Annemarie Torcivia - RE/MAX  Trinity



Posted by Annemarie Torcivia on 10/10/2017


12 Mt Vernon Street, Melrose, MA 02176

Condo

$389,900
Price

5
Rooms
2
Beds
2
Baths
Rare to market in Mount Vernon Condominiums in one of the hottest zip codes. Large open floor plan with 2 good size bedrooms. Master bedroom features private bath and walk in closet. Balcony off living room . Central air. Updated eat in kitchen. New insulated windows. Laundry on each floor. 1 car deeded garage parking. Storage unit on first floor. Most convenient location to commuter rail, downtown Melrose and other public transportation. Well established condo association. Must see ! Open house on Sunday 10/15 11:30 - 1:00.
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Posted by Annemarie Torcivia on 10/9/2017

When you drive through a new housing development does it seem like all of the homes are enormous compared to when you were growing up? You're not alone. In fact, over the last 40 years, average home sizes have increased by over 1,000 square feet. In other words, you could fit an entire small house inside of the amount homes have†grown in size.

Why do Americans love huge houses?

It's counter-intuitive that home sizes should keep growing larger. Bigger houses mean higher prices, more maintenance, and more expensive utilities. To understand why, we need look no further than the automobile industry. In spite of the fact that larger vehicles cost more to buy, use more gas, and do more harm to the environment, people still buy bigger and bigger trucks and SUVs. There are a few reasons why. One is that they can afford to (or they can at least afford the payments).†Another reason is cultural. For the most part, bigger meant better in American culture--until recently. Recently, many Americans have begun saying they would prefer smaller sized houses. That desire hasn't entirely caught up to the people building the homes, however. And even as simple living trends and the "tiny house" phenomenon gain traction, building contractors still stand the most to gain from large houses and the people with the money to build houses continue to build big to stay aligned with the other homes in their neighborhood. There are other obstacles in place for people who want a smaller house. Some counties around the U.S. now enforce minimum square footage requirements to uphold the building standards of the area. So, people hoping to move to a particular suburban area but don't want a huge house might be out of luck.

How big of a home do I need?

There are a lot of things to consider if you're buying a home. Size and cost often go hand-in-hand, but even if you can afford a larger home, do you really need the space?†Here are some questions to ask yourself to determine how large of a house you really need:
  • Do I or will I have a family? Kids need space. They need bedrooms and places to play. The size of your family is going to be a huge†factor in choosing the size of your home.
  • Do I need all this stuff? Many people use their homes like storage containers. Think about the last time you moved and what you brought with you. Now determine how often you used the things you brought. Odds are you have a lot of items just sitting around taking up space that you don't really need.
  • Do I†have hobbies that take up a lot of space? Woodworking, working on cars, playing drums... these are all examples of hobbies that call for some leg room.
  • Am I a dog person? Just like kids, pets tend to take up some room. Larger dogs and energetic dogs require more†room, both outside and inside the house.
  • Do I have time to keep up with the maintenance? Bigger houses means more windows to clean, more toilets to scrub, more grass to mow... you get the idea. You might find that you'd rather have a beautiful and well-kept small home than a hard-to-maintain†huge one.





Posted by Annemarie Torcivia on 10/2/2017

This Single-Family in Saugus, MA recently sold for $420,000. This Gambrel style home was sold by Annemarie Torcivia - RE/MAX Trinity.


26 Victor St, Saugus, MA 01906

Single-Family

$409,900
Price
$420,000
Sale Price

8
Rooms
4
Beds
2
Baths
If you have been looking for the perfect family neighborhood in Saugus, this is the home for you. This well loved 4 bedroom family home of 33 years is walking distance to the Veterans Memorial school and fantastic play ground and baseball field. This home offers a flexible flr plan with option to have the master on one of two flrs. When you walk into the main level your greeted by a cozy family rm with fire place and built in cabinetry. Your laundry is also on this floor. Once on the main level your large kitchen is open to a spacious dining room with built in china cabinet and lots of additional storage. Your living rm, full bath and 2nd master/den with great views of the deck & tiered yard with many established perennials complete this flr. The 3 remaining bedrooms, all with windows and sky lights complete the top floor with the 2nd of 2 full baths. This move in condition home has a newer gas heating system, young roof and most windows are newer.

