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By Lisa Curlett | Agent in Wellesley, MA
  • Pinnacle Report for Weston, MA Real Estate 9/19/2011 - 10/2/2011

    Posted Under: Market Conditions in Weston, Home Buying in Weston, Home Selling in Weston  |  October 5, 2011 3:23 PM  |  1,841 views  |  No comments

    Time once again for my twice-monthly Pinnacle Report covering the Weston, MA real estate market.... Autumn is officially here, but it's still warm enough to visit, pick your own and/or buy produce from Weston's Land's Sake Farm, a public farm which offers educational programs, maintains the town forest for recreational and production uses, and cares for both public conservation and private land.  Land's Sake Farm (pictured here) is open from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m., Tuesday through Sunday, early June through October 31, including weekends and holidays. Enjoy, and now on to the Weston Pinnacle Report.....

    In the last two weeks in Weston, four single-family homes came on the market and three sold.* Our inventory (97) has remained fairly consistent since my last report (96), and it is down slightly from where it was this time last year (103). The number of high-end listings, greater than $2.5 million, continues to increase and now constitutes almost 35% of our active properties. The Fall market is underway, and we await the results, which traditionally brings positive activity.

    To fully enjoy all of the market stats, please click Weston Pinnacle Report 9-19-2011-10-2-2011 for the details.  And for more information or for the best in real estate service, knowledge and experience in Weston, Wellesley and the surrounding towns, please contact Lisa Williams at lisacwilliams@comcast.net, 781-267-2844 or at Pinnacle Residential Properties, 781-237-5000. And click here for a complimentary search of the MLS real estate listings where you will have access to all homes currently on the market in Weston, Wellesley, Wayland, Needham, Dover and surrounding communities.

    * Sold means "pending/under agreement" and not yet closed.
  • For Those Who Love Market Stats: Solds in Weston, MA September 16 - 30, 2011

    Posted Under: Market Conditions in Weston, Home Buying in Weston, Home Selling in Weston  |  October 5, 2011 3:17 PM  |  1,841 views  |  No comments

    For those of you who love market stats....click here - September 16-30 2011 Solds in Weston MA - to see information on the single-family homes that sold/closed in the last two weeks of September in Weston, MA.

    What a difference a day (and a sold property) makes, as they say. I posted the sales information for the last half of September on Sunday evening, and then yesterday, another sold property came through on my MLS report. So disregard my previous posting because with the addition of the new sold property, believe it or not, all of the previously reported data becomes irrelevant.... Now instead of four properties selling during the month of September, five properties sold. Furthermore, this addition to the sales data increases our number of sold properties and total market volume for September 2011 such that these numbers beat out those of September 2010. Specifically this September, we had five properties sell and $7,866,500 in total market volume, while last September, we had four properties sell and $7,425,000 in total market volume. And so this new addition to the sold inventory for the month has brought positive results....

    There was one land sale during the last two weeks of September - 75 Montvale Road (0.74 acres) sold for $632,500 after 43 days on the market and with an assessed value of $725,000.

    Please let me know if you have an interest in learning more about other market stats so I can provide this additional data for you.  For more information or for the best in real estate service, knowledge and experience in Weston, Wellesley and the surrounding towns, please contact Lisa Williams at lisacwilliams@comcast.net, 781-267-2844 or at Pinnacle Residential Properties, 781-237-5000. And click here for a complimentary search of the MLS real estate listings where you will have access to all homes currently on the market in Weston, Wellesley,Wayland, Needham, Dover and surrounding communities.

  • Pinnacle Report for Weston, MA Real Estate 9/5/2011 - 9/18/2011

    Posted Under: Market Conditions in Weston, Home Buying in Weston, Home Selling in Weston  |  October 5, 2011 3:16 PM  |  1,842 views  |  No comments

    Time once again for my twice-monthly Pinnacle Report covering the Weston, MA real estate market, and the good news is that the Fall market seems to be here....

    In the last two weeks in Weston, nine single-family homes came on the market and seven sold.* Given this healthy activity and the fact that our inventory (96) is increasing, it’s safe to say that the Fall market is here. Furthermore the activity is happening at a variety of price bands, which is positive market news. And although we had two properties priced over $3M sell* during these last two weeks, this was offset by 5 new/reactivated properties over $2.5M coming on to the market, and so our high-end properties still constitute approximately 30% of our listings.

