claudette millette: What is Included in a Home Purchase? - 09/10/10 05:15 PM
What is Included in a Home Purchase? 
There can often be confusion on the part of buyers as to which items come with a property and which do not.  This is particularly true if the listing broker has left the items vague in the listing.  It is crucial to spell things out, but if they have not been, there are some general rules to follow. 
Real Property vs. Personal Property  
For the purpose of a real estate transaction, Real Property is the land and everything attached to it, including the ground to the core of the Earth and up to the sky. This would encompass … (6 comments)

claudette millette: New Office Building in Southborough - Right near the MBTA - 09/09/10 01:50 PM

New Office Building in Southborough - Right near the MBTA 
One of the newest office buildings in Southborough is at 106 Southville Road.  The "Southborough Junction" or the yellow building, as I like to call it, is an office/retail space located in at the corner of Route 85 and Southville Road. 
This new Southborough office building has 10,600 square feet of commercial space in it with a tastefully decorated common area and a recess-lit lobby with commissioned artwork.  
The Southborough Junction Building is conveniently located directly across from the Southborough MBTA train station and diagonally across from the Cordaville Triangle … (6 comments)

claudette millette: What is the True Cost of Home Ownership? - 09/08/10 07:53 PM
What is the True Cost of Home Ownership? 
Most potential homeowners begin their planning with the down payment and monthly mortgage amount in mind.  It's an excellent start but anyone who is planning on buying a home needs to be ready to take on the total costs and look beyond the mortgage payment.
If you want to effectively determine a home's affordability you also need to consider the following:  
Real Estate Taxes Insurance Home Owners' Association Fees Landscaping Maintenance costs Electric Bill Gas or oil expense Trash removal charge Water & sewer bill Snow plowing costs Miscellaneous expenses There is no obligation in … (59 comments)

claudette millette: Cordaville Triangle Park in Southborough - 09/07/10 06:40 PM
Cordaville Triangle Park in Southborough 

To commemorate an area of Southborough where the Cordaville Woolen Factory once stood, the town has erected an area known as the Cordaville Triangle Park. 
In the 19th Century this was the site of the largest factory in town and served as the center of the small mill village known as Cordaville. It was surrounded by the workers' houses which were built by the original mill owner.   
With the Southborough MBTA station standing directly across the street, this park was built to create an inviting space that is both attractive as well as functional. Additional landscaping … (5 comments)

claudette millette: Hopkinton Massachusetts Home Sales - September 5, 2010 - 09/06/10 06:04 PM

Hopkinton Massachusetts Home Sales - September 5, 2010
Before you buy a home in Hopkinton, MA, it is important to know what other homes in the area are selling for. In order to give you a more accurate picture of the local real estate market, I have put together statistics from the last 7 days.
The following is a market recap for the 1st week of September in Hopkinton, MA.


For the past month in Hopkinton, Massachusetts , 15 properties have sold. The sales price to list price has been 95%.
For a complete list of homes for sale in Hopkinton, … (3 comments)

claudette millette: Holliston Massachusetts Home Sales - September 5, 2010 - 09/06/10 06:03 PM

Holliston Massachusetts Home Sales - September 5, 2010
Before you buy a home in Holliston, MA, it is important to know what other homes in the area are selling for. In order to give you a more accurate picture of the local real estate market, I have put together statistics from the last 7 days.
The following is a market recap for the 1st week of September in Holliston, MA.


For the past month in Holliston, Massachusetts , 10 properties have sold. The sales price to list price has been 93%.
For a complete list of homes for sale in Holliston, Massachusetts … (0 comments)

claudette millette: Natick Massachusetts Home Sales - September 5, 2010 - 09/06/10 06:03 PM

Natick Massachusetts Home Sales - September 5, 2010
Before you buy a home in Natick, MA, it is important to know what other homes in the area are selling for. In order to give you a more accurate picture of the local real estate market, I have put together statistics from the last 7 days.
The following is a market recap for the 1st week of September in Natick, MA.


