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VOL. 50, No. 8<br />

MASSACHUSETTS, MAINE & NEW HAMPSHIRE<br />

BILLERICA - NEW CONSTRUCTION<br />

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SEE PAGE 3 FOR DETAILS<br />

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SOLD<br />

5 quality-of-life<br />

amenities to<br />

look for when<br />

house hunting<br />

STATEPOINT<br />

Curb appeal is important, but it’s not the<br />

be-all and end-all of house hunting. By factoring<br />

in other priorities, such as great schools,<br />

a community feel, along with nearby amenities<br />

that improve your quality of life, you can<br />

feel right at home in your new neighborhood<br />

from the moment you arrive.<br />

“Many families want it all — the connection<br />

that comes with a small town feel, and<br />

the bustle and energy of shopping, dining<br />

and culture,” says Blake Gable, CEO Barron<br />

Collier Companies, the real estate development<br />

firm behind Ave Maria, a 5,000-acre<br />

community in Southwest Florida.<br />

With the understanding that many families<br />

desire to work, live, learn and recreate<br />

all in one place, master-planned communities<br />

such as Ave Maria have grown in popularity<br />

in Florida, and often include residential<br />

neighborhoods, schools, town centers with<br />

shopping and dining, office space, business<br />

parks and recreational amenities.<br />

Keyed into what neighborhood features<br />

foster community and enhance quality of life,<br />

Gable is sharing five quality-of-life amenities<br />

to look for while house hunting:<br />

1. A community feel: If you’d like your neighbors<br />

to be more than just strangers who happen<br />

to live close by, a master-planned community<br />

may be the right style of living for you. In<br />

many such communities, there are more golf<br />

carts and bikes than there are cars, creating<br />

a friendly atmosphere where it’s easy to stop,<br />

chat and catch up with neighbors-turnedfriends.<br />

Such self-sustained communities often<br />

have their own sports fields, dog parks, nature<br />

paths, active events calendars and even<br />

social clubs. Whether it’s photography, bird<br />

watching or pickleball, you can nurture your<br />

interests while meeting new people.<br />

AMENITIES, page 6


2 SAY YOU SAW IT IN <strong>SUBURBAN</strong> December 19, 20<strong>23</strong> – February 19, 2024<br />

MASSACHUSETTS<br />

STATEPOINT<br />

Winter woes! New survey finds<br />

most Americans dread heating bills<br />

STATEPOINT<br />

From using a hairdryer to warm up<br />

their sheets to cuddling with their<br />

pet, Americans will do some crafty<br />

things to stay warm in the winter—<br />

especially if it means they can avoid<br />

turning up their thermostat.<br />

A new survey conducted by Duck<br />

brand, which offers products that<br />

provide simple, imaginative and<br />

helpful solutions for a variety of<br />

tasks around the home, finds out<br />

why people go to such lengths. According<br />

to the research, 61% of people<br />

dread receiving their heating bill<br />

in the winter.<br />

While the average monthly heating<br />

bill hovers between $100 to<br />

$200, respondents say the highest<br />

bill they’ve received in recent years<br />

ranges from $200 to $300, and 76%<br />

of people say they have experienced<br />

an increase in their bill over the past<br />

five years.<br />

“It may seem like the first thing<br />

people would do if they’re cold is to<br />

turn up their thermostat, but that’s<br />

not always the case,” says Randi Bujnovsky,<br />

product manager for Weatherization<br />

at Shurtape Technologies,<br />

LLC, the company that markets the<br />

Duck brand. “As it turns out, 80%<br />

of Americans say they have turned<br />

down their thermostat to save money<br />

in the winter.”<br />

The chilly temperatures this time<br />

of year clearly have an impact on<br />

people’s daily habits and even their<br />

sleep. Sixty percent of Americans<br />

say they have woken up in the middle<br />

of the night due to being cold in<br />

the winter. Respondents say they<br />

have tried everything, from wearing<br />

socks and a sweatshirt to bed to<br />

sleeping with three or more blankets<br />

and using a space heater, to cut costs<br />

on their bill.<br />

However, there is a simple task<br />

that can help solve many of these<br />

woes: home weatherization. According<br />

to the research, more than half<br />

(51%) of Americans weatherize their<br />

home to prepare for the changing<br />

seasons, and 80% of people say they<br />

have noticed a decrease in their<br />

heating bills by using weatherizing<br />

solutions, such as window insulation<br />

kits, weatherstrip seals and door<br />

draft seals that slide on the bottom<br />

of the door to block drafts.<br />

Try Duck brand weatherization<br />

solutions to help keep the cold air<br />

out. From the Duck brand Max<br />

Strength Rolled Window Insulation<br />

Kit to the Heavy-Duty Weatherstrip<br />

Seals, there is a product for every<br />

room in the home.<br />

“Creating a warm home during the<br />

cold weather months is easy, and yet<br />

nearly half of Americans aren’t taking<br />

advantage of the benefits of this<br />

simple task,” Bujnovsky adds. “If<br />

weatherizing the entire home seems<br />

challenging, begin with one room<br />

at a time. The survey finds the living<br />

room is the draftiest part of the<br />

home, so that is a good place to start.<br />

Installing a window kit that will add<br />

a barrier between the outdoor air<br />

and your home’s interior or putting<br />

weatherstrips around your windows<br />

can make all the difference and will<br />

help minimize energy loss.”


December 19, 20<strong>23</strong> – February 19, 2024 SAY YOU SAW IT IN <strong>SUBURBAN</strong> 3<br />

MASSACHUSETTS<br />

REAL ESTATE, INC.<br />

Licensed in MA, New Hampshire & Maine<br />

330 Boston Road, Unit #14<br />

No. Billerica, MA 01862<br />

Office: 978-667-<strong>23</strong>01<br />

Fax: 978-667-7779<br />

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4 SAY YOU SAW IT IN <strong>SUBURBAN</strong> December 19, 20<strong>23</strong> – February 19, 2024<br />

