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Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Hilltop Townhouse in Maynard | Short Sale $232,000



3-5 Oak Ridge Drive Maynard MA 01754 | Townhouse Short Sale
Hilltop Townhouse - 4 Finished Levels

If you have been looking for a great opportunity to buy a townhouse, check out this short sale listing at Oak Ridge in Maynard for a spacious 4-level townhouse with 2 bedrooms and 2.5 baths, central air-conditioning, fireplace, and parking for 2 cars, privacy, views, and a community pool that has just been listed for $232,000! It is an easy location for commuting on Route 117 to Waltham/Route 128 or west to Route 495 or the commuter rail in Acton, West Concord, or Lincoln. Minutes to Maynard center shops, restaurants, movies, arts, farmers’ market; parks, hiking trails, and of course, everyone’s summer favorite Erickson’s Ice Cream! Everything you need for comfort and convenience at an affordable price.
While it is always difficult for a homeowner to make the decision to go forward the short sale process, for many people it is their best option for being able to move on, and having these properties come to market can be a great opportunity for a buyer who is not on a tight deadline for moving. Other than time, patience, and some extra paperwork, buying a short sale is really no different than buying any other property. A qualified short sale buyer can have a mortgage and a home inspection contingency, although don’t expect a seller who is underwater to make repairs, and if it’s a condominium you will be able to your attorney review the condo documents and do your due diligence.
For additional information or to schedule an appointment for a viewing contact Marilyn Messenger.
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About the author: Marilyn Messenger, is a licensed real estate broker associated with Andrew Mitchell and Company, Concord and has been representing buyers and sellers in Wayland, Sudbury, and the towns west of Boston since 1993.
She is a certified short sale representative (SFR) and has a successful track record closing on short sale listings. Additionally, she holds the Certified Residential Specialist (CRS) and an Accredited Buyer Representative designations.

"Marilyn handled the short sale of my home in Wayland, MA. She did a great job with our property & had it under agreement in the blink of an eye. As with all short sales, the bank makes it difficult for everyone involved. However, Marilyn kept the buyers and the sellers up to date at every turn and she even handled all signing of documents electronically which made life so much easier, especially seeing as I was living out of state. She also had to deal with both myself and my ex, we are very much estranged, and she was even able to navigate those difficult waters with ease. She faced many challenges in handling the sale of this property and she overcame each one easily and with great professionalism. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend Marilyn to anyone looking for a buyers or sellers agent!!" Kimberly Bellavance, Wayland   
 

 
 

 
 

 

 

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Do You Like to Share? How About a Condo?



        
Would You Like To Share A Pool?

While living in a condominium is a great lifestyle for a lot of people who want the benefits of home-ownership without a lot of the work, it is important to understand that a condominium is a shared form of ownership. The condominium form of ownership can apply to an apartment-style, townhouse, duplex, or detached single-family home. Condominiums are also common for  business uses including office condos and even retail space. 

Regardless of the condo style you decide to buy, you need to be willing to go along with some rules and restrictions, and possibly having to pay for some amenities, repairs, or improvements that benefit the community but maybe not each individual owner. 

Here is a link to a recent blog post on LinkedIn that talks about some of the things you need to consider if you are thinking about buying a condominium or a single-family home in a community with a home-owner association (HOA).
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Contact Marilyn Messenger for additional information about condominiums and visit www.marilynmessenger.com to search for condominiums Wayland, Sudbury, Maynard, and the towns west of Boston.







Thursday, May 28, 2015

Sudbury MA - Good News for Home-buyers: Homes for Sale Up 40%


Homes for Sale in Sudbury
While the media continues to report about low inventory resulting in fewer sales, the number of single-family houses for sale in Sudbury MA has increased approximated 40% over last year at this time. There are currently 90 single-family homes for sale in Sudbury compared with 64 last year at this time.
Prices for current listings on the market range from $425,000 to $3,750,000. The median list price of $899,450 is lower than last year at this time when the median list price was $922,450.
Luxury home-buyers continue to have the most opportunities in Sudbury.

