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Posted by Cindy Gleichauf on 6/25/2017

Buying a house can be a stressful process, especially when youíve found your dream home and have put in your bid. While itís easy to spend all of your spare time worrying endlessly if your bid will be accepted it wonít get you any closer to hearing that ďyesĒ. Here are five things you can do instead of worrying and will help relieve stress instead. Read a book - Immerse yourself in another world by picking up a book. Spend some time browsing the shelves of your local library or bookstore for something that catches your eye. If you arenít normally a reader choose a genre similar to your movie tastes or ask a librarian for a recommendation. Meditate - Iím sure youíve heard it a million times before. Every time the topic of lowering stress come up you are sure to have meditation suggested as a combative tool. But itís so widely recommended for good reason! Science has proven that meditation really does lower stress levels. With its popularity comes a plethora of options for you to experiment with. You can try in-person classes, apps, or CDs. There are even many different ways to meditate so find what works for you and keep practicing. Exercise - Exercise may not be everyoneís favorite past time but it is an excellent way to lower stress. Donít worry this doesnít mean you need a gym membership or to spend hours lugging weights around. Walking, dancing and even vigorously cleaning can all count as exercise if they raise your heart rate. You can even think of it as prep for move in day. Spend time with friends - Gather a group of friends together to catch up over brunch or go out on the town for the night. Either way, you will have a blast spending time with those you care about and lowering your stress levels. Social engagement is an important facet of human life and when you gather a group of friends there is almost a guarantee for some laughter. And yes, laughing really does help you reduce stress! Get outside - Spending time in nature is a guaranteed way to destress with endless possibilities. You can go for a hike, ride a bike, spend time on a boat, at the beach or in your own backyard. You also have the added benefit of the ability to combine this tip with any of those given above. Lay out a blanket to sit on to read or meditate, gather a group of friends for a game of kickball, or go for a run as a group or by yourself. Waiting to hear if your bid on your dream home has been accepted can be a stressful time, but it doesnít have to be. By spending your time engaging in activities that help lower your stress levels you will not only keep yourself from worrying but also do yourself some good too. Whether you choose to snuggle up with a good book or go out on the town with some friends youíll be glad you gave yourself some downtime before move in day!

Posted by Cindy Gleichauf on 6/18/2017

If your family is growing and you're not ready to take on a larger mortgage, you have options. You can add more sleeping space to your current home. The additional space comes

 in handy if you have extended family or friends visiting during graduations, weddings or holidays.

A good night of sleep should be stress free

Say good-bye to worries. Try these simple ways to add more sleeping space to one or more rooms at your house.

  • Buy sofa beds instead of traditional sofas. Two adults can comfortably sleep on a sofa bed. You might be able to fit three to four small kids on one sofa bed. Check a furniture store, and you might be surprised to see how attractive sofa beds are. In fact, it's hard to tell a sofa bed from a traditional bed. Both are also generally equally comfortable.
  • Pull out rollaway beds. Use rollaway beds that are padded with quality mattresses. Otherwise, there's a high likelihood that people will feel the bed springs pushing into their back while they try to sleep.
  • Turn twin beds into bunk beds. To convert twin beds into bunk beds, attach support beams, safety rails and a ladder. If there's enough room to place two twin beds side-by-side in a room, create two sets of bunk beds. That simple step adds enough space for four people to sleep comfortably at your house.
  • Place a mattress on the floor. This is a temporary option, best used when company is visiting for a few days.
  • Add a double bed, thin sofa bed, dresser and chair to your attic, turning the top room of your house into a bedroom. Just make sure that the attic meets local housing standards.
  • Line the longest wall in your home office with a thin sleeper sofa. Choose a three-seater sofa. Bright colored pillows add decor and personality to the furniture.
  • Buy an air mattress. These mattresses take up more space than traditional mattresses. But, air mattresses are functional in that you can easily store them in a closet in the morning. You can get an air mattress from a neighborhood department store.
  • Design half of your basement into a bedroom.Adequate insulation and floor padding are needed to make the space comfortable.For padding, you could place decorative throw rugs on the basement floor. Consider moving boxes, cans and other items that you store in your basement to one side of your garage.
  • Donate old clothes, shoes and furniture to organizations that support the community you live in, and watch the sleeping and living space at your home expand.
  • Move coffee tables to one side of your living room or den to allow for more sleeping space in the middle of the floor.

Renovations that you make to add more sleeping space to your home could easily become hits with your children. The changes may also help you to find more work and living space. Small, simple changes could even sharpen your interior design skills,gifting you with a greater appreciation for your home.

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Posted by Cindy Gleichauf on 6/11/2017

There's no better way to put a damper on summer fun than by being swarmed by biting mosquitos. Science has worked tirelessly to find ways to keep the bugs away, ranging from the invention of DEET during World War II up to the latest trend of ultrasonic mosquito repellants. In this article, we'll cover the best forms of keeping the mosquitos at bay and the ways that are all hype. But first, let's learn a bit more about what we're up against.

Know thy enemy

Mosquitos typically feed on nectar and juices from plants and flowers. However, the females often feed on blood to acquire proteins for producing eggs. When these mosquitos are on the hunt, they can smell an animal (like us) from up to 50 meters away, according to WebMD. Since they are attracted to fruity, sweet smells, avoiding certain body sprays will help make you less of a target. Since mosquitos can't pierce through thick clothing, it's also important to wear pants and long sleeves if you're going to be outside for an extended period of time. Mosquitos are attracted to some people more than others based on factors like blood type (they prefer type O), whether they are heavy breathers, and those producing a lot of body heat. Similarly, your genetics may play a role in how likely a mosquito is to snack on you instead of your other friends around the campfire.

