acton ma: The Next 4 Things No One Tells Acton First Time Homebuyers - 03/20/13 09:55 PM
The Next 4 Things No One Tells Area First Time Homebuyers
Of all the things first time homebuyers in our Acton area are told, some that turn out to be pretty important are too often overlooked. Here are four items first time homebuyers will find useful to know: 
4. Remodeling costs more than you think
You’ve found a fixer upper, your energy is to be applauded. But before you write that offer, if you are one of our Acton first-time homebuyers, be certain to have penciled out the bottom line cost of bringing the home up to the standard … (1 comments)

acton ma: Bargain Hunters Find an Acton Market that Isn't Waiting - 01/28/13 08:34 PM
Buyer Beware: Strategies That Get You Nowhere
Anyone who is buying a house in Acton -- or even just checking up on the market -- is likely to find that some of the rules of the game seem to have shifted. Particularly anyone expecting to be deluged by the kind of amazing deals being offered in 2008 and 2009 should see what I mean.
As the latest housing statistics continue to paint an upbeat picture, at least when it comes to bargain-priced properties, the days of multiple bids and ‘offers over asking’ are back.  If you are weighing the advantages … (0 comments)

acton ma: Real Estate Sales in Acton MA, December 2012 - 01/22/13 09:49 PM
Real Estate Sales in Acton MA, December 2012

Sales in December are typically slow, but this December, Acton sales were strong.  Another sign that the market continues to improve is that the average Days on Market for homes in Acton, compared to December of 2011 was 156 compared to 208 a year ago.. down by 52 days!!

Home sales in the $400,000 to 500,000 range sell very quickly, often with multiple offers, leading to over-asking price accepted offers.  Buyers in this price range should be prepared to act quickly and decisively to be successful in purchasing an Acton … (0 comments)

acton ma: Acton Open Houses Need Staging (Not Upstaging!) - 08/04/12 06:08 AM
Acton Open Houses Need Staging (Not Upstaging)
Open houses are one of any agent’s most effective tools when it comes to selling houses. The 2011 National Association of Realtors® Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers found that 45% of buyers use open houses as a research tool when they are serious about buying a home. 
Acton open houses can draw potential buyers, then effectively demonstrate not only an attractive physical living space – but a canvas that invites them to project their own ideal living situation onto it. 
Nevertheless…be warned! Obvious, clichéd staging can have exactly the opposite … (1 comments)

acton ma: Curb Appeal Matters! - 07/15/12 09:17 PM
8 Tips for Adding Curb Appeal and Value to Your Home Here are eight ways to help your home put its best face forward. Read
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acton ma: Foreign Buyers Snap Up Residential Real Estate - 06/27/12 08:22 PM
For quite a while, Acton MA residential real estate holders – that is, homeowners  – haven’t had to work very hard to come up with a description for the U.S. real estate market. ‘Lousy’ certainly came to mind. ‘Bleak’ was a strong contender. ‘Cautiously optimistic,’ at best a distant third.
So this month’s Wall Street Journal report came as a quiet reminder that, for serious-minded investors who view our situation from a less-involved perspective, our residential real estate outlook is neither lousy nor bleak. In fact, the combination of lower residential prices and the international currency environment has created a … (1 comments)

acton ma: What is Your Acton MA Home Worth? - 06/17/12 10:53 AM
What is Your Acton MA Home Worth?
Figuring out home values when the market is in flux is truly a job for experts. We have seen the national real estate market begin to rebound, and expect Acton home values to soon start to reflect movement as well. Most local homeowners are in the habit of keeping an eye on area home values. But especially for anyone considering buying or selling this spring or summer, estimating their home’s value is one of the first items on the agenda. 
To get you started, there are a couple of different methods to help establish … (0 comments)

acton ma: Fun things to do in Acton MA! - 08/31/11 12:41 AM
Discovery Museum Acton MA
By agent posted July 20th, 2011   The Discovery Museum Acton, MA
The Discovery Museum in Acton is a wonderful place to bring the kids and even learn a few things yourself. Situated on four acres, the Discovery Museum has one building for tiny tots and one for children and adults of all ages. In the Children’s Discovery Museum, your littlest children can explore three floors of hands-on, kid-sized activities. Step inside a bubble wall, conduct a train, or cross a wobbly bridge – the choice is theirs.
At Science Discovery, children and adults learn about the science all … (0 comments)

acton ma: Acton MA Life! - 06/22/11 02:41 PM
NARA Park Acton By agent posted June 20th, 2011    
NARA Park Acton
NARA (North Acton Recreation Area) Park is a wonderful asset to Acton homeowners. The park is open all year and provides residents with a wealth of outdoor recreation and beauty to enjoy. NARA Beach opens each year at Memorial Day and for a small fee residents and guests can use the beach and rent paddleboats or canoes. The amphitheater at NARA park is a hot spot for summer concerts that keep Acton residents involved in entertainment, their community and outdoor life.
At NARA park, you’ll find plenty … (0 comments)

acton ma: South Acton MA neighborhood info - 04/27/11 11:30 PM

South Acton Neighborhood Info By betsypurcell posted April 26th, 2011    
Faulkner Homestead in South Acton
South Acton used to be the most industrialized area of Acton. In the 18th century many, many mills and other small industrial developments were in this area and using water power generated by the Fort Pond Brook. South Acton includes the Faulkner Homestead, which is the oldest home still standing in Acton.
The Homestead was owned by the Faulkner family who also owned and operated a mill that was just across the street from the family home. The Jones Tavern is another antique … (0 comments)

