April 18, 2019

520 Simonds Rd, Ashby MA 01431

520 Simonds Rd, Ashby, MA 01431

Magnificently perched atop a serene hill is this custom craftsman paradise with exquisite 180 degree panoramic views! This luxurious 5 Bed, 3.5 Bath estate is a luxury dream home flaunting over 4,200 Sq Ft in the main home, over 3,500+ Sq Ft in the 3-level Barn with immaculate space & adjusting 5-Stall Horse Barn, Rooftop Deck with mesmerizing Boston City Views just to name a few key features. Soaring Crawford ceilings, streaming sunlight, crown molding and a flexible flowing floor plan grace this home throughout. Additional interior features include a 6x6 Pantry, 1st Floor Master Suite w/ Bath, 10x11 Walk-in Closet and 2nd Flr Wet Bar. Partially Finished Walkout 2,000+ Sq Ft basement is completely heated, boasts a custom wood shop, office & 1/2 bath. Every detail was carefully selected and quality crafted in this home. A true one-of-a kind property on over 5 acres is ready to entertain in grand style inside and out.


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March 21, 2019

Get your home spring ready!

With the first day of spring behind us, many of us have packed the winter coats away and started getting the springtime cleaning "itch."

While you're dragging out the mops and dusting off the windowsills, remember to check a few other important items around your home!


1) Check/Change your filters

Think about all the filters you have in your home. Filters should typically be replaced every 3-6 months. (Water, Range Hood, Air Vents, etc)

2) Check/change your smoke detectors

Using the seasons as a benchmark as a time to check and or change your batteries is an easy way to make sure they are always in working order.


3) Clean out your dryer vent

This is a commonly overlooked fire hazard. Be sure to clean it from the inside of your home as well as the outside. A dryer vent brush can be purchased to make the job easier and grab lint that you cannot reach yourself.


4) Check your gutters 

If you currently rent this something that your landlord should be handling, however, if you are a homeowner this is something you will have to take care of yourself. If you are comfortable and have a ladder, be sure to check your gutters for ice buildup, last years leaves and any other debris that may have gotten in there. If you do not have a ladder or ladders and heights are not your thing, you can always hire someone to come out and take care of it for you. 


Posted in Tips & Tricks
Jan. 24, 2019

Business Spotlight | Budget Blinds

We have been lucky to be able to create a relationship with Gary Zimmerman at Budget Blinds. Gary is very knowledgable, kind, honest a just an all around great guy. We recently had a meeting with Gary where he took us through all the new products that Budget Blinds is offering and what will be coming soon. No one can tell you about their products like Gary, so if you are interested be sure to give him a call, however, all you gadget/tech lovers are going to love some of their new stuff! 

Before you go on to read about Budget Blinds, we want to point out something that is super valuable to you as a consumer. They understand that not everyone has the same pockets, however, they understand that you should not have to see a lack of quality due to a lower budget. So we highly suggest you give them a call. The consultation is free, their warranties are fabulous and they are a great company. You really have nothing to lose! 




Since the parent company’s founding in 1992, the Budget Blinds name has become synonymous with quality window coverings. Locally owned, Budget Blinds of Westford is no exception to this.  The company has experience working with both residential and commercial customers to find the right window treatment for their unique needs with a wide variety of window treatments.

Whether drapes, blinds, shades, or shutters, Budget Blinds of Westford has the solution for any home or business in thousands of colors, patterns and dozens of brands to choose from. With so many options available to our customers, the solution for your home or business’ windows is already waiting at Budget Blinds of Westford. With this huge array of window covering options to choose from, you may be concerned about finding the right fit.

Budget Blinds of Westford has design consultants available at no additional charge to help ensure that you find the right window covering for you.  This and the company’s industry experience can be put to good use to not only find the right style of window covering, but also the color and pattern to achieve the look that you are seeking for your home or business.  Our team is ready and happy to assist you with any project, big or small.

