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Here you'll find valuable real estate and community information like local market updates for some of the Boston suburbs, town information, town events and much more! 

 

 

 

 

May 7, 2020

Virtual Walk Through

Now, more than ever, it's important to make sure that buyers are able to look at an in depth virtual walk through of a home before scheduling an appointment. Creating a great virtual walk through on our listings for buyers to see is just one part of our exclusive step by step Virtual Customized Home Marketing System. 

 

Feb. 3, 2020

Market Snapshot January 2020

📸Mᴀʀᴋᴇᴛ Sɴᴀᴘsʜᴏᴛ Jᴀɴᴜᴀʀʏ 2020📸

𝗟𝗼𝘄 𝗶𝗻𝘃𝗲𝗻𝘁𝗼𝗿𝘆 - 𝗟𝗼𝘄 𝗿𝗮𝘁𝗲𝘀 - 𝗟𝗼𝘄 𝘀𝗻𝗼𝘄 𝗳𝗮𝗹𝗹

All of the above is making for an interesting real estate market. Spring market in January? 

💯 YES! 

➡️Interest rates are averaging at a new 3 year low with 30 yr fixed rates averaging at 3.43% Down more than 1% from this time last year. (according to mortgage news daily). 

➡️Even if you’re a homeowner not looking to make a move, it’s a perfect time for a mortgage check-up to see if refinancing with the current rates can save you money every month OR reduce the term on your loan. 

➡️Inventory is at an all time low which is slowing overall sales but increasing competition for newly listed property. This is causing some would-be sellers to hold off listing their homes, further adding to the drought of homes for sale. 

➡️The lack of snowfall is enticing a lot of buyers to begin their “spring” home search earlier than usual. Pair the weather and the low rates together and we are seeing an earlier than usual spring real estate market. 

➡️Multiple buyers often bidding for the same property. So, if you’re a buyer, you’ll want to have your mortgage pre-approval ready to go. This means updating your approval if it hasn’t been updated in the last 90 days and/or if anything has changed since you were pre-approved last.

 

If you'd like more specific information on the current state of the real estate market or on your specific area, please fill out the information at the bottom of the page and we'll be in touch. 

Nov. 18, 2019

Real Living Suburban Lifestyle Real Estate Commercial

Sept. 4, 2019

August 2019 Real Estate Market Snapshot

 

•••••• 𝐑𝐞𝐚𝐥 𝐄𝐬𝐭𝐚𝐭𝐞 𝐌𝐚𝐫𝐤𝐞𝐭 𝐔𝐩𝐝𝐚𝐭𝐞 ••••••

Very interesting stats as we move full swing into the fall market. 

 

  • Typically we see an increase in the inventory levels at the end of summer heading into the fall market. This year, however, the inventory levels are remaining low in our market snapshot towns. 
  • With interest rates hovering at a 3 year low, we should see strong buying activity this fall, especially with first time buyers maybe being nudged off the fence with the enticing rates. 
  • If you’re a seller, now is the time to get your property listed if you haven’t already. It’s even more important this time of year to market properly, especially when it comes to pricing. Overpricing, even by just a little bit, could cost you valuable time and money in a shorter fall market. 

Check back next month to see how these numbers will compare to Septembers snapshot. If you're looking for a more detailed market report on your town, head over to the Market Reports section of our Homepage. 

June 3, 2019

May 2019 Market Snapshot

 

 

 

Single family inventory has jumped quite a bit since a month ago in all but one of these towns, which is expected for this time of year. 

 

Inventory Change


Walpole - +41%

Medfield - + 44%

Franklin - +49%

Hopkinton - +10%

Upton - +40%

Wrentham- (-10%) 

Interest rates remain at historic lows and checked in at an average of 4.01% for a 30
year fixed rate according to Bankrate.com on May 31. 

 

Buyer demand remains high, with the number of sold properties increasing in most towns with average days to an offer decreasing in most areas from a month ago. 

 

2018 to 2019 Year to Date Average Sale Price Comparison

 

 

2018

2019

Walpole

$598,398

$584,553

Medfield 

$710,826

$730,436

Franklin 

$502,105

$471,688

Hopkinton

$671,324

$707,499

Upton

$459,913

$483,820

Wrentham

$479,402

$571,379

 

April 8, 2019

Are You a Busy Parent? Easily Prep Your Home for Sale with These Budget-Wise Tips

 

 

 

These days, parents have enough on their plates without having to worry about prepping a home for sale. It can seem like an overwhelming task to take on, especially with the extra time and extra costs. However, properly staging a property can make a big impact on how well it sells. Luckily, there are some budget-friendly ways for parents to prep their home.

