Blog :: 11-2011

Metro Boston Covers YourHomeForSale Listing

Believe it or not, Wall Street has a lot to offer - it's warm, welcoming and fuel efficient! Recently, Linda Laban from the Metro Boston paper covered our listing on 23 Wall Street, Arlington.



See what she has to say about this single-family Cape-style home in the Brackett School district. This is a Wall Street to occupy and be proud of!


Thanks, Linda!



Spotlight: Arlington Homes of the Week

There's something to be said about being first - when an imprint is your own, and you don't have to undo what was done by those before you. This is true when searching for the perfect home, too. It's not often you get to move right in to new construction and start with a clean slate - no wallpaper to take down, no pink bathrooms to re-tile, no brass fixtures to update.



New construction is not easy to come by in a developed town like Arlington, but we have a selection of newly built homes fit for anyone looking to start fresh.


#9 Stony Brook Road

This is a stunning new home on a cul-de-sac in the sought-after Jason Heights section of Arlington. It is in close proximity to Menotomy Rocks Park where you'll find an idyllic pond, walking trails, playground, and woods, and it is also located a short distance to Arlington Center shops and restaurants. Features include master suite, custom details, open concept, chef's kitchen, 2 car garage, deck, patio and yard. You can VIEW PHOTOS OF THE FINISHED HOME HERE.



What's Nearby: Public Transportation, Menotomy Rocks Park, Shopping, Walk/Jog Trails, Bike Path, Bishop School


Address: #9 Stony Brook Road, Arlington, MA



Listed: $975,000


Summer Hill Circle

Construction is complete and there are only three units left! Summer Hill Circle homes are energy star rated, featuring open first floor plans with a fireplaced family room, living room, dining room, and kitchen appointed with gorgeous cabinets, custom island, granite counters and GE appliances. Walk up to the 2nd floor to find two beds, a full bath, laundry room and a master suite featuring a walk-in closet, and a master bath with custom shower. An open, bright and sunny third floor gives you flexibility to create a room for your needs. Top it off with a deck, garage parking, wonderful views and you have a great place to call home. VIEW PHOTOS OF THE FINISHED HOMES HERE.



What's Nearby: Public Transportation, Shopping, Park, Walk/Jog Trails, Bike Path, Stratton School



Address: Summer Hill Circle, Arlington, MA (next to 50 Washington Street)



Listed: $719,000

Not all Internet Home Values are Created Equal

I came across this article, How to Figure the Fuzzy Math of Internet Home Values, by the Wall Street Journal and thought I'd share some thoughts. This is an important topic given today's real estate climate. So much of our information originates from the Internet, and it's easy to assume that online = accurate.

While it's fine to go to sites like Trulia, Realtor.com, and Zillow to get a general benchmark for what a home is worth, you don't want to place all of your eggs in a digital basket. Online valuations have been known to be as much as 50% higher or lower than a property's eventual sale price, and valuation criteria are often inconsistent across states and even towns. And when you compare apples to oranges, you're going to be left with sour grapes.

"Online numbers are guesstimates, not gospel."

Real estate can be a fickle and sometimes counter intuitive business, so it is important for home buyers and sellers to back up their online real estate activities with input from multiple sources. If you want to find real estate religion, talk to a Realtor with local expertise in your area who can break down the reasoning behind the numbers, and gauge intangibles that may not be part of an automated valuation model.

They might even buy you a cup of coffee and a muffin - something else you won't get from an algorithm.

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    Spotlight: Arlington Homes of the Week

    Just like a Thomas' English Muffin, Arlington has a lot of nooks and crannies. This week we have three beautiful homes in the Spotlight, all with unique features and attributes in wonderful neighborhoods. Take a look and see what makes each of these homes part of Arlington's secret recipe for success.



    30 Addison Street
    Not just a unique home but a unique location too. Surrounded by nature, near Spy pond and Arlington Center, take your pick of activities with boating, the bike path, shops and restaurants right nearby. This home features high ceilings, oversized windows, lots of natural light, front and back staircases, three beautiful levels of living space, a wood burning fireplace, deck, and period details. The oversized kitchen was thoughtfully laid out and every attention to detail was given when renovating the main bath. This truly amazing home must be seen to be appreciated.


    What's Nearby: Arlington Center, MBTA, Restaurants and Shops, Minuteman Bike Path, Spy Pond, Boating, Bishop School


    Address: 30 Addison Street


    Listed: $829,000 


    23 Wall Street
    Occupy this Wall Street! You'll want to move right in to this home in the Brackett School district. This meticulous, Cape-style home offers you a host of updates and renovations, including windows, vinyl siding, insulation and so much more - you have to see it to appreciate the quality. With three bedrooms, an updated kitchen, front-to-back living room with wood pellet stove, lovely sun room and man-cave with second fireplace on lower level, everyone in your family will have a nook to call their own.  All rooms were just painted and the floors were refinished. Need some fresh air? Walk to the school and playground in just minutes!


