Kathy Foran - REALTY EXECUTIVES Boston West



Posted by Kathy Foran on 10/20/2019

Design is a way of life, a point of view. It involves a complex mixture of visual communication: talent, creative ability, manual skill, and technical knowledge. Beauty and economics, technology, and psychology are intrinsically related to the process. Great design is in total harmony, and there is no truer designer than Nature – if you look at a branch or a leaf, it's perfectly complex and beautiful. Successful designs are not the achievement of perfection, but the minimization and accommodation of imperfection.

Commercial Building Design Tips

Nature's design is the gold standard against which our built environments should be measured. On its own, nature has a finely tuned balance, but problems occur for both people and the environment when introducing synthetic or human-made materials. The essential balance is lost. Ecological, sustainable building means not just sustaining our ecosystems, but human health as well. Mind, body, and soul are affected in myriad ways by a home. And it is clear that the once finely-tuned relationship between humankind and nature is out of balance.

A construction project has specific purposes in mind. This purpose is why the plan and design of a residential and commercial buildings is substantially different. What are the commercial building design considerations? Let's explore some of them here:

Productivity: An organized working environment is dependent on the exterior and interior design of the building. This balance must be kept in mind while creating the layout. For example, an office with adequate natural lighting, proper acoustic, adequate ventilation, temperature control, and separate working space creates the right setting. Pay attention to the flow: when employees must push past each other to complete a task, or dance around each other to reach equipment, your flow is inefficient. A commercial design professional knows how to create for productive movement.

Cost-effectiveness: These structures need to be cost-effective, i.e., the building performance requires optimization. To have quality long-term operations and less maintenance work it is necessary to opt for the best possible design now. That means utilizing sustainable building materials, cutting edge environmental controls, and energy-efficient power supplies. 

Safety and Security: Preparation for the worst is always a wise idea. Design entrances in such a way that they are safe from any external disturbance; choose methods to screen individuals and packages entering the building; install blast resistance and perimeter barriers; select fire-resistant materials for commercial interior design. 

It is quite a tough task to create a design with all these specifications in mind. This difficulty is the reason you need to opt for a professional to design your commercial space.




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Posted by Kathy Foran on 10/18/2019

Lovely Center entrance Gambrel Colonial w/2 car gar in desirable Warren Oaks neighborhood! Lg foyer opens to elegant front to back fireplaced living rm w/hardwd fl, crown molding & French dr to bright sun rm w/oversized windows & wood fl! Formal din rm w/crown molding, chair rail, hardwd fl & built in China cabinet! Eat in, Cherry kit w/brand new Quartz counters in Oct 2019, recessed lts, tile fl & stainless steel appl, dishwasher in Oct 2019, refrig in Sept 2019, gas stove in 2009! Back mudrm w/half bth! 2nd Flr has hardwd flrs, Lg master bedrm w/walk in closet, 2 additional bdrms w/closets, full tiled bth & study w/distant water views! More updates inc: 20 brand new windows in March 2019, Gas water heater in 2018, fireplace stainless steel cap in 2018, Exterior painted in Oct 2017, updated elec in 2016, Gas boiler in 2012, Arch roof in 2004 & more! Waterviews from front yard & quick stroll to Learned Pond! Level private backyard abuts McCarthy Elementary School! Close to everything!

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Posted by Kathy Foran on 10/13/2019

When it comes to the time for a tax refund, you may have a lot of big plans for the extra money that you’ll receive back from Uncle Sam. Your mind may swirl with possibilities as to what you might do with the money. One of the best uses for the money is to reinvest it in your home. It can only increase the value of your property, giving you more equity to play with whether you plan to refinance or sell in the future. The money you get back may be enough to do things like buy new appliances or put in a new floor. Below, you’ll find some of the best ideas for how to spend your tax refund money on home improvements. 


Paint


Adding some new paint to your home can do wonders for both the interior or the exterior. See what needs to be done the most and do some cost estimates. You may even be able to hire a professional painter who can get a painting job done fairly quickly without making the huge mess that you might if left to painting on your own.


