Franklin, MA Real Estate News

By Barbara Todaro, Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team
(RE/MAX Executive Realty - Happily Retired )
  Meadowbrook Heights in Franklin, Ma. is an Active Adult Community of 59 duplex style townhomes for 55+ residents.  This age restricted community offers first floor master bedroom suites, open floor plans with maple cabinets and granite counters.  The spacious kitchen is open to the dining area with a boxed out window and hardwood flooring. The cathedral ceiling in the family room offers a contemporary flair and boasts a gas fireplace in the corner and a slider to a generous sized deck. There are 2 bedrooms and 2.5 bathrooms with first floor laundry hook ups, tile flooring in baths and room for expansion upstairs.   There is a one car attached garage with each condominium.  The condo fee is $200/month and the starting price is $329,900. There are only 4 condos remaining at this price....
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By Barbara Todaro, Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team
(RE/MAX Executive Realty - Happily Retired )
  There are two open house events in Franklin, Ma on Sunday, December 13 from 1:00pm to 3:00pm.  Meadowbrook Heights is an active adult community of duplex townhomes with first floor master bedroom suites, open floor plan, maple cabinets, granite counters, hardwood, tile, gas fireplace and one car attached garage. The prices at Meadowbrook Heights start at $329,900.  Directions: Pleasant Street to Miller Street to Longhill Road to Grey Wolf Drive.  Follow the signs.  Furnished model home on site.   The Villas at Eagles Nest is a 36 unit condo community with no age restriction.  Visit the model home on Sunday, December 13 from 1:00pm to 3:00pm.  One level luxury living with over 2,000 s.f. of living space plus a 2 car bay underground parking garage.  There are only four condos remaining...
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By Barbara Todaro, Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team
(RE/MAX Executive Realty - Happily Retired )
  The Villas at Eagles Nest in Franklin Ma has another buyer for our last first floor condominium in building #7.  We now have only four condos remaining and they include two penthouse condos and two corner condo for a speedy 30 day occupancy.  Prices start at $409,900 for the spacious second floor corner condos. Construction will begin on building #5 in February, and occupancy will be at the end of the summer of 2010.  Visit The Todaro Team every weekend for their open house event from 1:00pm to 3:00pm.  Directions:  Miller Street to Silver Fox Road to Eagles Nest Way.  The Villas at Eagles Nest is a community of 36 condo units with a variety of floor plans and sizes.  Visit the site.....you'll love what you see.  
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By Kathy Stankard, Years of Experience, Years of Results
(Coldwell Banker, Franklin,MA/508-369-5131)
If you are one of the many buyers that I speak with on a regular basis who is thinking about making a Franklin, MA home purchase in the next few months there are some things you will want to know and do now... US News and World Report's real estate blogger, Luke Mullins, reminds us that 2010 will bring even stricter lending standards.  This does not necessarily mean you cannot get a loan, only that you may need to get more creative.  The ability to have 20% saved for a down payment will guarantee the best mortgage rates but alternatively keep in mind that the FHA option only requires 3.5% down. Prospective buyers can take steps now to prepare for taking a home loan by first checking their credit at a free site such as annualcreditreport.com.  Mullins reminds us that a credit score of 73...
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By Barbara Todaro, Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team
(RE/MAX Executive Realty - Happily Retired )
The team concept is one that's becoming more popular in the real estate industry.  The problem is that not all teams are successful, and if they do survive, it's for a short term.  Where do agents go wrong when creating a team?  What leads to its downfall?  I've observed several teams within the RE/MAX system, as they have formed and dissolved.  The most important factor when creating a team is to make sure the team leader takes full responsibility for making the phone ring.  The leader needs to be accountable to the team members for providing a strong base for them to develop their business.  When the leader is not truly a leader, but only a fantasist, that team never gets off the ground.  Teams are not made of dreams.  Teams are made up of members who have the same mentality, drive, a...
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By Marian Pierre-Louis, Metrowest Boston
(Fieldstone Historic Research)
Franklin Condo and Multi-family Round up There are currently 101 condos on the market in Franklin, Massachusetts. The condo average list price is $332,000 with an average price per square foot of $179.  Average time on market is 219 days.  Four new condos came on the market this past week.  The are located on Francesco Avenue, Vail Drive, Worsted Street and Highbank Road. Three condos went under agreement. The first was a 2 bedroom mid-rise on West Central Street.  The second was a 2 bedroom townhouse on Applewood Lane and the last was a 2 bedroom townhouse on Grey Wolf Drive. One other condo was flagged to go under agreement soon. No condos were sold in the past week in Franklin.  There are 7 multi-family homes currently on the market in Franklin.  The average list price is $371,000 an...
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By Marian Pierre-Louis, Metrowest Boston
(Fieldstone Historic Research)
Franklin Single Family Home Round Up Currently there are 97 single family homes on the market in Franklin, Massachusetts.  The houses have an average list price of $495,000 and an average market time of 155 days.  There are 16 properties available for $300,000 or less. On the upper end of the scale, there are seven properties listing for $800,000 or more.  In the last week five new single family homes came on the market.  The newly listed properties are on Bent Street, Lenox Drive, Carpenter Drive, Prospect Street and Maple Street.  They ranged in price from $200,000 to $869,000.  Seven single family homes went under agreement in the last week. They are located on Beech Street, Richard Lane, Miller Street, Pond Street, Carpenter Drive, Paula Lane and Maple Street.  Two other single fami...
