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SF searching for HIN, Ideally 3CG, FB, 4B, 4kSF, Prefers PN but is open minded. Would love to see IRL ASAP. NSA. EZ to Close. Swipe Right.
Glad I caught your attention. What I am trying to say is:
(Sudbury Family searching for house in neighborhood, Ideally with 3 car garage, finished basement, four (plus) bedrooms, at least 4,000 square feet, prefers Peter Noyes School District but is open minded, would love to see the house in real life, as soon as possible. No strings attached. Very easy buyers - can close anytime). (Swipe right is tech lingo for an online dating app that signifies interest)
It would certainly make the home search process easier if everyone who may be willing to sell would be as searchable to Realtors and home buyers as the dating process is for those searching to meet that special someone.
My point is this - Carole and I (and I'm confident I speak for many Realtors), have buyers - ready, willing and able to buy without selling, buyers. As a rule, these buyers are generally highly selective. Highly selective because they don’t HAVE to move, but they want to. They want to, and they are financially qualified to do so without selling their current home. When this class of buyers wants to move (instead of having to move), they are more specific on where in town they would like to live, what they desire in a neighborhood, and overall - in a house. They are fabulous buyers once they have found that house, as they know what it is like to look - constantly, for the details of the next great listing to come on the market. Opening the daily MLS emails with a glimmer of hope that today will be the day they find it. Once they find the house, they are committed buyers. Unless they are dealing with an unreasonable seller and catastrophic home inspection issues (since there really is a solution for just about EVERYTHING), these are ideal buyers.
So, if you have thought about selling, and you just happen to fit the criteria mentioned above - do call/text or email us. Also, if you fit the criteria and are working with a Realtor to prepare your house for the market, please ask your Realtor to contact us - just so we can give our clients some hope. You’ll be so glad you did.
TOO LATE! Multiple offers the first day on the market. I kindly suggest that you read this one fast, as I don't think the house is long to last on the market. Multiple Listing Service provides Real Estate Agents/Brokers with exactly 1000 character spaces to use in the description section in MLS. This is typically a challenge, as we are attempting to convince you, in 1000 characters or less (including spaces) why you should spend six or seven figures and move into that specific house. In a previous post, “Translating Real Estate Ads” I provided my own interpretive glossary for all the abbreviations we use when describing a home. 1000 characters (and spaces) are not a lot – especially when we want to share with you all of the wonderful features about the house – so, I will use all of the characters I want, using our own internet real estate, to communicate to you why you should buy one of the homes we have on the market. We also like to use this opportunity to tell you about the intangibles, the features of the house that you wouldn't know by looking at the photos online or visiting. The stuff that you would only know if you lived there. 340 Dutton Road was worth the wait. This young handsome Colonial offers the best of both worlds - a private setting, plus the benefits of being an integral part of a traditional neighborhood -Wayside Estates. As you approach this home, you will know that you are about to experience something special. Colorful bursts of flowers, beautiful plantings, lush lawn, and mature trees are the perfect introduction to this pristine Colonial. The floor plan is ideal - two story Foyer, separate first floor Office w/built in bookshelves and cabinets, Living Room with adjacent entertainment size Dining Room, open Kitchen+fireplaced Family Room, Master Bedroom w/luxurious spa Bath, plus a "dream come true" 25' walk in closet w/built in drawers+shelves. (I actually think it's larger than Oprah's closet) Crown and dentil mouldings, chair rail and wainscot plus hardwood flrs on both first and second floor. The brick patio +backyard are perfect for entertaining all summer - level yard is ideal for a soccer game. Freshly painted w/soothing colors both inside and out. New roof installed just hours ago. Totally turnkey. Although it feels private and suburban (because it is), the location within Sudbury is fantastic - so many shortcuts to all parts of Sudbury. LESS than 1.5 miles to Curtis Middle School, APPROX 3 miles to Peter Noyes Elementary School and LESS than 5 miles to Lincoln-Sudbury Regional High School. So close (1.4 miles) to Haskell Field/Teen Center/Atkinson Pool - home of the very active and thriving Sudbury Park and Rec Department. For those of you contemplating the big move to the 'burbs from the city, take a deep breath and relax. No need for your friends in town to throw you a farewell fete. If you drive the speed limit and maybe a little faster on the highway (I'm not condoning speeding), you could be at Grill 23 or Fenway Park or The Garden in about 35-40 minutes. But, if you decided that you're now a Suburban and your friends who still have to park on the street in the rain and panic when it snows and the plows may hit their cars (from what I've read), want to check out your new digs, there are plenty of GOOD places to eat around here - 29 Sudbury in the new Sudbury Town Square, Takara, Oishii Too, Paani, Coach Grill, The Local, Orange Leaf (nothing wrong with FroYo for lunch) - just to name a few. We're a well-caffeinated community with Starbucks, Dunkin Donuts and hometown fave, Karma Coffee. You won't go into shock. And if you do, Target in Marlborough is fantastic retail therapy and only 4 miles from 340 Dutton Road. We would love to help you move within or to Sudbury - call us, or if you are already working with an agent who knows Sudbury, call him/her and make an appointment to see the house soon. You'll be so glad you did!