MASSACHUSETTS<br />

What is a modular home?<br />

Modular homes are the ultimate<br />

prefabricated building system. These<br />

highly customizable, environmentally-friendly<br />

homes are built almost<br />

entirely in a factory setting, saving<br />

both home owners and builders time,<br />

effort and money.<br />

Once the main modules of a new<br />

home are constructed — complete<br />

with attached walls, floor, ceiling,<br />

wiring, plumbing and interior fixtures<br />

— they are transported to the<br />

home owner’s chosen lot and placed<br />

on a permanent foundation by a<br />

crane. Each home is designed and<br />

constructed to meet all state and<br />

national building and fire codes, and<br />

a local builder does the final finish<br />

work.<br />

ECO-FRIENDLY<br />

Modular homes are green by their<br />

very nature. Assembly in an enclosed<br />

indoor environment allows them<br />

to fulfill key components of green<br />

building certifications, including<br />

the ICC 700 National Green Building<br />

Standard. Going modular means<br />

that material waste is reduced at<br />

both the factory and the job site. As a<br />

result, the environmental impact on<br />

the land and the community where<br />

the house is being delivered is lessened.<br />

Modular homes are often more<br />

tightly built and thus more energy<br />

efficient, which can result in lower<br />

heating and cooling costs for the<br />

home owner.<br />

FLEXIBLE HOME DESIGN<br />

While most manufacturers have<br />

a portfolio of home plans to choose<br />

from, computer-assisted design<br />

(CAD) allows limitless design and<br />

customization possibilities when<br />

planning a new modular home. Modular<br />

construction allows for a quick<br />

turnaround between groundbreaking<br />

and occupancy. A typical modular<br />

house can be move-in ready in about<br />

three months. And more often than<br />

not, the finished product is indistinguishable<br />

from a site-built home.<br />

SAVES MONEY, SAVES TIME<br />

Designed and constructed to meet<br />

or exceed local building codes and allowing<br />

nearly 90 percent of a home<br />

to be constructed offsite, a highly<br />

customizable home can be built in<br />

a controlled factory environment<br />

while the building site is simultaneously<br />

being prepped.<br />

Most work is done in the factory,<br />

so weather delays, missing materials<br />

and subcontractor no-shows are<br />

all but eliminated, saving time and<br />

money. Building modular homes<br />

save time and money, allowing the<br />

builder to focus on generating sales<br />

and other revenue sources.<br />

QUALITY CONSTRUCTION<br />

homes in a factory setting allows<br />

for more consistent quality due to<br />

uniform construction processes,<br />

training techniques and inspections.<br />

All homes are inspected by<br />

an independent, third-party home<br />

inspection agency before leaving the<br />

factory. Once on site, they are again<br />

inspected, this time by a local building<br />

inspector. These homes meet and<br />

often exceed all requirements of locally<br />

adopted building and fire codes.


December 19, 20<strong>23</strong> – February 19, 2024 SAY YOU SAW IT IN <strong>SUBURBAN</strong> 5<br />

MASSACHUSETTS<br />

978-853-7104<br />

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All prices include delivery and set-up on your foundation<br />

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6 SAY YOU SAW IT IN <strong>SUBURBAN</strong> December 19, 20<strong>23</strong> – February 19, 2024<br />

MASSACHUSETTS<br />

STATEPOINT<br />

5 quality-of-life amenities to<br />

look for when house hunting<br />

AMENITIES<br />

From page 1<br />

2. Healthy living: The right neighborhood<br />

for your family is one that’s<br />

built for a healthy lifestyle. Find out<br />

whether your prospective new neighborhood<br />

has achieved Blue Zones<br />

Project certification. This pioneering<br />

health initiative is helping communities<br />

commit to improving the<br />

well-being of residents by offering<br />

them opportunities to move naturally,<br />

eat better, develop social circles,<br />

and live with purpose. As one of the<br />

first places to earn the designation<br />

in Florida and the Southeast United<br />

States, Ave Maria is a good example<br />

of a town designed to help residents<br />

live their healthiest, happiest life.<br />

3. A town center: A neighborhood<br />

with its own town center blends big<br />

town convenience with small town<br />

connection. Merchants are not just<br />

businesses, they are neighbors, too,<br />

so that you don’t have to leave the<br />

neighborhood to find all the shopping<br />

and services you need, from<br />

supermarkets, restaurants and boutiques<br />

to spas, salons and doctors.<br />

4. Great value: The lifestyle you<br />

want should come at the right price.<br />

Fortunately, you don’t have to overspend<br />

to find a new home in one of<br />

the country’s most desirable locations,<br />

Southwest Florida. Named the<br />

fastest growing new home community<br />

in Southwest Florida since 2015<br />

by MetroStudy, and Community of<br />

the Year by Collier Building Industry<br />

Association since 2015, Ave Maria<br />

offers the same type of lifestyle<br />

amenities, albeit at a much greater<br />

value, than similar options in nearby,<br />

more expensive Naples.<br />

5. Top-notch schools: Check out local,<br />

state and national rankings, visit<br />

school websites, and connect with<br />

parents to learn their perspectives.<br />

Ave Maria is in the Collier County<br />

School District, which is ranked<br />

sixth in the state of Florida. Boasting<br />

highly-regarded pre-K to postgrad<br />

schools that are A-rated by the<br />

Florida Department of Education,<br />

its private schools are on-site and<br />

nationally recognized for excellence.<br />

It’s also home to Ave Maria University,<br />

which lends the local scene a college-town<br />

energy, complete with continuing<br />

education, cultural activities<br />

and athletic events. This accredited<br />

liberal arts university offers 33 majors<br />

and 31 minors.<br />

To learn more about the quality-of-life<br />

amenities found in affordable<br />

master-planned communities,<br />

visit avemaria.com.<br />

As you search for a home, consider<br />

narrowing your search to neighborhoods<br />

that offer a community<br />

atmosphere and a healthy, friendly<br />

lifestyle.


December 19, 20<strong>23</strong> – February 19, 2024 SAY YOU SAW IT IN <strong>SUBURBAN</strong> 7<br />

MASSACHUSETTS<br />

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PetersonRealEstate@hotmail.com<br />

Serving our Community<br />

for over 60 years.<br />

Let our experience assist you in selling<br />

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to wish everyone a Happy and Healthy Holiday Season<br />

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8 SAY YOU SAW IT IN <strong>SUBURBAN</strong> December 19, 20<strong>23</strong> – February 19, 2024<br />

STATEPOINT<br />

On average, Americans spend 90%<br />

of their time indoors, according to<br />

the Environmental Protection Agency,<br />

making indoor air quality critical<br />

to the health of families. The level of<br />

some pollutants in indoor environments<br />

can be two to five times higher<br />

than outdoor concentrations.<br />

Through the new Healthy and Efficient<br />

Homes campaign, the American<br />

Lung Association is raising<br />

awareness of common sources of indoor<br />

air pollutants — including gas-,<br />

propane-, oil- and wood-burning appliances<br />

— and promoting practical<br />

short- and long-term solutions to<br />

address the associated health risks.<br />

The Problem<br />

In addition to cleaning products,<br />

mold, moisture and pests, the household<br />

appliances you use on a daily<br />

MASSACHUSETTS<br />

How to limit indoor air pollution in your home<br />

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According to a comprehensive review<br />

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using appliances that burn methane<br />

(also known as “natural”) gas, wood,<br />

propane and heating oil can release<br />

harmful pollutants such as nitrogen<br />

dioxide, benzene and carbon monoxide<br />

in homes, while also contributing<br />

to outdoor air pollution and climate<br />

change. The review also found that<br />

the pollutants from these appliances<br />

increase the risk of breathing problems,<br />

asthma attacks, respiratory infections<br />

and other health harms, especially<br />

in children and older adults.<br />

“Using these appliances can sometimes<br />

worsen asthma symptoms,<br />

cause wheezing and result in reduced<br />

lung function in children,”<br />

says Katherine Pruitt, national senior<br />

director of policy for the American<br />

Lung Association.<br />

Solutions<br />

If you rely on combustion appliances<br />

for heating, hot water or cooking,<br />

there are some immediate steps you<br />

can take to reduce your risk from exposure<br />

to harmful pollutants:<br />

• Make sure your gas appliances<br />

are in proper working order.<br />

• Install carbon monoxide monitors.<br />

• Avoid unnecessary wood burning<br />

in your home.<br />

• Use ventilation, either a range<br />

hood that vents to the outside or an<br />

open window or both, when cooking<br />

on a gas stove.<br />

• For homes that rely on wood<br />

burning for heat or cooking, an air<br />

cleaning device that uses HEPA filtration<br />

can provide some protection<br />

from the soot and smoke.<br />

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December 19, 20<strong>23</strong> – February 19, 2024 SAY YOU SAW IT IN <strong>SUBURBAN</strong> 9<br />

