Home Owners

Tips for Properly Storing Your Wine at Home

Let's face it. Since March, we've all been spending A LOT more time at home. We've binge watched our favorite shows. We've had Zoom calls with friends and family. And perhaps even imbibed on some quarantine cocktails.

There are countless online recipes for "quarantinis." But maybe traditional cocktail recipes aren't for you, and you've been enjoying some of your favorite red and white wines while in lockdown.

Whether you are a big wine connoisseur, just saving a few bottles to crack open on special occasions, or keeping a stockpile for evenings in the backyard, it’s important to understand how best to store them safely until you’re ready to partake. Here are a few guidelines for keeping your wine in tip-top shape at home.

Temperature

To ensure each wine bottle maintains the proper flavor and aroma, storing it at the correct temperature is essential. Regardless if it is red, white, or sparkling, storing your bottles at 53°F to 57°F is most ideal. Keeping your bottles in a room where the temperature is much warmer than that may cause the flavor to become flat. Keep your wine in the dark and away from direct UV rays as much as you can to protect the wine’s flavor. 

Moisture

Controlling the humidity in the room is important if you plan to store bottles for more than a couple of years. The ideal humidity for storage is between 50 to 75 percent and anything below that could cause the corks to dry out, letting air seep into the bottle.

Positioning

Generally, it is advised to store wine bottles on their sides. This allows the wine to stay up against the cork which should aid in keeping it from drying out. However, if you don’t plan to store the wine for long or if the bottle has a screw top or plastic cork, this is not required for safe storage.

Timing

Not all wine is designed to have a long shelf life or be aged. Make sure you know what the winemaker’s intention was for that particular bottle. It is always better to open it a little early and enjoy it!

We hope you continue to stay safe and enjoy your social distancing time, and if a glass of wine is your thing, we say "Cheers!"

 

What to Repair to Maximize Your Sales Potential

We see clients struggle with the age-old question whenever they are preparing to list their homes: what should I invest in repairing before I list?

When you’re getting ready to list your home, of course, it’s very important to ensure you are showing your property in the best light. Taking time to highlight its strengths and fix up some of its possible weaknesses can make a big difference in how fast it sells. At the same time, over-investing in unnecessary repairs should be avoided.

Here are four recommended repairs to make before selling your home – and they won’t break the bank!

Repaint walls.

Giving your home a fresh coat of paint is one of the most cost-effective ways to spruce it up, and generally, it can be a do-it-yourself project. Make sure to cover any walls with scratches and chips and consider updating any accent walls with a more neutral coat.

Repair floors.

Hardwood floors are a very desirable feature in a home, so you want to ensure they look their best by fixing scratches or dull areas. If your carpet is worn or stained, consider replacing them. And don’t forget the tile in your kitchen or bathrooms. Re-grouting can go a long way in making dingy tile work look brand new!

Refresh the landscaping.

Show buyers your home is the complete package by dressing up the outside as well as the in. Clean walkways and driveways, plant seasonal flowers and plants, trim hedges and trees, and fill in mulch and gravel. It’s important that your home look as desireable as possible from the curb!

Fix your fixtures.

Leaky faucet? Rusted drains? Loose drawer handle? Making these small fixes can make a big difference to potential buyers with detailed-orientated minds. Improve your kitchen. An outdated kitchen can be a real eyesore in a home. 

If your property is very tired, and you want to command top dollar, updating cabinetry, repairing or replacing countertops, and installing new faucets and sinks may be worth the investment

If you have questions about what repairs you should invest in, reach out to one of our agents. We’ll make sure you only put as little in as necessary to ensure you get the most you possibly can out of your home sale!

Six Easy Ways to Prepare Your Property for Sale

So, you’re thinking of selling your home? 

Maybe it’s time for something larger to accommodate your growing family, or perhaps you’re looking to downsize later on in life. No matter what your reason may be, it’s incredibly important to prepare your house before listing it, so potential buyers walk in and say, “wow, I need to have this!” 

Showing your house in the best possible light will increase your likelihood of selling fast!