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Posted by Annemarie Torcivia on 10/2/2017

Essential oils are catching on as a natural way to spruce up your home. However, many people are unaware of the full array of uses for essential oils in the household.

In this article, weíll cover some of those uses that you may not have heard of, and give you some tips on which essential oils are the best to use.

What are essential oils?

Essential oils are the result of distilling large amounts of herbs, spices, or other plant-based materials. There are dozens of essential oils commercially available and they all emit strong aromas that can be used in multiple ways.

When buying oils, itís important to check the labels to make sure you are buying 100% pure essential oils. Many companies dilute their oils in a carrier oil such as olive oil, coconut oil, or almond oil. While this isnít inherently bad, it does probably mean youíre getting less for your dollar due to being diluted.

Aside from smelling nice, essential oils are often used for aromatherapy and other medicinal uses. However, be aware that they are not intended as a treatment for any medical condition.

Similarly, some oils might cause an allergic reaction in some individuals. So, be careful when spraying them in the air or using them on your skin if you think you might be allergic to a certain oil.

Which oils are best for use around the home?

There are dozens or even hundreds of essential oils that have various scents and uses. However, some are more pleasant and suitable for the home than others.

The main essentials that serve a number of uses around the home are:

  • Lavender

  • Lemon

  • Tea Tree

  • Peppermint

  • Pine

  • Lemongrass

  • Patchouli

  • Bergamot

  • Eucalyptus

  • Tangerine

There are various kits available online that include some or all of the oils listed above, or you can buy them individually from retailers.

Household uses for essential oils

There are many uses for essential oils around the home. They include:

  • Used as an air freshener with an oil diffuser. These diffusers humidify the air while diffusing the oil into the room, resulting in a pleasant aroma.

  • Mixed with water or alcohol to make a fabric spray. You can find several formulas for creating a fabric spray. However, the easiest way to quickly freshen up the sofa or carpet is to mix 10% oil to 90% water or ethanol and put the mixture into a spray bottle.

  • As a natural cleaning product. Lemon, lime, lavender, and peppermint all make great additions to a homemade cleaning solution. Diluted with water and vinegar, many essential oils can be used to freshen up a countertop or scrub a sink.

  • Spruce up your clean laundry/linen. You can put a couple of drops of lavender onto a damp washcloth and put this in your dryer with your clothes to give them a nice fragrance. This works particularly well if you use unscented laundry detergent. However, be sure not to go overboard--essential oils are strong and some can cause skin irritation.

  • Refrigerator deodorant. The best way to get rid of the smell of a refrigerator is to give it a thorough cleaning. But afterward, help keep it smelling clean longer by putting several drops of lemongrass into a small bowl with baking soda. Stir the baking soda on occasion to release the lemongrass fragrance.




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Posted by Annemarie Torcivia on 9/27/2017

This Single-Family in Tewksbury, MA recently sold for $385,000. This Colonial style home was sold by Annemarie Torcivia - RE/MAX Trinity.


51 River Road, Tewksbury, MA 01876

Single-Family

$399,900
Price
$385,000
Sale Price

9
Rooms
5
Beds
2
Baths
Are you looking for space, location and a good value? Look no further! This well built, solid home, features 6 bedrooms, 2 full baths, 2,728 Sq. Ft. living area on a 13,503 Sq. Ft. lot. Enjoy beautiful hardwood flooring through out, the comfort of Central Air, the efficiency of 5 Heating Zones, gas heat and cooking, 200 amp electric service, 2nd floor laundry, tons of basement storage with a third roughed in bathroom. This energy efficient home has a whole house fan and ceiling fans in every room. Enjoy a level private back yard with spacious deck, pool, 2 car tandem garage under and expansive off street parking. Located minutes to routes 495, 95 and 93 this is a commuters dream! Close to 2 golf clubs, Phillips Andover Academy, Tongas Arena and .5 mile to the Merrimack River. One of the areas best values. Don't delay, seller accepting offers as they are presented! Now Showings Until Open House Sunday 7/23 1:30-3pm Offers presented as they come in.

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