You can schedule an on-site consultation at your home or business and learn just what makes Budget Blinds of Westford the experts in residential and commercial window treatments. You can visit our showroom at 520 Amherst St, Nashua, NH, or call for your free consultation – 603-707-4466.  You can also find us on the web at http://www.budgetblinds.com/westford


Get started today! Click below to schedule a consult with Budget Blinds of Amherst and Westford


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Posted in Local Businesses
Oct. 31, 2018

Leftover Candy Ideas

For those of us who cannot fight the urge of eating all that leftover Halloween candy, or simply would just love to find something to do with it all, there are tons of solutions! Check out a few unique things to do with all the leftovers!

  1. Candy for Decorations
    • After Halloween, we have a few other Holidays sneak up on us quick. The cookies are baking and the kids are decorating their gingerbread houses and trains with all that new candy you bought. Why not reuse some of that Halloween Candy? A few bucks saved is a great start to the new year! So get started smashing up those M&Ms and Lollypops and using those gummy worms for borders! Be creative - there are tons of things you can do!

  2. Candy for Cooking
    • Get baking now and use those candies to make homemade m&m or reeses cookies. Get them baked and freeze them for the holidays or store your candy in the freezer or a cool dry place until your ready to use them up or try a homemade diy trail mix for a sweet and salty snack! There's always one house handing out raisins! 

  3. Candy for Donations
    • Not everyone has the opportunity to go out and fill up bags stuffed with candy on Halloween Night. While not the most nutritional form of food to donate, it still may bring brighten some spirits. Think about dropping off some bags to a local shelter or maybe even a nursing home. They could also use it for all the other repurposing ideas mentioned in this blog as well. 
  4. Candy for Crafting
    • When it comes to crafting, nothing is off the table as far as what you can use. Let your imagination run wild and craft up some awesome gifts for the holidays or for just around the house. Have an awesome photo from Halloween? Try making a homemade picture frame bordered in leftover candy! 
  5. Candy for the Brain
    • For the Brain?! Yes, we said it! How many M&Ms are in 1 Bag? If you put a Red skittle with a yellow skittle, what color skittle would you have? Think outside the box and you'll be surprised at all the educational things you can do. 

  6. Candy for Adulting
    • Try infusing your next alcoholic beverage with some candy. Can you say candy corn vodka martini?!

  7. Candy for Hangry Moments
    • Save yourself from feeling like one of the people in the Snickers commercials, throw a piece or two in your purse/bag for a quick hangry recovery!

  8. Candy for a Birthday
    • Have a pinata you need to stuff full of candy in the next couple of weeks for a birthday party? Leftover candy is a great source for candy inventory! 

  9. Candy for your coworkers
    • Just like when everyone brings a dish to pass at the office and the table is wiped out by the end of the day. Yup, bag it up or throw it on a platter and bring it in to share with all your co-workers. 

  10. Candy for its intended purpose
    • Forget everything we just said, because now that we talked about candy so much you might be second guessing everything. We'll wait here while you go find your favorite piece you stashed away already. 



Posted in Miscellaneous
Oct. 5, 2018

Fun Facts: Michael Blood


Q: Who inspires you?

A: Gary Keller

Q: What was the best concert you ever attended

A: Eric Church

Q: Where’s your favorite place in the world?

A: Pittsburg, NH

Q: If you could be any animal, which would you be?

A: I don't want to be an animal

Q: What’s the last book you read?

A: Shift

Q: What are you passionate about?

A: My business

Q: What’s your favorite movie?

A: Heartbreak Kid

Q: What are you currently watching on Netflix?

A: Orange is the New Black

Q: What’s the coolest thing you’re working on right now?

A: Expanding into a new territory

Q: Who would you most like to swap places with for a day?

A: Adam Sandler

Q: What’s the best meal you’ve ever had?

