Posted by Marie Presti on 7/21/2019

Purchasing a second home should be a fun, exciting experience. Yet homebuyers who fail to consider where they want to pursue a second residence may struggle to achieve their desired results.

If you know you want to buy a second home, it often helps to narrow your house search to residences in a select group of cities and towns. Then, you can evaluate available residences in your preferred cities and towns and boost the likelihood of finding a house that you can enjoy for years to come.

Of course, determining which cities and towns where you want to pursue a second house can be difficult. Yet there are lots of things you can do to hone your house search, including:

1. Evaluate Your Homebuying Budget

Your finances likely will play a major role in your ability to pursue and acquire a second residence. As such, you should examine your finances closely so you can establish a homebuying budget.

If you have paid the mortgage on your current house, focus on the mortgage costs associated with a second home. For example, if you want to find out how much you can afford to pay for a second home, you can meet with bank and credit union mortgage specialists. This will allow you to get pre-approved for a mortgage so you can enter the real estate market with a budget in hand.

Comparatively, if you still have a mortgage on your present house, you should consult with your lender. This will allow you to determine if you qualify for a second mortgage. Also, you can get financial guidance so you can figure out where to search for a second house that falls in line with your finances.

2. Establish a Homebuying Timeline

Think about when you want to acquire a second residence. Next, you can create a homebuying timeline to help you achieve your desired homebuying goal.

A homebuying timeline should remain flexible. If you want to purchase a second home in the mountains, for example, you should account for the time it may take to transport various personal belongings to this residence. And if problems arise that delay your efforts to acquire a second home, you should be ready to adjust your homebuying timeline as needed.

3. Hire a Real Estate Agent

Let's face it buying a second home is rarely simple, regardless of your property buying expertise. But if you hire a real estate agent, you can receive extensive assistance as you search for a second residence.

A real estate agent understands the ins and outs of the housing market. He or she will share real estate market insights with you, along with providing tips and recommendations. As a result, a real estate agent will help you find a second home in your preferred city or town as quickly as possible.

Take the guesswork out of finding and buying a second home in the city or town of your choice use the aforementioned tips, and you could streamline your quest to acquire a second residence that matches your expectations.

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Posted by Marie Presti on 7/15/2019

30 Crehore Dr, Newton, MA 02462

Newton Lower Falls



This Move-in ready 4 bedroom, 2 bath, cape style home with garage and central air is located on a quiet street a short 5 minute walk to Hamilton Park with baseball diamond, ice skating rink, soccer field and a playground built by Newton Lower Falls residents. So much potential with the flat and level 8K sf lot. First floor offers 2 bedrooms, full bath, kitchen, dining room, fireplaced living room, mudroom, and sunroom. New carpet on 2nd floor where the master bedroom is located plus an office and 3/4 bath. Lights were replaced in the dining room, kitchen and foyer and several rooms were recently painted. Newton Lower Falls is close to the Charles River and two 18 hole golf courses (Woodland - private, and Leo J. Martin public). Walk to Wellesley Lower Falls shops and restaurants. Easy access to all major routes and about 1/2 mile to Riverside Green Line T Station (D Green Line with direct access to Fenway Park and Downtown Boston). Use it asis or add on to make it your dream home!
Open House
July 18 at 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Price Reduced a few weeks ago, this move-in ready 4 bedroom, 2 bath, cape style home with garage. First floor offers 2 bedrooms, full bath, kitchen, dining room, fireplaced living room, mudroom, and sunroom. Walk to Wellesley Lower Falls shops and restaurants. Easy access to all major routes and about 1/2 mile to Riverside Green Line T Station (D Green Line with direct access to Fenway Park and Downtown Boston).
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Posted by Marie Presti on 7/14/2019

Not all smart home devices are created equal. If you wind up paying a high price for a smart home gadget you do not need, you risk wasting precious time and resources.

Fortunately, there are lots of things you can do to make informed smart home device purchases, such as:

1. Consider Your Smart Home Device Needs

The needs of one property owner for a smart home device may vary from those of another.. If you consider how you can use different smart home devices, you can boost the likelihood of making smart home gadget purchases that will serve you well for years to come.

For example, if you find your electricity bills are on the rise, investing in smart light bulbs may prove to be a great choice. These light bulbs can help you optimize your house's electricity consumption and lower your electricity bills.

On the other hand, if you are concerned about home security, a smart house security system may be an excellent investment. This security system can help you simultaneously safeguard your residence against theft and lower your home insurance rates.

2. Perform Comprehensive Research

New smart home devices are becoming available every day, and as such, determining which ones are right for your house sometimes is difficult. If you perform in-depth research into the smart home devices at your disposal, you could find gadgets that you can enjoy day after day.

Conduct online research into assorted smart home devices you will be happy you did. Once you learn about different smart home gadgets, how they work and their benefits, you can choose the right devices for your residence.

Also, it may help to consult with family members and friends as you assess myriad smart home devices. If a family member or friend recently purchased a smart home device that works perfectly, for instance, you may want to consider buying the same gadget for your house.

3. Evaluate Your Budget

As more smart home devices are released, the prices of various smart house gadgets are falling accordingly. Yet it is still crucial to evaluate your budget closely before you make smart home device investments. If you understand exactly how much money you can spend on smart house devices, you can take steps to get the most out of your available finances.

Don't forget to shop around for smart home devices, too. Online and brick-and-mortar retailers occasionally offer sales on smart home gadgets. Thus, if you search far and wide for smart home devices that fall in line with your budget, you could avoid spending too much to acquire top-notch smart house gadgets.

As you get set to invest in smart home devices, it generally pays to be diligent. If you take an informed approach to smart home device shopping, you can find gadgets that will deliver long-lasting benefits. Best of all, you can use assorted smart home devices to lower your electricity costs, secure your residence and much more.

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Posted by Marie Presti on 7/12/2019

This Condo in Watertown, MA recently sold for $1,200,000. This Townhouse style home was sold by Marie Presti - The Presti Group, Inc..

67 Chestnut St., Watertown, MA 02472


Sale Price

Full/Half Baths
Must see single-family-like townhouse that is less than 5 years old. Open floor plan bathed with full sun, large expansive kitchen with granite and stainless appliances, gas fireplaced dining room with multiple views out to the large grassed and expansive landscaped yard. Exclusive use of the private fenced in backyard (over 5,000 sf of usable yard). Large master suite with huge walk-in closet and master bath with tub and shower. Two additional bedrooms, laundry and family bath on the 2nd floor. The 3rd floor offers a large 2nd master bedroom suite including full bath which can be used as an au pair suite, guest bedroom or office. Large finished level is great for a family room, play room, exercise room or all three. There is a 2 car attached garage and parking for 3 additional cars in the driveway. Views of Boston from 3rd floor. Walking distance to Watertown Square & the beautiful walking & bike paths along the Charles River and quick access to the Mass Pike & Storrow Drive.

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Posted by Marie Presti on 7/11/2019

This Single-Family in Needham, MA recently sold for $780,000. This Ranch style home was sold by Marie Presti - The Presti Group, Inc..

35 ROLLING LANE, Needham, MA 02492


Sale Price

Prime Volante Farms location for this beautifully updated expanded Ranch a short walk to the Brand New Sunita Williams Elementary School (replacing the Hillside School). Terrific layout with large open floor plan providing an abundance of natural light. Hardwood floors throughout with expansion potential due to oversized lot. Exterior access from lower level great room to private yard. Finished lower level with option to do 4th bedroom/guest room/au pair suite. Huge deck overlooks large landscaped yard. Quiet Side street with an abundance of privacy. This is the one you have been waiting for.

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