Open house on 4/30/2017 at 101 Saunders Rd Lynn, MA 01904


Date: 04/30/2017 Time: 12:30 PM to 2:00 PM  
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Young and spacious colonial in ward one. Built in 2005. Kitchen has granite counters with a center island that includes breakfast and dining area. Large family room with a gas fireplace, cathedral ceilings and sliders to a deck leading to your private back yard. Formal dining room and living room in addition to the family area. Hardwood floors throughout. Enjoy the convenience of your first floor laundry area. Central air for the hot summers! Large Basement and Attic for expansion possibilities. Large master bedroom with its own master bath. Close to highways- route 1, 95 and 128.

Adding Mugo Pine Trees To The Home Landscape

Pinus_mugo_Sherwood_Compact_3_E.Wiegand_800Mugo Pine – An Attractive Landscape Addition

If you are looking for a beautiful evergreen shrub to use in home landscaping, the Mugo Pine is hard to beat. Easy to grow, tolerant of poor soil, and adaptable to varied light conditions, the Mugo Pine adds rich green color and visual interest to the home garden. Mugo pines proudly display graceful deep-green, long needles and brown, rough bark. Other types of pine trees are not suited to mass plantings as they have a tendency to loose lower branches and inner needles as they mature.

Mugo Pine, also known as Swiss Mountain Pine is one of the most popular dwarf conifers used in home landscaping. There are more than 40 different dwarf verities of Mugo Pine. A member of the plant family Pinaceae, the Mugo Pine is a shrub or small tree, round or pyramidal in shape that grows from two to ten feet tall at maturity.
Mugo Pine trees are available for purchase online or from local home and garden supply stores or landscape nurseries.

Description
Ideally suited for mass planting along fences and foundations Mugo Pine holds its needles for more than four years. The hardy shrub is also used for privacy screening or as an ornamental landscape signature specimen. Mugo Pine is complimented by planting English Ivy around the base of the plant to provide a blanket of greenery that is a distinctive statement when colorful summer plants are dormant.

Popular Varieties
Popular varieties of Mugo pine include “Mops” a slow-growing compact form, “Slowmound” a slow-growing round or mounded form, and “Sherwood Compact” a slow-growing flat mounded form that only grows only two feet tall. These varieties of Mugo pine have a 30 to 40-year life span. Considered a sign of prosperity or good fortune, Mugo Pine trees, presented in an attractive pot or container, are often given as a housewarming gift.

“Tannenbaum” is a tall-growing (10 feet or more) dense conical form often used as a potted living Christmas tree before being planted in the home landscape. “Oregon Jade” is a dwarf variety of Mugo pine that grows low to the ground and performs well as foundation planting.

Minature Varieties
“Valley Cushion” is a little variety of Mugo pine, well suited to potted container or bonsai cultivation. When cultivated as a bonsai planting, Mugo pine trees require plenty of sunlight and water. Soil must have excellent drainage or root rot will develop. Mugo Pine trees can not stand having “wet feet” and will die if root rot develops.

Plant Needs
Mugo pine trees grow best in United States Department of Agriculture Plant Hardiness Zones 2 through 7. They tend not to do well in warmer climates. Mugo pines are not particular about soil types and do well in with either an acid or alkaline soil. They will benefit by a regular top dressing of well-age herbivore manure (cow, horse, sheep or goat) around the base of the shrub.

Open house on 4/23/2017 at 101 Saunders Rd Lynn, MA 01904


Date: 04/23/2017 Time: 12:30 PM to 2:00 PM  
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Young and spacious colonial in ward one. Built in 2005. Kitchen has granite counters with a center island that includes breakfast and dining area. Large family room with a gas fireplace, cathedral ceilings and sliders to a deck leading to your private back yard. Formal dining room and living room in addition to the family area. Hardwood floors throughout. Enjoy the convenience of your first floor laundry area. Central air for the hot summers! Large Basement and Attic for expansion possibilities. Large master bedroom with its own master bath. Close to highways- route 1, 95 and 128.

Single-Family – 101 Saunders Rd Lynn, MA 01904 now has a new price of $519,900!

Young and spacious colonial in ward one. Built in 2005. Kitchen has granite counters with a center island that includes breakfast and dining area. Large family room with a gas fireplace, cathedral ceilings and sliders to a deck leading to your private back yard. Formal dining room and living room in addition to the family area. Hardwood floors throughout. Enjoy the convenience of your first floor laundry area. Central air for the hot summers! Large Basement and Attic for expansion possibilities. Large master bedroom with its own master bath. Close to highways- route 1, 95 and 128.

This is a Colonial style home and features 7 total rooms, 2 full baths, 1 half bath, 3 bedrooms, 0.52 Acres, and is currently available for $519,900.

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How Selling a House with a Lawyer Helps

A lawyer maybe the last person that you think of contacting during the home selling process. After all, if you hire a lawyer when you sell your house, you reduce the amount of profit that you get to keep from the sale of your home. Factor in your real estate agent’s commissions and you could decide that bringing on a lawyer simply is not worth it.

