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Posted by Coleman & Sons Real Estate on 3/8/2019

That hung-over feel that you get when you havenít had enough sleep sets a difficult tone for the day. Even worse, when children donít sleep long enough, the resulting grogginess, caused by sleep deprivation affects their appetite, attention capacity, and overall disposition. The occasional late night is one thing, but the week or two of sleep disturbances caused by the Spring time change to Daylight Saving can wreak havoc on family life. 

Each year, between March 8 and March 14 in the U.S., most states (excepting Arizona) adjust clocks forward one hour from 2:00 AM to 3:00 AM where it remains until the Fall adjustment back to Standard Time. That means for one day each Spring, there are only 23 hours accounted for with the lost hour regained later in the year. That lost hour most often means one less hour of sleep.

Plan ahead

Since you know itís coming, take steps to mitigate it affecting your children.

  • Shift meals. Your child's digestive system has a lot to do with their sleep patterns. Beginning about a week ahead of the time change, start adjusting the evening meal 5 to 10 minutes earlier each day. That way, your child's system is in the new "time" before you reach it.
  • Adjust bedtimes. Again, start your bedtime routine a few minutes earlier each day. Just 10 minutes a day gets you in the zone right on schedule. That means, bath times, story time, and pajama time begin just a little earlier than the day before. Small children may hardly notice the change. Get older children on board with rewards of special movies instead of television so that you can control the ending time.
  • In the same way, change up waking times. If you usually wake your child at 7:00 AM, aim for 6:50 AM the first day, 6:40 the second and so one. When the time changes, youíre right on schedule at 7:00 AM again.
  • Just as you did with dinner, adjust breakfast as well. If your children attend school, there's not much you can do about lunchtime, but when they're home, make lunch just that much earlier too.
  • Adjust the lights. The sleep hormone melatonin increases as it gets darker. When it hits its highest is when you naturally fall asleep. So, to induce earlier sleep times, adjust the lighting in your home to match.
  • Beware of blue light. The light emitted from electronics, such as computers, televisions, smartphones, and tablets, is in the spectrum of sunlight, meaning that it interrupts the production of melatonin. Use the internal light adjustment on your computer, or add a light-adjusting software such as CareUEyes or f.lux to phones, computers, or tablets, and set it to the new time so that it adjusts light based on where you want to be in a week. Then, turn off all electronics about 30 minutes before bedtime.
  • Use room-darkening shades if lights from outside make the indoors to bright.

Take care of yourself too. Be sure to follow these rules for yourself also. Instead of over-air television, switch to streaming Hulu or Netflix and adjust your screen time to the new schedule. Be sure to get extended family, neighbors, and friends on board too, so that they donít interrupt your sleep times and undo all your hard efforts.




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Posted by Coleman & Sons Real Estate on 3/1/2019

Many homeowners are unaware that the most common causes of house fires are cooking related. According to data from the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), cooking fires cause 46% of house fires and 44% of household injuries.

You arenít alone if you think those numbers are shockingly high. However, most of us are never taught cooking safety techniques. In this article, weíre going to give you some tips to protect you and your family from the most common and some lesser known causes of kitchen fires. 

Cooking fire statistics 

Knowing the most common causes of cooking fires is a great way to understand just how dangerous certain types of cooking really are. The NFPA reports that frying is the most dangerous type of cooking. Two-thirds of cooking fires were the result of the ignition of food and cooking materials.

In terms of equipment, the range or cooktop is the most dangerous part of the kitchen, causing over 60% of fires. However, much of the time the cause comes down to leaving your equipment unattended.

Cooking safely

One of the most important things you can do to reduce the risk of house fires is to stay in the kitchen while youíre cooking. Unattended ranges, stovetops, and ovens can be particularly deadly since they can happen as a result of someone dozing off while watching television, or someone forgetting they left a burner on after they go to sleep.

A good way to monitor your cooking is to always use a timer, even if you donít necessarily need one for the cooking that youíre doing. Also, be sure that your smoke detectors are working and that you have a functional fire extinguisher in your home. Make sure your family knows what to do if they encounter a fire.

Before you turn on your burners before frying, make sure there is nothing around your oven that can catch fire. A food container, oven mitts, wooden utensils, paper towels, or curtains could all potentially catch fire if they come in close contact with a burner.

Clothing is also a leading cause of kitchen fires that turn fatal. Make sure sleeves and other pieces of clothing arenít near any burners or open flames.

In case of fire

If you encounter a large cooking fire that is spreading throughout, the best thing to do is to immediately gather your family and get out of the house, avoiding the kitchen entirely. Call 9-1-1 as soon as you are safely outside and donít re-enter the house under any circumstances.

For small grease fires, smother the fire with a lid and turn off the burner immediately.

Understanding cooking fires

Most fire requires oxygen to burn and spread. If there is a small fire in your kitchen, using a soaked towel or a pan lid to smother it will suffice.

However, grease fires work differently. Never put water on a grease fire, this can cause the fire to spread very quickly. Rather, use a lid to put out the fire if it is small enough to get near. You can also throw baking soda, or use a fire extinguisher on a small grease fire.




