Blog :: 09-2012

Cooper's Cause


By now you all know Cooper, the YourHomeForSale wonder dog. He is a valued member of the team who can sniff out the best real estate deals in Arlington, shake hands with clients, and speak the team's message loud and clear. He was our Top Producer in the Dog Days of Summer, and he continues to run circles around the competition.


Cooper is a hard worker but he also takes time to stop and smell the flowers (and maybe chase a squirrel or two). Cooper's latest endeavor is taking on Canine Cancer through this fundraiser from Orvis. When you vote for Cooper in the Cover Dog Photo Contest, your donation will help save dogs' lives by funding important research through the Canine Cancer Campaign.


The Orvis Cover Dog Photo Contest is scheduled to end on September 30, 2012, so vote today!



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    Spotlight: Arlington Home of the Week, 24A Prescott Street

    Year-to-date home sales are up 24 percent, compared to last year, and another month of strong home sales confirms speculation that the housing market recovery is underway, according to The Warren Group.



    All the signs are there, now it's your turn to make the call (better than an NFL replacement ref) to search for your new home. Here's our latest listing to get you started. On three, ready, break!

    24A Prescott Street



    10 Things You Need To Know About 24A Prescott Street #5:


    1.      Open houses Saturday and Sunday 12:30 - 2:30.


    2.      Monthly payment is CHEAPER than renting.


    3.      3-bed, 1-bath, completely renovated!


    4.      $1500 seller credit at closing.


    5.      Priced $30K below assessed value.


    6.      NEW roof, MINT systems, lots of storage.


    7.      One block from Bike Path.


    8.      2 deeded side-by-side parking spaces.


    9.      Walk Score = 97


    10.  Move-In Ready In Time for The Holidays.


    This renovated treetop penthouse condo is just moments from the bike path. It has granite countertops and stainless steel appliances in the kitchen. Functionality is top notch, with a NEW roof and copper gutters, and an electric system, furnace and water heater like new! There is an in-unit laundry, California closets, custom lighting, and private storage. Design details abound, with exposed brick, pumpkin-pine floors, arched windows, and unique character of a New England Victorian.  Stroll out your door and enjoy the shops, restaurants, and public transportation. BONUS! Sellers offering 6 months condo fees as housewarming gift! (MLS #71439593)


    What's Nearby: Arlington Center shops and restaurants, public transportation, Minuteman Bikeway.


    Listed: $369,000


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


    SINGLE FAMILY


    Address

    Rooms

    Bed

    Bath

    Style

    Price

    27 Venner Rd.

    7

    3

    1f 0h

    Colonial

    $425,000

    18 Overlook Rd.

    8

    3

    1f 1h

    Colonial

    $499,900

    143 Lake St.

    7

    3

    1f 1h

    Garrison

    $549,900

    32 Hawthorne Ave.

    8

    4

    2f 0h

    Bungalow

    $650,000

    66 Hutchinson Rd.

    9

    4

    3f 1h

    Colonial

    $989,000

    29 Gray St.

    13

    5

    3f 1h

    Colonial

    $1,295,000


    CONDO


    Address

    Rooms

    Bed

    Bath

    Style

    Price

    995 Mass.  Ave. U:205

    4

    2

    1f 0h

    Low-Rise

    $229,000

    24A Prescott St. U:5

    7

    3

    1f 0h

    2/3 Family

    $369,000

    67 Highland Ave. U:1

    7

    2

    1f 0h

    2/3 Family

    $409,000



    Unique Home Selling Techniques that Earn Points

    Some time ago, I was checking out an open house and it was a very lovely home. The structure, layout and landscaping were all very nice, but it had some quirks that could easily turn off certain groups of buyers.

     

    It is common knowledge in real estate circles that it's better to de-personalize a house before putting it on the market - take down the photos and personal memorabilia collections, remove the magnets on the fridge, put away the family portrait, etc. etc. 
    The theory is that seeing less of someone else's personal items will make it easier for buyers to picture themselves living there. But sometimes, if done correctly, a little bit a personalization can go long way.
    Which brings me back to the open house. After going through many of the rooms we came to a family room with a scrabble board set up on a table. On the board was spelled out:
    T H I S  I S  A  G R E A T
       O
       U
       S
       E
    It was clever, subtle and earnest without feeling pushy or over the top.  It made buyers feel like they were being let in on a secret, and it made the house feel like it was a happy home. The Boston Globe recently had an article called, The sad house. The happy house.,which talked about the power of projecting a positive image of a home for sale - but also the need for discernment when emotions come into play. Valid points on both sides.
    From a buyers' perspective, of course it is easier to love a house that's been loved - just be sure you're loving it for the right reasons.

