Monday, March 18, 2019

The No. 1 Thing Millennials Hate About Their Home Is Not What You'd Expect


Life is full of regrets, from the risks you never took to the fashion choices you unfortunately made (shoulder pads, really?). But for many millennial homeowners, their biggest regrets may have to do with the homes they've purchased.

According to a recent survey by Bankrate.com, 63% of millennial homeowners feel buyer's remorse when it comes to their current home purchase. In fact, millennials (meaning those in the 23–38 age range) are more inclined to regret their home purchase than any other age group, and nearly double the percentage of baby boomers (35%) who say they have regrets.
So what exactly do millennials hate about their homes? The most common regret from all respondents is underestimating the costs of maintenance and repairs, with one-quarter of millennial homeowners noting that this was their biggest pain point.

A lot of folks don’t realize how much it costs to repair and replace items. They're used to picking up the phone and having a landlord or maintenance company come fix it," says Deborah Kearns, a Bankrate mortgage reporter and author of the survey. "It can be a real shock to the wallet."
Bankrate commissioned YouGov Plc to conduct the online survey of 2,668 adults, including 1,493 homeowners, from Jan. 30 to Feb. 1.

Other regrets that homeowners reported included size and location—many say they bought a house a little too cozy (12%), too big (5%), or in a bad area (8%). Homeowners are also kicking themselves for poor financial decisions, with 7% of respondents lamenting a poor investment and having high monthly mortgage payments.

So what exactly can potential homeowners do to prevent home buyer's remorse down the road?
How to avoid home buyer's remorse

Once you've finally picked out your dream home, it's tempting to sign the papers as quickly as possible to get those keys and move in. But not so fast: Getting a home inspection is a crucial step that can save homeowners from future remorse, Kearns notes.

"The entry-level price range is competitive, and some buyers will skip a home inspection contingency to make their offer more competitive," she says. "But this is a huge mistake."
A home inspection will help buyers understand exactly what they are about to acquire. An inspector may unveil issues in the home that are not noticeable to the naked eye, like electrical issues or mold, and this can save a homeowner a pretty penny.


Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Patriots' Day in Lexington 2019 is the 244th Anniversary of the Battle of Lexington



The Battle of Lexington is commemorated every year on the third Monday in April. The highlight is a historical reenactment of the battle that pays tribute to those patriots who first fell on the Lexington Green on the morning of April 19, 1775. It is performed by members of the Lexington Minute Men Company and His Majesty's Tenth Regiment of Foot.

We are currently looking for event sponsors, parade ambassadors* and applications to participate in the parade.

Current Schedule of Events but check back often as this will change!

Parade Ambassadors are community volunteers who carry a sponsor’s banner in front of a marching unit during the afternoon parade.  As Parade Ambassador, you are part of one of the Town’s most important traditions.

Parade Ambassadors assemble on Patriots' Day at the East Lexington Fire Station at 1:15 PM.. Members of the Celebrations Committee greet you, assign you to a team (if you are not already part of a team), give you your banner, and escort you to your place in the parade lineup.
You are expected to complete the entire 2.5 mile parade route which takes approximately 1 to 2 hours start to finish, depending on your placement in the lineup.
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Thursday, March 7, 2019

Net Worth of Lexington MA Homeowners

Lexington MA Homeownership Perks
There are numerous perks to being a Lexington MA homeowner, both financial and non-financial, that are worth discussing. But as your Lexington MA real estate agent, there is one I’d like to talk about today.

That is net worth. The Joint Center for Housing Studies at Harvard University found that the net worth of homeowners over the age of 65 was 47.5 times greater than that of renters of the same age group. That’s huge!

If you buy your home before the age of 36, you may own your home by the age of 65. Even if you’re still making mortgage payments, you will have the net worth of your home and the equity you have gained. Renters find it harder to accrue net worth over time, as rent prices continually increase.

When ready to buy a home in the Lexington MA real estate market and invest in your future, contact me, your Lexington MA real estate agent! Let’s make homeownership happen for you!