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By Barbara Todaro, Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team
(RE/MAX Executive Realty - Happily Retired )
  The luxury penthouse condo at The Villas at Eagles Nest in Franklin, Ma. boasts 3,286 s.f. of plush living space.  This 10 room, one level living condo, offers a wonderful floor plan with a large gourmet kitchen, granite, hardwood, tile, breakfast room, library/media room, double tray and coffered ceiling, living room with gas fireplace open to the dining room and a spectacular solarium with skylights. The penthouse condo offers plenty of storage space and a list of amenities with too many to list.  The entrance to the building is breathtaking.  There is an elevator for the convenience of the home owners and two car underground parking. Visit The Todaro Team every Saturday and Sunday for their open house event from 1:00pm to 3:00pm.  Directions: Miller Street to Silver Fox Road to Ea...
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By Barbara Todaro, Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team
(RE/MAX Executive Realty - Happily Retired )
  The chart shows the pending and closed new construction condominium activity in the town of Franklin, Ma for the first 11 months of 2009.  This is not a complete tally since there is one more month remaining in 2009. The condominium community of Meadowbrook Heights has been the most active with Oak Hill and The Villas at Eagles Nest following closely. The market for new condos is a very active market and the final total for the year will certainly reflect that statement. Call The Todaro Team to view their condominium communities in Franklin, Ma.  We can be reached at 508-520-9881 or visit our open house events every Saturday and Sunday from 1:00pm to 3:00pm at all of their subdivisions.
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By Barbara Todaro, Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team
(RE/MAX Executive Realty - Happily Retired )
  The Homes at Strawberry Fields in Franklin, Ma. are all custom, uniquely designed colonials.  There are seven acre plus wooded lots with town sewer and underground utilities.  This small cul de sac executive neighborhood is within walking distance to the "T" to Boston, shopping, schools and churches.  Dean College is also within a close proximity to this wonderful subdivision. Some of the existing colonials within the subdivision that are occupied are shown here.  As you can see, the detail work on the exterior of the homes is a reflection of the quality that is found throughout the interior of each design.   The homes are stately and are set back enough to have plenty of privacy.  The lots are large and serviced by town sewer, allowing flexibility of the positioning of the homes.   ...
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By Barbara Todaro, Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team
(RE/MAX Executive Realty - Happily Retired )
  The Villas at Eagles Nest in Franklin, Ma. is a thirty-six unit condo community with NO age restriction.  Building #9 is for 55+ owners and building #7 is for any age group. We have only a handful of condos ready for a 30 to 60 day occupancy.  Building #5 will start construction soon, and occupancy will be available at the end of the summer of 2010.  Condo living is a great opportunity to reduce your existing costs.  Condominium living is a very desirable way of life.  It's a popular way of reducing your overall costs of living.  Everyone loves a new home.  Visit The Todaro Team every Saturday and Sunday from 1:00pm to 3:00pm and take a tour of the variety of condos available.   Don't miss out on the existing units.   The next building will not be ready to occupy for many months.  Di...
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By Kathy Stankard, Years of Experience, Years of Results
(Coldwell Banker, Franklin,MA/508-369-5131)
Yesterday Franklin, MA enjoyed its first significant snowfall of this season with 2-4 inches blanketing the trees.  It really was a beautiful sight to behold even though I prefer warmer weather generally.  As you can see here, some of my friends REALLY love the snow!  We are very accustomed to changing weather in Massachusetts and are always ready for the dramatic temperature fluctuations.  Last week it was 60 degrees one day but mostly in the 40-50 degree range which is warmer than normal for early December.    It is true that New Englanders never get bored with the weather because it does change so frequently.  I guess it makes life interesting.  Our daughter, in Los Angeles, says she is bored with her constant "perfect" weather.  She always looks forward to seeing the leaves change t...
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By Barbara Todaro, Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team
(RE/MAX Executive Realty - Happily Retired )
  The chart displays the production of the Top Five Real Estate Offices in Franklin, Ma. from January 1, 2009 to December 7, 2009. RE/MAX Executive Realty in Franklin is the top producing real estate office in town.  The total units sold is 132, the dollar volume is over $48 million and there were 184 sides closed to date. Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage in Franklin is next with 88 total units sold and $40 million for dollar volume with 105 sides closed. Century 21 Commonwealth, ERA Key Realty Services and Costello Realty are third, fourth and fifth respectively, and their productions levels are relatively similar.  This representation is based on data provided by MLS-PIN who does not guarantee the accuracy and the data may not reflect all real estate activity.
