Alison Brown, Realtor, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage President’s Elite, CRS, CBR


Everyone defines the term "quality of life" differently, but if you asked 100 people, you'd probably hear a lot of similar answers.

According to a Gallup study entitled "The State of American Well-Being," the  basis for a good quality of life includes having a sense of purpose, feeling good about what you do every day, having supportive relationships, being motivated to achieve your goals, being able to effectively manage your finances, having the energy and health to pursue your interests, and sharing a sense of community pride. Feeling safe and liking where you live were also key ingredients in the formula for a high quality of life .

The Gallup/Sharecare report focuses on several aspects of community life, such as the role local governments play in offering amenities and resources to citizens. The study concluded that "communities that invest in active living, including bike paths, parks, walkability and public transit, have residents with better health and well-being outcomes."

While factors such as the quality of school districts and low crime rates are often foremost in the minds of house hunters, there's also a lot to be said for communities that offer public recreational facilities, educational programs, cultural events, and services that promote health, safety, and a clean environment.

Advantages that can help make one community more desirable and family friendly than another can range from free outdoor concerts and public tennis courts to the availability of farmers' markets and clean, updated playgrounds. Other features which can positively impact the quality of life in a community include well-maintained roads and bridges, the availability of dog parks, community parades, and programs to encourage the proper disposal of drugs, electronics, household chemicals, and recyclable products.

At the neighborhood level, quality of life is often measured by factors like noise, the condition of nearby properties, the overall safety and security of the area, and the amount of street traffic. Clean air, mature trees, and friendly neighbors can also contribute to a wholesome living environment that can be enjoyed for generations.

While there are many advantages to designing your own home or buying new construction, one might need to make short-term sacrifices when it comes to things like noise, neighborhood aesthetics, and other temporary inconveniences. Your real estate agent or home builder can probably fill you in on things like construction timetables and project completion dates.

If you're in the market for a new home, it's always a good idea to clarify in your own mind what you and your family needs to feel comfortable, happy, and secure. Creating a priority list of needs, desires, and preferences not only helps you stay focused in your real estate search, but also increases the probability that you'll be satisfied with your new home on a long-term basis.


When you’re buying a home, there’s a lot of excitement that surrounds the search and purchase of the property. In the process of buying a home, however, there are many things that buyers forget to take into account during their search and budgeting. Below, you’ll find some information to help you be prepared as a buyer to consider your home purchase from all angles without missing a beat.  


The Expense Of Closing Costs


Remember that closing costs will be somewhere in the 3-5 percent range of the purchase price of a home. Amidst all of your savings, you’ll need to consider this a part of your expenses. Closing costs need to be paid upfront in most cases. You can roll your closing costs into the financing, but it depends on the circumstances. There are no guarantees that the lender will agree to it. Your realtor can also sometimes negotiate for the sellers to pay the closing costs, but in a seller’s market this is quite rare. Be prepared with your closing costs and understand how much you’ll need to spend so that you have an appropriate amount for the downpayment and the other expenses that you’ll incur during the process of buying a home.  


The Cost Of Maintaining A House


Many buyers forget about all of the costs that they will need to pay for after they finish buying the house. In addition to a monthly mortgage payment, you’ll need to pay for things like utilities, routine home maintenance, furnishings, and more. If you completely deplete your savings for the purchase of the home, there’s not a whole lot of wiggle room for you to pay for additional needs in the house. 


The Cost Of Furnishing And Decorating A Home


You may move into a home with a few pieces that you have previously owned. You could also need a lot of things from a bed to a sofa. All of these items can add up. You may even have to worry about little things like window shades, curtains, lamps, light bulbs, and more. 


Home Repairs Can Cost A Pretty Penny


If something needs to be done in your home, the repairs can cost you quite a bit. If you’re not paying attention during the home inspection, you’ll be in for some surprises. That’s why you need a good realtor to help you through the process. A new roof can cost thousands of dollars. New appliances are an expense you should plan for. Other major work that needs to be done around the house can also dip into your savings significantly. As a buyer, you need to be prepared for any of these expected or completely unexpected costs.           



2 King Phillip Street, Medway, MA 02053

Condo

$315,000
Price

6
Rooms
3
Beds
1
Baths
Wonderful condo alternative. For price of many condo's you can own your own home! Welcome to this great starter 3 bedroom colonial with hardwood floors, tile, vinyl siding, large deck, low maintenance yard. Nice white kitchen and a finished walk-out basement. Conveniently located on a cul de sac in great neighborhood. This is a great condo alternative with easy access to major routes. Just blocks from the Charles River, close to shopping. Roof and siding around 10 years old. Sellers can close quickly!
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Sunday
December 09 at 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM
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This Condo in Walpole, MA recently sold for $551,900. This Townhouse style home was sold by Alison Brown - Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Westwood.


9 Marisa Lane, Walpole, MA 02081

Condo

$559,900
Price
$551,900
Sale Price

6
Rooms
2
Beds
2/1
Full/Half Baths
Desirable end unit, townhouse condo, freshly painted, like new condition, in Dela Pond Village, an active 55+ Community. First floor master bedrm with his and her walk in closets, master bath with double vanity sinks. All hardwood floors up & down, tile in bathrms, Enjoy the gas fireplace living room with cathedral ceiling and sliders to deck with remotely controlled awning for those sunny days. Second floor has a large bedroom with full bath and sitting/exercise area, could be second master, and a bonus sun filled room/loft perfect for an office. Fully applianced granite kitchen with breakfast bar & pantry. 1st floor laundry & half bath. Gas heat, hot water & cooking, central air, central vac, garage, full basement with plenty of storage space. Lovingly care for home & well maintained complex, low condo fees. Convenient location near town center, shops, commuter rail & major routes. Come take a look, you won't be disappointed.





5 Minuteman Rd, Medfield, MA 02052

Single-Family

$1,595,000
Price

14
Rooms
5
Beds
3/2
Full/Half Baths
Welcome to this exceptional custom built home in Medfield's highly desired Woodcliff Estates neighborhood, easy access to Rocky Woods Reservation hiking/biking trails, shopping, and downtown Medfield. Scott Colwell built home, impeccably maintained by original owners, boasts a gracious 2 story foyer, dual staircase, and finished 3rd floor. Two story family room, w/ stunning stone fireplace, opens to a beautiful gourmet kitchen with custom wood cabinetry, granite countertops, Viking stove and hood, double wall ovens, Bosch dishwasher, pantry, and oversized island. First floor also includes well sized living room, dining room, home office/sixth bedroom, two half baths, and mudroom leading to three car garage with direct basement access. Five generously sized bedrooms, 3 full bathrooms, and laundry room on second floor. Oversized windows allow wonderful natural light. Extensive use of red oak flooring. Professionally finished basement. Screened porch and deck with private wooded view.
Open House
Sunday
December 09 at 1:30 PM to 3:00 PM
Welcome to Medfield's premier neighborhood - Woodcliff Estates! This is a beautifully maintained 5 bedroom, 3 full, 2 half bath home with 3 car garage set on just over 1 acre of land. The home offers over 5,500 sq ft of living with finished 3rd floor walk up as well as finished basement.
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