MASSACHUSETTS<br />

P.M. Gallagher Inc. is a full service general<br />

building contractor specializing in new<br />

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Turnkey or Limited Scope projects.<br />

We have been servicing the commercial and<br />

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At P.M. Gallagher Inc., it is our mission to provide<br />

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10 SAY YOU SAW IT IN <strong>SUBURBAN</strong> December 19, 20<strong>23</strong> – February 19, 2024<br />

STATEPOINT<br />

Colder months have us spending<br />

more time indoors, with 8 out of 10<br />

Americans hosting more gatherings<br />

inside their homes during the<br />

holiday season than any other time<br />

of year, according to research from<br />

Procter and Gamble’s Zevo. Unfortunately,<br />

insects have the same idea,<br />

as they head inside to forage for food<br />

and seek shelter from the low temperatures.<br />

It’s no surprise then that in a One-<br />

Poll survey conducted on behalf of<br />

Zevo, 77% of Americans said they<br />

are concerned about spotting bugs in<br />

their home while hosting guests this<br />

holiday season, with 72% concerned<br />

about finding bugs amongst their<br />

holiday decorations.<br />

“Those who want a bug-free home<br />

during the holidays will have to be<br />

proactive year-round. Ants, certain<br />

fly species, such as winter crane<br />

flies, and other insects, are adapted<br />

to cold temperatures and can be very<br />

active during these cooler months,”<br />

says Daniel Perry, Zevo entomologist<br />

at Procter & Gamble.<br />

To prevent unwanted houseguests<br />

and banish bugs from your living<br />

spaces, check out these cold weather<br />

tips:<br />

• Ventilate humid areas: As the<br />

weather gets colder, hot water is<br />

more in use in places like the bathroom<br />

or basement. These closed spaces<br />

can create humid environments<br />

where insects tend to gravitate. To<br />

attract fewer bugs, keep these areas<br />

well-ventilated.<br />

• Prime your space for plants: If<br />

you have plants that you bring inside<br />

in the winter, properly prime<br />

and debug your home beforehand<br />

to prevent potential infestations,<br />

and check all your houseplants for<br />

unwanted insects before you bring<br />

them inside and every week afterwards.<br />

MASSACHUSETTS<br />

How to prevent bugs from<br />

bugging you this holiday season<br />

• Tidy up: Cleanliness is the most<br />

common strategy for coping with<br />

bugxiety (fear of bugs) and there’s<br />

a good reason for it – it’s effective.<br />

Make sure you take out your garbage<br />

regularly, especially when<br />

visitors are creating extra waste.<br />

And while everyone loves a festive<br />

holiday spread, be sure not to leave<br />

food (perishables especially) out for<br />

excessive periods of time as that can<br />

attract insects.<br />

• Get round-the-clock protection:<br />

Get the peace of mind<br />

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against flying insects. Zevo Flying<br />

Insect Traps use blue and UV light<br />

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never have to touch. Place the traps<br />

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in the kitchen, garage and other areas<br />

where doors and windows are<br />

frequently opened, and keep them<br />

plugged in to protect your home day<br />

and night from pesky flying insects.<br />

• Fight back: Nip signs of a bug<br />

problem in the bud by dealing with<br />

it immediately. Spot a bug? Zevo Insect<br />

Killer Sprays kill bugs you see,<br />

targeting and shutting down biological<br />

pathways found only in bugs, not<br />

people or pets, making them effective<br />

and safe when used as directed.<br />

“While bugxiety is very real for the<br />

majority of Americans during the<br />

holiday season, fortunately there are<br />

many strategies for keeping them<br />

out of the home that won’t disrupt<br />

your family or guests,” says Perry.


December 19, 20<strong>23</strong> – February 19, 2024 SAY YOU SAW IT IN <strong>SUBURBAN</strong> 11<br />

MASSACHUSETTS<br />

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<strong>12</strong> SAY YOU SAW IT IN <strong>SUBURBAN</strong> December 19, 20<strong>23</strong> – February 19, 2024<br />

MASSACHUSETTS<br />

How to handle furniture spills, stains and dents<br />

STATEPOINT<br />

Furniture is what makes a house a<br />

home, however new research shows<br />

daily life leaves fixtures and fittings<br />

vulnerable to damage.<br />

In its “Furniture Damage Survey,”<br />

Allstate Protection Plans found that<br />

more than 242 million Americans<br />

have damaged furniture, and 37% of<br />

damaged items were less than a year<br />

old. Here are some of the survey’s<br />

top findings, along with advice for<br />

saving time and money on repairs<br />

and replacements:<br />

• The Financial Hit: An estimated<br />

$<strong>23</strong>.5 billion has been spent by 82 million<br />

Americans replacing and repairing<br />

damaged items. The average cost of<br />

furniture repairs runs at $287. Almost<br />

half (49%) of damaged furniture originally<br />

cost more than $500 and nearly<br />

a quarter (21%) cost more than $1,000.<br />

The majority of people who damaged<br />

furniture (51%) say they spent additional<br />

money repairing or replacing it.<br />

• Hot Seats: Sofas are by far the most<br />

damaged item (34%), followed by dining<br />

room tables or chairs (11%), kitchen<br />

tables or chairs (9%), and recliners<br />

or other living room seating (8%). Most<br />

furniture (57%) was damaged in the<br />

living room, with 15% of incidents happening<br />

in the dining room, 9% in the<br />

master bedroom and 6% in the kitchen.<br />

• No Thrills from Spills. The leading<br />

cause of damage is spills, accounting<br />

for 54% of furniture damage.<br />

Other top causes are breaks<br />

(20%), dents and scratches (18%),<br />

rips or tears (17%) and burns (6%).<br />

Beverages are the dominant offenders<br />

for spills (48%) followed by ink/<br />

paint/marker (16%) and food (10%).<br />

• The Cover-Up: Almost half (46%)<br />

of people who have damaged furniture<br />

reported that they tried to fix or<br />

clean the items themselves. However,<br />

only 56% of those who took a DIY approach<br />

say their efforts were successful.<br />

Sixty-one percent of Americans<br />

have tried to hide or cover up damage.<br />

• Don’t Blame the Kids or Cat:<br />

Adults in the household are the most<br />

likely to cause damage, with children<br />

only accounting for 26% of incidents.<br />

When it comes to four-legged friends,<br />

dogs are 2.4 times more likely to<br />

have damaged furniture than cats.<br />

• Prevention and Cure: To prevent<br />

damage, Americans apply pre-stain<br />

treatments (37%), put towels or sheets<br />

over furniture (36%), and place slipcovers<br />

or plastic sheeting on furniture<br />

(28%). When the worst occurs, the majority<br />

of people say they are most likely<br />

to turn to their homeowners or renters<br />

insurance for help. Only 16% of respondents<br />

said their furniture was covered<br />

by a protection plan and fewer than<br />

half (48%) were aware such plans were<br />

available for furniture.<br />

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December 19, 20<strong>23</strong> – February 19, 2024 SAY YOU SAW IT IN <strong>SUBURBAN</strong> 13<br />

