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By Lew Corcoran, Real Estate Agent, Home Stager, & Photographer
(Better Living Real Estate, LLC)
As a real estate agent, I've seen firsthand how a home's curb appeal can make or break its chances of selling. A well-manicured lawn and inviting exterior spaces can make a property stand out in a crowded market, while a neglected exterior can be a major turn-off. In this blog post, I'll share some simple and effective landscaping ideas to help you boost your home's curb appeal and attract potential buyers.Tip 1: Keep it Clean and TidyThe first impression is everything, and that starts with keeping your lawn and exterior spaces clean and tidy. Make sure to regularly mow your lawn, trim any overgrown bushes or trees, and clean up any debris or clutter. This will help create a sense of curb appeal and make your home look well-maintained.Tip 2: Add Some ColorA splash of color can go a long...
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By Lew Corcoran, Real Estate Agent, Home Stager, & Photographer
(Better Living Real Estate, LLC)
As a real estate photographer, I've seen firsthand the impact that a well-crafted caption or description can have on a potential buyer's decision-making process. A great caption can make a beautiful photo truly stand out, while a poorly written one can leave a buyer wondering what they're looking at. In this blog post, I'll share some tips on how to write captivating captions and descriptions that will help your real estate photos shine.Tip 1: Keep it Simple and ConciseWhen it comes to writing captions and descriptions, less is often more. Avoid using overly complex language or lengthy paragraphs that can confuse or overwhelm potential buyers. Instead, focus on using simple, concise language that gets straight to the point. This will help your buyers quickly and easily understand the fe...
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By Lew Corcoran, Real Estate Agent, Home Stager, & Photographer
(Better Living Real Estate, LLC)
Welcome to the transformative world of home staging, where every detail counts and every space tells a story. As a home stager, I’ve seen firsthand the power of a well-presented home to captivate hearts and minds. But what is it about staging that creates such a strong emotional connection with buyers? Let’s explore.The Art of Presentation Home staging is more than just arranging furniture; it’s about creating an environment that resonates with potential buyers. It’s the art of highlighting a home’s best features while downplaying its flaws. By decluttering, depersonalizing, and decorating strategically, we set the stage for buyers to envision themselves living in the space.Creating an Emotional Journey A staged home isn’t just visually appealing; it’s designed to evoke emotions. From t...
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By Lew Corcoran, Real Estate Agent, Home Stager, & Photographer
(Better Living Real Estate, LLC)
Flag Day, celebrated on June 14th, is a special occasion to honor the American flag and its significance. This day commemorates the adoption of the Stars and Stripes as the official flag of the United States on June 14, 1777. It’s a time to reflect on the values of freedom, unity, and patriotism that the flag represents.Why Do We Celebrate Flag Day?Flag Day is more than just a date on the calendar; it’s a reminder of our nation’s history and the sacrifices made for our freedom. The flag symbolizes the resilience and spirit of the American people. From its 13 stripes representing the original colonies to its 50 stars symbolizing the states, the flag tells the story of our nation’s journey.How to Celebrate Flag Day Display the Flag: Show your patriotism by flying the American flag at your...
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By Lew Corcoran, Real Estate Agent, Home Stager, & Photographer
(Better Living Real Estate, LLC)
The age-old debate about good and evil has puzzled philosophers, theologians, and thinkers for centuries. The question of why evil exists in a world believed to be governed by a benevolent force is a fundamental conundrum that has sparked intense discussions and debates. In this article, we'll delve into the complexities of good and evil, exploring the paradoxical coexistence of suffering and virtue, the role of free will, and the idea that evil is a necessary catalyst for personal and collective growth. We'll examine the various perspectives on this issue, from the free will defense to the balance of existence theory, and consider the implications of embracing the complexity of good and evil.The Paradox of Pain and VirtueAt the heart of this dilemma is the paradoxical coexistence of su...
