Real Estate Market Indicators Show Spring is Blooming!

April 5th, 2014

Real Estate Market Indicators Show Spring is Blooming!

From my perspective, as an active real estate agent,  the spring market is blooming.  Out in the field, things are moving fast. Well priced properties sell within days with multiple offers. Still there continue to be overpriced properties that linger for weeks, months, and more. With all the market indicators that we use to monitor the local market, the news is positive.

In order to illustrate the overall market activity, I pulled summary data for single family and condominium sold for the past two years for 10 locations in the Greater Boston Area. The chart compares a snapshot of the period April 1, 2012 to April 1, 2013 (LAST YEAR)  to the same period April 1, 2013 to April 1, 2014 (THIS YEAR). The values used for the chart are the percentage of list price to sale price.  The data is compelling. In every location, all list to sale price ratios have increased.

The best way I can help sellers and buyers to make confident real estate decisions is to provide useful data relevant to their specific location and property type.  Every analysis I do begins with a look at the city or town’s local market data.  If you would like the detail report for this data, email me at Janet@JanetPorcaro.net.

Greater Boston Area Market Data

Greater Boston Area Market Data

Greater Boston Area Condominium Data

Greater Boston Area Condominium Data

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Great Art All Weekend – Spring Newton Open Studios!

April 4th, 2014

Great Art All Weekend – Spring Newton Open Studios!

Spring Newton Open Studios

Spring Newton Open Studios is an well loved annual event where over 50 exhibit sites are opened to the public to display the work of over 175 artists.  Since 2002 and each year thereafter, the event has grown to be one of the largest open studio events in the Greater Boston area.

Newton Open Studios produces community arts events that bring together the artists and residents of Newton. It is a non-profit, funded by artists registration fees and donations from generous individuals and businesses, and in part by the Massachusetts Cultural Council as administered by the Newton Cultural Council. Newton Open Studios is an affiliate of Newton Community Pride. Spring Newton Open Studios event Welcome to NOS 2014 – our 18th spring Newton Open Studios event.  www.NewtonOpenStudios.org

LIKE Newton Open Studios on Facebook and be entered in the raffle to win $200 to spend at NOS!

Read some stories about past Newton Open Studio events.

 

Spring Events at Learning Express Newton!

March 31st, 2014

Spring Events at Learning Express Newton!

The Bunny Buffet at Learning Express

The Bunny Buffet at Learning Express

Spring is in the air and the Easter Bunny is suiting up to arrive in less than 3 weeks. Spare your children’s teeth and visit the Bunny Buffet at Learning Express Newton! Visit their web site for a calendar of FREE events!

Spring has finally arrived, and at Learning Express Toys we could not think of a better way to celebrate than to announce more of our 2014 Spring Top Toys! Now that the nice weather is upon us, it’s time to send those kiddos out the door and let them play in the fresh air. Because, after all, nothing makes up for four months of the winter blues like a nice dose of sunshine and physical activity. This week we are featuring two amazing light-up toys that take outdoor play to a whole new level; the Tangle Matrix NightBall and Wheel Brightz are sure to make any child excited for play, night and day! ~Learning Express Newton

Learning Express Newton
1296 Centre St.
Newton Center, MA 02459
(617) 969-2722

 

Victorian Multi Family Home in Newton – a Rare Find!

March 10th, 2014

Victorian Multi Family Home in Newton – a Rare Find!

Newton Corner Maulti Family

Curved wall looking out to the yard

Spacious two unit home with approximately 3,583 square feet of living area. First unit has 4 bedrooms and 1 1/2 baths. Two parlor rooms and a stunning dining room with curved wall with windows over looking the yard and charming vista. Second unit has 2 bedrooms with 1 bath with lots of potential. The home sits on an expansive lot of about 16,450 square feet. Located in convenient Newton Corner with easy access to the Mass. Pike and Commuter Rail.

MLS No. 71640711
115 Park Street
Newton, MA 02458
Listed for $972,500
Listing Broker, Marjory Gundersheim, Keller Williams Realty, Newton

Newton Corner Multi Family

Historic charm

If you would like a Buyer Agent’s advice as you tour the home, contact me at 617-797-9497 or at Janet@JanetPorcaro.net

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The information in this listing was gathered from third party sources including the seller and public records. MLS Property Information Network and its subscribers disclaim any and all representations or warranties as to the accuracy of this information. Content ©2014 MLS Property Information Network, Inc.

St. Patrick’s Day Cookie Decorating

March 7th, 2014

L'Aroma CafeSt. Patrick’s Day Cookie Decorating sponsored by L’Aroma Cafe and Morning Silver Gallery. Two great local businesses are offering a fun Sunday afternoon event for the kids in West Newton. 1276 Washington Street, Newton, MA 02465.

Free St. Patrick’s Day Cookie Decorating

L’Aroma Cafe and Morning Silver Gallery

Receive a free silly putty for every cookie decorated!

Sunday, March 16, 2013
3:00 – 5:00 PM

Top Ten Reasons to Hire a Real Estate Agent [INFOGRAPHIC]

February 11th, 2014
Top 10 Reasons To Hire A Real Estate Agent - Infographic

Splendid Finish Work in Newtonville Side-by-side

February 2nd, 2014

Splendid Finish Work in Newtonville Side-by-side

 

Open Living Space

Luxury Living in Newtonville

A kitchen to die for

A kitchen to die for

A beautifully crafted Victorian renovation offers high end features, thoughtful and detailed design, and privacy afforded by its location on top of a hillside in Newtonville. The builder must be commended for a thorough job from start to finish. Multiple sets of bookshelves, glass cabinetry, and built-in cabinets throughout are indicative of the luxurious details.

