The Daniels and O’Keefe Team's Blog
And if Fiddler on the Roof was about Real Estate, the song would probably be something more like "look through your town and find me the perfect home." Happy "Spring" Market, Massachusetts. Known not for the weather, the Spring market is mainly due to the perfect timing to sell, buy and move before the end of the school year or during the summer. That being said - we have several buyers ready to buy, and flexible with their respective timelines. As with most Sudbury residents moving within the town, they are selective and know exactly where they want to move. If your home fits any of the the descriptions below - I implore to please contact us. The buyers (different families) are financially pre-approved to purchase without selling and are very flexible with their timing. Your home is in the BOWKER NEIGHBORHOOD (Including - Ford Rd., Witherell Dr., Cakebread Dr., Darvell Dr., Belcher Dr., Munnings Dr., Buckmaster Dr., Longfellow Rd., Chanticleer Rd., Suffolk Rd., Harvard, Taintor Dr., Ironworks Rd., Saunders Rd.) OR Your home is in the NIXON SCHOOL DISTRICT and includes at least 4200+ sq ft., 4 bedrooms, 4+ baths, 3+ garage, in a neighborhood (not a country road), is somewhat private, updated (in the last 5-7 years), well maintained, great yard, assessed over $1m. OR Your home is in SOUTH SUDBURY, off of Raymond Road (Including Warren Rd, Lands End Ln, Robert Frost Rd., Rambling Rd, Cider Mill Rd, Lombard Ln.) I'll continue to update when we have buyers with specific criteria. Thank you in advance for sharing amongst your Bowker neighborhood friends, Nixon School friends and South Sudbury friends. The Daniels Team: Carole Daniels: 508-277-6956 Gabrielle Henken: 617-320-8150 Berkeley O'Keefe: 617-877-7717
Last week, on October 26th, Eversource held a meeting at Lincoln-Sudbury to discuss and answer questions about their proposed "plan" for a Hudson to Sudbury power line that will negatively impact much of our beautiful town, for absolutely zero benefit to Sudbury. For more information on the horrible plan - click here. However, it was pretty clear to the almost 900 Sudbury residents in attendance that the Eversource representatives were there to listen to the questions, and give canned and scripted responses. Carole Daniels has been representing Protect Sudbury by speaking about the detrimental impact of the Eversource plan on Sudbury Real Estate at Open Houses, Chamber of Commerce meetings, community meetings, and at Sudbury Public School and L-S school committee meetings. Having studied the plan, researched ad naseum the impact of Real Estate in other cities and towns that have lost the fight, and professionally experienced the effects it is already having on Sudbury, Carole is truly the expert. At the meeting last week, Carole posed one of the biggest concerns of Sudbury residents to Eversource. Click here for the video. "Are Eversource and its representatives aware of the financial and personal impact and hardship that this proposal has already imposed on the residents in the town of Sudbury? There are two primary reasons why people move to Sudbury and why people who live in Sudbury do not want to leave, in addition to the percentage of Lincoln-Sudbury High School grads who return to this town to raise their families is exceptionally high. The first reason is the look and feel of the town, the abundance of the trees, the country roads, conservation land and protected open spaces and the historic significance and charm. The Eversource proposal will turn this town into an industrial wasteland. The second reason is the reputation of the schools. There is a direct correlation between the excellence in the schools and the real estate values. The reverse is also true. As Real Estate values drop, the assessments and tax revenues will drop, the depreciation and tax revenues will effect the dollars going into the school budget. When the schools are impacted, the Real Estate values will decrease...." She continued to talk about real instances that have occurred in Sudbury over the past 6 months.
Eversource set up the format for the meeting. All of the questions were asked and at the end, specialists in each department of Eversource gave stock answers in categories such as, health risk from transmission lines, real estate values etc. The individual questions were not answered, but rather a generic response was given. With regard to the designated Eversource Real Estate specialist, she started out by making a statement that, according to studies on the effect of transmission lines and property values, the studies show that there is no real impact to property values. And whatever impact there is, lessens over time. The audience was so upset and residents could not stay quiet - the rep from Eversource never finished her pre planned response and left the stage. She left the building shortly thereafter.To watch the entire meeting, click here. Regardless of whether you are an abutter to the proposed path, or you don't think this concerns you, Sudbury can not afford for you NOT to get involved. Talk, write, donate - there is plenty to do to help fight the fight. To learn more and become involved, click here. To contact Eversource Investor Relations, click here. Thank you.
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.
