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Cool off in Boston!

Posted by Leslie Mann on Sun, Jul 14, 2013 @ 08:55 AM

If you're like the rest of us here in the Boston area, you just want to find a way to cool off this holiday weekend. For your viewing pleasure, here are some fabulous homes for sale in the Boston suburbs with inground pools.

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Topics: Dover MA homes for sale, Hopkinton MA homes for sale, Hopkinton realtor, Wayland homes for sale, Wayland realtor, Wayland luxury homes for sale, Hopkinton luxury homes for sale with pool

Low money-down loan programs do still exist

Posted by Leslie Mann on Thu, Jul 4, 2013 @ 10:51 AM

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Topics: Sherborn realtor, Holliston homes for sale, Hopkinton realtor, Sherborn homes for sale, Hopkinton homes for sale, low money down loans Boston Massachusetts

Choosing among multiple bids

Posted by Leslie Mann on Tue, Jul 2, 2013 @ 09:36 PM

This weekend I accompanied a client to an open house in Hopkinton that was clearly going to result in multiple offers on the home. The home was in a great location and in a desirable neighborhood. The home was abuzz with activity, and there were a handful of potential buyers out in the yard, deep in conversation with their buyer’s agents discussing bidding strategies. It’s a great situation for the home seller. But once the flurry is over, how do they pick from among all these offers? And how to they know which offer will be most likely to go through?

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Topics: Boston real estate, Boston realtor, Hopkinton MA homes for sale, Hopkinton real estate, Hopkinton realtor, Boston homes for sale

The perils of the immediate offer to purchase

Posted by Leslie Mann on Thu, Jul 19, 2012 @ 10:48 PM

I'd like to share a story about a homeowner who was fortunate to receive a quick offer on their home but ended up losing quite a bit of money by making a common mistake. (Names and numbers have been changed to protect the innocent!)

Bob & Barbara Jones listed their home for sale. They were pleased to hear that traffic at their initial open house was brisk. The day afterwards, they received an offer on the home just a little less than their asking price. They accepted the offer and were looking forward to moving on to their next home. However, upon uncovering some issues at home inspection, the buyers asked for $2,500 off the price to deal with these.
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Topics: selling your home, real estate, Hopkinton realtor, home seller tips, Holliston realtor, Metrowest real estate agent, Hallmark Sothebys Realty agent, negotiating an offer to purchase, listing your home for sale, Southboro realtor

Updating your home for sale on the cheap

Posted by Leslie Mann on Thu, Jul 19, 2012 @ 10:43 PM

Lillian from Holliston writes: We're putting our home on the market soon. We know it looks a little dated, but we only have a few thousand dollars budgeted to make upgrades. What do you think will give us the biggest bang for the buck?

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Topics: home selling tips, Boston metrowest real estate, preparing your home for sale, home staging tips, real estate, Hopkinton realtor, realtor Boston metrowest suburbs, Hallmark Sothebys Realty agent

Million dollar home sales on the rise in the Boston suburbs

Posted by Leslie Mann on Wed, Oct 19, 2011 @ 10:10 PM

Despite a slow real estate market, homes in the $1M+ price range are selling at a pretty good rate in the Boston suburbs. In just the past three months, 26 homes with a $1M and over price tag have sold in the Boston Metrowest suburbs. That's up more than 40 percent from the same time period last year. Here's a quick snapshot of these recent home sales.

  Address City Sale price
8  Lanes End Framingham, MA $1,100,000
10  Bridgeton Way Hopkinton, MA $1,075,000
1  Edge Hill Rd Hopkinton, MA $1,337,500
12  Penobscot Natick, MA $1,015,000
12  Kylie Lane Natick, MA $1,211,460
14  Phillips Pond Rd Natick, MA $1,049,000
35  South St Natick, MA $1,029,500
46  South Main Street Sherborn, MA $2,025,000
68  Hollis Street Sherborn, MA $1,320,000
39  Hunting Ln Sherborn, MA $1,249,000
145  Forest St Sherborn, MA $1,725,000
101  Woodland St Sherborn, MA $1,650,000
70  Farm Rd Sherborn, MA $1,785,000
28  Mill St Sherborn, MA $1,165,000
87  Farm Rd Sherborn, MA $1,120,000
3  Wood Rd Sherborn, MA $1,100,000
39  Maple Street Sherborn, MA $1,195,000
9  Peckham Hill Road Sherborn, MA $1,100,000
8  Barn Ln Southborough, MA $1,350,000
105  Greystone Lane Sudbury, MA $1,175,500
17  Pine Hill Lane Sudbury, MA $1,425,000
53  Cudworth Ln Sudbury, MA $1,150,000
15  Blandford Drive Sudbury, MA $1,000,000
125  Plympton Road Sudbury, MA $1,665,000
135  PEAKHAM ROAD Sudbury, MA $1,030,000
14  Cobblestone Place Sudbury, MA $1,300,000
99  Powers Road Sudbury, MA $1,200,000
40  Skyview Lane Sudbury, MA $2,000,000
489  Dutton Rd Sudbury, MA $1,050,000
54  AMANDA ROAD Sudbury, MA $1,087,020
155  Greystone Lane Sudbury, MA $1,240,000
19  Skyview Lane Sudbury, MA $1,275,000
9  Thornberry Lane Sudbury, MA $1,092,000
82  Cudworth Lane Sudbury, MA $1,195,000
17  Plantation Circle Sudbury, MA $1,710,000
28  Taintor Drive Sudbury, MA $1,320,000
4  Farm Lane Sudbury, MA $1,865,000
14  Pine Hill Lane Sudbury, MA $1,290,000
38  High Rock Road Wayland, MA $1,248,000
14  Catherine's Farm Rd Wayland, MA $1,150,000
52  Woodridge Road Wayland, MA $1,295,000
51  Plain Road Wayland, MA $1,335,000
10  Lingley Lane Wayland, MA $1,250,000
154  School Street Wayland, MA $1,010,000
13  WHISPERING LANE Wayland, MA $1,100,000
75  Claypit Hill Rd Wayland, MA $1,050,000
2  Barley Ln Wayland, MA $1,140,000
26  Whispering Ln Wayland, MA $1,009,000