There are 29 single-family homes on the market listed between $1,000,000 and $1,499,999, and 9 between $1.5 million and $3,750,000. The average time of the market for many of these homes exceeds fourth months; sellers may be ready to make a deal! See all of the properties for sale at www.marilynmessenger.com.

Pending sales are also up from last year at this time. There are currently 47 with sales pending including 34 that have accepted offers and are being shown for backup.
There were 17 closed sales in April; only one more than in April 2014. The median sale price of $640,000 was 3% lower than the median sale price in April 2014. Year-to-date there have been 52 closed sales compared with 36 for the same period in 2014. The Y-T-D (through 4/30) median sale price is $632,500, up 5.6% from the same period in 2014.
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"We were so pleased to have worked with Marilyn for a second time! Marilyn helped us to buy our first home in Sudbury 10 years ago and when we were ready to sell it, we called her again. The process of buying and selling can be overwhelming, but Marilyn helped us to sort through it all. She is a master at organization and coordination of the many parties involved in this process. She was on top of all of the details so that nothing fell through the cracks. There were multiple offers on the house we ended up buying and on our house when we sold it, and Marilyn was invaluable...MORE...  Contact Marilyn

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Who Is Your Agent?

Buyer Agent or Seller Agent? Who's Working for You?
More often than you’d expect, homeowners refer to the person they bought their insurance from as their agent. It sounds reasonable but it’s definitely not accurate. That person is the agent of the insurance company and they legally represent the company, not the customer. Even an independent agent who can place a policy with different companies is still an agent of the company. A mortgage officer, in most cases is an employee and represents the company. And the same is true for a title or escrow officer. It’s important to understand the actual relationship to know what you can expect from them.

Any business person who wants to stay in business must treat their customers fairly and with a high degree of service. As a customer, you should be able to reasonably expect honesty and accountability. The difference is that employees owe their loyalty to their employer and agents owe their loyalty to their principal.

An agent owes more than just honesty and accountability. The principal can expect complete disclosure, obedience, loyalty, reasonable skill and care and confidentiality from their agent. This advocacy is very beneficial during the buying or selling process to coordinate all aspects of the transaction. The agent can bring valuable experience to your side of the transaction to provide confidence that your best interests are being represented from start to finish.

Most states have a recognized procedure for the real estate professional to create a formal relationship between themselves and a buyer or seller. This requires a fiduciary/statutory responsibility that places the principals’ interests above the agent’s own personal interests.

In Massachusetts real estate agents are required to provide consumers the Massachusetts Mandatory Licensee-Consumer Relationship Disclosure form at the first personal meeting with you to discuss a specific property. The form explains the types of agency an agent can provide. Although, this has been mandatory for years, many buyers who have looked at properties with other agents often tell me they have never seen the form! Consumers have a right to know who an agent represents.

Additionally, it is in the consumer’s best interest to have a written agreement with an agent who is going to represent them as a buyer agent. It clarifies expectations so there are no surprises or misunderstanding about responsibilities and makes for a less stressful transaction. Here are some of the other advantages of a written buyer agency agreement.
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Marilyn Messenger CRS ABR GRI - Broker with Andrew Mitchell & CompanyAbout the author: Marilyn Messenger, a local real estate broker associated with Andrew Mitchell and Company, has been representing buyers and sellers in Wayland, Sudbury, Maynard, and the towns west of Boston for 20+ years. She is a Certified Residential Specialist - less than 4% of Realtors have achieved the CRS® designation, an Accredited Buyer Representative and is an active member of the Real Estate Buyer Agency Council. Visit www.marilynmessenger.com.


Friday, May 15, 2015

Maynard MA - Opportunities for First-Time Home Buyers

Welcome to Maynard MA


With prices for single-family homes ranging from 235,000 to $579,000, Maynard has some excellent opportunities for first-time home-buyers who may be priced out of the more expensive surrounding towns. The median list price of $382,400 for a single-family house compared with $719,000 in Acton, $534,000 in Stow, and $911,950 in Sudbury, makes Maynard an affordable housing option in a town that has something for everyone! Check out homes for sale in Maynard.

