Lynn D'Avolio
J. Barrett & Company | 801-597-2857 |

Posted by Lynn D'Avolio on 9/21/2021

An ultra-efficient home is one that's designed and constructed not only to save you energy but provide its own. This means it uses no more renewable energy that it generates. To the novice homeowner, this may sound impossible. However, to the architects and engineers who specialize in designing this type of abode, it's all in a day's work.

How Can a House Be Its Own Energy Source?

Using a whole-house systems approach, architects use materials that are designed to harness and trap energy from the sun. Homeowners then use this energy to heat the water and air inside the home. It takes careful planning to design and build an ultra-efficient house, and the costs of construction usually reflect this. However, once built, this type of structure uses little in the way of traditional energy, and utility bills may even be nonexistent.

To provide its own energy, a home must feature south-facing windows and unobscured access to the sun. As the sun rises throughout the day, it shines into the windows and is collected by materials inside the home - usually a wall made of masonry or a tiled floor. Heat is stored in these materials according to their thermal mass. As the sun goes down and the day cools, heat stored in the thermal mass keeps temperatures inside the home comfortable.

There are controls in place to prevent the home from overheating. Usually they comprise window awnings, blinds or landscaping that limits the amount of sunlight that's allowed to enter during the hottest hours of the day.

What Types of Materials Are Used in Ultra-Efficient Homes?

Builders who construct ultra-efficient homes use materials that are functional for collecting and storing heat as opposed to ones that are simply attractive. These include:

  • Glazed glass

  • Brick

  • Recycled Steel

  • Spray foam insulation

  • Radiant barrier sheathing

  • Concrete

Most materials used in the construction of your ultra-efficient home will serve a purpose while looking beautiful and modern. They're filled with natural light and rich finishes that lend themselves well to heat absorption. The temperature and humidity inside the home is always comfortable, and if you have a utility bill, it won't fluctuate with the seasons.

What Does It Cost to Build an Ultra-Efficient Home?

It may cost as much as 7 percent more to build an ultra-efficient home as opposed to a more traditional design. However, you'll usually recoup that extra investment in under 10 years. By using energy-efficient materials, appliances and building techniques, the day-to-day costs of home operation are greatly reduced. As a result, the money you would usually spend on heating and cooling can begin going back into your savings account from the day you move in.

Can you afford to build an ultra-efficient home? The answer to this question may surprise you. There are several government grants and programs designed to encourage homeowners to build or upgrade to energy-efficient homes, according to Some come as annual tax credits. Others are available as grants or as Energy-Efficient Mortgages (EEMs). Make sure to look into these options if you're interested in an ultra-efficient home.

Posted by Lynn D'Avolio on 9/14/2021

One of the most satisfying aspects of being a new homeowner is the process of "making it your own."

That could include everything from painting walls and hanging pictures to replacing window treatments and assembling shelves. (Then, of course, there's the unpacking, furniture arranging, organizing, and room cleaning!)

For some people, one of the biggest challenges in getting unpacked, set up, and fully decorated is keeping their motivation high. While momentum is usually highest during the first few weeks of living in a new home, a lot of distractions, interruptions, and competing priorities can quickly vie for your attention.

In addition to using good time management skills and setting self-imposed deadlines for getting projects done, here are a few other strategies for staying on track with your decorating and home improvement goals:

Purchase needed supplies ASAP: It's easy for a project to get derailed or put on the "back burner" when you don't have all the tools, supplies, and materials you need to get started. Painting walls and ceilings is the perfect example because you can't get fully underway until you have a variety of brushes, rollers, paint trays, drop cloths, painters' tape, and a sufficient supply of paint -- often more than one color. If you have holes or cracks to fill, you may also need additional supplies like joint compound, a putty knife, and sandpaper. When you have immediate access to all the supplies you need for a particular project, it eliminates potential delays, excuses for getting started, and interruptions in your work flow.

Arrange child care: Sometimes the best approach to keeping your children supervised and entertained while you're working on the house is to hire a responsible teenager to babysit. If you have one or more older children in the family who can help take care of the younger ones for a few hours, then that's even better. In either case, you'll be able to stay focused on the task at hand and get a lot more accomplished.

Make it a priority: The problem with continually postponing a home repair, a landscaping task, or a painting project is that weeks can easily turn into months! Before you know it, years have gone by and you still haven't organized your basement, cleaned out those clogged rain gutters, or applied a fresh coat of paint to your outdated bathroom walls. By blocking off a specific period of time for getting a project underway or completed, you'll be accomplishing your home maintenance goals and beautifying your home faster and more efficiently.

