Needham, MA Real Estate News

By Pat Laracy Baker, Pat Baker Dream Home Maker
(Realty Executives Boston West)
 Take a drive through this idyllic neighborhood and imagine yourself waking up each morning to nature and privacy. Envision entertaining family and friends in your dream home.  355 Cartwright RoadNeedham, MA 02492 MLS  #71960777More photos and floor plan on websiteNeedham and Wellesley Properties are on this StreetOPEN HOUSE: SUNDAY MARCH 13TH 12-1:30 PM  You have the best of both towns Needham and Wellesley for shopping, trails, and live in a luxury town so close to Boston and yet in such a tranquil setting. RARELY AVAILABLE ON SCENIC ROAD! Step inside this beautiful colonial featuring over 5000 SF of living space with open, flowing floor plan. New 50' deck overlooking the amazing and peaceful views of nearby Ridge Hill conservation land. Take advantage of the hiking, cross country ski...
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By Pat Laracy Baker, Pat Baker Dream Home Maker
(Realty Executives Boston West)
Put Your Housing Cost To Work For You! Real Estate with  Pat Baker Get in Touch Home  Language Put Your Housing Cost To Work For You! Monday March 7th, 2016 First Time Home Buyers, For Buyers, Interest Rates, Move-Up Buyers, Pricing Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Google+ Print There are many young people debating whether they should renew the lease on their apartment or sign a contract to purchase their first home. As we have said before, mortgage interest rates are still near historic lows and rents continue to rise. Housing Cost & Net Worth Whether you rent or buy, you have a monthly housing cost. As a buyer, you are contributing to YOUR net worth. Every mortgage payment is a form of what Harvard University’s Joint Center for Housing Studies calls “forced savings.” “Since many people have...
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By Pat Laracy Baker, Pat Baker Dream Home Maker
(Realty Executives Boston West)
Homes Selling Quickly Across The Country Real Estate with  Pat Baker Get in Touch Home  Language Homes Selling Quickly Across The Country Monday February 8th, 2016 For Sellers, Housing Market Updates Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Google+ Print According to the National Association of Realtors’ (NAR) Existing Home Sales Report, homes were on market for an average of 58 days in December. This was slightly longer than the 54 days in November, but still better than the 66 days experienced in December 2014.  32% of homes across the country were on the market for less than a month! Colorado, Utah and Delaware led all states as homes are selling in 30 days or less on average. The map below was created using results from NAR’s Monthly Realtor Confidence Survey. Bottom Line Buyer demand remains str...
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By Pat Laracy Baker, Pat Baker Dream Home Maker
(Realty Executives Boston West)
No Matter Which Groundhog You Listen To, You Should Sell Before Spring! Real Estate with  Pat Baker Get in Touch Home  Language No Matter Which Groundhog You Listen To, You Should Sell Before Spring! Tuesday February 2nd, 2016 For Sellers, Housing Market Updates, Pricing Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Google+ Print Is spring closer than we think? Depending on which Groundhog you witnessed today, you may have less time than you think to get your home on the market before the busy spring season. Many sellers feel that the spring is the best time to place their home on the market as buyer demand traditionally increases at that time of year. However, the next six weeks before spring hits also have their own advantages. Here are five reasons to sell now. 1. Demand is Strong Foot traffic refers to...
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By Pat Laracy Baker, Pat Baker Dream Home Maker
(Realty Executives Boston West)
  Thinking of Selling? Why Now May Be The Time Real Estate with  Pat Baker Get in Touch Home  Language   Thinking of Selling? Why Now May Be The Time Thursday January 28th, 2016 For Sellers Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Google+ Print It is common knowledge that a large number of homes sell during the spring-buying season. For that reason, many homeowners hold off on putting their home on the market until then. The question is whether or not that will be a good strategy this year. The other listings that do come out in the spring will represent increased competition to any seller. Do a greater number of homes actually come to the market in the spring, as compared to the rest of the year? The National Association of Realtors (NAR) recently revealed which months most people listed their home ...
