Elena Langlois - Compass Massachusetts, LLC

Posted by Elena Langlois on 9/26/2019

Buying a home tops your long-range goals list, but are you ready? As a first-time buyer, you have loads of questions and concerns. After all, a home loan is an obligation for years into the future. You want to make savvy decisions and be comfortable that you’ve negotiated the best deal. On top of that, learning all about credit scores, how to pre-qualify and the difference between pre-qualification and pre-approval. And what are options and closing costs?

Fannie Mae, the Federal National Mortgage Association (FNMA) government-sponsored enterprise (GSE) that serves the mortgage industry, knows what you need to know about buying a house. They’ve put together a course for new homebuyers called HomePath Ready Buyer Education Program.

Enroll now

The online course lets you attend from the comfort of your sofa. After completion, a “graduate” may qualify for assistance up to three percent of the closing cost of purchasing a qualified HomePath property. You won’t end up with an education loan either. Tuition is just $75, and Fannie Mae says it could even reimburse your tuition during closing on your new home. Now that’s a deal!

What you learn

Because the course design has new buyers in mind, you’ll learn to determine how much you can afford to buy and ways to figure out what home is best for you. Making the deal and learning about down-payment options will get you on your way. Finally, you’ll learn to avoid the pitfalls, and all the navigate the paperwork required to close the deal.

How long does it take?

The entire course is nine 30-minute sessions, so along with the quiz at the end (no final exam though), the total class takes about four to five hours. Designed to be intuitive and self-directed, you can work your way through the course over a few evenings, on your lunch hour, or even during your morning commute (provided you’re not the driver, of course!).

How you benefit

In addition to the three percent closing cost assistance and tuition reimbursement, your Certificate of Completion may qualify you up to take advantage of the First Look program. By giving first-time homeowners an exclusive "first look" at newly-listed foreclosed properties, this innovative program serves new home seekers and promotes neighborhood stabilization.

Fannie Mae relies on real estate professionals to follow through on the home-buying process. For more information, express your interest in the HomePath program to your real estate professional.

Posted by Elena Langlois on 9/19/2019

Green roofs are roof systems that feature a root repellent layer, waterproof layer, a filter membrane, drainage layer, and several types of vegetation. Installing these unique roofs does not require you to remove your existing roof because it is acceptable to mount the new one on top of it if engineered correctly. The idea of installing a green roof has become increasingly viral in America and beyond because of its numerous economic, environmental and health benefits:

Green roofs prevent rainwater runoff

If excess water seeps into the ground, it may weaken the foundation of your home, resulting in erosion and create pools of water that destroy the vegetation. Installing a green roof helps prevent these things from occurring by retaining more water in the roots, leaves, and soil embedded in the roof system.

Green roofs benefit local wildlife and promote ecosystem diversity

Green roofs can become a haven for birds and other tiny creatures that find it hard to survive on the ground. Green roofs serve as a home and keep them safe from predators, as well as giving them a resting point during migration.

Green roofs improve air quality

Plants have a high amount of purifying ability, and green roofs comprised of plants which convert carbon dioxide into oxygen and trap toxins and dust make the air cleaner for everyone.

Green roofs are energy efficient 

Installing a green roof in your home will create an extra layer of insulation that is valuable during both the winter and summer months. During winter, a green roof reduces heat loss with its additional layers, and in summer the layers of soil and plants will shield your home from direct sunlight and keep it at a lower temperature.

Green roofs are durable and long lasting

A green roof incorporates a waterproofing layer installed underneath the layers of soil and vegetation. This waterproof layer has twice as long of a lifespan as the waterproof layer of conventional roofs. That means investing in a green roof will save you the time and money used in the maintenance or repair of traditional roofs.

Green roofs reduce noises

If you have noisy neighbors or if you live close to an airport or on a busy street, your green roof can dramatically lessen the amount of noise that gets into your home. Wonder how? Well, the combination of the vegetation and substrate within the roof system acts as sound insulation. Furthermore, tests have shown a reduction in noise of up to 50 decibels.

Green roofs keep you healthy 

Many studies show that people who spend time surrounded by nature have a lower stress level compared to those who do not. The natural elements that create green roofs ensure that installing one keeps your stress levels down and your heart in good in shape.

If you’re looking for that unique home that already has a green roof, speak with your real estate professional to see what homes are available in your community.

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Posted by Elena Langlois on 9/12/2019

This Single-Family in Westford, MA recently sold for $721,000. This Colonial,Garrison style home was sold by Elena Langlois - Compass Massachusetts, LLC.

