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      Blog :: 02-2015

      Come Join Us for Mini-Golf at the Wellesley Free Library

      Suffering from the Winter Blues? Got cabin fever? How about some Mini-Golf at the Wellesley Free Library?

      That's right, the library will be transformed into a miniature golf course, weaving through the stacks and down the main staircase. Rutledge Properties of course will be there. Recently a video was posted on the Library's website with all the details and Rutledge was featured:

       

       

      The weather inside will be warm and "sunny;" come and join us for fun and support your local library in the process!

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        New Listing in Wellesley - Spacious colonial perfect for your active family

        WELLESLEY - Looking for the perfect home for an active family? Five bedroom, 4 full bath Colonial offers plenty of space for everyone. Bright and spacious living room, complete with French doors to fireplaced den, leads to the perfect spot for a separate office or quiet reading room. Formal dining room, eat-in kitchen opening to sun-splashed family room with fireplace and wall of sliders to large level fenced-in yard and pool. Spacious second floor includes generous Master bedroom suite complete with sitting area, a bonus guest room with its own bath, and three additional family bedrooms. Second floor laundry. A finished playroom in the basement tops it off! Great location on ended way just a short distance to town, train and schools. EXCLUSIVE $1,189,000

        This fireplaced family room with walls of glass leads to this lovely pool. Can you picture yourself cooling off from summer heat after taking a dip? A great gathering spot for your kids and their friends!

        Interested in this property? Contact us now, it won't last!

        Click here to visit our website and see more information.

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          Worried about snow on your roof? Tips from the Wellesley Police

          From the Wellesley Police Department -

          Worried about snow on your roof? Here's some info from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts

          The Wellesley Police Department is concerned about the build up of snow on the roofs of both dwellings and commercial buildings.  Below is some information from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts regarding buildup of snow on roofs..as well as ice dams.

          As always, please make sure to clear your direct vents of snow!  Having a direct vent from your home that is obstructed could result in a build up of dangerous carbon monoxide!  If your carbon monoxide detector activates, call 911 and report it to the Wellesley Fire Department.

          Public Safety Advisory On Potential Roof Collapses
          Dangers Associated With Heavy Snow Loads on Roofs

          The recent prolonged cold weather and repeated snowstorms have contributed to severe roof load conditions.  Compounding the situation is the short-term weather forecast of potentially two more snowstorms over the next few days.  

          Homeowners, tenants, and businesses need to be cognizant of the danger posed by heavy snow loads on roofs, and the warning signs of potential structural weaknesses.  In some instances, the risks posed by accumulated snow on roofs can be mitigated by safely removing snow from roofs of both commercial buildings and homes.  Because temperatures are expected to remain cold for at least the next few days, and more snow may fall as early as this Thursday, efforts should be undertaken now to safely remove snow from roofs.

          Removing snow from rooftops will minimize the likelihood of structural collapse.  Flat and low pitched roofs, most often found on industrial buildings, but are also used in certain home designs, are at the greatest risk of buckling under heavy snow and ice accumulations.
          Lower roofs, where snow accumulates from higher roofs are also vulnerable.

          Some potential signs of imminent roof collapse.

          Tips for Homeowners in removing snow and ice from roofs and other areas

          DO’s

          • Use a snow rake for pitched roofs (available at most hardware stores) to remove snow from your roof.
          • Start from the edge and work your way into the roof.
          • Try to shave the snow down to a 2 or 3 inches on the roof instead of scraping the roof clean, which will risk damage to your shingles or other roof covering.
          • Keep in mind that any metal tool could conduct electricity if it touches a power line.
          • Also, metal tools will do more damage to your roof.
          • Shovel snow from flat roofs throwing the snow over the side away from the building.
          • Most plastic shovels are better, except for the ones with curved blades—those too will do some damage to your roof.
          • Remove large icicles carefully if they're hanging over doorways and walkways.  Consider knocking down icicles through windows using a broom stick.
          • Wear protective headgear and goggles when performing any of these tasks.
          • Consider hiring professionals to do the job. The combination of heights plus ice makes this one of the more dangerous house chores. If you don't hire professionals, at least have someone outside with you in case anything does go wrong
          • Keep gutters and drains clean, free of ice and snow and keep downspouts clean at ground level.

          DON’T’s

          • Unless approved by a registered professional engineer, don’t add your weight or the weight of equipment to the roof.
          • Don’t use a ladder since ice tends to build up on both the rungs of the ladder and the soles of your boots.
          • Don’t use electric heating devices like hair dryers or heat guns to remove snow and ice.
          • Don’t use open-flame devices to remove snow and ice.
          • According to Meteorologist Tony Petrarca, a cubic foot of dry snow weighs about seven pounds, while a cubic foot of wet snow weighs anywhere from 12 to 18 pounds. So, if it's possible, hire someone to help with all of the snow clearing.

          How to Recognize Problems with Roofs

          • Sagging roofs
          • Severe roof leaks
          • Cracked or split wood members
          • Bends or ripples in supports
          • Cracks in walls or masonry
          • Sheared off screws from steel frames
          • Sprinkler heads that have dropped down below ceiling tiles
          • Doors that pop open
          • Doors or windows that are difficult to open
          • Bowed utility pipes or conduit attached at ceiling
          • Creaking, cracking or popping sounds

          Other Safety Tips for Homeowners

          • Make sure smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors are working.
          • Check outside fuel and dryer exhaust vents, making sure that they are not obstructed by snow or ice.
          • Never use cooking equipment intended for outside use indoors as a heat source or cooking device.  Never use your oven for  heat.
          • Clear snow away from furnace and dryer exhaust vents to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning.

