Blog :: 05-2012

But Don't Take Our Word for It...

We could tell you what sets us apart from other real estate agents in town, but given that 90% of consumers trust recommendations from people they know (via Constant Contact) we're providing some feedback from your friends and neighbors around town who have a few words of their own to share about working with us.  

A satisfied customer is the best business strategy of all. - Michael LeBoeuf

Bill - Seller in Arlington

Steve was instrumental in the sale of my home. Selling a home requires a very specific skill-set - it is complex, detailed, and demands constant attention. Steve was very professional throughout the entire process. He had thorough knowledge of the marketplace, he was realistic in setting expectations and he had a comprehensive understanding of buyer demographics in the area.

To top it off, he has a well-organized team overseeing the transactions to provide guidance and support every step of the way. Everyone did an excellent job making the transactions and the sale of my home go as smoothly as possible.

Lorne and Linda - Sellers on Pleasant View Road in Arlington / Buyers on Maple Ridge in Burlington
We chose Steve as our real estate agent because of his reputation for excellent marketing, planning and negotiation strategies. He is a highly ethical business person with expert knowledge about the housing markets he serves.
Every aspect of Steve's approach to the home buying and selling process is extremely competent, efficient and effective. He gets things done fast and with minimum fuss. He was also instrumental in putting us in touch with resources needed for moving: stager, engineer, house cleaner, painter, repair people, plumbers, movers, etc.
Steve is charming, witty, courteous, and patient, making him an all-around wonderful real estate agent to work with.

You can view testimonials from other happy customers on our Website.

 

Spotlight: Arlington Home of the Week: 30 Gorham Street

Ready, set... summer! Memorial Day weekend is New England's official summer kick off. We have three days to barbeque, soak in the sun, go to the town parade on Monday and enjoy the freedom that those before us have sacrificed to provide. Did you know that in 1867 the name "Arlington" was chosen in honor of those buried in Arlington National Cemetery?



Be sure to check out this weekend's open houses and our Spotlight Home of the Week.


30 Gorham Street: Every attention to detail was paid when building this home. There is a great open floor plan with a front-to-back living room, and an open dining room/kitchen outfitted with stainless steel appliances, titanium white cabinets and beautiful white granite countertops. Step into an amazing mud room with beautiful built-ins off the oversized two car garage. Upstairs is a master suite with a walk-in closet, custom tiled shower, open office/playroom, laundry room, 3 beds and a main bath. A walk up attic and basement for storage round-out this beautiful home. (MLS: 71385140)

Getting Beyond Real Estate FUD

Fear. Uncertainty. Doubt. Otherwise known in business, sales and marketing circles as the FUD factor. FUD has long been a tactic to confuse the marketplace, and real estate has seen its fair share of FUD in the past few years.

 

Buyers and sellers have more information than ever at their fingertips.  This can be a good thing on a lot of levels, but it can also be a leading contributor of FUD. Real estate information overload on both the national and local levels can make it difficult to filter through what's important to you: Is it the right time to buy? Is it the right time to sell? Is it better to rent vs. buy? Should I wait for interest rates to fall even further, or will I miss the boat?

No one has a crystal ball to predict where the real estate market in Arlington is going. But data, experience and common sense can get you pretty close.

At this point you've heard it before: the market is great for sellers right now. So is this real, or is it more FUD? Based on our data, experience and common sense (DEC - our unofficial anti-FUD term) we are seeing a lack of inventory in the area -- and combined with these amazing low interest rates, -- buyers have gotten off the couch and are eager for a decent home for sale.

Over the past few weeks, we have seen multiple offers on almost every listing with sale prices going above asking price.

If you're thinking of selling, we believe this is the time. No one can forecast how long it will last, but it's the best market we've seen for sellers in three years. Data from the Massachusetts Association of REALTORS (MAR) further supports these trends:

·         Single-family pending home sales were up 35.6% compared to April 2011

We are in unique phase of the housing cycle, and there is a window of opportunity for sellers in Arlington to get a great price for their homes quickly. But as history has proved time and again, this opportunity won't last long - and too many people have been stuck in a quagmire of FUD.

It is important to get honest and detailed assessment of the real estate market in your community, within your neighborhood, and on your street to see where the opportunities are for you.

