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Confidential Document Shredding Day

by Papineau Partners

Do you have more sensitive documents than your home shredder can handle? Concerned about confidential documents and the security of your personal information?

The town of North Andoverwill be hosting a Confidential Document Shredding Day on Saturday November 12, from 9am to noon and the DPW offices. This is located at 382 Osgood St. The first box that is the size of a box of copy paper is free. Other boxes are $5 per box. A1 Datashred and their equipment will be handling all shredding.

What a great way to recycle and work towards the town goal of "reducing, reusing and recycling". Check out the website that the Sustainability Committee supports. www.townofNorthAndover.com/recycle.

Discover these 12 Hidden Costs Before Buying Your Andover Home

by Papineau Partners

This summer is still a great time to buy a home in Andover as we see low mortgage rates and homes ideally priced on the Andover Real Estate market.  As Andover Real Estate agents, we’ve seen the market continue its upswing towards full recovery and many are opting to buy now before home prices rise.

 

If you are considering buying an Andover home soon; there may be a few hidden costs that are easy to overlook; especially if you’re a first time home buyer.  We wanted to point these 12 hidden costs out to you so that there are no surprises as you venture through the home buying process

 

1. Home Inspection- It is a great idea to hire a professional to inspect a home before you purchase as they can bring your attention to any major or long term issues.  Let us know if you need a recommendation for an Andover home inspector;  we’d be happy to help!

 

2. Pest Inspection- Buyers should consider having the wood of the home inspected for termites or other wood-destroying bugs. These inspections can run between $50-$200, but can save your home from further damage and larger costs.

 

3. Appraisal Fees- Before a purchase, your home must be inspected by a professional real estate appraiser as this helps lenders determine the amount of money to lend borrowers.

 

4. Closing Costs- At the final closing meeting in which you sign all documents, you should be prepared to pay closing costs which can be a few thousand dollars. These fees include processing fees, underwriting fees, recording, survey and title insurance fees. Many buyers roll these fees into their offer on the home and can be discussed with the seller and the participating agents. 

 

5. Moving Expenses- Unless you are moving down the street, you will have to be prepared for moving expenses such as renting movers, a moving truck, and any possible shipping costs depending on how far you are moving.

 

6. Furniture- You may come to realize that in buying a bigger home, you’ll have space to fill.  Buying additional furniture is an expense that can oftentimes be overlooked, but can be necessary in moving to your new Andover home

 

7. Property taxes and homeowners insurance- First time home buyers should be aware that your monthly bill will not only include the loan amount plus interest, but also the property taxes and premiums for homeowners insurance, which all mortgage borrowers are required to obtain.

 

8. Supplemental insurance- Buyers who are purchasing a home in a flood zone may have to buy supplemental insurance. There are tools online to help determine if your home is in a flood zone or we can discuss this as you view the homes in the Andover area that interest you. 

 

9. Homeowners association fees- There are many great neighborhoods and condos in Andover and the surrounding areas, some of which will have a monthly HOA fee. While you may not be keen on paying this additional cost, oftentimes it covers items such as trash removal, landscaping, or even golf fees. 

 

10. Utilities- These costs vary from city to city so it’s always good to expect to see a difference in monthly bills. We can help answer questions on the average costs of utilities in the Andover area!

 

11. Ongoing maintenance- You may love the thought of a large backyard, but keeping in mind the cost of maintaining your yard or garden. If you are buying your first home you may not have all of the tools such as a hedge trimmer or lawn mower to keep your Andover yard looking fresh. Also keep in mind any type of exterior or interior maintenance you noticed about your new home and factor in the additional costs.

 

12. Repairs- Covering all repairs tends to be one of the larger transitional points for those first time home owners.  It’s wise to set aside a small amount each month to ensure that if additional repairs are required, the funds are already in place to cover the extra expense.

 

As you think through the costs of home ownership and prepare for this big step in your life; we hope these tips will help you along the way.  If you haven’t started your Andover home search yet, or have questions about the Andover Real Estate market; we’d love to help!  Please don’t hesitate to contact us at any time with your questions or to get started.