Yet, a lawyer could save you hundreds or thousands of dollars on the back end of a house sale. Following are a few ways that selling your house with the help of a lawyer could pay off.

Attorneys could save you legal fees related to problems that arise from the sale of your house

  • Ensure that you meet all required legal disclosures. States like California have strong house disclosure rules. Not only do you have to disclose of known defects with your house, you also have to sign disclosure forms in some states. A lawyer could let you know if you’re required to pay for a home inspection before you sell your house. An attorney could also let you know how soon before closing you are required to get your house inspected.
  • Trees with limbs that hang over your neighbor’s property are another area that a real estate lawyer can advise you on. For example, a real estate attorney may know whether or not you have to remove hanging limbs if a tree produces fruit that could fall onto your neighbor’s property and cause damages.
  • Contingencies like how to handle counter offers can also be written up by a real estate lawyer. If the buyer presents you with contingencies, the lawyer that you work with while selling your house could look the contract over, ensuring that you get a good deal.
  • Should your house be in foreclosure, a real estate lawyer can let you know what to expect during the foreclosure process. A good real estate attorney could also work with lenders and help you avoid losing your home, giving you enough time to sell the property and potentially earn a profit.
  • If you’re selling a house that you formerly rented to tenants, by working with a real estate attorney you can stay within the guidelines of tenant removal notices, occupancy rules and leasing agreements. You could also work with a real estate attorney to draw up lease to own agreements. This option may work well when selling to first time homeowners, especially if the homeowners are concerned about taking on the responsibility of owning a house but are, on the other hand, prepared to move into a place of their own.

If you’reselling your house on your own, without the support or guidance of a licensed real estate agent, consider working with a lawyer who is familiar with the real estate market. A lawyer who understands property tax laws, defect reporting,property boundaries and housing discrimination regulations could help you to avoid legal errors. The attorney who you contract with to help sell your house could also increase the level of confidence that potential home buyers have in the deal.

Single-Family – 3 Drexel Ter Lynn, MA 01905 is now back on the market!

Backstreet West Lynn neighborhood dead end off of one way street sites this colonial with two separate lots.First floor has entry foyer, livingroom w/bay window, open to Diningroom w/BI china. Eat in kitchen with pantry and pass through rear hall to enclosed rear porch.Second floor has three bedrooms and full updated bathroom w/ open hall at top of stairs. Mostly newer vinyl tilts, Older FHA by oil furnace, updated circuit breaker panel, washer/dryer HU in basement. Separate lot at end of street holds four or more cars parking or other recreational use. One parking space in front of house; additional parking may be created to the right of the house. Open front porch at entry; screened rear porch egress to patio. House needs some updating and cosmetics. Pull-down stairway to attic. Convenient to public transportation, shopping, etc. Only a couple blocks to Lynn’s coming Market Basket store.

This is a Colonial style home and features 6 total rooms, 1 full bath, 3 bedrooms, 0.03 Acres, and is currently available for $249,900.

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Gypsy Moths are Back: How to Defend Your Trees

In 1869 a scientist named Étienne Léopold Trouvelot was studying ways to develop a silkworm industry in the town of Medford, Massachusetts. Trouvelot imported gypsy moths with the hopes of breeding them with silk worms. The moth larvae were accidentally dispersed in the area during the process. This was the act that set into motion the invasion of the moth species throughout the northeastern part of the country over the next century.

There have been several large outbreaks of gypsy moths (and their caterpillar form) over the years. But if you’re old enough you will almost certainly remember the outbreaks in the late 70s and early 80s that devastated New England. In 1981 over 12.9 million acres of trees were defoliated.

This year, the moths are back at it. With caterpillar infestations popping up around Rhode Island, Connecticut and beyond. So, what can you do to protect your trees from gypsy moths?

Understanding gypsy moths

Gypsy moths have been studied extensively over the years due to their alarming rate of spreading across North America. Scientists have carefully catalogued information on the growth and habits of the moths.

The moths have been known to eat hundreds of different species of plants in North America. However, they cause the most damage to oak and aspen trees. To protect the trees in your yard follow these tips.

Spraying for moths

Numerous methods of population control have been used on gypsy moths over the years. Due to their destructive and invasive nature, local and national government has even gotten involved in control gypsy moth populations.

Local governments often employ a technique of spraying insecticides to limit the damage caused by the gypsy moth caterpillars. However, this has not yet proven to be an effective longterm solution.

Fortunately, the moths do have several natural predators and population checks that help limit their spread.

Natural predation

Several species have depended on gypsy moths as a food supply over the years. The most common–and most effective–however, has been the white-footed mouse. Birds have also played a minor role in the predation of the moths.

The most effective natural enemy of gypsy moths is fungi. In times of high rain, the fungus (Entomophaga maimaiga) has had huge success rates in controlling moth populations.

Controlling gypsy moth caterpillars in your yard

If you’ve read or seen on the news that the moths are spreading in your area, don’t panic. Though they can be quite destructive, there are steps you can take to limit their impact on the trees of your yard.

