Blog :: 02-2013

Experience the Homes at Holly Glen

Mark your calendar, tell your friends and reserve your space at the Holly Glen Grand Opening Event - Coming Soon!

Holly Glen is a new residential neighborhood in the heart of Greater Boston. Picture tree-lined streets, homes with glistening floors, gleaming granite counter-tops, open floor plans, high ceilings, first-floor master bedroom suites, and clean lines - all within minutes to the best shopping, restaurants and activities the area has to offer.



At this event, you will experience the homes, the community, and the lifestyle of Holly Glen. Come and see the homes that were designed with you in mind.
  • Styles and layouts to accommodate your lifestyle

  • Eight unique and appealing homes
  • Sixteen dramatic floor plans

  • Fabulous features and amenities with gourmet-style kitchens

  • Beautiful and distinctive details built into each home

  • Financing options provided by Guaranteed Rate
The 32 architecturally designed single-family homes on Muller Road in Burlington, Mass. are all within proximity to Boston, Cambridge, Lexington, Winchester, the Burlington Mall, Middlesex Mall, shops, restaurants and highways.

This is an amazing opportunity to realize the benefit of a newly built, well-designed neighborhood in a desirable area that will give you a sense of pride, and a quality of life that is increasingly hard to come by these days.



Buyers are tired of waiting and they are anxious to make their next move. Don't miss out - space for this event is limited so reserve today!

RSVP and see first-hand how Holly Glen can fit your lifestyle - whether you're looking for room to grow, or a comfortable place to grow older, Holly Glen has something for everyone.


Spotlight: Arlington Home of the Week, 15 Grandview Road

Roll out the red carpet for this Spotlight Home of the Week! In the single-family home category, we have 15 Grandview Road, which has as much style, charm and character as your favorite Oscar nominees!


There are plenty of open house contenders this weekend - which one will be your pick?


15 Grandview Road



Stunning, pristine, immaculate describe this magnificent Cape in the Brackett school district. This home has been updated over the past few years so there is nothing to do but move in and enjoy. Some of the features are hardwood floors, tasteful new kitchen and baths, central air, garage, deck, patio, beautifully landscaped grounds, versatile color palette, and great storage space! The floor plan is flexible and can accommodate many different uses. Visit this home and see how it will fit your lifestyle. (MLS # 71483986)


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


Listed:$549,000


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

10 Wheaton Rd.

7

3

1f 0h

Ranch

$409,000

7 Indian Hill Rd.

6

3

1f 0h

Colonial

$489,000

15 Grandview Rd.

7

4

1f 1h

Cape

$549,000

110 Robbins Rd.

8

4

2f 1h

Colonial

$929,900


CONDO


Address

Rooms

Bed

Bath

Style

Price

65 Freeman St. U:2

6

2

1f 0h

2/3 Family

$389,000

135 Wildwood Ave. U:B

7

3

2f 0h

2/3 Family

$459,000

17 Russell Ter. U:3

5

3

3f 1h

2/3 Family

$499,000



Spotlight: Arlington Home of the Week, 50 Nicod Street

We cannot tell a lie - President's Day weekend is going to be monumental around Arlington. The early spring real estate market is in full swing - buyers are active and lots of homes have just listed.



There's plenty of shopping to do, and you can start by checking out our latest listing. This is one that won't make it to the sale rack!


50 Nicod Street
Enjoy this beautifully renovated Cape located on a quiet cul-de-sac in a sought-after Dallin School neighborhood. It has a meticulously landscaped yard and numerous updates have been made, including a newer kitchen that offers Corian counters, cherry cabinets and island, a renovated lower level that creates a cozy family room, and a redesigned 2nd floor bath to incorporate a tub and added custom built-ins. This home is perfectly located near Route 2, Arlington Heights, and close to bus lines. Unpack and unwind because this home is lovely and move-in ready! (MLS # 71482759)


What's Nearby:Arlington Heights shops and restaurants, public transportation, Route 2, Minuteman Bikeway, Dallin School.


Listed:$519,000


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 Summer St.

