Newton, MA Real Estate News

By Larry Lawfer, "I listen for a living." It's all about you.
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Surging or Sputtering real estate Boston Area Move In Homes is always dependent on the town and the circumstances in that block/neighborhood. All real estate is local, think location.  We have national trends that they may mean nothing on our region, or your neighborhood.  Real estate from a market value point of view is about all the homes within a third of a mile from your house.  What was the market value for the Active, UnderAgreement (UAG), and Sold homes in the last three months within a third of a mile of your house. You want to match up the houses in terms of size, location and condition to make the comparisons more indicative of the market value.  The market the last couple of months has slowed.  Outside forces have had an effect. Ebola and the Stock Market Fluxuations have cre...
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By Larry Lawfer, "I listen for a living." It's all about you.
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Real Estate Agents real value explained easily, Market Intelligence.  Market intelligence is the ability to state the price a house will sell for in today's market. Market value, for those new here, is the value the Buyer feels as though they are willing to pay for the house.  Market Value is not what the Seller thinks the property should sell for because his "neighbors home just sold for X and mine is worth more than his."  Nope that is not the Market Value at all.  That is usually the price that an average agent will put on the home in order to get the listing.  Then they will chase the price down devaluing the house all along the way. Market Intelligence is knowing that in today's market right now you need to be priced correctly. There is far too much information out there to sneak b...
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By Larry Lawfer, "I listen for a living." It's all about you.
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Too long on the Market-Luxury Newton Home can give the impression that something is wrong with the home.  This may not be true.  I got a call from an appraiser today. She was doing an appraisal on a home near 114 Shornecliffe Road, Newton MA 02458 MLS #: 71746470 and needed to understand why our home is priced so well in comparison to the other properties.  In this case professionals will know there is more of a story to the sale and why a property is on the market for too long.  In Newton there are many luxury homes for sale.  Today there are 57 Active homes on the market above the Luxury threshold of $2,100,000.  There are 5 Under Agreement up from 1 last month and that one sold this month. NAR (National Association of Realtors) who monitors this activity closely is predicting a big e...
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By Larry Lawfer, "I listen for a living." It's all about you.
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Newton MA Named #1 City in the US 24/7 Wall Street in a September posting named Newton the number one city in the United States.  I am providing you a link to this site and to the Methodology they used to make this determination.  Newton is just 7 miles from downtown Boston, but it is a town made up of a series of villages, each with thier own distinct style and idiom's.  There are many notable people who grew up and lived in Newton.  Famous Doctors, Bankers and Business professionals have made Newton their home since 1630.  Large homes dot the tree lined streets.  Public transportation connects you to all that Boston has to offer, and easy access to the highways when you want to go away to the Cape and Islands like Nantucket and Martha's Vineyard. From Sperling's Best Places to live in...
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By Larry Lawfer, "I listen for a living." It's all about you.
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Defining Luxury by the Numbers: Price, Condition, Location.  Luxury properties abound in Newton Ma, located only 7 miles from downtown Boston. Newton MA luxury home market has gotten interesting.  While price condition and location are the holy trinity of real estate there are times where focus on these three are completely forgotten.  For instance, when you just fall in love with a home for some reason and you have to have it.  It is perfect. The Buyer is more often happy to pay a premium. If the property is an an great community, not a town like Newton, but one of the villages like Newton Corner on the south slope of Farlow Hill.  MLS #: 71746470 114 Shornecliffe Road, Newton MA 02458 is in a wonderful location with the schools in the neighborhood rated at "exemplary".  There is nothi...
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By Larry Lawfer, "I listen for a living." It's all about you.
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The truth about real estate agents is this, not all agents are created equal. This is in spite of the fact that the general public seems to think that all agents are the same.  They are not.  Just like in every profession there are good ones and bad, smart ones and not, hard working ones and those who can't find their way out of an open house. The truth about real estate agents is far more complex.  As a consumer do you look for a cut rate dentist to work on your cavity?  I bet not.  When you are having legal issues are you out looking for pro bono lawyers?  Probably not if you want to win your case. Combining Truth and Real Estate may seem like a disconnect to the public, and rightfully so with some of the practitioners out there.  Real Estate is the only profession where there is a le...
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By James Lowenstern, Castles Unlimited. Newton MA Real Estate
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Offered exclusively by our office! 139 Arnold Road, Newton MA 02459 Created by the same minds and construction teams that have brought Back Bay and Beacon Hill residential masterpieces to life.This property is truly one-of-a-kind from it’s coveted neighborhood,and even it’s placement within that neighborhood,to the amazing detailed woodwork found in every area and bedroom throughout this wonderful home. The kitchen/ family room/ stone patio complex will easily handle an large assembly of guests.The ceiling height in the kitchen along with it’s expansive use of windows, large center island, ultra-high end appliances, decorator granite and moldings have created what is a gourmet cook’s vision of heaven. This house has three major common areas plus the possibility of an in-law suite comple...