NEW HAMPSHIRE<br />

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14 SAY YOU SAW IT IN <strong>SUBURBAN</strong> December 19, 20<strong>23</strong> – February 19, 2024<br />

STATEPOINT<br />

NEW HAMPSHIRE<br />

Five things to look for<br />

when buying a new stove<br />

Choosing the right slide-in range,<br />

(AKA “stove”) is essential for any<br />

home chef, and yours should not only<br />

cater to your cooking needs, but also<br />

complement your kitchen design.<br />

“Navigating the many slide-in<br />

range options available today can<br />

feel daunting. That’s why it’s important<br />

to identify your must-have<br />

features before making a purchase,”<br />

says Peter Weedfald, senior vice<br />

president of sales and marketing at<br />

Sharp Home Electronics Company of<br />

America.<br />

Not sure where to start? This<br />

range-purchasing guide offers five<br />

important factors to consider:<br />

1. Size. A standard 30-inch slidein<br />

range is a great option for most<br />

homes. If you’re looking for more<br />

cooking surface however, scale up to<br />

a 36-inch model. There are also 24-<br />

inch options for compact kitchens.<br />

Before making any purchase, measure<br />

the space to ensure the unit will<br />

fit, and that you can open the door.<br />

2. Cooktop Surface and Fuel<br />

Source. There are three main cooktop<br />

surfaces to choose from: gas, radiant<br />

(electric) and induction. This<br />

decision can be influenced by the<br />

power source supply in your kitchen.<br />

If you have a gas line, you could<br />

choose any of the three, as long as<br />

there is also electric connectivity. If<br />

you don’t, consider a radiant or induction<br />

slide-in range. If you love<br />

the power from the open flame of a<br />

gas cooktop but desire the cooking<br />

capabilities of electric ovens, you<br />

can narrow your search to dual ovens.<br />

Helpful Hint: The cooking power<br />

measurement will indicate whether<br />

you’re dealing with gas or electricity.<br />

Gas ranges use BTUs (British Thermal<br />

Units) and electric ranges measure<br />

power output in watts.<br />

3. Capacity. The interior capacity<br />

STATEPOINT<br />

is the space within the range’s cavity.<br />

This is the oven. Knowing your<br />

cooking habits can help guide you in<br />

the right direction. While a standard<br />

slide-in range often offers enough capacity<br />

for an average-sized family, if<br />

you’re prone to entertaining crowds,<br />

a larger capacity like 6.1 or 6.3 cubic<br />

feet may better suit you. If you find<br />

yourself often preparing food at two<br />

different temperatures and cooking<br />

times, a dual oven may be your best<br />

bet.<br />

4. Finish. Whether you’re curating<br />

your kitchen piece by piece or all at<br />

once, choose an exterior finish that<br />

fits your vision. Check out the oven’s<br />

interior cavity as well. You can<br />

make a statement with an unexpected<br />

pop of color here! The Sharp<br />

30-inch Electric Convection Slide-in<br />

Range with Air Fry (SSR3065JS) offers<br />

a sleek edge-to-edge black glass<br />

exterior paired with a cobalt blue interior.<br />

If you prefer a more neutral,<br />

toned-down feel, keep it classic with<br />

a black or gray cavity.<br />

5. Oven Features. When prioritizing<br />

features, consider your cooking<br />

habits and needs. If counter space is<br />

a priority, the Sharp SSG3065JS is<br />

a family-size air fryer, so that is one<br />

less thing to take up your precious<br />

space.<br />

The Sharp SSG3065JS has 34,500<br />

BTUs of cooking power and a variety<br />

of cooking modes, including Pizza,<br />

Convection Bake/Roast, and Air<br />

Fry. The Sharp Slide-In Ranges SS-<br />

G3065JS and SSR3065JS can help<br />

take the guesswork out of cooking<br />

meat. Both ranges have built-in precision<br />

probe thermometers that automatically<br />

turn off the oven when<br />

the internal food temperature reaches<br />

the programmed setting.<br />

Learn more about slide-in range<br />

cooking features and design choices<br />

by visiting shop.sharpusa.com/products/ranges.<br />

“When curating your dream kitchen,<br />

the ultimate goal is finding a<br />

range that looks great in your space<br />

and can help you bring your culinary<br />

creations to life,” recommends<br />

Weedfald.


December 19, 20<strong>23</strong> – February 19, 2024 SAY YOU SAW IT IN <strong>SUBURBAN</strong> 15<br />

NEW HAMPSHIRE<br />

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16 SAY YOU SAW IT IN <strong>SUBURBAN</strong> December 19, 20<strong>23</strong> – February 19, 2024<br />

MAINE<br />

Three unexpected paint projects that work in any room<br />

Are you looking to spice up your<br />

space in the new year? Get some inspiration<br />

from those who’ve already<br />

taken the plunge.<br />

The following design ideas were<br />

inspired by projects from FrogTape’s<br />

20<strong>23</strong> Paintover Challenge. The<br />

friendly competition required participating<br />

DIYers to complete a room<br />

makeover, including one featured<br />

paint project, using inspiration from<br />

the brand’s Design Trends. The participants<br />

completed their transformations<br />

with a limited budget, paint<br />

and painter’s tape – and you can, too.<br />

Paint Appealing Patterns<br />

Pretty patterns, such as gingham,<br />

checkerboard and stripes, offer an<br />

element of surprise and whimsy to a<br />

room. These designs can go on floor<br />

tiles, or anywhere in need of color,<br />

like walls and tables.<br />

Achieve a modern and clean look<br />

with neutral hues or add dimension<br />

and movement by using varying<br />

paint finishes. Whichever scheme<br />

you choose, be sure to tape off the<br />

pattern with a quality painter’s<br />

tape, like FrogTape Delicate Surface,<br />

to keep lines sharp, even on freshly<br />

painted surfaces.<br />

Defy Tradition with Bold Colors<br />

While neutral tones like gray and<br />

beige will never go out of style, mixing<br />

colors can lead to that “wow”<br />

factor. The Bohemian Bazaar design<br />

trend dares DIYers to go bold with<br />

bright hues, like bright yellow or<br />

teal. Use dramatic colors to make a<br />

statement in any space like an office,<br />

bedroom, or even somewhere truly<br />

unexpected like the pantry.<br />

Make them Marvel with a Mural<br />

Whether it’s in a kid’s play area,<br />

bedroom or basement, creating a mural<br />

can add a personalized touch and<br />

make a wall pop. Don’t let the idea<br />

intimidate you. While a more seasoned<br />

DIYer may illustrate an image<br />

or even include words, murals can be<br />

as simple as stripes for beginners.<br />

No matter how basic or complex you<br />

decide to go, complete the look by<br />

carrying the color scheme or pattern<br />

throughout the area with furniture,<br />

décor and other accessories.<br />

For more project ideas, visit https://<br />

www.frogtape.com/.<br />

You might be surprised how much<br />

you can enhance your space with a<br />

great idea, a little bit of paint and a<br />

high-quality painter’s tape.<br />

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December 19, 20<strong>23</strong> – February 19, 2024 SAY YOU SAW IT IN <strong>SUBURBAN</strong> 17<br />

