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Posted by Christina Martinez on 7/29/2021

If you’re looking for simple and inexpensive ways to grow plants from seedlings, there are plenty of DIY solutions to consider. You can convert everyday household items into seed starter containers and create microclimates with mini-greenhouses. Here are some ideas for DIY seed starter greenhouses to help your seedlings thrive.

Plastic Bottles

For single seedlings, try making mini greenhouses out of empty plastic bottles. Water bottles are great but any type of bottle will work as long as it’s made of clear plastic. To make a mini greenhouse, cut the bottle in half and fill the bottom half with soil or moss to plant the seedling. Then you can gently place the top of the bottle over it to keep in the moisture while letting in the sunshine.

Clear Storage Bins

Clear storage bins are useful for many gardening purposes including creating mini-greenhouses. By adding ventilation holes into the bottom of the bin and flipping it upside down, you create an instant protective container for seed starts and other delicate plants. Storage bins are typically made of thick plastic which also helps control the temperature. If you clip the lid of the storage bin closed, you can create a “floor” for your mini greenhouse and make it completely portable. This means you can take the whole thing outside in the morning and back inside at night to protect against colder temperatures.

Takeout Containers

Keep your plastic takeout containers and your plants will thank you. Empty plastic containers with hinge-style lids are perfect for seed propagation and protecting tiny seedlings from the elements. Simply fill with soil, plant and mist occasionally. Poke some holes in the lid's top to promote air flow and you’ll have a healthy micro-climate that fits on your shelf, counter or windowsill.

Plastic Bags

When in doubt, plastic bags are an easy greenhouse solution. This option is especially helpful for larger plants or containers with unusual shapes. Simply take an open plastic bag and place it loosely upside down over the top of the container to seal in moisture and heat. Depending on how tightly the bag fits around the container, you might not even need to add extra ventilation. However, poking a few holes in the bag is a great idea as long as you don’t intend to use it for anything else.

These options make great use of items you might already have. Consider trying a DIY greenhouse for your next seed starts and get a head start on the growing season while recycling at the same time.





Posted by Christina Martinez on 7/22/2021


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If you’re looking for a new home you are probably searching for a specific category. While residential properties come in many different types, sometimes it’s difficult to differentiate them. Once you learn more about the terminology, you might find that you can broaden or narrow your home search. This can yield better results and more options in price, location and more. Here we will break down the 5 categories of residential properties to help your home search.

Single-Family Home

A single-family home is the most common category of residential property. Single-family homes are defined by having their own individual lot and no shared walls with other residences. Houses of all shapes and sizes qualify as single-family homes as long as they follow these same criteria, even if extremely close together on lots with no yard space.

Multi-Family Home

A multi-family home is a single-family home split into two or more separate units. The most common examples of multi-family homes are called duplexes or triplexes with two and three units, respectively. Most multi-family homes have separate entrances for each side and at least one shared wall. They are relatively uncommon compared to other types of residential property but very popular choices for income properties and for multi-generational families.

Condominium

Condominiums (condos for short) are individual units in one large building or group of buildings. Condos share at least one wall with other units and usually have a community management body or homeowners’ association (HOA). The homeowners’ association requires an additional fee to help pay for upkeep and access to any public areas or amenities. While you can own an individual condo, you don’t own the building itself.

Townhome

Townhomes can be very similar to both condos and single-family homes. In fact, you can think of them as a combination of the two. The major defining factors for townhomes are that they have at least one shared wall, separate entrances and multiple floors. Most townhomes have individual garages or parking and outdoor spaces like decks patios. Typically townhomes are fewer units per building and more square footage than condos. You can buy and own an individual townhome though you will be very close to your neighbor.

Co-Op

A co-op, short for cooperative, is a multi-unit building that all the residents own together. This means that while everybody has their own unit of living space, everybody shares responsibility for the upkeep of the entire building. Co-ops often have shared spaces for residents to enjoy and usually promote a strong sense of social community among the residents. It’s very common for there to be an interview or other additional steps to apply before you can buy in to the co-op.

What About Rentals?

Except for co-ops, you may find all the above categories of residential property available for rent. Apartments are the most common type of residential rental and compare closely to condominiums. However, apartments are smaller and rarely have an HOA. Otherwise, you can expect to encounter the same terminology in your rental search.

These are all terms that multiple listing services use and therefore most consider them standard. There is always a chance for different vocabulary based on your location, so it’s a good idea to consult a real estate agent if you need help. Once you become familiar with the definitions for residential properties, you will be able to make much more informed choices as well as broaden or narrow your home search to fit your preference.





