Lovingly referred to as ‘JP’, Boston’s Jamaica Plain neighborhood is abundant with local restaurants, green spaces, and a diverse community that makes it a wonderful place to live or visit year round.
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Just north of Boston is one of Eastern Massachusetts’ most historic and innovative cities: Cambridge.
For Sale by Owner (FSBO) transactions certainly seem appealing; it can appear that it is easier to sell without help and that you can maximize your profit by not having to pay an agent’s commission. The truth is, in fact, the opposite.
1.) You Net More Money When Using an Agent: A recent study of the 2017 Real Estate Market by the National Association of REALTORS® show that a typical house sold by a homeowner sells for $190,000 while... [MORE]
We know we've kept you waiting, but we PROMISE it was all worth it! Dwell360 is proud to present the 2017 Year End Market Report, featuring single family, condominium, and multi family data for Newton, Needham, Brookline, Wellesley, Cambridge, Beacon Hill, West Roxbury, Charl... [MORE]
Wellesley, Massachusetts is a picturesque town just 15 miles outside of Boston boasting beautiful homes, great schools, and charming character that make it a great place to live.
Interesting Facts... [MORE]
We are thrilled to introduce the newest member to the Dwell360 team, Martika Jenkins! Watch to learn about her unique experiences and what she likes to do for fun!
Keep an eye out in the coming weeks for more episodes profiling each of our fantastic team!
Nestled between Newton and downtown Boston, Brookline, Massachusetts is one of the country’s most notable suburbs with a bounty of history, top notch food and school systems, and culture on every corner.[MORE]
Dwell360's Sandra Siciliano has an interesting history and a beautiful family - don't miss learning all about her in the latest episode of Meet Dwell360!
Keep an eye out in the coming weeks for more episodes profiling each of our fantastic team!
You might recognize Jennifer's bubbly personality from a recent listing video but do you know about her favorite restaurant? Find out in our latest episode!
Keep an eye out in the coming weeks for more episodes profiling each of our fantastic team!
You won't want to miss HEARING from our admin, Loretta Kelly! Check our Episode 3 of our Meet Dwell360 Video Series below!
Keep an eye out in the coming weeks for more episodes profiling each of our fantastic team!
You know one of our founders, Edward Johnston, is a great REALTOR, but do you know about his favorite sports team? Find out in our latest episode of Meet Dwell360!
Keep an eye out in the coming weeks for more episodes profiling each of our fantastic team!
Tune in for the first of our Meet Dwell360 Video Series, where we help you get to know the agents and staff that make up our real estate brokerage.
Keep an eye out in the coming weeks for more episodes profiling each of our fantastic team!... [MORE]
Welcome to Needham, a popular suburb of Boston alive with continuous growth. Great schools and a strong sense of community keep this local town among the area’s most desirable places to live. As more buyers flock to purchase homes, we’d like to invite you on a virtual t... [MORE]
We are so grateful to have had the opportunity to participate in this year's local Relay for Life. With help from our friends, family, clients, and community, we were able to raise over $9,500 for the American Cancer Society. Watch the video above to see more fun from the event! ... [MORE]
This blog was written by Jennifer Mattson, a Dwell360 REALTOR® and Relocation Specialist.
It’s no secret; I enjoy moving. Since the age of 18, I have relocated my primary residence no less than 15 times. Perhaps it’s the change of scenery or the... [MORE]
Just a short distance from Boston, the city of Newton, Massachusetts is regarded as a bustling area complete with high quality schools, friendly faces, stunning homes, and a vibrant community. With home sales continuing to flourish, there are an abundance of new families moving in all the time. To help familiar... [MORE]
Starting a partnership with your real estate agent can often elicit similar emotions evoked by a romantic relationship. It starts out exciting; the beginning moments full of anticipation of the life changing events still to come. As some romantic interactions can go, however, n... [MORE]
Whether you’re looking for inspiration for a revamp of your own home’s design, or just like drooling over the swoon-worthy rooms, these Instagram accounts are sure to please with their flawless style and impeccable taste. Follow one or follow them all![MORE]
The beautiful city of Newton continues to grow with a recent proposal from Northland Investment Corp. to transform Newton’s Upper Falls.
The Newton-based developer unveiled plans that propose a complete overhaul of 30 acres off Needham Street, cha... [MORE]
The holiday season is the perfect time of year to redirect our focus on others and give back to our local community.
Food instability is a growing problem fo... [MORE]
You might be diligent about locking your doors, but dangers can lurk inside the home as well. House fires impact hundreds of homeowners each year so it is important to have a safety plan for your family in case of an emergency. In addition, there are many steps that can be taken... [MORE]
Despite cloudy skies and the threat of rain, Dwell360's Big Annual Open House Party went off without a hitch this past weekend!
Heritage Food Truck served up delicious eats from pulled pork sliders to deep fried macaroni and cheese balls to gazpacho and portabella mushroom... [MORE]
With a so many buyers searching for their perfect home, it is supremely important that any home for sale is marketed properly to ensure success for the seller. At Dwell360 Real Estate, we reach above and beyond normal measures to ensure our listings reach every possible buyer.
Our most recent listing was a set of Newton, Massachusetts condos. Two Philadelphia style units, each newly renovated real estate, were a gorgeous setting for two videos that helped showcase the prope... [MORE]
When you’re thinking of buying or selling a home, one of the most important decisions you’ll make is choosing the agent who will represent your interests. As in any other profession, there are many misconceptions about real estate agents. We wanted to set the record straight and clear up... [MORE]
Videos are the future of marketing, especially in real estate, and we are constantly striving to stay at the forefront of innovation to best serve our clientele. By leveraging video and social media, Dwell360 is reaching a wider audience than ever before.
