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Posted by Sean Perkins on 8/15/2018

Fireplaces can serve as a focal point in a room, provide a source of heat and add to the comfort of your home. They can also help you to save on energy costs. Thereís so many different kinds of fireplaces that you can either install or find in a home. If youíre shopping for a home, you may want a home with a built-in fireplace. You donít necessarily need one to get all of the benefits that a fireplace can provide. Thereís different types of fireplaces that are made to suit the many different needs of homeowners. Here, weíll show you some different kinds of fireplaces along with their pros and cons. 


Wood Fireplaces 


The most commonly thought of fireplace is the wood-burning fireplace. This will be built-in to your home, or you can install them in your home to use as a heat source. You may even install a wood stove in the upstairs part of your home and another in the downstairs in order to keep an even heat throughout the home. In some homes, however, just one wood stove is enough to heat the entire house! 


This type of fireplace requires maintaining from time-to-time including cleaning the chimney. Youíll also need to clean out ash from the inside of the fireplace. The material thatís being burned- wood, needs to be stored somewhere. Rain and inclement weather can cause a problem, as youíll need to dry the wood some before it can be burned effectively. Youíll need a screen to protect you and your family from the ash and embers that may be blown around form the inside of the fireplace while itís burning wood. These fireplaces are advantageous for a classic look and feel but can often be a pain to clean.   


Gas Fireplaces 


If your home is fitted with a gas fireplace, youíre lucky because these types of fireplaces are cleaner and provide a more even heat source. Gas fireplaces, true to their name, burn gas instead of wood. A vented gas fireplace will look very similar to that of a wood- burning fireplace. There is a firebox present in the chimney that allows for ventilation with these types of heating sources. You can use a variety of things to give the appearance that you are ďburningĒ them in a gas fireplace. This includes beads that will bring flames up and ceramic logs that appear just like the logs that would be present in a wood-burning fireplace. You can even easily convert a gas burning fireplace to a wood burning one. This is, if you seem miss cleaning up all of the ash that they create!   


Direct Vent Fireplaces


These fireplaces donít require a chimney. They draw in outside air and feed off a gas line thatís attached through the wall. The flame of these fireplaces is secured behind a piece of glass. The big advantage to these kinds of fireplaces is that they emit a large amount of heat and donít lose much heat in the process, since thereís no chimney to lose air through.  


Faux Fireplaces

If you choose, thereís a variety of options that you have in getting a fireplace that doesnít actually create a flame at all. These fireplaces are typically run on electricity and give the same effect of a fireplace but are much easier to install anywhere in your home. Consider these if you really would like a fireplace without the hassle!





Posted by Sean Perkins on 8/14/2018


3 Vine Street, Amesbury, MA 01913

Multi-Family

$589,900
Price

2
Units
2,561
Approx. GLA
Desirable 2 family thatís been tastefully updated with rare 3 car garage! Unit 1 consists of a 1st floor living w/ spacious rooms that feature an open floor plan. Two large bedrooms, hw floors, updated bathroom and half bath in basement. Unit 2 features two living levels w/ 3 bedrooms, 3 full bathrooms, country kitchen w/ washer & dryer in the unit. Gorgeous master bedroom suite w/ updated bathroom featuring double sink, soaking tub and large walk in closet. Plenty of storage in the basement w/ half bath, washer/dryer for unit 1, 3 car garage and 4 off street parking. Professionally landscaped grounds that overlook a private patio, freshly painted exterior and many more updates! Pride of ownership shows as the current owners have done numerous updates throughout! Fantastic quiet neighborhood that's dog friendly on a nice tree lined street, 1/2 mile to downtown Amesbury and close distance to Battis and Cider Hill Farm. Truly a wonderful neighborhood.
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Posted by Sean Perkins on 8/12/2018

Spacious 4 bedroom townhouse located on a quiet side street that's a block to downtown Amesbury! Spacious LR w/ glistening wp floors that opens to oversized sun filled kitchen w/ new ss appliances, wood flooring and full bathroom off. The 2nd floor consists of 2 bedrooms, full bathroom, office/walkin closet & 2 additional bedrooms on the 3rd floor. Notable amenities include 2 car off street parking, basement storage, newer hw heater and spacious deck. Low condo fee, strong rental history and ready for occupancy!

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Posted by Sean Perkins on 8/8/2018


12 Summer St, Amesbury, MA 01913

Condo

$199,900
Price

7
Rooms
4
Beds
2
Baths
Spacious 4 bedroom townhouse located on a quiet side street that's a block to downtown Amesbury! Spacious LR w/ glistening wp floors that opens to oversized sun filled kitchen w/ new ss appliances, wood flooring and full bathroom off. The 2nd floor consists of 2 bedrooms, full bathroom, office/walkin closet & 2 additional bedrooms on the 3rd floor. Notable amenities include 2 car off street parking, basement storage, newer hw heater and spacious deck. Low condo fee, strong rental history and ready for occupancy!
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Posted by Sean Perkins on 8/8/2018

With rent prices shooting soaring across the country, many young Americans who were previously happy renting while they saved for a home are now turning to other options.

One common solution is a starter home. If you want to keep your monthly mortgage prices low while being able to build equity and slowly save for your ďforever home.Ē a starter home can be a great option for first-time buyers.

When does it make sense to buy a starter home?

Buying a home means mortgage payments, home maintenance and repairs, and closing costs. However, they can also be a great introduction to the responsibilities of homeownership.

Better yet, starter homes allow you to build equity that can be used toward the down payment of your next home, something that first-time buyers often struggle with. This could help you secure a lower interest rate and avoid costly private mortgage insurance (PMI).

Sounds great, right? But when shouldnít you buy a starter home?

It might not make sense to buy a starter home if you donít plan on living in it at least 3-4 years. You might find that the cost of renting is less than that of your mortgage payments and closing costs if you donít live in the home long enough to reap the rewards.

It also might not be a good idea if your family is going to outgrow a small home in the next few years for the same reasons mentioned above. That makes it all the more important to discuss your long term plans with your spouse before considering a home.

Things to look for in a starter home

1. Resale value

One of the most important aspects of your starter home should be the ability to resell it in the future. Now, there is an endless number of factors that go into the marketability of a home. Key factors include the condition of the home and keeping it well-maintained, as well as the location of the home. Buying a starter home in an area that will attract young professionals down the road is typically a good investment.

2. Small size = low price

It probably goes without saying, but finding a home with a low price, at the expense of square-footage, is most often a smart choice when it comes to starter homes.

Small homes are cheaper to buy, cheaper to heat, and cheaper to maintain. However, since housing prices are trending upward, youíll likely still see a positive return on your investment in ~5 years time when youíre hoping to buy again.

3. Reasonable home improvements

If you can spare the time, buying a starter home that needs some work can be an excellent investment. It can be more difficult later on when you have a large family to care for and less time to focus on making improvements.




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