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May

24

Schooner Village HOMES – Brand New!!! OPEN this weekend!!!

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Schooner Village HOMES – Brand New!!! OPEN this weekend!!!

 

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1st Floor Living at its best! Now under construction w/many added upgrades: The Vineyard Ranch Style Home in ‘Schooner Village’, a groomed, NEW neighborhood, close to area amenities! The Vineyard offers an open plan concept and features a Cathedral Living Room w/ Transom Window, Hardwood floors and Gas Fireplace, nice Kitchen with Center Island and Granite Countertops, a Vaulted Ceiling w/Skylights, and a Separate Dining Area with Sliders to the Deck. The Master Bedroom has a Private, Full Bath w/granite countertop & tile floor. 1st Floor Laundry & Attached 2 Car Garage. Price includes a nice landscaping package! Town Water/Sewer & Natural Gas Hot Air Heat. The base price for this model w/1250 sq ft, without upgrades and with a 1 car garage is $329k. Specification Sheet & Upgrade/Option List on File.

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IMAGINE? Get up to speed with the most outrageous laws and homeowners association rules. 

Even celebrities such as Earvin “Magic” Johnson and Samuel L. Jackson can be at odds with an HOA. Here are seven crazy examples of laws and HOA rules:

1. Can’t park your car in your own driveway.

In Odessa, Fla., a resident was fined by his board for parking his pickup truck in his own driveway because it wouldn’t fit in his garage. Not our problem, the HOA basically told him before slapping him with a lawsuit. After a protracted legal battle, he has since won the right to park his car, but only after two years and $200,000 in legal fees.

2. Don’t plant too many roses.

While foreclosure is an increasingly real threat to homeowners, few expect to lose their house based on gardening infractions. But that’s exactly what happened to a Rancho Santa Fe, Calif., resident who planted too many roses on his property. After $70,000 in fees, he lost his legal battle against the HOA and ultimately lost his home to the flower debacle.

3. Indoor drying only.

As seen in a Colbert Report expose, a Bend, Oregon, resident was shocked by her HOA’s rejection of her outdoor clothesline. Her natural drying method was dubbed a hazard, and they began levying fines that totaled nearly $1,000. She eventually took down the offending line, even after the Right 2 Dry movement got behind her.

4. No mothers-in-laws allowed.

If you’re a married man in Iowa, the government grants you a special privilege: you’re allowed to bar your mother-in-law from your home. While certainly useful to men trying to ditch their spouse’s mom, this law does not extend to women.

5. Only use sanctioned paint.

What appears to be an inoffensive pale blue house has caused a stir recently in one Georgia neighborhood. Unaware of his HOA’s rules, a homeowner painted his house before having the color officially approved by his board. And with a $25 per day fee levied every day his house bares the offending hue, he’s already racked up $6,800 in fines on top of legal fees.

6. No service dog for the hearing impaired.

A Fort Collins, Colo., HOA fined a hearing-impaired resident for keeping Pookee, her Pomeranian service dog. The HOA even threatened to put a lien on the property. All this despite the fact that Fair Housing Act requires condo and home owner associations to make reasonable accommodations in their procedures and rules to allow a person with disability to reside in a unit. This includes allowing service animals.

Have an issue related to service animal? Contact your local HUD office or local or state human rights agency.

7. Don’t use ‘inconsistent’ shingles.

As if it wasn’t tragedy enough when a plane fell out of the sky destroying a Sanford, Fla., man’s home, his HOA then challenged his rebuilding efforts. It threatened litigation because the shingles and elevation in his new house’s plans didn’t match his neighbors’.

Bending the rules

If you fight the law, you may lose. But there are ways to work with the restrictions of a HOA and still get your way. The first line of defense is to make sure you understand the HOA or condo association rules before you purchase the property.

If, after you move in, you’d like your home’s appearance to differ from that of your neighbors, you’ll need to submit a “variance” form of request. This request can be accepted or rejected at the board’s will, so it’s good to alert them early in your planning process. One tip to gain HOA support? Understand the challenges and perspective of HOAs, follow the rules to a tee, and offer to help them gain community support for their initiatives. Maybe even run for office. If you can’t beat ‘em, you might as well join ‘em.

What’s the strangest local government or HOA rule you’ve ever heard of?