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By Larry Lawfer, "I listen for a living." It's all about you.
(YourStories Realty Group powered by Castles Unlimited®)
Historical Homes in Newton, MA. I was lent an 1889 version of King's Handbook of Newton by M.F.Sweetser by the owner of 114 Shornecliffe Road, Newton MA 02458, MLS #: 71746470.  The history of Newton is deep, varied and filled with people who have made a difference in the world. Doctors, Lawyers, Educators, Horticulturalists, Thinkers and more have lived, worked and raised their families the seven short miles from downtown Boston. In real estate this season there has been a comeback of new construction. Actually this is more like roaring back since it all but disappeared back in 2009-2012 when trickles began to be put up.  Homes were being rehabbed, people were staying put.  Lots of delayed maintanence over those years, but the great old homes of Newton were built in such a way with suc...
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By Larry Lawfer, "I listen for a living." It's all about you.
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Luxury Home Value Proposition Newton MA 02458 is simple. We know that luxury is the top ten percent of sales price in any given community. That is the real estate definition of Luxury.  When you begin to discuss luxury of high end homes you are always talking about great amenities, great kitchens, bathrooms and home systems that operate automatically and/or remotely. These are all given.  The properties are most ofen professional landscaped and manicured. The lighting inside and out is pleasing and dramatic.  With all this said then what is a value proposition.  114 Shornecliffe Road, Newton MA 02458 MLS #: 71746470 has an awesome value proposition.  It is the least expensive by List price per square feet with all it's amenities and luxury in all the category in Newton.  This property c...
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By Larry Lawfer, "I listen for a living." It's all about you.
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Top Five Reasons to change your Agent is easy at the low level because not all agents are created equal.  Passing the license exam is simple, understanding and being able to communicate the vast complexities of a well done real estate transaction takes far more. Your Agent never picks up the phone and you have to wait to get your questions answered.  (Why agents don't answer their phone, or get back to their clients and prospects makes absolutely no sense in business. Don't accept excuses from your agent who will most likely start with telling you how busy they are.  HA! Give work to a truly busy person and they get it done. 114 Shorncliffe Road, Newton MA 02458 Your Agent has no clue who will buy your home. (If your agent can't have a specific conversation with you about who they belie...
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By Larry Lawfer, "I listen for a living." It's all about you.
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Newton MA Schools Public and Private are many. Here is a list that begins with Preschools. This list, first compiled by Wikipedia. Newton MA schools are continually and constantly rated in the top in the state and country by many standards.  For more information about Luxury homes in Newton contact me directly at 617 774 8292Preschools Suzuki School of Newton Suzuki Preschool of NewtonNewton Creative StartSaplings Pre-SchoolPresbyterian Church Nursery SchoolBowen Cooperative Nursery SchoolBrookline Infant Toddler CenterTemple Beth Avodah Nursery School Beth-El Pre-SchoolBurr Cooperative Nursery SchoolThe Teddy Bear ClubBernice B. Godine JCC Early Learning Center Jewish Community Centers of Greater Boston – Early Learning CentersThe Children's Cooperative Nursery School Temple Shalom Nur...
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By Larry Lawfer, "I listen for a living." It's all about you.
(YourStories Realty Group powered by Castles Unlimited®)
Newton MA Luxury Market Report for the last 30 days.  This information is gathered from MLSPin and does not include any for sale by owner information as this is typically a very insignificant portion of the statistics and is always skewed by the quirkiness of these transactions.  Newton continues to be an active market in the luxury category. This is defined by the International Luxury Home Marketing organization as the top ten percent of the market in it's area.  Since Newton has so many nice homes this threshold price is considerably above the Boston Area Luxury property threshold which is slightly under $900,000.  In Newton that threshold number is north of two million.  114 Shornecliffe road, newton ma 02458 Single Family Active Listings: 56    Avg. Liv.Area SqFt: 6,454.75     Avg. ...
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By Larry Lawfer, "I listen for a living." It's all about you.
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Luxury or High End homes, Newton MA 02458 is a discussion many professionals are having right now.  114 Shornecliffe Road, Newton MA 02458 can easily qualify as a luxury home for sale in Newton and a high end home for sale in Newton.  Some feel luxury is a pejorative term these days speaking of class and privilege.  Frankly it makes no difference to me.  Clients looking for something a little bit better will search with both terms.  114 Shornecliffe Road, Newton MA 02458 with MLS#71746470 came on the market this week. This home has been specially staged for the type of Buyers who are looking for an elegant home, lovingly upgraded by the owners.Five bedrooms, four and a half bathrooms, six thousand eight hundred and ten feet of living space and a lot that provide you a view is great, and...
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By Larry Lawfer, "I listen for a living." It's all about you.
