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Posted by Sharon Lanen Coskren on 6/21/2019

You’ve finalized the paperwork moved the last box and may have even kicked up your feet to relax. It’s time to celebrate owning your very own home. Homeownership is a major milestone after all and you deserve to bask in the pride of this accomplishment by throwing a housewarming party. Share your new home and kickoff memories to come with your favorite people.

Start planning by tallying the number of guests on your list that will comfortably, and safely, fit into the amount of space your home has. You also want to keep your budget in mind as you finalize the number of guests for your party.

The best time to throw a housewarming party is two to three weeks after you’ve moved and have begun to settle in. Most of your boxes are probably unpacked by this point and you have an idea of how you’d like everything to be set up.

Send out invites two weeks ahead of time to give everyone enough time to arrange their schedules plan for your party. This is also a good time to begin planning food and drinks. You’ll want to create a cohesive spread of food or if your party is at a mealtime plan a full dinner. Make calls to get pricing for any catering you may want to have done or start gathering recipes.

You’ll want to have every room of your home ready for showing the day of the party as guests will want to see the full house. Do your best to make each room presentable and try to have everything unpacked and put away. Have a playlist of music to play for the party and buy some fresh cut flowers to put a finishing touch to each room.

Have your home ready for the influx of guests by stocking your bathroom with plenty of toilet paper, several fresh hand towels and a full bottle of hand soap. Have a place ready for guests to leave coats, bags, and shoes.

On the day of the party, try to greet every guest as they arrive. Offer them a drink, show them where refreshments are available and give directions to the bathroom. Offer tours of your home throughout the day/night in small groups so everyone has a chance to get the full viewing.

Signify the party is wrapping up by offering dessert and coffee. Thank all of your guests for coming as they depart. It is always a nice touch to send thank you notes to guests, especially to those who brought housewarming gifts.

Owning a home is a major accomplishment and one that should be celebrated! Housewarmings are a fun way to gather friends and family together and enjoy the fruits of your labor.




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Posted by Sharon Lanen Coskren on 6/14/2019

This Single-Family in North Andover, MA recently sold for $775,000. This Colonial,Greek Revival style home was sold by Sharon Lanen Coskren - Leading Edge Real Estate.


231 Chestnut St, North Andover, MA 01845

Old Center

Single-Family

$799,000
Price
$775,000
Sale Price

12
Rooms
5
Beds
3/1
Full/Half Baths
Tucked back on a sprawling lawn, you can welcome the summer days ahead dining and relaxing on the expansive cedar deck with pergola. You can just picture barbecues and ballgames on this lovely flat lot. Three season full length sunroom is surrounded by windows and offers great space for catching cool cross breezes. You will actually look forward to cold winter nights in your cozy family room which is the heart of the home with wood burning fireplace and new hardwood floors. Bring the outdoors inside in the delightful atrium off of the kitchen which offers a sunlit nook to read a good book. Oversized light filled living room with soaring ceilings opens to dining room and is great for entertaining.The kitchen boasts commercial 6 burner stove with double ovens and brand new quartz counters. The expansive floor plan offers many options for bedrooms, teen suite, au pair. All of this plus a quick walk to schools, Old Center, Youth Center, Drummond Playground, Town Common & Stevens Coolidge

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Posted by Sharon Lanen Coskren on 6/14/2019

Buying a new mattress requires some careful considerations because a bed is not what you buy and use for a few months. A mattress lasts for several years in the home. On this note, there are some factors you should consider when buying a new bed. You must be able to choose the mattress that will give you the needed comfort after a hectic day at work. 

Have you been using a mattress for years and you don’t know exactly when to replace it. Here are the signs that show that your bed needs replacement:

- Waking up with stiffness in your neck or pains in your shoulders and back.

- When you no longer have a good sleep on the bed, you always turn and toss during the night.

- When your mattress gives visible signs of tears and wears like springs sticking out and sagging.

- When you discover that you are rolling to the edge of the bed.

If you have decided to buy a new mattress, below are four practical ways to pick the right mattress for your household.

Consider the durability of the Mattress

The lifespan of the mattress is crucial when buying a new mattress. Depending on the quality of material used, a typical mattress can serve you for 8 to 10 years. Purchasing a mattress is as important as buying a fridge or stove. Therefore, you have to be equipped with the right information that will enable you to get the right one that will last longer. 

Look at the type of Mattress 

The kind of mattress is also another factor to consider when buying a mattress. They come in diverse kinds ranging from firm ones to those with foams. Before purchasing a mattress, you should know the basic types of bed available in the market and see the one that is best for you. Here are some examples of mattress that you can consider:

- Innerspring

- Memory foam

- Latex foam

- Hybrid

- Adjustable

- Pillow Top

- Airbed

- Waterbed

- Futon

Think about the sleeping position 

The sleeping position is another thing to consider when buying a mattress. You may need a softer mattress if you are a back sleeper while you should consider something firm if you prefer to fall asleep on your belly. 

Budget

Mattresses come in diverse shapes, sizes, and types. Your decision should not be based on your comfort level alone but also your how much you can afford. Just like many other things, the most expensive might not be the best for you.

Visit your local home décor store and speak to a sales representative to make a great choice.




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Posted by Sharon Lanen Coskren on 6/7/2019

Believe it or not, buying a condo can be a quick, easy process, particularly for those who understand their homebuying needs.

