Hilary W. Foutes' Blog

Posted on 09/25/2020
Another Property Sold - 9 Lawrence Road, Swampscott, MA 01907
After 58 years this cherished homestead is ready for you to add your finishing touches! Located on tree-lined residential street in an area of comparable homes, this classic colonial offers interior and exterior architectural detail with well proportioned rooms, hardwood floors, woodwork, gracious staircase with first and second floor center hall foyers.__Other features: first floor family room, laundry off the kitchen, king size master w ensuite bath, walk up to third floor for 4th bedroom and room for expansion, room sized screened porch and large lower level playroom with wet bar. __Outside enjoyment in the serene and sunny back yard....
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Posted on 09/20/2020
When You Need to Sell Before You Can Buy
Photo by Paul Brennan via Pixabay If you’ve been renting and preparing to buy a new home, you’ve probably saved up your down payment and are in the process of getting pre-approved for your mortgage loan. If, on the other hand, you’ve been living in a home you own and paying on your mortgage, you may be ready...
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Posted on 09/13/2020
What Does It Take to List a Residence?
Listing a home may be simple. In fact, if you know what it takes to craft an engaging house listing, you could speed up the property selling journey. Now, let's take a look at three tips to ensure you can create an effective home listing. 1. Evaluate Your Home's Strengths and Weaknesses Your home likely has served you well,...
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Posted on 09/10/2020
Another Property Sold - 18 Andrew Road, Swampscott, MA 01907
ABSOLUTELY EXCEPTIONAL Queen Anne Victorian in the heart of the HISTORIC OLMSTED DISTRICT. She will take your breathe away exuding pride of ownership, attention to detail, and oh my...she's got style! This 4 bedroom, 1.5 bath home is awaiting its new owner to take the stewardship. All the heavy lifting has been done with newer systems & roof, updated baths, loads of new built-ins, and a new custom crafted kitchen that will inspire delicious creations, plus extensive exterior restoration. So many great overflow spaces: breakfast room, welcoming front porch, back deck & sweet yard w/paver dining area, plus loads of outside storage...
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Posted on 09/06/2020
Tips for Making Your First Rental Purchase
Photo by Tumisu via PixabayMaybe you’ve thought about buying rental property. Wouldn’t it be great, you think, to own something that someone else pays for? It can work out that way, with your property increasing in value while you pocket money every month. But with the wrong home, the wrong tenants or the wrong management, it can go...
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Posted on 09/01/2020
Another Property Sold - 25 Lodge Road, Swampscott, MA 01907
Enjoy the feel of Swampscott in this terrific home located in walking distance to everything you would enjoy. Watch a Big Blue football game , walk to yoga, the local coffee café, or stop at your favorite restaurant on the avenue. Walk a few blocks to Eisman's beach or continue down to the library. This sparkling home is in great condition ,every room crisp and young. It has so many updates - new window shutters, radiator covers, fresh paint, security system and more. Granite counters and the new refrigerator and dishwasher make life a bit easier at home. The front alcove, serving as a home office area is perfect for today's demands and...
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Posted on 08/30/2020
Tips for Winning A Bidding War
Image by Amy Hirschi from Unsplash Situations arise where prospective buyers find themselves in a bidding war with another buyer over the house they desire. Circumstances like this occur in a seller’s market where the demand for property is higher than the market can provide. It’s not uncommon to see multiple buyers vying over the same property in...
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Posted on 08/29/2020
Another Property Sold - 233 Puritan Road, Swampscott, MA 01907
Our owner wanted a place for his wife and their children to enjoy on a sandy beach nearby. In 1973 he custom built the fun filled guest house from the finest materials where they all congregated from then to now enjoying the large inground pool, overlooking the sparkling Atlantic ocean and the picturesque city views. They strolled on sandy Eiseman’s beach, played shuffleboard, and had countless cookouts at their own private beach club. 20 people was a small group for them, Family was important In 1996, attaching to the beach house, they built a modern 4 bedroom oceanfront home where they ultimately resided welcoming any and all family and...
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Posted on 08/23/2020
Buying Investment Property Versus a Primary Residence
Photo by Alexander Zvir from Pexels Those who currently own a home may consider investing in a second home for income purposes. However, it is important to understand you may have hurdles to overcome when searching for a mortgage or obtaining homeowners insurance. Here are some of the most significant differences between buying an investment property and a...
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Posted on 08/16/2020
How to Build a Backyard Fire Pit
Image by Free-Photos from Pixabay A fire pit adds a cozy and fun element to any backyard. Think of the roasting of marshmallows or just enjoying a toasty fire on a chilly fall night. Building a fire pit is a relatively straightforward DIY project. To get started, you’ll need the right materials, tools, location and confirmation you will...
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Posted on 08/09/2020
How to Build a Wood Storage Shed
Photo by Maksim Shutov on Unsplash Building a storage shed for wood can be advantageous for several reasons: it allows you to store your firewood properly. When firewood is dry, your fire will be warmer, smoke far less, and you'll burn less wood at a time -- and a shed with good airflow that is slightly elevated will...
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Posted on 08/07/2020
Video Tour - 8 Susan Road, Marblehead, MA 01945
Location!! Sweet Cape Cod style home nestled on a quiet dead-end street. So many playgrounds and parks to enjoy in your neighborhood or take a 5 minute drive to enjoy downtown restaurants, shopping, movies, and so much more. This three bedroom home offers a first floor bedroom with an adjacent bathroom. The kitchen has faux-marble countertops and faux-tile backsplash & flooring to give this everyday space a fresh look. Enjoy grilling & dining on the adjacent wooden deck . The dining room and kitchen have a "knee-wall" in between them to provide a visual transition from one room to the other, giving that open feeling you want. Enjoy...
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