Posted by Peggy Farber on 8/2/2017

Taking ownership of an older house could save you thousands of dollars. In fact,ticket prices on houses built during the 1940s are generally half the ticket price on modern homes. Think of buying an older house the way that you approach buying a used car. As with a used car, because the house has experienced wear and tear, you wonít be asked to pay top dollar to move into the home.

Age could provide you significant cost savings

Pick an older home thatís not located in an area thatís overseen by a homeowners association and you could save thousands of dollars a year. Other ways that buying an older house could save you thousands of dollars are in structural maintenance costs.

Houses built around World War II were built to endure hard blasts. Punch a wall in a house that was built during the 1940s and you could break your hand. On the other hand, you could tear a hole in a house built during the 1980s or later if you accidentally jam the end of a broom handle against the wall.

Walls of houses built in the 1940s were made of cement. Modern homes may be constructed with fiberboard or plasterboard panels. Fiberboard and plasterboard are thinner than cement walls. You may have heard a relative or friend refer to the walls as being ďpaper thinĒ.

As a note of caution, get walls of older houses youíre thinking of buying inspected. Many walls in houses built during the 1940s were made with asbestos cement. To save money on an older home also ensure that the house is well ventilated.

Making the most out of buying older houses

If you donít, you could buy a house that, although durable, is not well insulated or ventilated.Poor ventilation can cause a house to feel uncomfortably warm during summer months and far too cool when it gets cold outside. Also, make sure that the older house you want to buy has central air conditioning.

Of course,if you spend a lot of time outdoors, central air may not be a priority. To keep your older home cool during summer without turning on central air, close the doors to rooms that you are not using. Place chairs and sofas near windows and vents. And use window air conditioners and efficient floor fans.

You may love the privacy that youíll gain with an older home, as older houses are generally not designed with open floor plans. Each room may have a separate archway or door. Houses in older neighborhoods tend to have a similar floor plan.Depending on when you grew up, you may recall how your parents, aunts, uncles and grandparents homesí were laid out the same.

After you get an older house that you want to buy inspected, you can always modernize the home. For example, you could install solar panels in the house. Upgrade the insulation and knock down walls and create an open floor plan to give the home a more spacious look and feel.




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Posted by Peggy Farber on 7/26/2017

Move into a smaller home and youíll quickly see how many accessories, furniture pieces and memorabilia youíve been holding onto. Have an attic or basement and the amount of items that you have could more than double what you had when you first moved into your own place. It makes downsizing your home with style a challenge. But,it doesnít make it impossible.

Get ready to downsize without feeling like you're living space is shrinking

To prepare yourself for downsizing, walk inside a model home. A model apartment works too.Pay attention to how you feel while in an uncluttered space. Does the model have the furniture and accessories that you would need without adding all of the items that youíve collected over the years? Be honest. If so, consider removing items at your home that you really donít need. You can donate these items to charity.

Watch online videos and television programs that show people downsizing. Check out before and after videos and pictures of the homes. Listen to interviews of people who downsized with style. You may hear someone who reminds you of yourself sharing their story about how downsizing with style improved their homeís functionality and how they feel.

Get your family together and discuss downsizing. Talk about which items youíre thinking about letting go of. See if anyone has emotional ties to the items. If they do,consider allowing each family member to keep up to two items that they feel emotionally connected to. Let them know that other unused items will be donated to charity.

After you donate furniture or accessories to charity, give your floors and walls a good cleaning. Consider painting and installing new carpet. If you have hardwood floors, you could polish them. You could also sand down pieces that have started to bubble or that have become warped.

By removing heavy drapes and curtains from windows, youíll welcome more natural light inside your home. Adding light colored blinds to your windows can make a room feel bigger. Downsizing with style includes letting go of clothes and shoes that you havenít worn in two or more years. You should actually be able to walk in your walk in closet.

Get rid of enough unused and unnecessary items and you may be able to move into a smaller house. Youíll be part of a trend, as small houses are popular. Another way to downsize with style is to hang one picture, quote or design on a wall. Avoid hanging three or more pictures on a wall, cramming walls with too many decorations.Focus on living light and clutter free.

Living clutter free has rewards. You may feel freer and lighter on the inside. If you tripped over furniture and accessories before, the number of times that you do so after you downsize may drop significantly. Dancing, exercising at home and playing floor games will be a lot easier. You also wonít spend money on furniture and other merchandise that you already own but couldnít find when your house was over crowded. Your home will also look and feel a lot bigger





Posted by Peggy Farber on 7/21/2017


Date: 07/23/2017 Time: 12:00 PM to 3:00 PM  
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Spectacular Seaside Beach House! Brand new and ready for you and your family and friends. This classic beach house has an open floor plan of 3800 sf with 4 bedrooms, 3 full and 2 half baths, 2 car garage with large unfinished bonus room above, Sub-Zero/Wolf 6 burner gas range granite and quartz counter tops. First and second floor master bedrooms, 18x12 screened porch, pantry, laundry room, gas fireplace. Second floor great room with wet bar and fantastic second floor deck looking out to Cape Cod Bay walkout basement and first and second floor decks to enjoy the views.Located in the prestigious Setucket Club of Brewster Park with tennis courts and supervised summer programs, this house is steps from private bay beach. Want a pool? Life is short..Buy the Beach House and enjoy!




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Posted by Peggy Farber on 7/19/2017


Date: 07/23/2017 Time: 12:00 PM to 3:00 PM  
For Directions: feel free to contact me.  
For more information: click here for the full details  

Spectacular Seaside Beach House! Brand new and ready for you and your family and friends. This classic beach house has an open floor plan of 3800 sf with 4 bedrooms, 3 full and 2 half baths, 2 car garage with large unfinished bonus room above, Sub-Zero/Wolf 6 burner gas range granite and quartz counter tops. First and second floor master bedrooms, 18x12 screened porch, pantry, laundry room, gas fireplace. Second floor great room with wet bar and fantastic second floor deck looking out to Cape Cod Bay walkout basement and first and second floor decks to enjoy the views.Located in the prestigious Setucket Club of Brewster Park with tennis courts and supervised summer programs, this house is steps from private bay beach. Want a pool? Life is short..Buy the Beach House and enjoy!




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Posted by Peggy Farber on 7/19/2017


Date: 07/23/2017 Time: 12:00 PM to 3:00 PM  
For Directions: feel free to contact me.  
For more information: click here for the full details  

Spectacular Seaside Beach House! Brand new and ready for you and your family and friends. This classic beach house has an open floor plan of 3800 sf with 4 bedrooms, 3 full and 2 half baths, 2 car garage with large unfinished bonus room above, Sub-Zero/Wolf 6 burner gas range granite and quartz counter tops. First and second floor master bedrooms, 18x12 screened porch, pantry, laundry room, gas fireplace. Second floor great room with wet bar and fantastic second floor deck looking out to Cape Cod Bay walkout basement and first and second floor decks to enjoy the views.Located in the prestigious Setucket Club of Brewster Park with tennis courts and supervised summer programs, this house is steps from private bay beach. Want a pool? Life is short..Buy the Beach House and enjoy!




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