10 Of The Best Activities To Do With Your Kids While Social Distancing!!

 

Running out of ways to entertain your kiddos? It’s important to stay occupied and keep learning, even in quarantine. Here are a few activities and resources that will keep your family active and connected in the safest way possible! 

 

 1) TOY WASHING STATION 

A quick and creative way to get your kid’s toys clean and prevent the spread of germs! 

 

2) NATURE COLLAGE

Take a walk outside to get some fresh air! During your time outdoors, instruct your kiddo to search for all the colors of the rainbow, in nature. Use your findings to create art!

 

3) DANCE PARTY 

Who doesn’t love a good family dance party? Put together a playlist of your kid’s favorite tunes and get moving! 

 

4) BAKING WITH KIDS 

Make memories in the kitchen! Check out these tips and kid-friendly recipes. 

 

5) CREATIVE PLAY 

Let their (and your) imaginations run wild! Encourage creativity. Time and space are the only boundaries! 

6) FAMILY MOVIE NIGHT 

Snuggle up on the couch for a night full of your kid’s all-time favorites. Don’t forget the popcorn!

 

7) FAMILY GAME NIGHT 

Enjoy some quality times with your kiddos while you show them who the Monopoly champion is. 

 

8) KEEP LEARNING 

It’s vital that we all continue to learn and grow during this time indoors, especially young, developing minds. Check out these free resources from scholastic so that our kids can learn at home! 

 

9) LITTLE SCIENTISTS 

Try out a few of these simple science experiments with household supplies you probably already own! 

 

10) SCAVENGER HUNT

A fun activity that will help your kids burn off their energy by the time they’ve solved every clue!

 

If it is giving you the best ideas for activities with your kids or your real estate needs, we are here to help! COVELLE&CO is a team of professional real estate agents here to sell your home for top dollar. Experience our white-glove service and cutting edge strategies firsthand — contact us today.

Whether your spring cleaning or downsizing, here are four tips to help you along your way!


Downsizing can be a challenging project to tackle. You may find yourself asking, “where do I begin?” It may be helpful to break things up and start with the items that might not have a purpose in your new home. There will be a handful of items you have been meaning to part with for years. Determine which items can be tossed and which you’d like to pass down to your children or grandchildren. Simplifying this process will make downsizing more like a walk down memory lane, rather than a chore you don’t want to complete.

GET RID OF ANY UNESSCARY MEMORABILIA
Once you’ve sorted through rooms with the most clutter, the next step is to sift through memorabilia in rooms that won’t be a part of your new home. Determine if there is space in other areas of your new location for these items. If you no longer have access to a basement or a guest room, it may be beneficial to leave those items behind. Creating piles of what you plan to keep and what you plan to let go of will help things stay organized. Try to make definite decisions right away. This will make things move along quickly.

DO NOT TACKLE MORE THAN ONE ROOM AT A TIME
Give items enough of your time and attention so that you will not look back and regret a decision to keep or let something go. Do not try to tackle more than one room at a time, as this can get confusing and overwhelming.

CONVERT EVERYTHING TO DIGITAL
People find themselves emotionally attached to our homes and the items that fill them. We are fortunate today to be able to access our photographs digitally. This is an excellent option if you own collections of pictures that you would like to hold on to, but don’t have the space for. Other collections like tableware could be sold or gifted to family members.

GIVE AWAY ITEMS TO LOVED ONES
There may be items in your home that family members would get more use out of than you do. Watching your loved ones enjoy your treasures will make parting with them a little bit easier. Be sure that your family is aware that you can’t keep everything. That would defeat the purpose of downsizing! Inviting them over to sort through things is an opportunity to reminisce. A few extra hands will also help to get the job done.

Do you or your loved one need help to transition to their new community? We understand the concerns, fears, and emotions that our seniors and their families experience when making a move from their long time cherished homes. Our interest is to become your trusted professional partner to help you.

As a Senior Real Estate Specialist, we are here to make the transition smooth. Contact Covelle & Company today and let us help you streamline the process by supplying you with the support you need every step of the way. We have relationships with professional organizers, estate sale companies, estate planning attorneys, movers, and much more.. we come fully prepared and take pride in surrounding ourselves with a team of professionals whose interest is in a happy client and a successful transaction! Call us today for a confidential consultation on taking those next steps to successfully downsizing.

“I contacted Erica after receiving recommendations from friends when I was seeking support for my mother in the selling of her house in Stoneham. At the time, she wasn’t sold on the idea of putting the house on the market and was considering a quick sell to an investor. It was critical to me to find a realtor we could trust to guide my mom (in her 70s) through the process. We got that and so much more from Erica, the realtor. I genuinely don’t know how the move would have occurred without Erica’sErica’s incredible support. Moreover, her understanding of the needs of older clients who have lived in a home for a long time was invaluable. She connected us with trusted contacts who supported my mom through the move, with everything from legal agreements to downsizing and packing. Ultimately, my mother received far more for the house than she ever anticipated, and it was truly the most seamless home sale I could imagine! I would COMPLETELY recommend Covelle & Company to anyone selling their own home, but especially to those looking to help their parents with a home sale. They took so much pressure off of us and were incredibly trustworthy and professional.”
-Anne

Tax Season has ARRIVED!!!

 

Ladies and gentlemen, tax season, had ARRIVED!!

      

Did you know that many taxpayers received more money in their paychecks every week last year, which resulted in a lower tax refund than previous years because the IRS lowered the federal tax rates.  

