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By Judi Leonard | Agent in Braintree, MA
  • There's a Lot to Love in a Small Home

    Posted Under: Home Buying in Boston, Home Selling in Boston, Property Q&A in Boston  |  August 19, 2011 6:36 PM  |  367 views  |  No comments

    A lot of Boston area home owners are finding that a small home packs plenty of perks, and generally means a lower asking price. But as houselogic.com points out, your entry price is only one factor – for consideration; smaller houses are easier on the pocketbook in a host of ways. Let's look at a few of them:

    Your small home will be charged at a lower tax rate than its larger neighbors because the assessed value generally is lower. Lower property taxes are definitely worth getting excited about!

    The smaller the house, generally the lower the insurance cost. Of course, it also matters where you live, and how your small house is constructed. For instance, a brick house in wildfire-prone southern California is likely to cost less to insure than a similar-size house with wood siding.

    Regardless of how energy efficient the house is, you're going to save – often substantially – on heating and cooling costs. One recent study showed that a poorly insulated, 1,500 square foot house is at least
    $200 cheaper per year to heat and cool than a well-insulated house twice that size. The US Energy information Administration reports that homes of 2,000 – 2,500 square feet use an average 102.3 million BTUs of fuel yearly – 13% less than homes that are 1,000 square feet larger.

    When you need to replace a major house component or system, you’ll be glad you’re living in a smaller home. For example: According to the
    Cost vs. Value Report from Remodeling Magazine, the national average for vinyl replacement siding is about $9 per square foot. For a modest-size house (1,500 sq. ft. of living space) with 1,740 sq. ft. of exterior wall space, that’s $15,660. For a 2,500-sq.-ft. house, you’ll pay up to $10,000 more!

    You’ll spend less time cutting those smaller lawns, cleaning gutters, washing windows, and doing the countless other chores that home ownership involves. Think about this: Sixteen windows and sliding glass doors on a home of 2,000 square feet or less would take about 10 hours to clean, inside and out, twice a year. Double the house size, and that’s roughly 20 hours spent up close and personal with a squeegee.

    If you're looking for a small house to call home, call me! My goal is to be the best Realtor® in the business so that I can be to help people. I'm honest, considerate and reliable. I enjoy life, and strive to help others along the way by giving back through charitable acts, prayer and love of my neighbor. Don't forget, if you’re thinking of buying or selling a home in the Boston area, I'm ready to help you. I'm

    Judi Leonard, and I can help you achieve your real estate goals today. Call me today at (781) 843-3200 x 110!
  • Beautiful Home in Sought-After Homestead Area of Weymouth!

    Posted Under: Home Buying in Weymouth, Home Selling in Weymouth, Property Q&A in Weymouth  |  July 17, 2011 5:39 PM  |  429 views  |  No comments
    Judi Leonard | Keller Williams Realty | jleonard@kw.com | (781) 926-1518
    63 Browning St, Weymouth, MA
    This home is simply beautiful in sought-after Homestead area of Weymouth!
    A must see!
    3BR/1+1BA Single Family House

    offered at $389,900
    Year Built 1942
    Sq Footage 1,724
    Bedrooms 3
    Bathrooms 1 full, 1 partial
    Floors 2
    Parking 1 Car garage
    Lot Size 0.23 acres
    HOA/Maint $0 per month

    DESCRIPTION

    A simply beautiful home in sought after Homestead area of Weymouth. This is truly a must see!

    Bright, Spacious and well maintained home with beautiful kitchen overlooking the fenced in, spacious and level yard. This home offers spacious rooms, large bedrooms, Bright sun room, garage and gleaming hardwood flooring.

    The large finished lower level features an office, laundry room and play room.

    for more information on this home or any home in the Boston area, please contact Judi today! (781) 983-1987


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    PROPERTY FEATURES

    - Central A/C - Central heat - Fireplace
    - Hardwood floor - Family room - Office/Den
    - Dining room - Dishwasher - Refrigerator
    - Stove/Oven - Microwave - Basement
    - Washer - Dryer - Laundry area - inside
    - Balcony, Deck, or Patio - Yard

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    Contact info:
    Judi Leonard
    Keller Williams Realty
    jleonard@kw.com
    (781) 926-1518
    For sale by agent/broker

    Equal Opportunity Housing
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  • Adorable Home - The Perfect Starter Home!

    Posted Under: Home Buying in Quincy, Home Selling in Quincy, Property Q&A in Quincy  |  July 13, 2011 4:08 PM  |  382 views  |  No comments
    Judi Leonard | Keller Williams Realty | (781) 926-1518
    139 Sumner St, Quincy, MA
    Adorable home! Perfect starter home!
    2BR/1BA Single Family House

    offered at $219,900
    Year Built 1880
    Sq Footage 678
    Bedrooms 2
    Bathrooms 1 full, 0 partial
    Floors 1
    Parking Unspecified
    Lot Size Unspecified
    HOA/Maint $0 per month

    DESCRIPTION

    This adorable home is in mint condition, and in a very convenient area!

    This home is move in ready and better than a condo with all your own space. Why pay condo fees!

    Fenced yard, well-manicured grounds, full basement and off street parking.

    Owners electric budget is $170.00 per month year round. Don't miss this one!


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    PROPERTY FEATURES

    - Living room - Dishwasher - Stove/Oven
    - Microwave - Basement - Washer
    - Dryer - Laundry area - inside - Balcony, Deck, or Patio
    - Yard


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    Contact info:

    Judi Leonard
    Keller Williams Realty
    (781) 926-1518
    For sale by agent/broker

    Equal Opportunity Housing
 
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