Posted by Mary-Lou McDonough on 8/24/2020

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If having freshly grown herbs at the tip of your fingertips appeals to you, growing an indoor herb garden is right up your alley. There are many flavorful herbs that you can easily grow indoors. The following are a few of the herbs that are most conducive to an indoor growth environment:

Easy-to-Grow Herbs For Indoor Gardeners

Chives

You can grow chives virtually anywhere. This herb is a wonderful addition to a buttered baked potato or a great way to spice up a bland food dish. Cut chives at their base, and don’t harvest more than ? of your bunch at one singular time.

Cilantro

This fun herb is sometimes known as Chinese parsley. You can eat all parts of this plant, but most often, the dried seeds or fresh leaves are the best part to add to your cooking. To most, cilantro has a tart taste, similar to a lemon/lime taste. Keep in mind, cilantro’s growth is short-lived. This means you need to keep seedlings going in two to three-week intervals to ensure you have a good supply on hand.

Basil

You can use basil in a variety of ways. Blend it in sauces, place whole leaves on your pizza, chop it up and add to your salad, top pasta, and much more. Use smaller basil for indoor herb gardens. This plant can get large if you don’t stick to the smaller globe varieties.

Mint

This herb has many benefits and is medicinal in some forms. It helps ease queasy stomachs, calms anxiety and stress and promotes restful slumber.  Use it to create peppermint tea to calm the digestive tract and ease cramps, gas and indigestion.

Thyme

Thyme plants are easy to start. Begin by repotting from a nursery plant. You can even divide a plant into a smaller portion from a larger outside variety. You can also easily propagate this from cuttings, similar to sage and rosemary. Thyme is a Mediterranean herb and is the perfect addition to a variety of foods, including soups, marinades, vegetables, meat and more.

Oregano

This flavorful herb is ideally suited to oil-based dishes. Many cooks combine olive oil with oregano to create a tasty vinaigrette or marinade. Oregano fits best with beef, chicken or lamb dishes. It is also commonly paired with tomato-based dishes, like pasta sauce or pizza. Be sure to add oregano towards the end of the cooking process. This ensures the flavor of the herb is not lost. Also, dried oregano is more flavorful than fresh.

Sage

Ensure sage has good potting soil. Also, when establishing a new plant, keep the cut moist. Sage will often root well in a few week's time. This herb is best used to bolster omelets, tomato sauce, bean dishes, or even holiday stuffing.

Having herbs conveniently at hand when cooking is a luxury made possible by an indoor herb garden. Consider the herbs listed above as some possibilities. Each of them are considered easy-to-grow and make great beginner’s plants to ease into the process of herb gardening.




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Posted by Mary-Lou McDonough on 8/18/2020

This Single-Family in Arlington, MA recently sold for $1,050,000. This Colonial style home was sold by Mary-Lou McDonough - Barrett Sotheby's International Realty.


186 Waverley Street, Arlington, MA 02476

Single-Family

$988,000
Price
$1,050,000
Sale Price

8
Rooms
4
Beds
3/1
Full/Half Baths
Have you dreamt of an inviting neighborhood that takes you back to your childhood; walking two blocks to elementary school and the playground, nearby buses going regularly to Alewife and Harvard Square? Your dreams are realized in this stylish and inviting move-in ready Colonial that was substantially redone and an addition built in 2015. Home office, au pair or in-law possibilities. The expansive living room has discreet areas for multiple uses, a fireplace and sliders to a lush play lawn, patio and garden. The recently renovated kitchen features granite counters, stainless steel appliances and high-end cabinetry. The master bedroom has everything you have been looking for—a walk-in cedar closet with custom built-ins, a dramatic vaulted sitting area with a Juliet balcony plus an on-trend bath with a skylight and tiled shower surrounded by glass. Near Robbins Park with fabled sledding and Boston skyline views, Menotomy Rocks Park and Minuteman Bikeway. An enduring home and location.

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Posted by Mary-Lou McDonough on 8/17/2020

Selling a home usually requires various investments along the way. In fact, some of the most common house selling costs include:

1. Lawn Care

Maintaining a neat, tidy lawn is crucial, particularly for a seller who wants to stir up significant interest in his or her residence. As such, it generally is a good idea to account for lawn care costs as you put together a house selling budget.

