Well ... www.greatschools.org is an excellent resource for evaluating schools and school systems. Otherwise, what makes for a "good school" is really quite subjective. If it is strictly academic performance, you may also want to take a look MCAS results from various towns http://www.doe.mass.edu/mcas/results.html
What size home are you looking for? Single Family? Condo? Townhome? Would a 3bdrm+ 2ba townhouse in Newton for $389K be appealing?
If you're looking for a Realtor to help you work through these questions, I'd be happy to help. But I hope my pointers have helped.... more
Well Waltham of course would be your shortest commute :)
Newton, Watertown, Lexington, Belmont - these are all communities that are nearby. I can help you in any of these Towns, call me at 617-974-2568 for assistance... more
There are some terrific financing programs for first-time homebuyers. I am not aware of any "incentives" other than the fact the prices are still down (but rising as inventory is depleted) and the mortgage rates are still at historic lows.
I would recommend you speak to a mortgage consultant to find out which specific financing programs you qualify for. Ask about the USDA Rural Housing Program that provides 100% financing, although there are income limits and only certain communities qualify.
Please feel free to reach out to me directly if you need any referrals for local lenders!
You should have a buyers agent. The seller has (presumably) made an agreement with a listing agent that includes commission. That commission will be paid to the agent regardless of whether or not you have a buyer agent representing you. If you have no agent, the seller's agent gets to keep the entire commission. If you are represented, the seller's agent will be splitting the commission with your agent.
A lot of people make this assumption, and it is not correct. In addition, having someone on your side to protect your interests is the reason to have an agent..
I am a buyers agent and would be happy to help you submit an offer, negotiate, get through inspection, and close the deal. I might even be able to negotiate some upgrades for you!
There is the issue of procuring cause that the agent would be owed a commission if he or she were the one who took you to the home an made an offer on your behalf. Not having a signed agreement with the agent makes them basically a volunteer not a good situation for the agent since there is not agreement in writing to bind them to you and vice versa,... more
Your question isn't entirely clear...and I am a bit confused as to what exactly you are seeking. I shall assume from the added comment below your question, that you wish to know how to have your utilities turned on and who to contact. You can google that information for your local area and be able to access all the right people.
Hope this helps!... more
If the property has been treated for termites, this does not necessarily mean that it had termites. Many homeowners will have their homes treated as a precaution.
At your home inspection, be sure to ask the inspector to check for termites.
To buy the house, you will have to work out the details with the builder. See if the builder has there own contract that they use. If you go this route, I would strongly recommend having an attorney look over the contract before signing anything.
You will have to find out what similar house in the area are selling for to find out how much the house may be worth.... more
It would depend on what features your looking for, your budget and what communities you are interested in. Also what is your 3,5,10 year plan. It's really a very personal decision with alot of variables.... more
For an ethical real estate agent /Realtor to answer the question would be violating fair housing laws. A good buyers agent would have the tools and experience to help you determine if certain areas are right for you.... more
Hi Actonian - The condo you are looking at last sold in 2006 for $457,500. Considering the size and number of beds and baths the asking price is decent is fairly decent but in my opinion there is some room to go lower. There are other comparable properties available in Waltham as well which you might want to check out. I'm happy to show you anything you might want to see and to provide more information on the Waltham condo market.... more
There are contrary views on transmission lines. While some people see them as just an eyesore, others feel they are dangerous because of the EMF (Electro Magnetic Fields). Here you have to make your own determination. From a re-sale value point of view transmission lines are on a par with freeway proxmity. The more you can see them the less valuable the home is to the buying public. There are people who will not buy a home close to transmission line period.
Do your research. Talk to the neighbors, the city building and health departments, check with the utility company and the EPA. Then make the choice that is right for you and your family.
My answer is going to sound a little Wizard of Oz'ish but you have the ability to answer your own question.
Others can offer their opinions, but the ultimate decision is, and should be, yours because it is a very personal one.
Whether you are buying a unit in a two family or a single family, you will be asking yourself the exact same questions.... Does this property "talk to me". Does this property feel like "home"? Is the property in a good location? Which school will my child be attending? Could there be a presence of lead paint that could potentially be hazardous to my child's health?
If you can be flexible with your town and location...and patient.... you will find the perfect home. What is most important is that you do not limit yourself by what you "hear". Go with your heart, a good buyers agent who understands what you are looking for, and you will soon be saying "There's no place like home!"
A Buyer Agent will answer these questions and help you with negotiating a good price. For someone to do it on line, without visiting the property and doing some research, would just be a best guess. Anyone can give you the property taxes ($5237.02) and answer factual questions, but there is more to the process than that.
The answer to your question about a short sale is a long one, but one thing to be aware of is that it will usually take 3 to 9 months to get an answer from the bank! The last one I had took 3 months, and the answer was a simple "no", and the bank raised the asking price after that!
Since it doesn't cost you anything for Buyer Agent services, why not give it a try? If you would like the name of a good agent in Waltham, I'd be happy to provide one, with contact information.