Jill Finkelstein - Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Town and Country Real Estate

Posted by Jill Finkelstein on 7/27/2017

This Single-Family in Holbrook, MA recently sold for $400,000. This Colonial style home was sold by Jill Finkelstein - Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Town and Country Real Estate.

22 Francis St, Holbrook, MA 02343


Sale Price

Full/Half Baths
Home Sweet Home, Welcome to Holbrook!! This immaculate Colonial is being offered for the first time since being built in 2008. The open floor plan and bright natural light invite you into the first floor featuring a large eat in kitchen with an island, formal dining room and a large living room great for entertaining. Park your car in the 1-car underneath garage and enter the basement, which has an additional unfinished space that has great potential to be finished off. Along with the basement the attic offers additional space for plenty of storage. Other features include 2nd floor laundry, new water heater in 2016, NEST Thermostat, alarm system, beautifully landscaped yard with 4 year old white vinyl fence, 2010 addition to the back deck making it 18x18 ft. All of this AND it is conveniently located on a quiet dead end street with easy access to the MBTA Commuter Rail and bus stop. First showings at the OH this weekend!!

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Posted by Jill Finkelstein on 7/23/2017

American workers commute about 50 minutes a day to and from work. Millions of Americans are on the road more than an hour a day just to travel from home to work. That’s two hours round trip each workday. This amount of time spent on the road makes it easy to understand why anyone would focus their home buying choice on how close a new house is to their job.

Short commutes may not get you all the savings you want

But, making the distance between your home and job the primary factor that will determine where you live may end up costing you more than you think. Buy a house in a major city like Philadelphia, New York or Chicago and you’re going to pay city income tax. Property taxes in these areas may also be higher than what you’d pay if you move further away from the heart of the city. Other costs that you might face include:

Move to a major metropolis and you’ll see lots of power lines. The good thing is that you’ll have lots of juice. The downside is that power could go out frequently because those power lines are feeding energy into lots of houses. If this happens, power outages could force you to buy a backup generator.

Construction could become an issue if you buy a house that’s in a developing area. The fact that a lot of large companies are located near busy hubs could increase your chances of having to deal with construction. Although construction may not lengthen your commute distance, it will likely extend your commute time.

Other costs that you may incur

You’re not the only one who would love to live and spend time close to major business hubs. People who choose to steal also frequent these areas. This single factor alone could cause you to need a home security system, and not just any home security system. You may have to pay for a security system that lets you view your house while you’re away. The type of home security system that’s sold at housewares stores may not deliver all the security services that you need.

Home owner’s insurance fees might be higher, again depending on where your new house is located. Shop around and compare homeowner’s insurance prices before you buy a new house.

Houses in new developments may come with homeowner’s association fees. These fees range from $100 to several hundred dollars a month. Although you’ll have some services like landscaping and community recreation included in your homeowner’s association fees, you’ll be responsible for repairs that are made to your actual house.

Concerning,repairs, if your new house that’s closer to your job site is on a busy street,you could pay for sidewalk, driveway and mailbox repairs. The mailbox repairs could come if drivers bang into your mailbox while they speed down the street.People also might back in and out of your driveway if they take a wrong turn or get lost.

A house that’s 10 or fewer miles from your job saves you gas money. That’s for sure.But, depending on the residential areas that surround your workplace, buying a house close to your job could end up devouring those fuel savings. If the residential area is declining, you could end up owning a house that cost more than it’s worth. You could also be forced to take on other costs that you hadn’t previously thought about or budgeted for.

Posted by Jill Finkelstein on 7/19/2017

This Single-Family in Needham, MA recently sold for $1,250,000. This Colonial style home was sold by Jill Finkelstein - Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Town and Country Real Estate.

65 Canterbury Lane, Needham, MA 02492


Sale Price

Full/Half Baths
GRAND COLONIAL HOME ON AN ACRE LOT in a fantastic neighborhood, located just outside the center of town. This is a classic, well-maintained home with newer roof, siding, windows, and driveway featuring very spacious rooms! There is a large welcoming foyer adjoining a lovely living room with large windows bringing the outside in! The very gracious dining room has sliders to the side yard as well as to the wonderful sunroom/porch which looks out onto the magnificent grounds and patio. There is an eat-in granite/stainless kitchen also set against the background of the yard with a green house window to grow your own flowers and herbs! The second floor offers a master suite with bath, walk-in closet and office. Three other good size bedrooms and laundry are also on this second floor level. There is a terrific au pair bedroom and full bath as well which leads to a secondary staircase. Central air, gas cooking, irrigation system, and generator are also amenities of this fabulous home!

