|A recent article in The Boston Globe chronicled the bidding battles in the greater Boston area as too many buyers seek to buy too few homes. The Globe story tells of buyers offering tens of thousands of dollars over asking price, waiving home inspections, agreeing to flexible closing dates and making other major concessions to buy a home.In the pursuit of the American dream, prospective buyers are taking on risks that could turn into a nightmare. Consider these scenarios:
In a competitive bidding situation, it can be easy to get carried away. Sometimes the best thing to do is to walk away instead. When evaluating your options, take a level-headed approach and consider:
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|April’s Home Value Improver|
Quick Mood Boost
After last week’s events, we all could use a pick-me-up. If you can’t get outside to enjoy some sunshine or a brisk walk, bring the outside in! Studies have shown that indoor plants both improve your mood and purify the air.
According to an article in the Journal of Environmental Psychology, plants can boost mood levels, reduce fatigue, improve reaction time, lower stress, and even boost pain tolerance. A study published in 2008 even found that hospital patients recover faster and use fewer painkillers when a live plant is in the room.
Furthermore, NASA found that plants reduce airborne bacteria by 50 to 60 percent and researchers at Virginia Tech discovered that houseplants reduce indoor dust by 20 percent!
While cut flowers may not have the air purifying properties of live ones, separate studies have found that people are happier and more energetic after looking at a flower bouquet first thing in the morning. The fragrance of both live and cut flowers can help reduce stress and feelings of anxiety.
Now is the perfect time of year to place some herbs on your kitchen windowsill or pick up a big bunch of daffodils for the dining room table! Just keep in mind the power of color – reds, orange and yellow create a vibrant, energetic mood while blues and greens are more calming.