Sometimes, home sellers hire professionals to mow the lawn, trim the hedges and conduct other lawn care tasks. If you decide to enlist lawn care professionals, you should explore all of the options at your disposal. That way, you can find a lawn care provider that offers a terrific mix of affordability and convenience.

You also can perform regular lawn care tasks on your own. This will allow you to eliminate the cost of a lawn care provider and ensure your lawn will impress potential buyers any time they see your residence.

2. Home Repairs

House repairs can be expensive, especially if an individual has failed to maintain his or her residence properly. If you dedicate time and energy to analyze your house, you can identify home problems and prioritize property repairs accordingly.

It may be helpful to conduct a house inspection before you list your residence. During a home inspection, a property expert will review your residence and identify any underlying issues. Then, you can use a home inspection report to determine how you can improve your residence.

Of course, you can limit home repair costs by completing property improvements on your own. On the other hand, if you want to hire a professional, there is no shortage of home improvement specialists available in cities and towns nationwide. And if you reach out to local home improvement specialists, you should be able to find one who can fulfill your requests.

3. Utilities

If you relocate to a new house but still need to sell your prior residence, you will need to account for the latter home's water and electricity costs. Remember, a homebuyer likely will want to test a house's faucets and toilets to ensure running water is available before he or she purchases a house. At the same time, it may be tough to show a residence to buyers if no electricity is available.

As you get set to sell your residence, it may be beneficial to hire a real estate agent, too. A real estate agent is equipped to help a home seller streamline the property selling journey. Thus, if you want to learn about home selling expenses, a real estate agent is happy to teach you about them. Or, if you have questions about the home selling journey, a real estate agent can respond to them without delay.

Want to sell your residence? Consider the aforementioned home selling costs – you will be glad you did. Because if you develop a house selling budget, you can boost the likelihood of enjoying a successful property selling experience.




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Posted by Mary-Lou McDonough on 8/12/2020


316 Cambridge Tpke, Lincoln, MA 01773

Rental

$2,400
Price

7
Rooms
3
Beds
1/1
Full/Half Baths
LINCOLN SINGLE FAMILY- Comfortable and convenient 3 bedroom, 2 bath, Bungalow. First floor offers a living room, dining room and upgraded kitchen. All three bedrooms are on the second level with full bath and washer/dryer area. Hardwood floors throughout, enclosed 3 season porch, 2 car garage and ample driveway parking. Lease may be extended.
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No scheduled Open Houses

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Posted by Mary-Lou McDonough on 8/10/2020

Selling your home may seem like a relatively simple process. You hire an agent, let them take pictures and show the house to prospective buyers, accept an offer, and then close… right?

In reality, there’s a lot that goes into the selling process; especially if you want to have a smooth home sale.

Matters are further complicated by hr fact that most sellers are also in the process of buying, closing, and moving into their new home.

To make the most of your time in the weeks or months leading up to your sale, I’ve put together a list of tips that you can use to get ahead of the curve, making your sale as problem-free and simple as possible.

Set deadlines

One of the most important lessons homeowners learn when they sell their first home is how quickly moving day creeps up on them. Make a list of all of the things you need to do before you hand over the keys, and set dates and reminders in your calendar for those tasks.

You can do this if you’re in the beginning stages of finding out when you want to sell by, or if you’re in the final stages of packing and moving your belongings to your new home. Regardless of where you are in the home sale process, you can always benefit from preparedness.

Find an agent

To get the ball rolling, reach out to a real estate agent sooner rather than later. They’ve been through this process several times before and will be able to give you advice that is catered to your specific situation.

Make sure your home is ready for sale

We all love our homes and value the time and effort we put into them. But, to get top dollar for your home and ensure a smooth sale, you’ll probably need to do some work.

This can include getting an inspection to ensure that the vital components of your home are working properly. Knowing this now can save you time and headaches if a buyer’s inspector finds an issue with your home that you weren’t aware of.

Similarly, you’ll want to make your home move-in ready by making small repairs, putting a fresh coat of paint, and cleaning up the exterior of the home.

Do your research when setting a price

Setting the price of a home is not a road you want to take shortcuts on. Research prices for comparable homes in your area, consider recent repairs you made, and value the home at what you think is a fair price.

However, don’t get too attached to one number and be prepared to adapt based on the offers you receive.

Have a moving day plan

Planning for moving day could be its own separate blog post. You’ll want to start packing things you don’t need early on in the process. Then, make arrangements for young children or pets, so that you can focus on the move rather than keeping track of everyone else.




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