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In today’s economic climate protecting your financial health is more important than ever. From health insurance to your plans for retirement, there’s a lot to consider. Here are some tips from Family Wealth Management Group, LLC to help protect your assets and financial future.

It is never too early to plan

In order to plan, you need to know what you have. Review your pension plan, 401 (k), IRAs, Social Security benefits and other savings plans to assess whether they meet your long-term retirement goals and will generate an income stream to meet your projected expenses.

Curb spending

Time to take an inventory on how much you spend. Keep a log on trips to the market, afternoon lattes, dry cleaning and all of your miscellaneous spending. Try to eliminate a portion of these expenses. Once you track them you will realize you are spending more than you thought.

Re-define your financial goals

Ask yourself where you see yourself in five, 10 or 15 years. See if it is possible to redefine your goals. You may be able to retire earlier or pay for college. Set goals to achieve the things you want.

Get help

Professional advice about investment losses, financial products, insurance coverage and other important issues will help you make the right choices for your current financial situation.

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Attention Cape Cod Sellers! NOW is the time to get on the market for 2012!

Why do what EVERY one else is planning on doing? 

Don’t wait until the “Spring Market” to sell, that’s what everyone does! Be ahead of the curve & get your home out into the public eye & possibly SOLD before everyone else’s property even hits the market! It’s time to take advantage of selling in the Holiday Season now!

Contact us today! We’ll educate you to the current value of your property, what’s happening right now in the Cape Cod real estate market & get your property priced correctly so that is sells, within your timeline, for the best price possible!


Our Family owned Business and Real Estate Team has a combined 50 years of Cape Cod Real Estate experience. We know how to get the job done! We love our jobs & it shows! See what our past clients say here!

 Give us a call @ 508-790-2000, send us an email or  fill out our online form.

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Here is your November Market update for Cape Cod.
According to the Cape Cod & Islands statistical report for November,  the number of Single Family properties put Under Contract in November compared to November 2010 was up 13.97 percent and the number of Condominium properties put Under Contract in November compared to November 2010 was up 20 percent. Although the Single Family properties put Under Contract from January through November was down slightly, the report shows that Condominium properties put Under Contract from January through November was up 13.29 percent.

 The Barnstable Town Area Market Report provided by NAR, shows that the state existing home sales, Q3 2011 compared to Q3 2010 for Massachusetts is up 12.1 percent while the U.S is up 17.0 percent, proving that the sales level is much higher than a year ago and continues to grow.

So, SELLERS… NOW is a good time to sell on Cape Cod! 

Don’t wait until the “Spring Market” to sell, that’s what everyone does! Be ahead of the curve & get your home out into the public eye & possibly SOLD before everyone else’s property even hits the market! It’s time to take advantage of selling in the Holiday Season now!

Contact us today! We’ll educate you to the current value of your property, what’s happening right now in the Cape Cod real estate market & get your property priced correctly so that is sells, within your timeline, for the best price possible!

Our Family owned Business and Real Estate Team has a combined 50 years of Cape Cod Real Estate experience. We know how to get the job done! We love our jobs & it shows! See what our past clients say here!

 Give us a call @ 508-790-2000, send us an email or  fill out our online form.

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Is going solar to “green” for you?
Everywhere you turn people are saying “go green”. More and more people are looking for alternatives to heat and power their homes. One alternative is solar energy. There are both benefits and pitfalls to solar energy.

The Benefits

•Solar power is predictable. It is easy to predict how much electricity your system will produce because the amount of sunlight that hits your roof doesn’t vary that much. This means it is also easy to predict how much you will save in electric bills.

•Solar power will lower your electric bill. Solar power will offset the usage of conventional electricity especially in places where the price for grid power is high — like California, Hawaii and much of the northeast.

•Solar power is safe and clean. Solar energy systems produce emissions-free electricity.

•Installing solar panels may also help you qualify for a tax credit. For more information on energy tax credits click here.

The Pitfalls

•Solar power can be predictable but it is also variable. In other words, it can be predicted on a long term basis but not on a daily or even weekly basis. For example, solar panels won’t produce electricity at night.

•Solar power can be a more expensive alternative in the short term. The price of solar panels continue to fall but there are many aggressive financing options. If your state has no tax incentives and electricity prices are relatively low solar would be an expensive option for you.