For a recently listed property in Charlestown, John Lynch broadcasted live from the Bunker Hill Monument and inside the property to give viewers an exclusive look at the property before it went to market.... [MORE]
We're gearing up for an exciting fall - be sure to save the date for Dwell360's Big Annual Open House Party on 10/2 and Newtonville Village Day on 9/25!
Have you ever wanted an oasis next to the beach or a cabin in the mountains? You’re not alone; many people have or desire to own a second home. For whatever the use, a second home can be a sound investment.
Newtonville is set to receive some substantial upgrades. Two major development projects are due to be introduced to the area, starting with sizeable plans for Austin Street.
28 Austin Street
The same street where Dwell360 is located, many know Austin Street as the turn you make to get to the Star Market over the Mass Pike. By Summer of 2018, however, the landscape of Austin Street will have changed significantly. Ap... [MORE]
With thoughts of chill and snow vanishing in the distance, our minds turn to warm weather and what the outdoors have to offer in springtime. As such, the season makes for the perfect time to spruce up the yard. Below find our list of great local places for you to pick up anything your yard might need. New to gardening? Check out our list of 10 Easy Plants to Increase Your Curb Appeal.
Spring is here, and with it comes many events throughout Boston and surrounding areas. Whether you’re looking for an evening of music or to sample local cuisine, the list of April events below presents a bounty of opportunity to engage citizens of any age.
Big Apple Circus - Grand Tour: March 24 - April 24, 2016: The latest tour from the Big Apple Circus takes its audience back to the 1920s! Ships, trains, autom... [MORE]
Nearly every Boston neighborhood saw increases in 2015 as the Massachusetts real estate market continues to flourish. Click here to read our full Boston Market Report including single fam... [MORE]
In 2015, the average price of a single family home in Natick rose to over $606k!
Last year Natick, Massachusetts experienced another year of gains in the residential real estate market. The number of single family homes sold only slightly increa... [MORE]
Dwell360 is pleased to present this article, expertly written by our friend Bryan Kurzman, Senior Mortgage Banker and Mortgage Strategist of Leader Bank in Needham, MA.
During the summer, warm weather makes it easy to make plans or find things to do. Colder temperatures certainly make our avoidance of boredom more difficult. Rest assured, Dwell360 is here to help! Browse our... [MORE]
Let’s continue with our series by touching on a few more house styles!
The term ‘Tudor’ is mildly historically inaccurate; one might assume that it refers to the typical buildings found during the Tudor Dynasty in 1500s England. In reality, Tudor house style is in reference to the tudor revival or medieval revival structures popular in the United States. The term is certainly more broad than other h... [MORE]
It’s no news that homes exist in many shapes and sizes. The varying features can help categorize properties into existing styles that help differentiate one from another. Each style has their own notable highlights as well as things that may attract or deter prospective buyers.
Said to be one of the most popular home styles in the United States, the Colonial home first came to existence around the 1700s. Colonists emigrating fr... [MORE]
With winter snowfalls just around the corner, we can’t help but remember the power packed storms that rolled through Massachusetts last year. To avoid damage to your home this year, be prepared for one of winter’s major hazards: ice dams. The icicles hanging off the sides of your home may be pretty, but they could spell out disaster.[MORE]
Dwell360 would like to cordially invite any REALTORS in need of credits to attend our Annual REALTOR Continuing Education Class! See the flyer below for more information.
Dwell360 is a residential real estate firm based in Newton, Massachusetts, servicing the cities and subu... [MORE]
With the crisp air of winter settling in, the temperature of the home becomes of more concern to homeowners. Thermostats will be turned up, heavy blankets taken out of storage, and firewood lit. In order to ensure safety when snuggled up indoors this winter, special attention should be paid to the chimney and fireplace to prepare for the cold season.
Bugs aren’t the only pests that might visit or inhabit your home; there are various other creatures that can cause problems.
Mice and Rats
Various types of mice and rats can be found in homes, often entering in sea... [MORE]
There are many little pests that can be a nuisance to homeowners. To protect your home from damage, it is important to learn about their habits so that elimination can occur stress free.
Unlike the more wid... [MORE]
Another unwelcome guest that you might find in your home is bats. While an important animal to our ecosystem, they can have no place in our homes.
Being a homeowner is a worthy investment of money, time, and energy. Crafting a house into becoming a home can be such a rewarding task. This isn’t to say, however, that there are no bumps along the way. Among many challenges, pests like termites can be an issue. Knowing about what they are and the potential for harm they cause can be the first step in eliminating problems hopefully before they even begin.
What Is A Termite?... [MORE]
Dwell360 is pleased to present this article, expertly written by our friend Bryan Kurzman, Senior Mortgage Banker and Mortgage Strategist of Leader Bank in Needham, MA.
You may have heard the term ‘septic tank’ before, but do you know what owning a septic system entails? Find the answers to many frequently asked questions below.
What is a septic tank?
A septic tank is a sewage waste system that is designed for containment of waste from a home. While designs can vary, the mos... [MORE]
It may be overwhelming to think of installing a solar energy system in your home, but rest assured that Massachusetts as well as federal credits, incentives, and financing options are available to help homeown... [MORE]
As time goes on, more and more people are becoming concerned with earth conservation and renewable energy. Sometimes it may seem overwhelming; what difference can one person or home make? Truth be told, the impact may be larger than you think.[MORE]
It’s no secret that summer means beach season for many residents and tourists to Massachusetts each year. Here’s where you can find some of the best beaches to explore:
Good Harbor Beach, Glouce
Dwell360 is proud to announce their debut of a new premium listing tool: the 3D, virtual tour made possible through Matterport technology.
The matterport is a special camera that takes complete 360 degree images of a space, stitching together to create a seamless tour of a property. This online experience allows prospective buyers to move through a home to see it from any and every angle. Different from merely a panoramic view, enter the home and step from point to point in... [MORE]
Once lead is found on your property, it is imperative to remove it as required by Massachusetts Lead Law if children under six will be living in the home. Landlords are required to comply with the law if children or pregnant women will be tenants in their property. For more information on tenants' rights and the Lead Law concerning renting, please consult the Lead Paint Transfer Notifica... [MORE]
In order to determine lead levels, the home in question should be professionally tested by a licensed inspector. As there are many ways to be exposed to lead, there are varying methods with which to test.
