Posted by Marie Presti on 2/20/2018

1 Bellevue Ter, Medford, MA 02155



This spacious 1 bedroom condo feels larger than it is because of the tall ceilings, bay windows and hardwood floors. In a condo association with 14 units, this unit is conveniently located on the first floor and close to Medford St. Includes 1 car parking but street parking is close by and accessible if there are two cars. Tenant pays for utilities and owner to pay for water and maintenance. Washer/Dryer exclusive to the unit located in the basement along with extra storage. Newer kitchen and appliances. No pets, no smoking. Private deck off the back door. Common covered deck off the front door. Walk to many things including Magoon Square, Tufts park, Trum Field, bus stops to Lechmere and Sullivan Square on the orange subway line, new T line subway stop! Close to 93 to commute into or out of the city.
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Posted by Marie Presti on 2/19/2018

15 Malvern Terrace, Newton, MA 02466




Full/Half Baths
Islington Peninsula! This waterfront NEW CONSTRUCTION 3 level townhouse is a nature lovers delight! Featuring 3 large bedrooms, 2.5 baths, 2 car garage, stainless steel kitchen, open layout on a dead end street. Quiet, Serene, and Beautiful to sit on your 10 x 18 sf deck and look out to the Charles River. Kayaks, Paddle boarding, and other non motor sports available. A second 4X10 sf deck off the master bedroom upstairs perfect location for drinking your morning coffee. Available Feb, 01, 2018. Large garage and extra storage in the basement. Must see to appreciate! Short walk to Norumbega Conversation Area with many walking trails. Tenant to sign a lease through summer 2019. Inside pictures coming soon! Excellent commuting location with .75 mile walk to Auburndale Train Station, 1 mile to Route 128/95, 1.8 miles to route 90/Mass Pike and 1.5 miles to Riverside Subway Station. Lasell College only 1.3 miles away. 3 Golf Courses within a mile. Drive to Boston in 22 min. no pets/smo
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Posted by Marie Presti on 2/18/2018

A yard sale offers a valuable opportunity to get rid of items before you sell your house. As such, it is important to promote your yard sale effectively; otherwise, you may miss out on a chance to declutter and earn extra cash at the same time.

Ultimately, there are many quick, easy ways to stir up interest in your yard sale, such as:

1. Post flyers in your city or town

Old-fashioned flyers can help you promote your yard sale to large groups of people in your city or town. That way, you can create a buzz around your event and increase the likelihood of selling your stuff.

If you use flyers to promote your yard sale, be sure to include essential information like the location, date and time of your event. Also, using bright, vibrant paper and colorful markers may help your flyers stand out.

Ensure that all of your yard sale flyers are legible, accurate and easy to understand. This will help minimize the risk of miscommunication with potential event attendees.

Of course, it never hurts to ask business owners for permission to post flyers at local companies, either. The more flyers that you post, the more likely it becomes that your yard sale will be a resounding success.

2. Create an online posting

An online posting makes it simple for you to provide details about your yard sale to large groups of people.

Putting an online posting on Craigslist or local community websites may prove to be worthwhile. And in some instances, you may even be able to include photos of items that you plan to sell at your yard sale.

In addition, invite friends on Facebook and other social networks to attend your upcoming yard sale. By doing so, you can boost your chances of stirring up substantial interest in the days leading up to your event.

3. Select the right date and time

Oftentimes, Saturdays and Sundays are the best days to host a yard sale, and for good reason. Many people don't have to work on weekends, and as a result, may have free time to attend your yard sale.

After you know which day of the week that you want to host your yard sale, consider the date and time of your event closely.

Take a look at the holiday calendar, and you should have no trouble selecting a yard sale date that works well for most people in your area.

Think about the time of your yard sale too. And remember, if you host a yard sale that coincides with local community events, it may be difficult for some people to attend.

Lastly, if you need extra help stirring up interest in your yard sale, don't hesitate to reach out to your real estate agent. This housing market professional may be able to share details about your upcoming yard sale with clients and colleagues.

Generating buzz in a yard sale can be easy, and with the aforementioned tips, you can stir up plenty of interest in your event.

