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Posted by Lawton Real Estate, Inc on 11/21/2019

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In a bid to afford homes in high-value areas, many homeowners turn to income from short-term rentals to cover a high mortgage payment. You can benefit from this option with some caveats:

  • Location really matters. A lot. You might advertise your home as near the coast when itís really 20 miles inland and get a few bites. But eventually, the reviews catch up with you, and you lose out. Be honest about where your rental sits. Market what is available: access to public transportation, quiet parks, sports arenas, theme parks, etc. only if they truly are accessible.
  • Consider hosting rather than leaving your home to strangers. That means you stay on the property while they are there. Youíre in control of who comes and goes. Your renters canít sneak in a dozen of their buddies without paying for them.
  • Make sure your HOA and municipality allow it. Many homeowners associations explicitly forbid subletting or short-term rentals, so if thatís your plan, read those pesky covenants, conditions and restrictions (CCRís) before you buy. Municipalities also have codes regarding hospitality properties. Many require licenses, permits or fees, and some require occupancy taxes on the nights guests rent your home.
  • Your homeownersí insurance coverage may not protect you from damage or liability when youíre using your home as a business. Talk to your insurance agent before you post your home online and pay the extra premiums to make certain youíre covered.

Before you decide to turn your home into a short-term rental, know the rules and the risks or the rewards may not be worth the trouble. Your real estate professional is your best resource for discovering properties in your area suitable for a short-term rental, so make that phone call today.




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Posted by Lawton Real Estate, Inc on 11/7/2019

This is the age-old interior design question that keeps coming back. Moreover, the answer will never be to simply declare one superior to the other. The question needs to be dissected from several angles; where is the house situated, how long do you intend the flooring to last? How much are you ready to spend on maintenance of the floor? There is also the little matter of personal taste. 

Solid wood flooring is better whenÖ

  • You want that eye-catching natural look to go with a rustic or modern theme.
  • You want an economical choice but still want a decent, homely look.
  • You live in an area with colder temperatures for most of the year. Hardwood floors are better at retaining heat than porcelain or ceramic tiles. Over and above you and your family's feet, you should consider your pets, which spend more time on the floor than you. 
  • You need a floor that is easier on the foot. In addition to losing heat quicker, porcelain tiles are harder on the soles of your feet, and on your back by extension.
  • You don't mind the noise of feet slamming onto floorboards. 

Ceramic/porcelain tiles are better whenÖ

  • You are a resident of California or any other locality where it's mostly hot all the time. Such flooring is cooler to step on.
  • You want a floor that is easy to keep clean and maintain. Solid wood floors, especially if not well finished, can be tricky to clean. They may also be affected by changes in temperature and develop problems when exposed to moisture. Not to mention the fact that such floors are more easily disfigured by scratching or spills. This may require you to refinish your floor several times. 
  •  You want more variety to choose from. Much as you can have solid wood flooring in a variety of widths and stains, you will get far greater variety when shopping for tiles. You can even get ceramic tiles that are textured to look like wood flooring.
  • You have people with allergy issues living with you. Wood flooring tends to retain dust and other allergens, whereas ceramic, and porcelain tiles don't.
  • You don't mind the hardness and attendant discomfort of tiled floors when you stand on them for long.

Speak to a professional contractor about the advantages and disadvantages of both kinds of flooring before you make up your mind.




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Posted by Lawton Real Estate, Inc on 11/6/2019

Imagine spending the holidays in pure elegance. This home has it all. Great Location, Great Builder, Great Yard!! Welcome home to 3 Clonmel Ave where the rooms are filled with sunlight and perfection. The kitchen holds all you need to entertain including a grand size kitchen island where everyone can gather. Open concept to the living room with its impressive stone fireplace and windows galore. Room off the kitchen with wainscoting, sharp paint colors and french doors can be a separate dining room or an at home office/den whichever fits your needs. The second floor holds a master suite with bath and custom walk in closet. It also hosts a guest suite with its own full bath and walk in closet for those out of town guests or visiting family. Two other bedrooms, a THIRD full bath, and laundry room finish out this floor. Now for the best part sit on your back deck that overlooks a phenominal back yard - large and flat. Two car garage with side entry and another 1000 sq ft in basement !!

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Posted by Lawton Real Estate, Inc on 10/31/2019


3 Clonmel Ave Burlington, MA


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New Listing - New Construction - Exquisite Colonial

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Posted by Lawton Real Estate, Inc on 10/31/2019

In a not-so-distant future, American homeowners may not have to worry about blackouts any longer. Teslaís giant battery recently powered up Australiaís grid after a power outage in just milliseconds. And, with new, green technologies, constantly being pursued, it could be within reach to say goodbye to blackouts once and for all.

However, weíre not quite there yet. And, if you live in the colder areas of the country, youíre also at the beginning of the worst season for snow and ice that can wreak havoc on power lines.

So, to help get you prepared, Iíve written this list of things you can do to start preparing yourself, your family, and your home for your next power outage.

Read on for the list.

1. Emergency supplies list

Itís vital to have the supplies on hand before a power outage hits so that you donít have to be wandering around your home in the dark fishing for things you might not even have.

To avoid this, itís a good idea to keep a supplies bag packed and tucked away somewhere safe. Itís also important that your family knows where this bag is located in case youíre away when the power goes out.

Now, letís make your list:

  • Flashlights and batteries - Two quality flashlights with batteries should be on everyoneís emergency list. Make sure your batteries were recently bought and that they are of high quality that wonít run out of juice in just a few minutes. Also, consider including a wind-up flashlight that doesnít require batteries for use in case you forget to replace your old batteries.

  • Radio - Most of us keep our cell phones charged up, but weíve all been guilty of letting them get too low on charge. In these situations, itís good to have a battery-powered radio to listen to the news.

  • Power bank - Speaking of cell phones and their poor battery life, consider buying a power bank and keeping an extra charging cord in your bag. Make a note to charge up your power bank every few weeks to ensure it will be charged when you need it most.

  • Cash - If the blackout effects more than just your neighborhood, many storesí ATM and credit card machines may be down. Itís a good idea to have a stash of cash for emergencies.

  • Optional: generator - while you donít need to buy a generator for your average power outage, it can help if you live in an area that experiences them frequently.

2. Familiarize yourself with your home

Find out where the shutoff valves for water are, learn the layout of your circuit breaker, and learn how to use the manual release on your garage door.

If you have an electric stove, consider purchasing and learning how to use a small propane grill for emergencies.

3. Best practices during a blackout

If you have children, make sure they know what to do if the power goes out when youíre not home. Especially during the winter months, it gets dark out early enough that many parents havenít even arrived home from work yet. So, be sure your kids know not to start lighting candles in dangerous places and keeping the refrigerator open for extended periods.

Finally, itís a good idea to turn off power strips and unplug appliances that were turned on when the power went out. This can stop surges from damaging your appliances and save you money.




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