    To fully enjoy all of the market stats, please click Weston Pinnacle Report 9-5-2011-9-18-2011 for the details.  And for more information or for the best in real estate service, knowledge and experience in Weston, Wellesley and the surrounding towns, please contact Lisa Williams at lisacwilliams@comcast.net, 781-267-2844 or at Pinnacle Residential Properties, 781-237-5000.  And click here for a complimentary search of the MLS real estate listings where you will have access to all homes currently on the market in Weston, Wellesley,  Wayland, Needham, Dover and surrounding communities.

    * Sold means "pending/under agreement" and not yet closed.
  • For Those Who Love Market Stats: Solds in Weston, MA September 1 - 15, 2011

    Posted Under: Market Conditions in Weston, Home Buying in Weston, Home Selling in Weston  |  October 5, 2011 3:14 PM  |  1,830 views  |  No comments

    For those of you who love market stats....click here - September 1-15 2011 Solds in Weston MA - to see information on the single-family homes that sold/closed in the first two weeks of September in Weston, MA.

    This is only the second time since December 1, 2010 - when I started blogging about these sold market statistics - that only one property has sold in a two-week period.  The last time it happened was seven months ago during the February 1 - 15 time frame.  I must say, though, that this kind of activity - or lack thereof - is more typical for early February than for early September.  The particular listing that sold - 55 Loring Road - had been on the market for 468 days, and interestingly, it sold for basically its assessed value.  There weren't any land sales during this time frame either.  And so we'll have to see what the rest of the month brings....

    Please let me know if you have an interest in learning more about other market stats so I can provide this additional data for you.  And for the best in real estate service, knowledge and experience in Weston, Wellesley and the surrounding towns, please contact Lisa Williams at lisacwilliams@comcast.net, 781-267-2844 or at Pinnacle Residential Properties, 781-237-5000.  And click here for a complimentary search of the MLS real estate listings where you will have access to all homes currently on the market in Weston, Wellesley,  Wayland, Needham, Dover and surrounding communities.

  • 5 Home Staging Tips to Help Sell Your Home

    Posted Under: Home Selling in Weston, Design & Decor in Weston  |  October 5, 2011 12:48 PM  |  1,931 views  |  1 comment

    I can't take credit for these tips, but I found them to be quite useful, and so I wanted to share them with you.... It all started yesterday as I was working fastidiously :) with the Nate Berkus Show on in the background. Suddenly, I noticed that Nate had Real Estate Guru Barbara Corcoran on with him, and they were discussing home staging tips and how to make houses sell using these tips. So without further ado, here are the five tips that they avowed:

    rugs1. Make investments you can take with you. In other words, sell that old, worn couch - or chair, coffee table, etc. - on Craigslist (we just sold our couch on Craigslist for $60) or take it to the dump, and buy a nice, new couch that you can display in your house while it is on the market. This will also improve the look of the room, which, in turn, will impress buyers. Then once you have sold your home, you can then take the couch with you to your new home.

    2. A large rug makes a room look larger. Barbara admitted that it was a bit odd, but when there is a small rug in a room, buyers will remark that the room is small. Just to re-iterate, the take away for buyers is not that the rug is small but that the room is small. And the opposite is true with a large rug. So find a large rug, display it accordingly and listen as buyers comment on the large size of the room.

    3. The living and family rooms should look inviting. The room should say, "Welcome. Have a seat, and get comfy." This set-up will also help buyers envision a plan for the room when they own the house.

    4. Avoid bold patterns. This can make a house too personal, which can make it hard for buyers to envision it as theirs. Furthermore, if the patterns are too bold, it can be off-putting to some buyers. Just as we say, "Location, location, location," we can similarly say, "Neutral, neutral, neutral."

    5. Always have fresh flowers and tasteful accessories on display. And use these appealing decorations and small touches to give the house a look of 2011 and not a look of the year in which the house was built (which may be 50 years ago).

