Blog :: 09-2013

Big Fall Rush

There's a natural 'get-back-to-business' feeling that happens in post-Labor Day September. Kids are back in school, people are back into their routines, and everyone is buckling down - whether it's work tasks, home maintenance projects or getting your home listed or sold.

Fall is often overlooked as a time to buy or sell a home, but in reality the last months of the year can be a catalyst for action. This year in particular, there are some pretty compelling reasons to buy or sell a home in Greater Boston.

First, it is still cheaper to buy than to rent. According to a 2012 Trulia study, buying a home is 44% cheaper than renting in metro areas like Boston. As rents continue rise, (which they are) it becomes more and more difficult to manage your monthly costs.

Enter: Fixed rate loans. As the driving force behind the strong housing market, fixed rate loans are still at historic lows (4.50% for a 30-year fixed rate). Even lending has eased up a bit, with less stringent restrictions freeing up more buyers to enter the market.

Before you rush into the fall market, there are a few simple steps you should take to ensure you're on the path to success:

1.       Find a real estate professional who knows the market - and more importantly, who knows what the current pool of buyers and sellers in your area looks like.

2.       Buyers: Find a reputable mortgage banker and get pre-approved.

3.       Sellers: Prepare your home to sell - both inside and out.

So go grab yourself something pumpkin flavored and get down to the business of your future - the success and satisfaction of buying or selling your home this fall.

Spotlight: Arlington Home of the Week!

Guess what day it is? Huh? Anybody? I know you can hear me.... Iiiiit's TOWN DAY!

Show your Arlington pride and join in the A-Town Day fun, kicking off tonight at Spy Pond field (view the full list of activities tonight and tomorrow here).

While it would be great to have the Hump Day Camel participate, there will be plenty of activities for everyone - including free pony rides behind the Robbins Library! BOWES will take complimentary photos and upload them to our Website. You can then visit the BOWES homepage on Tuesday, 9/24 for a link to download your photos!

BOWES Real Estate is - and has been - a proud sponsor of Arlington Town Day! We will be on the corner of Water Street and Mass. Ave. where you can get a first-hand look at Arlington homes for sale, ask questions about the Arlington real estate market, or just stop by for the free goodies - tape measures, rulers, pens, coloring books and more!

We'll see you there!

10 Sunset Drive, Arlington 10 Sunset

 This wonderfully maintained home reflects the meaning of "true pride of ownership." Deceivingly spacious, this nine-room Colonial has a terrific floor plan with beautiful, natural woodwork and rooms. Sunny and bright, there is a fully heated enclosed front porch, a fabulous living room and a lovely dining room with built-in corner hutch. The eat-in kitchen is large with access to the oversized deck and rear yard. There is a family room on the first floor with a ¾ bathroom, which can be used as a master bedroom or guest suite. The second floor has three spacious bedrooms and a full bath. A few recent updates include; roof (8 years), painted (5 years) and the boiler was replaced approximately ten years ago. This is a must see! (MLS #71585722)

Listed: $539,000

 

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

 SINGLE FAMILY

 

Address

Rooms

Bed

Bath

Style

Price

8 Ivy Circle

5

2

1f 0h

Ranch

$455,000

34 Reed St.

7

3

1f 1h

Colonial

$499,000

7 Frazer Rd.

8

4

2f 0h

Colonial

$499,000

10 Sunset Rd.

9

3

2f 0h

Colonial

$539,000

28 Overlook Rd.

8

3

1f 1h

Colonial

$549,000

148 Overlook Rd.

7

3

2f 0h

Cape

$559,000

20 Langley Rd.

10

5

1f 0h

Colonial

$725,000

22 Mystic Bank

7

2

2f 0h

Ranch

$799,900

 

CONDO

 

Address

Rooms

Bed

Bath

Style

Price

993 Mass. Ave. U:118

3

1

1f 1h

Loft

$233,500

 

MULTI-FAMILY

 

Address

Rooms

Bed

Bath

Style

Price

49-51 Webster St.

13

5

3f 0h

2 Family - 2 Up/Down

$619,000

 

Spotlight: Arlington Home of the Week!

Whether you're ready for fall or hanging on to summer it is going to be a great weekend for all kinds of outdoor activities - including house hunting!

Before you open house-hop, check out the weekend agenda from the Arlington Patch and be sure to experience all that Arlington has to offer!