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Posted by Marie Presti on 2/14/2018



Newton, home of The Presti Group, was just named the best city

in Massachusetts for safety, wealth, environment and the economy, just to name a few attributes. With its top-rated schools, fantastic public services and close proximity to downtown Boston, Newton is desirable, convenient and beautiful. Real estate will continue to be strong. Following are my real estate predictions for 2018:  

  • The Upside of the New Tax Law  Homeowners who used to write off their state income and municipal real estate taxes will only be able to write off up to $10,000. Using Newton’s current tax rate of $11.12 per thousand, a house would have to be assessed for over $900,000 for taxes to be over $10,000 (without considering the Mass. income taxes for the prior year). Therefore, this should have little effect on the lower-range homes. However, for owners of higher-priced residences, there may be less of an incentive to keep their homes, particularly if they’re already considering downsizing. The good news, is that if homeowners choose to move, the number of new listings will increase.
  • Homebuyers can put away the helmet  The inventory of mid-priced homes in Newton has been low for the past several years, driving bidding wars as consumers battled for fewer homes. However, at the end of 2017, Realtors saw a 5.7% increase in the number of properties sold this year to 1,005 units (up from 951 in 2017), according to the Greater Boston Association of Realtors. This percentage may increase even more to 7-8%, as the demand for homes levels off in the entry market and new listings continue to come on-line. Not only that, because of the new tax legislation, many higher-end homeowners may choose to sell their properties and downsize. This is excellent news for homebuyers, because there will be more to choose from and fewer bidding wars as result. For sellers, though, the news may not be so bright. Selling their homes for thousands of dollars way over market value (which used to be the norm) may be waning.
  • All Good Things Must Come to an End For anyone buying a home and/or borrowing money, the low mortgage rate they’ve enjoyed for years is ending. Mortgage interest rates will increase, with industry analysts predicting them to climb throughout 2018. Given the conforming loan interest rate is now four percent, rates will increase at least a half of a percent by the end of the year. This shouldn’t hurt the higher end of the market ($1M+), since those buyers are less price-sensitive. On the other hand, it could impact first-time buyers looking to purchase a home here.
  • What goes up won’t go down (at least in 2018) The old adage, “What goes up, must come down,” hasn’t applied to Newton. The average home price here continues to rise, and by the end of 2018, I predict a healthy increase, to approximately 5-6%. (I believe this rise will not be as high as 2017, as the median sale price of all residential properties last year was up by 8% to $1,000,000 from 2016.) Tax reform could also impact us by a few percent, making the increase a more modest gain and one that is more in-line with an average market. However, due to Newton’s many attributes, not to mention the corporations with thousands of employees who are looking around Boston for housing (Amazon? Do you hear me?), we all could be surprised.

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Posted by Marie Presti on 2/11/2018

Many homebuyers face an interesting dilemma. On one hand, a broad array of houses is available nationwide, making it easy to find a great residence just about anywhere. Conversely, the housing market remains fierce, and a homebuyer who fails to submit the right offer at the right time may miss out on the opportunity to acquire his or her dream residence.

Ultimately, homebuyers must be ready to submit a fair offer on a house at any time. And even though you may be tempted to submit a proposal that exceeds a home seller's asking price to secure your ideal house, you should try to do everything you can to avoid overspending.

Lucky for you, we're here to teach you the ins and outs of making a reasonable offer on a home. Here are three tips to ensure you can avoid spending too much for a house.

1. Know What to Look for in Your Dream House

The definition of a "dream house" may vary from homebuyer to homebuyer. If you consider exactly what you'd like to find in your ideal home, you'll be able to browse the real estate market accordingly.

Although many great houses are readily available, it is important to keep in mind that no residence is perfect. As such, you should establish lists of must-haves and wants for your dream home and set realistic expectations. This will allow you to compare and contrast homes against your lists, find a residence that meets your expectations and remain calm, cool and collected as you prepare to submit an offer on a home.

2. Get a Mortgage in Advance

Homebuyers can get pre-approved for a mortgage and create a budget before they embark on a search for their dream home.

Getting pre-approved for a mortgage will require you to meet with banks and credit unions and assess all of the mortgage options at your disposal. In addition, lenders may be able to offer a variety of financing options based on your credit score, annual income and other economic factors.

With a mortgage in hand, you can explore the real estate market and find homes that fall within your price range. Therefore, if you get pre-approved for a mortgage, you may be better equipped to accelerate the homebuying process and avoid overspending on a house.

3. Choose the Right Real Estate Agent

Your real estate agent may make or break your home search. And with the right real estate agent at your side, you should have no trouble finding your dream home in any real estate market.

Your real estate agent is happy to provide tips to ensure you can submit a fair offer on any residence. That way, you can avoid the risk of overspending and improve your chances of acquiring your dream home at a reasonable price.

Hire a real estate agent who possesses comprehensive expertise and great people skills. By doing so, you can work with a real estate professional who can help you acquire your ideal home in no time at all.

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