 

We hope to hear from you soon!


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5 Myths To Be Aware of Before Buying Your First Andover Home!

by Papineau Partners

Buying a home in Andover is an exciting time as you imagine what your new home will look like and, if you’re relocating, all that Andover has to offer.  First time home buyers enter the Andover Real Estate market with not only a sense of excitement, but some anxious anticipation of what the home buying experience will entail.

 

As Andover Real Estate agents, we enjoy working with those looking to buy their first home and, as with any client, will walk with them through each step of the process.  While daydreams of the ideal home consume a first time home buyers thoughts, we always try to provide a realistic approach so that buyers know what to expect.  Below are five myths that many first time homebuyers hear that you’ll want to be aware of before you begin!

 

Myth #1- You’ll Find the Perfect Home- It’s easy to see visions of your ideal home when you begin thinking about buying your first Andover home.  And, while it’s good to have a list of things you’re set on having in your home; being flexible is key.  You most likely will not find a home with everything that you have on your wish list, and that’s okay! 

 

Myth #2- The House has to “Speak” to You- It’s common for first time home buyers to think that a home will grab your attention from the moment you step foot in the door- it will just feel like it’s speaking to you.  There are times that walking into a home, you’ll love the décor and the furniture that’s currently in the home and that may be the thing that’s grabbing your attention.  Remember to look past the current owner’s personal touches to the actual flow and features of the Andover home.  Alternatively, don’t write off a home on first sight because you don’t like the current style.  Things like paint and even flooring can be changed.  Look beyond the surface!

 

Myth #3- Never Buy a Home with An Old Furnace- While an old furnace can be a pain to fix or even replace, disregarding a home for this issue alone is not necessary although this myth is often believed.  Buying a lower priced home with a faulty furnace that needs to be replaced can be a better choice than buying a more expensive home in which the furnace does not need to be replaced. Of course you want to be aware of other issues with older homes such as wiring and plumbing; which can become very costly.  The bottom line is to weigh the pros and cons and don’t focus too heavily on those things that can be changed if the price of the home is right!

 

Myth #4- You Should Buy a Home You Can Grow Into- Planning ahead for the future is wise, and if you’re considering having a family, you may think you need a four bedroom home now.  However, what happens if an unexpected move or job transfer arises or circumstances change?  You may know that you plan on living in Andover for the rest of your life; which is great!  The idea is to simply think through your goals for the future, as well as what you can afford for right now.  If you can’t afford a large home right now, don’t worry.  You’d rather have a smaller home now and be able to live without the stress of a major financial burden.

 

Myth #5- You Have to Win in the Negotiation- First time home buyers feel that in order to “win” a negotiation; they have to have the final word.  There can be a lot of back and forth between you and the seller, and it may be easy to want to fight for the refrigerator or minor repairs to be made.  But, you don’t want to get so emotionally involved with “winning” that you lose sight of the big picture. Buying a home in Andover is a business transaction, so it’s best to keep your emotions out off the table.

 

We hope that by highlighting and explaining a few of these myths that you’ll have a better understanding of what you can expect when buying your first home in Andover.  As always, if you have any questions, we’re here to help and would be happy talk with you about the Andover Real Estate market

 

We look forward to hearing from you!


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Exciting Events This Weekend in North Andover!

by Papineau Partners

One of our favorite things about living in North Andover is that there is always something happening in the community. After working tirelessly all week, North Andover residents deserve a weekend where they can kick back and relax at a wine tasting event or enjoy some quality family time at a festival. As Andover area real estate agents, not only do we have a wealth of information about the Andover real estate market, but we are also aware that there are plenty of events happening nearby that will definitely get you excited about summer and the quickly approaching weekend!

Windrush Farms Family Festival: Saturday, June 4th, 10am - 4pm
Windrush Farms is an organization that is dedicated to teaching disabled children and adults how to ride horses, while instilling the tenets of compassion, integrity, and excellence into the hearts of all who participate. You and your whole family will have a wonderful day of fun at the Family Festival, which will feature arts and crafts, live music, pony rides, barnyard animal exhibits, a $1,000 cash raffle, and much more! There is a $5 parking fee, and about $7,000 of the proceeds from this event will help support Windrush Farms’ disabled riders. For more information on the Family Festival, visit Windrush Farms’ official website.

