Massachusetts Real Estate News


Nov. 24, 2018

10 Reasons To List During The Holidays


Are you ready to list your home but feeling a bit leery of listing right now? Everyone is busy and the house is decorated for the holidays and you just don’t think people will buy. That thinking is actually incorrect. Believe it or not, during the holidays is a GREAT time to list (and maybe even sell) your home. Here’s why:


  1. Serious buyers have few houses to choose from during the holidays, and less competition means more money for you!
  2. People who look for a home during the holidays are more serious buyers.
  3. Houses show better when decorated for the holidays.
  4. Since the supply of listings will dramatically increase in January, there will be less demand for your specific home. Less demand means less money for you...
  5. You can sell now for more money. We can certainly provide an option for a delayed closing or extended occupancy until early next year.
  6. Buyers are more emotional during the holidays, so they are more likely to pay your offering price.
  7. Some people must buy before the end of the year for tax reasons.
  8. Buyers have more time to look for a home during the holidays than they do during the work week.
  9. January is traditionally the month for employees to begin new jobs. Since transfers can't wait until spring to buy, your house must be on the market now!
  10. Your house can still be on the market, but you'll have the flexibility to limit showings during the six or seven days during the holidays.


If you’re ready to take the plunge and start preparing for your new dream home, text me or give me a call and let’s talk about it.


Rachel Bodner



Posted in News
Oct. 22, 2018

Harvard Real Estate Overflows with Wildlife

Fall in love with the great outdoors on Harvard real estate. At the Oxbow National Wildlife Reserve, over a thousand acres wait to be explored and appreciated. Declared as “a place set aside for wildlife, Oxbow is a place where a visitor can witness the diversity of the natural world”. Paths wind through the wilderness curving along the banks of the Nashua River, around oxbow ponds, streams, wetlands, fields and forests.

Getting back to nature has never been easier. Those who want to be in the thick of things can set out on a two mile hike beginning at Still Water Depot Road. Benches are strategically scattered about for moments of reflection, settling in for a good read or just catching one’s breath. A canoe launch is at the ready for canoers and kayakers itching to float about on the river. Fishing on the Nashua River is allowed on the shores and from the vessels. Anglers living in Harvard are often successful reeling in large mouth bass, yellow perch, sunfish and brown bullheads. Any season in the reserve is picture perfect. In the winter time plenty of cross country skiers and snowboarders enjoy the pristine scenery.

Fall in Love with the Great Outdoors when Living in Harvard

As expected wildlife flourishes on this protected piece of Harvard real estate. Visitors ready to observe often spot white-tailed deer, eastern coyote, cottontail rabbits, gray squirrels, American toads and common garter snakes. The blue-spotted salamander is an excellent find as is Blanding’s turtle which is rare to the area. Bird watchers are truly in heaven with the amount of migratory birds flying by. Feathered friends may include the red-winged blackbird and gold finch. Check out a listing of potential species to see here. Wildlife is most active at sunrise and sunset. Being quiet is key and more successful sightings are experienced when the weather is cool.

The Friends of the Oxbow National Wildlife Refuge take good care of the land. This organization helps promote a message of conservation and environmentalism. Also, they provide a great support to the Urban Education Program where local school children make the most of the outdoors with interactive educational activities. Open year round, the Oxbow National Wildlife Refuge reminds guests to “take only memories and leave only footprints.”


Posted in News
Oct. 21, 2018

Wayland Property Sets the Scene for Delicious Dining

Indulge in the world’s cuisine without ever traveling from Wayland property. Restaurants and eateries around town feature an array of international menus catering to every appetite.

Start off right at home with classic American comfort food. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day and early birds fly on over to Mel’s Commonwealth Cafe in the a.m. Get the morning started with blueberry stuffed pancakes. Those hungry enough to eat a bear opt for the Wayland Warrior platter with eggs, pancakes, sausage, bacon and a bagel. Nearby, a tuna melt with sweet potato fries has lunch written all over it at 110 Grill. Their menu boasts a great selection with seafood dishes, salads, soup, sandwiches and more. Experience the ambiance by eating out on the patio near the blazing fire pit. Special occasion dinners have been celebrated in style at The Coach Grill since the doors opened in 1930. Indulge in a steak dinner or choose a decadent lobster. Tables can be reserved by calling 508.358.5900.

Dine in Exotic Lands when Living in Wayland Homes

Add an exotic touch to what’s set about the table. Be prepared for a crowd during the lunch buffet at Soul of India. Authentic dishes are taste sensations. Get a glimpse of their menu here. Stop in at Spice and Pepper the local Thai food hot spot. This no frills diner serves up classic dishes. Offering both take out and delivery this is a great choice for those wishing to dine in comfort inside their Wayland home. The sushi bar is the perfect place to mingle with friends. Fresh is best and at Takara creative combinations bring back customers. This Japanese restaurant intermixes tradition with contemporary tastes. Americans love Italian food and it’s easy to take a bite out of Italy on Wayland property. Italian subs and pizza pies are popular at the Wayland Pizza House.

With so many choices for what’s for dinner it may take a while to decide. From American to Italian to Japanese, Wayland restaurants have hungry tummies covered.


Posted in News
Oct. 19, 2018

Beloved Stories Come to Life on Concord Property

The beloved story of the March girls in Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women has unarguably stood the test of time. Transcending the written word into the world of filmmaking the love of Little Women knows no bounds. Orchard House sets the scene for where the inspiring novel was created. Found on Concord property guests are welcome to visit the house and relive the scenes of the story.

Beautifully preserved, one feels as if time is standing still with a visit. Guided tours take folks through the Concord home room by room. Explore the kitchen and marvel at the simplicity compared to the kitchens in today’s Concord homes. Many a memory was made in the parlor and formal dinners held in the dining room. Personal touches add charm and whimsy to the upstairs bedrooms. A favorite piece of furniture to reflect on is the desk crafted by Louisa’s father and where she wrote her famous book. Held daily groups larger than 10 are asked to make prior reservations. Take a virtual tour of the house here.

Celebrate Local History in a Beloved Concord Home

Special events are always held on the grounds. Living History Tours and Workshops take place throughout the year. Guides dressed in period garb lead the way throughout the house. After a tour games are played in the parlor giving participants a glimpse of life lived in the 19th Century. Seasonal themes are worked in for Valentine’s Day, Halloween and Christmas.

Writing workshops flow with endless creativity. Little Women Fun Weeks in the Spring feature the interests of the sisters. Themes include the Jo March Writing Program, Meg March Theater Program, Beth March Crafts and Games Program and Amy March Art Program. The Concord Property welcomes the holiday season in style. Orchard House is all decked out in December complete with carolers and other festivities. Come one come all and see what Christmas was like for the Alcotts.

Although open year round, hours for Orchard House are seasonal in nature so check the website before visiting. More information can be obtained by calling 978.369.4118.


Posted in News
July 31, 2017

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