Testing Paint for Lead
As a buyer, seller, current or prospective homeowner, renter, or landlord, it is imperative to learn about lead paint and the effect it has on our homes and health.[MORE]
Spring is here so you may already be thinking about what plants will best highlight your home and enhance its curb appeal. In New England, we’re very lucky to have a bounty of flowers and shrubbery that flourish in northern soil. We’ve picked out ten easy to maintain plants that would make any garden shine.
Mayor Setti Warren announced that the city of Newton has recently signed a letter of intent to purchase the former Aquinas College property on Jackson Street, subject to approval and a vote to fund the purchase from the Board of Aldermen. With the Angier School Project set to be completed in December and Zervas and Cabot not far behind with renovations, this purchase is the key to relieving overcrowding and other issues at several local elementary schools.
The Aquinas p... [MORE]
You’re in the final stages of the home inspection process! With most inspections, this is the time where negotiations begin. No home is perfect, so there are bound to be issues that turned up during a hom... [MORE]
By now you have chosen your inspector and scheduled a time for them to come examine your home or the one you're considering purchasing. When the inspection begins, what should you do?
While not required, we always recommend that the buyer be present during a home inspection. This allows you to observe the inspector, ask direct questions, and fully understand the condition of the property being purchased. Furthermore, it is important to have knowledge of the home&rsq... [MORE]
Congratulations! If you’re preparing for a home inspection, you’re on your way owning a new home.This is a crucial part of the home buying and selling process, so it is important to be well informed and know what to expect.
What is a home... [MORE]
IERG Boston's Monthly Meeting was held at Dwell360 Real Estate on February 23, 2015.
Speaker Michael Sandman, Principal at FULD & Co, presented "Competitive Intelligence: Concepts, Similarities and Differences Across the Globe" to the business leaders in attendance. The International Executive Resources Group's Boston Chapter strives to foster professional and cultural enrichment between members - whether actively in a profesional/business act... [MORE]
Prices are UP across the city! Nearly every Boston neighborhood saw increases in 2014 as the local real estate market continues to flourish.
The positive changes in the market will continue to be true in 2015, but will require sophisticated navigation to ensure success.... [MORE]
In 2014, the average price of a single family home in Natick rose to over $574k!
Last year Natick, Massachusetts experienced another year of gains in the residential real estate market. The number of homes sold dropped as inventory reached a low, but this furthe... [MORE]
Dwell360 is pleased to present this article, expertly written by our friends Michele Adrian, AIA, LEED Green Associate, and Leonardi Aray, AIA, NCARB of Leonardi Aray Architects in Cambridge, MA.
Earlier this year Leonardi Aray Architects (LAA) met with Dwell360's team. We are very grateful for such a productive conversation. We learned more about their clients as well as Dwell360's current, real-life e... [MORE]
As you walk into your home, you want to make sure it is warm and cozy, ready to keep you and your family comfortable as winter envelopes us.
There are many different ways to heat a home, all of which have different advantages and disadvantages for a home owner. Below we&r... [MORE]
As we enter Dwell360's fifth year in business, we wish you a joyfilled and fruitful new year!
From your friends at Dwell360
Radon is a serious issue plaguing homeowners. If an overwhelming presence of this element takes hold of a home, it can put the residents at risk for issues such as lung cancer. Finding radon and limiting exposur... [MORE]
Radon. At first thought, one might imagine an evil villain from an after school special. This name however bears no such identity, though it can be considered the secret villain hiding in an unsuspecting homeowner’s abode.
Radon is a colorless, odorles... [MORE]
As we approach the holiday season, our thoughts often turn to how we can help those less fortunate. This year, Dwell360 is happy to announce its Food Drive benefiting the Newton Food Pantry.
The pantry's most needed items are:
When we think of hunger, it’s natural that our minds often imagine tattered third world children with huge eyes like those portrayed in relief organization commercials. Some might not even consider that hunger lies right in our own neighborhoods, affecting children, a... [MORE]
After reading our Mass Save Series Parts I and II as well the informational infographic, it is clear that taking advantage of the offerings by the Mass Save program is a good choice. Not only will your home become more energy efficient, but you’ll end up saving money on your bills because of the changes made.
Last week we introduced you to the Mass Save home energy efficiency program and the potential savings for homeowners like you. To give an idea of what a Mass Save experience could be like, we consulted with two homeowners near and dear to the Dwell360 family who have made upgrades made to their homes through this program.
You’ve chosen a moving company using our helpful tips in Part I of our series, and you’ve packed up your belongings using the organization system in Part II. After much anticipation, moving day has arrived! It is finally time to bring everything to your new home. As much as your mind may be scattered, there will be some... [MORE]
You’ve now chosen a moving company to assist with the big move to your new home using everything you learned in our Moving Series Part I: Hiring a Mover. With moving day approaching, there are still a few things to consider. Will you need storage for the move? What sort of packing system is best? On the day of the move, will there be any special considerations for parking? It all can be overwhelming, b... [MORE]
Making a successful move to your new home is reliant on the mover hired to get you there. With so many aspects to consider, it can sometimes be difficult to decide which one is best, or even how to approach choosing. By breaking everything down, further examination of an individual company doesn’t have to be overwhelming.
First, you’ll need to establish your individual needs.
Where are you moving?
We’ve all seen the bumper sticker; “No Farms, No Food”. A four word saying whose importance is often understated and mildly ignored, it could not be farther from the truth. While what you see in a grocery store is often imported from foreign countries with strong agriculture, it... [MORE]
The first big event of the summer is, of course, the 4th of July! So when and where can you watch 2014 Independence Day fireworks in Massachusetts?[MORE]
What should I look for when determining if I have a mold problem?
