Posted by Sharon Lanen Coskren on 11/24/2017

Did you every hear the old expression, "Trust in God, but lock your door"? Not only has that adage been passed on from one generation to the next, but it's a lyric in an old Kenny Rogers song, and you'll occasionally see it on bumper stickers. Although keeping your home safe from intruders is a serious topic, that old saying reminds us, in a humorous way, that we shouldn't take home security for granted. In addition to high tech approaches to home protection, there are also easy and inexpensive steps you can take to discourage burglars. Although many of these safety measures seem like common sense, you'd be surprised at how many homeowners forget to lock doors, leave lights on, and take other simple precautions when they're away. Here's a handful of smart steps you can take to substantially reduce the risk of having your home broken into.

  1. Make a habit of locking your doors and windows. While this piece of advice may sound like a "no-brainer," many reports of home break-ins mention an unlocked window or door as the point of entry for burglars. The first thing you can do to tighten up security and feel safer in your own home is to increase your awareness of potential threats, and emphasize to your family the importance of taking precautions. The ideal scenario involves reinforcing positive habits, without instilling a sense of fear. After all, your home should be a peaceful place where your family always feels safe and comfortable.
  2. Shine a light on the problem. You would think that everyone would leave lights on when they're not home at night, but -- for one reason or another -- many don't. Keeping your home well lit, both inside and out, is a good strategy for thwarting crime. To save money on energy bills and to avoid the appearance of always having your lights on, you can purchase inexpensive lighting timers. Leaving a radio or TV on when you're not home, or connecting it to a timer, is another way to create the illusion that someone is home.
  3. Barking dogs are a known burglar deterrent, as are "Beware of Dog" signs. The actual dogs are obviously more effective than the warning signs, but many people bring their pets to a boarding facility when they're away on vacation. One solution is to arrange for a house sitter or an on-site pet care service to stop by. If you have a trusted neighbor or family member who can feed and walk your dog while you're away (maybe, water your plants, too!), then your canine security guard can remain on duty in your absence. Many communities also have licensed and bonded pet care services that can stop by and take care of your dogs, every day, eliminating the need for your pets to be away from home.
  4. Landscaping features can be a risk factor. Be aware that high bushes and hedges can make it easier for burglars to hide while breaking into windows. Keep shrubs and branches trimmed back as much as possible to eliminate this chink in your security plan. If you're still concerned about the effect of bushes on home security, then make sure your window locks are sturdy and fully functional. Inexpensive battery-operated window and door alarms are also an option.
One method that can virtually eliminate the problem of forgetting to lock your doors and turning on lights is to have a high-tech security system installed. This technology enables you to activate locks, lights, and even thermostats from any location with your cell phone, laptop, or other mobile device. While these automated systems and monitored alarms incur a monthly service fee, the peace of mind and added control you get over your home environment is often more than worth the expense.





Posted by Sharon Lanen Coskren on 11/20/2017

This Condo in Winchester, MA recently sold for $1,470,000. This Townhouse style home was sold by Sharon Lanen Coskren - RE/MAX Leading Edge.


7 Wainwright Rd, Winchester, MA 01890

Condo

$1,570,000
Price
$1,470,000
Sale Price

10
Rooms
4
Beds
3/1
Full/Half Baths
Absolutely stunning 4 bed,3.5 bath,4247 sq ft townhouse at The Ledges w/first floor master suite & 2 car garage. From top to bottom,this F style home has been custom designed & renovated like no other.(See attachment) By removing a wall,they were able to create an open floor plan that stretches from the Chef's kitchen & dining rm, to the beautiful family rm w/floor-to-ceiling windows over looking a private yard, & a view thru gas fireplace that connects to living room.The entire 1st fl has beautiful Brazilian HDWD flrs, rec'd lighting & wall sconces.The kitchen has a gorgeous 10' island,custom cabinetry,Thermador stainless steel appliances w/induction cooktop,microwave drawer,Miele steam oven,bar sink & both leathered & polished granite. Master suite w/gas fireplace in sitting area & gorgeous master bath. Slider off the kitchen leads to patio w/beautiful hardscape, that connect to rear yard & lower gardens. The garden level has full walkout off Great Room and 2 lg bedrms w/steam shower

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Posted by Sharon Lanen Coskren on 11/17/2017

This Single-Family in North Andover, MA recently sold for $570,000. This Cape style home was sold by Sharon Lanen Coskren - RE/MAX Leading Edge.


