Seller Testimonial – Wellesley

Michelle was very supportive and understanding in dealing with a sale of our Mom’s house. Mom is 85 and leaving her home of 58 years so it was a big deal. Michelle also dealt smoothly with two siblings on opposite side of the country. Her communication was responsive, clear and we always felt that she was doing her best for us. There were some ups and downs in finding the right buyer and Michelle kept working her networks to keep us the process which was ultimately successful and we were very pleased with the final price and the overall process. 

Joel Kushner, CA

New to the Market – Gorgeous Newton Upper Falls Townhouse Condo

New to the Market today!  Newton Upper Falls Townhouse condo – 4-bedrooms 4.5 bathrooms.  

72 High Street. $1,389,000.

Gorgeous 3,400sf 4-bed, 4.5 bath, 1-car garage townhouse condo is the product of a to-the-studs renovation by an internationally-awarded local designer. His passion for design is evident in how beautifully the needs of today’s homeowner are blended with architectural details that provide the character and charm that make this a home. The spacious open kitchen/dining area offers gorgeous views and direct access to a patio, an enclosed porch and, beyond that, a deck and the yard. Imagine the parties you could throw! The kitchen is equipped with Viking appliances, Grohe fixtures and a huge island that sits 3-4. Entry way and living room share a double-sided gas fireplace. En-suite master bedroom has beautiful views. One more bedroom and bath on this level and two more bedrooms and a full bath on the third floor. Basement adds a finished room, full bathroom and beautiful mudroom area that is directly accessed from the garage. Stop by an Open House to see all this home has to offer.

Open Houses this weekend Saturday and Sunday  12:00 – 2:00.  Come on By!

Click here for more information.

Michelle J. Lane

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

 

Newton Upper Falls Townhouse Condos coming Soon

Coming Soon – Two beautiful completely reconstructing historic townhouses in Newton Upper Falls.

$1,325,000. each

by Michelle J. Lane

 

 

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

 

Completely renovated by a builder with a passion for building a top-quality product that pays homage to the history of the original structure and neighborhood.  The unit on the right #70 is coming to the market first.  Measuring approximately 3,400sf, the unit offers 4 bedrooms, 4.5 bathrooms, a fully finished basement with direct access from the garage.  This home must be seen to be appreciated.  The oversize windows let in tons of light to every room.  The kitchen is wonderful – spacious with tons of storage and a generous eat-in space that opens to a beautiful deck; Viking appliances, Grohe fixtures, large island.  Views from the kitchen and decks are breathtaking.  There is so much to appreciate about this home. Click here for more information.

Michelle J. Lane

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

 

Fighting Homelessness – What can YOU do?

HomelessnessThis week, I have seen so many posts about how we should take care of all our own homeless before taking in any Syrian refugees. I can’t help but think that if we, as a nation, are so deeply concerned about our own homeless, why is the problem so pervasive?  Estimates are that on any given night 600,000 people in America experience homelessness.  It is not always a permanent condition.  There a So many people are living on the edge that they become homeless when they cannot pay the rent – until they find other accommodations with family or friends.  Others are victims of domestic violence that need to leave their homes and are temporarily homeless until they can get connected with services to help them find a new, safe home.  Approximately 85,000 of the homeless are experiencing chronic long-term homelessness.

So if we truly wanted to help these people, what would it take?  Let’s say that out of the 350 million people in this country, 200 million are deeply concerned.  If those 200 million were to give $10 / month to organizations that help people out of homelessness, that would be $40,000/year for every single person experiencing even temporary homelessness. I’d say that would address the problem.

But let’s assume that the people saying we should take care of the homeless believe the government, not private citizens, should be eradicating homelessness.  That would mean that the government would need to provide sufficient services for all the the Americans who do not earn a wage that can sustain a basic life.  Which is pretty much anyone earning minimum wage (or less) who does not live with their parents.  That’s about 3 million people.  Estimates are that 1 in 6 people live on incomes that put them at risk for homelessness.

There are many more who wind up homeless because they suffer from mental illness and cannot maintain a stable life, including veterans suffering from PTSD. This is approximately 18% of the homeless.

In addition, estimates are that 20-40% of homeless youth are LGTB, having run away from or gotten kicked out of their homes because of their orientation.

So it means we would need to support our Federal and Local Government in providing the following to all citizens who need it:

  1. Free or affordable health care. Many people wind up homeless after a serious medical issue that hits them with huge bills and loss of their job.
  2. Subsidized or low-cost housing in all communities.
  3. Rental Assistance Funds – for those who are at risk of becoming homeless as they get behind on rent after a job loss.
  4. Food – Food Banks, Food Stamps, Free Lunches for children.
  5. Disability subsidies for those who will suffer from short term or permanent disability that prevents them from working.
  6. Assistance for those who just need a hand to get back on their feet. Whether that is job retraining, unemployment compensation, subsidies until they can get a job, etc.
  7. Raise the minimum wage
  8. More funding for mental health facilities and services.

How many people who say we should eradicate homelessness would support all the programs necessary to eradicate homelessness, even if it means raising our taxes and having subsidized housing in every community?

For those who are thinking, yes, I want us to take care of our own, I just don’t know what I can do – here are some options.

  • Advocate – write to your government Representatives and ask for the changes you want to see.  Posting it on Facebook does not get it to anyone who will enact change.

On Monday, Nov. 2, President Obama signed the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 into law, making $33 billion available for non-defense discretionary programs in fiscal year (FY) 2016. This funding has already been divided among the appropriations subcommittees, but the allocations have yet to be made public. Right now, committee staff are hard at work negotiating competing demands to produce a final bill to set spending levels for federal programs.

