Ann Marie Martin


Posted by Ann Marie Martin on 10/14/2019

As the new year approaches, you may wonder what changes are ahead for you and your family. If you have been thinking about selling your home in the coming year, there are a few pretty good reasons to do so. Read on, and you may find some new real estate goals for the new year. 


Thereís Not A Lot Of Inventory


If the inventory is low, youíll find that itís a great time to put your home on the market. Your home will sell a bit faster and attract more buyers. If the market is particularly busy, you may get an even better price than expected for your home. 


People Want Homes Fast


Certain times of year bring a bit more urgency to the market. Employees may be more apt to have transfers within their company. Families may be looking to move in before the start of the school year. These situations can get your home off the market fast for the right price.


The Seasons Of Real Estate Are Different


While we typically think of spring as starting in late March, spring in the real estate world actually begins in January. Once the holidays are over, itís believed that people are ready to make moves with their properties. This early season holds especially true in warmer climates. Itís thought that the earlier in the year a home is listed, the more it will stand out on the market. If youíre listing a house in a warmer climate, keep in mind that people who are looking to escape cold climates are looking to buy in the early months of the year.  


Keep in mind that if you do live in a colder climate and plan to sell and your property has some great outdoor space, you may want to wait until a warmer time of year to sell. 


The Lower The Price Of The Home The Faster It Moves


If your home is on the lower end of the price spectrum, you may be able to sell whenever youíd like., These home are attractive to first-time buyers and move fast off the market. Theyíre great for starter homes, fixer uppers, and house flippers.


The bottom line is that in a hot market there may be no wrong time to sell. If you speak with a REALTORģ and they believe the time is right, and youíre itching to move on to another property you should. Real estate agents have the knowledge and experience that can help you to find the right time to sell as well as the sweet spot for pricing your home.   


    





Posted by Ann Marie Martin on 10/7/2019

If you use a teapot, you know that over time, as the water heats and cools, calcium and other deposits from the water build up on the bottom of the kettle and need cleaning out periodically. The same is true of your water heater. Both city water and well water can contain suspended minerals and chemicals like calcium and magnesium. Unless you filter the water through reverse osmosis before it reaches your hot water tank, those chemicals build up inside and leave a heavy crust at the bottom. Even a small amount of sediment reduces your water heaterís effectiveness and ability to keep a stable temperature in your tank.

To ensure that your water heater gives you lovely warm temperatures for years to come, clean out the sediment at least once each year, and more often if your water has heavy hard-water sediment. 

How to drain and clean your water tank

  • Turn off the power supply. If your appliance is electric, just turn off the electricity, but if your appliance is gas, youíll need to turn off both electricity and gas.
  • Turn off the cold water supply from before where it enters the water tank. If your inlet has a valve, turn it off there, but, in many cases, this means turning it off at the street.
  • Turn on the hot water tap in the nearest sink or tub. This gives a second access point allowing air to flow into the tank as you drain it.
  • Attach a garden hose firmly to the drain spigot and run the end into a bucket or tub if the appliance is in the basement or cellar, or outside into the garden if on the main floor. If your water heater is in the attic, you can run the hose out onto the roof to drain into the gutters provided they donít have screens on them.
  • Remember that you may have to empty a 5-gallon bucket several times.
  • Carefully turn on the spigot and check your attachment for leaks.
  • Once all the water is drained, open and close the cold-water valve several times to force fresh water through the bottom of the tank to clean out the last of the sediment. Take care as you reopen the valve because the water will run out quickly and surprise you.
  • Finally, when the water runs clear, close the cold-water inlet and the water heaterís drain valve and remove the hose.
  • Open the cold-water valve and allow the tank to fill. Open the hot-water faucets on all sinks and tubs to remove air from the lines.
  • When the faucets stop sputtering air, close them all and restore power. NOTE: do not restore power until the tank is full. Follow your manufacturerís instructions to light the pilot. If youíre not sure how to light it, contact your gas company for assistance.

Keeping your water heater in tip-top shape ensure its longevity and reduces maintenance costs. If youíre uncertain about completing this task yourself, ask your real estate professional to refer you to plumbing professionals.




