Quincy, MA Real Estate News

Seeking down payment assistance for first time home buyers in Quincy can prove to be difficult in today’s real estate market. In the past, there were several national programs available, but since a downturn in real estate markets and lending institutions, most of these programs have become stagnant or eliminated altogether. You can still find some help available, but now that help may come at a local level rather than at a national level. National down payment assistance programs such as the Nehemiah Program and ACORN were extremely popular and helped many people purchase a home in Quincy. Some of the requirements for these programs were: buyer had to attend an education class on home ownership seller paid a percentage of the sale price of the home back into a pool of funds home had to...
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Before a buyer even begins to look at homes in Quincy MA, it is critical to know if they qualify for a mortgage, and how much of a loan they qualify for. There are several proactive steps that can be taken in order to prepare for getting approved for a mortgage. If followed, these tips will successfully guide you to realizing the dream of homeownership. Even though you will need to meet your loan officer in person, there are steps to take to prepare yourself ahead of time. You may need to fill out an online application, or you may be asked to begin an application over the phone. Documentation will need to be submitted to the loan officer either in person, by email, fax, or mail. The loan officer will request documentation and items such as tax returns for the past several years, pay stu...
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It is important that the buyer understand all of the costs involved in purchasing a home in Quincy. These costs go way beyond the purchase price. Inspections, fees, appraisals, and on and on and on…. the terminology used in real estate can be extremely confusing for home buyers. What’s more, who pays for these things is even harder to figure out. Quincy Real estate agents, title company officers, and mortgage providers deal with real estate transactions on a daily basis, so they understand this language. When it comes to what is known as the ‘closing costs’ it becomes even harder to understand for the average home buyer. Because closing costs can be, and often are, negotiated between buyer and seller, there are no clear-cut answers. Let’s start by taking a look at the closing costs that...
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The purchase of a home in Quincy is, in the majority of cases, the single most expensive and complicated transaction a person will ever experience. On top of that, people typically only have the experience one, two, or three times during a lifetime so they never get accustomed to the process. Also, requirements for a real estate transaction changes over the years. Because of this, there are many benefits of working with a buyer’s agent in Quincy who can successfully guide, advise, and navigate the path to home ownership. A buyer’s agent utilizes their knowledge of the real estate market to help their client acquire their home. By using years of first-hand experience in the home buying trenches, the buyer’s agent offers advice on fair market value, how to best negotiate all the terms, an...
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By Jim Mushinsky
(Centsable Inspection)
Home buyers and sellers may face some changes when it comes to Flood Insurance in Norfolk County Massachusetts. The Norfolk County maps, currently in preliminary form, are scheduled to become effective on June 17, 2012. Read the news release at - http://www.fema.gov/news/newsrelease.fema?id=61544 Flood hazard maps, also known as Digital Flood Insurance Rate Maps, indicate whether properties are in areas of high, moderate or low flood risk. In reviewing the new Norfolk County maps, many property owners may find that their risk is higher or lower than they thought. If the risk level for a property changes, so may the requirement to carry flood insurance. Communities affected are: Avon Bellingham Braintree Brookline Canton Cohasset Dedham Dover Foxborough Franklin Holbrook Medfield Medway ...
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25 Single Family Homes were sold in Quincy in Feb 2012. 2 of the homes that sold were bank owned properties and 3 of the homes sold were sold as short sales. ·        2 homes were under $200k. ·        8 homes sold were in the $200-$300k price range. ·      9 homes sold were in the $300k-$400k price range. ·        4 homes sold were in the $400k-$500k price range. ·       2 homes sold were in the $500k+ price range.   The average listing price of the homes sold was $341,217 and the average sold price was $323,320. This means that on average, homes are selling for 95% of the list price.   The homes that were sold were on the market for approximately 142 days. There were 154 Quincy MA homes for sale in February 2012. Of these homes, 14 were listed as short sales and 5 were bank owned prop...
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By Ciara Brennan
(Mass Homes Realty)
The current absorption rate of the real estate market in Quincy, MA for single family homes is 31.8. This figures means that it would take approximately 32 weeks, or close to 9 months, to sell all of the inventory that is currently on the market at the rate of sale that is currently occuring. This figure means that it is currently a buyers market. Here is a breakdown of what you can expect with certain absorption rates:   1-4 months – Sellers Market. More buyers than sellers, with properties often selling quickly for more than asking price. 5-6 months – Normal Market. Similar number of both buyers and sellers. Properties sell for, or close to asking price. 7+ months -  Buyers Market. More sellers than buyers, with homes taking longer to sell, and often selling for much less than asking ...