5

2

1f 0h

Ranch

$379,900

15 Wheaton Rd.

6

3

1f 0h

Ranch

$399,000

10 Huntington Rd.

6

3

1f 1h

Colonial

$449,900

10 Sleepy Hollow Ln.

6

3

2f 1h

Ranch

$512,000

50 Nicod St.

7

3

2f 0h

Cape

$519,000

32 Ottawa Rd.

8

4

1f 1h

Colonial

$619,000


CONDO


Address

Rooms

Bed

Bath

Style

Price

5 Colonial Village Dr. U:7

4

2

1f 0h

Mid-Rise

$165,000

993 Mass. Ave. U:205

3

1

1f 1h

Low-Rise

$214,900

128 Pleasant St. U:308

4

2

2f 0h

Mid-Rise

$294,500

FSBO, or No?

Before we go any further, understand it is not lost on us that a post by a REALTOR®about For-Sale-by-Owner (FSBO) homes is like a cow talking about the benefits of eating more chicken. We get the inherent bias.

However, if you are considering selling your own home, there are still many factors to take into consideration (take it with a grain of salt if you must).So, why do some people choose to take on the task of FSBO?
The top reason people choose to sell their own homes is to save money by avoiding a Realtor commission. 

There are no "standard" real estate agent fees that can be charged by an agent or broker, and real estate commission rates are split between the listing agent and the agent or broker that brings the buyer to the transaction.

 

In Massachusetts, the majority of commissions fall between 2% and 3% for each real estate professional, making the average real estate commission rate for selling a home between 5% and 6%.
On the flip side, the top reason people choose to use a real estate agent - we call it the three P's: Price, Process and Peace-of-Mind. 

You could build your house too, if you really wanted to. The information is out there for sure. But the time, energy and effort it would take you to accomplish something an experienced builder already knows how to do, doesn't make it worth your time.

Same goes for selling your home. The complexity of real estate transactions is increasing. Changing regulations and fluctuating markets have made real estate a logistical minefield, and one misstep can put you in all kinds of trouble - legal, financial, (emotional, if you include the stress factor).   

According to the National Association of REALTORS, the most difficult tasks for FSBO Sellers:

 o    Getting the right price: 12%

o     Understanding and performing paperwork: 11%

o     Having enough time to devote to all aspects of the sale: 6%
o     Preparing/fixing up home for sale: 5%
o     Selling within the planned length of time: 5%
In a 2012 HomeGain survey of FSBO verses REALTOR® home sellers, 66% of the home owners who used a REALTOR were able to successfully sell their home compared to 30% of for-sale-by-owners. 

In addition, the survey found that 22% of FSBO eventually decided to use a REALTOR to try to sell their home. More than half of those who did were then able to sell their homes too, the survey found.

 

And the end of the day, it is your choice. Plenty of people have success selling their own homes, and you might, too.

But first, do your research. Talk to other people who have both successfully and unsuccessfully attempted FSBO. Talk to a real estate professional, talk to a mortgage broker, lawyer and lender for their opinions - it's no skin off their back whether you choose to use a REALTOR or not. Bottom line:Get the whole story, including all of the grains of salt so you have a flavor for what you are about to take on. And also so you don't bite off more than you can chew.

Spotlight: Arlington Home of the Week, 51 Smith Street, Unit 51

It's going to be tough out there today - and we're not just talking about the grocery store parking lot! NEMO is sure to find all of us, so stay off the roads if you can and hunker down.  



And since you have some extra time on your hands, check out some of these snow-stats from the BBJ(and don't forget to check the latest listings around Arlington*!):


·         4.4: Number of inches of snow accumulation during the biggest snowstorm of 2011.


·         21: The number of inches of snow that fell on Boston on Jan. 20, 1978, the largest one-day total ever recorded.


·         27.5: Number of inches that fell on Boston between Feb. 17 and Feb. 18, 2003, the city's largest single storm total on record. CLICK HERE for a list of Boston's 10 snowiest storms.


·         TBD:Number of inches from the February 8-9th snowstorm of 2013 (Any guesses?)
 
