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Older homes can be a great investment opportunity. A solid home in a revitalizing but established neighborhood is perfect for flipping, renting out for additional income or first-time homebuyers. There are a variety of differences between buying an older home that may require renovation and newer homes that are move-in ready.

Benefits of Older Neighborhoods

Since cities spread outward, many older neighborhoods are closer to city centers. That means shopping, local businesses, nightlife, parks and more within easy access. Longer established areas tend to have more character including larger trees with shade, sidewalks and even bike lanes. Older architecture has a distinct charm, and if it’s genuinely a designated historic landmark neighborhood, you may be required to keep some or all the classic details of your home, whether you want them or not. Some older neighborhoods boast back alleys that give you rear garage access and may even allow alley trash pickup.

Newer neighborhoods and construction tend to be further out, especially brand-new construction, which means less access to public transportation and greater distances to shopping and local businesses. Some newer neighborhoods also are built with higher square footage versus open space, so you could be passing on a larger yard in favor of a larger home.

Tax-Saving Opportunities

State, local and federal governments offer a variety of tax breaks to preserve historic homes and stabilize or accelerate revitalization. The most common type is a tax abatement. Also called a tax break, these are used by local cities to prompt people to move into these neighborhoods allowing buyers who otherwise couldn't afford the property or the renovations required on an older home to move in.

While your property taxes may initially seem a bit higher, they should be more stable than new-construction neighborhoods which can include widely varying assessments as new infrastructure is needed.

Does an older or historic neighborhood sound like the right fit for you? Your real estate agent can help you find the best property for your needs.


If you missed the first part of this series, it’s important to note that green living and protecting the environment is the responsibility of everyone who lives here. With resources becoming less available, cutting down on usage, reducing waste and reusing anything where possible can all lead to a longer lasting green environment. Going green doesn’t have to be expensive, add these three new hacks to the original set and start saving the planet and money today!

Reduce the Amount of Waste Generated from Your Home

Waste accounts for a more significant percentage of both land and water pollutants. With tons of waste generated daily, the number exceeds the recyclable amount. Instead of creating more waste, why not use green-living alternatives for your daily activities? Plastics, for example, are a non-biodegradable waste. No wonder surface waters harbor trillions of plastics every year. To combat this problem, you could opt for tote bags for all your shopping errands in the stead of plastic bags. Also, a durable water bottle is a great option to replace plastic bottled water.

Natural Materials are Just as Beautiful.

New homeowners or old homeowners looking to make a new purchase for their home décor can opt for natural materials. They are just as beautiful! Thanks to the sustainable living movement, natural materials such as terracotta flooring, wooden furniture, marble countertops, etc. are now the go-to interior design choice for most homeowners. What’s more? These materials are less expensive, and they last for an extended period. You would end up saving the environment and a little extra cash for other errands. Go natural!

Plants can Grow Inside Too.

An excellent way to clear the air inside your home is to grow plants such as Boston ferns, palm trees, spider plants, and rubber plants indoors. Plants are natural air filters. They help clear the air while also absorbing harmful pollutants from your electronic equipment, furniture, and carpets. Let the plants come inside!

Going green in your home does not involve putting out tons of dollars or putting up with an outdated lifestyle. A little change in your daily routine has a role or two to play in sustaining the environment. Employ these little green living hacks to help you revamp your home into ‘home green home’ today. Go green, save the planet!

If you’re looking for a home with built-in green qualities, contact your local real estate professional today.


When spring arrives it brings everyone out to the backyard for games, cookouts, picnics, and a number of other fun, fair weather activities. It also brings yardwork.

With the busy schedules that most homeowners have, it can be difficult to find time to spend hours working in the yard each weekend. Depending on where you live and the size of your backyard, there are many options for making it a bit easier to take care of your lawn and garden.

In this article, we’ll give you some advice on how to make caring for your backyard a lot simpler so that you can spend your time outside enjoying the weather rather than working up a sweat.

Lawncare

In most suburban and rural neighborhoods, lawncare seems like a competition. Everyone wants their grass to look as green as their neighbor’s. But keeping a meticulous lawn can be difficult if you have kids, pets, or just don’t have the time to spend manicuring and fertilizing your lawn. What’s more, lawncare can get expensive quickly and can go wrong just as quickly in the case of droughts and pests.

