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Fri Jun 24, 2016
Bostoncommercial answered:
It would not be the agent who cashed your deposit check, it would be the landlord you wrote it out to.. My guess is what your referring to is the broker fee (in Boston and surrounding areas the renter pays the broker fee) .. The first/last, securuity deposit checks should accompany the signing of the lease.. ... more
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Tue May 31, 2016
Noorali6939 answered:
visit it
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Tue Apr 19, 2016
Sylmari Burgos asked:
My dogs are fully trained in obedience and crate trained. I have they're certifications of purebred and obedience training. I will be working at Simmons College during my program and my…
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Wed Sep 2, 2015
Justin.awfr answered:
Hi Lucia,

Please email me at with more specifics. Are you looking to buy/rent?


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Mon Aug 24, 2015
Amandarfdsk asked:
Bought a home several weeks ago. The owners of this home put snail bait all over the yard and never disclosed this to me. It wasn't brought up in the inspection because you would never be…
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Mon Aug 10, 2015
Aaron and Cheree Tiry answered:
Have you checked out the "rent" section at the top of Trulia? There may be something in there. Otherwise you could also check to see what they have for posted for rentals. ... more
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Fri Apr 10, 2015
Shine51 answered:
How much I need to have the credit score to buy a house without money down.
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Thu Aug 7, 2014
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Sun Apr 27, 2014
Ruth and Perry Mistry answered:
Hi Tim

Great question. The sellers did not know about it and as a result they were not part of their disclosures. However, they should have been part of yours.

So you should inform them, what happened.

Good luck.
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Mon Apr 14, 2014
Nate Evans answered:
I would start by addressing the situation with your landlord. You don't want to pay for something that he/she might be willing to take care of himself/herself. Try to get email address, if you don't have one for the landlord already. Share pictures and explain your concerns.

If you are unable to get any movement then I would either buy a "at home mold testing kit" at a hardware store or move out if you feel it is that bad.

In my experience to have a professional test the air quality will cost a few hundred dollars. They do not offer free services since these professionals to do handle the scope of mold removal, they just test the property before and after the removal of mold. This is a very similar process to lead paint removal. It's a three step process: 1. Test the property 2. Remove bad areas (separate crew of workers) 3. Final test and receive certificate of compliance.

I hope this helps and good luck!
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Thu Apr 10, 2014
Louis Wolfson answered:
Is it a new basement or just a finished basement? Either way permits should of been pulled. As well as for the kitchen and bath.

How long ago was the work done? Maybe grandfathered in? But once you do work (to the areas in question) you have to bring things up to code.

If all you plan on doing is the furnace, sump and elect upgrades, it may not be necessary.

All that said, confirm what I say with your attorney.

But more importantly for your own protection, you do want to know that the work that was done without the permits was done correctly, your home inspector or a licensed builder (which I am) should be able to tell you based on what they can see if it would meet todays codes. Neither have x-ray eyes to see that the framing, electric and plumbing behind the walls was done correctly.

To bring things up to code can vary greatly based on the extent of the issues I've raised above. It could also cost nothing. PS I also see this work was done in the 80's so even if you were to replace a kitchen or the bath today, they would have to be brought up to today's codes. ie: GFI no in the 80's yes today. Bath ventilation 80's (window ok) today you need a fan.
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Wed Apr 9, 2014
Wingman answered:
There are plenty of good companies. Go with a company in business for several years. Research company reviews but don't choose them based on price. Go with reputation, history, plan flexibility and contractor availability in your area. If you understand their contract terms, you will be fine. ... more
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Wed Apr 9, 2014
Wingman answered:
Probably not at the same rate but close. In a down market, studios perform better than higher priced houses, but in up market, it is the reverse. If you can afford a bigger house, always go for it. It may sound like a stretch, but it is not. ... more
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Sat Mar 1, 2014
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Wed Feb 26, 2014
Mary Murray answered:
You may want to list the home as a 3+ bedroom giving the new buyer the option to use the room however they see fit. They may use it as an office or even build a master bath using the room you mentioned. If you need futher clarification or I can assist in any way, please do not hesitate to contact me at Bowes Real Estate 781-645-0558. ... more
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Wed Jan 22, 2014
John Stewart answered:
Yes the only person who can accept an offer is the seller. If you find that your offers are better and being ignored try to get in front of the seller to present the offer yourself. When I represent the buyer I make every effort to personally present the offer to the seller, this is not always possible and the listing agent may be your only person willing to listen. In any case always have your Buyer's Agent (or if you are choosing to go it alone) present the offer in person it helps sellers when they can put a face to the offer. ... more
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Thu Oct 10, 2013
Robert Ortiz answered:
Above all things stay cozy with the Fair Housing Laws.

* Credit History
* Annual Income
* Length of Employment
* Landlord References (Always try to get the previous one as well as the current)

In Depth
* Non-Smokers
* Pets -- Consider being pet friendly. You can charge a monthly premium per pet and collect a security deposit. People will pay extra because Pet friendly apartments are under-supplied and in demand
* Lead Certified - Consider getting lead certified. Again, undersupplied and in demand, commands more rent.
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Thu Sep 5, 2013
John Gambone answered:

There are certainly school districts in both Arlington and Belmont that are particularly attractive to buyers. However in terms of how much it effects the price there would be no straight forward answer to that as the homes that are in each district tend to follow a different build pattern and price range for factors other than the school district. To best answer your question it would help to understand the reason why you are asking. Feel free to reach out for a talk. 857.258.9888 ... more
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Wed Jul 31, 2013 answered:
Any time you have real estate on a busy street, yes, it is much harder to sell / higher risk. In competitive markets like this one (priced right) a property on a busy street might be easier to sell because the inventory is so low.

Good luck!

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Wed Jul 10, 2013 answered:
Here is a great website to check crime stats down to the actual street:

We have a lot of family-oriented clients who buy in Arlington and absolutely love it! Great suburban town with amazing schools that has an urban appeal because of the close proximity to Mass Ave.

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Massachusetts Premier Destination for Home Buyer's
617 848 5407 x706
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