Norton, MA Real Estate News

By Michael Mahoney, Boston Realtor with Century 21
(Century 21)
Red Mill Village Condos in Norton Overview Maps Photos Features Description Neighborhood $601,000 Condominium Main Features 3 Bedrooms2 Full Bathrooms1 Half Bathroom153 UnitsInterior: 2,771 sqftYear Built: 2001 Red Mill Village Sales History Report See Units AvailableSell Your Red Mill Village Condo Location Codding RoadNorton, MA 02766USA Michael Mahoney Realtor eXp Realty(617) 615-9435mike@mmahoney.comhttp://www.realtormikemahoney.com         Listed by: Michael Mahoney eXp Realty Our recent listings Red Mill Village Condos in Norton | $601,000 | Norton, MACannon Forge Condos in Foxboro MA For Sale | $ | Foxboro, MA8 Barnes Way in Walplole MA 02081 | $685,000 | Walpole, MASanford Mill Condos in Medway | $ | Medway, MAMacintosh Farms Sharon MA | $ | Sharon, MA Subscribe to our listing ...
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By Susan Morrison
(RE/MAX Executive Realty)
  Norton Townhouse End Unit For Sale OverviewMapsPhotosFeaturesDescriptionNeighborhood $519,000 Townhouse Main Features 3 Bedrooms2 Bathrooms1 Half BathroomInterior: 2,412 sqftYear Built: 2005MLS #: 71973518 Location 23 Williams RoadNorton, MA 02766USA Susan M Morrison (617) 686-8178[email protected]/* */http://www.saysusansaysold.com     Listed by: Susan Morrison Our recent listings Norton Townhouse End Unit For SaleBeautiful Franklin Single Family ColonialSingle Family Home in Medway For SaleSingle Family Franklin Home For SaleLuxury Franklin Condo For Sale Subscribe to our listing feed Nearby properties for sale
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By Endre Barath, Jr., Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices)
Friends & Relatives: Some times that actually happens! Diane & Denise have been friends since they were well a while back. This was going to be a speachless post, but I ended up having to explain!!!!   If you are a consumer who is considering buying or selling a home, investment real estate, vacation homes, or beach properties in Southern California, Los Angeles, Century City, Westwood, West Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Culver City, Playa Vista, Marina Del Rey, Venice or Malibu. Feel Free to give me a call at 310.486.1002 or email me at homes@endrebarath.com or visit one of my websites athttp://www.endrebarath.com Your Pet Friendly Realtor. I contribute a portion of my commission to Local Animal Rescue Organizations.
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By Brigitte von Weiss
(an Expertise in Estate Planning and Elder Law )
The author Brigitte von Weiss of VON WEISS LAW OFFICE is an Easton MA estate planning and elder law attorney.  Website:  vonweisslaw.com  There are several non-tax reasons for utilizing trusts such as asset protection; avoiding probate; creditor protection; protection for the surviving spouse and children in the event the surviving spouse remarries; control and management of assets for spendthrifts, minors and those disabled; and avoiding ancillary probate for real estate owned in another state.  Moreover, living trusts are private (not public) documents and notice of the trust assets and accountings need be given only to the interested parties.   Example:  Mr. and Mrs. Norton have "I love you" wills whereby they leave everything to each other and they each have a taxable estate of $2 m...
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By Brigitte von Weiss
(an Expertise in Estate Planning and Elder Law )
The author Brigitte von Weiss of VON WEISS LAW OFFICE is an Easton MA estate planning and elder law attorney.   Website:  vonweisslaw.com What happens if the will is older than the marriage?  The Massachusetts Uniform Probate Code (MUPC) became effective as of March 31, 2012.  Before the MUPC, Massachusetts law provided that marriage invalidates a will in its entirety unless "it appears from the will that it was made in contemplation thereof."  Pretty simple and straightforward, right?    Under the new law, things are a bit more complex.  Under section 2-301 of MUPC, if a surviving spouse married the decedent after the decedent executed his or her final will, the surviving spouse receives a intestate share (what he or she would have gotten if no will) EXCEPT that the surviving spouse d...
