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February 2015 - JANET PORCARO

Newton Single Family Sold by Janet

Newton Single Family Sold by Janet

Newton Single Family Sold by Janet

15 Lill Avenue, West Newton 02465 4 bedrooms, 2 baths, 1575 sq. ft. approx. living area, 7986 sq. ft. approx. lot

Under agreement in one day, sold in 20 days

Just Sold #NewtonMA

Pristine Cape on tree lined lot

Listed for $630,000 and sold for $671,000 with multiple offers. First showing scheduled at the Broken Open House. The offers came and the property was under agreement in less than 2 days. Located in desirable West Newton with easy access to the Commuter Rail and Bus Lines, as well as major highways.

The severe winter has slowed the housing market in Newton, MA. As of February 20, 2015, there are only 65 active single family homes on the market in Newton. Only 10 of the 65 listed under $1M. Sooner or later, the snow will melt and the housing market will sizzle.

If you are looking to buy or sell, give me a call at 617-797-9497.

Just Sold #NewtonMA

Bonus sunroom overlooking gardens

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More about 15 Lill Avenue

Lill is a lovely tree lined side street and this house has a beautiful level yard. First floor features a living room with fireplace and picture window, dining room, clean kitchen, bedroom, and half bath. Enclose porch perfect for morning coffee overlooking a beautiful, well manicured yard with irrigation system. Second floor has 3 spacious bedrooms including a front to back master bedroom, full bath, and several large closets. Finished basement with fireplace, laundry room, utility room, and large storage closet.

Ice Dams: Facts for the Home Owner

Ice Dams: Facts for the Home Owner

Ice Dams: Facts for the Home Owner Ice Dam Described What do pantyhose and calcium chloride have in common?

 

The problem Drive down most any street in the Greater Boston area today (Feb 2015) and you see icicles hanging off houses everywhere. In my house, we have a leaks from ice dams and the leaks keep shifting. Our issues are minor but in many houses the situation is more severe with water pouring into the house. Solutions

  • First and foremost: find a professional. BE CAREFUL, USING A LADDER IF VERY DANGEROUS ESPECIALLY IN THIS WEATHER. (See below for one such company.) Ask your Realtor for a well referenced professional.
  • Calcium Chloride Pellets also known as pucks can be placed on the roof to help melt the ice without damaging the roof. Home Depot and Lowe’s are all sold out. Amazon.com has a product called Roof Melt.
  • We have a GREAT handyman/friend who gave us the best advice ever. Dan said to buy a 25 lb. bag of calcium chloride and fill some old panty hose with the stuff. Then put the panty hose on the roof. Guess what, I don’t wear pantyhose and Walgreens is almost sold out!

Read more about ice dams from the folks at University of Minnesota.  IceDamCompany.com for Bostonians. I’ve never worked with them but they have a great website. In the meantime, hope this is helpful! Janet

Newton Market Snapshot February 2015

Newton Market Snapshot February 2015

Newton Market Snapshot February 2015

Newton Market SnapshotWith the snow piled waist high, ice dams dripping through many homes across town, no wonder the sales volume is down in Newton, MA this February. Still estimated median value and list prices are up considerably. In this report we see 14 new listings, 9 price changes, 20 pending, 4 expireds, and 20 recently sold. Despite the winter blues, people are still moving! Just wait until the spring market! Things should be hopping!

 

Newton, MA February 2015

Newton, MA February 2015

To dowmload the full report, click here.Market-Activity-Report_Newton-Massachusetts_2015-02-16-23-11-09

Knoxville, TN, Treasure Chest of Outdoor Opportunity

Knoxville, TN,  Treasure Chest of Outdoor Opportunity (Part of my new series for Baby Boomers Move)
Are you dreaming of your next move? Are you a lover of the great outdoors?

“Knoxville, Tennessee offers residents the best of small town America with the amenities and perks of a big city – it is little wonder that this gem is known alternately as The Heart of the Valley and the Queen City of the Mountains! It’s the third largest in Tennessee with a population around 180,000. Knoxville is also home to the University of Tennessee, one of the nation’s premiere public institutions of higher learning. Knoxville residents enjoy an incredible and compelling blend of “city living” while combining it with a small-town feel and a virtual treasure chest of outdoor and recreational opportunities just minutes away by car.”

“Spectacular cabin on .95 acres Opened living room with cathedral ceilings, open kitchen. Master BR w/large bathroom offering a whirlpool tub. Walk onto the enclosed deck from the master for relaxation in the hot tub. Open loft set at 2nd bedroom w/full bath. Large covered porch offers magnificent sunset views of the Smoky Mtns. Convenient to the heart of Pigeon Forge. $214,900 Offered by The Pozy Team Knoxville Real Estate” ~The Pozy Team

Search for more homes in Tennessee at SearchingKnoxville.com.

Helping Boomers Make the Next Move

Helping Boomers Make the Next Move

Baby Boomers MoveHelping Boomers Make the Next Move

Panel Discussion
February 21, 2015, 2 to 4 PM
Watertown Public Library
123 Main Street, Watertown, MA 02472
Watertown Savings Bank Meeting Room

Are you thinking about down sizing? Do you know someone who is?
A move is more than just packing and moving boxes.
It is about transition and preparation.
Hear 5 industry experts share insights
needed to make great decisions about your next move!

Topics include:

  • Financial planning – essentials for the next chapter
  • Organization and DE cluttering – a plan of attack to organize the memories (and what to do with the rest)
  • Staged to sell – tips for making your home a buyer’s dream
  • Strategies to maximize your profits – It’s easy but it’s not simple

Mary Clements Pajak, Probate and Estate Administration Attorney
Larry Deroche, Clean Out Your House
Deb Ellis, Designer and Stager
Participants and sponsors: Janet Porcaro & Wendy Rocca, Realtors®