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It’s Ice Dam Season – An overview from Housemaster!

Ice Dam Overview
Often when homeowners experience water leakage and damage around exterior walls and ceilings during the winter months, they think they have a faulty roof, when actually the culprit is an ice dam. Ice dams are caused by melting snow that refreezes along the lower edge of a roof, blocking the run-off from subsequent snow-melt.


ice Dam

The heat within an attic that develops as a result of radiant heat from the sun or heat loss from the living areas of the house due to inadequate insulation is a contributing factor in the formation of ice dams. This heat typically rises to the higher points of the roof causing the snow cover to begin melting at those areas. As this melting snow runs down the roof surfaces below the snow, it contacts the colder areas of the roof along the edge or eave. Once it reaches this point, the cold roof surfaces cause the water to refreeze. The continuous freezing of the melting snow forms a noticeable dam of ice. As the water from the subsequent snow melt higher up on the roof arrives at the ice dam, it is blocked and begins backing up. Eventually it can seep in under the roofing materials, leaking through the roofing and sheathing into the attic and then to the living area where it causes stains and damage to the walls and ceilings below  (click this link for for the rest of the article

Thanks to Dave Cobosco for his article.

David M. Cobosco    DMC Inspections, LLC  dfba HouseMaster
Home Inspections, Done Right   409 Middlesex Turnpike  Billerica, MA 01821
Cell: 508-479-1773

If you should run into a problem with an ice dam, immediately call someone.  The damage created if not taken care of can be extensive

Joan Parcewski, Realtor      Woods Real Estate     c 978-376-3978     o 978262-8665  

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Homestead Funding – Fannie Mae’s HomeStyle Renovation Loan

Have you found a property that is right for you but it needs work?  Consider a Fannie Mae HomeStyle Renovation Loan. 

It can finance i to improve a property using the “after-improved appraisal value”.  There is just one mortgage and one closimg.

Loan Limits are 1 family $417,000      2 family  533,850    3 family   645,300      4 family   801,950

All renovations begin after closing.    You have 6 months to complete the renovations.  You can finance up to 6 months mortgage payments if home cannot be occupied.

Want more information – contact Chuck Hirbour at Homestead Funding –

office   978-251-8558     cell 978-835-2777

There are a variety of loan options ut there to meet your needs.  This is just one of them.

Joan Parcewski    Woods Real Estate



It’s 2015 – What’s happening around the area this January?

In the hustle and bustle of our daily lives sometime we forget about what is happening around us – here are a few places to check out as we kick off 2015 – There is always something we can do that is different

American Textile Museum Lowell

American Textile Museum (Lowell) – Artist Textiles: Picasso to Warhol –  This display has been running since November 21st and will continue thru March 29th

Lowell Memorial Auditorium

Lowell Memorial Auditorium – Sesame Street Live – January 2nd through 4th with 5 shows!

Lowell Memorial Auditorium – Lowell Sun Charities Golden Gloves Charity Event – January 8th, 15th , 22nd. 29th 7pm

Weston Ski Track

Weston Ski Track Winter Trail Day – on Saturday, January 10th 9am to 2pm – is a national event designed to introduce everyone to the fun of being outside during the winter on cross-country skis or snowshoes.  You get a free snowshoeing trail pass, free snowshoe demos, and a free guided tour. Although some free snowshoes are available, they can only be used for 15-20 minutes per person in order to give everyone a chance to try them, but you can rent snowshoes and a pole at the regular rate of $13 ($7-$10 for kids & teens) if you want to spend a longer time on the trails.

Decordova Museum

Decordova Sculpture Park & Museum (Lincoln MA) – explore free on first Wednesday of the month – for individuals only – not intended for groups


Four Oaks Country Club in DracutBlizzard Blast, presented by Align Credit Union is a 4-6 mile Winter Obstacle Run that will be the only one of its kind in New England! Runners will be tested with a fun wintery obstacle course. There is “NO OFF SEASON this year, so grab your sneakers, gloves and winter hats as you look to take on the most exciting race of the year! – See more at: – January 24th all day

Peak your interest – check around your town and surrounding towns – there are probably events hosted by your local library, local changes, restaurants and more.  Discover your local community!