    Nate asked about the use of home staging given the costs to do so and the state of today's economy/housing market. Interestingly, Barbara said that staging was no longer optional and that it can make the difference between a home selling or not. So keep these easy, inexpensive home staging tips in mind and put them to work for you - they might be what ends up successfully selling your home.

    What are your thoughts? Do you have any home staging tips that you feel helped sell your home? I can't wait to hear....

    For more information or for the best in real estate service, knowledge and experience in Weston, Wellesley and the surrounding towns, please contact Lisa Williams at lisacwilliams@comcast.net, 781-267-2844 or at Pinnacle Residential Properties, 781-237-5000. And click here for a complimentary search of the MLS real estate listings where you will have access to all homes currently on the market in Weston, Wellesley, Wayland, Needham, Dover and surrounding communities.

  • Pinnacle Report for Weston, MA Real Estate 8/22/2011 - 9/4/2011

    Posted Under: Market Conditions in Weston, Home Buying in Weston, Home Selling in Weston  |  September 6, 2011 7:21 AM  |  1,917 views  |  No comments

    Not only is it time once again for my twice-monthly Pinnacle Report covering the Weston, MA real estate market, it's also back-to-school time for us....  The Weston Public Schools opened last week, and so we're adjusting to the routine and structure that school brings as well as to new friends, new teachers, new classes, new classrooms and new schedules - a lot of new things.  With back to school comes the fall season and the Fall real estate market, and so without further ado, here is an update on the Weston real estate market....

    In the last two weeks in Weston, four single-family homes came on the market and four sold.*  We continue to see our overall inventory (93) decrease in large part because of the number of listings that expired during these last two weeks. Interestingly, this time last year, our overall inventory was 91 and therefore virtually the same.  As has been the consistent trend for months, properties priced above $2.5 million constitute approximately 30% of our listings. And we are entering into the Fall market, which traditionally adds positive activity to home buying and selling.  We hope this Fall market will bring similar positive results, especially given all of the gloom and doom of late.

    To fully enjoy all of the market stats, please click Weston Pinnacle Report 8-22-2011-9-4-2011 for the details. And for more information, please contact Lisa Williams at lisacwilliams@comcast.net, 781-267-2844, www.homesalesbylisa.com, or at Pinnacle Residential Properties, 781-237-5000. You can also click here for a complimentary search of the MLS real estate listings where you will have access to all homes currently on the market in Weston, Wellesley, Wayland, Needham, Dover and surrounding communities.

    * Sold means "pending/under agreement" and not yet closed.

  • For Those Who Love Market Stats: Solds in Weston, MA August 16 - 31, 2011

    Posted Under: Market Conditions in Weston, Home Buying in Weston, Home Selling in Weston  |  September 4, 2011 1:51 PM  |  1,859 views  |  No comments

    For those of you who love market stats....click here - August 16-31 2011 Solds in Weston MA - to see information on the single-family homes that sold/closed in the last half of August in Weston, MA. It is interesting to note that the four properties that sold in this time frame sold quickly (average days on the market was 53), and three of the properties sold at their original price.

    Looking at the month as a whole, we had a stronger first half of the month than last half of the month. And because of the weaker last few weeks, our numbers were down for August 2011 vs. August 2010. Specifically, we had 13 properties sell and $18,067,594 in total market volume for August 2011 vs. 18 properties sell and $20,777,630 in total market volume for August 2010. Our summer months - June, July and August - generally represent our strongest months of sales. And though our July was stronger this year than last, June and August were down this year from last, resulting in a 2011 summer months market volume ($51,915,594) that was down approximately 7% from the 2010 summer months market volume ($55,855,557).

    sold land 2There was one land sale during this time frame - 80 Highland Street with 2.75 acres sold for $1,750,000. The land was assessed for $1,137,800, and a custom home is going to be built on the property.

    Please let me know if you have an interest in learning more about other market stats so I can provide this additional data for you. In the meantime, I hope you enjoy this information and the first few days of back-to-school....

    For more information, please contact Lisa Williams at lisacwilliams@comcast.net, 781-267-2844, www.homesalesbylisa.com, or at Pinnacle Residential Properties, 781-237-5000. You can also click here for a complimentary search of the MLS real estate listings where you will have access to all homes currently on the market in Weston, Wellesley, Wayland, Needham, Dover and surrounding communities

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