There are many ways you can simplify your lawn care. If you love having a lawn, but mowing is a pain, it can be easier to remove some obstacles from your yard. Bird baths and other decorations can be a nice accept, but sometimes they make mowing more difficult than it needs to be.

If you don’t want to deal with grass at all, or want a smaller area to mow, you have a few options.

You could make your yard more of a natural meadow by planting wildflowers and encouraging long grasses. Laying a brick path down the middle creates the air of a walkthrough garden where you can view the many florae that will be ever-changing in your yard.

If you like your yard to look neat and tidy, creating a patio and placing a few choice potted plants and trees on it will save you a lot of time pushing the lawnmower.

Choose the right plants

Many people plant bushes, trees, and flowers based solely on the fact that they like them. It makes more sense in the long run, though, to choose your plants based on their hardiness, and your ability to care for them.

Some plants are marketed as being impossible to kill. However, you should still read the care requirements to make sure they’ll work with your yard’s climate, light, and water conditions.

In warmer climates, cacti and succulents are a good choice and will likely fit the scenery. For colder climates, there are a number of conifers, shrubs, and bushes that will stay green throughout the winter, adding a bit of color to the dreary season.

A good way to make sure your yard will be low maintenance year-round is to use plants and trees that are native to your area. Since they’re in their natural habitat, they’ll likely require less work on your part.


This Multi-Family in Lynn, MA recently sold for $490,000. This style home was sold by Linda Costanzo - Keller Williams Realty International Boston-Metro.


21 Oneida St, Lynn, MA 01902

Diamond District

Multi-Family

$499,000
Price
$490,000
Sale Price

2
Units
2,740
Approx. GLA
Incredible opportunity....calling all investors/contractors. Terrific 2-family in the desirable Diamond District of Lynn on the Swampscott line. Unit 1 has 1 bedroom, living room, eat in kitchen & bath. Unit 2 has 2 levels of living with 4 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, kitchen, living room, dining room, office/den & 3 season porch. Central air in unit #2, built in wall ac in unit #1. Gas heat with newer burner and hot water tank. Large basement with one finished room. Carport & paved driveway. Walk to Lynn Shore Drive, beach & park. Perfect for owner occupied/ investment income, condo conversion or flip.

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You have heard it said that the eyes are the window to the soul, for your home, the front door is the entrance to its heart. A quick and easy way to up your curb appeal without much expense is to highlight your front door. Here are some simple projects you can do even if you are not too handy.

Keep it clean

Doors take a beating. They carry grubby hand and paw prints, marks from shoes and boots, grime from wind, rain, and sun exposure. Clean your door based on its material and surface. Wash down a wood door with a wooden floor cleaner and a soft sponge. Wipe a painted wood or metal surface with an all-purpose cleaner. Once you have the dirt and dust removed, give a wooden door some love with a furniture polish or citrus- based oil. Remove fingerprints and polish the metal hardware.

Give it a new color

If cleaning it is not enough to give it new life, painting a door is an afternoon project. Choose a darker or deeper hued color so that you do not have to prime it. Alternatively, if you want that bold lemon yellow or sunset orange, buy a primer-based exterior paint, and give it two good coats. Pick a feel-good color that makes your home a stand-out success but does not clash with the rest of your home.

Upgrade the hardware

Changing out your standard knob for a lever or latch, or a rusty metal plate for a new satin finish is a low-tech way to upgrade your door. Alternatively, consider hiring a locksmith to install an entryway keycode or a video doorbell option that adds safety and security to your home. If your home has a historic vibe, add a charming and unique door knocker or another adornment to up its attraction.

Give your door some décor

Brighten up your entry with a seasonal wreath that you can replace as you move from spring to summer, fall to winter. Buy one pre-made or take a class at your local hobby store and make your own.

Spruce up the entryway with a cheerful, inviting doormats too. A charming floral or welcome mat greets your guests and gives them a place to wipe off the dirt, keeping it out of your house.

If you are looking for ideas to brighten up your entrance, ask your realtor about what is trending in your community.