Blog :: 04-2010

Interesting "Catch" for Homebuyer Tax Credit

Want to get audited? Take advantage of the homebuyer tax credit. Washington AP reports tax refunds in 2010 are up by $255 from last year. Maybe that's why 1 in 5 who claimed the Homebuyer Tax Credit got audited? If you did take advantage of the credit on your 2009 return, hopefully you included all the necessary documents with your return and didn't file electronically.

Sprucing Up for Spring Marketing

There are plenty of ways to enhance your curb appeal to entice buyers. Gushing window boxes, fragrant flower beds, manicured shrubs, new mulch, a plush lawn and maybe even a fresh coat of paint on your front door are just a few ideas. I came across this self-proclaimed landscaping geek and a great article loaded with tips on curb appeal. Another thing I would recommend is 10 Tips to Go Green in your Yard on the bobvila.com website for some valuable information. Enjoy your time outdoors!

Thinking of Selling? Do you just want to know the current value of your home? Ask a Windhill Advisor for a complimentary and confidential analysis.

Another Advisor Joins the Windhill Team!

Help us welcome Nancy Clark-Jewell of Beverly, MA to the Windhill team! Nancy interviewed with two other real estate firms, both corporate minded, and after extensive conversation and introductions to our team members, everyone agreed that Nancy's preference for a community based, locally owned company combined with Windhill's high level of technology and commitment to excellence, made for a perfect fit.  We look forward to expanding our already extensive service area into the very active Beverly, MA real estate market. Nancy has been embedded in that community for a lifetime. Read all about Nancy!

Be a Smart Buyer!

I recently came across a listing in our multiple listing service and noticed the taxes and assessment were from 2009. Current (2010) taxes and assessments have been available for quite some time now.  Being in the business all these years, I can guess why an agent would think this is a good idea. It makes the asking price seem more appealing. The operative word here folks is "seem". If a property is showing an assessment of $605,400 and the asking price is only $539,900, a buyer would think, WOW! It's priced way below assessment. But the truth in this case, is that the price is really much closer to the true assessment of $549,700.  I have to ask myself, does the buyer know the actual assessment of the property they are buying is $55,700 less than they thought? Do they realize their tax bill will be $6,343.54 instead of $6,260? It's certainly a case of caveat emptor and if that buyer doesn't know it by now, they will soon enough.  One thing I know for sure,  Windhill Advisors make sure the information they use to market our listings is accurate and current to the best of their ability. In my 20+ year real estate career one thing still holds true: honesty and integrity are always the best policy. That's why I work here at Windhill.

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Windhill's Biggest Open House Weekend EVER!

