Hilary W. Foutes' Blog

Posted on 02/28/2021
Make Your Home a Welcoming Oasis in One Day
Photo by Sonja_paetow via Pixabay Home feeling a little dull? You can clean and liven things up in a single day, and make your home into a welcoming, comfortable oasis. Whether you are coping with outdated decor, too much clutter or just need to liven things up, this list can help you pull things together quickly. You'll be...
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Posted on 02/21/2021
Equipment and Online Platforms to Help with Virtual Showings
Photo by Tumis via Pixabay Virtual meetings and video conferencing have become the norm as we adapt to social distancing guidelines and staying well. And while these times will eventually pass, and we will return to a time of normalcy, we're all going to need to continue to adapt and get creative in the meantime. In the real...
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Posted on 02/14/2021
Simply Re-Grouting Will Breathe New Like Into Your Tiles
Photo by Brett Hondow via Pixabay You love your tiles. But they don't seem to do your bathroom justice anymore. Ask yourself, is it the tiles themselves, or what's in between that makes you cringe? Is the grout cracked, faded, yellowish or gray? Breathe new life into a dirty-looking bathroom tile floor, kitchen backsplash or tile shower by...
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Posted on 02/07/2021
How to Get a Leg Up on the Home Selling Competition
Selling a house may prove to be difficult, particularly for those who are competing against dozens of rival sellers in the same city or town. Fortunately, there are lots of things that you can do to gain a competitive advantage over rivals in a fierce housing market. Now, let's take a look at three tips to help you get...
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Posted on 01/31/2021
Ready to Buy a House: Financial Things to Consider
Photo by Fizkes via Shutterstock Few things are more exciting than buying a house and making it your home. Knowing when it’s the right time to buy derives from your personal circumstances, but some external elements and market realities affect when it’s right to buy too. Here are some of the things that can affect your decision to...
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Posted on 01/24/2021
Six Savory Herbs to Spice up Your Favorite Dishes
Image by tookapic from Pixabay Nothing brings nature into the home like utilizing fresh herbs in culinary masterpieces to make them as special as those you’ll share them with. Sensational herbs can be grown with ease, as some of the most savory and flavorful ones are disease, pest and drought resistant. Furthermore, most herbs will even grow in...
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Posted on 01/17/2021
Why Should You Set Up a Home Showing?
For a buyer who is interested in learning more about a residence, it may be beneficial to set up a house showing. In fact, there are many reasons why now may be a good time to schedule a home showing, such as: 1. You can determine if a home is right for you. Many houses are available in cities...
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Posted on 01/14/2021
Another Property Sold - 162 Norfolk Avenue, Swampscott, MA 01907
Location, location, location! Beautiful rare two-family home in a seaside town featuring beautiful beaches in an award winning National Blue-Ribbon high school district. This well cared for home has been OWNED & OCCUPIED by family only for over 70 years. 1st unit renovated its kitchen in 2009 & bathroom 2013. Two New Burnham Boilers and state-of-the-art Rinnai on-demand hot water installed 2012, New gutters 2004, New roof over main house 2002-2003. 2nd unit has just been restored and refinished to its glory by exposing the hardwood floors and painting the interior of the 2nd & 3rd floors plus the common areas. Looks fabulous! So...
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Posted on 01/10/2021
How Much Time Should You Spend Searching for a House?
Generally, the length of the homebuying journey depends on the individual. In some instances, a buyer will purchase the first house that he or she views in-person. Or, in other cases, it may take a buyer several weeks or months to find a house that matches his or her expectations. There is no need to rush the homebuying journey....
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Posted on 01/03/2021
Luxury Upgrades For Your Home
Photo by Chauhan Moniz on Unsplash Whether you want to sell or just want to live in a more luxurious environment, understanding some of the key details that make a luxury home what it is can help you make the most of a new purchase or even your current dwelling. High end homes are about more than just...
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Posted on 12/27/2020
Should you Choose an HOA?
Image by StockSnap from Pixabay In many communities, homeowner’s associations, or HOAs, provide services to residents of the neighborhood. In fact, as many as 26 million homes are under the guidance of an HOA across the country. These community organizations can help ensure the neighborhood’s homes stay in good repair, residents treat each other respectfully, and agreed-upon rules...
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Posted on 12/22/2020
Another Property Sold - 6 Charlotte Rd, Marblehead, MA 01945
The picture perfect one you have been waiting for. Nestled on a stunning tree lined street and a short walk to Preston Beach this home is in such a special location. Upon entry you are greeted with gleaming hardwood floors and an inviting entryway. The living room features a gorgeous hand carved fireplace mantel. French doors open to a fabulous family room that is off both the living and dining room. A lovely renovated kitchen is a chef's dream with stainless steel appliances and eat up breakfast bar. A full bath and mudroom complete the first floor. Upstairs are 3 generous sized bedrooms all with hardwood floors and another renovated full...
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