MAINE<br />

How to host the holidays affordably<br />

STATEPOINT<br />

From getting your home ready<br />

for guests and finding the perfect<br />

gifts to preparing a delicious meal,<br />

the holidays can seem overwhelming<br />

and expensive – but they don’t<br />

have to be. Take the following steps<br />

to save time and money on seasonal<br />

essentials.<br />

Prepping Your Home<br />

To get your home ready for holiday<br />

hosting, begin by decluttering surface<br />

areas such as tables and kitchen<br />

counters. Next, take an inventory<br />

and purchase any additional cleaning<br />

supplies you’ll need for a deep<br />

clean. Remember, air care products<br />

like festive candles or sprays can<br />

freshen cleaned spaces. Next, decorate<br />

by sprinkling different holiday<br />

décor pieces in the rooms’ focal<br />

points. For example, add themed table<br />

settings in the dining room and<br />

wrap holiday garland around fixtures<br />

such as the fireplace mantle or<br />

staircase.<br />

Making the Menu<br />

Food is a unifying component of<br />

any holiday celebration. To get started,<br />

set a menu that consists of a<br />

variety of appetizers, light snacks,<br />

side dishes, entrees and desserts to<br />

accommodate guests’ cravings and<br />

preferences. Consider using healthier<br />

variations of the season’s comforting<br />

and tasty dishes with DG Better<br />

For You recipes, which include Potato<br />

Crusted Chicken and Green Bean<br />

Casserole. Before heading to the<br />

store, write your grocery list in advance<br />

and make a plan to purchase<br />

private brand products to stretch<br />

your budget further.<br />

Gift Guide<br />

Shopping for the perfect gift for everyone<br />

on your list can be easy when<br />

using DG’s holiday gift guide found<br />

at dollargeneral.com. Consider placing<br />

three self-care products such as<br />

soap, a face mask and a bath bomb<br />

into a decorative basket with tissue<br />

paper to shine on presentation. To<br />

have children of all ages jumping<br />

for joy, save on national toy brands<br />

at your local Dollar General such<br />

as Melissa & Doug, LEGO, Fisher-Price,<br />

Play Doh, Barbie, Pokémon,<br />

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For additional savings, use DG’s<br />

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18 SAY YOU SAW IT IN <strong>SUBURBAN</strong> December 19, 20<strong>23</strong> – February 19, 2024<br />

STATEPOINT<br />

MAINE<br />

How to improve the functionality and<br />

charm of your home with windows<br />

STATEPOINT<br />

New windows can increase curb<br />

appeal, providing the finishing touch<br />

on an exterior home improvement<br />

project. They can also reduce energy<br />

bills, provide ventilation and impact<br />

your view, making it important to<br />

choose your products and placement<br />

carefully. Here’s what to know:<br />

Performance<br />

As we head into the coolest months<br />

of the year, it’s important to remember<br />

that windows are a point of heat<br />

transfer. For optimal energy efficiency<br />

this winter and beyond, work<br />

with a manufacturer that offers EN-<br />

ERGY STAR-certified windows and<br />

insulated glass options. Likewise, investigate<br />

ratings for weatherability,<br />

durability and color retention. That’s<br />

where materials can come into play.<br />

Products made from vinyl have<br />

these common qualities: strength,<br />

durability, and abrasion-, moisture-,<br />

rust- and corrosion-resistance. They<br />

are also electrically non-conductive<br />

and have excellent fire performance<br />

properties.<br />

Style<br />

Double hung and sliding windows<br />

are some of the most common window<br />

types nationwide. If you’re looking<br />

for a change, here are some other<br />

types to consider:<br />

• Architectural windows: Custom<br />

window shapes, typically called architectural<br />

windows, come in a variety<br />

of profiles and sizes. Whether<br />

you’re partial to arch windows, octagonal<br />

windows or something else,<br />

custom window shapes can be used<br />

alone as a single focal point or in<br />

combination with other windows to<br />

create a show-stopping view. Online<br />

resources, such as ProVia’s window<br />

shape guide, found at provia.com/<br />

windows/shapes, can help you select<br />

shapes to complement your home’s<br />

architecture.<br />

• Bay and bow windows: Most often<br />

seen on Victorian and classic/<br />

colonial style homes, bay and bow<br />

windows are a beautiful way to draw<br />

attention to your home’s exterior,<br />

while inside, providing a cozy place<br />

to sit and read or just enjoy the view.<br />

Constructed of double hung, casement<br />

or picture windows set side-byside<br />

at varying angles, bay and bow<br />

windows can be customized to include<br />

stained glass, tinted glass and<br />

other decorative options to further<br />

amp up curb appeal.<br />

• Hopper windows: Do you have<br />

spaces that could use a bit of sunlight<br />

and ventilation, but are areas<br />

where you don’t necessarily need<br />

people looking back in? Such rooms<br />

– think basements and bathrooms<br />

– are great places to install hopper<br />

windows, which are single-sash windows<br />

that open inward from the top.<br />

Doing so can improve home value by<br />

adding light to rooms that otherwise<br />

might be very dark. And in the laundry<br />

room, a hopper window can be<br />

used as the exterior outlet for dryer<br />

vents when mulled to a small, insulated<br />

picture window or other window<br />

type.<br />

• Garden windows: While most often<br />

associated with Victorian-style<br />

architecture, garden windows can<br />

be added to any style home. The<br />

three-dimensional design helps<br />

open up a room while providing an<br />

eye-catching boost of curb appeal.<br />

A long-standing favorite in kitchens<br />

behind the sink, garden windows<br />

are ideal for bringing in extra<br />

light and providing a space to grow<br />

small plants or herbs. They can also<br />

be used in a bathroom or den as an<br />

alcove for decorative accents. When<br />

adding garden windows, consider<br />

turning to a manufacturer that provides<br />

the option to include adjustable<br />

shelves. This will help you maximize<br />

the space best.


December 19, 20<strong>23</strong> – February 19, 2024 SAY YOU SAW IT IN <strong>SUBURBAN</strong> 19<br />

MAINE<br />

Common scams and how to avoid them<br />

STATEPOINT<br />

In difficult economic times, fraudulent<br />

housing schemes become more<br />

prevalent, impacting homeowners<br />

and renters alike. To help you avoid<br />

becoming a victim of fraud, Freddie<br />

Mac is sharing the following insights<br />

and tips about the most common tactics<br />

and scams.<br />

PREDATORY LENDING<br />

Previous financial disasters have<br />

led to more robust consumer protection<br />

laws. Nevertheless, you should<br />

remain vigilant about predatory lending.<br />

Look for warning signs, such as<br />

pressure tactics, incomplete, confusing<br />

or contradictory loan terms, and high<br />

rates and fees, including penalties for<br />

paying your loan off early. Additionally,<br />

lenders should not suggest you<br />

take out more credit than you need<br />

or suggest a monthly loan payment<br />

that does not cover the interest due on<br />

your loan. It’s important to work with<br />

someone you trust. If you’re hesitant<br />

to move forward with a lender, consult<br />

a HUD-certified housing counselor or<br />

lawyer to gain a better understanding<br />

of the loan terms.<br />

FORECLOSURE RESCUE FRAUD<br />

Fraudsters often target those in distress.<br />

During times of financial hardship,<br />

be especially aware of foreclosure<br />

rescue fraud, where someone falsely<br />

promises to be able to save your home<br />

from foreclosure. Common elements<br />

of this scheme include the fraudster<br />

requiring you to sign over the title to<br />

your home, asking you to sign unfamiliar<br />

documents or share personal information,<br />

and charging you rent to stay<br />

in your home. They may also offer to<br />

pay your delinquent mortgage by purchasing<br />

your home with the promise<br />

that you can repurchase it when your<br />

financial situation improves. If you’re<br />

struggling with mortgage payments,<br />

don’t deal with unknown entities.<br />

Directly contact your loan servicer, a<br />

HUD-certified housing counselor or<br />

a Housing Finance Agency for legitimate<br />

options to help avoid foreclosure.<br />

FRAUDULENT LEASES AND UNITS<br />

Millions of Americans have lost<br />

money due to fraudulent rental listings.<br />

You can avoid becoming a victim<br />

of this scam by always seeing a unit<br />

in person or over video conference before<br />

renting it, and by never paying a<br />

security deposit until you have signed<br />

a lease. When rental unit hunting, be<br />

wary of red flags such as prices that<br />

are too good to be true, listings riddled<br />

with grammatical errors and property<br />

managers asking for personal information<br />

before you’ve seen a unit.<br />

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Energy efficient two bedroom home built in 2021. Open<br />

