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Newton : Real Estate Advice

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Mon Aug 21, 2017
Tanya Schafer asked:
Mon Aug 21, 2017
Wendy answered:
Hi, I used to live right near Nonantum (Newton Corner) and absolutely loved it. It's the old Italian neighborhood of Newton and it was accessible to the T, the commuter rail, restaurants, cute playgrounds, etc. I miss the area so much since moving! I lived right on the line of Newton and Watertown. Belmont is a lovely town too and I was really close to it as well. It would take about 20 minutes to drive into Boston too. Search around for the cross street at Centre St. and Watertown Street. There were lots of two families and the neighborhood is very pretty. ... more
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Wed Jul 19, 2017
Clerkofficetn answered:
We currently live in a house with a shared driveway. The neighbors are the son and daughter in law of the out of state owners. The neighbors in the past, have killed our dog, trespassed on our property, "flipped us off", pulled his pants down, allowed his dogs to bark constantly during the day and all during the night, played loud music at 3 am, had a company cut some small trees off our property just outside of the property line, would shine his flashlight in our bedroom window during the night....etc etc etc which was all caught on security cameras. Now, he has decided to put a 78 ft long fence in the middle of the driveway allowing 9 ft access on our side and 16 access on his side which has now hindered our ingress/egress with our heavy equipment we use for income. I have now filed a civil lawsuit on grounds of trespass (of rights), breach of contract, breach of covenant of quiet enjoyment, wantonness and negligence. Both properties were purchased subject to the "joint driveway agreement" in which he failed to read which states "all successors, heirs, tenants, assigns..." etc have a right to pass and repass over, upon and along said lot line....hereafter".

If you decide to purchase a property with a shared driveway, contact the other owners, sit down and go over every detail of any easement and issues that either of you may have to avoid any confusion.

Easements run with the land, not the owners. These are covenants, contracts that can only be dissolved by each of the current owners of the driveway.
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Thu Jun 1, 2017
Greer Swiston answered:
There is a standard feed from MLS unless you or your company has made specific arrangements to have a more direct feed into Trulia/zillow ... in which case, you would need your IT to check your API interface to make sure the correct fields are being matched up.

Another issue could be that you've recently changed to price and it hasn't propogated out yet, in which case you should check into what your particular lag time is supposed to be (usually no more than a day or two?
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Tue Mar 28, 2017
Louis Wolfson answered:
Depends on where in Newton and your expectations of quality. Figure around 400 - 600 including land.

Land costs around 750,000 - 2000000
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Tue Mar 28, 2017
Louis Wolfson answered:
Code isn't as important as safety. I would bring it up. The same way GFCI may not be in place or have been code when the home was built, but you would want to improve that as well. In Newton very little is a deal breaker as its hard to find a good home at a "fair" price and there is a lot of competition with buyers who make offers without inspections and or finance contingencies.

Good luck
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Wed Aug 31, 2016
Miron Yoffe asked:
I found that my property listing was changed by Monte Kroner
7819297424. Here is the listing:…
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Sun Jun 5, 2016
Christine Moran Realtor & Notary answered:
There are study guides you can buy. There might be resources on
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Thu Jun 2, 2016
Stephanie Krein asked:
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 Mar 7, 2016
Mgrieb01 asked:
I know I can not "update" the picture of my house, but the one that is posted for my house is not correct and want it taken down please. I am the owner - I would prefer no picture…
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Thu Mar 3, 2016
Louis Wolfson answered:
Newton is always a community in demand because of its location, transportation and schools. Other excellent communities, Brookline, Dover, Needham, Wellesley Weston, Lexington

Spring market is here and there is much demand and a lot of new listings coming on.

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Thu Jan 28, 2016
Enfantsdoc asked:
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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Fri Oct 30, 2015
Amelia Robinette answered:
You may want to look for a construction loan - it would pay off the existing mortgage (like a refinance) and you can also roll in some of your building costs. There are few different types of construction loans available.

Check with a local lender about your options.
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Tue May 12, 2015
Jason Hill answered:
I'm no expert, but I do feel that there is a positive connotation with wood siding as opposed to a synthetic material. If it is cost effective for you in your current status, I would recommend using the cedar. But, if the cement siding is the best option, for money's sake, it seems to be a great option as well; seeing as it looks similar to the cedar, and is not vinyl. I don't know what effects this will have on your home value; if questions arise, however, perhaps it will be sufficient to explain that it is not vinyl siding. ... more
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Sun Jan 11, 2015
The Graveline Group answered:
Trulia relies on 3rd party information. Chance are the photo is displayed incorrectly elsewhere and Trulia is getting the feed from another website.
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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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