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Needham, MA Real Estate News

By Pat Laracy Baker, Pat Baker Dream Home Maker
(Realty Executives Boston West)
Single-Family – 17 Wildale Circle Needham, MA 02494 is now back on the market!   Cheap Ways to Update Your Home by PATRICIA BAKER on JULY 12, 2014 · in HOME DESIGN, HOME IMPROVEMENTS Everyone is on a budget nowadays so redecorating your house can seem like its impossible. Yet, with some small, inexpensive updates, you can transform the look of your house. The most basic way to update the look of a room is color. A new paint color on the walls can transfer a dull room to a stunning room. With a gallon of paint around $25, you can repaint a room for under $75. Top it off with a chair rail (around $9 for a 8ft piece) and you have a completely different room. Not in the mood to paint? How about some throw pillows on the couch? Or a new comforter? A little splash of color can go a long way....
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By Pat Laracy Baker, Pat Baker Dream Home Maker
(Realty Executives Boston West)
Starting a Vegetable Garden by PATRICIA BAKER on JUNE 28, 2014 · in HELP AROUND THE HOUSE, TO YOUR HEALTH Who doesn’t love a vegetable garden? There is nothing better than fresh green beans or vine-ripened tomatoes. Getting started with your very own vegetable garden is easier than you think. It all starts with choosing the right crops and space for your garden. 1. Choose your vegetables. Only grow vegetables you enjoy eating. Don’t waste your efforts on things you will not eat or give away. There are some vegetable which are extremely well suited for eating fresh. Most people agree that tomatoes, squash, beans and peas are especially good from the garden. 2. Pick your space. You will want to pick an area that is flat, has easy access and gets full sun 3. Prepare your space. Preparing ...
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By Pat Laracy Baker, Pat Baker Dream Home Maker
(Realty Executives Boston West)
Avoid a Low Home Appraisal by PATRICIA BAKER on JUNE 21, 2014 · in SELLING YOUR HOME             A house needs to be sold three times when it is on the market. First it needs to be sold to other agents so they will want to show and sell the home. Second it needs to be sold to buyers and lastly to the appraiser. Even if the buyer is willing to pay a certain price for a home they usually need a mortgage. That means it is actually the bank who is buying the home. The bank wants to protect their investment so they do an appraisal. When the appraisal comes back low or as an under-appraisal deals can fall apart. If you are a seller or a buyer you need to know how to protect yourself from short appraisals? Here are some suggestions from Bankrate.com for buyers and sellers. If you’re a buyer: ...
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By Pat Laracy Baker, Pat Baker Dream Home Maker
(Realty Executives Boston West)
Fourth Of July 2014 Needham, MA Always the Best   Fourth of July, 2014 Needham Exchange Club Website     The Needham Exchange Club has planned a special Fourth of July celebration this year in honor of our nations’ birthday.       The Fireworks will be better than ever, and our Grand Parade will feature special guests and new musical groups.   The Fireworks will be at Memorial Park on Thursday evening, July 3rd.   The evening will begin with food, pony rides, face painting and other family entertainment followed by Fireworks at dusk.   The Grand Parade will start at 9 am on Friday, July 4th.   After the Parade on Monday there will be more food, a flea market, an old fashioned baseball game, children’s games and, with participation from Table Talk Pies, a good, old-tyme pie-eating conte...
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By Pat Laracy Baker, Pat Baker Dream Home Maker
(Realty Executives Boston West)
Is it Time to Buy? ByPatricia BakerOnJune 7, 2014 · InReal estate   Is it time to buy a home? According to a Gallup poll, 67% of people polled say yes! According to Gallup, “Overall, there is good reason for most Americans to think now is a good time to buy a house. Interest rates remain near historic lows. Home prices are down sharply, providing many incredible buys.” According to the National Housing Survey conducted by Fannie Mae, buyers cited their major reasons for buying a home. Here are the results: 80% Having a good place to raise children and provide a good education 79% Having a physical structure where you and your family feel safe 75% It allows you to have more space for your family 69% It gives you control over what you do with your living space So despite what has been a n...
