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Remodeling Cost vs. Value

January 27th, 2010

Homeowners that are considering remodeling should consider the expected value that is added to their home relative to the cost of the work. In almost all cases the added value is lower than the cost of the work. However some remodeling projects add considerably more value than others. Remodeling Magazine provides data for cost vs. value for a range or remodeling projects:

http://www.remodeli ...

Saving Energy and Money

January 27th, 2010

Lilah Glick – Director, Community Outreach of the Cambridge Energy Alliance made a presentation today at our office business meeting. According to their website:

The Cambridge Energy Alliance is a city-sponsored organization created to save you money, while reducing Cambridge’s carbon footprint. The Alliance is working with homeowners, businesses and institutions across our city to achiev ...

New Listing Preview, January 27, 2010

January 26th, 2010

Tomorrow I am going to preview 8 new Coldwell Banker listings. Please e-mail me at if you would like more information about any of the properties.

241 River Street, #9

585 s.f.
3rm, 2 br, 1ba,
AC. Covered pkg. pets ok.

82 Hancock Street, #1

774 s.f.
Harvard Square
2 bedrooms
Patio/fpl, pets ok

17 Everett Street, #B

Condo ...

Sunday Open House Tour

January 25th, 2010

I spent some time Sunday touring open houses. I checked out the following properties:

24 Regent Street, Cambridge

18 Middlesex Street, Cambridge

38 Curtis Avenue, Somerville

1098 Broadway, Somerville

30-32 Russell Road, Somerville

E-mail me at for my thoughts on these properties.

118 Perkins Street, Unit 2, Somerville, MA

January 23rd, 2010

I just sold this Condo at 118 Perkins Street, Unit 2, Somerville, MA .

View this recently sold Condo or see all my home sales

118 Perkins Street, Unit 2, Somerville, MA

January 23rd, 2010

I just finished uploading this Condo for sale, 118 Perkins Street, Unit 2, Somerville, MA

Luxury mint 6 room, 2 bed, 2 full bath condo with high ceilings & exposed brick. Top quality gut reno in 2003 w/ wood Andersen windows & patio doors, teak front & back decks, Kohler fixtures, hydronic hot air heat & central air. Features include in-unit washer/dryer, & wiring for cable & Cat ...

4 Washington Avenue, #18, Cambridge

January 21st, 2010

4 Washington Avenue

I previewed this one bedroom condo in a Harlow building on Avon Hill. Please e-mail at me for my thoughts.

14-14A Watson Street, Somerville

January 21st, 2010

I previewed this Teele Square 2 family today. Email me at for my thoughts.

Coldwell Banker New Listings Preview

January 19th, 2010

It looks like the weather will be improving for my weekly tour of new listings. This week I am going to preview 7 new listings.

3 Donnell Street, #2

960 s.f.
2nd floor 2007 gut renovated 2 bedrooms with

23 High Street

1400+/- s.f.
2 bedroom+ study
G1 +1,
renovated, hardwood, w/d in basement

329 Harvard Street, #7

685 s.f.
Dana Hill 1 ...

2009 Market Summary for Somerville

January 19th, 2010

The number of sales of residential property (condominiums, single families, and multi-families) in Somerville increased slightly in 2009, compared to 2008. There were 578 sales in 2009 compared to 546 sales in 2008.

The median sale price in 2009 was $381,000 compared to $375,000 in 2008

Total market volume also increased slightly. 2009 total volume was $233,877,999 compared to 2008 volume ...

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