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Posted by Upper Cape Realty on 10/18/2017

Many homeowners have a difficult relationship with their homeowners association. On the one hand, the HOA helps your community stay safe, clean, and makes it a desirable place to live which improves the property value of your home. But, on the other hand, homeowners associations can be a problem if you want to make a change to your property that they disagree with.

 In this article, weíll talk about some common issues that homeowners face in their dealings with homeowners associations and give you tips on how to handle them so that youíll have the best possible outcome.

 Study the rules carefully

It may seem like a nuisance, but your best defense when dealing with the homeowners association is to understand whatís expected of you. Not only will it help you stay on good terms with the HOA, but it will also make it easier to understand what your options are.

Itís a good idea to understand these rules and bylaws before you ever move into the neighborhood, but itís never too late to learn them. It might help you later on down the road should you want to paint your house or build a new structure in your yard.

Introduce yourself to the members

Itís best to get off on the right foot with the other members of your homeowners association. You donít want your first meeting to be a complaint against you, nor do you want to introduce yourself to someone only to make a complaint against someone else.

It will also give you a chance to ask questions about the community and to get an understanding of how easy or difficult it is to deal with the regulations of the homeowners association.

Donít assume ill-will

If you find that a complaint has been raised against you, donít act immediately. Take some time to compose your response and be sure to acknowledge the complaint. Odds are that the other members of the HOA arenít there just to give you a hard time.

Choose your battles

There are some things worth fighting for when it comes to your home. However, you donít want to be repeatedly challenging the HOA on small issues. Stick to the rules on the things that arenít hugely important, that way other members wonít come to expect issues from you.

Follow protocol

When youíre required to get permission from the board before making a change to your property, be sure you follow the steps laid out in your agreement. Doing so will avoid any unnecessary conflict.

Pay all dues and fines on time

Even if you are in the middle of a disagreement with the HOA, itís better to continue paying your dues and fines that to leave them outstanding. If you donít pay, you risk further penalty, including fees.

Plan ahead if you want to change the rules

If youíre dissatisfied with some or man of the rules of the homeowners association, odds are youíre not alone. First, start by talking with other neighborhood members. If they have similar views on the rules in question, you can bring them up collectively at the next meeting.

Your second option would be to run for the board and try to enact the changes yourself. However, you should never seek a position out of spite or anger. Only volunteer your time and effort if you want to lend a hand in your community and make life better for all of the inhabitants.

 




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Posted by Upper Cape Realty on 10/11/2017

This Is The One! Great House! Great Neighborhood! Close to Everything! This light and airy 4 bedroom, 2 bath Cape comes with many recent upgrades including a gorgeous new upscale kitchen and a new AZEK deck with hot tub There are hardwood floors throughout the home with fresh paint, sparkling white cabinets and trim. 2 Bedrooms on the first floor with a bath and two more bedrooms on the 2nd floor with another bath offer flexible living areas. Roof, windows, garage door, furnace have all replaced within the last 10 years. Nothing to do here but move right in! Lakewood Hills Association offers access to Spectacle Pond for swimming and boating, plus a Clubhouse and picnic area and basketball court, schools are just minutes away. Easy commute to Boston.

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Posted by Upper Cape Realty on 10/4/2017

This Is The One! Great House! Great Neighborhood! Close to Everything! This light and airy 4 bedroom, 2 bath Cape comes with many recent upgrades including a gorgeous new upscale kitchen and a new synthetic deck with hot tub There are hardwood floors throughout the home with fresh paint, sparkling white cabinets and trim. 2 Bedrooms on the first floor with a bath and two more bedrooms on the 2nd floor with another bath offer flexible living areas. Roof, windows, garage door, furnace have all replaced within the last 10 years. Nothing to do here but move right in! Lakewood Hills Association offers access to Spectacle Pond for swimming and boating, plus a Clubhouse and picnic area and basketball court, schools are just minutes away. No Showings until Open House Sunday, October 8, 11-1. Stop by and take a look!

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Posted by Upper Cape Realty on 10/4/2017

Home is, first and foremost, a place of rest and relaxation. Itís where we come home to after a stressful day to be with our family, our pets, or our favorite books and television shows.

But sometimes, the home also has to double as a place of work. Whether you have a job that allows you to work from home, or you just need a quiet place to sit down to pay bills or do taxes, at some point your home will need to be a place where you can focus. Thatís where the home office comes in.

Designing and decorating a home office is different than the rest of your home. Youíll have to create a balance between being comfortable and but also uncluttered. You want to give it your personal touch, but at the same time avoid filling it up with distractions. Finally, youíll have to think about your personal requirements for a home office. Will it be used often enough to merit a dedicated room in your house? Or can your office items fit right into your bedroom, opening up space for things like childrenís play rooms and spare bedrooms.

The bare necessities

There are a few things that nearly all home offices will have in common. Weíre talking desks, organizers, office supplies, etc. However, itís easy to get carried away with file organizers or containers filled with 10 different sizes of multicolored paperclips. One of the benefits of cloud computing and paperless billing is that all of your important paperwork can usually now fit in one small folder.

So, before you start picking out organizers, go through your important papers and find out what you can shred and what needs to be saved. Tools like Google Drive allow you to scan documents right with your smartphone camera and store them safely and securely in the cloud. That means fewer papers and less money spent on organizers and staplers that will just clutter your desk.

What kind of worker are you?

A hard one, Iím sure--but what type of environment helps you be the most productive? Are you better off tucked away in a dark corner surrounded by pillows and blankets, or do you work best in a well-lit room sitting upright at a clear desk.

Before you start decorating and arranging furniture in your office, take into account your needs. Thereís no use spending money on a large wooden desk if you work better curled up on the couch.

If you fall asleep and lose focus in the dark, consider arranging your desk next to a window or even purchasing a UV light for rainy days or dark nights. These will help you stay refreshed and alert to tackle whatever tasks you have before you.

Use space wisely

If you have a lot of items to store, consider a desk with drawers or a cart that you can push out of the way. This will help you from letting your desk get overcrowded.

When it comes to furniture, shop modular. Space-saving furniture can make a world of difference in a home office, which tend to be one of the smaller rooms in your home. Cube bookcases that let you choose a size are excellent for home offices because you can buy only as many as you need. You can always add more cubes later on.

Similarly, desks can also be modular and adjustable. One great option for home offices is a wall-mounted fold up desk. This will allow you to open up the room when youíre not using the desk if your office doubles as a home fitness room.





Posted by Upper Cape Realty on 9/30/2017


20 Ridgehill Lane, Bourne, MA 02562

Single-Family

$599,000
Price

7
Rooms
3
Beds
2/1
Full/Half Baths
Olde Cape Cod at Sagamore Beach! Its why you want to live by the coast. Stroll on the Beach, Bike and Fish on the Canal and enjoy the shopping and dining in Plymouth Village just minutes away. This is a truly a special new home by Ladd Homes located in the Open Space Community of Cape Sagamore. "The Gambrel" offers over 2300 square feet, first floor living with an open floor plan, lots of windows and light, gleaming hardwood floors, gas fireplace, super kitchen pantry, first floor master with zero entry luxury shower, first floor laundry room and much more. Construction by a builder who always has an eye on the details that matter. Beautiful expanses of open space, limited restrictive covenants w/all the amenities built right into the area, just a stroll to tennis & park & beach.
Open House
No scheduled Open Houses






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