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zonereyrie
zonereyrie
Looking for a house
I am officially in the market for a house. Since I work in Marlborough and my social life revolves around Worcester, for the most part, I'm trying to stay in this area. It is just for me, but I have a lot of stuff. I prefer a single family dwelling - no town houses, condos, duplexes, etc. I don't want to deal with tenants or neighbors on the other side of the wall/floor/ceiling. Off street parking is a must - a garage is a nice option. Some manner of yard would be cool.

So if you see anything feel free to throw pointers at me. :-)

Addendum: Oh - MUST be able to get broadband, and DSL is preferred. If it is out in the woods and dial-up is it, I'm not interested. Really, I use the net way too much to ever go back to that. And I host servers so I really need a place I can get a decent pipe with fixed IPs - which isn't always available on cable broadband.

(Unrelated - I have a wicked bad headache and I really wish I could go home and/or the Excedrin I took would kick in...)

I am: sore sore
Current Media: office buzz

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zonereyrie From: zonereyrie Date: June 7th, 2004 02:40 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
I think she'd hurt me if I didn't let her help. ;-)
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chiieddy From: chiieddy Date: June 7th, 2004 02:39 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
Let me know if you want any other advice, but check out Hudson. Prices there are excellent (for MA) and it's a nice community. You might also want to check in Lancaster (where Chris B. lives). Of course, the farther from 495 you go, the better prices will be.

Another option is to get a piece of land and build cheaply on it using pre-made architectural plans and a general contractor. Or you could act as your own GC and handle all the coordination, but that can be a pita.

Either way, be prepared to do yard work. :)
palegreyminion From: palegreyminion Date: June 7th, 2004 04:34 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
Another option is to get a piece of land and build cheaply on it using pre-made architectural plans and a general contractor. Or you could act as your own GC and handle all the coordination, but that can be a pita.


"build", "cheaply". Those two words do not go together.

And "pita" is completely inadequate to describe the process.
chiieddy From: chiieddy Date: June 7th, 2004 08:55 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
You can do it. My boyfriend's father is currently building his sister's house. You just have to know the right people. $59k for the land. Whole project won't cost more than $113k. Southern Maine, near New Hampshire.
palegreyminion From: palegreyminion Date: June 8th, 2004 05:21 am (UTC) (Direct Link)
I just did it, in Marlborough, which is why I know it's very difficult to build a house cheaply and it's definitely not easy to build, period. The only people I know who have built "easily" are ones that were already in the building trades.

Southern Maine is a very different place than the Marlborough area right now. The cheapest parcel of land available in the boro area at the moment (searching all the way out to Grafton and Upton) is $195K for one acre in Southborough. Factor in a building cost of approximately $125 per square foot, and you're looking at a crapload of money for even a reasonably decent sized house. Run into issues with the site and you're looking at absolutely insane cost overruns.

It's almost never cheaper to build than to buy a comparable older house, at least not in this area, not at this time. The only exception to that is if you can find a decent parcel of land and drop a modular home on it. Assuming you can find a decent parcel of land that hasn't already been snapped up by a developer building McMansions.

-Trish (who has bought two, sold two and built one in the last 4 years.)
jehanna From: jehanna Date: June 7th, 2004 02:39 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
Oh poop. Wish you'd started looking a bit ago. :)

There are N houses in Worcester and environs with For Sale signs, though, so you shouldn't have any trouble finding something decent. Good luck, and I still think Cyndy Rondeau of Home Buyer's Realty is a kick-ass buyer's broker, so you may want to give her a ring.
zonereyrie From: zonereyrie Date: June 7th, 2004 02:42 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
Well, I liked your place and all but it was farther west than I want to go. I like my 15-20 minute commute, and it'd be more like 1:20 from there I think. :-) I did think about it when I heard you were selling.
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that_xmas From: that_xmas Date: June 7th, 2004 03:53 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
The house across the street from us is for sale.

However, you have the Wall of Doom behind it.
thekimmer From: thekimmer Date: June 7th, 2004 07:20 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
Just make sure you get a fantastic jacuzzi tub in the bathroom. It's a guaranteed woman magnet. ;)
reme From: reme Date: June 8th, 2004 08:51 am (UTC) (Direct Link)
yes! good call, kimmer. :)
thekimmer From: thekimmer Date: June 8th, 2004 03:37 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
Ahhhh...you must be a girly-girl like me! Glad you approve.
reme From: reme Date: June 8th, 2004 08:17 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)

i am a raging queen!

seriously honey, you don't know the half of it.
heidi_and_colin From: heidi_and_colin Date: June 9th, 2004 08:51 am (UTC) (Direct Link)
Hudson is nice. It was ranked well in Boston magazine for holding its value. We have Comcast cable modem, DSL was not available here last we checked, but we are in the boonies of Hudson.

profesor From: profesor Date: June 9th, 2004 01:28 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
Don't hesitate to use Cheryl Major, Realtor to Gweeps. She's good people.

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