Remove Bright Colors and Photos 

 

Your family photos and favorite colors may make your house feel more like a home for you. For potential buyers, however, these features can make it challenging to picture themselves living there. You need to create a blank canvas to inspire buyers to make an offer on your home. Try painting the walls with more neutral shadesand replacing photos with inexpensive decor. To keep the costs of staging down, spend some time looking online for discountsfrom retailers like Lowe’s. The money you get back can be put toward projects at your new home.

 

Organize Your Pantry and Closets 

 

If you are like other busy parents, your storage areas may be a bit of a mess. However, storage areas, from closets to pantries, can be major selling points for a home. That means buyers will want to look into yours. Set aside some time to really go through these areas and decide what needs to go and what you should keep. You can pick up cute jars, baskets, and bins to get these areas in order from places like The Container Store, where you can also usually find clearance itemsto help you save money. 

 

Clean from Top to Bottom

 

Before you schedule your first showing or open house, you need to make sure your home is clean. There truly is no such thing as “too clean” when it comes to prepping your home. Having kids around can make the job a bit more challenging, especially when it comes to maintenance, but there are a few tools that can help you out. Check out Amazonfor deals on lightweight vacuumsthat will be easy to get from room to room. You can also buy cleaning supplies in bulk from sites like Boxedand Amazon Pantry to save even more on your cleaning needs. 

 

When you stay on top of your cleaning, you’ll be prepared for any last-minute showings without having to race through the house in a panic. In fact, according to Angie’s List, you can get ready for an impromptu showing in only 15 minutesby tidying up, opening the curtains, turning on lights, and giving your kitchen and bathroom a quick wipe-down.

 

Spruce Up Your Outdoor Spaces 

 

Curb appeal is important for attracting people to your home. However, you also need to pay attention to other outdoor spaces too. People love picturing themselves hosting cookouts or spending quiet evenings outside a new home. So, help them do just that by perking up your front and back yard. Start by cleaning up any toys or stray items from your lawn, and then make sure your gardens are looking their best. You can get fertilizers and plants that will easily fit your budget from Walmart, but don’t forget to look for their weekly adto help you save even more. 

 

Neutralize Odors in Your Home 

 

If you have kids and pets, you may find yourself dealing with some unwanted odors. Odors can linger in your home, and you may not even be able to smell them anymore -- but potential buyers will. Your best bet is to use fabric refreshers on areas you cannot clean, such as furniture and carpet. An essential oil diffuser is also a good way to make your home smell more inviting. Bed, Bath, and Beyond has diffusers at every price point and you can typically find weekly deals and couponsthat will help stack up the savings. Use these blends to perk up your old home and keep the diffuser to help freshen your new home. 

 

You shouldn’t have to spend a lot of time, money, or effort to get your home in shape to sell. From paint to decor to cleaners, there are many easy ways to save and still get all your home-prep tasks done. So, try some of these helpful tips and help get the job done faster. 

 

 

April 1, 2019

Market Snapshot Q1 2019

 

 

 

This month’s market snapshot features 2019 first quarter breakdowns for 5 suburban towns. 

Interest rates for a 30 year fixed rate mortgage have dipped from 4.51% in the beginning of January to 4.08% (according to bankrate.com 4/1/2019)making this spring full of opportunities for both buyers and sellers. 

Compared with the first quarter of 2018, there have been more single family homes sold in Q1 2019 in all of these towns below, except Franklin. Also, the average days for a property to receive an offer has increased for these particular towns from a year ago. 

Check out Q1 2018 stats for the same towns below:

➡️Walpole-avg 💲single family $632,500 
~33 Single Family🏡sold~43 days to offer~

➡️Medfield-avg 💲single family $695,109 
~19 Single Family🏡sold~45 days to offer~

➡️Franklin-avg 💲single family $484,598 
~52 Single Family🏡sold~41 days to offer~

➡️Hopkinton-avg 💲single family $619,257
~29 Single Family🏡sold~44 days to offer~

➡️Wrentham-avg 💲single family $445,184 
~22 Single Family🏡sold~44 days to offer~

March 18, 2019

What to Embrace and What to Avoid in Your Bathroom Remodel

There’s more to consider with a bathroom remodel than with your average renovation. Bathrooms are susceptible to things like water damage, mold, mildew and slick surfaces. Here, we’ve compiled a list of the best and worst materials for your bathroom remodel, so you can be sure you’re making the right choices.

Flooring

Choosing a flooring material is one of the most difficult parts of a bathroom remodel. You want a material that will stand up to water droplets and hot steam without getting slick.