Testing for mold is not recommending, especially when evidence of growth is apparently present. There are, however, many signs of mold infestation to look for when determining if mold is a problem in your environment.
Pay attention to yourself! One of the first signs of mold could be health related symptoms before you even visibly locate the
Mold isn’t just white fuzzies growing on old bread in the cupboard; it can be a serious and damaging problem for homeowners. Being aware of what it is and what adverse effects it can have on one’s health is important. Read on to find out more!
What is mold?
Mold is a type of fungus that grows naturally in the environment thriving on moisture and nutrients. Mold spores, similar to microscopic seeds, can be found anywhere suitable l... [MORE]
NBC News reports that all-cash deals have hit a record 43% of total home sales for the first quater of 2014.
Dwell360's clients have been e
A backyard pool can be a tantalizing prospect. Deciding whether to opt for a pool, however, can be a difficult choice.
Whether you're looking for a new home or considering installing a pool at your existing residence, itemizing pros and cons can be illuminating.
Massachusetts ranks #9 in this article from Wallet Hub! How does your state stack up?
Not more than 50 years ago, the amount of women who would forgo a career to care for a family were significantly higher than what they are now. Women are asserting their right to workplace equality, balancing children and a job like men have for many years.
According to the recent article, there are certain states that are better for working moms to live in as opposed to o... [MORE]
The mere mention of termites can strike fear into the hearts of homeowners. Most people know that termite infestation can cause severe damage to a home's structure. It can also cost thousands of dollars to eliminate the pests and repair any damage, requiring application of topical poisons that can be unpleasant as well as worrisome.
Termites thrive in warm, moist climates; they exist in all states of the country, except maybe Alaska! Worldwide, termites... [MORE]
As homeowners, we often find ourselves fully aware of the things going on around us, particularly in our own neighborhoods. We see the moving vans, service trucks, and even the utility repair crew as they move about among the neighboring houses. Despite this awareness, it can be very surprising to learn that most homes suffering from termite infestations have owners with no idea that a problem exists.
What Is A Termite?
In the United States... [MORE]
Prior to the widespread availability of central air conditioning, previous generations of homeowners learned to employ some simple strategies to keep as cool as possible during the long, hot, humid days of summer. Now that we have all become more energy-conscious, reviewing some of those ideas can be beneficial.
Make Changes on the Home Front
Here are a handful of simple things you can do at home to ensure more comfort this summer:
Happy Spring from Dwell360! We hope everyone is enjoying this beautiful day and cheering on those running in the Boston Marathon.
Farlow, Peter. (2010). Boston Marathon 2010 in Wellesley Photograph. Retrieved from http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/... [MORE]
Whether retirement has arrived or the children have moved out to leave you with an empty nest, you may be considering downsizing your home. Frequently, life events lead to the decision to relocate to a smaller home. Some people choose this option to simplify life or reduce yard work. Whatever your reason for considering the move, answering some questions first will help you come to the right conclusion for you.
Questions to Consider When Deciding to Down... [MORE]
Most homeowners enjoy the challenge of doing some of their own home maintenance and repair work. In fact, the DIY method can be a great way to save money on home repair bills while getting some exercise and developing your skill set. Projects like painting, landscaping, refinishing floors, and woodwork are well suited for the do-it-yourselfer, exuding significant savings for the sore muscles and splinters received along the way.
Some projects, however, have no tolerance for mista... [MORE]
Many adults find buying a home to be exciting and stressful. With the long checklists of tasks to accomplish, how to minimize the impact of the move on kids and pets may be way down on that list. However, following a few helpful tips will ensure a successful move with them.
Moving with Kids
1. Tell your children about the move early in the process. As soon as the decision has been finalized, conduct a family meet... [MORE]
As Spring sneaks over the horizon, so does the perfect time to sell your home. The market is already hot and houses are selling faster than they have in many years due to low inventory.
If you’ve been considering putting your home on the market, taking some simple steps to spruce up the interior and exterior of your residence will help to ensure a short run before the buyers start lining up.[MORE]
In 2013, the average price of a single family home in Newton broke the $1 million mark!
Buying and selling real estate may not be as simple as some may believe. Most people should hire a real estate attorney to handle to a realty transaction from offer to closing. Contracts need to be written... [MORE]
It's difficult today to speak of real estate trends without touching on the effect Baby Boomers have on the buy and sell cycle. In many ways, it's a new world, and changing rapidly. The current cro... [MORE]
When looking at selling your home, you'll want to increase its value. One way to do this is by creating more livable space, if possible, such as by finishing the basement. But do finished basements inc... [MORE]
When getting ready to sell a home, many homeowners look to upgrade the property to add value. But what home renovations are the most enjoyable to complete and add the most value? Here are a few to consider... [MORE]
Let’s start with the basics. A mortgage refers to any loan that uses a highly valuable piece of property as collateral for a debt. The term mortgage is most commonly used to refer to a loan f... [MORE]
Dwell360, a boutique real estate brokerage, is seeki... [MORE]
Any sort of home renovation is a huge undertaking--especially if you are hoping to remain in your home during the updating process. Kitchen renovations are no exception to this, but when selling yo... [MORE]
Buying property usually means approval for a mortgage and maintaining those payments. It may be difficult for you to create a budget that not only looks good on paper, but also works well when appl... [MORE]
Happy Holidays! Wishing you a wonderful holiday season and our warmest wishes.
- From your friends at Dwell360
The home-buying process can be an extremely trying one, so when you get to the point where you're actually on the verge of buying a home, you probably feel like you’re nearly home free. After submitting an offer on a home and successfully achieving a signed agreement with the seller, your next big move will be to have a home inspection done on the property.
