This Spring has been full of surprises, hasn't it? I never could have forecasted what was ahead for us in 2020, but I'm optimistic. Here are the Q1, January through March, Single-Family homes, courtesy of MLSPIN.
1st Qtr - Southborough
Currently For Sale: 37
Sold in Q1: 12
Avg. Liv. Area SqFt: 3893.17
Avg. List $: $869,725
Avg. DOM: 71.58
Avg. Sale $: $810,083
Avg. Sale $/SqFt: $243
List to Sale Price: 93%
1st Qtr - Hopkinton
Currently For Sale: 39
Sold in Q1: 43
Avg. Liv. Area SqFt: 2944.16
Avg. List $: $690,506
Avg. DOM: 77.91
Avg. Sale $: $673,856
Avg. Sale $/SqFt: $245
List to Sale Price: 97.5%
1st Qtr - Framingham
Currently For Sale: 33
Sold in Q1: 88
Avg. Liv. Area SqFt: 2136.23
Avg. List $: $514,406 *
Avg. DOM: 56.57
Avg. Sale $: $505,926
Avg. Sale $/SqFt: $249
List to Sale Price: 98%
* 1 Auction listing(s) are not included in this total
1st Qtr - Westborough
Currently For Sale: 30
Sold in Q1: 28
Avg. Liv. Area SqFt: 2598.36
Avg. List $: $591,077
Avg. List $/SqFt: $233
Avg. DOM: 111.64
Avg. Sale $: $573,375
Avg. Sale $/SqFt: $226
List to Sale Price: 97%
1st Qtr - Ashland
Currently For Sale: 8
Sold in Q1: 21
Avg. Liv. Area SqFt: 1897.95
Avg. List $: $469,090
Avg. List $/SqFt: $265
Avg. DOM: 26.9
Avg. DTO: 20.81
Avg. Sale $:$472,352
Avg. Sale $/SqFt: $266
List to Sale Price: 101%
Happy New Year!
It's still hard for me to believe that the last decade is over and we've entered the Roaring '20s! While 2019 carried some economic uncertainty with fears of recession and trade wars, those concerns seem to be behind us, and I am optimistic of what this new year will bring.
This year was special in so many ways, and I was honored to be just a small part of my clients major life events.
~ I was able to help clients step into their "forever" home.
~ I was able to find the perfect buyers for the home that my sellers built and where they raised their family.
~ I helped my friend's parents settle into a condo that fulfilled all of their needs.
~ I worked with seller clients in California and France, and with buyer clients in Pennsylvania, and North Carolina.
~ I represented clients on the purchase of their second home in Cape Cod, and referred clients to a trusted colleague to help them purchase a New Hampshire Lake House.
~ I was able to reconnect with past clients as they referred me to sisters, parents, and friends who needed to list their property for sale for a variety of unique, and in some cases life changing, reasons.
For your trust and support, I am so grateful.
What will stay and what will go in home design trends in 2018? According to Zillow, homeowners will be choosing more colorful cabinets and steering away from the tried and true all-white look. Zillow also reports that homes with blue kitchens sell for $1,800 more that homes with white kitchens. They say other trends to look out for are warm wood neutrals and light wood cabinets, floral prints, and statement floors will also be popular.
Read all about it here: /www.zillow.com/blog/2018-design-trends-223635/
Amber Lewis of the California based interior design firm and blog Amber Interiors offers her forecast for kitchen design in 2018. High on her list is integrated kitchen sinks (be still my heart) and white brick backsplash.
Read the post: amberinteriordesign.com/2018-forecast-kitchen-design/
Houzz editor and writer Mitchell Parker gave The Washington Post his top 10 home-design-trend predictions for the new year. On Houzz's list are rich color and textures throughout the house like tobacco and caramel, vintage lighting, trough or bucket sinks in bathrooms, and calm, casual modern bedrooms.
Read the article here: www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/home
The real shocker for me came from Amber Interiors who predicted a trend towards non-open floor plans! This is great news for those of us who live in older or antique homes offering many little cozy rooms, however I'm still hearing open floor plans on most client's wish lists. Only time will tell if her prediction catches on.
Thanks for reading!
There are a number of realtors out there, but opportunities like this Q&A in Hopkinton Living allow people to get to know us on a personal level before they begin working with a realtor. Check out the Q&A featuring two of my colleagues and me!
I have just listed 4 Fairview Drive in Southborough, MA for $399,000. I keep thinking that this home offers so much for so many different home buyers. Maybe it's a first-time-homebuyer, or someone looking to downsize? This home might work for someone who is looking for one-floor living and accessibility because most of the doors in this home are 36" wide making it handicap accessible. At this price, it also makes sense as an alternative to a condo for someone who values privacy and land. Personally, I loved living in a ranch when my twins were babies and toddlers. I never worried about stairs or had to mess with baby gates!
Stroll up tree-lined Fairview Drive, or enjoy ride bikes around the neighborhood. When you turn off Route 9, you'll travel down a wooded country road, and then turn on to Fairview Drive. Just down Parkerville Road, you'll reach the Mary Finn School which houses grades Pre-K to First, ball fields, and a playground. Travel down Parkerville Road even further, take a left onto Southville Road, and you will reach the MBTA Commuter Rail Station. Schools, shopping, recreation, and commuting options are so accessible!
This home has been updated in so many ways and is ready for its next owner. Learn more about 4 Fairview Drive at www.4FairviewDr.com or join me for an Open House on Sunday, August 13th from 12-2pm.
My fantastic buyer clients just purchased this timeless home in Southborough. They came to me in search of an antique home, and were primarily looking in three towns. They narrowed down there search to the sleepy small town of Southborough, and fell in love with this pretty yellow reproduction. It checked all of their boxes and even offered a swimming pool, a real bonus!
You might have heard that the real estate story of the year is low inventory, which is great if you are a seller but not ideal if you're a buyer. It means that there just aren't enough homes for sale to accommodate all the buyers, and often results in over asking price multiple offers, and leaves many buyers locked out of the American Dream.
Thankfully my clients were well-qualified buyers, and we were able to write an excellent offer that practically guaranteed this charmer would be theirs. Telling my clients their offer has been accepted and then congratulating them on their new home will never get old. I love what I do!
Maria Romero Vagnini
I am a Realtor with Mathieu Newton Sotheby's International Realty, working with buyers and sellers in suburban Boston's Metrowest communities.