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4 reasons you still need a boston real estate agent

Congratulations! You’ve decided to buy or sell a property. Now all you need to do is find the best Boston real estate agent to work with.

Why?

Consider this: you have been browsing real estate listings and you are ready to buy. You have bought a home before so you remember the process.

  1. See the homes
  2. Pick your favorite
  3. Make an offer
  4. Negotiate back and forth
  5. Arrange financing
  6. See a lawyer to finalize the transaction

Now this may be a bit of an oversimplification, but that's where a Boston real estate agent comes in - a real estate transaction is anything but simple.

Keep reading to learn how all of these steps, and many more can be effectively managed by a real estate agent. Here are four reasons you definitely still

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So, you’ve made the decision to move to Boston.

First off congratulations. Whatever your reason for moving is, Boston is a fantastic place to make a home. A thriving economy, eclectic arts scene, unbelievable cuisine and a fascinating history are just a few of the reasons Boston in a great choice among major American cities along the Atlantic coast.

The hardest decision has been made, now let us help you ensure a smooth move. Here’s a relocation checklist for moving to Boston.

Before You Move

Which Boston Neighborhood is the Right One For You

The large area known as Greater Boston is a size-able geographic region that is home to millions and made up of dozens of smaller communities: small cities, villages and neighborhoods. Each one of

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boston home for growing family with kids

Boston has been attracting families for generations. The city has a strong cultural identity second to none, a thriving economy and strong links to a historic heritage.

The greater Boston area’s emphasis on the family and great job prospects have made it an extremely popular choice for young working professionals, along with their families. While some sections of the city of Boston have become well-known for a boisterous student population (attending one of the area’s many schools), it also has its share of more sedate corners, ideal for the growing family.

Join us as we explore the four best Boston communities for your growing family!

Charlestown

The Charlestown neighborhood is one of the city's most established areas and also enjoys a

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With September just around the corner, students from the Boston area’s many colleges are primed and ready for move-in day. As locals know, September 1 is a huge move in day for rentals in Boston, with plenty of tenant turnover.

Moving day is stressful enough as it is, here are a collection of tips for a smooth Boston apartment move.

Before You Move

De-clutter & Donate - The less you have to move the better. Do your best to de-clutter, sell or donate as much of your stuff as you can. Spend any amount of time in one place and you’re sure to accumulate a lot of junk.

Get free moving boxes - Start early and scope out your local grocery or clothing stores. Places like these tend to have plenty of boxes of various sizes just laying around.

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If you’ve ever visited the city of Boston or have spent any significant amount of time here, you’ve probably fallen in love.

Don’t worry, we won’t hold it against you; we love this area, too!

In fact, many of our clients found us when they were buying a second home or vacation home in Boston. From the quaint and affordable beach towns of Scituate, Marshfield and Ipswich to the exclusive communities of Nantucket, Duxbury and Provincetown, you’ll find that Boston offers a wealth of exceptional waterfront homes that are fantastic as primary residences.

However, Boston has other options for waterfront living, such as Back Bay real estate that offers expansive views of the Charles River. Of course, if this is something you’re interested in, our

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Buying condos in Boston

If you're shopping for Boston condos, then you already know how they open up a world of affordability, convenience, and worry-free living. But to get the best value for your money, you need to ask a few important questions, especially if you've never owned in a condo association before. Finding the answers to these ahead of time can help you make a more informed decision.

1. What are the condo fees and what do they cover? The monthly Homeowner's Association payment or more commonly known as a Condo Fee, takes care of the maintenance and insurance outside your unit and in common-area amenities, such as the courtyard, pool or hallways. Find out exactly what the condo fee pays for, so you know whether you pay separate charges for such services as snow

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Boston condo inventory is down

I love real estate, and I love analyzing numbers. I'm not an economist, but more of a self proclaimed "numbers guy". My goal is to always have my finger on the pulse of the real estate market. I'm constantly looking at inventory, calculating the average price per square foot for different areas, average and median prices, and analyzing that data.

Since 2012, the Boston condo market has been on fire. Buyers are always wondering when multiple offers on properties are going to end, and when inventory will increase. I decided to analyze Boston condo inventory over the years. What I found was shocking! I knew inventory was tight, but I had no idea just how constrained it has become.

As of September 1st, 2016: 508 Condos on the market in Boston.

As

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Tips to prepare your Boston home for winter

As sad as it may be, winter is right around the corner. Last year in Boston we had historic snowfall, and for most if not all homeowners, it was a tough winter. Even if you love skiing, snow boarding, sledding, or anything else about winter, it's pretty safe to say that no one likes shoveling the snow, or dealing with issues with their house that may be caused by the snow and cold weather. Below are 5 Tips to help you avoid that.

1. Insulate Your Attic

If your attic is not properly insulated, it's likely your home will get ice dams. The best thing to do is to have your attic properly insulated. You can contact a contractor direct, or go through MassSave to save a couple thousand dollars. Only problem is this late in the season, it will be

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Brookline real estate

Considering a move to Brookline? If you've been looking through Brookline real estate listings but want to know more about the area before making your decision, read on - we've provided a description of the best things about living in Brookline.

Getting Around

First, Brookline is a highly walkable location overall. You'll be able to get around safely and easily, and depending where in town you live, you may be able to get to your destination on foot! Transportation is also easy; use the C and D branches of the MBTA Green Line to head inbound to downtown Boston or outbound to Newton. MBTA bus service is also available. If you'll be commuting to Boston during the week, you won't need to worry about driving into the city thanks to the convenient

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Weston Real Estate Inventory Skyrockets

Just 2 months ago I posted a story on how 98% of Weston Homes for Sale are over $1million. In just a short 2 months, it's amazing how fast Weston real estate inventory has changed. As of March 17th, 2015, there were 60 homes for sale in Weston, and only 1 of those homes was priced under one million. As of May 19th, 2015, there are 105 homes for sale in Weston, and 8 of those homes are priced under one million. Overall inventory is up 75%, and clearly the number of options under one million has increased substantially.

The majority of this is seasonal, as the spring time is when we see the largest increase inventory. The drastic increase is also due to the tough winter we had, which delayed people putting their homes on the market by at least a

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