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By Mikel Defrancesco | Agent in Milton, MA
  • Top 5 Most Expensive MA Homes in YOUR Neighborhood!

    Posted Under: Home Buying in Massachusetts, Home Selling in Massachusetts, In My Neighborhood in Massachusetts  |  January 9, 2012 12:34 PM  |  306 views  |  No comments

    See below for the Top 5 Most Expensive Homes in Norfolk County, MA:

    #5) 130 Warren Street, Brookline MA: 14 Rm, 5 bed, 5 full, 2 half baths:  $11.7M
    #4) 1014 Boylston St, Brookline MA: 19 Rm, 6 bed, 8 ful, 3 half baths: $11.9M
    #3) 79 Atlantic Avenue, Cohasset MA: 11 Rm, 5 bed, 4 full, 1 half baths: $12.9M
    #2) 333 Lee St, Brookline, MA: 20 Rm, 9 bed, 7 full, 4 half baths: $13.5M

    and the #1 Most Expensive home as of today in Norfolk County is....

    #1) Lot X Charles River St, Needham, MA: 17 Rm, 7 bed, 5 full, 2 half baths: $18.0M

    To see these or a home in any price range... give us a call today!

  • The 7 Lowest Priced homes in Norfolk County!

    Posted Under: Home Buying in Norfolk County, Home Selling in Norfolk County, In My Neighborhood in Norfolk County  |  January 9, 2012 4:24 AM  |  314 views  |  No comments

    See below for the 7 Lowest Price Homes in Norfolk County, MA ass of 1/9/12. 

    41 Knights Crescent, Randolph = $74,000
    270 E Main Street, Avon = $104,900
    395 South Street, Plainville = $110,000
    51 Houston Ave,  Milton = $115,000
    46 Walnut Terr, Avon = $115,900
    34 Mountain View Road, Weymouth = $117,700
    40 Highland Road, Bellingham = $119,790

    If you're interested in these, or any of the hundreds of affordable homes available in today's market to purchase, renovate, flip or more... contact us for the best tools to find the perfect home for your search.  Simply send me an email at Mike@SuccessInMass.com for details.



  • Customized Market Reports for your Home

    Posted Under: General Area in Massachusetts, Home Buying in Massachusetts, Home Selling in Massachusetts  |  January 4, 2012 3:11 PM  |  316 views  |  No comments

    We're annoucing for 2012 the launching of our Market Snapshot Free Reports!  Put in any  existing address ( or zip code for buyers ) and receive a customized report of every home similar to yours within the past quarter.  For buyers, simply put in a zipcode to receive market trends statistics and all the information you'll need to own your market!

    Simply email us at MarketStats@SuccessInMass.com with your address and email, or for buyers  your zipcode you want to monitor and your email address and we'll provide this valuable service to you free of charge!!

  • Seal Air Leaks around Windows and Doors

    Posted Under: Home Buying in Massachusetts, Home Selling in Massachusetts, Going Green in Massachusetts  |  October 28, 2011 11:11 AM  |  556 views  |  No comments
    Seal Air Leaks around Windows and Doors
    By Jeanne Huber Jeanne Huber is the author of 10 books about home improvement and writes a weekly column about home care for the Washington Post.

    An average home loses up to 30% of its heating and cooling energy through air leaks. The most significant air leaks tend to occur around windows and doors. To stop air leaks and prevent your home heating and cooling dollars from vanishing in the wind, it’s important to seal any air leaks around windows and doors.

    Check for air leaks

    With windows and doors closed, hold a lit stick of incense near window and door frames where drafts might sneak in. Watch for smoke movement. Note what sources need caulk, sealant, and weather-stripping.

    Seal air leaks around windows

    If you have old windows, caulking and adding new weatherstripping goes a long way toward tightening them up.

    • Bronze weatherstripping ($12 for 17 feet) lasts for decades but is time-consuming to install.
    • Self-stick plastic types are easy to put on but don’t last very long.
    • Adhesive-backed EPDM rubber ($8 for 10 feet) is a good compromise, rated to last at least 10 years.

    Nifty gadgets called pulley seals ($9 a pair) block air from streaming though the holes where cords disappear into the frames.

    Seal air leaks around doors

    Check for air leaks, and replace old door weatherstripping with new.

    • Foam-type tape has an adhesive backing; it’s inexpensive and easy to install. If it comes loose, reinforce it with staples.
    • Felt is either adhesive-backed or comes with flexible metal reinforcement. it must be tacked or glued into place. It’s cheap and easy to install, but it has low durability.
    • Tubular rubber, vinyl, and silicone weatherstripping is relatively expensive and tricky to install, but it provides an excellent seal. Some types come with a flange designed to fit into pre-cut grooves in the jambs of newer doors; check your existing weatherstripping and replace with a similar style.

    Check exterior trim for any gaps between the trim and your door frames, and the trim and your siding. Caulk gaps with an exterior latex caulk ($5 for a 10-ounce tube).