    What's Nearby: Arlington Center, MBTA, Restaurants and Shops, Minuteman Bike Path, Brackett School


    Address: 23 Wall Street


    Listed: $499,900 


    10 Jason Court
    Hold court for all your friends in this Jason Heights Colonial! This home is great for entertaining inside with its open flow, or outside with the oversized side yard! Curl up on cold winter nights in front of the wood burning fire place. The heated sun porch is great as a home office or play room. The upstairs features a beautifully remodeled bath, three beds, and great closet space! All situated on a beautiful lot on a private cul-de-sac near Menotomy Rocks Park, the Center, bike path, public transportation, shops and restaurants. Be in your new home for the holidays!


    What's Nearby: Arlington Center, MBTA, Restaurants and Shops, Minuteman Bike Path, Menotomy Rocks Park, Bishop School


    Address: 10 Jason Court


    Listed: $499,000 


    And if these don't whet your appetite, there are plenty of other open houses to check out this weekend!


    SINGLE FAMILY



    Address

    Rooms

    Bed

    Bath

    Style

    Price

    45 Rublee St.

    6

    3

    2f 0h

    Ranch

    $439,000

    231 Washington St.

    7

    3

    1f 1h

    Colonial

    $449,900

    39 Alpine St.

    7

    3

    3f 0h

    Cape

    $485,000

    10 Jason Ct.

    7

    3

    1f 1h

    Colonial

    $499,000

    214 R Pleasant St.

    7

    3

    2f 0h

    Cape

    $499,000

    23 Wall Street

    7

    3

    1f 1h

    Cape

    $499,900

    30 Addison Street

    9

    4

    2f 1h

    Victorian

    $829,000

    107 Spy Pond Pkwy.

    10

    4

    3f 0h

    Colonial

    $1,290,000


    CONDO


    Address

    Rooms

    Bed

    Bath

    Style

    Price

    1 Watermill Pl. U:528

    3

    1

    1f 1h

    Mid-Rise

    $279,000

    341 Summer St. U:2

    5

    2

    1f 0h

    2/3 Family

    $320,000

    30 Peirce U:30

    5

    2

    1f 0h

    2/3 Family

    $349,000

    22 Dartmouth St. U:0

    7

    3

    2f 0h

    2/3 Family

    $469,000


    MULTI-FAMILY


    Address

    Rooms

    Bed

    Bath

    Style

    Price

    58 Brattle Street

    12

    6

    3f 0h

    2 Family

    $599,000



    Senior Tax Exemption Information

    The Arlington tax override was passed this past spring, but many remain under-informed.In June of 2011, the Town of Arlington passed a $6.5 million tax override. It was at times a controversial and vocal debate for town residents - with both 'for' and 'against' sides posing valid arguments. The 'Yes' vote won with an intent to restore the public schools' core services, improve our roads and increase support for service levels in all town departments. With the override also came a 7.5 percent property tax increase, which could increase the average homeowners' property tax bill by $500/year.

    The implications of the property tax increase will affect many, but particularly those on a fixed income.

    The Arlington Board of Selectmen, State Senator Ken Donnelly, The Arlington Board of Assessors, and the Arlington Council on Aging hosted an information session on tax exemption programs available to Arlington residents.

    If you missed this session, the Town of Arlington has a list of helpful documents on their Website. You can also read up on the State Senior Circuit Breaker Program, a refundable tax credit for eligible seniors age 65 or older whose property tax payments exceed 10% of their annual income.
    Many seniors, and others who may qualify for exemptions, should take a moment to learn about the important programs that are available to them. It could be time well spent.

     

     

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      Shedding Some Light on Window Treatments: Q&A With Linda's Decors

      Window treatments are a cost-effective way unify the look of your space, and to increase the value of your home. However, the prospect of finding and installing the right look can be daunting. We sat down with YourHomeForSale partner, Linda Woodard of Linda's Decors, to dispel some of the myths around window treatments, and to shed some light on why they are a great investment for your home. Read on to learn more about Linda, and understand why...



      1. Every purchase is personal

      2. No project is too small
      3. A room without window treatments is like a beautiful dress without accessories


      Tell us a little bit about your background, and how you began your business.


