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337 Mendall Road, Acushnet, MA 02743

Single-Family

$385,000
Price

9
Rooms
4
Beds
2
Baths
Very Impressive Large Family Home with open floor plan. Lower level finished with home office w separate entry and w/ potential in-law set up. Central air, New high eff. gas furnace, alarm, fireplaced livingroom, granite kitchen, familyroom with gas stove & cathedral ceilings, Hardwood floors, Large lot, generator, 2 sheds, outdoor screen room, brand new septic $385,000 (R232)
Open House
Wednesday
June 20 at 5:00 PM to 6:30 PM
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Location: 337 Mendall Road, Acushnet, MA 02743    Get Directions

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337 Mendall Road, Acushnet, MA 02743

Single-Family

$385,000
Price

9
Rooms
4
Beds
2
Baths
Very Impressive Large Family Home with open floor plan. Lower level finished with home office w separate entry and w/ potential in-law set up. Central air, New high eff. gas furnace, alarm, fireplaced livingroom, granite kitchen, familyroom with gas stove & cathedral ceilings, Hardwood floors, Large lot, generator, 2 sheds, outdoor screen room, brand new septic $385,000 (R232)
Open House
Saturday
June 16 at 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Cannot make the Open Houses?
Location: 337 Mendall Road, Acushnet, MA 02743    Get Directions

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Bonsai is a Japanese artform that originates from the ancient Chinese practice of potting trees. Although it is an art that has existed for centuries, bonsai needn’t be inaccessible to the average person looking for a new household hobby.


To successfully grow and care for a bonsai, all you need are a few tools and a lot of patience. In this article, we’ll cover bonsai basics to help you get started in this craft. Keep in mind, however, that there are thousands of resources and communities to help you out along the way.

To buy or to cultivate?

The two most common ways to start a bonsai tree are to buy a pre-cultivated tree online or at a greenhouse, or to cultivate one yourself with seeds or cuttings. Many beginners elect to buy a pre-cultivated tree to decide if they enjoy the hobby before devoting years to cultivating a tree from seed. If you enjoy caring for plants and think you’re up to the challenge, starting from seed or cuttings could be more rewarding.

A third option is to collect a tree from nature that has been stunted by natural conditions. These types of trees are called yamadori and can be difficult to collect because their roots may be in a precarious location. Also keep in mind that it is illegal to remove plants from some parks and forests.

How to shape your tree

Once you obtain a bonsai your work has only just begun. The real challenge of bonsai is caring for and shaping your tree. That means clipping off growth, repotting, watering, moving it indoors and outdoors, and shaping/training its branches to grow a certain way.

Every tree is different and will require different care. An important thing to remember about bonsai is that many of them will need to be brought outside to mimic their natural conditions. Trees survive winters because they have prepared for it through the process of dormancy. By bringing your tree outdoors, it will keep its internal clock on time to prepare for winter. In this way, cold-climate bonsai trees can handle the harsh temperatures and weather that comes with the winter time.

Aside from subjecting it to different temperatures and weather, your bonsai will also need to be pruned and wired. Pruning thick branches that grow high up on your tree will help you maintain the natural look of its larger counterparts out in nature. Similarly, wiring helps you transform your tiny tree to look fully-grown and weathered.

Tree care

Just like other plants, your tree will need water, sunlight, and fertilizer. The amount of each will depend on the type of the tree, so you’ll want to do that research before you ever buy, cultivate, or collect a bonsai to make sure you can adequately care for the tree in your area.

Overwatering causes the death of countless bonsai trees. Root rot occurs when soil stays too damp for too long. Roots need air, and damp soil suffocates the roots causing them to rot. When it comes to fertilizer, follow the advice of others of have successfully grown the type of tree you have.


337 Mendall Road, Acushnet, MA 02743

Single-Family

$385,000
Price

9
Rooms
4
Beds
2
Baths
Very Impressive Large Family Home with open floor plan. Lower level finished with home office w separate entry and w/ potential in-law set up. Central air, New high eff. gas furnace, alarm, fireplaced livingroom, granite kitchen, familyroom with gas stove & cathedral ceilings, Hardwood floors, Large lot, generator, 2 sheds, outdoor screen room, brand new septic $385,000 (R232)
Open House
Saturday
June 09 at 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Cannot make the Open Houses?
Location: 337 Mendall Road, Acushnet, MA 02743    Get Directions

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It’s hard to overstate the importance of credit scores when it comes to buying a home. Along with your down payment, your credit score is a deciding factor of getting approved and securing a low interest rate.

Credit can be complicated. And, if you want to buy a home in the near future, it can seem daunting to try and increase your score while saving for a down payment.

However, it is possible to significantly increase your score in the months leading up to applying for a loan.

In today’s post, we’re going to talk about some ways to give your credit score a quick boost so that you can secure the best rate on your mortgage.

Should I focus on increasing my score or save for a down payment?

If you’re planning on buying a home, you might be faced with a difficult decision: to pay off old debt or to save a larger down payment.

As a general rule, it’s better to pay off smaller loans and debt before taking out larger loans. If you have multiple loans that you’re paying off that are around the same balance, focus on whichever one has the highest interest rate.

If you have low-interest loans that you can easily afford to continue paying while you save, then it’s often worth saving more for a down payment.

Remember that if you are able to save up 20% of your mortgage, you’ll be able to avoid paying PMI (private mortgage insurance). This will save you quite a bit over the span of your loan.

Starting with no credit

If you’ve avoided loans and credit cards thus far in your life but want to save for a home, you might run into the issue of not having a credit history.

To confront this issue, it’s often a good idea to open a credit card that has good rewards and use it for your everyday expenses like groceries. Then, set up the card to auto-pay the balance in full each month to avoid paying interest.

This method allows you to save money (you’d have to buy groceries and gas anyway) while building credit.

Correct credit report errors

Each of the main credit bureaus will have a slightly different method for calculating your credit score. Their information can also vary.

Each year, you’re entitled to one free report from each of the main bureaus. Take advantage of these free reports. They’re different from free credit checks that you can get from websites like Credit Karma because they’re much more detailed.

Go through the report line by line and make sure there aren’t any accounts you don’t recognize. It is not uncommon for people to find out that a scammer or even a family member has taken out a line of credit in their name.

Avoid opening several new accounts

Our final tip for boosting your credit score is to avoid opening up multiple accounts in the 6 months leading up to your mortgage application.


Opening multiple accounts is a red flag to lenders. It can show that you might be in a time of financial hardship and can temporarily lower your score.




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