Titine Joyce - Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Scituate



Posted by Titine Joyce on 9/17/2019


30 / 30R Ocean Avenue, Scituate, MA 02066

Single-Family

$1,250,000
Price

9
Rooms
5
Beds
2/1
Full/Half Baths
MINOT- RARE OPPORTUNITY: 2 beautiful Homes on one lot! A SEPARATE HOUSE IN THE REAR IS PART OF THIS SPECIAL PACKAGE. MAIN HOUSE: Wonderful Year-Round 9 room Home-one block from Minot Beach. Move-in condition. Has been enjoyed by the family for many years! Huge gorgeous wrap-around porches for summer gatherings & festivities. Updated fully applianced Kitchen & baths, fireplace in the welcoming Living Room, beautiful warm wood floors, beamed ceilings, 5 lovely bedrooms including the MBR w/ beamed vaulted ceiling. Central AC, enclosed outdoor shower. Bsmt. for storage. Lots of parking space. 2ND HOUSE: 1st Floor totally renovated. Large open LR w/ fp & bamboo floors, 2 spacious BR's, 1.5 baths. Beautiful park-like grounds, professionally landscaped, stone patio, underground sprinklers. Newly painted exteriors of both houses including porches. Come & discover the joy of living in this beautiful private enclave w/ the Atlantic Ocean & Minot Beach beckoning you & your expanded families.
Open House
Sunday
September 22 at 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
MINOT: A RARE GEM - 2 BEAUTIFUL HOUSES ON 1 BEAUTIFUL LOT. One block from Minot Beach-not in the flood zone. Gorgeous updates in both houses while maintaining the graceful details of yesteryear! A Must See!
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Posted by Titine Joyce on 9/12/2019

Doing a home improvement or renovation is a great way to add value to your home while learning something new. If you decide to DIY, you can enlist the help of your family and learn together.

But, when you’re taking on a task you’ve never done before, there’s a lot that can go wrong. You might go over budget, or the project might take significantly longer than expected. Sometimes we start jobs that we don’t have the expertise (or permits) to finish and have to call in a professional sinking more time and money into what was supposed to be an inexpensive renovation.

To help you avoid some of these common pitfalls, we’ve provided these tips for running a successful home improvement project so you can focus on your renovation and not on the headaches that come with it.

1. Know when to call the experts

Undertaking a do-it-yourself project can be fun and rewarding. However, some tasks are better left to the professionals. Plumbing and electrical mistakes, in particular, can be dangerous and costly if you get it wrong. You don’t want to disregard the safety of you, your family, and your belongings just to save money on hiring a professional.

2. Call the best expert for the job

Call multiple professionals for a quote before accepting an offer.

If you received what seems a very low quote for a job, make sure to call other experts in the industry to see how much they would charge for the job. Getting an unusually low offer could be a sign that the contractor will rush the project or use cheap materials.

Alternatively, if you receive a quote that seems too high, the contractor may have a busy schedule or might not really want the job, so they’ve offered you a price they don’t expect you to take.

Regardless of who you choose, see if you can find reviews and testimonials to make sure you’ve selected a contractor who is professional and has good customer feedback.

3. Aim high with your budget

When homeowners take on a renovation, they tend to underestimate the costs. To avoid being shocked by going over budget, estimate what you think the total costs would be and then at another twenty percent. That twenty percent could account for damaged building materials, mistakes, or last-minute changes and customizations--all are frequent on DIY projects.

4. Don’t work without a design or blueprint

Even for simple home improvement projects, it’s best to start out with a plan. Having detailed measurements and drawings to refer to will help you avoid costly mistakes. We’ve all felt the temptation to “eyeball it” when working on a project--taking the extra few minutes to measure and refer to your plan will save you time in the long run.

5. Relax and focus on the results

Home improvement projects can be a source of frustration for many families. If you aren’t an expert, it’s easy to get angry when things aren’t going as you planned. If you find yourself frequently hitting a wall-literally or figuratively--step back from the project and refocus on the end goal, improving your home for years to come.