Open Houses

80 Haverhill Road, Topsfield, MA Date: 4/11/2010 11AM - 1PM

988 Bay Road, Hamilton, MA Date: 4/11/2010 1:30PM - 3:30PM

20 Arthur Street, Gloucester, MA Date: 4/11/2010 12PM - 1:30 PM

3 Brownville Avenue, Ipswich, MA Date: 4/11/2010 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM

7 Mayfair Court, Ipswich, MA Date: 4/11/2010 1PM - 3 PM

86 & 87 Little Neck Road, Ipswich, MA Date: 4/11/2010 11 AM - 1 PM

60 East Street, Ipswich, MA Date: 4/11/2010 2 PM - 4 PM

108 Central Street, Ipswich, MA Date: 4/11/2010 2 PM - 4 PM

28 Skytop Road, Ipswich, MA Date: 4/11/2010 1PM - 3PM

8 Pine St., Ipswich, MA Date: 4/11/2010 12PM - 2 PM

41 Lakemans Lane, Ipswich, MA Date: 4/11/2010 11AM - 1PM

46 Skytop Road, Ipswich, MA Date: 4/11/2010 2PM - 3 PM

15 Clark Road, Ipswich, MA Date: 4/11/2010 12:30PM - 1:30PM

200 Colonial, Ipswich, MA Date: 4/11/2010 2PM - 4PM

60 East Street, Ipswich, MA Date: 4/11/2010 2PM - 4 PM

23 Belmont St., Amesbury, MA Date: 4/11/2010 1:30 PM - 3 PM

6 Upton Lane, Boxford, MA Date: 4/11/2010 11:30 AM - 1:00PM

545 Newburyport Turnpike, Unit 8, Rowley, MA Date: 4/11/2010 12 PM - 3 PM

28 Topsfield Road, Unit 2, Ipswich, MA Date: 4/11/2010 11 AM - 12 PM

What's Going on in Your Neighborhood? March Sales - Wenham, MA

Address #BR #BA List $ Sale $
         
Single Family        
24 Arbor St, Wenham, MA 4 3 $342,000 $335,000
36 Maple St, Wenham, MA 3 2 $499,900 $467,500
1 Stockwell Ln, Wenham, MA 4 2.5 $724,900 $685,000

 

This representation is based in whole or in part on data supplied by our MLS partners. These entities neither guarantee nor are responsible for data accuracy. Data maintained by MLS may not reflect all real estate activity in the market.

What's Going on in Your Neighborhood? March Sales - Danvers, MA

Address #BR #BA List $ Sale $
Single Family        
122 Centre St, Danvers, MA 2 1 $225,000 $200,000
11 Beacon St, Danvers, MA 5 1 $239,000 $250,000
10 Princeton St, Danvers, MA 3 1.5 $299,000 $310,000
171 Hobart St, Danvers, MA 3 2 $319,000 $298,500
14 Massachusetts Ave, Danvers, MA 3 1 $324,500 $307,500
9 Ryan Rd, Danvers, MA 2 1 $329,900 $309,000
13 Dartmouth St, Danvers, MA 3 1 $365,000 $350,000
29 Riverside St, Danvers, MA 3 1.5 $379,000 $375,000
18 Worthington Ave, Danvers, MA 3 1.5 $462,500 $451,000
135 Locust St, Danvers, MA 3 1.5 $625,000 $580,000
9 Lakeview Ave, Danvers, MA 4 2.5 $625,000 $605,000
24 Robin Hill Rd, Danvers, MA 4 3.5 $749,900 $715,000
38 Ledgewood Dr, Danvers, MA 4 3.5 $649,900 $580,000
Condominium        
35 Locust St #3, Danvers, MA 4 2 $149,900 $149,900
12-14 Central Ave #9, Danvers, MA 4 2 $149,900 $150,000
38 Bayview Terr, #10, Danvers, MA 4 2 $159,900 $150,000
44 Conant St #3, Danvers, MA 4 2 $219,900 $210,900
416 Maple St, #1, Danvers, MA 4 2 $228,145 $225,000
175 Maple St, #1, Danvers, MA 3 1.5 $229,900 $240,000
40 Collins St, #B, Danvers, MA 2 1.5 $249,900 $242,300
35 Abington, #35, Danvers, MA 3 1.5 $269,000 $260,000
149 Village Post Rd #149, Danvers, MA 2 2.5 $280,000 $273,000
60 Abington Rd, #60, Danvers, MA 3 2.5 $310,000 $300,000
MultiFamily        
104 Holten St, Danvers, MA 2 Unit   $285,000 $275,000
Commercial/Industrial        
20 Conant St, Danvers, MA 8,238 sq. ft. $899,000 $750,000

 

This representation is based in whole or in part on data supplied by our MLS partners. These entities neither guarantee nor are responsible for data accuracy. Data maintained by MLS may not reflect all real estate activity in the market.