The key to preparing your house for listing is to be sure you highlight its strengths and fix up some of  the areas that can use a makeover or improvement. This can make a big difference in how quickly your property sells. 

Here are five easy, relatively inexpensive ways, to prepare your house for listing:

1. Repaint the walls.

Giving your home a fresh coat of paint can be one of the most cost-effective ways to spruce it up, and generally, it can be a do-it-yourself project. Be sure to spackle or fill any scratches or dents and consider updating any funky accent walls with a more neutral color to allow potential buyers to envision what they might do with the property.

2. Fix your floors.

Hardwood floors are a very desirable feature in a home! It’s critically important that they look as good as possible, so consider fixing scratches or dull areas. Sanding down and refinishing floors may not be necessary, but a fresh coat of polish will go a long way. If your carpet is worn or stained, consider replacing it. Kitchen or bathroom tile should also be considered. Again, you may not need to replace the tile, but re-grouting can go a long way in making tired tile look brand new!

3. Spend some time on your landscaping.

Show buyers your home is the complete package by improving the outside areas as well as the inside. Clean your walkways and driveways, plant seasonal flowers and plants, trim the edges and trees, and be sure mulch and gravel are fresh. This will ensure the outside of your property doesn’t feel tired.

4. Fix your fixtures.

Leaky faucet? Rusted drains? Loose handles? Discolored air vents? Making these small fixes can make a big difference to potential buyers with detailed-orientated minds. 

5. Improve your kitchen. 

An outdated kitchen can be a real eyesore in a home. Updating cabinetry with a fresh coat of paint, repairing or replacing countertops, and installing new faucets and sinks may be worth the investment to help your property move quickly.

6. Declutter

If you think your property may need to be decluttered, don’t wait for your agent to tell you so! Less is always more when it comes to presenting your home for sale. A clean property photographs better, shows better, and sells faster!

Use this as an opportunity to improve your space – even if you decide not to list your property – no one has ever done this and said, “Geez, I wish I still had all of that unnecessary stuff lying around.”

These are just a handful of ideas to prepare your home for listing, and of course there are other that may be right for your property. You may have some ideas of your own.

Before investing too much in updates, reach out to one of our realtors, and they will be happy to tell you which updates will yield the greatest return and which ones are not worth investing in at all.

For more information, email us at info@molisserealty.net.

 

Molisse Realty Group 2017 Top Agent Awards Luncheon

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What a busy year this has been in 2018! We moved to two new office locations in Scituate Harbor at 164 Front Street and Manchester-by-the-Sea at 17 Beach Street, Suite D. Celebrated our 10 year anniversary in business. Announced our brand's new campaign messaging which gets back to the core of the brand objective – fulfilling dreams! Broker/Owner Brian Molisse has been busy building a strong team of agents, and for the second year in a row, readers of South Shore Living magazine voted Molisse Realty Group the “Best Real Estate Agency” on the South Shore!

We finally had a day to take time and honor those agents that make Molisse Realty Group a great company to be a part of.  These real estate professionals have been dedicated, focused and exceeded their own expectations in 2017.  They all exemplify our brand’s commitment of extraordinary service.  All our top agents from 2017 enjoyed a fabulous lunch and award ceremony at The Fours in Norwell. We applaud their achievement!

Congratulations to our top producers of 2017!

TOP TEAM AWARD $3,000,000+ Sales Volume: M+M Realty Team (Marshfield) (L to R) Fran-Marci Glenn, Lizanne Moffat

 

SILVER AWARD $4,000,000+ Sales Volume: (L to R) Liz Roosevelt (Scituate) and Gerri Predella (Marshfield)

 

GOLD AWARD $5,000,000+ Sales Volume: (L to R) Jeanne Mulvaney (Weymouth), Jackie Braga (Scituate), Pamela Vigneau (Marshfield) and Red Giovanucci (Scituate)

(Margaret Maher Sheahan, Manchester-by-the-Sea, not shown)

 

PLATINUM AWARD $7,000,000+ Sales Volume: Mary Mabey (Marshfield)

 

DIAMOND AWARD $9,000,000+ Sales Volume: (L to R) Jessica Tully (Manchester-by-the-Sea) and Marian Duksta (Marshfield)

 

PRESIDENT'S AWARD FOR SALES EXCELLENCE 2017 #1 Sales Volume: Michael Molisse (Weymouth)

Molisse Realty Group Names Mike Molisse Top Agent for August 2018

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Broker/Owner Brian Molisse is pleased to announce that Mike Molisse has been named top agent for the month of August.