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Posted by Coleman & Sons Real Estate on 2/22/2019

The weeks and days leading up to a home closing can be stressful, particularly for a homebuyer who is already trying to do everything possible to secure his or her dream residence. Fortunately, we're here to help you simplify the process of getting to your closing date.

Now, let's take a look at three tips to ensure you can enjoy a fast, easy home closing.

1. Get Your Paperwork Ready

It often helps to get all of your homebuying paperwork ready before you pursue a residence. That way, you can minimize the last-minute stress associated with searching far and wide for pay stubs, tax returns and other documents that you'll ultimately need to get financing for a residence.

Furthermore, you should meet with local banks and credit unions as soon as you can. If you can get approved for a mortgage prior to starting a home search, you may be able to speed up the process of acquiring your ideal residence.

2. Be Prepared to Cover Your Closing Costs

Although you might have financing to cover your monthly mortgage payments, it is important to remember that you may need to pay closing costs to finalize your home purchase. As such, if you begin saving for your closing costs today, you can guarantee that you'll have the necessary funds available to purchase your dream residence on your scheduled closing date.

Also, you should be prepared to present a cashier's check or wire funds when you close on a house. If you plan ahead, you should have no paying off your closing costs when your complete your home purchase.

3. Schedule Your Final Walk-Through Before Your Closing Date

When it comes to a final walk-through on your dream house, why should you leave anything to chance? Instead, set up the final walk-through at least a few days before you're scheduled to close on a house.

If you find problems with a house during a final walk-through, you'll want to give the seller plenty of time to address these issues. Thus, if you schedule a final walk-through several days before your closing date, you can ensure that any home problems can be corrected without putting your closing date in danger.

For homebuyers who are worried about a home closing, there is no need to stress. In fact, if you work with an expert real estate agent, you can receive plenty of support throughout the homebuying journey.

Typically, a real estate agent can explain what you should expect in the time leading up to your closing date. If you have any concerns or questions before a home closing, a real estate agent is happy to address them. Plus, when your closing date arrives, a real estate agent will help you remain calm, cool and collected as you purchase a home.

Ready to streamline the process of closing on a house? Use the aforementioned tips, and you can reap the benefits of a quick, seamless home closing.




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Posted by Coleman & Sons Real Estate on 2/15/2019

Is now the right time to lower the asking price for your residence? If you've studied the housing market closely, set an aggressive price for your home and are still struggling to generate interest in your residence, the answer to this question may be a resounding "Yes."

Ultimately, there are many reasons why you may want to consider lowering the asking price for your house, including:

1. It has been many weeks or months since the last home showing.

Although your home listing initially may have stirred up plenty of interest, homebuyers have shied away from your residence over the past few weeks or months. Thus, there may be no time like the present to lower your house's asking price to widen your net of prospective homebuyers.

Reducing your house's asking price by even a few thousand dollars may help you generate interest in your residence. And in the days following a price drop, you may notice a significant increase in the number of requests for home showings as well.

2. Your home asking price no longer corresponds to the current real estate market's conditions.

A seller's market can quickly morph into a buyer's market. As such, you should evaluate the real estate sector regularly to ensure your home asking price corresponds to the current housing market's conditions.

Take a look at available houses that are similar to your own Ė you'll be happy you did. This housing market data can help you determine if your house is priced appropriately based on the competition.

Also, examine the prices of recently sold houses in your city or town. That way, you can see how long these residences were available before they sold, find out whether you're operating in a buyer's or seller's market and plan accordingly.

3. You need to sell your house as soon as possible.

If you face a time crunch to sell your home, you should establish an aggressive price for your residence from the get-go. However, if you fail to generate substantial interest in your residence, you may need to act fast to lower your home asking price to meet your deadline.

For those who want to avoid the possibility of lowering a house's asking price, it often pays to work with a real estate agent. This housing market professional can help you establish a fair, competitive price for your residence, one that should help you stir up significant interest in your home.

In addition, a real estate agent will work with you throughout the home selling process. He or she will set up home showings, host open houses and negotiate with homebuyers on your behalf. Perhaps best of all, a real estate agent is happy to respond to your home selling questions and ensure you can make informed home selling decisions.

Before you lower your home asking price, consult with a real estate agent. By doing so, you can get the expert home selling advice that you need to determine whether to wait out the current housing market or reduce the price of your residence.





Posted by Coleman & Sons Real Estate on 2/8/2019


94 Bishops Forest Dr, Waltham, MA 02452

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$684,000
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Beds
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Baths
Highly coveted, luxury Exeter ranch style condominium end-unit @ Bishops Forest located in Wayside Village. Care free single level living at it's finest! Large open floor plan features first floor master suite with walk in shower, dual sink vanity, as well as 2 walk-in closets. Kitchen features granite counter tops, stainless steel appliances, ample cabinet space, pantry and sun-drenched dinette nook. Cozy wood burning fireplace in living room with cathedral ceilings and hardwood floors. The generous dining area includes a slider leading directly to the private deck. A fully finished lower level offers significant additional private living space: huge family room, kitchenette w/island, bedroom, and full bath. Absolutely perfect for guests. The attic provides massive storage accessed via a full set of pull down stairs. Additional amenities include direct entry one car garage, central A/C, security system and more. This is the unit you've been waiting for, don't miss out!
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