    From a sellers' perspective - if done properly - sharing the love and giving some insight into what makes your home great is a technique that can earn you extra points (maybe even triple-word points).

    Spotlight: Arlington Home of the Week, 125 Sylvia Street


    Fall right in to a new home this season! There are plenty of reasons to buy a new home in Arlington right now, and here are our top three:


     

    ·         It's more affordable than renting (especially in the suburbs west of Boston)


    ·         It is wise to invest in a town with a solid school system (Arlington High just ranked #40 in Boston Magazine's top 50 schools)


    ·         Massachusetts home sales jumped 21 percent, year-over-year, in August, with pending sales rising 25 percent.


    Need more reasons? We've got plenty, just give us a call! Meanwhile, here is a great new listing to get you started on your search.


    125 Sylvia Street
    Move right into this meticulous ranch-style home, it is a great condo alternative with lots to offer. It features hardwood floors, a fireplaced living room, a kitchen that opens to a comfortable dining area and two spacious bedrooms. The finished lower level can accommodate both a home office and a playroom, or is a great in-law alternative. Close to public transportation, shops and the minuteman bikeway. You can enjoy a life on the go without sacrificing a quiet place to come home to and enjoy! (MLS #71437922)


    What's Nearby: Arlington shops and restaurants, public transportation, Minuteman Bikeway, Dallin School.


    Listed: $395,000


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


    SINGLE FAMILY


    Address

    Rooms

    Bed

    Bath

    Style

    Price

    125 Sylvia St.

    7

    2

    2f 0h

    Ranch

    $395,000

    40 Sutherland St.

    5

    2

    1f 0h

    Colonial

    $399,000

    45 Bow St.

    6

    3

    1f 1h

    Colonial

    $489,000

    201 Pleasant St.

    10

    5

    3f 0h

    Colonial

    $775,900


    CONDO

     


    Address

    Rooms

    Bed

    Bath

    Style

    Price

    9 Old Colony Ln. U:9

    3

    1

    1f 0h

    Mid-Rise

    $149,900

    1 Watermill Pl. U:311

    4

    2

    2f 0h

    Mid-Rise

    $335,000

    9 Mott St. U:A

    7

    2

    2f 0h

    2/3 Family

    $419,000

    21 Russell Pl. U:21

    5

    2

    2f 0h

    Townhouse

    $449,000

    34 Lewis Ave. U:34

    8

    4

    2f 0h

    Townhouse

    $529,000


    MULTI-FAMILY


    Address

    Rooms

    Bed

    Bath

    Style

    Price

    164 Summer St.

    11

    4

    2f 1h

    2 Family

    $549,000

    Spotlight: Arlington Home of the Week, 927 Concord Ave., Belmont

    September means school books, crisp days, warm nights and best of all.... Arlington Town Day! Town Night kicks off tonight starting at 5:00 p.m. at the Spy Pond Field, with entertainment, children's activities, food, and fireworks at dusk (just be sure to bring the bug spray!).



    Town Day is tomorrow, Saturday 9/15 from 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.  on Mass. Ave. from Pleasant Street to Mill Street. Booths will offer craft exhibits, bake sales, educational displays, raffles, club membership information, games, food vendors, and much more.


    Bowes Real Estate is a proud sponsor of Arlington Town Day. We will be on the corner of Water Street and Mass. Ave. where you can browse through Arlington homes for sale, ask our agents questions about the Arlington real estate market, or just stop by and get some free stuff!


    And don't miss the pony rides! Bowes Real Estate sponsors free pony rides behind the Robbins Library. Complimentary photos will be taken and upload to the Bowes website. Giddyup.



    927 Concord Ave., Belmont

    Surrounded by trees and beautiful landscaping, this Colonial home projects a bright and airy feel from the inside out. A perfect blend of form and functionality are reflected throughout the kitchen, dining room, family room, four large bedrooms and renovated bathrooms. Skylights, cathedral ceilings, fireplaces, French doors, hardwood floors and many recent updates are just some of the qualities that make this home stand out. Proximity to roadways and Belmont Habitat make it a convenient oasis. (MLS PIN #71434326)



    What's Nearby: Belmont shops and restaurants, Belmont Habitat nature reserve, public transportation.

