Welcome to Needham, a popular suburb of Boston alive with continuous growth. Great schools and a strong sense of community keep this local town among the area’s most desirable places to live. As more buyers flock to purchase homes, we’d like to invite you on a virtual tour of this charming town.
We are so grateful to have had the opportunity to participate in this year's local Relay for Life. With help from our friends, family, clients, and community, we were able to raise over $9,500 for the American Cancer Society. Watch the video above to see more fun from the event!
Starting a partnership with your real estate agent can often elicit similar emotions evoked by a romantic relationship. It starts out exciting; the beginning moments full of anticipation of the life changing events still to come. As some romantic interactions can go, however, n
Whether you’re looking for inspiration for a revamp of your own home’s design, or just like drooling over the swoon-worthy rooms, these Instagram accounts are sure to please with their flawless style and impeccable taste. Follow one or follow them all!
You might be diligent about locking your doors, but dangers can lurk inside the home as well. House fires impact hundreds of homeowners each year so it is important to have a safety plan for your family in case of an emergency. In addition, there are many steps that can be taken
With a so many buyers searching for their perfect home, it is supremely important that any home for sale is marketed properly to ensure success for the seller. At Dwell360 Real Estate, we reach above and beyond normal measures to ensure our listings reach every possible buyer.
Our most recent listing was a set of Newton, Massachusetts condos. Two Philadelphia style units, each newly renovated real estate, were a gorgeous setting for two videos that helped showcase the prope
When you’re thinking of buying or selling a home, one of the most important decisions you’ll make is choosing the agent who will represent your interests. As in any other profession, there are many misconceptions about real estate agents. We wanted to set the record straight and clear up
Videos are the future of marketing, especially in real estate, and we are constantly striving to stay at the forefront of innovation to best serve our clientele. By leveraging video and social media, Dwell360 is reaching a wider audience than ever before.
For a recently listed property in Charlestown, John Lynch broadcasted live from the Bunker Hill Monument and inside the property to give viewers an exclusive look at the property before it went to market.
Have you ever wanted an oasis next to the beach or a cabin in the mountains? You’re not alone; many people have or desire to own a second home. For whatever the use, a second home can be a sound investment.
Dogs love to get outside and play especially in nice weather, but not all of us have yards or space for Fido and friends to run. Here we’ve assembled a list of Boston and surrounding areas’ best dog parks, perfect for walk or tossing a frisbee.
Newtonville is set to receive some substantial upgrades. Two major development projects are due to be introduced to the area, starting with sizeable plans for Austin Street.
28 Austin Street
The same street where Dwell360 is located, many know Austin Street as the turn you make to get to the Star Market over the Mass Pike. By Summer of 2018, however, the landscape of Austin Street will have changed significantly. Ap
With thoughts of chill and snow vanishing in the distance, our minds turn to warm weather and what the outdoors have to offer in springtime. As such, the season makes for the perfect time to spruce up the yard. Below find our list of great local places for you to pick up anything your yard might need. New to gardening? Check out our list of 10 Easy Plants to Increase Your Curb Appeal.
Spring is here, and with it comes many events throughout Boston and surrounding areas. Whether you’re looking for an evening of music or to sample local cuisine, the list of April events below presents a bounty of opportunity to engage citizens of any age.
During the summer, warm weather makes it easy to make plans or find things to do. Colder temperatures certainly make our avoidance of boredom more difficult. Rest assured, Dwell360 is here to help! Browse our
Let’s continue with our series by touching on a few more house styles!
The term ‘Tudor’ is mildly historically inaccurate; one might assume that it refers to the typical buildings found during the Tudor Dynasty in 1500s England. In reality, Tudor house style is in reference to the tudor revival or medieval revival structures popular in the United States. The term is certainly more broad than other h
It’s no news that homes exist in many shapes and sizes. The varying features can help categorize properties into existing styles that help differentiate one from another. Each style has their own notable highlights as well as things that may attract or deter prospective buyers.
Said to be one of the most popular home styles in the United States, the Colonial home first came to existence around the 1700s. Colonists emigrating fr
With winter snowfalls just around the corner, we can’t help but remember the power packed storms that rolled through Massachusetts last year. To avoid damage to your home this year, be prepared for one of winter’s major hazards: ice dams. The icicles hanging off the sides of your home may be pretty, but they could spell out disaster.
