larry lawfer: Dedham Housing Report Feb 14, 2015 - 02/19/15 12:45 PM
Dedham Housing Report Feb 14, 2015. Greater Boston Association of Realtors and MLSPIN provide us these statistics for Dedham MA the last 30 days. The first Sold Group of 11 houses includes all sales in Dedham while all the other categories only include the Luxury listings of $881,000 or more.
Single Family Sold Listings: 11    Avg. Liv.Area SqFt: 2,611.82     Avg. List$: $591,400    Avg. List$/SqFt: $251     Avg. DOM: 280.00     Avg. DTO: 75.00    Avg. Sale$: $558,727   Avg. Sale$/SqFt: $242
Homes in Dedham within the last 30 days got 94% List to Sale price.  When we look … (4 comments)

larry lawfer: Newton MA Open House Luxury Home Video - 02/19/15 06:41 AM
Newton MA Open House Luxury Home Video. MLS # 71746470, Snow what? Newton Luxury White House gets updated.  Open House Feb 22, 2015. Snow what we say.  Boston Strong 6810 square feet of living space, 3 car attached garage, built in 1911 and updated with all the latest amenities for today's living. This is both a very formal Classical Revival Colonial and an Open Space, large kitchen with new high end appliances.  This house was buiilt when character and craftsmanship had real meaning.  While today's new construction is coveted by some, those who know houses and history always gravitate to the … (2 comments)

larry lawfer: Snow MA, have you had enough? - 02/12/15 01:10 PM
Snow MA, have you had enough? Everywhere you look people are either grumbling or holding their secret smile.  It is finally winter here in New England and that usually means snow.  It is serious this year and we have already broken all kinds of records and the white stuff is still coming down.  They talk about the storm of 1978, but we already have more snow on the ground right now than fell during that terrible storm.  Let's put this in perspective.  This year, actually last year during this winter 6 feet of snow fell on Buffalo.  The piddly 3 going … (4 comments)

larry lawfer: Clearing the cobwebs of a Realtors® mind. - 02/08/15 07:54 PM
Clearing the cobwebs of a Realtors® mind. Have you ever noticed that a great agent will always return your call and those who are not so great won't, or will do so after several calls. The first thing these average agents tell you is how busy they are. Really?
Have you been surprised going into an open house and having the agent not look up from their phone but telling you to sign in and there is a sell sheet on the table? What are these agents doing for their clients?
Communication is the single oft criticized issue between an agent … (5 comments)

larry lawfer: You won't know what your lost until it's gone. - 02/08/15 07:47 PM
You won't know what your lost until it's gone. Isn't this true so often in our lives.  It is easier to do nothing than to take action.  I see this all the time with Buyers in real estate.  They go out looking for something just right. They have a list of the needs and wants.  They know their price range, the communities and neighborhoods they will search.  They find some things and then the dance begins.  They begin looking for a reason to not buy.  They think that the things that they will do the house to make it theirs (read … (7 comments)

larry lawfer: Dedham MA Luxury Home Market Report 2014 - 02/05/15 08:49 AM
Dedham MA Luxury Home Market Report 2014.  This report gathers statistics from the Greater Boston Area MLSPIN system.  It does not inlude For Sale By Owner or Probate statistics which amount to less than 10% of the market.  While there were 389 total homes in the market in 2014 only 39 of them qualify as luxury homes. A luxury home is defined as the top 10% of the market in terms of price.  So 389 to 39 is almost a perfect match for this statistic.
Single Family Active Listings: 8    Avg. Liv.Area SqFt: 4,361.25     Avg. List$: $1,418,938    … (3 comments)

larry lawfer: Newton MA Luxury Housing Market Report Jan 2015 - 01/20/15 05:56 PM
Newton MA Luxury Housing Market Report Jan 2015. Over the last 30 days there are 46 properties that have been on the MLS here in Newton that were Active, Under Agreement, Sold, Expired or Canceled. This report gives you a snapshot of what is going on in this market right now.  If you have a property on the market it is instructive to watch what is being sold, expired and under agreement.  You can also search which properties have had a price change in the last 30 days.  In the luxury market, which begins at homes priced $2,100,000 and above in … (2 comments)

larry lawfer: Prospecting is the real business - 01/17/15 04:06 AM
Prospecting is the real business even though we are in the real estate business.  In most states it is not too difficult to get your license to sell real estate. It is always less time and less money than any college degree. Lots of people have their license.  The low income averages of real estate agents across the country I am sure have lots to do with people who have a license and work barely at all, part time or not very well.  Following the adage that even the blind squirrel can find the nut sometimes then any agent can find … (63 comments)

larry lawfer: Trophy Home, Newton MA Luxury - 01/17/15 04:01 AM
Trophy Home, Newton MA Luxury is all you would think it would be and a bit less. The less part is the price, this property is priced to sell.  At $2,575,000 she isn't cheap, but she is affordable in this rarefied air of luxury in Newton MA.  A home like this is never your first home, you have to earn this one through your hard work, ingenuity, determination and guile.  114 Shornecliffe Road in Newton has stood above and looking out from Farlow Hill since 1911.  The former owners have been like you.  Pillars of the community, leaders in their fields … (6 comments)

larry lawfer: I have today; that is all - 01/16/15 03:48 AM
I have today; that is all.  My today is what I have to work with. This today will make my tomorrow and provide me memories of my yesterday's.  Not taking my yesterday's into today allows me to build a new today which builds the new tomorrow.  Doing the best I can with my today gives me solace and provides me strength.
The days in real estate are varied and hectic.  Calls come in, requests are made while schedules must be kept, it can be chaotic.  It is easy to get lost with all the moving parts, get distracted, confused then dazed.  … (7 comments)

