to ask for updates on your latest activity and step progress for the day. In fact, you can even get more steps in while you ask since you donít have to sit down at the computer.

With a Wemo Smart Plug, you can enable Alexa to turn devices on and off with a simple voice command. And with their light switches, you can turn lights on, off and change the brightness to match your mood.  

If you have a Hyundai, Mercedes or Ford with the right capabilities you can have Alexa start your car for you. Giving you five more minutes to grab breakfast for once.

Meditate with the Stop, Breathe, & Think meditation skill for Alexa. Just say how long you want to meditate for and settle in to clear your mind. Who said technology keeps us distracted?

And then there is always the option to ask Alexa which skills to enable. So meta!





Posted by Cindy Gordon on 6/29/2018

This Single-Family in Clinton, MA recently sold for $320,000. This Colonial,Victorian,Antique style home was sold by Cindy Gordon - Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage.


21 Oak Street, Clinton, MA 01510

Single-Family

$299,900
Price
$320,000
Sale Price

7
Rooms
4
Beds
1
Baths
A delightful hidden gem perched on a gently sloping large lot with privacy trees at street and water views! This beautiful Colonial/Victorian renovated home has plenty of character from yesteryear AND is thoroughly modernized for today's needs! Newer systems and upgrades make this home move-in ready for you w/newer:heating system/HW heater, electrical, windows, GAF roof system, insulation,driveway, and remodeled kitchen!! You'll feel the splendor of this home as you enter the front hallway to living room with bay windows and water view. The Dining room has a pass- through to remodeled kitchen with plenty of cabinetry and pantry. So many nice extras including two 3 season porches, mud room area,back staircase, 2nd floor laundry room, a walk up attic with over 850 sq feet of partially finished space with great potential! Relax outdoors with lovely gardens/landscaping, new deck, and large fenced backyard. Walking distance to downtown and scenic Wachusett Reservoir! Move in and enjoy!

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