About Reading

Reading is a great place to live, just ask anyone who lives here! Noted for its award winning school system and outstanding services provided by the town, Reading is a community of excellence. There is a safe, small-town feel in Reading. With welcoming neighborhoods where people know and care for each other, the town offers its residents many choices for recreational and cultural activities, both within the community and as a part of the Greater Boston region.

Reading has a stable and progressive community that thoughtfully plans for its future. The community values and preserves its rich history and open spaces while actively supporting smart growth and a vibrant downtown. Reading has a strong sense of community and a long tradition of civic engagement and volunteerism.

Reading Public Schools

RISE Preschool

Birch Meadow Elementary School

Reading Memorial High School

Reading Homes For Sale

Deciding to buy or sell a home is a big step in life. In order to make sure it's a step in the right direction, choose the person best qualified to handle your real estate needs: Karen Herrick of RE/MAX Leading Edge is a buyers broker and a top producer in Reading. Karen is your Realtor of choice for real estate needs in Reading Massachusetts

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What to do after you see a great home on-line......3 Key Steps.



When buying a home, it’s important to think carefully about your offering price—but also your offering terms. Most purchase offers define both. And in some cases, terms and conditions can represent thousands of dollars in additional value for buyers—or additional costs.

Terms may include inspections, requests for specific property repairs, or timing considerations, such as a conditional purchase clause (if, for example, you must first find a buyer for your current home).


Some buyers mistakenly believe there is a predetermined formula for offers—that offering prices should be X percent lower than the seller’s asking price or the amount they are really willing to pay.

In practice, your offer price actually depends more upon the basic laws of supply and demand. If many buyers are competing for homes, then sellers will likely get full-price offers and sometimes even more. If demand is weak, then offers below the asking price may be in order.


The process varies by state. In most cases, you complete an offer that your representative presents on your behalf. The owner, in turn, may accept the offer, reject it, or make a counteroffer.

Because counteroffers are common (any change in terms can be considered a “counteroffer”), it’s important that you remain in close contact with your representative during the negotiation process so that any proposed changes can be quickly reviewed.


Inspections are common in residential realty transactions. Depending on your needs and where you live, they may include:

  • mold inspections
  • “green” issues, including energy efficiency and eco-friendliness
  • surveys to determine boundaries
  • appraisals to determine value for lenders
  • title reviews
  • structural inspections

Structural inspections are particularly important. During these examinations, an inspector evaluates the property for any material physical defects and whether expensive repairs and replacements are likely to be required in the next few years.

For a single-family home, these inspections often require two or three hours. You should plan to attend too. This is an important opportunity to examine the property’s mechanics (plumbing, wiring, etc.) and structure, ask the inspector questions, and learn far more about the property than is possible with an informal walk-through.

Reading Scholarship Foundation not just for graduating seniors....


Mark your calendars for a terrific excuse to skip the cooking on THURSDAY March 23th!  Dine at Mandarin Reading and mention the Reading Scholarship Foundation and 20% of your food and beverage purchase will help graduatiing seniors as well as matriculated students who could use help with the high cost of college.  

So many area individuals and families have taken the time to invest in this organization so that future Reading kids could benefit. 

Just one of the reasons we love doing business in our home town!


Our newest listing at 14 Sailor Toms Way!  $899,900 for over 3800 sq feet of nearly new, luxury living on a Wood End cul de sac!