          Ice Dams and Other Safety Tips

          • Ice dams can cause major damage to a home or building.  Ice dams occur after a heavy snowfall, followed by several days or even weeks of very cold weather.  An ice dam is a wall of ice that forms at the edge of the roof, usually at the gutters or soffit. When it forms, the water backs up behind the ice dams and creates a pool. This pool of water can leak into your home and cause damage to your walls, ceilings, insulation and other areas.  Please refer to the following link where WT Phalen Insurance provides additional information and guidance about how to cope with ice dams. http://www.wtphelan.com/index.cfm/pid/10799/cdid/10903
          • Space heaters need space, so use them in a 3-foot circle of safety; free of anything that may catch fire. Space heaters are not designed to replace your central heating system; they are only designed to provide a little extra heat on a temporary basis. So be sure to turn them off when you leave room or go to bed at night.
          • Clear snow away from downspouts so water has a place to go.
          • Do not be tempted to use a heat gun or open flame torch to melt the ice; the risk of starting a fire is huge.
          • Also, please remember to shovel-out fire hydrants in\around your area in case of emergency.  See the Massachusetts Emergency Management web link below for additional information about winter and fire safety tips. http://www.mass.gov/eopss/agencies/mema/
          • If you feel you are in immediate danger, get outside and call 9-1-1.

          Tips for businesses in removing snow and ice from roofs and other areas

          DO’s

          • The same tips apply.  However, if you are going to use a snow blower, make sure that it has been approved by a structural engineer to be used on a roof, and that the blower is set to a high level above the roof so as not to damage roof membrane.
          • Use a snow rake for pitched roofs (available at most hardware stores) to remove snow from your roof.
          • Start from the edge and work your way into the roof.
          • Try to shave the snow down to a 2 or 3 inches on the roof instead of scraping the roof clean, which will risk damage to your shingles or other roof covering.
          • Keep in mind that any metal tool could conduct electricity if it touches a power line.
          • Also, metal tools will do more damage to your roof.
          • Shovel snow from flat roofs throwing the snow over the side away from the building.
          • Most plastic shovels are better, except for the ones with curved blades—those too will do some damage to your roof.
          • Remove large icicles carefully if they're hanging over doorways and walkways.
          • Wear protective headgear and goggles when performing any of these tasks.
          • Keep gutters, downspouts and drains clean.

          How to Recognize Problems with Roofs in Commercial Buildings

          • Many of the same apply - added
          • Sagging roof steel – visually deformed
          • Severe roof leaks
          • Cracked or split wood members
          • Bends or ripples in metal supports
          • Cracks in walls or masonry
          • Cracks in welds of steel construction
          • Sheared off screws from steel frames
          • Sprinkler heads pushed down below ceiling tiles
          • Water puddles where it never has before
          • Doors that pop open
          • Doors or windows that are difficult to open
          • Bowed utility pipes or conduit attached at ceiling
          • Creaking, cracking or popping sounds

          What to do if you have problems

          Call your local building or fire official.
          If there is imminent danger, evacuate the building and call 911

          Wellesley residents can contact the police department at
          http://www.wellesleypolice.com/index.cfm?pid=10243

           

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            WHS Girls are Nordic Ski State Champs!

            Congratulations to the Wellesley High School Girl's Nordic Ski Team who took the MIAA State Championship yesterday at Notchview Reservation in The Berkshires.

            Special congratulations to Madeline and Hannah Rieders (daughters of our own Joan Mankoff) who led the team to victory, both finishing in the top 5 of a large and fast field.

            Who says all this snow hasn't been good for something! GO RAIDERS!
             

             

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              Wellesley Real Estate News and Trends for February 2015 - "Do Your Job"

              While the skiers and school children are celebrating our winter wonderland, those of us in real estate are bemoaning the slow start to 2015.

              We always hope for a successful and long Patriot's football season and enjoy the nice sharp up tick in the number of listings and the buyer traffic the first weekend we have no football to watch.

              This year, the 3 or 4 feet of snow is creating a bit of "deflation" in the market. Only 31 new properties have been listed in Wellesley since the start of the year, 7 since the Super Bowl.

              Almost half (13 units) are already under agreement showing that the Buyers are ready to do their job. That leaves us with a super low total active inventory of only 55 single family homes.

              Almost unprecedented low inventories make this a great time to list your property!

              Sellers, it's time to do your job. Don't hold back on listing your home.

              Take advantage of the winter season which has statistically better sales results than any other time of the year.

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                Wellesley Winter Home Sales - The Myth of the Winter Real Estate Market

                As yet another layer of snow blankets Wellesley, buyers and sellers alike wonder when the highly-anticipated spring market will be able to begin. In fact, the advice against listing your home in the winter is a misconception and it's time to dispel this much perpetuated myth.

                Real estate portal Redfin analyzed sales, from 2011 to 2013, in a set of large cities which included snowy locations like Chicago and Boston, and found that homes listed in winter sold a week faster and closer to the asking price than those listed in other seasons. How could that be? Thanks to the real estate myth about winter, inventory is low in the winter months. The homes that do go one the market stand out and get noticed! Additionally, buyers who are active in winter months are serious buyers, either because they need to relocate or because they are savvy enough to know that you never know when the "just right" house will be listed. It's no wonder that this perfect storm of low inventory and specific need adds up to quicker, more successful home sales. Add in faster loan processing since fewer transactions are taking place and today's low interest rates and winter 2015 is an excellent time to sell or buy a home!

                The secret to selling a home in winter hinges on creating a smart strategy with your broker and paying extra attention to price, maintenance and curb appeal.

                Price your home right, the first time. Don't overprice your home or else agents and buyers may believe you're not serious or realistic. Research shows that homes that experience a listing price reduction sit on the market longer and ultimately sell for less than similar homes. In any season, the longer your home stays on the market, the more buyers are going to think something is wrong with it. Work with us to price your home right from the first day it's listed.