    Listed: $849,000



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


    SINGLE FAMILY


    Address

    Rooms

    Bed

    Bath

    Style

    Price

    123 Sunnyside Ave.

    5

    2

    1f 0h

    Other (See Remarks)

    $345,000

    245 Renfrew St.

    6

    2

    1f 0h

    Cape

    $429,900

    280 Summer St.

    6

    3

    1f 1h

    Cape

    $449,900

    23 Day St.

    7

    3

    2f 1h

    Cape

    $529,900

    35 Overlook Rd.

    7

    3

    1f 1h

    Colonial

    $534,900

    385 Mystic St.

    11

    5

    4f 1h

    Ranch

    $550,000

    31 Fountain Rd.

    8

    3

    2f 0h

    Colonial

    $579,000



    CONDO


    Address

    Rooms

    Bed

    Bath

    Style

    Price

    6 Brattle St. U:6

    5

    2

    1f 0h

    2/3 Family

    $259,000

    975 Mass. Ave. U:506

    5

    2

    2f 0h

    Hi-Rise

    $325,000

    1290 Mass. Ave. U:1290

    7

    4

    2f 0h

    2/3 Family

    $425,000

    14 Churchill Ave. U:1

    7

    3

    1f 0h

    2/3 Family

    $425,000

    61 Harlow U:1

    6

    2

    1f 0h

    Duplex

    $429,900



    Prep Talk

    September is National Preparedness month. It's also National Honey Month and National Yoga Month, but that's a post for another day. 

    Chances are, with all of the wild weather we've been having, you've experienced some kind of power outage at your home this year. And you probably know how this can leave you scrambling for flashlights, candles, and extra cans of Spaghetti-O's.

    At the very least it is an inconvenience, but depending on the scope and scale of the event it can also be costly (think of those filets in the freezer) and dangerous (never ever heat your home with an oven).

    But readying yourself and your home for a natural disaster or other emergency doesn't need to be complicated or time-consuming. In fact, the CDC has a Website,"Emergency Preparedness and Response," that neatly outlines four steps to get you started:
    • Get a Kit
    • Make a Plan

     

     

    • Get Involved

     

    One preparedness trend that is taking hold is the portable generator. Generators can be used to power the refrigerator, phones, computer and TV. But there are certain criteria for properly selecting and running a generator. Real Living Real Estate recently posted this video to get you up and running on generator basics.

     

    With September 11th top of mind for many people this month, it is as important as ever to promote emergency preparedness. Take a moment to ensure the safety of your home and family.

     

    You'll thank yourself later when all of your flashlights work and your peace of mind is intact.

     

    But Don't Take Our Word for It... (Part III)

    Recently, Harvard Business Review came out with post stating: Marketing Is Dead. It's a bold statement, and I think marketing is still a vital component of today's businesses - it just that it has a new mix of methods for the mission.

    The biggest shift for many organizations is going from 'marketing to' customers to 'engaging with.' This means marketing is a two-way street, so when you engage with customers, you better a) listen, and b) know what you're talking about or they will call you out and take their business elsewhere (oh and by the way, they'll share it with all of their friends on Facebook, Twitter, etc.).

    On the flip side, if they like you, they'll do more to build your reputation than an ad ever could.

    The HBR article sums it up nicely:

    "...when you contemplate a major purchase, such as a new roof, a flat screen TV, [a home], or a good surgeon, you're not likely to go looking for a salesperson to talk to, or to read through a bunch of corporate website content. Instead, you'll probably ask neighbors or friends -- your peer network -- what or whom they're using..."

    Speaking of neighbors and friends (ahem), our customers are just that - your neighbors, coworkers and friends in the community. It is one thing for us to say 'if you're looking to buy or sell a home, choose us' - but it's another thing altogether for you to hear it from a peer you know and trust.

    We are very grateful to have these wonderful customers speak up on our behalf. Read what they have to say about us and then take a look through our previous But Don't Take Our Word For Itposts, as well as our Testimonials page - and share the love! J

    Karen - Seller, Pleasant Street in Arlington

    My experience with Bowes Real Estate and with Steve McKenna's team was an A+ experience. As a first-time seller, I had a lot of questions, and a bit of trepidation. Steve's team was supportive and walked me through every step of the process. I recommend them enthusiastically.

