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Posted by Maureen Giuliano on 2/23/2018

Home automation is a budding industry. From tiny buttons to order more laundry detergent, all the way up to fully-integrated home security systems that you can run from your smartphone at work, home automation has never been more comprehensive.

Deciding which, if any, home automation systems are right for you can be difficult. As new technologies are constantly being manufactured, you’ll want to buy a product that will last. It isn’t uncommon for a product in a new industry to become obsolete just a year after purchase.

In this article, we’ll help you understand the latest home automation tech and give you some advice on which ones are likely to remain useful in the coming years.

The Amazon Dash

Amazon Dash buttons are a simple but genius idea. It’s a button that you can fix to your washing machine, or the inside of your pantry cabinet. The buttons are available for a number of common household items that you won’t want to run out. Things like trash bags, dish soap, laundry detergent, coffee, bottled water, and more.

The Dash connects to your wifi and the battery can last up to 1,000 presses so you won’t have to worry about recharging. The other benefit is that you can customize which product the button orders. So if your cat only likes a specific flavor of Meow Mix, they’ve got you covered.

One downfall of the Dash button is that its function can easily be replaced by a home assistant like the Amazon Echo or the Google Home. However, if you don’t care for all of the added features of a home assistant, the Dash buttons might be a good option for you.

Home Assistants

The latest devices in home automation are assistants like the Amazon Echo and Google Home. Since these products are new and undergoing rapid innovations, it’s likely that we’ll see several models from different manufacturers in coming years. It’s rumored that Apple is also entering the fray with their own home assistant device.

Home assistants generally come in the shape of a small speaker that you can place in your living room. They are voice activated and will begin listening if you say the magic words (“OK Google” or “Alexa” in the case of the Alexa-powered Amazon Echo).

These products can set alarms, control lights, order products, search the internet, give you directions, play music, read the news, and more.

Smart home security

Security systems have come a long way in the last few years. When you once had to approach your security keypad to set alarms, you can now do it right from your smartphone.

Also new to these devices is the full integrated of other electronic systems in your home. You can control the thermostat, lights, door locks, and more right from an app on your phone.

There are several designs on the market which has made them less expensive and more accessible to the average consumer. That also means there are several online reviews comparing the different systems which make it easier to do your research to find the best system for you.

If you don’t want a full system, there are other smart security products that you can buy à la carte. These include smart locks that you can unlock with your phone, or by using a security PIN.





Posted by Maureen Giuliano on 2/16/2018

Sharing living expenses with your partner or roommates can be a difficult and confusing issue for many.

 Life would be made much easier if there was just one bill to pay on your home that includes everything.

 Recently there have been attempts to bring such a suction into fruition. Many homeowners and renters have turned to apps that help them split expenses, or have signed up for mortgage agreements that cover stray expenses like property tax and private mortgage insurance.

 In this article, we're going to give you a few tips on splitting the bills in your home to make things easier for you, your spouse, and your roommates.

Who pays what?

Many young couples are often left wondering who should pay which bill, especially when you share so many services.

However, there's a big difference between sharing a Netflix account and sharing a car. One solution is to use the bills that report to credit agencies for whoever needs help building their credit score.

Putting credit cards under the person with the lowest score’s name can help them build credit even if they're simply listed as an “authorized user” which means you can take advantage of good interest rates and build credit at the same time.

Paying the mortgage

It can quickly become tiresome having to write two different checks each month for your mortgage or rent. To solve this problem, you can either alternate payments (you pay a full month’s rent or mortgage one month and your spouse pays the following month), or you can choose to pay bi-weekly, which will help you pay off your mortgage sooner.

The best apps to use

If you live with your spouse, you likely aren’t overly concerned with splitting all of your expenses 50/50. Chances are whoever has the higher income will foot the bill for the larger expenses.

However, if you have roommates there’s a bigger chance you’ll want things to be split evenly between you and the other members of the household. That’s where apps come in handy.

First, sit down with your roommates and go over all expenses. Write down each bill that you share: rent, heat, electricity, cable, internet, gas, insurance, and so on.

Then, decide who is responsible for making the payment on those bills. Even if you decide to split them all evenly, one person will have to be responsible for sending out the check each month.

Once you’ve determined which bills you have and who is going to pay them, it’s time to find out how you’re all going to contribute.

One way is to open up a shared account. Doing so can be messy, however, if you’re using that account for multiple bills. Some banks and services also charge a portion of the transfer, so you’ll each be losing money each month, and the amount depends on how many bills you have.

Some apps and services you can use to split bills and transfer money include Splitwise, Mint, PayPal, and Chase’s QuickPay. The benefit of apps that don’t transfer money is that they are often free and don’t collect transfer fees. So, if you’re comfortable with handling money by hand, you could save in the long run.




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Posted by Maureen Giuliano on 2/14/2018

This Multi-Family in North Reading, MA recently sold for $540,000. This style home was sold by Maureen Giuliano - Classified Realty Group.


131 PARK STREET, North Reading, MA 01864

Multi-Family

$518,000
Price
$540,000
Sale Price

2
Units
2,706
Approx. GLA
Own a piece of history.....formerly FANNY FLINT'S SHOE SHOPPE! This classic 8 room 4 bedroom colonial is located in historic town center. This is a must see that offers OPTIONS GALORE! Highlights include an updated kitchen with custom maple cabinets, granite counters, fireplace, formal living room with fireplace, wood beam ceilings, hardwood floors, formal dining room, master bedroom with cathedral ceiling, and much more, including a bonus separate entrance 4 room suite with kitchen, ¾ bath, laundry hook-ups, and private deck area that would be the perfect in-law apartment or office suite.






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Posted by Maureen Giuliano on 2/13/2018


881 EAST FIRST STREET, Boston, MA 02127

Condo

$599,900
Price

3
Rooms
1
Beds
1
Baths
STUNNING SPACIOUS LUXURY LOFT welcomes you with 13’ ceilings, EXPOSED BEAMS and oversized windows with tons of natural light. This gorgeous home checks all the boxes: updated kitchen with gas cooking, breakfast bar and GRANITE counters, bedroom is a natural alcove, deeded PARKING, in-unit laundry and in-unit storage, beautiful HARDWOOD floors, common yard space with BBQ & garden area all in a pet friendly building. Walk across the street to the new Massport Thomas J Butler Park (new dog park too) or stroll to the beach and Castle Island. Short distance to the Seaport, Financial District and Routes 90/ 93.
Open House
Saturday
February 17 at 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM
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Posted by Maureen Giuliano on 2/13/2018


881 EAST FIRST STREET, Boston, MA 02127

Condo

$599,900
Price

3
Rooms
1
Beds
1
Baths
STUNNING SPACIOUS LUXURY LOFT welcomes you with 13’ ceilings, EXPOSED BEAMS and oversized windows with tons of natural light. This gorgeous home checks all the boxes: updated kitchen with gas cooking, breakfast bar and GRANITE counters, bedroom is a natural alcove, deeded PARKING, in-unit laundry and in-unit storage, beautiful HARDWOOD floors, common yard space with BBQ & garden area all in a pet friendly building. Walk across the street to the new Massport Thomas J Butler Park (new dog park too) or stroll to the beach and Castle Island. Short distance to the Seaport, Financial District and Routes 90/ 93.
Open House
Saturday
February 17 at 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM
More Open Houses
Cannot make the Open Houses?
Location: 881 EAST FIRST STREET, Boston, MA 02127    Get Directions

Similar Properties





Tags: Real estate   Open House   Condo   02127   Boston  
Categories: Open House