UPDATED! PRICE SIGNIFICANTLY REDUCED. Beyond MLS™ - Why You, Or Someone You Know Should Buy… 8 CAKEBREAD DRIVE, SUDBURY, MA
JUST REDUCED! NOW $925k - AND, the very wonderful, reasonable, and motivated Sellers have already installed NEW hardwood floors in the kitchen AND the NEW granite countertops are being installed this week! We are hosting an Open House on SUNDAY, JULY 13 from 1:30-3:30, but the house is very easy to show if you would like to do so beforehand. 8 Cakebread Drive is truly a fantastic house in one of the prime neighborhoods in Sudbury. If you are relocating from out of the area, living in the Bowker neighborhood (especially on one of the few cul-de-sac streets) will be your easiest transition into Sudbury. Multiple Listing Service provides Real Estate Agents/Brokers with exactly 1000 character spaces to use in the description section in MLS. This is typically a challenge, as we are attempting to convince you, in 1000 characters or less (including spaces) why you should spend six or seven figures and move into that specific house. In a previous post, “Translating Real Estate Ads” I provided my own interpretive glossary for all the abbreviations we use when describing a home. 1000 characters (and spaces) are not a lot – especially when we want to share with you all of the wonderful features about the house – so, I will use all of the characters I want, using our own internet real estate, to communicate to you why you should buy one of the homes we have on the market. We also like to use this opportunity to tell you about the intangibles, the features of the house that you wouldn't know by looking at the photos online or visiting. The stuff that you would only know if you lived there. From the approach, the curb appeal of 8 Cakebread Drive makes you hungry for more. With no wasted space, each room is thoughtfully appointed. Beyond the traditional colonial, 8 Cakebread Drive offers an oversized family room with access to the backyard AND a stunning "sun" room. It is not a sun room in the common definition, but a gorgeous room with walls of windows that receive the sun so beautifully, you won't ever want to leave that room. The flow of the house is free, so that you'll be able to walk from room to room without feeling compartmentalized. The garage is on the main level, so you won't have to walk up/down any stairs while schlepping groceries (several shops within a few miles), children, shopping bags, dry-cleaning etc. There is even a staircase from the garage that leads you to the bonus room on the second floor. So, if/when you forget something in the house, it's not a production to run back in. With a family of 5, the sellers added a mudroom between the kitchen and the garage, with a great pantry for all of the bulk purchases. UPDATE!!! The Sellers just told me today that they are going to be installing a HARDWOOD FLOOR in the KITCHEN! 8 Cakebread Drive is a fantastic house for parties and entertaining. Enough room for everyone without feeling like you can get lost. It's the perfect mix of well-used space. Not too big, not too small, not cookie cutter, but not eclectic. Traditional New England home in an "old-school" neighborhood. The basement has been tastefully finished and is perfect for playing pool and watching a movie. The house is homey and cozy for family dinners and game night. If you ever wanted to, you could host a slumber party for 10 kids in the bonus room, a Super Bowl party in the Family Room, enjoy some delicious take-out in the dining room and movie night in the basement all on the same night without losing your mind (not sure about the losing your mind part, but in theory, you have the space). Upstairs, 4 bedrooms PLUS an office area PLUS a bonus room. Laundry is on the 2nd floor as well. While I can go on and on about everything I love about the house, there is no one better qualified to tell you how great it is to live at 8 Cakebread Drive than the owners themselves. As important it is to consider the house, the neighborhood is where you will live - please take a moment to read the owner's words about living at 8 Cakebread Drive. "The house itself has been great for our family of 5. It has ample room for the kids to play, for entertaining friends, gathering with extended family for holidays, and even offers plenty of spots to escape for quiet time to read a book or get work done. Our kids have homework space, playspace on two levels, and even a more “grown-up” recreation room in the basement they are now starting to take advantage of. They also enjoy the yard year-round for everything from having friends over for warm-weather playdates and parties to playing in the snow in the winter. They especially like when we chose not to plow part of the circular driveway this past winter, which became a popular neighborhood sledding hill. We could not have asked for a better neighborhood either. Every house on our street and around every corner is filled with kids of every age making for lots of spontaneous playtime outdoors and providing lots of great babysitter options. Just between the 4 houses on Cakebread Drive, there are 11 kids. The area always has something going on for families. On any given weekend in the summer, you will find lemonade stands, kids and adults riding bikes, and folks out gardening. We are also lucky enough to have a wonderful neighborhood pool where many families gather on hot summer days to enjoy swimming and tennis lessons and fun day and evening social events. In the fall, parent volunteers organize the Bowker Neighborhood Halloween Parade that is led all around the neighborhood by a local fire truck. At the end of the route, kids all decked-out in their costumes enjoy donuts and apple cider. As you probably have noticed, North Sudbury, in particular, has many beautiful homes on lovely stone-wall-lined streets. While there is no traffic or noise, you are still close to Maynard, Concord, and Acton which all offer great restaurants and shopping. Commuting down Route 117 is also a great way to avoid the traffic on Route 20 during rush hour. It’s also great to live on a cul-de-sac with a footpath that connects us to the other neighborhood behind us, so there are plenty of walkers, runners, and bicyclists but no car traffic. The neighborhood elementary school is Josiah Haynes. It’s a small, warm, community-based school that has been great for our kids. The teachers are wonderful and the many parent-run events are always a hit. From Bingo Night to Science Fair, the kids are always having fun and learning. Sudbury, and especially our neighborhood, is an ideal setting for a family looking for a tight-knit community as well as a convenient location. We will miss it!" Hungry for more Cakebread? Call us today (617-320-8150 or 508-277-6956).