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By Lew Corcoran, Real Estate Agent, Home Stager, & Photographer
(Better Living Real Estate, LLC)
Stonehenge, one of the most iconic ancient monuments in the world, has long fascinated historians, archaeologists, and visitors alike. Located in the heart of England, this mysterious site has been shrouded in mystery for centuries, with its purpose and meaning still debated among experts.But what if we told you that Stonehenge holds a secret connection to the cosmos? As we explore the enigmatic site, you'll discover how ancient astronomers used Stonehenge to track celestial movements, predict eclipses, and mark significant events in the agricultural calendar.Join us on a journey through time and space as we uncover the astronomical genius of Stonehenge and unravel the secrets of this ancient wonder.The Alignment of the StonesThe most striking feature of Stonehenge is undoubtedly its ma...
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By Karen Martin Real estate agent Safe Harbor Realty, Westport, MA Realtor Helping Home Sellers & Buyers
(Safe Harbor Realty )
        Here are some fun Things to Do Around Westport, MA  July 10 - Sept 1, 2024 -Along the SouthCoast  From Fairhaven, MA  to Little Compton, RIThis Email newsletter goes out to over 1,000 Local Residents & many Local Social Media sites -Call or text me @ 774-930-8181 or Email Karen@KarenMartinHomes.com  If you have anything you would like me to add, A Yard Sale, Event, Helpful tip etc.SIGN UP FREE TO GET THIS EVENTS LIST DELIVERED TO YOUR EMAIL WEEKLY https://mailchi.mp/0d40db8549c0/list-of-events-landing-page      PEACHES Best when you buy them LocalHow to ripen and store your Peaches  I TRIED THIS AND IT WORKSAfter you purchase, simply leave them stem-side down on your counter for a few days. Do not Refrigerate. Monitor them daily. When they give slightly to a gentle squeeze, the...
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By Doug Dawes, Your Personal Realtor®
(Keller Williams Evolution - 447 Boston Street, Suite #5, Topsfield, MA)
If you are a buyer of Real Estate there are things you need to do and things you shouldn't do. So, your offer has been accepted, your Realtor® has scheduled a home inspection, and you have submitted your home financing application. There's still more to do but today we're providing another DON'T DO IT after you've started the financing process. You really want the financing, right?Things To Avoid After Applying for a Mortgage Some Highlights There are a few key things you’ll want to avoid after applying for a mortgage to make sure you’re in the best position when you get to the closing table. Don’t change bank accounts, apply for new credit, make any large purchases or transfers, and don’t co-sign loans for anyone. Here’s a good rule of thumb. Always connect with your loan officer befor...
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By Lew Corcoran, Real Estate Agent, Home Stager, & Photographer
(Better Living Real Estate, LLC)
You've put your home on the market, and suddenly you're flooded with offers from eager buyers. It's a dream come true, but it can also be overwhelming and stressful. As a homeowner, you want to make sure you're making the right decision for your property and your future. In this article, we'll explore the benefits and drawbacks of multiple offers, and provide you with practical tips on how to stay organized, communicate effectively, and make an informed decision. Whether you're a seasoned seller or just starting out, handling multiple offers requires a strategic approach and a clear head. By the end of this article, you'll be equipped with the knowledge and confidence to navigate this exciting situation and get the best possible outcome for your home.The Upside of Multiple Offers Higher...
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By Lew Corcoran, Real Estate Agent, Home Stager, & Photographer
(Better Living Real Estate, LLC)
As a real estate photographer, I've seen firsthand the power of a single image to evoke a sense of belonging, charm, and character in a neighborhood. But what makes a great neighborhood photo? Is it the iconic landmark, the vibrant street scene, or the subtle details that reveal the community's unique personality? In this article, we'll dive into the art of capturing community through photography, sharing tips and techniques for showcasing the heartbeat of a neighborhood, evoking a sense of belonging, and highlighting the little details that make a big impact. Whether you're a real estate agent, a homeowner looking to sell your property, or simply a community enthusiast, this article will inspire you to see your neighborhood in a new light – and capture its essence in a way that will ca...
