Newton, MA Real Estate News

By James Lowenstern, Castles Unlimited. Newton MA Real Estate
(Castles Unlimited®)
http://www.boston.com/yourtown/newton/articles/2010/05/10/newton_goes_high_tech_vs_parking_violators/   It is wonderful to know that our cars in Newton Centre will be ticketed faster, with less work for the meter "maids" (what is PC for this? meter manager? meter service representative? meter terror? just kidding)...and cost our employees and customers more stress and money as they come to "The Centre" to do business with us.  Good to know that my/ our tax dollars are buying these high priced tools to tax us even more.  I think it is great!  Buy a house from me personally and I will pay any ticket you might have received when coming to my office...do we have a deal?  :-)
Comments 1
By Tean Wong
(Centre Realty Group)
Great news that we all expected!! The Massachusetts Association of Realtors reported the number of homes for sale in the state in March rose over the year-ago for the first time in about two years, indicating the stabilization on real estate market. Home owner feel more comfortable to put their home on the market, because they see the real estate market is moving toward the right direction. MAR also, stated that the median selling price for a single-family home in Massachusetts rose for fifth consecutive month in March, about 10% from March 2009. The Warren Group; a Boston-based tracker of real estate tracker, also reported that the sales of single-family homes hike nearly 28% compare to the same time last year.  And the median selling price for single-family home raised 8% compare to ...
Comments 1
By Lori Liveston
(Virtual Homes, Real Estate)
Newton Massachusetts Condos Sold Report – Q1 2010 The real estate and homes sold activity for Condominiums in Newton, Massachusetts shows that there were 59 Condominiums transacted in February 2010 with an average sales price of $532,936 and an average days on the market (DOM) of 184.          MA Real Estate – Community, relocation and school information with town demographics. MA Foreclosures – Obtain a list of foreclosed and bank owned real estate and short sales MA MLS – View all listings in the statewide MLS. Newton MA Real Estate – Information for home buyers and home sellers in Newton, MA. Newton MA Listings – View all listings in Newton MA MA Homes for Sale – Map Search – Search by location, neighborhood and commuting. Virtual Homes Real Estate provides search tools to assist you...
Comments 0
By Lori Liveston
(Virtual Homes, Real Estate)
Weekly Condo Market Report for Newton MA 3/29/2010     As of March 29, 2010, there were 160 condo listings on the market in Newton, MA with an avereage list price of $545,169 and an average Days on Market (DOM) of 116.  Since March 22, 2010, there are 12 new condo listings on the market in Newton, MA with an average list price of $632,475. 6 condos have sold in Newton, MA in the last 7 days (since 3/22/2010) with an average list price of $311,500, an average sale price of $292,250 (93.8%) and an average days on market of 196.  To view these properties, sign up for my FREE no obligation home search tool.  
Comments 0
By Lori Liveston
(Virtual Homes, Real Estate)
Weekly Market Report for Newton MA Single Family Homes - 3/29/2010     As of March 29, 2010, there were 193 active single family listings on the market in Newton, MA with a median list price of $969,000 and an average Days on Market (DOM) of 97.  Since March 22, 2010, there are 17 new home listings on the market in Newton, MA with an average list price of $880,745. 9 single family homes have sold in Newton, MA in the last 7 days (since 3/22/2010) with an average list price of $812,989, an average sale price of $781,544 (96.1%) and an average days on market of 83.  To view these properties, sign up for my FREE no obligation home search tool.
Comments 0
By Lori Liveston
(Virtual Homes, Real Estate)
Newton MA Weekly Market Report - 3/23/2010       As of March 23, 2010, there were 185 active single family listings on the market in Newton, MA with a median list price of $969,000 and an average Days on Market (DOM) of 96.  Since March 16, 2010, there are 21 new home listings on the market with an average list price of $1,033,552. 6 properties have sold in the last 7 days (since 3/16/2010) with an average list price of $732,500 and an average sale price of $706,625 (96.4%) and an average days on market of 59.  To view these properties, sign up for my FREE no obligation home search tool. Happy house hunting!
Comments 0
" MY FIRST PLACE " an HGTV show is coming to Boston this Spring to tape their show. Currently, they are looking for an interesting individule or couple or a family with a great story and fun to work with.  My First Place is returning for an 8th season that will again focus on the trials and tribulations of looking for, bidding on, and buying your first place – whether it's a single-family house, townhouse or condo. We're looking for fun and interesting people who are willing to share their personal and financial struggles during the home-buying process.   MY FIRST PLACE APPLICATION RULES   PLEASE NOTE: WE CANNOT travel more than 60 - 90 minutes (by car) outside of the selected cities.  Please be sure these locations work for you!   The IRS requires that we file a 1099MISC for you on re-...