concept, kitchen, dining, living area. Well designed kitchen<br />

with quartz countertop, island, and spacious pantry.<br />

Two bedrooms, full bath, first floor laundry. Two car<br />

detached garage with storage above, paved drive. Quiet<br />

setting, close to shopping.<br />

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everyone a safe and<br />

healthy holiday season.<br />

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Three bedroom ranch in quiet setting minutes to town.<br />

Large living room, primary bedroom with full bath. One<br />

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20 SAY YOU SAW IT IN <strong>SUBURBAN</strong> December 19, 20<strong>23</strong> – February 19, 2024<br />

STATEPOINT<br />

MAINE<br />

Cozy or cramped? Americans reveal how<br />

they feel about living in small spaces<br />

When it comes to the home, bigger<br />

doesn’t always mean better.<br />

A new survey from Duck brand,<br />

which offers products that provide<br />

simple, imaginative and helpful solutions<br />

for a variety of tasks around<br />

the home, discovers that more than<br />

half of Americans living in a small<br />

space say they feel cozy and comfortable<br />

as opposed to cramped.<br />

“We often assume that a larger<br />

home is the most desirable, but<br />

that’s not always the case,” says<br />

Chaffy Assad, product manager at<br />

Shurtape Technologies, LLC, the<br />

company that markets the Duck<br />

brand. “In fact, nearly half of the<br />

survey respondents enjoy living in a<br />

small space, which most defined as a<br />

two-bedroom home or smaller.”<br />

A more intimate space offers many<br />

benefits: 61% say it’s easier to clean,<br />

54% say it costs less and helps save<br />

money and 52% say it’s easier to<br />

maintain. Additionally, 57% plan to<br />

continue living in their home for the<br />

foreseeable future.<br />

While there are many benefits to<br />

tinier homes, there are some challenges<br />

to living with less space. Fifty-nine<br />

percent of Americans say the<br />

biggest downside is the lack of storage,<br />

with 48% of people feeling it’s<br />

harder to keep small spaces clean<br />

and organized compared to larger<br />

spaces.<br />

Which areas prove to create the<br />

biggest cleaning conundrums? The<br />

kitchen ranks number one as the<br />

hardest room to keep neat and tidy,<br />

with the living room a close second,<br />

followed by the bedroom in third. The<br />

belongings that are the most difficult<br />

to make space for are cookware,<br />

bags, shoes and gym equipment.<br />

That being said, Americans are<br />

good at finding ways to make the<br />

most of their home by keeping clutter<br />

to a minimum and getting creative<br />

with organizing, the survey<br />

finds. Duck brand offers a variety<br />

of organizing ideas and solutions<br />

that help people tidy up, from the<br />

EasyMounts Mounting System that<br />

can transform a disorganized entryway,<br />

closet or garage, to the versatile<br />

EasyLiner Brand Shelf Liner<br />

that can make surfaces stylish and<br />

mess-free.<br />

“No matter how limited your space<br />

STATEPOINT<br />

is, there is always a way to maximize<br />

it,” Assad adds. “Making minor and<br />

affordable changes, like mounting<br />

removable hooks on the wall, easily<br />

adds extra storage to hang such<br />

items as cooking utensils or a purse,<br />

while installing shelf liner on kitchen<br />

shelves or in bathroom drawers<br />

protects surfaces and makes it simple<br />

to wipe up spills or messes.”


December 19, 20<strong>23</strong> – February 19, 2024 SAY YOU SAW IT IN <strong>SUBURBAN</strong> 21<br />