With the holiday season nearly upon us, we turn our thoughts to those less fortunate and what we can do to make a difference. Dwell360 is happy to announce that again this year we will be collecting food, toiletries, and monetary donations to benefit the Newton Food Pantry.&nbs
With the crisp air of winter settling in, the temperature of the home becomes of more concern to homeowners. Thermostats will be turned up, heavy blankets taken out of storage, and firewood lit. In order to ensure safety when snuggled up indoors this winter, special attention should be paid to the chimney and fireplace to prepare for the cold season.
Being a homeowner is a worthy investment of money, time, and energy. Crafting a house into becoming a home can be such a rewarding task. This isn’t to say, however, that there are no bumps along the way. Among many challenges, pests like termites can be an issue. Knowing about what they are and the potential for harm they cause can be the first step in eliminating problems hopefully before they even begin.
For Sale by Owner (FSBO) transactions certainly seem appealing; it can appear that it is easier to sell without help and that you can maximize your profit by not having to pay an agent’s commission. The truth is, in fact, the opposite.
You Net More Money When Using an Agent: A recent study of the 2014 Real Estate Market by the National Association of REALTORS® show that a typical house sold by a homeowner s
It may be overwhelming to think of installing a solar energy system in your home, but rest assured that Massachusetts as well as federal credits, incentives, and financing options are available to help homeown
As time goes on, more and more people are becoming concerned with earth conservation and renewable energy. Sometimes it may seem overwhelming; what difference can one person or home make? Truth be told, the impact may be larger than you think.
In order to determine lead levels, the home in question should be professionally tested by a licensed inspector. As there are many ways to be exposed to lead, there are varying methods with which to test.
Spring is here so you may already be thinking about what plants will best highlight your home and enhance its curb appeal. In New England, we’re very lucky to have a bounty of flowers and shrubbery that flourish in northern soil. We’ve picked out ten easy to maintain plants that would make any garden shine.
Mayor Setti Warren announced that the city of Newton has recently signed a letter of intent to purchase the former Aquinas College property on Jackson Street, subject to approval and a vote to fund the purchase from the Board of Aldermen. With the Angier School Project set to be completed in December and Zervas and Cabot not far behind with renovations, this purchase is the key to relieving overcrowding and other issues at several local elementary schools.
You’re in the final stages of the home inspection process! With most inspections, this is the time where negotiations begin. No home is perfect, so there are bound to be issues that turned up during a hom
By now you have chosen your inspector and scheduled a time for them to come examine your home or the one you're considering purchasing. When the inspection begins, what should you do?
While not required, we always recommend that the buyer be present during a home inspection. This allows you to observe the inspector, ask direct questions, and fully understand the condition of the property being purchased. Furthermore, it is important to have knowledge of the home&rsq
Congratulations! If you’re preparing for a home inspection, you’re on your way owning a new home.This is a crucial part of the home buying and selling process, so it is important to be well informed and know what to expect.
Dwell360 is pleased to present this article, expertly written by our friends Michele Adrian, AIA, LEED Green Associate, and Leonardi Aray, AIA, NCARB of Leonardi Aray Architects in Cambridge, MA.
Earlier this year Leonardi Aray Architects (LAA) met with Dwell360's team. We are very grateful for such a productive conversation. We learned more about their clients as well as Dwell360's current, real-life e
Radon is a serious issue plaguing homeowners. If an overwhelming presence of this element takes hold of a home, it can put the residents at risk for issues such as lung cancer. Finding radon and limiting exposur
Radon. At first thought, one might imagine an evil villain from an after school special. This name however bears no such identity, though it can be considered the secret villain hiding in an unsuspecting homeowner’s abode.
When we think of hunger, it’s natural that our minds often imagine tattered third world children with huge eyes like those portrayed in relief organization commercials. Some might not even consider that hunger lies right in our own neighborhoods, affecting children, a
After reading our Mass Save Series Parts I and II as well the informational infographic, it is clear that taking advantage of the offerings by the Mass Save program is a good choice. Not only will your home become more energy efficient, but you’ll end up saving money on your bills because of the changes made.
Last week we introduced you to the Mass Save home energy efficiency program and the potential savings for homeowners like you. To give an idea of what a Mass Save experience could be like, we consulted with two homeowners near and dear to the Dwell360 family who have made upgrades made to their homes through this program.
