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Fall 2017 Luxury Home Magazine

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215 Lake Shore Drive, Wayland, MA

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Are Offers Binding?

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Ridiculous Watertown Condominium Closing Rates

by Mike DelRose Team

There's no doubt in anyone's mind the real estate market has been strong. As of now, it's continuing to stay strong as we dive into the Fall market. On our recent listings, we're still seeing multiple offers well over the asking price. How long can Greater Boston keep sustaining an increase in price and demand? That remains to be seen, but what we do know is that corporations like General Electric and Amazon are coming to Boston, and that only continues to fuel growth. Couple the business and population growth with low interest rates and it doesn't allow for downward trends. 

Let's take a look a the year over year closing rate for Watertown, MA condominiums. 

This report shows the percentage of Active Listings that close monthly over a period of 24 months. The Closing Rate is a good indicator of the real estate market’s underlying strength. If the Closing Rate is rising, the demand for real estate is improving. If the Closing Rate is falling, the demand for real estate is declining. If the monthly Closing Rate is above 20%, the market is hot and if it’s below 10%, the market is cold.

It's not a surprise to see an increase in the closing rate from strong to stronger, but the drop in inventory and 20% increase of the rate means things have gotten much more competitive in a very short period of time. While we certainly had a strong Spring market for these condominiums in 2016, the closing rate doubled and in some months trippled in 2017. Watertown condominiums are hot. 

Motivational Monday!

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36 Salisbury Road, Watertown, MA

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122 Church Street

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Known for their asymmetry and ornate period details, the Queen Anne Victorian was made popular by architect Richard Norman Shaw in England during the late 1800’s. Pocket doors, built in window seats, lead & curved glass windows, contrasting colors, and ornate woodwork all add to the charm and character of this 1890 historical home design which patiently await your updates. This home provides convenient access to public transportation, (71 Bus Line, 0.2 Miles, Google Maps) and the restaurants, shops, and municipal buildings of Watertown Square (0.4 Miles, Google Maps).

202 Maplewood Street

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Early century 2 family with ornate details including fireplaces, lead glass china cabinets, rich moldings etc. There are enclosed porches off the living room and the second floor unit has a finished 3rd floor. The home is located in one of Watertown's most sought after locations and directly abuts the Oakley Country Club. Bus transportation on Mt. Auburn St. is within .4 miles and on Belmont St is within .3 miles. Updates completed in 2003 include Electrical Service, Heating Systems (and asbestos removal), Architectural Shingle Roof, & Replacement Windows. Location, Location, Location!

MLS Pin Market Watch Report 2017 Q2

by Mike DelRose Team

What is Asbestos?

by Chris Visser

This entry was submitted by Chris Visser, creator and founder of Treat Mesothelioma


What is Asbestos?


Asbestos is a dangerous group of natural minerals that are layered and made completely of microscopic fibers.  This dangerous mineral was very commonly used in buildings, roofing, flooring and all types of insulation materials. To be direct, that only scratches the surface… Asbestos was mined at a global scale, processed and used in hundreds of other products around the world.


Types of Asbestos

There are six different types of asbestos minerals, which are categorized by their color and fiber-type. Although they are all different in their own way, they all have something very much in common and this characteristic is what put these minerals so high in demand.

Asbestos fibers are so durable that they are resistant to many different chemicals but it was their heat and fire resistant capabilities that made them so popular.

Nowadays however, due to its danger to human health, asbestos is no longer used in the construction industry. Please beware, homes and buildings constructed before the year 1990, may still have asbestos in them and home owners should take extreme caution in this.

As mentioned earlier, there are six types of asbestos minerals:

  1. Actinolite has a dark color with fibers of a straight shape. This mineral was commonly used in the construction industry, usually combined with vermiculite for insulation.
  2. Amosite is brown in color, with straighter and shorter fibers. This type of mineral was primarily sourced in South Africa.
  3. Anthophyllite is an asbestos mineral found in Georgia, North Caroline, and Finland as well. This mineral was the less used when compared to other asbestos minerals in the building industry.
  4. Chrysolite fibers are the longest ones, and curly as well. About 90% of asbestos fibers used in the world commercially belong to chrysolite. Asbestosis usually develops due to inhalation of chrysolite fibers.
  5. Tremolite is a mineral commonly found alongside other minerals like vermiculite, talc or even chrysotile.
  6. Crocidolite is often known as blue asbestos has very thin fibers. This is the most harmful type of asbestos minerals, which due to its nature easily penetrates the human tissue. Crocidolite fibers are less resistant to heat when compared to other asbestos minerals.


Who Is Most At Risk To Asbestos Exposure?

Some people have a greater risk than others when it comes to asbestos exposure and this is usually due to occupation. Plumbers, builders, painters, carpenters, and electricians are at a greater risk, together with people who worked in factories that produced asbestos products such as railway engineers, shipbuilders, factory workers, etc.

Asbestos has been linked to be the sole cause of asbestosis and the development of mesothelioma, a rare type of malignant cancer, which is caused by either inhaling or ingesting asbestos fibers.

Even if a person does not hold a job title that is known for exposing it’s employees to asbestos, second-hand exposure is very common.  If a person lives or associates themselves with someone who worked around asbestos, they are also at a very risk of developing mesothelioma.

What To Know Before You Go

Prolonged inhalation of asbestos fibers is very hazardous to a person’s health. One of the main complications with this disease is the prolonged period (latency) of the cancer’s development after the initial exposure to it.

It takes several years and mostly decades for mesothelioma or asbestosis to develop. On average, it usually takes between 20 to 50 years to even notice the signs of it’s development. At the beginning stages, the symptoms of this disease are very subtle and look very similar to the symptoms associated with common colds, stomach viruses, and respiratory system problems. 

This similarity tends to lead to a wide variety of misdiagnoses and much like any other health problem, if you let it go untreated for a long period of time, it will only get worse.  Whether or not you or a loved one appear to show any signs of these mesothelioma symptoms, if you have ever been exposed to asbestos, it is vital that you see your doctor and get screened for mesothelioma right away.


  1. Types of Asbestos Exposure. Agency for Toxic Substances & Disease Registry. Accessed at: of exposure/
  2. Asbestos Exposure and Cancer Risk. National Cancer Institute. Accessed at:
  3. Mesothelioma. The University of Chicago Medicine. Accessed at:
  4. Mesothelioma Symptoms: – YouTube. Accessed at:

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