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Bsilk, Home Buyer in Reading, MA

Looking to buy a home in Reading. What are the best neighborhoods to look in?

Asked by Bsilk, Reading, MA Tue Aug 31, 2010

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I would suggest driving around town, and walking as well. If you have children, look up the relevant school information online, and visit the schools in person - as a Reading native, I had a strong personal preference to stay at my elementary school, which influenced my parents' home-buying decision when I was a child.

Otherwise, some considerations to keep in mind that could affect your preference would be whether you prefer to walk, drive, bicycle, or utilize the commuter rail, or if you would rather be in a residential area, or closer to stores or restaurants.

Different neighborhoods in town also have varying levels of density - some are more spacious than others, and that is important to many people. Depending on the size of the home you want to buy, you may want to choose one area over another - in most cases, it is best not to be the biggest house on the street, and you may be uncomfortable occupying the smallest - but that is your personal choice.

Generally, in almost any area, a home that is on the lower end of the spectrum in a neighborhood with fairly consistent pricing (properties that are fairly comparable, but with some differences), will be easier to sell than a home at the high end of the price spectrum. So the period of time you plan to live in your new home may be a factor as well - if you want to be able to sell quickly whenever you want, that would particularly affect your choice in this way.

I suggest consulting with several Realtors familiar with the area, and then pick one who you think will best represent you as a Buyer's Agent. Having an established relationship with a professional is a good way to start your search, and they can show you homes that meet your requirements in each part of town. By taking this approach, you will have a representative who knows your particular needs and preferences, and also someone who will prepare you in advance to successfully purchase a property when you find something you like. Reading is a competitive market for buyers, so having your "ducks in a row" is critical, and someone who is a local expert will be able to advise you appropriately with regard to your bidding strategy when the time comes. Then this person will be able to represent your interests as they usher you through to the closing of the transaction. Many buyers are not aware of the immense amount of work involved on the part of agents, attorneys, lenders, etc. that takes place after an offer has been accepted. Having a qualified Realtor to help you through these stages as well as your initial search will ensure that you are successful in finding and purchasing a new home that is right for you. The purchase is not complete until all closing paperwork has been signed, and the deal has been recorded at the Registry of Deeds. That process can take anywhere from just a few weeks in rare cases, to several months, depending on the situation.

The essence of all this boils down to the fact that it is important to interview multiple Realtors for the job of representing you. If you do that, their job will be to help you through every step. Part of the value they add is being able to assist with even basic questions such as which areas are best for you. The beauty of buyer agency is that it does not typically cost anything, since the commission for both the buyer's and seller's brokerages is pre-determined by the agreement the seller has made when listing their property. That money is coming out of their pocket, whether you use your own agent or not.

So it is certainly in your best interest to work with a Buyer's Agent. If you do not, and consent to dual-agency on the part of the seller's agent (allowing the person representing the seller to represent you as well), you receive no benefit on individual reputation. However skilled and ethical a Realtor may be, representing parties on both sides of a deal is difficult at the very least, and often can be problematic.

Once you have found a good Buyer's Agent, they will be available at all times for any questions you may have. If they are not, then don't hesitate to tell them you are going to work with someone else instead, and do so!
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Dec 11, 2014
have you visited different areas in Reading? because each one has it's own style, and it depends on your life style and what you are looking for in an area, you can always search online ( for example: but the best way is to visit and walk around, or drive by. especially in the weekends.
good luck.
please let me know if I can be at any help in answering any of your real estate questions.


Maha Hanania
Boardwalk real Estate
Main St. Reading, MA
Direct phone: 617-407-9830
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Mar 12, 2014
2013 was a great year for home sellers (and lucky home buyers) in Reading lower than typical inventory levels helped prices rebound strongly. My hometown has changed considerably since 2010 when this question was first asked. Reading has a dual personality of being both a suburban (car dependent ) community as well as a smallish town with a thriving downtown leading to the popularity of "walk to downtown" neighborhoods. In comparison to several years ago, Reading features a whole new shopping/dining block in the historic MF Charles building as well as the shopping on Haven Street near the train depot. One of the best kept secrets of Reading is that parking for the commuter rail is just $25 PER YEAR for residents who buy the dual compost center/parking sticker. In 2014, there are still lots of great neighborhoods in Reading to choose from with both the suburban and more urban vibes.
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0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Jan 15, 2014
There are a lot of great neighborhoods in Reading, all depends on the location you want to be in and what you want to be close to. Reading is a great town, a very nice town and has a lot to offer. The house prices vary and range from 200's to 1.5 million. All depends on what you are looking for. If you are interested in this town and would like to talk more, feel free to call me and we can go over what you are looking for and your price range, then I can show you the area's of Reading those houses are in.
Thank You,

Kristine Combe
Combe Real Estate
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Aug 31, 2010
Overall Reading is a great town. It is known for quality schools, proximity to Boston and major work centers.

First off real estate agents have to be very careful about fair housing laws and recommending areas based on particular criteria. A good real estate agent can help you choose the right neighborhood. A lot of what your asking depends on your price range and what you are looking for in a neighborhood. There are great neighborhoods where you can walk to the downtown as well as the commuter train. Or maybe your looking for a quiet neighborhood with side walks or maybe a particular school system.

In general, Reading is a pretty homogeneous town. Good luck with your home search and if you have any additional questions please feel free to contact me.
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0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Aug 31, 2010
Hello Bsilk,

You have found a great town. Reading is located close to major highways and has an excellent school system. The most popular neighborhoods are town center, reading highlands, south/west st area and main/franklin st area.

Let me know if you need assistance in your search. I represent all my buyers as a Buyer's Agent.

Jeffrey Carter, ABR
978 717 9015
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