Mike Molisse is a lifelong resident of Weymouth with large family roots in town and strong ties to the local community, currently serving as Councilor-At-Large for the last 19 years. As town councilor, Mike has always focused on being Committed, Dedicated, Determined, and Accessible to the residents of Weymouth. As your REALTOR, Mike carries these same principals over to his business; fully committed and dedicated to his clients who are buying and selling homes on the South Shore and across Massachusetts, always accessible and fully determined to negotiate the best deal possible.

“Thank you to my clients, couldn’t thank them enough for the referrals that they send my way. My clients are very important to me and I truly believe in a hands on approach”, says Mike Molisse. “My clients always come first. Whether buying or selling my client is my top priority.”

“Mike is a dedicated listener, able advisor, and a strong advocate for his clients. He follows the real estate market trends so that he can be able to make well-informed decisions for his clients,” says Brian Molisse. “He focuses on looking out for his clients’ best interests above all. He is happy to serve not just the South Shore, but all of Massachusetts real estate needs.”

Mike is truly redefining relationships one client at a time. He is the epitome of a servant leader and does not hesitate to lend a helping hand. His past clients speak to the level of confidentiality, professionalism and humor that he is able to bring with him no matter the situation. With compassion and integrity, Mike Molisse is truly paving the way for others and is always in search of the next client to demonstrate his “Dedication and Hard Work.”

When you work with the agents of Molisse Realty Group, you get a team of individuals who will do all they can to assist you with buying and selling your home. The goal of all of our agents is to provide the best possible service to our clients and customers. Mike Molisse can be reached at 781-331-4339 or mmolisse@molisserealty.net. His office is located at 636 Middle Street in Weymouth.

7 Reasons to Own A Home

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7 Reasons to Own A Home

  1. Tax benefits. The U.S. Tax Code lets you deduct the interest you pay on your mortgage, your property taxes, and some of the costs involved in buying a home.
  2. Appreciation. Historically, real estate has had a long-term, stable growth in value. In fact, median single-family existing-home sale prices have increased on average 5.2 percent each year from 1972 through 2014, according to the National Association of REALTORS®.  The recent housing crisis has caused some to question the long-term value of real estate, but even in the most recent 10 years, which included quite a few very bad years for housing, values are still up 7.0 percent on a cumulative basis. In addition, the number of U.S. households is expected to rise 10 to15 percent over the next decade, creating continued high demand for housing.
  3. Equity. Money paid for rent is money that you’ll never see again, but mortgage payments let you build equity ownership interest in your home.
  4. Savings. Building equity in your home is a ready-made savings plan. And when you sell, you can generally take up to $250,000 ($500,000 for a married couple) as gain without owing any federal income tax.
  5. Predictability. Unlike rent, your fixed-rate mortgage payments don’t rise over the years so your housing costs may actually decline as you own the home longer. However, keep in mind that property taxes and insurance costs will likely increase.
  6. Freedom. The home is yours. You can decorate any way you want and choose the types of upgrades and new amenities that appeal to your lifestyle.
  7. Stability. Remaining in one neighborhood for several years allows you and your family time to build long-lasting relationships within the community. It also offers children the benefit of educational and social continuity. 

Molisse Realty Group Names Red Giovanucci Top Agent for July 2018

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Scituate, MA– Broker/Owner Brian Molisse is pleased to announce that Red Giovanucci has been named top agent for the month of July. Red has consistently been a leader in sales on the South Shore since she became a REALTOR almost five years ago. She loves what she does and is always educating herself on the ever changing real estate environment.