MAINE<br />

Roger Whitehouse<br />

Sally Arsenault<br />

152 River Road, Mexico, ME 04257<br />

207-369-0100<br />

www.riversiderealty.org<br />

Rumford - New Residential<br />

Nice 3-bedroom cape is located in<br />

town and close to all amenities. Amenities<br />

include a gas fireplace which<br />

can easily be reconnected, direct<br />

vent heaters, on-demand hot water<br />

heater, open front porch, side deck<br />

and a quaint backyard.<br />

#2243 MLS#1545307 $147,500<br />

Mexico - Residential w/in-law unit<br />

1895 modified single family home<br />

with 9 rooms. 1st floor has 5 rooms<br />

with 2 bedrooms that had been converted<br />

into one and the full bath has<br />

a walk in handicap hot tub, kitchen<br />

and unit was renovated in 2006.<br />

#2253 MLS#1550971 $250,181<br />

Mexico - Commercial building<br />

U/C 10/09/<strong>23</strong><br />

1950’s Commercial building with 13<br />

rooms and a <strong>12</strong> X 8 front lobby. There<br />

are ten motel rooms, each having<br />

their own full bath rooms. 5 rooms<br />

are on the first floor along with a<br />

receptionist room, storage room and<br />

a half bathroom.<br />

#2262 MLS#1552845 $550,000<br />

Mexico - Multi Unit<br />

1895 modified Farmhouse which<br />

had been converted into a 4 unit<br />

decades ago. Currently being totally<br />

renovated by the most recent owner<br />

with new wiring and plumbing. Being<br />

sold in as-is condition.<br />

#2267 MLS#1554363 $133,700<br />

Roxbury - Commercial<br />

1978 Retail free standing building<br />

consisting of 26,620 sq. ft. of retail<br />

and office space. Half bath and 2880<br />

sq ft of storage. There are 4 buildings,<br />

3 of which are attached and one is a<br />

detached storage garage.<br />

#2268 MLS#1554381 $6<strong>23</strong>,990<br />

Rumford - NEW Residential U/C<br />

Nice 4 bedroom, 1.5 bath, has much<br />

to offer. When you enter the house,<br />

you walk into the dining room<br />

which has a brick hearth and kitchen<br />

cabinets, continue beyond the dining<br />

room to the full kitchen and laundry<br />

area to the left then you have the<br />

deck and access to the 1 car garage.<br />

#2279 MLS#1560849 $160,000<br />

Mexico - NEW Residential<br />

Enjoy amazing sunsets and incredible<br />

mountain views from the deck or living<br />

room of this incredible contemporary<br />

home located close to Black Mountain<br />

of Maine Ski area, just 30 minutes to<br />

Sunday River and less than an hour to<br />

Rangeley and Saddleback Mountain.<br />

#2288 MLS#1570885 $355,000<br />

Byron - NEW Residential<br />

This 2001 5 room cape has been<br />

stripped to the studs and reinsulated<br />

and sheet rocked. Some kitchen<br />

cabinets installed, plumbing installed<br />

circuit breakers put in but needs generator<br />

and finished work to be liveable.<br />

#2289 MLS#157<strong>12</strong>04 $385,000<br />

Rumford - NEW Residential<br />

Great 3 bedroom, 1.5 bath ranch is<br />

waiting for you to make it your new<br />

home. This ranch is quite spacious, has<br />

hardwood floors, a 2nd kitchen in the<br />

basement which is partially finished<br />

and has a half bath. The 2-car garage<br />

has finished walls, 3 closets plus a large<br />

storage area with a separate entrance.<br />

#2292 MLS#1571847 $150,000<br />

Byron - NEW Residential<br />

Looking for a place to enjoy snowmobile<br />

and ATV rides? There’s 200+ miles<br />

of trails right outside the door plus a<br />

nice path down to the Swift River for<br />

a cool dip or to pan for gold or a just<br />

a short jaunt down to Coos Canyon.<br />

#2293 MLS#1573003 $<strong>23</strong>9,900<br />

Roxbury - NEW Residential<br />

LOCATION! LOCATION! LOCATION!<br />

This 5 room cape with attached huge<br />

barn is in dire need of renovation, it’s<br />

true, but the property sits on a very<br />

well landscaped 2 acre + lot with 200<br />

feet of water front on the Swift River.<br />

Potential galore! Great for fishing and<br />

swimming.<br />

#2294 MLS#1574492 $325,000<br />

Rumford - NEW Residential<br />

Investors/contractors take notice.<br />

Located in a nice neighborhood close<br />

to all amenities, the exterior is completed,<br />

the interior is insulated but<br />

the house needs plumbing, heating,<br />

electrical and your finishing touches.<br />

Call today for more information or to<br />

see the property.<br />

#2295 MLS#15759002 $79,900<br />

Dixfield<br />

#2286 MLS #1439711 $19,500<br />

1 Acres<br />

LAND, LAND, LAND, LAND, LAND<br />

Rumford<br />

#2210 MLS #1526915 $49,900<br />

5.8 Acres<br />

S Bog Rd Rangeley<br />

#2290 MLS #157<strong>12</strong>21 $175,000<br />

1 Acres<br />

Mexico<br />

#2137 MLS #1479510 $40,000<br />

.34 Acres<br />

Rumford<br />

#2<strong>23</strong>4 MLS #1539806 $174,000<br />

6 Acres<br />

7 Roxbury<br />

#2291 MLS #157<strong>12</strong>30 $175,000<br />

.7 Acres<br />

Rumford<br />

#2164 MLS #1505997 $40,000<br />

7 Acres<br />

Rumford<br />

#2<strong>23</strong>5 MLS #1539814 $198,777<br />

117 Acres<br />

Wilton<br />

#2296 MLS #1574900 $173,000<br />

146.7 Acres<br />

Mexico<br />

#2184 MLS #1516336 $70,000<br />

<strong>12</strong>.5 Acres<br />

Rumford<br />

#2264 MLS #1554143 $275,275 Comm<br />

1.28 Acres<br />

Wilton<br />

#2297 MLS #1574906 $69,115<br />

13 Acres<br />

Wilton<br />

#2298 MLS #1574916 $61,346<br />

20 Acres


22 SAY YOU SAW IT IN <strong>SUBURBAN</strong> December 19, 20<strong>23</strong> – February 19, 2024<br />

MAINE<br />

Upgrade their kitchen with<br />

these holiday gift ideas<br />

STATEPOINT<br />

The holiday season is the perfect<br />

time of year to upgrade the kitchens<br />

of home chefs with the latest tech<br />

and tools. Here are three cool holiday<br />

gift ideas that will elevate the<br />

way your loved ones cook, host and<br />

clean up.<br />

Smarter Composting<br />

According to a recent report, the<br />

United States discards more food<br />

than any other country in the world,<br />

equating to 325 pounds of waste<br />

per person annually, with nearly<br />

half this waste generated in home<br />

kitchens. Whether you’re shopping<br />

for someone living in a region with<br />

mandatory composting or simply<br />

someone striving to be more sustainable<br />

at home, you can now gift them<br />

an effective solution to this issue.<br />

While many people are aware of<br />

the environmental benefits of composting,<br />

such as reducing food waste,<br />

diverting trash from landfills and<br />

enriching garden soil, composting<br />

has also garnered a reputation for<br />

being time-consuming, messy and<br />

emitting unpleasant odors. Fortunately,<br />

new technology is addressing<br />

these challenges, making composting<br />

a convenient, clean and odor-free<br />

process for any household kitchen.<br />

The THINKWARE BLUEVENT<br />

MUMU is the world’s first AI-powered<br />

smart food composter to use<br />

a new cutting-edge Metal Organic<br />

Framework (MOF) to block and inhibit<br />

the propagation of fungi to ensure<br />

clean and harmless use. Smart<br />

technology automatically measures<br />

food waste by weight then automates<br />

the disposal process accordingly.<br />

Additionally, AI storage automatically<br />

monitors food temperature<br />

and humidity to prevent spoilage.<br />

In summary, it eliminates the need<br />

for guesswork, leading to more successful<br />

composting. With a powerful,<br />

triple-activated carbon eco filter, this<br />

4-liter capacity composter is odorless<br />

and whisper-quiet at just 20 decibels.<br />

It is now available at Amazon.<br />

com, Walmart.com, eBay.com, Newegg.com<br />

and Thinkwarestore.com.<br />

Sparkling Water on Demand<br />

One million plastic bottles are purchased<br />

every minute, according to<br />

Giving Compass. Unfortunately, the<br />

majority of them never get recycled.<br />

Help your loved one reduce their own<br />

contribution to this growing problem<br />

and bestow upon them an endless<br />

supply of carbonated beverages with<br />

a sparkling water maker. With a slim<br />

countertop profile, they’ll be able to<br />

transform tap water into seltzer in<br />

just few easy steps. This gift is great<br />

for mixologists who love to make and<br />

batch fizzy mocktails and cocktails<br />

for parties, as well as anyone with a<br />

thirst for reducing plastic waste.<br />

STATEPOINT<br />

Precision Cooking<br />

Today’s kitchen scales don’t just<br />

simply weigh ingredients for precision<br />

cooking and baking, they also<br />

connect to smartphone apps for real-time<br />

nutritional analysis, recipe<br />

inspiration and instruction, and<br />

more. The best models ping the user’s<br />

device when they’ve added the<br />

correct amount of a given ingredient,<br />

easily toggle between different units<br />

of measurement, and allow users to<br />

save and share recipes via the app.<br />

This makes for a great gift for beginner<br />

cooks who want to get a feel for<br />

measurements, expert bakers looking<br />

for better results, those focused<br />

on portion control in the New Year,<br />

and anyone looking to optimize food<br />

prep.<br />

By putting game-changing smart<br />

kitchen appliances at the top of your<br />

holiday shopping list, you can brighten<br />

the season for home chefs.