Wine ConneXtion - Big Bold Chardonnays: Saturday, June 4th, 2011, 12pm - 5pm
On Saturday, Wine ConneXtion is the place to be if you enjoy white wines from California, Meursault, and Puligny-Montrachet. At this wine tasting, you will appreciate and enjoy the diverse wine selections available from different regions. Whether you are a wine connoisseur or a casual celebrator, you will love the French and American Chardonnays and White Burgundy selections available. For additional information on this event, visit the Wine ConneXtion's "Events" page.

Gallery Opening - Simply Trashing: Saturday, June 4th, 2011, 5pm - 7pm
For fine art enthusiasts of all ages, the Simply Trashing gallery opening is the perfect source for your Saturday evening entertainment. Located near the North Andover area, Simply Trashing is described as an independent interactive art study which explores material recycling. The art work by Jennifer Casey will be on display all month. Admission is free, and the art will be for sale. Because this is a catered event, RSVPs are encouraged. For more information and directions, visit Sweet Paisley Productions website.

National Doughnut Day at Smolak Farms: Saturday, June 4th - Sunday, June 5th, 9am - 1 pm
Officially established in 1938 by the Chicago Salvation Army, National Doughnut Day honors the dedication of all World War I Salvation Army volunteers who provided encouragement and provisions to our soldiers. To commemorate the day in the beautiful community of North Andover, we encourage you and the whole family to head over to Smolak Farms this weekend for free hayrides and, of course, plenty of doughnut decorating and dunking! To find out more about the event and the history of National Doughnut Day, visit the Smolak Farms website.

With so many events happening in the North Andover area, it is always a pleasure living in Andover. So, whether you are selling an Andover home or hoping to relocate to Andover, we will be able to help you with any transition you’d like to make. This community has much to offer, and as Andover real estate agents, we would be honored to have you contact us with any questions you may have.

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Celebrate Memorial Day This Weekend in Andover!

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This weekend, we welcome you to join us in celebrating Memorial Day weekend in Andover. As Andover real estate agents, we know that you will appreciate the historical significance of the city and the surrounding North Andover area. During the long weekend, we encourage you to get together with family and friends. Most of all, we also hope that you will observe this holiday which celebrates the lives of the men and women who have dedicated themselves to serving our country and preserving our freedom. As you plan your weekend, we encourage you to fit some of these ideas into your Memorial Day weekend in Andover:

Memorial Day Parade: The North Andover area is the perfect place to be on Memorial Day, because you are surrounded by the historical and cultural significance of America. Honor our country’s heroes this weekend at the Memorial Day Parade in Somerville, MA. Ceremonies begin at 8:00am at the American Legion Post #19, at 124 Highland Avenue. Ceremonies conclude with the largest Memorial Day Parade in the region, which kicks off at 1:00pm from Somerville City Hall Concourse. The parade ends at Veterans’ Memorial Cemetery, where you and your family are encouraged to leave flowers in memory of our fallen veterans. For more information on this event, visit the Somerville, MA website.

Fly a Flag: It is common for many to display the American Flag on Memorial Day, but you can also showcase a POW or MIA flag outside of your Andover home. Although these flags are not as common, they are completely appropriate for the occasion.

Have a Barbeque or Party: Since this weekend usually gets everyone geared up for summer, a party would be a fun way to celebrate Memorial Day and the warm weather! Be sure to stock up on plenty of red, white, and blue plates and cups, and look for some festive American Flag napkins and table centerpieces. A few matching streamers and balloons are simple ways to spruce up your Andover home for the occasion, and you can challenge your guests to wear patriotic colors in honor of our country’s heroes.

Help a Local Veteran: If you know of veterans in the Andover area, be sure to reach out to them. Invite them to your barbeque or have your party in honor of their services to our country. You could also bring them a small gift or help them with chores in their Andover home.
 
