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Posted by Deborah Schilling on 9/21/2017

We may drool over homes that we see on TV, wondering if we could ever have a home that measures up. The truth is that anyone can have the benefits of luxury living with the right adjustments made to a property. Weíll take a look at some of the most prominent features of luxury homes and how you can have them in your own home- all at a less-than-luxury price. 


Open Floor Plans


Homes with grand entryways, and elaborate architecture present as you enter tend to be a sign of luxury. However, the open floor plan is the most important part of a luxury home. This gives the feeling of open spaces, large rooms, and an airy feeling. Why wouldnít you want to feel this way? Everyone can afford to make their home a bit more open simply by removing furniture or doing some simple remodeling.


Smart Homes Rule


A sign of a luxury home thatís actually readily accessible to everyone is that of a smart home. The more technology thatís present in the home, the more luxurious a home feels. Homeowners want every piece if technology that they can get their hands on when it comes to smart living. With the touch of a button, you can lock your doors, control the alarm system, or control your homeís climate. You donít even have to be anywhere near your home to perform these operations. Installing wireless technologies is a great idea because they provide ease and a sense of security for homeowners. 


Be Environmentally Friendly 


If you decide to install some solar panels or build an addition to the home with reclaimed materials that could be very attractive to homebuyers. People are looking for ways to contribute to a better environment and save money at the same time. Environmentally friendly features in a home are very attractive to buyers. and provide a sense of luxury.


Outdoor Kitchen And Seating


An outdoor kitchen is truly a luxury item. People who are looking for a bit of luxury in their life look for a great outdoor living space. The kitchen should include a built-in grill, a sink, and a food prep area. You should also have adequate seating for this outdoor area. If youíre unable to install an entire kitchen, consider possibly installing just a built-in grill on its own. If you have the budget and the room, consider putting in a hot tub for the ultimate backyard of luxury. 


Game And Theater Rooms


If you have a room of the house that can be used as a home theater or a game room, you have a golden piece of luxury that many people crave. Separate entertainment spaces are really an item that not many homes have. If you can finish your basement and transform it into either a home theater, game room, or both, your property has a piece of luxury with it.  


If you want to sneak a peek into the lives of the rich and famous, now you can. Many prominent features of luxury homes are accessible to everyone with a bit of planning.




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Posted by Deborah Schilling on 9/19/2017


380 Whistleberry Drive , Barnstable, MA 02648

Marstons Mills

Single-Family

$549,900
Price

8
Total Rooms
3
Beds
2/1
Full/Half Baths
Stunning Contemporary Cape overlooking quiet small bog in desirable Whistleberry neighborhood. 1st floor MBR suite has cathedral ceiling, skylight and slider to heated sunspace. Cathedral ceiling skylit kitchen, formal DR,LR and magnificent 4 season 35x13 family room overlooking bog and back yard gardens. 2 BR and bath on 2nd level, plus play and office space in basement.The space is ample--need more for guests, etc? Finish the attic space over 2 car garage with skylights ready to your personal needs. Association offers deeded beach on Middle Pond, tennis courts and play area. Sited on dead end private road, this home will feel like an escape from the hustle and bustle of today's busy life. Taxes may vary by occupancy of owner.See walkthrough video & interactive floor plan under 'photos'
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Saturday
September 23 at 12:01 PM to 2:00 PM
Stunning views of bog from this lovely contemporary Cape in Desirable Whistleberry neighborhood. 3 car garage makes this extraordinary, and lovingly maintained means move in ready. Come see and enjoy
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Posted by Deborah Schilling on 9/15/2017