  • Identify and destroy the egg masses. They are tear-drop shaped and 1-2 inches long. They are yellow-brown in color. Soak them in soapy water for two days to destroy them.
  • Wrap your trees. Several methods of trees wrapping have shown success in preventing the caterpillars from reaching the leaves. Among them are duct-tape and tanglefoot, as well as burlap strips.
  • Keep your yard clean. Moths lay their eggs on old stumps and branches that you can remove from your yard.
  • Use a trap. Gypsy moth traps lure the moths in and help you control them without spraying harmful chemicals in your yard.

 

 

Condo – 48 Federal Unit 202 Beverly, MA 01915 is now back on the market!

Rarely available, second floor unit with loads of windows and tons of sunlight. Granite, stainless and maple kitchen. Bedroom is on the larger side with a walk in closet with custom shelving. Bonus room suitable for guest space, home office or additional living space. Hardwood floors throughout, tile bath, In unit laundry, energy efficient gas heat and central AC. Garage parking with additional outdoor guest parking. Elevator in building. This building is located downtown Beverly with in very close proximity to the commuter rail station, highway access and all the fine dining culture and shopping Beverly has to offer. Open house canceled today due to weather.

This is a Garden style home and features 4 total rooms, 1 full bath, 1 bedroom, and is currently available for $238,000.

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Open house on 4/9/2017 at 101 Saunders Rd Lynn, MA 01904


Date: 04/09/2017 Time: 12:30 PM to 2:00 PM  
For Directions: feel free to contact me.  
For more information: click here for the full details  

Young and spacious colonial in ward one. Built in 2005. Kitchen has granite counters with a center island that includes breakfast and dining area. Large family room with a gas fireplace, cathedral ceilings and sliders to a deck leading to your private back yard. Formal dining room and living room in addition to the family area. Hardwood floors throughout. Enjoy the convenience of your first floor laundry area. Central air for the hot summers! Large Basement and Attic for expansion possibilities. Large master bedroom with its own master bath. Close to highways- route 1, 95 and 128.

Make the Most of Small Outdoor Spaces

Live in an apartment with a small balcony, patio or deck? A home in a thickly settled area with little backyard or space between other homes? Or just a home that has a small, raised deck? Small spaces may seem like a tough makeover/renovation tackle. You want the space to be functional but you also want it to be unique to your style. Check out the tips below for creating an outdoor oasis where you enjoy spending time, regardless of it’s small size.

Furniture

First things first: furniture. The type of furniture you will want in your outdoor space will depend its size and your lifestyle.

Table and Chairs: If you enjoy eating meals outdoors, it is best to go with a table and chairs set. The size of your set with depend on the size of your outdoor space. A deck or patio that is only 5×5 would have room for a two-person table and chairs. Consider looking into collapsible table and chair sets that transform your space as needed. A 10×10 area could have space for a four-person set and some room to spare. Adding extra collapsible chairs is also a great way to create additional seating when it’s needed, but allowing for them to be folded up and placed out of site when not in use.

Outdoor Couch & Coffee Table: This idea will fair well better with a space that is larger than 5×5. It is great for a lifestyle that includes entertaining and also relaxing. Outdoor couches are very trendy and come in many sizes and styles.

Porch Swing/Swinging Chair: A porch swing or swinging chair is a great option for a compact front porch, balcony or patio. Typical porch swings need to attach to something above so are best suited for porches. However, swinging chairs are more mobile and are generally smaller. Depending on your space, either of these are great additions!

Privacy Screen: Creating a bit of privacy can help create the ideal outdoor retreat. There are so many options for different shapes, sizes and materials for privacy screens to help accomplish the exact atmosphere you’re looking for.

Landscaping & Garden

Adding life to your small space will enhance its appeal and your likeliness to enjoy it.

Landscaping: Regardless of the size of your outdoor area, landscaping is essential. This is easier to achieve if your space is on ground level, but not impossible for balconies and decks. And a little landscaping goes a long way from small areas of grass to stone and mulch to plants and flowers.

Garden: Adding a small garden into your outdoor space isn’t out of reach even if you only have a balcony. Use planting buckets or rail-mounted baskets for growing things like herbs and small vegetables. As long as you have sun, water and soil, you can create a garden that suits you. A green thumb always helps, too.

Accessories

Homey touches are important components to your outdoor sanctuary. Of course, these pieces will need to be weather resistant. Try these simple pieces to add another level of personality to your space.

Outdoor Rug & Accent Pillows: Add an outdoor rug and pillows to bring coziness and color to your outdoor space.

Small Accent Pieces: Add accent pieces like decorative candleholders and candles and hanging lights and/or lantern type lights to give the space ambient lighting.

Water feature: Add a serene water feature such as a fountain or waterfall feature to create a relaxing and peaceful atmosphere.

There are a myriad of ways to add something special to your outdoor space, regardless of it’s size with water features, pops of color with area rugs and pillows, unique seating, herb gardens and so much more. Choose a budget that works for you to update this space and get to work on your outdoor oasis.