For the past month in Natick, Massachusetts , 23 properties have sold. The sales price to list price has been 94%.
For a complete list of homes for sale in Natick, Massachusetts or … (0 comments)

claudette millette: Southborough Massachusetts Home Sales - September 5, 2010 - 09/05/10 06:24 PM

Southborough Massachusetts Home Sales - September 5, 2010
Before you buy a home in Southborough, MA, it is important to know what other homes in the area are selling for. In order to give you a more accurate picture of the local real estate market, I have put together statistics from the last 7 days.
The following is a market recap for the 1st week of September in Southborough, MA.


For the past month in Southborough, Massachusetts , 5 properties have sold. The sales price to list price has been 93%.
For a complete list of homes for sale in Southborough, Massachusetts or … (2 comments)

claudette millette: Ashland Massachusetts Home Sales - September 5, 2010 - 09/05/10 06:23 PM

Ashland Massachusetts Home Sales - September 5, 2010
Before you buy a home in Ashland, MA, it is important to know what other homes in the area are selling for. In order to give you a more accurate picture of the local real estate market, I have put together statistics from the last 7 days.
The following is a market recap for the 1st week of September in Ashland, MA.


For the past month in Ashland, Massachusetts , 11 properties have sold. The sales price to list price has been 92%.
For a complete list of homes for sale in Ashland, Massachusetts … (0 comments)

claudette millette: The Best of Times and the Worst of Times - 09/04/10 01:55 PM
The Best of Times and The Worst of Times   
A new survey shows - 3 out of every 4 American's have been affected by the recession.  
This sobering news was delivered in a report that was published in the Huffington Post. It stated that, according to the survey, 73% of Americans have been either unemployed or experienced seeing a family member (30%) or close friend (17%) lose their job. 
The same survey also found that people are pretty pessimistic about where the economy is actually headed.  Many believe that next year will not be offering much of an improvement over what we … (15 comments)

claudette millette: The Town of Natick Massachusetts - a Gateway to Boston - 09/03/10 04:57 PM
The Town of Natick Massachusetts - a Gateway to Boston 
The town of Natick is located in the center of the MetroWest suburbs of Massachusetts.  The fact that it is a mere 15 miles away from Boston makes it one of the best commuting locations in the area. 
Doctors, college professors and many who are employed in high tech professions often choose Natick as home due to its close proximity to Boston's hospitals, universities and the 128 technology belt.  For life in the suburbs and employment in city, Natick gives the best of both worlds. 
With a population of around 32,000, the town … (7 comments)

claudette millette: Do we have to Worry About a Guy Named Earl? - 09/02/10 04:27 PM
Do we have to Worry About a Guy Named Earl? 
As Labor Day weekend approaches, so it seems, does Hurricane Earl.  According to the newscasters, it has just been upgraded to a category 4 storm. 
Right now the immediate threat is for the Outer Bank of North Carolina where the winds are gusting at 140 mph.  The center of storm is around 300 miles south of Cape Hatteras, N. C. 
Local meteorologists are warning that the storm may be coming through the Connecticut and Rhode Island coasts and headed straight for Massachusetts.
  
Is this all just hype or are we really … (11 comments)

claudette millette: Newton North High Opens - The Most Expensive School in Massachusetts' History - 09/01/10 11:57 AM
Newton North High Opens - The Most Expensive School in Massachusetts' History 
Tens years after its initial planning phase Newton North High School had its opening ceremony yesterday.  
What started out originally as a $39 million renovation project to the old structure eventually morphed into the new Newton High North High School at a cost of close to $200 million. 
The excessive price tag associated with this school is symbolic of the rising cost of education, not only in Massachusetts, but also nationwide.  And, the controversy that has surrounded it has sometimes divided the city of Newton. 
The new school, which … (11 comments)

claudette millette: Is This Any Way to Sell a Home? - 08/31/10 11:20 AM
Is This Any Way to Sell a Home?
I previewed this home for a relocation client yesterday and made some observations on items that may be impeding its sale.
 