What doesn't work

I mentioned that there has been a lot of scientific advancements around repelling mosquitos. There has also been a lot of junk science and folklore that have misinformed people or led them to buy ineffective products. Here are the products to avoid:
  • ultrasonic repellants -†These noise-makers claim to repel mosquitos by mimicking the sound of bats, or by copying the noises of male mosquitos that the females are trying to avoid. †However, there is no evidence that the ultrasonic systems work at repelling mosquitos.
  • smartphone apps -†With the technology as ultrasonic systems, there are many apps that claim keeping them open on your phone will keep mosquitos away. But they too have been shown to be ineffective.
  • herbal concoctions -†With a few exceptions, most recipes you'll find online for deterring mosquitos will be ineffective or have negligible results. For one plant-based†repellant that has been effective, see below.
  • wristbands -†Though some clip-on belts that spray repellant into the air have shown to be effective, wristbands that don't disperse repellant won't do much to keep the mosquitos away

What does

Now that you can spot the gimmicks, here are the best mosquito repellants:
  1. DEET -†Since WWII, the most effective spray form repellant has been DEET. Products containing 30% DEET have been shown to keep mosquitos at bay for up to 8 hours if applied directly to the skin. There are, however, valid health concerns that arise from†the use of DEET.
  2. Lemon Eucalyptus -†The best "natural" mosquito repellants contain high amounts of lemon eucalyptus. The benefit is that you can apply this to your skin often without worrying about health concerns, just don't put it anywhere near your eyes because it is an eye irritant.
  3. Picaridin -†One of the new chemical alternatives to DEET, Picaridin, has been shown to be as effective and more pleasant due to it's odorless properties.

Posted by Cindy Gleichauf on 6/4/2017

Whether you buy your first home later in life, or directly from college, buying your first home is a major milestone in your life.† For that reason, there are things you need to be knowledgeable about before your purchase is complete. You will want to safeguard yourself so you know that you are getting a home and a loan that you can afford. Here are a few tips from mortgage and real estate pros to help prepare you for the biggest purchase of your life. Using an Agent If you are a buyer, then there is no reason not to use a real estate professional. It does not cost you any more money to hire an agent. That agent will do more than find you that perfect house. You will discover that after you find a house is when you will need that agent the most.† The agent will use their expertise to present your offer to the seller and then address issues that may arise between contract and closing. House Hunting Remember, location, location, location. This is very important when buying a house.† Location plays a big part in determining the market value of the home. Before you start the house hunting process, make sure you know what neighborhood is a good location for you. Also, it would be good to have an idea of what style home you are looking for. Real estate moves quickly, so if you see a property that you love, you should move on it before someone else does. Find a Loan that Works for Your It sure can be tricky business trying decide what kind of loan is right for you.† There are many different types of loans that you should be aware of.† There is an Adjustable rate mortgage which has an interest rate that is linked to an economic index. So as the index changes your interest rate and payments may go up or down. There is also a 30 Year Fixed Rate Mortgage as well as a 15-Year Fixed Rate Mortgage. Some state and county maximum loan amount restrictions may apply. Home Buyer Alternatives for First Timer Saving for a first home can sometime seem like itís a hill that too steep, but donít worry there are assistance programs that can help. The Federal Housing Administration offers loans to people with a credit score as low as 640, low down payments and down payment assistance. There are also VA and USDA loans: Certain active members of the military and veterans as well as qualifying residents of designated rural areas can qualify for a 0% down-payment housing loans that are free of mortgage insurance fees. How Much Do You Have to Put Down? It really depends on what type of loan you have. If you have a conventional loan then you may have to put as much as 20% down. It is possible to put 5% down on a conventional loan if you donít mind paying mortgage insurance.† If you go with the FHA loan you will need at least 3.5 % down.† For people who are relying on others to help with down payments, an FHA loan may be a good option. First time home buyers need to look around and know that there are a multitude of down payment assistance offers by state or local governments. Closing cost: There can be a lot of hidden fees in closing costs; first time home buyers should be aware of these costs.† These fees are typically included in the closing costs, including fees for commissions, appraisals, inspections, certifications and surveying.† There will also be fees for government record changes, tax and title services and transfer taxes.

Posted by Cindy Gleichauf on 6/1/2017

This Condo in Franklin, MA recently sold for $229,900. This Low-Rise style home was sold by Cindy Gleichauf - RE/MAX Real Estate Center.

24 Shayne Road, Franklin, MA 02038


Sale Price

This is the condo you have been waiting for! Franklin Heights is in a scenic location, nestled in the woods, and this top floor unit takes advantage of the beautiful natural view, ever changing with the seasons. Ready for one-level living? Stairs are optional with a convenient elevator and handicapped accessible ramp entrance. Lovingly maintained with tasteful neutral decor, every detail has been attended to so that the new owner can move right in. Enjoy the warm weather months either in central air conditioning or catching breezes on the balcony! Granite counter tops and glass tile back splash adorn the cheerful white kitchen. The in-unit laundry room accommodates a full size washer and dryer, and all appliances are included. The master bedroom is large enough for king-sized furniture, and the master closet is over-sized to match! The common areas in the building have a sophisticated look with classic moldings throughout. Hurry because this one will not last!

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