Alerica Aylward, a resident of West Roxbury and the Director of Operations of Dwell360, recently made renovations to her home using Mass Save:
Check out Dwell360's infographic below for tips on how to save energy all year long. Improving your home's energy efficiency is helpful not only to the environment, but also to your bottom line! To view larger, click here.
How your home uses and distributes energy can have a substantial effect on what your bills look like. What if you knew you were not only paying too much, but that there was a low cost way to ensure a future of savings?
You’ve chosen a moving company using our helpful tips in Part I of our series, and you’ve packed up your belongings using the organization system in Part II. After much anticipation, moving day has arrived! It is finally time to bring everything to your new home. As much as your mind may be scattered, there will be some
You’ve now chosen a moving company to assist with the big move to your new home using everything you learned in our Moving Series Part I: Hiring a Mover. With moving day approaching, there are still a few things to consider. Will you need storage for the move? What sort of packing system is best? On the day of the move, will there be any special considerations for parking? It all can be overwhelming, b
Making a successful move to your new home is reliant on the mover hired to get you there. With so many aspects to consider, it can sometimes be difficult to decide which one is best, or even how to approach choosing. By breaking everything down, further examination of an individual company doesn’t have to be overwhelming.
First, you’ll need to establish your individual needs.
We’ve all seen the bumper sticker; “No Farms, No Food”. A four word saying whose importance is often understated and mildly ignored, it could not be farther from the truth. While what you see in a grocery store is often imported from foreign countries with strong agriculture, it
What should I look for when determining if I have a mold problem?
Testing for mold is not recommending, especially when evidence of growth is apparently present. There are, however, many signs of mold infestation to look for when determining if mold is a problem in your environment.
Pay attention to yourself! One of the first signs of mold could be health related symptoms before you even visibly locate the
Mold isn’t just white fuzzies growing on old bread in the cupboard; it can be a serious and damaging problem for homeowners. Being aware of what it is and what adverse effects it can have on one’s health is important. Read on to find out more!
What is mold?
Mold is a type of fungus that grows naturally in the environment thriving on moisture and nutrients. Mold spores, similar to microscopic seeds, can be found anywhere suitable l
The mere mention of termites can strike fear into the hearts of homeowners. Most people know that termite infestation can cause severe damage to a home's structure. It can also cost thousands of dollars to eliminate the pests and repair any damage, requiring application of topical poisons that can be unpleasant as well as worrisome.
Termites thrive in warm, moist climates; they exist in all states of the country, except maybe Alaska! Worldwide, termites
As homeowners, we often find ourselves fully aware of the things going on around us, particularly in our own neighborhoods. We see the moving vans, service trucks, and even the utility repair crew as they move about among the neighboring houses. Despite this awareness, it can be very surprising to learn that most homes suffering from termite infestations have owners with no idea that a problem exists.
Prior to the widespread availability of central air conditioning, previous generations of homeowners learned to employ some simple strategies to keep as cool as possible during the long, hot, humid days of summer. Now that we have all become more energy-conscious, reviewing some of those ideas can be beneficial.
Make Changes on the Home Front
Here are a handful of simple things you can do at home to ensure more comfort this summer:
Whether retirement has arrived or the children have moved out to leave you with an empty nest, you may be considering downsizing your home. Frequently, life events lead to the decision to relocate to a smaller home. Some people choose this option to simplify life or reduce yard work. Whatever your reason for considering the move, answering some questions first will help you come to the right conclusion for you.
Most homeowners enjoy the challenge of doing some of their own home maintenance and repair work. In fact, the DIY method can be a great way to save money on home repair bills while getting some exercise and developing your skill set. Projects like painting, landscaping, refinishing floors, and woodwork are well suited for the do-it-yourselfer, exuding significant savings for the sore muscles and splinters received along the way.
Some projects, however, have no tolerance for mista
Many adults find buying a home to be exciting and stressful. With the long checklists of tasks to accomplish, how to minimize the impact of the move on kids and pets may be way down on that list. However, following a few helpful tips will ensure a successful move with them.
Moving with Kids
1. Tell your children about the move early in the process. As soon as the decision has been finalized, conduct a family meet
Making money from a rental property seems like a quick and easy investment—but it’s about far more than putting down an investment and waiting for the money to roll in. If you own a home, you already know that home ownership involves maintenance, time, and personal energy.