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By Pat Laracy Baker, Pat Baker Dream Home Maker
(Realty Executives Boston West)
Location!! Location!! Location!! Needham, Needham, Needham, Needham Custom and Beautiful Center-Entrance Colonial at the end of a picturesque cul-de-sac   Single-Family – 17 Wildale Circle Needham, MA 02494   ByPatricia BakerOnJune 3, 2014 · Needham MA New To Market Single Family Home  There are so few neighborhoods that are young in the town of Needham, MA.  Many of the streets are in transition.  The homes in this neighborhood were all built around the same time.  It is a breautifully, professionally landscaped neighborhood and although a quiet neighborhood it is an easy commute to the major highways, Boston, commuter rail, shopping malls like Chestnut Hill, Natick Collections, and Legacy Place.  Fabulous location.  It is location, location, location and always will be.       A specta...
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By Pat Laracy Baker, Pat Baker Dream Home Maker
(Realty Executives Boston West)
Saturday June 7th 2014 10 to 3- Sidewalk Days in Needham The 2014 Street Fair will be held on Saturday June 7th on The Town Common. Come visit Key Advantage Realty's booth at the Annual Sidewalk Days in Needham, MA on June 7th 2014 and ENTER TO WIN 4 Red Sox tickets, have some popcorn and get some free items too.  This event is a great one every year for one and all. /image_store/uploads/agents/patlaracybaker/files/SidewalkDaysEntertainment.jpg/image_store/uploads/agents/patlaracybaker/files/SidewalkDaysEntertainment.jpg 4 Red Sox tickets - enter to win at Key Advantage Realty booth on June 7th, 2014 The entertainment schedule is also listed below.  This is always fun Needham, MA event.  Scheduled Entertainment 10am-10:45am: Ed the Music Man10:45am-11:15am: Needham Music11:30am-12:15pm:...
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By Pat Laracy Baker, Pat Baker Dream Home Maker
(Realty Executives Boston West)
Air Freshening Alternatives ByPatricia BakerOnMay 31, 2014 · InTo Your Health   Did you know that according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) most store-bought air fresheners contain formaldehyde, petrochemicals, p-dichlorobenzene and aerosol pollutants. There seems to be some kind of connection between air fresheners and Asthma problems. It is also thought that air fresheners containing these chemicals can accelerate respiratory diseases and reduce lung capacity. The EPA has not advised against purchasing these air fresheners, but suggests using them with care. If you have concerns about the health risks associated with these products, why not try a natural air freshening alternative. If you have a musty basement or smelly closet, a tray of natural clay cat litter may b...
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By Pat Laracy Baker, Pat Baker Dream Home Maker
(Realty Executives Boston West)
Tips on Buying a Foreclosure ByPatricia BakerOnMay 24, 2014 · InBuying a Home   If you are looking for a deal you may be thinking about buying a foreclosure but buyer beware. There is a lot to know before putting an offer in on a foreclosed property. Often foreclosures are sold “as is” and many times do not have a seller disclosure available for review. This makes it even more important to get a thorough home inspection. Here are some issues to be aware of commonly found with foreclosures and not usually seen with the naked eye. Roof damage Damaged appliances Damaged or missing plumbing Faulty electrical systems and components HVAC system problems Conducive termite conditions Water penetration and damage issues Interior structural damage A home inspection is essential not only to identi...
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By Pat Laracy Baker, Pat Baker Dream Home Maker
(Realty Executives Boston West)
Unveiling of the Fallen Brave Monument Needham, MA "Why not recognize all Needham citizens who died in war? Beginning with fighting for freedom and continuing with protecting freedom." Unveiling of the Fallen Brave Monument at 11:45 AM Monday May 26, 2014   Needham’s "Fallen Brave" monument, honoring the 97 Needham citizens who valiantly lost their lives in service to our country from the Revolutionary War to the present. The volunteer Needham War Memorial Committee is pleased to report that its private fundraising campaign was most successful. The response from our fellow neighbors, friends and Needham businesses was remarkable. We raised sufficient funds not only to design, construct and install the granite monument at Memorial Park, but we were also able to make improvements to the m...
