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      Blog :: 11-2014

      News & Trends for November 2014

      We're in sales. We can't help looking at "quotas" as we approach the year end. Happily, with 8 weeks left in the year, we are trending towards meeting or surpassing last year's sales prices and volumes.

       

      A quick snap shot of the Wellesley market:

      • Fall inventory levels are higher on average than last year. While this may lead to some downward pressure on closing prices, it should also help boost volume sales in the remainder of the year.
      • Year to date sales unit volume is lagging slightly behind last fall, but inventory and homes already under agreement point to hitting our target.
      • Prices continue to be on an upswing. Average sales price in Wellesley is up 9% year to date.

      So, we are in good shape as we hit the home stretch. November is a great time to make your deal before the market slows for the winter holidays.

       

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          Your Winter Home: Make it Warm and Cozy

          The weather is turning progressively cooler, more are leaves falling every day and we’ve even seen our first snow fall! As you consider the long New England winter ahead, know that there are some easy tricks to turn your home into a comfy haven that will keep you warm and happy and protect your health.

          Nothing ruins the feeling of a cozy home quicker than wrestling with unexpected water or structural damage. There are three jobs you can do or service calls you can schedule that will help ensure your home stays buttoned up this winter:

          1. Clear your rain gutters and downspouts after the last of your leaves have fallen to eliminate the chances of pooling or leaking water and ice build-up.

          2. Trim your trees to make sure that dead or unstable limbs don’t damage your house.

          3. Inspect your basement sump pump, if you have one, to protect your basement from flooding during the November and early spring rains.

          Stop drafts of cold air from killing the cozy atmosphere of your home. According to Energy Star sealing gaps and cracks in your home is “among the most cost-effective things you can do to increase comfort”. Statistics show that somewhere between 10% and 30% of energy costs are due to air leaks that could’ve been sealed. Identifying and closing air leaks with simple methods like caulking and weather stripping will make your home warmer before you even touch the thermostat. An additional trick is to run a humidifier during the winter months. Heating systems dry out air and a humidifier puts moisture back into the air, making your rooms feel warmer and more comfortable.

          The lack of natural light caused by winter’s short days and frequent clouds can cause serious doldrums. A little cleaning and effort can make your home significantly brighter and a happier place to spend time:

          • Clean your light fixtures and light bulbs. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, dirty bulbs shed 30% less light than clean ones.
            Read about how to clean all types of lighting fixtures.

          • Remove and store your window screens.

          • Wash your windows to maximize the natural light coming into your home.

          Finally, a constant concern in winter is avoiding the flu. One way to boost your immunity is to reduce the dust in your closed-up home. Top of the list is to change your HVAC filter every other month to prevent dust from recirculating through the house. If you have pets, change it monthly. Another trick is to vacuum while your thermostat is toggled to “fan on.” This helps catch the dust that is kicked-up during cleaning. Let the fan run for about 15 minutes after you finish with the vacuum cleaner before switching the thermostat fan setting back to “auto”.

          Don’t let the dark days of winter diminish your happiness and sense of well-being. Use these tips and tactics to turn your home into welcomed retreat.

          Rutledge Realtors Score High in the Annual WEF Spelling Bee

          It was another great event for WEF on the 25th anniversary of the Annual Spelling Bee. Wellesley realtors safely got out of the gate being (ok, spelling) erudite. We felt we were off to a scholarly start. The Rutledge Team broke away with the lead after 5 or 6 rounds feeling good and having consensus on all spelling thus far. In the end, we left it on the table to Wellesley College. If you have to go down, it’s nice to give way to an elite school. We topped all other realtors and felt efficacious in doing so.

          Congratulations to our fine spelling team!

          Four Open Houses in Wellesley, Sherborn and Westborough for Sunday, November 9

          84 Hopkinson Street Wellesley MA open house

          OH Sun., 1-2:30

          84 Hopkinson Street Wellesley $1,775,000

          11 room, 5 bed, 4f 1h bath Colonial
          Contact us for a showing

           

           

           

          250 1-29 bristolOH Sun. 1-3

          29 Bristol Road Wellesley $1,495,000

          11 room, 6 bed, 3f 1h bath Colonial

          Contact us for a showing

           

           

           

          250 1a-8 imperial court U9

          OH Sun. 1-3

          9 Imperial Court u:9 Westborough $410,000

          6 room, 2 bed, 2f 1h bath Townhouse
          Contact us for a showing

           

           

           

          1 Cider Hill Lane Sherborn MA open houseOH Sun. 2-3:30

          1 Cider Hill Lane Sherborn $995,000 NEW PRICE

          9 room, 4 bed, 2f 1h bath Colonial
          Contact us for a showing

           

           

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