Adopt a U.S. Soldier: Encourage those who are following in our veteran’s footsteps by adopting and providing support for a U.S. soldier. Sending letters of appreciation and encouragement, and providing simple items such as graham crackers and juice boxes would mean everything to our troops. For more information on how you can get involved, visit AdoptaUSSoldier.org.

National Moment of Remembrance: Join the rest of America as we participate in the National Moment of Remembrance on Memorial Day, Monday May 30th, at 3:00pm. This is the perfect time to unite as a country and reflect on those who gave their time to military service.

No matter where you are or what you decide to do this weekend in Andover, we encourage you to take the time to fit any of these Memorial Day activities into your schedule. Living in Andover during this historical holiday is both inspiring and rewarding. If you would like to become a part of Andover history by owning your own piece of Andover real estate, we would be happy to hear from you. Have a wonderful Memorial Day Weekend!

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Things To Do This Weekend in North Andover!

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As North Andover real estate agents, we are very knowledgeable about the Andover community, and we love to promote the beautiful North Andover area. In this way, we are better able to provide North Andover residents with helpful information about their community as well as exciting events and activities in North Andover. If you are interested in arts and entertainment, fundraising events, or family friendly activities, then we have a few events here that are sure to keep you busy this weekend!

8th Annual Bike Bank at the Knights of Columbus - May 21, 2011 (9:00am - 12:00pm)
North Andover residents are encouraged to donate their new or gently used bikes for needy students in the area. The goal is to provide over one hundred bikes for children who need them, and the Rotary Club will provide new bike helmets for each recipient. For more information, call 978-794-1811.

Chuckles Comedy Club at the China Blossom - May 21, 2011 (9:30pm - 11:30pm)
For a little night time entertainment, stop by China Blossom for some good Asian cuisine and plenty of laughs provided by local comedians. This triple headliner show will feature Johnny Pizzi, Brad Mastrangelo, and Johnny Rizzo from Las Vegas. The cost for the event is $20 per person and $40 for the Special Dinner and Show Package. Doors open at 8:00pm and reservations are suggested.

North Andover Annual Sheep Shearing Festival - May 22, 2011 (10am - 4pm)

This Sunday in the Old Town Common, you and the whole family are welcomed to witness sheep herders practicing their craft during this live sheep shearing event. This event is open to everyone and free of charge. In addition to that, there will also be great food, unique hand made goods, and gorgeous hand crafted jewelry available from local artists in North Andover and the surrounding North Andover area.

Herb Faire - May 22, 2011 (10:00am - 4:00pm)
As the North Andover Annual Sheep Shearing Festival continues throughout the day, the Herb Faire will also take place in the town common on Massachusetts Avenue. Presented by the North Andover Historical Society and the Herb Society, this free event is also open to the public. There will be a series of herb-themed presentations as well as plants and books available for purchase. The newest exhibit in the Historical Society’s main gallery, “Playing at Life” will open at 2pm.

Phillips Academy Jazz Band and Ensembles with Guest Artists - May 22, 2011 (4:00pm)
For an easy-going evening of fun and enjoyment, visit the Phillips Academy for the local musical entertainment. The concert is free and open to the public, and will feature the Academy Jazz Band. Guest artists include The 2 Bass Hit Quintet, Fred Buda and Guests. For more information, visit the Phillips Academy website.

As North Andover real estate agents, we are all very knowledgeable about the events and happenings in the Andover area as well as the North Andover real estate market. If you or anyone you know has questions about this wonderful area, then be sure to contact us. If you are planning on selling an Andover home, or if you are looking to buy an Andover home, we would be happy to assist you in any way!

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Tips to Prepare Your Andover Home for Summer!

by Papineau Partners

Being an Andover MA homeowner is rewarding experience, and there is always something to see and do in the friendly North Andover community. However, sometimes it is a good idea to sit back and relax in your cozy Andover home, as we begin to enjoy the warmer weather at the cusp of summer! It is imperative that you adequately prepare your Andover home for the approaching season now; summer is quickly approaching, and we have the tips you will need to get your home ready.

