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Posted by Eddie Hoskins on 5/16/2018

This Single-Family in Tewksbury, MA recently sold for $318,000. This Ranch style home was sold by Eddie Hoskins - Hoskins Realty, Inc.


36 Shady Ln, Tewksbury, MA 01876

Single-Family

$335,000
Price
$318,000
Sale Price

5
Rooms
3
Beds
1
Baths
THIS LOVELY RANCH ON THE SHAWSHEEN RIVER: Is unique and secluded on a one plus acre site. It features hardwood floors, fieldstone fireplace, spacious bedrooms and a detached garage. This is a HECM foreclosure. All inspection costs are the responsibility of the buyer. The buyer will also assume responsibility for utility turn-on and turn-off for inspections. Buyer and buyer agent must due diligence and verify all information. The condition of the property may not support the connection of utilities and no repairs will be done by the Purchaser or Seller to make the property available for connection or de-winterization.

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Posted by Eddie Hoskins on 5/14/2018

Keeping your house cool during the summer months is easy--just blast the air conditioner until autumn, right? Well, for most of us the steep increase in our summer electric bills make us hesitant to keep the air conditioner on more than necessary.

There are techniques and habits, however, that will help you keep your house cool without sweating your electric bill.

In this article, we’re going to break down several ways to lower the temperature in your house. Some will save you money immediately, others are long term solutions that will keep your bill low years down the road.

Investing for the future

Oftentimes, the best solutions are the ones that address the root causes. If your house receives a lot of sunlight, there are a few projects you can undertake now that will save you money for years to come.

First, making sure your home is air tight and well insulated will help you keep the cool air in and the warm air out. Insulation and weatherstripping are easy to neglect, since they’re mostly out of sight and mind. However, the work they do and the pennies they’ll save you in heating and AC will add up over the years.

Next, if you do use an air conditioner, make sure it’s energy efficient. Many people use years-old air conditioners that waste a lot of electricity. Determine if your unit should be replaced or maintenanced--spending some money on your air conditioner now will save you in the long run.

Other, lesser-known, methods of cooling your home involve altering the exterior of your home. You can do this by planting trees in strategic areas to give shade to your home. Or, you can paint your home a brighter color and use reflective roof paint that will reduce the amount of light absorbed on sunny days. This is also true for driveways, where dark colored asphalt will absorb more heat than bright colored concrete.

Simple cooling tips

If you’d rather make short-term changes to your house to lower the temperature now, we have several pieces of advice:

  • Open your blinds and windows at night, when the outdoor temperature drops below the indoor temperature, and then close them in the morning before you leave for work.

  • Limit daytime appliance use. Your laundry machine, dishwasher, and oven all give off a lot of heat that can make your house hotter than need be. Wait until the sun goes down and until you can open the windows in your kitchen and laundry room before starting your chores. Cooking outside and having cold prepared meals is a good way to limit oven use in the summer months.

  • Change or clean your air conditioner filters. Old and dirty filters make your until work harder than it needs to.

  • Try the ice and fan trick. Put a large bowl of ice in front of your fan to chill and moisten the air it gives off. This is especially nice if you don’t like the dry, sterile feeling of air-conditioned rooms.

  • Keep the lights off and use high efficiency bulbs, such as LEDs.

  • Create a draft by opening a downstairs window slightly on one side of the house and opening fully an upstairs window on the other side of the house.

  • Make sure your ceiling fan is blowing down, or counter-clockwise.

  • Use awnings to let light into your home while avoiding direct sunlight from heating up the house.




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Posted by Eddie Hoskins on 5/7/2018

A home inspection can make or break a property sale. If all goes well during a home inspection, a buyer and seller can proceed with a transaction. Conversely, if a home inspector discovers major problems with a house, a property sale may be in jeopardy.

As a homebuyer, you'll want to do everything possible to ensure a home inspection delivers valuable insights. With in-depth home insights at your disposal, you can determine whether to continue with a home purchase or reenter the housing market.

To ensure a successful home inspection, let's take a look at three common home inspection mistakes, and how a homebuyer can avoid these problems.

1. A homebuyer hires an inexperienced home inspector.

When it comes to hiring a home inspector, it is always better to err on the side of caution. With an experienced home inspector at your side, you can boost the likelihood of a successful home inspection.

Evaluate a variety of local home inspectors. Then, take a look at each home inspector's background and expertise to narrow your search.

In addition, if you feel comfortable with a home inspector, reach out to this professional directly before you make your final hiring decision. That way, you can request client referrals and gain additional insights to help you make an informed selection.

2. A homebuyer does not attend a home inspection.

A homebuyer is not required to attend a home inspection. However, attendance usually is a good idea, regardless of your homebuying expertise.

Remember, a home purchase is one of the biggest transactions that you likely will complete in your lifetime. If you want to ensure a home is a viable long-term investment, it certainly pays to walk around a property with a home inspector and conduct an in-depth evaluation.

In many instances, attending a home inspection may enable a homebuyer to gain home insights that might not be included in a home inspection report as well.

For example, a home inspector who identifies issues with a property may be able to give a homebuyer an estimate about how much it will cost to complete myriad property repairs. These insights are exceedingly valuable and can help a homebuyer determine whether a house is a worthwhile purchase.

3. A homebuyer ignores a home inspection report.

After a home inspector completes a property evaluation, this professional will provide the homebuyer with a home inspection report. Then, a homebuyer will have a set amount of time to review the report to determine whether to proceed with a home purchase.

A home inspection report contains plenty of valuable insights, and as such, should not be ignored. Instead, a homebuyer should spend time evaluating the report and learning from it. And if a homebuyer has any questions, he or she can reach out to the home inspector who provided the report for answers.

Lastly, if you need help planning a home inspection, you should employ a real estate agent. By hiring a real estate agent, you'll have no trouble getting in touch with the best home inspectors in your area.





Posted by Eddie Hoskins on 5/3/2018

All inspection costs are the responsibility of the buyer, including septic and smoke detectors. The buyer will also assume responsibility for utility turn-on and turn-off for inspections. Buyer and buyer agent must due diligence and verify all information. THIS PROPERTY CANNOT BE SOLD FOR LESS THAN LIST PRICE - MUST SELL FOR LIST PRICE OR HIGHER. The condition of the property may not support the connection of utilities and no repairs will be done by the Purchaser or Seller to make the property available for connection or de-winterization.

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Posted by Eddie Hoskins on 4/30/2018

This Single-Family in North Reading, MA recently sold for $305,000. This Ranch style home was sold by Eddie Hoskins - Hoskins Realty, Inc.


13 Kingston St, North Reading, MA 01864

Single-Family

$369,900
Price
$305,000
Sale Price

7
Rooms
3
Beds
1
Baths
DELIGHTFULL RANCH STYLE HOME close to public transportation located on a side street featuring hardwood floors, three bedrooms, a large kitchen, one car garage, fenced back yard a huge deck and fireplace. is a great opportunity to own in North Reading.






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