Monthly Archives: September 2015

apple picking GaleIt’s Fall in New England and that means only one thing! It’s Apple Picking Time! Pack up your family or head out on your own and enjoy the foliage along your ride to the orchards. Be prepared for an outdoor activity and make sure you wear sturdy footwear and layered clothing, and pack sunscreen and insect repellent. Besides apple picking, a lot of the orchards have hay rides, farm animals, and farmstands. Make sure you try the Cider Donuts if your orchard offers them.

Apples are one of the easiest fruit to pick and use.  They’re big, not easily bruised, and most varieties store well. Apples can be eaten fresh, cooked, canned, frozen and made into many delicious dishes.  And apples are fat-free, low sodium, and cholesterol-free.


Russell Orchards

143 Argilla Rd.

Ipswich, MA


Russell Orchards has fruit picking, hayrides, farm animals, bakery, store, and a winery. The bakery is located in the farm store and you can watch the apple cider donuts being made, as they drop into the fryer and bob their way down the conveyor. Besides the donuts the store features homemade pies, candy and fudge, local cheese and produce. The kids will enjoy feeding the farm animals. There is a wine tasting bar for adults, featuring wines from farm fresh ingredients.


Parlee Farms

95 Farwell Road

Tyngsboro MA


Parlee Farms has fruit picking, hayrides, farm animals, farm stand, and special things for kids. After your apple picking adventure stop by Annie’s Animal Barns to see over 70 young farm animals. Enjoy feeding and petting the animals. There is a Hay Play area where there are almost 200 large round bales that kids can walk on top of, or make jumps to the next hay bale. For kids between 42”-55” in height there is Farmer Mark’s Tractor Training Course. The kids will have fun driving the heavy duty electric tractors around the track.


Honey Pot Hill Orchards

138 Sudbury Road

Stow MA


Honey Pot Hill Orchards has fruit picking, hayrides, farm animals, farm store and 3 mazes. When you are finished your apple picking check out the farm animals that include goats, sheep, bunnies and baby chicks. Honey Pot has three mazes! One of the mazes is called the “Big Green Monster Maze” and is 1.5 miles in length and can take up to 1 hour to complete. It has 3,000 hedges, 6 bridges and a look out gazebo.


Pick a nice day. Have fun. And “eat an apple a day”!


Gale Crop 2011 jpegAbout the Author – Gale Spadafora is one of the Broker Owners at RE/MAX Legacy and can be contacted through her website at She enjoys working with both Sellers and Buyers.



“Success usually comes to those who are too busy looking for it”
~ Henry David Thoreau


Is it realistic to iSCALI A_Young_Real_Estate_Investornvest in real estate in your twenties?  The answer is YES!  You’re going to need to do your homework before you begin.  Learning about the market, getting your funds in order and hiring the right people are just a few items that need to be on your checklist.

There are a few options for people who have little to no money but want to invest.  You can set up an investment account with a brokerage firm, and invest in Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs).  REITs is a company that owns and operates many types of real estate that range from apartment buildings, warehouses to hotels and shopping centers.  Investors purchase stock in the REITs and in return the REITs must distribute most of its profits as dividends to them.  Once you have a sizeable amount of money you can sell your investments and use the cash as a deposit on your first property.

Another option is called Crowdfunding.  Crowdfunding is a method of raising funds through a collective effort of family, friends and individual investors.  First time investors who use a crowdfunding platform such as “Fundable” or “Patch of Land” have access to thousands of investors.  Create a campaign for your real estate project (for example a single family rehab) so investors can see for themselves if it’s a cash-flowing investment that they might be interested in funding.

Last but certainly not least option is borrowing money from your parents.  Although this may not work for everyone it is another option.

Now that your funding is in order, the next step should be establishing a business plan.  In order for you to stay organized and achieve your short and long term goals this should be a necessity.  Then you can build a budget to track all of your expenses that comes with owning a property.  Keeping track of where your money is being spent will help you learn where you can eventually cut back.

Learning about the types of properties you want to invest in is key.  Whether it be multi families or rehabbing single families you need to drive around to look at properties and the surrounding neighborhoods.  Getting yourself familiar with listing and sold prices will help you learn what to pay for property without overspending.  Also, work with an experienced, reliable real estate agent.  SHE will keep her eye on the market for new listings and promptly set up appointments for you.  She can check the MLS for comparative properties in the area as well and this will help you calculate your numbers to see if the property is right for you.

Staying on top of current trends such as mortgage rates, consumer spending and unemployment rates is important.  Remember being educated in all areas of real estate investing is the key to a profitable return on your investment.  One great way to learn about the business is to talk with other investors.  They may offer some tips and strategies that can help you with your new business venture.  Ask them about the process and the best way to get a great return.  Ask them how they started out as an investor.  Some people invest in real estate for appreciation but smart investors invest for cash flow.  Cash flow is the money you make from rental properties every month after all the expenses are paid.  Cash flow should increase over time without ever eating away at your principle investment.  Rents will increase with inflation while your mortgage payments stay the same.  Eventually you will pay off your loan and your cash flow will increase significantly.

Last bit of advice but not least is to hire a competent accountant who is familiar with current tax laws.  In the long run you will save yourself money and a lot of headaches.  By aligning yourself with the right people, you are putting yourself on the right path.

As you can see being a real estate investor can be profitable if you put in the time and effort.  Remember that there will be ups and downs in the market over the years.  If you make well thought decisions when buying properties your investments will pay off in time.

Jennifer ScaliJenn Scali is a Realtor at RE/MAX Legacy and she enjoys working with investors and buyers who are looking to purchase real estate property. You can reach her at (617) 905-7211 or on her website at



12 Shaker Hill picThese are the things I am working with in regards to showing my own home.

I have decluttered my house, I have taken down all personal photos, taken all the magnets off of the refrigerator.

If you go by this motto: Everything in its place, your world, your house will look and feel a lot brighter. Rearrange things, be creative. This was the fun part.

When I use to clean I would set my alarm for one hour and go to town, and the next day I would pick up where I left off. Simple, but that does not work in this scenario.

So now I just shut the doors on the rooms that are clean. For instance I have one son who no longer lives at home. His room has been cleaned, so hence the door is shut.

Some other tips:

The entryway must be cleared of coats, shoes and mail. Get into the habit of hanging up your coats, designate an area for mail.

Allow a mere ten minutes at night before you go to sleep, to wipe off the counters.

Dust and vacuum every other day and clean the bathrooms daily.

Make the beds daily.

Eliminate your home of odors. There is nothing worse than pet odor except if it is smelly food.

Empty the garbage.

Landscaping, make sure you have a good curb appeal no matter what the season.

This is my favorite. Have a bowl of chocolate candy by the sign in area. It has been proven that eating something sweet will project a favorable outcome.

All of these are good practices for when you do move!  Please leave the chocolate candy for me.

Patty 2About the author: Patty Lovett is a Realtor at RE/MAX Legacy and part of the Alliance Home Team. She works with both Buyers and Sellers. You can contact her directly on her website at

Category: Home Selling