    Sara - Buyer on Waverley Ave. and Seller on Mystic Ave. in Arlington

    It's never easy to sell your home, but with a toddler, a dog and a new baby due soon, we had a recipe for disaster on our hands. Thank goodness we chose to go with Erika and Bowes Real Estate! She went above and beyond to help us sell our home, making sure the entire process went smoothly.

     

    When it came to buying a home, we were worried about finding a house right for us, especially considering Arlington's competitive housing market. We ended up finding a house that had everything we were looking for and more! Without Erika, I'm sure we never would have ended up getting such a wonderful home.

    I am so thankful that we decided to go with Erika to sell our first home and buy our new one. There is just so much involved in both processes, but Erika helped us every step of the way and ensured both deals went smoothly, helping us even after all papers were signed!And especially considering we were so busy with the new baby coming, it was just such a relief to have such a kind and hard-working real estate agent that we knew we could completely trust. I'd recommend her to anyone!

    Spotlight: Arlington Home of the Week, 222 Appleton Street


    Frustrated by the low inventory levels of summer? Post-Labor Day real estate is in full swing and there are numerous single family, condo, and multi-family listings throughout town.


    It is September after all, so do your homework! Start compiling a checklist of your dream-home must haves, check out our Website for buyingtips, and go to your open houses educated and prepared to take action!   


    222 Appleton Street


    This updated colonial in the heart of Arlington Heights has everything you've been waiting for. Minutes to shops and restaurants, the Dallin School, and public transportation, this home welcomes you in after a busy day. It has a fireplaced living room, dining room, sunny family room, eat-in-kitchen with granite countertops, and hardwood floors throughout. Three spacious bedrooms, a completely renovated bathroom, finished basement, and a lovely fenced in yard make this home the real deal. (MLS PIN #71431410)


    What's Nearby: Arlington Heights shops and restaurants, Robbins Farm Park, Minuteman Bikeway, public transportation, Dallin School.


    Listed: $525,000


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


    SINGLE FAMILY


    Address

    Rooms

    Bed

    Bath

    Style

    Price

    22 Lawrence Ln.

    6

    3

    2f 0h

    Other

    $424,000

    15 Inverness Rd.

    6

    3

    1f 0h

    Colonial

    $445,000

    361 Park Ave.

    8

    4

    1f 1h

    Colonial

    $524,900

    222 Appleton St.

    8

    3

    1f 1h

    Colonial

    $525,000

    12 Draper Ave.

    8

    4

    1f 1h

    Victorian

    $549,900

    81 Old Mystic St.

    8

    3

    2f 1h

    Ranch

    $579,000

    65 Fountain Rd.

    10

    4

    2f 0h

    Colonial

    $669,000

    5 Cheviot Rd.

    8

    3

    1f 1h

    Colonial

    $699,000

    108 Claremont Ave.

    12

    4

    3f 0h

    Colonial

    $1,179,000


    CONDO


    Address

    Rooms

    Bed

    Bath

    Style

    Price

    2 Arizona Ter. U:1

    3

    1

    1f 0h

    Garden

    $139,000

    118 Decatur St. U:10

    3

    1

    1f 0h

    Other

    $204,900

    32 Pine St. U:1

    6

    2

    2f 0h

    Half-Duplex

    $325,000

    7 Victoria Rd. U:1

    6

    2

    1f 0h

    2/3 Family

    $391,900

    74 Hamlet U:74

    6

    2

    1f 0h

    2/3 Family

    $445,000

    26 Scituate St. U:26

    6

    3

    3f 0h

    Townhouse

    $459,000

    20 Park St. U:20

    6

    3

    2f 1h

    Townhouse

    $689,000

    25 Rangeley Rd. U:25

    7

    4

    3f 1h

    Townhouse

    $699,900

    9 Wollaston St. U:9

    9

    4

    3f 1h

    Townhouse

    $830,000


    MULTI-FAMILY


    Address

    Rooms

    Bed

    Bath

    Style

    Price

    285 Summer St.

    8

    4

    2f 0h

    2 Family

    $295,000

    5-7 Paul Revere Rd.

    13

    5

    2f 1h

    2 Family

    $535,000

    116 Mass Ave.

    12

    5

    2f 0h

    2 Family

    $550,000

    19-21 Mount Vernon St.

    16

    7

    4f 0h

    2 Family - 2 Up/Down

    $599,000