This post is short and very sweet - I am very excited to tell you that of all the 301 Towns and 50 Cities in Massachusetts, our fabulous Sudbury was ranked #1 as the "Safest Place in Massachusetts" by Movoto, a Real Estate website (not ours). Wayland is very close at #9, and Weston, #2. Click here for the list. Need more reasons to move to Sudbury? Call us!
Now that "Blue Monday" is almost so-last-week, and any far-fetched resolution one may have dreamt (i.e., making school lunches the night before school) lasted maybe, a day, it's time to prepare for, and create, the reality that is 2014. For so many of you who have thought about moving, THIS is your year. I likely said it to you last year (and the years prior), but if you weren't feeling it, then it certainly didn't resonate with you and you likely didn't get past the first sentence. Like so many other really big resolutions, it takes motivation and the desire to make a change - whatever that change may be. If you have never sold a house before, I am thrilled to tell you that it is not as daunting as you may think. If you have never bought a house before, I am so very excited for you to become a homeowner in 2014. If you have done both, but not in a while, or even if you did within the last few years and now life changes are initiating the need to move - it is not as intimidating as you think. Now that the holiday decorations are neatly put away (or will be this weekend), and the kids are finally back in school, and 2014 is in its 2nd week, it is a very good time to start focusing on your house - the one you have and want to sell, and/or, the one you want to buy. This isn't the polar plunge - we'll guide you through the process, one step at a time. BUYERS: For those of you thinking of moving to Sudbury, Wayland, Weston, Natick or one of the 7 other towns that border Sudbury (Framingham, Stow, Acton, Hudson, Maynard, Concord, Marlboro) - there are so many wonderful reasons to live here. There are also so many fabulous reasons to start your search now. Interest rates are still low, and generally, sellers who have had their homes on the market throughout the winter are ready to sell. While inventory remains low, we are already seeing an increase compared to this time last year. The 2014 inventory will be healthier than that during 2013. The first step is to call us/the Daniels Team (Gabrielle 617.320.8150 or Carole 508.277.6956) so that we may discuss your search and make you comfortable with the process – our process. With over forty years combined experience, an intimate, personal knowledge of Sudbury and the surrounding communities, and a commitment to make our clients’ lives as easy as possible every step of the way, you’ll find our approach different – and better for you – than anyone else you may consider working with. For instance, if you need to sell before you buy, we are experts at quarterbacking the entire transaction. We have longstanding relationships with the best of the best professionals to ensure a seamless move (mortgage brokers, movers, inspectors, attorneys, insurance agents, contractors, etc.) and will make sure that your move is as enjoyable and comfortable as possible. Not to be underrated is our involvement and connections within the community, that will only help you, and your family, get acclimated in a short period of time. SELLERS: For those of you thinking about selling your Sudbury, Wayland, Weston, Concord, Stow, Acton, Hudson, Framingham, Natick, Maynard, Marlboro, home - this is a great time to do so. If you are not in Sudbury or Wayland or one of our bordering towns and interested in selling your house, we will refer you to one of our colleagues in your market. It is in your best interest to work with an agent who call SELL your house, which means, among other things, being able to sell your town/community. The first step is to call us so that we may meet with you, see your house and prepare a market analysis so that you have the information necessary to make an informed decision. By the way - a Market Analysis is/should always be complimentary. Please don't be fooled by postcards/emails that offer you anything for a "complimentary market analysis" - it is part of our job. SELL then BUY, or BUY then SELL? There is no standard answer - it depends on your personal financial picture. We will help you through this decision making process. Oftentimes, you may not have a choice. We will be happy to discuss your situation in detail. The first step is to call/text or email us, and that, is a resolution you can absolutely keep. We aren't here to convince you to move, but we will arm you with all of the information you will need to make the decision that is right for you. We look forward to working with you in 2014!