Red Giovanucci has been a native of the South Shore for over 50 years and currently resides in the beautiful seaside village of Humarock with her husband Jack. Red is a master at multitasking and organization, a key component to her success. She loves to meet and connect with people and has the natural ability to talk with folks from all walks of life. She has a strong belief that customer service is the cornerstone of any successful business and will always go above and beyond for her clients.

“I am very proud of Red, she had an exceptional month,” says Brian Molisse. “Her continued dedication and willingness to go above and beyond for her clients make it clear why she continuously delivers unparalleled service.”

When you work with the agents of Molisse Realty Group, you get a team of individuals who will do all they can to assist you with buying and selling your home. The goal of all of our agents is to provide the best possible service to our clients and customers. Red Giovanucci can be reached at 781-710-5906 or rgiovanucci@molisserealty.net. Her office is located at 164 Front Street in Scituate.

Molisse Realty Group Voted “Best Real Estate Agency” on the South Shore

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For the second year in a row, readers of South Shore Living magazine voted Molisse Realty Group the “Best Real Estate Agency” on the South Shore!

This year there were a record-breaking number of reader surveys through the magazine’s annual online poll. The annual "Best of the South Shore" contest encourages readers to cast ballots in many categories to pick their favorite local service providers.

“We’ve got such a wonderful group of agents at Molisse Realty. When I go into our offices the energy is amazing, because of our staff and agents, who love what they do.” Brian Molisse says, “Our agents are family to me and I couldn’t be prouder for all they do. To receive the highest accolades from the readers of South Shore Living two years in a row is amazing. I am so proud and deeply appreciative of the support of our community! This is such a huge honor for us and thanks to our staff and agents for always putting their clients first and their passion to help.”

The “Best of the South Shore” award winners were announced in a special section of August’s issue of South Shore Living. Check out the list of top businesses and services in the region voted by readers, as well as favorite editor picks.

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Molisse Realty Group is driven to help our clients maximize their investments and realize their long-term goals. Molisse Realty Group helps both those buying and selling homes, to fulfill their goals of achieving home ownership.

Molisse Realty Group is the only independent brokerage with offices spanning both the North and South Shores of Massachusetts. Molisse's boutique-size firm enables us to be truly flexible, we help our clients with a marketing plan that helps get their homes sold quickly. We customize the perfect plan to meet the unique needs of every customer while maintaining the resources and network necessary to ensure premiere access to the best homes and targeted buyers. We are with our clients from beginning to the end and we build lasting friendships.

 

Molisse Realty Group has over 80+ agents, an in-house marketing department and a staff that are there to answer any questions. Brian Molisse is the sole owner of Molisse Realty Group and believes honesty, integrity and hard work are the keys to our success! For more information, visit www.molisserealty.com.

At Molisse Realty Group, we believe in big dreams.

Molisse Realty Group Names Jeanne Mulvaney Top Agent for June

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Broker/Owner Brian Molisse is pleased to announce that Jeanne Mulvaney has been named top agent for the month of June. She is a consistent top agent in residential sales from Boston to the South Shore.

Jeanne Mulvaney is a lifelong resident of the South Shore and currently lives in the town of Weymouth. She is a well-respected and established full-time REALTOR and works as both a buyer & selling agent. She has seen many changes in the real estate industry throughout her 14 year career, but the one constant that never changes is the dedication she feels towards her clients. 

“I am very fortunate to have a great following. Lots of opportunities come from repeat clients and referrals from past clients,” Jeanne says. “It's a great time to sell your home, and I'm here to help guide members of the community through the exciting and sometimes overwhelming process of buying or selling real estate."

“You can count on Jeanne for being an honest and hardworking REALTOR that is dedicated to her clients, she will be by your side through the entire home buying and selling process,” says Brian Molisse. “We are extremely proud that she is part of the Molisse Realty Group team.”

When you work with the agents of Molisse Realty Group, you get a team of individuals who will do all they can to assist you with buying and selling your home. The goal of all of our agents is to provide the best possible service to our clients and customers. Jeanne Mulvaney can be reached at 781-424-6843 or JMulvaney@MolisseRealty.net.

5 Tips to Prepare Your Home for Sale

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