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Posted by Adriano Varano on 5/24/2018

Homeowners have become increasingly aware of the dangers that face them and their homes. More Americans than ever lock their doors at night and own home security systems to protect themselves and their homes from intruders.

However, one danger that many homeowners aren’t prepared for is posed by scammers. These scammers are innovative and use tools like the internet and the semblance of authority to their advantage. What’s more, the nature of their scams is always evolving.

In this article, we’ll cover some of the most common scams affecting homeowners. We’ll talk about how to protect yourself from these scams and recognize them so that you and your home can avoid potential disaster.

Foreclosure scams

There are few things more concerning to a homeowner than the thought of losing their home. Scammers take advantage of these fears by promoting “relief programs” that promise to reduce your monthly payments or otherwise protect you from being foreclosed on.

The scam here is that these companies might not help you at all but will still charge for their services. They’ll often browse public foreclosure notices or post ads online. When they reach out to a homeowner they’ll do so via a letter that seems personal and professional. They could also call your phone or send you an email offer.

By U.S. law, such companies cannot charge you for any services unless they successfully help you gain relief from your lender, and even then you must still accept the offer before the relief company can ever charge you.

Home maintenance and repair

One of the more dangerous scams on our list involves something seemingly innocent--a knock on your door to let you know your roof needs repair. While some startup companies may go door-to-door offering their services, most of the time this should send up a red flag. There are a few potential scams that come in the form of a person in work uniform knocking on your door.

First, a company might be selling real services, but they could be services you don’t need. Make sure you understand facts about your home, such as the last time your roof was repaired. This will help you avoid making a bad deal to replace something that doesn’t need replacing.

Also be sure to never let someone into your home, regardless of their uniform, if you are alone or it’s late at night. Someone may be dressed like a salesperson or utility worker, but they could in reality be doing research on your home and your valuables. Would-be burglars can often spot your valuables, and see how secure your home is before coming back when no one is home.

Protect your identity

The issue of identity theft has been in the public eye with the rise of online communications. However, one of the easiest ways to steal your valuable information could be sitting right in your mailbox or in your garbage can.

Always be sure to shred papers that have personal information on them. And, if you go away on vacation, ask a neighbor or relative to bring in your mail for you. Not only will this help keep your identity safe, but it will make it look like someone is at home by keeping the pile of mail and newspapers outside low.  




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Posted by Adriano Varano on 5/18/2018

This Single-Family in Needham, MA recently sold for $805,000. This Ranch style home was sold by Adriano Varano - Keller Williams Realty.


11 Elder Road, Needham, MA 02494

Single-Family

$795,000
Price
$805,000
Sale Price

8
Rooms
3
Beds
3/1
Full/Half Baths
Consider yourself at home in this sun filled ranch with charming custom updates in sought after Needham. Home features 8 rooms, 3 bedrooms, 3 full baths and half bath. The eat-in kitchen features beautiful counter tops, wet bar, and plenty of space for cooking. The fire-placed formal living room with hardwood flooring leads you to the three well-proportioned bedrooms. The current location of the at-home daycare but can easily be converted into a private Master Bedroom suite with full bath, plenty of closet space and private entrance. The second portion is the perfect location for the dining room, adjacent to the kitchen. Fully finished basement features carpeted play-room or gym next to the spacious laundry and full bathroom. Home features over sized garage with parking for two cars and storage space.The private fenced in back yard is perfect for entertaining, relaxing or gardening. This is the ideal location for anyone looking for a home that will last a lifetime.

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Posted by Adriano Varano on 5/17/2018

When many homeowners set out to declutter their home, they aren’t quite sure of what they’re getting into. Decluttering is a big job that requires some planning and an understanding of your end goals.

Some homeowners are setting out to declutter their home because they’re moving in the near future and want to simplify their move or make their home more appealing to potential buyers. Others have just noticed the junk piling up in their drawers and on their countertops and are fed up.

Regardless of your situation, if you want to declutter you’ve come to the right place.

In today’s post, we’re going to talk about one of the best ways to set out on your mission of decluttering your home.