Change your filters: This should be a standard procedure as you maintain your Andover home. Keeping a fresh filter, and changing old filters regularly will help ensure that you do not run into any major issues with your heating and cooling system in the future.

Test your cooling system: Whether you have central air or an air conditioner, you’ll want to make sure it is working properly! Test your cooling system to make sure it is operating at the appropriate temperature. If the air is not cool enough, or if the system will not turn on, you will need to put in a request to your heating and cooling mechanic. It is important to perform this test and schedule the repair appointment early, since mechanics will be extremely busy during the hot summer months.

Consider an upgrade: If you are using a mercury switch thermostat, you may save money by investing in a programmable thermostat. If you do decide to make the upgrade, contact Andover Public Works for instructions on how to dispose of the mercury. Installing ceiling fans throughout the house is another great way to save money while adding a touch of sophistication to your North Andover home!

Don’t forget your outdoor space! As an Andover homeowner, you should know that the home’s exterior is the first thing your guests will see, so you’ll want it to look beautiful! Remember: Routine care is key to keeping things manageable and well-kept all year round.

Driveways & Sidewalks: Although many sidewalks are public, it is important to keep them swept and unobstructed, since this is probably the area that your visitors will see first.

Awnings & Umbrellas: Hose everything down thoroughly and use a mild soap, if necessary. Check to see if your umbrella cover is machine washable.

Decks & Porches: Sweep the floors of all areas throughout and remove cobwebs from light fixtures, ceilings, and railings. Once the area is clear, check for holes, splintered wood, loose nails, and replace anything that may be damaged. It is also a good idea to seal the deck with a water-proofing sealer that also has a UV protectant.

Outdoor Furniture: Good outdoor furniture is made withstand many of the elements, but it is not indestructible. When the outdoor season is over, all outdoor furniture should be covered with a waterproof canvas or tarp, or it can be stored in a garage or shed. Weekly cleaning and routine washes with a hose will make your outdoor furniture last much longer.

These few tips may inspire you to do much more with your piece of Andover real estate as you prepare it for the summer season! You could implement a new garden or do some redecorating throughout the house after you’ve taken care of the essentials. Your guests are sure to notice and appreciate the effort you put in! These tips and ideas are also applicable for those of you who plan on selling your Andover home. If you or anyone you know has questions regarding the Andover community or North Andover real estate, we would be more than happy to help! Feel free to give us a call anytime to get started.

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Enjoy Mother’s Day Weekend in Andover!

by Papineau Partners

Andover MA seems to offer the best of everything, but maybe we’re just partial to this charming town!  Living and working in Andover for years as Andover Real Estate agents has given us a great appreciation for this community that’s full of history, great neighborhoods, excellent schools and a variety of things to do throughout the year.

As we think about celebrating Mother’s Day this weekend in Andover, you may be wondering what you can do to ensure your mom has a great day!  We love being involved in our community and want to be a great resource for you as you live in Andover or consider moving to this great town.  This weekend there are a few things happening that we think would enhance your Mother’s Day in Andover.  Below are just a few of the highlights!

Things to Do

36th Annual Andover Crafts in the Park

35 Chestnut St, Andover
www.craftsinthepark.com

Saturday, May 7 from 10am–4pm

- Come celebrate the handmade arts and crafts of over 110 artisans from around New England. This 36th annual show includes all your returning favorites with an exciting group of new participants. Artisans range in age from early twenties to eighties, so there’s sure to be something for everyone!  Proceeds from this fun community event go to provide scholarships for students who are involved in international exchange programs and families in Andover who host international students.  View the Crafts in the Park website for more information! http://www.craftsinthepark.com

Mother’s Day Plant Sale
20 Main St, Andover (In Front of Old Town Hall)
www.spadeandtrowelgardenclub.org/

Saturday and Sunday, May 7-8 from 9am-2pm

- Spade and Trowel Garden Club of Andover will kick off spring with a Mother's Day plant sale in front of Old Town Hall on Sat., May 7 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., and Sun., May 8 from noon to 3 p.m.  Decorative plants will be available. Proceeds support the many Andover community projects undertaken by the club each year.

