Have your buyer's agent check out the median prices in each area and consider buying in the location with lowest median price as your investment will likely appreciate more. Also have your buyer's agent pull data on appreciation from 2005-2011 sales and see which has the stronger trend.
That should help get you started!
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Newton is a great city. There are so many communities that make up Newton. There is something for everyone. Newton is also known for its T line and direct access to downtown Boston. Your house proximity to the T line is really a matter of preference.. Its like I say to my clients in Newton and Wellesley. THe T and train run thru the whole town whether you are at $400,000 or $4 million. After awhile it becomes white noise and you really dont notice it anymore.... more
My Guess would be because it is among the highest priced areas and the economies of who could get a mortgage and qualify in this environment is keeping back buyers at a time when the normal course of sellers in the spring come out-- this causes an abundance of properties in the area compared to those who are buying in the $400-$700K range. I may not be right, but thats an answer to your question, would have been nice if the realtor who replied initially actually READ your question and answered it.... more
There is no "average" or "standard". You should either consult with a local real estate agent/broker or work up comparable properties to arrive at a market value for a property, one consideration would be the added/decrease in value due to the T and it's proximity. You might also look at the values of the properties all along the line and compare/contrast their values to those say across the street from them. Because of the differences in all the properties you may be able to discern a value that may or may not be quantifiable as the value you desire.
Having the T abutting your property is a subjective value. It would be a value in the eyes of a potential buyer. To some the noise etc. may be a negative, while living in close proximity to a public transportation station/pick up spot may be a bonus. It's like when people ask how noisy is Logan Airport, it's really a subjective value. To someone who comes from Springfield it may be noisy, to someone who lives in East Boston it's just background noise, it's all in what your experiences are and what you are looking for.
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