Categories: how to   homeowners   plumbing  


Posted by Ann Marie Martin on 10/3/2019


375 Chestnut St., East Longmeadow, MA 01028

Single-Family

$449,900
Price

8
Rooms
3
Beds
2/1
Full/Half Baths
Custom Built Ranch Style home offers a great open floor plan. Beautiful Living Room with 12ft ceiling, Hardwood floors, beautiful gas fireplace, and crown moldings. All open to the dining area. Kitchen with cherry cabinets, granite counters, stainless steel appliances, and a very unique stainless back splash. Master Bedroom with tray ceiling, separate office or sitting area. Extremely large master bathroom suite with double vanity, large walk in shower, Great walk-in closet and dressing area. An addition 2 bedrooms with a full bathroom on the other side of the main living area. Sun Room with lots of windows, leads out to the back deck, which overlooks a wonderful park like setting back yard, Very well insulated, gas heat, hot water, central A/C, wired for a generator, and more. Let's not forget about the large basement, plenty of room for just about anything, tool shop, man cave, playroom. This is a must see home.
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Posted by Ann Marie Martin on 9/30/2019

Do you need a body workout and the gym is far away, or you can't afford to pay for a gym? Why not try using your local park. You don't need to register for or pay out anything or follow anyone's routine. You need to get a pair of sneakers, a bottle of water and your headset. Then you are ready to work out at the perfect time that will be comfortable for you. You can make your local park the perfect workout venue. 

Warm in the park by jumping rope, jogging, and running. The park benches, swings, and monkey bars are everything you need to have a successful body workout.

  1. Park bench: There are numerous workouts you can do using the park benches: Toe-Tap. Alternating Step downs. Push Ups. Mountain Climbers. Step Ups and Tap Ups. Triceps Dip. Bench Jump. Elevated Back Lunge
  2. Swings: A swing supports different workouts such as: Split Squat. Knee Tucks. Swing row. Criss-Cross

Benefits

Strengthening your core at the local park has fantastic health benefits. Your core muscles are the flexible connectors of your upper and lower body. Properly built up core muscles increase your bodyís strength. A stable core also improves stability and balance, helping to prevent falls or injuries during sports and athletic activities. Having a robust and flexible core improves almost everything you do:

  1. It helps protect the central nervous system and internal organs in the body.
  2. It helps prevent future injuries by strengthening your muscles and making you less prone to injuries.
  3. It reduces back and body pains.
  4. It improves your posture.
  5. It helps you look good and feel great.
  6. It makes the muscles work perfectly together.
  7. It enhances the respiratory system.
  8. It helps in reduction of body fats and weight loss.
  9. It increases inner energy.
  10. It makes you physically, mentally, and emotionally stable. 
  11. It saves money and the stress of finding a good fitness club or gym to join.
  12. It aids in burning the calories in your body.
  13. It helps you socialize with the people living in your community.
  14. It helps in reducing depression, anger, and stress.
  15. It helps in reducing belly fat thereby flattening it.

These benefits should be a driving force enough to motivate anybody to go directly to a local park to strengthen their core. Besides, working out at the local park is a great way to meet neighbors with similar interests and goals in your new community. 

Your real estate professional may know of groups that workout in your park or near to your new home, so donít forget to use them as a resource to learn about your new city.




Tags: new town   family fun   fitness  
Categories: new town   family fun   fitness  


Posted by Ann Marie Martin on 9/28/2019


375 Chestnut St., East Longmeadow, MA 01028

Single-Family

$454,900
Price

8
Rooms
3
Beds
2/1
Full/Half Baths
Custom Built Ranch Style home offers a great open floor plan. Beautiful Living Room with 12ft ceiling, Hardwood floors, beautiful gas fireplace, and crown moldings. All open to the dining area. Kitchen with cherry cabinets, granite counters, stainless steel appliances, and a very unique stainless back splash. Master Bedroom with tray ceiling, separate office or sitting area. Extremely large master bathroom suite with double vanity, large walk in shower, Great walk-in closet and dressing area. An addition 2 bedrooms with a full bathroom on the other side of the main living area. Sun Room with lots of windows, leads out to the back deck, which overlooks a wonderful park like setting back yard, Very well insulated, gas heat, hot water, central A/C, wired for a generator, and more. Let's not forget about the large basement, plenty of room for just about anything, tool shop, man cave, playroom. This is a must see home.
Open House
No scheduled Open Houses

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