Braintree, MA Real Estate News

By Robert Nichols, Boston Real Estate Expert!
(Boston Trust Realty Group)
Braintree Massachusetts Foreclosure Report May 2011 According to Realty Trac, Inc. There were 8 foreclosure filings in Braintree Massachusetts in May of 2011. That works out to be 1 in every 1,689 homes and represents a 33% decrease over April 2011. Although a decrease is a good sign, it may only be temporary . From my understanding the Banks and The Department of Housing and Urban Development have all agreed that 2011 will be the year they push through with most of the pending foreclosures that have been held up due to title issues, faulty assignments and moratoriums. Many economists believe that the best way to deal with this problem is to get through it as quickly as possible. Sellers who are facing foreclosure have two primary options. If they desire to save their homes they can ap...
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By Christine Smith, Exclusive Buyer Agent & Attorney, Canton, MA
(Buyers Brokers Only LLC - www.BuyersBrokersOnly.com)
This Week's Featured Home in Braintree MA Every Sunday I write a column for my local Patch sites featuring a home for sale in either Canton MA, Milton MA or Braintree MA. This weeks featured home is in Braintree MA. The week's home, a condominium located at 399 Pond Street, Unit E-7 in Braintree MA, is a two-bedroom, two and a half bath townhouse listed at $315,000.00.  There is a total of five rooms, with additional finished space in the basement level, currently used as a family room and exercise room.  Located near to public transportation to Boston, shopping and major highways, this condo is has a convenient location.  With the exterior upkeep covered by the condo fee and the interior in move-in ready condition, there is not much to do but negotiate a price & terms of sale - with th...
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By Suzanne Cutler, 617-549-5829, Braintree MA, Realtor, Real Estate
(Success! Real Estate)
LinksMyTurtleCrossingSiteMySitePhoto GalleryDescriptionCome see what you have been missing - this stunning 2-bedroom/2-bath condo at Turtle Crossing. Enjoy one level living at its best, featuring the open floor plan w/ the kitchen (SS appl. and granite countertops) overlooking the dining area and living room with hardwood floors! The master suite has his-and-her closets and the master bath includes a Jacuzzi type tub. Turn on the AC or cool off in the swimming pool this summer, do not forget the exercise room, clubhouse, putting green, and more.FeaturesBedrooms: 2Bathrooms: 2Parking Spaces: 2Year Built: 2004Located on Floor #: 1Floors in Bldg: 3Square Footage: 1165Agent Name: Suzanne CutlerBroker: Success! Real EstateMLS #: 71240046Location501 Commerce Drive Building 4 Unit 104 Braintre...
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By Suzanne Cutler, 617-549-5829, Braintree MA, Realtor, Real Estate
(Success! Real Estate)
Braintree, MA is very fortunate to have a Before and After School Enrichment Program BASE in our community.  With most families having both parents working full time jobs, the big question is what to do with their kids sometimes before and mostly after school and those pre-Schoolers while they are at work.  There is a bus that pick the children up at BASE and takes them to their elementary school and back to BASE after school.  Of course there is a charge for their programs but this is a non profit organization.  There is a fundraiser on Aug. 22nd (golfing and dinner at Granite links in Quincy and/or sponsors for this outing).  The money raised will go to help with programs at BASE and also for a Roselyn Karll Memorial Scholarship, given to a Braintree High School senior continuing thei...
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By Melissa Juarez
(Massachusetts Buyers Broker Agency, LLC)
Those of us who live on the South Shore of Boston know that the Plymouth nuclear power plant is in our backyard. While the plant has given area residents much needed power, recent events in Japan have made nuclear safety a priority.  On Thursday, May 25, 2011, at the Thayer Academy Public Library, two MIT professors will attempt to put fact vs. fiction to test when they discuss nuclear safety.  The event starts at 7:30 and there will be a presentation followed by a question and answer session. The library is located at 798 Washington Street. Please come with your questions and concerns.     If you are a potential home buyer and you are interested in Braintree, please contact me to start receiving listings and open house schedules.  Let's connect today and we can begin visiting houses.  ...
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By Jim Mushinsky
(Centsable Inspection)
Home inspectors working in Braintree MA are required to perform a home inspection to the Massachusetts Home Inspector Standards of Practice.  A copy of the standard will be provided to the client by the home inspector.The MA Home Inspector Standards of Practice is written for the professional home inspector. United Inspection Service has created some easy to read Consumer Information Sheets illustrating what is included and excluded in a Standard MA home inspection. Clear client communications (3c) are one of our core values. See the easy to read one page consumer information sheets for each of the systems in a MA Home Inspection.Visit the Braintree MA Home Inspection web page from United Inspection Service for some useful information about homes in Braintree MA and Massachusetts Home I...