Spotlight: Arlington Home of the Week: 132 Warren Street

TGIF! If you're looking for something to do this weekend (besides look at open houses) the annual BIKE-Arlington Tour is set for 9:30 a.m. this Sunday. The family-friendly bike tour will travel on both the Minuteman Bikeway and local roadways.



Or, combine the two and pedal your way to a new home!



132 Warren Street: Amazing and fabulous! This spacious two-level condo is situated on a corner lot just seconds to Arlington Center's wonderful shops and the Minuteman Bikeway. With high ceilings and an open living room/kitchen area, this is a perfect entertaining space. The kitchen is appointed with granite counters, maple cabinets, and GE appliances. There is a large bedroom and bath on the main level, and a master suite with an office and wonderful deck upstairs. Hardwood floors, two parking spaces, A/C, pet friendly and storage round out the lovely features of this home. It is a beautiful place that's ready for you! (MLS:71380872)

What's Nearby: Arlington Center shops, Public Transportation, Minuteman Bikeway.



Listed: $435,000


Scroll down to see other new listings in Arlington this weekend and happy house hunting!



SINGLE FAMILY


Address

Rooms

Bed

Bath

Style

Price

23 Lowell Street Pl.

6

3

2f 0h

Colonial

$374,900

845 Concord Tpke.

7

3

1f 1h

Colonial

$399,000

10 Peck Ave.

6

3

1f 1h

Cape

$449,000

190 Lake St.

6

3

1f 0h

Colonial

$449,900

7 Aerial St.

7

4

2f 0h

Colonial

$455,000

30 Indian Hill Rd.

6

3

1f 1h

Cape

$465,000

33 Rhinecliff St.

7

4

1f 1h

Cape

$489,000

32 Buena Vista Rd.

6

3

1f 1h

Colonial

$499,000

264 Highland Ave.

8

3

2f 0h

Colonial

$549,000

60 Chester St.

7

3

1f 1h

Colonial

$600,000

75 Ridge St.

10

4

2f 1h

Colonial

$719,000

76 Browning Rd.

9

4

2f 1h

Colonial

$739,000

82 Cutter Hill Rd.

8

4

2f 2h

Colonial

$740,000

58 Beverly Rd.

10

5

2f 1h

Colonial

$749,000

83 Gray St.

17

7

4f 1h

Victorian

$1,400,000

25 Gould Rd.

12

5

3f 1h

Other

$1,950,000


CONDO


Address

Rooms

Bed

Bath

Style

Price

1 Watermill Place U:505

3

1

1f 1h

Mid-Rise

$249,900

39 Orvis Rd. U:1

5

2

1f 0h

2/3 Family

$365,000

182 Medford St. U:182

8

3

2f 0h

2/3 Family

$409,000

26 Lake St. U:2

8

4

2f 0h

2/3 Family

$599,000

What will be the Next Pink Bathroom?

You know what I'm talking about. If you've purchased a home, or have been house-hunting, you've seen the pink bathroom - pink tile, pink tub, pink toilet, and if you're lucky a pink fuzzy toilet seat cover for good measure. Usually it's in a home that was built or had renovations in the 50's or 60's, and may also contain a mustard yellow fridge and olive green rotary telephone (it happens).

Arlington has no shortage of mid-century homes, and chances are you've encountered a pink bathroom on a house tour. This kind of sighting can elicit groans, eye rolls, and exasperation at the thought of spending money on a bathroom reno. Rather than get frustrated, there are a few ways to approach the pink bathroom. One that you might not have considered is to embrace it. That's right - don't be so quick to sink the pink.

There are an increasing number buyers and homeowners on a Mad Men-fueled décor kick, opting for Ranch-style homes over colonials, and wallpaper over paint chips. This is a hard pill to swallow for many who have spent countless hours and dollars trying TO UNDO ALL OF THIS.

But before you throw in the pink towel, you should know that there is a Website dedicated to Saving the Pink Bathroom, with 10 facts about pink bathrooms that you never thought you wanted to know, (but do now).

