Hilary W. Foutes' Blog

Posted on 06/18/2021
36 Essex Street 1, Salem, MA 01970 is now new to the market!
Live near it all! Be part of the heart of Salem where you can shop, dine, visit, and view the water all practically a stone's throw from your front porch! This two bedroom condominium has an open concept layout with a eat in kitchen island, granite countertops, tiled backsplash, pendant and recessed lighting, hardwood flooring and combination pantry / laundry space conveniently located off of the kitchen. The open living/family room will fit a large sectional and all your media needs. Two bedrooms with hardwood flooring and corner views. The master bedroom has a double closet and renovated attached full bathroom. THe guest bathroom is...
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Posted on 06/13/2021
3 WFH Hacks to Give Your Productivity a Boost
If you’re new to working from home, it can be an enormous adjustment. Schedules, routines and environments are completely different even if you’re in the most familiar place of all. However, even for those with lots of WFH experience it’s easy to feel burned out. If you’re looking to start working from home the best way possible or...
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Posted on 06/06/2021
4 Expenses To Think About Before Closing
Image by mohamed Hassan from Pixabay Purchasing a new home is an exciting and life-changing event. While you likely know that you'll need to be able to afford to pay your mortgage each month, there might be other expenses that you aren't as familiar with. 1. Maintenance Costs It makes sense that you'd need to include money to...
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Posted on 06/04/2021
28 Summit Avenue, lynn, MA 01902 is now new to the market!
Live with blue skies, mature trees, intricate stone walls, steps and pathways to a hidden gem sited upon a DOUBLE LOT so close to the Swampscott/Lynn town lines. Minutes to the sandy North Shore beaches or stroll down the hill to the Swampscott train station for an easy commute to Boston. This 3 bedroom home is so unique and special. 3rd floor is an open concept loft feel with great views and a large half bathroom that could be made into a full.. 2nd floor has 2 bedrooms and a bump out space that all share a full bathroom. 1st floor has living room, dining room, kitchen, two sun rooms, one is a 3season and the other four season heated space....
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Posted on 05/30/2021
Pros and Cons of Balloon Mortgages
Image by Jojje from Shutterstock Many people own homes through a mortgage agreement. Traditional mortgages are primarily fully amortized or gradually paid off with regular payments over the lifetime of the loan. Each payment contributes to both the principal and the interest. A balloon mortgage is a short-term home loan with fixed-rate monthly payments that only take care...
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Posted on 05/23/2021
Quick Upgrades to Transform Your Property
Photo by Blue Bird from Pexels If you own a home, chances are you’ll make improvements at some point. Whether you’re looking to increase your property value or make your space better suited for your needs, there are many reasons you should follow through with these updates. However, knowing where to start can be challenging. What renovation has...
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Posted on 05/16/2021
How to Deal with Ice Dams Safely
Image by Emilian Robert Vicol from Pixabay Have you ever gone outside after a patch of cold weather to find long icicles hanging from your roof's edge? These spears of ice are usually caused by an ice dam forming along your eaves or roof's edge and can be dangerous when they melt and go flying to the ground....
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Posted on 05/12/2021
41 Gale Road, Swampscott, MA 01907 is now new to the market!
Located inside the Gale Estate as you pass through the two stone pillars leading to the original 17-acre estate, 41 Gale Road, a Royal Barry Willis Cape-Cod style home is part of this most sought after location.The home has beautiful views outside each window and is so close to the Ocean and a beautiful neighborhood to explore This had an addition completed by previous owners where they added a master bedroom suite and family room to the existing structure. Now this 3-4 bedroom home has 2 & 1/2 baths, large 1st floor living, dining, family, and 4-season sun room plus renovated gourmet chef's kitchen and bathrooms. Second floor has nice...
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Posted on 05/10/2021
Another Property Sold - 17 Canterbury Road, Marblehead, MA 01945
Available for the first time in over 50 years and in terrific condition, this delightful air-conditioned 1940 colonial is ready for you to make it your own. The first floor includes a large living room with fireplace insert, dining room with built-in corner china cabinet, half bath, and eat-in kitchen with granite and newer appliances. The heated sunroom overlooks two patios and the thoughtful landscape design in the irrigated fenced yard. Upstairs are three spacious bedrooms with ceiling fans, full bath, and a small fourth bedroom or office. The basement offers excellent storage and potential for additional finished living space. A one-car...
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Posted on 05/09/2021
How to Use VR to Sell Your Luxury Home
Image by Pexels from Pixabay Virtual reality (VR) may not be in every household in the country, but it's becoming more mainstream by the day. And contrary to popular belief, it's not just video game experts who want to get their hands on the latest technology. See how VR can inspire better offers from motivated buyers, leading to...
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Posted on 05/04/2021
Video Tour - 11 Cedar Road, Swampscott, MA 01907
The wait if over! This house has it all...location, curb appeal, condition and room offerings. The interior and exterior living & entertaining spaces are too numerous to mention. Situated on a corner end lot with abutting conservation land on a quaint street with only 3 other houses. The moment you enter you will want to kick your feet up and never go back to the office. This home has so many options including an in-law/au pair suite option with a 1st floor bedroom, full bath & large family room with sliders to the paver patio & back yard. The main floor features LR, DR, FR, KIT plus. Laundry, full and 1/2 baths with access to...
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Posted on 05/04/2021
11 Cedar Road, Swampscott, MA 01907 is now new to the market!
The wait if over! This house has it all...location, curb appeal, condition and room offerings. The interior and exterior living & entertaining spaces are too numerous to mention. Situated on a corner end lot with abutting conservation land on a quaint street with only 3 other houses. The moment you enter you will want to kick your feet up and never go back to the office. This home has so many options including an in-law/au pair suite option with a 1st floor bedroom, full bath & large family room with sliders to the paver patio & back yard. The main floor features LR, DR, FR, KIT plus. Laundry, full and 1/2 baths with access to...
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