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Janet Porcaro, Real Estate Pro in Newton, MA
Janet Porcaro answered:
SFH or 2/3 family?
Several years ago, I had clients who ended up buying a two family and converting it to 2 condos. Although it was complicated, it has worked out pretty well. However, times have changed, ... more
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Greer Swiston, Real Estate Pro in Newton, MA
Greer Swiston answered:
SFH or 2/3 family?
My advice to first time home buyers is to buy a house that has great resale potential. I tend to view the "first home" as a stepping stone and that it is often the second, third or may ... more
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Territory.c…, Real Estate Pro in MA, answered:
Newton vs Brookline Primary school
This is the perfect question for

They have forum area where you can submit questions like yours to other families with children in the same schools.
0 votes Share Flag Thu Apr 30, 2009 Home Buying in Newton
Kevin Vitali, Real Estate Pro in Tewksbury, MA
Kevin Vitali answered:
What's the pros and cons of buying a condo in a condo complex, versus a condo conversion from 2/3 family?
First of all the 2/3 family conversions are getting extremely hard to finance. Most of the loan programs, especially the lower money down programs, require more than 5 units in a compl ... more
0 votes Share Flag Wed Apr 29, 2009 Home Buying in Newton
Wen Farina, Real Estate Pro in Reading, MA
Wen Farina answered:
Which town in Newton has the greatest number of families with children?

go to my website: or and click on the community profile on the left hand side menu. This will show you all the demographic informat ... more
0 votes Share Flag Sat Jun 6, 2009 Home Buying in Newton
Robert Byrne,  in 02118
Robert Byrne answered:
How much value (or negative value) does an above ground pool have on a property in Newton, MA?
I have always seen a pool as a push, neither adding nor detracting from the value of a property, This is especially true in NEw England where pool season is painfuly short! It will ch ... more
0 votes Share Flag Fri Feb 27, 2009 Home Selling in Newton
Kevin & Moni…, Real Estate Pro in Ocean City, MD
Kevin & Monica McNamara answered:
Seller Question: My father inherited a home in Newton, MA from his brother-in-law.
First off, tell your Dad not to be insulted. Most buyers are looking to buy property very affordaby and not personlly insulting your Father. It's just business to the buyer. If this is ... more
0 votes Share Flag Fri Jan 22, 2010 Home Selling in Newton
William Brok…, Real Estate Pro in Jamaica Plain, MA
William Brokhof answered:
Does Fiber Cement Shingle Siding negatively impact the home value?
In my humble opinion Hardie Plank or Shingles are a good product. They are resistant to bugs and weather and supossedly last a long time. They will require maintenance, however. Don't g ... more
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Cynthia Flem…, Real Estate Pro in Laguna Beach, CA
Cynthia Fleming answered:
Is electrical grounding usually a dealbreaker?
Sometimes this can break a deal, sometimes not. The home inspector will most certainly bring this up as it is a safety hazard. I grew up in Mass and recently moved out to CA from New ... more
0 votes Share Flag Tue May 12, 2015 Home Buying in Newton
Bill Eckler, Real Estate Pro in Venice, FL
Bill Eckler answered:
If I am selling in one town and buying in another,, should I have separate buyer and seller agents?

Good question....

You can probably expect that agents will specialize in certain communities. It's possible to find one that feels they know multiple communities but you sh ... more
0 votes Share Flag Tue Jan 28, 2014 Home Selling in 02458
Belinda Arro…,  in 02038
Belinda Arroyo answered:
We purchased a renovated house. We found a significant problem did not meet code. Do we have recourse?
You should have had your own inspection done. Check with a qualified real estate attorney to see if you have any recourse.
0 votes Share Flag Wed Dec 17, 2008 Home Buying in Newton, MA
Michael Giles, Real Estate Pro in Beverly, MA
Michael Giles answered:
LEASE of a room. Can you cancel a lease within 24 hours in MA?
Here is a website that might help. This is really a legal issue and you should get the advice of a lawyer if possible
0 votes Share Flag Sat Aug 30, 2008 Home Buying in Newton, MA
Dallas Texas, Real Estate Pro in Dallas, TN
Dallas Texas answered:
Advice on neighborhoods close to Rt 9 and East of Framingham
Real estate professionals per the code of ethics can’t make those comments on where person should live if you work positively in concert with your real estate agent I am assured ... more
0 votes Share Flag Sat Apr 25, 2009 Home Buying in Newton, MA
Faye Alexiev, Real Estate Pro in Laguna Hills, CA
Faye Alexiev answered:
Bought a condo unit in 2006. Thought dealing with other trustee wouldn't be a problem, but was very wrong.
Dear Bonnie, any realtor would do what you are asking for at no cost to you. I would suggest you call a few realtors for a listing presentation which includes suggested listing price ra ... more
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Brecht Palom…,  in Massachusetts
Brecht Palombo answered:
I have seen esp. in the last few days a lot of REO properties in the area of Newton, MA, how would i go about
You don't NEED a buyer's agent ever. But if you work with someone who knows the game you are likely to do better than you would on your own. We offer a free list if you follow the link ... more
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Greg Kiely, Real Estate Pro in Newton, MA
Greg Kiely answered:
I have been working with a real estate agent for over 2 years. She has shown us many houses and worked
The best thing to do is either

a) offer to pay your agent directly


b) negotiate in your offer a clause which gets your agent paid at closing.

Remember that while your ag ... more
0 votes Share Flag Fri Mar 25, 2011 Home Buying in Newton
Erik Hook, Real Estate Pro in Somerville, MA
Erik Hook answered:
When you make an offer on a house and it is accepted can the buyer legally back out of the offer?
When I write an offer, there are usually contingencies attached which would return the buyers deposit, for a variety of reasons after inspection.
0 votes Share Flag Mon May 12, 2008 Home Buying in Newton, MA
LS, Home Buyer in Dallas, TX
LS answered:
Is there a risk to offering the full asking price for a newly listed home?I have had bad experieces in
Hi The_Bayou
I'm not sure I understand your question. Can you please clarify?
I'll try to answer what I think you're asking- If it's a hope you want, I recommend you offer what you th ... more
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Rita Thieme,  in Upton, MA
Rita Thieme answered:
Newton - Oak Hill Area
Get yourself a buyer's agent. That agent will be able to help you, especially in determining a fair selling price. Buyer's agents should review the property and complete a mini- ... more
0 votes Share Flag Sat Sep 1, 2007 General Area in Newton, MA
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