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1.You’ll have an expert to guide you through the process. Buying or selling a home usually requires disclosure forms, inspection reports, mortgage documents, insurance policies, deeds, and multi-page settlement statements. A knowledgeable expert will help you prepare the best deal, and avoid delays or costly mistakes.
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6.Real estate has its own language. If you don’t know a CMA from a PUD, you can understand why it’s important to work with a professional who is immersed in the industry and knows the real estate language.
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8.Buying and selling is emotional. A home often symbolizes family, rest, and security — it’s not just four walls and a roof. Because of this, home buying and selling can be an emotional undertaking. And for most people, a home is the biggest purchase they’ll ever make. Having a concerned, but objective, third party helps you stay focused on both the emotional and financial issues most important to you.... more
According to the WellesleyPatch.com, Nerdwallet, a website that claims to help consumers save money and make smarter decisions about their personal finances, travel plans, and higher education, noted
Wellesley is well known for its educational opportunities. Home to three college campuses and excellent high schools, the area is the perfect place for students. The education rankings Wellesley receives
Wellesley has the second highest number of citizens with advanced degrees in the United States, is home to three colleges, boasts a high school ranked among the top 100 public high schools in the country,
Reebok's BOKS program has come to Wellesley schools with the goal of helping kids have healthy bodies and minds. This is an excellent program that offers important opportunities for the area's children.
You may want to check out these sites. You may have to call each school system to see what might be available within the school system. Also, The Learning Center for the Deaf has long been part of the Framingham Community. I would expect they could direct you. Good luck.
Hello EK. I think that while there are many great towns in the metro west area, Wellesley, Needham, Sherborn and Weston are great towns in which to raise kids. My bias is towards Wellesley or Needham, not only because I live in that area, but because of how I want my kids to grow up. I want them to be in a neighborhood where they can play with the kids on the street, walk to a convenience store and so on. While I do not know exactly what you are looking to find for your children, I hope some of the following is helpful.
Wellesley and Needham have good schools, which is the initial draw for families. Both towns also have neighborhoods so that you get to know your neighbors and kids can play with the other kids on the street. While schools in other towns such as Dover, Sherborn and Weston are also very good, there are fewer traditional neighborhoods because in these towns, minimum lot sizes are generally much larger.
In both Needham and Wellesley, the school districts for the grammar schools are mapped out geographically so that your children become friends with the other children in the immediate area. There are great parks in both towns, particularly in Wellesley, for smaller children. Warren Park on Washington St. in Wellesley is a draw for people from all surrounding towns for its new play structures and its shade in the summer and the sledding hill in the winter. There are family friendly activities sponsored by both towns year round including parades, concerts, street fairs, open houses at fire stations and more. The towns are generally very safe with serious crime being very infrequent (details are readily available from local police departments). Amenities such as quality child care facilities (for working parents) are available as are organized recreational programs (the Y in Needham has great programs and the town of Wellesley offers programs for adults and kids year round ranging from T-Ball to cooking to yoga).
From a practical perspective, both towns offer local shopping areas and several restaurants that are kid friendly, and they are also easy access to larger malls and commercial areas as well (Route 9 in Natick/Framingham and Highland Ave. in Needham are both accessible).
Both towns also offer easy access to Route 128, the Mass Pike and thus to Boston and other areas so that working parents can get back to town for appointments or other engagements without too much difficulty.
Again, I hope that some of the foregoing is helpful. Please let me know if there is any other information in particular that you would like to know. Andrea... more
Additional info: We are interested in public schools only and have seen GreatSchools.net, http://www.wellesley.mec.edu, DOE, and other web resources.
The only answers which would really be helpful to us are those who are willing to offer straight opinion that "X and Y are generally considered the best" with no more than three schools specfied.... more
Jean, I hope this helps you...http://www.danahall.org/ This is the school website and will give you info on programs, admissions, staff contacts, test scores ect...
This link is to a site that rates private schools and also provides a lot of information about the school and area...http://www.privateschoolreview.com/school_ov/school_id/12997
This link will also give you a lot of information on the school...http://www.boardingschoolreview.com/school_ov/school_id/379
All of the sites give information on scholarships, aid grants and costs..
I wish you and your god daughter the best, Dunes... more
Hi Chris, the neighborhood nearest Fiske School is called 'Sheridan Estates'. Other close-by neighborhoods that are in the district include Standish Estates and Country Club. Both Sheridan and Standish have lots of charming and distinctive homes and a real old-fashioned neighborhood feel. Country Club is the most pricey. Best of luck - Elaine... more
I think you may find this link useful http://profiles.doe.mass.edu/ Also if you want a complete community report on Wellesley you can e-mail me and I will send one back to you in a PDF. Thanks for the question!
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