Having a home inspection done prior to signing the Purchase and Sale Agreement is key if you w... [MORE]
As the weather gets cold, home owners often find it difficult to keep their homes looking as beautiful as they do in the spring and summer. Particularly if you are trying to sell your home during the winter, it is important to make your home stand out. Here are five simple ideas to keep your home looking warm and inviting throughout the cold winter months.
1. Maintain Your Yard
Insulating your home is something you know you should do, but is often overlooked in favor of more visible upgrades to your home. In fact, most homeowners do not remember the insulation until there is a problem or issue. Your home should have all insulation points checked, replaced, and maintained each season to save energy and lower costs. In order to reduce your heating costs, consider updating and maintaining the following key areas.
There's something about the Fall season that makes many people want to warm up their homes. Decorating your home for the colder months not only helps you create a welcoming vibe in your home, but it also allows you to add elements to your space that will help keep you and your family warm throughout the cold season.
Showcase Fall-themed Art and Displays
Art and sculptures can help bring the season into your home.... [MORE]
Now is still the time to sell your home. Inventory in markets throughout Massachusetts remain very low. The result: prices are on the rise and homes are spending less and less time on the market. Buyers are still actively looking, but with so few homes to consider they quickly find themselves in multiple offer situations.
There are simply not enough homes coming up for sale to meet the demand. The Boston Globe recently reported that one r... [MORE]
CNBC published a report today ranking the most expensive and most affordable real estate markets in the country, and three of our local towns topped the list.
Weston, Massachusetts ranks #9 with homes listing for an average of $1,229,000. Wellesley comes in at #16 with an average list price of $1,079,600. And at an average price of $912,745, Newton rounds out the top 25.... [MORE]
The air is crisp and the nights are creeping in early, so it’s time to enjoy the chills and thrills of All Hallows' Eve. Enjoy this spooky album from the comfort of your cozy home:
We hope you have a happy and safe Halloween![MORE]
Many families choose the town they call home by starting with one key factor: the school district. But everyone has different priorities when it comes to choosing the best school for their children, and tracking down all of the data on different districts can be exhausting.
That’s where the Dreamschool Finder comes in. First, choose your Boston metro region and the grade level of your children. Then allocate 10... [MORE]
By Jay Fitzgerald / Globe Correspondent / September 21, 2013
Stephen Hussey, a Boston-area home inspector and real estate agent, sees it too often: home buyers blowing deals because they simply weren’t ready to compete in today’s fiercely competitive housing market.
Up against five or more bidders for the same home, these slow-off-the-mark shoppers did not prepare well, and then blamed themselves or others for not nabbing the dream home... [MORE]
A recent article in the Boston Globe spoke about the rising prices and tight supply of the current real estate market. In effect this has caused a competitive hunt for buyers, and much frustration. These scenarios are especially apparent in high demand areas, with little inventories.
In the "The Best Places To Live" by CNN Money, Wellesley, Massachusetts was rated number 11 of 25 small towns in the US. It was selected as one of the "Top Earning Towns" for 2012.
CNN Money placed three towns in Massachusetts on their "Best Places to Live - America's best small towns" list this month. According to CNN Money they ranked 50 towns that are "not only thriving economically, they've also got all you could want in a place to raise a family: plenty of green space, good schools, and a strong sense of community". In previous years other Massachusetts communities like Newton, Milton, Brookline, and others have been ranked... [MORE]
Foreclosure rates are at an all-time high—and as a result, more sellers are looking to short sales as a way to avoid the impacts of foreclosures. Short sales can have both pros and cons for buyers and sellers. Here’s how it works and how to make the most of it.
What Is a Short Sale?
Short sales are now quite common in parts of the country where significant drops in home values have made it difficult to sell a home. In a short sale situation... [MORE]
White walls, basic carpet, run of the mill appliances—this is the story of most rental properties. When it comes to living in one, you’ll have to make the most of the situation you are presented with. There is no rule that says you need to put your household personality on hold until you purchase a home of your own. By finding ways to express yourself in temporary formats you can have a lot of... [MORE]
The lease is just about up and it is time to make that yearly decision once again. Is it time to purchase a home, or are you content signing a lease for one more year. This is a pretty big question to face, and it is one that requires quite a bit of serious deliberation by all parties involved before a final verdict is reached.
Making money from a rental property seems like a quick and easy investment—but it’s about far more than putting down an investment and waiting for the money to roll in. If you own a home, you already know that home ownership involves maintenance, time, and personal energy.
Consider these factors before you add another home (or homes) to your list of responsibilities:
Property Management: You, your tenant, or a third-party p
Popular home renovations will almost always bring you a higher selling price on your home. Therefore, it's very important that you do your due diligence when it comes to researching the upgrades that are best for your home. Learn which ones will bring you the biggest return on your investment and which ones will not.
1. Kitchen. A kitchen remodel will get a higher return on your investment than any other remodel item. Your kitchen upgrades could consist of a... [MORE]
Vacation homes are a growing source of real estate activity. Vacation home sales rose by 10 percent in 2012, while the number of homes sold to investors fell. That's according to the National Association of Realtors' 2013 Investment and Vacation Home Buyers Review published in April of 2013. The publication tracks trends for both new and existing homes that enter the vacation and investors' markets.
A strong stock market recovery combined with attractive prices on vac... [MORE]
If you would like to learn how to create a more environmentally friendly home, here are five ideas for "going green" while making home improvements.
1. Install a tankless water heater
A tankless water heater contains coils that heat your water on demand instead of keeping a 50 gallon water heater hot twenty four hours a day, every day. Additionally, a tankless water heater will not run out of hot water.... [MORE]
Why worry about radon? In our two-part blog series on radon exposure in the home, we’re covering this sneaky gas—what it is, and why it matters. Last time we covered the basics on radon’s chemical makeup and health risks. This time, we’ll turn our attention to the details of radon testing.... [MORE]
Radon is a significant health risk. It’s enough of a risk that we’re actually going to take two blog posts to cover the issues relating to radon toxicity in the home. Today, we’ll have a look at the basics—what it is, how it can get into a home environment, and why it can be dangerous. Next time, we’ll cover potentially lifesaving information on radon testing.