December 19, 20<strong>23</strong> – February 19, 2024 SAY YOU SAW IT IN <strong>SUBURBAN</strong> <strong>23</strong><br />

STATEPOINT<br />

In difficult economic times, fraudulent<br />

housing schemes become more<br />

prevalent, impacting homeowners<br />

and renters alike. To help you avoid<br />

becoming a victim of fraud, Freddie<br />

Mac is sharing the following insights<br />

and tips about the most common tactics<br />

and scams.<br />

PREDATORY LENDING<br />

Previous financial disasters have<br />

led to more robust consumer protection<br />

laws. Nevertheless, you should<br />

remain vigilant about predatory lending.<br />

Look for warning signs, such as<br />

pressure tactics, incomplete, confusing<br />

or contradictory loan terms, and high<br />

rates and fees, including penalties for<br />

paying your loan off early. Additionally,<br />

lenders should not suggest you<br />

take out more credit than you need<br />

or suggest a monthly loan payment<br />

that does not cover the interest due on<br />

your loan. It’s important to work with<br />

someone you trust. If you’re hesitant<br />

to move forward with a lender, consult<br />

a HUD-certified housing counselor or<br />

lawyer to gain a better understanding<br />

of the loan terms.<br />

FORECLOSURE RESCUE FRAUD<br />

Fraudsters often target those in distress.<br />

During times of financial hardship,<br />

be especially aware of foreclosure<br />

rescue fraud, where someone falsely<br />

promises to be able to save your home<br />

from foreclosure. Common elements<br />

of this scheme include the fraudster<br />

requiring you to sign over the title to<br />

your home, asking you to sign unfamiliar<br />

documents or share personal information,<br />

and charging you rent to stay<br />

in your home. They may also offer to<br />

pay your delinquent mortgage by purchasing<br />

your home with the promise<br />

that you can repurchase it when your<br />

financial situation improves. If you’re<br />

struggling with mortgage payments,<br />

don’t deal with unknown entities.<br />

Directly contact your loan servicer, a<br />

HUD-certified housing counselor or<br />

MAINE<br />

Common homebuying and renting<br />

scams and how to avoid them<br />

a Housing Finance Agency for legitimate<br />

options to help avoid foreclosure.<br />

FRAUDULENT LEASES<br />

AND UNITS<br />

Millions of Americans have lost<br />

money due to fraudulent rental listings.<br />

You can avoid becoming a victim<br />

of this scam by always seeing a unit<br />

in person or over video conference<br />

before renting it, and by never paying<br />

a security deposit until you have<br />

signed a lease. Be sure to read your<br />

lease thoroughly before you sign it,<br />

asking questions about any concerning<br />

details early in the process. When<br />

rental unit hunting, be wary of red<br />

flags such as prices that are too good<br />

to be true, listings riddled with grammatical<br />

errors and property managers<br />

asking for personal information<br />

before you’ve seen a unit.<br />

MOVING FRAUD<br />

Typically, moving fraud occurs when<br />

scammers who act like legitimate movers<br />

provide a low estimate and, once<br />

you move, demand a higher price and<br />

withhold your belongings until you pay.<br />

To avoid this scam, research the company<br />

to ensure it is legitimate, insured<br />

STATEPOINT<br />

and has good reviews. You should also<br />

know that reputable moving companies<br />

never require advance payments<br />

or use high-pressure sales tactics.<br />

REPORT SCAMS<br />

IMMEDIATELY<br />

If you believe you’ve been a victim<br />

of a scam, take the following actions:<br />

• If a criminal has your identification<br />

information, call your creditors<br />

to cancel your credit cards. Review<br />

your transactions to make sure you<br />

recognize them. You can also request<br />

that creditors receive your written<br />

consent before changing your mailing<br />

address or sending a replacement<br />

credit card. Your creditors may<br />

advise additional precautions.<br />

• Contact the credit bureaus to<br />

freeze your credit reports so that<br />

there’s no activity on your reports<br />

unless you approve it.<br />

• Report the scam to one or more<br />

of the following entities: the Federal<br />

Trade Commission, the Consumer<br />

Financial Protection Bureau, HUD’s<br />

Office of the Inspector General Hotline,<br />

and the U.S. Department of<br />

Justice.


24 SAY YOU SAW IT IN <strong>SUBURBAN</strong> December 19, 20<strong>23</strong> – February 19, 2024<br />

MAINE<br />

EXIT KEY REAL ESTATE<br />

COME VISIT US AT OUR NEW OFFICE<br />

920 Shapleigh Corner Road, Shapleigh, Maine 04076<br />

207-636-2222<br />

www.exitkeyrealestate.com<br />

WE HAVE QUALIFIED BUYERS WAITING — LIST WITH US, NOW!<br />

SOLD<br />

Acton, ME<br />

MLS 1569594 $450,000<br />

If you are seeking peace and tranquility to enhance<br />

your life, look no further. Tucked away on a private<br />

2+ acre lot, this three bedroom, two bath home offers<br />

single-level living, at its best! This is far from your<br />

typical ranch-style home and offers so much more.<br />

The great room offers hardwood floors and cathedral<br />

ceiling with room for living and dining, adjacent to<br />

the designer kitchen, complete with granite counters<br />

and breakfast bar.<br />

From our<br />

homes to<br />

yours — we<br />

wish you a<br />

happy and<br />

healthy<br />

holiday!<br />

SOLD<br />

Shapleigh, ME<br />

MLS 1565502 $840,000<br />

This lakefront home offers so much, and at an<br />

affordable price. Situated on the shore of Square<br />

Pond in Shapleigh, with 100’ gradual-entry water<br />

frontage on a quiet stretch, on a town-maintained<br />

road, this property awaits your personal touches.<br />

Enter on the main level into an oversized living room<br />

offering commanding views of the lake, through a full<br />

wall of windows.<br />

SOLD<br />

Shapleigh, ME<br />

MLS 157<strong>23</strong>90 $454,000<br />

Whether you are sitting in the back yard around the fire pit, toasting<br />

marshmallows and telling stories, or enjoying the calm privacy of your<br />

screened porch and open decks, there is nothing which beats the secluded<br />

sanctuary of this single-level home in Shapleigh. Located on a wooded corner<br />

lot, which has been well-landscaped, it is easy to step away from the noise<br />

and the interruptions of your busy daily life and listen to the blue jays and<br />

chickadees calling from the trees in the yard.<br />

SOLD OVER ASKING!!<br />

Sanford, ME<br />

MLS 1572519 $309,000<br />

Whether you are looking for a starter home or a manageable floor plan in your<br />

senior years, this home will work perfectly for you. Enter the home into the<br />

spacious living room with hardwood floors or turn to your right into the dining<br />

room, also with hardwood floors and a separate pellet stove for warmth and<br />

ambiance, too. Enter the fully applianced kitchen with vinyl flooring. Also on<br />

the main level is a primary bedroom with full bath. Upstairs are two more large<br />

bedrooms, a bonus room - perfect for crafts or for a music room, plus a half bath.<br />

SOLD<br />

OVER ASKING!!<br />

Newfield, ME<br />

MLS 1563700 and MLS 1563701, $69,000<br />

First time offered - three acre wooded building lot, on Route 11 (Bond Spring Road) within easy walking distance to local nature trails and less than one mile from<br />

Thurston and Peters Maple Sugar House and Ice Cream Shop. Easy access to Route 16 (about seven miles away) and supermarket shopping in Sanford, ME or<br />

Ossipee, NH (about twenty minutes drive).

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