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Middlesex County : Real Estate Advice

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Thu Nov 14, 2013
Richard Shapiro answered:
Tear down or fix up? If buying a property to tear down, there is much research that should be done. You should be speaking to a local Realtor, Contractor and an attorney familiar with zoning rules in the particular town. ... more
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Sun May 26, 2013
Richard Shapiro answered:
It tough. If you file right away it may take about 4 weeks but the longer you go the longer it takes. We do have an accelerated way and would be happy to share if you contact me.
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Sun May 26, 2013
Phil Rotondo answered:
I think this belongs on your blog.....especially if you're going to answer your own question.
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Wed Mar 19, 2014
Hello how do you know your home value did you have an appraisal done recently? You may email me at or phone 262-649-5439.

Brynn Sorenson
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Wed Nov 7, 2012 answered:
Researching condo's and single families:

Start Date: 8/7/2012
End Date: 9/7/2012
8 properties sold

Start Date: 9/7/2012
End Date: 10/7/2012
3 properties sold

Start Date: 10/7/2012
End Date: 11/7/2012
3 properties sold

This is a pretty traditional seasonal cycle you are seeing here. Sales usually dry up the deeper you get into the winter.

Hope that helps!
Massachusetts Premier Buyer Agents
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Mon Nov 12, 2012
Louis Wolfson answered:
Depends on the terms of your purchase agreement. Many short sales and reo properties prohibit it.

If it is a typical p&s the answer is yes. Do you have nominee in the p&s or do you have to close simultaneously

You can advertise it on mls with the proper disclosures (check with your local mls)

I'm curious if you prepared to close if you don't flip it? Do you have anything at risk?
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Thu Nov 1, 2012
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Fri Nov 2, 2012
Richard Shapiro answered:
No one owns a public parking spot. Certain neighborhoods may have customs but even those are fakakta. Street justice for violating may result in flat tires or having your car keyed. Ask your neigbor as they would know best. If you have the $$ you may want to think about a garage spot. Some grages have monthly overnight rates which could work if you commute out of the city. You may want to really ask yourself is it worth it having a car in the city. ... more
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Fri Nov 2, 2012
Richard Shapiro answered:
Personally, I dont like taking out a 30 year loan to pay off an asset you have for only several years.

Rates are fairly low right now and if you have not taken advantage of them, perhaps it could make sense. If you dont have a financial planner to bounce a question like this off of, then perhaps it time to find one. ... more
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Wed Oct 31, 2012
Greer Swiston answered:
All four of our Middle Schools are outstanding! However, I do understand that not every school is a good match for every student.

A great place to look at what makes each school great is as well as taking a look at the school profiles on

Our Middle Schools are Bigelow, Brown, Day and Oak Hill ... let me know if I can be of any more assistance. I do work for renters.
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Sun Oct 28, 2012
Richard Shapiro answered:
I would start with the social security administration. Then contact the three credit bureaus about putting a fraud alert on your report to prevent credit being apply for fraudulently.
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Sat Oct 27, 2012
Louis Wolfson answered:
depends on the type of home business you are planning. All communities allow you to have home business and it usually spelled out in the town building by-laws what types are allowed. Under the Somerville by-laws this is what is allowed under a home buisness. Any other questions should be addressed with the towns zoning administrator and or your attorney.

"2.2.69. Home Occupation. An activity customarily carried on inside a dwelling unit, and conforming to the following requirements:


Only the residents of the dwelling unit shall conduct the home occupation.


The home occupation shall require only customary home equipment.


The use, including storage of materials or products, shall be carried on strictly within an enclosed building.


There shall be no exterior structural alterations that are not customary with residential buildings, excluding signs as provided for in Article 12


The production of offensive noise, vibration, smoke, dust or other particulate matter, heat, humidity, glare, or other objectionable effects shall be prohibited.


The home occupation would not be expected to have more than one (1) visitor car at any given time.

A home occupation shall include, but is not limited to: the studio of a visual artist, craftsperson, musician or other performing artist, photographer, or writer; the teaching of not more than four (4) pupils simultaneously; work of a domestic nature, such as dressmaking, millinery, or preparing food for sale; and the office of an architect, landscape architect, engineer, attorney, sales representative, computer software developer, typist, or word processor where clients generally do not visit the premises to transact business.

Notwithstanding the above definition, the following uses shall not be considered a home occupation: auto or appliance repair; contractor's shop or storage; barber shops; beauty parlors; real estate or insurance offices; commercial stables or kennels; an office within a primary residence of a physician, dentist or other recognized medical profession; body art establishment."
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Fri Jul 19, 2013
Heath Coker answered:
Some people will like that and some will not.
I am reminded of Vinnie sleeping in jail in "My Cousin Vinnie".
That was the place that sounded most like his bedroom at home.

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Fri Oct 26, 2012
Matthew Innis answered:
Could you please be a bit more specific on what you mean by rental communities and other needs and wants you have. You can email me directly at
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Thu Oct 25, 2012
Heath Coker answered:
It seems that you have placed your question on a site that has a different purpose.

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Sun Oct 1, 2017
Ellen Friedman answered:
Landlord's charge all kinds of fees--some charge a move-in fee, some a key fee, and so on. If they want to charge additional rent because you have a pet they may do that. They can charge any fee they want as long as it's not an additional security deposit. Landlords may legally charge only one month's rent as a security or damage deposit--and a pet fee that is refundable if there's no pet damage would fall into that category. Additional rent that you do not get back would not. You don't have to pay the additional fees or the additional rent but keep in mind that it's tough to find a landlord who will rent so someone with a pet.

Ellen G. Friedman, Keller Williams Realty,
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Tue Jul 1, 2014
Ron Thomas answered:
Have you considered going up, and knocking on the door, and introducing yourself:
People used to do that.
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Tue Jul 23, 2013
Anna M Brocco answered:
It's really in your best interest to consult with an attorney who specializes in real estate....
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Wed Feb 20, 2013
Christine Moran Realtor & Notary answered:
You should go to the postlets website it has the property listed there too with contact info
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Mon Dec 24, 2012
Kalyn Ringwold answered:
I can't see someone maintaining the price if the appraisal came in under the list price. Unless there was something extremely unique about that property and it was a seller's market, chances are they will have to come down on the price or risk not having that property sold for a very long time. Plus with it being an investor they care more about moving the property asap. In the end it would cost them more to wait on 1000 than to lower it.
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