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Blog :: 01-2021

Preparing to Move - Free Virtual Seminars to Get Tips from the Pros

Moving is one of the most stressful things you can do - it’s up there with divorce as one of the most anxiety-inducing events in your life.  Yet it doesn’t need to be that way.  With a bit of planning ahead and help from the experts, you can dramatically reduce the stress around moving.  That’s where we come in!  Owner and President Laurie Cadigan knows only too well the trials and tribulations of moving - not only has she helped countless people move houses, she and her husband did the tricky “downsize'' move a few years ago.  Laurie has since hosted several seminars on the art of preparing your home for sale and downsizing, sharing the tips and tricks she learned then to help people through the process.  She teams up with experienced stagers Jan and Liz from Perfectly Placed For You and Lisa Skripps from Linen and Lantern, downsizing specialist Marie LeBlanc from Transitions Liquidation, and antiques expert Bobbi Benson from North Bridge Antiques to walk you through some of the tricky decisions around this process and offer resources to help.  They share thoughts on what to keep, sell and donate, how to see your home through a buyer’s eyes, and that most tricky of situations - how to get your grown-up kids to take their stuff!

This year’s seminars will be held on Zoom - they are free but you will need to register to attend.  Please email seminars@barrettsir.com or click on the seminar titles below and let us know which date you would like to join.  

 

Preparing Your Home for Sale - 10:30 am, February 13th and 27th.

You will learn to quickly and effectively clear clutter!  Play up selling points through thoughtful furniture arrangement and accessorizing.  Create room balance that will resonate with buyers.

Downsizing - 10:30 am, February 20th and March 6th.

Gain valuable advice about how to refine the items you need to make a comfortable, beautiful lifestyle in less space.  Learn tips, tricks and the resources you need to help get the job done.

 

 

A Recipe for Style - Enviable Kitchens

They say the kitchen is the heart of the home, and these kitchens certainly live up to that.  Whether grand and ornate or simple and minimalistic, they all have certain things in common.  Kitchens should blend comfort, style and function, a place where you can prepare an elaborate 4-course dinner or rustle up a quick snack with equal ease.  Trends come and go but high-end appliances, tons of preparation space and counter seating are always key ingredients for culinary success! 

Read the latest blog from Sotheby’s International Realty for kitchens that inspire, and check out our own enviable kitchens - try 22 Devens St, Concord, 15 Lawson Rd, Winchester, 16 Shiraz Lane, Acton or 22 Warbler Springs Rd, Lincoln for design recipes that combine style and substance.   

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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    The Housing Market - 2020 in Review

    2020 was quite a remarkable year in the housing market north of Boston.  As the first lockdown hit in mid-March and we saw the traditional spring market grind to a halt, many of us thought we were looking at an extremely slow year.  Yet we adapted to the new circumstances and pivoted to find new ways to help people move - virtual tours, Facebook Live showings, digital brochures, socially-distanced open houses - all designed to keep everyone safe during the pandemic.  And slowly but steadily our buyers and sellers came back, until by the summer we were as busy as a typical spring. This trend continued and we saw a steady stream of closings right through to the end of the year, as demand continued from buyers in all of our towns. By the end of 2020 there were more single-family homes sold than in 2019 in virtually all our towns.  We also saw average list and sale prices increase, reflecting the high demand for homes in our core areas. Prices were up by 10% or more in Acton and Lincoln.  Homes were also selling quicker, again a reflection of limited inventory.  Days on market dropped by more than 10% in Arlington and Winchester, and offers were received a staggering 32% faster than the previous year in Westford.  An increase in the median price also shows that prices were on an upward turn in towns such as Bedford, Carlisle and Melrose.  At the end of the year, the total market volume had increased by more than 30% over 2019 in Lexington and Lincoln, and by more than 20% in Acton, Concord and Westford.  

    So - what do we think this means for the housing market in 2021?  Get in touch if you would like to know more about the housing market in your area.  Our experienced agents are happy to give you a complimentary market analysis to help you decide if now is the time to make a move.  Whatever happens, we will continue to pivot, adapt our business and invest in tools and technology to be able to serve our clients safely and efficiently.   


     
     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     
     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

                                                
     
     
     
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      Pass the Popcorn - Home Movie Theaters that Steal The Show

      Movie Night has become a staple fixture for many families over the past few months, a covid-friendly way to enjoy some quality time together and catch up on the latest movie releases. With the advent of new streaming services such as Disney Plus, and recent blockbusters like Wonder Woman 1984 simultaneously released for home viewing, we need no more encouragement to cozy up in front of the tv with a big bowl of our favorite snacks and indulge for a couple of hours.

      However some homes have taken movie viewing to a whole new level, with a full home cinema set-up for showing the latest releases or old favorites.  From California to Connecticut, these properties feature movie-style seating and top-of-the-range sound and vision to bring an authentic movie-going experience right home.  Visit sothebysrealty.com to see more of these special homes.  Want to get in on the act?  Our latest listing at 22 Warbler Springs Road in Lincoln has its own home theatre ready to entertain the new owners!

       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       

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        The Housing Market - December Round Up

        At the beginning of each month, we take a look back at the previous month's figures for a snapshot of the local housing market activity - how many homes sold, how quickly homes went pending, and what happened to list and sale prices.  Over time these numbers help us to understand the trends in the marketplace which can guide us when working with buyers and sellers.  By comparing the figures year to year we hope to eliminate any seasonal changes and get a true indication of the way the market is moving.

        December continued the buck the trend of previous years and gave us a much busier housing market than might be expected at this time of year.  But as we know by now, 2020 was the year we came to expect the unexpected.  Home sales remained strong right to the end of the month and market volume was up significantly across the board.  Prices have continued to increase, and Melrose, Lincoln and Westford saw an over 30% increase in average list price over Dec 2019.  Sold prices were up over 20% compared to last year in Acton and Carlisle as well.  The market is still very fast-paced - days to offer and days to market were down in all our core towns.  In fact, the average time on market was halved in Acton, Bedford, Carlisle, Lexington and Winchester compared to the previous year.  Typically a quieter month, this December saw the number of homes sold increase year over year by more than 50% in Concord, Lincoln and Westford

         

         

         

         

         

         

         

         

         

         

         

         

         

         

         

         

         

         

         

         

         

         

         

         

         

         

         

         

         

         

         

         

         

         

         

         

         

         

         

         

          

         

         

         

         

         

         

         

         

         

        Thinking of selling your home?  Winter could be a good time for you to make a move.  Reach out to one of our experienced agents for a more detailed analysis of what these numbers mean for your own particular situation.

         

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