What Is Radon?
Radon is a radioactive gas that is colorless, od... [MORE]
One of the biggest deterrents for buyers who are viewing your home is the presence of clutter inside your house. There are a few negative effects of clutter that can keep consumers from making an offer. First, clutter makes the rooms in your home appear smaller. Boxes piled up along the walls in your house create a smaller total floor area. The eye evaluates the size of the room from the ground up. If there isn't enough room to get around, your house will feel much smaller than it actua... [MORE]
Before a buyer makes a decision on your home, he or she will likely want to attend an open house event. Here are a few steps you can take to make your open house a perfect marketing strategy.
Stay Away During the Open House
One important thing to remember when your real estate agent is hosting an open house is to stay away during the event. Nothing deters interested buyers from asking important questions or taking the time to explore the home thoroughl... [MORE]
Putting your house on the market can be frustrating and exhausting. Homes can stay on the market for months before an interested buyer takes notice. You can expedite the process, however, by employing a few basic marketing strategies.
Why Market Your Home?
Marketing your home is the most effective way to get the word out that you are a seller in search of a buyer. In some locations, the market may be flooded with homeowners attempting to sell their hom... [MORE]
Dwell360’s Home Buying & Selling Classes on May 11 were a great success!
Participants were excited to cover the basics of home buying and selling, but also surprised to learn about the changes in the current market and some insider secrets as well. They said they were impressed by how much they learned and now fel... [MORE]
Buying a home for the very first time can be an exciting adventure that results in a quaint and charming dream home in which you will start a family, create a life, and build a successful future. Finding this charming house, though, often requires a not-so-charming process. If you are a first-time home buyer, consider this short list of do's and don'ts that will help you do the right things while avoiding common first-timer mistakes.
Do Your Research... [MORE]
Saturday, May 11, 2013
9:00am Home Buying - How Times Have Changed
Our thoughts go out to our friends, clients, and everyone affected by this Boston tragedy. The Boston Marathon is an important event to the residents of Massachusetts and will always continue to be a special event. We are proud of our first responders, our city, our world class medical facilities, and the people that are the heart and soul of this wonderful place we call Boston.
When your house is on the market, you'll likely try to have as many public viewings or open houses as possible. An open house is a pressure-free way for interested buyers to view your property and imagine themselves living in the space. An open house, however, is usually a very short event. Every single moment counts during an open house, and you need to be sure that your house impresses every step of the way. When you've perfected your home's curb appeal, the next step is to cr... [MORE]
Today’s kitchen is a quick-change artist that adores families and loves simplicity.
If you’re looking to remodel your kitchen, we’ve got good news and bad news.
First, the good stuff. According to trend experts Lita Dirks and Dominick Tringali, you don’t have to shell out major cash to add space. Instead, look to expand what you already have. Vault your ceiling, add windows, squeeze in clever storage ideas. Make the space work harder,
Before you sell your home in the Boston area, it's important to make a few cosmetic fixes. These five inexpensive home repairs will get your home in tip-top condition before you put it on the market.
1. Wall Imperfections
One of the first things you should do when preparing your house for the market is to repair wall imperfections. Cracks, chips, and nail holes are easy fixes. A touch of spackling and some sandpaper can restore a wall to its... [MORE]
Dwell360 a boutique real estate brokerage is seeking an Administrative Assistant for their Newton headquarters. The ideal candidate will have a basic understanding for the importance that marketing, sales, and customer service play in the day-to-day operations of a fast paced firm. The candidate should be a well organized, self starter, personable, enthusiastic, and with clear sense of urgency. The administrative assistant will work closely with the company founders and will be responsible... [MORE]
The real estate market in Boston is hot!
At Dwell360, we keep our finger on the pulse of the real estate market in Metro Boston. To that end, we have produced 2012 year end market reports for more than 20 towns in the area. They contain residential market data and statistics for the sales of single family homes, condominiums, and multifamily homes over the past ten years.... [MORE]
Last year Newton, Massachusetts experienced a rise in home sales, an increase in value, and a reduction of the number of days homes spent on the market. Enticed by the continued low interest rates, buyers came out in force after waiting several years until they felt confident we had reached the bottom. This resulted in numerous multiple offers, quick sales, and increases in prices, as our sale inventory remained low. All signs are pointing to recovery in the real estate industry, especially... [MORE]
Which tax benefits do home owners miss? Will you get audited if you take the home office deduction? Find out the answers to these questions and more before Tax Day.
There are a lot of home ownership tax benefits — if you don’t forget to take them. To make sure you get your due, HouseLogic asked tax expert Abe Schneier, a senior technical manager with the American Institute of CPAs, for tax-filing tips.
HouseLogic: What’s the mos... [MORE]
Stop by Tuesdays through Fridays 9am - 5pm
and on Monday December 17 from 10am - 5pm
at 46 Austin Street in Newton.
One raffle en... [MORE]
This holiday season, help us help kids in need by dropping off a new, unwrapped toy at our office by December 17! We are open 9am - 5pm Tuesdays through Fridays at 46 Austin Street in Newton, MA.
Toys for Tots is a program of the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve. Each October, November, and December, they collect new, unwrapped toys and distribute those them as Christmas gifts to needy children, age 0 to 14, in the community in which the campaign is conducted. The Toys... [MORE]
As long as you’re remodeling, why not cut your utility bill and make your home a bit healthier?
Saving energy wasn’t on the list of reasons we’re finally ripping out the kitchen in our mid-century home (green-veined, imitation marble laminate countertops figured much more prominently). But, a session at the recent 2012 Remodeling Show in Baltimore clued me in as to why adding a few simple tasks to our remodeling plan could lower our home... [MORE]
Thanks for attending our Fall Festival Open House on October 28th!