A: Tomahawk Steak @ Baldmountain Camp, Maine


Q: If you could visit anywhere in the world you’ve never been, where would you go?

A: Niagra Falls


Q: If you were a crayon, what color would you be?

A: Blue

Sept. 25, 2018

Mortgage Minute Sept 2018

Be proactive when planning for your future!

We’ve all heard that buying a home is the biggest investment you will ever make. This is certainly true… so how do you prepare for making the biggest investment of your life? Take the time up front to educate yourself to help ensure that you are ready and that you have enough information to make informed decisions.

“The decisions you make today will have a direct impact on your future whether it be positive or negative.”

Take the time to evaluate your current situation and your future needs. This is best done with the help of your mortgage professional to review your income, credit, debt, and assets. Once you have this valuable information and know your options it will be time to meet with an experienced real estate agent. Working together as a team will be most beneficial to you and to your success.

Contact me today to begin planning for your future!

Dakotah Aro

Loan Originator
NMLS# 1320457, Licensed in MA & NH


Posted in Mortgage Tips
Sept. 24, 2018

Why Professional Photography

DIY Photos versus Professional Photos

We will get right to the point on this one. The internet is the captivating source of today's world in all things. When someone is looking for something, they are probably starting on the internet. It's convenient and gives the consumer a preview prior to a visit or purchase. Over 70% of home buyers start their search online. This is where a professional versus a DIY photo can be a game changer to the exposure your home gets on the world wide web. Let's give an off-topic example here. You want to bake those "famous chocolate chip cookies" you grew up on. Where you once pulled out the box in your grandmother's cupboard that was covered in flour to find the perfect chocolate chip cookie recipe is now multiplied in millions or more with a single google search. While not true for all, the honesty is that it's the world we live in today, it's a digital one. Online presence and an eye-catching image typically gets the first click.

Now for an on-topic example.


(Left Photo - DIY Photo before listing) 
(Right Photo - ©Alyssa Rae Photography 2018) Which one did your eye gravitate too, I bet we can guess! While the left photo is not the worst photo out there and it essentially captures the house, the photo on the right clearly is much more captivating and enticing to click to a potential home buyer. The point of professional photography is not to portray something that is not true but to capture the attention of the audience before they scroll pass to another home. As well as that, we want them to feel what it would be like to live in your home before they even get there. A picture is worth 1,000 words they say… We strongly believe in professional photography when it comes to selling your home. There are instances on occasion where professional photography may not be necessary, however in the grand scheme of looking at all the properties we have listed throughout our years of service almost all have been photographed by a professional photographer, therefore increasing every one of our listings' online presence and a number of potential home buyers.
"Photography for me is not looking, it's feeling. If you can't feel what you're looking at, then you're never going to get others to feel anything when they look at your pictures."

- Don McCullin
Posted in Home Selling Tips
Sept. 21, 2018

Moving Hacks

3 Moving hacks to make unpacking a breeze!

1) Why take your clothes off the hangers?

Take a garbage bag and put it directly over a group of clothes. Start by putting the bag on at the bottom and pull it up. Use the drawstrings to wrap it around the hangers to keep them together.


2) Have a bunch of stuff in a container?

Don’t dump them into a box. Grab a box of saran wrap and wrap them right up in their container. A great example is a utensil organizer. Leave all your silverware right in the organizer and saran wrap it up. Bonus, you’re not “putting away dishes” when you unpack. Unwrap and you’re done!


3) Color Code with Duct tape!

Pick up a roll of duct tape in a different color for each room in the house. Seal up each box with the designated color. You can still write the room location on the box or make a quick color legend for you to reference when you get to your new house. (Having all this tape can come in handy regardless - you’re moving so you’re pretty much guaranteed you'll need it at some point!)


Posted in Tips & Tricks
Sept. 20, 2018

Benefits of an Open House

Top 3 Benefits of an Open House!

