Lauren Davis
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Posted by Lauren Davis on 9/20/2017

Whatís the optimal commute time for most people to get to and from work? According to many surveys and research studies, this amount of time is around 30 minutes at the most. The closer you live to your job, the happier youíll be (that is of course if you do like your job!) If you live further from work, you may think that the bigger house is worth it because of your paycheck. If your commute is miserable, however, you may want to rethink your journey. 


Youíll choose where you live based on a variety of factors including the neighborhood dynamics, the school system and the safety of the area. You may be willing to sacrifice one of these factors to gain another. 


Metropolitan Or The Suburbs? 


Generally speaking, the center of jobs tends to be in metropolitan areas. Yet, better schools and neighborhoods are often seen outside of the city. This makes for longer commute times. Depending upon which city youíre talking about, commute times can vary widely. New York and Los Angeles may beat smaller cities like Cleveland or Kansas City in the average number of minutes that people commute to work.


Donít Worry, Be Happy 


Your happiness factor is very important when it comes to your living situation and your commute time. Whatever is most important to you should go on the top of your property search list. If you donít mind spending an hour in the car each way to get to and from work, then you can live a bit farther away without much issue. Youíll also need to add in factors like public transportation, if thatís important to you.   


If you do prefer to take public transportation to get where you need to go, you may need to weigh a few factors. Youíll need to look in areas where trains and buses are more accessible. Living closer to public transportation can often come at a bit of a higher price tag. However, youíll be able to save some money on the cost of keeping a vehicle. All of these factors need to be kept in mind when youíre beginning your house search and making your wishlist.   


Remember that the area of the country that you choose to live in has an effect on your commute. While some cities have more traffic than others, jobs my be more plentiful in a wider area, making it easier and more affordable to live closer to work. New York City has a much different dynamic than Tulsa, letís say. 


Working From Home


In the most ideal of situations, maybe your commute is only to your home office! In this case, youíll only need to be mindful of how far it is to get to the places you need to visit most often. Youíll also want to find a home that has a good space for you to have your office in. 


We all need to work in order to pay for the beautiful homes that we own. Why not make it much easier to get to and from work, and be mindful of commute times in your home search? With todayís technology, itís a whole lot easier to get this information, so do your research! Happy house hunting!




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Posted by Lauren Davis on 9/14/2017

This Single-Family in Holliston, MA recently sold for $635,000. This Colonial style home was sold by Lauren Davis - REALTY EXECUTIVES Boston West.


350 Norfolk Street, Holliston, MA 01746

Single-Family

$644,900
Price
$635,000
Sale Price

12
Rooms
4
Beds
2/1
Full/Half Baths
MOVE IN READY!!! Welcome home to this exquisite contemporary colonial offering an open floor plan, quality upgrades & a serene park-like setting! 1st floor features a spacious foyer open to large dining room & private office w/French doors. Beautiful cook's kitchen w/custom cabinetry, quartz counters, SS appliances, large center island, chalkboard wall & dining area. Off the hall is an updated powder room w/closet, pantry & laundry rm. The showpiece of this home is a huge Great Room perfect for every day living, entertaining & holiday gatherings! Second floor offers a fantastic master suite w/walk-in closet & updated bath w/double sinks & Jacuzzi. Three additional bedrooms, updated full bath & walk-up attic. Walk-out LL w/bonus room & mudroom. Storage galore! Deck & private acre lot. Great proximity to downtown, the rail trail, schools & Patoma Park with access to the lake across the street. Enjoy a turn-key home in a convenient location plus the best that country living offers today!

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Posted by Lauren Davis on 9/14/2017

This Single-Family in Holliston, MA recently sold for $410,000. This Raised Ranch style home was sold by Lauren Davis - REALTY EXECUTIVES Boston West.