Posted by Christina Martinez on 7/20/2021


145 N Washington St, Norton, MA 02766

Condo

$299,900
Price

5
Rooms
2
Beds
1/1
Full/Half Baths
WELCOME TO STAGE COACH VILLAGE! THIS FABULOUS TOWNHOUSE QUIET SETTING OFFERS 2 BEDROOMS, 1.5 BATH, GALLEY STYLE KITCHEN WITH EAT IN DINING AREA, SLIDERS THAT LEAD TO A NICE DECK FOR GRILLING AND ENTERTAINING, LARGE YARD SPACE, HARDWOOD FLOORS IN LIVING ROOM, WINDOWS REPLACED IN 2008/2009, NEW HEATING SYSTEM, 100 AMP ELECTRICAL, NEW WATER HEATER, TILED FLOORS IN KITCHEN AND BATHS, 2ND FLR LAUNDRY FORMAL DINING OR OFFICE AREA, UNFINSHED BASEMENT THAT CAN BE FINISHED IF YOU REQUIRE EVEN MORE ROOM, LOW MONTHLY CONDO FEES FOR A BEAUTIFUL PLACE THAT FEELS LIKE A SINGLE FAMILY HOME!
Open House
Sunday
July 25 at 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM
No appointment required All guest will be required to register upon entry
Cannot make the Open Houses?
Location: 145 N Washington St, Norton, MA 02766    Get Directions

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Posted by Christina Martinez on 7/20/2021


145 N Washington St, Norton, MA 02766

Condo

$299,900
Price

5
Rooms
2
Beds
1/1
Full/Half Baths
WELCOME TO STAGE COACH VILLAGE! THIS FABULOUS TOWNHOUSE QUIET SETTING OFFERS 2 BEDROOMS, 1.5 BATH, GALLEY STYLE KITCHEN WITH EAT IN DINING AREA, SLIDERS THAT LEAD TO A NICE DECK FOR GRILLING AND ENTERTAINING, LARGE YARD SPACE, HARDWOOD FLOORS IN LIVING ROOM, WINDOWS REPLACED IN 2008/2009, NEW HEATING SYSTEM, 100 AMP ELECTRICAL, NEW WATER HEATER, TILED FLOORS IN KITCHEN AND BATHS, 2ND FLR LAUNDRY FORMAL DINING OR OFFICE AREA, UNFINSHED BASEMENT THAT CAN BE FINISHED IF YOU REQUIRE EVEN MORE ROOM, LOW MONTHLY CONDO FEES FOR A BEAUTIFUL PLACE THAT FEELS LIKE A SINGLE FAMILY HOME!
Open House
Sunday
July 25 at 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM
No appointment required All guest will be required to register upon entry
Cannot make the Open Houses?
Location: 145 N Washington St, Norton, MA 02766    Get Directions

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Posted by Christina Martinez on 7/15/2021

Buying a home is a process that can seem daunting and even a little scary to most first-time buyers. After all, being a homeowner is a huge financial and personal responsibility.

To make this lengthy process a bit more approachable, we’re going to break it down into five steps. While these five steps may be somewhat different for each person, depending on their own unique situation, they do comprise most home buyer’s experience.

If you’re interested in learning the steps you’ll need to take before owning your first home, read on.

Step 1: Know your long-term goals

Before you buy a home, you’ll want to have a clear understanding of what you, your spouse, and your family want from the next five or more years. You’ll want to make sure the area you’re moving to can provide things like career advancement and opportunity, good schools for your children, and so on.

These questions may seem obvious, but it’s an important conversation to have before making the long-term commitment of owning a home.

Step 2: Your budget and your needs

It might be tempting to hop online and start shopping for houses, but first you should get a clear idea of the size and cost of the house you’re looking for. This involves determining your budget, thinking about your credit and planning for your down payment.

Step 3: Mortgage pre-approval

Getting preapproved for a mortgage can be a great way to gauge the interest late and loan amount you’ll be approved for. You’ll need to gather paperwork, including income information (pay stubs), tax returns, and W-2 forms.

Be aware that lenders will run a detailed credit report. Since credit reports count as an inquiry, they can temporarily lower your credit score by a few points.

Applying to several lenders within a short period of time can make a significant impact on your score. However, it will start to rise again within a few months if you don’t open any new credit accounts or take out other loans.

Step 4: Get an agent

Real estate agents know the ins and outs of the home buying process better than anyone else. They’ll be able to guide you through the process and provide you with information that you can’t get anywhere else.

Step 5: Pick the right home for you

Now it’s time to start home shopping. However, before you begin, remember that getting approved for a loan doesn’t mean you must or should seek to spend the full amount on a home.

Plan for your needs, and keep the future in mind. Someday you might decide to upgrade, but in the meantime you can be building your credit and building equity in a smaller or more frugal home.