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By Ciara Brennan
(Mass Homes Realty)
Here is an analysis of the activty of the real estate market in Quincy MA for January 2012. This report is regarding single family homes.  In January of 2012, there were 140 single family homes for sale in Quincy,MA. 23 homes went under agreement. 19 single family homes closed in Quincy in January 2012 The average listing price of these homes was $330,316. The average price per square feet that these homes were listed at was $195. The average sales price of these homes was $308,579. The average price per square foot that these homes sold for was $182. That means that the average single family home sold for 93.4% of it's list price. The average days on the market for these home that sold was 127.74 In January of 2012, 4 new single family homes were placed on the market for sale. 7 homes ...
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By Ciara Brennan
(Mass Homes Realty)
If you are thinking about selling your home in Quincy, MA, please allow me to provide you with a free real estate market analysis. This market analysis will allow you to determine the value of your home in the current market. It allows you to price your home competitively to make sure that it gets sold. All you have to do is give me some basic information about your home and I will pull up a list of properties, comparable to your, that are currently on the market, have recently sold and have recently expired. The next step is to analyse all of this data and determine the price that your home will likely sell for if placed on the market. I will then also provide you with additional information such as the average time a property is on the market before it sells and so on.   If you would ...
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By Ciara Brennan
(Mass Homes Realty)
As a parent, I know that one of the most important factors that parents take into account when deciding where to move to, is the quality of the schools in the neighborhood.   Here is some information about the public schools in Quincy, MA.   Quincy has 11 Public Elementary Schools, with an average student to teacher ratio of 20:1. Here they are in no particular order: 1. Merrymount: 4 Agawam Rd, Quincy, MA 02169, (617) 984-8762 2. Beechwood Knoll: 225 Fenno Street, Quincy, MA 02170, (617) 984-8781 3. Atherton Hough:1084 Sea Street, Quincy, MA 02169, (617) 984-8797 4. Wollaston: 205 Beale Street, Quincy, MA 02170, (617) 984-8791 5. Charles A. Bernazzani:701 Furnace Brook, Quincy, MA 02169, (617) 984-8713 6. Montclair: 8 Belmont Street, Quincy, MA 02171, (617) 984-8708 7. Clifford H. Mars...
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By Ciara Brennan
(Mass Homes Realty)
With all the doom and gloom that we hear in the media about unemployment rates, people are sitting tight with the jobs that they have whether they like them or not. Well I recently read an article from ManPower and they saying that the employment outlook in Quincy, Boston and Cambridge is looking up! If you are looking for a job, maybe it is time to consider looking in one of these areas! Here is the article that I read:     "December 13, 2011 – Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA-NH MSA employers expect to hire at a strong pace during Quarter 1 2012, according to the Manpower Employment Outlook Survey.  Among survey participants, the Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA-NH MSA employment outlook is the fifth best in the nation.   From January to March, 17% of the companies interviewed plan to hire more...
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By Ciara Brennan
(Mass Homes Realty)
One of the most important things that people think about when deciding where to move to is:   How will my commute to work be? There is not too much that you can do in your car on the way to work, maybe listen to your favorite radio show or even a book on tape. You can potentially talk on the phone... But, in all fairness not too many people enjoy sitting in their car for over an hour to get to work and even worse to get home from work. I often wonder how many days of my life I pass by sitting in a car trying to get from place A to place B.   The bottom line is that when you are thinking about moving to a new location, one of the factors that comes into play is how long it will take you to get to work.  If you live in Quincy, MA and you work in Downtown Boston, you will have to drive fro...
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By Ciara Brennan
(Mass Homes Realty)
If you do not own a home with a big yard or a lot of space to host a party for your child or even if you simply do not like the thoughts of having to host a party in your home and then clean up after it, then hosting the party outside your home is a good idea. When I was planning my daughter last year, I was surprised by the lack of kid's party venues in Quincy, MA. There is definitely a market opening here! I thought that I would share the ideas and venues that I had come up with and if you have any other ones please feel free to share them!   Velocity Dance is a dance studio in Wollaston. My daughter has attended a few parties here and they do a great job! The price is $235 for members and $260 for non members. Price includes birthday child and 15 friends. $5 for each additional child...