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By Melissa Juarez
(Massachusetts Buyers Broker Agency, LLC)
After years of not having a full-day Kindergarten, the town of Braintree has approved a pilot full-day program starting this Fall.  The school system announced yesterday that there would be 40 spots for the program and that a lottery will be held for the spots.  The program, if successful, will be a great boost for the town since many Braintree parents have had to travel to Weymouth or Quincy for private schools for Kindergarten programs.
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By Melissa Juarez
(Massachusetts Buyers Broker Agency, LLC)
In an effort to raise funds for the Braintree Community Youth Center, residents Tom and Janice Weitbrecht will be holding a fundraiser called "A Cookout in January to Save the Youth Center" from 6 to 11 p.m. on Friday, January 28, at Emerald Hall, 120 Bay State Drive.  The event will feature steak and chicken kabobs, a cash bar, music from DJ Ray Productions, and live and silent auctions.  The Weitbrechts own an Auction business. The center, located at 74 Pond Street, has been operating since May 2007, and is open on Friday and Saturday nights. It was started with a $30,000 donation from the Braintree Rotary Club and relies on donations and volunteers to operate. About 300 pre-teens and teens pay a $10 annual membership fee but the center is having trouble keeping afloat.  Tickets for t...
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By Melissa Juarez
(Massachusetts Buyers Broker Agency, LLC)
The Braintree, MA planning board Tuesday night approved the demolition and renovation of the Sheraton Braintree. At the meeting, the developer unveiled plans for the $25 million development.  These include demolishing 140,000 square feet of the present hotel and then renovating the six-story section near the rear of the site.  Nearly 30,000 square feet of retail space and a 270-seat restaurant would be built where the demolished section of the hotel had been. The renovated hotel and a new retail complex could be open by the summer. 
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By Melissa Juarez
(Massachusetts Buyers Broker Agency, LLC)
Braintree will be having a Holiday Open House from 1 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, December 12, at town hall.  There will be Victorian carolers, local dance troupes, children’s activities, and free photos with Santa.  The event is sponsored by the Braintree Board of Trade event.  Also, the Rotary Club of Braintree will hold a memorial tree lighting ceremony at 3:30 p.m. on the grounds of the Thayer Public Library. At the town hall, there will be a Holiday Lighting Ceremony at 4 p.m. and will feature music and refreshments.  
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By Melissa Juarez
(Massachusetts Buyers Broker Agency, LLC)
The Braintree Public School District announced that it has received a grant from the Blue Hills Community Health Alliance to start a "Let's Put Fit in Fitness" program. The money will purchase age-appropriate fitness equipment and healthy snacks for children in the Braintree public schools.  The goal of the program is to encourage kids to have a healthy attitude about food and exercise. The grant comes at a perfect time since more and more parents are concerned about their kids lack of exercise and weight problems. Congratulations to Braintree for going after the grant and helping to keep kids active.
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By Melissa Juarez
(Massachusetts Buyers Broker Agency, LLC)
The town of Braintree currently has no full-day kindergarten program.  Many parents have expressed an interest in the town starting a full-day program, and the town's latest census supports such an initiative.  If you are new to Braintree, have small children, and/or are considering starting a family, why not express your view on starting a full-day kindergarten program by completing the Braintree school survey? The survey was distributed through the elementary schools and day care centers and is also available on the school system's website, www.braintreeschools.org.
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By Melissa Juarez
(Massachusetts Buyers Broker Agency, LLC)
Last night the Braintree Planning Board gave its approval for the construction of a Dave and Buster's, a popular restaurant and games chain, to occupy the former Circuit City building at the South Shore Plaza. The company now needs to win the approval of Braintree's license board for the 168 amusement games proposed for the business. It was stated at the meeting that the new Dave and Buster's would employ as many as 150 new employees.  Welcome Dave and Buster's to Braintree.
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By Melissa Juarez
(Massachusetts Buyers Broker Agency, LLC)
Via Fred Hanson ~ The kitchen has been a beehive of activity at St. Catherine’s Greek Orthodox Church for months. It has to be. The church is expecting to serve lunch and dinner to several thousand people over four days during its 8th Annual Grecian Festival Thursday through Sunday at the church, 119 Common Street, Braintree, MA. “We served about 7,000 people last year, and hopefully we’ll serve a few more this year,” said Demetrios Seremetis, the vice president of the church council. Mina Demestihas of Canton is one of the members of the kitchen crew. “We’ve made 50 pans of pastitsio and moussaka, 52 trays of spinach pie, 3,400 dolmathes,” she said. Seremetis added, “Our biggest seller is the baked lamb, Greek style.” And if supplies run low, the cooks are ready to return to the kitch...
