Posted by Northeast Signature Properties, LLC on 6/1/2020

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Did you know that the terraced retaining walls that were built by the Incas at Machu Picchu date all the way back to the 15th century? There’s a reason that classic landscape design elements like the dry-stacked wall have endured for centuries. Not only do they look great, but they are designed to stand the test of time against harsh weather, earthquakes and centuries of use.  Dry-stacked walls are a good choice for any property and are versatile enough to perfectly fit in with any style. Keep reading to learn more about why we love dry-stacked walls and how you can utilize them in your landscape design.

How Do Dry-Stacked Walls Work?

Essentially, a dry-stacked wall is any outdoor stone wall that has been built without mortar to bind the stones together. This technique is ideal for retaining walls and freestanding accent walls. Not only are these walls incredibly strong thanks to interlocking construction, but they also can stretch and bend with the landscape because they are made without the use of mortar. This flexibility helps the walls to easily go along with the natural movement of the land during changes in temperature—particularly during the warmer months and times of continued frost. Because of this adaptability, dry-stacked walls don’t require a conventional foundation that must be set deep below the frost line.

Affordability

Additional benefits of investing in a dry-stacked stone wall include:

  • Natural Permeability — Water is able to freely pass through the mortar-less joints of a dry-stacked stone wall. This natural permeability helps to alleviate the need to invest in an additional drainage system, saving homeowners from having to divert water away from the wall to relieve pressure.
  • Longevity — Freely stacked stone walls are designed to allow for natural expansion and contraction. Therefore, this type of wall is much less susceptible to normal shifting and cracking that you might find with a traditional retaining wall. Ideally, your dry-stacked stone wall should look attractive and maintain its structural integrity for many years to come once construction is completed.
  • Variety — You can be creative as you’d like when building a dry-stacked wall. Whether you prefer round stones, river rocks or flat stones—there’s a stone material available to suit any design aesthetic. However, keep in mind that different stone materials are known for being easier to work with than others. For example, flat stone is typically the fastest and easiest option, while stones with rounded edges require more careful planning.

In addition to being attractive and versatile, dry-stacked walls can be created from a variety of materials. Typically, building a dry-stacked wall will cost homeowners anywhere from $65 to $100 per square foot, including all materials and labor. However, for those interested in an especially deep dry-stacked wall, the costs can climb. Working with an experienced landscape construction team can help to prevent costs from going outside your budget and allow you to enjoy peace of mind with a durable and long-lasting retaining wall.




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Posted by Northeast Signature Properties, LLC on 5/29/2020

This Single-Family in Norton, MA recently sold for $897,000. This Colonial style home was sold by - Northeast Signature Properties, LLC.


141 Pine Street, Norton, MA 02766

Single-Family

$950,000
Price
$897,000
Sale Price

11
Rooms
4
Beds
3/1
Full/Half Baths
Private Living on Estate like Setting w/Gorgeous Water Views of Pond & Island. This home has it ALL! Stunning open 2 Story Foyer adorned by Decorative Moldings. No Detail Spared in the Family Room featuring Coffered Ceiling, FP, JVC Projector w/auto drop Screen & Surround Sound plus an Impressive Water View from Wall of Windows. 1st Floor also offers a Formal Dining Rm w/Decorative Crown Molding, Distinctive Office w/ built-ins, Laundry Rm, Den w/Custom Crown Molding & Kitchen w/Pretty View of the Water. Retreat to Large Master Suite w/Decorative Tray Ceiling, Walk in Closet, Full Bath w/Jacuzzi & Fantastic Water View. Generous Walk in Closets in the Bedrooms along w/Hollywood style Baths. Media Room w/Fireplace in Walk out Finished Lower Level. Additional Amenities include Lutron Homeworks Lighting Control System, Whole House Generator & 2 Separate Outbuildings: Wood Peg Post & Beam Barn & 1,450sqft Detached Heated Garage w/Tall Bay, Office, RV or Boat Storage & SO Much More!

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Posted by Northeast Signature Properties, LLC on 5/25/2020

You will love the, almost 3 acre, park-like setting of this bright and fresh 3 bedroom home, set in one of Holliston's scenic neighborhoods. Skylights, vaulted ceilings and gleaming hardwoods give this home a contemporary flair with an abundance of sunlight. Relax and enjoy the gorgeous views and wildlife from the back deck while drinking your morning coffee or grilling. Fresh paint throughout. Updated bathrooms. Newer appliances in the kitchen. 2 car garage. SHOWINGS START THURSDAY 5/28/2020.

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Posted by Northeast Signature Properties, LLC on 5/25/2020


45 Bullard St, Holliston, MA 01746

Single-Family

$515,000
Price

8
Rooms
3
Beds
2
Baths
You will love the, almost 3 acre, park-like setting of this bright and fresh 3 bedroom home, set in one of Holliston's scenic neighborhoods. Skylights, vaulted ceilings and gleaming hardwoods give this home a contemporary flair with an abundance of sunlight. Relax and enjoy the gorgeous views and wildlife from the back deck while drinking your morning coffee or grilling. Fresh paint throughout. Updated bathrooms. Newer appliances in the kitchen. 2 car garage. SHOWINGS START THURSDAY 5/28/2020.
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No scheduled Open Houses

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Posted by Northeast Signature Properties, LLC on 5/25/2020

Saving for a down payment on a home is a long process that requires discipline and organization. But we all know that with so many other things going on in our lives it can be hard to spend enough time focusing on your budget.

Fortunately, there are several tools available to soon-to-be homeowners who want to keep track of their spending and make sure they meet their down payment goals. In this article, we’re going to talk about some of the best budgeting apps, websites, and other tools to help you keep yourself accountable so you can be living in your new home as soon as possible.

Why budget for a down payment?

If you’ve saved money in the past for a purchase without a budget you might be wondering why you should go through the effort of creating one now.

However, there are many reasons to have a budget, especially if you’re planning on making an investment as large as a home. Here are just a few:

  • Keeping an accurate budget will let you know almost exactly how much you can expect to save for a down payment

  • Budgeting helps you locate and cut out expenses that would be better used in your savings account

  • Budgeting will give you peace of mind along the road to saving for your down payment

Now that we’ve talked about the importance of making a budget, let’s talk about some of the best ways to get it done.

YNAB

You Need a Budget, often shortened to YNAB, is one of the most useful tools for learning about and creating a budget. I don’t know about you, but I was never formally taught how to budget in school. But, it would have been a useful class to have!

YNAB combines budgeting tools with educational materials to help you save while you learn more about managing money. It can be easy to feel lost when it comes to learning about personal finance--that’s what makes YNAB so great.

Their basic precept is that you “give every dollar a job,” meaning there won’t be any money in any of your accounts or in your paycheck that doesn’t have a purpose. That doesn’t mean you can’t spend money on yourself every once in awhile, just that you’ll have planned ahead for moments so you can manage them.

You Need A Budget is available for Apple, Android, on Alexa and in your browser.

Saving with your spouse

Planning a budget yourself is complicated as it is. But planning together with a spouse can be even more confusing. However, there are ways to effectively make a family budget to save for a down payment.

First, you should both make sure you have individual budgets to make sure you know how much money from each of your incomes can go into savings. Opening a joint savings account and having a certain percentage of your paycheck direct deposited into that account is a good place to start.


From there, monitor your savings for a month to see if you need to alter this number, and try to stick to your monthly savings goal.




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