Andrea Kenney - KELLER WILLIAMS REALTY / Metropolitan



Posted by Andrea Kenney on 6/17/2019

Do you hate running late for work in the morning, late to a meeting, late to dinner with friends? Who doesn’t? Maybe you can’t find your keys, your outfit wasn’t clean or pressed, or it just took you a long time to get ready because all the tools you need got strewn about the house. There easy ways your lifestyle and habits at home might be driving you crazy and adding more stress to your life. What are some simple steps you can take to help keep your sanity? Here are some ideas. 

Stop Losing Your Keys — Hands down one of the most significant stressors before work in the morning is misplaced keys. It might seem like a simple solution, and it is, but by merely designating a specific area to leave your keys every time you come home you can significantly reduce your stress and save time. Your designated space could be a hanging key rack by the door, a bowl on the entry-way table or tray on the breakfast bar. Designate a spot and practice getting in the habit of placing your keys there every time you come home, and you’ll find you save a lot of time and headache when you head out somewhere. 

Keep Your Phone Charged — A dead or dying phone can also keep you always running late. You’re ready for work or to go to the movies when you see your phone is at 1% and you’ll need to wait ten minutes to leave so you can charge it. The first step is to make sure you have fully functioning chargers. The second is to designate the primary place to charge your phone but also to have additional locations to plug-in around the house. Maybe you always charge on your nightstand at night but need a place in the kitchen or living room to plug-in so you can easily connect your phone when you get home from work. If you only have one place, you might end up moving the cord around the home and forget where it is, or you’ll give up on charging because the cable is all the way upstairs.

Stay on Top of Laundry — Not having the right clothes throws another wrench in your day. Instead of designating one day each week to knock out all your laundry try doing a little each day or every other day, so you always have most of your clothing clean. Daily washing will make you less likely not to have the outfit you need or want, for that important meeting or date.

Keep your tools organized — Not your hobby tools, the tools you need to get ready to go out each day. Whether it’s in your bathroom, at a vanity or on top of your dresser try to make sure everything you need daily is in one place. Keep your comb and hair products, perfume or cologne, makeup and brushes and accessories where you can easily find and use them. Don’t take your makeup or hair products to a different room or get ready on the couch instead of at the mirror. Create the habit of getting prepared in the same place in your home each day, so you always know everything you need will be there when you need it. 

These are just a few simple steps to reduce some of the stressors in your daily life. Start with these basics to gain a bit more time and peace of mind. If you can manage your regular stressors, you’ll have more head-space to worry about the big stuff like that next promotion or your new home search.




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Posted by Andrea Kenney on 6/10/2019

So, the new home has the perfect yard, layout, number of bathrooms, even the right roofline, but you hate the bathroom or kitchen cabinets. Don't give up just yet. You have some options to update your cabinets without completely tearing apart and replacing the kitchen, and you can even skip sanding them down. Welcome to the miracle of "Chalk Paint." 

What is “Chalk Paint”?

The original and only paint really called “chalk paint” was created and trademarked by Annie Sloane. Its widely recognized as a top choice by furniture and cabinet professionals. This original pain allows you to get that “shabby chic” look on furniture and cabinets without refinishing them first. Its major downside is the price. To get the name brand “Annie Sloan Chalk Paint” (ASCP), you will be out nearly forty dollars a quart.

This paint is actually a mixture of paint with other chalky substances like powdered gypsum (plaster of Paris) and allows you to refinish a cabinet without sanding or priming it first. After painting, your cabinets or furniture will have a chalky finish until you complete the process by finishing applying a high-grade wax that leaves the cabinets with a softly glowing finish.

Does it Work? 

The developers of the process absolutely swear by it, and they've drawn a large group of devotees. You can find a useful variety of tutorials online including everything from heavily weathered to mildly distressed or even completely smooth. You aren't just stuck with the original brand though. The popularity of the process has given rise to several other name brand options including CeCe Caldwell’s non-toxic natural mineral pigments. A big plus for CeCe’s paints is their eco-friendly ingredients that are especially safe for pets and children.

How About an Affordable Alternative?

Wary of the paint cost? You have multiple options there as well. You can make any latex paint a chalk-style paint by using Webster's chalky paint powder. They offer a wide range of tutorials and instructions to create different accents and layering effects. This combo paint can even work for painting on metal! If you want the ease of a single product, check out your local home improvement or paint store for some less expensive options. Professionals have experienced a wide range of results with these paints, so do your research and test on a single cabinet or door before you do the whole kitchen.

If you're worried about the kitchen in the home of your dreams or worried about your kitchen bringing down the cost of your home, talk to your real estate agent about the best kitchen options for your home.




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Posted by Andrea Kenney on 6/3/2019

Is investing in a second property the best decision for you? If you've found yourself with a little bit of extra liquidity, you might be considering investing in additional property, a startup company, or adding to your general investment fund. What makes a second home or property a good move for your future?