Theresa D'Antuono

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

LexArt: Spring Classes and Workshop Sign-ups


Join with our local and nationally known, expert art instructors as they focus on improving artistic skills at all levels from the beginner to the advanced.  Learn traditional and contemporary techniques in a relaxed and inspiring atmosphere.

Our Winter/ Spring program includes many offerings: Wildlife Painting for adults, Scarves to Dye For, mixed Media Embroidery, Making Wax Models, Concrete and Mixed media, Pastel Painting, Air Brushing, Bird Carving, Ceramics, Teen Pottery, Metal Clay, Enameling, Digital Photography, Polymer Clay/Beading, Open Figure Drawing Class and Introduction to Machine Woodworking.
Classes fill up quickly. Call 781-862-9696 • www.Lexart.org for a detailed listing of all classes & fees.

30 Waltham Street, Lexington MA 02421
Office Hours:  M-F 9am-4pm
Office - enter at 3rd side door off parking lot

LexArt, the Lexington Arts and Crafts Society, was founded in 1935.  We are a 501(c)(3) non-profit regional education center dedicated  to the preservation and promotion of 
excellence in both the traditional and contemporary arts and crafts. We hold a variety of exciting exhibits in our Parsons Gallery year-round, featuring the works of our members,  invited artists and groups, as well as collaborative  exhibits and events.

We offer a full schedule of classes and workshops at reasonable rates, for Adults and Teens, year-round (days, evenings and weekends), all levels, which are open to members and the public. 

Junior Membership (ages 12-18) is for the purpose of taking classes.

Scholarships are available to graduating seniors from Lexington High School, and we provide continuing support to scholarship recipients in furthering their art careers at accredited art institutions.

      Give us a call anytime, or just stop by.
           Visitors are always welcome.

LexArt Office   781-862-9696   lacs.lexington@verizon.net


Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Culinary Workshop at Wilson Farm


Culinary Workshop with
Chef Raymond Ost


Wednesday, February 27th, 2019 • 6pm - 8pm 

Our Executive and French Master Chef Raymond Ost is leading his second cooking demo of the year: The class is $50 per person, and includes hands-on direction (yes, YOU will be cooking!) from Chef Ost and his team. RSVP is required and space is limited. Call 781-862-3900 now to register!

Menu Includes:
  • Appetizer - Saffron Mussels Veloute with Anise Star
  • Main Course - Fresh Halibut Wellington with a Shallot Riesling Sauce and Fresh Asparagus Bundle
  • Dessert - Blueberry & Raspberry Mille-Feuille with Chocolate Drizzle

Upcoming Event

Farmer's Breakfast
March 9th & 10th • 10am - 2pm •
Join us for our annual Farmer's Breakfast on March 9th & 10th from 10am - 2pm . Some of our incredible vendors and our own bakery & kitchen will be preparing a delicious breakfast array for you and your family to enjoy.



Monday, February 11, 2019

Learn to Dance with your Valentine!


Keep the Valentine romance going! Join db studios for a night out with your love! Our Valentine's Dance will be held on February 15th from 8:15 pm - 10:00 pm! The evening will consist of a beginner Tango class, champagne, chocolate treats, and social dancing. No dance experience needed, spend an evening learning something new and connecting with your loved one. It's the perfect date night, $20 per person. 

RSVP by emailing: kendall@dancingbuns.com
442 Marrett Road | Lexington, MA | 02421

Also check out our youth and wedding first dance classes as well as adult ballroom classes and many other dance styles. Visit http://www.dance-ballroom.com/ for more information.


Friday, February 8, 2019

Decluttering Tips for Lexington, MA Homeowners

As Lexington MA homeowners, we tend to keep more than we need! Decluttering is smart for everyone, but essential for home sellers. As your Lexington real estate agent, allow me to share a few tips with you!

