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Featured Listing: Stucco Colonial Single Family in Newton Highlands

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Exclusive Listing: 40 Chester Street – Newton

Offered at $1,299,000

A rare opportunity awaits the lucky new owner of this Newton Highlands beauty. First time on the market in 47 years! This home has been lovingly maintained and passionately landscaped with outstanding gardens surrounding the property. Enclosed porch entry welcomes you to this Arts and Crafts inspired Stucco Colonial with 3987 sq.ft. of living space. A giant living room with wood burning fireplace combines nicely with a large, cheery sun room for light-seeking greenery. Kitchen comes with large pantry PLUS a real butler’s pantry with working copper sink. Lots of nooks and built-ins with high ceilings and hardwood floors throughout. Finished 3rd floor could be used as a playroom or au pair suite. A large barn with heating system occupies one corner of the lot and offers eternal possibilities (buyers due diligence required). Endless and exciting possibilities for a new owner to explore!

Listing Agent: Martha Rollins, 617.653.4994, martha.rollins@unlimitedsir.com

View more information on 40 Chester Street here or visit unlimitedsir.com for more available homes.

About Life in Newton

Recently rated by Money Magazine as one of the top places to live in America, Newton is a sought after community in the Greater Boston Area.  Less than 45 minutes from downtown Boston via train, subway, or express bus, Newton, Massachusetts is a vibrant community. It’s comprised of thirteen distinctive “villages” loaded with classic New England charm. While located minutes from Boston on the Massachusetts Pike, Newton offers its residents the convenience of city living in a more suburban environment.

Newton has a lot to offer its residents when it comes to the outdoors. This includes many public playgrounds, parks, and a swimming pool that is open in the summer, as well as the most noteworthy Crystal Lake. The homes in Newton for sale are coveted and never last long in the market. When it comes to eateries, Newton Centre prides itself on a lengthy list of dining establishments: restaurants of all types of food and ethnicity are found scattered throughout the city.

Introducing: Timeless Somerville Three Family Home

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10 Thurston Street, Somerville

Fantastic opportunity to buy and own a reasonably priced 3 family home in Somerville. This 3 unit building is perfect for: The Owner Occupant who wants to collect rent and live almost for free. The Investor who is looking to make a return on his investment that is much larger than just leaving cash in the bank or the Developer looking for a condo conversion in one of Greater Boston’s hottest up and coming suburbs. The VACANT first floor features a large 1 bedroom apartment while the RENTED second & third floor units are both nice sized 2 bedroom apartments. This building has many possibilities and is just waiting for the right individual with vision and a little TLC. All showings begin at the first open house on Sunday, 11/09/14 from 11:30-1:30. It really is a must see! MLS # 71765483

Learn more, contact Agent Scott Goldsmith:
617.529.2434, scott.goldsmith@unlimitedsir.com

The Newbie's Roadmap to Buying a First Home

SIR-LinkedInHere are 12 tips for buying your first house:

Make sure you’re ready to buy, both emotionally and financially. If you expect to relocate in a few years, this may not be the right time for you to buy. If you don’t have cash for a down payment, closing costs and other expenses, you may be better off waiting. Look at your life, your career, your finances and your future expectations, and determine whether buying a house is the right move at this time.

Find the right team. The difference between deals that close and deals that don’t are the professionals involved. You want to make sure you find a real estate agent who will move quickly when a new listing goes on the market, as well as an agent who will advise you honestly on preparing your offer. You also want a mortgage professional lined up before you start looking. “The lender is the most important person to closing on time,” Simon says.

Get your finances in order first. Some real estate agents won’t even show homes to prospective clients who don’t have a mortgage preapproval. You definitely should meet with a mortgage broker or banker (better yet, several) at the start of the process to find out how much house you can afford and how much cash you’ll need to close. Do all the math. Just because a bank says you can borrow $200,000 doesn’t mean you should. If you have credit issues, realize that this part of the process could take several months.

Calculate each and every cost. The purchase price and the mortgage payment are just the beginning. Don’t forget homeowner or condo fees, homeowners insurance and real estate taxes. Plus, you’ll need to budget for utilities, repairs and maintenance.

Don’t spend all your cash. Avoid emptying your bank account for your down payment and closing costs. There will always be unexpected repairs. Plus, it costs money to move, change locks, put down utility deposits and buy things you never needed before, like a lawn mower.

When you look at houses, focus on the right things. Don’t be distracted by the owner’s odd décor, paint colors, dirty carpet or anything that is easy to change. Granite countertops and stainless steel appliances are easy to add later. You can’t easily add another bedroom, a better location or a more functional floor plan.

If you’re buying in a condo or homeowners association, know the rules. How your association is run can make a big difference in how much you enjoy life in a development. You’ll want to know about all rules and restrictions, from pet ownership to who can use the pool. Condo buyers also want to investigate the association’s finances because a poorly run association can mean big assessments later.

Visit your favorite neighborhoods at different times. Most neighborhoods are quiet in the middle of the day. As Glen Craig writes at the personal finance blog Free From Broke: “You need to see what the area is like on a Saturday night. Are there kids and such all out driving with music blasting? What’s it like in rush hour in the morning or in the evening?”

