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Don Tepper, Real Estate Pro in Burke, VA
Don Tepper answered:
repeat homebuyer question
Check with an accountant. I'm not an accountant, so this isn't accounting advice. However . . .

You actually have several different issues involved here. Let's take t ... more
0 votes Share Flag Tue Feb 23, 2010 Home Buying in 02141
Bill Patters…, Real Estate Pro in Boston, MA
Bill Patterson answered:
Museum Way in East Cambridge, the Regatta Riverview to be exact. Any views/opinions on a condo there? The taxes/condo fees are expensive.
Hi There,
I think the condo fee there is, actually, very low. Not a sales pitch here either. Take a look at other buildings that have similar amenities (elevator, pool, gym, concierg ... more
0 votes Share Flag Tue Jun 8, 2010 Home Buying in Cambridge
Alyssa Kitch…, Home Buyer in Kansas
Alyssa Kitchen answered:
how do i track when a house in Cambridge MA sells? I'm interested in 37 Lancaster Street, Cambridge, MA
37 Lancaster street in Cambridge has been on the market for 14 days at 4,900,000. Here is the MLS# 71015688 enter that into a google page and it will show up on trulia, zillow, or any ... more
0 votes Share Flag Wed Jan 20, 2010 In My Neighborhood in Cambridge
Territory Re…,  in Boston, MA
Territory Real Estate answered:
Is the penthouse terrace at 2440 Mass Ave off the living area or off the bedroom? It is unclear from the photos. Thank you.
Hi Richard,

There are actually 3 balconies for this unit: One off the main living area, one off the master suite and the third off the second master suite. If you haven't yet se ... more
0 votes Share Flag Thu Feb 25, 2010 Home Buying in 02138
Richard Leci…,  in Tucson, AZ
Richard Lecinski answered:
Buying a condo as an investment
You must run your numbers to see if you will run a positive cash flow and certainly allow for a period when the unit may not be rented.
0 votes Share Flag Sat Jul 31, 2010 Home Buying in Cambridge
Anna M Brocco, Real Estate Pro in Williston Park, NY
Anna M Brocco answered:
religious affiliation by community in boston
Fair Housing Laws prevent a real estate professional from answering such a question--you may wish to do some of your own homework--you can try to google each town, some may have demogra ... more
0 votes Share Flag Wed Jan 13, 2010 In My Neighborhood in 02138
Kevin Santos, Real Estate Pro in Hudson, MA
Kevin Santos answered:
I am looking for a mortgage broker/lender who can help me with a "spot" FHA approval process. I have the form filled out! I need answers
Janeen,
This is a growing problem that I'm running into more and more as a Real Estate Agent. I would suggest contacting Michael Chaves at Wells Fargo Home Loans at 978-568-0039. ... more
0 votes Share Flag Sat Dec 12, 2009 Financing in Cambridge
Rona Fischman, Real Estate Pro in Cambridge, MA
Rona Fischman answered:
What are some good affordable alternatives to living in Cambride?
I bet you hate answers that include, "that depends," but I have to give you that caveat. If you are looking for space, but close to the city, that's one thing: Medford, M ... more
0 votes Share Flag Wed Jun 16, 2010 Home Buying in Cambridge
Voices Member,  in Braintree, MA
Voices Member answered:
Please can someone explain the different 'neighbourhoods' of Cambridge to me.
Jackie,

There are 13 neighborhoods that make up Cambridge, MA. The best reference I can provide is to go to this website:
http://www.cambridgema.gov/GIS/MapAtlasList.cfm

It prov ... more
0 votes Share Flag Fri Jan 7, 2011 Home Buying in Cambridge
Don Tepper, Real Estate Pro in Burke, VA
Don Tepper answered:
We have an offer on the table and counter-offered it with a higher price. Now we got even higher...
Check with your Realtor. If the first buyer accepts your offer, then there's a signed agreement--a signed sales contract. And, yes, contracts are binding.