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By Pat Laracy Baker, Pat Baker Dream Home Maker
(Realty Executives Boston West)
What Do You Actually Need to Get a Mortgage? Thursday January 21st, 2016 Down Payments, First Time Home Buyers, For Buyers, Move-Up Buyers   Real Estate with  Pat Baker Get in Touch Home  Language What Do You Actually Need to Get a Mortgage? Thursday January 21st, 2016 Down Payments, First Time Home Buyers, For Buyers, Move-Up Buyers Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Google+ Print Fannie Mae recently released their “What do consumers know about the Mortgage Qualification Criteria?” Study. The study revealed that Americans are misinformed about what is required to qualify for a mortgage when purchasing a home. Here are three takeaways:   59% of Americans either don’t know (54%) or are misinformed (5%) about what FICO score is necessary 86% of Americans either don’t know (59%) or are misinformed...
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By Pat Laracy Baker, Pat Baker Dream Home Maker
(Realty Executives Boston West)
Are You Wondering What It Takes To Buy Your First Home? Tuesday January 19th, 2016 First Time Home Buyers, For Buyers, Millennials   Real Estate with  Pat Baker Get in Touch Home  Language Are You Wondering What It Takes To Buy Your First Home? Tuesday January 19th, 2016 First Time Home Buyers, For Buyers, Millennials Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Google+ Print There are many people sitting on the sidelines trying to decide if they should purchase a home or sign a rental lease. Some might wonder if it makes sense to purchase a house before they are married and have a family. Others may think they are too young. And still others might think their current income would never enable them to qualify for a mortgage.   We want to share what the typical first time homebuyer actually looks like bas...
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By Pat Laracy Baker, Pat Baker Dream Home Maker
(Realty Executives Boston West)
Top Reason to List Your House For Sale Now!   Real Estate with  Pat Baker Get in Touch Home  Language   Top Reason to List Your House For Sale Now! Monday January 4th, 2016 For Sellers, Housing Market Updates Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Google+ Print If you are debating listing your house for sale this year, here is the #1 reason not to wait!   Buyer Demand Continues to Outpace the Supply of Homes For Sale The National Association of REALTORS’ (NAR) Chief Economist, Lawrence Yun recently commented on the inventory shortage: “While feedback from REALTORS® continues to suggest healthy levels of buyer interest, available listings that are move-in ready and in affordable price ranges remain hard to come by for many would-be buyers.” The latest Existing Home Sales Report shows that there is c...
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By Pat Laracy Baker, Pat Baker Dream Home Maker
(Realty Executives Boston West)
Thinking of Selling Your Home? Get Ready to Negotiate!   Real Estate with  Pat Baker Get in Touch Home  Language   Thinking of Selling Your Home? Get Ready to Negotiate! Tuesday December 29th, 2015 For Sellers, FSBO's Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Google+ Print Now that the market has showed signs of recovery, some sellers may be tempted to try and sell their home on their own (FSBO) without using the services of a real estate professional.   Real estate agents are trained and experienced in negotiation. In most cases, the seller is not. The seller must realize their ability to negotiate will determine whether they can get the best deal for themselves and their family. Here is a list of some of the people with whom the seller must be prepared to negotiate if they decide to FSBO: The buyer ...
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By Pat Laracy Baker, Pat Baker Dream Home Maker
(Realty Executives Boston West)
How Long Does It Take To Save A Down Payment?   Real Estate with  Pat Baker Get in Touch Home  Language   How Long Does It Take To Save A Down Payment? Wednesday December 16th, 2015 Down Payments, First Time Home Buyers, For Buyers Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Google+ Print In a recent study conducted by Builder.com, researchers determined that nationwide it would take “nearly eight years” for a first-time buyer to save enough for a down payment on their dream home. Depending on where you live, median rents, incomes and home prices all vary. By determining the percentage a renter spends on housing in each state and the amount needed for a 10% down payment, they were able to establish how long (in years) it would take for an average resident to save. According to the study, residents in So...
