Best town for your money?

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    Re: Best town for your money?

    Please tell us what goes into being a "relocation specialist?" From the agents I know, they've told me that they had to sit in on a one hour, broker sponsored, in-house class and then had to take a multiple choice test at one agency and at another agency, no test at all.

    They told me that the classes were no more than a lecture on asking the right "qualifying questions" and then trying to steer the buyers (if they're from out of town or especially, from out of the State, which are the easiest to manipulate) to a home which the agent or the broker/agency has on the market, as the broker will then maximize their commission since they will get both sides of the commission by "keeping it in house."

    The bottom line is that agents are on straight commission with no paid benefits, so if they don't sell something, they work for free!

    Since no one can afford to work for free for very long, what passes as real estate “consulting” or selling goes back to the old “hunt ‘em, tell ‘em, and sell ‘em” model, not different than selling cars.

    In other words, agents have to search for their prey, capture them, and don’t let them go until they buy or die.

     
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    Everyone has unique circumstances.  If you are without school age children there are fab places.
     
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    [QUOTE]Everyone has unique circumstances.  If you are without school age children there are fab places.
    Posted by JJSype[/QUOTE]

    Even if you don't have school age children, the schools are important to you, they effect the marketability of your property.  A plurality of people buying homes, particularly in the suburbs, have children and are concerned.  Someday, you may want to sell your house to one of them.


    That said, it's easy to predict everything but the future.  Your best buy will be in a town with an improving school system, one that is not yet recognized as really good, because you will be paying for the reputation, not the actuality.

    You need to get out and talk to the parents about the schools.  Some towns, such as Watertown and Belmont have schools that are far better than their ratings.  Those are the ones you want to look at. .

    If you're within 128, check out Watertown for commutability to everywhere.  Belmont has spectacular schools, but is priced like a community with only really good schools. Other possiblilities are Arlington and some parts of Newton. (the key word in the previous sentence is "check out.")


    Bests,

    -=rsr=
    Ron Rothenberg
    Certified Exclusive Buyer Broker
    4Buyers Real Estate
    ronrsr@4buyersre.com

     
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    [QUOTE]In Response to Re: Best town for your money? : Even if you don't have school age children, the schools are important to you, they effect the marketability of your property.  A plurality of people buying homes, particularly in the suburbs, have children and are concerned.  Someday, you may want to sell your house to one of them. That said, it's easy to predict everything but the future.  Your best buy will be in a town with an improving school system, one that is not yet recognized as really good, because you will be paying for the reputation, not the actuality. You need to get out and talk to the parents about the schools.  Some towns, such as Watertown and Belmont have schools that are far better than their ratings.  Those are the ones you want to look at. . If you're within 128, check out Watertown for commutability to everywhere.  Belmont has spectacular schools, but is priced like a community with only really good schools. Other possiblilities are Arlington and some parts of Newton. (the key word in the previous sentence is "check out.") Bests, -=rsr= Ron Rothenberg Certified Exclusive Buyer Broker 4Buyers Real Estate ronrsr@4buyersre.com
    Posted by ronrsr14[/QUOTE]
     
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    Re: Best town for your money?

    Without a  doubt the Westside of Brockton is the  best  value for the  dollar. For a  reasonably  affordable price  you can an acr of land, a  4 bedroom  colonial with  pool and more,  for about 400,000. On top of that  you get to send your child to the  nationally recognized( US NEws, CBS, NBC, 60 Minutes) high school of excellence in Brockton High. BHS is a  college masquerading as a  high school with  7 buildings spread out over 15 acres  including top notch facilities and  program. NO ONe  can  compare to the offerings of  Brockton as long as  you are  not afraid of  diversity.
     
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    Re: Best town for your money - Melrose

    Melrose, Melrose, Melrose.  Always has been a quality town - not a new, trendy, upcoming town.  Yet kind of undiscovered...  Most people are pleasantly surprised.

    Check out real studied sources such as the annual Boston Magazine Real Estate reviews and routine local Globe articles.  For last three years, Melrose continually ranks top for "overall value" and “recession proof.”  This includes the blend of cost, schools, quality of life, proximity to city.  If one is adamant on a certain standard such as low real estate cost - pick another town.   

    Melrose is close to city (9 miles), tasteful downtown, historic homes, culture (symphony orchestra, Victorian society, etc.), fells reservation, and quality built / large old homes (Victorian Era Town).  A demographically diverse population and very safe place to live, overall.  The McMansion era is over that attracted many to the 495 belt.  Melrose homes are about 2000-3000 sq ft and were always in demand...the economy melt down has taught a lot…. a quality “less” is really more.  Check out Globe's article on town's appreciated during 2010 - you will find Melrose.

    Melrose does not have very large plots of land but for its conveniences and quality of life, it is worth it both financially and non-financially.  Schools fall in the middle of the road...but there are private schools as well.  You will never be embarrassed having graduating from its public schools.  The town includes both starter homes and those $1M homes too.  Melrose is one to consider in your search. 

     
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    Easton,  but it has just been designated a Green community so I am worried this will bring in the moonbats. Money magazine has named it one of the top 50 towns to live in for the past few years
     

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