311 Stevens St, North Andover, MA 01845

Old Center

Single-Family

$550,000
Price
$570,000
Sale Price

9
Rooms
4
Beds
2/1
Full/Half Baths
What a view to wake up to every morning! Set back off the road with private backyard, this beautiful cape has a freshly painted exterior, brand new family room carpet and seasonal views of Stevens Pond. With an easy walk to the pond and Weir Hill and close proximity to town and highways, this location can't be beat. Start your day in your sun filled eat in kitchen overlooking private backyard. Kitchen opens to oversized fireplaced family room area with built ins and lots of light. Nice open living room offers another great option for entertaining. First floor office overlooks the backyard and makes working from home a pleasure. Easy to care for hardwood floors comprise the majority of the first floor. Nice master bedroom and 3 additional bedrooms round out the second floor. Don't miss out on this great opportunity to live in North Andover.

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Posted by Sharon Lanen Coskren on 11/17/2017

When you buy a home, you may wonder what the benefits of having your own realtor to represent you are. If you’re a first-time homebuyer, you probably will have a lot of questions. If you’re a second-time homebuyer you may still have a lot of questions! Buying a home can be a long, tedious process. It’s very helpful to know that you have a knowledgable realtor by your side to represent you and help you through the home buying process. If you’re looking to buy a home in a tough market, hiring your own realtor to represent you as a buyer is especially important. 


First, you should consider interviewing some prospective buyers agents in your area. Maybe you can get recommendations from friends and family as well. Learn what you can expect from a top realtor who will represent you as a buyer. 


Honesty Is The Best Policy


Your agent should be completely honest with you. While they can’t tell you what you personally want in a home, they should give you every last disclosure. No agent should put a home value or their own commission above their clients. This means that there’s strict documentation that realtors must follow including a code of ethics and standards for practice. A realtor must uphold these promises.  


Judging honesty in a realtor can be difficult. An honest real estate agent will help you through the home search process, for example. This is a good place to start. If the realtor points out some of the potential issues that you may have as a buyer in a home, you can see that honesty is one of their main policies.


Good Communicator


A realtor should be in frequent communication with you. Even if your home search isn’t active, they will check in, and see where you’re at in the process and if your needs have changed. 

Your realtor should alert you if offers have been made on properties that you’re interested in as well. Your buyer’s agent should reply to texts, e-mails, or calls within a short time frame of receiving them. Having a realtor that’s on top of things for you is important when it comes to buying a home since, without their help and information, the perfect home could slip through the cracks for you.                  


Knowledge Of Rules, Regulations, And Best Practices


Your buyer’s agent should have extensive knowledge of the real estate rules and regulations that are within your state. Each state has different practices when it comes to buying a home. Hiring a buyer’s agent is especially helpful if you are unfamiliar with a state or city. Your agent will be well-informed on all of your responsibilities as a buyer, as well as how and when you should complete these tasks and signings throughout the entire home buying process.





Posted by Sharon Lanen Coskren on 11/16/2017


231 Chestnut St, North Andover, MA 01845

Old Center

Single-Family

$995,000
Price

12
Rooms
5
Beds
3/1
Full/Half Baths
Welcome to Jaquith House! Stone walls and sugar maple trees line the entrance of this quintessential Greek Revival with many period details. Grand foyer welcomes you to this delightful home reminding you of a bygone era. Lovely three season full length solarium is surrounded by windows and offers great space for relaxing and family games. Expansive light filled living room with soaring ceilings opens to fireplaced dining room and is great for entertaining.The kitchen boasts a Garland commercial 6 burner stove with double ovens. Bring the outdoors inside in the delightful atrium off of the kitchen which offers sunlit space to read a good book. Cozy wood burning fireplaced family room is the heart of the home with wide plank floors. Multiple options for bedrooms on the first, second and a third floor teen suite. Oversized cedar deck with pergola on lovely flat lot is great for relaxing summer days. Walk to Olde Center, park, Stevens Coolidge and schools plus easy access to highways.
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