Our Open House (&q... [MORE]
Dwell360 is proud to announce the opening of our new, state-of-the-art, real estate office in Newton. We have created the next generation real estate office which has been designed with the tools and environment for productivity and innovation. Commitment to paperless systems, flexible work spaces, and team collaboration are all at the core of this innovative work environment. Our headquarters will better service our customers and support the continued growth as an indepen... [MORE]
You can unleash the DIY powers of the iPhone 5 when it’s released soon with these handy home improvement apps.
Summer is traditionally the time when home improvement projects get done, but did you know that summer renovations can be cheaper, too?
MSNBC.com has a list of five home renovation projects that are cheaper or more efficient to do in the summer, and while some of them are obvious — landscaping and installing an in-ground pool, for example — others are somewhat surprising.
Asphalt is easier to... [MORE]
Does “natural” mean organic? Should you buy anything labeled “non-toxic”? Here are the truth and eco-facts about many of the green terms you find on product labels.
What’s really green? Soon you’ll have a little more confidence about green product marketing claims, such as “biodegradable” and “recyclable”: The Federal Trade Commission, which sets standards for the use of environmental claims in its Green Guides, is... [MORE]
Understand which mortgage loan is best for you so your budget is not stretched too thin.
The most important features of your mortgage loan are its term and interest rate. Mortgages typically come in 15-, 20-, 30- or 40-year lengths. The longer the term, the lower your monthly payment. However, the tradeoff for a lower payment is that the longer the life of your loan, the more interest you’ll pay.
By lowering the acceptable levels of lead in blood, The Centers for Disease Control has renewed the assault on environmental lead, often found in paint in older homes.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently released new, stricter guidelinesfor assessing lead poisoning in children.
The guidelines lower the amount of lead in the blood that’s considered “acceptable,” from 10 micrograms of per deciliter to less than 5 micro... [MORE]
Have you ever lost a tree that was like a dear friend? Then prepare for heartbreak. We’re going to lose many dear friends to the emerald ash borer.
If you’ve ever lost a favorite tree, you know that the emotional blow can rank right up there with any tough loss. Maybe not every tree in the yard tugs at our hearts. Some have that just-so shape and character -- the way they shelter the swing set or add a bit of majesty to the front of the house -- that makes t... [MORE]
Home sales rise, foreclosures fall, and the latest national flood insurance deadline looms.
In our Friday Five roundup of top housing news, we look at a return to traditional home sales: With rents on the rise across the country, many are taking advantage of low prices and short sale opportunities to trade in their lease for a mortgage. Also this week, we begin the countdown for national flood insurance reauthorization, which is set to expire at the end of May 2012.
A few hours of exterior home and yard work can add thousands to your home’s value.
April 28 and 29 marks Nationwide Open House weekend — the unofficial opening day of the spring real estate season. Since curb appeal strongly influences home values, it’s a great weekend to spruce up your own yard, especially if the neighbors are trying to sell their home.
How much value can neighborhood curb appeal add? Having nice landscaping adds... [MORE]
Investing in real estate can seem overwhelming and reserved for the very rich. In the current economic conditions and marketplace, it may even feel a bit too risky. But if you’ve ever thought real estate investing may be right for you, this is a great time to learn about your options and how it can be done by almost anyone.
Before we learn about our options, though, let me say that I bel
The title of this entry is over-the-top, I admit, but I am just here to stick up for the landlords out there who are trying to do some good. The word “landlord” in itself has some negativity associated with it, and the use of “lord” in this context is distasteful in our American sensibility. In media, landlords are portrayed as misers ready to make a buck on the poor and take advantage of families.
Let me tell you
With the real estate market in the dumps for several years now, it is not easy to get back into the pro-property mind-set. But, it is exactly at these times that you should be considering expanding your real estate portfolio.
In the market of exasperated and exhausted home sellers, I hear a lot of great stories about why homes are not selling. They usually divide into two categories: the real estate agents not doing their jobs or the sellers are uncooperative.
Either type of story leads to the same place: how are you marketing and showing the home?
There are very few reasons why your home doesn’t sell. There is no mystery here. There are bad agents and unc
If you have a toddler who thinks midnight is a great time to hit the playground without you, or a dad with Alzheimer’s who gets lost a block from home, you need to know when someone heads out the door (or a window) of your home.
Short of moving your family into a prison, your options for keeping everyone where they belong range from simple lock products to help child-proof doors and windows that cost about a buck to sophisticated electronic surveillance equipment cost... [MORE]
From House Logic.
Father’s Day is Sunday. And you’re wondering how to thank the guy who taught you to wield a putty knife, and to shut the door and quit heating/cooling the outside — for crying out loud!
You could buy him something. But how many World’s Greatest Dad mugs and barbecue mitts does a guy need?
Instead, spend a little time. Do some chore that Dad would otherwise do. Finish a project he hasn’t had time to complete.
Our client wrote us a wonderful testimonial about our real estate services. It can be read on here and on our Zillow profile. We appreciate the kind words.
John provided excellent professional service over a 9 month period while we relocated from the west coast to Newton. He kept us in the listing loop but did not push the process. When we did finally settle on "the House"... [MORE]
At Dwell360 we have a wealth of real estate information at our finger tips. Market reports are typically one of the most requested by our clients. Click the link to view our real estate market report for Cambridge Massachusetts. The report reviews the residential real estate markets for the past 8 years.
Real estate and the overall residential markets are the topic of conversation on a regular basis. Here at Dwell360 we live and breathe real estate. That is why we keep a close pulse on the market statistics for the towns in and around the Meto Boston area. We have a number of reports on file. So feel free to send us a result for a particular town.
