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      Come Watch Nation's Oldest Football Rivalry

      At 10:00 AM, Thanksgiving morning, rabid citizens from Wellesley and Needham will come to Wellesley High to root on their football teams as they play out the latest chapter in the nation's oldest public school rivalry. Dating back to 1882, the year after Wellesley seceded from Needham, the annual contest always draws legions of families, fans, and high school alumni from the two towns. This year's contest, installment number 122, will feature two excellent teams as Wellesley enters with a 8-2 record and Needham's stands at 7-3. Kickoff is at 10 AM at the WHS field at 50 Rice Street, but fans are advised to arrive early to make sure they get a seat.

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        Rutledge brokers spelling team competed in the WEF Spelling Bee to benefit Wellesley Schools

        The Wellesley Education Foundation (WEF) held its 20th annual Spelling Bee Nov. 5. 49 teams from every facet of life in Wellesley were there: real estate offices, law firms, banks, PTAs, student organizations, and townspeople banded together as alumni and neighborhood groups. Rutledge Properties has been an enthusiastic entry every year, never actually winning but doing our very best for our schools. The Rutledge team consisted of (from left to right), Chrissie Lawrence, Janet Montgomery and owner Roberta Swenson.

        This year's winner was from World of Wellesley (celebrating diversity in our town), strongly challenged by the high school students in Wellesley Pops. The winners received the Ruth Humphries Bee Trophy to keep for the reigning year (named after our own Ruth Humphries, who was one of the original owners of Rutledge Properties, and a broker with us for many years). Congratulations to everyone who participated!

        Check out the Wellesley Education Foundation website to see pictures from this year's Bee, and previous years too. Read about this year's Bee in the Wellesley Townsman.

        Biggest Losers: 20 Home Design Features That Send Buyers Running

        By Barbara Ballinger, Architecture Coach columnist and guest blogger
        Design glitches draw attention away from a home's best features. Don't let out-of-date fixtures and unappealing decor cost you a sale. While some buyers may actually appreciate "vintage" features, home and design experts say these 20 features almost always serve as a turnoff.
        1. Dated and excessively bold or dark paint and tile colors, such as "Pepto Bismol" pink, avocado green, deep plum, or jet black. "Dark can be cool, but it has to be a color that's popular today," says sales associate Jennifer Ames, crs®, of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage in Chicago.
        2. Lacquered or high-gloss painted walls that are expensive to repaint and show all defects. Likewise, faux- and sponge-painted walls can be so passe.
        3. Painted trim that's very dark-and costly to remove.
        4. Wallpaper, which is a lot of work (and potentially expensive) to remove. Most disliked: Dated flowered or striped patterns.
        5. Kitchens that lack any dining space. Also, outdated, small-scale, and dirty kitchen appliances that look like they won't perform.
        6. Worn, cracked laminate countertops, and backsplashes or plastic cultured marble.
        7. Outdated bathrooms with small sinks, short toilets, squatty bathtubs, and tight showers-all of which aren't conducive to unwinding after a long day's work, says Ames.
        8. Lack of ample closet space in bedrooms, or no closet at all and no place to build one or add an armoire.
        9. Dens, libraries, and family rooms without built-in bookcases or a space to include shelves.
        10. Stained and worn wall-to-wall carpet in rooms or on stairs. Worst choice: shag. Also, worn linoleum that suggests a house was never updated.
        11. Poorly built additions that don't blend with a home's architecture, such as a sunroom with tinted glass.
        12. Shortage of windows or very small windows, which makes a home feels dark and gloomy.
        13. Ceilings with so many recessed lighting spots that they resemble Swiss cheese and are expensive to remove. Worst offenders: big 6-inch diameter lights.
        14. Too many rooms outside the kitchen and bathroom that have cold ceramic tiled floors.
        15. Children's bedrooms with a theme that runs through the carpeting, wallpaper, murals, ceilings, light fixtures, curtains, and furnishings.
        16. Homes without a foyer or garage.
        17. Too many mirrored walls, ceilings, doors, and backsplashes in a single room. The effect is dizzying, Ames says. One mirror magnifies, but many cheapen the look.
        18. Skimpy molding and trim, such as 1-inch baseboards.
        19. Noisy, grinding fan in a bathroom that's attached to a light switch so it can't be turned off.
        20. Inexpensive gold-colored light fixtures in any room. Also, Hollywood-style lighting with huge bulbs in a bathroom is also out of date, design experts say.

        Credit Scores: What You Now Need to Know

        Getting ready to purchase a home? Checking your credit and maximizing your score is an important step to take in your preparations. Your credit score is one of the most important considerations in a bank's review of your loan application. This Wall Street Journal article from September 5, 2009 is useful in helping you understand what goes into credit scores and what you can do to help your own score.

        Fabulous New Construction in Wellesley

        Rutledge Properties is pleased to present these homes for sale in Wellesley, MA. These houses have a link to where you can find out more information. Please call our office at 781-235-4663 or email us at rutledge@rutledgeproperties.com to request a showing.