larry lawfer: Do you deserve this Luxury Home, Newton, MA? - 01/16/15 03:12 AM
Do you deserve this Luxury Home, Newton MA?  If it was about the money there are many more people who could purchase this home than those who deserve it.  This home has stood high above Farlow Hill looking out across and beyond the town since 1911.  It is the best example of Classical Revival Architecture in Newton and has been upgraded to include today's amenities.  The families that have lived in this home over these many years have all been pillars of their communities.  Doctors, Entrepreneur's, Legal minds all, they have flourished inside these beautiful walls looking out and down over … (3 comments)

larry lawfer: Farlow Hill luxury home, Newton MA 02458 - 01/14/15 03:38 AM
Farlow Hill luxury home, Newton MA 02458.  MLS #71746470 has just had a price reduction.  What is crazy about this is that this property is already one of the best priced home in the luxury category in all of luxury Newton MA homes.  Price per square foot can be a confusing statistic to follow, but it is one of the 17 methods in which appraisers determine value.  By this measure 114 Shornecliffe Road is one of the best values coming in well below the average sale per square foot price.  There will be an Open House for this property on Saturday … (4 comments)

larry lawfer: More than most, all the best Newton MA - 01/12/15 03:59 AM
More than most, all the best, Newton MA.  Newton has been named the top city in the country, the most affluent city in the country and one of the cities with the top schools in the state on a continual basis.  The homes are large and beautiful, the villages (there are thirteen villages that comprise the city of Newton) are diverse and interesting in many ways.  Newton is home to the well heeled, the well educated and the well informed.  It is both a cohesive community in it's focus on being important, and diverse in it's community and approach to all … (7 comments)

larry lawfer: Housing trends in Newton MA - 12/29/14 12:34 PM
Housing trends in Newton MA.  I just read a fascinating report about the housing trends and demographics in the city of Newton MA.  This report was prepared by the Dukakis Center of Northeastern University and was written by Barry Bluestone and Tracy Corley.  Newton was settled in 1630 and is comprised of 13 villages.  An overview of the report shows that the city has grown during the time of the early automobile (1930-1960) as people became able to move further from the city.  That trend also was the reason the city declined in population. By 1980 the population had declined again … (1 comments)

larry lawfer: Things are looking up and down - 12/29/14 06:02 AM
Things are looking up and down in relation to our real estate markets.  While the number of houses sold in this year is down from 2013 the price point is up. See what I mean?  Understanding what is going on in your market is complex with many variables.  While the market is looked at as a whole which includes the entire US, this look is only important in the abstract.  Real estate markets are local and by local I mean right down to your neighborhood versus the one down the street and around the corner in your very own town.  A … (3 comments)

larry lawfer: Your commission check is not my priority - 12/26/14 05:10 AM
Your commission check is not my priority, it is not even in the top 5 things I care about when we work. As your listing agent one of the highest priorities is getting your price right.  The correct price at the correct time is essential for a quick sale and your (The Seller) getting the most.  The correct price is both an art and a science. The science part is what the appraiser will use to determine the value.  They will look at comparative homes of comparative size, shape, style, amenities and neighborhood to come up with the likely price.  They … (2 comments)

larry lawfer: 400 years of architecture in Newton MA redux - 12/24/14 08:29 AM
400 years of architecture in Newton MA redux.  Last month I went through the beginning era of architecture in Newton.  The link to that is right here.  Newton MA is a town just south and west of Boston only 7 miles from downtown Boston.  It is comprised of 13 villages with their own distinct feel, but as a whole they make us one of the nicest communities in Massachusetts.  I left off with Classical Revival which is also known as Neoclassical.  My current listing at 114 Shornecliffe Road on Farlow Hill is considered one of the nicest examples of this architecture … (4 comments)

larry lawfer: View from the Top, Luxury Newton MA - 12/22/14 09:27 AM
View from the Top, Luxury Newton MA.  When you are on the second and third floor of 114 Shornecliffe Road in Newton that sits atop Farlow Hill in the Newton Corner village you can see for miles. This Classical Revival home has so many wonderful details and design that it does look and feel like a view from the top.  Every owner of this storied home has been at the top of their game.  Insurance, Finance, and Medicine have each had owners who were masters in their domain. This property from its curb appeal through the front door you feel it's … (2 comments)

larry lawfer: What have I done for you lately, Friday. - 12/19/14 10:49 AM
What have I done for you lately, Friday.  With each client, both seller listings and buyer clients, I speak with them on Friday. We choose a time that I will call and let them know everything that has been done to achieve our goals during the week.  For the Seller's listings I give a list of the blogs that have been written, the videos that have been posted and the various other social media tools and content I have used to drive traffic to the listing.  I give the an updated list of the people I have spoken with, mailed to, … (0 comments)

larry lawfer: Newton MA Luxury SF Market Report Dec 2014 - 12/18/14 10:00 AM
Newton MA Luxury SF Market Report Dec 2014. There were 124 properties that were involved in the real estate market over the last 30 days.  Active, Under Agreement, Sold listings are the most important since they define the market. I also include Expired and Canceled listings as well because these listings usually define what is wrong with the listing, or the agent doing the listing.  In today's market if you get your property on the market at the right price and with the right kinds of marketing you will draw more people to your listing.  More people means more potential offers. … (6 comments)

 
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