Add Some Rugs


Adding just a few rugs to the hardwood surfaces around your home may make your home a lot cozier. For one, the surfaces that you walk on with bare feet will be much softer and warmer to the touch. Rugs also add a certain style element to a room that not many other accents can. Be sure that the rug you choose blends well with the color scheme that you desire for your rooms. 


Work On The Outdoors


With your tax refund money, you’ll be able to make some significant improvements to the outdoor spaces of your home. It can never hurt to add a bit of curb appeal to your property by adding bushes, new grass, outdoor lighting, and the like. Even painting your front door can be a simple task that makes a huge difference to the outside of your home. 


Upgrade Your Appliances


Upgrading your appliances can be one of the biggest things that you do to add value to your home. You can start small with items like your range and dishwasher. If you have a bit more money to play with, you may end up servicing and replacing larger items like your hot water heater, HVAC systems, or even adding solar panels. The money that you’ll save on energy efficiency will pay for the appliances over time. Also, if you’re getting ready to sell your home, these upgrades will make a huge difference in the return value that you can get for your home.





Posted by Kathy Foran on 10/6/2019

If you plan to sell a house for the first time, it pays to think about how you'll price your house. By doing so, you can establish a competitive price for your residence and boost your chances of a fast, profitable home sale.

Now, let's take a look at three pricing tips that every first-time home seller needs to know.

1. Perform Housing Market Research

Although you may have bought your home in the peak of a buyer's market, it is important to note that the real estate sector constantly fluctuates. This means the value of your home today is unlikely to match its value from a few years ago.

Before you price your house, you should take a look at a variety of housing market data. This information is readily available and will enable you to take an informed approach to the real estate market.

For example, a first-time home seller should examine the prices of available houses that are similar to his or her own. With this housing market data, a home seller can find out how his or her residence stacks up against the competition.

It also helps to review the prices of recently sold houses in your city or town. That way, you can determine whether you're about to enter a buyer's or seller's market and set realistic pricing expectations for your residence.

2. Conduct a Home Appraisal

A home appraisal is exceedingly valuable, particularly for a first-time home seller who is uncertain about the value of his or her house.

During a home appraisal, a property appraiser will examine a residence's condition, as well as various housing market data. Then, this appraiser will provide a comprehensive report that includes a property valuation.

By completing a home appraisal, a first-time home seller can receive expert property insights. Plus, the appraisal enables a home seller to identify a property's strengths and weaknesses.

3. Collaborate with a Real Estate Agent

A real estate agent is a housing market professional who is committed to client results. As such, a real estate agent will go above and beyond the call of duty to help a first-time home seller set the right price for his or her house.

Typically, a real estate agent will meet with a home seller and learn about his or her property selling goals. This housing market professional then will provide extensive housing market insights to ensure a home seller can establish a competitive home price from day one.

Let's not forget about the support that a real estate agent provides throughout the home selling journey, either. A real estate agent will set up home showings and open houses and do everything possible to help a home seller optimize the value of a residence. Also, if a home seller has questions, a real estate agent is ready to respond to them at any time.

Take the guesswork out of pricing your residence – use the aforementioned tips, and a first-time home seller can establish a competitive price for his or her home.





Posted by Kathy Foran on 10/6/2019

Lovely, bright & open 8 rm, 4 brm, 2.5 bth Garrison Colonial w/2 car attached garage in wonderful cul de sac neighborhood location! Formal front to back living rm w/marble fireplace, hardwood fl & crown molding, formal din rm w/hardwood fl, large updated e-in kit w/granite counters, recessed lights, stainless steel appliances, subway tile backsplash & tile fl opens to lg family rm w/oversized slider out to patio overlooking private acre plus lot! 4 Lg brms w/hardwood flrs & closet organizers! Front to back master brm w/dbl closet/dressing area & updated full bath! Brand new main bth in 2019 w/custom vanity, Quartz counters, dbl sinks, new tub & subway tile, new fixtures & tile flr! Convenient mud rm w/laundry rm w/tile fl & updated half bth w/tile fl! New heating system & water heater in 2019! Central Air! Architectural roof! Lovely landscaping w/brick walkways! Great side street location on the Wayland/Sudbury line & close to all major routes, schools & shopping!

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