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Posted by James Conforti and Domingo Medina on 6/14/2018

A healthy lifestyle is a reflection of your personal values and the habits you cultivate on a daily basis. When you prioritize, in your own mind, the importance of taking care of your own health, as well as that of your family, you've laid the groundwork for a healthier home environment. One of the worst dietary habits that many families fall into is keeping the kitchen well stocked with ice cream, cookies, cheese, crackers, and potato chips. While the mantra "All things in moderation" is a good guideline to follow, many people -- especially children -- do not have the self discipline to put that idea into practice. As you may have discovered, motivating your kids to eat less junk food and more fruits and vegetables can sometimes feel like an exercise in futility -- and unfortunately, that's not the kind of exercise that burns calories! A Few Ideas For Healthier Eating Permanently purging your home of all signs of snack foods that contain "empty calories" is too extreme of a solution for most families! A more realistic alternative might be to buy snacks in limited amounts and opt for the "reduced fat" version, whenever possible. Then, by keeping a fresh supply of apples, bananas, and other fruit in the house, you're encouraging your family to make healthier eating choices. One way to present this alternative in a more appealing way is to make low-cal fruit smoothies for your kids, or teach them to do it themselves (if they're old enough). A proven method of helping to control portion size is to serve food on smaller plates. Not only does it create the illusion of a larger serving, but it helps to limit the size of second helpings. It doesn't work for everybody all the time, but it is worth a try! Offering ice water with meals, instead of sugary soda and fruit drinks, is another simple, but healthy habit for the family. A slice of lemon or lime can add to both the taste and visual appeal. There are literally dozens of other healthy food choices you can incorporate into your family's diet, but I'll leave those details to the nutritionists, dieticians, and medical professionals. There are also several authoritative websites online that can provide you with complete guidelines, recipes, healthy snacks, and meal plans. What About Exercise? As you've probably heard, a sedentary lifestyle is one of the leading causes of health problems in people of all ages. Fortunately, there are at least as many choices for staying physically active as there are excuses for avoiding it. Even if the idea of heading to the gym four times a week sounds about as appealing as being trapped in an elevator with a door-to-door salesman, there are plenty of other ways to stay in shape. Low-impact sports, such as golf, tennis, and swimming, can provide an array of benefits for both the mind and body. When all else fails, there's always the option of taking a family walk in the park or neighborhood. Sometimes adding a dog into the mix can provide an additional incentive to go out and "hit the pavement." While all exercise and dietary programs should be approved by your physician before getting started, there are quite a few common-sense approaches to improving health, such as portion control, junk food reduction, and age-appropriate physical activity (taking in account medical restrictions and personal safety.)





Posted by James Conforti and Domingo Medina on 6/7/2018

Did you know that your front door says a lot about you and your familyís personality? It can also affect how you feel about your home. After a long day of work, school and/or shuffling the kids around to practice what type of home would you like to come home to? Keep reading to learn what your current door says about you and which colors would better suit your family.

Blue

A blue front door represents a traditional, family-centered home. Your abode is a peaceful, serene place to return to after a day of work and feels like a place of refuge to visitors.  

Best for: South East, North facing front doors

White/Gray

A white front door represents a tidy and classic atmosphere within. Those who choose this door color are neat, minimalist and strongly value knowledge.

Best for: North West and West facing front doors

Red

A red front door can be found on a house whose inhabitants lean towards the elegant and charming. This is the home of a family that loves to entertain. Visitors will expect a vibrant, energetic, and exciting reception.

Best for: South, North East and South West facing front doors

Green

Homey and welcoming a green front door practically invites guests in itself. And when they come theyíll be ready for a social, warm home where they can be at ease.

Best for: South, East South, and South East facing front doors

Brown

A brown front door represents stability and warmth. Guests will feel like they are in a refuge from the chaotic world.

Best for: East and South East facing front doors

Yellow

Those with a yellow front door like to stand out from the crowd, but still, like to be a part of it. Always cheerful and happy go lucky visitors will never leave your home without a smile on their face.  

Best for: North East, North West, South and South West facing front doors

Pink

A pink front door is for hopeless romantics. Sophisticated yet eccentric the family in this home has big hearts and is always there with a tissue for a friend who is feeling down.

Best for: South, North East and South West facing front doors

Black

If black is your color of choice for your front door youíre calendar is packed with people to see and places to be. Chic and world wise you are always the center of a riveting conversation.

Best for: South East and North facing front doors

Turquoise

Laid back and relaxed is the name of the game for a family with this color for their front door. When inside their home you never feel as if you need a vacation from life.

Best for: North facing front doors

Orange

An orange front door isnít for just anyone. This home is modern, sleek, and curated. Guests love visiting because of this familyís spontaneous nature.

Best for: South, North East and South West facing front doors

Whether you opt for a more classic color and a more offbeat one, the front door to your home is the first impression friends, family and neighbors have of your new home. Choosing a color, whether classic or quirky, that best aligns with the message you want to give to new visitors and the overall ambiance you want to create will guarantee a unique reception to your home.





Posted by James Conforti and Domingo Medina on 5/31/2018

Ready to purchase your dream home? Before you finalize a home purchase, it may be worthwhile to schedule a home appraisal.

With a home appraisal, a property expert will examine a residence both inside and out. The home appraiser then will offer a property valuation.