So why is your voice important? In light of the recent budget deal, this is the biggest opportunity for Congress to fight homelessness since the HEARTH Act passed six years ago. A $345 million increase for Homeless Assistance Grants represents only 1 percent of the $33 billion newly available in FY 2016. This 1 percent would provide enough funding to end chronic homelessness by the end of 2017.Congress has until Dec. 11 to finish the spending bill, but many decisions on the details will be made much earlier.

What can you do? Call your members of Congress ASAP by dialing the Congressional switchboard at 877-210-5351 and follow up in the weeks to come! You can also write a letter. We’ve made that easy for you with these letter templates. It’s crucial that homeless advocates unify on this message and beat the drum as loud and for as long as it takes for Congress to pass a final omnibus bill.What should you tell Congress? Here are three key messages:

Do not raid the National Housing Trust Fund (NHTF) to fund other programs.

Provide $18.05 billion to renew all Housing Choice Vouchers in use at the end of 2015 and $470 million to restore the remaining 60,000 vouchers lost due to sequestration.

Provide $2.480 billion for the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Grants program, including $40 million for homeless youth initiatives.

This cause is dear to my heart so I do help my client re purpose their furniture and household goods when the time comes.  If you need help, just ask me!

There is so much each of us can do to end homelessness.  If each of us did even one thing to help, together we could end homelessness and still have room in our country and hearts for the  “tired, poor, huddled masses yearning to breathe free, the homeless and the tempest-tossed”

 

 

SOLD! 22 Roxana St, Hyde Park

22 Roxana

I have mixed emotions over this one.  I am always happy to sell a home and am thrilled that my client got a great price for his house.-  15% over what he paid for it two years ago.  But sad to see a good client and friend move cross country.

I must say that Hyde Park certainly seems to be heating up.  Last month, I sold a condo around the corner from this house for 11% over the price the last condo in that building sold for last year.

Now, I will say that both owners did a nice job of improving the cosmetics of each place and that is becoming increasingly important in attracting buyers.  I wrote a previous blog entry on this topic. What Sells a House Today

It may also be in part because people who work in Boston are required to live in Boston for the first 10 years of their employment.  West Roxbury was a popular location for these home buyers but prices there have gone up to levels that are hard for the average city worker to afford.  The median price of a single family home in West Roxbury is now $471,000, compared to $369,000 for Hyde Park.  This is a nice turn of events for Hyde Park home sellers.  The market in Hyde Park had been languishing until recently.

Bottom line is that prices in the greater Boston area continue to rise. Buy now or buy less later!

Michelle J. Lane

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

Open House West Roxbury Chestnut Hill 2-Bedroom Condo 1:30 – 3:00

36 Westgate

OPEN HOUSE TODAY – 1:30 – 3:00

36 Westgate Rd, Unit 2 – $216,000

LaGrange to Westgate.  Follow Open House signs to the front door.  Ring the buzzer if door is not open.

Great garden level unit that gets great sunlight through large windows.  Hardwood in main living area.  New carpeting in the bedrooms.  Comes with 2 parking spots.  Condo Fee of $344 includes heat, hot water, swimming pool, tennis courts, landscaping, snow removal.  Great complex. Great area to live!

Michelle J. Lane

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

Open House for 2-bed Newton Rental – 12:00 – 1:00

15 Woodrow

15 Woodrow

OPEN HOUSE SUNDAY Nov 1 – 12:00 – 1:00

15 Woodrow Road

2-bed 1-bath Newtonville Rental.  Generous size living room and dining room. Hardwood floors throughout.  Enclosed, heated Sun Porch, 2-parking spots.  Eat-in kitchen is basic, but clean and tidy. Available now.  Come by and check it out. Just don’t forget Daylight Saving time!

Michelle J. Lane

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

Great Entry Level home in Needham! $485,000

541 Central Ave

This adorable 4-bedroom, 2-bath Cape is an awesome entry-level home with huge potential. First floor has living room with fireplace, dining room, kitchen, 2 bedrooms, a full-bath and a heated enclosed porch with phenomenal views of the back yard. Upstairs has two more bedrooms and another full bath. The walk-out basement has high ceilings and great potential to be finished. There is gas on the street. With your updates or expansion this house can fit a family comfortably for years to come. The GORGEOUS, huge back yard abuts conservation land and offers the oasis you would want in your own piece of land. Close (0.7miles) to the center of town, the T, shopping, etc. Easy access to major routes.

More Info Here

CONTACT ME for a showing.

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

New Listing – 2-bedroom condo in West Roxbury $219,000

36 Westgate - Kitchen (3)

Spacious 775sf 2-bedroom,1-bath Chestnut Village Condo. This is a two-bedroom garden level unit featuring an eat-in kitchen and SS appliances. Newer windows.New range and dishwasher. Wood floors in kitchen and living room, tiled bathroom floor. Freshly painted with new bedroom carpeting. Unit comes with 2 assigned parking spots. Complex is professionally managed onsite with live-in superintendent. Complex includes pool, tennis courts, playground and on-site laundry. Close to shopping, restaurants, Route 9, Putterham golf course, Chestnut Hill “T” stop and commuter rail. MBTA BUS #37 is close by. Taxes do not reflect residential exemption.

More Details Here

CONTACT ME for a showing.

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

New 2-bedroom Brighton Rental – $2,200

65 S Crescent - Kitchen 3

Great 2-bedroom rental in Brighton’s Oak Square area with lots of charm and so many extras – an enclosed back porch, front porch, basement storage, in-unit laundry and one GARAGE PARKING SPOT!

67 S Crescent Circuit, Brighton

Available October 1st.

CONTACT ME for a showing.

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