Places to Eat

Samuel’s at The Andover Inn
4 Chapel Ave, Andover
www.acc-andoverinn.com/dining-restaurant/index.cfm

- Treat mom to an elaborate brunch featuring a full buffet in the lobby of the Andover Inn with seating in Samuel's. 10am to 4pm, $32pp Guest room packages also available.

Palmer’s Restaurant and Tavern
18 Elm Street, Andover
www.palmers-restaurant.com/

- John Ingalls, Chef/Owner, continues the Palmers tradition of the finest food and service in
the historic 18 Elm Street building which features several dining rooms (two with fireplaces)
and a large tavern with Lunch, Tavern and Dinner menus, in addition to excellent cocktails and a fine selection of wines and beers on tap. Palmer’s is hosting a Mother’s Day Brunch, so be sure to contact them for details and to reserve your spot!

We hope you take advantage of all that Andover has to offer this weekend to celebrate our mothers!  If you don’t currently live in Andover, but have been considering a move the area this spring or summer, please let us know!  We’d be happy to show you some of the available homes in Andover that have just come on the market, and answer any questions you may have about the Andover Real Estate market.

Feel free to contact us today to get started!

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Spring Clean Your Finances Before Buying an Andover Home!

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As Real Estate agents in Andover, MA and the surrounding areas, we find spring to be a very vibrant time!  Not only are budding trees and flowers creating a beautiful backdrop for the warmer weather, but the Andover Real Estate market is buzzing with activity as well!

Many of you know that the spring is a great time to buy or sell your home as people have waited for longer days and better weather to make the transition.  Each week there are new homes appearing on the Andover Real Estate market, and with historically low interest rates and very reasonable home prices, buyers are taking advantage of this time of year.

If you have been waiting to buy a home in Andover, now is the time to begin the home buying process if you haven’t already done so.  The first steps to buying a home, however, are oftentimes overlooked.  It’s vital to get your financials in order before you start your Andover home search!  Think of it as “spring cleaning” and a way to determine that you are fully prepared to buy a home in Andover.  Even if you don’t plan on buying a home, spring cleaning your finances is a great habit to develop as you never know what unexpected circumstances may arise. 

Recently, financial writer Gabriela Islas of Quicken Loans pointed out six things you’ll want to do to clean up and organize your budget, credit and other financials.  We thought they were worth sharing with you and feel these are imperative to do prior to buying a home in Andover.
 
1. Check your credit report and fix any errors- 
By law, consumers have the right to a free annual credit report. Sites like Quizzle.com will allow you to get a free credit report, no string attached!  Take advantage of getting a free credit report, but always be sure to check out its accuracy. Many times, there are errors or may contain outdated information, which could affect your score negatively. If you do find a mistake, make sure you contact the corresponding credit bureau in order to dispute the errors.

2. Review your budget- 
It’s helpful to make time to sit down and check your monthly budget. If you are saving to buy a house, for example, periodically reviewing your budget will help you get rid of unnecessary expenses allowing you to save more.

3. Review your monthly withholdings - There is no reason for you to give an interest-free loan to Uncle Sam! By reviewing your monthly withholdings you may be able to put more money in your pocket or savings account every month. Of course, consult with your tax advisor before making any changes to your withholdings in order to avoid owing money to the IRS at the end of the year.

4. Review your financial emergency plan - Planning for unexpected events can give you peace of mind. A good rule of thumb is to have six months worth of expenses saved in an emergency fund. Think about your monthly expenses (like rent or mortgage payments, utilities, car payments, insurance, credit card payments, etc.) and figure out how much you would need to have in a savings account in order to pay for these items for six months. Don’t get discouraged if it takes time to build up your emergency fund, ANY amount is better than no savings at all. Also, make sure that if you become incapacitated, there is someone you trust to handle your finances.

5. Sign up for paperless statements - Signing up for paperless statements and paying your bills online will help keep your mail under control while saving trees at the same time. A lot of banks and credit unions offer online bill pay services for free. Take advantage of this and join the “green” movement.