      After many years of working in the retail home improvement and design business, I discovered that the level of service homeowners required just wasn't being offered. My skills honed from 15 years of successful sales experience translated perfectly to this industry. As with all business- to-consumer relationships, there is a unique level of responsibility because every purchase is personal. Ensuring good communication and a high level of interaction with my clients each step of the way on a project ensures a beautiful result, in more ways than one! A purchase such as window treatments can be daunting for homeowners. Simplifying the process by bringing everything to the home is an advantage my business offers. It makes the whole process a lot more fun.


      What is it about the niche of window treatment consultation that intrigued you, rather than just general interior design?



      I'm a nut for details! Not only in the products I design for my clients, but also in understanding and listening to what they want, and counseling them accordingly. Window treatments are an integral part of the design or decoration of a room and sometimes, the most overlooked. I go over everything down the smallest detail to ensure there are absolutely no surprises the day of the installation! The outcome is usually a hug from the homeowner. It's all about the details.


      What are some simple questions people should ask themselves when considering window treatments for their home?


      One of the most important questions is how long do they plan on living in the home? Window treatments add both aesthetic and financial value, so they can ultimately help increase the overall valuation to their home. They also should be there long enough to really enjoy them. I've worked with many clients that know, however, they won't be in their home forever. There are many solutions I can provide and I'm happy to consult with them.


      Chicken or the egg question: Which comes first? The paint selection or the window treatments?


      That's a great question. Many of my window treatment clients initially hired me to help in the selection of their color schemes which, subsequently drives the choices for the treatments. Often we discuss both issues at the same time.


      People often equate window treatments with high cost. Are there a range of projects and price points you will handle?


      Having years of experience in the industry and great relationships with different vendors allows me to offer a variety of options at all price points. Some clients have strict budgets because they have a lot to do in their home, others have more flexibility. No project is too small though. Sometimes, starting with just a couple of windows is ideal because when a homeowners first moves in, they have a lot going on. Privacy may be their priority and there are many different approaches. My goal is to provide the best products based on those needs and understanding the idiosyncrasies of each one helps me determine the best solution for my clients.


      Can you explain the importance of window treatments when it comes to the resale value of a home?


      Invaluable! A room without window treatments is just not finished. It's like putting on a gorgeous new dress and forgetting to accessorize - it looks good, but why not look great?! You don't have to go overboard - sometimes less is more, but often you need the finishing touch. A room doesn't exude that warm and inviting feeling without them. You can remove all the furniture in a room and leave the window treatments and the room will still have a welcoming feel.


      What is the quirkiest window you've had to deal with?


      An old home and exposed pipes. You can't move the pipes and working around them was challenging. But, that's one of the benefits of custom treatments. We could create the proper depth we needed to ensure everything fit perfectly, and the look wasn't compromised.


      Any hot fall trends we should know about?


      Color! I think when there is a lot of uncertainty out there, as there is right now - the economy, the next election, etc., people want to surround themselves with things that feel good and make them comfortable. For the fall and winter, warm colors are especially popular. But, warm doesn't have to mean earth tones! Done well, the perfect colors will work for a long time and will remain fresh as trends change!


      What's the best part about your job?


      Without a doubt, my clients. Often, I'm called on when a homeowner wants or needs help improving their living space. It's very satisfying when they are so thrilled with the results that they refer me to a friend or family member.


      What is the most challenging?


      Construction! Sometimes windows are not symmetrical in a room, a vent is in a tough spot, or the window has very little depth to work with. These are all challenges I've worked with and overcome. Sometimes it takes more creativity than others, but it's always fun and rewarding.

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        Your Arlington Open House Weekend Update

        Miss us lately? Our social media team has been in the dark with power outages from Snowtober, but now we're back and powered up! Thanks for your patience, and hope you all weathered the storm well. Here's a new crop of Arlington listings this week - be sure to check them out!  



        SINGLE FAMILY



        Address

        Rooms

        Bed

        Bath

        Style

        Price

        27 Fremont St.

        6

        4

        1/0

        Cape

        $375,000

        256 Hillside Ave.

        5

        2

        1/1

        Cape

        $449,000

        9 Rublee St.

        7

        3

        2/0

        Cape

        $497,000

        14 Brand St.

        7

        4

        3/0

        Colonial

        $599,000

        44 Foxmeadow Ln.

        7

        4

        3/0

        Cape

        $609,900


        CONDO


        Address

        Rooms

        Bed

        Bath

        Style

        Price

        1 Watermill Place U:330

        3

        1

        1/1

        Garden

        $275,000

        33 Swan Place U:33

        8

        4

        2/1

        Detached

        $599,900


         

        MULTI-FAMILY


        Address

        Rooms

        Bed

        Bath

        Style

        Price

        419-421 Summer St.

        12

        5

        2/0

        2 Family

        $465,000