In an attempt to not bury the lead, the purpose of this post is to announce that we (Carole and I, the Daniels Team) have committed to donating a portion of our proceeds from our Sudbury Real Estate Transactions to Protect Sudbury, LLC. If you care to understand why, please, read on. We say it, we write it, we tweet it and we proudly repeat it - we truly love Sudbury. It's not a new love, rather, one that goes back over 40 years since we moved to Sudbury. Carole (Mom, for those of you whom we have not yet met) and my Dad moved our family to Sudbury in 1974. My three sisters and I grew up in Sudbury, went to school in Sudbury, and for me, after graduating from Lincoln-Sudbury and then having spent over 15 years living in Washington DC, Atlanta, Portland, OR, Tokyo, and Connecticut, moved back to Sudbury to raise my daughters in the town I am proud to call home. So yes, we are defensive. Carole has been selling Real Estate in Sudbury for 30something years, and we are celebrating our 13th year as the Daniels Team. We have lived here long enough to have seen plenty 'o change to the town. Atkinson Pool & Fairbank Community Center will always be Fairbank Elementary School to me, because that is what it was. Our Coldwell Banker office still smells a little like Pizza A La Pietra, Verizon is still Post Road Apothecary, and of course, Rossini's will always be Marrone's Bakery (it was the best). TD Bank will be the miniature golf course, Wingate should still be Sudbury Bowladrome, I could go on. Thank you, to Sudbury Pizza Place for being such a loyal townie, and of course, to Mrs. A-B for never leaving Peter Noyes Elementary School. My sisters (and my daughter) still love receiving your birthday cards. Don't get me wrong - change can be, and has been, very good. While I wax nostalgic now, I can remember the constant whine "there is NOTHING to do in this town..." that would echo through the open land, hardly congested Route 20 and old-school neighborhoods. But as a parent, and homeowner, in the Sudbury that barely resembles the Sudbury of the 70s & 80s, I can't even stand to consider what our beautiful town will look like if Eversource is successful in their "plan" to rip our town apart. (That's not the name of the plan, but it may as well be). Loving Sudbury makes it very easy to sell Sudbury. Whether we represent a seller or a buyer, we're selling Sudbury. We sell a lifestyle, a community and a house. We're passionate about what we do, and the greatest pleasure we derive from selling Real Estate in Sudbury is hearing from the hundreds of people with whom we have worked with about how much they love their homes/neighborhoods/friends and of course, the town of Sudbury. As a town, we are so fortunate to have the Protect Sudbury, LLC group, a group who is voluntarily assuming the responsibility of educating Sudbury, loudly (and effectively) communicating with the State of Massachusetts, and have gone as far as hiring an Attorney to effectively fight for Sudbury. The Town of Sudbury also has legal representation, and the Attorneys will work together. This is going to be a long, and expensive fight. If you would like to know more about Protect Sudbury, the Eversource plan and how to donate (no amount is too small), click here.
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 fewer (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. I would typically write about all of the great things I appreciate about this house, but after receiving the Seller's thoughts, I realized I couldn't do justice to what she wrote. It just goes to show, once again, that the house you buy is not just a building - it is a place you will call home. It is where memories are made and friendships will grow. It is not about the color of the wallpaper, but the use of the room. I hope you enjoy reading about 388 Willis Road and of course, please call/text or email to schedule an appointment to see this home. "We found this house in 1976 after looking at dozens of houses in more than twenty towns, on a lightning weekend trip from New York, where we lived before. Something about it spoke of "home" to me. I remember being moved as I looked out the car's back window as we drove away. In fact, we were driving back to NY in a near blizzard and had to stop in a real flea-bitten joint for the night. The next morning, we turned around in southern CT and went back to put in an offer. It still says home to me. Our favorite view of the house is of the varied dormers seen from the back though it is quintessential New England from every angle. The most important bonding happened as we sat in the southerly facing kitchen, watching a February sunset. That seat at the end of the kitchen table became my favorite roost. Though my husband was a busy lawyer, he always came home for dinner with our two kids. There was so much humor around that table. He actually made much of the furniture, again reproduction style. Christmas became the star moment for the kitchen. We always imported our cousins for that holiday and hung the stockings in the kitchen, oldest first while Revels records served as the sound track. Our Christmas tree was always big and fat and often spanned the two front windows of the living room. Part of the ritual was for guests to check out the tree to see if we'd done it yet again. For Christmas dinner, five more families joined us and we had tables end to end for the long length of the kitchen -- for decades. Only when marriages took our regulars to new relations did the custom begin to change., Everyone brought part of the meal and we did a turkey. There is an extra electric convection oven in the kitchen to accommodate those big meals. We did festoon the house very simply, a lot like the Wayside Inn. I was a prime mover in getting a walkway for Mossman Road, making two presentations at town meetings. It gives me profound joy to see it so well used all these years later. My kids and the neighbors rode their bikes to the Greenwood Club right down the street where they spent most summer days. We all knew one another and met up at swim meets. The kids were always outside in those days, and so was I. Although we had the bones of the property laid out by our neighbor Ron Boucher, a landscape architect, I myself spent countless hours planting. I think the mature shrubs that I started by cuttings will be hard to leave. Haynes School was a warm community then and I think that continues. (Yes, it does) We put a room over the garage for me to have an art studio. Eventually, it became the TV room and I painted in my favorite room, the kitchen. The porch,made this my dream house. We used that room almost year round. I had a serious illness for several years and the porch was my refuge, even in February one year. It was a coup to put the laundry on the second floor, saving so much schlepping. Also, there is a nice cedar closet in the attic. One thing I love about our dining room: the same exact chairs, wallpaper and drapes were used in a scene in a Hugh Grant movie called Notting Hill. We felt our decorating was validated. 388 Willis Road is a 4 bedroom, 3 bath New England Colonial situated on one of Sudbury's most beautiful country roads. Tall trees, mature plantings and expansive lawn frame the portrait for this Colonial Reproduction. As you will have read above, the heart of this home is the country kitchen with its breakfast bar and spacious dining area open to the warm fireplaced Family Room. The fireplaced Living Room and formal Dining Room are ideal for entertaining and holiday gatherings. The unique and appealing floor plan offers areas that present a wonderful surprise.There is a separate first floor office, generous size Mud Room with a second staircase to the cathedral ceiling, skylit Bonus Room, and cathedral ceiling enclosed Porch with wide pine floors and sliding glass doors to the gorgeous level backyard. The Master Bedroom has two closets (including a walk in closet) and Bath. If summer ever arrives, you'll enjoy your central air conditioning. If you're not in the market to buy, please do your friends a favor and share 388 Willis Road with them. You'll love visiting!