Gene Mullen - CENTURY 21 Commonwealth



Posted by Gene Mullen on 9/5/2018


249 Salem Street, Reading, MA 01867

Condo

$460,000
Price

5
Rooms
2
Beds
2
Baths
Maplewood Village, Easy living at it's finest. This amazing 2 bedroom, 2 full bath unit has been meticulously cared for by the original owner and it shows. Take note of the inviting open floor-plan, hardwood flooring, fully applianced kitchen and high ceilings to start. The slider and deck off of the dining area brings in morning sun and offers shade in the late afternoon. The laundry is conveniently located and there is easy access to attic storage above. Even the attached garage has ample space for additional storage. Situated on the back side of this 36 unit development and abutting conservation land in the rear, it's hard to imagine youíre directly off of Salem St. and less than a 1/2 mile from the lake. Maplewood Village is a well-managed 55+ Condominium Association with very reasonable condo fees and a location that can't be beat. Come see it today.
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Posted by Gene Mullen on 9/4/2018

You may be in the market to buy a vacation home in the near future. Getting ready to purchase a second home can be a big decision and a big financial commitment. Aside from a good investment, buying a vacation home brings enjoyment to you and your family. To help you make a good decision on when and where to buy your vacation home, read on. 


Itís All About Location


You need ton know why you want to buy a second home. Do you spend a lot of time in one specific area? Do you want to explore one particular place a bit more on a frequent basis? The reason behind why you purchase a home for vacation purposes will fuel your decision on location. If youíre looking for a simple getaway with your family several times a year, the answer may be different than if you want to have a rental property. Choose a location that has varied seasons. You donít want the prime time for use of the property to be the same as when youíd like to be on the property with your family.   


Donít Purchase On A Whim


While it can be tempting to search for homes while youíre on a getaway, you should rent several times before you make the decision to buy in a particular place. Vacations can give buyers this sense of awe that could quickly fade. You donít want your decision to be fueled by emotion. You need to be certain that youíll actually enjoy an area for the long term. 


Shopping for a vacation home is quite similar to shopping for your main house. You want to know youíre in a good area and that youíll enjoy the house or the long haul. Itís tough to do that if you donít have a basic understanding or appreciation of the area.  


How Often Will You Use The House, Really?


You need to be realistic about how often youíll actually use your vacation house. It may not be worth it to buy in an area that will only be used one week out of the year. If you know youíll be able to use the space all of the time, then go for buying a home in the location of your dreams. If, however, youíre unsure of how often youíll be able to get to the house you might want to think twice. You could do just as well finding a spot that you can use as a reliable rental when you want it. Donít forget that buying a second home means having a second home to maintain. Not everyone is up for that challenge.           





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Posted by Gene Mullen on 8/28/2018

Having a small living room gives you a great chance to cozy up and feel snug. Itís not such a disadvantage to have a small living space. If you buy the right furniture and place it accordingly, your small space can have big personality. For example, buying a larger sofa takes up more room than a love seat, yet you may be able to fit a love seat and two chairs in the same space. This gives you the ability to seat more people. Pro tip: Armless chairs are great for small living rooms.


If youíre short on space in your home, you can use the corners of the room for other purposes. Tuck a desk with your computer in a part of the living space to help you make the most of the area that you do have. This helps to give the room multi-functional purposes with style.  


Use Focal Points


Like every room of any home, you need a focal point. Does your small living room have a fireplace? Hang some art above the fireplace, in order to help both pieces stand out. Using that area of the room as a focal point gives the appearance of a larger room. Keep away from over-stuffing a room with furniture and decor, as it will appear smaller. 


Bring Out The Height Of A Room


You can make a small room feel bigger if you bring out the height of the room. Hang paintings a bit further up the wall than normal. You donít want to make the space look awkward, but think outside the box to use the upward space of a small room. You may even consider placing molding type materials between one foot to a foot and a half from the top of the ceiling. 


Stacking Furniture Helps


No, we donít mean for you to stack your furniture pieces on top of each other. You could place a cabinet behind the back of a sofa thatís facing in the opposite direction. This can help to save space and create a feeling of divide in between rooms. This could also be a handy way for you to place tables next to chairs- directly against them- in order for guests to have a handy place to put drinks or appetizer plates.              


How To Make An Entrance


Many times, the living room is also the entrance to the home. Your living space can also serve as the home office or a dual dining space. For these purposes, keep everything smooth. If you make a color transition from room to room, be sure that itís subtle and well thought out. The overall color palette should be similar.




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Posted by Gene Mullen on 8/22/2018

This Single-Family in Wakefield, MA recently sold for $475,000. This Cape style home was sold by Gene Mullen - CENTURY 21 Commonwealth.


69 Cedar Street, Wakefield, MA 01880

Single-Family

$475,000
Price
$475,000
Sale Price

6
Rooms
3
Beds
1/1
Full/Half Baths
Classic 3 bedroom cape with a price and location that can't be beat. Bring your fashion flare and inspiration to reality right here at one of Wakefield's preferred Westside neighborhood locations. Offering a large front to back living room with fireplace, beautiful hardwood flooring, a spacious eat in kitchen and a full shed dormer that allows for 3 bedrooms all on the second floor. Exterior is in very good condition with new roof, replacement windows and vinyl siding. Please note that kitchen and bathrooms are dated but reflected in price.

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Posted by Gene Mullen on 8/21/2018

Technology is getting smarter. Nowadays it seems everything has AI built-in. And why not? It makes your home have a clever assistant in every room of your home without the expense of paying hourly wages. Hereís how to have a smarter kitchen, because letís be honest this is the room where we can always use an extra set of hands.

The Mr.Coffee coffee pot can start from your phone. Letís be honest the alarm feature most pots boast are greatÖ but not everyone has the same schedule every day. This pot allows you to create a custom schedule that matches your own. Have a fresh, hot cup waiting for you right when you get out of bed when you wake up at 5 am on a Monday and 7 on a Wednesday.

Want more control of your appliances from your phone? Crock-pot now has a slow cooker you can adjust settings with from your phone. Control temperature and cook times from anywhere so if youíre running late getting home it wonít be too an overcooked meal.

Both the Mr.Coffee and Crock Pot devices run off of Wemo technology. While both of these devices have built-in tech that doesn't mean the fun has to end there. Wemo offers devices you can plug into any outlet so you can control any appliance from your phone. With the Wemo app set lights to turn on for your family to come home to a well lit welcoming home even on a Winter night.

You can also use Google Assistant, Alexis or Siri (with the necessary extender) to control these devices and even set timers and reminders. Ask your smart speaker to set a timer for dinner, add an item to your grocery list or that you want to use that hamburger in the freezer by Friday. You can even ask for help with ingredient conversions. If you like to listen to music while cooking you donít need to worry about touching controls if you want to skip a song, turn the music down or up. Just ask your assistant to do it for you, and it will happily oblige.

Have fun with your pooch from anywhere with the Furbo camera. With camera, access make sure your dog isnít up to no good while youíre away. Use the microphone to remind them the rules still apply while you are away. The best part, however, is that you can reward them for being well-behaved, or cute, with the built-in treat dispenser.

Keep your home safe with the Nest Protect system, a smart smoke, and carbon monoxide alarm. This alarm alerts your phone as soon as it detects signs of danger. It also warns you with a human-like voice when the alarm is about to go off so you arenít startled by the typical high pitched screaming of alarms.




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