    Seal door bottoms

    If a draft comes in at the bottom, check the condition of the threshold gasket. Replace worn gaskets. If you can see daylight under the door, you may need to install a new threshold with a taller gasket ($25 for a 36-inch door). Or, install a weather-resistant door sweep designed for exterior doors ($9). Door sweeps attach directly to the door and are easy to install.

    Jeanne Huber Jeanne Huber is the author of 10 books about home improvement and writes a weekly column about home care for the Washington Post.

    Visit HouseLogic.com for more articles like this. Reprinted from HouseLogic.com with permission of the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®.   www.houselogic.com

     
  • South Shore New Construction - Canton & Milton

    Posted Under: Home Buying in Massachusetts, Home Selling in Massachusetts, In My Neighborhood in Massachusetts  |  September 4, 2011 5:06 AM  |  567 views  |  No comments

    Below is a list of NEW Construction homes currently on the market in Milton and Canton.  In addition to the below, because we work with over a dozen of the most respected and reputable local builders ... we often have additional opportunities available upon request.  Please take a look and let us know if you want more information, a builders meeting or a custom build anywhere on the South Shore.

    Single Family Listings

    MLS #

    Status

    Address

    Town

    Description

    DOM

    List Price

     

    71114741

    ACT

    63 Indian Lane

    Canton, MA

    9 room, 4 bed, 2.5 bath Colonial

    404

    $679,000

     

    71224981

    ACT

    40 Mount Vernon

    Canton, MA

    9 room, 4 bed, 2.5 bath Colonial

    126

    $729,900

     

    71060332

    ACT

    70 Magnolia

    Canton, MA

    8 room, 4 bed, 2.5 bath Colonial

    522

    $795,900

     

    71229854

    ACT

    190 CULLODEN DRIVE

    Canton, MA : Canton Junction

    9 room, 4 bed, 2.5 bath Colonial

    117

    $799,900

     

    71273641

    ACT

    Lot 7 Evelyn Way

    Canton, MA

    10 room, 4 bed, 2.5 bath Colonial

    24

    $799,900

     

    71053797

    ACT

    65 Magnolia Way

    Canton, MA

    9 room, 4 bed, 2.5 bath Colonial

    529

    $835,000

     

    71097601

    ACT

    Lot 20 Pecunit Street

    Canton, MA

    9 room, 4 bed, 2.5 bath Colonial

    426

    $979,000

     

    71185257

    ACT

    Lot 30 Pecunit Street

    Canton, MA

    9 room, 4 bed, 2.5 bath Colonial

    212

    $979,000

     

    71220910

    ACT

    Lot 40 Pecunit Street

    Canton, MA

    9 room, 4 bed, 2.5 bath Colonial

    133

    $979,000

     

    71089890

    ACT

    Lot 5 Boathouse Rd

    Canton, MA

    10 room, 4 bed, 2.5 bath Colonial

    458

    $999,000

     

    71252555

    ACT

    11B Reed Street

    Milton, MA

    12 room, 4 bed, 3.5 bath Colonial

    73

    $999,900

     



  • Updated Massachusetts Nstar Outage Repairs 8-31

    Posted Under: General Area in Massachusetts, In My Neighborhood in Massachusetts, Property Q&A in Massachusetts  |  August 31, 2011 12:26 PM  |  527 views  |  No comments

    Click for a list of current outages from Hurricane Irene and the estimated time to the power being restored.
    http://www.nstaronline.com/residential/outage_towns-8-31-12.pdf 

  • How to Plan to Sell a Home 6 months in advance!

    Posted Under: Home Selling in Massachusetts, In My Neighborhood in Massachusetts, Property Q&A in Massachusetts  |  August 31, 2011 11:01 AM  |  336 views  |  No comments

    How to Prepare your home to sell in advance!

    If you are considering a sale in the next year… what are some of the items you can do to prepare for the best results?  Some of the nearer term items are obvious:  declutter, touch up the landscaping, make sure the lighting  is adequate etc.  But what are some of the things we can do medium term that can help? 

    Maintenance:  Not only will regular maintenance items help you to catch potential home inspection hurdles, it conveys to a buyer that there is a diligent seller at the other end of the transaction.  Having a service tag hanging from your boiler shows that you are the type of seller that keeps up on the year in and year out job of maintaining a home.

    Photos:  Having in-season photos of your home can be a great touch.  Flowers in bloom… a green and well manicured lawn can certainly set your home apart if you happen to be listed during the cooler season.

    Plantings:  if you are landscaping or installing plantings you should generally do so in the spring or fall.  Doing so will ensure they have the best chance of taking and bringing your new buyers joy for years to come.

    Think ahead:  If you spend your winters in warmer climates, that is great… just not so for selling your home.  A home needs to be safe and properly maintained for the potential buyers.  That means shoveling, plowing, sanding etc in the New England Winters. 

    If you want a list of  Massachusetts Real Estate for sale or to compare to a particular home, or properties in your area that I think would fit your style, please contact me.  I can always be reached directly – mike@successinmass.com or at our webpage www.SuccessInMass.com, which contains direct access to the MLS and enhanced search which the ability to be emailed when the perfect home hits the market. 

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