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By Pat Laracy Baker, Pat Baker Dream Home Maker
(Realty Executives Boston West)
  Think You Should "For Sale By Owner" Think Again Just a little infographic to show how much there is to selling your home.  The biggest thing is that homes sell for more money when sold by agents.  Agents know how to sell homes.  Courses will not help.  Buyers agents prefer to work with listing agents rather than direct to homeowner.  When you need a legal matter taken care of you go to a lawyer.  When you need your property surveyed you call a surveyor.  When you need do home improvements you call in the specialists: general contractors, architects, plumbers, electricians, etc.  When we want to sell our homes we call the specialist in for that.  That specialist is the Real Estate Agent. What is not mentioned in the infographic is the literally hundreds of phone  calls from the time t...
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By Pat Laracy Baker, Pat Baker Dream Home Maker
(Realty Executives Boston West)
Real Estate Agent Represent You? ByPatricia BakerOnMay 17, 2014 · InBuying a Home, Real estate, Selling Your Home   When you walk into an open house and see the home you want to buy, before you start working with the seller’s agent, you need to understand who that agent is working for. Many buyers do not understand that the seller’s agent has a fiduciary duty or a duty of loyalty to the homeowner. While agency laws differ from state to state they have the same general principles: Typically an agent represents either the buyer or the seller. However, in some cases an agent will assume the role of a dual agent (representing both the seller and the buyer). Make sure to check the agency laws specific to your state, but in general agents fall into these categories: Seller’s Agent: A seller’s...
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By Pat Laracy Baker, Pat Baker Dream Home Maker
(Realty Executives Boston West)
How to Keep Ants Out ByPatricia BakerOnMay 10, 2014 · InHelp Around the House   It can be a real nuisance and an never ending battle to keep ants out of your house. There are natural recipes to help keep the ants at bay and involve items you are likely to have in your home already. Here are a few natural ways to keep the ants out: -Clean surfaces in your home with vinegar. Mix a half-and-half solution of white distilled vinegar and water. Ants don’t like the smell of vinegar and it removes the scent trails they use to get around. -Lemon juice works just like vinegar by destroying the scent trails that ants follow. Spray lemon juice around the places the ants are using for entryways. -Want your home to smell minty and keep the ants out? Try peppermint oil. Wipe surfaces down with a clean...
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By Pat Laracy Baker, Pat Baker Dream Home Maker
(Realty Executives Boston West)
Needham, MA Market Report April 2014 In April of 2014 there were 25 homes that closed within the month for Needham MA Real Estate. This is an increase of  units, as there were 22 homes that closed in April of 2013.   The Average list price for the homes that closed in April 2013 was $1,041,764  The Average list price for the homes that closed in April of 2014 was $806,432 The Average sale price for the homes that closed in April of 2013 was $1,012,942 (94% list price) The Average sale price for the homes that closed in April of 2014 was $812,084  (101% list price) The Average Market time for the homes that closed in April of 2013 was 141 days   The Average Market time for the homes that closed in April of 2014 was 27 days.
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By Pat Laracy Baker, Pat Baker Dream Home Maker
(Realty Executives Boston West)
Luxury Townhouses in Needham, MA http://www.whitmanhomes.com/development-locations-greendale-village.htmhttp://www.whitmanhomes.com/development-locations-greendale-village-designsHome designs Greendale Village.htm   Description: Greendale Village is 20 New England Craftsman Style homes with condominium style living. The market rate pre designed homes offer 3 bedrooms, 2.5 baths and 2 car attached garages with both first and second master bedroom suites. Exterior features include Andersen Windows, cement board siding, 2” x 6” exterior walls, 30 year architectural roofs, composite decking and cozy front porches. Interior choices include quality wood cabinetry, granite counters, hardwoods and tile, gas fireplace, Kohler plumbing fixtures, Bosch stainless appliances, oak hardwood stair trea...
