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Posted by Austin Realty Group on 1/18/2022

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As a homeowner, sometimes you want to change things up about the appearance of your home, and a terrific way to do that is with a slight change to your landscape. Here are a few ways to make a positive, aesthetic impact on your landscape and keep your home fresh and new.

Mix in Mulch

One colorful way to make a significant visual impact, and help provide sustainably healthy soil, is to introduce some new mulch into your garden beds. There are distinct types of mulch that you can use depending on the design, color scheme and types of foliage in your landscape. There is natural bark mulch, chipped cedar or other softwoods, which look great under a more rural-looking scape.

If you have a more modern look to your landscape, you can always go with painted mulch (several brands make varied colors including red, brown and black painted wood chips) that add a great color pop. And of course, you can always go all natural with your mulch, by saving your grass trimmings, fallen leaves and other yard scraps and spread it in garden beds for a nutrient-rich natural mulch.

Try a Rock Garden

Another sustainable way to change up the visual impact of your landscape is to convert a garden bed (or garden beds) into rock gardens. A rock garden is a beautiful, minimal maintenance, easily sustainable option that is also very drought-friendly. You can make a rock garden with several large boulders or stones surrounded by smaller rock, different types of gravel or crushed rock. You may even opt to add a couple of succulents or hearty, drought-tolerant plants (like rosemary or boxwoods), and youíll have a beautiful landscape that is very water-efficient and low maintenance.

Plant a Tree

A new tree in the yard makes a big addition to your landscape that will last for many years to come. A beautiful, leafy maple or malleable, cypress tree can add variety, color and shade to your yard. With your innovative ideas on sprucing up your landscape, all you need to do is get your gardening gear and get to it! Your family, friends and neighbors will all be sure to notice your new rock garden, mulched beds or new tree next time you have company. And youíll get that incredible satisfaction that comes along with a visually stimulating addition to your landscape.




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Posted by Austin Realty Group on 1/14/2022


11 University Ave, Burlington, MA 01803

Single-Family

$1,579,900
Price

12
Rooms
4
Beds
3/1
Full/Half Baths
New Construction! Classic traditional Colonial boasting 3,838 SF in great location. Beautiful open floor plan offers 12 rooms, 4 bedrooms and 3.5 baths with separate laundry room on 1st floor. Quality details throughout. Gourmet eat-in kitchen displays granite counters, large island and stainless steel appliances. Entertain your guests in a grand formal dining room that leads to an amazing 26'X24' first floor family room with gas fireplace, vaulted ceiling and hardwood floors. Formal living room on 1st floor or maybe an office extends many opportunities for today's living. Master bedroom on the 2nd floor offers a luxurious en-suite and walk-in closet. 3 additional bedrooms all with hardwood floors on the 2nd level and full bath. Kids will love the playroom on the lower level for having fun with friends, also an aupair suite w/ full bath. A short distance to Lahey Medical Center, shops, restaurants and major routes.
Open House
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January 16 at 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM
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Posted by Austin Realty Group on 1/12/2022


60 Macon Rd, Burlington, MA 01803

Single-Family

$639,900
Price

6
Rooms
3
Beds
1/1
Full/Half Baths
Opportunity Knocks!! Beautiful 6 Room, 3 Bedroom, 1.5 Bath Cape. This lovely home has been recently painted and all the hardwood floors refinished. Newer vinyl tilt-in windows, spacious and bright sunlit rooms throughout. First floor offers eat-in kitchen, formal dining room, familyroom with brick fireplace and 1st floor bedroom or office and bath. The 2nd floor offers front to back master bedroom with hardwood floors, an additional front to back bedroom and bath. The walk-out basement is a blank canvas for future expansion. Enjoy the fenced inground pool for many of those hot summer days. Take a short walk to the town playground. Convenient location to major routes and Lahey Medical Center. Many shops and restaurants nearby. Will not last!
Open House
Sunday
January 16 at 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM
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Location: 60 Macon Rd, Burlington, MA 01803    Get Directions

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Posted by Austin Realty Group on 1/11/2022


1 Taft St, Lawrence, MA 01843

Single-Family

$459,900
Price

6
Rooms
3
Beds
1
Baths
This quaint Cape on a corner lot has fantastic proximity to highways 495 and 93 all within a wonderful neighborhood. There are lots of new upgrades including central air 2019, gas furnace 2018, hot water heater 2018, 200 amp electrical 2019, gas stove 2018 and dishwasher. Not to forget, 24 x 24 - 2 car garage with "WALK UP" storage done in 2016 ready to be finished! Updated bathroom with granite in 2020, windows in 2004 and siding in 2014.
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Posted by Austin Realty Group on 1/11/2022

If you're shopping for a mortgage, you'll need to choose between a fixed-rate mortgage (FRM) and an adjustable-rate mortgage. An adjustable rate mortgage (ARM) might seem like the best option because of low introductory rates and flexibility. However, there are some disadvantages to ARMs to consider carefully. Here are some of the main pros and cons of adjustable-rate mortgages:

ARM Pros

  • Low intro rates: An ARM usually offers a very low interest rate for a fixed amount of time at the beginning of the loan. Depending on the terms of the loan, this means you'll have the same low rate for the first several years before the payments increase. This is a major advantage for monthly budgeting: your payment will always be the same amount during that period.
  • Flexibility: ARMs can be good choices for homebuyers who expect their lives to change within the next few years. For example, if you plan to change careers, start a family or sell your home for any other reason, you're free to do so during your fixed-rate period.

ARM Cons

  • Payments will likely increase: Once your fixed-rate period is over, your interest rate will change--often for the worse. If interest rates in the market have risen since buying your home, you'll have to start paying at the new rate at the end of your intro period. Not only will these payments be larger, but they won't have any guarantee of remaining the same. This can make budgeting difficult.
  • Prepayment penalty: A prepayment penalty is a fee that the lender can charge if you either refinance the loan or sell the home. Unfortunately, these penalties are commonly included in ARM terms. If you decide to move within the first five years of your mortgage, you could end up paying a steep penalty.

Mortgages are complicated, and the more you understand about your options, the more comfortable you'll be in your financial decisions. When choosing between an FRM and an ARM, consider these pros and cons to choose the best fit for your situation.




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