•Some homes just don’t work. The roof must be in good condition with an unobstructed southern exposure. If the house is surrounded by trees and tall buildings solar panels will probably not work. A ground-mounted system is an option only if you have sufficient space in your yard.

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Harbor Lighting and Boat Parade/Hyannis Village Christmas & Much MORE!!!

12/03/11: 9-10 am, Breakfast with Santa at The British Beer Company; 11 am -3 pm, Main Street village stroll with music and holiday activities; 4-7 pm, the Harbor Parade on Ocean Street Docks.  More information: 508-775-2201 or www.hyannis.com

More events…
Friday, December 2 to Sunday, December 4
The 6th Annual Spectacle of Trees will be held on December 1-4,
as well the 9th and 10th, at the JFK Hyannis Museum on Main St. in Hyannis.
Spectacle of Trees Hours:  Friday, Dec. 2, 10am-8pm;  Saturday, Dec. 3 (Hyannis Stroll); 10am-8pm Sunday; Dec. 4, noon-4pm; Friday, Dec. 9, noon-8pm; Saturday,  Dec. 10, 10am- 7:40pm winners announced!
For more information go to www.thelastgasp.com

Saturday, December 3
Breakfast with Santa 9 & 10:30 AM.
Hyannis Christmas Stroll, Main Street Hyannis all day followed by a
harbor lighting at 4:00 pm, Aselton Park Hyannis.
See www.hyannismainstreet.com for all the details or call 508-775-2201.

Want to see ALL Cape Cod Holiday events? Click here

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One stop, Cape Cod Real Estate for both Buying & Selling! 

Buying? We provide up to the minute listing alerts, with access to ALL Cape Cod properties & their details through the local MLS (Multiple Listing Service). This is a free, no obligation service. Start your search now!   

Selling?  We’ll educate you to the current value of your property, what’s happening right now in the Cape Cod real estate market & get your property priced correctly so that is sells, within your timeline, for the best price possible! We know how to get the job done! See what our past clients say here!  

Just Curious? Browse around our website where you will find our current  Cape Cod real estate listings, Check out our Real Estate Blog, which offers a wealth of local information, including local happenings/news, and Compare local Communities & School Systems

Contact The Marie Souza Team for all your Cape Cod Real Estate Needs @ 508-790-2000 or info@mariesouzateam.com

Make sure to follow our NEW BLOG @: http://www.capecodrealestateservices.com/blog

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Nov

28

Green Up Your Home

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Greening up your home is not only good for the environment it is also good on your wallet. According to the National Institutes of Health, the U.S. generates about 208 million tons of municipal solid waste a year, that’s more than 4 pounds per person per day.

Here are some minor changes you can implement at home that will add up to real benefits.

Green up your appliances

Replace your old refrigerator and save as much as $150 a year. Appliances are the biggest drain on a home’s total energy bill. Replace appliances older than 10 years with energy-efficient models that bear the “Energy Star” logo. Energy Star-qualified appliances use 10%-50% less energy and water than standard models.

Take Your Temperature

Use a programmable thermostat to keep your home’s temperature on a schedule. Program the thermostat in cold weather and keep it higher in warm weather. Set the timer to only change the temperature when you are home. During the colder months, each degree below 68°F saves 3%-5%. You may also want to consider replacing older furnaces. Today’s furnaces are about 25% more efficient than they were in the 1980s.

Use Water Wisely

Save every time you flush by installing low-flow toilets. They use only 1.6 gallons per flush, compared to 3.5 gallons per flush for pre-1994 models. Save water at your faucets by installing aerators. This could cut your annual water consumption by 50%.

Let there be Light

Using Compact Fluorescent Light bulbs (CFLs) will consume 66% less energy. CFLs may cost a little more but they last 10 times longer than a standard incandescent bulb. In dollars and cents, replacing a 100-watt incandescent bulb with a 32-watt CFL can save $30 in energy costs over the life of the bulb.

Practice Plastic Placement

Did you know Americans throw away some 100 billion polyethylene plastic bags? — Plastics (grocery, trash and sandwich bags to name a few) are made from petroleum. Plastics are considered one of the main contributors to global warming. Always make sure to reduce, re-use and recycle your plastics.

There are many more ways to live green. If you are looking for more ideas check out National Geographic’s Green Guide.

Please share your tips for saving money, energy and living green.

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