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By Pat Laracy Baker, Pat Baker Dream Home Maker
(Realty Executives Boston West)
Home Renovations that Kill the Sale ByPatricia BakerOnMay 3, 2014 · InSelling Your Home   You may think that any home improvement is an investment but when it comes to updating your home some renovations can actually be a money pit? Here are some home updates that don’t bring a return on investment and even some that might repel future buyers. The saying goes, “Kitchens and bathrooms sell homes”. This is true but keep it simple when renovating. Keep clean lines, neutral decor, upgraded appliances are your best bet. Remember to consider your home and the neighborhood, don’t put a master chef kitchen in a mid-level home. You will only end up losing money. A bathroom can easily be updated by giving it that hotel spa look. Use white or cream towel sets, a clean but non intrusive candle and ...
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By Pat Laracy Baker, Pat Baker Dream Home Maker
(Realty Executives Boston West)
What You Need to Know: Before You Hire a Mover ByPatricia BakerOnApril 26, 2014 · InBuying a Home, Selling Your Home   The real estate market is on the move and people are moving. Finding a mover that you can trust with your possessions can be a difficult task. Here is what you need to know when looking to hire a mover and have a worry-free move: 1. Make a list Make a complete list of what you want moved. A complete inventory of what you will be moving will make it easier to assess estimates. Insist on a firm price from your mover based on your list. This will make it easier check that everything has arrived at your destination. 2. Check your insurance Check with your insurance company to make sure your policy covers your property while moving. Moving companies do not provide actual ins...
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By Pat Laracy Baker, Pat Baker Dream Home Maker
(Realty Executives Boston West)
How To Avoid Moving Scams By Patricia Baker On April 19, 2014 · In Moving Tips   If you’ve never heard of a moving scam, then consider yourself lucky. But many people across America are falling victim to these scams. Moving scammers have a multitude of ways that they can take advantage of you. The main scam seems to be packing all of your household items into their truck, and then adding on exorbitant additional fees in transit, effectively holding your items hostage until you pay up. Less popular scams involve unlicensed movers posing as legitimate companies, by-the-hour rates where you are charged even while no work is being done, and in the rare case, a sham company showing up, packing up all of your possessions, and driving away, never to be heard from again. To minimize your risk, ...
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By Pat Laracy Baker, Pat Baker Dream Home Maker
(Realty Executives Boston West)
Changing Your Locks. by PATRICIA BAKER on APRIL 12, 2014 · in MONEY SAVING TIPS If you are a new homeowner and haven’t changed your locks yet, then you should strongly consider doing so as soon as possible.  You  have no way of knowing who holds keys to your new home.  Thankfully, there are really cheap ways to go about accomplishing this.  Hiring a locksmith to come into your home and change the locks can be expensive, but is an option if you are pressed for time.  However, you can take your locks to a local locksmith shop and have them changed for a fraction of the price. If you have different keys for different doors, you can use this as an opportunity to make all of your locks match.  Additionally, you can choose to purchase knobs and deadbolts that suit your decorative flair a lit...
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By Pat Laracy Baker, Pat Baker Dream Home Maker
(Realty Executives Boston West)
Clean Your House in No Time by PATRICIA BAKER on MARCH 29, 2014 · in HELP AROUND THE HOUSE You could clean your entire house clean in just 30 minutes a day? If you let the house cleaning slip It becomes overwhelming. By doing just a little bit every day it will help keep your home neat and clean in no time. Here is a basic plan to keep your home clean in just one half-hour a day.   Start in the KitchenGetting started right after breakfast may be the perfect time to spend a few minutes tidying up. Clear out and wipe down the sink. Wipe down countertops and stove. Put dirty dishes immediately into the dishwasher. Run a quick wet mop over the floor. Take a moment to fold and put your dish towels away. Tackle the BathroomAfter your shower while you are still in the bathroom do a quick clea...
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