Boston Magazine calls Melrose a 'haven for ex-urbanites'. Melrose was named one of the “Best Places to Live” by Boston Magazine as part of the “Starting Out” category in the March 2011 issue. The magazine breaks down the “best places to live” based on the stage of one’s life.
Melrose is a wonderful community just 7 miles north of Boston. We have a great transportation system and easy access into the City. We have a vibrant downton with restaurants and shops. Melrose offers many family acitivites; a great recreation department; 2 golf courses (1 private and 1 public); and the Fells Reservation which is a great spot for outdoor activities. We also hold many cultural events. As an example, The Melrose Symphony Orchestral Association is the oldest continuously performing volunteer orchestra in the United States.
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I'm a firm believer in " you get out what you put in ," Having lived in Stoneham my entire life, and raised 2 children ( put them thru public schools also ) the Melrose school system always seemed above standard to me. I hoped this help somewhat, and would be glad to help with your search! I can be reached at 781-367-1647 or email@example.com. Good luck and thanks!... more
One way to determine the value would be to have a brokers price opinion. Another way is for you to view homes in your market and compare what they have to offer to yours and their asking prices. An appraisal is another option, but with a cost.
Many times improvements made do not give 100% of there costs, other times it can 200% the only way to know 100% of what the improvements will get you is to put your home up for sale and let the market tell you.... more
While there are advantages to new construction, there's not much available in Winchester and surrounding towns. And that which is available is quite cheaply done -- and in not great locations. It doesn't go unnoticed. These places sit, sit and sit.... more
Heck Yes! Everything in Real Estate is negotiable. Recently, homes in the area have been selling within 2-5% of list price generally. There are many factors involved, not the least of which is Seller Motivation and fair market value of the property. Consult a Certified Buyer Representative who specializes in this market area (such as myself) to give you some guidance and advocacy through the process.
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Having recently worked with a client in the Medford, Malden, Melrose area, I can assure you that there are some great values. As to your question about neighborhoods, that all depends on what you consider to be a bad area, One of the benefits of hiring a buyer's agent is having the initial consultation to get to know you and your specific opinions and needs. This will assure that you are not wasting time with showings on homes that don't match your profile. Best of Luck!... more
First you need to see the property to determine how much money you will have to put into it. Many bank owned properties come with no appliances and can be in need of repairs. You also need to know how long it has been on the market. If it is a recent listing, the bank will probably expect to get close to the listed price and might have it priced low enough to encourage multiple offers. The longer the property has been on the market, the more negotiable the bank will be. You need to see recent comps to see what the house is worth. Your REALTOR should be able to do a CMA to let you know the current market value. Not all the best deals are foreclosure properties. Good luck!... more
Yes, very common. They usually calculate your fees based on the square footage of the condo. The voting power can be done differently though because they don't want one condo to have 60% of the fees and the majority voting power, although it does happen. if it is a new condo - no association yet - perhaps that could be something you spearhead (make sure it doesn't happen). That way the power is balanced.
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