Consider these factors before you add another home (or homes) to your list of responsibilities:
Property Management: You, your tenant, or a third-party property
The last of the golden red leaves are falling off tree branches and mornings welcome cooler air where you can see your breath with each exhale. As you walk into your home, you want to make sure it is warm and cozy, ready to keep you and your family comfortable as winter fast approaches.
When looking at selling your home, you'll want to increase its value. One way to do this is by creating more livable space, if possible, such as by finishing the basement. But do finished basements inc
Buying and selling real estate may not be as simple as some may believe. Most people should hire a real estate attorney to handle to a realty transaction from offer to closing. Contracts need to be written
As the weather gets cold, home owners often find it difficult to keep their homes looking as beautiful as they do in the spring and summer. Particularly if you are trying to sell your home during the winter, it is important to make your home stand out. Here are five simple ideas to keep your home looking warm and inviting throughout the cold winter months.
Saving on Winter Heating Costs with Proper Insulation
Insulating your home is something you know you should do, but is often overlooked in favor of more visible upgrades to your home. In fact, most homeowners do not remember the insulation until there is a problem or issue. Your home should have all insulation points checked, replaced, and maintained each season to save energy and lower costs. In order to reduce your heating costs, consider up
CNBC published a report today ranking the most expensive and most affordable real estate markets in the country, and three of our local towns topped the list.
Weston, Massachusetts ranks #9 with homes listing for an average of $1,229,000. Wellesley comes in at #16 with an average list price of $1,079,600. And at an average price of $912,745, Newton rounds out the top 25.
It should come as no surprise that California clai
Many families choose the town they call home by starting with one key factor: the school district. But everyone has different priorities when it comes to choosing the best school for their children, and tracking down all of the data on different districts can be exhausting.
White walls, basic carpet, run of the mill appliances—this is the story of most rental properties. When it comes to living in one, you’ll have to make the most of the situation you are presented with. There is no rule that says you need to put your household personality on hold until you purchase a home of your own. By finding ways to express yourself in temporary formats you can have a lot of
Foreclosure rates are at an all-time high—and as a result, more sellers are looking to short sales as a way to avoid the impacts of foreclosures. Short sales can have both pros and cons for buyers and sellers. Here’s how it works and how to make the most of it.
What Is a Short Sale?
Short sales are now quite common in parts of the country where significant drops in home values have made it difficult to sell a home. In a short sale situation
The lease is just about up and it is time to make that yearly decision once again. Is it time to purchase a home, or are you content signing a lease for one more year. This is a pretty big question to face, and it is one that requires quite a bit of serious deliberation by all parties involved before a final verdict is reached.
Vacation homes are a growing source of real estate activity. Vacation home sales rose by 10 percent in 2012, while the number of homes sold to investors fell. That's according to the National Association of Realtors' 2013 Investment and Vacation Home Buyers Review published in April of 2013. The publication tracks trends for both new and existing homes that enter the vacation and investors' mar
1. Kitchen. A kitchen remodel will get a higher return on your investment than any other remodel item. Your kitchen upgrades could consist of a few quick fixes like resurfacing the countertops and cabinets, replacing the faucet or light fixtures, or you may want to consider a complete remodel. However, many experts recommend that you should not spend more than 10% of the value of your home on a kitchen renovation.
Why worry about radon? In our two-part blog series on radon exposure in the home, we’re covering this sneaky gas—what it is, and why it matters. Last time Radon 101 for the Homeowner | Part 1 we covered the basics on radon’s chemical makeup and health risks. This time, we’ll turn our attention to the details of radon testing.
Radon is a significant health risk. It’s enough of a risk that we’re actually going to take two blog posts to cover the issues relating to radon toxicity in the home. Today, we’ll have a look at the basics—what it is, how it can get into a home environment, and why it can be dangerous. Next time, we’ll cover potentially lifesaving information on radon testing.
One of the biggest deterrents for buyers who are viewing your home is the presence of clutter inside your house. There are a few negative effects of clutter that can keep consumers from making an offer. First, clutter makes the rooms in your home appear smaller. Boxes piled up along the walls in your house create a smaller total floor area. The eye evaluates the size of the room from the ground up. If there isn't enough room to get around, your house will feel much smaller than it actua
If you would like to learn how to create a more environmentally friendly home, here are five ideas for "going green" while making home improvements.
1. Install a tankless water heater
A tankless water heater contains coils that heat your water on demand instead of keeping a 50 gallon water heater hot twenty four hours a day, every day. Additionally, a tankless water heater will not run out of hot water.