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By Lew Corcoran, Real Estate Agent, Home Stager, & Photographer
(Better Living Real Estate, LLC)
Welcome to the world of home staging, where the magic of decluttering, creative furniture placement, and clever lighting can transform your living space into a stunning oasis. Whether you're looking to sell your home or simply want to revamp your current space, home staging is the secret weapon you need to maximize your space and make it shine. In this article, we'll explore the art of home staging and provide you with practical tips and tricks to create a spacious and bright haven that will impress anyone who walks through the door. The Illusion of SpaceHome staging is all about creating an illusion. A well-staged home feels larger, even if the square footage remains the same. Here’s how you can achieve that spacious look: Declutter: Start by removing personal items and excess furnitur...
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By Lew Corcoran, Real Estate Agent, Home Stager, & Photographer
(Better Living Real Estate, LLC)
This blog post is inspired by a real estate photographer’s unique perspective on capturing homes—their imperfections, character, and charm. In a world that often celebrates perfection, we find solace in the imperfect. There’s a quiet beauty in the cracks, the asymmetry, and the quirks that make us uniquely human. It’s time to shift our perspective and embrace the flaws and differences that enrich our lives.Celebrating the UnpolishedImagine a sunflower field, each bloom standing tall, its petals reaching for the sky. Some petals are slightly frayed, kissed by the wind or nibbled by insects. Others have a hint of imperfection—a missing petal, a faded hue. Yet, when we step back and take in the whole field, it’s the collective imperfections that create a breathtaking tapestry of life.Our l...
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By Lew Corcoran, Real Estate Agent, Home Stager, & Photographer
(Better Living Real Estate, LLC)
In the high-stakes game of real estate, where the #1 spot is often coveted like the last slice of pizza at a party, let’s take a moment to appreciate the agents who are happily not on top. They’re the ones who might not have a trophy for every sale, but they have a story, a joke, and maybe even a homemade cookie for you.Welcome to the world of the Unrivaled Underdog and the Silver Lining REALTOR where being #1 is overrated, and being #2 (or #3, or #7, but who’s counting?) is where the party’s at. These are the agents who find you a home that’s perfect for Netflix marathons, not just flashy dinner parties.Our not-#1 agent isn’t selling mansions; he’s selling the dream of homeownership without the nightmare of a mortgage that screams, “I’ve made a huge mistake.” He’s the go-to for homes t...
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By Karen Martin Real estate agent Safe Harbor Realty, Westport, MA Realtor Helping Home Sellers & Buyers
(Safe Harbor Realty )
32024 Things to Do & Events Around Westport, MA July 3 - Sept 1, 2024 -                 Things to Do & Events Around Westport, MA  July 3 - Sept 1, 2024 -- If you have anything you would like me to add, A Yard Sale, Event, Helpful tip etc. This Email newsletter goes out to over 1,000 Local Residents and is on many Local Social Media sites -Call/ text me @ 774-930-8181 or Email Karen@KarenMartinHomes.com to Add your Event.     We Hope you have a Fun, Memorable and Safe 4th of July Celebration!      -Nothing says summer like Garden Fresh Tomatoes Should You Refrigerate Tomatoes? Here’s the Short Answer from Seriouseats.comIf Your Tomatoes Have Never Been Refrigerated ( if you grew them yourself or bought them from a farmers market stand in season):Remove the stems and store unripe tomato...
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By Lew Corcoran, Real Estate Agent, Home Stager, & Photographer
(Better Living Real Estate, LLC)
When it comes to selling your home, they say a picture is worth a thousand words—or in real estate terms, thousands of dollars. High-quality photos can be the deciding factor between a listing that lingers and one that sparks a bidding war. So, grab your camera, and let’s turn your home into a hot listing with these professional photography tips! Let There Be Light! Natural light is your best friend. Schedule your photo shoot during the golden hours of the day, when the light is soft and warm. Open those curtains wide and let the sunshine pour in, giving your home a bright, airy feel. Declutter and Depersonalize Before you start snapping away, clear out the clutter. A clean space not only looks bigger but also allows buyers to imagine their own lives unfolding there. Remove personal ite...
