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Posted by ERA Key Realty Services on 9/18/2017

Visually attractive design isn't enough to make your house a front runner in the real estate market. Mobility is important and not only for senior adults. In addition to age, physical limitations, body structure and intellectual disabilities create need for your home to make it easier for you and your guests to be more mobile. Specifically, your guests and you benefit from a more mobile friendly home because a mobile friendly home provides greater security.

Why you need a mobile friendly home

There are even more reasons to go mobile at home. For example, you need a mobile friendly home because:

  • Mobile friendly home enhancements can help to reduce or eliminate accidents like slips and falls
  • Muscle strains created when children and short adults press their bodies to reach canned food on top cabinet shelves can be avoided
  • Wheelchair falls that occur when people topple over as they lean too far forward or to the side as they attempt to go from the second to the first floor or go up or down stairs
  • Ability to contact someone in the event of an emergency

Getting to a more mobile friendly home requires vision and an openness to innovation. It also requires care for your house guests. Plainly, you need to care about the people who visit or live at your home to see it important enough to redesign your home to accommodate people who may have physical or intellectual disabilities.

Designing a mobile friendly home

Specific actions that you take to design a mobile friendly home depend on the current layout of your house. In general, to achieve a mobile friendly home, you could:

  • Lower kitchen cabinets so that every adult who lives at or visits your house can reach top shelves without having to strain while standing atop a foot stool
  • Place a footstool within easy reach of house residents and guests. This could be as simple as putting a footstool in your kitchen pantry
  • Install handrails at indoor stairwells that have four or more steps
  • Build handrails at all outdoor stairwells regardless of the number of steps
  • Put throw rugs in front of doors to catch excess water on rainy days to keep guess and family members from slipping and falling
  • Add wheelchair ramps to the exterior of your home. Add wheelchair ramps at the start of your back and front walkways
  • Open walls to lower the times that people have to enter or exit doorways or walk around walls to get inside another room
  • Include emergency monitors in the bathroom, kitchen, bedroom and other rooms of your home that people with mobility challenges frequent

Many actions that you could take to design a more mobile friendly home don't require construction. It's possible to perform a lot of the actions on your own and within minutes. A visit to a home goods store will resolve many of the items.

For example, you can get a step stool and throw rugs from a home goods or department store. Getting an emergency alert system could be as simple as adding the service to your home security system. It also helps to ask family members and guests what changes could be made at your home to make your home more mobile friendly.





Posted by ERA Key Realty Services on 9/11/2017

If you're thinking about putting your house on the market in the near future, then you've probably begun to research and compare real estate agents in your area. While experience, credentials, and training can make a big difference in a real estate agent's ability to produce results for you, there are other factors worth considering. For example, an agent's attitude, Web presence, and past performance are also indicators of their strengths, weaknesses, and marketing skills. Here are a few "red flags" to watch out for in your search for a knowledgeable, proactive, and service-oriented real estate professional.

  • The quality of their Web site: If a real estate agent has a Web site that looks disorganized, amateurish, or outdated, then that could speak volumes about their own flaws. In this day and age, a fully functional and professional-looking website is an essential marketing tool in the real estate business. Having access to the latest marketing tools and techniques is a vital aspect of selling your home in the shortest possible time. Agents who are not making full use of the Internet to market their listings are doing themselves and their clients a disservice. If they can't present themselves in the best possible light on the Internet, then it raises questions about their presentation style, in general. On the other hand, if a Realtor or real estate agent maintains an up-to-date, professional-looking website that is user-friendly and loaded with helpful information and search capabilities, then that's one indication they're conscientious, resourceful, and in touch with relevant technology. A timely and informative blog is another positive sign that they're tech-savvy and passionate about what they do for a living.
  • Attitude and energy level: A great real estate agent has the ability to look at the "big picture" and realize that there will be peaks and valleys in every transaction and marketing campaign. If you choose them over the competition, you'll eventually depend on that agent to be a problem solver, a cheerleader, and a source of positive inspiration throughout the process. When you take into account how much is riding on the sale of your home, you realize the importance of selecting a well-organized, professional, and highly motivated agent. If you're interviewing one that spends too much time complaining about market conditions, other clients, or all the "red tape" involved in real estate transactions, then RUN -- don't walk -- to the nearest door! (That advice would, of course, need to be modified if you're meeting with them in your own home.) Here's the bottom line, though: To be able to capitalize on opportunities and produce the best possible results, a great real estate agent needs to maintain a positive attitude -- especially in the face of temporary setbacks.
The good news about real estate agents and Realtors is that the majority of them are ethical, motivated, and passionate about producing optimal results. As is the case with all professions, however, some are more positive, dedicated, and resourceful than others. That's why it pays to interview two or three real estate agents before settling on the one who's the best match for your timetable, your personality, and your individual needs.





