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Posted by Joe Kulle and Katie Riley on 12/17/2017

Aside from locking our doors at night and parking cars in a safe place, most of us donít think about security for more than a couple of minutes a day.

In many ways, the United States is a safer country than ever. Property crimes, such as burglary, robbery, and theft, have all plummeted in recent years. However, billions of dollars are still lost each year due to property crimes.

A type of theft that is on the rise in the United States in identity theft. We are all taught the dangers of identity theft, but are rarely given specifics on how to keep our data more secure.

In this article, weíll cover basic security tips that will keep you, your family, your property, and your data more secure at home.

Securing your home

First, letís start with the simple things. Check the exterior of your home. Do you have accessible windows, and are they kept locked? Similarly, are any of your doors glass? If so, thieves may easily break the glass and unlock the door from the outside. At night, keep your home safer by installing motion sensor lights around dimly lit areas.

Speaking of locks, make sure yours are high quality deadbolts. Also, keep track of all keys and donít leave keys in careless places such as under doormats or flower pots.

Use the latest tech to your advantage

Smart home technology isnít just good for clapping lights on and off. You can use smart home security systems to lock and unlock your doors from work, check security cameras, and protect you and your family from fire and carbon monoxide all from an app on your phone.

Buy a safe

Safes arenít just for millionaires and they donít just prevent burglaries. A good safe will keep things secure from fire and water hazards, as well. Items youíll want to keep secure include important paperwork, passports, social security cards, copies of financial documents, jewelry, emergency cash, and hard drives or flash drives with photos and documents on them.

Keep your home safe while youíre away

One of the most important times to keep your house secure is when youíre not in it. An empty home is an easier target for those seeking to gain entry into your home. While youíre away, be sure to let a trusted neighbor know youíll be gone. Have them take in your mail for you so it doesnít look like the home is unoccupied. Before you leave, check that the windows are locked and that nothing has been left on in the house except for a light.

Protect your identity

To keep your information safe from prying hands hoping to turn a profit, here are some best practices to follow.

  • Shred documents with your personal information, donít throw them out with your garbage

  • Donít fall for phone or email scams; unless you entered something you probably didnít win anything

  • Donít let anyone enter your home unless you called them first

  • Be selective of the information you share on social media. Never post photos of your forms of identification, or tell others when your family will be away (a.k.a. Your home empty)

  • Always keep your smartphone locked with a passcode

  • Change your passwords to various websites frequently. Donít use the same password for multiple sites, and make your passwords complex. Instead of words, use pass ďphrasesĒ or series of words.




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Posted by Joe Kulle and Katie Riley on 12/10/2017

If you like the outdoors, fresh air, and exercise, it might be well worth your while to look for a house near a public park.

Some communities also offer bike paths, walking trails, and town swimming pools, all of which can provide an endless source of recreation for you and your family.

Like any desirable feature of a neighborhood or community, some parks are better than others. While access to a nice park may not be uppermost in your mind when house hunting, here are some solid reasons for including it on your wish list:

  • Exercise benefits: Many of the larger parks offer extensive walking trails, public tennis courts, and paddle boat rentals. Parks can also provide space for jogging, roller blading, bicycling, and Frisbee tossing. For families with younger children, a nearby playground can be a priceless resource for keeping the kids physically active and entertained. It can also be a convenient location for play dates, birthday parties, and picnics.
  • Stress relief: Whether it's related to work, finances, or family issues, just about everyone experiences stress at one time or another. Having easy access to a peaceful place to walk, read a book, or fly a kite with the kids can provide a welcome distraction to the trials and tribulations of everyday life. When you need a change of scenery or a chance to commune with nature, a short jaunt to your neighborhood park can provide the ideal environment for relaxing and unwinding.
  • Convenient meeting location: If you're considering hosting a family picnic, but your yard won't accommodate everyone on your guest list, reserving a pavilion at a local park can be the perfect solution. Public parks can also be conducive to volleyball matches, badminton tournaments, and football games. A park can often be a nice setting for events like family reunions, club meetings, and graduation parties.
  • Easy access to special events: Most parks offer special events to local residents, ranging from free concerts to farmers' markets. Living just a short walk from a festival site, music event, or theatrical performance can enhance your enjoyment of a chosen neighborhood. Whether you're a fan of Shakespeare in the Park or flower shows and food festivals, living near a public park can provide you and your family with fun cultural events and weekend entertainment.
If you're currently in the process of house hunting or are considering relocating in the near future, one feature to include on your wish list might be proximity to entertainment, culture, and recreational facilities. When those resources are far away or inconveniently located, it's all too easy to dismiss the idea and settle for a humdrum day at home. However, when you have entertainment options that are literally around the corner, there's no excuse for not taking advantage of them -- especially when they're free!