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By Pat Laracy Baker, Pat Baker Dream Home Maker
(Realty Executives Boston West)
You Will Need to Sell Your Home Twice   Real Estate with  Pat Baker Get in Touch Home  Language   You Will Need to Sell Your Home Twice Thursday December 10th, 2015 For Sellers, Pricing Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Google+ Print A recent post on “The Home Story”, a site published by Fannie Mae, explained the difference between the price a seller may get for their home and the value an appraiser might assign the property.   The Sales Price Of course, most sellers want to maximize the value they get for the house. However, the price they set might not be reflective of the other comparable homes in the neighborhood. As the article stated: “People tend to view their homes emotionally, and that can become quickly apparent when they decide to sell.” That doesn’t mean that the home won’t necessa...
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By Pat Laracy Baker, Pat Baker Dream Home Maker
(Realty Executives Boston West)
How to Get the Most Money from the Sale of Your House Wednesday November 18th, 2015 For Sellers, Pricing   Real Estate with  Pat Baker Get in Touch Home  Language   Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Google+ Print Every homeowner wants to make sure they maximize the financial reward when selling their home. But, how do you guarantee that you receive maximum value for your house? Here are two keys to insuring you get the highest price possible.   1. Price it a LITTLE LOW This may seem counterintuitive. However, let’s look at this concept for a moment. Many homeowners think that pricing their home a little OVER market value will leave them room for negotiation. In actuality, this just dramatically lessens the demand for your house. (see chart) Instead of the seller trying to ‘win’ the negotiation...
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By Pat Laracy Baker, Pat Baker Dream Home Maker
(Realty Executives Boston West)
Why You Should Sell Now… Before Winter Hits Monday November 16th, 2015 For Sellers, Move-Up Buyers Real Estate with  Pat Baker Get in Touch Home  Language   Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Google+ Print People across the country are beginning to think about what their life will look like next year. It happens every Fall. We ponder whether we should relocate to a different part of the country to find better year-round weather or perhaps move across the state for better job opportunities. Homeowners in this situation must consider whether they should sell their house now or wait. If you are one of these potential sellers, here are five important reasons to do it now versus the dead of winter.   1. Demand is Strong Foot traffic refers to the number of people out actually physically looking at h...
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By Pat Laracy Baker, Pat Baker Dream Home Maker
(Realty Executives Boston West)
Homeownership Builds Wealth and Offers Stability Tuesday November 10th, 2015 Down Payments, For Buyers   Real Estate with  Pat Baker Get in Touch Home  Language   Homeownership Builds Wealth and Offers Stability Tuesday November 10th, 2015 Down Payments, For Buyers Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Google+ Print The most recent Housing Pulse Survey released by the National Association of Realtors revealed that the two major reasons Americans prefer owning their own home instead of renting are:   They want the opportunity to build equity. They want a stable and safe environment. Building Equity In a recent article, John Taylor, CEO of the National Community Reinvestment Coalition, explained that those who lack the opportunity to become homeowners have a weakened ability to reinvest their wealth...
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By Pat Laracy Baker, Pat Baker Dream Home Maker
(Realty Executives Boston West)
Where Are Mortgage Rates Headed? This Winter? Next Year?   Real Estate with  Pat Baker Get in Touch Home  Language   Where Are Mortgage Rates Headed? This Winter? Next Year? Monday November 9th, 2015 For Buyers, Interest Rates Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Google+ Print The interest rate you pay on your home mortgage has a direct impact on your monthly payment. The higher the rate the greater the payment will be. That is why it is important to look at where rates are headed when deciding to buy now or wait until next year. Below is a chart created using Freddie Mac’s October 2015 U.S. Economic & Housing Marketing Outlook. As you can see interest rates are projected to increase steadily over the course of the next 12 months. How Will This Impact Your Mortgage Payment? Depending on the amoun...
