real estate: SHOULD YOU BUY SOMEONE ELSE'S CUSTOMIZED HOME? - 08/11/14 10:00 PM
Buying a previously-owned customized home can open up some attractive and unusual options for a homebuyer. You may love everything the former owner incorporated into the house and appreciate the extra amenities. If the features aren’t to your liking, however, you’ll need to factor in the additional cost and inconvenience of remodeling the home.
Here are 4 factors to consider when buying a previously-owned customized home.
  1. Indoor Customizations
Many typical indoor features are innocuous and often add value to the customized home:
-custom and unusual floor tiles or coverings-wallpaper-chair rails and ceiling moldings-skylights-special light fixtures-built-in architectural shelves-work areas-movie rooms-mudrooms-children’s playrooms
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real estate: Clearing the Way to Decluttered Acton Open Houses - 02/09/13 09:48 PM
 
Clearing the Way to Decluttered Local Open Houses 
 
Why so many open houses in Acton? The reason is because they are so effective -- not only by instantly spreading notice that a property is seriously entering the market, but also by creating a firm target date for the seller – a day when all concerned agree that the property will be in peak ‘showability’ condition.
Open houses are like showings on steroids. With dozens of visitors in the offing, there’s little doubt that every effort will go into preparing for them. Along those lines, every agent will tell you … (0 comments)

real estate: 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)

real estate: 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)

real estate: Agents’-Eye View of Concord Luxury Homes - 07/15/12 09:28 PM
“Luxury” is one of those hot/cold words. Although in some connections, it can bring images of excess and self-indulgence, for the most part, it’s an appealing term. It makes you think of being pampered, treated with courtesy and respect – all in all: the way we all deserve! In real estate, it means ‘quality.’ 
 
According to the National Association of Realtors’ Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers, approximately 6% of buyers wind up purchasing what are classified as “luxury homes”. Prices vary dramatically throughout the country, but Concord luxury homes are generally considered to be any listing whose price falls within … (1 comments)

real estate: 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)

real estate: Concord,MA Single Family Sales, August 2010 - 09/10/10 02:04 AM
Concord, MA has seen 108 single family home sales, January through the end of August 2010.
The average list price for these homes sold in Concord is $926,902 and average sale price $881,678, or 95.1% of asking price.  The average days on the market for these homes was 107.1 days.
August 2010:  Number of home sales: 22
                 Average list price: $894,997
                 Average sold price: $849,530, or 94.9% of list price
                 Average days on the market: 114
August 2009:  Number of homes sold: 17
                 Average list price: $887,482
                 Average sold price: $841,122, or 94.77% of list price
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real estate: REAL ESTATE SALES IN CONCORD, MA July 2010 update - 08/05/10 01:56 AM
in 2010 Concord, MA has had 74 home sales through the end of July. 
The average list price for these sold homes is $917,755, and average sale price $877,314, or 95.6% of asking price.  The average days on the market for these homes was 107.7 days.
July 2010:  Number of home sales: 17
                 Average list price: $987,341
                 Average sold price: $939,900, or 95.2% of list price
                 Average days on the market: 164.35
July 2009:  Number of homes sold: 17
                 Average list price: $1,200,847
                 Average sold price: $1,124,706, or 93.6% of list price
As home prices in Concord … (0 comments)

 
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