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By Mary Crane | Agent in Needham, MA
  • Brand New 5BR in #1 Dover Sherborn School District in Massachusetts presented by Mary Crane/Century 21 Commonwealth $1,799,000!

    Posted Under: Schools in Massachusetts, Home Buying in Massachusetts, Home Selling in Massachusetts  |  April 12, 2014 5:56 AM  |  660 views  |  No comments
    JUST COMPLETED and STAGED!  Brand New 5BR Colonial 15 miles from Boston! Farmers porch, attached 3 car garage & 32' x 26' deck w/outdoor FP on scenic Pine Street near Dover Center! First floor offers an expansive eat-in kitchen w/2 pantries open to17x27 family room w/wood burning FP & coffered ceiling, DR, LR, study & full BA all w/10' ceilings. Master BR w/tray ceiling, gas FP, 2 double walk in closets & excercise room plus additional 4 BR's, 2 BA's, informal sitting area & laundry room complete 2nd floor. Additional unfinished 1700 s.f. walkout lower level plumbed for a BA, great open flat yard, room for a pool, highest end finishes! Gas heat & cooking. Convenient to commuter train & major routes. SPECIAL BUILDER to BUYER FINANCING OFFERED! Boston Magazine just named Dover's schools #1 in Massachusetts!
  • First Open House 6 Strawberry Hill St Dover MA $1,300,000!

    Posted Under: General Area in Dover, Home Buying in Dover, Home Selling in Dover  |  April 11, 2014 4:58 AM  |  305 views  |  No comments
    Charming and well maintained 4 BR 3.5 BA expanded Cape on coveted Strawberry Hill Street in Dover with gorgeous pastoral views! This greatly admired light filled 3900 sf home is beautifully set on a level and open professionally landscaped 1 acre lot convenient to Needham/Wellesley commuter train, shops and restaurants. Beautiful built ins, home office, solarium and gorgeous yard. Minutes to major routes. Detached garage, patio and perrenial gardens., A wonderful opportunity to get into Dover's #1 rated school system or to downsize! New generator. Mary Crane 617-413-2879. www.MaryCraneProperties.com. Open House Sunday 4/13 from 11:30-1.
  • Best Spring Real Estate Market in Massachusetts Since 2004!

    Posted Under: General Area in Massachusetts, Home Buying in Massachusetts, Home Selling in Massachusetts  |  April 9, 2014 6:20 AM  |  292 views  |  No comments

    The early returns are out on the spring market. And the sales numbers are looking surprisingly strong, new stats out this morning show.

    The best in a decade, in fact.

    Pending sales of single-family homes in Massachusetts rose 15 percent this March compared to March, 2013, the Massachusetts Association of Realtors reports.

    The 5,185 homes put under agreement were the highest for any March since 2004, according to MAR.

    Pending condo sales jumped 7.3 percent, to 2,183 units, the most since March 2006.

    The median price of home put under agreement had an 8.3 percent increase over March 2013, while condo prices had a 12.8 percent surge.

    Now it's still early in the season - we still had snow on the ground a week ago. After all, if this were election night, it would be just after 8 p.m., when the early returns are starting to roll in.

    Still, while there are not nearly enough listings of homes for sale to meet current demand, buyers are plunging ahead anyway and bidding up what's there, or at least the half decent properties that are not outrageously priced.

    "Move-in condition" is the buzzword right now among brokers - buyers are willing to pay up instead of buying a house in need of work that no one thinks they have the time to do anymore.

    Happy house hunting!

    Mary Crane, Realtor



  • Brand New 3BR 4BA Colonial in Dover MA (#1 Schools) $1,299,000 presented by Mary Crane, Century 21 Commonwealth

    Posted Under: General Area in Dover, Home Buying in Dover, Home Selling in Dover  |  March 8, 2014 3:51 AM  |  474 views  |  No comments
    Choose your countertops and vanities now in this Brand New 3BR 4BA 3700 sf Colonial located in Dover MA, minutes to Wellesley, Needham and Natick shops, restaurants and commuter train. Open floorplan, chef's kitchen w/pantry, island, double ovens & Wolf rangetop opens to large family room, living room w/gas FP, dining room w/coffered ceiling & mudroom complete the first floor. Three generous en suite bedrooms/tiled baths plus laundry on second floor. All hardwood floors with gas fireplace, cooking & heat. Beautiful natural light, central air, deck, farmers porch, attached 3 car garage. Gorgeous brand new energy efficient home in the #1 School District built by renowned builders Peter Calitri and Tony DeBenedictis! SPECIAL BUILDER TO BUYER FINANCING OFFERED! Mary Crane 617-413-2879.
  • New Non MLS Dover Listing $999K!

    Posted Under: General Area in Dover, Home Buying in Dover, Home Selling in Dover  |  March 8, 2014 3:40 AM  |  394 views  |  No comments
    This spacious 4 BR Colonial with central air is privately set on 3+ acres off the road near Dover Center on scenic Haven Street. Brand new furnace, 2012 roof, house has just been powerwashed and ready to be painted in the spring ($15K quote). Lovely setting, screened porch overlooking large flat backyard, attached 2 car garage. On Wellesley/Needham side of town, convenient to commuter train. Great opportunity to get into Dover with the #1 school system!! To schedule a showing please contact Mary Crane 617-413-2879. Mary@MaryCraneProperties.com.
  • Wellesley Weston Market Update

    Posted Under: Home Buying in Wellesley, Home Selling in Wellesley, In My Neighborhood in Wellesley  |  February 20, 2014 4:45 AM  |  424 views  |  No comments

     Nationally, the news is positive. According to the National Association of Realtors, annual existing home sales were around $5.1M in 2013, the highest total in seven years and 10 percent higher than in 2012.

    -       In Massachusetts, single-family transaction volume was up nearly 8 percent, and market time was reduced by nearly a third fewer days.

    -       In Wellesley in 2013, the total number of single-family sales decreased 9 percent from 2012, with the greatest decrease in sales (-45%) was of homes priced under $1M due to a supply shortage. The number of sales between $1M-$1.5M was up 20 percent in 2013, but with no measurable appreciation.

    -       This low supply of entry-level homes is the most notable news for 2013, due to “age in place” empty nesters staying put in Wellesley over distant relocation and downsizing, and the fact that 30 Wellesley homes were sold directly from homeowners to builders instead of going into the open market to new homeowners, reducing the supply of homes under $1M.

    -       The Weston community saw the largest boom of single-family sales in 18 years. In 2013, 167 single-family homes were sold, up 18 percent from 2012. By price range, Weston’s homes priced under $1M sold 60 percent faster and, on average, at 94 percent of original asking price. 

    -       Weston begins 2014 with more offerings on the market priced less than $1M (10 homes total) than Wellesley (5).

  • New NON MLS Dover Listing $675K & Open House this Sunday 12-1:30!

    Posted Under: Home Buying in Dover, Home Selling in Dover, In My Neighborhood in Dover  |  February 19, 2014 6:09 AM  |  418 views  |  No comments

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