6/7/2013: How much will a new roof set you back?

About $7,500.

Not going to drag this blog out talking about getting estimates, pulling permits & architectural shingles.  You guys know the drill already.  If a contractor tells you more than $10k — tell him you’re no dummy.  You read RandlettPark.com and everything on the ‘net is true.

Look gang — all of our homes are approximately the same size, which means our roofs are too.  Replacing your roof is going to cost you about $7,500 and take 2-3 days.  The job will cost a bit more if 2 layers of shingles have to be ripped off or if you decide to replace the flashing around the chimney or do any re-pointing.  Make sure to pull a permit.

Also make sure the contractors clean up afterwards using a magnetic rake.  You don’t want to have shingles in the yard or gutters.  Or nails in the yard.  A nail gets caught in the mower and Boom! you wind up looking like Mr. Larson from Happy Gilmore.

mr larson


6/7/2013: The emergence of the million dollar townhome

Last year, the W. Newton townhome market didn’t exist.  Zero townhomes sold at or above $1M.  Buyers were still iffy on the real estate market and there was too much risk for developers to break ground.

This year is a different story.  Inventory is severely limited and developers cannot meet demand.  Since January, 7 townhomes in W. Newton have gone under agreement or sold above $995k.  See what you missed out on below:

37 Elm living room 37 Elm bedroom

2 townhomes are still available over $1M:

54 Elm

I know what you’re thinking — believe me, I’m thinking the same thing myself.  Last year, I didn’t write the blog and no townhomes sold over $1M.  This year, I’m blogging like crazy and 7 townhomes have sold.  Not like I’m trying to take credit or anything — just sayin there could be a correlation.

6/3/2013: 309 Waltham is under agreement

It only took a week to sell this Greek revival home on Waltham for $1.095M.  Goes to show your home doesn’t need to be atop the Acropolis to please the real estate gods — just needs to look like it.

At $1.095M, this would be the 3rd highest sale in the neighborhood over the past 5 years.  I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a thousand times you guys — big columns bring big prices.

309 Waltham