Open Houses

Come by the open houses this weekend!

 

Saturday, January 31st:

 

Wellesley:

8 Hastings Street, offered for $695,000 – 12-1:30pm

115 Lowell Road, offered for $1,850,000 – 2-3:30pm

21 Westerly Street, offered for $595,000 – 2-3:30pm

 

Sunday, February 1st:

 

Dedham:

159 Meadowbrook Road, offered for $1,695,000 – 12-1:30pm

 

Dover:

16 Old Colony Drive, offered for $2,295,000 – 12-2pm

 

Natick:

10 Sienna Lane, offered for $695,000 – 12-1:30pm

 

Wayland:

24 Claypit Hill Road, offered for $1,375,000 – 12-1:30pm

 

Wellesley:

8 Hastings Street, offered for $695,000 – 12-1:30pm

30 Fuller Brook Road, offered for $1,399,000 – 12-1:30pm

115 Lowell Road, offered for $1,850,000 – 12-1:30pm

103 Livingston Road, offered for $2,650,000 – 2-3:30pm

21 Livermore Road, offered for $3,500,000 – 2-3:30pm

56 Windsor Road, offered for $3,895,000 – 2-3:30pm

50 Tempe Road, offered for $2,645,000 – 2-3:30pm

 

Weston:

30 Country Drive, offered for $3,675,000 – 1-2:30pm

1 Glen House Way, offered for $3,195,000 – 12-1:30pm

32 Forest Ridge Road, offered for $1,399,000 – 12-1:30pm

56 Chestnut Street, offered for $3,695,000 – 2-3:30pm

22 Sears Road, offered for $3,998,000 – 2-3:30pm

If You Want to Make a Move in 2015, Start the Process Now!

By: Debi Benoit

 

In the 2014 real estate market, inventory was extremely low. This was ideal for sellers, as buyers were often swept into bidding wars resulting in closing prices that were well over asking prices. Buyers, while they may have paid more than the asking price, saw very low interest rates. Currently interest rates remain low, though it is likely that these rates may rise towards the end of 2015.

 

According to Fox Business News, the real estate market in 2015 will be ideal for buying or selling a home. Inventory is expected to grow a bit, and as a result, home prices should be more affordable. The same report predicts that “increased inventory will be the main driver, but investors have now exited the market which means it will once again be okay to include mortgage and inspection contingencies in your offers.” As of now, inventory is still very low in our local market and therefore an excellent time to put your house on the market.

 

Click here for full article.

 

 

New Listing Wellesley

8 Hastings Street, Wellesley MA ~ $695,000

Picture perfect Colonial! Bright sun room opens to gracious living room with hardwood floors and sun-splashed dining room with bay window. Fantastic, updated kitchen with granite countertops and eat-in area leads to stunning patio overlooking picturesque backyard. Three well-proportioned bedrooms with gleaming hardwood floors and updated full bath lead to fabulous third floor with bonus room and play room. Wonderful opportunity, close to schools and parks.

For more information please contact Debi Benoit.

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Pros & Cons of Listing your House in the Winter vs. Spring

In a traditional real estate market, age-old wisdom suggests that the best time to list a house for sale is in the spring. This is typically a time when the home looks its best and when more buyers are searching for homes. However, as most people have realized by now, 2014 exhibited anything but traditional real estate trends. In today’s current market, it may actually be wiser to list a house right away, regardless of the season or how frightful the weather outside might be!

 

Looking specifically at Needham and Brookline, two of the hottest markets in the Greater Boston Area, it is fascinating to see how much the landscape has changed in just one year. According to data from MLS Property Information Network, from 2013-2014 the average sale price on all single-family houses and condos jumped from $859,577 to $967,479. Historically, this large of an increase typically occurs over a 5-10 year period, but now the average sale rose just as much in only one year. Over the past couple of years, offers have been accepted more quickly, and as a result, houses have been selling at a much faster rate.

 

While it is not possible to truly know the market trends for 2015, it is conceivable that we could make accurate predictions based on what current data suggests and through conversations among industry professionals. In combining and analyzing this information, one can anticipate the real estate market to continue its ascension throughout all seasons this year. Current buyers can attest to this prediction, as they are also purchasing houses in the winter despite having fewer homes to choose from.

