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By John Savignano | Agent in 01748
  • Composting, A popular way to save money and be eco-friendly

    Posted Under: Going Green in Hopkinton, In My Neighborhood in Hopkinton  |  December 3, 2013 6:42 AM  |  498 views  |  No comments

    Composting is becoming a more and more popular way to save money and be more eco-friendly. There are many reasons to compost but some of the most enticing are it costs next to nothing, and if you're a gardener or have any landscaping at all, your compost pile will save you money. Compost can be used instead of expensive fertilizer and because you are reusing your yard waste you might be able to save on municipal trash removal costs.

    Here are some easy tips on how to get started composting:

    Storage

    You may decide to go with either an open or closed storage system. Containers keep the compost materials neat and tidy and can be built inexpensively from discarded shipping pallets, fencing or chicken wire or leftover treated lumber from another building project. You can also purchase many different types of composting bins.

    The least expensive way is to start a compost heap. Make the pile at least 6' x 6' and about 5' to 6' high in the middle. Anything smaller will maintain low temperatures and will take longer to decompose.

    Where should I store it?

    Try and store your compost pile in partial shade. This will keep it from drying out too fast. The location should also have good drainage.

    What should I compost?

    Compost any of the yard waste like fresh grass clippings, dry leaves, dry grass, and wood shavings.

    Add food waste like vegetable and fruit scraps, breads, pastas, coffee grounds, egg shells, and tea bags. Do not put meats or fats in your compost pile. These food wastes will attract animals and rodents to your bin.

    Paper towels, toilet paper tubes and other shredded paper products can also be added to your compost bin.

    Manures from cows, horses, chickens and any non-meat eating animals are excellent nitrogen sources for starting the decomposition process.

    Compost has so many benefits; it loosens clay soils and helps sandy soils retain water. It works as a natural fertilizers and can suppress plant diseases and pests. Gardens that are composted produce higher yields of healthier fruits, vegetables and flowers.

    When you are buying a home or selling a home start by working with a

    seasoned real estate professional who will keep your best interests at heart! I have helped home buyers and sellers for over 25 years. I’ll be there for you throughout the entire process! I can also refer you to reputable mortgage lenders, home inspectors and contractors.

    Don’t forget, you can stay on top of Metro West real estate with my FREE monthly newsletter and market updates! The Market Insider report is also free and packed with  useful information.

    When you have questions about real estate, contact me first! I will provide the latest sales data and the market experience you can trust!

    John Savignano

    MA Real Estate Expert

    RE/MAX Executive Realty

  • Hopkinton Real Estate Values — They're All Related

    Posted Under: Market Conditions in Hopkinton, Home Selling in Hopkinton, In My Neighborhood in Hopkinton  |  September 9, 2013 5:43 AM  |  488 views  |  No comments

     Whenever you hear that a neighbor’s house is on the market, the same question flashes through nearly every homeowner's mind: how much are they asking?

    That's because of the nature of residential markets: our own homes' real estate values (in fact, all Hopkinton real estate values) are connected with one another, and that asking price is an estimate of the current state of affairs. It has to be reasonable in order to attract the attention of serious buyers —  but if it’s too reasonable, on closing day the seller will walk away with a lighter bank account than necessary.

    Real estate values in Hopkinton are determined in large part by what other similar homes have recently sold for. These comparable sales show what a real world bank was willing to lend, and how many dollars a real life buyer was willing to pay. “Comps” are to real estate values what the Dow Jones is to securities: a trustworthy reality check, no kidding around.

    How 'comparable' a comp is depends on a number of factors to be taken into account:

    • The structure
    • Condition
    • Amenities
    • Location
    • Neighborhood

    The structure of a comp sale will have similar square footage, number of bedrooms, etc. Its condition is a value judgment best made by professional appraisers. Amenities can include everything from upgrades in a development to added features like central air conditioning or a Jacuzzi. And location means a great deal (is it in a high crime area?) — as does the similar but more precise neighborhood (are the neighbors taking care of their yards? Are the schools first-rate?).

    Ultimately, when determining real estate values for Hopkinton and Metrowest homes, appraisers take into account much more than just the house itself. That’s why when you set out to find a home for your family it’s important to look beyond the physical facets of the house alone: should you later decide to sell it, the whole host of factors will come into play. Whether you are buying or selling a home in Hopkinton this fall, contact me today for a pricing evaluation.

    When you are buying a home or selling a home start by working with a seasoned real estate professional who will keep your best interests at heart! I have helped home buyers and sellers for over 25 years. I’ll be there for you throughout the entire process! I can also refer you to reputable mortgage lenders, home inspectors and contractors.

    Don’t forget, you can stay on top of Metro West real estate with my FREE monthly newsletter and market updates! The Market Insider report is also free and packed with  useful information.

    When you have questions about real estate, contact me first! I will provide thelatest sales data and the market experience you can trust!

    John Savignano

    MA Real Estate Expert

    RE/MAX Executive Realty

    508 625-0059

     

  • The Best Day for Listing Your Metrowest Massachusetts Home is…

    Posted Under: General Area in Hopkinton, Home Selling in Hopkinton, In My Neighborhood in Hopkinton  |  February 11, 2013 5:58 AM  |  246 views  |  No comments

    “Mansion” is the Wall Street Journal’s entry into the high-end real estate magazine world. Well, not quite a magazine -- it’s an extra section they run on Fridays. It’s a nice diversion for those who want to read about really rich people selling their properties. More than that, it could actually be an important source of information if you decide to buy a vineyard in the middle of Los Angeles (Bel-Air, actually -- that one was featured last week).

    It was another article that caught my eye on Friday, though; one that dealt with a topic we agents have long debated. The article was headlined “THE BEST DAY TO LIST A HOME IS…”.  It summarized an elaborately executed study by a national brokerage revealing hard statistics on which day of the week is best for launching your Hopkinton and Metrowest listing. The author, Sanette Tanaka, brought up several ways to look at the question. While her focus was, of course, national, the unspoken allure was to zero in on which day will maximize our Metrowest listing results.

    I bet you want to know the answer, so here it is: …(drum roll, please) --

    Friday. Houses listed on Friday spent the fewest days on market (2 fewer than Thursday, 7 fewer than the most ho-hum day for listing, Sunday).

    But, reading further, there is a problem. Listing on Tuesday brought in the most requests for house tours -- by 8 thousandths of one percent over Thursday. For drawing house tours, Friday faded into the pack…

    All of which points to something experienced Hopkinton and Metrowest agents already know: statistics are helpful, but not to the point where they detract from getting the job done.  The best day to publish a local listing is as soon as it’s ready – the instant it’s ready! Buyers are constantly combing the listings, and the ideal prospect may be long gone if we hold off for any reason.

    If you are ready to sell your home, let's get your Metrowest listing ready to go now!

    I have found Wednesday to be a good day to list in MLS. The reason is first I believe buyers start getting organized for weekend home visits on Wednesday and Thursday and in our local Massachusetts MLS system New listings remain tagged as “new” for the 1st 3 days. This will draw more attention to your listing.

    When you are buying a home or selling a home start by working with a seasoned real estate professional who will keep your best interests at heart! I have helped home buyers and sellers for over 25 years. I’ll be there for you throughout the entire process! I can also refer you to reputable mortgage lenders, home inspectors and contractors.

    Don’t forget, you can stay on top of Metro West real estate with my FREE monthly newsletter and market updates! The Market Insider report is also free and packed with  useful information.

    When you have questions about real estate, contact me first! I will provide the latest sales data and the market experience you can trust!

    John Savignano
    Hopkinton, MA Real Estate Expert
    RE/MAX Executive Realty

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