108 Webster Street Unit 1, Arlington

108 Webster Street

This is a terrific, updated two-bedroom condo in the newly-opened Thompson School District. Enjoy the fireplaced living room, dining room with built-in china cabinet, granite counters, stainless appliances and new gas heating system. It includes off-street and garage parking, all with a great location that close to public transportation, the Mystic Lakes, Minuteman Bikeway, and the Arlington Center business district. (MLS #71582568)

Listed: $379,000

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

 SINGLE FAMILY

Address

Rooms

Bed

Bath

Style

Price

68 Hathaway Circle

8

4

2f 1h

Multi-Level

$599,000  

194 Overlook Road

7

4

2f 0h

Cape

$525,000  

359 Summer Street

9

4

2f 0h

Antique

$469,000  

92 Orient Avenue

6

2

1f 0h

Colonial

$389,000  

36 Brunswick Road

10

4

2f 2h

Colonial

$739,900  

3 Ottawa Rd

7

3

1f 1h

Colonial

$595,000  

 CONDO

Address

Rooms

Bed

Bath

Style

Price

35 Boulevard Rd. U:35

5

2

1f 0h

2/3 Family

$399,000  

56 Windsor St. U:2

7

3

1f 0h

2/3 Family

$444,900  

15 Chandler St. U:1

6

2

2f 0h

2/3 Family

$499,000  

89 Hibbert St. U:89

6

3

2f 1h

Townhouse

$709,900  

32 Smith St. U:32

6

3

2f 1h

Townhouse

$485,000  

108 Webster St. U:1

5

2

1f 0h

2/3 Family

$379,000

Off the Charts

"Actions speak louder than words but not nearly as often." - Mark Twain

We don't have to tell you that BOWES Real Estate sells more homes in Arlington than any other brokerage.  Nor do we have to tell you that Steve McKenna and the Home Advantage Team are the #1 local real estate team.

We don't have to convince you why people keep coming back to us for all of their home buying and selling needs. Or why they keep referring their friends, families and neighbors. We don't need to do any of those things because you can see for yourself.

Something that is 'off the charts' goes beyond expectations - and going beyond client expectations is just what got us off the charts in Arlington real estate.

SALES CLOSED

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LISTINGS TAKEN

 

Listings

Dollar Value

BOWES Real Estate Real Living

117

$ 56,263,800   

RE/MAX - Arlington

40

$ 19,401,100 

Coldwell Banker - Arlington

38

$ 20,332,700 

Century 21 Adams

28

$ 13,062,799 

 

Spotlight: Arlington HOMES of the Week!

Home buyers, feast your eyes on this: we have FIVE spectacular new listings this weekend. Get your checklist ready because you'll be ticking off your must-haves. Just a few of this week's Spotlight amenities include: walkability, spacious rooms, copious amounts of storage, master suites, walk-in closets, stainless steel appliances, lush landscaping, and much more!

The fall rush is on and it's time to make your move.

 1 School Street, Arlington

1 School Street

One of the most dramatic units at the Cutter School! This 3-level townhouse is absolutely spectacular and is one of a kind. The main level with the living room and dining room is very open with high ceilings and huge windows and parquet floors. The kitchen is slightly elevated, overlooking the dining room and is quite large with an abundance of cabinets and counter space. There are 2-3 bedrooms depending upon if you want a home office. The master bedroom is quite large and offers its own private bath. The other two bedrooms are quite spacious and the third bedroom (or home office) has a private half bath. Close to Mass. Ave. and the bike path, the Cutter School is convenient to everything and is a step above the average condo. Stop by and see for yourself. (MLS #71578898)

Listed: $449,000

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

38 Gloucester Street, Arlington

38 Gloucester Street

Looking for a well-cared for home that is ready for your personal touch? This home has spacious rooms throughout. There is a gas fireplace in the living room and a dining room with easy access to the kitchen. The kitchen is big enough to accommodate a table and has great access to the deck and yard. There is a pantry and ½ bath, and upstairs has four beds and one bath. Additional storage is found on the third floor, or turn it into your own space. There is garage parking and a driveway. Close to Mass. Ave. and Rt. 2, bike path and Arlington Center, this is a very convenient and walkable location. (MLS #7157874)

Listed: $549,000

What's Nearby: Arlington Center shops and restaurants, Mass. Ave., public transportation, Route 2, Minuteman Bikeway.

