Monthly Archives: February 2015

survivinwinterRemember when winter use to bring a couple of insignificant snow storms?  Not this year!  Snow is falling at a rate of two feet at a time.

With five major storms in as many weeks, spring cannot come soon enough. In fact, it is hard to believe that spring will come at all.  Now as the days are getting longer, there is hope that soon this winter will be just a memory.

 

Meanwhile, we have to try to make the best of this awful time in our lives.   So here are a few suggestions to help you get through the next couple of months:

  • If you can plan a getaway to a warmer climate go! Aruba, Mexico, or the Virgin Islands are great destinations. Also, Florida is just three hours away and has great beaches and family fun attractions.
  • If you are a snow lover a ski weekend to Vermont, New Hampshire, or Maine could be a lot of fun. There is a lot of snow on the slopes so this could be a ski lover’s dream year.
  • If your budget is a little tight, consider all the fun things you can do close to home. Movies, museums, concerts, or sporting events are all available & loads of fun.

Even though it seems like summer will never come again eventually this crazy winter will end.  Also, please remember that as bad as it has been it could always be worst!

sharonAbout the author:  Sharon Potts is a Realtor at RE/MAX Legacy, who is looking forward to the warmer months! She can be contacted directly through her website at www.spotts.remax-newengland.com

 


Category: Seasonal, Winter

This winticesameer has posed many challenges in real estate.  All the cold and snow have not only dissuaded potential buyers from pulling the trigger in purchasing a home during this time, but have also created serious problems for those buyers who have decided to make the move. For buyers that are under contract, the cold and snow have created many problems scheduling home inspections, appraisals, and the final walk through.  Sellers have had to deal with removing large amounts of snow to allow potential buyers to access the property while also ensuring there are no water leaks entering the home.

The biggest issue for homeowners this winter has been ice dams.  An ice dam is ice buildup on a roof that prevents melted snow from running off the roof and into the gutters.  The melting snow from the roof then gets trapped by the dam and eventually backs up on the roof, travels under the shingles and eventually leaks into the home.  A permanent fix to this problem is proper insulation, sealing and ventilation in the attic.  This could prove costly to the homeowner and it may not be feasible to rectify the issue during the present winter season.  However, there is a simple way to diminish the damage after an ice dam has formed to prevent further damage until a more permanent solution can be put in place for next season.  This could save not only the home from water penetration, but more importantly, a sale.

Instructions:  Fill a leg of discarded pair of panty hose with calcium chloride ice melt.  Lay the hose onto the roof so it crosses the ice dam and overhangs the gutter.  The calcium chloride will eventually melt through the snow and ice and create a channel for the water to flow down into the gutters from the roof.

By tackling an ice dam immediately when your home is under agreement, it will certainly make the process go a lot smoother during this winter season.  If you need assistance with preventing your home from having any ice dams either this season or next, contact an agent at RE/MAX Legacy for a licensed contractor that will be able to help with this problem.

 

Juliano blog headshot photoAbout the Author: James A. Juliano is one of the founding partners of Scafidi Juliano, LLP managing the Woburn office located in Downtown Woburn Center. He currently serves on the Woburn Conservation Commission where he has sat for almost two (2) years.  Mr. Juliano is very active in his community and also serves as the President of the Woburn Baseball Diamond Club which supports Woburn High School Baseball and is on the Board of Directors for the Woburn Boys and Girls Club. Mr. Juliano is also a Director of the Friends of the Tri-Community Greenway, Inc. which is a non-profit corporation responsible for the formation and organization of the 6.63 mile bike path and park that will stretch through Stoneham, Woburn, and Winchester.

Mr. Juliano’s present areas of practice include residential and commercial real estate transactions, residential and commercial lending, land use and zoning, and Landlord/Tenant law.  Mr. Juliano can be reached at jjuliano@scafidijuliano.com or by phone at 781-210-4710, Ext. 102. His company website is www.scafidijuliano.com.


When my father was in the Navy during World War II he started smoking at the age of 21.  He used to say that the government gave out cigarettes like it was candy.  He was hooked!  He smoked 3 packs a day of Lucky Strike non-filter until his 50’s when polyps were discovered.  He quit smoking, BUT the damage was done.  By the time he was in his 70’s he had emphysema and he struggled with breathing.  He died in his 70’s from breathinamericang related issues.

Because of my father’s issues I am very interested in the work that the American Lung Association does.  They do research on smoking, lung cancer and asthma, and they are fighting against dangerous poisons in air pollution and second hand smoke.  I recently came across the American Lung Association’s tips for preventing lung cancer.