A yard sale - waiting to happen

Posters are an art form, or sort

Yet, more self-expression

Patriotism? 
Even in a healthy economy we need to put our best face forward when staging and presenting a home for sale.  And, we all know, these are not exactly the best of times. This listing has had a number of large price reductions since it was first put on the market and that is certainly not surprising.
I … (22 comments)

claudette millette: Holliston Massachusetts Home Sales - August 29, 2010 - 08/30/10 11:32 AM

Holliston Massachusetts Home Sales - August 29, 2010
Before you buy a home in Holliston, MA, it is important to know what other homes in the area are selling for. In order to give you a more accurate picture of the local real estate market, I have put together statistics from the last 7 days.
The following is a market recap for the 4th week of August in Holliston, MA.


For the past month in Holliston, Massachusetts ,21 properties have sold. The sales price to list price has been 96%.
For a complete list of homes for sale in Holliston, Massachusetts or … (1 comments)

claudette millette: Natick Massachusetts Home Sales - August 29, 2010 - 08/30/10 11:31 AM

Natick Massachusetts Home Sales - August 29, 2010
Before you buy a home in Natick, MA, it is important to know what other homes in the area are selling for. In order to give you a more accurate picture of the local real estate market, I have put together statistics from the last 7 days.
The following is a market recap for the 4th week of August in Natick, MA.


For the past month in Natick, Massachusetts , 29 properties have sold. The sales price to list price has been 93%.
For a complete list of homes for sale in Natick, Massachusetts or … (0 comments)

claudette millette: Southborough Massachusetts Home Sales - August 29, 2010 - 08/30/10 11:30 AM

Southborough Massachusetts Home Sales - August 29, 2010
Before you buy a home in Southborough, MA, it is important to know what other homes in the area are selling for. In order to give you a more accurate picture of the local real estate market, I have put together statistics from the last 7 days.
The following is a market recap for the 4th week of August in Southborough, MA.


For the past month in Southborough, Massachusetts , 5 properties have sold. The sales price to list price has been 92%.
For a complete list of homes for sale in Southborough, … (0 comments)

claudette millette: Ashland Massachusetts Home Sales - August 29, 2010 - 08/29/10 10:56 PM

Ashland Massachusetts Home Sales - August 29, 2010
Before you buy a home in Ashland, MA, it is important to know what other homes in the area are selling for. In order to give you a more accurate picture of the local real estate market, I have put together statistics from the last 7 days.
The following is a market recap for the 4th week of August in Ashland, MA.


For the past month in Ashland, Massachusetts , 25 properties have sold. The sales price to list price has been 96%.
For a complete list of homes for sale in Ashland, … (0 comments)

claudette millette: Hopkinton Massachusetts Home Sales - August 29, 2010 - 08/29/10 10:31 PM

Hopkinton Massachusetts Home Saless - August 29, 2010
Before you buy a home in Hopkinton, MA, it is important to know what other homes in the area are selling for. In order to give you a more accurate picture of the local real estate market, I have put together statistics from the last 7 days.
The following is a market recap for the 4th week of August in Hopkinton, MA.


For the past month in Hopkinton, Massachusetts , 32 properties have sold. The sales price to list price has been 97%.
For a complete list of homes for sale in Hopkinton, … (0 comments)

claudette millette: Why is Title Insurance Necessary for your Home Purchase? - 08/29/10 05:11 PM
Why is Title Insurance Necessary for your Home Purchase?
Home buyers often ask what the significance is of title insurance in the buying process.  You have so many expenses that are coming out of your pocket right now.  Is this one that is particularly worthwhile?
Unlike home owners' insurance which is to cover any problems that may arise in the future - title insurance is there to cover something that may have already occurred.
According to the American Land Title Association (ALTA), about 25 percent of all residential real estate transactions have issues with the title.  Most are resolved prior to … (7 comments)

 

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