Dover, MA Real Estate News

By Pat Laracy Baker, Pat Baker Dream Home Maker
(Realty Executives Boston West)
     It's time to come aboard the S.S. American   and set sail with The Dover Foundation's 2011 spring musical "ANYTHING GOES".     Experience the glamour and fun of a bygone era in this rollicking comedy by Cole Porter. Sing along to favorites like "You're The Top", "I Get A Kick Out Of You"    and of course, "Anything Goes".  It's guaranteed to be a memorable evening filled with   music, tap dancing and laughter.     Performances are Thursday, May 5th, Friday, May 6th and Saturday May 7th at 7:30 p.m. at the Mudge Auditorium at Dover-Sherborn High School.    Tickets are now on sale at Dover Automotive or online at www.thedoverfoundation.org    So don't miss the boat....get your tickets today and come and support your friends and family as they perform this award winning show.  Procee...
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By Jim Mushinsky
(Centsable Inspection)
Home inspectors working in Dover MA are required to perform a home inspection to the Massachusetts Home Inspector Standards of Practice.  A copy of the standard will be provided to the client by the home inspector.The MA Home Inspector Standards of Practice is written for the professional home inspector. United Inspection Service has created some easy to read Consumer Information Sheets illustrating what is included and excluded in a Standard MA home inspection. Clear client communications (3c) are one of our core values. See the easy to read one page consumer information sheets for each of the systems in a MA Home Inspection. Visit the Dover MA Home Inspection web page from United Inspection Service for some useful information about homes in Dover MA and Massachusetts Home Inspections....
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By Mary Crane, Realtor
(Mary Crane Properties)
Hi Mary,    I thought I'd send you an unsolicited note about our recent relocation to Dover, with which you helped, in the event others might be interested. Please feel free to post this on your web site or share it in any way with others, if you wish. My only request is that you publish it anonymously, so if you decide to use it please just drop my name from the end.    Even though I grew up in this area, before moving to Dover I knew very little about it which is strange in that it borders Needham and Wellesley where I had lived. My reason for writing is to thank you for introducing me to this fabulous community and to offer something that you might wish to share with others considering relocation to Dover.    To begin with, the most amazing thing is that there is one traffic light in...
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By Mary Crane, Realtor
(Mary Crane Properties)
I specialize in the downtown Boston condo market as well buy/sell homes in the surrounding suburbs of Brookline, Newton, Needham, Dover, Wellesley and Weston. A lifelong resident of the Boston area, I am an avid equestrian who can market or locate that perfect horse property for you whether its in Massachsetts, Aiken or West Palm Beach! A multi-million dollar producer, my listings can be seen at www.MaryCraneProperties.com. If you are interested in a complimentary CMA on your home or would like to talk about the current real estate market, please give me a call at 1-617-413-2879 at your convenience. I am a real estate professional who excells at communication, marketing, negotiating and hard work.
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By Mary Crane, Realtor
(Mary Crane Properties)
The median sales price for homes for Dover, MA for Jul 10 to Sep 10 was $809,400. This represents an increase of 5.9%, or $45,200, compared to the prior quarter and a decrease of 5.8% compared to the prior year. Sales prices have depreciated 28.7% over the last 5 years in 02030, Dover. Average listing price for homes on Trulia in ZIP code 02030 was $1,653,122 for the week ending Oct 06, which represents an increase of 0.2%, or $3,211 compared to the prior week and a decline of 0.9%, or $14,368, compared to the week ending Sep 15. Average price per square foot for homes in 02030 was $271 in the most recent quarter. Please contact me at Mary@MaryCraneProperties.com for more information on the Dover market!
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By Mary Crane, Realtor
(Mary Crane Properties)
Top-scoring schools on the 10th-grade MCAS Schools are ranked on the percentage of students scoring "Advanced" or "Proficient" on the 10th grade MCAS exams, taken in the spring of 2010. Readers should keep several cautions in mind: A ranking can make too much of small differences; districts ranking far apart on the list may have only slightly different scores. Districts draw students from communities that vary widely in wealth, the education level of parents, number of students with English as a second language, and other factors. Source: Boston.com calculations from Mass. Department of Education figures.