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By Lew Corcoran, ASP®, Home Stager & Real Estate Photographer
(Scena Home Staging & Decora Photography)
Lew Corcoran | Best Choice Real Estate Services | (800) 984-3341 27 Cleaves St, Quincy, MA 16,000 sqft Vacant Land offered at $135,000 Lot Size 16,000 sqft DESCRIPTION An incredible opportunity awaits the ambitious builder or investor looking to develop 4 plots in this seaside community. Environmental and engineering studies are required before building can begin. This mostly level parcel of 0.37 acres is located in a very desirable neighborhood and is just minutes to the waterfront. Quick walk to beach! see additional photos below ADDITIONAL PHOTOS 27 Cleaves St Quincy Contact info: Lew Corcoran Best Choice Real Estate Services MA Lic#009518264 (800) 984-3341 For sale by agent/broker Equal Opportunity Housing Posted: Dec 6, 2011, 10:36am PST
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By Ciara Brennan
(Mass Homes Realty)
What: Wine Tasting Where: Quincy Masonic Building, 1170 Hancock Street, Quincy, MA When: December 8th 2011 from 6pm-8pm How Much: $25 per person   The Quincy Lions Club is hosting it's fourth annual wine tasting this coming Thursday the 8th of December. Wine tasting for a good cause sounds like a good time in my book! This event will feature wine, light refreshments, raffles and maybe even a visit from Santa Clause.   Tickets are available at the door or you can pre purchase them. For more information about this event call 617-429-3080 or visit www.quincylionsclub.org.       If you are interested in buying or selling real estate in Quincy please give me a call on 781 929 3683 or check out my website: Quincy Real Estate
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By Ciara Brennan
(Mass Homes Realty)
Quincy is a city located south of Boston in MA with a population of approximately 95,000. It is a great place named after colonel John Quincy. Quincy is split into 14 neighborhoods and here they are:   Adams Shore  Germantown Hough's Neck Marina Bay Merrymount Montclair North Quincy Quincy Center Quincy Point South Quincy Squantum West Quincy Wollaston        If you are trying to decide which neighborhood in Quincy, MA to live in, please give me a call on 781 929 3683!   Quincy MA Real Estate
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By Jim Mushinsky
(Centsable Inspection)
A home inspector working in Quincy MA is required to perform a home inspection to the Massachusetts Home Inspector Standards of Practice. A copy of the standard will be provided to the client by the home inspector.The MA Home Inspector Standards of Practice is written for the professional home inspector. United Inspection Service has created some easy to read Consumer Information Sheets illustrating what is included and excluded in a Standard MA home inspection. Clear client communications (3c) are one of our core values. See the easy to read one page consumer information sheets for each of the systems in a MA Home Inspection.Visit the Quincy MA Home Inspection web page from United Inspection Service for some useful information about homes in Quincy MA and the Massachusetts Home Inspect...
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By David Zablatsky, Real Estate - Needham, MA
(Avant Realty Group)
QUINCY - 1/2 FEE Price: $2,900 Available 10/01/11. 4 BEDROOM - 2.5 BATH - 10 Rooms - 3000 SqFt. Floor#: 1st/2nd/3rd Ranch Single family ** New Listing GORGEOUS 4BR/2.5 BA 4-FAMILY w/ Fireplace In Quincy FOR RENT ** COME SEE THIS SPACIOUS AND LUXURIOUS 10-ROOM 4 BEDROOMS, 2.5 BATHS IN 4-FAMILY! IT WON'T LAST LONG! AMENITIES INCLUDED ** HARD WOOD THROUGHOUT** OVER 3000 SQUARE FEET OF LIVING AREA, ON 1/2 ACRE OF LAND ** LIVING ROOM ** DINING ROOM** FAMILY ROOM ** LAUNDRY ROOM ** LARGE EAT-IN KITCHEN WITH CORIAN COUNTERTOPS, & ISLAND ON 1ST FLOOR** KITCHEN HAS COUNTERTOP RANGE, WALL OVEN DISHWASHER, MICROWAVE, REFRIGERATOR ** 3 ZONE -GAS HEAT ** 2 Zoned CENTRAL A/C ** GORGEOUS YARD ** 5+ Car PARKING ** PATIO ** DECK** MINUTES TO Highway** I HAVE OTHER LISTINGS IN Pembroke and SURROUNDING A...
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By Dana Schatzl, Realtor in Quincy MA
(Success Real Estate in Quincy)
Quincy MA Real Estate Report Quincy MA Monthly Real Estate Statistics                                                                         July 2011                             June  2011                      July 2010 Single Family: Homes Sold:                                                       23                                           42                                 34    Original List Price:                                       $416,373                                  $325,604                      $354,467 Final List Price:                                            $404,239                                  $311,700                      $336,814 Average Sold Price:                                     $384,674                                  $296,624                    ...
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By Melissa Juarez
(Massachusetts Buyers Broker Agency, LLC)
Quincy Animal Shelter raffle for Boston Red Sox tickets! There are two box seat tickets available for the Friday, Sept. 16, game against the Tampa Bay Rays at Fenway Park. The game starts at 7 p.m. and the raffle tickets are $5 each or three for $10. The drawing will take place September 2.  For more information, call the shelter at 617-376-1349.  Try your luck and support the Quincy Animal Shelter.   W e l c o m e ! Hello, welcome to my blog and welcome to Quincy, MA. If you are a potential home buyer and you are interested in Quincy, please contact me to start receiving listings and open house schedules. Let's connect today and we can begin visiting houses. I can answer any other questions you may have regarding Quincy including schools, public transportation, houses of worship, parks...
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