        WELLESLEY - Premiere new offering in Dana Hall crafted by respected Wellesley developer. Elegant 15 room, 5 bedroom Colonial with exquisite architectural details and sumptuous selections. Gracious formal spaces and all the extras that make a house a home. Wonderful 1/2 acre lot in favorite family-friendly neighborhood of quiet streets and luxury properties. Now is the time to customize plan to create your own dream house. EXCLUSIVE $3,495,000
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        Look for MLS # 70891142


        WELLESLEY - Fabulous new construction within walking distance to the new Linden Square shops and restaurants. Stunning kitchen with painted wood cabinets, Viking range, Miele dishwasher, Subzero, GE Advantium,warming drawer and generous pantry,mudroom, 2 wood burning and 1 gas fireplace, hardwoods throughout, crown molding everywhere, 3 1/2 marble baths, master bedroom with his and hers walk-in closets and Travertine 4 piece bath. Don't miss this one. EXCLUSIVE $1,650,000
        Click here to see more information on this house.
        Look for MLS # 70892919

        Two Homes in Favorite Family Neighborhoods

        Rutledge Properties is pleased to present these homes for sale in Wellesley, MA. These houses has a link to where you can find out more information. Please call our office at 781-235-4663 or email us at rutledge@rutledgeproperties.com to request a showing.

        WELLESLEY - An opportunity to enhance this 4 BR 2.5 bath center entrance Colonial on a 20,000 sq. ft. lot in Dana Hall location. An 80s renovation included a remodeled kitchen and breakfast nook, a master suite, and 3rd floor addition. Front to back fireplaced living room leads to a patio with beautiful backyard vistas. Walk the Brook Path to town, train and Hunnewell School. EXCLUSIVE $949,000
        Click here to see more information on this house.
        Look for MLS # 70892872


        WELLESLEY - PRICED RIGHT! Spacious 10 room, 4+ bedroom, 3 bath Colonial on quiet cul de sac in sought after Hunnewell neighborhood. Walk to town, train, and all schools. Huge family room and master suite. Sunny deck in fully fenced yard. 2 car garage. Priced well under assessment! EXCLUSIVE $995,000
        Click here to see more information on this house.
        Look for MLS # 70892882

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          Two Outstanding Opportunities in Wellesley

          Rutledge Properties is pleased to present these homes for sale in Wellesley, MA. These houses has a link to where you can find out more information. Please call our office at 781-235-4663 or email us at rutledge@rutledgeproperties.com to request a showing.


          WELLESLEY - Beautifully updated four bedroom, three and one half bath Colonial on a wonderful family-friendly cul-de-sac. Gorgeous dream kitchen perfect for family and entertaining with two dishwashers and full size built-in freezer. Finished lowel level with full bath. Terrific yard. EXCLUSIVE $1,175,000
          Click here to see more information on this house.
          Look for MLS # 70892883

          WELLESLEY - Picture perfect 3 bedroom Colonial with renovated kitchen and baths in great family neighborhood. This wonderful home is an incredible value with granite/stainless kitchen, adjoining family room, attached garage with mudroom entrance and many updates including interior/exterior painting and 2008 double glazed windows. Large, level and fenced yard with walk out mahogany deck. Great commuter location--close to Wellesley Farms train and easy access to major routes. EXCLUSIVE $649,000
          Click here to see more information on this house.
          Look for MLS # 70891843


          The Newest Offering in Wellesley's Dana Hall Estate Area

          Rutledge Properties is pleased to present this home for sale in Wellesley, MA. This house has a link to where you can find out more information. Please call our office at 781-235-4663 or email us at rutledge@rutledgeproperties.com to request a showing.

          WELLESLEY - Exquisite new English Country Home by Wellesley's pre-eminent builder. A masterpiece of shingle style design with slate roof it commands an acre of land in the Dana Hall estate area within easy reach of town and train. An elegant residence with the latest innovations in fine construction plus the superb detail you have come to expect. EXCLUSIVE $4,995,000
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          Look for MLS # 70889905

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            Young, Spacious Colonial on large lot

            Rutledge Properties is pleased to present this for sale in Natick, MA. This house has a link to where you can find out more information. Please call our office at 781-235-4663 or email us at rutledge@rutledgeproperties.com to request a showing.


            NATICK - Enjoy the beautiful perennial gardens of this spacious colonial from the airy screen porch or enjoy the private corner lot from the bluestone patio in front of a man-made babbling brook and enjoy the sights and sounds of nature! A large master suite with marble bath, eat-in-kitchen and lofty family room with an amazing hearth make this the perfect home. A great location completes the picture - a short walk to Nonesuch Pond and the Rivers School and a commuters dream! EXCLUSIVE $759,000
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            Look for MLS # 70884252

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            Gracious Colonial on Over an Acre in South Natick

            Rutledge Properties is pleased to present this home for sale in South Natick, MA. This house has a link to where you can find out more information. Please call our office at 781-235-4663 or email us at rutledge@rutledgeproperties.com to request a showing.



            SOUTH NATICK - A house to come home to. Warmly inviting pre-war colonial on over an acre with privacy and tennis court bordering the Dover line. This lovely home has generous proportions, a hub of the house country kitchen, sun-flooded rooms, space and grace. Nicely up-dated, without sacrificing the charm of its era, it welcomes you and your generations to come. EXCLUSIVE $1,050,000
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            Look for MLS # 70885535

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