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Saturday, September 20, 2014

The Story of 42 Great Lake Drive, Sudbury MA

On a freezing cold day in December 2003, a very smart young couple called to see the house for sale at 42 Great Lake Drive in Sudbury. Back then, it was a four-room cottage with a tiny bath, lots of knotty-pine paneling and a refrigerator on the back porch. They loved the corner lot and the location in Sudbury and had the vision to see what they could do to make this their home. 

Ten years and 3 kids later, they are ready to move on and this beautifully renovated and expanded Colonial is ready for new owners who they hope will be as happy as they have been! 

Click the photo to see what they've done and please share with your friends. Everything has been done; all they need to do is move in! 

Beautiful Colonial with everything you'll want in your new home in Sudbury!

For additional information or to schedule an appointment contact Marilyn Messenger or see all of the homes in Sudbury at

Friday, August 08, 2014

Middlesex County Home Sale Prices Higher in Q2

Middlesex County MA - Single-family home sales prices were higher in the second quarter of 2014 than for Q2 2013. However, there were fewer homes for sale which resulted in 7.4% drop in the number of homes sold. Fewer homes resulted in more urgency among home buyers and the average number of days on the market was 56; 13.8% less than the previous year.

Of course, all real estate is local and counties are comprised of several towns and prices vary from town to town. Here are the median prices for single-family houses in some of the towns west of Boston:

Sudbury: $685,000; up 6.7%
Wayland: $694,500; up 11.7%
Concord: $1,000,000; up 6.2%
Maynard: $342,500; up %
Stow: $476,450; up 6.7%
Lincoln: $1,186,000; up 2.2%
Acton: $591.000; up 7%

Click here for a complete list of towns in Middlesex County by zip code. Search for homes at 

Friday, July 25, 2014

Suburban Condo Prices Up!

Condo prices are way up in Massachusetts are not just in Boston!  Click to link to a recent article in the Boston Globe.
Deer Hedge Run Maynard

Prices are also up over last year in many of suburban towns west of Boston.    

Here are median prices for some of the towns for the past 6 months:

Maynard: $257,000; up 3.4%
Concord: $367,500; up 4.7%
Wayland: $610,000;
Sudbury: $620,000; up 4.8%
Acton: $277,200; up 7%

Stow: $382,000; 7.4%
Active Adult Townhouses, Sudbury MA

Check out condominiums for sale at
and be sure to check out "Is Condo Living for You?" 

About the author: Marilyn Messenger, a Certified Residential Specialist, Accredited Buyer Representative, and broker associated with Andrew Mitchell and Company in Concord has been selling condominiums for 21 years.

Having served on the Board of Trustees at Deer Hedge Run, she understands HOAs (homeowner associations) and the ins-and-out of condominium living. Contact Marilyn at 508-596-3501 for information about condominiums that may fit your needs. If you're thinking about selling; low inventory makes this a good time!

Friday, July 18, 2014

Sudbury Real Estate: Luxury Homes Still Selling

Clients' New Home - Sudbury $1,080,000
Lots of happy luxury home buyers and sellers in Sudbury this year. Year-to-date through 7/15, were 14 closed sales for over $1,000,000. Overall, there were a total of 105 single-family houses sold in Sudbury; the median sale price was $686,000 and the average was $718,551. There were 123 sold during the same period in 2013; the median sale price was $680,000 and the average was $714,937.

Currently, there are eleven luxury properties with sales pending and  with an accepted offer waiting for contingencies to clear. There were 19 luxury homes sold during the same period last year.

Homes for Sale in Sudbury: There are currently 71 single-family homes for sale in Sudbury with prices ranging from $315,000 to $3,295,000. The price range with the most opportunities continues to be luxury homes that are priced from $1,000,000 to $1,499,999 - there are 17 currently for sale.

Summer is a great time to buy a home in Sudbury and if you act quickly, you can still move into your new house in time for the start of the school year. Click here to see houses for sale in Sudbury and other towns in Middlesex County. If you are thinking about selling your house in Sudbury, it’s never too soon to start planning your move – click to request a homeevaluation or call 508-596-3501 to talk with your Sudbury area specialist. 

Happy Home Owners in Sudbury!
About the author: Marilyn Messenger has been representing home buyers and seller in Sudbury, Wayland, Maynard, Stow, and the towns west of Boston since 1993. She is a Certified Residential Specialist (CRS), an Accredited Buyer Representative (ABR), and a licensed real estate broker associated with Andrew Mitchell and Company in Concord. She is the top recommended broker on Trulia in Sudbury, Wayland, Stow, and Maynard. She has the skills and experience to achieve her clients' goals. You can reach Marilyn at 508-596-3501 or visit to learn more.

Friday, June 20, 2014

Home Improvements - Permits Save You Money and Stress!

Summer is home improvement time. Whether you're doing some renovating or adding an addition or deck, make sure the contractor pulls a permit and that the inspector from the town signs off after the work is done. It's very easy to find out if one is needed; towns have the information about permits on their web sites or you can call the building inspector. Most people don't think about it. They assume that their contractor will take care of everything and especially because most include the cost of a permit in their quote.

Unfortunately, contractors often do not follow through with applying for the permit(s) and scheduling the inspection after. Whether it's a lack of time, or someone just forgets to do their job, the bottom line is that permits are important for your protection, protection of the town, and the protection of future owners.

When you sell your house, if a home inspector sees a problem and there is no permit on file, even though it's not your fault, it raises suspicion that will ultimately cost you; buyers will question what else is wrong or missing and start looking for reasons to reduce the price! This has happened to many of my clients who paid top dollar to reputable contractors who never followed through on the permit.

Advice to homeowners and sellers: ask the contractor when the inspector from the town will be coming by to sign off on the work done. If they can't answer, make sure you follow up with the contractor. Or, you can call the inspector yourself then you know it will be done. It will save you money and stress. Enjoy your new home improvements!

About the author: Marilyn Messenger, CRS has been representing buyers and sellers west of Boston for 20 years. Having attended 100s of home inspections, she knows first-hand how important building permits are to the home buying and selling process. You can reach Marilyn at 508-596-3501 or visit for buyer and seller information, free home searches, and market conditions reports for Wayland, Sudbury, and the towns west of Boston.

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