Posted by Joe Kulle and Katie Riley on 12/4/2017


48 Dona Drive, Middleboro, MA 02346

Single-Family

$539,900
Price

9
Rooms
5
Beds
3
Baths
BRAND NEW ... FIVE (5) BEDROOM RANCH style home with 3,384+ SQ FT living area. WIDE OPEN FLOOR PLAN IS SIMPLY FANTASTIC FOR THE GROWING FAMILY. Located on cul-de-sac of quiet subdivision only minutes to Rt. 44 and 495. Large flat wooded lot with loads of potential. Home offers two gas heating units and two central a/c units. Full Partially finished Walk Out basement, All rooms in the basement have full windows. This home offers Granite Counters, Hardwood floors and built in shelving. Builder has 38+ years experience with his quality "Second to none". Granite, Hardwood, Large Closets, HUGE Kitchen with Cabinets, Cabinets, and more Cabinets. Gas log fireplace. Landscaping concrete sidewalks and patio, lawn sprinklers installed and with a future kitchen in the lower level just waiting for family to live you with there own privacy or add a wet bar for those parties with friends. OPEN HOUSE THIS WEEKEND ON SUNDAY November 26 FROM 11am TO 1pm. Hope to see you there.
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Posted by Joe Kulle and Katie Riley on 12/4/2017


21 Rainbow Circle, Middleboro, MA 02346

Single-Family

$289,900
Price

6
Rooms
4
Beds
1
Baths
LIVE IN A SUBDIVISION ONLY MINUTES TO RT 44 AND RT 495. NICE 4 BDRM RANCH W/ MANY UPDATES, NEWER ROOF, 1 CAR GARAGE. GREAT FOR 1ST TIME HOMEBUYER, PRIVATE FENCED IN YARD, HUGE SHED (16X14), MATURE LANDSCAPING, VINYL SIDED, SKYLIGHTS,NEWER WINDOWS. LOW DOWN PAYMENT AND POSSIBLE ZERO DOWN!! SELLER WILL INSTALL NEW SEPTIC PRIOR TO CLOSING. JUST MOVE INTO THIS ONE LEVEL LIVING WITH FRESHLY PAINTED WALLS AND REMODELED BATHROOM. GREAT STARTER HOME AND CHEAPER THAN RENTING. KICK THE LANDLORD OUT AND START BUILDING EQUITY TODAY. NO MONEY DOWN! CHECK IT OUT!
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Posted by Joe Kulle and Katie Riley on 12/3/2017

A bathroom renovation represents a major decision, especially for those who plan to sell their homes in the near future.

Ultimately, there are many questions to consider before you embark on a bathroom renovation, including:

1. When do I plan to list my home?

Consider your home selling timeline Ė you'll be glad you did. If you understand when you'd like to list your residence, you can plan home improvement projects accordingly.

If you intend to list your home in the next few months, there is plenty of time to overhaul your bathroom if necessary. Or, if you want to sell your home as soon as possible, a bathroom renovation may slow you down.

2. Is a bathroom renovation necessary?

Although your bathroom may seem small and messy at times, only minor bathroom upgrades may be needed to transform your ordinary bathroom into an exceptional one.

Performing an extensive bathroom cleaning will enable you to eliminate shower scum, wipe down a bathroom countertop and enhance the bathroom floor. Plus, cleaning a bathroom often represents a fast, easy and cost-effective alternative to a major bathroom overhaul.

Furthermore, a home appraisal may help you better understand your house's strengths and weaknesses. After this appraisal is finished, you can identify problem areas in your home and determine whether a bathroom renovation is a priority.

3. How much will a bathroom renovation cost?

The cost of a bathroom renovation may range from hundreds to thousands of dollars based on the size of your bathroom, the renovations that are needed and other factors. As such, you'll want to evaluate the cost of a bathroom renovation to determine how the project may impact your property's value.

Meet with several bathroom renovation experts. That way, you can receive multiple bathroom renovation estimates to see what it will cost to enhance your bathroom's appearance.

Also, you may want to consider do-it-yourself (DIY) bathroom improvements. A DIY bathroom renovation can be rewarding because it will enable you to learn new skills and revamp your bathroom's appearance on your own. At the same time, you'll want to ensure that any bathroom upgrades you complete are done safely and effectively.

Still unsure about whether you should perform a bathroom renovation? Discuss your concerns and questions with a real estate agent, and you may be able to gain unparalleled insights into whether a bathroom renovation is worth your time.

A real estate agent understands the ins and outs of the housing market. He or she can help you assess the pros and cons of a bathroom renovation. As a result, you can make informed decisions about a bathroom renovation and other home improvement projects.

In addition, a real estate agent can serve as an expert guide along the home selling journey. This housing market professional can help you get your home ready and ensure it will generate plenty of interest from property buyers as soon as it becomes available.

Take the guesswork out of a bathroom renovation Ė consider the aforementioned questions, and you can decide whether a bathroom renovation is right for you.




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