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By Melissa Juarez
(Massachusetts Buyers Broker Agency, LLC)
Braintree, MA ~ FUN DAY BENEFIT Have fun and help the fight against cancer when Braintree, MA hosts Family Fun Day. A magic show, live music, K-9 demonstration, touch-a-truck, moonwalks and more will be available from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday at Braintree High School, 128 Town St., Braintree. Admission is $5.  This event is sponsored by the Friends of Will to benefit neuroblastoma research. For more information, go to www.beatnb.org/family-fun-day.
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By Lew Corcoran, ASP®, Home Stager & Real Estate Photographer
(Scena Home Staging & Decora Photography)
Trend in Home Sales in Randolph MA Through May 2010 According to Trulia.com, sales prices of homes in Randolph have increased 12.3% over the past year through May 2010, but have declined 29.8% over the past 5 years. The current average listing price of homes for sale in Randolph MA is $268,533, while the current median sales price is $224,602. The median sales price is the price at which one half of the homes sold above that amount, and one half of the homes sold below that amount. Below is a chart of the trend of median prices of homes for sale in Randolph MA over the past 5 years through May 2010: Randolph Recently Sold Homes Below is a chart of the trend in home sales in Randolph MA over the past 5 years through May 2010: Randolph Recently Sold Homes If you're looking to buy a home o...
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By Lew Corcoran, ASP®, Home Stager & Real Estate Photographer
(Scena Home Staging & Decora Photography)
Trend in Home Sales in Braintree MA Through May 2010 According to Trulia.com, sales prices of homes in Braintree have decreased 4.5% over the past year through May 2010, and have declined 18.3% over the past 5 years. The current average listing price of homes for sale in Braintree MA is $383,632, while the current median sales price is $300,000. The median sales price is the price at which one half of the homes sold above that amount, and one half of the homes sold below that amount. Below is a chart of the trend of median prices of homes for sale in Braintree MA over the past 5 years through May 2010: Braintree Recently Sold Homes Below is a chart of the trend in home sales in Braintree MA over the past 5 years through May 2010: Braintree Recently Sold Homes If you're looking to buy a ...
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By Lew Corcoran, ASP®, Home Stager & Real Estate Photographer
(Scena Home Staging & Decora Photography)
Mortgage Rate Forecast for June 24, 2010 Here are some of the events affecting mortgage rates today: What Mortgage Backed Securities (MBS) Are Doing Today: The price of the FNMA 30-Year 4.0% MBS coupon opened at 100.75 this morning - the same as yesterday's close. At 9:30 AM, the 4.0% MBS coupon was trading at 100.91 - up 5/32 from its opening. It is customary in the MBS market to track the coupon that is running closest to par, which is 100.00. Due to market improvements, we are now tracking the FNMA 4.0% coupon. Remember, on mortgage backed securities (MBSs), as the price goes up, the yield comes down - and so do mortgage rates. I expect that mortgage rates will be about 0.125 in points better in price this morning as compared to yesterday. Price Trend in Mortgage Backed Securities: T...
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By Melissa Juarez
(Massachusetts Buyers Broker Agency, LLC)
Have you ever wondered how to create your own family tree?  On Tuesday, June 1, genealogist Marcia Melnyk will give advice on how to help you organize your family history into a scrapbook. This is a lecture, not a hands-on workshop. The event will take place at the Thayer Public Library, 798 Washington Street, Braintree, MA at 6:00 p.m. For more information, call 781-848-0405, extension 4420. 
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By Lynda Longmire
(Virtual Homes Real Estate)
Braintree,  Massachusetts Real Estate and Homes for Sale - Direct MLS Access The Braintree MA real estate and home buying process can be complicated and you will benefit from the guidance of industry professionals. A real estate buyer's agent, mortgage lender and an attorney are the primary advisers in the purchase of property. If you are a first-time home buyer or an existing owner, you may qualify for a tax credit and could be eligible for special financing programs. Start your search be determining your price range, housing needs and lifestyle you desire. Braintree MA real estate will assist you in finding the right property to meet your needs from local area homes for sale, foreclosed listings (bank-owned), land, condominiums,  all through the MA Multiple Listing Service (MLS). Requ...
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