A few property examples:
Hope that helps!
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it will be difficult to find a single family in this area for under $400,000 in the Cambridge area! I think Waltham and Watertown would be your best bet to find a single closet to your price range.
It is recommended to have someone assist you to make things as easy as possible.
A knowledgeable agent is something that will save you a lot of time and money in the long run.
You will also be using their service for free, since the seller will be paying the fees for the transaction; so you have nothing to lose by contacting a reputable company/person.
There are also things to consider when thinking about your commute.
Will you be primarily driving? If so, parking can be expensive unless subsidized by your work.
Would the train system (both commuter and MBTA) be something to consider?
How long of a commute is reasonable?
Will you be considering school systems for children?
If you decide that you would like to start looking more closely, below is a MLS link to peruse:
Gibson Sotheby's International Realty
If I can be of assistance, please feel free to contact me. Best wishes to you and your family on this important decision. Rhonda Pieroni, Weichert Realtors Synergy (617)-762-3573.
Considering you are moving here from out of state, it is incredibly important to start this process with a team. I recommend you sift through the responses below and have phone conferences with a few realtors, lenders and real estate attorneys so that you can select the professionals you feel comfortable with. You can always start with a realtor or real estate attorney you trust and ask them for recommendations for lenders they work with and trust. These professionals can be your eyes and ears throughout the process while you are away and can help you adjust to your new life in Massachusetts once you arrive. Many clients from out of state are surprised that an attorney is involved in the purchase process rather than a title company. That is because Massachusetts requires that an attorney conduct and substantially participate in the closing. Before you start looking, you should absolutely get pre-qualified so you know what price range to stick with. I encourage you to reach out to me with any questions you may have about Massachusetts or the buying process.
Elizabeth P. Barletta, Esq.
p: (617) 304-3404
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Best of luck!
Carol Martling, Keller Williams Realty Boston-Metro firstname.lastname@example.org
Like all my fellow agents have indicated below, it's important to find an agent that's going to develop good rapport with you and blend that with their area knowledge. There's a more in-depth conversation needed to assess and prioritize your family's needs and how far (and in what direction) your budget can take you. You do have reasonable expectations, and there are a lot of highways in the area, making it easy to commute into and out of the Cambridge area. A lifelong resident, I recently moved out of Boston to the suburbs North of Boston myself, and as a suggestion I am partial to everything my new community of Middleton (and the towns around it) offers! We're about 25 minutes north of the city, but it's an easily commutable location, so not too bad if I miss the city and the school system is top notch. Feel free to click on my photo (or link below) and contact buyer's agents like myself who have lived and worked in the area for a no cost/obligation discussion about options that will work for your family. I'll take the stress out of moving and help you find and enjoy your new home, should you decide to make the move! Best of luck and hope to speak with you soon.
I would recommend finding a good realtor that you feel comfortable with. Who will take the time to go over areas. In all honesty, there are many who just go through the motions, and then there are some that go the extra mile, as they say.
As James Furlong stated, North and West of Cambridge would be your best bets. You don;t want to go to the other side of Boston(South and East) as the commute would be a pain.
There are parts of Malden where you would be able to find what you're looking for, be close to the T and/or commuter rail for easy access to Cambridge, have a little patch of land to call your own and a sense of community.
If you're in need of an agent to help you in your search, feel free to contact me. I've sold and assisted in buying homes throughout the Greater Boston area including Malden, Waltham, Watertown, Cambridge, Revere, Newton, Needham, Boston, etc.
Best wishes on your search.
EVP City Central Realty, LLC
I'm an agent in downtown Boston and also cover some suburbs outside the city. If you would like to contact on my cell: 781 258 7996 or meet at my office for a consult so we can discuss the entire home buying process and discuss all the great communities that surround our great city.
The FurChin Team at RE/MAX Unlimited is YOUR real estate solution in Greater Boston.
Feel free to use our website to assist in your search - http://www.FurChin.net
I would be more than happy to assist you, I work in the metro west area just outside of Boston. Please feel free to give me a call at 508-237-7507 or email at Emery.Popoloski@kw.com.