Posted by Marie Presti on 1/14/2018

For many people, nothing beats condo living. As such, the demand for condos continues to grow, and many property buyers are relocating to condos across the nation.

Before you buy a condo, however, it is important to remember that condo living is different from living in a traditional house. Therefore, property buyers who plan accordingly can set realistic expectations for condo living.

How can a property buyer find out what it's like to live in a condo community? Here are three tips to help you prepare for condo living.

1. Learn About Condo Communities in Your Area

Condo communities come in all shapes and sizes, and you should take a close look at the condo communities in your city or town to find out what they're all about.

Even a quick drive through a condo community may prove to be exceedingly valuable. This will enable you to see the size and style of assorted condos, along with the distance between the properties themselves.

After you view a few condo communities, consider what you'd like to find in your ideal residence. This will enable you to compare and contrast your home must-haves versus what condos offer and map out your property search accordingly.

2. Meet with Current and Past Condo Owners

Do any family members or friends who currently live in a condo community? If so, schedule a meet-up with them so they can share their thoughts and views on condo living with you.

Nothing beats firsthand knowledge about condo communities. By meeting with current or past condo residents, you can better understand the pros and cons of condo living.

Be sure to come up with a list of questions before you meet with current or past condo residents as well. Remember, the more you prepare, the better off you'll be as you determine whether condo living is right for you.

3. Collaborate with a Real Estate Agent

A real estate agent has a simple goal: to help you find a residence that you'll be able to enjoy both now and in the future. As a result, this housing market professional can set up condo showings for you, allowing you to find out what it's like to live in a condo community.

In addition, a real estate agent can provide extensive details about what to expect if you decide to purchase a condo. This real estate professional can provide a copy of a condo community's homeowners' association (HOA) rules, inform you about any HOA fees and offer details about community pools and tennis courts that may be available to condo residents.

Perhaps best of all, a real estate agent is happy to offer honest, unbiased condo buying recommendations. He or she can provide you with plenty of information about a broad assortment of condos to help you make an informed purchase decision.

When it comes to browsing condos, don't leave anything to chance. Instead, collaborate with a real estate agent, and you can explore a variety of condos any time you choose.




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Posted by Marie Presti on 1/12/2018


15 Malvern Terrace, Newton, MA 02466

Auburndale

Rental

$5,000
Price

6
Rooms
3
Beds
2/1
Full/Half Baths
Islington Peninsula! This waterfront NEW CONSTRUCTION 3 level townhouse is a nature lovers delight! Featuring 3 large bedrooms, 2.5 baths, 2 car garage, stainless steel kitchen, open layout on a dead end street. Quiet, Serene, and Beautiful to sit on your 10 x 18 sf deck and look out to the Charles River. Kayaks, Paddle boarding, and other non motor sports available. A second 4X10 sf deck off the master bedroom upstairs perfect location for drinking your morning coffee. Available Feb, 01, 2018. Large garage and extra storage in the basement. Must see to appreciate! Short walk to Norumbega Conversation Area with many walking trails. Tenant to sign a lease through summer 2019. Inside pictures coming soon! Excellent commuting location with .75 mile walk to Auburndale Train Station, 1 mile to Route 128/95, 1.8 miles to route 90/Mass Pike and 1.5 miles to Riverside Subway Station. Lasell College only 1.3 miles away. 3 Golf Courses within a mile. Drive to Boston in 22 min. no pets/smo
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January 13 at 1:30 PM to 2:30 PM
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Posted by Marie Presti on 1/12/2018


71 Woodland Rd, Newton, MA 02466

Rental

$2,600
Price

9
Rooms
4
Beds
1
Baths
Large Philadelphia style unit in a two family in Auburndale. Walk to commuter rail to Boston or Riverside Green Line subway station. Open living room and dining room with built in, updated kitchen with stainless steel appliances and granite counters, laundry room, pantry which could be used as a breakfast area. A total of 4 bedrooms but one offers a fireplace and could be an office or family room. Large partially finished basement with private storage. 2 car parking. Common yard. No pets. No smoking.
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January 13 at 2:30 PM to 3:30 PM
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Posted by Marie Presti on 1/7/2018


71 Woodland Rd, Newton, MA 02466

Rental

$2,600
Price

9
Rooms
4
Beds
1
Baths
Large Philadelphia style unit in a two family in Auburndale. Walk to commuter rail to Boston or Riverside Green Line subway station. Open living room and dining room with built in, updated kitchen with stainless steel appliances and granite counters, laundry room, pantry which could be used as a breakfast area. A total of 4 bedrooms but one offers a fireplace and could be an office or family room. Large partially finished basement with private storage. 2 car parking. Common yard. No pets. No smoking.
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Posted by Marie Presti on 1/7/2018

There’s a lot more to interior design than simply picking out the latest trends in home decor. Design principles are also used to make the atmosphere of your home spacious and welcoming, and to make your home livable in a practical way.

 In spite of the fact that most people will own a home someday, no one is ever really taught interior design. So, it comes as little surprise that so many people are missing out on simple techniques that can drastically improve their home.

 In today’s article, we’re going to share with you some of the best interior design and decorating secrets to help you spruce up your home and make it more practical at the same time.

Low ceiling? No problem

Having a low ceiling can make it difficult to decorate and make your home seem spacious. One great workaround is to avoid tall furniture and seek out chairs with low backs, and bookcases that are wide rather than tall.

Omit hanging lights and ceiling fans and used recessed lighting instead to maximize your space and avoid having taller guests having to dodge objects hanging from the ceiling.

Finally, paint the ceiling white and remove crown molding to give the impression of openness.

Making small rooms feel larger

If you have a small home it can feel difficult to keep things uncluttered while still making sure you have everything you need. There are a few ways to make rooms feel more spacious that don’t involve throwing out your belongings.

First, add mirrors to give the illusion (literally) of space. A single or group of mirrors can be a nice decorative touch that makes a room seem much larger than it is.

Next, paint and decorate with mainly light colors or white. Dark colors will make a room feel smaller.

Lastly, take advantage of hidden storage space, such as tables with drawers underneath, and avoid putting decorations on too many surfaces. Filling the room up with objects will make it appear smaller.

The size of decorations matter

There’s a rule in interior decorating called the “cantaloupe rule.” It states that you should avoid using decorations that are smaller than a cantaloupe.

However, that doesn’t mean this rule can’t be artfully broken. A better description would be that you should omit several small decorations in favor of just a few large ones.  

Create a color palette

When choosing the color of your furniture, walls, and decoration it can be easy to just choose whichever color you like for that object rather than what works well in your home. Try making a color palette to adhere to when shopping for these items.

Create a house-wide palette and a palette for each room. Stick to three or four colors that complement each other well for each room, and make sure they aren’t too starkly contrasted from other rooms in your home.

If you aren’t sure about how to design a color palette there are several free online tools you can use to help.