Why room by room?

Decluttering a home can take a lot of time and can be demotivating if you aren’t seeing a lot of progress. One way to break this process down into more manageable pieces is to declutter your home one room at a time.

This method also helps you manage the time you plan on spending decluttering. If your goal is to declutter one room per week until you move, then make sure you have 4 or 5 weeks to complete your cleaning and decluttering.

Bathroom

We’ll start with one of the smaller and easier rooms in your home, the bathroom. A good way to start is by going through your closet and cabinet and getting rid of old supplies and medicines.

Have a first aid kit that you haven’t touched in five years? There’s a good chance most things in it are expired anyway.

Once you’re done throwing out expired items, see if you can reorganize what’s left. A good way to take advantage of the space in a small bathroom is to use door hangers on the inside of your bathroom closet for hanging brooms, dustpans, mops, etc.

Does your bathroom also have messy stacks of assorted towels? One good solution is to roll up your hand towels and store them vertically in a basket that will be kept in your closet. This prevents your stacks of towels from tumbling over, never to be straightened again.

Kitchen

It’s amazing how kitchen utensils and appliances can add up over the years. Do you have a garlic clove grinder that’s been sitting in your drawer for years? Chances are you can toss it out.

Once you’ve made some space in your kitchen drawers and cabinets, bring some order to what’s left by using compartments and stackable organizers. This will help keep you on track by giving each item in your kitchen a “home.”

Bedrooms

You probably already guessed it, but the most disorganized area in most bedrooms is the closet. A good rule of thumb when cleaning out clothes is to ask yourself if you’ve worn the item since this time last year. If not, there’s a good chance you can safely donate it to a thrift store.

Have a tendency of throwing dirty clothes in piles on the floor? Make things easier on yourself by keeping a clothing bin nearby that you can toss all of your dirty clothes into and worry about sorting them later.





Posted by Adriano Varano on 5/15/2018

This Single-Family in Needham, MA recently sold for $1,565,000. This Colonial style home was sold by Adriano Varano - Keller Williams Realty.


15 Bancroft St, Needham, MA 02492

Single-Family

$1,648,000
Price
$1,565,000
Sale Price

11
Rooms
6
Beds
5/1
Full/Half Baths
Beautiful Colonial with 4,590 square feet across three floors. Wonderful open entertainment spaces. Oversized kitchen with spacious breakfast area leads to a Large family room with stunning floor to ceiling stone fireplace. First floor also features a bedroom/study with built-ins and end-suite bath, beautifully appointed living room and dining room. Great size Master Suite with two walk-in closets. Three additional spacious bedrooms complete the second floor, with two en-suite baths. Finished 3rd floor with an additonal bedroom plus end-suite bath and french doors to spacious open space for play area. Wonderful opportunity to live in one of Needham's favorite neighborhoods!

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Posted by Adriano Varano on 5/15/2018

This Single-Family in Needham, MA recently sold for $1,301,703. This Colonial style home was sold by Adriano Varano - Keller Williams Realty.


70 May Street, Needham, MA 02492

Single-Family

$1,299,000
Price
$1,301,703
Sale Price

11
Rooms
4
Beds
3/1
Full/Half Baths
Rare opportunity to own this meticulously maintained colonial on spectacular corner lot conveniently located just steps away from the commuter rail and town center. Property includes family room with built-ins, formal dining room, a large kitchen equipped with stainless steel appliances and granite counter tops, mudroom, front & back staircases and 2 fireplaces. Period details, 9' ceilings, hardwood floors and lots of storage abound this exceptional home. 2nd floor has 3 great size bedrooms, walk-in closet, and two full baths. 3rd level bonus room offers an additional area perfect for guest suite or dedicated study space including a 4th bedroom. Garage has been converted into a one of a kind bonus heated/AC room/home-office with full bath and kitchenette. Plenty of parking for up to 9 cars in the paved driveway. Easy access to the restaurants and shops make this a rare find. Don't miss out on this opportunity to call this beautiful home yours.

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