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Posted by Svetlana Sheinina on 11/24/2020

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When you’re looking into buying a new home, one of the decision you’ll need to make is if you want to live in an HOA community or not. Homeowners association (HOA) communities offer certain advantages and disadvantages compared to non-HOA communities. Knowing more about these pros and cons can help you make the right decision on where to look for your new home. 

Pros of HOA Communities

Being part of an HOA community means that you’re less likely to have to deal with unkempt properties or unusual yard decor around you. HOAs generally have a set of rules that homeowners must follow, or they face being fined. The goal is to ensure that the community maintains a tidy, visually appealing appearance. You might also have access to community amenities as part of your HOA membership, such as a pool or clubhouse. 

Cons of HOA Communities

Living in an HOA community means that you’ll be expected to follow the association’s rules and restrictions. Your experience with this will depend on the HOA’s specific rules and restrictions, which can vary widely from one association to the next. Some HOAs have strict rules or a long list of restrictions, while others are more relaxed. For example, you might only be allowed to use specific colors for your home’s exterior. You might also have to check with the HOA and get approval for any changes you plan on making to your home’s exterior or your yard. 

Pros of Non-HOA Communities

When you choose to live in a non-HOA community, you are free to style your house and yard to meet your preferences and lifestyle. This provides you with more freedom to remodel your home exterior or make changes such as planting certain trees or installing a swimming pool or trampoline. When you’re not part of an HOA community, you only have to worry about following local property laws. You don’t have to keep track of HOA rules and restrictions or worry about being fined for breaking them. 

Cons of Non-HOA Communities 

While having more freedom to do what you want with your property might seem better, it’s important to consider the disadvantages of non-HOA communities. When you’re in one of these communities, you might have unsightly properties nearby that affect your home value and curb appeal. You might also have neighbors with an overgrown yard near you, which can raise your risk of having pest problems on your own property. HOA communities have rules in place to prevent these problems from happening.

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Posted by Svetlana Sheinina on 11/21/2020

This Single-Family in Boxborough, MA recently sold for $575,000. This Colonial style home was sold by Svetlana Sheinina - eXp Realty.

235 Liberty Sq. Rd, Boxborough, MA 01719


Sale Price

Deeply set on over an acre and surrounded by wonderful woodlands this traditional Colonial home creates a tranquil setting!The main level has open design, a beautifully expanded FR w/pellet stove opens onto a multi-level deck with hot-tub, overlooking expansive yard with a heated in ground pool at back. The renovated maple kitchen with granite, ample counter space, Bosch appliances opens to intimate DR. Living room with wood stove leads to the private screened porch. There is a nicely renovated full bath. 2nd. floor has 4 bedrooms and a hallway bathroom. Hard wood floors throughout. A cherished home for 30 years where life unfolded inside and out: swimming, playing sports, gathering around the fire, gardening, relaxing on a swing bench, reading on the screen porch, soaking in a hot tub even on cold winter nights. The ambience of this home is comfort, happiness and joy....Make it yours!

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Posted by Svetlana Sheinina on 11/19/2020

51-53 Spruce Street, Fitchburg, MA 01420



Approx. GLA
Perfect owner occupied property or addition to your investment portfolio. There are 3 large renovated units with upgraded bathrooms and potential 4th bedroom in each unit, two car garage and spacious level yard. Each unit has a gracious floor plan, tall ceillings, bay windows, hardwood floors throughout, beautiful period details including pocket doors and builts-in. Staircase is gorgeous! Two upper units have private porches. The house has a potential to add more parking if desired. All units are currently rented with great tenants. Next to park and field visible from driveway on dead end street. Close to major routes and Fitchburg State University. Move in or jjust collect rent. Group showings by appointment on Sunday, November 22 from 12 to 2 pm.
Open House
No scheduled Open Houses

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Posted by Svetlana Sheinina on 11/17/2020

While some home improvement projects are done purely for aesthetic reasons, window replacement projects offer a wide range of benefits.

If your current windows are decades old, they're probably difficult to clean, provide poor insulation, and get stuck every time you try to raise or lower them.

Old wooden window frames also tend to deteriorate over time, which negatively impacts both their appearance and their ability to seal out drafts and outdoor temperatures.

Modern, energy-efficient windows make older models look like they're straight out of the Stone Age! Many windows manufactured today meet strict U.S. government standards for energy efficiency and durability, which can help you save money on your home energy bills. These new features include multiple panes of glass, which provide improved insulation and impact resistance. Instead of using just plain air, many of these advanced windows are insulated with non-toxic gases, such as argon and krypton. (As long as you're not Superman, you'll do just fine!) If you're willing to pay extra, there's also the option of having mini-blinds inserted between the panes of glass.

Reducing Home Energy Costs

According to the EPA, "Replacing old windows with ENERGY STAR certified windows lowers household energy bills by an average of 12 percent nationwide. Lower energy consumption also reduces greenhouse gas emissions from power plants and shrinks a house's carbon footprint."

Energy Star-certified windows also have special coatings that reflect both infrared and ultraviolet light. That not only helps keep your home cooler in summer and warmer in winter, but it helps stop the sun's rays from fading furniture colors, flooring, and other materials.

Some of the newer windows are available with three or more layers of glass panes, which can help make your home more comfortable and quieter. If external noise is an issue, installing well-insulated windows with multiple panes can reduce that problem significantly.

Although many of the new window products are constructed of wood, they're often covered with vinyl or aluminum to be more weather resistant and durable. Fiberglass is another low-maintenance, durable material that offers good insulation qualities.

Cost Versus Benefits

While a window replacement project can take a big chunk out of your home improvement budget or bank account, it does provide a return on your investment. In addition to the fact that your home energy costs should decrease, installing new, energy-efficient windows will improve your home's marketability in the future. If and when you decide to put your home on the market, the fact that you've installed energy-efficient, easy-to-use window replacements will be a major selling point in the minds of prospective buyers.

As is the case with all home improvement contractors, it's always a good idea to get several estimates and check references, read online reviews, and take a look at Better Business Bureau ratings before choosing someone to handle the project.

Posted by Svetlana Sheinina on 11/10/2020

This Single-Family in Falmouth, MA recently sold for $561,000. This Cape style home was sold by Svetlana Sheinina - eXp Realty.

23 Sanddollar Cir, Falmouth, MA 02536

East Falmouth


Sale Price

Great Harbors Cape with first floor master bedroom, private back yard and one car garage. This opportunity to own property in sought after Great Harbors and add your updates to make this house your home. This cape offers a large living dining room with hardwood floors, a wood stove and sliding doors to a 3 season screened porch. The kitchen is galley style with an eat in opportunity and the laundry in the large closet., Two large bedrooms upstairs with shared bath and a small office complete the living space. There is a full basement for storage. The house has central air conditioning and a gas furnace. Require 24 hour notice to show.

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