98 Ridge Street, Arlington

98 RidgeStreet

Stunning, move-in ready Ranch located a short distance to Bishop School. Perfectly situated atop a knoll, this home offers lots of natural light, two driveways, a private rear deck, lush landscaping, and beautiful stone walls. The interior is turn-key - just unpack and unwind! From the tastefully remodeled living room with wood burning fireplace to the stunning kitchen, this checks off everything on the list. Featuring three good-size bedrooms, (the master fits a king!) two full baths, a huge family room or space that could be a master complete with in-suite bath, office, and access to the deck. The lower-level can be a play room or another family room. The lower level also features garage access, tons of storage and a laundry room. Conveniently located near the Bishop School, Mystic Lake, Arlington Center, and the Minuteman Bike Path. (MLS #71578996)

Listed: $625,000

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

 10 Campbell Road, Arlington

10 Campbell Road

This is an absolutely spectacular Contemporary-style Colonial that was beautifully renovated in 2006 from a ranch style to this fabulous home. From the open floor plan on the first floor with a spacious dining room and gourmet kitchen, to the most dramatic master bedroom suite you have seen. The master suite has cathedral ceilings with automatic skylights, a fabulous master bathroom, a huge walk in closet, a private office and separate sitting area with a wood pellet stove and direct access to an oversized, private deck. There are 3 ½ custom baths and a lower level which is perfect as an au pair suite or in-law. The yard is very spacious and beautifully landscaped. (MLS #71578749)

Listed: $739,000

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

 

16 Windmill Lane, Arlington

16 Windmill Lane

Beautiful center entrance colonial built in 2003. This home has over 3000 square feet of living space on three levels. There are 10 rooms with four beds and three full baths. The third floor can be used as master or au-pair suite or another family room with ¾ bath. The huge master suite consists of a sitting area, dressing area, walk-in closet and master bath with shower and jetted tub. The family room w/gas fireplace opens to the kitchen that features custom cabinets and stainless steel appliances. A powder room is discreetly placed in the hallway. There is a tastefully decorated dining room and private study. Magnificent interior details and finishes include moldings, handsome oak floors throughout, central air, garage parking. Front garden, yard, driveway, located near the Winchester Country Club in the Morningside area. (MLS #71578746)

 Listed: $995,000

What's Nearby: Arlington Center shops and restaurants, public transportation, Morningside, Winchester Country Club.

SINGLE FAMILY

 

Address

Rooms

Bed

Bath

Style

Price

7 Fremont St.

6

3

2f 0h

Cape

$439,999

197 Sylvia St.

6

4

2f 0h

Cape

$474,512

19 Crescent Hill Ave.

7

2

1f 1h

Antique

$499,000

201 Wachusett Ave.

7

2

1f 1h

Cape

$529,000

38 Gloucester St.

7

3

1f 1h

Colonial

$549,000

261 Lowell St.

8

3

1f 1h

Bungalow

$559,000

19 Sutherland Rd.

9

4

2f 0h

Colonial

$585,000

98 Ridge St.

8

3

2f 0h

Ranch

$625,000

43 Oak Hill Dr.

7

4

3f 0h

Colonial

$719,000

10 Campbell Rd.

12

3

3f 1h

Colonial

$739,000

16 Windmill Ln.

10

4

3f 1h

Colonial

$995,000

49 Brantwood Rd.

9

4

2f 0h

Victorian

$1,300,000

 

CONDO

 

Address

Rooms

Bed

Bath

Style

Price

2 Colonial Village U:3

2

1

1f 0h

Detached

$137,500

15 Walnut Ct. U:15

5

2

2f 1h

Townhouse

$399,900

1 School St. U:310

6

3

2f 1h

Townhouse

$449,000

144-2 Lake St. U:Two

9

4

2f 0h

2/3 Family

$449,000

23 Russell Pl. U:23

6

3

2f 1h

Townhouse

$599,900

164 Summer St. U:#2

7

4

2f 1h

Townhouse

$689,000

 

MULTI-FAMILY

 

Address

Rooms

Bed

Bath

Style

Price

24 Everett St

14

6

2f 1h

2 Family - 2 Up/Down

$699,000

 

 

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