380 Whistleberry Drive , Barnstable, MA 02648

Marstons Mills

Single-Family

$549,900
Price

8
Total Rooms
3
Beds
2/1
Full/Half Baths
Stunning Contemporary Cape overlooking quiet small bog in desirable Whistleberry neighborhood. 1st floor MBR suite has cathedral ceiling, skylight and slider to heated sunspace. Cathedral ceiling skylit kitchen, formal DR,LR and magnificent 4 season 35x13 family room overlooking bog and back yard gardens. 2 BR and bath on 2nd level, plus play and office space in basement.The space is ample--need more for guests, etc? Finish the attic space over 2 car garage with skylights ready to your personal needs. Association offers deeded beach on Middle Pond, tennis courts and play area. Sited on dead end private road, this home will feel like an escape from the hustle and bustle of today's busy life. Taxes may vary by occupancy of owner.See walkthrough video & interactive floor plan under 'photos'
Open House
No scheduled Open Houses

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Posted by Deborah Schilling on 9/14/2017


7H Riverview Avenue , Mashpee, MA 02649

Mashpee (village)

Rental

$2,250
Price

3
Baths
Stunning ''Cotuit Bay'' Riverfront luxury condo with 1st floor living-Yr Round rental. South facing end unit with expansive deck. Dramatic vaulted ceilings and skylights and open floor plan make this a rare offering. 2 BR and 2 Baths on 1st floor, with Family room, den and full bath on walkout lower level. Gas hot air heat and Central A/C. Freshly painted, Wood, laminate, carpet and tile floors. 2 Dedicated parking spaces + guest parking. Pool, tennis, picnic/play area. Kayak from nearby access to Shoestring Bay for paddling trips to ''The Spit'' beach or beautiful paddling up the '''River to enjoy wildlife in marsh area and in the Bay. Amazing property to enjoy. a Combo washer/Dryer is available on 1st floor, but hook ups for tenants' own washer/dryer in lower level.NO home sharing/suble
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Posted by Deborah Schilling on 9/14/2017

If your household budget seems a little tight, lately, there may be several ways to ease it.

It's amazing how many people do not keep track of where their money goes, which is often the reason it disappears so quickly!

Another piece of the puzzle is the fact that we're all creatures of habit. With few exceptions, most of us go through the motions of our lives on auto-pilot. In some ways, that works to our advantage, but in other ways, it can hinder our progress.

Saving Money Begins With Awareness

One approach to reducing stress and improving the quality of life is to save money and curb expenses, whenever possible. That doesn't necessarily mean you have to deprive yourself or your family of anything you need or want. What it does mean is eliminating spending that is wasteful, unnecessary, or redundant.

The first step involves sitting down and creating a household budget on your computer. There's no need to purchase and learn any fancy software. Many people are comfortable with creating budgets and other documents on Excel spreadsheets or Quicken, while others prefer setting up simple tables on a word processing program like MS Word. The interesting thing about creating a document with your monthly expenses and income on it is that it provides a visual depiction of your cash flow. In other words, it shows where, when, and how your money is coming and going!

Analyze and Take Action

After you've identified areas in which you can cut back without causing any hardship, the next step is to actually implement those changes. If you weren't able to identify any sources of wasteful, unnecessary, or excessive spending from creating a budget, then take a look at your monthly invoices for items like credit cards, cable TV, cell phones, and other services.

By examining the services you're paying for, you may realize you're paying for more than you need or even use. Sometimes by switching your service plan to a more basic option, you can save hundreds of dollars a year. In the case of credit cards, if you've been paying your bills on time and not making a habit of maxing out your account, you may be able to request and receive a lower interest rate. This is yet another way to reduce your expenses and keep more of what your earn. Comparing insurance plans and switching to a more economical plan or provider is another strategy for reducing costs and easing budgetary strains.

There are also free worksheets, budget calculators, and other resources online that can help you take charge of your spending and saving habits. Setting financial goals, establishing priorities, controlling impulse buying, saving a portion of your income (especially bonuses, tax refunds, and raises) and keeping track of your spending on a daily basis are also key parts of an effective money management plan. As a side note: If you need to consult with a reliable credit counselor for help, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission provides helpful information.







Deborah Schilling