11 Fairview Dr, Westford, MA 01886


Sale Price

Full/Half Baths
Offers Due Mon 8/5 at 4:00pm...Everything is done! Move right into this beautifully renovated (2004) home located on a quiet neighborhood street, close to town common, shopping & medical facilities on Rt 110, with easy access to Rt 495 and Rt 3, and set on a large flat lot with private backyard. The functionally designed kitchen with brand new SS Jenn-Air appliances (2018) and stunning light filled cathedral ceiling FR, with new gas fireplace (2017). Screen porch and large (30x16) composite deck, provide a terrific entertaining flow. A bright front-to-back living room with french doors and fireplace offer a perfect retreat. Additional 2017 updates include: a new roof, new siding, and gutters. The 2nd floor boasts four generously sized bedrooms with brand new carpeting and freshly painted rooms, including a master suite with large walk-in closet and granite countered master bath. The walkout lower level media/game room adds plenty of additional space.

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Posted by Elena Langlois on 9/12/2019

Indoor plants bring an air of freshness and vitality to every home, if you live in a neighborhood that doesn't have a lot of vegetation, then having plants at home is something that you should consider, giving their ability to detoxify the air and give off oxygen. These are some of the best indoor plants that you should consider having, they are low maintenance, but the value they add is worth it a thousand times over.

  1. Aloe Vera Plant. The aloe plant is known for the many healing properties of its gel, which helps to soothe burns and cuts on the body. That aside, the aloe plant is a good monitor of the quality of air within a home – once you see its leaves giving off brown spots, then you know there are quite a number of toxins in the air.
  2. Chinese Evergreen. This plant can survive in environments that have either natural or artificial lights. It can also grow in both low and high humidity, making it the best option for people who live in apartment buildings that don’t get to see a lot of sunlight.
  3. Snake Plants. Snake plants require only a little amount of care and attention from you. Ideally watered sparingly, only when the soil water has thoroughly dried should more be added. They also grow well in indirect light and release oxygen during the night, unlike most plants that do so in the day time so it might be a good addition for your bedroom.
  4. Golden Pothos. Scientists have long identified the golden pothos as one plant that can remove formaldehyde from the atmosphere. They grow very well in low temperatures and don’t require a high amount of sunlight to thrive. You can place them as a hanging plant in your den or living area.
  5. Weeping Fig. The weeping fig does well with bright sunlight, but it’s better if it’s indirect. It’s rather common to have it in the living room. It requires just a little water every other day to keep the soil moist.
  6. Cacti. The cactus plant is very well known for its ability to thrive in low water conditions, so it requires only a little amount of intense care and attention in your home. You should, however, water it at least once a week.

Having any of these plants is definitely sure to improve the quality of air in your home for good.

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Posted by Elena Langlois on 9/5/2019

If you have ever seen where a controllable fire incidence brings down a house, then you will know the importance of fire alarms. One type of fire alarm system is the smoke detector, a standard safety device that should be in every home. Unlike the heat detector which relies on heat to reach a defined threshold before triggering the alarm, smoke detectors rely on the smoke to turn off the signal.

It is no news that many fires in the home start with smoldering smoke. This puts smoke detectors at the forefront of fire alarm systems. The traditional smoke detector relies on an acoustic alarm to raise a signal, so it defeats the purpose of smoke detectors if the homeowners are not around. It is important to note that full-fledged smart smoke detectors exist. However, they are quite expensive. Check out four inexpensive ways to make your smoke detector smart: 

Use a Wyze Cam

One way to make smoke detectors smarter is by using the Wyze Cam. This device is a trendy budget-friendly surveillance camera used in the house. This surveillance camera comes packed with a lot of features. Two useful features this camera comes with are the smoke and CO alarm monitoring. This device serves as both a surveillance camera and a safety gadget. 

The way this device works is simple. It listens to the sound produced in the room waiting for any that matches the smoke alarm pattern. When the device detects such sounds, it gets triggered and pushes a notification to your device.

Roost Smart Battery

Just like the Wyze Cam, the Roost Smart Battery also listens to sound around. If the smart battery picks any sound with a pattern like that of a smoke alarm, it gets triggered and sends a push notification to your device.

How this differs from the Wyze Cam is in the place where positioned. Unlike the Wyze Cam, this battery serves as a replacement of the smoke detector battery and lives inside the smoke detector making it more reliable. It, however, does not have other functionality and unlike the Wyze Cam where a single battery will be sufficient, you need one battery per detector. 

Install the Amazon Alexa Guard

The Amazon Alexa Guard is a device still in the making. This device, according to Alexa, listens and upon picking any suspicious sound like smoke alarm sounds and glass breaking, sends a push notification to your device.

DIY Approach

The Do-It-Yourself is for the tech-savvy readers who have experience with micro-controllers and Arduino. There are different ways to do this yourself. You can find the procedures on YouTube.

Having a full-fledged smart smoke detector in your home is important. However, if you have a little budget, you can follow the steps above to turn your smoke detectors into smart ones that send a push notification to your phone even when you are away from home.