Some of these include:
·         5 million pink bathrooms went into the 20 million+ homes built in the United States from 1946-1966.
·         First Lady Mamie Eisenhower was pivotal in popularizing the color, which is often referred to as "Mamie Pink" or "First Lady Pink."
·         Retro Botox - Pink is actually a great color for bathrooms because the reflected glow makes you look younger...and healthier.
Another way to approach the pink bathroom is to consider what will be the next pink bathroom. Twenty or thirty years from now, can you imagine people going to open houses and saying, "Ugh, more stainless steel? Who wants granite?? Look at all of this hardwood; I guess we'll have to redo the floors with carpet!"
Whether you embrace the pink bathroom or want a fresh start, don't curse previous generations so quickly - our kids and grandkids will be facing the same dilemma that we create for them. Their 'pink bathroom' might be in the form of tiled floors, white kitchen cabinets, double sinks, or (wait for it) the open floor plan.

If you could predict the next 'pink bathroom' what would it be?

One Year (and 134 blog posts) Later

It was one year ago today the YourHomeForSale blog published its first post. We had five posts last May, 129 since, and more on the way. We've been keeping busy the past 365 days and thought we'd share some stats (and if you read our blog, you know we love stats!).

We've had articles published:
·         Metro Boston (11/28/11) Metro Boston Covers YourHomeForSale Listing
·         Bay State Realtor (5/1/12) Newton's Law of Real Estate
We've had nearly 14,000 page views, and some of our most-viewed posts include:
·         Arlington's Favorite Street
·         Today's Realtor
We're regular bloggers on the Arlington Patch, and we have a growing following on Facebook and Twitter.

So what do you think - clients, prospects, friends, fans, followers and community - what would you like to see over the coming year? More community info? More housing data? More real estate tips? More posts with kittens and puppies? :)

We write this for you. We hope you enjoy it, that you get something out of it, and of course - we hope you'll stick around and share what you like with your friends.

From us to you as always, happy house hunting!

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    Arlington's Favorite Street - Part II

    We like what we like. And when it comes to deciding on a favorite street in Arlington, what we like can vary for many reasons.



    Last week we posed the question, "Which is your favorite Arlington street, and why? We had a few responses that provided some insight into what makes a street popular.


    One person commented:

    "I have lots of favorite streets in Arlington. The list is long. Even after living in town for more than twenty years I still come upon nice streets I had not seen before. We have some walks we regularly take through neighborhoods that have many of our favorite streets. Back in the 1980s, before I moved to town, my introduction to Arlington included parking on Academy Street, where I was impressed by its variety of interesting houses, mature trees and landscaping, and proximity to the Center. I don't live on Academy St. yet still remember it as a nice intro to the town."


    These are definitely points that resonate with a lot of people: walk-ability, mature trees, interesting houses, proximity to town.


     Another person felt very strongly:
    "Edmund Rd. No contest."


    Arlington has no shortage of streets that could be deemed 'favorite' for any number of reasons. And when people feel a connection to a place - whether it's a street or a town or a home, it's something that will always stick with them.


    "I have an affection for a great city. I feel safe in the neighborhood of man, and enjoy the sweet security of the streets." - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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      Spotlight: Arlington Home of the Week: 74 Beverly Road

      Happy Mother's Day to all of the great Moms who work hard to make a their house a home. There are some lovely homes for sale, and a tour of Arlington open houses is a fun after-brunch activity. Check out our spotlight and other open houses around town this weekend!



      74 Beverly Road: Built in 1950 and being sold by the original family, this mid-century ranch home has been lovingly maintained throughout the years. Located on one of Arlington's most sought-after streets in a wonderful neighborhood near Mystic Lake, this home features 3 beds and 2 full baths, with many original details and features. The lower level has a stone fireplace in the huge family room. Relax on the patio overlooking the beautiful landscaping in the level yard. There is garage parking and while some updates are needed, there is great expansion potential. (MLS: 71380861)


      What's Nearby: Arlington Center shops, Mystic Lakes, Public Transportation, Bike Path.


      Listed: $519,000


      Scroll down to see other new listings in Arlington this weekend and happy house hunting!