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Topics: real estate, Sherborn realtor, Hopkinton realtor, Boston suburbs luxury real estate, Uncategorized, luxury home sales in the Boston suburbs, Boston suburbs recent home sales, home values, Holliston realtor, Sothebys Realty agent Boston suburbs

More popular neighborhoods in Hopkinton

Posted by Leslie Mann on Mon, Jul 4, 2011 @ 05:24 PM

Yesterday I wrote about some of the most desirable neighborhoods in Hopkinton among relocating professionals. But you don't need to be a high-powered executive to afford to live in Hopkinton. Here are three of my favorite Hopkinton neighborhoods with a more affordable price tag. (Well, affordable for the Boston suburbs anyway! :-)

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Topics: Boston relocation, Hopkinton MA homes for sale, Hopkinton MA real estate, Hopkinton realtor, Hopkinton relocation, moving to Hopkinton

Finding the best places to live in Boston

Posted by Leslie Mann on Sun, Jul 3, 2011 @ 07:36 PM

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Popular Hopkinton neighborhoods

Posted by Leslie Mann on Sun, Jul 3, 2011 @ 11:01 AM

Hopkinton is becoming an even more popular destination for those relocating to the Boston area. The town has gained a lot of attention lately since it was named one of Boston Magazine's Best Places to Live and gained high marks in both Boston Magazine's Top Massachusetts Public High Schools and Newsweek's list of America's Best High Schools (plus an honorable mention in U.S. News & World Report's annual list of Best Public High Schools).
When touring new clients relocating to the Hopkinton area this past weekend, I was asked about some of my favorite neighborhoods. Here are a few of my favorites (plus my two cents on the pros & cons of each).

One of the largest subdivisions in Hopkinton, Springwood Estates is less than 2 miles from Hopkins School (grades 4 & 5), Hopkinton Middle School (grades 6-8), and Hopkinton High School (grades 9-12) and approximately 4 miles from the Ashland Commuter Rail station. These large colonial-style homes have generous-sized lots, mostly just over an acre. Quite a few homes in the neighborhood have level yards, which is not so common in some of the other developments in town. Many of the homes were built in the 1990s in this mature neighborhood of pretty tree-lined streets.

Springwood Estates includes Gibbon Road, Kimball Rd, Smith Road, Jackson St, Bowker Road, Oak St, Sadie Lane, and Benson Road. Some of the builders of this development include Aolen Development and Ron Nation.

Three homes sold in Springwood Estates in the past year, at prices between $592,500-810,000.

Developed by Hallmark Builders in the mid 1990s, Highland Park is a development of expansive colonial-style homes with high-end finishes. The neighborhood is located next to the picturesque Hopkinton Country Club and is about two miles from the Southborough train station. Due to its proximity to Rt 495 there is some highway noise on the streets closer to the highway.

Highland Park includes Stoney Brook Road, Edgehill Road, Bridgestone Way, Wedgewood Drive, Singletary Way, and Riverbend Road.

Three homes have sold in Highland Park this past year at prices between $695,200-875,000.

Hearthstone Estates is a small development of approximately 30 colonial-style homes just three miles from the Ashland train station. The neighborhood is walking distance to town center. The historic Hopkinton Town Common is a great place to enjoy a night of jazz, free movie nights, a sunny afternoon, or a stroll past some of Hopkinton's handsome historic homes. You can also walk to Center School (grades K-1), Hopkinton Public Library, as well as the few cafes and shops in the town center.

Most of the homes were built in the late 1990s/early 2000s, with plenty of high-end upgrades. Like many Hopkinton neighborhoods, some of the lots are sloped in Hearthstone.

One home sold in the Hearthstone neighborhood in the past year, with a sale price of $625,000.
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Topics: Boston suburbs real estate, best places to live in Massachusetts, Hopkinton realtor, relocating to Boston, Hopkinton relocation, moving to Hopkinton, best Hopkinton neighborhoods, Highland Park, Springwood Estates, Hearthstone