Talk to the neighbors. Ask about the neighborhood and about the houses you’re considering. The neighbors will know if there are foundation problems. They’ll also know about barking dogs, petty crime and the size of utility bills.

Consider which contingencies you’re willing to waive. In the ideal scenario, a purchase offer is contingent on a satisfactory home inspection, approval of your mortgage and an appraisal that equals the purchase price. In most parts of the country, a buyer is smart to keep all those contingencies in the contract. But in a competitive market, you may be competing against buyers who have agreed to waive contingencies. “You never want to [agree to waive them] unless you’re sure you’re 99 percent safe to do it,” Simon says.

Be ready to move quickly once you find the home you want. Good homes that are well-priced nearly always sell quickly. It’s OK to take some time to think before you make an offer, but you might not want to wait a few weeks. Your agent can provide invaluable advice here.

Know what’s important to you. No house will be perfect, so where are you willing to compromise? If you want a specific school district, are you willing to accept a smaller house? If you want to be near the water, could you be happy with a condo? Are you willing to accept a longer commute to get a larger house?

Read on at MSN Money

What to know more about First Time Home Buying? Attend our First Time Home Buyer Seminar with upcoming seminars on November 8th in our Brookline office and November 22nd in our JP office both run 10am-12pm.

Announcing Our New Affiliation…

We are proud to announce our new affiliation with the Sotheby’s International Realty® brand, representing distinctive properties at all price points in Brookline, Jamaica Plain and surrounding Greater Boston communities. Prudential Unlimited Realty will now be doing business as Unlimited Sotheby’s International Realty.

Artwork: Houses at the Seine River by Alfred Sisley

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Brookline Ranked in Top Ten New England Communities

The real estate service Movoto ranked the 10 best communities in New England. Brookline came in at No. 4—tied with Framingham. According to the Brookline Patch, “Brookline was commended for its amenities, high income levels, and low unemployment, among other factors. The average median income in town is over $95,000 and 97.4 percent of people in town are employed, according to Movoto”.

See the other cities ranked and learn more about why Brookline was ranked #4 at Movoto

Source: Brookline Patch and Movoto

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Just Listed: Sun-Filled Condo Near Hyde Square

11 Bynner Street, Unit 3 – Jamaica Plain

Listed at $405,000

Sun-filled top floor 6RM 3BR condo on a quiet one-way street just a hop to happening Hyde Square. Enjoy the beauty of the modern and the charm of period detail – a renovated kitchen & bath, newer windows, recent systems and many updates; PLUS a formal dining room with built-ins, high ceilings, bays, transom windows, fir and wide pine floors.

Learn more, contact the Surrealtors:
Trisha Solio, 617.293.8070 or Kathy Power, 781.424.7394
team@thesurrealtors.com

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Featured Listing: Sunny Penthouse Condo in Brookline

120 Amory Street, Unit 6 – Brookline

Listed at $989,000

On the park! Stylish & Sophisticated 3 bed, 2 bath condo on one of Brookline’s nicest streets. Coolidge Corner is at your front door! This fully renovated penthouse unit at 120 Amory Street combines character & smart design with wide open spaces, convenient layout, high ceilings, tons of windows and abundant natural light. MLS# 71744710

Learn more, contact agent Chuck Silverston:
617.699.6234, csilverston@prudentialunlimited.com

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Jamaica Plain Open Studios Event

JPOSPlease join us this weekend for the Jamaica Plain Open Studios Event!

Our featured artists include:
-BJ Ray, Photography
-Peter Bass, Painting
-Tracy Price, Photography
-Ginny Zanger, Painting
-Andy and Carol Brilliant, Photography

The Prudential

Unlimited Realty office is located at 673 Centre Street in Jamaica Plain. Stop by, say “Hi!” and admire the work of your local artists and agents at Prudential Unlimited Realty!

Click Here to See the Map

Thank you for a great 2014 Brookline Day!

It seemed like all of Brookline came out to enjoy this picture perfect day and partake in all that Brookline Day had to offer. The air was filled with great music, food grilling and children of all ages laughing with great glee at the games and amusements. The Brookline business community was out in full force to support and inform the community patrons in attendance.

Prudential Unlimited had a few waves of agents manning our booth including Kristen McCarthy, Sean Preston, Alan Caplin and Ted Ufland. There was some business discussed, but mostly, we enjoyed meeting our neighbors and the smiles on all of the children’s faces who stopped by for a water bottle or balloon. Despite the breezy day, the balloons were a huge hit. So much so that we ran out of helium and had to rely on our own hot air to satisfy the demand. We persevered to keep everyone hydrated and happy.

It was a fantastic day, and we look forward to participating again next year. Until September 2015, we look forward to seeing everyone at our Coolidge Corner office or just out-and-about in town.

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Agents Kristen McCarthy, Sean Preston, Ted Ufland and Alan Caplin manning the booth.

 

 

More exciting photos from Brookline Day 2014:

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Brookline Day is Coming!

Stop by the Prudential Unlimited Realty booth this Sunday, September 14 on Brookline Day!

Brookline Day is a community event featuring a 5K Road Race, a Kids 1K Mini Road Race and festivities at Larz Anderson Park including vendors, games, inflatables, food trucks, face painters, bands, prizes and other special activities.

Visit www.brooklineday.org to learn more.

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