Archives for January 2016

MA Small City Rankings on WalletHub

WalletHub has ranked the best and worst small cities in the U.S.  Lots of positive news for Massachusetts.

Northampton ranked the highest MA town on the overall list at #8.   The rest of the Top 10 are:

  • 14 – Milton
  • 26 – Lexington
  • 105 – Wellesley
  • 120 – Danvers
  • 138 – Saugus
  • 143 – Somerville
  • 150 – Melrose
  • 165 – Newton
  • 171 – Needham

Methodology

To find the best small cities in America, WalletHub’s analysts compared 1,268 cities across four key dimensions: 1) Affordability, 2) Economic Health, 3) Education & Health and 4) Quality of Life. For our sample, we chose cities with a population size between 25,000 and 100,000 residents. Please note that “city” refers to city proper and excludes surrounding metro areas.

Lists on which MA ranked highest.

WalletHub - Most EducatedWalletHub - MIllenials

WalletHub - Highest Percentage with Health Insurance

 Click Here For the Full Breakdown

Other key findings for Massachusetts home buyers –

MA ranked #1 as the best state for education.

  • 9th Happiest State
  • 13th Best State to Have a Baby
  • 5th Best State for Working Moms
  • 21st for Women’s Equality
  • 11th for Nurses
  • 28th for for Doctors

So Massachusetts has a lot going for it. Not the best state for retirement – will cover that in a future blog post.  So that tells me this is a great state for everything from going to college up to retirement, then it might be time to move someplace warmer, less expensive and slow paced (could we actually slow down?).  Whatever phase you are at, if you need help Contact Me.

Michelle J. Lane

MICHELLE J. LANE, Realtor
Century 21 Commonwealth
CELL: 617 584-3904

 

The Force is Strong with the Boston Market this Winter (2013)

Given the winters we had over the past couple of years it is understandable that sellers would think the market is slow this time of year.  But our office just has a brisk weekend of Open House attendance – in the pouring rain.  I had 30 groups of people show at this new listing in Waltham and the house is now under agreement.  A few were neighbors, a few were just starting their search, but the rest were serious buyers.  This seems to be the case in all of the Greater Boston market.  So if you are looking to sell your home this year, now is the time to start the process.

19 Humboldt Exterior Latest

19 Humboldt Street, Waltham

To give you an idea of how strong the market is, there are about the same number of Single Family homes on the market in Waltham as this time last year. – 31 vs 30.  But the median price has gone from $494,000 to $615,000 and the average price has gone from $$621,000 to $649,000.  Demand and new construction are driving prices up.

Want to buy or sell ?  Contact Me.

Michelle J. Lane

MICHELLE J. LANE, Realtor
Century 21 Commonwealth
CELL: 617 584-3904

 

Niche.com School Rankings for 2016

Niche

The rankings out and no real surprises here.  The Top Ten School districts are the usual suspects.

  1. Lexington
  2. Dover-Sherborn
  3. Acton-Boxboroough
  4. Brookline
  5. Wellesley
  6. Weston
  7. Westwood
  8. Newton
  9. Belmont
  10. Westford

The full list can be found here – Top School Districts in Massachusetts

The Top Ten Public Elementary Schools

  1. Lexington – Joseph Eastbrook
  2. Lexington – Maria Hastings
  3. Lexington – Bridge
  4. Lexington – Bowman
  5. Lexington – Harrington
  6. Newton – Ward
  7. Lexington – Fiske
  8. Sharon – East
  9. Newton – Mason Rice
  10. Weston – Field Elementary

The full list can be found here – Top Elementary Schools in Massachusetts

The Top Ten Public High Schools

  1. Lexington
  2. Brookline
  3. Boston Latin
  4. Acton-Boxborough
  5. Dover-Sherborn
  6. Cambridge Rindge & Latin
  7. Wellesley
  8. Weston
  9. Westwood
  10. Belmont

Newton Ranked 11. for North and 13. for South.  The full list can be found here – Top High Schools in Massachusetts

Overall, Massachusetts ranked Number 8 in States with the best schools.  For my CT friends, CT ranked Number 4!

Cambridge was the only Massachusetts city in the Top 100 Cities in the US in which to raise a family. Perhaps because it ranked #2 behind Manhattan in cities with the Most Things to Do. (Boston ranked #4).  Because they categorized Newton as a town instead of a city, it was not on that list, BUT it was Number 8  (and the only Massachusetts town) on the list of Best Towns to Raise a Family. 

Newton, Framingham and Waltham made the Top 100 Towns for Best Community.  The criteria for these selections includes interesting and important criteria such as the grades given to each school weighted by the number of students served, higher education rate, diversity, income equality, etc.  These towns also ranked high on easiest commute.  You would think that Cambridge would have ranked high in easiest commute given the number of jobs  there.  But few people who work in Cambridge can afford to live there or may choose not to because a house with a yard is insanely expensive.  So the commute for people who work there, but don’t live there is not the best.

Certainly, it would seem that, as in the past, Cambridge and Newton are going to be the areas that will boom again in this spring market.  However, any of the towns in the list of Top 50 school districts will fare well if the commute works for the people living there.  It is good to see that towns like Framingham and Waltham can offer an affordable alternative to those looking for an overall good town in which to live in which they can be part of a vibrant and diverse community and that offers a solid educational experience for their children.

If you or someone you know is looking to buy this year, contact me and we can analyze which towns make the most sense given what matters most to you.

Michelle J. Lane

MICHELLE J. LANE, Realtor
Century 21 Commonwealth
CELL: 617 584-3904