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By Brigitte von Weiss
(an Expertise in Estate Planning and Elder Law )
The author Brigitte von Weiss of VON WEISS LAW OFFICE is an Easton MA estate planning and elder law attorney.  Website:  vonweisslaw.com What is the Adult Foster Care (also called Adult Family Care) Program?   Adult Foster Care (also called Adult Family Care) is a program that enables elders who cannot live alone safely to have a live-in caregiver.  The services to the elder also include meal preparation, assistance with personal care and medication, shopping, laundry, housekeeping, transportation to medical appointment and social visits, and maintaining a clean and safe living space.   The live-in caregiver receives a non-taxable stipend of up to $18,000 per year.  The amount of the stipend depends on the number of activities of daily living with which the elder requires assistance, i....
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By Brigitte von Weiss
(an Expertise in Estate Planning and Elder Law )
The author Brigitte von Weiss of VON WEISS LAW OFFICE is an Easton MA estate planning and elder law attorney.  Website:  vonweisslaw.com  What is the Home Care Program?   The Home Care Program is for elders with limited income and with low-to-moderate needs in terms of in-home services. The program also includes respite care for caregivers. Elders are eligible for the Home Care Program if they meet the income criteria detailed below; are not residing in a rest home, nursing facility, convalescent home, or assisted living residence; are not receiving services from an all-inclusive program such as Adult Foster Care (also known as Adult Family Care), Group Adult Foster Care (GAFC), or Program for All-Inclusive Care (PACE); and have been assessed and determined to be in need of in-home serv...
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By Brigitte von Weiss
(an Expertise in Estate Planning and Elder Law )
The author Brigitte von Weiss of VON WEISS LAW OFFICE is an Easton MA estate planning and elder law attorney.  Website:  vonweisslaw.com What do I get if my spouse dies without a Will?   A preliminary issue is whether there is a valid and enforceable prenuptial agreement or separation agreement impacting the inheritance rights of the surviving spouse.   The balance of this Q&A assumes there is no such valid and enforceable prenuptial or separation agreement. The Massachusetts Uniform Probate Code (MUPC) became effective as of March 31, 2012.   In the absence of a Will, § 2-102 of the MUPC provides that the surviving spouse is entitled to the entire estate in two circumstances.  The first circumstance is where there are no stepchildren or descendants of stepchildren, i.e., all the descen...
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By Brigitte von Weiss
(an Expertise in Estate Planning and Elder Law )
The author Brigitte von Weiss of VON WEISS LAW OFFICE is an Easton MA estate planning and elder law attorney.  Website:  vonweisslaw.com What is the forced (elective) share?    What if there is a Will, but the surviving spouse was left nothing or a token amount?     Under Massachusetts law, can you disinherit your spouse?  A preliminary issue is whether there is a valid and enforceable prenuptial agreement or separation agreement impacting the inheritance rights of the surviving spouse.    The balance of this Q&A assumes there is no such valid and enforceable prenuptial or separation agreement. Under Massachusetts law, a surviving spouse has the right to waive the Will and claim instead the forced share (also referred to as "elective share" and "statutory share").   The Massachusetts Un...
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By Brigitte von Weiss
(an Expertise in Estate Planning and Elder Law )
The author Brigitte von Weiss of VON WEISS LAW OFFICE is an Easton MA estate planning and elder law attorney.   Website:  vonweisslaw.com Who can be the personal representive (formerly known as executor)? The Massachusetts Uniform Probate Code (MUPC) became effective as of March 31, 2012. Under the MUPC, the person in charge of the estate of a deceased person is called a “personal representative”.  Before the MUPC, we used the terms "executor"--if a person died with a Will--and "administrator"--if a person died without a Will. Whether or not there is a Will, § 3-203(a) of the MUPC has a “priority ladder,” which establishes who has priority to be appointed as the personal representative.  Generally, the order is as follows: (1) the person named in the Will, (2) the surviving spouse who i...