Often times, when selling a home, your agent may suggest that they host an Open House. There are quite a few reasons why an Open House is a great thing for your newly listed property. However, we are going to zeroin on the three major reasons for now.

GAIN ADDITIONAL EXPOSURE: We believe this to be the top reason why holding an Open House is a great thing. When you first list your home, you typically get quite a bit of exposure right off the bat. However adding an Open House can increase the excitement, the curiosity, and bottom line, the amount of exposure your home will get. While an Open House is not guaranteed to "sell your home", it can certainly help get people in the door. 

When looking for the right Realtor(R) to list your property, whether they host Open Houses or not isn't necessarily a game changer. What you really want to look for is the marketing plan built around your listing. What are they going to do to market your home - Open House or not? Having an agent who has a killer marketing plan when there is an Open House and when there isn't is the real game changer. (Hint Hint - Ask us about ours!)


REMOVE THE FEELING OF PRESSURE: Whether potential buyers are just starting out in the house hunting game or are seasoned and waiting for the right property to come along, there may be a sense of pressure that you can help relieve. Having the right Real Estate Agent representing you (Buyer, Seller or Both sides) can certainly make understanding the process, going through the process, paperwork, and more much smoother, however, we are human and we have feelings. 

It can be common, especially for Buyers to feel a sense of pressure in the home buying process. What do they want in a house? What can they afford? What if their offer doesn't get accepted? What if they want to see the house without the pressure of a private showing? THIS IS WHERE YOU COME IN! 

Open Houses create a pressureless, free-flowing feel of house hunting. While everyone that walks through the door at an Open House is not a guaranteed buyer for your home, you most likely increase your odds. If they really like it - trust us they will schedule a private showing to view it again. The Open House gives them almost a "preview" before they commit and dive in with a personalized showing, inspections, etc. 


START THE PROCESS: While we highly suggest anyone looking for a home meet with a Buyer's Specialist beforehand. Many first time buyers are not fluent in the home buying process. What do they do first, do they go to an Open House, talk to a real estate agent or a bank first? A buyer's specialist will eliminate all of those questions, and explain the process through and through. For those who are unfamiliar, they are more apt to see an Open House sign pointing in your direction and take a leap and stop in, which then can lead to meeting the agent showing your property, understanding the process to possibly being your potential buyer. 


Take a moment. Look at our top 3 reasons to host an Open House backward. Going from 1,2,3 or 3,2,1 has a huge effect on each other either way you look at it. Your Open House can start the home buying process for someone. Starting the process and having an Open House can certainly relieve some of the "buyer pressure", and lastly the more home buying processes you start, the more pressure you relieve, which can lead to additional exposure for your home.


Final thoughts... Selling your home starts with exposure. In order to have that, you need a marketing plan, whether or not an open house is scheduled. Find out why were are the most preferred local real estate agent in the area and why our marketing plan has stood the test of time throughout the market changes. 


Posted in Home Selling Tips
Aug. 16, 2018

Mortgage Minute - Have you been turned down for a mortgage?

Have you been turned down for a mortgage?

Hearing the word no when you apply for a mortgage can certainly be discouraging. But the word NO doesn’t have to mean NEVER!

There are various reasons that financing would be denied. Here are a few common reasons.

  1. Your credit score isn’t high enough
    You cannot undo the past but you can certainly begin today to build the credit you need. There are ways you can manage your credit to get the most impact.

  2. You have too much debt to qualify for the house you want
    Review all of your monthly debt. Take a strategic approach when determining which debt to pay off or pay down.

  3. You have no credit history
    A lender determines if you are a good credit risk by evaluating your past credit history. They want to know if you are likely to pay back the debt as well as if you area able to pay back the debt. You will need to establish credit.

If any of these apply to you don’t be discouraged.

Start today; call us to review your specific situation. We will help you determine next steps and set realistic time frames and specific goals.

Turn that NO into YES

Written By: Marsha Walker & Dakotah Aro

Posted in Mortgage Tips