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By Lew Corcoran, Real Estate Agent, Home Stager, & Photographer
(Better Living Real Estate, LLC)
When it comes to selling a property, a picture is worth a thousand words, but a video could very well be the key to closing the deal. As a seasoned real estate photographer, I’ve seen firsthand the impact a well-crafted video can have on potential buyers. So, let’s dive into the world of real estate videography and ensure you know exactly how to hire a videographer and what to expect from the process.Finding the Right VideographerThe first step is to find a professional whose style aligns with your vision. Start by checking out local listings and portfolios. Look for someone with experience in real estate specifically, as they’ll understand the nuances of showcasing a property’s best features.What to ExpectOnce you’ve found your videographer, here’s what the process will typically look ...
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By Lew Corcoran, Real Estate Agent, Home Stager, & Photographer
(Better Living Real Estate, LLC)
Welcome to the world of home staging, where the art of design meets the science of selling! As a seasoned home stager, I’m here to guide you through the latest trends that will make your property the talk of the town. Let’s dive in and give your space the makeover it deserves!The Minimalist MovementLess is definitely more when it comes to modern home staging. The minimalist trend emphasizes clean lines, decluttered spaces, and a neutral color palette. This approach not only creates a sense of calm but also allows potential buyers to envision their own lives unfolding within the walls of your property.Bold AccentsWhile minimalism reigns, bold accents are making a splash. Think vibrant throw pillows, statement art pieces, or an eye-catching light fixture. These elements add personality an...
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By Lew Corcoran, Real Estate Agent, Home Stager, & Photographer
(Better Living Real Estate, LLC)
Ahoy, adventurers and history buffs! Are you ready to embark on a quest like no other? The Fort Warren Treasures Quest on Georges Island is calling your name, and it promises a day filled with puzzles, history, and fun!A Quest Steeped in HistoryFort Warren, a historic Civil War-era fortress, is not just a backdrop for this adventure; it’s a character in its own right. As you solve puzzles and unravel the mysteries of the quest, you’ll be walking through corridors filled with stories of the past.The Game Is Afoot!Here’s what you can expect from the Fort Warren Treasures Quest: Puzzle Stations: Four stations await your problem-solving prowess, each located at significant spots within the fort. A Rich Narrative: As you play, a story unfolds, highlighting the fort’s rich history and perhaps...
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By Lew Corcoran, Real Estate Agent, Home Stager, & Photographer
(Better Living Real Estate, LLC)
Hey there, music lovers and bibliophiles! Guess what’s back to jazz up your summer days? That’s right, the Boston Public Library Concert in the Courtyard series is here to sprinkle some melodic magic into your lunch breaks and evening strolls. From now until the sun sets on August 30, 2024, the historic McKim Building Courtyard is transforming into a stage for the city’s most harmonious happenings. Every Wednesday at 6:00 pm and Friday at 12:30 pm, you’re invited to groove to the rhythms of Berklee’s brightest stars—absolutely free of charge! (Just remember, we’re taking a little breather on June 19th and July 3rd, so mark your calendars accordingly.)Imagine this: It’s a balmy Wednesday evening, the workday has wrapped, and the city’s buzz is just the prelude to something spectacular. Y...
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By Karen Martin Real estate agent Safe Harbor Realty, Westport, MA Realtor Helping Home Sellers & Buyers
(Safe Harbor Realty )
THINGS TO DO AROUND THE SOUTHCOAST THIS WEEK-From Fairhaven,MA, New Bedford, Dartmouth, Westport, Fall River, MA to Tiverton, RI  June 27- Aug, 2024🦞Best Lobster rolls,🌭Coney Island Hot Dog Sauce Recipe just in time for your 4th of July cook out! Things to Do & Events Around Westport, MA  June 27- Oct. 2024 -- If you have anything you would like me to add, A Yard Sale, Event, Helpful tip etc. This Email newsletter goes out to over 1,000 Local Residents and is on many Local Social Media sites-Call/ text me @ 774-930-8181 or Email Karen@KarenMartinHomes.com to Add your Event.CONEY ISLAND HOT DOG SAUCE RECIPE-JUST IN TIME FOR YOUR 4TH OF JULY COOKOUT       Many family members & friends have asked for my recipe for Coney Island Hot Dog Sauce.Here it is for you to enjoy at your next cook out...
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