Comments 1
By Lori Liveston
(Virtual Homes, Real Estate)
Newton Massachusetts Homes Sold Report - 2/28/2010 The real estate and homes sold activity for Condominiums in Newton, Massachusetts shows that there were 13 Condominiums transacted in February 2010 with an average sales price of $491,115 and an average days on the market (DOM) of 152.         MA Real Estate - Community, relocation and school information with town demographics. MA Foreclosures - Obtain a list of foreclosed and bank owned real estate and short sales MA MLS - View all listings in the statewide MLS. Newton MA Real Estate - Information for home buyers and home sellers in Newton, MA. Newton MA Listings - View all listings in Newton MA MA Homes for Sale - Map Search - Search by location, neighborhood and commuting. Virtual Homes Real Estate provides search tools to assist you...
Comments 1
By Lori Liveston
(Virtual Homes, Real Estate)
Newton Massachusetts Market Report - 2009 The real estate and homes sold activity for Condominiums in Newton, Massachusetts shows that there were 240 Condominiums transacted in 2009 with an average sales price of $472,181 and an average days on the market (DOM) of 102.  As of February 28, 2010, there were 130 Condominiums on the market in Newton, MA with a median list price of $507,500 and an average DOM of 128.                   MA Real Estate - Community, relocation and school information with town demographics. MA Foreclosures - Obtain a list of foreclosed and bank owned real estate and short sales MA MLS - View all listings in the statewide MLS. Newton MA Real Estate - Information for home buyers and home sellers in Newton, MA. Newton MA Listings - View all listings in Newton MA MA ...
Comments 1
By George Koppel,, The Lowenstern Team
(CASTLES UNLIMITED®)
You've probably been hearing that this is a great time to buy a home.  And it is--even if you also have a home to sell.  In addition to answering all your questions, our financial and real estate experts will explore the following: *Details of the new Federal Tax Credit** * The opportunity  presented by historically low interest rates * The advantage of putting your house on the market soon *Reasons to trade up now * Mortgage guidleines becoming stricter * Saving your home--Loan Modifications Seminar: Saturday, February 20th at 11 AM Weichert, Realtors-Castles Unlimited 837 Beacon Street, Newton Centre, Massachusetts 617-733-8280/ 617-964-3300 FREE ADMITTANCE
Comments 0
By Lynda Longmire
(Virtual Homes Real Estate)
Newton Massachusetts Real Estate - Homes Sold Report - 2009 The Newton MA real estate and homes sold activity shows that there were 511 single family homes transacted in 2009 with an average sales price of $840,682 and an average days on market (DOM) of 78. The highest selling price of a home was $3,475,000.  Visit the Virtual Homes Blog for a MA statewide report. Additional resources to evaluate the Newton real estate market include: Newton MA Real Estate - Community, relocation and school information with town demographics. Newton MA Foreclosures - Obtain a list of foreclosed and bank owned real estate and short sales. Newton MA MLS Search - View all listings in the statewide MLS. Newton MA Homes for Sale - Map Search - Search by location, neighborhood and commuting. Virtual Homes Rea...
Comments 0
By George Koppel,, The Lowenstern Team
(CASTLES UNLIMITED®)
Based on the latest numbers being reported the U.S. economy grew at 5.7% in the fourth quarter of 2009, the fastest rate in the last six years as businesses stepped up spending.  The year in total contracted at a 2.4% rate, the largest decline since 1946.  So not all good news. In addition consumer spending increased at a 2%  annual rate in the fourth quarter and business investment grew at a 2.9% rate the first increase since the second quarter of 2008. Home construction spending was at an annual rate of 5.7% in the fourth quarter ( a coincidence that it is the same figure as the GDP growth).  Lately the housing market indicators have been mostly positive.  Newton and its surrounding towns and cities usually buck national trends but at this moment the trends are mostly positive across...