What's Going on in Your Neighborhood? March Sales - Beverly, MA

Address #BR #BA List $ Sale $
Single Family        
22 Elliott St, Beverly, MA 3 1 $149,500 $134,000
25 Kernwood Ave, Beverly, MA 3 2 $269,900 $260,000
2 Sargent St, Beverly, MA 3 1.5 $279,000 $272,500
8 Baker Ave, Beverly, MA  2 1.5 $280,000 $272,000
17 Virginia Ave, Beverly, MA 3 1.5 $289,000 $259,000
36 Eastern Ave, Beverly, MA 3 1.5 $339,000 $330,000
321 Elliott St, Beverly, MA 3 1.5 $349,900 $336,000
15 Corning St, Beverly, MA 4 1.5 $359,000 $360,000
26 Pierce Ave, Beverly, MA 4 1.5 $359,000 $349,000
21 Palmer Rd, Beverly, MA 3 1.5 $374,900 $374,900
19 Herrick St Ext, Beverly, MA 3 2 $389,900 $378,000
78 Boyles St, Beverly, MA 3 2.5 $389,900 $381,000
17 Beacon St, Beverly, MA 3 1.5 $395,000 $385,000
65 Baker Ave, Beverly, MA 3 1.5 $525,000 $525,000
41 Linehan Ln, Beverly, MA 4 2.5 $619,000 $634,070
29 Pickman Rd, Beverly, MA 3 2 $895,000 $792,500
54 Paine Ave, Beverly, MA 4 3+2 $1,650,000 $1,400,000
357 Hale St, Beverly, MA 6 6+3 $4,295,000 $4,150,000
Condominium        
38 Beckford St #1, Beverly, MA 2 1 $99,000 $99,000
40 Railroad Ave #7, Beverly, MA 2 1 $149,000 $135,000
2 Duck Pond Rd #115, Beverly, MA 2 2 $180,000 $168,000
12 Franklin Pl #3, Beverly, MA 2 1 $209,900 $200,000
116 Rantoul St #308, Beverly, MA 1 1 $224,900 $218,500
116 Rantoul St #204, Beverly, MA 1 1 $225,000 $220,000
17-19 Atlantic Ave #17, Beverly, MA 2 1 $225,900 $216,000
Multi-Family        
505 Cabot St, Beverly, MA 2 Unit   $159,000 $130,000
13-15 Ellsworth Ave, Beverly, MA 2 Unit   $268,500 $265,000
361 Cabot St, Beverly, MA 3 Unit   $375,000 $345,000
Land        
505 Cabot St, Beverly, MA 0.23 Acres $159,900 $130,000

 

This representation is based in whole or in part on data supplied by our MLS partners. These entities neither guarantee nor are responsible for data accuracy. Data maintained by MLS may not reflect all real estate activity in the market.

What's Going on in Your Neighborhood? March Sales - Ipswich, MA

Address #BR #BA List $ Sale $
Single Family        
18 Birch Ln, Ipswich, MA 3 1.5 $179,900 $174,900
37 Leslie Rd, Ipswich, MA 3 1.5 $209,900 $180,000
96 Linebrook Rd, Ipswich, MA 2 1 $249,900 $262,000
110 Linebrook Rd, Ipswich, MA 3 1 $291,000 $280,000
47 Linebrook Rd, Ipswich, MA 4 1.5 $299,700 $301,000
8 Liberty St, Ipswich, MA 3 1.5 $329,000 $312,600
25 Paradise Rd, Ipswich, MA 3 2 $365,000 $350,000
10 Goldfinch Way, Ipswich, MA 2 1 $375,000 $385,000
30 Southpoint Ln, Ipswich, MA 4 2+2 $785,000 $725,000
Condominium        
16 Appleton Pk A-3, Ipswich, MA 2 1 $118,000 $101,550
10 Olde Ipswich Wy #E, Ipswich, MA 3 2.5 $354,900 $335,000
12 Buttonwood Ln #12, Ipswich, MA 3 3.5 $859,000 $888,246

 

This representation is based in whole or in part on data supplied by our MLS partners. These entities neither guarantee nor are responsible for data accuracy. Data maintained by MLS may not reflect all real estate activity in the market.