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Shop Local for the Holidays

Holiday Shopping Event

We are entering holiday season and our local towns are pulling out all the stops to make this a successful season for their businesses and the people who live there. Shopping and dining in your local town has so many benefits – convenience for you, income for local business owners – and sustaining local stores and restaurants helps keep your [...]

Prepare Your Home for Winter - Key Maintenance Tasks

Raking Leaves in Yard

We had a good run of warm weather well into November but now the more seasonal temperatures have arrived and it’s time to turn our attention to some home maintenance tasks. You’d be forgiven for being a little behind this year – the 70 degree heat last weekend had us all want to head for the beach rather than rake leaves – but it pays to [...]

Housing Market Update - October Sales Stats

Sale Price as a % of List Price Chart October 2022

October typically sees the peak of the fall housing market, so it’s a good time to take stock and examine the trends in our towns. Despite rising interest rates leading to warnings about a slowdown or even a market crash, the areas north of Boston are still seeing a robust amount of activity. Always a good indicator of demand, homes have [...]

Selling a Home: Empty vs. Staged

Empty Room

When selling real estate we rely heavily on the imagination of buyers. Sometimes buyers want a blank canvas to be able to picture their own belongings in that home, but this is rare. Buyers usually need well-crafted spaces to spark their imagination and fall in love with a home. Barrett Sotheby’s International Realty agents invest time and [...]

Housing Market in MA – Qtr 3 Review

Q3 2022 Market Update

Q3 2022 Market UpdateThe Massachusetts Association of Realtors (MAR) has published the latest housing market report for  the towns and cities in our state. Our summary covers Acton, Bedford, Carlisle, Concord, Lexington, Lincoln, Westford and Winchester, along with 54 other towns and cities where we have represented buyers and sellers. This report includes property sales data from the year so far and compares that to the previous year, giving a good indicator how the market has performed in the first three quarters of 2022. Whether you are buying or selling, these reports can give you a useful insight into trends in each town. You can look at days on market to see how fast homes are moving, check how many homes sold compared to the previous year to understand the demand, and see how the list prices compared to sale prices to comprehend how competitive the market is. However, for a full market analysis you should talk to an experienced realtor. They'll be able to give you a more detailed evaluation of your home, taking into account specific property and neighborhood details and including information about recent comparable sales, to give you the true picture.

We have seen a definite change in the marketplace in the past quarter as economic changes begin to bite. Days on market are increasing and price growth is slowing compares to the first half of the year. Having said that, our towns seem to be faring better than others as factors such as good schools, commuting links and strong communities all continue to create demand. If you are curious to know what your home is worth in today’s market, contact one of our experienced local agents. They can walk you through our selling process including a robust marketing plan to get the best value for your home.

Halloween Happenings in Your Town

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Halloween is just around the corner and we can’t wait! It’s one of the most fun times of the year, and there is no shortage of ways to celebrate. Our realtors know all the best events in the local area, so whether you are looking for a trick-or-treat experience, or something a little more cultural, check our list for some spooky fun in a [...]

The Realtors Pick - Find the Perfect Pumpkin

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Finding the perfect pumpkin can be a challenge! Are you looking the ideal round specimen for carving, or to decorate your doorstep with quirky shaped gourds? To help you with your search, we asked our realtors to recommend their favorite spots for pumpkin picking.  From farm stands to pick-from-the-vine patches, use our handy map to find the [...]

Housing Market Update - September Sales Stats

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Seasons change and so does the housing market. We knew that the all-out seller’s market we’ve experienced over the past 12-18 months could not last, and over the summer we saw a shift towards the buyers begin. The signs have been there for a while – longer days on market, price growth slowing, sale price to list ratio decreasing – and [...]

Easy Decor Ideas to Get Your Home Fall Ready

Fall Decor with Autumn Candles

Introducing seasonal décor is a wonderful way to brighten up your home, and never more so than in the fall. Autumn brings a warm palette of colors as the tree foliage turns brilliant colors of scarlet, yellow, deep orange, and purple before falling to the ground below. The inviting smells of pumpkin and apple pies fill our kitchens and the [...]

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