Mario Kondo’s KonMari Method of Tidying Up has gained a lot of attention among those watching her Netflix series. Even if you don't have Netflix, you can follow her tips:

1.  Tidy up by category, not location. Start with clothes, then move to books, papers, miscellaneous, and finally, sentimental.
2.  Keep the things that speak to your heart and bring you joy. Discard the ones that no longer spark joy. She says to thank them for their service, then let them go.
3.  Think of decluttering as creating an environment that improves the quality of your life, rather than just “getting rid of stuff.”

If you’re selling your Lexington home, think of it also as a way to attract buyers and to get a fast sale! When ready to accomplish your Lexington real estate market goals, contact me, your Lexington MA real estate agent!

Theresa D'Antuono

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Lexington Homeowners: Beware of Utility Scams


As we make our way through the winter season, utility companies want customers to be reminded about common utility scams. According to Utilities United Against Scams (UUAS), a growing number of gas, electricity, water and communications consumers are getting calls and visits from imposters out to steal personal and financial data.

A common utility con involves a caller posing as a utility billing representative claiming that you have an overdue bill, and in order to avoid an immediate shut-off, you must provide a credit card number or prepaid debit card.

Sadly, scammers are meeting with great success using this tactic. According to the Better Business Bureau (BBB), the median loss for a utility scam victim is $500.

Here are a few reminders to keep yourself and your data protected:
  • All UUAS-affiliated utility employees carry photo identification.
  • Field workers generally wear clothing with the company logo and drive company vehicles. When in doubt, do not allow them in - and if they persist, call 911.
  • UUAS utility representatives never demand instant payment in person or over the phone.
  • Utility representatives do not require the use of prepaid debit cards (such as Green Dot MoneyPak, MyVanilla or Reloadit).
  • Utility workers will never request customers meet them at a payment center, such as a department or grocery store, to make a payment.


The Utilities United Against Scams website provides more information on how to protect personal information and avoid becoming a victim of utility scams. Stay warm, safe and protected Lexington.



Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Top 10 New Years Resolutions


OK Lexington, now that the new year is a few weeks old, what resolutions have you kept? Making New Year's resolutions is a time-honored tradition all around the world. We all hope for a better future--especially when the year we're leaving behind has been a tough one.
According to research on the topic, about 60 percent of us admit that we make New Year's resolutions but only about 8 percent of us are successful in achieving them. Regardless of whether we achieved our previous resolutions, most of us go right ahead and make a new set of resolutions -- hoping for the best.

Here are a few more interesting facts about New Year's resolutions:
Saving money is one of the top five New Year's resolutions and also in the top five for most commonly failed.

Over half of respondents said they fail their resolution before January 31.

Women make health-focused resolutions while men pledge to find a new job and lay off the alcohol.
So, what are we all wishing for in 2019? Here are the top 10 New Year's resolutions according to a survey of 2,000 people:

1. Diet or eat healthier (71 percent)
2. Exercise more (65 percent)
3. Lose weight (54 percent)
4. Save more and spend less (32 percent)
5. Learn a new skill or hobby (26 percent)
6. Quit smoking (21 percent)
7. Read more (17 percent)
8. Find another job (16 percent)
9. Drink less alcohol (15 percent)
10. Spend more time with family and friends (13 percent)

Are any of these resolutions on your own personal list? Who knows -- this just might be the year that you achieve every goal you set for yourself. Here's to a New Year filled with much success and happiness.


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Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Lexington’s 6th Annual MLK Day of Service

Monday January 21 from 9:00am-4:00pm

Join us as we unite Lexington and adjacent towns’ communities in reflection and celebration of Dr. King’s legacy. Social action, educational events, opportunities for meaningful conversations and much more are part of a full day of activities. So take an uplifting and impactful break from your ski day and participate in any of the various family-friendly volunteer activities to serve those less fortunate. For additional information and to sign up to volunteer, visit http://www.lexingtonmlk.org/.