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Get a Discount on Your Mortgage

If you may have had a challenge getting a mortgage, this program could help you.

Get a Discount on Your Mortgage.

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Homes on the Market in Billerica

While it was a slow but steady spring and summer, more homes are coming on the market as we head into fall.

This is the shorter season – ending when we turn the clocks back.

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Joan Parcewski    Woods Real Estate  655 Boston Rd  Billerica MA

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More to Enjoy in July in Massachusetts

So many towns in Massachusetts have very special anniversaries – Back in 2005 Billerica held its 350th anniversary – seems like yesterday – and I was honored to be one of the co-chairs of that event.  It takes lots of planning several years in advance to pull off events like these.  So put these on your calendar and plan to visit the Cape are

Wareham’s 275th Anniversary

July 10th -Wareham Town Hall – incorporation reenactment at 2pm

Sillane Field – food and entertainment – from 4pm to 9pm

July 12th – parade from Main St to Gibbs Ave and Marion Rd before ending at town hall – kicks off at 10am

founders ball – 7pm   advance tickets required

July 13th – public safety day 1 to 5pm at town hall

includes friendly competition showing how fires were fought years ago

1900s bash with festivities centered on 20th century – August 20th


Sandwich 375th Anniversary

July 19th – 800s bash   – featuring Civil War ear reenactors

11am to 3pm  – horse drawn wagoette rides

noon to 4pm  – quilt show at town hall

3:15pm – old time baseball game at Wing school

July 26th 0 old fashioned clambake from 5pm to 11pm on the banks of the Cape Cod Canal (as part of the canal celebration –

with music, a juried craft fair and a kids tent with activities starting at 10am

and in August (yes get out that calendar too)

August 2nd and 3rd – on Water St site of a wing ding – kayak tours on Shawme Pond, 2 day car show, food trucks, pony rides, hayride on an antique fire truck, tethered hot air balloons and First Church on Main Street 3D light show


If you are into folk music – July 25th thru July 27th Lowell’s 28th annual Folk Festival

traditional ethnic music, authentic crafts demonstrations and hands on children’s activities

kicks off Friday night – parade and performances at Boarding House Park (Lowell National Historic Park) and Dutton Street Dance Pavilion

festival is free – $10 per day suggested donation


Lowell Summer Music Series –

kids free – to purchase your tickets visit


Billerica’s Free Concerts – every Tuesday night beginning July 1st – sponsored by Billerica Recreation

July 1st – Good Olde Boys

July 8th – The Risen

visit for full list of concerts


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Realtor & Notary

Interesting places to visit this summer –

Massachusetts is steeped in history and that becomes more evident this summer with several special events and milestones

Cape Cod Canal turns 100 – The Cape Cod Canal Centennial celebration is a 10 day celebration scheduled from Julu 25th thru August 3rd including a 2 hour tugboat parade across the canal on July 29th beginning at 4pm.  In addition during this 10 day celebration thee will be maritime themed events, concerts.

July 26th 9pm – parade of lights – pleasure and commercial craft can participate – register at

July 25 – July 28 US Coast Guard Eagle sailing ship tours at Mass Maritime Academy in Buxxards Bay section of Bourne

July 26 – July 27th – Charles W Morgan available for tours at Maritime Academy – country’s oldest floating commercial vessel

July 28 – July 31st – Kalmar Nyckel tall ship – available for tours (arrival and tour schedules dependent on weather conditions and tides)

2pm on 7/29 ceremonty at Buzzards Bay Park in Bourne

4pm to 9pm – family activities and entertainment ending with a fireworks display over the railroad bridge in Bourne


Bourne Society of Historical Preservation – musicians performing songs from previous century – 22 Sandwich Rd in Bourne Noon to 5 on July 26th


July 25th to July 27th – Briggs McDermott House – model shop show  10am to 4pm


Cape Cod Central Railroad – train rides from Buzzards Bay Depot – including trip across vertical lift railroad bridge at

11am and 3:3pm pm on July 26th and July 27th


Joan Parcewski     Woods Real Estate     978-376-3978


Construction of this waterway began in 1909.  Today 14k commercial and recreational vehicles travel the canal annually.




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