Ultimately, there are several factors to consider before you purchase a condo, including:

1. Your Budget

How much can you afford to spend on a condo? You should evaluate your homebuying budget closely to ensure you can cover all of the costs associated with condo living.

Getting pre-approved for a mortgage usually is ideal. With a mortgage in hand, you can browse a wide range of condos and find one that matches your budget perfectly.

Furthermore, don't forget to account for homeowners' association (HOA) fees before you buy a condo. HOA fees will vary depending on the condo community, and you should learn about them in advance so you can budget accordingly.

2. Property Size and Location

How much space do you need to accommodate your family? Consider the short- and long-term ramifications of a condo purchase, and you should have no trouble finding a condo that is the right size for you.

If you're uncertain about how big of a condo that you'll need, don't hesitate to consult with a real estate agent. This housing market expert will learn about your homebuying needs and help you narrow your search for the ideal condo.

Also, be sure to consider the location of a condo. If you want to find a place to live near school or work, you should search for condos that will help you cut down on your commute time.

3. Condo Rules and Regulations

Condo living is different from living in a traditional house. In a condo community, you'll have your own property, but there may be numerous condo rules and regulations in place that you'll need to follow at all times.

For example, many condo owners cannot modify a property's exterior without first getting approval from an HOA board. This means if you want to paint your condo bright pink or upgrade the property's windows, you'll need to ask the HOA board for permission.

Examine a condo community's rules and regulations prior to purchasing a condo. This will enable you to review the HOA board's mandates and determine whether you would feel comfortable following these rules and regulations.

When it comes to finding a condo, there is no need to look for a property on your own. Conversely, if you work with a real estate agent, you can take the guesswork out of searching for a top-notch condo.

Finding a real estate agent with condo experience is essential. This real estate professional will set up condo showings, keep you informed about new condos as they become available and negotiate with property sellers on your behalf. That way, this real estate agent will make it easy for you to acquire a first-rate condo at a budget-friendly price.

Kick off your search for the perfect condo today, and you can move closer to securing a condo that will serve you well for an extended period of time.




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Posted by Sharon Lanen Coskren on 5/31/2019

No matter what time of year, everyone naturally gravitates to comfort food and easy meal plans when life gets busy. If you've decided to adopt a new way of eating, falling into this pattern can derail your goals. Sometimes, all that's needed to keep you on track is knowing the simple substitutes to your basic recipes. That way, you get comfort food but stay on track.

If you’ve chosen to try a low-carb or ketogenic diet, try one or more of these substitutes for your go-to favorites:

Crust-less Quiche

Use your favorite quiche recipe—provided the filling doesn't include bread cubes or some other off-plan ingredient. Add an extra egg (or 2 for a large quiche) and an extra cup of grated cheese (Swiss, Gouda, or Jarlsberg work well) to the ingredient's list. Then, in place of the crust, butter the baking dish well and sprinkle the extra cheese on the bottom. Pour in your egg mixture, meats (bacon or ham are excellent), veggies (think spinach leaves or bell peppers), and additional cheese on top. Bake as usual at about 350°F. You'll find that the cheese on the bottom and sides crisps up nicely to create a self-crust, so no flour crust necessary.

Tortilla-free Tacos

Another family favorite, tacos, is easily adapted. While the kids are eating theirs on tortillas, wrap your filling in lettuce leaves. Merely remove the outermost lettuce leaves before cutting up the rest of the head. Wash and pat them dry and use in place of the tortilla.

Lettuce wraps

The large outer lettuce leaves–or other leaf-lettuces such as Romaine—are useful in place of bread or carb-laden wraps for other meal staples as well:

  • Sandwiches: simply wrap your meats and cheeses in a lettuce leaf to reduce both carbs and calories.
  • Asian wraps: wrap your eggroll fillings in lettuce leaves. Or, you can use cabbage leaves for this one.
  • Burgers: follow the example of large burger chains and lettuce-wrap your burger patty, tomato, and cheese. So-called “protein-style” burgers work best with several layers of crisper lettuce leaves, so don’t skimp on the lettuce.

Snack foods

Finding enjoyable snack foods is one of the more difficult parts of sticking with your meal plan. If you’re looking for something crunchy, try one of these:

  • Mini pizzas: lay pepperoni slices on a baking pan. Top with grated mozzarella cheese. Bake at 375°F them for about 10 minutes. Remove and lay the chips out on a paper towel to absorb the extra grease.
  • Pepperoni chips: Follow the same recipe as above, but without the cheese. After patting the cooked chips with a paper towel, return them to the oven for another two to three minutes. These chips pair well with sour cream dips and guacamole.
  • Devilled eggs: Make your mother’s recipe but without the sweet pickles.
  • Bacon wrapped … well, just about anything. A favorite is shrimp poppers though: Split fresh jalapeño peppers and remove the seeds. Dab a half teaspoon of cream cheese on the pepper and set a de-veined, cooked shrimp on top. Wrap in a half-slice of bacon. Slide a toothpick through to hold it all together and bake in the oven at 400°F for 15 minutes or until bacon crisps. Or, for a backyard version, put several on a skewer and pop them on the grill.

Sticking to a new plan isn’t always easy, so preparing alternatives in advance can keep you headed in the right direction. 

If you find you’re no longer inspired you to eat well in your current home, talk to your real estate professional about available homes in your area that offer upgraded or gourmet kitchens.




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