*Open houses this weekend will be dependent on the storm


51 Smith Street, Unit 51



Are you looking for that something special and not the basic first floor condo in a two family? Well this charming Village Colonial is for you! Located in Arlington Heights, walkable to Mass. Ave., this 2 bedroom home shares a lovely yard and private setting with one other home. Imagine, no one living above you! Enjoy all the updates the owners have put into this quaint home. This really is perfect for you with two bedrooms, newer heating and roof, nice yard and 2 car parking. Stop by, you will love it! (MLS # 71480658)


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

 


Listed:$349,000



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

51 Smith St. U:51

4

2

1f 0h

Colonial

$349,000

24 Locke St.

5

2

1f 0h

Colonial

$400,000

31 Melvin Rd.

6

3

1f 0h

Ranch

$489,000


CONDO


Address

Rooms

Bed

Bath

Style

Price

128 Pleasant St. U:303

3

1

1f 0h

Mid-Rise

$215,000

17 Rockaway Ln. U:17

5

2

1f 0h

Townhouse

$329,000

73 Webster St. U:73

6

2

1f 0h

2/3 Family

$342,500

51 Smith St. U:51

4

2

1f 0h

Detached

$349,000

126 Mass. Ave U:3

5

3

1f 0h

2/3 Family

$359,900

1 School St. U:404

5

2

2f 0h

Mid-Rise

$385,500

11 Varnum St. U:2

6

2

1f 0h

2/3 Family

$389,000

A New Tool for the Real Estate Toolbox?

When you think of a forecast, you might think of the next seven days and whether you need to bring an umbrella to work.

 

But there is a new forecasting tool in real estate designed to tell you whether your home will increase or decrease in value over the next year. There are plenty of sites which will give home values for your state, your region or your town- today.

But predicting the value of individual homes in the future is a different undertaking.

 

A new Boston-based start-up called Pricing Nation takes trends in the area, business growth, similar homes on the market, unemployment figures, interest rates, home inventory nearby, and the uniqueness of the property to predict the value of your home say, one year from now. 

We think it will be an interesting addition to the real estate tool box, but it should be one tool of many. An algorithm can't measure the 'feel' of a town or the nuances of a neighborhood. Nor can it measure a home's unique features, style and condition.

And there is no algorithm that can predict the right time for you to sell your home. 

A local real estate agent has access to the latest tools and can provide a comprehensive and accurate analysis based on your specific needs.

 

Because when it comes to selling your home, the last thing you want is an unexpected wrench in your plans. 

For more information, see the story on Boston.com, or go direct to Pricing Nation.

 

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    Spotlight: Arlington Home of the Week, 123 Gloucester Street

    If you're still in shock that the Pats are not in New Orleans right now, buffalo wings, seven layer dip and a big 'ol Super Bowl party can go a long way. But before you invite your friends over to enjoy seven foot subs and watch you watch the big game, be sure to take a spin around the neighborhood to see the latest open houses.



    Looking for just the right home in the Brackett School district? It's as easy as 123 Gloucester Street!


    123 Gloucester Street


    This warm and inviting Colonial in the Brackett School district is also conveniently close to Mass. Ave. and Menotomy Rocks Park. It features a recently renovated kitchen with beautiful cabinets, granite counters, stainless appliances, built-in desk area that is open to the dining room. This is a perfect set-up for entertaining! Spread out the party with a front-to-back living room complete with wood burning fireplace. Upstairs has 3 bedrooms and a full bath. A spacious basement for storage, one car garage, and lovely yard make this a perfect place to call home. (MLS # 71477910)


    What's Nearby:Arlington shops and restaurants, Menotomy Rocks Park, public transportation, Minuteman Bikeway, Brackett School.


    Listed:$499,000


    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

    53 River St.

    8

    3

    1f 1h

    Cape

    $450,000

    123 Gloucester St.

    6

    3

    1f 1h

    Colonial

    $499,000

    2 Morton Rd.

    8

    3

    1f 1h

    Cape

    $599,000


    CONDO



    Address

    Rooms

    Bed

    Bath

    Style

    Price

    128 Pleasant St. U:304

    4

    1

    1f 0h

    Mid-Rise

    $218,000

    47 Mystic St. U:4D

    3

    1

    1f 0h

    Mid-Rise

    $219,000

    975 Mass. Ave. U:403

    4

    1

    1f 0h

    Mid-Rise

    $289,000

    58 Hilton St. U:58

    6

    2

    1f 0h

    2/3 Family

    $349,900

    25 Pine St. U:2

    8

    3

    2f 0h

    2/3 Family

    $514,900

    135 Pleasant St. U:23 & 24

    7

    3

    3f 0h

    Mid-Rise

    $535,000

    1424 Mass. Ave. U:4

    6

    3

    2f 1h

    2/3 Family

    $549,900

    128 Pleasant St. U:304

    4

    1

    1f 0h

    Mid-Rise

    $218,000