Posted by ERA Key Realty Services on 9/9/2017


Lot 2 Clearview Drive, Franklin, MA 02038

Single-Family

$799,000
Price

9
Rooms
4
Beds
4
Baths
WELCOME TO FRANKLIN'S NEWEST 9 HOME SUBDIVISION ROLLING BROOK ESTATES! GORGEOUS NEW CONSTRUCTION IN A PREMIER LOCATION SITUATED ON BEAUTIFUL WOODED LOTS .THESE CUSTOM HOMES OFFER OUTSTANDING QUALITY, SOPHISTICATED STYLE AND EXTRAORDINARY CRAFTSMANSHIP THROUGHOUT. GORGEOUS CUSTOM KITCHEN WITH STAINLESS STEEL APPLIANCES. CUSTOM FINISHED TRIM, GENEROUS ALLOWANCES, 3 FULL BATHS UPSTAIRS & 1 FULL BATH DOWNSTAIRS . THIS HOME IS BEING OFFERED AT AN EXCEPTIONAL PRICE. LOCAL DEVELOPER COMMITTED TO EXCELLENCE AND SUPERIOR QUALITY. THIS HOME CAN BE READY IN 60 DAYS.......OTHER HOME STYLES AND LOTS ARE AVAILABLE (ONLY 2 LOTS REMAINING )
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Posted by ERA Key Realty Services on 9/6/2017


32 Wellington St., Medway, MA 02053

Single-Family

$349,500
Price

7
Rooms
4
Beds
2
Baths
Welcome to this quaint and charming Cape, picturesquely set on a .3 acre tree-lined lot. Enjoy cooking in the fully-applianced renovated kitchen with movable island. The cheerful dining room offers a bay window overlooking the beautiful tranquil yard and a side deck. Hardwood floors, a receiving closet, and a large picture window enhance the spacious living room. Two generous-sized first floor bedrooms with hardwood floors, and a nicely updated full bath complete the first level. Two additional second floor bedrooms with built-ins, and a second full bath await your finishing touches. Maintenance-free vinyl siding, new Anderson windows throughout (except bay window), a newer roof, and gutter helmets with heater coils, are great updates. This lovely home will warm your heart and be the perfect place to make your lifelong memories! Showings begin at Open House, Sun., 9/10, 1 - 3 pm.
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September 10 at 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Please stop by to appreciate all the character and charm that this lovely home has to offer. Hope to see you there!
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Posted by ERA Key Realty Services on 9/6/2017


32 Wellington St., Medway, MA 02053

Single-Family

$349,500
Price

7
Rooms
4
Beds
2
Baths
Welcome to this quaint and charming Cape, picturesquely set on a .3 acre tree-lined lot. Enjoy cooking in the fully-applianced renovated kitchen with movable island. The cheerful dining room offers a bay window overlooking the beautiful tranquil yard and a side deck. Hardwood floors, a receiving closet, and a large picture window enhance the spacious living room. Two generous-sized first floor bedrooms with hardwood floors, and a nicely updated full bath complete the first level. Two additional second floor bedrooms with built-ins, and a second full bath await your finishing touches. Maintenance-free vinyl siding, new Anderson windows throughout (except bay window), a newer roof, and gutter helmets with heater coils, are great updates. This lovely home will warm your heart and be the perfect place to make your lifelong memories! Showings begin at Open House, Sun., 9/10, 1 - 3 pm.
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