Below click the report on the Worcester real estate market for the past 8 years. The information p... [MORE]
“Moody’s Investor Services said the Town of Wayland remains on solid financial footing.” It is comforting to read this in the article Wayland's $100m development on track, eyed as revenue boost from Boston Business Journal today. Even though the current real estate market has required adjustments to the original plans... [MORE]
According to CNN Florida seems to be the only state that has not gotten snow today. "After big snow and ice events in the Southeast, Plains, and Midwest this week, 49 out of the 50 states currently have snow on the ground – yes, even Hawaii, where snow falls in Mauna Loa and Mauna Kea all winter."
We wish our friends, family, clients, and colleagues the warmest and happiest holidays and prosperous New Year. We are blessed to have such loyal and supportive friends – Thank you.
Warm wishes from everyone at Dwell360.
When you are considering selling and buying your home there are a few things to consider. HGTV's FrontDoor.com creates a good list to consider in their article "Buying and Selling Your House: 11 Resolutions for 2011" By Geoff Williams, published: 12/21/2010.
The list of list of 11 items (noted below) are all items you should think about if you are lo
What would you say if I said the average price of a single family home in Newton Massachusetts is up? It is true. The average sale price is up 3.63% in the Garden City. A client needed some real estate sales data and some of the figures we compare was 2009 and 2010 sales data in MLS for closings for each year for the time range of January 1 – November 15.
For the time frame noted above, the average sale price in 2009 was $845,434 and in 2010 is $876,1
As our real estate firm Dwell360 moves forward we have some great things in store for the world of real estate. As we sit in our Newton office we have been planning the future of our firm and forecasting how the real estate market will develop in the coming year. We also are paying close attention to how the industry itself will change.
VIDEO: Select Sold Single Family Homes
Property valuation websites have a lot of information to offer. They provide details on properties, sale history, tax information, and estimate the value of the home. As a result, they become a topic of conversation with our clients on a regular basis. The only issue is we often find ourselves explaining to clients why the site is not always accurate.
Today, at a Boston real estate conference, Agent Reboot, Zillow representatives talked about their se
What are we doing different?
This is a question that many have asked with reference to our new brokerage. There is not just one answer to this question. But, my favorite answer is –
We have an understanding of the customer of the future. We know what they need today, what they will need tomorrow, and what they will require in the future.
We have built a real estate brokerage, technology, and marketing that will be a pioneer i
Life at the Dwell360 real estate brokerage remains exciting!
We are working hard to build a premier real estate brokerage based in Newton Massachusetts that will service the Greater Boston cities and towns.
All we have been hearing lately from our past and present clients,
our friends, and everyone else is how great of an interest rate they can
get. Our mortgage contacts and real
estate attorneys have been super busy with the recent refinance boom. We have heard people getting rates from 4 –
The rates... [MORE]
People in Massachusetts really love their home towns. They have energy and excitement when they speak about their community and there are some great places to live in the Commonwealth. Four cities in Massachusetts made it to this year’s list of “America’s 100 Best Small Cities to Live” found in August 2010 issue of Money magazine. The City of Newton took the third place on the list,... [MORE]
We have just listed a wonderful Brighton condo in the heart of Cleveland Circle. Year to date, 1/1/2010 - 7/1/2010 we have seen 157 condos sell in Brighton with an average sale price of $295,724. It has been an active time and is becoming a great time to get into the market.
Brookline Massachusetts is an exciting town and great Boston neighbor. The average sales price year-to-date (1/1/2010 – 7/1/2010) for a condo in Brookline is $526,176 with 291 condos sold. Our newest listing 7 Verndale is a great opportunity to become a past of a great community rich in history with a strong real estate market.
The Town of Brookline is an amazing pla... [MORE]
We are excited to present 61 Quint for sale. It was about five years ago when we represented our client in the purchase of this great property. It has been a great home and as great things happen it is time to move on. We could not have been happier to get the call again to help sell the condo.
This Allston condo is in the heart of the activity that surrounds Allston, Brighton, and Brookline. This area is often perc... [MORE]
Just a few days ago Ed and I left William Raveis Real Estate to begin opening our new firm Dwell360 (Dwell Three Sixty.) It has been an exciting few days. At this has been taking place I picked up and flew to California to attend the Inman Connect an innovative real estate conference. Ed has been powering all the progress back at headquarters.... [MORE]
We are very excited to announce that we will be launching our own independent real estate brokerage here in Massachusetts. Ed Johnston and John Lynch will be building DWELL360 a boutique brokerage that is focused on providing clients with the best possible service from well qualified real estate agents. The towns of service will include Boston, Brookline, Newton, Wellesley, Cambridge,... [MORE]
I recently heard this on the radio and just found the site. Scotts the grass seed and fertilizer company is providing the Fenway Park Grass Seed and Lawn Fertilizer. If you can get your grass to look like Fenway Park that would be great. Great to look at and great for your property value.
It has been a busy few months. Ed and I have put under a very solid number of properties under agreement in the last month. It has been exciting and the activity stills continues. We have put listings under agreement and buyers have secured properties. But, there is more work to be done.
As Ed posted the other day he took one client out to see 26 properties in three days. A few days ago I took clients from the west coast out to see 32 prop
It has been wet, very wet, here is Massachusetts. To the point that FEMA announced that federal disaster aid has been made available for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. This is a significant resource for the state to help correct the damage of these major rain storms.
Today, Ed and John are launching their team website, www.JohnstonLynch.com. The new website is a new platform that will help us get information to our clients faster and be more effective in our marketing efforts.
The new website has an integrated blog and property search capabilities. The site also integrated our listing websites so they are continuously featured to visitors of the site. We have stream
As your REALTOR®, the Dwell360 team can manage every aspect of your quest to find the perfect home from the beginning of your search to the closing. A buyer will be faced with a maze of forms, financing decisions, inspections, marketing, pricing, and negotiating. It only makes sense to work with a professional who knows well the Massachusetts communities and the process of acquiring a home.