Monthly Archives: November 2014

What is Average House Size in Greater Metrowest Boston Towns?

What is Average House Size in Greater Metrowest Boston Towns?

As most people know, real estate is not a liquid asset.  In order to convert it to cash you have to put it up for sale and find a buyer who is willing to buy it, which can take an unpredictable amount of time and effort. If you want to have your home as easy to sell as possible, my best advice, which I have followed in several of my own home acquisitions, is this:  When you buy a house in the average size for the town in which it is located it will always sell. 

So here’s a list of average house sizes for homes that have sold from January 1, 2014 to today for towns in the greater Metrowest Boston area.

They are listed from small to large.

  • Maynard   (1,715 sf)
  • Framingham   (1,945 sf)
  • Hudson   (2,005 sf)
  • Marlborough   (2,041 sf)
  • Ashland   (2,117 sf)
  • Northborough   (2,174 sf)
  • Natick   (2,182 sf)
  • Stow   (2,576 sf)
  • Acton   (2,609 sf)
  • Wayland   (2,730 sf)
  • Needham   (2,850 sf)
  • Southborough   (2,919 sf)
  • Sudbury   (3,112 sf)
  • Boxborough   (3,270 sf)
  • Concord   (3,298 sf)
  • Wellesley   (3,340 sf)
  • Lincoln    (3,512 sf)
  • Weston    (4,405 sf)
Do Brass Doorknobs Disinfect Themselves?

Do Brass Doorknobs Disinfect Themselves?

For centuries brass has been the metal of choice for door knobs. In recent years design trends have shifted to brushed nickel coated steel and recently to black coated steel. But there may have been a reason brass was popular for so long … it actually kills bacteria. As many infections can be spread by door knobs, it’s interesting to note that a brass knob (unvarnished) will disinfect itself in about seven hours. Steel, Stainless Steel and Aluminum knobs will never disinfect themselves.

This effect was discovered by Swiss botanist Carl von Nageli in the 1890’s and is known as the Oligodynamic effect. He studied how metal ions, even in low concentrations, are toxic to living cells and microorganisms, concluding that the metal ions of silver and copper and copper alloys interfere with their metabolism.

You might think that shiny stainless steel door knob would be a better antibacterial than a grungy-looking tarnished brass one. Think how many times you have seen stainless steel knobs in hospitals, they must know a few things about germs, right? In fact, brass (being a copper alloy commonly 65% copper/35% zinc) is germicidal. Stainless steel (being an iron alloy (88% iron/12% chromium) is not.

If you want to get the most disinfectant benefit from your brass door knobs you have to remove the coating that manufacturers put on them to keep them shiny. Paint stripper will do the trick. You’ll have to polish once in a while if you want them to be shiny, but they also look very nice if you let them age to a beautiful patina. Here’s to beautiful brass.

Most Popular House Colors in Sudbury, MA in 2013

Most Popular House Colors in Sudbury, MA in 2013

For years I’ve been keeping track of the popularity of house colors and their changes from year to year. Here are the results for 2013 and below that is the chart for the previous year so you can see the changes. Keep in mind that Sudbury is a leafy, colonial New England town with a total of 242 homes sold in 2o13 and that the residents generally tend toward colonial colors and furnishings.

You will see that compared to 2012, for the major colors: white has dropped slightly; tan is the same; and gray is up. For the minor colors: yellow and blue are down;  green and brown are up; and red is the same.

In a follow-up blog I will be answering the question – “What color houses sell the quickest and is it worth it to repaint my house before I put it on the market?”

2013-sudbury solds by color
2012-sudbury solds by color