TJ, Home Buyer in Lexington, MA

Sold our house last year in Lexington and wanting to get a bigger house, after looking for over a year it appears it's impossible to find a

Asked by TJ, Lexington, MA Fri Jan 29, 2010

house we like within our budget (750k). Anyone have any comment about Andover? how is the school systems compare with Lexington?

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Kevin Vitali, Agent, Tewksbury, MA
Fri Jan 29, 2010
Evaluating School Systems can be very subjective. Both school systems have a "good reputation" from a parent sentiment.

Andover SAT scores were 582 and 550 for Math-English in 2006 (ranked 22/37 in the state) with Lexington being 629/613 respectively (ranked 4/5 in the state).

For 10th Grade MCAS 2009 Andover ranked 32/30 for English/Math and Lexington 32/19.

All depends on whats important and what you are looking for in a school system. If you havent found a house in a year that you like in Lexington it doesnt exist. Its time to readjust either your expectations or community you would like to live in. Its very important now as the market starts to turn positive again you will only be increasingly disappointed.

By the way if you are looking for an agent I do cover both Lexington and Andover.
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Lilly Dl, , Arlington, MA
Mon Feb 15, 2010
There are many towns with good school systems very comparable to Lexington. I'm not sure about Andover - never heard that their schools that great before reading this topic. You can find out more about schools and actually compare them at
Regarding searching for home, I would say instead of spending time on different website which can get you only confused, have your Realtor forward you daily MLS updates in your price range and area of interest, that way you will not miss anything that comes on the market. And that way you have full list of houses on market at the moment, so you don't need to search, they come to your email.
I send daily updates to all my clients, and they request showing as soon as they see something interesting came up.
If you don't work with a Realtor feel free to contact me for assistance with setting up daily updates for you.
Lilia D.
Coldwell Banker
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Ken Lambert, , Exeter, NH
Sun Jan 31, 2010
HI Trader Joe- Good link and answers below.
Would you consider maybe Topsfield/ Boxford? These are nice towns- pretty convenient to Boston and a great school system- the high school is Masconomet/ Regional.
Similar towns as far as home pricing. Not as built up as either Lexington or Andover- if that is a good thing for you.
As far as home prices going up, I really don't think that's going to happen this year, in general. But- when mortgage rates go up-which they will soon- then you'll have less buying power. So, there is an incentive to try to get moving sooner than later.
If I can be of any help, please let me know. Thanks, and good luck,

Ken L.
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Heidi Zizza, Agent, Framingham, MA
Fri Jan 29, 2010
There is alot of great information below, however I would like to echo what Kevin pointed out. If you have been looking for one year in Lexington you really need to start expanding your search criteria. The market is on the move and getting better. You will be increasingly dissapointed if the prices start to increase and the mortgae rates go up!! Start looking in neighboring town and ask for school visits so you can judge the environment yourself. Scores are only one indicator of a system. Of course as others have said I too would be happy to help you in your search.
Heidi Zizza
mdm realty inc
(508) 277-2032
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Peter Mlaguzi, Agent, Boston, MA
Fri Jan 29, 2010

How are you? Andover is a ideal location and has very challenging schools. I have attached two links to compare the schools and homes available. Feel free to email me with questions that are specific to your search criteria. I was able to gather a list of homes that are on the market in Andover within your price range.…

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p.s. Ask me how you can receive a $6,500 tax credit for repeat, and $8,000 tax credit for first time home buyers.

Peter J. Mlaguzi III
C: 617-233-1476
F: 617-395-6867
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Judy Boyle, Agent, Marlborough, MA
Fri Jan 29, 2010
HI Trader Joe!

I used to live in Andover, my brother and his family live there now. It is a wonderful town with great schools! Check out the following websites to find out for yourself... and

Hope my insight helps! I'm here if you have further questions!

Judy Boyle
Weichert Realtors
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