Embrace: A few go-to options include slip-resistant tile, rubber and linoleum flooring. If you choose linoleum, use sheet flooring instead of linoleum boards, which have more cracks and are susceptible to moisture seeping through.

Avoid: Wood flooring isn’t a good choice for bathrooms because it warps under wet and steamy conditions. And slick substances like stone or porcelain can be dangerous when damp. But the worst choice for bathrooms is carpet. Carpet will mildew, mold and lead to water damage in the subfloor, and it’s downright unsanitary in bathrooms.

Walls

Unlike floors, it doesn’t matter if your walls are slippery. So, you have a bit more flexibility when choosing wall materials.

Embrace: Ceramic, porcelain and stone tile are great waterproof options that add personality to your space. Try installing decorative tile around areas that are exposed to a lot of water, like above your shower and behind your sink. And for walls that are farther away from water sources, paint is a good choice – so long as you avoid flat matte shades, which show every speck of water.

Avoid: The least favorable material for your bathroom walls is wallpaper because it may peel from the constant steam. A solid vinyl wall covering can add texture without moisture issues. And you also won’t have any issues if you use wallpaper in bathrooms that don’t have a shower.

Countertops

 

Luckily, when it comes to bathroom countertops, there’s a relatively small margin for error. Most countertop materials are waterproof, which gives you a wide range of options to choose from.

Embrace: Laminate such as Formica, solid surface such as Corian, glass, stone such as marble and quartz are all popular options that should be able to withstand moisture and normal wear and tear.

Avoid: You may want to avoid installing tile countertops in the bathroom. Grout gets dirty much faster in these heavily used areas, and things like colored soap, makeup and lotion can stain it. If your heart is set on tile, consider going for a dark grout color to disguise grime. And stay away from copper countertops if you’re not up for the regular maintenance they require.

 

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March 1, 2019

February 2019 Market Snapshot

 

Check out February’s market snapshot! With the short month, fewer homes closed in most markets, which is not a surprise. 

 

Inventory is is up in all of these towns from last month except Hopkinton with 2 less single families and in Wrentham, inventory remained the same. 

 

Interest rates are averaging 4.33% for a 30 year fixed mortgage (according to bankrate.com). This is about 2 tenths less than the end of 2018 and over 4 tenths less than the average rate at Thanksgiving. This should translate into a strong spring market with lots of opportunity for both buyers and sellers. 

 

If you would like more detailed, customized information based around your real estate goal fill out the contact form and we can customize a plan just for your needs. 

Feb. 21, 2019

Your Pet and the Selling and Home Showing Process

 

 

 

 

 

 

PET/AGENT RELATIONSHIP 

Regardless of your pet or breed, you should not hire a real estate agent unless you determine that the prospective agent is comfortable around your pet(s). Although it is widely known within real estate circles that many buyers have discomfort—even an aversion to being around pet(s)—it is also true that an agent who dislikes pets can limit their desire to show your home. A real estate professional who is uncomfortable around your pets as evidenced by either their words or body language, should not be the person you rely upon to maximize showings 

and results. 

HOUSE STAGING 

When you select an agent, focus on their ability to help you merchandise your home before it is placed on the market. This should include pet-related staging. Keep in mind, you will need to: 

• Regularly clean litter boxes and pet waste—inside and outside. This will ensure buyers have a perception of cleanliness and maintenance regarding your property. 

• Treat pet smells to the degree possible. Ask friends or family to inspect your home for smells to which you might have become desensitized. 

• Repair pet damage to doors, walls, carpets, hardwood floors, grass and anywhere your home has been aesthetically marginalized. 

HOUSE SHOWINGS 

Consider where you feel comfortable keeping your pets during showings. Should you place your pets in a kennel, pet hotel or with friends? Is it better to move them from your home until it's sold or just during showings? If only during showings, ask for a one-hour minimum advanced notice. Ask your Real Living Lifestyle Advisor what other homesellers have creatively done to pet stage their home. 

If your pet will be home during a showing, be sure it is in a secure location and not greeting buyers at the door. You cannot afford to guess who loves and who is uncomfortable with pets. If the delivery person does not like pets that may well be their problem. When a buyer is uncomfortable, that could become your problem, meaning a lost sale! 

"PET PROPORTIONALITY" 

A smaller dog might not be an issue to buyers touring a potential home when a property is estate- sized. Alternatively, a Great Dane greeting buyers in a relatively much smaller home may deter buyers. Therefore, you should discuss the issue of relative pet and home size with your agent. 

ADVERTISE A PET-FRIENDLY COMMUNITY 

If your neighborhood is likely to attract buyers who have pets, include how pet friendly the neighborhood is, distance to dog parks and trails, as well as pet hospitals and veterinarians. 

 

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