Commit it to writing: When you write yourself a reminder note, create a to-do list, mark it on your calendar, or even text your spouse about your plans to tackle the project on Saturday, you've increased the probability that it will get done. Verbally telling people about it, such as when they ask you what you're doing this weekend, will also help fuel your motivation and nudge you to get the job done in a timely way!

Posted by Lynn D'Avolio on 9/7/2021

Having equity in your home is an incredibly valuable thing. It allows you to borrow against your house and shows that the value of your investment is rising. Equity defined is the difference between your home’s value and the amount you still owe on the home. Equity allows you to move forward with other properties and sell your current one. 

As you pay down your mortgage, your equity increases. There is, however, always a risk of an equity slide where values drop a bit. There are a few ways that you can help your home’s equity value to increase faster.

Pay Towards The Principal

The first few years that you’re a homeowner, you’ll be paying a lot towards the interest and only a little towards the principal value of the loan. The quicker you pay down your home loan, the faster you’ll increase the equity of your home. Check your budget and see how much extra you may be able to pay. Then, talk with your lender to see if there are any pre-payment penalties. 

Complete Home Improvement Projects

You may not know that many home improvement projects can increase the value of your home substantially. There are many projects that you can complete in your home that won’t break the bank yet will give you a significant return. You can start simple, or think big. Some of the best home improvement projects that will add value to your home include:

  • Complete kitchen remodel
  • Replacing countertops
  • Refinishing cabinets
  • Installing new appliances
  • Replacing garage doors
  • Bathroom remodel
  • Putting on addition
  • Landscaping renovations

Any of these home improvement projects can add value to your home, bringing the equity value of the home up. Even if you’re not planning on taking out any equity in your home for some time, any improvement projects that you choose to do are beneficial for both you and how your home affects your finances.  

Increase The Amount Of Your Downpayment

You can increase the value of a home before you even buy it. If you put the traditional 20% down on a house, you’ll build equity a bit faster than if you put down a lower amount such as 3% or 5%. If you have already purchased your home, you can ask your lender to do what’s called a cash-in refinance. This type of refinance is where you bring cash to the refinancing closing table in order to lower the balance of your mortgage.   

Categories: Uncategorized  

Posted by Lynn D'Avolio on 9/3/2021

This Single-Family in Lynn, MA recently sold for $425,000. This Colonial style home was sold by Lynn D'Avolio - J. Barrett & Company .

37 Floyd Ave, Lynn, MA 01904


Sale Price

5 Room, 2 Bedroom,1 Bath Colonial in Desired Wyoma Neighborhood! Spacious Living Room With Plenty of Natural Light and Hardwood Floors, Eat-In Kitchen With Adjoining Dining Room, 3rd Bedroom or Home Office. Second Floor Includes 2 Good Size Bedrooms and Updated Full Bathroom with Tub. Beautiful Fenced Level Yard with Porch and Garden Area, Perfect for Entertaining! Brand New Roof and Brand New Gas Hot Water Heater. FHA Heat Only 3 Years Old! Bathroom Has Been Recently Updated with New Vinyl Flooring, New Sink and Plumbing. New Water Lines and Sewer Done. Replacement Windows. House Needs Cosmetic Work Throughout And To Be Sold In "As Is" Condition. Great Value!

Similar Properties

Tags: Real Estate   Single-Family   Lynn   01904  
Categories: Sold Homes  

Posted by Lynn D'Avolio on 9/2/2021

27 Range Heights Terrace, Lynn, MA 01904

Lynn Woods



Full/Half Baths
Large Ranch in a most desirable Ward 1 neighborhood on a quiet dead-end street. This 4-bedroom, 3-bathroom home features central air conditioning, hardwood floors, a wood-burning fireplace, granite countertops and stainless-steel appliances in the kitchen. The main living level includes an open concept kitchen, living room, 3 bedrooms, and 2 bathrooms. Spacious light-filled lower level offers a family room, 4th bedroom, full bathroom, sunroom/office, laundry room and 3 bonus walk in closets. Enjoy your backyard with its in-ground pool and patio all surrounded by well-kept landscaping and beautiful trees. Located near Lynn Woods Reservation, convenient to Routes 1, 95, and 128 and only 10 minutes to Lynnfield Marketplace. Don't miss out. Call for an appointment today.
Open House
September 04 at 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM
Please call to make an appointment. Please Bring Mask
More Open Houses
Cannot make the Open Houses?
Location: 27 Range Heights Terrace, Lynn, MA 01904    Get Directions

Similar Properties

Categories: Open House