Posted by Mary-Lou McDonough on 7/17/2017

Although it's not uncommon to see mobile home parks in rural America, rural areas aren't the only places where manufacturers build and sell mobile homes. Suburbs like Bensalem, Pennsylvania and Albany, Georgia have mobile home parks. These are quiet communities that are near stores, businesses and major roadways.

Some mobile home parks are located within walking distance of golf courses and lakes. Utilities include water, electricity and cable television. Long term mortgages can make buying a mobile home more affordable. Going with a newer mobile home,especially a home that uses solar panels, is another way to cut the cost of owning a mobile home. Pay attention to amenities and you could snag a mobile home for less than $50,000.

Mobile home amenities that intrigue and inspire

Give yourself time to check out the range of mobile home amenities. It could take several days or weeks to view all of the amenities. To begin, there are:

Back yard patios - Yes. Mobile homes are built with patios, spaces large enough to host graduation parties, barbecues and small weddings.

Porches - Front and back porch options are available with mobile homes. Surprisingly,there are mobile homes that are built with wraparound porches. Regardless of the size or type of porch you get, you could forego steps. You could also have two cement steps lead onto the porch. Another option is a tall exterior staircase.

Kitchen islands - Kitchen islands are just the beginning. Tall, dark brown kitchen cabinetry with built in space for conventional ovens or microwave ovens are additional mobile home amenities. Breakfast nooks large enough to fit two to three bar stools could add more seating.

Sinks - Choose between single and double sinks. Add in matching stainless steel appliances like a tall, stately refrigerator and a floor level, conventional oven.

Bathrooms - Let your realtor know if you want a glass shower stall or a bathroom with a large, garden tub. A large mobile home can easily fit a spacious bathroom that has a shower and a wide bath tub. In these spacious bathrooms cabinets are long enough to fit four large, wall mirrors. Cabinets that are open at the bottom,can be used to store towels, wash rags and blankets. This could keep you from having to add in a closet bathroom. Go with an en suite for extra privacy.

Lighting - Decide whether you want round or square ceiling lights, chandeliers and lights attached to ceiling fans. For example, you could build a chandelier over your kitchen or dining room tables and install ceiling fan lights in bedrooms.

Most amenities that you can get with a traditional house are available in mobile homes. You can get a glimpse at the amenities by taking a virtual tour of mobile homes that a manufacturer, mobile home management company or your realtor offers you.

Today's mobile homes are modern in look and feel. Amenities found in the homes is as stylish and trendy as amenities found in traditional homes. Similar to traditional houses, the more upscale and stylish amenities in mobile homes are,the bigger the ticket price on the houses generally is. To steer clear of rising debt, consider adding or upgrading mobile home amenities one room at a time.




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Posted by Mary-Lou McDonough on 7/14/2017

This Single-Family in Concord, MA recently sold for $1,060,000. This Cape style home was sold by Mary-Lou McDonough - Barrett Sotheby's International Realty.


127 Authors Road, Concord, MA 01742

Single-Family

$1,050,000
Price
$1,060,000
Sale Price

10
Rooms
3
Beds
2/1
Full/Half Baths
Enjoy living in the coveted neighborhood of Revolutionary Ridge. In this lovely setting abutting Town land and nestled at the end of a cul-de-sac you'll find this enchanting Cape Cod home offering 3 levels of living. Sunny, upgraded marble kitchen with dining area is accessible to the mudroom/enclosed sun porch and garage, Enjoy entertaining in the lovely front-to-back spacious formal living room with brick fireplace and serene garden views. A first floor office with large built-in desk area and lots of natural light offers a convenient place to work from home. The lower level walk out family room is the perfect spot for everyday comfortable living as a TV room, game or crafts room. You can cancel your gym membership with your own work out room and enjoy walking trails in the neighborhood. Beautifully landscaped fenced property with playstructure and garden shed. Become part of the quaint historic town of Concord and enjoy strolling to its beautiful town center, restaurants and shops.

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Posted by Mary-Lou McDonough on 7/10/2017