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Posted by Jill Finkelstein on 7/16/2017

If you live in what's considered a "safe neighborhood", it's all too easy to be lulled into a false sense of complacency. Although the crime rate in your part of town may be low, the chances of living in an area that's totally crime free are very small.

Burglars and other would-be criminals are often opportunistic, so it pays to take precautions and avoid being an "easy target." Here are a few home security tips that can help protect your property, your family, and your valuables.

  • Make it a habit to lock your doors at night and every time you leave the house for even a short period of time. If you're behind schedule and in a rush, stop and take one more minute to do a quick security check and -- while you're at it -- make sure hot appliances, such as stoves, ovens, and irons, are turned off.
  • Even in the best of neighborhoods, bicycles that are left out in your driveway or front yard can and often do get stolen in seconds. When a bicycle gets stolen from your property, it can be a painful and expensive lesson. Fortunately, those types of losses can be avoided by having your family get in the habit of concealing bicycles in secure locations (like a garage or shed) or padlocking them to a stationary object, such as a tree or well-anchored fence post.
  • Leaving a house key in your mailbox, under a welcome mat, or in a flower pot may seem like a good idea at the time, but those hiding places can easily be discovered by the wrong people.
  • Allowing mail or newspapers to pile up while you're away for the weekend or on vacation is a tip-off to burglars that no one is home. Having a checklist that reminds you to suspend mail and newspaper delivery while you're away can help you avoid that risk. If you plan on being gone for the weekend, a trusted neighbor or friend can often be depended on to gather deliveries that might otherwise advertise your absence.
  • Teaching your kids home safety and security measures at an early age is another vital component of crime prevention. They should be taught and reminded what to say and do if a stranger either asks for personal information over the phone or asks if they can come into the house. It's important for kids to know that they can and should be assertive with adults when protecting themselves and their home.
When it comes to home security, your four most important strategies are awareness, taking preventative measures, educating yourself and your family, and being consistent. Sometimes the best approach to keep in mind and tell your children is to follow the anti-drug advice of former First Lady Nancy Reagan: "Just say no!" There are plenty of instances when no further explanation is required.

Posted by Jill Finkelstein on 7/9/2017

A passion for being at the heart of key events is why some people place living in a high rise apartment or condo at the top of their housing preference list. Despite assumptions, everyone who opts for a high rise residential home is not part of Millennial generation. Celebrities, professional athletes, educators and business owners direct their realtors to find them a hip, modern, spacious or artsy high rise dwelling.

There’s just so much to love about a high rise. There are often precautions to consider and drawbacks to deal with. To get the most out of the experience, don’t just zone in on the benefits. Think about drawbacks associated with high rise living. Following is a list of downsides to living in a high rise. Many of these downsides apply whether or not you have young children. Because there is a wealth of advantages associated with the residential choice, we’ve included a host of benefits too.

Consider these points before you move into a high rise

  • Emergency exits – Ensure that there are emergency exits near your apartment or condo. You should know where each exit it should the first exit be blocked by fire or a fallen object.
  • Safety drills – Management at the high rise should practice biannually or quarterly evacuation drills. Because some residents may be on the 20th floor or higher, it’s important that all people living  in the building know how to vacate the premises as quickly and as safely as possible.
  • Pets – Large pets like German Shepherds and Labrador Retrievers may not be allowed in a high rise. It’s not that the pets are aggressive. The size of the pets could create unnecessary noise for tenants living below or next to you, especially if the pets run or bark.
  • Children – Your high rise apartment or condo may have an outdoor porch or deck. But, the space may not be enough for young children who want to run and play.
  • Security – Living in a high rise could give you a false sense of security. You may feel that a burglar or attacker is unable to reach you, especially if you live on or near a top floor. Don’t fall for this self-deception. Practice safety the same as you would if you lived in a townhouse or single home.
  • Price – Luxury high rises are not cheap.

Pluses of high rise living

  • Neighbors – Less space between your neighbors’ and your home could encourage you to get to know your neighbors.
  • Location – Depending on where the high rise is located, you could be moments away from major attractions.
  • History – Some high rises have lots of history, especially when it comes to previous occupants. You could live in a home that a world renowned educator, scientist or entertainer once called “home”.
  • View – It’s hard to find a better view than what you can enjoy while living in a high rise.
  • Transportation – You may be able to say“good-bye” to your auto expenses and take public transportation or walk instead.

High rise apartments and condos are often located in major cities like New York, Miami and Chicago. Similar to lower level apartment complexes, high rises may be located in upscale neighborhoods. These towering homes are also generally within walking distance of businesses, entertainment venues and shopping centers. If you move into a high rise, get the most out of the experience by practicing safety and enjoying outdoor offerings that surround your home.

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