Maynard is located approximately 22 miles NW of Boston. Bordered by Sudbury, Acton, Stow, and Concord. Maynard is a great location for people working in Waltham, Cambridge or west to the Worcester area with easy access to  Route 117, Route 2, and commuter rail stops in West Acton and West Concord.

The walkable downtown includes a variety of restaurants, specialty shops, a movie theater, art space and a new micro-brewery and pub opening soon at Clock Tower Place. There is a new high school, a library, outdoor walking track, tennis court, a country club, lots of open space and parks. In the summer there are outdoor concerts and of course, my favorite, Erikson's Ice Cream.

The population in Maynard is approx. 10,000 people; it is a small town with a diverse housing stock that includes vintage turn-of-the century antiques, suburban ranches and split-level house, newer single-family colonial and capes, a variety of condominiums/townhouses including the established communities at Deer Hedge Run, Apple Ridge and Oak Ridge, as well as some new construction.

If you haven't been to Maynard, come see what you're missing!
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Maynard is located approximately 22 miles NW of Boston. Bordered Sudbury, Acton, Stow, and Concord, Maynard is commuters have a variety of options via Route 117, Route 2, and commuter rail stops in West Acton and West Concord. The population in Maynard is approx. 10,000 people; it is a small town with a diverse housing stock that includes vintage turn-of-the century antiques, suburban ranches and split-level house, newer single-family colonial and capes, a variety of condominiums/townhouses, new construction, and The walkable downtown includes a variety of restaurants, specialty shops, and art space. There is a new high school, a library, outdoor walking track, tennis court, a country club, lots of open space and parks. In the summer there are outdoor concerts and an old fashioned ice cream stand. If you haven't been to Maynard, come see what you're missing! - See more at: http://www.marilynmessenger.com/web/AR438531/ListingSearch/load_saved_search/?ss_id=5197243&nav_page_id=6207904#sthash.U0lWjcX1.dpuf

Maynard is located approximately 22 miles NW of Boston. Bordered Sudbury, Acton, Stow, and Concord, Maynard is commuters have a variety of options via Route 117, Route 2, and commuter rail stops in West Acton and West Concord. The population in Maynard is approx. 10,000 people; it is a small town with a diverse housing stock that includes vintage turn-of-the century antiques, suburban ranches and split-level house, newer single-family colonial and capes, a variety of condominiums/townhouses, new construction, and The walkable downtown includes a variety of restaurants, specialty shops, and art space. There is a new high school, a library, outdoor walking track, tennis court, a country club, lots of open space and parks. In the summer there are outdoor concerts and an old fashioned ice cream stand. If you haven't been to Maynard, come see what you're missing! - See more at: http://www.marilynmessenger.com/web/AR438531/ListingSearch/load_saved_search/?ss_id=5197243&nav_page_id=6207904#sthash.U0lWjcX1.dpuf
Maynard is located approximately 22 miles NW of Boston. Bordered Sudbury, Acton, Stow, and Concord, Maynard is commuters have a variety of options via Route 117, Route 2, and commuter rail stops in West Acton and West Concord. The population in Maynard is approx. 10,000 people; it is a small town with a diverse housing stock that includes vintage turn-of-the century antiques, suburban ranches and split-level house, newer single-family colonial and capes, a variety of condominiums/townhouses, new construction, and The walkable downtown includes a variety of restaurants, specialty shops, and art space. There is a new high school, a library, outdoor walking track, tennis court, a country club, lots of open space and parks. In the summer there are outdoor concerts and an old fashioned ice cream stand. If you haven't been to Maynard, come see what you're missing! - See more at: http://www.marilynmessenger.com/web/AR438531/ListingSearch/load_saved_search/?ss_id=5197243&nav_page_id=6207904#sthash.U0lWjcX1.dpuf
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