      SINGLE FAMILY


      Address

      Rooms

      Bed

      Bath

      Style

      Price

      8 Carl Rd.

      5

      2

      1f 0h

      Bungalow

      $335,000

      451 Appleton St.

      6

      3

      1f 0h

      Colonial

      $379,000

      38 Hillcrest St.

      6

      3

      1f 0h

      Cape

      $474,000

      42 Kimball Rd.

      6

      3

      1f 0h

      Colonial

      $489,000

      243 Appleton St.

      7

      3

      2f 0h

      Colonial

      $509,000

      44 Wilbur Ave.

      9

      3

      2f 0h

      Colonial

      $519,000

      74 Beverly Rd.

      7

      3

      2f 0h

      Ranch

      $519,000

      107 Thesda St.

      7

      3

      1f 0h

      Ranch

      $689,000


      CONDO


      Address

      Rooms

      Bed

      Bath

      Style

      Price

      30 Hamilton Rd. U:202

      4

      2

      1f 0h

      Low-Rise

      $289,000

      27 Howard St. U:1

      5

      2

      1f 0h

      2/3 Family

      $339,000

      27 Howard St.U:2

      7

      3

      1f 0h

      2/3 Family

      $379,000

      78 Marathon St. U:2

      6

      3

      1f 0h

      Detached

      $390,000

      123 Palmer St. U:2

      6

      2

      1f 0h

      2/3 Family

      $425,000

      132 Warren St. U:B

      4

      2

      2f 0h

      2/3 Family

      $435,000

      88 Summer St. U:D20

      6

      2

      2f 1h

      Townhouse

      $479,000

      21 Prescott St. U:2

      6

      3

      2f 1h

      Townhouse

      $549,000


      MULTI-FAMILY


      Address

      Rooms

      Bed

      Bath

      Style

      Price

      78-80 Sylvia St.

      10

      4

      2f 0h

      2 Family - 2 Up/Down

      $449,900

      114-116 Paul Revere Rd.

      15

      7

      3f 1h

      3 Family

      $577,500


      Arlington's Favorite Street

      OK, so Arlington didn't make the Globe's top streets to live in and around Boston. That doesn't mean we can't pick our own favorite street or place to live in Arlington.



      Some of the favorite streets in the article include such features as proximity to restaurants, a nature vibe, historic or New England-like attributes, pet-friendly, polished, picturesque, artsy, architecturally interesting, walkable, cultured, hip, easy commute, sense of community, good schools, town center, etc. etc.


      Certainly, Arlington has all of this and more:


      Proximity to restaurants: Tryst, Flora, Tango, Scutra, Jimmy's



      Historic or New England-like attributes: Jason Russell House, Whittemore Robbins House, Arlington Historical Society






      Cultured: Capitol Theater






      Architecturally interesting: Old Schwamb Mill, Town Hall, Robbins Library



      Of course these are just a few of the many features and resources that make Arlington a great place to live. But if you had to pick a favorite Arlington street to call home, which would it be?


      ·         Jason Street for its leafy canopy and historic Victorians?

      ·         Mass. Ave. for its hip vibe, restaurants and shops?

      ·         Lowell Street for its proximity to 'the beach?'

      ·         Wyman Street in East Arlington for its traditional triple-deckers?

      Is your favorite Arlington Street not listed here? Leave a comment and let us know which is your favorite and why.


      What Separates the Best From the Rest?

      Being the best in real estate is not a self-proclaimed right. It is a title that can only be bestowed by happy clients. Happy clients result from hard work, long hours and a love of what you do. And there's no resting on your laurels - it takes happy client after happy client to be the best. 

       

      So we thought we'd share some feedback from a client who describes - in his own words - what separates Erika from the rest...
      "Erika Pereira helped us in a real estate search that lasted many months. Her expertise, promptness, commitment, and overall professionalism are unrivaled.

      I am sure that most agents would have lost patience with us, given the duration of our search, and the fact that we modified our search criteria many, many times. Not Erika. Erika told us to walk away from several properties, even when we were interested - we found this compelling because she could have earned her commission and moved on. Instead, she took the time to steer us in the right direction. Erika promptly and clearly responded to every question we asked - many of our questions were about minor or even insignificant details - and maintained enthusiasm even when we grew weary. On one occasion, we backed away from a property after making an initial bid; I feared that at this point Erika would write us off as unreliable or undecided clients. When a listing appeared that finally met each of our many criteria, Erika took immediate action so that we could bid before the property's scheduled open house.

       

      She then helped us negotiate credits to our offer, enduring, again, what felt like an excruciatingly detailed back and forth series of emails between the various parties. Erika looked after our interests through this entire process and helped win our prize without over-bidding. After our deal closed, she remained available to us when we sought recommendations for local contractors. I would not consider making a real estate decision without her."

       

      - David, home buyer in Arlington

      You can view our other home buying and selling testimonials on our Website.

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