If there was a time period ... more
0 votes Share Flag Fri Jul 17, 2009 Home Selling in Cambridge
Tim Cahill,  in Arlington, MA
Tim Cahill answered:
Riverside market
Hi Again,
I can only assume from the two words in your post that you're asking how the Riverside market is these days? :-) If so, without more detail as to whether you are interested ... more
0 votes Share Flag Tue Jun 30, 2009 Home Selling in Riverside
Voices Member,  in Benton County, OR
Voices Member answered:
How do I find out who the owner of a property is?
Thizz

Have you tried looking it up on your Cambridge property search site?
http://www.cambridgema.gov/fiscalaffairs/PropertySearch.cfm

Here are the property search sites ect.. av ... more
0 votes Share Flag Thu Feb 25, 2010 Home Buying in 02138
Todd Scott,  in San Diego, CA
Todd Scott answered:
Condo - what does "Common Area for the Exclusive Use of Unit 3" imply?
I would recommend taking all documents icluding your CC & R's to a local real estate attorney and get a legal opinion.

Since this will require a permit from your county you may want ... more
0 votes Share Flag Mon Jun 15, 2009 General Area in 02139
Deb Nicholls, Real Estate Pro in Concord, MA
Deb Nicholls answered:
Does anyone know what day of the week usually is Brokers Open held for Cambridge, MA ?
Thursday. Times vary, but that is the approximate range.
0 votes Share Flag Fri Jun 19, 2009 Home Selling in 02139
David Chambe…, Other/Just Looking in Saint Petersburg, FL
David Chamberlain answered:
Can For Sale by Owner hold broker open?
Yes you can, try to get together with some agents that are already doing one. Serve food and drinks that go along with what they are having.
0 votes Share Flag Sun Mar 13, 2016 Home Selling in 02139
Territory.c…, Real Estate Pro in MA,
Territory.com answered:
We are a For Sale By Owner in Cambridge, MA and offer 2.5% to buyer's agent but realtors avoid FSBO?
Sadly welcome to world of traditional brokerage!! I am so sorry you are experiencing such push back and ignorance from listing agents (who also represent home buyers).
If you want to ... more
0 votes Share Flag Fri Jul 31, 2009 Home Selling in Cambridge
Deb McCourt, Real Estate Pro in Ashburnham, MA
Deb McCourt answered:
Have condos sold for less than their assessed value recently?
Hi Bruce,

While I see over and over again, many ads discussing "assessed value", most Realtors do not incorporate the assessed value in determining market value.. Assessed translate ... more
0 votes Share Flag Fri Jun 19, 2009 Home Buying in Cambridge
Rona Fischman, Real Estate Pro in Cambridge, MA
Rona Fischman answered:
Any thoughts on the long term value of condos that are basement units?
If you are buying it now, it should be at a pretty deep discount. Basement units sell poorly in recessions. If you don't mind a basement, you may get a good deal on it. The people who g ... more
0 votes Share Flag Sun Jun 30, 2013 Home Buying in 02138
Emmanuel Sca…,  in Collin County, TX
Emmanuel Scanlan answered:
I saw a waterproofed basement with vinyl on the floor and walls. Is this a good waterproofing technique? It
Hello Rona,

I have never heard of using vinyl as a waterproofing material. Was this a sheet vinyl product, i.e. a vinyl flooring product, or was it some special material?

The mat ... more
0 votes Share Flag Fri Apr 24, 2015 Remodel & Renovate in Cambridge
Ken Lambert,  in Exeter, NH
Ken Lambert answered:
I saw a waterproofed basement with vinyl on the floor and walls. Is this a good waterproofing technique?It
Hi Rona- This is just a cursory answer and thought- sight unseen. I was a builder for 10+ years in Mass.
I can assure you that a vinyl floor, or a wall covering, is not going to stop ... more
0 votes Share Flag Mon May 11, 2009 How To... in Cambridge
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