Mary Ellen Maloney's Blog

Posted on 01/17/2021
Add a Windbreak to Your Terrace
Image by AlexandreZveiger from Shutterstock If you like the outdoors, spending time on the terrace or balcony at your home is a great way to enjoy the fresh air and spend time with family and friends. But sometimes windy weather or lack of privacy can create a challenge. Consider installing a windbreak to make your outdoor space more...
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Posted on 01/10/2021
Should You Avoid an HOA Neighborhood?
Photo by Romakoma via Shutterstock Many modern housing developments share areas such as parks, pools and playgrounds. When this is the case, they need a homeowner’s association to tend to the needs of the common areas. The same is true for condominium complexes and townhome communities. Since hallways, elevators and the outsides of buildings require shared maintenance, the...
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Posted on 01/04/2021
Another Property Rented - 50 Hyde Street, Manchester, CT 06040
Fully applianced kitchen with stainless steel stove, fridge, dishwasher, and mounted microwave. Hardwood flooring. Partially finished lower level with family room. Enclosed 3 season porch. 1 car detached garage. Ample off-street parking. No Smoking. Tenant pays gas heat, electric hot water, general electric, and is responsible for reimbursing the owner for water & sewer charges. The tenant takes care of landscaping, lawn maintenance, and snow removal. Household gross monthly income must be at least 3x the rental rate. Owner looks for a mininum credit score of 650. If owner considers an application with credit under 650, an...
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Posted on 01/03/2021
Financing Repairs on Your Fixer Upper
Photo by James DeMers via Pixabay If you're hoping to make some major changes to your home, you're likely interested in the types (and terms) of financing available to you. The 203k loan was designed to give homeowners an attractive interest rate, so they'd be more likely to upgrade and modernize their homes. However, it's not available to...
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Posted on 12/31/2020
101 Sun Valley Drive, Southington, CT 06489 is now new to the market!
Sweet 3 bedroom ranch, eat in kitchen with a wonderful, flat back yard, perfect for entertaining. Great location, convenient to schools, shopping, library, medical facilities and more. Anticipated "Active" date is December 31,...
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Posted on 12/28/2020
Another Property Sold - 51 Sommers Hill Drive, Southington, CT 06489
Welcome home to this captivating colonial with a contemporary flair, nestled on 3 private acres, yet conveniently located minutes from shopping and highways. This is a house for all seasons, whether enjoying spring and summer evenings on the deck, appreciating the beauty of autumn foliage or cozying up to the 2 story stone fireplace on a cold winters night. This house emanates the warmth and charm of a colonial yet has the dramatic soaring ceilings of a contemporary. The formal dining room, kitchen and living room area lends itself to gatherings with family and friends. The first floor master bedroom suite has a French door leading to the...
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Posted on 12/27/2020
Gather Around the Fire: How to Create a Fire Pit for Outdoor Gatherings
Photo by jamie410 via Pixabay A fire pit can elevate your yard into a truly enchanting entertainment area, liven up your space and even help enhance your curb appeal. While some home projects are not ideal for the DIY approach, you can make a striking firepit on your own in about a weekend. You'll need to gather some...
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Posted on 12/20/2020
Another Property Sold - 52 May Street, Bristol, CT 06010
So much potential in this charming farmhouse that is tucked away in a quiet cul de sac, with many extra features that will appeal to a car enthusiast or hobbyist. This 4 bedroom circa 1930’s farmhouse has an added sun drenched great room with cathedral ceilings, skylight and a wood stove vent, waiting for the perfect wood stove to warm you during cool autumn evenings. There is one bedroom and full bath on the first floor and 3 bedrooms on the 2nd floor including an expansive master bedroom suite with sliders that lead to a roof top sitting area, overlooking the private yard with a multitude of garden beds awaiting your green thumb. The...
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Posted on 12/20/2020
How to Successfully Manage Your Home-Flipping Project
Photo by TeroVesalainen via Pixabay Flipping a house successfully means keeping your ducks in a row during the rehab process--and that typically means communicating with several vendors to coordinate work, making sure everyone is on the same page, and dealing with delays when they (inevitably) occur. It's worth your while to build a project management strategy and skill...
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Posted on 12/13/2020
What to Do When Your HOA Switches Property Management Companies
Image by allPhoto Bangkok from Pixabay In a perfect world, every HOA would find an amazing property management company, and the union of the two organizations would last forever. Unfortunately, this world can be imperfect sometimes, and there are many reasons why the agreements between property management companies and HOAs may need to be dissolved from time to...
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Posted on 12/12/2020
Another Property Sold - 14 Spring Valley Drive, Berlin, CT 06037
THIS BEAUTIFUL CONTEMPORARY COLONIAL BECKONS YOU TO MAKE IT YOUR NEW HOME SWEET HOME! LOCATED IN ONE OF THE MOST PRESTIGOUS NEIGHBORHOODS IN THE KENSINGTON SECTION OF BERLIN & NESTLED ON AN ACRE OF LUSCIOUS GROUNDS, IT HAS SO MAY WONDERFUL FEATURES YOU WILL LOVE! THE KITCHEN FEATURES BRAND NEW HIGH END SAMSUNG STAINLESS STEEL APPLIANCES, CUSTOM CABINETS, ENGINEERED STONE COUNTERS & ITALIAN TILE. THE BRIGHT & AIRY OPEN FLOOR PLAN ENHANCES ITS BEAUTY ALONG WITH THE INVITING FAMILY ROM WHICH OPENS TO THE BEAUTIFULLY MAINTAINED DECK OVERLOOKING THE 12X30 KLOTTER FARMS SHED. THE FIRST FLOOR OFFICE WILL MAKE IT A PLEASURE FOR YOU...
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Posted on 12/06/2020
How to Improve the ROI of Each Home Upgrade
Image by Cristina Mantovani from Pixabay If you're getting ready to sell your home, you're likely looking for relatively affordable upgrades that will give your home the most pizzazz. Taking the time to spruce up your property is a smart idea, but it really pays to be strategic. Because while buyers should be able to recognize a home...
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