Posted by Amanda Bruen on 5/23/2017

This Multi-Family in Melrose, MA recently sold for $602,000. This style home was sold by Amanda Bruen - KELLER WILLIAMS REALTY.


5 Short St, Melrose, MA 02176

Multi-Family

$585,000
Price
$602,000
Sale Price

2
Units
2,408
Approx. GLA
Two-family home with fenced yard in Melrose! This 2,400sqft+ property boasts two generously sized units, both with 2 bedrooms and a full bath with hardwood flooring in the kitchens and dining areas. Top unit has been remodeled, and has a balcony off of the rear overlooking the yard. Potential to add additional living space by finishing off the attic. Unit on 1st floor has updated bath. Conveniently located with easy access to 93, major shopping centers, and public schools. Definitely a MUST-SEE and a GREAT OPPORTUNITY!!

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Posted by Amanda Bruen on 5/23/2017

Buying a house is only the beginning when it comes to spending money on a residence. Buy the wrong house and you could incur heightening costs that you hadnít planned or budgeted for. One of the best ways to avoid stepping into a house financial minefield is to avoid buying a house based solely on emotion.

Start saving on housing costs early

For this reason, a first step to save on housing costs starts during the house hunting process. While you are house hunting pay attention to more than just the square footage, layout and design of a house. Ask to see the furnace, boiler and air conditioning unit, whichever utility type the house operates off of.

If youíre not knowledgeable about appliances, bring someone who is appliance savvy house hunting with you. The same goes for the roof, flooring and walls. The right construction knowledge could prevent you from investing in a house that has termites, roaches or other creepy crawly pests hidden in the walls.

Donít let realtors or housing agencies only show you the model if youíre buying a house thatís in the process of being built. Make sure that you get it in writing that you can stop by and check on the home while itís being built. Bring someone you trust who knows the ins and outs of a home, including the best way to build and wire a house, when you visit the property.

Keeping housing costs down is an ongoing effort

After you buy the right house, develop a schedule that highlights when you will perform certain types of maintenance on your new home. For example, decide whether you will mow the lawn on a Wednesday or a Saturday.

Applying a fresh coat of paint to your house or washing down the siding are other items to add to your house maintenance schedule. De-weeding your lawn, painting the interior of your home, replacing floor tiles as needed and inspecting the insulation and appliances are other maintenance activities.

You also have to clean your gutters and inspect your roof. Again, if you donít know what to look for during a roofing inspection , consider hiring a professional to do this work for you. In addition to performing regular maintenance on your home, practice safety habits.

Make sure that there is a properly functioning fire extinguisher in your house, preferably at least one extinguisher on each floor of your home. Smoke alarms are another must. Avoid floor or space heaters, as these devices can become afire hazard. Also, clean out fireplaces.

Each of these steps helps to maintain and protect your home. Itís also important to buy and keep payments current on your homeownerís insurance. Get enough homeownerís insurance coverage to protect your house from natural events that occur in the area where you live.

For example, if you live in California, you may want to get coverage for mud slide damage.In Florida, you may want coverage for hurricanes and floods. Even if the additional coverage raises your monthly homeownerís insurance premiums, the added protection could be worth it.




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Posted by Amanda Bruen on 5/17/2017


176 County Rd, Ipswich, MA 01938

Single-Family

$649,900
Price

9
Rooms
4
Beds
2/1
Full/Half Baths
Picturesque, meticulously maintained antique Colonial full of historical charm w/ classic lines, sophistication, & timeless appeal. Built in 1865, & tastefully renovated, this well-loved home offers modern amenities w/ traditional living style, but has retained original features while combining new conveniences. Keeping w/ the period, exposed beams, front & back staircases & newly refinished wide pine floors are found throughout the 1st floor, all situated on beautifully landscaped 1 acre lot w/ inground pool & gazebo. Imbued w/ sense of style, this cherished & comfortable home offers classic rooms w/ distinct personalities to include a living rm, family rm, dining rm w/ fireplace, kitchen, & study/sunrm! Full master suite privately nested on 3rd floor, exclusive to the homeowner! Recent updates inc brand new HW heater, recently refinished hrdwd on 1st floor, updated electric, plus new roof w/ 50 yr shingles.1 YR HOME WARRANTY PAID BY SELLER FOR BUYER AT CLOSING!!
Open House
Sunday
May 21 at 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
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Location: 176 County Rd, Ipswich, MA 01938    Get Directions

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Posted by Amanda Bruen on 5/16/2017

This adorable New England Cape Cod home will capture your heart with its wonderfully maintained 3-4 bedroom cape abutting Atkinson Common! Loads of period charm throughout entire home to include original hardwood floors, eat-in kitchen, 1st floor laundry, living or dining room, & spacious family room with wood-burning fireplace & built-in shelves perfect for entertaining. The first floor bedroom could serve as a guest room or in-home office. The second floor offers 3 generous size bedrooms & full bath. Updates to include newer roof, recently painted exterior & much more. Enjoy relaxing nights from your large screened sun porch, deck or patio overlooking an enchanting back yard with gorgeous natural landscaping, garden & perennial flower beds all overlooking private backyard. Full unfinished basement could easily be finished for additional living space if needed. Walking distance to all area schools, restaurants/shops & local hospital. One of Newburyportís most desired streets!

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Posted by Amanda Bruen on 5/16/2017


12 Chase St, Newburyport, MA 01950

Single-Family

$499,900
Price

7
Rooms
3
Beds
2
Baths
This adorable New England Cape Cod home will capture your heart with its wonderfully maintained 3-4 bedroom cape abutting Atkinson Common! Loads of period charm throughout entire home to include original hardwood floors, eat-in kitchen, 1st floor laundry, living or dining room, & spacious family room with wood-burning fireplace & built-in shelves perfect for entertaining. The first floor bedroom could serve as a guest room or in-home office. The second floor offers 3 generous size bedrooms & full bath. Updates to include newer roof, recently painted exterior & much more. Enjoy relaxing nights from your large screened sun porch, deck or patio overlooking an enchanting back yard with gorgeous natural landscaping, garden & perennial flower beds all overlooking private backyard. Full unfinished basement could easily be finished for additional living space if needed. Walking distance to all area schools, restaurants/shops & local hospital. One of Newburyport's most desired streets!
Open House
Sunday
May 21 at 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM
Cannot make the Open Houses?
Location: 12 Chase St, Newburyport, MA 01950    Get Directions

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