Are you a lover of all things Disney? Do you wish that you could be in Disney more often than not? Well Disney lovers rejoice! There are simple ways to add subtle and classy touches of Disney into your home, inside and out. Hereís how to add subtle hints of Disney to your home: Art: Disney has stunning pieces of artwork and sculpture for sale in their parks and online. There are various artists that create these works of art for Disney and the themes vary. You can find Mickey and Minnie, theme park, attraction, and other character themed pieces and in all different sizes. Thereís even artwork for various seasons and holidays such as Christmas and fall. There are pieces to fit all styles from vintage to classic that would look great in entryways, bedrooms, bathrooms, and bedrooms. Family Room, Bed & Bath Accessories: Small signs, accent pillows, throws, a toothbrush holder, and towels are among the many accessories available for living spaces. bedrooms and bathrooms. Add accent pillows to your couches and beds, small signs to your nightstand and shelves, and a toothbrush holder and decorative towels to your bathroom. Kitchen Accessories: There are so many great kitchen accessories that you can purchase in the parks and online. There are items ranging from salt and pepper shakers and silverware to wine glasses, mugs, plates and dishes, hand towels, and so much more. Create a small display of the various Disney mugs from the resorts youíve stayed at or display Disney plates in your dining room or kitchen. Outdoor Accessories: Disney and other retailers sell various types of accessories for the outdoors. Items such as lawn gnomes, string lights, and solar lighting are great ways to add a little Disney magic to your outdoors. From Mickey and Minnie, Goofy and Donald Duck to theme park and attraction themed items, your possibilities for brining Disney home are endless. And with so many possibilities you can add the touches of Disney that you love the most.





Posted by Mary-Lou McDonough on 7/7/2017

This Single-Family in Watertown, MA recently sold for $786,500. This Colonial,Victorian style home was sold by Mary-Lou McDonough - Barrett Sotheby's International Realty.


99 Franklin Street, Watertown, MA 02472

Single-Family

$725,000
Price
$786,500
Sale Price

7
Rooms
3
Beds
2
Baths
Charming Victorian has been beautifully renovated and maintained. Enjoy original wood floors, crown molding, "Jack and Jill" staircase, stained glass, and a beautiful well designed kitchen with quartz counters, stainless steel appliances, exposed brick, and ample cabinetry. Gorgeous, private fenced yard with flowering trees and bushes, raised flower and vegetable gardens, and a bluestone patio to enjoy throughout the seasons with family and friends. Numerous renovations and upgrades have been thoughtfully completed by the current owner including newer roof, furnace, replacement windows and more! Absolutely nothing to do except move in, unpack, and begin your next chapter in this one-of-a-kind property.

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Posted by Mary-Lou McDonough on 7/3/2017

Buy a house and you probably just made the largest purchase of your life, a decision that will impact you daily. Buy the right house and you can finally start to feel rooted, as if you found the place where you feel balanced and centered. You can make this house your own, hanging original art pieces and pictures on the walls and filling the space with furniture and knick knacks that showcase your remarkable personality, your amazing style.

Stop guessing how much house you can afford

If you let yourself develop your creative muscle, thereís a strong likelihood that you created those original art pieces yourself. Clearly, buying a house is about more than the base price of the house. Itís about stepping into new experiences. Allow those experiences to be rewarding, certainly financially stress free. But, that wonít happen like magic. It takes thought, action and understanding. You can do it.

You must know everything that youíll be responsible to pay for before you buy a house. It could keep you out of foreclosure should you or your spouse get laid off. It could keep you from taking on debt that will put your finances in a gripping headlock. Specific fees that you may incur when you buy a house vary, depending on the lender. However, general fees and costs you can expect to be responsible for include:

  • Base price of the house (Itís easy to think that the base mortgage is all youíll have to repay when you buy a house. But, although itís the largest chunk of what goes into a mortgage, the base price or principal of a house is only one piece of the costs.)
  • Interest or adjustable rate mortgage (Adjustable interest rates may start lower, but they can shift upwards and put your mortgage out of reach. Research lenders. Make sure youíre not working with a predatory lender.)
  • Property taxes
  • Down payment (The bigger the down payment you can put on your new house, the better. It can lower your monthly mortgage payments significantly.)
  • Closing costs (Try to negotiate a deal that splits closing costs with sellers. You might even get a deal where house sellers pay all of the closing costs.)
  • Homeownerís association fees
  • Mortgage insurance
  • Homeowners insurance (This is separate from the mortgage insurance. Homeowners insurance covers the costs of damages the house may incur during natural and human-made disasters. This insurance is similar to car insurance.)
  • House inspection fees

Eliminating mortgage fee surprises helps you enjoy your home

There is more than one way to become a homeowner. Options include rent-to-own, a newly built house and buying an old house that you restore. Housing communities also vary, giving you the chance to move into communal housing neighborhoods, single family homes, tiny houses, mobile homes and elegant Victorian houses. You could also make the land more a priority than your living space, especially if you aim to start a farm or another outdoor business.

Go with the housing option that best matches your personal needs. Youíre probably going to be spending a lot of time in your new home. But, donít just fall in love with your house. Set yourself up for financial success. Be aware of all costs that go into your mortgage before you buy a house. Also, understand additional costs that you are responsible for paying a lender that arenít built into your monthly mortgage payments. Shop for and buy a house with your eyes wide open.




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