Ten Ways That You Can Help Prevent Lung Disease

  1. Don’t smoke. If you do smoke, call the American Lung Association at 1-800-LUNGUSA (1-800-586-4872) for the help you need to quit, or visit Freedom From Smoking® Online at ffsonline.org.
  1. Avoid lung health hazards. Protect yourself from harmful air pollution, both indoors and outdoors. Don’t allow anyone to smoke in your home, especially if you have children.
  1. Recognize the warning signs of lung disease. Frequent cough, chest pain, shortness of breath, wheezing, excessive phlegm or blood when coughing and chronic fatigue are not normal. Symptoms like these mean you should see your health care provider for prompt medical attention.
  1. Know the symptoms of asthma: shortness of breath, wheezing, tightness in the chest and frequent coughing when exercising may be signs of asthma. Call your health care provider if you suspect that you or a loved one has asthma. The Lung Association can help with information on exercise, medications and coping skills to manage the disease and prevent attacks. Call 1-800-LUNGUSA (1-800-586-4872) to learn more.
  1. Ask your health care provider about the flu shot – a safe and effective way to prevent influenza, commonly known as the flu. It is now recommended for everyone over six months of age, including those with chronic diseases, like COPD or asthma.  Caregivers, relatives and health care providers for high-risk groups should be vaccinated.  If you’re over 65, you should also have a pneumonia vaccine.  You can get vaccinated any time during the fall or winter and into the spring at a neighborhood clinic listed at http://flushot.healthmap.org
  1. Prevent air pollution. Drive less, conserve electricity and avoid burning wood or trash.
  1. Get involved! Air pollution worsens lung disease and can even be deadly for many people, including infants, seniors and those with chronic diseases. Join in the fight for healthy air by reducing pollution and supporting clean air laws.
  1. Test your home for radon – it’s simple and inexpensive. This colorless, odorless gas is the second leading cause of lung cancer, yet it can be easily controlled.
  1. Teach your children to grow up tobacco free. Their best bet for avoiding lung disease later in life is never to start smoking. Call your Lung Association for information on proven programs that help keep kids away from tobacco.
  1. Protect your family by encouraging exercise, eating right and keeping your home free of respiratory irritants.  Help spread the word to those around you, to increase awareness about lung health.  Every day, you can make a difference.

For more information go to their website at www.lung.org

Gale Crop 2011 jpegAbout the author – Gale is concerned about cigarette smoking and the health problems that it causes.  Gale Spadafora is one of the Broker Owners at RE/MAX Legacy and can be contacted through her website at www.galespadafora.com


bad neighborsYou can choose your friends, but you can’t choose your neighbors. I have a true story for you. In order for you to understand, I have to give you the background. In 2000, ten or so homes were built in a new development and my family and I were the last to move in.

I came out of my house to get in my car which was parked out front, to drive my son to soccer practice. I was approached by a neighbor, with not a “welcome to the neighborhood” or a “hi, how are ‘you”.   He just a shoved a petition for me to sign against my immediate neighbor on my right. It seems no one cared for my immediate neighbor’s constant and alarming additions to their backyard. First they installed an above ground pool, then a hot tub, then an enormous three tier deck to incase the pool and hot tub. Then came the pond and the fish, not to mention her over the top gardening. Did I mention the first thing that went in was the storage shed?  These were weekend projects!  All were completed at an alarming rate with the husband and father in law seemingly on speed. I can understand my neighbor with the petition’s concern, but no one has control over what someone does in their own backyard.

Meanwhile I was still unpacking and deciding on my first upgrade which was a sprinkler system.  I politely declined signing the petition.  My reluctance to get involved was the best decision.  It would be different if there was a problem with my safety or my children’s safety.

Apparently, all the other neighbors were ganging up on my immediate neighbor, the one with the pool.  So my other neighbor decided that the best solution would be to put up a fence. That should have been the end of it, but at one point the police were called to my quiet cul-de-sac.  It turned into a neighborhood discussion.  After the police intervened, both families were told to take the matter up legally.

The two neighbors ended up in court, and needless to say, you can’t make someone adjust to the way you think things should be and what their backyard paradise should encompass.

Meanwhile both neighbors no longer live on my street. Bad neighbors can’t be avoided sometimes, it is best to ignore them!

Patty 2About the author: Patty Lovett is a Realtor at RE/MAX Legacy and part of the AllianceHomeTeam. You can contact her directly on her website at www.pattylovett.com


Category: Home Buying