 

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Plotting Your Next Move: Time to Head to the Suburbs?

Jared Wilk is a Broker Associate at the Benoit Mizner Simon & Co. real estate firm, where he covers the Metrowest and Greater Boston areas.

 

The number one toughest question clients often ask is, “When is the right time to move to the suburbs?” Fortunately and unfortunately — and depending on how you choose to look at things — there is no data to provide the correct answer. The best advice?: ask yourself what you enjoy about the city, what you hate about city-living, what you expect to gain from moving to the suburbs — and what you’ll miss the most.

 

For instance, if you suddenly find yourself with a 3-month-old baby, an 85-pound dog and a cat, 1,000 square feet on the second floor of a condo may start to feel a lot smaller than it did just a year or two ago. While that might mean you need more space, it doesn’t always have to translate into suburban living. Some folks don’t mind expanding their family a bit inside city limits, and just need more space. Others may not have kids yet, but are finally ready for a quieter lifestyle after years of moving around different urban locales.

 

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Open Houses

Come by the open houses this weekend!

 

Sunday, January 25th:

 

Dedham:

159 Meadowbrook Road, offered for $1,695,000 – 12-1:30pm

Dover:

16 Old Colony Drive, offered for $2,295,000 – 12-1:30pm

Natick:

10 Sienna Lane, offered for $695,000 – 12-1:30pm

Wellesley:

30 Fuller Brook Road, offered for $1,399,000 – 12-1:30pm

115 Lowell Road, offered for $1,850,000 – 2-3:30pm

103 Livingston Road, offered for $2,650,000 – 2-3:30pm

21 Livermore Road, offered for $3,500,000 – 2-3:30pm

56 Windsor Road, offered for $3,895,000 – 2-3:30pm

21 Westerly Street, offered for $595,000 – 2-3:30pm

Weston:

56 Chestnut Street, offered for $3,695,000 – 12-1:30pm

22 Sears Road, offered for $3,998,000 – 12-1:30pm

53 Jericho, offered for $389,900 – 12-1:30pm

1 Glen House Way, offered for $3,195,000 – 2-3:30pm

32 Forest Ridge Road, offered for $1,399,000 – 2-3:30pm

New Listing Dedham

159 Meadowbrook Road, Dedham MA ~ $1,695,000

Exquisite Stucco residence majestically sited on 3.77 acres overlooking scenic Weld Pond offers expansive living spaces with stunning views. A grand front to back foyer welcomes you to this timeless property. Gracious living room with fireplace, built-ins and French doors opens to oversized stone porch with scenic views. Elegant dining room features picture windows, fireplace and detailed moldings. Sun splashed kitchen offers center island, dining area and exterior access to additional screened in porch. Magnificent master suite with high ceilings, walk in close, sauna and spa-like bath provides a private retreat. Walk out lower level includes playroom which opens to stone patio. Fabulous location in sought after Precinct 1 neighborhood. Well known Boston architect. Meticulously maintained!

For more information please contact Debi Benoit.

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Open Houses

Come by the open houses this weekend!

 

Saturday, January 17th:

21 Westerly Street, offered for $595,000  – 12-1:30pm

Sunday, January 18th:

Dover:

16 Old Colony Drive, offered for $2,295,000 – 1:30-3PM

Natick:

10 Sienna Lane, offered for $695,000 – 12-1:30pm

Wayland:

203 Hayfield Lane, offered for $1,225,000 – 12-2pm

24 Claypit Hill Road, offered for $1,375,000 – 12-1:30pm

Wellesley:

30 Fuller Brook Road, offered for $1,399,000 – 12-1:30pm

115 Lowell Road, offered for $1,850,000 – 12-1:30pm

103 Livingston Road, offered for $2,650,000 – 12-1:30pm

50 Temple Road, offered for $2,645,000 – 2-3:30pm

21 Livermore Road, offered for $3,500,000 – 2-3:30pm

56 Windsor Road, offered for $3,895,000 – 2-3:30pm

Weston:

32 Forest Ridge Road, offered for $1,399,000 – 12-1:30pm

56 Chestnut Street, offered for $3,695,000 – 12-1:30pm

281 Glen Road, offered for $1,185,000 – 2-3:30pm

22 Sears Road, offered for $3,998,000 – 2-3:30pm

 

Open Houses

Come by the open houses this weekend!

