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Home Buying in Newton : Real Estate Advice

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Fri Oct 28, 2016
Kory Elliott answered:
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Tue Oct 11, 2016
sdash answered:
I moved in my boyfriend 4 years ago who owns a house that has a shared driveway with the neighbors from hell. The main issue is that their house faces the driveway (which is dumb), while everyone else house faces the street. So, with that being said, anytime they have company their guest feel its okay to pull in the middle of the driveway in park. There has been times where we have to sit in wait because one of their guest just park in the middle of the driveway. I had it, The cops have been called so many times in the pass 2 years, they threaten to file a wrongful use of 911 on the neighbors (so, now they dont call them). My advice to anyone that has a scared driveway, RUN! My boyfriend has been int hat house for 14 years so, his kind of stuck but, not me. I m out! DO NOT BUY A SHARE DRIVEWAY. ... more
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Thu Apr 14, 2016
Davidhornstein answered:
Hi John,
I'd be happy to try to help you. I specialize in modern design and that sounds like a great project. Do you already have a piece of land selected? I can assist with that as well, in terms of evaluating the building potential of various lots. I must say that I love Chicago architecture- was that your inspiration for going modern? Any particular architect that you admire? Feel free to visit my website Best, David Hornstein ... more
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Mon Jan 25, 2016
Richard Rosa answered:
Besides communicating to your buyer agent what your expectations are during the home-buying process, it is very important that you know what type of buyer agent in Massachusetts you're working with. There are designated buyer agents and exclusive buyer agents. What is an exclusive buyer agent? An exclusive buyer agent only represents homebuyers AND works at a real estate company that only represents homebuyers, never sellers, thus avoiding potential conflicts of interest. Good luck. ... more
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Sun Jan 11, 2015
The Graveline Group answered:
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Tue Dec 23, 2014
Debra (Debbie) Rose answered:
Yes, it is a scam!

These scammers have no imaginations, as they all seem to follow a similar script!!!

They are always leaving the country to do God's work.....or some other similar falsely claimed good deed........shame on them

Don't ever wire money for keys......and, if something sounds too good to be isn't true!

happy holiday!
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Thu Dec 4, 2014
Louis Wolfson answered:
I'm partial to Newton as it is better located than the other communities as far as access to Boston, commuter rail, highways etc.

Schools are excellent in all the communities you mentioned and can't go wrong with any of them.

As to housing that is another story, Newton and Wellesley are more costly then Belmont with more diversity as to locations within the communities.
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Fri Sep 5, 2014
Annette Lawrence answered:
There is WORK involved in compiling such a report.
Is the data you are looking for reflected in the community report I just published for a Florida community. You can find it at

As you will see, these reports are available for many communities for comparison purposes. If you look at the Hilltop Groves report, you can see the precursors and know this is still a profit yielding community, where as Highland Lakes is not.

If that is the data you seek, contact a Newton REALTOR regarding your data needs. If they do not know how to compile the report they can call me for direction.

Now, be aware, NOBODY will invest such work for someone who is just looking.
This is a business, not a hobby.
You understand that I'm sure.
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Fri Sep 5, 2014
Greer Hsing Tan Swiston answered:
I see that you are in Lexington, KY. So the answer will depend on a couple things.

First of all ... I always recommend having a good relationship with your neighbors so that you at least have some idea of the "intentions" of your neighbors. Just a good idea in any community.

That said, the legality of a neighbor stopping the new owner from using the driveway depends on how it is shared and potentially how your State would interpret these situations.

Is the driveway truly deeded as a 1/2 and 1/2 split? Does one of you own it and the other have an easement? Does one of you own and been simply allowing the other use?

Ultimately, it boils down to how it is deeded. If you own the property or have a deeded easement on the property, then your neighbor can NOT deny the next deeded owner the same access. All the other arrangements may depend on how your laws treat such arrangements and you'd probably need a lawyer to clarify it for you.
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Tue Oct 1, 2013 answered:
They certainly have the right to do so however seems a strange strategy if it's a competitive bid situation (even if low).

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Fri Aug 23, 2013
Anna Whang answered:
Hi Dana,

Depending on which part of Newton, 3 bedroom homes range from low 350K to million dollars.
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Wed May 1, 2013
Dian Bohannon answered:
My 3 kids went to The Children's Cooperative Nursery School (848 Beacon St, 617-527-8539, The teachers are warm, caring, very appropriate with children. As a coop, the school has very involved parents. The teachers' wisdom from their extensive experience and continuing education was a real plus for me, both as a first time mother and later with understanding and finding help for my special needs child (ASD). Scholarships are available, funded by parental fundraising efforts. All in all, the Coop nourished my entire family. I recommend it unreservedly. ... more
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Fri Mar 29, 2013
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Fri Mar 29, 2013
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Mon Mar 18, 2013
Shane Engel answered:
There are other communities that are just as accessible to the MIT area, but are much more reasonable in terms of cost. Both Newton and Lexington are great, but very pricey. (If your goal is a more "prestigious" address, either of these towns will offer you that. If that is not what you are looking for but still offer great accessibility/ community, you might consider towns such as West Medford, Arlington, etc.) ... more
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Tue Mar 12, 2013
Tean Wong answered:
Look at the demand in rentals housing. Newton is one of the highest demand because of the school system. Some other towns can have a better cap rate on paper, but if your property is vacant for a month or two, that won't be good.
Another factor is to look at the appreciation of the property value, Newton definitely has a good rate of the appreciation.

Rule of thumbs here; Capitalization Rate, Vacancy %, Debt Coverage Ratio, Cash Flow, Appreciation %
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Sun Mar 3, 2013
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Sun Mar 3, 2013
Greer Swiston answered:
I agree with Ed Lyon's comments below regarding furnishings. An International client or a temporarily displaced client or relocated client... often has their own furnishings ... so room dimensions and other space really matter.

For the most part, single family home rentals are pretty popular in Newton ... however, it isn't just the number of bedrooms, the rest of the living and entertaining area tend to matter as well.

That said, actual location matters too ... depending on the client, convenient access to public transportation, highway to the city or proximity to a specific private school or some other institution may be the key.
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