As a local real estate professional who appreciates new construction, it is a pleasure to tour a home with such a harmonious blend of old and new.

Walk-in closet with Built-in cabinets

Walk-in closet with Built-in cabinets

191 Newtonville Avenue, Unit 191, Newton, MA 02460
Offered at $1,095,000
8 rooms
4 bedrooms
4 full baths 1 half bath
Approx. living area 2816 sq. ft.
Approx. Lot size: 14000 sq. ft.
Listing broker is James Lowenstern, Castles Unlimited, Newton, MA.

Deck off kitchen

View from deck off kitchen

If you would like a Buyer Agent’s advice as you tour the home, contact me at 617-797-9497 or at Janet@JanetPorcaro.net

The information in this listing was gathered from third party sources including the seller and public records. MLS Property Information Network and its subscribers disclaim any and all representations or warranties as to the accuracy of this information. Content ©2011 MLS Property Information Network, Inc.

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All the Comforts of Home in a West Newton Colonial

February 2nd, 2014

All the Comforts of Home in a West Newton Colonial

West Newton Colonial

West Newton Colonial

Enter the gracious foyer of this handsome colonial and find a balanced layout and elegant details that are pleasing to the eye. On the left find a large family room which opens to the kitchen fully equipped with Bosch appliances. To the right of the entry is a light filled front-to-back living room with gas fireplace and sliders opeing to the spacious deck and the sunny level yard.

Welcoming foyer

Welcoming foyer

The second floor has a spacious master suite and two other even sized bedrooms. The third floor is a finished bonus room and the basement is beautifully finished. Depending on your life style you could have a music room, office, media room, game room or playspace. 

Other amenities include Central AC and Hydro Air heat system combined with a super high efficiency Navien tankless hot water heater. You can have it all–the best for today’s environmentally conscious consumer.

You will likely enjoy your commute home to this convenient location on a tree lined side street in West Newton.

Front to Back Living Room

Front to Back Living Room

20 Lodge Road, Newton, MA 02465
Offered at $839,000
9 rooms
3 bedrooms
2 full baths 1 half bath
Approx. living area 2318 sq. ft.
Approx. Lot size: 6955 sq. ft
Listing broker is The Mike Hughes Team,  RE/MAX On the Charles

Sunny Deck and Oversized Yard

Sunny Deck and Oversized Yard

If you would like a Buyer Agent’s advice as you tour the home, contact me at 617-797-9497 or at Janet@JanetPorcaro.net

The information in this listing was gathered from third party sources including the seller and public records. MLS Property Information Network and its subscribers disclaim any and all representations or warranties as to the accuracy of this information. Content ©2011 MLS Property Information Network, Inc.

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Super Bowl appearances vs. real estate prices

January 17th, 2014

Super Bowl appearances vs. real estate prices

Okay, I must admit, even though I am a BC grad, I am not a football fan. Still I wanted to share this terrific INFOGRAPHIC. As a secret geek, I do have a passion for INFOGRAPHICS. Enjoy.

Super Bowl Appearances vs. Real Estate Prices

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Newton Youth Summit III with Kevin Breel

January 7th, 2014

Newton Youth Summit III

FEATURING KEVIN BREEL

Newton Youth Summit III

20 year-old comedian.
Mental Health Activist.

Mayor Setti D. Warren and The Newton Youth Commission
invite teens and adults to attend.

Wednesday, February 5, 2014 6:00 – 9:00 PM, Brown Middle School, 125 Meadowbrook Road, Newton

FOCUS

  • Youth and Adult Communication
  • Difficult Conversations
  • Solutions from Youth Summits I and II

Being a teen has never been easy. None the less, teens in 2014 face challenges that are prevalent, pervasive, and complex. The upcoming Newton Youth Summit III is sure to be a catalyst for change. Teens have been working with leadership to plan this event with featured speaker, Kevin Breel, who is most recently known for his TEDx talk, “Confessions of a Depressed Comic”.

A brilliant venue for teens and their families/communities–take a passionate, articulate role model, add a seasoned group of participants and hold a forum primed to create resources and solutions for teen challenges.  Those challenges include pressure to perform in academics and extra-curricular, social-emotional issues including depression, self-injury, and suicide.

Get a sense of the power of open and honest conversations  by viewing “One on One: An Honest Conversation,” a video where Jamie Tworkowski and Kevin Breel address their struggles, fears, and hopes for the future.

Since October 2012, Mayor Warren has hosted 2 annual Youth Summits bringing teens, family, and community together to mastermind challenges faced by Newton teens. Maintaining the momentum, the upcoming 3rd Summit promises to be a opportunity to further focus on solutions gathered in Youth Summit II. Jacob Prince, a member of Newton North High School class of 2014 described the first two summits in the Newton Tab.

Since October, our Teen Voice group has worked alongside the Health and Human Services Department, the Newton Partnership and the Newton Youth Commission to plan and conduct the first two Youth Summits in Newton’s history. Held in October 2012, the first Youth Summit stressed communication and the sharing of ideas; the goal was simply to get together and talk about issues facing Newton’s teens. Youth Summit II, held on March 20, focused almost entirely on solutions.  ~ www.wickedlocal.com

Bravo to Mayor Warren, The Newton Youth Services,  Mayor’s Newton Teen Voice Program, and the Keystone Leadership Program at the Boys and Girls Club for their efforts in opening the doors to positive community efforts to support teens.

WWW.NEWTONMA.GOV/YOUTH

@NEWTONYOUTHSERV

WWW.FACEBOOK.COM/NEWTONYOUTH

Solutions from Youth Summit I and II - Read the solutions in this printable document.

For questions, contact Jennifer O’Leary, Youth Services Director, Email Jennifer O’Leary