100 Marked Tree Rd, Holliston, MA 01746

Single-Family

$409,900
Price
$410,000
Sale Price

8
Rooms
4
Beds
2
Baths
Beautiful, spacious four bedroom home in highly desirable walk-to town/high school/lake location. An incredible kitchen is the center piece of this home. It features cathedral ceiling, 24 feet of granite counters, tons of cabinets & lots of natural light. The kitchen opens to the spacious dining room. Off the dining room is the living room (which is currently used as a bedroom). There are three additional bedrooms w hardwood floors and closets.One bedroom is currently used as an office. The lower level has an incredibly spacious family room as well as a room w closet that is the original 4th bedroom but currently used as a play room. The home also offers central air, a large, private 3/4 acre lot w patio. Plus, oversize, two car garage w ample storage plus a work area.Furnace and water heater installed 2013. Enjoy all that Holliston has to offer: highly ranked schools w French & Montessori programs, Lake Winthrop, Charles River Trail & charming downtown Holliston.

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Posted by Lauren Davis on 9/13/2017

Few experiences are as exciting, motivating or as costly as buying  a new house. It's easy to get so focused on the chance to live in a larger, more luxurious house or a smaller, more open residence that you forget how important it is to choose the right real estate agent.

Avoid getting scammed when you house hunt

Yet, it's a real estate agent who will introduce you to hidden treasures on the house market. It's also a real estate agent who will tell you about neighborhoods, area businesses, property taxes and average, high and low house prices in the area you want to move to. Go with the wrong real estate agent or real estate agency and you could regret it. Steps to avoid getting scammed include:

  • Logging onto state license agency websites and confirming that real estate agents you want to work with have an active license. Check out other licenses that the real estate agent has. For example, some realtors have broker and real estate sales licenses.
  • Read reviews on real estate agents. If you don't see reviews on individual agents, pay attention to reviews on real estate agencies that the realtor works with. Reputable agencies generally shy away from poor real estate agents.
  • Verify that mortgage brokers are legitimate. Also, confirm that mortgage brokers are not currently or  have not in the past been involved with mortgage scams.
  • Ask people you know to recommend real estate agents to you. Ask these people why they are recommending the agents to you.
  • Pay attention to your gut instinct. If you get a feeling that a deal sounds too good to be true, pause and check the deal out more fully. There are lots of good houses on the market. It's better to get a good, legitimate mortgage deal than it is to rush into a bad deal.
  • Consider working with a real estate attorney. Ask the attorney to review all contracts before you sign them.
  • Conduct research on realtors and mortgage companies to make sure that they have not been involved in price fixing, kickbacks or illegal cross selling.
  • Get an independent inspection performed on the house that you are serious about buying.
  • Compare prices and contract deals that mortgage brokers offer on a house with what other mortgage lenders offer.
  • Log into secure accounts when sharing personal information with mortgage lenders. Don't simply hand workers at mortgage companies papers with your personal information on them.
  • Shy away from mortgages that entice you into signing contracts that don't require you to put a down payment on a house.
  • Steer clear of mortgages that don't require you to buy homeowners insurance.

Search for real estate scams on the Internet and may be surprised how many stories pop up. Real estate scams happen in the residential and commercial markets. With a little research, you could avoid getting scammed. Avoid being part of a real estate scam and you can save money, headaches and court proceedings. You can also get an honest deal on a good house.




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Posted by Lauren Davis on 9/10/2017

This Single-Family in Holliston, MA recently sold for $415,000. This Ranch style home was sold by Lauren Davis - REALTY EXECUTIVES Boston West.


54 Turner Rd, Holliston, MA 01746

Single-Family

$389,900
Price
$415,000
Sale Price

7
Rooms
3
Beds
2
Baths
Absolutely mint condition home on lovely side street convenient to all that Holliston offers! This home features a beautiful, gourmet kitchen with maple glazed cabinets, an island, granite counters and stainless steel appliances, open concept dining room addition with slider to 12x14 cedar deck that overlooks the patio and an amazing, large and level backyard. The living room has a fireplace and an abundance of natural light. The three bedrooms are all on the same level along with a full bathroom. Lower level offers bonus room that could be media room, gym, playroom, etc... Also, on this level is a bathroom with shower plus the laundry room. The home was completely renovated in 2007 including: electrical/plumbing/septic/windows/doors/roof/siding/insulation/hydro air heat system & A/C. Enjoy all this less than ten minutes from the commuter rail plus Holliston's highly ranked schools offering French and Montessori, Lake Winthrop, Charles River Trail & charming downtown Holliston.

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