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By Pat Laracy Baker, Pat Baker Dream Home Maker
(Realty Executives Boston West)
Cut Costs Composting Posted by Pat Baker on 11/6/2015 Composting is becoming a more and more popular way to save money and be more eco-friendly. There are many reasons to compost but some of the most enticing are it costs next to nothing, and if you're a gardener or have any landscaping at all, your compost pile will save you money. Compost can be used instead of expensive fertilizer and because you are reusing your yard waste you might be able to save on municipal trash removal costs. Here are some easy tips on how to get started composting: Storage You may decide to go with either an open or closed storage system. Containers keep the compost materials neat and tidy and can be built inexpensively from discarded shipping pallets, fencing or chicken wire or leftover treated lumber from ...
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By Pat Laracy Baker, Pat Baker Dream Home Maker
(Realty Executives Boston West)
Real Estate with  Pat Baker Get in Touch Home  Language   Homeownership is Still a Huge Part of the “American Dream” Monday November 2nd, 2015 First Time Home Buyers, For Buyers Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Google+ Print There have been some who have voiced doubt as to whether or not the younger generations still consider buying a home as being part of the “American Dream”. A study by Merrill Lynch puts that doubt to rest.   According to their research, every living generation still maintains that owning a home is in fact important. Here are the numbers: This should not surprise us as many studies have revealed the benefits enjoyed by the families who own their own home. One such study was done by the Joint Center of Housing Studies at Harvard University that addressed a major financial b...
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By Pat Laracy Baker, Pat Baker Dream Home Maker
(Realty Executives Boston West)
The Difference An Hour Can Make [INFOGRAPHIC]   Real Estate with  Pat Baker Get in Touch Home  Language   Friday October 30th, 2015 For Buyers, For Sellers, Infographics Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Google+ Print Every Hour in the US Housing Market:  634 Homes Sell 347 Homes Regain Positive Equity Median Home Values Go Up $1.46 You might also enjoy reading... Equity Report [INFOGRAPHIC] NAR’S Latest Existing Home Sales Report [INFOGRAPHIC] Economic Impact of Every Home Sold [INFOGRAPHIC] Buying A Home Can Be SCARY… Until You Know The FACTS! [INFOGRAPHIC] Post navigation Picking a Real Estate Agent through Facebook Pat Baker     Key Advantage Realty Needham, MA (617) 435-3471 Experienced real estate agent intimately acquainted with the Needham, MA and the MetroWest area of Boston, MA. Spec...
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By Pat Laracy Baker, Pat Baker Dream Home Maker
(Realty Executives Boston West)
Why You Should Hire A Professional When Buying A Home! Tuesday October 27th, 2015 First Time Home Buyers, For Buyers, Move-Up Buyers Real Estate with  Pat Baker Get in Touch Home  Language   Why You Should Hire A Professional When Buying A Home! Tuesday October 27th, 2015 First Time Home Buyers, For Buyers, Move-Up Buyers Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Google+ Print Many people wonder whether they should hire a real estate professional to assist them in buying their dream home or if they should first try to go it on their own. In today’s market: you need an experienced professional!   You Need an Expert Guide if you are Traveling a Dangerous Path The field of real estate is loaded with land mines. You need a true expert to guide you through the dangerous pitfalls that currently exist. Findi...
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By Pat Laracy Baker, Pat Baker Dream Home Maker
(Realty Executives Boston West)
Home Equity: You May Have More Than You Think Wednesday October 7th, 2015 For Sellers, Move-Up Buyers   Real Estate with  Pat Baker Get in Touch Home  Language   Home Equity: You May Have More Than You Think Wednesday October 7th, 2015 For Sellers, Move-Up Buyers Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Google+ Print CoreLogic recently released their 2015 2nd Quarter Equity Report which revealed that 759,000 properties had regained equity in the last quarter. That means that 91% of all mortgaged properties (approximately 45.9 million) are now in a positive equity position. Anand Nallathambi, president and CEO of CoreLogic, reported:   “For much of the country, the negative equity epidemic is lifting. The biggest reason for this improvement has been the relentless rise in home prices over the past thr...
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