When your house is on the market, you'll likely try to have as many public viewings or open houses as possible. An open house is a pressure-free way for interested buyers to view your property and imagine themselves living in the space. An open house, however, is usually a very short event. Every single moment counts during an open house, and you need to be sure that your house impresses every step of the way. When you've perfected your home's curb appeal, the next step is to cr
Before you sell your home, it's important to make a few cosmetic fixes. These five inexpensive home repairs will get your home in tip-top condition before you put it on the market.
1. Wall Imperfections
One of the first things you should do when preparing your house for the market is to repair wall imperfections. Cracks, chips, and nail holes are easy fixes. A touch of spackling and some sandpaper can restore a wall to its former smoothness.
If you plan on living in your home while it is on the market, there isn't much you can do with the bedrooms that house the members of your household. Bedrooms are personal spaces that are often filled with personal tastes and touches. Eliminating your personality entirely from these spaces is next to impossible. It's also unnecessary. Interested home buyers know that your bedroom is your private domain. They will make allowances for a lived-in appearance, especially if the walk-thro
Before a buyer makes a decision on your home, he or she will likely want to attend an open house event. Here are a few steps you can take to make your open house a perfect marketing strategy.
Stay Away During the Open House
One important thing to remember when your real estate agent is hosting an open house is to stay away during the event. Nothing deters interested buyers from asking important questions or taking the time to explore the home thoroughl
Putting your house on the market can be frustrating and exhausting. Homes often stay on the market for months before an interested buyer takes notice. You can expedite the process, however, by employing a few basic marketing strategies.
Why Market Your Home?
Marketing your home is the most effective way to get the word out that you are a seller in search of a buyer. In some locations, the market may be flooded with homeowners attempting to sell their h
Paint has remodeling power when you use it to emphasize a room’s best features or play down the flaws.
“Paint is a powerful tool that can enhance the architectural character and intent of space,” says Minneapolis architect Petra Schwartze of TEA2 Architects. “As you choose your paint, think about what the experience in the room should be.”
The front of your home is the first element that interested buyers see when they come for a visit and tour, particularly as we move into the warmer Spring weather. This is often referred to as "curb appeal." If your metro Boston home doesn't have good curb appeal, consumers may make a negative decision about their intentions before they even cross the threshold.
Mow and Edge the Lawn
Caring for your front lawn is the simplest and mos
When getting ready to sell a home, many homeowners look to upgrade the property to add value. But what home renovations are the most enjoyable to complete and add the most value? Here are a few to consider.
At Dwell360, we keep our finger on the pulse of the real estate market in Metro Boston. To that end, I found it important to share our 2012 year end market reports for more than 20 towns in the area. They contain residential market data and statistics for the sales of single family homes, condominiums, and multifamily homes over the past ten years
The housing market sets a solid pace, though challenges nip at its heels.
Has the housing market finally bottomed out? Signs are promising, though tentative. Mortgage rates remain low — in fact, they might go lower; pending-home sales are up from last year; and new housing stock demand is at a two-year high. But foreclosure filings are up in major cities and existing-home sales decreased in June.
Making the transition from renter to home owner means you can’t call a landlord to fix things anymore. Here’s how to get your must-have toolbox started.
When I bought my first house in May, my heart was full but my wallet was empty. The crush of a down payment left me with little extra cash to spend on tools for my new home — some of which I needed immediately.
I borrowed tools from friends and family until I caught my breath financially a
The success of any landscaping project depends on having a plan and sticking to it.
First, consult a pro
To figure out how to allocate your landscape dollars, start by picking the brain of a pro. Even if you have a naturally green thumb, a trained professional can save you from wasting money on wrongheaded ideas and open your eyes to possibilities you haven't considered. There are various types of landscape pros, and their expertise is priced accordingly.
You’ve found your dream home. Make sure missteps don’t prevent a successful closing.
1. Be truthful on your mortgage application
You may think fudging your income a little or omitting debts when applying for a mortgage will go unnoticed. Not true. Lenders have become more diligent in verifying information on mortgage applications. If you fib, expect to be found out and denied the loan you need to fund your home purchase. Plus, intentionally lying on a mor
All information, regardless of sources, is deemed reliable but is not guaranteed and should be verified by personal inspection by and/or with the appropriate professional(s). John Lynch is a REALTOR and Co-Founder of Dwell360, a real estate brokerage.