In some instances, a home offer may be appraisal-contingent. And if the home appraisal valuation falls below the amount of a buyer's offer, the buyer may request a renegotiated price.

A home appraisal may prove to be an important part of the homebuying process. As such, it is paramount for homebuyers to understand what an appraisal is all about and determine whether to conduct an appraisal.

To better understand home appraisals, let's take a look at three home appraisal facts that every homebuyer needs to consider.

1. An appraiser's valuation is his or her opinion of what a residence is worth.

Typically, a home appraiser will use a broad assortment of housing market data as part of a home assessment. The appraiser also will look closely at a residence as part of the home evaluation process.

Although a home appraisal is based on housing market data and a home assessment, it is essential to note that a home valuation is an appraiser's opinion. Therefore, two home appraisers may examine the same housing market data and the same house and come up with two different home valuations.

2. The homes in a neighborhood may affect the valuation of a residence.

Believe it or not, a home's value may be impacted by those around it. Thus, if you intend to buy a home, it often pays to evaluate the neighborhood to better understand whether a house's value will decline, stay the same or increase over time.

Furthermore, what you spend to improve a house is unlikely to raise a house's value proportionately. And if you spend $20,000 on home improvements, there are no guarantees that these home improvements will add $20,000 to a home's valuation.

3. A home appraisal and a home inspection are two very different things.

A home inspection often is considered a must-have during the homebuying process, and perhaps it is easy to understand why.

During a home inspection, a property expert will ensure there are no structural issues with a home and identify any problem areas. Then, a homebuyer can move forward with a home purchase, rescind a home offer or submit a counter proposal based on a home inspection report.

On the other hand, a home appraisal enables a property expert to evaluate the house in its current state. A home appraiser will compare and contrast a home in relation to others in the area and offer a valuation.

If you need help determining whether to conduct a home appraisal, a real estate agent is happy to assist you. With a real estate agent at your side, you can determine whether to set up a home appraisal prior to finalizing a home purchase.




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Posted by James Conforti and Domingo Medina on 5/26/2018

This Single-Family in Framingham, MA recently sold for $465,000. This Colonial style home was sold by James Conforti and Domingo Medina - Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage.


329 Franklin St, Framingham, MA 01702

Single-Family

$435,000
Price
$465,000
Sale Price

8
Rooms
4
Beds
2/1
Full/Half Baths
Charm and character with contemporary flair. This updated colonial home features 4 bedrooms and 2.5 baths with refinished hardwood floors & crown molding. Once you've entered, you will enjoy the front to back living room with wood burning fireplace which opens up to the sunroom with lots of natural light. Entertain guests in your bright, oversized dining room. You will love cooking in the eat-in kitchen . Updated bathrooms includes a Hydro-air jetted tub and heated floors. Central AC, central vacuum system, & gas heat. Large deck overlooks a private fenced-in backyard with detached 2 car garage. Great location- close to a local hospital, T-station, shopping, and all major highways. Showings start at OPEN HOUSE. All offers due Monday 5pm.

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Posted by James Conforti and Domingo Medina on 5/24/2018

In a competitive housing market--like the one we have today--sellers are fielding numerous offers, especially in desirable urban and suburban hubs.

If youíre hoping to buy your first or second home, it can be tough to make offer after offer with no success.

However, there are some things you can do to help ensure your time house hunting is well-spent and to increase your chances of getting your offer accepted.

In todayís post, Iím going to give you a few tips on how to win a bidding war on your dream home.

All-cash offer

The most effective way to ensure that your offer is accepted is to make it in all cash. Cash offers drastically simplify the real estate transaction process, making things easier on the seller.

Most buyers, especially first-time buyers, wonít be able to make an all-cash offer on a home. However, people who are downsizing after their children moved out or are buying a retirement home may find themselves in the ideal financial situation to be able to leverage a cash offer.

If that sounds like you, consider a cash offer as part of your bidding strategy.

Waive the financing contingency

If youíre new to real estate contracts, you might be wondering what a contingency is. Essentially, a contingency is an action that needs to be completed before the contract becomes valid and the sale becomes final.

There are a number of different contingencies that can be found in a real estate contract. However, the most popular are for inspections, appraisals, and financing.

If youíre planning on taking out a mortgage to purchase the home, a financing contingency protects you in case you arenít able to secure the mortgage in time. In other words, youíre not on the hook for a home you canít pay for.

In some special situations, buyers might decide to waive the financing contingency, signaling to the sellers that there wonít be any hang-ups or delays from the buyer regarding financing the home.

Waiving this contingency comes with risks (namely, being responsible for coming up with the money to pay for the home). However, there are ways to safely waive a contingency.

The most common approach is to get a fully pre-approved letter from a lender. The important distinction here is that your mortgage needs to be pre-approved and underwritten (not just pre-qualified), otherwise you again risk getting denied the mortgage in the last moments before buying your home.

Crafting a personal letter

Sometimes all it takes to win a bidding war is to be the sellerís favorite candidate. Take the time to write them a personalized letter. Explain what you love about their home and why itís perfect for your family.

Avoid talking about big changes youíll make. Remember that they probably put a lot of time and money into the home, making it exactly the way they want it, and wonít appreciate you making huge plans to undo their work as soon as theyíre out the door.


Using one, or a combination of, these three techniques, youíll be able to give yourself an edge over the competition and increase your chances of getting your offer accepted.







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