 

Sunday, January 11th:

 

Wayland:

 

203 Hayfield Lane, offered for $1,225,000 – 1-3pm

24 Claypit Hill Road, offered for $1,375,000 – 1-2:30pm

139 Buckskin Drive, offered for $1,790,000 – 2:30-4pm

 

Wellesley:

 

30 Fuller Brook Road, offered for $1,399,000 – 12-1:30pm

 

Weston:

 

32 Highland Meadows Lane, offered for $2,095,000 – 12-2:30pm

281 Glen Road, offered for $1,185,000 – 12:30-2pm

32 Forest Ridge Road, offered for $1,399,000 – 2:30-4pm

56 Chestnut Street, offered for $3,695,000 – 2:30-4pm

22 Sears Road, offered for $3,998,000 – 23:30-2pm

 

 

Living in the Lap of Luxury: Projected Home Trends for 2015

By: Debi Benoit

 

While luxury homes have always revolved around style and customization tailored to the specific needs of each homeowner, the trends are consistently changing, adapting to new designs and technology. This past year brought many new concepts to the luxury home market – offerings such as exquisite walk-in showers with custom shower heads and water conservation systems, yards with built-in fire pits, unique open floor plans centered around the kitchen with quartz countertops, outdoor cooking areas with fireplaces, wine tasting rooms, and green features like outlets for electric cars in garages.

 

While nobody can truly know what 2015 will bring in terms of trends, it’s possible to make some predictions based on new features that are starting to take hold in new, high-end developments across the country. Based on what’s coming to market, the elite homes of 2015 will likely include the following:

 

Ultra High-Tech Devices: Newer luxury homes will become ‘smart homes,’ allowing homeowners to control lighting, security, heating, and their television all with a simple click on their smart phone. Additionally, these homes will likely have a keyless entry biometric technology allowing owners to scan their finger to unlock their door. With electronics a part of everyday life now, people are constantly in need of a place to charge their cell phones or laptops. Buyers will start to see more niches of space dedicated to mobile device maintenance in high traffic areas, such as the front or side entrances, or in kitchens.

 

Spacious Garages: In 2014, outlets were starting to be built into garages to charge electric cars, and this trend will likely continue to grow and expand in 2015. Garages are no longer simple, cold concrete spaces attached to your house to shelter your car. They are now being built underground, or with personal car lifts so that every automobile can be protected from the elements. Some luxury garages include areas to care for and bathe the family pets, and a space to control the audio/visual and temperature aspects of a home.

 

Outdoor Living Spaces: Fire pits will continue to grow in popularity in 2015. For Northeastern luxury homes, outdoor kitchens, fireplaces, and customized spots for pets will become increasingly more popular. Patios will offer more outdoor sitting and dining spaces for hosting guests, especially useful when utilizing that poolside cooking area. While natural-looking pools were a hot commodity a few seasons ago, manmade ponds are now becoming more popular since they create a peaceful environment for homeowners.

 

Multiple Suites: While open floor plans will stay in style, luxury homeowners are now looking for a lifelong home that can accommodate their family as it grows and changes throughout the generations. This translates into having more than one master suite, so that children can live at home longer, older relatives can easily move in, or guests can stay comfortably in their own separate quarters. These multiple suites include a private bathroom, and are expected to be included more often in newer luxury designs and new construction.

 

Spa-like Master Baths: This year’s high-end homes will still feature customized showers with all the amenities, but the extravagance will now apply to the entire bathroom. Luxury baths are growing larger in size, featuring his and hers spaces, marble flooring and countertops, and warming drawers for towels. These rooms may also feature temperature-controlled radiant flooring. Aesthetically, larger master bathrooms call for more grandiose lighting, such as crystal chandeliers, modern metallic features, or hand-blown glass depending on the homeowner’s personal style. Bottom line – you’ll never want to leave!

 

Luxury trends are always changing – and what was the “in” thing yesterday might be obsolete tomorrow. One thing is for certain – if these Class A amenities offer owners the chance to enjoy life in the comfort of their own homes, and do so with the touch of a button – they’ll catch on.