Monday, August 25, 2014

North Shore Massachusetts Real Estate Market (as seen from someone who just searches the web for the info)

I had another blogger that wanted to write about the North Shore Real Estate Market of Massachusetts. Though she seemed really nice, she was from Indonesia and apparently her grasp of the English language was not very strong. Still, the blog makes for some interesting reading, abet a little confusing. I hope you enjoy it!
http://www.nicashomes.com/northshore-massachusetts-real-estate-market/

Jim Armstrong
Armstrong Field Real Estate

Sunday, July 13, 2014

75 Walnut St 302, Peabody, MA

75 Walnut St 302 Peabody, MA 01960

New listing just posted: http://tour.circlepix.com/home/A4A67J

Description: Spacious 2 BR, 2 BA with easy access to 128, Salem Depot T station, supermarket and more! The unit is well kept and features an open kitchen with dishwasher, central air, ceiling fans, washer/dryer and plenty of storage. The bedrooms are large with ample closet space. Nice hardwood floors throughout. This building provides secured access, with security cameras; elevator access available. This rental comes with 2 assigned parking spots, 1 covered. Tenant(s) subject to credit and background checks. Absolutely NO pets, NO smoking. NO exceptions! Schedule a showing today and make this lovely condo your next home!




Home Information:

Beds: 2

Baths: 2.00

Sqft: 963

Price: $1600

MLS #: 71712720

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Rental- Spacious and Well Kept 2 Bedroom, 2 Bathroom Condo in Manchester, MA

807 Summer St 3 Manchester, MA 01944

New listing video just posted:

http://video.circlepix.com/G2UW6C/619/2263

Description: This is a spacious and 2 BR unit on the Magnolia/Manchester line you will not want to pass on! The unit is very well kept, freshly painted, featuring stainless steel appliances and nice hardwood floors. Laundry in unit. The condo gets great light exposure, boasts 2 full baths with standing showers and 1 half bath. Exclusive patio for your enjoyment this summer! Take advantage of a large shared backyard, grill and bocce areas. Parking for 2 cars (first come, first serve). This is a fantastic location that is only a few steps from restaurants, supermarket, Commuter rail and the beach! Get to Boston in less than 40mn on the T and wake up to the smell of the ocean from the condo. Landlord lives next door and is looking for responsible tenant(s); NO smoking, pets negotiable. This is a commuter's dream come true! If you've been looking to start North Shore living, look no further! Schedule a showing today before it's gone!




Home Information:

Beds: 2

Baths: 2.00

Sqft: 1100

Price: $2000

MLS #: 71694240

Friday, July 11, 2014

2 Bedroom Home in Wenham For Sale with Great Views of Pleasant Pond

20 Longfellow Rd Wenham, MA 01984

New listing video just posted:

http://video.circlepix.com/GFZRAH/619/2263

Description: Very seldom do you come across a home in this price range in Wenham. Like being on vacation year round with great views of Pleasant Pond. Beautiful perennial gardens surround this great home with a fireplace living room, screen porch over looking the pond, large newer windows allows plenty of light and one and a half baths. Pleasant pond is stocked with fish from the Mass Dept of Wildlife. Enjoy canoeing, fishing and swimming steps from your door.

See Full Description and Photos on This Property 



Home Information:

Beds: 2

Baths: 1.00

Sqft: 1136

Price: $294900

MLS #: 71688089

Monday, July 07, 2014

Rental- 2 Bedroom Apartment Near Salem State University

3 Hersey 1 Salem, MA 01970

New listing just posted: http://tour.circlepix.com/home/XZP6VN

Description: Nice clean 2 bedroom near Salem state University available now. Prospective tenants to provide own credit report and references.




Home Information:

Beds: 2

Baths: 1.00

Sqft: 1320

Price: $1400

MLS #: 71709029

Saturday, July 05, 2014

11 Williams St 2, Salem, MA

11 Williams St 2 Salem, MA 01970

New listing just posted: http://tour.circlepix.com/home/RTYAE6

Description: Perfect location! Recently updated condominium in 1799 antique on a quiet side street steps from Salem Common. Beautiful renovation - granite countertops, custom cabinets, stainless steel appliances, central air, insulated windows, deeded parking (one space), two bedrooms with bonus room on third floor can be used as office or third bedroom, marble-tiled master bathroom, spa-like travertine bath, mud room with washer/dryer combo, original details including pocket shutters in living room and master bath, two private entrances, private deck, newer electrical and plumbing systems, tons of storage, low condo fee. Just a five minute walk to the commuter rail (25 minutes to Boston). Steps to Salems great restaurants, Peabody Essex Museum, Pickering Wharf, and everything Salem has to offer!




Home Information:

Beds: 2

Baths: 2.00

Sqft: 1446

Price: $339000

MLS #: 71708739

Tuesday, July 01, 2014

How to Part Peacefully with Your Landlord while Breaking a Lease

If you've been thinking of buying a home, but the prospect of breaking your apartment lease has you holding back, you might be glad to know there are options available to you as a renter. A lease isn't always an iron-clad agreement with all the rights on the side of your landlord. Of course, buying a home isn't the only reason to break a lease. There are many reasons to break a lease: Your job may have changed, you might find the rent too steep, or you may have lost a loved one who used to share the space with you. Here are a few things you can do to help extract yourself from the situation:

1. Find the opt-out clause. You may not have read your lease very carefully when you were excited to move in, and now is the time to go back and pick it apart with a fine-toothed comb. Many leases will have clauses which allow you to legally break your obligation to stay for the full-term of the agreement. This might involve a fee of some kind, but can often be worth the expense if the conditions are right.

Beak a lease to buyer a home in Salem MA
2. Negotiate with your landlord. If you’re on good terms with your landlord, come out and explain your situation honestly. The landlord (or property management company) can elect to let you out of the lease, even without an opt-out clause. See if you can do anything to “sweeten the pot” for the landlord, such as finding a replacement renter, or propose a sum to buy your way out. (Get anything you agree to with your landlord in writing.)

3. See about subletting. Look at your lease agreement and see what your rights are regarding subletting the apartment to someone else. While some forbid the practice, others may create allowances for subleasing your apartment to someone for the balance of the agreement. If the agreement is unclear about subleasing, talk with your landlord about your plan and get an agreement in writing. (Recognize you’re risking your security deposit if the subletter doesn't take care of the place.)

4. Go to mediation. If you can’t come to common terms, consider enrolling the help of a mediator. Local housing advocates and “renter’s rights” groups may be able to connect you with people who can help.

This all assumes, of course, that you’re not leaving because your landlord is a deadbeat. If you’re battling a landlord who refuses to fix up the place or otherwise has been combative, you may have a legal case to make to break your lease. The key is documentation. Document everything with photo or video evidence, and keep meticulous records of your complaints.

Shouldn't your monthly payment be paying you instead of a landlord? Talk to me today about taking the first steps towards home ownership: 

Jim Armstrong
Armstrong Field Real Estate
978-394-6736
http://www.afhomesearch.com/agents/968-Jim-Armstrong