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We came across a neat way to repurpose pipe insulation into a door draft guard, courtesy of LifeHacker.com. This DIY draft guard can be made for less than $1.50 per door, which is just a fraction of the cost of the Twin Draft Guard as seen on TV. Check it out on Lifehacker.com.
Ward 1 Councilor Margaret LaForest speaks at Red Door Real Estate event for local real estate agents
Quincy, MA – (November 17, 2011) Ward 1 City Councilor Margaret LaForest stopped by Red Door Real Estate today to speak to local real estate agents. Margaret was invited to speak on topics ranging from blithe properties to revitalization projects throughout Quincy and Ward 1. With so much attention on the redevelopment of downtown Margaret feels it is important to inform locals of additional projects helping to revitalize Quincy, which may be overlooked.
As Margaret addressed the crowd she joked about getting interested in politics many years ago when helping the campaign to elect Madelene Cheney’s father in-law Michael Cheney, former Ward 1 City Councilor and Councilor and Large for Quincy. Local agents were impressed by Margaret’s enthusiasm for our city and were able to take away a better understanding for all that our city has to offer.
For more information on Margaret LaForest check out her website MargaretLaforest.com.
Living in Quincy MA there is a great deal of history around town that may be overlooked. Many residents may not even be aware that there are many homes in the area are listed in the national historic registry. 15-17 Phipps Street is one of those properties. The home is located off Franklin Street which houses the birthplace of two presents John Adams and John Quincy Adams, making this home part of the Adams Birthplace Local Historic District. 15-17 Phipps Street was built by Daniel W Baxter and remained in the Baxter Family until 1923. The Baxter Family was prominent farmers in the area and the land surrounding Phipps Street was once surrounded by apple and cherry orchards.
The new downtown development in Quincy Center is an exciting boost to our local infrastructure. This historic downtown revitalization is the biggest redevelopment project in the US with a $1.6 billion commitment. Our downtown revitalization has locals questioning exactly what is going where. Thanks to Street Works and Boston.com, we can now get an interactive bird’s eye view of the project. This map gives you an idea of what’s coming and what’s going. Many downtown buildings have already been torn down to make way for more green space and parking. So what buildings are next to go. Click on this interactive map of Quincy Center and Hancock Street Quincy to what is going on.
Whether you are looking to remodel your current home or planning on buying a fixer upper, it is important to estimate the cost of the home renovation project you are undertaking. With so many foreclosures, short sales and REO properties on the market there is a great opportunity for a buyer to purchase their dream home at a discount. The down fall is that typically bank owned properties have been neglected and need some work. Thanks to rehab loans such as the FHA 203K loan, buyers can even roll the cost of the repairs and renovations into their home mortgage. Regardless, knowing the costs of the repairs is imperative. There are a few online tools that can assist you in estimating the cost of your home renovations.