Posted by Marie Presti on 5/31/2020

One of the final hurdles to buying a house is making sure your future home is structurally sound. To the untrained eye, the property you've made an offer on may appear to be "close enough to perfect."

However, your excitement over that gourmet kitchen, finished basement, and manicured lawn may be causing you to view your future home with rose-colored glasses!

Fortunately, you can (and should) hire an experienced, licensed professional to thoroughly inspect the property and point out flaws and potential problems that might need to be addressed by the seller -- either in the form of price concessions or repairs. If the seller is unwilling to be flexible in those areas, then you may have the option of withdrawing your offer. Hopefully, it won't come down to that -- especially if you love the house -- but that situation could arise and derail your plans for buying a particular property.

Many real estate purchases do involve a few bumps and detours along the way, but they frequently can be resolved by your real estate agent and/or attorney.

The starting point for identifying structural issues with a house is to have the property inspected by a reputable home inspector. Here are a few of the key areas they'll evaluate and include in their report:

  • Foundation and basement: Cracks, leaks, and signs of instability can often be identified through a visual inspection of the underlying structure of a home. Some issues are relatively minor, while others can be quite costly.
  • Roof and attic: Although most new roofs typically last for 20 to 30 years, time has a way of slipping by when you least expect it! Depending on weather conditions, climate, and falling tree branches, roofs of any age can be subjected to a lot of wear and tear. Since roofs play such a vital role in protecting your home and family from the many forces of nature, it's crucial that your roof be intact, in sound condition, and fully functional. An inspection of the home's attic and/or crawlspace will also reveal actual or potential problems with leaks, mold, roof damage, or infestations.
  • HVAC, electrical, and plumbing: There are a lot of systems that provide homeowners with comfort, convenience, and the ability to meet day-to-day needs. Whether you're talking about major kitchen appliances, hot water heaters, or climate control systems, there are dozens of things an inspector needs to check and keep you apprised of.
  • Exterior checkpoints: Property inspectors will also assess the condition of the outside of the house, as well as drainage efficiency and any visible structural damage or signs of deterioration.
Although all property inspectors should adhere to industry standards and best practices, some are more thorough and efficient than others. It's essential for you to understand the scope of their services, including whether they offer lead paint testing, termite inspection, radon detection, and asbestos testing.

When it comes to home inspections, your real estate agent can not only provide you with professional referrals, but they can also accompany you on the actual property inspection. That will help make sure important questions, issues, and recommendations don't slip through the cracks!

Posted by Marie Presti on 5/29/2020

This Single-Family in Burlington, MA recently sold for $485,000. This Contemporary,Split Entry style home was sold by Marie Presti - The Presti Group, Inc..

2 Bates St, Burlington, MA 01803


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Hurry! Prime location offered with this contemporary split style home. This fine home offers 9 rooms, 3 bedrooms and two family rooms. 1st level has Eat in Kitchen, full ceramic tile bath, 3 good size bedrooms all with closets and two with exposed hardwood floors, dining area, big living room, and a step down family room with sliders to enclosed screened 3 season porch. All main rooms have hardwood floors under carpet per owner, Lower level features another family room with carpet, separate bonus room, utility room and access to one car garage with electric eye. Huge level lot, aluminum sided exterior, and 2 car parking. Home is somewhat dated and offers new buyer to customize to their liking and is priced accordingly. Be quick as this one will go fast!!

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Posted by Marie Presti on 5/24/2020

Whether you’re a movie buff, like playing the latest video games, or just appreciate high-quality video and audio when you’re binging shows in Netflix, your experience can be greatly enhanced with a home theater system.

 Technologies are ever-changing when it comes to home audio and video. The quality of DVDs now seems laughable next to 4K resolution HD videos. Similarly, bulky home audio systems that once required several huge speakers have been reduced to small “sound bars” that sound excellent and take up hardly any room at all.

 If you’d like to turn your living room, basement, or any other room in your home into a home theater, read on.

Location of your home theater

The obvious choice for many when it comes to choosing a location for their home theater is the living room. And that might make the most sense for people who have small or mid-sized houses who spend much of the time in their living room.

However, if you’re looking for an immersive, distraction-free viewing experience, you may want to consider other rooms in your house, such as a finished basement or office.

What you’ll need

 If you’re starting from scratch, you’ll need to invest some time and money in your home theater. First, you’ll need an HDTV or projector and screen. Projectors can be a fun way to achieve the movie theater experience and are particularly useful in large rooms where you’re sitting far from the screen. However, quality projectors are quite pricey ($600 or more, not including the cost of a screen).

Choosing a television

If you go the television route, you have several options. Shopping for a TV is no easy feat. There are LED, OLED, 4K Ultra, and curved televisions. If you’re looking for the highest video quality and plan on streaming HD video with a high resolution, a 4K Ultra would be the best option.

 However, if you aren’t particular about video quality and will be happy with anything that plays your old DVD collection, most LED televisions will do the trick at an affordable price point.

 Home audio

When it comes to audio quality, you might be surprised with the variety of systems on the market.

For the classic home theater experience, a multi-speaker surround sound system is the closest you’ll get to the cinematic experience. Since the rise of the sound bar, home theater systems have become much more affordable.

However, with most surround sound systems you’ll need to buy a receiver. You’ll need to set it up and find a place to put it (they tend to be pretty large).

If you don’t want to go through the trouble of installing speakers around the room and finding a place for a big audio receiver, a sound bar could be a great alternative. Starting at around $100 and scaling up to $1,000 depending on your audio quality needs.

Most decent sound bars come with a small subwoofer, but other than that they are small, lightweight and typically Bluetooth-ready, so you can just plug them in and start listening.

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Posted by Marie Presti on 5/21/2020

15 Malvern Ter, Newton, MA 02466




Full/Half Baths
Islington Peninsula! This waterfront newer constrution 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. Large garage and extra storage in the basement. Must see to appreciate! Short walk to Norumbega Conversation Area with many walking trails. 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 smoking.
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Posted by Marie Presti on 5/17/2020

96 Gainsborough St, Boston, MA 02115



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Must see this super sunny, duplex style unit at 96 Gainsborough St. #102W. First level offers a large open floor plan with fireplaced living room, dining area, updated kitchen with stainless appliances and granite counters, and 1/2 bath. Lower level offers large bedroom with double closets, full updated bath, in unit laundry, and storage. Brownstone building offers elevator to both levels. Intercom entrance. Permit Street Parking plus a leased parking spot that can be transferred to new buyer. This sought after location is sure to meet the most demanding needs. 24 hour security guard, daily trash pickup, central air, .5 mile to many things... 2 subway stops, conservation area, MFA, Northeastern University, Copley Plaza. Blocked Showing times Sat 5/16 from 12-2pm. Schedule today!!
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Be the first to get a private look inside this 1 bedroom condo. This interactive virtual walkthrough brings the open house to you! Bring your buyers to the live virtual open house event hosted by the listing agent, Marie Presti. Tune in live from your couch and ask questions in real time as you explore the property inside and out, room by room, with Marie as your tour guide. Brokers and Buyers alike are invited. Registration required.
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