Experience with Symes as a builde in Wakefield, MA?

Asked by Warpug, Wakefield, MA Sun Jun 7, 2009

We are looking at some new construction by Symes Associates, out of Beverly. Anyone purchased a home from them? How was the quality and overall experience?

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Declan, Home Buyer, Wakefield, MA
Tue Aug 4, 2009
I purchased a pre-construction condo from them a couple of years ago, but never moved in and sold it due the overall quality of the construction. They missed so many things in my unit before I closed -like door stoppers - one wall already had a dent in it, and not hooking up dishwasher to the drain. After I sold it I heard some bad things about the condo from many people around town. Again, you only hear the bad stuff, this is just one story.
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Ken Lambert, , Exeter, NH
Fri Jun 26, 2009
Hi- Symes has a decent name, and they have been around a long time. They do a lot of commercial / office properties and some retail as well. They have also done some townhouses and condos, etc.
They have built a lot of properties over the past 20 years. Any developer like that will have a bunch of nightmare stories/ bad results. That is a given- it is a numbers game. But, do the good stories outweigh the bad? My guess is - Yes- you just don't hear about the people that are satisfied.
It's also about perception vs. reality. Many people who buy a new condo think that they will never have to worry about anything ever again. That is not the case, and the homeowners themselves still have some maintenance requirements, etc.
If I can be of any help, please let me know. Thanks, and good luck,

Ken L.
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Molly, , Melrose, MA
Wed Jun 24, 2009
I have a relative who lives at a Symes building in Wakefield. I would say the new building with the wavy walls was less than desirable. Her bathroom ceiling now has brown spots from water leaking upstairs, and has not been resolved in a few months. Her condo fees keep going up, too! I guess snow removal costs so much that her fees have increased more than 100 bucks a month.
Also, one of the new penthouses had severe water damage from those floor to ceiling windows.
It might be worth it if it's cheap enough, but is not necessarily carefree.
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Joe Arnao, Agent, Sanwich, MA
Thu Jun 18, 2009
I have no direct experience with the company, only second hand stories and they are all positive.
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