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By Barbara Todaro, Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team
(RE/MAX Executive Realty - Happily Retired )
  The Villas at Eagles Nest in Franklin, Ma. offers high end cabinetry from Homecrest Cabinets in a maple wood with raised panels.  The photo to the left shows the vanity in the half bath with an undermount sink.  The main bathroom in our luxury condo boasts a large vanity with undermount sink.       The master bathroom offers plenty of cabinet storage and a generous granite counter. Visit the open house at The Villas at Eagles Nest every Saturday and Sunday from 1:00pm to 3:00pm.  The Todaro Team will give you a tour of the various condos and all of the beautiful amenities. Directions:  Miller Street to Silver fox Road to Eagles Nest Way.  See you there this weekend.
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By Barbara Todaro, Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team
(RE/MAX Executive Realty - Happily Retired )
Marketing four subdivisions at one time is a feat that deserves some discussion.  Let me share how we are able to manage, market and close transactions in multiple subdivisions.  The backbone and main supporting member of our team for new construction is the person we refer to as "The Point Person."   Our point person is Lorraine Kuney, a sixteen year veteran in the real estate industry.  A top producer and #1 agent in the Town of Franklin in 2008, Lorraine has many tasks to accomplish every day, but the most important responsibility is communicating with two of our three builders.  Lorraine's main duty is to keep the lines of communication open with those builders, complete the transactions once the deals are together and take a role with me in all builder meetings to discuss price, op...
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By Barbara Todaro, Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team
(RE/MAX Executive Realty - Happily Retired )
  Sandy Knoll Estates in Franklin, Ma is an executive area of high end custom homes with ten lots remaining of the original twenty six lot subdivision.  Every home is different and every lot has a minimum of one acre of wooded land.  The front of each home has masonry and a variety of window configurations.  The interior designs are unique and feature plenty of hardwood, large moldings, wainscoting, crown molding, archways and tray ceilings.  The stairways boast oak treads with oak handrails, white spindles and decorative Newell Posts.   Every home has a tiled master bath with a corner jet tub and tiled shower.  The counters are Corian and the windows are spectacular, even in the bathrooms. Many of our homes are over 4,000 s.f. with 3 car attached garages, and the smallest home is 3,20...
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By Barbara Todaro, Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team
(RE/MAX Executive Realty - Happily Retired )
How does an agent become comfortable with selling new construction?  The very first step is to find a "mentor" who is well versed with the product, the methods and materials used to build the structure and the details needed to close a buyer.  That's certainly a mouthful, but it's essential if you are interested in becoming an agent who sells this entity.  The agent needs to shadow that mentor during showings and attend meetings with the buyer and the builder.  Soak in as much information as you are capable of absorbing.  While you are shadowing and absorbing, read as much information about new construction as you can find.  Active Rain is a great source for learning new construction.  Join the New Home Sales Group within the Active Rain system and read their blogs.  There is a wealth ...
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By Barbara Todaro, Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team
(RE/MAX Executive Realty - Happily Retired )
  Another pending sale happened at our Active Adult Community at Meadowbrook Heights in Franklin, Ma. yesterday.  This wonderful townhome with 2 bedrooms, including a master bedroom suite on the first floor, was offered at $329,900.  The 1,800+ s.f. townhome offers hardwood, tile, granite counters, maple cabinets, slider to deck and one car attached garage. This property will close on January 7, 2010.  The new owners are very excited about their anticipated move, and their location within this community is wonderful.  Visit The Todaro Team at our open house events every Saturday and Sunday from 1:00pm to 3:00pm.  Directions:  Pleasant Street to Miller Street to Longhill Road to Grey Wolf Drive.  You'll love this wonderful community of 55+ home owners.  They are all very happy with thei...
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By Marian Pierre-Louis, Metrowest Boston
(Fieldstone Historic Research)
Franklin Condo and Multi-family Round up There are currently 103 condos on the market in Franklin. The condo average list price is $328,000 with an average price per square foot of $179.  Average time on market is 218 days.  Two new condos came on the market this past week.  The are located on East Central Street and Hawthorne Village. Three condos went under agreement. The first was a one bedroom garden condo on King Street. The second was a 2 bedroom townhouse on Eagles Nest Way and the last was a  3 bedroom  townhouse at Hawthorne Village.  Three other condos were flagged to go under agreement soon. Three condos were sold in the past week in Franklin.  They were: Hawthorne Village 7 room, 2 bed, 1.5 bath Townhouse  $185,500  Stone Ridge Rd  5 room, 2 bed, 2.5 bath Townhouse   $250,00...
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By Marian Pierre-Louis, Metrowest Boston
(Fieldstone Historic Research)
Franklin Single Family Home Round Up Currently there are 104 single family homes on the market in Franklin, Massachusetts.  The houses have an average list price of $482,000 and an average market time of 155 days.  There are 17 properties available for $300,000 or less. On the upper end of the scale, there are six properties listing for $800,000 or more.  In the last week seven new single family homes came on the market.  The newly listed properties are on Brandywine Road, Blueberry Lane, Midland Avenue, Maple Street, Squibnocket Road, Fort Apache and Walker Road.  They ranged in price from $279,900 to $799,900.  Two single family homes went under agreement in the last week. The first was a 3 bedroom cape on Washington Street. The other was a 4 bedroom colonial on Oak Street.  Three oth...
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