Family Memories

If you have the opportunity to purchase a second home, consider a vacation house for your family. Do you have a favorite family vacation spot that you visit every year? Buying a second home in this area instead of renting a house or cabin every year for the next 20 years is an investment in a second home that starts earning equity from your vacations. Establish a place for your family to make countless memories together. If you vacation with your extended family, consider co-investing with your family members to get more use out of the space. You can take turns using the house and have a wonderful place to gather everyone together for holidays and special events. If you decide to invest with other people, make sure you designate how the property will transfer to your heirs and consider establishing an LLC that oversees the transfer of property. If you purchase the home yourself, you can rent the space to your relatives for their vacations, or (bonus!) turn it into a vacation rental during the time you aren't able to use it. See more ideas for cash flow returns on a second property investment below.

Income Opportunities

If you don't see yourself establishing a vacation home, but you think you want to use your funds to invest in another property think about the different opportunities to create an income property for yourself. Purchasing a rental home or multi-family building can be a significant cash flow option if you're able to manage the ongoing mortgage commitment, tax responsibilities, and upkeep. Find a property that you can successfully manage and start reaping the benefits of your new investment. Your investment property can continue to serve you for years and may even be the right solution for your retirement plan when you go to resell it.

Things to Consider

There are a few aspects of your current situation you should review before committing to your second property. Will your financial situation remain stable for the foreseeable future? Will you be able to continue managing payments and upkeep if your job changes or if you don't live in the area of your investment? Is the property in an area that vacationers or renters find desirable? Will you be able to maximize cash flow if or when you aren't using the property? If you determine the answer is yes to these questions, then investing in a second property might be just the next move for your portfolio. 

Before you invest, speak with your trusted real estate professional to make a plan for securing the best investment for your life and future.





Posted by Andrea Kenney on 5/27/2019

Do you live in a house that has hard water? You know, where you get those white rings on the counters and the faucets have this grungy, crusty build up. While you’re at the DIY store, you see this free water testing kit and decide its time to learn what is going on. You get the results, and the company asks to come out and give you a further evaluation as well as introduce you to a solution. The time this takes is well worth the process because it gives you valuable information about your water and how to fix it. Unfortunately, the typical solution is a $6,000 to $8,000 fix. Now maybe that is in your budget, and that is great, but most of the time that solution still involves the use of salt.

There is another way 

Alternatives exist where the installation cost may be way less—although it might be the same depending on how large of a system you get. But more importantly, it is a solution that doesn’t involve the constant purchase of salt. 

A recent addition to the water treatment lineup includes many different brands on salt-free water conditioners or de-scalers. Typically, a non-salt system consists of a large particle filter and a multiple-part canister. The system works by neutralizing minerals such as magnesium and calcium by changing their ionic makeup so that these minerals do not stick to pipes and other surfaces. They do remain in the water, though, so if you allow a pool of water to dry, the minerals will form a powdery residue that easily brushes off.

DIY Installation?

Installation is not complicated, but if you have little to no experience plumbing, you should hire a local plumber or certified installer to do the project. It is essential to put it in-line with the water going the correct direction (into the water heater, for example), so you’ll need to know which way the pipe is flowing where you add the joint.

Does it work?

The results are different from a water softener. You’ll see a reduction of the calcium in the water. Your skin will feel less dried out, and dish soap will create larger amounts of suds. You will not have that slippery feel of salt-softened water though. Most importantly, you can drink the water and water your plants with the water directly from the tap. 

Is it green?

The environment gains because there is no back-washing of the system like with traditional salt-based softeners, so you are not dumping salt water into the drainage system, and you are not using a bunch of extra water. 

What does it cost to maintain?

The cost to operate it once it after installation is very low. There is no salt to purchase every month. You only have to change the large particle filter every 6 to 12 months, depending on your water source. You may even receive extra filters with your installation, so check with the dealer.

The cost to DIY the project includes the purchase of the system and a few fittings to make the connection into your water pipes. Check with your real estate professional to see if adding a water conditioner system will increase the value of your home for resale.




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Posted by Andrea Kenney on 5/20/2019


120 Pulpit Road, Bedford, NH 03110

Single-Family

$774,900
Price

4
Bedrooms
7
Rooms
3/1
Full/Half Baths
Construction is underway. This design offers a spacious, open concept Great Room and Kitchen/Breakfast, a 16x16' Den and a formal Dining Room. The Great Room will have the Builder's signature coffered ceiling. Kitchen provides a breakfast bar at the center island, and space to provide a dining table. The formal dining room will bear decorative chair rail, crown moldings and an trey ceiling. Generous allowances provide for cook top, wall oven, dishwasher and microwave, a zero clearance gas fireplace with granite surround. Kitchens and baths will have granite tops and tile flooring. Pre-finished hardwood is planned throughout the first floor. Full specifications are provided on request. The exterior front entrance will have a covered portico with cultured stone and craftsman style columns with the same stone accenting the front of the home. A 12x12' Trex deck off the kitchen is planned for the rear of the home. The 3-car garage enters into a sizable mudroom with built-in storage. Master suite will be luxuriously appointed private bath with a jetted tub, double vanity, a huge walk-in closet. One of the bedrooms will be an ideal guest suite with its own bath. Feel free to dream away on the details to make this home your own. PHOTOS ARE ACTUAL OF THIS DESIGN PREVIOUSLY BUILT ELSEWHERE.
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