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By Brigitte von Weiss
(an Expertise in Estate Planning and Elder Law )
The author Brigitte von Weiss of VON WEISS LAW OFFICE is an estate planning lawyer and elder law attorney in Easton, MA. Website:  vonweisslaw.com  I am often asked "How does my divorce affect my estate plan?"  The Massachusetts Uniform Probate Code (MUPC) became effective as of March 31, 2012. Before the MUPC, Massachusetts law provided that divorce revoked the provisions in favor of a former spouse in a pre-existing Will (the former spouse was treated as having died first).  The net effect was that former spouse did not inherit directly under the Will and any nominations appointing the former spouse were void.  The prior law was sometimes problematic.  For example, under the old law, the stepchildren potentially could inherit (even though the former spouse did not) since the former sp...
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By Brigitte von Weiss
(an Expertise in Estate Planning and Elder Law )
The author Brigitte von Weiss of VON WEISS LAW OFFICE is an estate planning lawyer and elder law attorney in Easton, MA. Website:  vonweisslaw.com  I am often asked "Should my Will state my wishes regarding my burial and funeral?" The Massachusetts Uniform Probate Code (MUPC) became effective as of March 31, 2012. Before the MUPC, the executor had no authority as to the bodily remains of the decedent.  Under § 3-701 of the MUPC, the named (named in the Will) personal representative has power to carry out the written instructions of the testator pertaining to the disposition of the bodily remains and other arrangements such as funeral and burial, even prior to his or her appointment.     As a side note, "decedent" is the term referring to the person who died, "personal representative" is...
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By Brigitte von Weiss
(an Expertise in Estate Planning and Elder Law )
Website:  vonweisslaw.com The Massachusetts Uniform Probate Code (MUPC) became effective as of March 31, 2012.  The MUPC contains certain family protection provisions meant to assist with the immediate support of surviving spouses and children. One such family protection provision is the exempt property statute (not to be confused with the discretionary family allowance). Under § 2-403(b) of the MUPC, the surviving spouse has the right to remain rent-free in the decedent’s house for six months after the decedent’s death.     Under § 2-403(a), the surviving spouse, or children if there is no surviving spouse, are entitled to up to $10,000 of exempt property from the decedent’s probate estate.   The $10,000 first comes from "household furniture, automobiles, furnishings, appliances and pe...
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By Brigitte von Weiss
(an Expertise in Estate Planning and Elder Law )
Website:  vonweisslaw.com The Massachusetts Uniform Probate Code (MUPC) became effective as of March 31, 2012. Before the MUPC, Massachusetts law provided that a child not included in the will (“omitted child”), or their descendant(s) in certain circumstances, may elect (by filing a timely claim) to take an intestate share (what he or she would have gotten if no will), regardless of whether the child was born before or after the execution of the will, unless (1) the omitted child (or their descendant(s) in certain circumstances) was "provided for by the testator during his life time" or (2) "it appears that the omission was intentional and not occasioned by accident or mistake[.]"  M.G.L. c. 191, § 20.  The new law pertaining to an omitted child, §2-302 of the MUPC, applies only to a ch...
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By Brigitte von Weiss
(an Expertise in Estate Planning and Elder Law )
Website:  vonweisslaw.com The Massachusetts Uniform Probate Code (MUPC) became effective as of March 31, 2012. The MUPC contains certain family protection provisions meant to assist with the immediate support of surviving spouses and children. One such family protection provision is the discretionary family allowance (not to be confused with the exempt property statute). Under § 2-404(a) of the MUPC, the personal representative (person in charge of the estate) has the authority to pay a "family allowance" to the surviving spouse and "minor children whom the decedent was obligated to support and children  who were in fact being supported by the decedent."   Unless the court orders otherwise, the personal representative's discretionary authority to pay a family allowance is capped at a lu...
