Needham, MA Real Estate News

By Pat Laracy Baker, Pat Baker Dream Home Maker
(Realty Executives Boston West)
Needham Home Prices and Home Values Through it all Needham keeps insulated as far as the house values.  Needham continues to draw folks to it's community.  We are sure it is the fine education that the children of Needham receive.  Recently Needham came in as 19th in the top 50 high schools according to "Boston Magazine." Additoinally it is a commuter's dream.  We have 4 train stops in Needham.  it is a comfort to many to hop on a bus for Boston without having to sit in parked traffic on a highway to Boston.  But most of all it is the people of Needham.  The sense of community is far beyond what one can imagine and appreciate until you have lived here.  I have had the pleasure of living here since 1965.  I was fresh out of high school and starting my first year of college.  I fell in lo...
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By Pat Laracy Baker, Pat Baker Dream Home Maker
(Realty Executives Boston West)
Needham, MA Treat Others Well Launch I stopped by Treat Cupcake Bar yesterday with a friend and they were giving out these cards.  It is truly a fun thing to do and it will directly benefit local causes.  They plan to do this on a monthly basis. Treat Cupcake Bare - You're invited! "Treat Others Well Launch Party!" September 25,2010 from 12 - 4 PM Treat Cupcake Bar, 1450 Highland Avenue, Needham, MA Details:  They are hosting a day of fun to celebrate the official launch for unique monthly charity program, "Treat Others Well." In addition to kid-friendly entertainment, refreshments and raffles, families are encouraged to ‘apy what you wish' for cupcakes during the event 100% of all proceeds directly benefitting local causes through "Treat Others Well."
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By Pat Laracy Baker, Pat Baker Dream Home Maker
(Realty Executives Boston West)
Vote in Massachusetts Tomorrow 9/14 AndHave Some Fun Politics are never dull in Massachusetts.  I will be up listening to the returns like many others.  It promises to be an interesting day for sure. I just heard that Bill Keating, Norfolk County Norfolk District Attorney chased down a purse snatcher.  Keating is running in Tuesday's primary election for the Democratic nomination in the state's 10th Congressional District.  He is a a nice guy and I think that was great that he did that.  I am not impressed by Joe Malone who is down right nasty.  I did not know he had that bad side. Governor Patrick has a tough race ahead of him with Charlie Baker, who was originally from Needham, MA. and Tim Cahill.  There will not be anything boring about this day. Massachusetts just are not boring at ...
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By Pat Laracy Baker, Pat Baker Dream Home Maker
(Realty Executives Boston West)
Needham's 300th Celebrate with 300 Laps Celebrate Needham's 300th year Anniversary and one of the ways is to do that is walk on Monday and Wednesday nights at 6:00 at DeFazio Park on Dedham Avenue, Needham, MA.   Walk at your own pace.  A lap is a quarter mile so you would need to do 75 miles  to complete 300 laps.  We have a year to accomplish this.  That's not too bad. There is more than one incentive.  It is fun, you could lose some weight and perhaps win a free ticket to the Needham 300th Birthday Gala Celebration on Novemver 5, 2011. Pick up a tracking sheet at the Park & Recreation office or KOKO FitClub.  Turn in the tracking sheets at the same place by September 1, 2011.  There are so many event all year round.  Keep watching for updates.  
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By Pat Laracy Baker, Pat Baker Dream Home Maker
(Realty Executives Boston West)
Needham, MA Schools In the Top 20 Boston Magazine Sept. 2010 Grab the September issue of Boston Magazine where you will find more details and actual rankings.  There you will find that Needham High School has been ranked in the top 20 High Schools.  To quote the Superintendent of Schools Dan Gutekanst, “I am not surprised that Needham High School has been recognized for its academic excellence, emphasis on developing te social and emotional skills of its students, and the wonderful contribution of service Needham students make to the local and global communities,” he told Needham Patch. The rankings are determined by evaluating MCAS and SAT scores, per pupil spending, student to teacher ratio, graduation rate and percent of students who continue into college.  The breadth of extracurric...
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By Pat Laracy Baker, Pat Baker Dream Home Maker
(Realty Executives Boston West)
Hugs From Needham, MA Just want to be a part of the Hug Campaign and pass it on to all of you.
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By Pat Laracy Baker, Pat Baker Dream Home Maker
(Realty Executives Boston West)
Needham Market Report August 2010 In August of 2010 there were 37 homes that closed within the month in Needham, MA. This was an increase of 8 units or 27.5% higher sold over the 29 homes that closed in August of 2009. 2 homes sold in August 2010- average list of $419,000; 2 homes sold - average list $499,000, 8 homes sold - average list $570,438; 4 homes sold - average list of $664,00; 4 homes sold- average list $786,500; 1 home sold listed at $889,000; 3 average list $1,002,667; 12 homes sold - average list of $1,250,333 The Average list price for the homes that closed in Needham for August 2010 was $897,365 The Average list price for the homes that closed in Needham for August of 2009 was $820,831 The Average sale price for the homes that closed in Needham for August of 2010 was $86...
