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Posted by Judy Moore on 4/21/2019

Finding someplace to live can come with a long list of must-haves for each person contributing to the decision. The types of bathroom space can be a deal breaker for otherwise wonderful properties. The number of people utilizing those bathrooms and each person’s daily schedule necessitates the requirement of the bathroom space. 

What is out there

Searching and checking off all the must-haves takes time and a lot of communication. Most places have at least one full bath that has a tub and shower or a combination of both. Older homes may not have a dedicated master bathroom, but instead, have what is called an en-suite bathroom. This arrangement means there are at least two entry points one from the master and the other from a hallway. The layout can separate the tub and shower from the rest of the space so more than one person can utilize the facilities at one time. This plan may not be quite as convenient to a household that tends to have similar schedules. Or messy people that leave things lying around in the bathroom, which makes for a combative living arrangement. In those cases, a dedicated master bathroom might be your answer.

Master bath

Having a separate bathroom off a bedroom can feel like an oasis from the pressures of your day. Often, they boast extra amenities like a full-size soaking tub or a walk-in tile shower or both. A master bathroom can give you efficiency during the morning and evening routines since you don't have to share the space with the entire household. Options can include double sinks, a water closet (toilet in a separate room with a door), connecting to a walk-in closet and radiant flooring to keep your toes warm on cold mornings. Master bathrooms don't have to be super luxe to feel like a separate private space. They are a good idea if you need to get away without leaving home.

Jack and Jill

Another bathroom layout that not often seen in newer homes is the Jack and Jill bath. This design consists of a full bath between two bedrooms. This layout may have a door separating the shower/tub from the rest of the bathroom, too, allowing more than one person to use the bathroom at the same time similar to the en-suite layout. All the above-mentioned bathroom layouts need consideration when you are looking for a new living space.

Contact your realtor for more information on the options for bathroom layouts in your area.




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Posted by Judy Moore on 4/14/2019

You want to buy a house, but you know that you need to save as much money as possible for a down payment. Although you've tried to save money in the past, your best efforts have failed to help you collect the funds that you'll need to make a down payment on your dream residence.

Let's face it – saving for a home can be difficult. Fortunately, we're here to offer creative ways to help you get the money that you'll need to make your homeownership dream come true.

Now, let's take a look at three creative ways to save for a down payment on a house.

1. Start a Friendly Competition

Competition often brings out the best in homebuyers. Much in the same vein, you and your friends may be able to compete against one another to see who can save the most money for a down payment on a home.

If you and your friends intend to buy a home together or separately, a friendly competition can make a world of difference in getting the required funds for a down payment. In fact, you can even award the winner of this competition with an "Ultimate Saver" trophy or other fun prizes.

Ultimately, a friendly competition is a great way to have fun with friends and save money for a down payment on a house at the same time. Regardless of who wins the competition, you'll notice that your down payment savings will increase, moving you one step closer to acquiring your ideal residence.

2. Use a Rewards System

Saving for a down payment on a home may seem like a long, arduous process. However, if you build rewards into your day-to-day savings efforts, you can earn incentives as you reach various milestones.

For instance, you may want to reward yourself with a special dinner every time that you reach a savings milestone. Or, you can always celebrate hitting a savings milestone with a trip to the dog park with your puppy.

3. Trim the Fat from Your Budget

It sometimes can be tough to remove cable TV, takeout meals and other excess items from your budget. But if you consider the long-term benefits of these short-term sacrifices, you may be better equipped than ever before to save significant funds for a down payment on a home.

Look closely at your daily, weekly and monthly budgets. Then, you can determine which budget items are essential and which are not and trim the fat from your budget accordingly. This will allow you to speed up the process of saving for a down payment on a house and ensure that you can achieve your homeownership dream faster than ever before.

Lastly, as you prepare to explore available homes, don't hesitate to reach out to a real estate agent for extra help. By hiring a real estate agent, you can get the assistance that you need to discover a great house that falls within your price range.





Posted by Judy Moore on 4/13/2019


3A Nowers Road, Lexington, MA 02420

Single-Family

$2,299,000
Price

13
Rooms
5
Beds
4/2
Full/Half Baths
Distinctive young Shingle Style Colonial in private estate-like setting in desirable Manor Neighborhood. Exceptional home enhanced w/sunlit rooms, tastefully appointed w/exquisite millwork & quality features throughout including oversized windows, dramatic open 2 story foyer overlooking a wall of glass, front and back staircases & so much more. You'll love the airy, flowing floor plan w/spacious rooms, oversized entryways, classic formal living & dining rooms, flexible music room or 5th bedroom. Open kitchen w/ample granite counter space & island, high end stainless steel appliances, walk-in panty, breakfast nook with plantation shutters overlooking family room w/ vaulted ceiling, cheerful fireplace, lovely French Doors to terrace, serene grounds. Impeccable home improved by seller with addition of two 3rd floor offices, 1/2 bath and a finished lower level game room, gym, full bath, cedar closet. Heated 3 car garage, near bike path, middle school, neighborhood park & Willards Woods!
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Posted by Judy Moore on 4/10/2019

New Construction in desirable Manor neighborhood! Amazing architecturally designed Colonial built by respected local builder. Enhanced w/extensive custom millwork, exquisite detail throughout & sun filled rooms, this airy 5 bedroom, 6 bath home features a smashing kitchen w/pretty quartz countertops, white cabinetry, professional grade stainless steel appliances, beverage fridge, prep sink, oversized island and walk-in pantry. Enjoy a spacious 1st floor family room w/raised ceiling and fireplace as well as an appealing study w/adjoining full bath for a 1st floor guest suite option. Luxurious master suite w/fireplace, sitting area, built-ins, walk-in closet and elegant master spa bath. Ensuite 2nd floor bedrooms, 3rd floor bedroom, bath, playroom along with terrific lower level playroom, bath, wet bar and more! Numerous amenities include 4 zone Sonos speaker system. Enjoy pretty yard w/private deck, patio w/granite stone fire pit & steps to neighborhood park! May occupancy.

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Posted by Judy Moore on 4/10/2019


121 Blake Road, Lexington, MA 02420

Single-Family

$2,098,000
Price

12
Rooms
5
Beds
6
Baths
New Construction in desirable Manor neighborhood! Amazing architecturally designed Colonial built by respected local builder. Enhanced w/extensive custom millwork, exquisite detail throughout & sun filled rooms, this airy 5 bedroom, 6 bath home features a smashing kitchen w/pretty granite countertops, white cabinetry, professional grade stainless steel appliances, beverage fridge, prep sink, oversized island and walk-in pantry. Enjoy a spacious 1st floor family room w/raised ceiling and fireplace as well as an appealing study w/adjoining full bath for a 1st floor guest suite option. Luxurious master suite w/fireplace, sitting area, built-ins, walk-in closet and elegant master spa bath. Ensuite 2nd floor bedrooms, 3rd floor bedroom, bath, playroom along with terrific lower level playroom, bath, wet bar and more! Numerous amenities include 4 zone Sonos speaker system. Enjoy a pretty yard w/private deck, patio w/firepit & steps to neighborhood park! May occupancy.
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