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By Lynda Longmire
(Virtual Homes Real Estate)
Dover Massachusetts Homes and Condos Sold in 2009 Single Family Home Sales The Dover, MA real estate market report indicates that there were 49 homes sold in 2009 as compared to 61 in 2008. This represents a 20% decrease in the number of homes sold. The average sales price changed from $1247807 in 2008 to $1123459 in 2009, a 10% decrease in value. The days on market changed 0 % from 224 to 224. Visit Dover MA real estate for information about the community, relocation, demographics, MLS search, home buying and selling guides.     Go to Dover MA homes for sale to view current listings of homes, condos, multi-family and land listings. Condominium Sales The Dover, MA condominium market data indicates that there were 4 condos sold in 2009 as compared to 6 in 2008. This represents a 33% decr...
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By Jane Wemyss, CRS
(Compass)
Dover produced 54% of it's sales in the second half of 2009 or 28 sales as recorded through MLS. The total MLS sales for 2009 was 49 properties.The days on market have substantially climbed over the last two years, compared to its surrounding neighbors of Needham and Wellesley. The absorption rate is high in such a small market that covers a very large price range, 2009 was $101,000 to $9.5M. Dover offers an excellent school system, hundreds of acres of trails, a growing community of activities for both young and old and readily accessible via train(stops in Needham, Wellesley and Westwood) and car (close to major routes). It's surprising more buyers are not taking advantage of the opportunity to own (generally) an acre or more of land and a nice community all at a very competitive tax ...
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By Jane Wemyss, CRS
(Compass)
The Charles River watershed covers 308 square miles of land and travels 80 miles. In 2006, the Charles River was announced as one of the cleanest urban rivers in America. The stewards of this progress is directed by the Charles River Watershed Association (CRWA), founded in 1965. Since these vast efforts to clean up the environment of the Charles River, it now is home to more than 57 species of freshwater fish and 400 plus species of local and migratory birds. Contact the CRWA and show your support, www.charlesriver.org. Dover provides several access points to the Charles River. There's lots of opportunity to canoe or kayak along a very generous portion of the river. Enjoy Dover from the waterside and have some fun. For more information on Dover, Needham, Wellesley or Weston real estate...
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By Jane Wemyss, CRS
(Compass)
The rail line running through Dover and into Needham has been decommissioned since 2008. There appears to be an active group researching the viability of creating a bike trail along this seven mile run of line. It seems as though owners, Bay Colony and MBTA, may be in agreement over this conversion. The main group investigating this operation is "Needham Bikes" headed by bike enthusiasts. The formulation of this new project is "The Bay Colony Rail Trail Project". Since rail to trail projects have been completed in other Massachusetts communities, there is lots of inspiration out there to gain insight and help formulate the project. Something to watch and see. For more information on Dover, Needham, Wellesley, Weston, please visit my website, www.JaneWemyss.com or call 617-803-5149.
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By Jane Wemyss, CRS
(Compass)
Interested in Dover? Fabulous schools, great community and now there's an opportunity for a wonderful home at an incredibly great value. This 4 bedroom center entrace colonial is fantastic. Flat level fenced yard in a neighborhood. Gourmet ktichen with granite counters open to family room and eating area. The space is terrific. Hardwood floors on the first and second floor and additional finished space in the lower level. It even has a storage bay so a family can use the two garage bays for their cars. Call me today, 617-803-5149 or visit my site and take a preview, wwwJaneWemyss.com. Easy to show!
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www.TalkOfOurTowns.com is a widely visited blog site developed and operated by Pinnacle Residential in Wellesley, MA. It's a comprehensive blog covering an array of information relative to the MetroWest Boston market. It addresses real estate but touches on groups, gatherings, social networking, and interesting topics for both buyers and sellers in the MetroWest area. Several of the contributing authors are an integral part of the Wellesley, Weston and Needham communities. We now are able to include Dover into this forum. It will hopefully inform more buyers about the great opportunities in Dover, the terrific school system, vast trail system, and what the community has to offer. The proximity of Dover to downtown Boston is an easy commute and often overlooked by buyers in abutting town...