Here’s a list of events you can participate in, reflect on, and be inspired by:

9–10:30 a.m. at Grace Chapel –Lexington Human Rights Committee and Lexington Interfaith Clergy Association sponsor a Community Dialogue focusing on Dismantling White Privilege and Institutional Racism in Lexington and Beyond: the 400-year Struggle for Racial Justice. Join teens and adults as they talk about how they’ve encountered or combatted White Privilege and Institutional Racism in our community. There will also be an opportunity to strategize on how to build a more racially equitable community.

11 a.m. Unity Walk from the Lexington Battle Green to Cary Hall. Come and join our community in this fun and symbolic show of unity and solidarity in the name of equality and social justice.
11:15 a.m. at Cary Hall Commemoration Program and Musical Performances – Brief and uplifting performances by Lexington literary performer Regie O’Hare Gibson and the In His Words song and spoken word ensemble, Lexington Student winning essay readings and the Special Needs Arts Program (SNAP) Sing Along Chorus. 

Volunteer activities you can sign up for on the MLK Day of Service website:
9 a.m. –3 p.m. Charitable Donation Drop-offs, at Grace Chapel, 59 Worthen Road, Lexington. Donate non-perishable food items, new toys, books, DVDs, CDs, video games and other media, gently-worn kids clothing (winter layers for kids preferred), well-preserved used toys, and monetary donations.
10 a.m. –12 p.m. Cradles to Crayons Task Force, at 155 North Beacon Street, Brighton, MA. Organize, distribute, clean/prep goods for reaching families in need in Boston area (Brighton warehouse).

10 a.m. – 12 p.m. Sand for Seniors activities around Lexington (weather permitting). Help our senior citizens be safe during the winter season by delivering buckets of Sand for Seniors for winter driveways and walkways.

1-3 p.m. Wood Furniture Donation for MA Coalition for the Homeless at St. Brigid Church basement, 2001 Mass Ave., Lexington. Donate used all-wood furniture like dressers/bureaus, night tables, end tables, coffee tables, kitchen tables with chairs, and bookshelves and help the homeless get a home.

1–3:30 p.m. YMCA Community Day and Free Clothes Boutique Donations at Waltham YMCA, 725 Lexington St, Waltham. Program of activities for children and adults (games, sports, reading, Zumba, story time, swimming, etc.) including lunch and also accepting donations of gently used clothes and shoes for all ages.

1–4 p.m. Fleece Blanket and Scarf Making at Grace Chapel (Gym), 59 Worthen Road, Lexington. Family-friendly activity making warm fleece items with a strongly-encouraged $10 donation per blanket and $5 for scarf + hat is suggested to cover cost.
1–4 p.m. Card-Making at Lexington Montessori School, 130 Pleasant Street, Lexington. Hand craft greeting cards for underserved populations and enjoying performances by the Music Makes Me Happy Chorus.

1:30-3:30 p.m. Gathering for Lexington Seniors: Honoring His Legacy, Continuing His Message of Sharing at Brookhaven, 1010 Waltham Street, Lexington, MA. Lexington senior residents are invited for music, refreshments, and reflections on what Martin Luther King means to us personally and to our nation. Guests are asked to bring donations of new, unused items include household cleaning and hygiene products, full-sized bed sheets, coffee mugs, gift cards, art and decor for apartments, or a check made payable to “Bedford Place LLC” with “Veteran Programming” in the memo line.

1:30–3:30 p.m. Making Birthday Party Kits for Homeless Children with Seniors + BINGO! at Waltham Crossing 126 Smith St. Waltham. Join senior residents of Waltham Crossing in preparing birthday party supply kits for homeless children in a family-friendly environment with musical performance by Music Makes Me Happy Chorus.

2–4 p.m. Cookie Decorating and Winter Donation Drop-off for Youth On Fire at First Parish in Lexington, 7 Harrington Road, Lexington. Decorate cookies and donate winter wear, public transport Charlie Cards (to help youth get services), gift cards and fresh produce for homeless LGBTQ+ youth. Sort and prepare donations for the shelter. Beverages, human treats, dog treats, and raffle tickets available for purchase.

Contact: Pat Costello   781-862-6435   pecostello@verizon.net