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By Pat Laracy Baker, Pat Baker Dream Home Maker
(Realty Executives Boston West)
I spend a lot of time in Holliston, MA and this is a wonderful cafe to visit.  There is entertainment on the weekends and I just thought others might like to take advantage of it.  The crepes are wonderful.  The service is superb and the entertainment is great too.  Holliston is just a dear little town.  My son and family live here and although I live in Needham it is just a 20 minute ride to a lovely rural town with lots of fun things to do and great people.  There are wonderful gift and antique shops.  I love visiting "The Grapevine" unique gift shop at 21 B Charles Street, just behind the Holliston Library too. Here is a photo from the Holiday Stroll.   This week at the Cafe!         This weekend's live Music LineupFriday - 9/6Rising Tribe8:30 - 11:30PMOne of our favorites!Island Alt...
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By Pat Laracy Baker, Pat Baker Dream Home Maker
(Realty Executives Boston West)
Needham Market Report During the last 27 days 19 single family homes have gone under agreement and 30 properties have sold. Active single family listings have a price range from $$268,800  to $3,450,000   There is a  total of 133 single family homes on the market and 9 of those accepted offers but are accepting back up offers. It is a typical August and it is quieter than other times of the year but still there is activity. Below is a 5 year chart of the Needham Home Prices and Home Values Needham Zillow Home Value IndexNeedham Home Values - Interactive chart
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By Bob Tanski, Realtor
(Century 21 Shawmut Properties)
If you love cupcakes and live anywhere near Needham, Massachusetts, boy do I have a place for you! Treat Cupcake Bar, located at 1450 Highland Ave Needham,Ma, is a unique establishment where you can make your own cupcakes. You can select from at least 4 different cupcake flavors, 4 different frosting flavors, and at least 20 different toppings. My wife, son and I went to Treat Cupcake Bar this past Saturday to try out this new concept and we weren't disappointed. I ordered a chocolate cupcake with cream cheese frosting. For toppings I selected Heath Bar, M&M's and Sprinkles. It was absolutely delicious. Highly recommended. My one caveat would be to go when you are hungry. The cupcakes were very filling and if I would have eaten beforehand, I would not have been able to finish my cupcake.  
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By Pat Laracy Baker, Pat Baker Dream Home Maker
(Realty Executives Boston West)
Needham Bank supports Needham 300 with $125,000 sponsorship The following article regarding Needham Bank is truly something.  Needham Bank is such an amazing bank.  We are so fortunate to have this bank.  The Needham Bank over the years has been so philanthropic in so many ways. Look at the history of this bank.  The article goes on to describe only briefly what the kick off events will be on November 5, 2010.  Needham residents of all ages and past residents set the date aside if you possibly can because you will not want to miss these events.  You will look back someday and remember what happened that day and all through the year. Needham is a treasure and the Tercentennial committee that is serving are truly amazing.  Please visit the website: www.needham300.org at least weekly for ...
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By Pat Laracy Baker, Pat Baker Dream Home Maker
(Realty Executives Boston West)
Tax Free in Massachusetts The Great annual Tax Free weekend.  Now we get to have one weekend a year in Massachusetts to purchase without paying 6.25% sales tax.  So this weekend those who travel to New Hampshire can stay in  Masssachusetts. I think we should have a tax free weekend once a month.  Who votes for that?  Well anyway the highways and biways should be busy with shoppers taking advantage of that sales tax holiday.  Hey here's another idea:  One paycheck a month without taxes taken out.  Is anyone counting how many months you have to work in the year before you have paid your tax debt out of earnings if you are paid weekly? I am full of ideas tonight.  How about a designated month that we don't have to pay "tax stamps" when a property is sold or maybe do that 4 times a year.  T...
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By Pat Laracy Baker, Pat Baker Dream Home Maker
(Realty Executives Boston West)
Needham, MA Yet Another Fun Place to Go in Needham My daughter-in-law took us all to Treat Cupcake Bar on Tuesday.  It was so much fun the kids loved it.  It is located at 1450 Highland Avenue across from Taylor's Stationery. What a great place to have birthday parties.  The cupcakes were all delicious.   You can make your own which the children love to do.  There are some great selections already made too.  There is even a Needham cupcake with chocolate frosting and and lovely letter "N" on it for Needham. It is a great addition to the town to have something like this and it is fun for all ages.  Not only that, did I say how yummy the cupcakes were?  Well they were delicious.  It was decorated so cute too. Checkout the website for the cupcake menu and all the treats that are there.  ht...
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By Pat Laracy Baker, Pat Baker Dream Home Maker
(Realty Executives Boston West)
  It is true!                It is true!                             It is true! Needham, MA Real Estate Market Needham, MA has had a strong real estate market.  I had an agent for the next town say to me at a recent real estate event, Needham is very strong.  Everytime I turn around the houses in Needham are selling and it is true. In the past month 24 single family properties in Needham went under agreement between $450,000 and $1,299,000 with an average of 88 dayson the market.  28 single family properties sold between $250,000 and $2,400,000.  The average sales price was $865,802. The luxury market in Needham is strong.  8 single family homes sold between $1,000,000 and $2,400,000 in the past month.
