Real Estate

Real Estate: What Young Buyers Want

Real Estate: What Young Buyers Want...They want to spend their weekends with family and friends having experiences, they do not want to spend time renovating. There are a few creative types that would like to put their own stamp on a home, but they are a definite minority...
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Real Estate: The Lowdown on Accessory Apartments

Recently, the City of Newton passed an ordinance allowing accessory apartments to be legalized. Of course, this has raised many questions about what constitutes an "accessory apartment." In this post, I'll try to clear up some questions...
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Real Estate: The Teardown Conundrum

I don’t know how many of you have had the pleasure of attending a Newton Historic review meeting, but it's a real eye opener. Here's a typical story...
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Newton Real Estate by Zip Code

Newton by zip code! Since Newton is so large and the villages quite diverse, I'm eager to share how Newton real estate performs village-by-village...
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Real Estate: Is Your Home Functionally Obsolete?

"Functionally obsolete" in real estate means the reduction in the usefulness or desirability of a home because of an outdated design feature, usually one that cannot be easily changed. This applies to many houses currently on the market here in Newton...
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Real Estate Advice: “Best and Final Offer”

A "Best and Final Offer" in real estate is a buyer's last and highest offer. A seller who has received several offers will usually ask top bidders to submit a Best and Final Offer. This type of offer induces STRESS (!) for both the buyer and their agent...
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Guest Post: Real Estate Market Snapshot

I am excited to be the real estate blogger for LiveNewton.net. I thought I would write my first blog about the current real estate market in Newton. The single most important piece of information is — we have a dearth of inventory in homes priced under $1.5M, a glut over $2M and an overabundance over $3M. I cannot foresee the over $3M...
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Learn More About

Newton, MA is located approximately 7 miles from downtown Boston and is home to ~ 87,000 people. Our city boasts numerous foodie-oriented eateries, is close to major work centers and hospitals, is readily accessible by public transportation (buses and the T), and is home to an ethnically diverse, well-educated populace. It is often cited as one of America’s best cities and is unique among Boston’s affluent Western suburbs. This is because, despite its status as “Boston suburb,” Newton retains the best qualities of city life.

Highly Rated, Walkable Schools

Newton is home to 15 walkable neighborhood elementary schools. There are 4 middle schools, and 2 high schools. Unlike Boston Public Schools, however, Newton’s Public Schools are considered some of the best in the state and even, dare we say, the nation. That said, some choose a private school education and there are several in our area as well. And if kids want to stick close to home, numerous colleges are also in our backyard. Read more about the individual schools here.

Commuters’ Dream

No matter where you work, Newton provides several options for transportation and is geographically well-positioned between the Mass Pike (I-90), I-125/95 and Rt. 9. In addition, there are MBTA Express buses (in West Newton, Newtonville or Newton Corner) to Downtown Boston and a Commuter Rail that is highly dependable. The Green Line of the T (that’s our above-ground Subway) runs throughout several villages, a slower commuting option but it’s reliable, safe and clean. In addition, buses run regularly to Cambridge. You’ll also find easy access to Storrow and Memorial Drives. There’s always biking, which is definitely embraced by many of our residents. And a plus for those who travel often, getting to Logan Airport is a breeze. With no traffic, it only takes between 15 – 20 minutes to get to Logan.

Hot Housing Market

Because Newton is one of Boston’s most popular suburbs, home buyers may grow frustrated in the search for an affordable home here. While there is high demand, the supply is limited and the prices reflect the hot real estate market. More often than not, home buyers encounter bidding wars and cash offers. Renting here, unfortunately, also tends to be quite expensive. 

Although it can be discouraging as a prospective buyer or renter, we hope you will consider making our wonderful city home. You truly won’t regret it.

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