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Richard Shap…, Real Estate Pro in Framingham, MA
Richard Shapiro answered:
Moving to the Boston western suburbs and looking at Lexington and Newton - looking for input
You probably are correct in your assumption. Are you looking for schools? Of not consider being closer to campus in Somerville or Cambridge.
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Ed Lyon, Real Estate Pro in 02460
Ed Lyon answered:
Is there demand for single family home rentals in the 5 bed/bath furnished, new construction? How do rental rates for a single family home work?
Hi Bria, there is no formula for home rentals in the area, as there is in other parts of the country. You should have a good real estate professional that does a lot of rentals tour the ... more
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Barry Cheslin, Real Estate Pro in Newton, MA
Barry Cheslin answered:
What is the Newton real estate market like thus far in 2013 for homes in the $2-$3MM range? Av price/sq ft?
Hi,

The market is strong if the property is properly priced. There are quite a number of houses in the over $2m price range that are over-priced. However, there have been quite a f ... more
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Richard Shap…, Real Estate Pro in Framingham, MA
Richard Shapiro answered:
Back out during a negotiating process?
If its not much difference you should examine how much extra it will really cost.

Lets assume you are putting 20% down and there is a $5000 difference between you and the seller. A ... more
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Richard Shap…, Real Estate Pro in Framingham, MA
Richard Shapiro answered:
We are looking to invest in multifamily home. Wondering why is newton better for investing in rental property.
Better community and schools equals better rents and more expensive property.
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Patty Radford, Real Estate Pro in 02649
Patty Radford answered:
what is the reputation of mason rice elementary school? what are good pre-schools in the area? heard buildings are old.
Mason-Rice has an excellent reputation.....my grandson goes to 1st grade there now and also went to kindegarten there . The buildings are dfinitely old. Newton school system has a great ... more
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Erez Levanon, Real Estate Pro in Newton Center, Newton,...
Erez Levanon answered:
how do real estate agents find the return on investment paying for subscriptions to trulia and/or zillow vs. traditional marketing ?
Bria, as I can speak for myself, I usually look on the yearly investment no matter what portal or method it is. Looking on the return is very simple, think that you get one trunsaction ... more
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Shal Shahani, Real Estate Pro in Brookline, MA
Shal Shahani answered:
How well do home values in newton center hold up? is it quite competitive (multiple competing bids) on homes > $1.5MM now?
We have certainly seem a large number of multiple bids/competitive bidding in all price ranges. If the property is priced right, there seem to be a flood of buyers out there right now ... more
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Richard Shap…, Real Estate Pro in Framingham, MA
Richard Shapiro answered:
Need suggestions for towns I should look into for a potential move to greater Boston area
I think you are correct about renting and exploring first. Figure out where you are relative to employment or services.
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Mike Hughes, Real Estate Pro in Newton, MA
Mike Hughes answered:
I'm looking for a duplex so I can live in half and rent out the other half. How is this classified in searches?
This is typically classified as a 2 family or duplex in the MLS.
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Masha Sender…, Real Estate Pro in Newton, MA
Masha Senderovich answered:
What legal recourse is there for a house that was purchased as fully renovated but found both bedroom and basement floors are original. They squeak.
Your attorney would be the best person to ask this question. However, assuming you had an inspection done before the purchase, you've already purchased the house the way it is. I w ... more
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Grace Morioka, Real Estate Pro in Sunnyvale, CA
Grace Morioka answered:
What can I expect from a buyer's agent? The 3 real estate agents I've worked with while looking for a home in MA have simply connected me
Hello JD and thanks for your post.

So, my first question is, are you working with all three agents simultaneously or have you worked with three agents in a row and none of them have ... more
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Mike Hughes, Real Estate Pro in Newton, MA
Mike Hughes answered:
Salvage Yard
Hi Alex,
I'd recommend two things ... first, try to be at the location at morning, afternoon and evening time. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder ... music to some, noise to others. ... more
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Mike Hughes, Real Estate Pro in Newton, MA
Mike Hughes answered:
I made an offer on a house and it was accepted.
I'm not sure about the legality, but the MLS does now require that this information be disclosed. I do believe that ethically speaking, it should have been disclosed. I would also fol ... more
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Robert Byrne, Real Estate Pro in 02118
Robert Byrne answered:
West Newton vs other Newton village
West Newton has a lot to offer if you are looking for a walkable location with shopping, restaurants, movies and easy access to transportation routes. These atributes are available in ... more
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Aimee Siers, Real Estate Pro in 02481
Aimee Siers answered:
how big a problem is a shared driveway?
Hi Suzanne -

As a homeowner, I have a shared driveway with my neighbor. That house has had 2 owners since I bought my house in 1996 and I've never had a problem. We share the plowi ... more
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Territory.com, Real Estate Pro in Massachusetts
Territory.com answered:
Newton North High and Property Tax
I would post this question here: www.greatschools.org
This is a fabulous website where you can speak directly with people who have children (or live in) the school systems so you might ... more
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Janet Porcaro, Real Estate Pro in 02461
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, Real Estate Pro in Newton, MA
Greer 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.com, Real Estate Pro in Massachusetts
Territory.com answered:
Newton vs Brookline Primary school
This is the perfect question for www.greatschools.org

They have forum area where you can submit questions like yours to other families with children in the same schools.
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