Posted by Mary-Lou McDonough on 2/15/2019

This Condo in Lexington, MA recently sold for $282,000. This Mid-Rise style home was sold by Mary-Lou McDonough - Barrett Sotheby's International Realty.


1475 Massachusetts Ave, Lexington, MA 02420

Condo

$281,000
Price
$282,000
Sale Price

3
Rooms
1
Beds
1
Baths
One Bedroom unit in the historic Lexington brick former school. An 8 minute walk to Lexington Center. Two MBTA buses stop directly in front (#62 & #76) to the MBTA Alewife Red Line Station. Minuteman Bikeway adjacent in rear. Parking in rear. Access to All Lexington has to offer: Munroe Center for the Arts-5 minute walk. Center shops (Starbucks, Peets, CVS, Movie Theatre etc) are an 8 minute walk. Lexington Recreation Area (swimming, tennis, track) -20 minute walk. Stop and Shop-19 minute walk. Easy access to Routes 2 and 95(128). Ample parking in rear. This is a below market unit.Muzzey High is a Limited Equity Condominium. To maintain affordablity, Lexington set prices below market & capped appreciation at 5%/year. An unusual opportunity to live in one of Massachusett's richest, beautiful, convenient towns with low carrying costs. Price is approximate. Final price to be determined by Lexington. Income Limits are % of max sale price: aprox. 58.3% for 1p 66.7% for 2. No asset limits






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Posted by Mary-Lou McDonough on 2/11/2019

If thereís one room in the house most people long to be high end, itís the bathroom. A room of relaxation and rest. The one place everyone can find time to themselves within, even if itís two minutes. The bathroom is our sanctuary. And you donít need to break the bank to create a luxe environment. 

Frame a flat bathroom mirror with molding for a classic and one-of-a-kind look. Detailed millwork is synonymous with an upscale home because more time and effort has been put into the fine details. Pick a style of molding that matches your unique preferences and a wood stain or paint color to match the rest of your decor.

A new shower head isnít immediately visible so itís not a style upgrade. However, itís an upscale lifestyle upgrade to be certain. A rain shower head provides a steady, even flow of water while covering more surface space.

Update the light fixture(s) in your bathroom to change the aesthetics and light quality. There are many sleek, minimalist vanity light fixtures on the market if you are looking to keep up with trends. For a dramatic change look for sconce shapes that differ from those already installed. If you have bell-shaped sconces look for a square or rectangular option. If you have bulbs try ovaluar or sleek coned shape sconce.

Install matching metal finishings from the faucet to drawer pulls. Sometimes as we update our homes feature by feature mismatched hardware happens. Take the opportunity to create a cohesive harmony throughout the room by matching knobs, faucets and light fixture finishes. Knobs being the most budget friendly and easiest to swap, try to match these to your existing hardware and not the other way around.

A new coat of paint can make the world of difference in any room. Bathrooms seem to seldom get the same playful attention to color as other rooms do. And a color from years past can dramatically date a room despite more classic pieces within it. Donít be afraid to make a bold statement with a pop of color. Or cover up tired blue walls with a neutral shade for a high-end look.

Invest in a towel warmer for a luxe after-bathing experience. With many styles to choose from youíll be sure to find one in a style that fits your current decor without a problem. Towel warmers come as drawers or as a rack. Racks either install on the wall or come as a stand-alone piece. All three options can utilize an outlet without having to be installed as a part of your electrical work like a light fixture would.

One surprising way to upgrade your bathroom is with plants. Look for varieties that thrive off of humidity to create a lush, paradise. Plants have a soothing effect and will have your bathroom feeling like a true oasis. If you donít have a natural green thumb consult an expert at your local gardening center to find those that will do best in the lighting and air conditions of your bathroom.




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Posted by Mary-Lou McDonough on 2/8/2019

This Single-Family in Lexington, MA recently sold for $1,120,000. This Colonial style home was sold by Mary-Lou McDonough - Barrett Sotheby's International Realty.


81 Hancock Street, Lexington, MA 02420

North Lexington

Single-Family

$1,174,900
Price
$1,120,000
Sale Price

10
Rooms
4
Beds
3/1
Full/Half Baths
Situated in prestigious North Lexington, this pristine 4 bed/3.5 bath gem boasts the ideal marriage of modern updates and classic colonial charm. Sunlight fills this welcoming home and highlights the gleaming hardwood floors. The main level features newer windows and a renovated half bath. In the heart of this home you will find an open-concept kitchen/family room overlooking the private backyard and patio. The dining room opens directly to the private deck, perfect for al fresco dining. The living room leads to the sun-drenched office, offering the perfect nook for reading or working in peace. The master suite features oversized windows that provide tranquil views of the backyard, a cathedral ceiling, renovated bathroom, walk-in closet plus your own deck. Three additional bedrooms and a new bath complete the second floor. Topping it off, you will love the main-level laundry room, walk-up attic (expansion potential!), spacious garage, and access to Lexington Center/Minuteman Trail.

