Alex Navarro's Blog Posts

Fall in New England

Fall in New England brings about so many changes; crisper weather, stunning foliage, apple picking and the second biggest housing market of the year. Despite all of its draining challenges, this

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Certification Announcement: Real Estate Negotiation Expert

LOCAL REALTOR® AWARDED RENE CERTIFICATIONSomerville & Malden, MA - 09/03/2020Alex Navarro of Weichert Realtors - Metropolitan Boston Real Estate, has been awarded the Real Estate Negotiation

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Hiking in Granville

New England is full of amazing hiking opportunities for all skill levels. Recently we journeyed out to Granville to try out the Hubbard River Trail in Granville State Forest. We were surrounded by

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Summer Maintenance

Home maintenance is critical to making your property look in top shape. Summer is the perfect time to focus on those outdoor maintenance projects that take a backseat in the cold. Here are a few

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Smoke & CO Certificate Inspection - Preparation and Tips

Preparing your home for sale is no small task! There is a laundry list of items, regulations and strategies that you’ll need to understand to ensure a smooth sale. The best way to do that is

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Tips to Keep Pets Safe this Summer

As we are getting into peak summer, we are seeing some hot temperatures that can be difficult to cope with. While we are feeling the heat, our furry friends also struggle to keep cool this time of

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Guide for First Time Buyers

You’ve started the home buying process, and have your pre-approval and budget ready to go. But now what? How should you begin your search for the perfect home? Here are a few tips to get you

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Happy Independence Day

It's been a strange first half of the year and I hope you and your family have been able to stay healthy and safe during this challenging time we have all been facing together. So much has changed

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Sunday Dinner: Trifecta Meatballs

Sometimes you just want a certain type of food, no matter if it fits the season or not. I’ve been dreaming of meatballs so I decided to break out my favorite meatball recipe. These are great

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Kayaking on the Ipswich

We’ve always wanted to own our own kayaks, but a lack of storage space has prevented us from actually getting them, until now! We recently found the Intex Challenger K1 inflatable kayak and

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Sunday Dinner: Pantry Edition - Black Bean Tacos

As the fresh ingredients dwindle before the next grocery run, it can be challenging to find exciting meal ideas. This week I made a black bean taco filling with what I had in the house. Instead of

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Home Decor Ideas for 2020

Moving into your new home is very exciting, but figuring out what to do with the new space can be overwhelming. Where should you even begin when decorating a new home? The New York Times has some

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First Time Buyers - Saving for a Down Payment

When planning your home purchase, you need to figure out your budget. To obtain an accurate home buying budget we look at monthly payments and down payment. The larger down payment you are able to

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Sunday Recipes: Thai Omlette & Prik Nam Pla Sauce

During my trip to Thailand, eating street food was one of my favorite experiences and basically how I got all my meals. My all time favorite meal was a Thai omelette with sauteed morning glory. I

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Beach Tips for a Safe Summer

While I am ready to hit the beach, it is important to know the new restrictions for beach trips this summer. 7 News-WHDH Boston provided a good breakdown of the things you should know before hitting

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Tips to Organize Your Closet During Quarantine Cleaning

I love when I finish organizing the closet and it is in pristine condition. However, it does not take long for chaos to return. RISMedia has a few help tips to keep your closet looking great! You

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Sunday Dinner: More like a Sunday Snack... Salsa!

When you are craving restaurant style salsa, but can’t find ripe tomatoes, this is the perfect recipe. Quick and easy, this salsa recipe has become a staple in our household when the craving

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Using Native Plants in the Garden

It’s finally gardening season again and with all this extra time at home, you might as well get to it! While you are taking inventory of your garden or planning a new one, consider adding a

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Sunday Dinners: Mini Lemon Cakes

Cakes are always an exciting treat, but there are times you want a nice bite-sized snack. These mini lemon cakes are the perfect one bite sweet treat! Lemon desserts are always my favorite but these

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Sunday Dinners: Ultimate Comfort Food - Chili Verde

About 10 years ago I visited a friend in New Mexico where she was doing bee conversation research in the desert above Carlsbad Caverns. I spent a week there while we drove all around southern New

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10 Spring Cleaning Ideas for Social Distancing Pros

With all of this extra time on our hands, it’s no surprise people are baking, cleaning and DIYing like crazy. Zillow’s blog has been even more full of home projects than usual lately!

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Healthy-ish Peanut Butter Banana Cookies

I came up with this recipe because I had too many ripe bananas but wanted to bake and eat cookies! They’re soft and a bit ugly but they’re pretty darn delicious and have a nice amount of

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Take Care, Be Optimistic & Stay Kind

The original plan for this spring newsletter was to get everyone excited for the coming season and the real start of the new year. Now, with uncertainty all around us and difficult times ahead for

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Sunday Dinners: Pork Cannelloni with Porcini Bechamel

This recipe is both impressive and simple albeit just a little bit time consuming. The end product has the feel of a handmade meal right out of an Italian Grandmother’s kitchen. Don’t be

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Best Projects to Boost the Value of Your Home

What can boost the value of your home for the lowest cost? That’s easy, your time! If you’re willing to put in the time and energy in to improving how your home looks, then it will pay

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Five Things All Buyers Should Do

Keeping your finances solid for a new home purchase doesn’t just mean having a big down payment or good credit history; there are other factors that affect your ability to get a mortgage.

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Challah!

You know, that twisted bread; soft on the inside, sweet, fluffy and delicious? Well if you don't, now you do and this bad-boy will be a staple at every party you throw. Despite appearances this loaf

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Top Malden Area Restaurants

Have you been out to eat in Malden yet? Have you left the endless but often repetitive options of the city behind and adventured to the edge of the Orange Line? Well if you haven’t, now&rsquo

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Listing in the Winter

Looking to get ahead of the market and list your home before spring? Checkout these tips from RIS Media and reach out, we’ll tackle it as a team! As always, a great place to get started is to

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Sunday Dinners: Braised Short Rib Stew

Cold days and long nights mean one thing; slow cooking stews that get a home smelling of savory goodness! The following recipe is more than just a cook again, more than a crowd pleaser, it is a meal

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Return of the Market

The second full week of the new year is here and new listings are starting to pop up more and more frequently as the market’s collective holiday hangover begins to pass and real life returns

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