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Villages In Newton, MA 02458, are there 13 or are there less?  Newton is a town that is made up of a variety of smaller villages with very distinct characteristics.  In some cases the bounderies are blurred.  Newton is located just 6-8 miles from downtown Boston depending on where you are in the village and where you are going into Boston. That is not a long trip and public transportation is readily available.  People live in Newton because it has been ranked as one of the top towns in the country on numerous occasions.  In fact right now, it was just named as the top town in the US to live in by 24/7 Wall Street.  People gravitate to Newton since the days it separated from Cambridge and became it's own community. From wikipedia we have, Newton was settled in 1630 as part of "the newe t...
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By Larry Lawfer, "I listen for a living." It's all about you.
(YourStories Realty Group powered by Castles Unlimited®)
Newton named #1 city in the US  by 24/7 Wall Street this week. This is no surprise to the large families that live in this wonderful city.  It is something to brag about, but you have to realize that these ratings are based on a variety of criteria that can take out other great cities.  Great schools because this community cares about the schools. While there are other nearby towns that also have great schools, Newton actually has two full high schools that make it onto the best schools in the State each year. Newton is situated right next to Boston and only 7 miles to downtown Boston and is often the suburban home for many families that want the closeness and sophistication of the city but also want to not have some of the issues that all cities have inherently, like parking, open gree...
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By Larry Lawfer, "I listen for a living." It's all about you.
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I love you, uh, never mind...ever had this experience?  I bet you have.  After living many years and being a Realtor® I never cease to be amazed at how people truly are.  Working in real estate where people are very raw because of the process you get an inside view of them and their lives. This is also true of the agents you work with on a daily basis. We are all looking for the perfect situation for ourselves and many don't care what they do to others to get there.  This is just human nature and nothing to get flipped out about.  After a while you begin to see patterns appear. 3 Granite Street, Cambridge, MA Multi-family One such pattern is that person who is so effusive about how much they love and admire you.  People who immediately LOVE you and go on and on about it I have always ha...
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By Larry Lawfer, "I listen for a living." It's all about you.
(YourStories Realty Group powered by Castles Unlimited®)
Best value for Newton Luxury home, check it out this week. 114 Shornecliffe Road, Newton MA, 02458 goes on the market this week. This home has been standing high on the hill since 1911. It has had just a few families up until now who have had the opportunity to raise their family in the 6810 square feet of fully rehabbed and renovated space. You can live in the luxury of today's electronic homes with “Smart Home” technology and wired so that you can control your home from your phone while feeling safe and secure in this building that was built at a time when craftsmanship and quality materials truly meant something. 3 car garage, professional landscaping, recently renovated in multiple ways so that the next owner benefits from all the work the current owner has put in. 114 Shornecliffe ...
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By Larry Lawfer, "I listen for a living." It's all about you.
(YourStories Realty Group powered by Castles Unlimited®)
A caring more, doing more Realtor is a professional who knows that just getting a listing and putting it on MLS is not near enough.  Having an arsenal of tools that are used to promote a property makes a difference.  At 114 Shorneclife Road in Newton, a luxury Newton home, we are promoting this property using a variety of tools and a lot of attention to detail.  The industry has changed forever and being a Realtor® or a lowly sales agent for many years using the same old methods will just not get the job done.  A care more and doing more Realtor® knows that real estate is now driven by the internet search. Zillow, Trulia, Realtor.com are all consumer facing sites where any buyer or seller can gather information. You need to ask yourself a question if you are a buyer, seller or even an a...
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By Larry Lawfer, "I listen for a living." It's all about you.
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Just not enough to get the house sold is what I hear over and over from the homeowners I speak to who's houses didn't sell when their first agent had it on the market.  So often I hear that "all you people sound the same".  Meaning all agents are the same and this is just not true.  You can drive around any town and see more of one person's sign than others.  This does not mean that this agent or agency is the best, but they are the best in communicating the ability to sell a house.  So many agents proudly state that they will put the homeowners house on over 400 (pick a number) websites.  This is false.  Mostly what they do is put your house on the MLS and the MLS allows all these sites to suck off that information for their own site, like Trulia, Zillow, Realtor.com and all the others...
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By Larry Lawfer, "I listen for a living." It's all about you.
(YourStories Realty Group powered by Castles Unlimited®)
Newton MA Luxury Home Report September 2014.  Newton, MA is located directly west of Boston about 8 miles depending on which points of these two cities you choose as the center.  In Newton there are 11 or so villages that make up this town.  This has been so for many years.  In fact by some reports there have been as many as 14 villages that make up Newton.  Nonantum, Auburndale, Newton Centre are just four of these villages.  Because of the great schools and the family, neighborhood feel to Newton it has long attracted some of the wealthiest families to it's luxury homes. 114 Shornecliffe Road pictured to the right is coming on the market, call for information. Large families and extended families abound in Newton.  Today MLS in our area (MLSPIN) reportsthat over the last 6 months ther...
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