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Posted by Mary-Lou McDonough on 2/4/2019

A "lowball" homebuying proposal is unlikely to do you any favors, particularly if you want to acquire your dream residence as quickly as possible. In fact, after you submit a lowball offer, it may be only a matter of time before you receive a "No" from a home seller.

When it comes to buying a house, it helps to prepare a competitive offer. That way, you can increase the likelihood of getting a seller to accept your home offer and speed up the homebuying journey.

Now, let's take a look at three tips to help you avoid the risk of submitting a lowball offer on your dream residence.

1. Analyze the Housing Market

Are you searching for a house in a buyer's or seller's market? Are homes selling quickly in the current real estate market? And are houses selling at, above or below their initial asking prices? These are just some of the questions that homebuyers need to consider as they assess the real estate sector.

With a diligent approach to buying a house, a homebuyer can become a real estate market expert. This buyer can assess a wide assortment of housing market data, and by doing so, gain the insights that he or she needs to submit a competitive offer on any residence.

2. Understand a Home's Condition

A home purchase is one of the biggest transactions that an individual will complete over the course of his or her lifetime. As such, the decision to submit an offer on a house should not be taken lightly.

To make the best-possible choice, it helps to look at all of the available information about a residence. You should review a home listing closely and attend a home showing. In many instances, it may be beneficial to check out a house a few times to get an up-close look at it before you submit an offer.

The condition of a home will play a major role in how much you are willing to offer to acquire a residence. Therefore, you should learn as much as possible about a house's condition. And if you feel comfortable with a home, you should be ready to submit an offer that will match a seller's expectations.

3. Collaborate with a Real Estate Agent

Hiring a real estate agent generally is a good idea, particularly for a homebuyer who wants to reduce the risk of submitting a lowball offer on a house. A real estate agent can help a homebuyer prepare a competitive offer, as well as ensure that a buyer can enjoy a seamless home transaction.

Furthermore, a real estate agent will allocate the necessary time and resources to help you analyze a house. He or she will even offer homebuying recommendations and teach you everything you need to know about the homebuying cycle.

Avoid the temptation to submit a lowball offer on a house Ė use the aforementioned tips, and you can submit a competitive proposal to acquire your dream residence.




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Posted by Mary-Lou McDonough on 1/28/2019

If youíre in the market to buy a home soon, you probably have a long list of things to look for. You also are most likely focused on savings and shopping around for the best mortgage rates. You may know everything that you should do when youíre buying a home, but has anyone told you what you shouldnít do? Read on to discover some of the worst practices of people searching for a home. 


Lack Of Research


You need to search for a home before you even set out to look at properties in person. While youíll want to work with a realtor, you should know what you want before you start working with him. Your agent will be able to set up alerts for you that enable you to see properties put on the market as soon as they become available. This search will be tailored to your wants such as a large yard, master bathroom, or separate dining area. If you understand what your needs will cost you in relation to your budget ahead of time, working with a real estate agent will be a more fruitful experience.


Not Letting Your Real Estate Agent Do Their Job


Real estate agents are experts in the housing market. Your agent will research prices and help you to understand what a reasonable offer on a property will be. Your agent has the tools to get you the information you need to make an informed offer on a property. Sellers get insulted if an offer is well below the asking price. Trust that your agent knows what heís talking about. 


Youíll have a close relationship with your agent throughout the house hunting process. Youíll need to make arrangements with your agent to go to open houses and home showings. Your agent will accommodate you to the best of his ability. All you need to do is communicate with them. 


Not Looking Beyond The Online Search


If you are out and about and see a property for sale that interests you, donít assume that itís out of your reach. Sometimes the online searches miss things. A property may include (or not include) something that youíre looking for. You can take down the address where you saw the ďfor saleĒ sign and speak with your real estate agent about it.


Skimming Over Properties


When you have the opportunity to look at a property, really take the time to view it. You can miss a lot of details by quickly going over a property due to your first impression. Thereís a lot of things that you may not see if you donít look at the details of a home as you walk through it.       





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