6. Consolidate accounts
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When you’re budgeting, sometimes it’s helpful to separate accounts. For example, if you are trying to save for a special purchase or an emergency fund, you may have your employer deposit a portion of your paycheck directly into your savings account. But having many accounts can make keeping track of them difficult. When that becomes the case, it’s time to consolidate your accounts. Before making this decision, check with your financial institution to make sure there aren’t any penalties or fees for canceling an account.

Buying a home is a big decision and should be thought out and planned carefully.  As Andover Real Estate agents, we are available to answer any questions you may have about the Andover Real Estate market or buying a home in Andover

Currently, there are many available homes in Andover all with unique features and various things to offer.  You’ll be sure to find one that fits your needs, lifestyle and budget! 

Feel free to contact us anytime to get started!

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Celebrate Earth Day This Weekend in Andover!

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Today is Earth Day and a great chance to celebrate its beauty and intricate design!  It’s amazing to stop and think about how many living things inhabit this great planet and how they all work together to bring about balance.  Earth Day is an ideal time to reflect on how we interact with our environment and evaluate what we can do better to maintain a healthy atmosphere! 

The Andover community is fully supportive and is finding creative ways to get involved in Earth Day!  Whether you’ve lived in Andover for a long time, or are new to the area, this is a great way to all work together for a single cause and the common good for life in Andover.  Below are a few simple ways that you can get involved!

1. Go on a nature hike- Nature hikes are a great way to appreciate the details of our beautiful earth and you’ll get to know our community even better!

2. Plant a tree in your back yard- Besides being a fun activity for your family, planting trees help to lower greenhouse gas emissions, and they provide a habitat for a variety of other plants and animals. More trees in your yard can actually lower your cooling bill by providing shade over your Andover home this summer.

3.  Clean up litter around Andover
- This is a great way to give back to our community and make our environment even more beautiful. Bring some large bags and gather up trash to revive our community. Use sticks or gloves to pick up the litter you don’t want to touch.

4. Plant or renew your vegetable garden
- April is the perfect time to plan your garden. Section off an area of your yard, and decide what you’d like to grow this year. If you don’t have a yard, window boxes and large pots work just as well. Home grown vegetables are pesticide-free and help you save money. You can also nourish them with recycled kitchen scraps and grass clippings.  Let the children choose new types of fruits or vegetables to try out each year, and give them responsibilities in the garden.

5.  Cook a special Earth Day meal using all non-processed foods- Stop by the Whole Foods Market in Andover and choose from their array of fresh food!  Invite the friends and family over to share a healthy, home-cooked meal. Get creative and decorate in an ‘earth day’ theme using leaves or potted plants, and let each guest take a plant home to add to their garden.

There are also a few events taking place in Andover this weekend to help us celebrate this important day!

Earth Day Event
Whole Foods Markets
40 Railroad St, Andover
www.wholefoodsmarket.com/stores/andover/store-calendar/

Today- April 22 from Noon-6pm

- Whole Foods in Andover is holding a free earth day event to show appreciation for the Earth's natural environment!  This free event is open to everyone, so be sure to stop by and check it out!

Earth Day Yard Sale
Chestnut St & Bartlet St, Andover

Saturday, April 23 from 8am-2pm

- An Earth Day yard sale will be held on Saturday, April 23 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the park on the corner of Chestnut and Bartlet Streets.  Come and get some great deals! Rain date: May 28.

We hope you take advantage of these events as they’re a great way to interact with neighbors in Andover!  You can also enjoy today with family and friends by taking a hike through Andover’s Ward Reservation, working on your garden or cleaning up litter!  Whatever you choose to do, we hope you’re able to get out this weekend and soak in the spring season in Andover.

If you’ve been considering buying a home in Andover this spring, or are hoping to sell your Andover home, please let us know!  We would be happy to talk with you about your needs and help you navigate through the Andover Real Estate market.  Please feel free to contact us today to get started!

Have a Happy Earth Day!

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