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By Pat Laracy Baker, Pat Baker Dream Home Maker
(Realty Executives Boston West)
Come one Come all from Near and Wide.  Come visit Needham for the kickoff weekend on throughout the year of celebrations.  300th Anniversary of Needham, MA    JOIN THE CELEBRATION! Needham 300 Kickoff WeekendNovember 5, 6 & 7, 2010 Friday, November 5, 2010 6 pm Opening Ceremonies 7 pm Friday Night Football Game- Memorial Park-Needham vs Dedham    Saturday, November 6, 20107:00 am Needham Rotary Pancake Breakfast-Newman School3:00 pm Old Fashioned Field Day- Greene's Field5:15 pm  Needham 300 Promenade- Greene's Field to Memorial Park 6:00 pm Needham Market- Memorial Park Food, Music, "300" Retail         Sunday, November 7, 2010 2:00 at the Charles River ARC Needham 300 Old Fashioned Ice Cream Social for Seniors, their families and friends Sundaes accompanied by a Barbershop Quartet, fo...
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By Pat Laracy Baker, Pat Baker Dream Home Maker
(Realty Executives Boston West)
Needham, MA 4th and 5th of July Celebration 2010 (edit/delete) THE FIREWORKS ARE TONIGHT AT MEMORIAL PARK THE PARADE IS JULY 5TH MONDAY  COME JOIN THE CELEBRATION HAPPY BIRTHDAY AMERICA! Needham, MA  4th of July Celebration 2010 63rd celebration This will be my 63rd time to celebrate these wonderful events.  No one can do up the fourth of July like Needham.  You just can't beat it.  The fireworks are amazing and hard to beat.  Needham has a FIREWORK EXTRAVAGANZA! AT dark on the 4th, which is a change from other years so please take note.  It is one of my favorite holidays and it is just fun from start to end.  This is a not to miss 2-day celebration.  The schedule and venue is below.  We are so fortunate of have the Exchange Club of Needham who puts this one year and after year and it i...
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By Lew Corcoran, ASP®, Home Stager & Real Estate Photographer
(Scena Home Staging & Decora Photography)
Trend in Home Sales in Needham MA Through May 2010 According to Trulia.com, sales prices of homes in Needham have increased 11.3% over the past year through May 2010, but have declined 5.6% over the past 5 years. The current average listing price of homes for sale in Needham MA is $973,606, while the current median sales price is $609,000. 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 Needham MA over the past 5 years through May 2010: Needham Recently Sold Homes Below is a chart of the trend in home sales in Needham MA over the past 5 years through May 2010: Needham Recently Sold Homes If you're looking to buy a home or condo ...
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By Lew Corcoran, ASP®, Home Stager & Real Estate Photographer
(Scena Home Staging & Decora Photography)
Mortgage Rate Forecast for June 29, 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 101.28 this morning - the same as yesterday's close. At 9:30 AM, the 4.0% MBS coupon was trading at 101.28 - the same as its opening. 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 the same in price this morning as compared to yesterday. Price Trend in Mortgage Backed Securities: The chart below shows the price trend of the FNMA 30-Year 4.0% coupon over the past 30 days from 5-30-2010 to 6-29-2010: Economic Reports, News, and Events Affecting Mortgage Interest Rates Today...
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By Pat Laracy Baker, Pat Baker Dream Home Maker
(Realty Executives Boston West)
Needham, MA  4th of July Celebration 2010 63rd celebration This will be my 43rd time to celebrate these wonderful events.  No one can do up the fourth of July like Needham.  You just can't beat it.  The fireworks are amazing and hard to beat.  Needham has a FIREWORK EXTRAVAGANZA! AT dark on the 4th, which is a change from other years so please take note.  It is one of my favorite holidays and it is just fun from start to end.  This is a not to miss 2-day celebration.  The schedule and venue is below.  We are so fortunate of have the Exchange Club of Needham who puts this one year and after year and it is only funded by donations.  You can donate on their websit: http://www.needhamexchangeclub.org/ Needham's 4th of July Celebration Schedule of Events THE FIREWORKS ARE ON THE 4TH - NORMA...
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By Pat Laracy Baker, Pat Baker Dream Home Maker
(Realty Executives Boston West)
Needham, MA Real Estate Market Report   The Average Sold Price range for single family homes sold in May 2009 was $ 697,677 The Average Sold Price range for single family homes sold in May 2010 was $ 880,064   The Median Price range for single family home sold in May 2009 was            $567,000 The Median Price range for single family home sold in May 2010 was            $725,000   The Highest Price for Sold single family homes in May 2009 was                 $1,400,000 The Highest Price for Sold single family homes in May 2010 was                 $2,195,000   Total Market Volume in May 2009 was                                                   $18,139,601 Total Market Volume in May 2010 was                                                   $29,042,100   Average Days on Market in May 2...
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