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Posted by Titine Joyce on 9/11/2019


30 / 30R Ocean Avenue, Scituate, MA 02066

Single-Family

$1,250,000
Price

9
Rooms
5
Beds
2/1
Full/Half Baths
MINOT- RARE OPPORTUNITY: 2 beautiful Homes on one lot! A SEPARATE HOUSE IN THE REAR IS PART OF THIS SPECIAL PACKAGE. MAIN HOUSE: Wonderful Year-Round 9 room Home-one block from Minot Beach. Move-in condition. Has been enjoyed by the family for many years! Huge gorgeous wrap-around porches for summer gatherings & festivities. Updated fully applianced Kitchen & baths, fireplace in the welcoming Living Room, beautiful warm wood floors, beamed ceilings, 5 lovely bedrooms including the MBR w/ beamed vaulted ceiling. Central AC, enclosed outdoor shower. Bsmt. for storage. Lots of parking space. 2ND HOUSE: 1st Floor totally renovated. Large open LR w/ fp & bamboo floors, 2 spacious BR's, 1.5 baths. Beautiful park-like grounds, professionally landscaped, stone patio, underground sprinklers. Newly painted exteriors of both houses including porches. Come & discover the joy of living in this beautiful private enclave w/ the Atlantic Ocean & Minot Beach beckoning you & your expanded families.
Open House
Sunday
September 15 at 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
MINOT- 2 beautiful houses on one beautiful lot! One block from Minot Beach-not in the flood zone. Great price at $1,250,000. Come fall in love and make these 2 homes your own!
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Posted by Titine Joyce on 9/5/2019

OK, so moved into your new home, got the right insurance, the new lawn mower, unpacked all the boxes and then just went back to your life. That was everything. Right? Wrong. If you didn't create or update an emergency plan for your home and family, you could be putting everyone in danger. It is critical to be prepared well in advance for any disaster to keep your family as safe as possible. Preparedness sounds like a no-brainer, but even though the news is always full of fires, storms, tornadoes, and hurricanes, the majority of families don't have a plan for where to go or what to do if an emergency strikes. 

Know Your Risks

Each area has different disaster risks. The internet is your best friend here. Look up your area to find out what is most likely to happen. If your area is at risk for natural disasters like tornadoes or hurricanes, your community likely has resources available for you. Get on the right mailing lists, websites, social media profiles, and texting lists, so you always know what's going on in your area. If you don't already get the WEAs (wireless emergency updates) from the national weather service on your phone, check with your wireless provider to make sure your phone is compatible and get those turned on ASAP. For more information, check out NOAA Weather Radio online. Download a variety of weather apps with alert systems from your phone or desktop app store.

Find the Right Shelter

It's important to understand what disasters require evacuation to a safer area, and which you can wait out in your home. Each different disaster has a different method to keep your family safe, and your community should prepare in case evacuation measures are necessary. Check with your local government for emergency services and locations. If you have kids, make sure to check with their schools and get familiar with their emergency response plans as well. That way, no matter what happens, you know your kids will be safe.

  • Hurricanes – First, secure the fridge and freezer: plan for the power to go out, so turn them all the way down to as cold a setting as possible and secure them shut to keep your food cold for as long as you can. Since you won't want to open it, if possible, get some dry, shelf-stable food to get you through the storm. Make sure you disable as many appliances as possible to keep them from shorting out due to power fluctuations or water damage. Lastly, close up your hurricane shutters and board any windows without them to keep them from shattering in the wind. Depending on its severity and the security of your home, you may be able to wait out the storm in place. Watch for evacuation notices though, and when told to leave, do it. Your family's safety is more important than staying in your home.
  • Thunderstorms and Tornadoes – If at all possible, make sure you have access to underground shelters. If you have a basement or cellar at home or work, this will be your best bet. Even walkout basements are safer than upper floors, so long as you stay well away from the windows and doors and keep near the walls braced all around by the ground outside. If an underground space isn’t available, stick to interior rooms like closets and bathrooms. Your best choices will have sturdy walls and no windows. If a tornado is in your immediate vicinity, huddle down in a bathtub and away from any glass or possible falling objects
  • Earthquakes – These disasters tend to have the least warning. If you live in an earthquake danger area, its best to prepare your house from the outset. Make sure that any hanging decorations or items are earthquake safe and secure. You don't want them falling and injuring your family or getting damaged. Appliances should also be secured to prevent them from pulling away from walls and floors or tipping over when the ground moves. Get familiar with the safest spots in your home — the sturdiest interior walls or spaces under furniture where you can brace during the event. Also know what areas of your home to avoid, specifically around hanging objects, light fixtures, windows or mirrors. In a pinch, you can brace in an interior door frame to keep yourself safe, but it is better to have a more protected space. For the best results, immediately drop to your knees when the earthquake strikes then move to your most secure area while protecting your head and neck. Once you get situated, continue bracing and protecting your head and neck until the earthquake stops.
  • Flooding – Floods can happen with minimal warning, and the water level can increase much faster than you can plan for. Don't risk it. The moment your area is under a flood warning, get to higher ground. Whether that's finding a hill outside, or just moving to the second floor of your home, don't ignore these warnings. If its late at night, grab the kids and go upstairs for a storm slumber party. That will keep your kids calm and safe at once.
  • Fire – If there is any sign of a fire in your home, get out and stay out. Plan for a variety of ways to exit your home depending on where the flame is greatest. If you have a second, or perhaps a third story, make sure that all working upper windows are armed with fire ladders so you can get out without using the stairs. Don't be left without a way out. Plan a meeting place nearby, but at a safe distance, so your family can re-convene after exiting the home, just in case you all go different directions. Make sure your kids are aware of what to do and practice with a home fire drill just like they do at school. Once your family is outside, call 911 and follow the directions of your emergency service providers.

