Thursday, January 3, 2013
A new year means a new website for Chelmsford. What's your take?
Yesterday we gave you a heads up that the town's new website would be up today, but it actually came online a day early! So, since you've had a few hours to take a look, what's your thoughts? Is it an improvement over the old site? How is it compared to other towns you've seen? Does it have what you want, or are you looking for more? Let us know in the comments, and check it out at townofchelmsford.us if you haven't seen it yet.
Monday, April 30, 2012
Mustapha has been involved in martial arts since he was 4, and has now opened up his own business in town.
Welcome to Business Owner of the Week, a weekly column where we get to know a local business owner a little better. Are you a business owner who would like to be featured in this column? E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. This week we're catching up with Donny Mustapha of Combat Sports Club. Q: When and why did you open Combat Sports Club? A: I opened the Combat Sports Club with my partner Paul Adams Jan 2010. We opened the club with the goal of becoming the areas top mixed martial arts and fitness facility. We wanted to offer Chelmsford an alternative that the traditional gym model, which is 80 percent equipment and 20 percent group training. We are the exact opposite. The core of the club is group training which constantly breaks the workout up …
Wednesday, April 11, 2012
Owner Wentao Wang wanted to bring authentic Szechuan cuisine to the Chelmsford area.
- B Schill
Wednesday, April 11, 2012
Even though Sichuan Palace is relatively new to 7 Summer Street, it is already garnering attention around Chelmsford. Sichuan Palace’s “3-Way Duck” recently won the Brad the Dad award at Taste of Chelmsford, an event that raised $8,000 for Chelmsford’s Center School. Sichuan Palace owner Wentao Wang believed the duck dish would be a hit with Chelmsford residents. “Duck is...a bit more fatty meat, so you get more juice to it, taste-wise,” said Wang. “In a restaurant you try to do something different, something that you wouldn’t make at home.” Wang said he put the award in the window of his restaurant immediately after winning it, and the next day he sold many more duck dishes. So many, in fact, that he added duck to the lunch menu to meet …
Wednesday, January 25, 2012
Whether you are a first time buyer or someone who hasn't purchased a home in a while, these 10 steps will take you from start to finish in the Buying process
Whether you are a first time homebuyer or a home owner that hasn’t gone through the process for a while, buying a home can seem intimidating. This guide should lay out the process, taking you from the start to the closing bell. 1. Pre-approval: this is an important first step for two reasons. First, your agent will want to know a realistic price range to stay within when picking homes to show you. It does not help anyone to show properties that are well out of your range of value. Secondly, it is critical to pick a bank or mortgage company that is going to work with you and keep the transaction as hassle-free as possible. Currently, the small, local banks and companies have been the best at delivering hassle-free loans. 2. Shopping: …
The School Committee heard from Superintendent Dr. Frank Tiano about Aramark's performance over the last 6 months.
- B Schill
Wednesday, January 25, 2012
Six months after the School Committee decided to outsource the school district’s custodians to Aramark Education, they discussed the progress of converting to a new custodial system at their bi-monthly meeting. Three of the school committee's members voted in June to outsource custodial services to Aramark Education, saving the school system an estimated $200,000 per year. Superintendent of Schools Dr. Frank Tiano told the committee that after getting buildings ready for the start of school, Aramark’s main goal from September to December was hiring a “safe and stable” staff. Tiano estimated that Bruce Griswold, the manager of the Aramark contract, worked 90-hour weeks hiring staff, training, and keeping up with administrative duties. When…
Wednesday, January 18, 2012
Time-saving tips to getting your house in tip-top showing condition and keeping it that way!
It is tough to fit cleaning into today's schedules. Between working, school, sports, homework, volunteer shifts or social plans, the amount time available to keep the home in great shape seems to continue to lessen. If your home is on the market, the need to have it show in its best condition is extremely important, especially in today's buyer's market. Trying to keep your home in this condition can be stressful. The following 9 tips should help you to get your home in this condition and help keep it that way. 1. Keep a weekly schedule. Creating a schedule with reasonable, daily expectations for everyone will help share the load. It will also make the tasks more manageable over all. If the house is tidied up every day, the extra things…
Monday, January 2, 2012
If the condo complex you are trying to buy or sell has not been approved by the Federal Housing Administration, it may be the unqualified building killing the deal.
This is a column by local real estate agents Walt Fitzgerald and Ali Ludwig. In February 2010, the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) came up with a new set of lending guidelines, drastically changing how condominium units are approved for FHA backed loans. That was long enough ago, that you would think there would not be a continued negative impact. So what's the deal? Many people do not realize that the condos up for sale are still not FHA approved. Until February 2010, a lender could get an approval for a condo unit through a "spot approval,” if the unit was on the FHA's list of previously approved properties. After February 2010, the spot approval process was removed. Now the entire complex needs to get approved under the new …
Friday, December 16, 2011
An article featuring some of the common protocol miscommunications between buyers and agents.
The longer I am in the Real Estate business, the more I realize that many agents often make assumptions that their buyer knows how a real estate transaction works. After all, the clients coming in are very educated about the market in general – they may even be spending more time looking at properties on-line than we agents do. However, the nuances of the relationship between agents and the client are not as quickly discovered online and do vary by region. Therefore, it should be our responsibility to further educate the consumer about our protocol in following a typical real estate transaction. With all parties having the same expectations throughout the transaction, it will go more smoothly and all parties will benefit. Here are 8 things…
Friday, November 11, 2011
Tips for buyers to make the most out of the winter Real Estate market.
The fall months this year have been unusually warm, so it may be hard to believe that the winter real estate market is almost here. The Spring Market is the one that many buyers wait for, but there are some great reasons not to wait and to take advantage of the homes that are on the market over the holiday season. 1. Less competition. There are less buyers over the winter months. The Buyers that are out viewing homes are serious buyers and Sellers realize this. Sellers should be more willing to accommodate your showing needs and to negotiate terms in offers. 2. Sellers are also more motivated. Homes move slower over the winter months, which Sellers are well aware of. A good Agent will educate their Sellers to the market conditions, …
Friday, October 21, 2011
A quick look at QR (quick response) codes, how to use them and how they are being used in Real Estate.
What are those things? Computer coded tracking devices? A miniature psychedelic jig saw puzzle? A 3-D mind puzzle? A Bar Code on steroids? QR (Quick Response) codes, like the ones attached to this article, are popping up everywhere- on mailings, on displays in stores, business cards, on posters, real estate signs and more. But why? They were originally developed by the auto industry and have been used in Japan for the last decade. In America, QR codes are quickly becoming the newest way to provide information to the viewers. One of the best features of QR codes is its fast readability and large storage capacity. By scanning in the code with a smart phone, you can gain immediate access to websites, links, social media pages like …