2019 Tax Rules & Regulations     

  • Standard deduction increased to $12,200 for a single taxpayer and $24,400 for married taxpayers.
  • Federal penalties are no longer applicable for not having medical insurance; however, it still applies to the state.        
  • The IRA contribution has increased to $6,000; for taxpayers over 50 years old, a “catchup” of $1,000 is allowed. 

Depending upon your taxable income, there are 7 different tax rates that may apply to you:

         

• 10%, 12%, 22%, 24%, 32%, 35%, & 37%

         

 If you are in the market for an accountant you can trust, please contact Covelle & Covelle Public Accountants at (781) 844-2935 or rcovelle@comcast.net. 

 

 

Erica Covelle is a seasoned Realtor ®, a Senior Vice President at Compass with 13 years of experience. She has seamlessly married her interior design expertise with her passion for helping both buyers and sellers create visions for the most beautiful homes. Erica Covelle surpasses industry standards, when you work with Covelle & Company, you gain access to the tools and professionals one needs to BUY and SELL in today’s market. Through creative and enticing strategies, Erica and her team help sellers to make money and buyers to save money.

#BuildHerUp

Why is it that women are hesitant to empower and recognize the accomplishments of other strong, admirable women?  Why do we often feel a sense of failure towards ourselves, and often (although we may not want to admit) a sense of jealousy towards other women when they are praised for their success? The answer and the solution are both very simple. We are afraid that the recognition of other women’s success may take the attention off of our own success, and that our hard work is not being recognized in the same manner.

 

The solution and driving force of this #buildherup campaign are to band women from all different career paths together to praise the accomplishments we are all making on a daily basis, and form a collaboration to share our best practices and ideas.  We want to open the flood gates to a world of opportunities where our ideas can be transferable, regardless of our career.  

 

Ladies, let’s unite and #buildherup. Just because we are strong, doesn’t mean we don’t need support. There is no benefit that comes from tearing each other down. 

 

#BuildHerUp | ERICA COVELLE

Combining her interior design expertise with her passion for sales, Erica Covelle surpasses industry standards, thriving in a competitive environment while raising three children. As the senior vice president of Covelle & Company at Compass, Covelle ensures that her sellers, buyers, property investors, and developers leave every negotiation satisfied with the results. “I’m a fierce negotiator that sets a plan with my clients rather than shooting from the hip,” she explains. “I have a structured way to go about things while being flexible. I handle each client  with care and aim to alleviate their stress by educating them and helping them through any obstacles.” After graduating from the New England School of Art and Design, Covelle worked for DiMella Shaffer, learning valuable skills like producing construction drawings in AutoCAD, building and rendering 3D models in Sketch-up, and producing FF&E schedules for a range of residential and commercial projects. “The experience and knowledge I gained from that part of my career journey go unmatched,” she says.  

Covelle has built an extensive social media following, amassing over 10,000 followers on  Facebook, Instagram, Instastory, LinkedIn, and Twitter combined. “We generate on average an additional 30,000 views on our listings through social media alone,” she says. “We push ads with money behind them and hone in on specific locations and other details that make sense for the particular property we are listing.” Through the years, Covelle has received numerous accolades including the Quality Service  Award, Excellence Award, Titan Award, Centurion Award and entry into the Centurion Honors Society, Chairman’s Club, and Platinum Club. She is a Seniors Real Estate Specialist and a member of the Greater Boston Real Estate Board. Covelle celebrated the birth of her third child in 2018, she feels incredibly blessed to have 3 beautiful healthy children she notes that the secret to her success is driven through the love and support of her understanding and patience husband JR Covelle. 

Help join us #buildherup, if you would like to be apart of our campaign or know someone deserving – contact us today

 

 

 

Timely Tips For The New Real Estate Investor

Timely Tips For The New Real Estate Investor: Whether you want to diversify your investments, develop cash flow for your retirement years or achieve other financial goals, investing in real estate can be a smart idea. Real estate tends to be less volatile than the stock market, and the owners of investment properties can benefit from price appreciation as well as the current rent roll.

That does not mean that owning investment real estate is an easy road to riches. If it were, everyone who owned an apartment building or a rental home would be rich, and clearly, that is not the case. If you are new to the world of real estate investing, you need to plan carefully, develop a strategy for success and treat your new endeavor like the business it is. In my experience as a real estate investor, it makes sense to understand your investment personality, but also the role the business of real estate plays in your daily life. Here are some timely tips new real estate investors can use to make more money while reducing their risk.

Treat Your Real Estate Investment Like The Business It Is

If you decide to take the plunge and become a real estate investor, you need to treat your new endeavor like the business it is. Real estate investing is a serious business, and you need to take it seriously.

Investor

New real estate investors often make the mistake of treating their properties as a hobby or a sideline. If you approach your real estate business casually, you will never achieve the best results. Take your business as seriously as you would any other professional undertaking, and get your new investment off to a great start.

Know Your Strengths, And Your Weaknesses

Everyone has strengths and weaknesses, and knowing what you do well and where you might need help is essential. If you want to succeed, you need to identify your strengths, and your weaknesses, before you buy a single piece of property or collect a single rent check.

 Are you a master plumber and a skilled electrician? If so, you may not need much outside help. If you lack the carpentry, plumbing and electrical skills you need, be sure to research the cost of those services and build that into your cash flow assumptions.

FOR MORE INFORMATION…

Source: Timely Tips For The New Real Estate Investor