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Learn and listen to those experienced with Lyme Disease. The Lyme Disease committee presents information and the opportunity to share your experience with this fast growing concern. The Dover Board of Health subcommittee on Lyme Disease has put together this forum to both learn from concerned citizens and spread the word on the disease. Both Dover and Sherborn are leaders of incidents of lyme disease. This is an opportunity to gain some insightful knowledge. The forum will be held at the Dover Town Hall on Tuesday, November 17th at 7:30. All are welcome to attend.
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By Jane Wemyss, CRS
(Compass)
New swans arrived to the pond on Wilsondale Street this morning and one seems to be on the run. The owners just drove them back from PA and let them loose this morning. It's a beautiful sight seeing them frolicking about. The vast number of wildlife hungting for prey at night took the two previous swans. These new owners were hoping for a smoother transition. If anyone happens to be walking the trails of Noanet Woods or Hale Reservation and sees a stray swan please call Gray at 508-785-1128.
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The Pinnacle Report has been a longstanding real estate new review produced by Pinnacle Residential Properties, authored by Elain Bannigan. The report officially began as a review of the Wellesley market and has expanded over the years to include Weston and Needham with the most recent addition of Dover. The latest report published September, 2009, Volume 3 takes a look at the market in Dover (and Needham) from January 1, 2009 through July 31, 2009. Dover sales were slow compared to previous years, down 36% for closed sales transaction volume. Needham, however, remained consistent. One must address the volume of inventory available between the two towns to see the difference and reasoning in the sales activity. For more information, please call Pinnacle Residential, 781-237-5000.
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By Jane Wemyss, CRS
(Compass)
We saw three offers on a house just put on the market this weekend. It is selling as asking. Finally buyers are beginning to step and take notice of some of the great values Dover has to offer. We can also attribute this quick action to value pricing. Another great property was just reduced from $1,079,000 to $990,000 and the phones are rining. 23 Saddle Ridge Road offers a great neighborhood, beautiful level fenced yard, lots of entertaining space, 4 nice bedrooms now at a great price.  
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By Marian Pierre-Louis, Metrowest Boston
(Fieldstone Historic Research)
Do you live in an antique home?  Ever wonder about the history of your house - when the house was built and who used to live there?  It is rewarding to research the history of your home.  Come to a talk on Wednesday night to learn to do just that: What: Researching the History of Your House by Marian Pierre-Louis Where: The Dover Public Library, 56 Dedham St, Dover, MA 02030, http://www.dovertownlibrary.org/ When: Wednesday, October 7, 2009 at 7:30pm Sponsored by the Dover Public Library, the Dover Historical Society and the Friends of the Dover Library  Researching the History of Your House You can research the history of your house whether it is 20 years old or 150 years old. Marian Pierre-Louis will introduce where to find the deeds to your house, how to chain a deed, and locating ot...
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A little Dover, MA trivia from the archives of mythical stories: the Dover Demon. Animal Planet has put together a series of mythical topics, one being focused on the "Dover Demon" and it's relevance to Dover, MA. The production company, www.gogoluckey.com, said it will be airing on Animal Planet November 24, 2009. Be sure to catch up on some of our mythical history and watch the show.
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By Jane Wemyss, CRS
(Compass)
Selling a particular town requires some internal knowledge of the operations of the town. Dover, aside from being a terrific community, is a AAA Bond Rated town. This rating is the best rating a town can achieve and represents a true understanding of its financial responsibilities. In our ever changing economic environment, all buyers look at the schools, taxes and make up of the town but do they ever look deeper into the financial rankings of the town? When a town has a great bond rating it allows them to borrow money at better rates, it ensures the financial operations of the town are fiscally responsible and well thought out. This type of rating helps sellers present a strong financial picture of their town to potential buyers: taxes are in check and the budget is balanced. A very im...
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Dover-Sherborn Regional High School was listed as 65th in the nation by a recent study presented by School Evaluation Services, a K-12 education and data research and analysis business of Standard & Poor's. The list is the Gold Medal Schools as reported in U.S.News and World Reports.
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