Comments 1
By James Lowenstern, Castles Unlimited. Newton MA Real Estate
(Castles Unlimited®)
http://www.boston.com/bostonglobe/obituaries/articles/2010/01/28/historian_activist_zinn_dies/?page=1 The link above is for the obituary for Howard Zinn, a man considered by many to be a wise, free thinking learned man.  Zinn, a resident of Auburndale, wrote many books including "You Can't Be Neutral On A Moving Train".  Eddie Vedder of Pearl Jam and Matt Damon were a couple of his many fans.  I personally heard Eddie Vedder talk about Zinn at one of Pearl Jam's concerts at The Comcast Center (then known as The Tweeter Center) as one of our country's "wise elders".  Damon wrote Zinn into a small part in his and Ben Afleck's movie "Good Will Hunting" and also mentions Zinn's book in the dialog of that movie in a scene with Robin Williams.  Pearl Jam actually has a song where in the lyri...
Comments 0
By James Lowenstern, Castles Unlimited. Newton MA Real Estate
(Castles Unlimited®)
I have been living in and selling real estate in Newton, MA for decades now.  Newton has always been one of the most popular cities in the Boston area and has been called "The Garden City".  In the past it was called "America's Safest City" many years in a row.  Now I believe it is "America's Most Enlightened City".  The following news coming out of Newton shines a very nice light on the kinds of people that live here...not everyone will agree with what is proposed here but let's assume the following relates to a truly innocent human being...that you could be falsely accused of a crime and be held by an unfriendly foreign government and then someday be released back into the world after many years. Some of the following excerpts appear in out local paper: Doris Tennant, attorney for Abd...
Comments 0
By James Lowenstern, Castles Unlimited. Newton MA Real Estate
(Castles Unlimited®)
Monday evening, Bigelow Middle School parents who are concerned about the safety of their children walking to the school through what some are calling the Newton Corner "circle of death" met with James Marini to discuss a proposed change in the area's busing. Interim Superintendent James Marini has reported that a group of Newton Corner families are asking the district to waive its transportation rules and to offer free busing to the neighborhood. Mayor Setti Warren, who is a memeber of the School Committee, said that he will look into the families' concerns and Marinin said he would schedule another meeting with the neighbors who attended the Monday evening meeting. School Committee member Geoff Epstein says that the busing district should consider the safety of students.  Marini recom...
Comments 2
Association of Foreign Investors said Washington, D.C. is ranked No. 1 by its members to be the most attractive city to invest in real estate. The Capital of U.S. is the largest federal agency area to receive federal tax dollar each year. The steady flow of money and the interests of corporate executives to work close by the government has increased the value an attention from foreign investors. New York is running as second place with San Francisco is just behind it at the third. My Boston, home town, made the fourth place, and is called " a significant climb" and Los Angeles fell to the fifth. The group also indicate that Multi-family properties are their favorite.    
Comments 0
The home warranty is a service contract that covers the repair or replacement of many major system components and appliances in your home. It will not prevent system or appliances from breaking down, but will repairs or replaces if the systems or appliances broke down.    Before home owners putting their homes on the market, they should think about what will happen if something break down. The scenario looks too bad from any home owner to imagine, but it happens. Home warranty will cover the systems and appliances from the date the home is on the market and the seller do not pay until it closes. Which mean there will be no cost to home owner if the house doesn't sale. It is the incentive to buyers to put an offer to the house.    I often throw the warranty in as a closing gift and also ...
Comments 4
By Tean Wong
(Centre Realty Group)
Negotiation is what we(real estate agents) learn at the early age in our real estate life. We negotiate everything, our commission split, listing commission, sale price, even time.  Negotiation is life learning process, we all learn by doing every single day. I negotiate with a plan.  When I put in an offer for my buyer, I know that if will be (most of the time) not accepted, but the seller will definitely get back to me and start countering.  My plan is, I write a great profile of my buyer, and why the deserve to be the owner of this home. People buy home emotionally and there are some seller sell home emotionally as well. Some seller appreciate buyers who see how much care they put into their home. Many seller feel better that they home will be with someone who will take good care of ...
Comments 1
A major earthquake centered just 10 miles from Port-au-Prince has devastated the country.  Partners in Health and its partner organization Zanmi Lasante have worked in Haiti for nearly twenty-five years, and today is one of the largest non-governmental health care providers in the country.    As so many feel the helplessness of unfolding events, and knowing that the next few days are essential to saving lives, we urge you to support our efforts. We are unique in what we have to offer, but our ability to continue to be effective depends on you. Please donate now so that we can continue and even expand our already significant efforts.   For more info visit Partner in Health
Comments 1
By Tean Wong
(Centre Realty Group)
Everyone should know by now about what had happened in Haiti. But what we may not know and understand is what is going on now. They don't have medical care, no utility, no home, no safe places. You can donate $10 by texting the word "Haiti" to 90999   Click here for information 
Comments 1