Evacuation Prep

City or town-wide evacuations can be panic-ridden and chaotic. The evacuation itself is dangerous because those who are unprepared are more scared and unsure what to do. Keep both you and your family calm and safe throughout the process by being prepared ahead of time. Have an emergency kit with a change of extra fuel, clothes, water, some candles, and food in your garage or car if you can. That way your family is ready at a moment's notice. Learn the evacuation procedures of your community, so you know how they will direct you in case of emergency. Always make sure to follow evacuation orders as quickly and calmly as possible. Evacuation is a last choice, so stalling because you "don't think its necessary" puts your family in danger and over-taxes emergency personnel. If there were any other options, your community would avoid the evacuation order.

Make sure to ask your real estate professional what disasters are frequent in your area before buying your home.





Posted by Titine Joyce on 8/29/2019

Buying a house is a life-changing decision. As such, you should perform extensive home evaluations before you make your final purchase decision.

There are many questions to consider as you review houses, and these questions include:

1. Does a home match my expectations?

Entering the housing market with homebuying criteria usually is a good idea. If you know what you want to find in your dream house, you can tailor your home search accordingly. As a result, you can speed up the homebuying journey.

When it comes to establishing homebuying criteria, it helps to consider your short- and long-term goals. For example, if you want a house that is close to your current office in the city, you can search for residences in towns and cities near your workplace. Or, if you are willing to upgrade a house on your own, you may want to focus on "fixer-upper" properties.

2. Can I afford a house?

Home prices vary based on many factors. Fortunately, if you create a homebuying budget, you can narrow your house search and review properties that fall within your price range.

Oftentimes, it helps to get pre-approved for a mortgage. Banks and credit unions are happy to provide you with a wide assortment of mortgage options. Once you assess the different types of mortgages, you can choose one that will ensure you can acquire your dream home in no time at all.

3. Will a home require in-depth repairs in the near future?

How a home looks today may not match how this residence looks in the years to come. As you evaluate residences, it may be beneficial to consider potential repairs.

For instance, if a house likely will require a new roof in the next few years, you may need to budget for this expense. Conversely, if a home is brand new or recently has been upgraded, you may be able to avoid costly, time-consuming repairs in the foreseeable future.

If you want to streamline your home search, you can hire a real estate agent too. In fact, if you employ a real estate agent, you can receive comprehensive support throughout the homebuying journey.

A real estate agent has a simple goal: to help you find a great house at a budget-friendly price. To accomplish this goal, a real estate agent will learn about you and your homebuying criteria and craft a personalized homebuying strategy. Plus, a real estate agent will set up home showings, offer expert homebuying recommendations and help you submit an offer to purchase your dream residence. And if you have homebuying concerns or questions, a real estate agent is available to respond to them at your convenience.

Lastly, be careful as you evaluate available homes in your preferred cities and towns. Keep in mind that no house is perfect, and any residence you buy may increase or decrease in value over time. And if you find a home that you want to buy, prepare a competitive offer, and you can boost the likelihood of receiving an instant "Yes" from a property seller.




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