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By Brigitte von Weiss
(an Expertise in Estate Planning and Elder Law )
Website:  vonweisslaw.com  What happens if the will is older than the marriage?  The Massachusetts Uniform Probate Code (MUPC) became effective as of March 31, 2012.  Before the MUPC, Massachusetts law provided that marriage invalidates a will in its entirety unless "it appears from the will that it was made in contemplation thereof."  Pretty simple and straightforward, right?    Under the new law, things are a bit more complex.  Under section 2-301 of MUPC, if a surviving spouse married the decedent after the decedent executed his or her final will, the surviving spouse receives a intestate share (what he or she would have gotten if no will) EXCEPT that the surviving spouse does not get an intestate share of those assets passing under the pre-marital will to the children of the deceden...
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By Christine Smith, Exclusive Buyer Agent & Attorney, Canton, MA
(Buyers Brokers Only LLC - www.BuyersBrokersOnly.com)
Another satisfied home buyer: Congratulations to my buyers who closed today on their purchase of 283 Plain Street, Norton, MA. These first time homebuyers contacted me at the beginning of the year after reading Buyers Brokers Only's 5-star reviews on Yelp.  They were looking for an exclusive buyer agent to represent them and were just starting the process.  They needed a preapproval so I sent them to a great mortgage advisor and set up an MLS account to help them start the process.   They were looking for their first home, hoping to buy something in advance of their upcoming fall wedding.  They wanted something with character and not too far from family but also within commuting distance from Boston.   Their timing was perfect as we found this historic Norton home that had both the char...
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By Jim Mushinsky
(Centsable Inspection)
A Norton MA home buyer should receive a brochure, Home Inspectors Facts for Consumers Sheet, at the time of the signing of the first written contract to purchase. A standard home inspection in Massachusetts is a visual examination of the physical structure and major interior systems of a residential building consisting of one to four dwelling units. It should be understood that there are certain risks inherent in the purchase of property and a home inspection is inherently limited in its scope and depth. The information gained from home inspection conforming to the Massachusetts Home Inspector Standards of Practice may reduce some of those risks, but the home inspection is not intended to provide the client with protection from all of the risks involved. Visit the Norton MA Home Inspect...
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By Nina Rogoff, Sells Real Estate!
(RE/MAX Executive Realty)
Red Mill Village, Norton, MA Red Mill Village, an active adult community in Norton, Massachusetts, has reduced its minimum age requirement to 50+. This change was overwhelmingly approved by the residents in August, while maintaining the strict policy of no children under age 18. The federal government allows up to 20 percent of homes in an active adult community to be sold to people under 55. At Red Mill Village in Norton, MA this will mean 23 units available for people ages 50 to 54.     When I first visited Red Mill Village in 2007, I was charmed by the design philosophy and architectural details which recreate the picture-perfect New England village.  Front porches, community gardens, beautifully landscaped walkways and a center green create the opportunity for a close-knit neighborh...
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By Lew Corcoran, ASP®, Home Stager & Real Estate Photographer
(Scena Home Staging & Decora Photography)
The Trend in Home Sales in Norton MA - Improving, or...? Home prices in Norton on average are falling! Home prices are down 15.8% since July of 2009. The current average listing price of homes for sale in Norton MA is $313,350, up 1.4% from a month ago. Compare this to the current median sales price of $225,125 - where half of sales are above this amount and half below it. 2 bedroom homes are selling for less than they were while 3 bedroom homes are selling for more. Prices of 2 bedroom homes are down 26.6% from year ago levels while prices of 3 bedroom homes are up 4.6%. Below is a chart of the trend of median prices of homes for sale in Norton MA over the past year through July 2010: Norton Recently Sold Homes The number of sales for all homes is cyclical, but have been relatively fla...
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