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October 2013 - JANET PORCARO

October Annual Sales Comparison for Newton Single Family Homes

October Annual Sales Comparison for Newton Single Family Homes

October Annual Sales Comparison for Newton Single Family Homes Sold

The housing shortage in the Greater Boston Area continues to place a sense of urgency for buyers working to find a home in this area, particularly in Newton. While things have slowed down compared to the frantic level of activity in the spring-summer-early autumn market, competition is still strong especially for homes that are well priced in specific price points and locations. Yes, you have heard this before, real estate is local.

Look at the October solds for Newton single family sales. Days on market this year have come down almost 50% from last year for the same approximate number of listings. Although the median and average sale prices were lower than one might have expected. If you narrow down the sale price and look at listings that have sold under the $2M price mark, the price range is very different. Still and all, the Sale Price to List Price (SP:LP) remains at 100% for 2013.

The best strategy for finding the home of your dreams, is to work with a highly skilled and experienced Buyer’s Agent. In this market, it matters who you work with.

October Annual Sales Comparison for Newton Single Family Homes Sold

October Annual Sales Comparison for Newton Single Family Homes Sold

Data compiled from the Multiple Listing Service (MLSPIN)

Call Janet at 617-797-9497 when you are ready for you next move.

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Halloween in Newton!

Halloween in Newton!

Halloween in Newton! Newton Businesses collaborate to make Halloween fun AND safe this October.

Dancing in The Street Chestnut Hill

Dancing in The Street Chestnut Hill

Events happening Halloween Evening, October 31, 2013

  • Trick or Treat in Newton Highlands on Thursday, 10/31 from 4:30 to 5:30 PM.  Participating stores are marked with posters in their windows.
  • Green Planet Kids!  Instead of eating all that Halloween candy, why not trade it in for awesome toys, books and art supplies at Green Planet Kids Candy Buy Back Program. Children ages 2 – 12 are invited to bring in a pound or more of fresh, packaged candy in exchange for a $5.00 Gift Certificate to Green Planet Kids. (One Gift Certificate per child. Children must be accompanied by an adult.) Candy will be sent to overseas military troops. Bring in your candy on Friday 11/1, 10:00 am – 6:00 pm or Saturday 11/2, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm.
  • Halloween Party at Whole Foods Market, 916 Walnut Street Newton, Ma 02461, Thursday, October 31, 2013, 5:00 PM
  • Family Harvest Festival at Elevation Chapel, 150 Lowell Avenue, Newtonville, MA 02460 – Come in your favorite character/themed costume for games, challenges, activities, crafts and more this Halloween. This FREE event will provide you with a safe, fun alternative on Halloween night that will send your kids home with a bag full of candy and other fun prizes and take home souvenirs.
Mario and Action Hero

Mario and Action Hero

While you are out this Halloween, notice the great artwork in business windows all over many participating villages as part of the competition — Halloween Window Painting Contest sponsored by Newton Community Pride.

Family Fun at The Street in Chestnut Hill last Sunday.

Costumes Galore

Costumes Galore

Face Painting at The Street in Chestnut Hill last Sunday

Face Painting at The Street in Chestnut Hill last Sunday

Dog Costume Parade aThe Street in Chestnut Hill

Dog Costume Parade at The Street in Chestnut Hill

Newton Celebrates Halloween with a Window Painting Contest

Newton Celebrates Halloween with a Window Painting Contest

Halloween Humor!

Halloween Humor!

Newton Celebrates Halloween with a Window Painting Contest sponsored by the Parks & Recreation – Arts in the Parks & Cultural Affairs Department. All over the city, you will see  storefronts decorated with festive images painted by Newton children in grades 3 – 8.  Outside my office at 1151 Walnut Street I noticed families keeping warm with blankets and hot chocolate.

staying warm

staying warm

The Artist at Work

The Artist at Work

Newton Community Thrives on Culture

Stop into a random Newton grocery store and you may be surprised.  Saturday, I walked into the Whole Foods in Newton Corner to pick up my usual breakfast smoothie and was amazed to hear the most beautiful music resounding. I looked past the bananas and saw that the “LUCKY TEN” YOUNG TALENT STUDIO was performing and it was uplifting. Everyone in the store was animated and smiling. The music was beautiful, the people were happy. The event was to promote a performance coming up on November 3.

NOVEMBER 3, at 5PM
CENTER MAKOR
1845 Commonwealth Avenue
Brighton, MA
Tickets – 617-771-8881