acton ma: Acton MA Commuter's Dream - 04/19/11 01:11 AM
Transportation Networks Around Acton MA By betsypurcell posted April 15th, 2011     
Acton MA Local Area
     When you are looking at Acton, MA homes and neighborhoods as a possible place to live, you may be pleasantly surprised to learn that even though it’s a suburban outpost, it’s really easy to get where you need to go. Acton is locate just five miles from Interstate 495 which runs North to South through the state. Also, Interstate 95 or Route 128 are just ten miles from the center of Acton. For even more convenient commuting the major routes of 2, … (0 comments)

acton ma: Acton MA Real Estate: Reasons to Sell NOW! - 02/15/11 08:03 AM
Selling Your House? 5 Reasons To Do It NOW! by The KCM Crew on February 15, 2011 · 5 comments
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1063Share The conventional wisdom when selling a home has always been to wait until the ‘Spring Buying Season’. Over the years, that has seemed to make sense and is now accepted as a good strategy for those who want to sell their house and receive the best possible price. This real estate market has shattered many previously held beliefs. The wisdom of waiting for a spring market is another belief that is about to fall. Here are five reasons … (0 comments)

acton ma: Market Beginning to take off in Acton MA! - 01/29/11 08:41 AM
For the 3nd time in as many weeks, I have had to deal with disappointed buyers.  In each case we have looked at several properties, all of which have been on the market for between 60 and 180 days.  My clients have finally found a property that works for them, and when I contact the listing agent to talk about an offer I'm about to put in, I find out that they already have an accepted offer, or in one case 3 offers came in over 2 days after 120 days of sitting...  This isn't an issue of an agent not … (0 comments)

acton ma: Acton MA 2010 Real Estate Review - 12/30/10 06:42 AM
Every year it's interesting to take a look back to see how far we've come, and try to figure out where we are going next.. In real estate, looking ahead isn't always clear, but you can see some trends and get a sense of where we are.  
In Acton, MA, the real estate market has been fairly steady.  In fact, some of the comparisons to 2009 are quite favorable, which I wasn't counting on.  
In 2010, there were 185 sales of single family homes.  The average listing price for these homes was $588,092, and the average sale price $572,389. … (0 comments)

acton ma: Time to BUY a home in Acton, MA! - 11/22/10 12:14 AM

It seems that every day we are inundated with bad news about the economy and in particular, the housing market.  However for our Acton, MA real estate market, it could be good news for anyone looking to purchase a home.  In fact, now might just be the best buying opportunity in our lifetime.  Recently, in a Forbes blog, multimillionaire hedge fund manager John Paulson stated that today’s record-low interest rates made this the best time to buy homes in fifty years. “If you don’t own a home, buy one,” Paulson said. Here are some things to consider as you begin the … (2 comments)

acton ma: Candidate's Night in Acton, MA - 10/14/10 01:48 AM
The League of Women Voters- Acton Area, is hosting a Candidates Night on Tuesday, October 19th at the RJ Grey Jr High School Auditorium in Acton MA.  We have invited the State Senate and Representative candidates who will be serving our area.  Senate candidates include incumbent Jamie Eldridge and Republican George Thompson.  We invited State Rep candidates: Cory Atkins, KC Winslow, Jen Benson, Kurt Hayes and Kate Hogan.  This is a great opportunity to see these local candidates in person.  They are going to be asked about their positions on the 3 ballot questions, and the audience will be given a … (0 comments)

acton ma: Acton MA: Take the Train to Boston with new shuttle service - 08/27/10 04:37 AM
Parking Solutions for South Acton to Boston MBTA Commuters Acton MA is located approximately 25 miles northwest of Boston, and the commute to the city can be a challenge on the highways.  The MBTA rail offers an alternative, however parking has been a limitation for this option.
The Town of Acton is launching a new rail shuttle on Tuesday, September 7th that will take commuters between an off-site parking lot and the South Acton MBTA Commuter Rail Station.
The off-site lot is located behind the West Acton Fire Station on Central Street in Acton, MA and the service will run Monday … (0 comments)

acton ma: My journey in Social Marketing - 08/14/10 03:31 AM
After recently attending the RainCamp seminar in Boston, I'm doing what I can to learn more about this way of connecting with people.  I came across this video on youtube and thought it was really fascinating:
Working to upgrade my website for increased visibility online.  The summer is winding down, and soon the kids will be back to school, and parents back to business.  Looking for a bump in the Acton, MA real estate market, as things have been quiet these past few weeks.  

acton ma: Choice of Schools in Acton, MA - 08/09/10 02:18 AM
Parents often choose to relocate to Acton, MA because of the quality of education provided in Acton.  There are 5 elementary schools, each with it's own personality and teaching philosophy or style.  Acton, MA is unusual in that parents can have some input as to which school your child attends, if there is space available in the preferred school.  The Town provides school bus service for children throughout Acton to all of the elementary schools, so that the location of your home isn't a factor in where the child attends.
The Acton Public … (1 comments)

acton ma: Acton MA: seller's market? - 08/02/10 02:30 AM
For buyers coming into Acton, MA- many still think that as a buyer, they can name their price.  In the 400-600,000 price range there are now 39 homes on the market, 11 currently under agreement,  and in the past 6 months 44 have sold in this price range.  A week ago, two buyers I'm working with made offers on homes that had come on the market that week.  Both were in very good condition, and despite my encouragement to make full price offers, both buyers felt they were in the drivers seat, and both offers were turned down because they were outbid.  Hopefully these … (0 comments)